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14.12.2015 Brief von israelischen Christen an den Autor zum Hanukkah-Fest

 

Brief aus Israel

Friedrich, celebrate Yeshua
and the Festival of Lights with us, Hannukah


"I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."  (John 8:12)



The Shamash (servant candle) sits higher 
on the Hanukkah menorah
than the other eight candles and is used to light them.  What a
wonderful representation of Yeshua, the Light of the World, and how He
gives us the "light of life," through the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).


Hanukkah begins tonight, Friedrich!

All over the world tonight, the Jewish People will be lighting theirhanukkiahs (Hanukkah menorahs) in remembrance of 
the miracles that God performed about 2,200 years ago in Jerusalem.

The first miracle was God's deliverance.

For many years, the Jewish People had been oppressed by the Greeks, who desecrated the Holy Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar.

They enforced idolatry, forbidding the Jewish People from reading the Torah and following it.


God delivered His people through a Jewish priest named Mattathias and his sons.  They led a small group of Jewish men to rise up against the 25,000 soldiers of the Syrian/Greek army.

When the Jewish priests entered the Temple to re-dedicate it and light the Menorah, they found only one bottle of undefiled oil — enough to last just one day.

Miraculously, that tiny supply of oil lasted eight full days. 

This second miracle gave the priests enough time to create more sanctified oil to keep the Temple Menorah burning 24 hours a day.



The miracle of the Menorah oil lasting for eight days is commemorated by
eating a variety of foods cooked in oil, including delicious sufganiot (donuts).

 

Over 100 years later, Yeshua stood at the Holy Temple on Hanukkahwhen He was asked directly, "Are you the Messiah?"

"Then came the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) at Jerusalem It was winter and Yeshua (Jesus) was in the Temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.


"The Jews gathered around Him, saying, 'How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.'”  (John 10:22–24)

On that Hanukkah, Yeshua confirmed to those asking that He is the Messiah, the Shepherd of Israel.

Other verses confirm that He is the Light of the World (John 8:12) and also that through Him we can be lights shining in the darkness of these Last Days(Philippians 2:15).



A little boy smiles in the light of the hanukkiah (eight-branched menorah).

 

We will be thinking of YOU tonight, as we light the first candle on the hanukkiah.  Let us rejoice together in the miracles of Hanukkah and the miracles that God is doing today in our lives.


May your holiday season be illuminated with the

Light of the WorldYeshua HaMashiach.
 

 

Help us Share the Light of the World!

 

 

Chanukka

(Weitergeleitet von Hannukah)
 
 
Chanukkia in Kazimierz (Krakau)

Chanukka (חנוכה, [xanʊˈkaː Chanukkadt.: „Weihung, Einweihung“; Schreibweisen: ChanukkahHanukkah oder Lichterfest) ist ein acht Tage dauerndes, jährlich gefeiertes jüdisches Fest zum Gedenken an die Wiedereinweihung des zweiten Tempels (des Serubbabelischen Tempels) inJerusalem im Jahr 164 v. Chr. Es beginnt am 25. Tag des Monats Kislew (November/Dezember).

 

Geschichte

 
Chanukka-Feier auf einem Gemälde des 18. Jahrhunderts eines unbekannten Malers in einer Privatsammlung
 
eine Chanukkia

Chanukka erinnert an die Wiedereinweihung des zweiten jüdischen Tempels in Jerusalem im jüdischen Jahr 3597 (164 v. Chr.) nach dem erfolgreichenMakkabäeraufstand der Juden Judäas gegen hellenisierte Juden und makedonische Seleukiden, wie er im Ersten Buch der Makkabäer, bei Flavius Josephus und im Talmud überliefert ist. Die Makkabäer beendeten die Herrschaft des Seleukidenreiches über Judäa, beseitigten den zuvor im jüdischen Tempel aufgestellten Zeus-Altar (den hellenisierte Juden, die JHWH mit Zeus gleichgesetzt und auf griechische Art verehrt hatten, errichtet hatten) und führten den traditionellen jüdischen Tempeldienst wieder ein.

 

Die Menora, der siebenarmige Leuchter im Tempel, sollte niemals erlöschen. Nach der späteren Überlieferung war aufgrund der Kämpfe mit den Seleukiden nur noch ein Krug geweihtes Öl vorzufinden. Dieses Öl reichte für gerade mal einen Tag. Für die Herstellung neuen geweihten Öls werden acht Tage benötigt. Durch ein Wunder habe das Licht jedoch acht Tage gebrannt, bis neues geweihtes Öl hergestellt worden war. Daran erinnern die acht Lichter des Chanukka-Leuchters. Jeden Tag wird ein Licht mehr angezündet, bis am Ende alle acht brennen.

 

Tatsächlich hat der Leuchter oft neun Arme oder Lichterhalter, das neunte Licht ist der Diener (hebr. Schamasch). Nur mit diesem dürfen die anderen angezündet werden, nachdem die notwendigen Segen (hebr. Brachot) gesprochen wurden. Als Lichter werden Kerzen oder Öllämpchen benutzt. Oft wird Olivenöl verwendet, wie bei der Menora im ehemaligen Tempel.

 

Nach der „Entweihung“ des Zweiten Tempels durch den Zeuskult wurde das Chanukkawunder zur Erinnerung an die Wiedereinweihung gefeiert (1 Makk4,36–59, 2 Makk 10,5–8 (Septuaginta)) (eine Zeitangabe im Neuen Testament (Joh 10,22) datiert nach dem Fest der Tempelweihe), bis im Jahre 3830 jüdischer Zeitrechnung (70 n. Chr.) der Tempel durch die Römer endgültig zerstört wurde. Die jüdische Bevölkerung wurde danach zu zahlreichen Auswanderungswellen genötigt (Jüdische Diaspora). Damit begannen erste häusliche Chanukkafeiern.

Chanukka-Bräuche

Chanukka ist primär ein häusliches Fest. An den Chanukka-Abenden versammeln sich die Familien mit Freunden zu ausgelassenen Festen. Gemeindefeiern sind üblich, die Kinder bekommen Geschenke und Süßigkeiten. Gegessen werden vor allem in Öl gebackene Speisen wie Krapfen (Berliner Pfannkuchen) (hebr. סופגניות Sufganiyyot) oder Latkes (Kartoffelpuffer) mit Apfelmus und Sahne und weitere Spezialitäten der jüdischen Küche.

 

Nach dem Anzünden der Lichter werden Maos Zur und weitere Chanukkalieder gesungen. Ursprünglich wurden die Lichter nur in den Häusern angezündet, später in den Synagogen. Literarische Erwähnung findet das Fest unter anderem bei Heinrich Heine. In seiner Denkschrift für Ludwig Börneschildert Heine einen Spaziergang der beiden Schriftsteller jüdischer Herkunft durch die winterliche Frankfurter Judengasse.

 
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Hanukkah Prayer/O Hanukkah/Maoz Tzur

 

Die Chanukkia wird unmittelbar nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit angezündet. Dabei werden Gebete gesprochen, Lieder gesungen und die Chanukka-Geschichte erzählt. Beliebt ist das Spiel mit dem Dreidel, einem Kreisel, auf dessen Seiten vier hebräische Schriftzeichen (Nun Gimel He Schin) stehen. Die Schriftzeichen stehen für die Initialen des hebräischen Satzes „Ein großes Wunder geschah dort“ (hebr.: Nes Gadol Haja Scham). In Israel steht auf den Dreideln der Satz: Nes Gadol Haja Po „Ein großes Wunder geschah hier.“ Für den Zweck des Spiels werden die Buchstaben als Abkürzungen derjiddischen Worte (deutsch: „nichts“, „ganz“, „halb“ und „stellen“) ausgelegt.

 

Während der Chanukkatage erhalten Kinder Münzen und werden ermutigt, einen Teil des Geldes für wohltätige Zwecke zu spenden (Zedaka). Der bei einigen beliebte Brauch, zu Chanukka Gänsebraten zuzubereiten, wird mit dem anfallenden Fett begründet, das in Leuchtern verbrannt wird. Ein Spiel, das früher zum festen Bestandteil der Chanukka-Abende zählte, ist Glocke und Hammer.

Die Reihenfolge, in der die Kerzen angezündet werden

Für die Anzahl der Kerzen gibt es unterschiedliche Traditionen. Durchgesetzt hat sich die Schule Hillels: am ersten Abend ein Licht und an jedem weiteren Abend ein Licht mehr, so dass am achten Abend insgesamt acht Lichter angezündet werden. Zu diesem Zweck wird ein Chanukkaleuchter mit acht Flammen verwendet. Die Kerzen werden sobald am Himmel die ersten Sterne zu sehen sind sofort nach dem Abendgebet angezündet. Solange die Lichter brennen, ruht jede Arbeit. Die Lichter müssen mindestens eine halbe Stunde lang brennen.

 

Der Chanukkaleuchter muss so aufgestellt werden, dass er der Öffentlichkeit ins Auge fällt, denn hinter diesem Gebot steht die Absicht, das Wunder publik zu machen. Die dabei verwendeten Lichter dürfen keinem anderen Zweck dienen. Von ihnen darf kein Nutzen entstehen und sie sind nur anzuschauen. Daher ist es üblich geworden, sich mit Spielen zu beschäftigen, während die Lichter brennen. Aus diesem Grund wird der Leuchter an ein Fenster gestellt oder, besonders in Israel, links vom Hauseingang. Hier stünde er der Mesusa gegenüber, die rechts angebracht ist. In der Synagoge werden täglich Chanukkalichter angezündet. Die Lichter im Chanukkaleuchter werden mit einem weiteren Licht, dem sogenannten Schamasch (Diener) angezündet.

 

Es existieren verschiedene Traditionen, wie der Chanukkaleuchter angezündet wird: Ursprünglich wurde nur eine Kerze je Tag angezündet, was ausreicht, um die für Chanukka vorgesehene gute Tat zu erfüllen. Seit dem 13. Jahrhundert haben sich unterschiedliche Traditionen entwickelt, die das Anzünden von acht Kerzen des Chanukkaleuchters vorsehen.

 

  1. Im 13. Jahrhundert überlieferte Rabbi Meir von Rothenburg die Tradition, den Chanukkaleuchter von links nach rechts anzuzünden. Dies ist der aschkenasische Minhag (Brauch), der in West- und Süddeutschland eingehalten wurde und später vom Gaon von Wilna für die litauischen Juden übernommen wurde.

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  3. Zwei weitere Traditionen entwickelten sich im 14. Jahrhundert: Rabbi Isserlein berichtete von einer Tradition in Österreich, nach dem die Chanukkalichter von rechts nach links angezündet werden. Diese Tradition wurde in Polen und großen Teilen Osteuropas so gepflegt und wird als Minhag Austrich oder Minhag Polin bezeichnet.

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  5. Eine dritte Tradition wurde von Rabbi Joseph ben Solomon Colon überliefert: Die Chanukkakerzen werden von rechts nach links aufgestellt und an jedem Tag von der am weitesten links stehenden Kerze beginnend angezündet. Diese in Frankreich und einigen italienischen Gemeinden gepflegte Tradition entwickelte sich zur vor allem in Osteuropa vorherrschenden Tradition des Chanukkakerzenanzündens. Sie wurde vom chassidischen Judentum (Minhag Ari) und einigen sephardischen Gemeinden übernommen.

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Am ersten Chanukkatag wird die erste Kerze angezündet. Dabei werden drei Segenssprüche gesagt

  1. Baruch atah Adonaj,Elohejnu Melech HaOlam,ascher kideschanu bemitzwotaw we’tziwanu lehadlik ner schel’chanukkah. [Gepriesen seist Du, Ewiger, unser Gott, König der Welt, der du uns geheiligt durch deine Gebote und uns geboten, das Chanukkahlicht anzuzünden.]

  2. Baruch atah Adonaj,Elohejnu Melech HaOlam,sche’asah nissim La’wotejnu bajamim hahem basman haseh. [Gepriesen seist Du, Ewiger, unser Gott, König der Welt, der Du Wunder erwiesen unseren Vorfahren in jenen Tagen zu dieser Zeit.]

  3. Baruch atah Adonaj, Elohejnu Melech HaOlam, schehechijanu, wekijemanu wehigianu la’seman haseh. [Gepriesen seist Du, Ewiger, unser Gott, König der Welt, der Du uns hast Leben und Erhaltung gegeben und uns hast diese Zeit erreichen lassen.]

An den weiteren Tagen werden vor dem Kerzenanzünden nur die ersten zwei Gebete gesprochen. Am Freitagabend werden die Lichter für Chanukka im Hellen, also vor den Sabbatlichtern angezündet. Nach dem Anzünden der Lichter rezitieren die sephardischen Juden Psalm 30, während die aschkenasischen Juden das Lied Maos Zur singen, Oh mächtiger Fels.

Termine Chanukkafest

Der erste Tag ist immer der 25. Kislew, die eigentliche Feier beginnt jedoch stets bereits mit dem Sonnenuntergang am Vorabend.

  • 2015 (5776): 7. bis 14. Dezember 2015
  • Aus Wikipedia

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A Jewish boy lights multiple Hanukkah menorahs on the second night of
Hanukkah, as a neon menorah glows in the background.
 
 
Happy Hanukkah, Friedrich!
 

Today is the first day of Hanukkah.

 

Perhaps the best-known custom of Hanukkah (special Hanukkah menorah) is the lighting of the hanukkiah.

 

Last night, the first light was kindled in homes and public venues as this special holiday began.

 

As the sun sets here in Jerusalem, the second night of Hanukkah begins and all around the world, two candles will be lit on the hanukkiah.

 

 

 

 


Symbols of Hanukkah: the hanukkiah, sufganiyot (jam-filled donuts), gelt
(chocolate coins), and dreidels (spinning tops).

 

The hanukkiah is used only at Hanukkah, and although it is reminiscent of the seven-branched light stand that stood in the Temple, it is different.

 

Instead of having seven branches like the Temple Menorah, the hanukkiah has eight candles, as well as a special candle called a shamash.  Since the shamash is used to light all the other candles, it is considered to be the servant candle.

 

This ninth candle is separated from the other eight other candles — most often elevated over the others  in the hanukkiah and sometimes placed in the middle.

 

Since the second day of Hanukkah begins tonight, a second light will be added to the hanukkiah.  With the shamash, there will be three lights glowing on the Hanukkah menorah.

 

On each night of Hanukkah, one additional candle is added to the hanukkiah. On the last night, the shamash lights all eight candles so that all of the lights shine together.

 

 

 


Fully lit oil hanukkiah with the shamash raised at the end.

 

Friedrich, click here now to help kindle a light in the hearts of the Jewish People

 

 

In addition to lighting the hanukkiah, it is also customary to read stories, spin the dreidel, sing Hanukkah songs, and eat foods fried in oil.

 

Sufganiyot (donuts), which are a favorite here in Israel, and latkes (potato pancakes) served with sour cream and applesauce, are two traditional Hanukkah foods.

 

As fattening as these deep fried foods are, they are prepared in order to memorialize the miracle God did in restoring the Temple in Jerusalem and saving the Jewish People from the Greek/Seluecid army.  (It’s all about the story of the olive oil!)

 

 

 


A Jewish girl eats a sufganiyah on Hanukkah.
This fried food of Hanukkah memorializes the
miracle of a one-day supply of holy oil burning for
eight days while the Temple was rededicated.

 

 

Hanukkah: A Great Miracle Happened Here

 

The word Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word hanukh, which meansdedication or education.

 

Hanukkah is celebrated as the Feast of Dedication to remember the re-dedication of the Temple after God faithfully delivered Israel from her oppressors.

 

In fact, the reason for lighting eight candles is to present to Israel and the world a visual reminder of God's faithfulness and the miraculous story of Hanukkah.

 

Between the years 175 to 163 BC, the area of Judea came under control of the Greek King Antiochus IV Epiphanes following the death of Alexander the Great, who had conquered and divided the entire ancient world of the Eastern Mediterranean.

 

Antiochus tried to force the Jews to accept Greek culture.  He even defiled the Beit HaMikdash (Temple in Jerusalem) by sacrificing a pig on the altar and desecrating this holy place with the blood of an unclean animal.

 

As described in the book of the Maccabees in the Apocrypha, this wicked ruler forbade the Jewish people from keeping God’s laws.  In fact, the penalty for keeping the Torah was death.  Many Jewish people chose martyrdom over defying God’s commandments.

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The Lord Bless You And Keep You (Aaronic Blessing)

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Since the Greeks outlawed the study of the Torah, when someone
approached, the Torah was hidden and dreidels were taken out and
played like a game of chance.  Their oppressors thought the Jewish
people were playing a children's game when they were actually pursuing
the things of God.  The letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin stand for nes gadol
haya sham, meaning a great miracle happened there.  In Israel, however,
the letters are nun, gimmel, hey, pey, which stand for a great miracle
happened here (poh).

 

Antiochus also erected a statue of the Greek false god, Zeus, in the Holy of Holies!

 

As horrible as this was, it fulfilled the Hebrew Prophet Daniel's prophecy concerning the “abomination of desolation.”

 

The Prophet Daniel wrote: “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice.  Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.  With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him."  (Daniel 11:31–32)

 

A Jewish revolt against this assault on Judaism rose up led by the courageous freedom fighters called the Maccabees.

 

This name can be considered an acronym standing for the Hebrew phrase Mi kamocha ba’elim Adonai, which means Who is like you, Lord, among the gods?

 

 

 


Delicious potato latkes served with generous dollops of sour cream and
applesauce — a real Hanukkah delight!

 

Although greatly outnumbered and overpowered, Yehudah (Judah) the Maccabee led his brothers and other Jewish men in a valiant battle to drive out tens of thousands of Greeks and reclaim the Temple.

 

God helped this small but courageous group of men to win the victory in 163 BC, taking back Jerusalem and rededicating the Temple to God.

 

Jewish law requires the Temple Menorah to stay lit 24 hours a day using consecrated oil, but tradition has it that they only found a one-day supply of sealed, consecrated oil; however, the oil miraculously burned for a whole eight days — the time it took to prepare the sanctified oil required to keep the Menorah burning every day after.

 

 

 


The most common tradition at Hanukkah is lighting the hanukkiah.  It is
lit in remembrance of the eight days that the Golden Menorah in the
Holy Temple kept burning on a one-day supply of oil.

 

Click here to lift up Yeshua, Our Light, during this Hanukkah festival

 

 

Yeshua: the Shamash Who Kindled the Light in Our Hearts and Lives

 

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."  (Mark 10:45)

 

Since Hanukkah is not a holiday ordained by God in the Torah, some wonder if Yeshua (Jesus) actually celebrated it.

 

The answer is a resounding yes!

 

“It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication was being held in Jerusalem.  Yeshua was walking in the Temple precincts, in Solomon's Portico.  The Jews gathered round Him and asked: ‘How long must you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah say so plainly.’”  (John 10:22–24)

 

Yeshua went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah), and while in the Temple area He proclaimed, “The works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:25, 30)

 

 

 


Shamash: Yeshua the Messiah, like the shamash candle, kindles the
light in our hearts and brings us out of darkness into the light of life.

 

Just as the shamash on the hanukkiah is the servant candle that lights the other eight candles, Yeshua the Messiah came as a servant to be the light that shines in and through us to others.

 

John confirms that Yeshua is the light that darkness cannot overcome.

 

“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (John 1:4–5)

 

Darkness has no power over the light.  When the lights are turned on, the darkness disappears immediately!  It’s never a struggle or a contest.  Light wins every time!

 

“When Yeshua spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12)

 

 

 


Israeli children gather around the recreated
Temple Menorah, which is on display in
Jerusalem.  The Temple Institute created this
Menorah for use in the Third Temple, which will
inevitably by built.

 

 

The Significance of the Menorah

 

When the Holy Temple was restored during the time of the Maccabees, the act of re-lighting the Menorah in the Temple represented restoring God’s presence there.

 

The Temple was set up so that the Jewish people would have a place to come and meet with God.  And while the Menorah was placed inside the Holy Place, the Jewish sages teach that the windows in the Sanctuary walls were no ordinary windows:

 

“For what is normally considered the function of windows?  To let the light in.  But these windows were in order to let the light the out—to disseminate the spiritual light emanating from the Temple Menorah out into the world.  The Sanctuary's windows allowed the special ethereal light coming forth from the Menorah to burst out to the world from within the hallowed hall.”  (Temple Institute)

 

While the Bible makes it clear that the Temple will once again be rebuilt, today,those who know Yeshua do have spiritual light and are the dwelling place for the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh).

 

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”  (1 Corinthians 3:16)

 

Without the presence and Light of God shining on us, we are all lost.  Moreover, without the presence and Light of God shining in us and out from us, we cannot minister His Good News of saving grace to others.

 

During this joyous eight-day season of Hanukkah, Friedrich, please help us reach out to the Jewish People here in Israel and around the world with the Good News that Yeshua is the Light of the World.

 

"I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness."  (John 12:46)

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Happy Chanukah, Friedrich, on this 7th day of the festival.

 

Chanukah is a Hebrew word that is phonetically written in English as Chanukah, Hanukkah, or Hannukah.

 

This holiday is called the Festival of Lights — celebrating the miracle of a little oil that lasted eight days and continues to illuminate our lives to this day.

 

Both Christmas and Chanukah are actually known as the “Festival of Lights.”  The focus of each holiday is about God showing us His salvation andsupernatural miracles!

 

Christmas celebrates the miraculous virgin birth of Yeshua, the Light of the World, who was born to save the world from their sins.  (However, Yeshua was likely born in the fall around the time of Sukkot, and not in the winter.)

 

In John 10:22, the Bible says that Yeshua (Jesus) celebrated Chanukah when He went up to the Temple in Jerusalem during the winter for the “Feast of Dedication.”

 

Chanukah celebrates the miraculous salvation of Israel as a tiny group of Israelites liberated the Temple from the mighty army of a vast Greek empire 164 years before Yeshua’s birth.  If the Jews had been wiped out during the warfare, the Messiah would not have been born.

 

The Temple had been desecrated during the Greek rule but once the Maccabees recaptured it, they cleansed the Temple and rededicated it; that is why it is called the Feast of Dedication.  But a problem arose on that joyous day — they found only enough purified oil to light the Menorah for one day.  Even so, It supernaturally lasted for eight days!  That gave the priests enough time to make more oil.

 

Friedrich, we wish you were here with us to celebrate Chanukah, as we light the final candle on the eight-branched Menorah.  We harvested our own olives from the Judean Hills in the fall, and now we fry the latkes (potato pancakes) in the olive oil to remember the miracle of the Holy olive oil which miraculously lasted eight days in the Jerusalem Temple.

 

But what is more important is remembering Yeshua’s miraculous birth that fulfilled Isaiah’s Prophecy:

 

 

Isaiah gave clear indications about the coming of the Messiah 800 years before He was born!  Isaiah’s heart must have lept for joy when he began writing those words of the coming Savior….

 

Isaiah was just an ordinary man living in Jerusalem with his wife and two sons.  During his early years, he worked as an official for King Uzziah; however, God later called to be a prophet, and he obeyed that calling!

 

And we are thankful that he did, because on a Shabbat (Saturday) morning 2,000 years ago, the Jewish men assembled at a synagogue in northern Israel, and Yeshua read one of Isaiah’s Messianic Prophecies out loud to everyone present!

 

In Luke 4:16–21 it says that Yeshua went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom.  And He stood up to read the scroll of the prophet Isaiah which was handed to Him.  Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:

 

“‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.’

 

“Yeshua said to them,‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”

 
 
 

God used ordinary people like Isaiah 2,800 years ago!  And today, God wants to use people like you, Friedrich, to proclaim His Word and His prophecies about the Messiah to unsaved Jewish people.

 

Many Jewish people accept Yeshua as their Messiah after reading these prophecies, and that’s why our Messianic Prophecy Bible is so very much needed.

 

Friedrich, please click here to give a Chanukah Gift for Israel's Salvation!

 

Harry, a Jewish Believer from Florida, wrote to us saying, “Thirty years ago a Christian woman told me what no rabbi had ever told me.  She gave me a Tanakh (Jewish Bible) and underlined the prophecies for me.  I later believed in Yeshua and received everlasting life.  So I believe strongly in your ministry.  Please do everything to reach my Jewish people because the rabbis are not telling them the truth.  My prayers are with your outreach to Israel.”

 

 

Samuel, a Jewish Believer from Ohio, said, “During the Chanukah/Christmas season, when my Christian friend opened up the Bible and showed me Isaiah 9, I couldn’t accept it at first.  I was told my whole life that as a Jew, I can’t believe in Jesus because he is the God of the Gentiles.  I was taught that Jesus started a new religion called Christianity, and that He was a traitor to Judaism by starting this new religion in which millions of my Jewish people were persecuted and killed.  But two weeks later, I opened up the Bible my Christian friend left with me, and I read the prophecy of Isaiah 9 over and over again.

 

“As I read the prophecy, God supernaturally revealed things to my heart, and I instantly knew that this was speaking about Yeshua.  I accepted Him as my Messiah, and I was born again!  This was the best Chanukah gift I could ever receive!

 

“I hope that many other Christians will share the truth of the Messiah with my Jewish people so that they can receive the Ruach (Holy Spirit), just like I did.”

 

On December 25, hundreds of millions of born-again Christians around the world will celebrate the birth of Yeshua because they have called upon the Messiah of Israel.

 

And now during Chanukah, the Jewish people here in Israel, around the world, and in your city, are lighting their Chanukah candles and giving thanks to God, remembering the miracle of the oil burning for eight days.  Sadly, most will not be commemorating the birth of the child who was prophesied by Isaiah, because they simply don't know about the prophecies or their Messiah Yeshua!

 
 

According to the book of Matthew, Yeshua says that “they will spend eternity separated from God in a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  But, today, you can help take the Jewish Gospel to them so that they can know the True Light of this world — Yeshua.

 

The Messianic Prophecy Bible, still in development, will do what no other Bible has done before.

 

For the first time, a Jewish person will have a Bible that presents God’s Word in a distinctly Jewish manner — with commentary answering the prophecies and Jewish objections.  This Bible will be printed in Hebrew, English, Russian, Spanish, and then in all other languages possible.

 

Just as God used Isaiah and Micah to write down and proclaim the Messianic Prophecies, God wants to use you, Friedrich, to help reach Jewish People with the best Chanukah message that they can hear — that Yeshua truly is the Light of the World!

 
 

 

Now, as the end of the year approaches, please take this opportunity to send in a generous tax deductible Chanukah gift before December 31.  This will allow you to save on your taxes, and we can complete this urgently needed Bible more quickly, as well as continue to support our Israeli evangelists in the Holy Land.

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Chanukah Sameach Friedrich!  Happy Chanukah!
 
“And what more shall I say?  I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”  (Hebrews 11:32–34)
 

Today is the final day of Chanukah.  Last night the hanukkiah (Chanukah menorah) glowed with all eight lights representing the miracle of a single vial of oil lasting a full eight days. 

 

We celebrate Chanukah in remembrance of the historic victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Greek Emperor Antiochus IV and those who desecrated the Temple, making it into a pagan shrine.

 

Part of the wonder of Chanukah is that this small, untrained force was able to defeat the most powerful army on earth at that time.

 

Another is that when the Maccabees rededicated the Temple, the one-day supply of consecrated oil used to relight the Menorah miraculously continued to burn the entire eight days necessary to produce additional consecrated oil.

 

God honored the efforts of the Maccabees to restore the Temple, taking what little oil they had and making it last an impossibly long time.

 
As well, the Bible tells us that oil was miraculously extended in the case of the widow at Zarephath (1 Kings) and the wife of a prophet (2 Kings).
 
 

Oil in a hanukkiah (Photo by Yair Aronshtam)
 
 
 

In the case of the widow at Zarephath, the Lord orchestrated a divine appointment with the Prophet Elijah during a drought.

 

He told Elijah that He had directed a widow there to supply him with food. 

 

When Elijah arrived and found the woman, he requested water and bread.  She told him that she only had a handful of flour and a small amount of oil.  Elijah reassured her, saying, "The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land."  (1 Kings 17:14)

 

Just as Elijah promised, every day there was enough food for the woman, her family, and Elijah until food began to grow once again in the land.

 

Elijah's successor, Elisha, also helped a widow who only had a small jar of oil.  The woman's husband, a prophet, had died and the creditors were demanding her sons in payment.

 
Elisha told her to ask all her neighbors for empty jars and then go home and pour oil into all the jars until they were full.  Then he directed her to sell the oil, pay her debts, and live on what was left.
 

Likewise, we, as Believers in Yeshua (Jesus), have many times experienced God’s grace in our lives in ways that resemble a small supply of oil lasting beyond all expectation.

 
 

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath, by Jan Victors
 

Corrie ten Boom and her sister, perhaps, experienced such

 

a miracle.

 

The Nazis forcibly and illegally interned them at Ravensbrück concentration camp for women during World War II.  What was their crime?  The ten Boom sisters had hidden Jews in their home during the German occupation of Holland in World War II.

 

In her 1971 book, The Hiding Place, Corrie describes how her sister Betsie had managed to bring to the concentration camp a small bottle of vitamin drops.  Although she needed those few drops as much as anyone in that camp, Betsie never refused anyone and willingly shared the drops with all who asked.

 

Miraculously, and beyond all comprehension, the drops continued to emerge from this small bottle, weeks after the bottle should have been naturally emptied.  (The Hiding Place, chapters 12–13)

 

 

It is worth recounting some of the miraculous activities associated with the lives of these two women.

 
 

 

The Ten Boom family

 

Corrie, who died in Orange County, California on her 91st birthday, tells in The Hiding Place, of secret worship services they held at Ravensbrück, which brought light to that dark place.

 

“Either Betsie or I would open the Bible.  Because only the Hollanders could understand the Dutch text we would translate aloud in German.  And then we would hear the life-giving words passed back along the aisles in French, Polish, Russian, Czech, and back into Dutch.  They were little previews of Heaven, these evenings beneath the light bulb.”

 

Betsie was the older sister and in poor health.  She died in the camp.  Her last words to Corrie were, “...[we] must tell them what we have learned here.  We must tell them that there is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.  They will listen to us, Corrie, because we have been here.”  (The Hiding Place; 1971, p. 217)

 

Corrie escaped Ravensbrück due to a clerical error days before all of the women of her age group were sent to the gas chambers.

 
In the years following the war, she traveled the world, telling her story of survival.  In a way, she is a living representative of the hanukkiah (the Hanukkah menorah) — the light that continues shining in the darkness and the miracle of God’s provision.
 
 


Children light the Chanukah menorah.  (Photo by Elizabeth Foote)

 
 

 

 

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