Messiah in Chanukkah Chapter 16

  1. Shout for Joy!
  2. Messiah came to earth to liberate humanity on Chanukkah
  3. Immanuel, the Almighty One With Us
  4. Messiah is the Perfect Man who is our Deliverer
  5. The Creator’s re-visioning process
  6. The Salvation of Adonai came down from Heaven to earth at Chanukkah

Shout for Joy!

From the moment the Chanukkah lamp was lit in the household of Mary’s father (the household of her ancestor King David) on Kislev 25, 6 BCE, the world has never ceased to be without the means to be liberated from sin and to inherit the gift of eternal life. The root word for Mary”s name in Hebrew is “Mara,” translated “Bitterness.” Heaven’s bitterness was a completely barren, spiritually dead, lost humanity (cf. Ruth 1:20-22).

ותאמר אליהן אל־תקראנה לי נעמי קראן לי מרא כי־המר שדי לי מאד׃ אני מלאה הלכתי וריקם השיבני ה’ למה תקראנה לי נעמי וה’ ענה בי ושדי הרע לי׃ ותשב נעמי ורות המואביה כלתה עמה השבה משדי מואב והמה באו בית לחם בתחלת קציר שערים׃

וַתֹּ֣אמֶר אֲלֵיהֶ֔ן אַל־תִּקְרֶ֥אנָה לִ֖י נָעֳמִ֑י קְרֶ֤אןָ לִי֙ מָרָ֔א כִּי־הֵמַ֥ר שַׁדַּ֛י לִ֖י מְאֹֽד׃ אני מלאה הלכתי וריקם השיבני ה’ למה תקראנה לי נעמי וה’ ענה בי ושדי הרע לי׃ וַתָּ֣שָׁב נָעֳמִ֗י וְר֨וּת הַמֹּואֲבִיָּ֤ה כַלָּתָהּ֙ עִמָּ֔הּ הַשָּׁ֖בָה מִשְּׂדֵ֣י מֹואָ֑ב וְהֵ֗מָּה בָּ֚אוּ בֵּ֣ית לֶ֔חֶם בִּתְחִלַּ֖ת קְצִ֥יר שְׂעֹרִֽים׃

She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi (נָעֳמִי-My Delight); call me Mara (מָרָא-Bitterness), for Shaddai (שַׁדַּי) has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, but Shaddai has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since Adonai has witnessed against me and Shaddai has afflicted me?” So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth (רוּת-Friendship, Companion-רְעוּת) the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Beit-Lechem (בֵּית לֶחֶם-Bethlehem) at the beginning of barley harvest (בִּתְחִלַּת קְצִיר שְׂעֹרִֽים).

This bitterness changed to Joyous Laughter (Isaac’s name means Laughter) when Messiah’s ministry on earth led to humanity being reborn through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (cf. Ruth 4:17 and the Messiah in Shavuot, chapters 7-12).

ותקראנה לו השכנות שם לאמר ילד־בן לנעמי ותקראנה שמו עובד הוא אבי־ישי אבי דוד׃

וַתִּקְרֶאנָה לֹו הַשְּׁכֵנֹות שֵׁם לֵאמֹר יֻלַּד־בֵּן לְנָעֳמִי וַתִּקְרֶאנָֽה שְׁמֹו עֹובֵד הוּא אֲבִי־יִשַׁי אֲבִי דָוִֽד׃

The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi (My Delight)!” So they named him Obed (עוֹבֵד-Serving One; to make oneself a Servant-עָבַד). He is the father of Jesse (יִשַׁי-yishai, the Exisiting One; from being in the present-יֵשׁ-yesh; אֶֽהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶֽהְיֶה-Ehyeh asher Ehyeh dwells in the present), the father of David (דָּוִד-Beloved).

This miraculous rebirth of a humble, Servant-hearted humanity from heaven above is what Messiah (the Beloved) came to earth for. Heaven is no longer barren. There is rejoicing in heaven now: “Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; break forth into joyful shouting.” Abba Avinu (Abba our Father) replaced the barrenness of the old creation by instituting a new creation order that was prophesied about and illustrated through the miraculous birth of the Promised Son of Abraham and Sarah, “Laughter” (Isaac).

One day, at the close of the one thousand year messianic age, Adonai’s people who are ‘born from above’ will be greater in number than all the human population who have rejected His salvation and have bitterly chosen to remain living in rebellion and estrangement from Adonai.

We believe that at the end of the mortal age of humankind two-thirds of all humanity (of all of the people throughout human history) will be born from above and one-third not. This ratio perfectly corresponds to the number of angels who have not rebelled against the Creator (two-thirds) versus the number of fallen angels who have rebelled (one-third):  “And I saw one-third of the stars of heaven fall…”

This means that an incredibly high percentage (over ninety-percent) of the future mortal populace living on earth during the one thousand year international reign of the Messiah will choose to receive the gift of Eternal Life that is the mark (seal) of adoption that proves one is a permanent member of the heavenly Father’s family.

Messiah came to earth to liberate humanity on Chanukkah:

It is, therefore, at the exact time of Mary’s mother lighting the first lamp (on the first of the eight days of Chanukkah) that we believe the Messiah, the Light of the World, came down from heaven into the womb of Mary. Most definitely Christian tradition is wrong. According to the Word of Adonai’s messianic timeline (the festivals of Israel) Messiah Yeshua came into the world at His conception on the first day of Chanukkah (at sunset 25 Kislev). This means that Messiah the Light of the World (Or Ha’Olam) came into the world two hundred eighty-five days before His birth. Messiah’s birth occurred at the beginning of the fall festival of Sukkot (Tishri 15, 5 BCE). Not on Christmas. His circumcision occurred eight days later on Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly) and Simchat Torah, meaning the Joy of Torah (Tishri 22, 5 BCE). As the prophets had foretold the Messiah was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin, who was a direct descendant of King David. Like the first Adam the Messiah is called the Son of Elohim and as such He has rightfully been called Immanuel, “Elohim With Us.”

Immanuel, the Almighty One With Us:

Now the beginning of the (285 day) conception to birth narrative of Messiah, the King of Kings (Melekh HaMelakhim), is as follows:

{Classical & Mishnaic Hebrew}

וְזֶה דְבַר הֻלֶּדֶת יֵשׁוּעַ הַמָּשִׁיחַ מִרְיָם אִמּוֹ הָיְתָה מְאֹרָשָׂה לְיוֹסֵף וּבְטֶרֶם יָבֹא אֵלֶיהָ נִמְצֵאת הָרָה מֵרוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ׃ וְיוֹסֵף בַּעְלָהּ אִישׁ צַדִּיק וְלֹא אָבָה לְתִתָּהּ לְחֶרְפָּה וַיֹּאמֶר אֲשַׁלְּחֶנָּה בַּסָּתֶר׃ הוּא חשֵׁב כָּזֹאת וְהִנֵּה מַלְאַךְ יְהוָֹה נִרְאָה אֵלָיו בַּחֲלוֹם וַיֹּאמַר יוֹסֵף בֶּן־דָּוִד אַל־תִּירָא מִקַּחַת אֵת מִרְיָם אִשְׁתֶּךָ כִּי הַנּוֹצָר בְּקִרְבָּה מֵרוּחַ הַקֹּדֶשׁ הוּא׃ וְהִיא יֹלֶדֶת בֵּן וְקָרָאתָ אֶת־שְׁמוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ כִּי הוּא יוֹשִׁיעַ אֶת־עַמּוֹ מֵחַטֹּאתֵיהֶם׃ וְכָל־זֹאת הָיְתָה לְמַלֹאת אֶת־דְּבַר יְהוָֹה אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר בְּיַד הַנָּבִיא לֵאמֹר׃ הִנֵּה הָעַלְמָה הָרָה וְיֹלֶדֶת בֵּן וְקָרְאוּ שְׁמוֹ עִמָּנוּאֵל אֲשֶׁר פֵּרוּשׁוֹ הָאֵל עִמָּנוּ׃ וַיִּיקַץ יוֹסֵף מִשְׁנָתוֹ וַיַּעַשׂ כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּהוּ מַלְאַךְ יְהוָֹה וַיֶּאֱסֹף אֶת־אִשְׁתּוֹ אֶל בֵּיתוֹ׃ וְלֹא יְדָעָהּ עַד כִּי־יָלְדָה בֵּן (אֶת־בְּכוֹרָהּ) וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־שְׁמוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ׃

{Modern Hebrew}

כך היתה הלדת ישוע המשיח: מרים אמו היתה מאורסת ליוסף ובטרם התאחדו נמצאה הרה לרוח הקדש. יוסף בעלה, שהיה צדיק ולא רצה להציג אותה לחרפה, החליט לשלח אותה בסתר. בעוד שהיה מהרהר בזה נראה אליו מלאך יהוה בחלום ואמר: “יוסף בן דוד, אל תחשש לקחת אליך את מרים אשתך, כי אשר הורה בה מרוח הקדש הוא. היא יולדת בן ואתה תקרא שמו ישוע, כי הוא יושיע את עמו מחטאתיהם.” כל זה ארע למען יתקים מה שדבר אדני בפי הנביא: “הנה העלמה הרה וילדת בן וקראת שמו עמנו אל.” לאחר מכן הקיץ יוסף משנתו ועשה כפי שצוהו מלאך יהוה. הוא לקח אליו את אשתו מבלי שידע אותה עד אשר ילדה בן, וקרא את שמו ישוע.פ

And this was the manner of the birth of Yeshua Ha-Mashiach: Miryam His mother was betrothed to Yosef, but before he came to her she was found pregnant from the Holy Spirit. Now Yosef, her husband, was a righteous man and did not want to subject her to disgrace. So he said, “I will send her away privately.” He was thinking this way, but then an angel of Adonai (HaShem) appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Yosef son of David! Do not be afraid to take Miryam, your wife, for what has been formed within her is from the Holy Spirit. She is giving birth to a son, and you are to name him Yeshua, because He will save (yoshia) His people from their sins.” All this happened in order to fulfill the Word of Adonai (HaShem) that He spoke through the prophet saying, “Look! The almah is pregnant and giving birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel,” which is interpreted, the “Almighty is with us.” Yosef woke up from his sleep and did what the angel of Adonai (HaShem) had commanded. He brought Miryam into his house, but he did not know her until after she had given birth to a son (her firstborn). And they named him Yeshua, “the Salvation of Adonai.”

Messiah is the Perfect Man who is our Deliverer:

The will of the heavenly Father was for the Messiah to reconcile to Him all those who would believe in Him. Messiah Yeshua poured out His life on the accursed tree (the Sign of the ancient Hebrew letter Tav, configured in the form of a crude cross) that many might receive “forgiveness of sins.” The tragedy of the first Adam’s sin (Ben Elohim) necessitated the creation of a new Adam (Ben Elohim) who would remove (subtract) sin from creation, rather than add sin to creation. This required that the Father of Mercies (Avi HaRachamim) place on the human scene a newly created leader of the human race who was without sin. Sin is transgression of Adonai’s law.

Therefore, the New Adam had to be a perfect person conceived and “born under the law” who could and would live a perfect, sinless life. The Messiah had to be a sinless person because the Holy One’s original standard for human existence was one of moral perfection. The Last Adam (HaAdam Ha’acharon), like the first Adam, was expected to conform to the Righteous Father’s standard of perfect obedience. The first Adam failed, so death came into the world. The last Adam did not fail, therefore, eternal life is available to all who will believe in His name (i.e. that He is the Salvation of Adonai).

The Creator’s re-visioning process:

A comprehensive outline of the Creator’s re-visioning process of humanity (making all things new) can be observed in the festivals of Israel. In moving from the problem-saturated story of fallen man’s sin to the preferred story of Messiah’s perfect humanity, the narrative of humankind goes from being a life of bondage to sin through humankind’s errors to a life of liberating righteousness through the graciousness of Adonai. The festivals of Messiah are the Creator’s (Hayotzer) defining ceremonies. They are prophetic templates crafted by the Holy One to provide us with a narrative testimony of the Messiah’s successes and explain how these accomplishments affect the children of Israel and all of humanity. The re-visioning process of the  Word of Adonai actually uses the Jewish festivals to define the conception, gestation, and birthing of a new life story and a new self (a new creation) that is only experienced through a saving knowledge and indwelling relationship with the Zera’ Elohim (the Seed of Elohim), who is the Zera’ Avraham (the Seed of Abraham), who is the Savior of all Humankind (HaMoshia l’chol Adam).

The Salvation of Adonai came down from Heaven to earth at Chanukkah:

The holy day that is best suited to convey the conception of the Creator’s Re-authoring of humanity is Chanukkah. This defining ceremony has to do with the All-Sufficient One (El Shaddai) liberating His elect people, the Jews, from the tyrannical rule of a wicked, foreign ruler. The oppressive occupation of Israel enforced by the wicked Syrian leader, Antiochas Epiphanes, included the forced cessation of obligatory temple worship of the Eternal One and other required religious practices. [Antiochas Epiphanes was a Greek king of the Seleucid Empire from 175 BCE until his death in 164 BCE.] Therefore, under the oppressive reign of Antiochas: the Yehudim experienced a state of incredibly harsh religious persecution. The practice of idolatry was aggressively being forced upon them by the wicked dictator who threatened to kill any Yehudi who was caught obeying the Torah of Adonai. Yet, the faithful Yehudim defiantly refused to worship any of the pagan deities of Antiochas because they did not love their life more than they did Elohei Avoteinu! (the G-d of our Fathers).

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