- Adonai’s Eternal Light once again indwells His Temple
- Messiah alone possesses the Seal of the Father
- The Unbroken Seal of the High Priest is the eternal life of the Spirit of Truth
- The Festival of Lights
Adonai’s Eternal Light once again indwells His Temple:
Chanukkah teaches us that Divine illumination (the eternal Presence of the Avi Ha’Orot (אבי האורות-the Father of Lights) comes to us through the Indwelling Presence (“anointing”) of the Holy Spirit. Chanukkah also teaches us that only those who have the true Seal of the High Priest are blessed with the gift of eternal life that Elohim Avinu gives. When one repents of sin and puts his faith in Adonai Elohim’s true Messiah Yeshua, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells that person with His eternal life.
Messiah alone possesses the Seal of the Father:
It is said, that at the Temple re-dedication, when the time came for the golden lamp stand to be relit, only a one-day supply of the sacred olive oil could be found to fuel the golden lamp stand. Apparently the other flasks of oil that could be found did not possess the unbroken seal of the High Priest. Therefore, the defiled flasks that had been tampered with (whose seals had been broken or missing) were ritually unacceptable. While the priests set about the laborious, time-consuming task of acquiring and refining a new supply of very pure olive oil (a task that took about a week), a miracle occurred.
The one-day supply of oil (in a single flask) kept the golden lamp stand aflame for seven additional days (for an additional miracle week). This One solitary flask that possessed the unbroken seal of the High Priest that miraculously kept the golden lamp stand aflame for an additional week represents the Messiah.
Only the Messiah, the Light of the World (Or Ha’Olam), has lived a life of perfect illumination and, therefore, perfect obedience to the Father of Lights. All others (of us) are defiled vessels who (have sinned and as such) are unworthy of Adonai’s Elohim’s eternal seal of approval. We (Israel) can receive cleansing for sin and the gift of the the righteous Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness through our exercising a saving faith in the redemptive ministry of the Messiah our Kinsman Redeemer (HaGo’el).
The Unbroken Seal of the High Priest is the eternal life of the Spirit of Truth:
The rabbis teach that Adonai Elohim’s seal is “truth” (emet). The Messiah is the Personified Truth (HaEmet) of the heavenly Father. Messiah alone possesses the Father’s Seal. The Seal in view here is the abiding Presence and work of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth (Ruach HaEmet). The Holy Spirit glorifies the Son of Elohim. The Spirit of Truth perpetually abides upon and in the Messiah. The miraculous works of the Messiah are proof of this. The ultimate proof of the Messiah permanently holding the office of High Priest (on behalf of all humanity) is His resurrection from the dead (cf. Numbers 17:8; the sign of the resurrection of Aaron’s rod; i.e. the dead *almond branch). The Messiah, therefore, possesses a superior priesthood to the tribe of Levi (cf. Psalm 110, Genesis 14:18; the order of Malki-Tzedek). The Messiah’s priesthood actually administers forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. [*The Almond Tree is the species of tree that the Golden Lamp stand is patterned after. The species of Tree that fuels the Golden Lamp stand is the Olive Tree (cf. Zechariah 4:3).]
The Festival of Lights:
In the Besorah (Gospel) of the Grace of Adonai, the Messiah prophetically inserts Himself into the forefront of the Winter Feast (Chanukkah) celebration by declaring Himself to be “the Light of the World.” The Messiah is the Son of Elohim, whom “the Father sanctified and sent into the world” and who does the miraculous “works” of the Father. Both Chanukkah (Kislev 25, December) and Sukkot, the Feast of Booths (Tishri 15, September-October) are identified as Festivals of Light. Sequentially, the Jewish Gospel (Besorah) of the Endowment of the Grace of Adonai refers to the fall festival first, clearly identifying the Messiah as the now visible Light of the World. Thereafter, the written testimony of Yochanan Ben Zebedee moves subtly into the Winter Festival to give greater emphasis to the Messiah’s heavenly origin and to identify the actual time when the Father “sanctified and sent [His Son] into the world” (which was precisely at the time of the beginning of the first day of Chanukkah).