- Kislev Scripture Lesson #6: The All-Powerful One is our Helper
- Repentance and confession of sin was required
- The Plan started on the 7th day of Chanukkah and “completed” on the 1st day of Nisan
- The Tevet 1 and Nisan 1 dates are prophecies of things to come
- The rule of the Messiah must be ushered in by a time of great revival
Kislev Scripture Lesson #6: The All-Powerful One is our Helper:
ויקבצו כל־אנשי־יהודה ובנימן ׀ ירושלם לשלשת הימים הוא חדש התשיעי בעשרים בחדש וישבו כל־העם ברחוב בית האלהים מרעידים על־הדבר ומהגשמים׃
וַיִּקָּבְצ֣וּ כָל־אַנְשֵֽׁי־יְהוּדָה֩ וּבִנְיָמִ֨ן ׀ יְרוּשָׁלִַ֜ם לִשְׁלֹ֣שֶׁת הַיָּמִ֗ים ה֛וּא חֹ֥דֶשׁ הַתְּשִׁיעִ֖י בְּעֶשְׂרִ֣ים בַּחֹ֑דֶשׁ וַיֵּשְׁב֣וּ כָל־הָעָ֗ם בִּרְחֹוב֙ בֵּ֣ית הָאֱלֹהִ֔ים מַרְעִידִ֥ים עַל־הַדָּבָ֖ר וּמֵהַגְּשָׁמִֽים׃
Ezra 10:9: “So all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled at Jerusalem within the three days. It was the ninth month on the twentieth of the month (Kislev 20), and all the people sat in the open square before the House of the Almighty (בית האלהים), trembling because of this matter and the heavy rain.”
The Helper (Ezra) sorely rebuked the Jewish men.
The men are trembling in the month of Kislev because the “Helper” (Ezra) has sorely rebuked them and subjected them to His convicting power for their infidelity to the Holy One of Israel.
How were our ancestors unfaithful?
They had married foreign wives. As a result the children of the Israeli men were being raised up in the false belief systems of their unbelieving (foreign-gentile) mothers. Consequently, these children were being brought up to speak languages other than the language of Hebrew (the sacred language of their fathers).
Repentance and confession of sin was required:
The men began to do the will of the God in the time of the great “latter rains.”
The men of Israel were called upon by Ezra to confess (תוֹדָה-todah) their infidelity (ma’al) and take the necessary steps that would lead to their children being brought up in the saving knowledge of Adonai. In the time of the great latter rains, before the House of Adonai, all the men of “Praise” (Judah) and the Son of the Right Hand (Benjamin) gathered together to recommit themselves anew to do the will of the Eternal Father.
The Jewish men determined that they would marry only Jewish women.
The men were resolved to teach their children to speak the language of pure Hebrew; to study the Torah of the Hebrew Scriptures; and thereby raise up their Jewish children in the saving knowledge of the God of our Fathers: Elohei Avraham elohei Yitschak velohei Ya’akov (the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God Jacob).
The Plan started on the 7th day of Chanukkah and “completed” on the 1st day of Nisan:
The Plan was “conceived” in Kislev; “implemented” in Tevet, and put in “full effect” at the beginning of Nisan.
After a couple of weeks of planning the men of Israel began to fulfill their pledge to the Eternal One. Implementation of the plan began on the first day of the following tenth month (Tevet 1). Implementation of the commitment was considered in ‘full effect’ by the first day of the first month (Nisan 1). Prophetically, this means that the formulation and complete implementation of the plan of the men of Israel to fully and completely commit their lives (and families) to serving the will of Adonai was formulated on the *7th day of Chanukkah (Tevet 1) and was “completed” on the **1st day of Nisan.
*The prophetic event of Tevet 1 (7th day of Chanukkah) in the narrative occurred hundreds of years before the Festival of Chanukkah (of Dedication) was even instituted.
**The prophetic event of Nisan 1 (the Cleansing of the Millennial Temple) is still yet to come. This prophetic event – the full effect of the Plan (the spiritual revival of the men of Israel) – will not be experienced until after the Messiah returns to Israel (from heaven) and fully establishes the Kingdom of Adonai here on earth.
The Tevet 1 and Nisan 1 dates are prophecies of things to come:
Nisan 1 is the exact day when the prophet Ezekiel says the Millennial Temple will begin to be cleansed (literally “un-sinned”). According to the prophet Ezekiel, Nisan 1-7 will become the new time set by the heavenly Father for the celebration of both Chanukkah and Rosh Hashanah (cf. Ezekiel 45:18-20). Five points need to be made here:
Point #1. The first time the new temple is dedicated the observance will extend from Nisan 1-8. This is the same time period in which the Tabernacle was erected, cleansed and dedicated (cf. Exodus 47:17ff.).
Point #2. Nisan 8 is the day the high priest Aaron was “consecrated” as the high priest of Israel. His period of consecration lasted 7 days. Nisan 1 is when the tabernacle was completed and Aaron had to remain (with his two sons) within the newly erected tabernacle for seven days.
Point #3. Nisan 1-7 is the seven day period of time that Aaron and his sons were required to remain in the Tabernacle and to be consecrated as priests.
Point #4. Therefore on Nisan 8 (the eighth day) when the seven days and nights had come to an end that very day *Aaron (“Bringer of Light”) was presented to our people of *Israel (Rule of God) as our consecrated high priest. So it was on that very day Aaron was able to begin performing his duties (cf. Leviticus 9:1ff.).
*Aaron (Bringer of Light) was consecrated as the temporary high priest of all Israel.
Point #5. Nisan 8 is also the same day that the Messiah Yeshua (the “Salvation of Adonai”) will formerly be presented to our people of Israel and begin performing His duties as the **High Priest of Israel and of all the nations and peoples of the world; according to His priesthood, the priesthood of Malki-Tzedek (מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק – cf. Psalm 110 and our document, “Messiah in Rosh Hashanah (II) & Chanukkah II“).
**The Messiah is consecrated as the permanent High Priest of Israel and of all the nations, peoples, and families of the world; according to His very unique priesthood—-the Priesthood of Malki-Tzedek.
The rule of the Messiah must be ushered in by a time of great revival:
This little narrative in the scroll of the ‘Helper’ (Ezra) reminds us that the rule of the Messiah must be ushered in by a time of great revival. This requires first a revival among the Jewish men. Then as the Sons of Praise and the Sons of the Right Hand make Adonai our first love then our women and children will follow our lead.
Therefore, in conclusion: Chanukkah means “Dedication.” May those of us whose faith is anchored in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob rededicate ourselves anew (during this season of the latter rains). May we dedicate ourselves to the high calling of loving Adonai Avinu (our Father) with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strength. Amen, amen.