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Miriam’s Hanukkah Miracle

Did you know from studying the Scriptures, we can figure out that Yeshua/Jesus was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles in the fall?    This means that he would have been conceived 40 weeks earlier which just ‘happens’ to be the days of Hanukkah or the Feast of Dedication.  I am always reminded at this time of year how Miriam (Mary) experienced the Miracle of all Miracles.   Through the Spirit of God, she conceived a child, the promised Seed of the woman, the Light of the World, the One who would begin to restore all things.  Such a miraculous conception was the desire of every woman from the beginning of time and the promise to Eve, but Miriam was the one chosen to give birth to the Messiah!

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It was during the days of Hanukkah that the miracle of God becoming flesh began.  It was during the days of Hanukkah that Miriam dedicated herself, her body, her life to becoming the mother of the Savior of the world.  It was during the days of Hanukkah that she left home and visited her cousin causing Elizabeth’s baby to leap in her womb.  And, it was while all these things were happening in a small village called Nazareth that many people of  Israel were in Jerusalem remembering the rededication of the Altar of Sacrifice in the Temple, the miracle of the oil in the Menorah, and hoped for the One who would be the Light of the World and become their substitutionary sacrifice that would bring them complete and final redemption.

“How blessed are you among women! And how blessed is the child in your womb!” (Luke 1:45).

Apart from the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem from its defilement by the Greeks,  apart from the end times prophecy in Daniel about the coming ‘anointed One’ to rededicate a restored Temple in Jerusalem, a sometimes overlooked ‘reason for the season’ is found in Miriam’s response to Elizabeth’s words: 

“My soul magnifies Yahweh; and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior, who has taken notice of his servant-girl  in her humble position.  For — imagine it! — from now on, all generations will call me blessed!  The Mighty One has done great things for me! Indeed, his name is holy;  and in every generation he has mercy on those who fear him.   He has performed mighty deeds with his arm, routed the secretly proud, brought down rulers from their thrones, raised up the humble, filled the hungry with good things, but sent the rich away empty.  He has taken the part of his servant Israel, mindful of the mercy which he promised to our fathers, to Avraham and his seed forever” (Luke 1:46-55). 

Many years after Miriam conceived a child by the Spirit, during the days of Hanukkah, Yeshua went to the Temple in Jerusalem where everyone was remembering God’s miracles.  Strange as it may seem, he was also marking the time of his miraculous conception in his mother’s womb, the moment when he humbled himself, gave up his glory, and began life a human being – a human being who would be born to into a Jewish lineage from Judah through King David.

“Though he [Yeshua] was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God something to be possessed by force. On the contrary, he emptied himself, in that he took the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are. And when he appeared as a human being, he humbled himself still more by becoming obedient even to death — death on a cross as a criminal!  Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth —  and every tongue will acknowledge  that Yeshua the Messiah is LORD — to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).

He would grow up as a Jewish child,  live in Israel as a Jewish man, die on Passover as a Jewish man, resurrect on Firstfruits as a Jewish man and will return with the blowing of shofars as the promised Jewish heir of his Father’s eternal Kingdom.  In the midst of this memorial celebration to the rededication to the Altar, Yeshua proclaimed himself as the Messiah.  The Miracle of Miracles, the Light of the World, the Menorah in the flesh stood among his own brothers and sisters and announced, “I and the Father are One” (John 10:30). 

When celebrating the days of Dedication, look beyond the miraculous account of the Maccabees victory, the miracle of oil in the Menorah, and the rededication of the Altar.   Meditate on Miriam’s personal Hanukkah miracle.  The re-dedication of her temple that would birth the Savior of the world.  Without her humility and willingness to treasure everything in her heart, there would be no substitutionary sacrifice for our sin, no forgiveness of our sin, no redemption for the nation of  Israel, and no hope of a Kingdom where Israel’s Messiah, King Yeshua will reign on its throne forever. 

©2014 Tent Stake Ministries

What does it profit a man?

Thoughts on this Yom Rishon, first day of the week: What does it profit a man to know all 619 Torah commandments, but neglect the widow and the fatherless? What does it profit a man to know all the pagan roots of the holidays, but neglect the hearts and souls of the those in the nations who are lost and dying? What does it profit a man to know all the shadows and realities of the Biblical appointed times, but to judge the Jewish people who have guarded them for centuries with their lives? What does it profit a man to question everything ever written in Scripture, every prophet, every disciple, every apostle, but never actually put their faith in Yeshua who is the Word of Life? What does it profit a man to become part of the commonwealth of Israel, but never enter the Kingdom of God through the Spirit and water now (and in the future)? “What good will it do someone if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life?” (Matthew 16:26)

©December 2014, Tentstake Ministries

Cultural Overload and Chickens

With all of the race riots being incited by leaders because of Ferguson, the executive orders being done unconstitutionally by a senseless president that jeopardizes our national security , the kidnapping of children by Child Protective Services in order to vaccinate already unhealthy children, the Muslim takeover of the US through the ignorance of a generation’s zeal for cultural tolerance, school murders because of mental illness caused by pharmaceutical drugs and unchecked aggression, the acceptance of marriage between two people of the same sex who cannot biologically procreate by becoming one flesh, the supposed war on the women that allows them to kill babies in the womb and up until 5 years of age and personhood,  the push toward losing our inalienable rights as American citizens with freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the protection from search and seizure, I’m watching 2 Timothy 3:1 coming to pass right before my eyes. Some days I just like watching it snow on my chickens.    

“Moreover, understand this: in the last days will come trying times.  People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good,  traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power.

Stay away from these people!  For some of them worm their way into homes and get control of weak-willed women who are heaped with sins and swayed by various impulses,  who are always learning but never able to come to full knowledge of the truth…. They are people with corrupted minds, whose trust cannot pass the test.  However, they won’t get very far; because everyone will see how stupid they are ….

But you, you have closely followed my (Paul’s) teaching, conduct, purpose in life, trust, steadfastness, love and perseverance —  as well as the persecutions and sufferings that came my way in …. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.  And indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted,  while evil people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived themselves.

But you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, recalling the people from whom you learned it; and recalling too how from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which can give you the wisdom that leads to deliverance through trusting in Yeshua the Messiah.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; 17 thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.”

Bo Mashiach, Come Quickly Yeshua.

©November 2014, Tentstake Ministries

Post-Halloween Reflections

Menorah“There are those who rebel against the light, who do not know its ways or stay in its paths” (Job 24:13).

I guess if it’s okay for my Christian friends to post their dark and evil Halloween pictures on Facebook and other places, it must be okay for me to wonder why they took part in the holiday at all.  It just doesn’t compute in ‘my renewed mind’  how one can say they believe in the resurrection of the dead because Jesus rose from the dead and then dress like dead people, zombies, skeletons.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

It makes no sense that anyone would want to redeem this wicked, lawless, holiday for Christ.  I just can’t wrap my brain around how anyone who claims to be a Christian justifies honoring a holiday that Jesus would never have done or condoned because of its darkness.  Jesus called us “out of the darkness into His glorious light” (1 Peter 2:9). 

Do Christians even shudder at the thought of demons they play with and dress like?  They must have forgotten that Jesus cast demons out of people who knew what it was like to be possessed.

“You believe that “God is one”? Good for you! The demons believe it too — the thought makes them shudder with fear!” (James 2:13). 

“So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons” (Mark 1:39). 

God used Halloween  to set me free from demonic things in my life by showing me demons hanging on people who were ‘harmlessly’ dressed up and unknowingly partying with their possessor on Halloween.  It was the most eye-opening moment in my life and changed my spiritual direction drastically.    Unfortunately, the gift of discerning spirits isn’t one of the more tolerated gifts in the Body of Christ because so many who are supposed to be holy to the Lord have embraced the world and rationalize their behavior with the world. 

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

Whether or not a Christian realizes it, they will stand before God one day and give an account of their lives.  They will have to explain to the King of Kings why they celebrated a holiday that mocked the Father and Creator of Life and His Son who died to bring them life (Romans 14:10). 

Kirk Cameron.  He is a man who has embraced the world and the things of the world, and then teaches others to do the same with arrogance and ignorance.  He has become a spokesman for idolatry and is far removed from the will and purpose of God. He doesn’t know the Scriptures; he twists them as the Adversary did in the wilderness.   More importantly, He doesn’t know the God of the Bible except how he has divined Him to be with some ‘feel good about yourself message.’  I can honestly say, “I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes on judgement day.”

I pray for those Christians I know who embrace the death celebration and its trappings through Halloween.  The burden on my soul and spirit becomes so great during this time of year.  It’s  exhausting and draining because I can literally see the evil.  Each year my prayer list gets longer because there is a great falling away.  Those who didn’t take part in the darkness just a few years ago are doing so now.  This year my prayers included an entire local church.   I hope that someday each person who I prayed for comes to understand the darkness they have embraced and how the Light of the World continues to shine in the darkness calling them out.  

A friend posted a Scripture from Revelation 22:11-12 and it seems appropriate to conclude my post-Halloween thoughts.  

“Whoever keeps acting wickedly, let him go on acting wickedly; whoever is filthy, let him go on being made filthy. “Also, whoever is righteous, let him go on doing what is righteous; and whoever is holy, let him go on being made holy.” “Pay attention!” [says Yeshua,] “I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done.”

©November 2014 Tent Stake Ministries

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