December 14, 2015 – A ‘Last Day’ Hanukkah Thought

The Light to the Nations

The Light to the Nations

“It is not enough that you are merely my servant to raise up the tribes of Ya‘akov (Jacob)  and restore the offspring of Isra’el. I will also make you a light to the nations, so my salvation can spread to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6).

In order to be a light to the nations that would bring salvation to the world, the Jewish people had to stand against assimilating into the idol worship being forced upon them by the Syrians. They could not allow the culture and customs of a different religious system to infiltrate and destroy their Biblical heritage within the Torah and the promises of God to their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When it did, they fought against it with their lives.

“When you enter the land Adonai your God is giving you, you are not to learn how to follow the abominable practices of those nations” (Deuteronomy 18:9).

In order for each of us as believers in the Messiah of Israel, the salvation of the world, to be a light in the darkness of this world, we cannot assimilate into any culture and customs that are contrary to Biblical truth. Through various points in church history, the assimilation of pagan practices and nations into the pure faith of the prophets and apostles has slowly taken place. This mixing of the holy and the profane has created a lukewarm faith to the world; a faith that doesn’t bring the hope of salvation, but a faith people that not only the world rejects, but Messiah will vomit out of his mouth as well.  Because we are not taught and are unwilling to use the whole counsel of God’s Word for a life of holiness, from Genesis to Revelation, a great deception has been in progress and has become the foundation of a lawless gospel on which ‘the man of lawlessess’ will be free to set up the final ‘abomination of desolation’ in a temple in Jerusalem.

“Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition), who opposes and exalts himself so proudly and insolently against and over all that is called God or that is worshiped, [even to his actually] taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Amplified Bible).

"Your word is a light to my path and a lamp to my feet" (Psalm 119:105).

“Your word is a light to my path and a lamp to my feet” (Psalm 119:105).

We must always be willing to cleanse and purify our spiritual temples from everything that contaminates whether physical or spiritual.  We must search for the idols on the altars of our hearts and remove them, even if it is painful and contrary to everything we have ever known.  We must begin to embrace a Biblical faith that includes an obedient life to the commandments of God that honors and glorifies, Yeshua, the Light of the World.

“Therefore the LORD (YHVH) says, “‘Go out from their midst; separate yourselves; don’t even touch what is unclean. Then I myself will receive you. In fact, I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters.’ says YHVH, LORD of Hosts”. Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that can defile either body or spirit, and strive to be completely holy, out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1).

Until next Hanukkah, Feast of Dedication … 

“Pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely.  Make the most of every opportunity, use your time well, for these are evil days” (Ephesians 5:15-16). 

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