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Episode: “Feast of Lights from Jerusalem”
This program brings you Dr. Jeffrey Seif teaching about Hanukkah from the city where it happened.

Caption transcript for “Feast of Lights from Jerusalem”

  • 00:07 FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL FORCES OF DARKNESS HAVE AMASSED
  • 00:10 AND THREATENED THE JEWS WITH EXTINCTION.
  • 00:13 IN EVERY GENERATION, HOWEVER, GOD PROVIDED A LEADER
  • 00:17 WHO WOULD SHINE THE LIGHT OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS.
  • 00:20 HANUKKAH...
  • 00:22 THE JEWISH FEAST OF LIGHTS
  • 00:24 HARKS BACK TO A TIME WHEN JUDAISM WAS THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION.
  • 00:28 A HERO EMERGED, LIT THE LAMP OF HOPE AND DELIVERED ISRAEL.
  • 00:33 FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION JEWS LIGHT LAMPS IN THEIR HOMES TO COMMEMORATE THE VICTORY
  • 00:39 AND TO RETELL THE STORY
  • 00:41 OF THE FEASTS OF LIGHTS.
  • 00:47 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 00:49 JEFFREY SEIF HERE
  • 00:50 PLEASED TO WELCOME YOU
  • 00:52 TO A VERY, VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS,
  • 00:57 PRESENTING TO YOU FROM A VERY, VERY SPECIAL PLACE.
  • 01:01 BEHIND ME...
  • 01:03 YERUSHALAYIM... JERUSALEM.
  • 01:06 UNDERNEATH ME...
  • 01:08 THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
  • 01:10 HEY, MANY PREACHERS CAN'T TELL YOU THEY'RE COMING FROM THERE.
  • 01:13 WE OPEN UP OUR BIBLES AND TALK.
  • 01:15 BUT HERE I'M COMING TO YOU FROM THE BIBLE LAND TO TELL A STORY.
  • 01:20 TO GET SOME HELP IN THE TELLING OF THAT STORY
  • 01:23 LET ME TO EXPLAIN THIS...
  • 01:25 GIVE YOU A LITTLE HEBREW LESSON HERE...
  • 01:27 IT'S CALLED A "MENORAH".
  • 01:30 IN IT ARE A VARIETY OF CANDLES
  • 01:33 THAT ARE LIT, EIGHT IN TOTAL,
  • 01:35 TO COMMEMORATE A VERY, VERY
  • 01:37 SPECIAL EVENT THAT TOOK PLACE
  • 01:39 HERE MANY, MANY YEARS AGO...
  • 01:42 A MIRACULOUS EVENT.
  • 01:44 IN FACT JEWS SAY,
  • 01:45 "NES GADOL HAYA SHEM",
  • 01:48 THAT "A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED..."
  • 01:50 AND WHAT WAS THAT MIRACLE?
  • 01:52 MANY YEARS AGO THIS LAND WAS OVERRUN BY THE SYRIANS.
  • 01:57 IT SEEMS THERE'S A LOT OF ARMIES,
  • 01:59 A LOT OF SOLDIERS HAVE SCHLEPPED THROUGH THIS PART OF THE WORLD
  • 02:02 AND LITTLE ISRAEL HAS BEEN CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRES FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL.
  • 02:08 WELL THERE WAS A TIME WHEN THE SYRIANS OVERRAN YERUSHALAYIM, JERUSALEM.
  • 02:15 THEY IN THE PROCESS OVERTOOK THE "BEIT HA-MIKDASH", THE TEMPLE.
  • 02:21 THEY DEDICATED IT TO THE SERVICE OF A PAGAN GOD
  • 02:24 AND DESECRATED THE HOLY OF HOLIES,
  • 02:27 AFFECTED WHAT WE CALL "THE DESOLATING SACRILEGE"
  • 02:31 BY OFFERING SWINE'S FLESH IN THE PLACE THAT WAS THE LORD'S INTERIOR ROOM
  • 02:38 IN THE "BEIT HA-MIKDASH",
  • 02:40 "THE TEMPLE"
  • 02:41 IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES.
  • 02:44 WELL GOD FORTUITOUSLY, PROVIDENTIALLY GAVE A VICTORY TO ISRAELITES
  • 02:49 THAT WANTED TO STAND UP AND CONTEND FOR THE REAL ESTATE
  • 02:52 IN THE WAKE OF WHICH THE TEMPLE WAS REDEDICATED.
  • 02:55 THERE WAS ONLY A LITTLE BIT OF OIL
  • 02:57 BUT IT LASTED FOR THE EIGHT DAYS NEEDED TO PURIFY THE TEMPLE COMPLEX.
  • 03:03 AND ANNUALLY JEWISH PEOPLE COMMEMORATE THAT EVENT.
  • 03:08 WELL LET ME GIVE YOU SOME HEBREW WORDS HERE...
  • 03:11 "CHOSHECH"... "CHOSHECH"...
  • 03:16 IS A HEBREW WORD FOR "DARKNESS".
  • 03:18 "OHR" IS A HEBREW WORD
  • 03:22 FOR "LIGHT".
  • 03:24 IF YOU WERE TO VISIT A SYNAGOGUE
  • 03:26 YOU'D DISCOVER THAT THERE IS A LIGHT THAT HANGS OVER THE "ARON KODESH",
  • 03:30 THE "ARK" WHERE THE TORAH SCROLLS ARE KEPT.
  • 03:34 THIS KEEPING A MEMORIAL LIGHT GOING HAS ITS ROOTS IN THE TEMPLE COMPLEX
  • 03:39 AND ITS SOMETHING THAT'S ACCENTUATED,
  • 03:42 PARTICULARLY DURING THE "FEAST OF HANUKKAH".
  • 03:46 IN BIBLE DAYS OIL WAS USED.
  • 03:48 IN SYNAGOGUES TODAY THEY USE ELECTRICITY.
  • 03:51 THE MANUFACTURE OF THE OIL WAS VERY SPECIAL
  • 03:54 WHICH REMINDS ME HERE AT THE BASE OF THE MOUNT OF OLIVES IS A PLACE CALLED
  • 04:01 "GETHSEMANE"...
  • 04:04 "GETHSEMANI" IN HEBREW.
  • 04:06 "GETH" MEANS "PRESS",
  • 04:09 "SHEMAN" MEANS "OIL".
  • 04:12 THE PROCESS OF SQUEEZING THE OIL OUT OF THE OLIVES IS VERY FASCINATING.
  • 04:17 THERE'S AN ART FORM TO THE SCIENCE, IN FACT, AND IT'S TAKEN VERY, VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY.
  • 04:25 IN FACT, THE OLIVE ITSELF IS A MAJOR CROP HERE...
  • 04:30 THINK OF THIS...
  • 04:32 I'M COMING TO YOU FROM WHAT'S CALLED THE "MOUNT OF OLIVES"
  • 04:35 AND THERE ARE TREES ROUND ABOUT.
  • 04:37 AND IN BIBLE DAYS,
  • 04:39 IN BYGONE DAYS,
  • 04:40 THERE WAS A SPECIAL PRESS THERE
  • 04:43 AT THE BASE, "GETHSEMANI".
  • 04:45 YOU WOULD PRESS THE OIL...
  • 04:47 PRESS THE OLIVE RATHER...
  • 04:49 AND THEN THE LIFE GIVING OIL WOULD COME OUT.
  • 04:52 AND IF YOU CAN IMAGINE THAT,
  • 04:53 IF YOU CAN RECALL ONE NIGHT THE LORD HIMSELF, YESHUA, JESUS THAT IS,
  • 04:57 WAS THERE READY TO GIVE HIS LIFE.
  • 05:00 HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE EXPRESSION, "SWEAT AND BLOOD"?
  • 05:03 WELL YOU REMEMBER HOW HE DID THAT... HOW HE WAS UNDER THE PRESSURE AGONIZING,
  • 05:07 "LORD, LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME, BUT NOT MY WILL, BUT THY WILL BE DONE.",
  • 05:14 AND HE'S SWEATING BLOOD IN THE PROCESS.
  • 05:18 SEEMS LIKE IN DIFFERENT WAYS, DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE SWEAT BLOOD IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD.
  • 05:23 THE STORY OF HANUKKAH AS I'D SAID A MOMENT AGO
  • 05:26 HARKS BACK TO A TIME WHEN THE JEWISH STATE WAS DECIMATED.
  • 05:30 IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN "L'DOR V'DOR",
  • 05:33 "FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION".
  • 05:36 THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THIS REAL ESTATE THAT DRAWS CONFLICT.
  • 05:41 JUST TO LOOK AT IT GEOGRAPHICALLY,
  • 05:43 FRANKLY, IT SHOULD REALLY COME AS NO SURPRISE
  • 05:46 IN THAT ISRAEL ITSELF
  • 05:47 IS THE NATURAL LAND BRIDGE THAT
  • 05:49 CONNECTS AFRICA, ASIA, EUROPE...
  • 05:52 SO ARMIES THAT ARE LOOKING
  • 05:53 TO ADVANCE ARE GOING TO COME
  • 05:55 THROUGH THIS PART OF THE WORLD.
  • 05:57 AND IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT REAL ESTATE THAT HAS SEEN VARIOUS CIVILIZATIONS COME AND GO,
  • 06:02 ALWAYS THIS LITTLE PARCEL'S CAUGHT IN THE CROSSHAIRS.
  • 06:05 THE HANUKKAH STORY TELLS ONE SUCH TIME
  • 06:08 BUT THERE ARE A VARIETY OF STORIES, BY THE WAY,
  • 06:10 A VARIETY OF BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS
  • 06:12 THAT TALK ABOUT HOW THE FORCES OF "CHOSHECH", "DARKNESS"
  • 06:17 ARE ENDEAVORING TO EXTINGUISH THE VOICE OF "OHR",
  • 06:22 THE VOICE OF "LIGHT".
  • 06:24 PASSOVER TELLS OF A TIME WHEN A CERTAIN NATION STATE EMERGED IN EGYPT
  • 06:29 THAT WAS HELL-BENT ON DESTROYING JEWS.
  • 06:33 THE JEWISH HOLIDAY OF "PURIM", REVOLVING AROUND THE BOOK OF ESTHER,
  • 06:37 TALKS ABOUT A TIME IN PERSIA, HOW A CIVILIZATION WAS BENT ON DESTROYING JEWS.
  • 06:44 HANUKKAH TELLS A STORY
  • 06:46 OF HOW THE SYRIANS WERE BENT
  • 06:47 ON DESTROYING THE JEWS
  • 06:50 AND THEY CAME EVER SO CLOSE.
  • 06:53 JEWS REMEMBER THAT PARTICULAR EVENT...
  • 06:56 IN FACT ALL THOSE HOLIDAYS AND ALL THOSE STRUGGLES.
  • 06:58 THERE'S A WORD IN HEBREW "ZIKAR"
  • 07:01 WHICH MEANS "TO REMEMBER".
  • 07:04 AND WE'RE A PEOPLE
  • 07:05 THAT HAS A MIND OF HISTORY
  • 07:06 AND WE OPEN UP THE BIBLE AS I'M GOING TO DO IN THE NEXT SEGMENT.
  • 07:09 WE'RE GOING TO SEE HOW VARIOUS FORCES IS MARSHALED
  • 07:12 TO EXTINGUISH THE ISRAELITE LIGHT AND THEN TO DIMINISH THE TESTIMONY OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
  • 07:22 IN EVERY GENERATION HIS SAVING POWER IS EVIDENCED
  • 07:25 AND I WANT TO CONSIDER PROPHETICALLY THE DESTINY OF THIS LAND.
  • 07:30 HANUKKAH IS BUT ONE STORY OF HOW THE ASSYRIANS OVERRAN.
  • 07:34 A SMALL RAGTAG MILITIA DECIDED TO STAND UP AND GOD GAVE THEM GREAT VICTORY.
  • 07:40 AND IT SEEMS THAT IN DIFFERENT WAYS, IN DIFFERENT DAYS,
  • 07:42 DIFFERENT PEOPLE ARE INSPIRITED WITH A MIND TO TAKE SUCH A STAND
  • 07:46 TO CONTEND FOR THIS LAND FOR THE JEWISH RIGHT IN THE REAL ESTATE
  • 07:51 AND FOR GOD'S PLANS ON THE LAND.
  • 07:53 WELL I WANT TO TELL THAT STORY.
  • 07:55 HANUKKAH TELLS THAT STORY.
  • 07:57 JEREMIAH'S GOING TO TELL THAT STORY
  • 08:00 AND IN THE PROCESS OF SO DOING
  • 08:02 WE'RE GOING TO HEAR GOD'S MID EAST PEACE PLAN...
  • 08:06 HANUKKAH...
  • 08:07 A STORY OF DELIVERANCE...
  • 08:09 A STORY THAT'S ROOTED IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE.
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  • 08:53 BUT LET ME ASK IF YOU CAN
  • 08:54 FINISH THIS LITTLE LINE.
  • 08:55 READY?
  • 08:56 FINISH IT IF YOU WILL.
  • 08:57 "THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE..."
  • 09:01 "I'M GOING TO LET IT SHINE."
  • 09:04 I BET YOU HEARD THAT, DIDN'T YA?
  • 09:06 WELL THIS IS A SHINING BOX HERE.
  • 09:08 I EARLIER SPOKE ABOUT A MENORAH,
  • 09:10 JEWS LIGHT THIS SPECIAL LIGHT STAND ANNUALLY FOR A PERIOD OF EIGHT DAYS.
  • 09:17 THE MENORAH COMES IN VARIOUS FORMATIONS.
  • 09:20 THIS ONE IS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE.
  • 09:23 THE CANDLES ARE LIT INSIDE.
  • 09:25 THERE'S ONE UP HERE,
  • 09:27 IT'S CALLED THE "SHAMUS"
  • 09:28 AND YOU USE THE "SHAMUS",
  • 09:30 THE "SERVANT"
  • 09:31 TO LIGHT THE OTHERS.
  • 09:32 THERE'S DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS
  • 09:34 BUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT IN THE JEWISH WORLD
  • 09:36 IS FOR EVERY JEWISH HOME TO LET THAT LITTLE LIGHT SHINE.
  • 09:41 YOU KNOW IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH THERE'S OLD SONGS, "GIVE ME OIL IN MY LAMP, KEEP ME BURNING"...
  • 09:47 THE WHOLE IDEA OF LIGHT SHINING IN DARKNESS IS SO GERMANE TO THE BIBLICAL STORY
  • 09:53 THAT WE'RE TO "SHINE AS LIGHTS IN A DARKENED WORLD" IS A BIBLICAL CONCEPT.
  • 09:58 THE FORCES OF DARKNESS, HOWEVER,
  • 09:59 THE DEVIL'S CALLED "THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS"
  • 10:01 AND THE EXTINGUISHING THE LIGHT IS PLAYED OUT IN DIFFERENT WAYS.
  • 10:06 I WANT YOU TO GO WITH ME NOW TO THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH.
  • 10:09 THIS STORY PRE-DATES THE HANUKKAH STORY
  • 10:13 OF WHICH THE HANUKKAH IS JUST A CONTINUATION OF IT IN SOME SENSE AS YOU'LL SEE.
  • 10:18 IN THE 33RD CHAPTER GOD IS ON RECORD HERE
  • 10:21 TALKING ABOUT HIS PRESERVING POWER FOR HIS PEOPLE IN THIS LAND
  • 10:27 AND IT'S THE STORY OF PRESERVATION THAT'S COMMEMORATED IN THE HANUKKAH STORY.
  • 10:32 WE'RE TOLD IN CHAPTER 33,
  • 10:53 YOU KNOW THE STORY... THE NIGHT COMES AND THE STARS COME;
  • 10:57 THE DAY COMES AND THE SUN COMES.
  • 11:00 IT SEEMS THAT GOD'S ALWAYS GOT A LIGHT SHINING.
  • 11:02 THERE IS A VERY PREDICTABLE FORMATION IN THE CYCLE OF NATURE...VERY, VERY PREDICTABLE,
  • 11:09 VERY ESTABLISHED... IMMOVABLE.
  • 11:12 AND THE LORD SAYS, "MY COVENANT WITH DAVID IS SOMETHING AKIN TO THAT."
  • 11:17 HE GOES ON TO SAY,
  • 11:19 "MY COVENANT WITH DAVID WILL BE BROKEN IF THAT ORDER OF THE LIGHTS AND THE NIGHT AND THE DAYS CAN BE BROKEN."
  • 11:27 AND IT CAN'T BE BROKEN.
  • 11:28 GOD'S LOVE FOR DAVID AND HIS DESCENDANTS AND HIS LAND CAN'T BE BROKEN.
  • 11:32 WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 24 THEN,
  • 11:52 YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE HERE IN THE JEREMIAH TEXT, PEOPLE ARE SAYING GOD'S CAST AWAY THE JEWS.
  • 11:57 PAUL WAS VERY EXPLICIT IN SAYING, "MAY IT NEVER BE",
  • 12:00 BUT MANY IN THE CHURCH SAY, "LET IT BE"... GO FIGURE.
  • 12:05 BUT JEREMIAH IS ON RECORD HERE
  • 12:07 AND THE LORD IS SPEAKING THROUGH HIM AND TO HIM SAYING,
  • 12:10 "LISTEN... A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING GOD'S CAST OFF THE JEWS... MAY IT NEVER BE!"
  • 12:15 THE JEWISH PRESENCE IS AS FIXED AS THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE STARS.
  • 12:20 HE SAYS IN VERSE 25,
  • 12:35 THERE'S SOMETHING FIXED,
  • 12:37 THERE'S SOMETHING ESTABLISHED.
  • 12:39 AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING.
  • 12:41 WHEN GOD ESTABLISHES SOMETHING
  • 12:44 THE FORCES OF DARKNESS ARE BENT ON UPROOTING IT.
  • 12:50 AND HENCE THERE'S A STRUGGLE.
  • 12:53 IT HAPPENS IN DIFFERENT WAYS,
  • 12:54 IN DIFFERENT GENERATIONS,
  • 12:57 DIFFERENT EMPIRES,
  • 12:59 DIFFERENT RELIGIONS.
  • 13:00 IT'S ALL ABOUT SNUFFING OUT A LIGHT.
  • 13:06 YOU AND I FRIENDS HAVE TO PRAYERFULLY AND CAREFULLY
  • 13:09 PARTICIPATE IN KEEPING THE LIGHT BURNING, KEEPING THE TORCH LIT.
  • 13:18 IT'S SO IMPORTANT IN THE BIBLICAL TEXT.
  • 13:20 JEREMIAH SAYS IT OVER AND AGAIN IN DIFFERENT WAYS
  • 13:23 AND HE APPEALS TO THE NIGHT LIGHTS AND THE LIGHTS BY DAY TO SAY,
  • 13:28 "LISTEN... IT'S A SYMBOL OF GOD'S KEEPING POWER."
  • 13:32 AND SO AS I'D SAID EARLIER,
  • 13:34 JEWS IN THE HANUKKAH SEASON,
  • 13:35 WHEN WE REMEMBER HOW THEY TRIED TO KILL US,
  • 13:38 WE LIGHT LIGHTS TO COMMEMORATE.
  • 13:41 I HAVE PLEASANT MEMORIES OF HANUKKAH.
  • 13:44 IT IS IN EFFECT THE JEWISH CHRISTMAS.
  • 13:48 AND THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT...
  • 13:49 CHRISTMAS IS CELEBRATED ONE DAY,
  • 13:51 HANUKKAH IS CELEBRATED EIGHT DAYS
  • 13:53 AND I'M PLEASED TO INFORM YOU THAT IN JEWISH HOMES,
  • 13:57 THE KIDDOS GET GIFTS FOR EVERY ONE OF THE THEM.
  • 14:00 HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE CHRISTMAS FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK AND THEN SOME?
  • 14:05 OH, IT WAS SPECIAL AND I REMEMBER BECAUSE WE CELEBRATED GIFT GIVING...
  • 14:10 IT WAS A HAPPY SEASON
  • 14:12 BECAUSE WE REMEMBERED THAT THOUGH HELL HAS AN ASSIGNMENT AGAINST US,
  • 14:16 GOD HAS A PLAN FOR US.
  • 14:20 NOT JUST FOR US, THE JEWISH PEOPLE, LET ME SAY WITH A BIBLE IN HAND,
  • 14:25 BUT THROUGH THE JEWS TO ALL OF "YOU'S".
  • 14:27 IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT REDEEMING A PEOPLE IN A LAND
  • 14:31 BUT ITS GOD'S PLAN TO SPREAD HIS LIGHT OVER PLANET EARTH.
  • 14:37 I'M GOING TO ROLL OUT OF THIS SEGMENT IN A MOMENT
  • 14:39 AND COME BACK AND EXPLAIN THAT A LITTLE MORE
  • 14:41 BUT LET ME LET YOU KNOW THAT THE HANUKKAH STORY,
  • 14:45 THE DEDICATION STORY,
  • 14:46 THE PRESERVATION STORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 14:48 ISN'T JUST FOR JEWS,
  • 14:50 ITS FOR ALL OF "YOUS".
  • 14:52 AND I'LL GET TO THAT STORY IN A MOMENT.
  • 14:57 MY SUGGESTION...
  • 14:58 COME TO ISRAEL...
  • 14:59 YOU'LL ENJOY IT...
  • 15:00 THIS NINE - TEN DAY TRIP HAS TOTALLY REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY I LOOK AT...
  • 15:05 THE PROFOUND MEANING AND THE HISTORY BEHIND EVERYTHING AND...
  • 15:08 WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF GREAT THINGS...
  • 15:10 WE'VE LEARNED SO MUCH...
  • 15:11 WHAT CAN BE MORE SPECIAL THAN COMING TO GOD'S LAND WITH GOD'S PEOPLE?
  • 15:15 IF YOU WANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ISRAEL AND GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE
  • 15:19 I INVITE YOU TO COME...
  • 15:21 YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
  • 15:23 JOIN US IN ISRAEL FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
  • 15:28 I WANT TO GO BACK TO JEREMIAH
  • 15:29 IN A MOMENT.
  • 15:30 BUT LET ME TAKE YOU TO SOMETHING
  • 15:31 THAT'S A LITTLE MORE FAMILIAR.
  • 15:33 I WANT YOU TO TURN IN YOUR BIBLES PLEASE
  • 15:35 TO THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, THE 10TH CHAPTER,
  • 15:38 AND I WANT YOU TO SEE HOW JESUS,
  • 15:40 THE TORAH OBSERVANT JEW THAT HE WAS,
  • 15:42 IS PARTICIPATING IN THE CELEBRATION OF HANUKKAH.
  • 15:47 ISN'T THAT SOMETHIN'?
  • 15:48 WE'RE TOLD IN JOHN, CHAPTER 10, VERSE 22,
  • 15:51 "NOW IT WAS THE FEAST OF DEDICATION IN JERUSALEM".
  • 15:54 AND "DEDICATION" IN ENGLISH IS "HANUKKAH" IN HEBREW.
  • 16:14 HIS FEET ARE TREADING THERE
  • 16:17 AND IT'S THE SEASON WHEN JEWISH PEOPLE REMEMBER THE DEDICATION OF THE TEMPLE.
  • 16:22 NOW LET ME TELL YOU...
  • 16:24 THE LIGHT IN THE TEMPLE...
  • 16:25 THERE'S SOMETHING VERY, VERY UNIQUE.
  • 16:29 I'M NOT AN ARCHITECT BUT I KNOW THIS,
  • 16:32 THAT THE WAY WINDOWS ARE CONSTRUCTED;
  • 16:34 IT'S DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY TYPICALLY TO BRING LIGHT INTO THE HOUSE.
  • 16:40 YOU HAVE SKYLIGHTS,
  • 16:42 THERE'S DIFFERENT MECHANISMS IN ARCHITECTURE.
  • 16:45 THE NAME OF THE GAME IS TO BRING LIGHT IN.
  • 16:48 BUT WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THE HOUSE THAT YESHUA WAS WALKING AROUND IN...
  • 16:53 AND JEWISH LITERATURE IS VERY DELIBERATE IN EXPLAINING THIS.
  • 16:56 WHAT WAS UNIQUE ABOUT IT WAS THAT THE SILLS WERE DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY TO DISPLACE LIGHT.
  • 17:02 IN OTHER WORDS, IT WAS DESIGNED THAT THE LIGHT THAT WAS LIT ON THE HILL
  • 17:06 SHOULD BE SPREAD FORTH FROM THE HILL.
  • 17:09 WHICH IS ONE OF THE REASONS BY THE WAY, WHEN THE PRIEST, THE "KOHEN GADOL",
  • 17:16 "AARON" YOU CAN RECALL,
  • 17:17 WHEN HE WOULD BLESS THE PEOPLE AND SAY "MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU",
  • 17:21 HE WOULD EXTEND HIS HANDS WITH THIS SYMBOL.
  • 17:24 AND IT WAS IN EFFECT TO INDICATE RAYS OF LIGHT.
  • 17:27 HE WOULD HAVE THE BEIT HA-MIKDASH BEHIND HIM, THE HOLY PLACE,
  • 17:33 AND HE WOULD THERE BLESS.
  • 17:36 AND IT'S THE IMAGERY OF RAYS OF LIGHT, SYMBOLIC,
  • 17:39 IT'S NOT ONLY BUILT INTO HIS GESTURING BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY BUILT INTO THE FACILITY ITSELF.
  • 17:48 REMEMBER JESUS IS ON RECORD SPEAKING OF A CITY THAT IS SET ON A HILL CANNOT BE HID.
  • 17:55 BUT HE REFERENCES A LIGHT THAT'S PUT ON A STAND TO GIVE LIGHT TO ALL.
  • 17:59 WELL THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THAT HERE IN THE HANUKKAH STORY TO BE SURE
  • 18:04 BECAUSE IT'S ALL CELEBRATED AROUND LIGHT.
  • 18:07 AND AS I'D NOTED HERE IN THE 10TH CHAPTER OF THE JOHANNINE GOSPEL,
  • 18:10 JESUS IS THERE IN "THE FEAST OF LIGHTS",
  • 18:13 HE'S WALKING AROUND THE TEMPLE COMPLEX
  • 18:15 AND WHAT KIND OF LIGHT DOES HE SHARE HERE?
  • 18:19 HE SAYS IN VERSE 28 THAT THERE'S A GIFT ON THE TABLE, HE SAYS,
  • 18:33 THE PROMISE HERE IS TO THOSE THAT FOLLOW.
  • 18:37 YESHUA, JESUS PREVIOUSLY IN THE CHAPTER REFERENCED HIMSELF AS A SHEPHERD
  • 18:42 WHO WAS IN EFFECT GOING TO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP.
  • 18:46 HE MENTIONED WHAT JEWS KNOW ALL TOO WELL.
  • 18:50 CERTAINLY WHEN REMEMBERING THE HANUKKAH STORY
  • 18:52 HE REMEMBERS THAT THERE ARE WOLFS THAT COME TO STEAL, TO KILL AND TO DESTROY.
  • 19:00 AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT
  • 19:01 ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANIES,THE SYRIAN,
  • 19:03 DID WHEN HE CAME HERE AND OVERRAN JERUSALEM, STEALING, KILLING AND DESTROYING.
  • 19:09 BUT YESHUA SAID, "I CAME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND LIFE ABUNDANT."
  • 19:14 AND JUST BEFORE THAT BY THE WAY
  • 19:16 HE REFERENCED TO THE "LIGHT STORY",
  • 19:18 THE LIGHT OF WORLD,
  • 19:19 HE IN THE 9TH CHAPTER GAVE LIGHT TO THE BLIND.
  • 19:22 HE OPENED THE EYES SO THERE COULD BE LIGHT AND THERE COULD BE VISION.
  • 19:26 AND THERE IN THE 10TH CHAPTER, JESUS REFERENCES HIMSELF AS A SHEPHERD.
  • 19:31 SHEEP WALKING LOW TO THE GROUND AND NOTED AS HAVING POOR VISION;
  • 19:36 THE SHEPHERD IN EFFECT GIVES EYES OR HE GIVES LIGHT TO THE SHEEP.
  • 19:40 HE IS ABLE TO THEN SAY, "THIS IS THE WAY, WALK IN IT"
  • 19:44 AS HE GOES BEFORE THEM AND LEADS THEM TO GOOD PASTURE.
  • 19:47 HE IN EFFECT DISPLACES THE DARKNESS
  • 19:50 AND LEADS THEM TO GOOD PASTURES THAT THEY COULDN'T OTHERWISE FIND.
  • 19:55 OH, THE IMAGERY HERE IS FASCINATING BY THE WAY
  • 19:58 AND THE STORY IS WONDERFUL
  • 20:02 ESPECIALLY IN THIS PRECARIOUS WORLD.
  • 20:05 BEHIND ME ONCE STOOD THE TEMPLE COMPLEX IN JERUSALEM
  • 20:09 AND NOW THERE'S AN ISLAMIC SHRINE BEHIND ME.
  • 20:12 BELLOWING OUT OF LOUD SPEAKERS ARE ISLAMIST CLERICS
  • 20:16 CALLING INDIVIDUALS TO PRAYER.
  • 20:19 A FASCINATING WORLD,
  • 20:21 A CONFLUENCE OF RELIGIONS.
  • 20:23 WHAT KIND OF LIGHT CAN COME OUT OF THIS WORLD?
  • 20:25 WELL THERE IS A PLAN OF REDEMPTION ON THE TABLE.
  • 20:30 CERTAINLY WE KNOW FROM THE HANUKKAH STORY
  • 20:32 THAT GOD REDEEMED HIS PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AS A NATION STATE,
  • 20:36 AS A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM.
  • 20:38 WE KNOW AS WELL FROM THE JESUS STORY TOLD HERE ON THE FEAST OF HANUKKAH
  • 20:42 THAT YESHUA IS ALL ABOUT REDEEMING INDIVIDUALS.
  • 20:46 OF COURSE HE'S SPEAKING TO JEWISH INDIVIDUALS
  • 20:50 BUT AS I SAID A MOMENT AGO,
  • 20:52 ITS NOT JUST ABOUT JEWS,
  • 20:53 THE REDEMPTION STORY NOTED IN JEREMIAH,
  • 20:56 THE FIXED PLAN OF GOD'S ABIDING LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE
  • 21:00 ISN'T JUST FOR HIS PEOPLE, THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 21:04 BECAUSE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS GOD MADE HUMAN KIND,
  • 21:09 NOT JUST JEWISH KIND.
  • 21:11 IT SAYS IN THE BIBLICAL TEXT
  • 21:13 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 21:24 MY COUSINS, THE ARAB FRIENDS OF MINE,
  • 21:28 INDIVIDUALS THAT AREN'T SEMITIC BUT OTHER PEOPLE GROUPS,
  • 21:32 WE'RE ALL MADE IN GOD'S IMAGE
  • 21:35 AND THERE'S A SPARK AND THERE'S A PLAN TO REDEEM NOT JUST JEWS BUT "YOUS" AND ITS NOTED...
  • 21:41 ITS NOTED...
  • 21:43 ITS BROADCAST IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
  • 21:47 GOD'S PLAN TO REDEEM THE ARAB PEOPLES THAT ARE MUSLIM STATES NOW.
  • 21:52 ROUND ABOUT ME NOW IS A SEASON OF PRAYER,
  • 21:54 A CALLING OF FAITHFUL MUSLIMS TO TURN THEIR HEARTS TOWARD ALLAH.
  • 22:00 DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SAME GOD IN JEREMIAH WHO PROMISED A FIXED PLAN AND A STEADY PURPOSE FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE...
  • 22:09 DO YOU KNOW THAT HE ALSO WAS EXPLICIT IN INFORMING
  • 22:13 THAT HE HAS A PLAN FOR THE MUSLIM PEOPLE,
  • 22:16 FOR THE ARAB PEOPLE.
  • 22:18 YOU'RE SAYING, "JEFFREY COULD IT BE?"
  • 22:20 BEHIND ME AS I'VE SAID IS A CALL TO PRAYER FOR THE ISLAMIST FAITHFUL.
  • 22:26 IS THERE A CALL OF GOD ON THEM? ...YES.
  • 22:29 I WANT YOU TO TURN WITH ME TO JEREMIAH, CHAPTER 48, VERSE 47.
  • 22:34 THERE'S DEVASTATIONS IN THE WORLD BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAYS?
  • 22:47 MOAB IN YESTERDAY IS JORDAN OF TODAY.
  • 22:51 HE SAYS, "I WILL BRING THEM BACK".
  • 22:53 MOABITE PEOPLE, ARABIC PEOPLE WILL BE RECONCILED TO HIM AND TO THEIR LAND.
  • 22:58 HE SAYS, "I WILL BRING THEM BACK."
  • 23:00 WHEN?
  • 23:02 IN THE LATTER DAYS.
  • 23:06 IN CHAPTER 49, VERSE 6, MUCH THE SAME, HE SAYS,
  • 23:09 "AND I WILL BRING THEM BACK."
  • 23:11 WHO?
  • 23:12 THE CAPTIVES OF AMMON.
  • 23:14 THE AMMONITES DWELT JUST ABOVE THE MOABITES,
  • 23:20 NEIGHBORS IF YOU WILL, IN A LAND THAT IS JORDAN TODAY,
  • 23:27 BUT IT WENT BY ANOTHER NAME YESTERDAY.
  • 23:30 GOD SAYS, "I'M GOING TO CALL YOU BACK."
  • 23:34 OH I WANT TO LOOK AT "THE FEAST OF LIGHTS" STORY
  • 23:36 AND I'M GOING TO CONTINUE IT AFTER THE BREAK AND EXPLORE HOW THERE'S A UNIFICATION MOTIF...
  • 23:43 GOD ACCOMPLISHING HIS WILL AND WAYS ON PLANET EARTH
  • 23:47 AND GATHERING THE EXILES OF ISRAEL, THE JEWISH PEOPLE, NON-JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 23:53 AND BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH AND GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN.
  • 25:14 OH LET THE LIGHT SHINE.
  • 25:17 WE'RE TOLD THAT THE WORD IS A LIGHT UNTO OUR PATH.
  • 25:22 AND WHAT DOES THE WORD DECLARE IN JEREMIAH?
  • 25:24 HE SAYS THAT HE IS GOING TO REDEEM HIS PEOPLE.
  • 25:29 IN CHAPTER 48 WE SPOKE OF MOAB
  • 25:33 AND THEN AMMON,
  • 25:36 EDOM FOLLOWS
  • 25:37 AND THEN IN VERSE 39
  • 25:39 OF CHAPTER 49
  • 25:41 HE SPEAKS OF THE ELAMITES
  • 25:43 BEING RESTORED.
  • 25:44 ELAM IN ANTIQUITY IS PERSIA
  • 25:47 WHEREIN THAT PART OF THE WORLD WHERE IRAN STANDS.
  • 25:50 GOD HAS A PEACE PLAN FRIENDS.
  • 25:53 LISTEN, LET ME CLOSE HERE IN
  • 25:55 JEREMIAH CHAPTER 51, VERSE 10,
  • 26:05 THERE IS A WORK THAT'S GOING TO BE UNFOLDING ON PLANET EARTH, THE REDEMPTIVE WORK
  • 26:11 WHEN HIS KINGDOM COMES AND HIS WILL IS DONE.
  • 26:15 AND THE STORY OF HANUKKAH REMINDS US IN EVERY GENERATION HOW GOD WATCHES OVER HIS WORD,
  • 26:23 HE WATCHES OVER HIS COVENANT PEOPLE.
  • 26:26 LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU IF YOU'RE A NATURAL JEW
  • 26:30 TO MAKE PEACE WITH THE GOD OF ISRAEL THROUGH THE MESSIAH.
  • 26:33 IF YOU'RE NOT OF JEWISH EXTRACT
  • 26:36 LET ME TELL YOU, YOU CAN BE GRAFTED IN AND YOU CAN BE PART OF GOD'S PEACE PLAN.
  • 26:41 AND WHAT A PLAN IT IS.
  • 26:43 THANK YOU FOR EXPLORING IT WITH ME AND AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 26:46 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:49 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

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