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Series: “The Holy Days of Our Lord (2012)”
with Myles and Katharine Weiss
On location in Israel, we created this presentation of the holidays our Lord celebrated. Given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, these celebrations comprise one of the most fascinating studies of Biblical types and shadows. Since knowledge of these feasts seems to repose mainly with Jewish people, whether Messianic or other, we wanted to acquaint our large audience with this information. Few churches or seminaries teach what we take up in this series. Below are descriptions of each program.
Episode: “Purim / Hanukkah”
From the giant Menorah by the Israeli Parliament, Zola recalls the book of Esther as well as the New Testament references to the Festival of Lights, rededicating the Temple. We hear the testimony of a natural-born Israeli whose life dramatically changed when he found his Messiah.

Caption transcript for The Holy Days of Our Lord (2012): “Purim / Hanukkah” (9/11)

  • 00:03 IT IS WRITTEN IN THE SCRIPTURES THAT WE SHOULD JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM THREE TIMES A YEAR.
  • 00:08 WE ARE GOING UP TO THE CITY OF GOD,
  • 00:11 TO JERUSALEM, TO CELEBRATE.
  • 00:17 THE LORD TOLD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO HONOR SEVEN HOLY CELEBRATIONS EACH YEAR
  • 00:22 INVOLVING THREE JOURNEYS TO JERUSALEM.
  • 00:25 EACH FESTIVAL WOULD BE UNIQUELY FULFILLED IN THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH.
  • 00:44 SHALOM AND WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS
  • 00:46 I'M MYLES
  • 00:47 THIS IS MY WIFE KATHARINE
  • 00:48 AND WE'RE CONTINUING IN OUR STUDY OF THE HOLY DAYS OF OUR LORD.
  • 00:52 HANUKKAH AND PURIM ARE TWO EXTRA BIBLICAL FEASTS.
  • 00:56 IN OTHER WORDS, THEY'RE NOT MANDATED IN LEVITICUS 23 LIKE THE OTHER HOLY DAYS
  • 01:00 AND YET THEY'RE VERY SIGNIFICANT TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 01:03 HANUKKAH FOR EXAMPLE IS THE FEAST OF DEDICATION.
  • 01:06 IT'S WHEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE WERE DELIVERED FROM ANTIOCHUS BETWEEN THE TESTAMENTS
  • 01:11 AND YESHUA KEPT THE FEAST.
  • 01:12 YES, IN JOHN 10:22 HE KEPT THE FEAST, THE FEAST OF DEDICATION,
  • 01:17 HE'S THERE, HE SHOWS UP.
  • 01:19 IT'S WRITTEN ALSO THAT THE HANUKKAH LIGHTS WERE SO BRIGHT IN THE TIME OF THE LORD.
  • 01:23 IT WOULD LIGHT UP ALL OF JERUSALEM.
  • 01:25 AMAZING...
  • 01:26 THINK ABOUT THAT THOUGH...
  • 01:27 IT'S THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD...
  • 01:28 YESHUA...JESUS CHRIST...
  • 01:31 THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD IS STRIDING THROUGH SOLOMON'S PORCH IN JERUSALEM WITH THE WHOLE CITY LIT UP...
  • 01:35 THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD IN JERUSALEM BEING LIT UP FOR THE FEAST OF DEDICATION.
  • 01:39 SO LET'S GO TO ZOLA IN ISRAEL IN FRONT OF THE KNESSET AS HE TEACHES US ABOUT HANUKKAH.
  • 01:52 IN THE FIRST CENTURY IT WAS TRADITION TO LIGHT AN OIL LAMP
  • 01:55 ON EACH NIGHT OF THE EIGHT-DAY CELEBRATION CALLED HANUKKAH,
  • 02:00 THE FEAST OF DEDICATION OR FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
  • 02:04 ON THE 25TH DAY OF KISLEV, IN 164 B.C. THE PREVIOUSLY DEFILED TEMPLE WAS CLEANSED
  • 02:11 AND REDEDICATED TO THE SERVICE OF THE LORD.
  • 02:14 THE MESSIAH AND HIS DISCIPLES CELEBRATED THIS TRADITION.
  • 02:18 AS IT STATES IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN CHAPTER 10,
  • 02:22 "AT THAT TIME, THE FEASTS OF THE DEDICATION TOOK PLACE IN JERUSALEM."
  • 02:26 "IT WAS WINTER AND JESUS WAS WALKING IN THE TEMPLE IN THE PORTICO OF SOLOMON."
  • 02:36 HANUKKAH, THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
  • 02:38 IT IS ONE OF THOSE FESTIVALS
  • 02:40 WHERE THE JEWISH PEOPLE LIGHT A CANDELABRA
  • 02:43 AND THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL ONE BEHIND ME...
  • 02:44 A MENORAH IT'S CALLED IN HEBREW.
  • 02:47 THIS SEVEN-BRANCHED MENORAH IS THE ONE FROM THE TABERNACLE
  • 02:50 AND IT IS A VERY ORNATE ONE.
  • 02:52 YOU CAN SEE THE FIGURE OF MOSES WITH HIS HANDS LIFTED UP AND HELD UP DURING A BATTLE
  • 02:57 AND MANY OTHER FIGURES OF JEWISH HISTORIES ARE CARVED ON IT.
  • 03:00 WE ARE ON CAPITOL HILL IN EFFECT.
  • 03:02 RIGHT ACROSS FROM ME IS THE KNESSET,
  • 03:04 THE PARLIAMENT OF ISRAEL.
  • 03:07 AND THIS IS A PUBLIC PARK.
  • 03:09 PEOPLE COME AND GO OF COURSE WITH CHILDREN AND SO ON ALL DAY LONG.
  • 03:12 AND WE CAME HERE TO TELL THE STORY OF THIS FESTIVAL.
  • 03:15 IT IS ALL PROPHESIED IN DANIEL 8
  • 03:37 AND DANIEL HAD A VISION OF VARIOUS ANIMALS WITH DIFFERENT NUMBERS OF HORNS AND SO ON.
  • 03:41 AND WE WOULD PERHAPS BE A LITTLE CONFUSED,
  • 03:44 BUT THE ANGEL HERE INTERPRETS THAT VISION.
  • 04:02 WHEN ALEXANDER OF GREECE ATTACKED MEDO-PERSIA, IT WAS BROKEN UP INTO FOUR KINGDOMS.
  • 04:08 THAT'S A HISTORICAL FACT.
  • 04:11 AND IT SAYS,
  • 04:18 THIS IS INTERESTING.
  • 04:20 WHILE HE'S TELLING THIS STORY HIS PROPHECY LEAPS TO THE END TIMES BECAUSE HE SAYS,
  • 04:33 THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A REFERENCE
  • 04:35 TO THE ANTICHRIST
  • 04:37 AND THE END TIMES OF ISRAEL
  • 04:39 AND IT SAYS,
  • 04:49 IT IS AS IF GABRIEL IS SAYING WHILE I AM ON THE SUBJECT OF GRECO/SYRIAN KINGDOMS AND RULERS AND SO ON;
  • 04:57 THERE IS A DARK PRINCE OF THE END TIMES OUT OF THE SAME PEOPLE.
  • 05:00 AND THIS IS THE PASSAGE THAT CONVINCES MANY THAT THAT PERSONALITY WILL BE SYRIAN
  • 05:06 OR GRECO/SYRIAN OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE.
  • 05:09 IT SAYS,
  • 05:21 THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISING PROPHECIES...
  • 05:26 A MAN WHO WILL DESTROY MANY BY WAY OF PEACE
  • 05:28 AND HERE WE ARE IN A TIME OF PEACE PROCESSES OF ISRAEL AND SO ON,
  • 05:32 AND FINDING THAT SOMEONE WILL DESTROY MANY WITH PEACE.
  • 05:44 SO, IN OPPOSING THE MESSIAH, OF COURSE, HE'LL LOSE.
  • 05:46 BUT AT A TIME WHEN PRACTICALLY THE WHOLE WORLD AT LEAST PRETENDS TO MAKE PEACE HERE,
  • 05:54 IT IS SOBERING TO READ OF DESTRUCTION BY WAY PEACE.
  • 05:58 WELL, IT WAS CELEBRATED BY THE MESSIAH HIMSELF IN JOHN 10:22.
  • 06:07 THIS FESTIVAL COMES IN DECEMBER NORMALLY.
  • 06:10 HE HAD COME HERE FOR THE FESTIVAL.
  • 06:12 JESUS WALKED IN THE TEMPLE IN SOLOMON'S PORCH...
  • 06:15 THAT'S THE SOUTHERN END OF THE TEMPLE
  • 06:17 ABOVE THE HOLY GATES BY THE SOUTHERN STEPS OF THE TEMPLE.
  • 06:19 THAT'S WHERE THE POOR PEOPLE TYPICALLY ENTERED THE TEMPLE.
  • 06:58 A VERY IMPORTANT PASSAGE OBVIOUSLY.
  • 07:00 AND THEN HE UTTERS THE FINAL STATEMENT,
  • 07:03 "I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE".
  • 07:06 YOU KNOW, AT THIS MOMENT,
  • 07:09 THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD REVEALS HIMSELF ON THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
  • 07:16 AND WHEN HE SAYS "I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE,"
  • 07:18 THIS IS THE MOST CLEAR ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS MESSIAH-SHIP...HIS KING-SHIP.
  • 07:23 THE PASSAGE IS GRIPPING BECAUSE HE SAID IT OUTRIGHT IN THE TEMPLE, SURROUNDED
  • 07:34 AND IT SAYS
  • 07:45 THAT'S A KIND OF IRONY THAT MAKES THIS JEWISH WRITING IN MY VIEW.
  • 07:49 THAT'S A WAY OF SAYING THAT THE RICOCHET IS MORE DEADLY THAN THE DIRECT HIT
  • 07:55 AND THE WAY HE PUT IT IS SUCH AN ISRAELI WAY OF SPEAKING.
  • 08:01 WELL, THE HISTORY OF THE THING,
  • 08:03 "KHANU" MEANS "RESTED"
  • 08:06 AND "KHA" IS THE NUMBER 25.
  • 08:08 THEY RESTED ON THE 25TH
  • 08:11 AND ON THE 25TH DAY OF THE MONTH KISLEV, ROUGHLY DECEMBER,
  • 08:15 HANUKKAH, THE MIRACLE HAPPENED.
  • 08:18 AND I SUSPECT THIS IS WHERE WE GOT DECEMBER 25TH.
  • 08:23 I CAN JUST HEAR THE ROMANS SAYING,
  • 08:25 "THERE'S A FESTIVAL ALREADY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO TAKE IT OVER."
  • 08:31 THEY HAD THEIR OWN PAGAN FESTIVAL, "SATURNALIA" AT THE SAME TIME OF YEAR
  • 08:35 AND EARLY CHRISTIANS BEGAN TO THINK THEY NEEDED A FESTIVAL I SUPPOSE AT THAT TIME.
  • 08:41 BUT IN ANY CASE, SOMEBODY SAID "WHAT IS KISLEV?"
  • 08:43 WELL, KISLEV WAS DECEMBER ON THE ROMAN CALENDAR
  • 08:46 SO THEY MADE DECEMBER 25TH JESUS' BIRTH...I DON'T KNOW... THAT'S JUST SPECULATION.
  • 08:51 ANYWAY THERE'S A TRADITION THEN OF A CANDLE LIGHTING ON THAT DAY, THE MENORAH
  • 08:58 AND THE MENORAH IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE WINDOW FOR ALL TO SEE.
  • 09:03 THIS MADE THINGS VERY TOUGH ON THE JEWS IN THE INQUISITION.
  • 09:07 IN SPAIN WITH FORCED CONVERSIONS,
  • 09:09 SOME JEWS WEAKENED UNDER THE DURESS AND THE TORTURES
  • 09:14 AND, OF COURSE, THEY TOLD THE PRIEST WE CONVERT, WE BELIEVE... OKAY...HAVE IT YOUR WAY.
  • 09:18 BUT THEN THEIR HOUSES WERE WATCHED ESPECIALLY ON HANUKKAH AND EACH SABBATH
  • 09:23 TO SEE IF CANDLES COULD BE SEEN IN THE WINDOW,
  • 09:26 AND IF THEY WERE, THEY HAD BACKSLIDDEN AND SO FORTH AND IT WAS AN AWFUL TIME.
  • 09:31 THE LAW TOLD THEM TO DO THIS THING AND YET THEY WERE CAUGHT FOR DOING IT.
  • 09:36 THE HANUKKAH MENORAH HAS A CENTRAL CANDLE CALLED THE "SHAMASH"
  • 09:40 WITH WHICH YOU LIGHT ALL OF THE OTHER CANDLES AND THAT MEANS "SERVANT".
  • 09:44 IT'S A SERVANT CANDLE.
  • 09:46 IT IS THE ONE THAT LIGHTS ALL OF THE OTHERS
  • 09:48 AND IT'S SO OBVIOUSLY A TYPE OF THE MESSIAH.
  • 09:50 HE IS THE SUFFERING SERVANT OF ISAIAH 53 AND I THINK THE MENORAH ITSELF TESTIFIES TO HIM.
  • 09:57 CHARITIES FOR THE BLIND ARE USUALLY REMEMBERED ON THIS DAY,
  • 10:03 THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS; BECAUSE OF THE BLIND NEVER SEE LIGHT SO THEY ARE HELPED AT THIS TIME.
  • 10:08 CHILDREN PLAY A GAME WITH A LITTLE TOP THEY SPIN WITH FOUR LETTERS ON IT...A DREIDEL.
  • 10:12 THE FOUR LETTERS ARE THE INITIALS OF "NES GADOL HAYA SHEM"...
  • 10:16 "A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED HERE".
  • 10:19 THE JEWISH DESTINY IS TO BE A LIGHT UNTO THE NATIONS...
  • 10:24 THIS GOD TOLD ABRAHAM.
  • 10:27 BUT, AS THEY HAVE NO MESSIAH, IN GENERAL...
  • 10:31 AND I SAY THAT NOW "IN GENERAL"
  • 10:33 BECAUSE DURING THE TIME THAT I HAVE BEEN IN THE LORD, SOME 30 YEARS,
  • 10:36 I HAVE SEEN SO MANY JEWS COME
  • 10:38 THAT I'M BEGINNING TO SAY "IN GENERAL" RATHER THAN THEY HAD NO MESSIAH...
  • 10:42 BUT THEY ARE PERSUADING PEOPLE ABOUT MORTGAGES, DRESS, JEWELRY...WHATEVER,
  • 10:49 BUT THEY ARE BORN SALES PEOPLE AND INFLUENTIAL IN THEIR COMMUNITIES,
  • 10:55 AND HAVING NO MESSIAH, THEY SELL THEM SOMETHING ELSE.
  • 10:58 BUT THEY REALLY WERE TO BE THE SALESMEN OF CHRIST IT STANDS TO REASON.
  • 11:03 AND IN THE TRIBULATION, COMING UP,
  • 11:05 WHEN GOD NEEDS WITNESSES,
  • 11:07 HE WILL CALL 144,000 OF WHOM?
  • 11:10 12,000 OF EACH OF THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.
  • 11:12 SO THEY WILL BE A LIGHT UNTO THE WORLD STILL AGAIN.
  • 11:16 AND NOW IN DANIEL 9:27 IT SAYS THAT THE ANTICHRIST WILL BREAK THE COVENANT WITH THE JEWS
  • 11:23 AND THAT HE WILL DESECRATE THE TEMPLE.
  • 11:27 MATTHEW 24:15, THE LORD HIMSELF SAID,
  • 11:29 "WHEN YOU SEE THAT ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION STAND IN THE HOLY PLACE,"
  • 11:33 "FLEE INTO THE HILLS OF JUDEA"
  • 11:35 AND SO THERE WAS A DESECRATION OF THE TEMPLE.
  • 11:39 WELL, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED ORIGINALLY.
  • 11:41 THE SYRIANS HAD TAKEN OVER IN THE TEMPLE AND ANTIOCHUS HAD A PIG SACRIFICED ON THE ALTAR...
  • 11:47 IT WAS HORRIBLE.
  • 11:48 THE MACCABEES ATTACKED HIM, REBELLED...
  • 11:50 A SUCCESSFUL REBELLION...
  • 11:52 THEY TOOK THE TEMPLE BACK BUT THEY FOUND A CANISTER OF OIL THAT WAS ONLY TO LAST ONE DAY
  • 11:57 AND IT WAS SEVEN MORE DAYS TO CONSECRATE NEW OIL, BUT YOU COULDN'T LET THE FLAME GO OUT.
  • 12:05 IT WAS AN ETERNAL LIGHT.
  • 12:07 THE TEMPLE CANDLESTICK, THIS ONE, HAS TO ALWAYS BE LIT
  • 12:11 AND SO THEY PRAYED OVER THAT CAN OF OIL AND FED IT INTO THE LAMP AND THEY WAITED THAT DAY
  • 12:15 AND IT STAYED LIT THAT DAY AND THAT NIGHT AND THE NEXT DAY AND THE NEXT NIGHT...
  • 12:19 AND IT STAYED FOR EIGHT DAYS.
  • 12:21 AND THAT IS THE EIGHT CANDLESTICKS.
  • 12:23 THEY LIGHT ANOTHER ONE EACH NIGHT FOR EIGHT NIGHTS.
  • 12:26 WELL IN MESSIAH'S TIME, THE ROMANS WERE...
  • 12:29 YOU KNOW, THE JEWS WERE AN OCCUPIED NATION SO MUCH OF THE TIME...
  • 12:33 THE ROMANS WERE IN CHARGE THEN...
  • 12:36 LATER THE MUSLIMS
  • 12:37 AND THEN THE CRUSADERS
  • 12:39 AND FINALLY THE ANTICHRIST WILL DEFAME IN THE TEMPLE.
  • 12:42 BUT WE COULD ALWAYS REMEMBER
  • 12:44 THAT THE JEWISH NATION WAS SAVED AT HANUKKAH BY THIS GREAT MIRACLE.
  • 12:48 AND IT WAS SAVED ALSO AT PURIM BY STILL ANOTHER MIRACLE,
  • 12:53 AND WE'LL TELL YOU THAT STORY RIGHT AFTER THIS.
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  • 14:07 ISRAEL...
  • 14:09 THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT...
  • 14:11 IT IS THE CENTER OF THE WORLD
  • 14:13 AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT.
  • 14:15 IT'S OUR JOY TO TAKE YOU THERE
  • 14:16 SO COME WITH US ON OUR NEXT TOUR.
  • 14:18 I LOVE TO TEACH THE BIBLE
  • 14:20 BUT THERE'S NOTHING LIKE TEACHING THE BIBLE IN ISRAEL WHERE IT ALL TOOK PLACE...
  • 14:23 SO COME WITH US.
  • 14:24 LET'S GO BACK TO ZOLA.
  • 14:26 HE'S NOW GOING TO TEACH US ABOUT PURIM, THE FEAST OF ESTHER
  • 14:28 IN ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE DELIVERANCE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE BY THE HAND OF GOD.
  • 14:35 PURIM IS ANOTHER FESTIVAL WHERE THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE DELIVERED...
  • 14:39 THIS ONE OVER IN PERSIA AND ESTHER IS THE SUBJECT OF IT.
  • 14:43 OF COURSE THE BOOK OF ESTHER TELLS THE ENTIRE STORY.
  • 14:46 THE WICKED PRIME MINISTER HAMAN PLOTTED AGAINST THE JEWS
  • 14:49 AND PERSUADED THE KING THAT THEY SHOULD BE ELIMINATED.
  • 14:53 HOW MANY TIMES HAS THIS HAPPENED IN HISTORY?
  • 14:56 AND ESTHER GOT IN THE WAY.
  • 14:59 SHE FASTED THREE DAYS IN PRAYER FOR HER PEOPLE.
  • 15:02 SHE APPEALED TO THE KING
  • 15:05 AND IN ANY CASE THEY OVERCAME HAMAN
  • 15:08 AND THEY WERE NOT EXECUTED THEY WERE SPARED
  • 15:10 AND SO EVERY YEAR ON ADAR 14...
  • 15:13 THAT IS THE 14TH DAY OF THE 12TH MONTH
  • 15:17 OR SOMETIMES THERE IS AN ADAR 2...A LEAP MONTH ON THE JEWISH CALENDAR.
  • 15:22 SEVEN TIMES IN EVERY 19-YEAR CYCLE, IF YOU'LL BELIEVE ME, THERE IS A LEAP MONTH.
  • 15:28 BUT IN ANY CASE, PURIM IS EXACTLY ONE MONTH BEFORE PASSOVER.
  • 15:34 SINCE PASSOVER IS ON THE FIRST FULL MOON OF SPRING,
  • 15:37 PURIM IS ALWAYS ON THE LAST FULL MOON OF WINTER
  • 15:40 AND IT IS EASY TO LOCATE THAT FESTIVAL.
  • 15:43 THEY ARE ALL DESIGNED THAT WAY AS WE SAID IN OTHER PROGRAMS IN THIS SERIES.
  • 15:48 GOD PUT THE HEAVENLY BODIES UP THERE FOR SIGNS AND FOR SEASONS
  • 15:51 AND THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY DIDN'T HAVE CALENDARS DEPENDED ON THE HEAVENLY BODIES.
  • 15:56 IT'S ALSO KNOWN AS THE FESTIVAL OF LOTS
  • 15:58 BECAUSE LOTS WERE DRAWN TO CHOOSE WHAT DAY THE JEWISH PEOPLE WOULD BE DESTROYED
  • 16:03 AND SO, THEY REMEMBER THAT WAY.
  • 16:07 THE CELEBRATION IN THE SYNAGOGUE IS INTERESTING.
  • 16:11 THEY READ THE WHOLE BOOK OF ESTHER,
  • 16:13 SO CALLED "THE WHOLE MEGILLAH".
  • 16:15 THEY READ IT FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM.
  • 16:16 AND THE CHILDREN HAVE GRAGGERS IN THEIR HAND...
  • 16:20 AWFUL NOISE-MAKERS THAT THEY SHAKE RATHER LIKE WE DO AT NEW YEARS OR MARDI GRAS.
  • 16:26 THEY MAKE A LOT OF NOISE WHEN THE RABBI PRONOUNCES THE NAME OF HAMAN, THE PRIME MINISTER.
  • 16:31 AND I REMEMBER AS A LITTLE KID SITTING IN THE SYNAGOGUE
  • 16:35 IN A COSTUME DRESSED AS MORDECAI OR SOMEBODY IN THE STORY,
  • 16:38 AND THE RABBI READING SLOWLY THROUGH THE WHOLE MEGILLAH
  • 16:43 AND ALL OF US WAITING WITH OUR BATED BREATH AND OUR NOISE-MAKERS READY
  • 16:47 AND FINALLY HE WOULD HAVE TO..."HAMAN"...
  • 16:50 AND THE SYNAGOGUE WOULD JUMP UP AND DOWN WITH THE NOISE AND THE RACKET.
  • 16:56 AND ALL WE KIDS WOULD RUN AROUND THE PLACE...
  • 16:59 IT WAS A FREE-FOR-ALL.
  • 17:00 THE SYNAGOGUE AND ITS FORMAL AISLES AND PLATFORMS AND SON ON
  • 17:04 WAS ALL PUT INTO THE HANDS OF THE CHILDREN FOR PURIM
  • 17:07 AND WE HAD A GOOD TIME WITH IT.
  • 17:09 THERE IS A PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE TO THIS FESTIVAL.
  • 17:12 ALTHOUGH THE NAME OF GOD IS NOT MENTIONED ANYWHERE IN THE BOOK.
  • 17:15 YOU KNOW THE SCOFIELD BIBLE POINTS OUT WHEREVER THE JEWS ARE, EVEN OUTSIDE OF THE LAND,
  • 17:20 GOD IS WITH THEM AND HIS PROVIDENCE ALWAYS SAVES THEM.
  • 17:23 AND IN THIS CASE,
  • 17:25 ESTHER'S FAST IS LIKE THE THREE DAYS THAT THE LORD WAS AWAY BEFORE HIS RESURRECTION.
  • 17:31 SHE FASTED EXACTLY THREE DAYS
  • 17:33 AND ESTHER THEN TRIUMPHING OVER EVIL, OVER HAMAN, BECOMES THE CHRISTIAN WALK, A NEW LIFE.
  • 17:40 WE, TOO, TRIUMPH OVER EVIL, OVER SIN AND OUR NEW DECREE TRIUMPHS.
  • 17:45 THE KING READ OUT A NEW DECREE
  • 17:47 AND OUR NEW DECREE OF COURSE IS CALLED THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 17:52 AND WE TRIUMPH ALONG WITH CHRIST
  • 17:55 AND ONE DAY WE'LL BE RESURRECTED JUST AS HE WAS.
  • 18:05 (Zola speaking) TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVALS OF HANUKKAH AND PURIM,
  • 18:09 OUR PRODUCER KEN BERG SPOKE TO SANDY WINGATE,
  • 18:12 A GENTILE BELIEVER WHO LIVES IN ISRAEL.
  • 18:15 SANDY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME TO BE WITH US TODAY
  • 18:18 AND SHARING WITH US.
  • 18:20 COULD YOU EXPLAIN FOR US, PLEASE WHAT'S ON THE TABLE
  • 18:22 AND JUST EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS IN ISRAEL DURING HANUKKAH?
  • 18:26 WELL HANUKKAH IS A VERY FESTIVE TIME
  • 18:29 AND OF COURSE IT TAKES PLACE USUALLY IN DECEMBER
  • 18:32 BECAUSE IT IS THE CALENDAR MONTH OF KISLEV
  • 18:36 AND SO IT'S COLD AND SOMETIMES RAINY...
  • 18:40 IT COULD SNOW EVEN,
  • 18:42 BUT IN THE HOME IT'S A WARM ATMOSPHERE BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE MENORAH.
  • 18:46 IN AMERICA OR IN EUROPE, WE KNOW IT AS THE MENORAH
  • 18:49 BUT IT IS REALLY THE HANUKKAH
  • 18:51 AND DISTINCT FROM THE REGULAR JEWISH MENORAH
  • 18:54 WHICH HAS SEVEN BRANCHES
  • 18:56 AND THIS HAS EIGHT PLUS ONE.
  • 18:58 AND THE MENORAH YOU SEE HAS ONE CANDLE THAT IS RAISED
  • 19:05 AND THAT IS BECAUSE IT'S THE "SHAMASH" OR "THE SERVANT CANDLE"
  • 19:07 AND IT IS USED TO LIGHT THE OTHER CANDLES.
  • 19:11 BY THE LAST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH YOU WOULD LIGHT EIGHT
  • 19:14 AND YOU ALWAYS START WITH THE CANDLE FOR THAT EVENING
  • 19:21 BUT YOU ADD THE CANDLES FROM THE LEFT.
  • 19:25 SO FOR TOMORROW NIGHT, WE WOULD PUT THE CANDLE HERE
  • 19:28 AND THEN LIGHT IT FROM THAT CANDLE FIRST.
  • 19:31 AND IS OTHER MENORAHS HERE?
  • 19:33 YES, THIS ONE YOU SEE HAS ALL EIGHT CANDLES
  • 19:36 AND IT IS QUITE BRIGHT BY THE TIME THE LAST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH COMES.
  • 19:39 DIFFERENT STYLES...
  • 19:41 THERE'S NOT AN OFFICIAL STYLE
  • 19:44 ALTHOUGH I THINK MOST PEOPLE TRADITIONALLY LIKE THE ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE THE MENORAH.
  • 19:50 AND WHAT ELSE ON THIS TABLE IS USED AT HANUKKAH?
  • 19:53 THIS IS THE DREIDEL
  • 19:55 AND IT IS USED TO PLAY A GAME
  • 19:58 THAT WAS PLAYED IN THE TIME THAT HANUKKAH TOOK PLACE ORIGINALLY, IN AROUND 167 B.C.
  • 20:07 OR B.C.E. "BEFORE THE COMMON ERA".
  • 20:09 AND THE CHILDREN WOULD BE LOOKING AT THE TORAH AND STUDYING THE TORAH
  • 20:14 BUT THEY WOULD HAVE DREIDELS, USUALLY MADE OF CLAY, HANDY,
  • 20:18 SO IF THE GREEKS CAME, THE SOLDIERS CAME
  • 20:22 THEY COULD SWITCH QUICKLY AND HIDE THEIR SCRIPTURES
  • 20:25 AND LOOK LIKE THEY ARE PLAYING GAMES.
  • 20:28 AND THE LETTERS ON THE DREIDEL STAND FOR "NES GADOL HAYA SHAM"
  • 20:33 OR "NES GADOL HAYA PO"
  • 20:36 "PO" IS "HERE".
  • 20:37 IF YOU ARE IN ISRAEL, WE SAY "A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED HERE".
  • 20:40 IF YOU ARE IN AMERICA OR EUROPE OR ANOTHER COUNTRY YOU SAY "A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE"
  • 20:46 MEANING ERETZ ISRAEL.
  • 20:47 WELL, WHAT ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF PURIM?
  • 20:49 PURIM IS A HOLIDAY THAT STARTS AT THE SYNAGOGUE
  • 20:51 BECAUSE ONE OF THE MITZVOT OF PURIM IS TO GO TO THE SYNAGOGUE AND TO READ THE BOOK OF ESTHER.
  • 21:00 AND EVERY TIME THE NAME OF HAMAN WHO IS THE VILLAIN IS SAID,
  • 21:05 THEN YOU MAKE AS MUCH NOISE TO BOO OUT HIS NAME.
  • 21:11 AND THAT'S WHY YOU USE THINGS LIKE THE, THE GROGGER, OR ANY KIND OF NOISE MAKER,
  • 21:16 IT'S TO GET HIS NAME OUT OF HEARING.
  • 21:19 AND THEN ALSO WHEN YOU HEAR THE NAME OF MORDECAI, WHO IS THE HERO,
  • 21:24 AND ESTHER WHO IS THE HEROINE,
  • 21:26 YOU CHEER AND CLAP AND MAKE AS MUCH NOISE AS POSSIBLE.
  • 21:29 SO IT STARTS AT THE SYNAGOGUE BECAUSE IT IS REQUIRED TO READ THROUGH THE BOOK OF ESTHER.
  • 21:37 THEN PEOPLE COME HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES OR GO TO PARTIES.
  • 21:40 CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY GO TO PARTIES AND THEY WEAR COSTUMES.
  • 21:44 THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A PART OF A COSTUME...A WIG.
  • 21:48 YOU WOULD WEAR SOMETHING LIKE THIS?
  • 21:50 YES, I'VE WORN WIGS LIKE THIS
  • 21:51 BUT MINE WAS A BRIGHT ORANGE RED BUT VERY METALLIC LOOKING.
  • 21:56 MASKS...AND THERE IS A REASON FOR THE MASKS AND THE COSTUMES
  • 22:00 BECAUSE THERE'S A HIDDEN ASPECT TO PURIM.
  • 22:04 AND THE HIDDENNESS IS THAT IN THE WHOLE BOOK OF ESTHER THE NAME OF GOD IS NEVER MENTIONED
  • 22:09 AND YET GOD IS VERY MUCH BEHIND THE SCENES ORCHESTRATING THE PRESERVATION OF HIS PEOPLE.
  • 22:18 AND THIS IS THE IDEA OF THE COSTUMES.
  • 22:22 AND ALSO THAT IT IS A FESTIVE TIME.
  • 22:24 WELL SANDY, IF YOU ARE NOT JEWISH YOURSELF,
  • 22:26 WHY THE INTEREST IN JEWISH THINGS?
  • 22:29 WELL, I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS
  • 22:32 IN MANY ASPECTS AND MANY LEVELS.
  • 22:35 ONE ASPECT IS TO BUILD A BETTER RELATIONSHIP AND A BETTER UNDERSTANDING.
  • 22:41 CERTAINLY I SHARE MY FAITH WHEN IT'S APPROPRIATE AND IF I'M ASKED.
  • 22:47 BUT THE HOLIDAYS FOR ME AS A GENTILE CHRISTIAN ARE VERY SPECIAL
  • 22:53 BECAUSE THEY'RE BIBLICAL HOLIDAYS.
  • 22:55 EVEN THOUGH HANUKKAH IS NOT COMMANDED IN THE SCRIPTURES, IT IS MENTIONED,
  • 23:01 NOT IN THE TANAKH,
  • 23:02 NOT IN THE HEBREW BIBLE,
  • 23:04 BUT IN JOHN CHAPTER 10 IT IS MENTIONED THAT JESUS WAS IN JERUSALEM,
  • 23:07 IT WAS THE FEAST OF DEDICATION WHICH IS HANUKKAH.
  • 23:10 PURIM OF COURSE IS FROM THE BOOK OF ESTHER.
  • 23:13 FOR ME AS A BELIEVER IN JESUS, IN YESHUA, THE HOLIDAYS HAVE BOTH A HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
  • 23:21 AND THEY HAVE A MESSIANIC SIGNIFICANCE
  • 23:26 AND IT'S ALSO A WAY THAT I IDENTIFY FIRST OF ALL WITH THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
  • 23:31 THE GOD THAT I LOVE AND WORSHIP IS THE GOD OF ISRAEL...
  • 23:33 THAT'S HIS NAME.
  • 23:35 AND AS A BELIEVER IN JESUS AND AS A GENTILE I'M IDENTIFYING MYSELF WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 23:41 AND THAT I OWE A DEBT TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE FOR ALL THAT I HAVE RECEIVED SPIRITUALLY.
  • 23:47 MY FAITH IS JEWISH.
  • 23:48 AND WHEN MY LORD COMES BACK
  • 23:50 HE IS COMING BACK AS THE KING OF THE WORLD... BUT AS ISRAEL'S KING.
  • 23:55 AND SO THERE'S A CONNECTION IN TERMS OF THE SCRIPTURE
  • 23:59 AND IN TERMS OF MY OWN HERITAGE AS A BELIEVER EVEN THOUGH I AM NOT JEWISH.
  • 24:03 AND I HAVE A FATHER ABRAHAM AS WELL.
  • 24:06 WELL, SANDY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND FOR THE INTERVIEW.
  • 24:09 YOU'RE WELCOME.
  • 26:03 BEAUTIFUL MUSIC BY ZOLA.
  • 26:05 IT'S SO GREAT TO HEAR HIM PLAY THE MUSIC THAT HE LOVES.
  • 26:08 AND ALSO TO SEE SANDY TALK ABOUT THE FEASTS
  • 26:11 AND ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT TAKE PLACE IN BOTH HANUKKAH AND PURIM.
  • 26:15 A GENTILE WOMAN AND YET SHE KEEPS THE FEAST.
  • 26:17 EXACTLY,
  • 26:18 WE HAVE SO MUCH TO LEARN
  • 26:19 WHETHER A JEW OR GENTILE.
  • 26:21 THERE'S SO MUCH WE CAN GET FROM STUDYING THESE HOLIDAYS...
  • 26:23 THESE FEASTS...THESE HOLY DAYS.
  • 26:24 YOU KNOW, PURIM IS REALLY ABOUT DELIVERANCE
  • 26:27 AND IT REMINDS ME OF THE SCRIPTURE IN ESTHER 4:14,
  • 26:30 IN THE HEBREW IT SAYS,
  • 26:31 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 26:36 "WHO KNOWS WHETHER YOU HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO THE KINGDOM FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS?"
  • 26:40 THAT'S WHAT MORDECAI SAYS TO ESTHER.
  • 26:42 AND I WANT TO THANK YOU
  • 26:44 FOR STANDING WITH THIS MINISTRY
  • 26:46 AND STANDING WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 26:48 I BELIEVE YOU'VE BEEN BROUGHT INTO THE KINGDOM
  • 26:50 FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
  • 26:51 WE'RE IN THAT SEASON WHERE THE PRESSURE IS ON ISRAEL.
  • 26:54 GOD IS GOING TO DELIVER HER AGAIN.
  • 26:57 IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT'S HAMAN OR HEROD OR HITLER OR HAMAS,
  • 27:01 GOD WILL DELIVER THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 27:03 AND WE CAN BE PART OF THAT.
  • 27:04 SO THANK YOU AND REMEMBER IT'S YOUR GIFTS OF FUNDS
  • 27:07 THAT ALLOW US TO BRING THIS TEACHING TO THE WORLD AT LARGE.
  • 27:11 SO STAND WITH US WOULD YOU?
  • 27:12 UNTIL WE SEE YOU AGAIN, PLEASE,
  • 27:15 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM...
  • 27:17 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 27:21 (Zola speaking) LISTEN; READ MY OLD BOOK,
  • 27:23 "JESUS THE JEW'S JEW".
  • 27:25 THIS IS VIRTUALLY MY FIRST BOOK
  • 27:27 WHEN I STARTED TO WRITE THESE BOOKS IN THE EARLY 70'S.
  • 27:29 I WAS WRITING 3 OR 4 AT A TIME.
  • 27:31 I THINK IT'S EITHER THE FIRST OR ONE OF THE FIRST THAT CAME OUT
  • 27:34 AND IT'S STILL A GOOD SELLING BOOK.
  • 27:36 A VERY INTERESTING APPROACH TO OUR LORD AS A JEW.
  • 27:40 AND OF COURSE YOU CAN HAVE THE LEVITT LETTER OR THE CATALOGUE..
  • 27:43 THOSE THINGS ARE FREE...
  • 27:44 JUST SEND US YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS
  • 27:46 AND YOU'LL BEGIN RECEIVING THEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Overview
  2. Passover
  3. Unleavened Bread
  4. First Fruits
  5. Pentecost
  6. Trumpets
  7. Day of Atonement
  8. Tabernacles
  9. Purim / Hanukkah
  10. Sabbath
  11. Music

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