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Special: “The Light of the World” (Zola’s Christmas Special)

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  • 00:01 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:04 THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL PROGRAM WE'RE MAKING IN ISRAEL ABOUT 2 RELATED MIRACLES.
  • 00:10 FIRST, THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, WHAT YOU KNOW AS HANUKKAH, THE FESTIVAL OF DEDICATION.
  • 00:16 THIS ONE WAS ESTABLISHED A LONG TIME AGO, 165 B.C. OR SO AND CELEBRATED BY THE LORD HIMSELF.
  • 00:24 SECONDLY, THE BIRTH OF LIGHT.
  • 00:26 THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, BORN IN A MANGER IN BETHLEHEM A FEW MILES FROM WHERE I'M STANDING.
  • 01:20 IN THE FIRST CENTURY IT WAS TRADITION TO LIGHT AN OIL LAMP
  • 01:23 ON EACH NIGHT OF THE 8 DAY CELEBRATION CALLED HANUKKAH,
  • 01:28 THE FEAST OF DEDICATION, OR FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
  • 01:32 ON THE 25TH DAY OF KESLEV, IN 164 B.C., THE PREVIOUSLY DEFILED TEMPLE
  • 01:38 WAS CLEANSED AND REDEDICATED TO THE SERVICE OF THE LORD.
  • 01:42 THE MESSIAH AND HIS DISCIPLES CELEBRATED THIS TRADITION.
  • 01:46 AS IT STATES IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, CHAPTER 10
  • 01:50 AT THAT TIME THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION TOOK PLACE AT JERUSALEM
  • 01:54 IT WAS WINTER AND JESUS WAS WALKING IN THE TEMPLE IN THE PORTICO OF SOLOMON
  • 02:03 WELL, HERE WE ARE AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.
  • 02:06 BEHIND ME THE TEMPLE MOUNT OF JERUSALEM WITH THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND THE AL AQSA MOSQUE
  • 02:11 AND BEHIND IT THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM AND BEHIND THAT THE WESTERN SIDE, THE NEW CITY.
  • 02:17 THIS IS THE PLACE OF THE FUTURE TEMPLES.
  • 02:21 IT WAS THE PLATFORM ON WHICH STOOD SOLOMON'S AND HEROD'S TEMPLE, THE OLD TEMPLES.
  • 02:28 THAT BRINGS A GREAT DEAL OF HISTORY TO THIS PLACE.
  • 02:32 THE HISTORY WE'RE INTERESTED IN FOR OUR PURPOSES TO LOOK AT HANUKKAH
  • 02:37 TOOK PLACE IN THE 160'S B.C. WHEN A GRECO-SYRIAN COMMANDER ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES
  • 02:43 WENT INTO THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND ON PURPOSE, SACRIFICED A PIG ON THE ALTAR.
  • 02:50 HE HAD ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE FINAL SOLUTIONS TO THE JEWISH PROBLEM
  • 02:55 SO HE OFFENDED THE CHOSEN PEOPLE IN THIS WAY.
  • 02:59 HE DESECRATED THE TEMPLE. HE RAIDED THE PLACE AND OCCUPIED IT, TRUTH BE TOLD.
  • 03:04 THE JEWS HAD A REVOLT AGAINST HIM.
  • 03:07 THE MACCABEE FAMILY, MACCABEE MEANS HAMMER, THEY LEAD A REVOLT AND THREW HIM OUT.
  • 03:13 BUT WHEN THEY RECOVERED THE TEMPLE, THEY HAD A REAL PROBLEM.
  • 03:17 IT SEEMED THAT BY THE CANDLESTICK THERE WAS JUST ONE DAY'S OIL.
  • 03:22 THEY HAD TO HAVE IT LIT ALL THE TIME.
  • 03:27 THE LAW IS VERY CLEAR IN EXODUS 27:20, GOD SAYS THIS ABOUT THE TABERNACLE,
  • 03:33 THE FORERUNNER OF THE TEMPLE:
  • 03:46 SO IT TOOK A SPECIAL PROCEDURE.
  • 03:47 THEY BEAT OLIVE TREES WITH STICKS FOR THE OLIVES TO COME DOWN.
  • 03:50 THEY LEAVE THE OLIVE OIL THAT THEY FINALLY PRESS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME
  • 03:57 WHILE ALL THE SEDIMENT FALLS TO THE BOTTOM AND IT'S CLEAR LIKE WATER.
  • 04:02 THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN USE THE OIL CONSECRATED PROPERLY FOR THE LAMP.
  • 04:09 BUT WHAT WERE THEY TO DO?
  • 04:10 THERE WAS JUST A ONE DAY SUPPLY OF OIL
  • 04:13 AND TO START BEATING TREES AND LETTING OIL SIT AND SO FORTH WOULD TAKE 7 MORE DAYS.
  • 04:20 THE MIRACLE WAS THAT THAT ONE DAY'S OIL LASTED THE ENTIRE TIME.
  • 04:26 THEY LIT IT.
  • 04:27 THERE WAS NOTHING ELSE TO DO BUT POUR IT INTO THE CANDELABRA
  • 04:30 AND THEN IT WOULD BURN UP IN A DAY, THEY THOUGHT.
  • 04:35 BUT THEY PRAYED OVER IT AND IT DID LAST. IT BURNED ON AND ON.
  • 04:39 IT BURNED 8 DAYS AND THE NEW OIL WAS READY THEN.
  • 04:42 THEY FILLED THE LAMP AND IT NEVER DID GO OUT.
  • 04:45 THE MIRACLE IS REMINISCENT OF THE WIDOW WITH THE OIL AND THE BIT OF FLOUR
  • 04:50 THAT ELIJAH CAME AND CAUSED TO LAST ON AND ON AND ON AND FED THE THREE OF THEM.
  • 04:58 THAT WAS ONLY ONE MEAL'S WORTH.
  • 05:00 SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO PREPARE IT FOR HER AND HER SON
  • 05:02 AND THEN THEY WERE SIMPLY GOING TO SIT DOWN AND DIE.
  • 05:04 THERE WAS TERRIBLE FAMINE. THEY HAD NOTHING ELSE.
  • 05:08 THEN, THE LOAVES AND THE FISHES OF JESUS WHERE ONE LITTLE BOY'S LUNCH, FIVE LOAVES AND 2 FISHES.
  • 05:16 WE EAT THOSE AT BREAKFAST HERE. THEY ARE SMALL LOAVES AND 2 BITS OF FISH.
  • 05:21 HE TOOK OUT OF THAT BASKET ENOUGH TO FEED THE 5,000 PEOPLE
  • 05:26 AND THERE WERE BASKETS, 12 BASKETS OF LEFTOVERS.
  • 05:29 GOD CAN MAKE THINGS LAST ON EARTH AS HE CHOOSES.
  • 05:34 THIS WAS ANOTHER INSTANCE OF THAT, THAT OIL.
  • 05:37 AND IT CAUSED THE CREATION OF A NEW MENORAH.
  • 05:39 NOW, MENORAH IS A CANDLESTICK. THIS IS ONE. THIS IS A HANUKKAH MENORAH.
  • 05:45 THIS ONE BACK HERE IS THE ORIGINAL TEMPLE MENORAH.
  • 05:49 THAT IS THE ONE IN THE TABERNACLE.
  • 05:51 IT HAS 7 BRANCHES AS YOU CAN SEE, A MIDDLE ONE HERE AND THESE OTHERS AROUND IT.
  • 05:56 ONE LIGHTS THOSE WITH THE MIDDLE CANDLE.
  • 05:59 IN THE MENORAH, THERE IS A CENTER CANDLE WITH 4 ON EITHER SIDE.
  • 06:04 IT LOOKS LIKE 9, IT'S REALLY 8, BUT THIS ONE IS CALLED THE SHAHMISH CANDLE.
  • 06:09 YOU LIGHT ALL THE OTHERS WITH THIS ONE.
  • 06:11 THE FIRST NIGHT, YOU LIGHT THE FIRST,
  • 06:13 THE SECOND NIGHT THE FIRST AND SECOND, THE THIRD NIGHT THE FIRST 3 AND SO FORTH.
  • 06:17 OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS THE MESSIAH. HOW THE JEWS CAN MISS IT IS A MYSTERY.
  • 06:23 OF COURSE HE'S THE ONE.
  • 06:25 HIS FLAME IGNITES ALL THE OTHER BELIEVERS IN TURN
  • 06:28 AND THAT BECOMES A TYPE OF THE MESSIAH, A REAL SYMBOL OF HIM.
  • 06:34 THERE'S A JAR TO FILL THE OLD CANDLESTICK WITH OIL AT THE BOTTOM.
  • 06:40 THE NEW MENORAH, OF COURSE HAS CANDLES IN IT,
  • 06:44 OR IT'S REPRESENTED BY A BEAUTIFUL, MODERN ISRAELI CREATION BASED ON THE OLD OIL LAMPS.
  • 06:51 THERE'S THE JAR, THE SHAMISH, THE SERVANT.
  • 06:55 ALSO, THERE'S A DREIDEL. THIS IS A LITTLE TOP.
  • 06:57 YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE LETTER ON IT. THE LETTERS ARE NUN, GIMEL, HAY, PAY.
  • 07:04 THEY MAKE AN ACRONYM THAT SAYS "A GREAT MIRACLE OCCURRED HERE".
  • 07:10 WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID WE PLAYED WITH THESE DREIDELS.
  • 07:13 IT'S A GAME YOU PLAY, SPIN THE TOP AND IT LANDS ON A CERTAIN LETTER.
  • 07:17 WE SANG A SONG. IT WENT:
  • 07:19 ♪ DREIDEL, DREIDEL, DREIDEL, ♪ ♪ I MADE IT OUT OF CLAY, ♪ ♪ DADADADA, DADADADA DEDEDE ♪ AND SO ON.
  • 07:27 IT'S A HAPPY HOLIDAY, A TRIUMPHANT HOLIDAY.
  • 07:31 AND NO WONDER!
  • 07:32 WHEN THE MESSIAH RETURNS, THIS IS THE HOLIDAY
  • 07:35 ON WHICH HE'S GOING TO EVIDENTLY REBUILD THE MILLENNIAL TEMPLE AND START THE KINGDOM.
  • 07:42 THE FEAST OF DEDICATION. DANIEL 8 GIVES THE WHOLE STORY OF THE HISTORY OF ANTIOCHUS.
  • 07:49 IT TELLS THE STORY OF THE EMPIRE BEING DIVIDED IN 4 PARTS AND ONE OF THEM, THE LITTLE HORN,
  • 07:55 WHICH IS ANTIOCHUS, COMES AND RAIDS THE BEAUTIFUL PLACE, THE TEMPLE SITE.
  • 08:00 IN FIGURE HE GIVES THE STORY.
  • 08:03 IT'S REALLY A PREDICTION SINCE DANIEL LIVED CENTURIES BEFORE THAT MIRACLE.
  • 08:07 IT'S A PROPHECY AND IT WAS FULFILLED BY ANTIOCHUS.
  • 08:11 BY THE WAY, DANIEL DIGRESSES WHILE TALKING ABOUT THIS STORY OF THE LITTLE HORN
  • 08:16 TO TALK ABOUT THE ANTI-CHRIST OF THE END TIMES.DANIEL 8:25:
  • 08:20 BY PEACE, SHALL HE DESTROY MANY, DANIEL SAYS
  • 08:25 IT'S A HINT THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST IS PERHAPS GRECO-SYRIAN IN BACKGROUND.
  • 08:30 HE COMES OUT OF ROME, BUT HE PERHAPS HAS THAT BACKGROUND,
  • 08:34 BECAUSE IT'S AS IF DANIEL, WHILE I'M TALKING ABOUT THIS GRECO-SYRIAN TYRANT,
  • 08:39 LET ME ALSO SPEAK OF THE DARK PRINCE WHO IS TO COME.
  • 08:42 A VERY TELLING PASSAGE IN DANIEL'S END TIMES PROPHECY.
  • 08:48 JESUS ALSO CELEBRATED THIS FESTIVAL.
  • 08:51 IT WAS A NATIONAL FESTIVAL NOT LISTED IN LEVITICUS 23 WITH PASSOVER AND UNLEAVENED BREAD
  • 08:56 BUT IT'S LISTED IN PROPHECY IN DANIEL 8.
  • 09:02 THE LORD COMMEMORATED IT HIMSELF.
  • 09:17 YES, IT'S IN DECEMBER.
  • 09:19 JESUS CAME ALL THIS WAY.
  • 09:23 IT WAS A 5 DAY JOURNEY SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS TO COME HERE FROM CAPERNAUM IN GALILEE.
  • 09:28 YET HE CAME FOR THIS FESTIVAL. THAT GIVES IT CREDENCE.
  • 09:31 THEN, IN DANIEL 12, THERE'S A COMPLEX SERIES OF NUMBERS: 1,290 DAYS, 1,335 DAYS.
  • 09:39 IF YOU GET OUR BOOK ON THE SEVEN FEASTS,
  • 09:40 YOU'LL SEE THE CALCULATION THAT SHOWS THAT THESE NUMBERS ADD UP TO THE FACT
  • 09:46 THAT THE LORD WILL PROBABLY DEDICATE THE NEW TEMPLE, THE MILLENNIAL TEMPLE,
  • 09:51 ON HANUKKAH IN THE KINGDOM TO COME.
  • 09:54 IT IS THE 25TH DAY OF KESLEV.
  • 09:56 IT OCCURS AT EXACTLY THE RIGHT TIME AFTER THE 2ND COMING.
  • 10:00 SO, IN THAT MILLENNIAL TEMPLE WHERE WE WILL WORSHIP WITH THE LORD,
  • 10:06 THAT TOO WILL BE ESTABLISHED ON A FEAST OF DEDICATION.
  • 10:23 I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO ZOLA FOR 5 OR 6 YEARS
  • 10:26 AND WHEN MY MOTHER CALLED AND SAID, "I'M PLANNING A TRIP TO ISRAEL,
  • 10:29 WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO"? I DIDN'T HESITATE. I SAID, "ABSOLUTELY".
  • 10:32 SHE SAID, "DO YOU KNOW ANYWHERE OR HOW TO GET THERE"?
  • 10:34 AND I SAID "ABSOLUTELY LET ME GIVE ZOLA A CALL".
  • 10:36 THIS IS THE MOST SPECIAL PLACE IN THE WORLD AND THIS IS THE PLACE WE WANTED TO BE.
  • 10:40 WE CAN'T IMAGINE THAT WE'RE HERE WE JUST CAN'T IMAGINE.
  • 10:54 AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THOSE DAYS THAT THERE WENT OUT A DECREE FROM CAESAR AUGUSTUS
  • 10:58 THAT ALL THE WORLD SHOULD BE TAXED.
  • 11:02 AND JOSEPH WENT UP FROM GALILEE OUT OF THE CITY OF NAZARETH INTO JUDEA
  • 11:07 UNTO THE CITY OF DAVID,WHICH IS CALLED BETHLEHEM TO BE TAXED WITH MARY,
  • 11:12 HIS ESPOUSED WIFE BEING GREAT WITH CHILD.
  • 11:15 AND SO IT WAS THAT WHILE THEY WERE THERE
  • 11:17 THE DAYS WERE ACCOMPLISHED THAT SHE SHOULD BE DELIVERED.
  • 11:21 AND SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRSTBORN SON AND WRAPPED HIM IN SWADDLING CLOTHES
  • 11:26 AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN.
  • 11:37 AND THERE WERE IN THE SAME COUNTRY SHEPHERDS ABIDING IN THE FIELDS
  • 11:39 KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT.
  • 11:42 AND LO, THE ANGEL OF THE LORD CAME UPON THEM
  • 11:46 AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHOWN AROUND THEM AND THEY WERE SORE AFRAID.
  • 11:55 AND THE ANGEL SAID UNTO THEM, FEAR NOT,
  • 11:57 FOR BEHOLD I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY, WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL PEOPLE.
  • 12:04 FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID, A SAVIOR, WHICH IS CHRIST, THE LORD.
  • 12:11 AND THIS SHALL BE A SIGN UNTO YOU.
  • 12:17 YE SHALL FIND THE BABE WRAPPED IN SWADDLING CLOTHES LYING IN A MANGER.
  • 12:41 WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE VERSE, I THINK.
  • 12:43 IT'S THE PREDICTION BY MICAH THAT THIS LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM,
  • 12:49 THE TOWN YOU SEE IN THE DISTANCE BEHIND ME WITH THE SPIRES AND CHURCHES AND MINARETS,
  • 12:56 AN UNIMPORTANT LITTLE TOWN, BECAUSE IT HAD 400 FAMILIES AT THE TIME JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN THERE,
  • 13:03 WAS SELECTED BY GOD TO BE THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE KING OF ISRAEL.
  • 13:08 NOW, LET'S TELL THE STORY LIKE IT IS.
  • 13:11 MANY PEOPLE TELL THE CHRISTMAS STORY AND CHURCHES BUILD NATIVITY SETS
  • 13:15 AND MAKE IT BEAUTIFUL AND COMFORTABLE WITH WOODEN BARNS WITH CLEAN STRAW IN WOODEN CRADLES,
  • 13:22 BUT IT WASN'T QUITE LIKE THAT.
  • 13:25 MARY AND JOSEPH CAME FROM NAZARETH, RELATIVELY YOUNG KIDS
  • 13:28 ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED AND AWARE THAT SHE BORE A CHILD BY THE LORD, BY GOD.
  • 13:36 SHE WAS A VIRGIN.
  • 13:39 SHE WAS A 9TH GRADER, BY THE WAY.
  • 13:41 SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL. MARY WAS NOT A WOMAN.
  • 13:44 WE OFTEN SEE HER PORTRAYED AS A GROWN WOMAN,
  • 13:46 BUT SHE REALLY WAS, AS MOST BRIDES IN ISRAEL OF HER TIME, A YOUNG TEENAGER.
  • 13:54 THEY CAME ALONG THE WAY THAT YOU SEE BEHIND ME.
  • 13:57 THAT IS, ROADS WENT THROUGH THE HILLS, DOWN FROM JERUSALEM TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 14:02 JERUSALEM IS IN FRONT OF ME. ACTUALLY, I'M STANDING ON THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 14:08 BEHIND ME YOU CAN SEE BETHLEHEM, WHICH IS ONLY ABOUT 5 MILES AWAY.
  • 14:11 THEY HAVE BEEN TOGETHER A LONG TIME, AT LEAST 3,000 YEARS.
  • 14:15 BETHLEHEM IS EVEN OLDER THAN JERUSALEM.
  • 14:17 IT WAS 1,000 YEARS OLD WHEN DAVID WAS CORONATED AS KING HERE.
  • 14:24 IN ANY CASE, THEY CAME ALONG THE ROAD AND THEY CAME TO SHEPHERDS WHO PROBABLY TOLD THEM,
  • 14:31 THE TRUTH IS, THEY PROBABLY DIDN'T GO ALL THE WAY INTO TOWN,
  • 14:34 THE SHEPHERDS PROBABLY TOLD THEM, NOW LOOK, THERE'S NO USE YOU'RE GOING IN THERE.
  • 14:38 BECAUSE OF THE CENSUS, BECAUSE OF THE TAXATION,
  • 14:42 AND ALL THE PEOPLE HAVING TO RETURN TO THEIR NATIVE TRIBAL HOME LIKE YOU TWO ARE,
  • 14:48 ALL THE HOTELS ARE FULL. THERE'S NO ROOM AT THE INN. THERE'S NO PLACE TO STAY THERE.
  • 14:54 IF YOU LIKE, MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE IN OUR CAVE,
  • 14:58 WHICH WAS REALLY, IT WASN'T A BARN AT ALL.
  • 15:01 THERE ARE NO WOODEN BUILDINGS IN ISRAEL EVEN TODAY, THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TREES FOR THAT.
  • 15:05 YOU SEE BEHIND ME OLIVE TREES.
  • 15:08 THEY ARE NATIVE TO THIS COUNTRY, BUT THEY DON'T PROVIDE MUCH LUMBER.
  • 15:12 THEY PROVIDE OLIVE OIL AND OLIVES TO EAT.
  • 15:14 THEY DIDN'T MAKE BUILDINGS OUT OF TREES.
  • 15:17 THEY PUT THE ANIMALS IN CAVES.
  • 15:20 SO, THE SHEPHERDS PUT THEIR ANIMALS IN THE BACK OF A CAVE
  • 15:24 AND BUILT A FIRE AT THE MOUTH OF THE CAVE TO KEEP THE PREDATORS AWAY.
  • 15:28 AND THEY ENTERED THESE FIELDS AROUND BETHLEHEM,
  • 15:31 SOME OF WHICH ARE THE VERY FIELDS WHERE RUTH MET BOAZ.
  • 15:37 SHE SLEPT OUT IN HIS FIELD AS YOU RECALL, AT THE FEET OF BOAZ
  • 15:43 AND SIGNALED HIM THAT SHE WAS AVAILABLE TO HIM.
  • 15:46 THAT STARTED A MARRIAGE WHICH IS IN THE GENEALOGY OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 15:49 RUTH, A MOABITESS WHO CONVERTED TO JUDAISM, WHO SAID,
  • 15:57 AND WENT WITH NAOMI, HER MOTHER-IN-LAW TO ISRAEL AND THEN MARRIED BOAZ.
  • 16:05 NOW, WHEN WAS JESUS BORN?
  • 16:07 IT REALLY, PROBABLY WAS NOT DECEMBER 25TH.
  • 16:10 THE TRUTH IS, THE ANIMALS HAD THEIR BABIES IN THE SPRING
  • 16:15 AND IT'S MORE LIKELY THE SHEPHERDS WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY CLOSE TO THEIR FLOCKS IN THE SPRINGTIME,
  • 16:20 BECAUSE PREDATOR ANIMALS WOULD COME AND TAKE AWAY THE BABIES.
  • 16:25 SO THEY GUARDED THEIR FLOCKS MUCH MORE CAREFULLY AT THE TIME THAT THEY HAD THE BABY ANIMALS.
  • 16:30 WE HAD A TOUR DRIVE BY HERE ONE TIME
  • 16:33 AND ACTUALLY SAW A SHEPHERD CARRYING A BABY LAMB ON HIS SHOULDERS,
  • 16:38 A SCRIPTURAL PICTURE IF THERE EVER WAS ONE,
  • 16:41 THE UMBILICAL CORD STILL EXTENDED FROM THE BRAND NEW BABY WHO COULDN'T WALK YET.
  • 16:46 THEY WERE JUST KEEPING UP WITH THE FLOCK.
  • 16:48 IT WAS A SPRING TOUR AND HE HAD A SPRING CHILD, A BABY, A BABY LAMB AND HE WAS PROTECTING IT.
  • 16:54 THAT PROBABLY WAS THE TIME OF JESUS' BIRTH.
  • 16:57 WE CAN'T REALLY SAY. IT'S NOT PUBLISHED IN SCRIPTURE.
  • 17:00 DECEMBER 25TH, THOUGH, WAS CHOSEN, I SUPPOSE,
  • 17:05 BECAUSE OF THE ROMAN SATURNALIA FESTIVAL, WHICH WAS AT MID-WINTER.
  • 17:11 THE GERMANS ALSO, WITH ODON, HAD A SIMILAR FESTIVAL.
  • 17:16 IT WAS CHOSEN AS A TIME PEOPLE WERE USED TO CELEBRATING A HOLIDAY
  • 17:20 AND SO IT WOULD WORK WELL. THEY WOULD COME. THEY WOULD ATTEND AND SO FORTH.
  • 17:26 ANOTHER THEORY IS BASED ON THE DATE OF HANUKKAH.
  • 17:30 HANUKKAH IS GIVEN IN SCRIPTURE. IT'S THE 25TH DAY OF KESLEV.
  • 17:36 JESUS CELEBRATED IT.
  • 17:37 IN JOHN 22 HE WENT DOWN TO JERUSALEM; IT WAS WINTER, IT SAYS,
  • 17:42 TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF DEDICATION, WHICH IS THE FEAST OF HANUKKAH.
  • 17:46 THE 25TH OF KESLEV, I CAN PICTURE A ROMAN COMING TO A RABBI AT THE TIME, OR A PRIEST
  • 17:53 AND SAYING, WHICH MONTH OF YOURS IS EQUAL TO OUR DECEMBER?
  • 18:00 THE RABBI SAYING, WELL, ROUGHLY KESLEV, BECAUSE KESLEV CAN START IN NOVEMBER.
  • 18:06 THE LUNAR AND SOLAR CALENDARS DON'T AGREE THAT CLOSELY.
  • 18:10 BUT HE PROBABLY SAID DECEMBER. USUALLY MOST OF KESLEV IS IN DECEMBER.
  • 18:14 AS IT WAS ON THE 25TH DAY, PERHAPS THE ROMAN CONCLUDED,
  • 18:17 ALRIGHT, THEN IT'S THE 25TH OF DECEMBER THAT WE'LL HAVE THIS FESTIVAL.
  • 18:22 THAT'S POSSIBLE. LOOK, IT'S NOT IMPORTANT.
  • 18:26 THIS COMES UP A LOT AND PEOPLE TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT.
  • 18:28 IT'S NOT FIGURED OUT.
  • 18:30 WHEN GOD WANTS TO GIVE US A DATE, HE GIVES US AN EXACT DATE,
  • 18:33 AS WITH THE 7 FEASTS IN LEVITICUS 23.
  • 18:38 THESE FESTIVALS ARE REPORTED EACH ON A PRECISE DAY:
  • 18:42 THE 14TH DAY, THE 1ST MONTH AT EVENING IS THE LORD'S PASSOVER.
  • 18:47 THE NEXT NIGHT IS UNLEAVENED BREAD.
  • 18:49 THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY IS FIRST FRUITS.
  • 18:52 50 DAYS LATER IS PENTECOST.
  • 18:55 THE 1ST DAY OF THE 7TH MONTH IS TRUMPETS.
  • 18:57 THE DAY OF ATONEMENT IS THE 10TH DAY AND THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES,
  • 19:01 THE 15TH DAY OF THAT 7TH MONTH.
  • 19:04 OF COURSE, HANUKKAH, A NATIONAL FESTIVAL, WHICH CAME ALONG LATER,
  • 19:07 IS THE 25TH OF KESLEV, 2 AND 1/2 MONTHS LATER.
  • 19:12 IF GOD GAVE THOSE FEAST DAYS, IT WAS SO THAT WE WOULD KNOW
  • 19:18 JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED ON PASSOVER AND BURIED ON UNLEAVENED BREAD AND RAISED ON FIRST FRUITS
  • 19:25 AND SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT AT PENTECOST.
  • 19:27 AND WE'LL RETURN, PERHAPS, LITERALLY, PERHAPS SYMBOLICALLY
  • 19:31 ON A FEAST OF TRUMPETS IN THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
  • 19:35 THE JEWS WILL MOURN FOR HIM AS FOR AN ONLY SON ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
  • 19:39 AND ON THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES HE'LL REESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM.
  • 19:45 WHY THIS LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM?
  • 19:47 WHY WASN'T HE JUST BORN IN JERUSALEM?
  • 19:48 IT ADDED AN EXTRA 5 MILES TO AN ALREADY DIFFICULT JOURNEY.
  • 19:52 IT MUST HAVE BEEN 75 MILES DOWN INTO THE JORDAN RIVER VALLEY, DOWN TO THE JERICHO AREA,
  • 19:58 UP THE MOUNTAIN TO JERUSALEM AND DOWN HERE TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 20:03 FOR A YOUNG GIRL IN THE NINTH MONTH OF HER FIRST PREGNANCY,
  • 20:10 VIRTUALLY ALREADY IN LABOR AND RIDING A DONKEY, THAT'S VERY DIFFICULT.
  • 20:15 IF AT LEAST IT WERE JERUSALEM IT WOULD SAVE SOME TIME.
  • 20:17 BUT YOU KNOW, IF YOU WERE BORN IN JERUSALEM,
  • 20:20 THEN HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THOUSANDS BORN AT THAT TIME.
  • 20:24 WHO WOULD REMEMBER IT?
  • 20:26 BUT WHEN HE'S BORN IN A LITTLE TOWN IN BETHLEHEM, THAT'S NEWS IN A LITTLE TOWN.
  • 20:30 A GIRL ARRIVES, SHE STAYS IN A CAVE OF A SHEPHERD AND SHE HAS A BABY.
  • 20:36 PEOPLE BROUGHT BLANKETS. PEOPLE DID THINGS.
  • 20:38 THEY SAW THE MAGI COME. WHAT AN EVENT IN A LITTLE TOWN LIKE THIS!
  • 20:42 AND 30 YEARS LATER WHEN A SEEKER LIKE NICODEMUS CAME ASKING QUESTIONS SAYING,
  • 20:47 I'VE HEARD THIS SPELL BINDING SPEAKER,
  • 20:49 BUT I CAN'T RECEIVE THE MESSIAH UNLESS IT AGREES WITH SCRIPTURE.
  • 20:54 WAS THIS FELLOW BORN OF PEOPLE FROM THE TRIBE OF JUDAH?
  • 20:58 THEY WOULD HAVE SAID, OF COURSE, WHO COULD FORGET IT.
  • 21:01 HIS MOTHER AND FATHER CAME HERE BECAUSE THEY WERE BOTH OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID, FROM BETHLEHEM.
  • 21:06 THEY CAME HERE FOR THE CENSUS.
  • 21:08 THEY HAD TO BE HERE DESPITE HER PREGNANCY.
  • 21:11 SO, YES, BOTH WERE OF COURSE OF JUDAH.
  • 21:13 THAT SATISFIED THAT.
  • 21:15 THE PROPHET SAID THAT HE WAS TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN.
  • 21:18 WHAT COULD THEY SAY?
  • 21:21 SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL. SHE WAS A GOOD GIRL. SHE WASN'T MARRIED YET.
  • 21:25 THAT'S WHAT THEY COULD REPORT. THAT MUCH EVIDENCE IS EVIDENCE INDEED.
  • 21:30 SO, THE RIGHT TIME, THE RIGHT TRIBE, THE RIGHT CITY AS MICAH SAID.
  • 21:38 I SHOULDN'T SAY CITY- THE RIGHT VILLAGE, THE RIGHT TOWN,
  • 21:42 EVEN TO THE POINT OF IT BEING IN HEBREW BET-LE-HEM THE HOUSE OF BREAD.
  • 21:46 HE'S THE BREAD OF LIFE.
  • 21:48 IT ALL WORKED TOGETHER FOR THEM TO MAKE A REAL WITNESS.
  • 21:53 IT'S NOT EXACTLY IMPORTANT WHEN JESUS WAS BORN,
  • 21:57 BUT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE REALIZE HE WAS BORN FOR US, BORN FOR THE REBORN.
  • 24:38 MY VERY BIBLE I'VE CARRIED AROUND HERE IN ISRAEL FOR YEARS IS SCOFIELD, THE OLD SCOFIELD.
  • 24:44 I HAVE WRITTEN ON IT IN HEBREW [HEBREW] - THE LIGHT.
  • 24:48 IT'S GOT THE STORY OF HANUKKAH IN DANIEL 8 AND THE STORY OF JESUS' BIRTH.
  • 24:55 WHAT CAN WE SAY IN CLOSING ABOUT THESE TWO FESTIVALS?
  • 24:59 HANUKKAH WAS WONDERFUL.
  • 25:00 IT WAS A REVOLT BY THE MACCABEES AGAINST PERSIAN RULE,
  • 25:04 AGAINST ANTIOCHUS, WHO SACRIFICED A PIG ON THE ALTAR.
  • 25:08 IT WAS A HATEFUL THING TO DO.
  • 25:10 IT WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE FINAL SOLUTIONS TO THE JEWISH PROBLEM.
  • 25:13 IT DIDN'T WORK OUT THAT TIME EITHER.
  • 25:15 THERE IS NO FINAL SOLUTION.
  • 25:17 A FINAL SOLUTION TO THE JEWISH PROBLEM IS THE KINGDOM TO COME
  • 25:20 WHEN JERUSALEM WILL AT LAST BE THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS AND THE CAPITAL OF A RIGHTEOUS GOVERNMENT.
  • 25:26 WELL, IT WAS WONDERFUL THAT THE LORD CELEBRATED THE FESTIVAL.
  • 25:30 IT WAS WONDERFUL THAT THE OIL LASTED 8 DAYS.
  • 25:34 IT WAS A MIRACLE RATHER LIKE HIS BIRTH, WHICH WAS ANOTHER GREAT MIRACLE.
  • 25:40 THEN, WHY WAS HE BORN?
  • 25:41 AFTER ALL, GOD MADE ADAM AND EVE IN HEAVEN OUT OF HEAVENLY STUFF.
  • 25:45 HE COULD HAVE MADE JESUS THE SAME WAY AND SET HIM DOWN HERE 30 YEARS OLD.
  • 25:49 WE WOULDN'T LACK MUCH.
  • 25:51 HE WOULD MINISTER AND DO HIS SAME 3 YEARS AND HIS SAME SERMONS AND TEACHINGS.
  • 25:55 BUT THEN, YOU KNOW, WHEN THE PASTOR SAID YOU WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS,
  • 26:00 WE CAN SAY IN OUR HEARTS, OH NO, I WASN'T MADE IN HEAVEN OUT OF SOME HEAVENLY STUFF.
  • 26:06 I WAS JUST BORN OF A WOMAN WITH NORMAL FLESH. JESUS DOESN'T KNOW MY PROBLEMS.
  • 26:12 NO, WE CAN SAY THAT HE WAS BORN OF A WOMAN LIKE THE REST OF US.
  • 26:16 HE HAD FLESH LIKE OURS. HE GOT TIRED.HE GOT HUNGRY. HE WEPT.
  • 26:20 IT HURT TO BE CRUCIFIED. HE WAS AFRAID OF IT.
  • 26:24 THE GOSPEL GOES OUT OF ITS WAY TO SAY HE WAS TEMPTED IN ALL THINGS AND YET HE DID NOT SIN.
  • 26:32 IT'S A GREAT THOUGHT. WE CAN WIN THIS BATTLE IN THIS EQUIPMENT.
  • 26:36 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM, PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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