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Episode: “The Feast of Dedication”
Jeff explores the prophetic fulfillment of Antiochus Epiphanes’ desecration, as written by the prophet Daniel, as well as the future Abomination of Desolation committed by the Antichrist. Discover the Feast of Dedication as observed by Jesus in the Bible, and don’t miss a heartfelt interview where Zola and Jean Rosenberg look at the celebration of Hanukkah in the home today.
Series: “The Feast of Lights”
Since the dawn of time, forces of darkness have amassed and threatened the Jews with extinction. However, in every generation, God provided a leader who would shine the Light of God’s faithfulness. Hanukkah—the Jewish Feast of Lights harks back to a time when a cruel, anti-Semitic dictator threatened to wipe out the Hebrews. But the Lord’s Deliverer arose, lit the lamp of hope, and saved Israel. From generation to generation, Jews have lit lamps in their homes to commemorate the victory and retell the story of the Feast of Lights.

Caption transcript for The Feast of Lights: “The Feast of Dedication” (3/3)

  • 00:06 FROM TIME IN IMMEMORIAL...
  • 00:08 FORCES OF DARKNESS HAVE AMASSED 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, THE JEWISH FEAST OF LIGHTS, HARKS BACK TO A TIME
  • 00:25 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
  • 00:35 JEWS LIGHT LAMPS IN THEIR HOMES TO COMMEMORATE THE VICTORY
  • 00:38 AND TO RETELL THE STORY OF....
  • 00:48 SHALOM,
  • 00:49 THRILLED THAT YOU'RE WITH US FOR THE THIRD OF A THREE PART
  • 00:52 TREATMENT OF THE JEWISH HOLIDAY CALLED "HANUKKAH"
  • 00:56 "HANUKKAH",
  • 00:57 FEAST OF DEDICATION, FEAST OF LIGHTS,
  • 01:00 ALL THE OLIVE OIL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL.
  • 01:03 SO MUCH IN IT.
  • 01:05 HANUKKAH IS A FASCINATING STORY
  • 01:07 AND WE HAVE BEEN EXPLORING IT.
  • 01:09 WE'VE LOOKED AT THE HISTORY OF HANUKKAH.
  • 01:11 WHAT I NEED YOU TO DO THIS GO ROUND IS TO
  • 01:14 MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BIBLE IN FRONT OF YOU
  • 01:16 BECAUSE IN A FEW MOMENTS WE'RE GOING TO VISIT THE BOOK OF DANIEL,
  • 01:20 WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
  • 01:23 AND WE'RE GOING TO STUDY UP HOW THIS JEWISH HOLIDAY
  • 01:26 CONNECTS TO THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS.
  • 01:28 LAST WEEK WE SAW IT ALL HARVESTED.
  • 01:30 THEN WE SAW IT PRESSED.
  • 01:32 THE OLIVE OIL IS SO IMPORTANT IN THE FAMILY HOME.
  • 01:35 WHAT IS OIL IN THE BIBLE?
  • 01:36 WELL, THERE YOU GO.
  • 01:38 THE BIBLE IS A LIGHT TO THE WORLD AND DANIEL AND MATTHEW SHED LIGHT
  • 01:44 AND HANUKKAH INDEED IS THE FEAST OF LIGHTS.
  • 01:47 IT'S A FEAST THAT WE ALL DO WELL TO PAY ATTENTION TO.
  • 01:50 AND OIL IN THE BIBLE IS THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 01:53 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 01:54 AND CAN'T WE SEE THAT EVERY TIME
  • 01:56 WE HEAR ABOUT HANUKKAH, THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS?
  • 01:58 YES, SO WE HAVE A DRAMA COMING,
  • 02:00 WE'VE LOOKED AT THE GATHERING AND THE PRESSING OF OIL
  • 02:03 AND NOW WE'LL CONSIDER SOME HOW IT'S USED IN THE HOME.
  • 02:06 HOW IS IT USED? IT'S JUST LIKE US.
  • 02:09 WE'RE GATHERED, WE GET PRESSED AND NOW WE GET USED.
  • 02:11 IT'S GREAT.
  • 02:12 THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 02:13 AND OUR STORY CONTINUES.
  • 02:15 THE OLIVE OIL COLLECTED IN THE
  • 02:17 BASIN HERE COULD BE USED FOR A
  • 02:19 VARIETY OF PURPOSES, AMONGST
  • 02:20 THEM, COOKING, FOR COSMETICS,
  • 02:22 AND ALSO AS FUEL FOR LIGHTING
  • 02:24 OIL LAMPS. LET'S GO NOW AND HAVE A LOOK AT A FIRST CENTURY HOME A
  • 02:27 AND SEE HOW OLIVE OIL WAS USED.
  • 02:39 FROM THE OLIVE OIL WHICH IS JUST BEEN PRESSED OUTSIDE,
  • 02:43 IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO THE HOME AND STORED IN LARGE POTTERY JARS.
  • 02:48 FROM THAT LARGE JAR THE LADY OF THE HOME WOULD GATHER THE OIL INTO A SMALLER POTTERY CONTAINER
  • 02:54 AND GO AROUND THE HOME FILLING UP THE VARIOUS OIL LAMPS
  • 02:58 WHICH HAD BEEN PLACED IN VARIOUS WINDOW SILLS AND NICHES AROUND THE HOME.
  • 03:02 THE OIL WOULD BE POURED THROUGH THE SMALL ROUND OPENING ON THE TOP OF THE OIL LAMP.
  • 03:08 THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A WICK IN THE NOZZLE OF THE LAMP MADE OF FLAX WHICH IS A PLANT FIBER
  • 03:13 WHICH WOULD HAVE THEN BEEN LIT GIVING LIGHT TO VARIOUS PARTS OF THE HOME.
  • 03:18 JESUS HIMSELF MADE REFERENCE TO OIL LAMPS.
  • 03:21 ONE CONTEXT HE SPEAKS OF TAKING AN OIL LAMP AND PLACING IT ONTO A LAMP STAND
  • 03:26 WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN A PRACTICE IN THE FIRST CENTURY.
  • 03:33 AND AS THE DAY CAME TO A CLOSE IN THE FIRST CENTURY
  • 03:35 THE FAMILY RESTED BY THE FLICKERING LIGHT OF LITTLE CLAY LAMPS
  • 03:39 FUELED FROM THE FRUIT OF THE OLIVE TREE.
  • 03:47 OIL. IT WASN'T JUST USED IN HOMES IN GENERAL.
  • 03:52 IT WAS USED IN ONE SPECIAL HOUSE IN PARTICULAR, THE "BEIT HAMIKDASH",
  • 03:58 THE HOLY HOUSE, THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 04:03 THERE, BIBLE READERS MAY REMEMBER, THAT IN THE HOLY PLACE
  • 04:08 WAS PLACED A CANDELABRA, A MENORAH.
  • 04:11 LEVITICAL PRIESTS PAID SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE MANUFACTURE OF OLIVE OIL WHEN THEY PLACED IT
  • 04:19 THEREIN IN ORDER TO KEEP THAT LAMP BURNING MINUTE AFTER HOUR
  • 04:24 AFTER DAY AFTER WEEK AFTER A MONTH, ON AND ON INTO THE FUTURE.
  • 04:28 WELL, THE TEMPLE NO LONGER STANDS.IN THE WAKE OF IT'S DESTRUCTION IN 70 AD,
  • 04:34 THE SYNAGOGUE CAME INTO VOGUE THE MORE SO.
  • 04:37 AND HERE IN SYNAGOGUES WE HAVE THE LIGHT ABOVE US THAT STILL BURNS.
  • 04:42 A LIGHT THAT IS PLACED IN FRONT OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT
  • 04:46 WHEREIN WHICH ARE PLACED THE TORAH SCROLLS.
  • 04:49 BEHIND ME HERE AT BARUCH HASHEM CONGREGATION OF THE TORAH SCROLLS,
  • 04:53 TRUTH BE KNOWN FOR ME AND FOR YOU, WE NEED THAT WHICH IS BEHIND ME IN FRONT OF US
  • 04:58 FOR THE PSALMIST SAID AS YOU MIGHT RECALL,
  • 05:08 THE WORD SAYS A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT ARE PREDICTIVE AND PRESCRIPTIVE.
  • 05:12 THE SCRIPTURE PRESCRIBES A WAY WE OUGHT TO LIVE AND IT PREDICTS
  • 05:17 WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING IN LIFE AS IT IS LIVED.
  • 05:20 I'M LOOKING HERE AT A HANUKKAH STORY THAT WAS TOLD IN ADVANCE ACTUALLY IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL.
  • 05:26 HERE IN CHAPTER 9 PICKING UP AT VERSE 27
  • 05:30 WE HAVE A VERY FAMOUS TEXT OR TRUTH BE KNOWN, VERY INFAMOUS
  • 05:34 FOR HEREIN THE STORY OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S WORST CREATURES IS TOLD,
  • 05:40 ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES IN ANTIQUITY.
  • 05:44 HE WAS KNOWN AS THE ONE THAT DESECRATED THE HOLY PLACE.
  • 05:48 THE PROPHET SAYS HERE IN VERSE 27....
  • 05:54 (THIS IS WHERE WE GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF A TRIBULATION PERIOD BEING SEVEN YEARS)
  • 06:02 (PREDICTED WAS THAT HE WOULD GO INTO THE HOLY PLACE AND SACRIFICE THEREIN)
  • 06:20 INTERESTING, DANIEL ENVISIONED THAT IN THE FUTURE FROM HIS VANTAGE POINT
  • 06:27 ONE WOULD COME WHO WOULD ENTER THE HOLY PLACE AND DESECRATE IT.
  • 06:30 THIS BY THE WAY, WAS FULFILLED PROPHECY AT ONE LEVEL
  • 06:34 BECAUSE ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES, THE SYRIAN HAD GONE INTO JERUSALEM, TAKEN THE CITY,
  • 06:40 TAKEN THE TEMPLE, GONE INTO THE HOLY PLACE AND THERE HE SET UP A SHRINE TO ZEUS.
  • 06:47 HE NOT ONLY DID THAT, AS IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH, AND THAT OF COURSE IS AN EGREGIOUS OFFENSE,
  • 06:53 HE NOT ONLY DID THAT, HE MADE IT AGAINST THE LAW FOR JEWS TO BE JEWS.
  • 06:58 OUTLAWED WAS CIRCUMCISION,
  • 07:00 OUTLAWED WERE TORAH SCROLLS,
  • 07:02 OUTLAWED WAS SATURDAY OBSERVANCE OF THE "SHABBAT", THE SABBATH.
  • 07:07 HE DID EVERYTHING HE COULD BY RULE OF LAW TO BREAK IT ALL DOWN.
  • 07:11 AND HERE DANIEL PREDICTED ONE WOULD COME CUNNINGLY
  • 07:16 AND HE WOULD BRING AN END TO SACRIFICE AND OFFERING
  • 07:21 AND HE WOULD SET UP THIS HEINOUS ABOMINATION WHICH MAKES DESOLATE.
  • 07:27 THE REASON WHY I KNOW THAT THIS ISN'T JUST FULFILLED IN THE HANUKKAH STORY OF DAYS GONE BY
  • 07:33 IS BECAUSE JESUS HARKS BACK TO THIS STORY.
  • 07:36 AND JESUS REMINDS READERS OF IT IN THE 24TH CHAPTER OF MATTHEW,
  • 07:42 IF YOU'LL TURN THERE WITH ME, THIS IS A VERY FAMOUS TEXT AS WELL.
  • 07:46 IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 24 JESUS IS SPEAKING TO HIS DISCIPLES ABOUT THE WORLD'S END.
  • 07:52 THE CHAPTER BEGINS WITH THE DISCIPLES SAYING:
  • 07:55 TELL US, WHEN WILL THIS BE?
  • 07:57 AND WHAT WILL BE THE SIGN OF YOUR COMING AND OF THE CLOSE OF THE AGE?
  • 08:02 AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH DISCUSSION OF A WORLD AT WAR,
  • 08:05 WITH PEOPLE AT THE RAGGED EDGE, WITH WITS BEING FRAYED, WITH PEOPLE BEING DISORIENTED,
  • 08:13 INTOXICATED WITH FEAR AND DISCOURAGEMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH ALL OF THAT,
  • 08:18 HE THEN SAYS IN VERSE 15....
  • 08:39 IT'S A VERY FAMOUS EXPRESSION AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.
  • 08:44 IT SHOWS THAT THE HANUKKAH STORY IS TO BE KEPT ALIVE, IT'S NOT JUST RELEGATED TO DAYS GONE BY.
  • 08:52 NOW THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT IS THE DESOLATING SACRILEGE AFFECTED UNDER ANTIOCHUS
  • 08:59 WHICH WAS THEN FINALLY BROUGHT TO AN END WHEN THE MACCABEES ROSE UP AND RETOOK JERUSALEM
  • 09:06 AND RETOOK THE TEMPLE AND THEY REDEDICATED THE TEMPLE THROUGH THIS MIRACLE,
  • 09:12 THEY GOT IT ALL DONE IN A DAY, THEY WERE ABLE TO FIX THIS
  • 09:17 AND MAKE RIGHT THE PROBLEM WITH ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES,
  • 09:21 BUT IN MAKING THAT RIGHT IT DIDN'T PUT AN END TO THE STORY
  • 09:26 BECAUSE JESUS INFORMS THAT ONE LIKE ANTIOCHUS RISES UP AT LAST DAYS.
  • 09:36 AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH A WORLD AT WAR, RUMORS OF WARS
  • 09:40 AND WITH ALL OF THAT THIS PERSON THEN MAKES THIS ABOMINATION WHICH MAKES DESOLATE.
  • 09:48 IN FACT PAUL SAYS AS MUCH IN II THESSALONIANS,
  • 09:51 HE'S TALKING ABOUT THIS ANTI-MESSIAH, THIS ANTI-CHRIST.
  • 09:56 AND WHAT DOES HE DO?
  • 09:58 HE EFFECTS THE ABOMINATION TO USE THE EXPRESSION IN II THESSALONIANS...
  • 10:01 "HE TAKES HIS SEAT IN THE TEMPLE
  • 10:04 OF GOD AND PROCLAIMS HIMSELF
  • 10:05 THAT HE IS GOD."
  • 10:07 AND BY VIRTUE OF SO DOING OF COURSE,
  • 10:09 HE JUST REENACTS THE RITUAL THAT ANTIOCHUS HAD SET IN MOTION YEARS AGO.
  • 10:14 I THINK WE NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON PROPHECY.WE NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON ISRAEL.
  • 10:19 WE NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON WHAT GOD IS DOING IN THE WORLD.WE NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON ISLAM.
  • 10:24 THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT BIBLE WATCHERS NEED TO WATCH,
  • 10:26 BUT ESPECIALLY LET'S PRAY AND LET'S WATCH
  • 10:30 AND LET'S BE IN THE READY WITH OUR EYES IN THE WORD AND OUR HEARTS SEEKING THE LORD
  • 10:35 AND SEE WHAT HE WILL SPEAK TO US AS WE FIND OURSELVES AMIDST THE TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES
  • 10:40 ON OCCASION AS WE WALK WITH THE LORD AND SEE HIS WILL AND WAYS MANIFESTED ON EARTH.
  • 10:55 DANIEL SPELLS IT OUT PRETTY CLEARLY.
  • 10:58 THE ANTI-CHRIST GOES INTO THE TEMPLE
  • 11:00 AND DESECRATES IT JUST LIKE ANTIOCHUS.
  • 11:02 YES, IT'S SCARY STUFF, IT'S SERIOUS STUFF ISN'T IT?.
  • 11:06 IT IS SERIOUS STUFF
  • 11:08 AND YET FOR US AS BELIEVERS IT'S NOT ABOUT US.
  • 11:10 IT'S REALLY ABOUT THE UNBELIEVER.
  • 11:12 RIGHT, ON THE ONE HAND IT'S BAD NEWS
  • 11:14 AND THE OTHER HAND IT'S GOOD NEWS.
  • 11:16 RIGHT. PAY ATTENTION,
  • 11:17 THIS IS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.
  • 11:18 GOD'S LEFT THE WORD TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON.
  • 11:22 I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
  • 11:24 WE'RE TO DO AT ZOLA LEVITT MINISTRIES IS TO TEACH ON BIBLE PROPHECY
  • 11:28 AND THE CHRISTIAN TELEVISION SHOULDN'T BE ALL ABOUT "HAPPY-CLAPPY",
  • 11:32 WE NEED TO LOOK AT WHAT'S SERIOUS AND WHAT'S COMING AS WELL
  • 11:35 AND AS YOU SAID IT'S GOOD NEWS FOR ALL OF US AT THE END OF THE DAY
  • 11:37 BECAUSE OUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR.
  • 11:39 BUT ISN'T WONDERFUL THAT GOD GIVES US THIS
  • 11:42 SO THAT WE CAN SEE EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.
  • 11:44 NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN.
  • 11:46 THAT'S RIGHT. AND JESUS IS THE ONE TO SHOW US THE WAY. >>RIGHT.
  • 11:50 IN A MOMENT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT WHAT JESUS SAID
  • 11:56 AS HE CELEBRATED HANUKKAH IN JOHN CHAPTER 10.
  • 12:01 THE LANGUAGE OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE IS RATHER INTERESTING.
  • 12:05 THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT GOD'S
  • 12:07 WRATH BEING POURED OUT.
  • 12:09 THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT GOD'S LOVE
  • 12:11 BEING POURED OUT.
  • 12:13 WHEN I THINK OF GOD'S WRATH BEING POURED OUT I'M REMINDED OF THE STORY IN DANIEL 9.
  • 12:18 IT TALKS ABOUT THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
  • 12:20 THE BIBLE PREDICTS A WORLD GOING DOWN INTO A NADIR; THAT IS TO A LOW POINT.
  • 12:26 THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT THE DEVIL MAKING HIS ENTRANCE ONTO THE STAGE OF THE HUMAN DRAMA
  • 12:31 PERSONIFIED AT A CERTAIN LEVEL IN THE PERSON OF AN ANTI-CHRIST,
  • 12:36 AN ANTI-MESSIAH WHO DECEIVES THE WORLD.
  • 12:40 PAUL TELLS US THAT
  • 12:42 THIS PERSON WILL APPEAR
  • 12:44 AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.
  • 12:45 IN FACT, THE WORD "LUCIFER"
  • 12:47 ITSELF IS A LATIN EPITHET
  • 12:49 MEANING "LIGHT BEARER"
  • 12:51 AND SO IT IS HE COMES WITH BRIGHT IDEAS.
  • 12:54 IN FACT, A WHOLE WORLD FALLS INTO HIS DOMAIN,
  • 12:58 EXCEPT THERE ARE SOME THAT RESIST, I MIGHT ADD.
  • 13:01 JEWISH PEOPLE COME TO KNOW THE TRUTH.
  • 13:03 THEY'RE NOT GOING TO WORSHIP THIS FELLOW.
  • 13:06 WE'RE TOLD IN SCRIPTURE IN THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT ALIKE ABOUT AN ANTI-CHRIST WHO COMES
  • 13:11 AND ENTERS INTO THE TEMPLE MOUNT BEHIND ME.
  • 13:17 THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST IS GOING TO GO
  • 13:19 INTO THIS RE-FABRICATED TEMPLE AND DESECRATE IT.
  • 13:23 THAT'S SOMETHING HE DID IN DAYS GONE BY.
  • 13:26 DAYS GONE BY THE HANUKKAH STORY COMMEMORATES THE SEASON WHEN
  • 13:29 ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES DESECRATED THE TEMPLE
  • 13:33 AND THEN IT TALKS ABOUT FAITHFULNESS,
  • 13:36 HOW HE RAISES UP A JUDAH MACCABEE AND OTHERS
  • 13:39 TO GET BEHIND HIM TO THEN THROW OFF THE SYRIAN YOKE AND REDEDICATE THE TEMPLE.
  • 13:44 THAT NOT ONLY HAPPENED IN DAYS GONE BY,
  • 13:47 JESUS SAYS THE SAME THING IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN DAYS AHEAD
  • 13:51 AS THE ANTI-CHRIST ENTERS THE SCENE, THE WORLD GOES AFTER HIM,
  • 13:55 HE DESECRATES A TEMPLE THAT'S BUILT ON THIS TEMPLE MOUNT BEHIND ME.
  • 14:00 IT'S A TRAGIC STORY FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.
  • 14:03 THAT'S THE BAD NEWS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT
  • 14:05 GOD SHOWS HIMSELF TRIUMPHANT WHEN THE MESSIAH COMES, HIS SERVANT WITH THE SAINTS WITH HIM
  • 14:12 AND THEN BATTLES AGAINST THE ANTI-CHRIST AND HIS DEMONIC MINIONS
  • 14:17 AND GETS THE BETTER OF THE DAY IN THE WAKE OF WHICH WE HAVE A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH.
  • 14:23 NOW SPEAKING ABOUT A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH,
  • 14:27 LET ME TALK ABOUT BRINGING A LITTLE HEAVEN INTO YOUR EARTH
  • 14:31 BECAUSE IN ADVANCE OF THE DAY WHEN GOD MAKES ALL THINGS NEW ON THE PLANET,
  • 14:36 THERE'S A WAY THAT HE CAN MAKE ALL THINGS NEW IN YOU
  • 14:40 AND I THINK ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO TELL THIS STORY IS FROM THIS PLACE
  • 14:45 AND IT'S A GREAT TIME TO DO IT AT HANUKKAH TIME.
  • 14:47 I WANT TO TAKE YOU TO THE "JOHANNINE GOSPEL", THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, CHAPTER 10
  • 14:52 WHERE IT IS HANUKKAH AND JESUS GIVES A LITTLE HOMILY, HE GIVES A LITTLE TALK HERE.
  • 14:58 LET'S LOOK AT WHAT IT WAS IN JOHN CHAPTER 10 AND VERSE 22..
  • 15:06 AND I TRUST YOU KNOW THAT THE FEAST OF DEDICATION IS HANUKKAH, THE FEAST OF LIGHTS.
  • 15:14 JESUS LOVED JEWISH PEOPLE, HE WAS JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 15:18 HE CELEBRATED AS A JEWISH PERSON, HE WORSHIPPED WITH OTHER JEWS,
  • 15:21 AND THERE'S JESUS AT THE TEMPLE. WE'RE TOLD THAT HE WALKED AND THEN IN VERSE 24 WE'RE TOLD...
  • 15:37 TOO MANY CHURCHMEN HAVE CONCLUDED TO MY WAY OF THINKING
  • 15:40 THAT IN THE FIRST CENTURY JESUS CAME AND THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS SO JESUS REJECTED ALL THE JEWS.
  • 15:48 NOW AT ONE LEVEL THAT'S REALLY BAD THEOLOGY.
  • 15:52 ON ANOTHER LEVEL, IN ADDITION, IT'S REALLY BAD HISTORY
  • 15:55 BECAUSE ALL THE JEWS DIDN'T REJECT JESUS.
  • 15:57 THIS STATEMENT REFLECTS A KIND OF POLARIZATION.
  • 16:00 THAT IS TO SAY THAT WERE SOME JEWS THAT WERE SERIOUSLY FOR JESUS,
  • 16:04 THERE WERE SOME JEWS EMPHATICALLY AGAINST HIM
  • 16:06 AND THEN THERE'S THE LIONS SHARE OF JEWISH PEOPLE CAUGHT IN BETWEEN,
  • 16:11 SOMEWHAT AMBIVALENT, NOT KNOWING WHICH WAY TO GO.
  • 16:14 HERE JESUS PRESENTS IN THE TEMPLE AND JEWS SURROUND HIM AND SAY,
  • 16:19 "TELL US WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU'RE ALL ABOUT. WHAT IS THIS?"
  • 16:32 JESUS HAD TRAVELED ABOUT THE TOWNS AND VILLAGES OF JUDEA HEALING, CASTING OUT DEMONS,
  • 16:40 THERE WAS ENOUGH MANIFEST PRESENCE WHEN HE WAS PRESENT TO GIVE EVIDENCE TO THE FACT THAT
  • 16:47 THERE WAS SOMETHING BEYOND HIM, THAT HE WAS MORE THAN A MAN, MORE THAN A CARPENTER.
  • 16:53 THE MIRACLES TESTIFY IN AS MUCH AS THE HANUKKAH STORY.
  • 16:56 THERE ARE THE SYRIANS THAT HAVE OVERWHELMED THE JUDEANS
  • 17:00 BUT GOD GIVES THE ARMIES VICTORY OVER THE SYRIANS.
  • 17:03 AND NOT ONLY THAT HE GIVES THEM A MIRACLE TO CELEBRATE WITH THE FEAST OF DEDICATION.
  • 17:07 MIRACLES AUTHENTICATE GOD'S WORKING IN THE WORLD.
  • 17:12 WELL, PEOPLE SEE AND EXPERIENCE THE MIRACULOUS, THEY HEAR THE LORD CALLING.THE LORD SAID,
  • 17:22 OH WOULD THAT IT WOULD BE
  • 17:24 THAT YOU WOULD HEAR THE LORD'S VOICE SPEAKING TO YOU THROUGH HIS WORD.
  • 17:29 I WOULD CONSIDER IT SUCCESS IN LIFE WHERE INSIDE YOUR HEART NOW YOU WOULD BE RESOLVING
  • 17:35 TO MAKE A DECISION FOR THE LORD THAT AT HANUKKAH TIME, THE FEAST OF DEDICATION,
  • 17:40 THAT YOU WOULD MAKE A DECISION TO DEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO SERVING THIS GOD WHO KNOWS YOU,
  • 17:45 WHOSE CALLING YOU, WHO HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE,
  • 17:50 AS A SHEPHERD WANTS TO LEAD YOU INTO A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE.
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  • 18:41 "I SHALL STAND WITHIN THE WONDER OF YOUR WALLS OH JERUSALEM."
  • 18:46 "I SHALL WALK WITHIN THE SPLENDOR OF YOUR GATES."
  • 18:51 "BEAUTIFUL FOR SITUATION THE JOY OF THE WHOLE EARTH."
  • 18:56 "SURELY THE LORD HAS BLESSED THEE AND MADE HIS FACE SHINE UPON THEE."
  • 19:03 " COME TO ZION WITH SONGS AND EVERLASTING JOY."
  • 19:09 "COME, WORSHIP
  • 19:11 IN THE SPLENDOR
  • 19:12 OF HIS HOLINESS."
  • 19:17 THAT'S ISRAEL.
  • 19:18 YOU HEAR ME SAY, "THAT'S ISRAEL AND THAT'S THE WAY WE SAY IT."
  • 19:21 IT WAS SOMETHING THAT ZOLA SAID
  • 19:22 AND IT'S KIND OF A TRADITION I'D LIKE TO CONTINUE ON.
  • 19:24 THAT IS ISRAEL. IT'S THE WAY WE SEE IT. IT'S WHAT WE LOVE. GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 19:29 AND TRADITION CAN BE GOOD.
  • 19:32 OF COURSE, WE JEWS ARE SOMETIMES ACCUSED
  • 19:34 OF BEING TOO MUCH INTO TRADITION
  • 19:35 BUT AS THIS MINISTRY MOVES INTO THE FUTURE
  • 19:37 WE CAN CARRY THE PAST ALONG NOW CAN'T WE?
  • 19:40 I THINK SO TOO.
  • 19:41 AND ZOLA HAD AN EMPLOYEE THAT WORKED WITH THE MINISTRY
  • 19:43 AND HER NAME IS JANE ROSENBERG
  • 19:44 AND SHE WAS SO SWEET AND SO LOVELY.
  • 19:46 SHE REMINDED YOU OF JUST THE OLD SWEDE, JEWISH LITTLE MAMMA.
  • 19:50 YIDDISH MAMMA.
  • 19:52 YES, THAT YOU WANT TO JUST PINCH HER LITTLE CHEEK.
  • 19:55 BUT SHE SAT DOWN AND TALKED WITH ZOLA ABOUT HANUKKAH
  • 19:57 AND WHAT THE MEMORIES WERE FOR HER AND WHAT THE MEMORIES WERE FOR ZOLA.
  • 20:00 I'D LIKE YOU TO WATCH THAT.
  • 20:01 IT'S A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, SWEET INTERVIEW.
  • 20:05 CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HANUKKAH WITH ME A LITTLE BIT?
  • 20:07 HANUKKAH WAS REALLY, REALLY THE JOYOUS OCCASION.
  • 20:11 WE KNEW IT AS CHILDREN AS A BIG THING BECAUSE OF GIFTS. WE WERE GOING TO GET GIFTS.
  • 20:16 WE WERE GETTING A HANUKKAHGELT, WHICH IS... >>HANUKKAH GOLD.
  • 20:19 HANUKKAH GOLD. >>CASH! (LAUGHING) FINE SILVER!
  • 20:22 OH THAT IT WAS SUCH A BIG DEAL WHO KNOWS HOW MUCH,
  • 20:24 MAYBE IT WAS 10 OR 15 CENTS, I DON'T REMEMBER. >>YEH, RIGHT!
  • 20:27 BUT IT WAS HUGE TO US AT THE TIME.
  • 20:30 AND OF COURSE IT WAS THE GAMES WE PLAYED AND WAITING FOR THE LIGHTS.
  • 20:35 EACH NIGHT THE CANDLE
  • 20:37 WAS GOING TO BE LIT
  • 20:38 BY ONE OF THE OTHER CHILDREN,
  • 20:40 USUALLY I WAS THE YOUNGEST SO I DON'T REMEMBER LIGHTING IT MYSELF
  • 20:42 BUT A BOY OR A GIRL COULD LIGHT THE CANDLES.IT DIDN'T MATTER.
  • 20:45 SO ONE OF THEM, ONE OF MY BROTHERS OR SISTERS UNDOUBTEDLY DID IT.
  • 20:50 AND THEN AGAIN WE CHILDREN WERE SENT TO "HAYDER".
  • 20:54 THAT'S A JEWISH SCHOOL THAT WOULD BE IN THE SYNAGOGUE. A HEBREW SCHOOL.
  • 20:58 WE CALLED IT JEWISH SCHOOL OR HEBREW SCHOOL.
  • 21:00 IT WOULD HAPPEN RIGHT WHEN WE GOT OUT OF SCHOOL WENT DIRECTLY TO HAYDER. >>YES.
  • 21:05 SOME LEARNED TO READ AND WRITE YIDDISH, JEWISH.
  • 21:08 EVERY DAY BUT FRIDAY.
  • 21:09 OH, NO NOT FRIDAY.
  • 21:11 FIRST OF ALL YOU WEREN'T EVEN ALLOWED TO WRITE THEN. >>YES. (LAUGHING)
  • 21:13 BUT WE WOULD GO THE REST OF THE WEEK AND BEFORE HANUKKAH
  • 21:17 WE WOULD PUT ON PLAYS THAT WE WERE GOING TO DO DURING THE WEEK OF HANUKKAH
  • 21:22 AND OUR PARENTS WOULD COME AND SEE THESE PLAYS PUT ON.
  • 21:26 RATHER LIKE CHRISTMAS IS TODAY. CHILDREN PUT ON COSTUMES AND GIVE A PLAY.
  • 21:31 REALLY IN THE SAME.
  • 21:33 AND OF COURSE IN THE HOUSE THERE WAS SUCH JOYFULNESS.
  • 21:37 IT WAS A JOYFUL HOLIDAY. WE KNEW IT.WE SENSED IT.
  • 21:41 AND OF COURSE IT WAS NOT ONLY GETTING GIFTS, IT WAS GIVING.
  • 21:45 JEWISH IS BEING CHARITABLE AND WE ARE TAUGHT CHARITY FROM THE BEGINNING.
  • 21:51 WE WOULD DISTRIBUTE.WE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE PART OF OUR MONEY,
  • 21:55 WE KNEW IT WOULD GO INTO THE CHARITY BOX THAT WE HAD ON THE DOOR ALL YEAR ROUND. >>KUPPAH.
  • 22:00 KUPPAH. RIGHT.
  • 22:01 AND IT'S REALLY JUST A FUN...
  • 22:04 THE BAKING AND THE COOKING. ALL THE GOODIES THAT WE HAD.
  • 22:09 IT'S SO LIKE CHRISTMAS IS TODAY AS I MENTIONED EARLIER,
  • 22:13 MAYBE PEOPLE WENT BACK TO GET THE DATE FOR CHRISTMAS FROM THE INCEPTION OF HANUKKAH.
  • 22:17 CURIOUS HOW THESE HAVE COME ALONG IN THE SAME WAY.
  • 22:20 I DON'T THINK IT'S A COINCIDENCE DO YOU ZOLA? >>NO, I DON'T REALLY.
  • 22:22 REALLY >>I THINK IT'S A COMMEMORATION.
  • 22:25 A BIBLICAL FESTIVAL IS THE WAY TO PUT IT. >>RIGHT.
  • 22:28 AND THE PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY DO EXCEPT FOR THE...
  • 22:32 I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS SO POPULAR TO GIVE CASH
  • 22:35 BECAUSE CHRISTMAS GIFTS WERE NOTORIOUSLY RETURNED (LAUGHING).
  • 22:38 RETURNED GIFTS. NO, WE GAVE MOSTLY MONEY.
  • 22:40 WE WOULD GET LITTLE BAGS OF NUTS, FRUITS, JUST LIKE THEY DO HERE.
  • 22:44 BUT THE MOST THING WAS THE MONEY.
  • 22:46 IT'S NICE TO REMEMBER THE POOR AT SUCH A TIME
  • 22:48 AND THAT TOO COMES WITH CHRISTMAS. >>ABSOLUTELY.
  • 22:52 I THINK THAT A LOT OF MISSIONS TO THE POOR,
  • 22:54 A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON CHRISTMAS TIME.
  • 22:56 WELL, IT WAS ANOTHER HOLIDAY WHERE WE WERE TAUGHT IF WE KNEW THAT PEOPLE WERE ALONE
  • 23:00 THAT THEY HAD NOBODY TO COME IN TO SEE THEM, THEY WERE LONELY, WE WOULD MAKE A VISIT.
  • 23:28 ♪(ZOLA PLAYING THE RECORDER)♪
  • 24:33 BEAUTIFUL MUSIC WITH A GREAT SERIES ON THE FIRST CHRISTIANS.
  • 24:37 TAKES US BACK TO THE WORLD WHEN
  • 24:39 THOSE FIRST CHRISTIANS WERE ALL JEWS
  • 24:41 AND I'M EXCITED THAT WE LIVE IN A DAY AND TIME
  • 24:43 WHEN MORE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE COMING TO FAITH.
  • 24:46 AND AS JEWISH PEOPLE COME TO FAITH,
  • 24:48 THE STORY OF PASSOVER AND HANUKKAH, PURIM ALL THE JEWISH FEASTS
  • 24:52 NOW SURFACES IN CHRISTIAN CONSCIOUSNESS AS THROUGH THE SERIES.
  • 24:56 IT'S LIKE ALL THE LIGHTS ARE THERE AND I THINK
  • 24:59 HANUKKAH'S A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF THE LIGHT'S BEAM THERE.
  • 25:02 YES, JESUS SAID IN FACT THAT HE WAS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
  • 25:06 AND A WOMAN BRINGS IN THAT LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
  • 25:09 YES, PASSOVER TIME A WOMAN LIGHTS THE CANDLES.
  • 25:12 RIGHT.
  • 25:13 IN FACT HANUKKAH IS A HOLIDAY..
  • 25:15 THAT'S WHY JEAN IS SO GOOD TO TELL THE STORY..
  • 25:17 IT'S A WOMAN'S WORLD THAT'S CELEBRATED IN THE HOME
  • 25:20 MORE THAN IN THE "SHUL", MORE THAN IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
  • 25:22 AND IT'S A HAPPY TIME. IT'S A TIME TO REMEMBER.
  • 25:25 REMEMBER NOT ONLY OURSELF BUT REMEMBER THE POORER PEOPLE OF THE WORLD,
  • 25:28 THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT NEED OUR HELP.
  • 25:30 YES AND IT'S GREAT THE WAY THE MOTHER REALLY DOES SET THE TONE
  • 25:33 FOR SO MUCH WITH THE PRESENTS, WITH THE CHILDREN
  • 25:35 AND IT SHEDS A LITTLE LIGHT IN THE DARKENED WORLD
  • 25:39 WHEN JEWISH PEOPLE GATHER TOGETHER
  • 25:40 AND CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF LIGHTS AND THE FEAST OF DEDICATION.
  • 25:43 AGAIN, IT'S THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THE VISUAL OF THE OLIVE TREE
  • 25:48 BEING HARVESTED, BEING PRESSED,
  • 25:50 AND ALL OF US.. LIKE US BEING POURED OUT
  • 25:53 AND BEING ABLE TO WITNESS TO OUR FRIENDS AND OUR FAMILY.
  • 25:56 RIGHT. AND ISN'T THAT SO MUCH LIKE JESUS
  • 25:58 WHO WAS PRESSED AND SQUEEZED AND OUT CAME THE HEALING BALM?
  • 26:03 YOU KNOW I THINK OF JESUS SHEDDING HIS BLOOD ON CALVARY'S CROSS.
  • 26:08 IN FACT I'M REMINDED OF A VERSE WHERE JESUS SAID,
  • 26:19 I BELIEVE THAT INDIVIDUALS NEED TO COME TO KNOW JESUS
  • 26:22 AND I HOPE THAT SOME OF YOU WANT TO GO THAT DIRECTION
  • 26:25 AS A RESULT OF THIS PROGRAM TODAY.
  • 26:28 JEFF, THANK YOU FOR THE TEACHING.
  • 26:29 HANUKKAH IS A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL HOLIDAY.
  • 26:32 EXCITING.
  • 26:33 COME TO KNOW THE MESSIAH AND, SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM,
  • 26:37 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Story of Hanukkah
  2. "You Are the Light of the World"
  3. The Feast of Dedication

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