Importance of Chanukkah Today

Daniel’s Prophecy Spiritually fulfilled…

Importance of Chanukkah Today:

Daniel’s Prophecy Spiritually Fulfilled and the Beginning of the End of the Gentile Age

Why is Chanukkah important?  Why has every oppressive and anti-Semitic regime or nation where Jews lived try to stop them from celebrating it?  Why does the enemy hate it so much?  Why is Chanukkah so important to us as believers in this hour?  Is there a connection to Daniel’s prophecy which we know was fulfilled in the physical sense, but does it have a Spiritual significance which is being fulfilled as we speak and break bread together?  I believe so and I also believe that we may even see another physical fulfillment in our future…

The Lord Y’shua fulfilled this feast when He went unto them on the first day when they ceremoniously light the shamash candle, or the servant candle which lights all the others, and announced, “I AM THE LIGHT!!!  Can you imagine?  On the first day of the Festival of Lights He walks into their ceremony and declares this?  They immediately try to lay hands on Him and take and kill Him.  This can be found in John 8:12 and He then goes out and heals a man who is born blind, which is a Messianic miracle.  They know! –and it is declared by the power of the Holy Spirit that the only one to open a man’s eyes if he is born blind will be the Messiah.

As the servant candle of the world He goes right out and lights up a man by opening his eyes to the light!  Beautiful!  AND, if we have understanding we can see that He was trying to open the eyes of the Pharisees and Sadducees through this miracle also.  They objected because they said it was on the Sabbath so He then denounces them and reveals His deity to them all throughout chapter 10 of John.  At the same time He is explaining about being a good Shepherd, which they are not.

Verse 39 says:  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

When they continue to denounce Him He goes into the court of the temple on the last day of Chanukkah and they ask Him to tell them plainly if He is the Messiah.  He says He did tell them and they didn’t believe in Him or in the works He has done in His Father’s Name….they again try to take Him to kill Him and He disappears in their midst.

Back to Chanukkah and Daniel:  We know that the prophecies of Daniel have already been physically fulfilled when Alexander the Great who had conquered the known world, settled in Babylon to finish his reign.  He died in Babylon and four ruling nations emerged from his kingdom:  Egypt, Assyria, Turkey, and Greece.

We also know from history that the Assyrian ruler, Antiochus Epiphanes saw that the Israeli people were “difficult” to rule.  Hellenic culture was considered superior and the four nation’s leaders were attempting to Hellenize the world that Alexander had conquered.  The Jews were standing in the way of this and so Antiochus decided to go to the heart of the matter—Jerusalem.

He made it against his law to worship as a Jew and the penalty for breaking his law was death.  He set up a statue of Jupiter in the court of the Temple and demanded that the Jews worship it.  Mothers who had their sons circumcised were killed after watching their newborns hanged. The Rabbis who performed the bris were also killed.

Antiochus went to Matathias who was a wealthy and devout man, highly esteemed by the people.  Antiochus offered him lands and more riches and a seat in his government if he would worship Jupiter and show the nation of Israel to conform.  Antiochus had a pig slain and roasted on the altar of the Temple, defiling it and driving home the horror of it all throughout the land  Not only did Matathias refuse but he and his sons led a revolt:  The Maccabean Rebellion.

The Lord was with them and despite being outnumbered and having less armaments and training, they were victorious over the Assyrians!

The removal of a people group’s worship, traditions, customs and societal way of life is what the Selucids under Antiochus attempted to eradicate.  In this way they did not need to kill the people but would destroy their soul.  Mao Tse Tung killed 80 million people in order to destroy their ability to revolt and to conquer them from within.  Antiochus  had a variation on the theme but it would have proved to be quite effective as well.   (I will expound on the removal of a people group’s worship, traditions, customs and societal way of life as being their landmarks or the distinguishing features of that people group.)

If we want to understand the way in which the New World Order will arise we need to pay particular attention to the lesson of history with regard to the removal of landmarks.  It is not only happening on a physical and societal level but I submit to you that it is happening on a spiritual level as well.  Think about it; if the enemy wants to really pull Spirit filled believers off track how will he do it?  He will use deception –his only tool!  And so -how????  He will speak to congregations through false prophets, he will use pressure of the people on pastors (like what happened to Saul), he will use these and the tares he has sown into the Body to remove the landmarks of what it is to be Christian.

Our worship:  Y’shua said we must worship God in Spirit and Truth. (John 4)  So, the enemy- using his tares brings in another spirit and removes the Truth.  I declare to you that much of the music for worship in the churches actually conjures spirits of the anti-Christ…oh help us Lord!

Our belief system:  the basic truths which we as Christians should hold onto cannot be replaced, removed, watered down or added to.  The tri-une Godhead, the virgin birth, the sinlessness of Y’shua the Messiah and Savior, the fact that Y’shua is the only begotten son of the Father, the atonement of our sins by the application of His blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven, etc. etc. I will bring forth more on this subject later but I wanted to touch on it to bring clarity early on.

Now, I hope to bring a spiritual understanding to the light that I believe at this end time will really get people excited at the revelation!  As usual, Daniel and Revelation are main books that tie into the end times so that is where I want to go.

In Chapter 8 of Daniel in verse 5 it talks about a he goat which touched not the ground which had a notable horn between his eyes.  Without going into a deep teaching here I would just like to say that a he goat that doesn’t need to walk on the ground is a supernatural being. The he goat often represents the devil even in devil worship manuscripts.  To give the super abbreviated version of this lengthy study let me just say that the devil in the end times is going to fool- if it were possible, the very elect –and will have lying signs and wonders.  He wants to stand in the Holy place and be called God.  I submit to you that this happens all the time, right now in charismatic churches all over the globe.  (Many of the elect are charismatic.)

The enemy has sown in tares among the wheat and even if they do not “know” that they are actually tares, they are being used by the enemy against the Body of Y’shua constantly and in many deceptive ways.  Since they are sown by the enemy they are of another spirit and speak of another Jesus…they are not lovers of the truth.

Verse 12 of Daniel 8 says: And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered.

The words practiced and prospered are words used regarding sorcery.  (even today, active  covens use these words when they speak and conjure.  Spells are cast and are said to practice and prosper.  It is more apparent in the Hebrew/Chaldean original text, but the KJV uses these words which have an accurate meaning in our early English language. In today’s English we would say:  the ones of the enemy (the host he was given to go against the daily sacrifice) were operating by his agenda and his spirit and are interfering with the daily sacrifice which is ourselves.  (Romans 12:1)  And the operations are contriving tactics and methods which are prospering and achieving their desired effect.

So what is it that I am saying?  The devil will not be obvious in operating against the Body of Messiah while fooling the very elect if possible…but I will say that Y’shua was not weird.  When you experience something weird it is probably not of the Lord.  This is another word which is prevalent among devil worshippers.  i.e. The Weirding of Sarah which is a movie released a few years ago about a series of spells cast upon a girl named Sarah.  (Yeah, I know-makes ya think-don’t it?)

What the enemy is doing is using the tares he “sowed into the crop” who are of his spirit and so operate in the counterfeit of the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Some of his tactics, methods and modes are very clever and can seem legitimate but many will find they get a “check” in their spirit when they witness something and just don’t even know why.

There are even healings that seemingly take place but what is really happening is that the enemy just changes positions with another demon within a person.  For instance, if the person has the gout and a “healer” lays hands on him declaring healing scriptures, the person may get relief from gout but find they have gotten bleeding ulcers…(not healed but shifts in command so to speak).

Let me continue here, going back to Daniel 8:  We know that there is a spiritual Persia because the angel Gabriel was held up by the princes of Persia in the heavenly realm so there is a spiritual significance to this prophecy.

Verse 21:  The rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 

And again in verses 23-25 goes on:   23And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.24And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. 25And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

(without hand makes me believe that this is spiritual and must be broken by spiritual means, not physical.)

This is a clear description of the spiritual counterfeit which operates within the Body of Y’shua even now, in this hour.  This has always been the case as we see in the writings of all of the prophets.  There were many, many false and only a few true.  This is because as soon as a person begins to magnify himself in his heart, operate in selfish ambition, desire riches of this world, desire power and position over people, etc., he is an instrument of the enemy of his own soul and of the Lord!  And of the Lord’s people!

At first it is a mix of the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the Anti-Christ operating in an individual.  This can continue for quite some time if the person is still submitted to God through repentance of what he sees in his life as sin; (unfortunately, he may only have a muted or dim view of what is sin in his life.  If he is not accountable to another righteous member of the Body of Messiah, he could overlook some serious sin and go off into dangerous ground.  The final end of a person can be very grave indeed, IF he is not careful, i.e. walking out his salvation with fear and trembling, he could be enticed to put aside the Holy Spirit once and for all in his unquenchable desire to operate in miracles, signs and wonders-even by the power of another spirit!  This is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and cannot be forgiven in this world or the next realm of life!

Can you imagine?  The prophets of the Old Testament who were given the understanding of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of the Living God, prophesied of the awesome privilege and then died never having the wonderful experience for themselves? ! ?  I cry every time I think of that.

So who is the devil using?  First of all anyone who allows him—but that would include but is not limited to:  those who have selfish ambition, who want to build to reach God in order to make a name for themselves among the people, (Genesis 11), materialistic, self-serving, having left their first love, not lovers of the truth, have no fruit, have very little evidence of love for others, have not changed their character or their minds, and are seduced by all things supernatural w/o being certain that those things are of the Spirit of the Lord…

One of the prophets asked God why He allowed the false prophets to prophesy falsely.  The Lord answered him by saying that He puts the false in the midst of the true to see who is a lover of the truth.  I tell you -the Truth is a person, Y’shua.  AND, if you love Him you will be obeying Him.  You will be putting off the old man and putting on Him.  You will place yourself on the altar everyday and not jump off when He strikes the match…

You will also have LOVE.  –not only for those who love you but also for those who despitefully use and abuse you!  You may be called to put yourself between them and the plague and you must have love to do that. (Aaron obeyed Moses and made an offering to YaH and then stood between the plague and the people in the wilderness.)

Now, certain ones of the devil’s host are not merely deceived but are actually deceivers. They are the wolves in sheep’s clothing and are among the twice dead spoken of in the epistles and in Jude.  This is another long teaching which I can summarize by saying, that it is the spiritual abomination of desolation which stands in the Holy Place.

(In summary)  If a man has become born again and has been granted the awesome privilege and honor of being the temple of the Holy Spirit and then displaces Him and allows another spirit to take the place of honor in his temple, then he commits the abominable sin and is a beast.  And they are ones who have fornicated with the whore.  He has sold himself for power, riches and position over people.  He becomes the beast which gets his power from the dragon.  (READ Revelation 13, starting with verse 1 and go all the way to the end!)

Mystery Babylon the great whore is a MINDSET.  People who fornicate with her do so while forsaking the intimacy they have in Christ while He is indwelling them by His Spirit.  They start out by not coming OUT OF BABYLON!

They continue to eat of her delicacies and partake of her abominations. They are in tune with the system of the world and are caught up in the entertainment, politics, festivals (or celebrations) and are striving to achieve greatness in that system.

They bring the system of Babylon into the churches and before long they are in the system of the Beast while in their own places of worship.

If they become twice dead they are become beasts who now derive their power from the dragon.  The Whore sits on the many waters.  In Chapter 17 of Revelations verse 15 it says:  And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

In Genesis 11 we see that the tower of Babel in Shinar, the capital of Babylon, where the foundation of evil was laid upon its base, (Zechariah 5), the people were building a tower to reach God.  Why were they building?  What was their motivation?  TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES AMONG THE PEOPLE!!!

Not to be with the Great and Mighty God-THE LIVING GOD-the  I AM!  No!  They wanted to sit on top of people…be looked up to, be served, be glorified in their works…

I can explain it in brief:  The three rams which Daniel saw in the vision described back in chapter 8 verses 3 through 5 is, 3Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. 4I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. 5And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.

This describes both the PHYSICAL and the SPIRITUAL leaders of the host given to the devil.  (Very Briefly: the Physical host is the great destruction of the LANDMARKS and leadership in the early church. See the history of Constantine who made it illegal to incorporate anything “Jewish” into the worship of God in Christianity. He eradicated the Feasts of the LORD and changed the Sabbath, also, he instilled the Catholic Church Foundations and named Pope Gregory as the Spiritual leader of his kingdom. This is called the Dark Ages and was 100 years of tyranny in the name of the Holy Roman Empire.)

Now the Spiritual host:  Before the Lord Y’shua placed His blood on the mercy seat in heaven providing the perfect sacrifice for sin, man did not have the ability to have the Holy Spirit indwell him.  The Holy Spirit could come upon and even into a man for a while but there was not an indwelling.  This was the promise spoken of in Hebrews and in fact all throughout the Word— God with us, Emmanuel!

So prior to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit when a man gave himself over to the devil for building the devil’s kingdom here on Earth he takes over his soul and spirit because he is dead in his sins still.  He has not been ‘quickened’ by the Holy Spirit in the new birth.  We see many eastern gurus and priests of other religions who can do many wonders and can really dazzle us with their “craft”.  But, not being temples for the Holy Spirit they are not displacing the Holy Spirit from themselves when they allow the demon forces to operate through them.

Warlocks and witches have the ability to display great powers which are done by the power of a strong demon(s).

Now, when a man is saved and the Holy Spirit comes into him to indwell him, he becomes a living spirit whereas beforehand, he had a spirit which was dead.  The battle is now for his soul, which we are to walk out our salvation with fear and trembling to get out of here with our soul intact.  (I Thessalonians 5:23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.)

When we rightly divide the Word, the Sword of the Spirit separates or divides spirit from soul, enlivening more and more of our soul with each enlightenment of the Word.  (from glory to glory.)  When a man who has had the Holy Spirit indwelling and THEN accepts ANOTHER SPIRIT to indwell him in order to perform signs and wonders for the people— he becomes twice dead and has DISPLACED OR KICKED OUT THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!

He has become the abomination of desolation.  He is twice dead and is now unredeemable.  This sin is not forgiven.  PERIOD.  THE END.  I have seen this happen to a man and I tell of the incident in my website:  http://arisetozionministries.com/?page_id=389  It can be found in the Visions section under the title, “The Jeremiah Assignment”.  Without seeing it happen to a man I did see a twice dead man when I looked into the eyes of Todd Bentley and saw snake eyes.  I believe he is twice dead.  A beast.  An abomination now desolate…

When Daniel saw into the future and gained understanding of the vision he mourned and says of the thing in verses 2 and 3 of chapter 102In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. 3I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

If you are still not sure if there is a spiritual fulfillment here or spiritual meanings here about the endtimes let’s go to verse 20 of chapter 10:  20Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. 21But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

The prince of Grecia shall come and this is the spiritual prince…the rough he goat which touched not the ground.

SO—what is happening with regard to Chanukkah?  Spiritually speaking that is?  Chanukkah is a physical picture of what is spiritually happening to the Body of Y’shua. Just as the Hellenic infiltration was designed to eradicate the true worship of God by the Jews, thereby destroying them as a people group, so is this counterfeit spirit attempting to remove the true worship of God in the Body of Y’shua.

As false prophetic utterances, lying signs and wonders, soulish music and self-aggrandizing worship leaders sing for their own glory, the five-fold gifts to the church are looking for money and power over people (the five gifts being:  apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists) and the Truth is being ignored along with Holiness and Love and the WAY is obscured!

WE ARE LOSING OUR LANDMARKS!!!!  Job 24 says:

1Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? 2Someremove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. 3They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow’s ox for a pledge. 4They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. 5Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. 6They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. 7They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. 8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 9They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. 10They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;  11Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst. 12Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.

13They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. 14The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. 15The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. 16In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. 17For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

18He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.19Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned. 20The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow. 22He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life. 23Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways. 24They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.  25And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?

Proverbs also tells us in Chapter 22:28:  28Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.’  These are basic, foundational truths, laws and ways which distinguish them as God’s.

The assault on Judaism by Antiochus Epiphanes was focused at the base or center of its landmarks and foundations—Jerusalem!  THE Holy Temple!!!  Not just a temple in some outpost in Samaria!   Had the Jews not fought and called upon God there would not be Judaism today.  They would have succeeded in eradicating an entire people group without killing them all, because the landmarks were being removed so the scattered sheep had nothing in which to unite them as a people group.  And, they could not be fed as we see in Job above.

Today within the charismatic sector of Christianity which includes almost every denomination and people group, even the Hebraic Roots believers/Torah Observant, we are in danger of losing our landmarks.  If we lose the Way and the Truth we lose the LIFE.

I believe we are in the time where we are seeing that the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.  (Romans 11:25).  The blindness of Israel is being healed like the story we read in chapter nine of John-the man born blind now sees. We need to make certain that we are not ones who see who will become the blind like the Pharisees.