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Hanukkah Verses Christmas

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

More and more born-again believers in Jesus Christ [Messiah] are now celebrating Hanukkah each year instead of Christmas. They have discarded the pagan practice of observing “Christ-Mass” and begun to observe Hanukkah instead in a New Testament context. For more information on the fallacy of Christmas observance, read our article: “Was Jesus really born on December 25th.”?

Hanukkah’s historical origin.

The Hanukkah holiday we celebrate this week originally commemorated the defilement of the Jewish temple in 167 B.C. by the Roman ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes when he attacked Jerusalem, purposely sacrificed a pig (and other abominable creatures to the Jews) on the temple altar, and forced everyone to worship Zeus, his pagan god.

A small number of faithful and heroic Jews, known as the Maccabees, fought back and regained control of their temple from the Roman invasion. Immediately they cleansed the temple and restored the worship of the one true God, Yahovah.

The miracle associated with Hanukkah occurred when the Jewish priests only had enough oil for the Candelabrum to give them one day of light. But they prayed in faith, and God miraculously made the oil last for eight days until more oil could be produced. Thus, the significance of the eight days of Hanukkah where one new candle is lit everyday. The ninth candle is called the “Shammash” (Hebrew: Servant), used to light all the other candles.

New Testament meaning of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah should remind us that our bodies should be cleansed daily of any spiritual defilement because we are the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Let us live in such a way as to honor and please God with our bodies. When you commit sin, you must confess it quickly and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you once again from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

– Luis Josephus

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Israel’s True Borders

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Thirteen books of the Bible speak of the nation of Israel being restored to their land from the nations in which they were scattered. This prophecy became history in

1948 when the United Nations granted a homeland to the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel was reborn. However, the land that the State of Israel occupies today is only a fraction of the entire amount of land actually promised by God.

Yehovah God didn’t promise the Jewish people Pre-1967 borders, He promised them the entire land of Israel – from the Egyptian River as far as the River Euphrates. When Jesus the Messiah returns again, the Nation of Israel will have its land restored to the fullest.

Yehovah God’s eternal covenant with Abraham and his descendents:

“When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants [through Isaac] I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” – Genesis 15: 17-21

Jesus the Messiah will return and restore the Jews to the land of Israel from all the nations in which they were scattered.

”However, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when men will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers. – Jeremiah 16:14-16

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FUTURE BORDERS OF ISRAEL WHEN JESUS THE MESSIAH RETURNS

ISRAEL’S BORDERS TODAY


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The Israel of God

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THE ISRAEL OF GOD

THE ISRAEL OF GOD

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”  – Galatians 6:15-17

Romans 11:1-36 tells us that “The Good Olive Tree” is comprised of both Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus the Messiah. The Jews are the natural branches, and the Gentiles have been grafted-in to become a part of the same tree. Together, they have become the true Israel of God today.

Metaphorically, we also bear upon our bodies the marks of the Lord Jesus (i.e. the stripes on His back from being whipped, the nail-scarred hands and feet from His crucifixion, and the stab wound on His side).

Under the New Covenant, the new Israel of God is the church of Jesus Christ. Regardless of race or nationality, every follower of Jesus who walks according to this principle has become a “new creation” and joint heir with the people of God. All New Covenant believers are blessed with peace and mercy as God’s true Israel.

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How Jewish and Gentile Christians celebrate Hanukkah

You are God's Temple

You are God’s Temple

Born-again believers in Jesus Christ [Messiah], whether of Jewish or gentile origin (it matters not since we are now “one in Christ”) celebrate Hanukkah each year with a different meaning. Hanukkah is more than lighting candles, giving gifts, and enjoying a special dinner with family and friends. It’s about re-dedicating your life and body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, to serving Jesus Christ [Messiah] for another year with renewed faith, love and devotion.

”What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price [The sacrifice of Jesus]. Therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which belong to God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

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comment_smComment from Pastor Luis Yosefus: “YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. One of the historical themes of Hanukkah is the cleansing of the temple. It should remind us that our bodies should be cleansed daily of any spiritual defilement because we are the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, one of the members of the Triune Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). Because the Holy Spirit now lives in you, your body belongs to God. You are responsible to safeguard it from any defilement through immoral words, thoughts, desires, or deeds, lest you commit the sin of defiling the temple of God. www.RealJesus.net


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Immanuel – God with us

The Prophet Isaiah

Messianic Prophecies in the Book of Isaiah fulfilled by Jesus.

Recognize that Jesus is God’s sign to us. He was born of a virgin in Bethlehem Judah, of the royal lineage of King David. He is Immanuel, God with us. “So the Lord himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us].” – Isaiah 7:14

In this series, we are taking a look at the Messianic prophecies in the Book of Isaiah that were fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth who came to save, redeem, and reconcile both Jews and Gentiles to God.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Dispensationalism, Israel, and the Christian Church

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The contiguous relationship between Israel and the Christian Church.

Jesus teaches in the temple

Dispensational Theology has misinterpreted much of the Bible and created a great deal of confusion within the Church. But when we study the Bible as a whole – without dividing it up into pieces (and thereby coming up with erroneous assumptions), we will find that it flows very nicely throughout the ages and helps us reach the right conclusions regarding the contiguous relationship and common heritage of Israel and the Church.

For instance, the Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12:1-3 was given to the Father of the nation of Israel. Yet it continues to be the source and wellspring of blessing for both Jews and Gentiles. Every spiritual blessing that the Christian Church enjoys today comes out of this covenant with the first Hebrew man. Therefore, it should not seem strange or unusual that the observance of the Seven Biblical Feasts of Israel should also apply to Christians as well.

God’s Holy Days were not only given to bless Israel, but also the Christian Church that was birthed as a result of our God’s New Covenant with both Jews and Gentiles through Jesus the Messiah. As we shall see, God has a great plan in mind for all humanity, which He will only reveal to those who discard their man-made religious traditions and open their minds to His divine purposes.

We encourage your questions, comments and prayer requests. Email us at: RealJesusMinistries@gmail.com.

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One God, One Way

The Antichrist will unite all world religions into one and cause all who follow him to be condemed forever.

The Antichrist will unite all world religions into one and cause all who follow him to be condemed forever.

Years ago before I received Jesus as my Savior and Lord, I experimented with other religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age Metaphysics, the Occult, and others. One of the common threads of all these false religions was the prevalent teaching that “All paths lead to God. It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe in god.”  Nothing could be further from the truth; there is only ONE GOD and only ONE WAY to find Him – through Jesus Christ His Son.

When I became a Christian and began to closely study the Bible. I realized that I had been deceived for many years by these counterfeit religious ideologies that had claimed to show me the way to God. Even today, I often come across Muslims, for instance, who tell me, “You and I worship the same god. “Allah” is the same god as your Christian God.” I quickly correct them, “No He is not! The God of the Jews and Christians is not the same god you Muslims worship. The true God, Creator of the universe is not Allah, but Yahovah. You are worshipping a false god, I’m sorry to say.” Muslims usually get offended when they hear this, but the truth is often hard to swallow. Afterwards I always pray for their blinded eyes to be opened.

God’s way is narrow. Jesus is the only way.

Yahovah God sent His only begotten Son into the world to be the sacrificial Pesach (Passover) Lamb that can take away our sins and reconcile us to the true and only God.

You can follow some other (false) god if you wish, but there is only one true way to God – through His Son Jesus Christ the Messiah. Jesus Himself declared, “…No man comes to the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6). Perhaps you may think that is dogmatic and narrow. I have to admit that it is; but it’s also the truth. It’s the only kind of belief system that will bring you to God.

Now, you don’t have to follow the narrow road to salvation; you’re free to follow the broad road that most people are traveling to destruction. God allows you to reject the truth and believe anything you wish, or following any other (false) religion you prefer to His. God won’t stop you from making a mistake (that is where your free will comes in). But if you want to follow the only true way to God, you have to get on the right path or you’ll be lost. That’s just the way it is. Yahovah God has decreed that there is only one right way – through Jesus His Son.

We cannot be saved by our own good works either.

Performing good deeds and keeping the laws of God are always important, but they still cannot save us. They can never produce the absolute perfect righteousness that God requires. Only Jesus was sinless and perfect; His imputed righteousness through faith is what saves us.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” -Titus 3:5.

It is by “grace through faith in Jesus that we are saved. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” – Ephesians 2:8,9.

The minute you and I place our faith in Jesus’ substitionary death on our behalf, the way to God is open. It is the only way we can be saved.

Anyone can come.

Jesus invited everyone to come to salvation. He said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” – John 7:37. This is an all-inclusive invitation to all human beings. None are excluded except those who exclude themselves. The Lord Jesus gives only one condition: “If any man thirst.” If you’re thirsting for the truth and the only true God, He asks you to simply come to Him. He is the only One that can satisfy you.

Prayer of Salvation:

Pray this prayer right now with all sincerity….

“Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, the Messiah of both Jews and Gentiles. I believe that you sacrificed your life on the cross of Calvary to pay the penalty for my sins. I repent of my sins; please forgive me. Today, I receive you as my Savior and Lord. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to live my life for You, from this day forth, amen.”

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For further reading:

Grant Jeffrey: “Could the future Antichrist claim to be the Christian Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, the Islamic Mahdi, the Buddhist Maitreya and the Hindu Kalki all at the same time? Could this be what happens when all of the major religions merge into the one world religion prophesied in the book of Revelation?”

http://signsofthelastdays.com/archives/will-the-messianic-expectations-of-all-major-world-religions-pave-the-way-for-antichrist