David's Comment: Israel Needs at Least Two 'Hanukkah Miracles'
Thursday evening was the first night of the 8 day Hanukkah celebration, also called the Feast of Dedication or the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is the celebration of the 2 miracles that led to the rededication of the Temple after it was desecrated by the Greeks, who invaded and occupied Israel in 329 BC. Every Believer should remember and celebrate these 2 miracles, as they are a powerful source of faith building encouragement to all of us, as we face the increasing challenges of the End Times..
1/ A Victory Miracle The first Hanukkah miracle was that a small band of GOD fearing Jewish zealots, led by the Maccabee family, stood up to the very much larger Greek army and succeeded in defeating and driving them out. When YHVH is on our side, the size of the enemy, or the impossibility of the situation that we are facing is irrelevant. YHVH, the Creator of the Universe, is greater and much more powerful than our problems and challenges. Remember that nothing is impossible the GOD of Israel.
2/ A Provision Miracle The second Hanukkah miracle occurred after the Jews cleansed and rededicated the Temple. The eternal lamp that needed to burn above the Holy of Holies was fueled by very special oil which took 8 days to prepare, but they only found 1 jar of the oil which was enough only for 1 day. They lit the lamp in faith and the LORD released the miracle, and the lamp burnt for the full 8 days. This is not actually recorded in the Bible, and it may well be just a traditional myth, but that kind of miracle is not a big deal for the GOD of Israel, who opened the Red Sea, who provided food and water for the 40 years that the Israelites were in the desert, and who fed the multitude with a few small fish and a little bread. The GOD of Israel today is the same GOD as He was 2000 years ago. My point being that whatever happens in the days ahead - lack of energy for heating or cooling, food, medicine and supply chain shortages, wars, earthquakes, floods or famines, our GOD can supply all of our needs. He is the GOD who is able to supply abundantly above that which we ask or even think. Ephesians 3:20
As Israel continues to face the threat to her very existence from Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the south, and Hezbollah in the north, we are in need of a modern day Hanukkah miracle. Israel has been at war with Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip for the last 63 days. The 2 main goals of the Israeli war council is to get all of the remaining 140 hostages back alive. or the bodies of those who have been murdered, returned for proper burial, and to totally defeat Hamas, ensuring that all Israelis can live in safety, without the threat of future terrorism and rocket attacks. Both of these goals are extremely difficult, if not impossible for the Israeli military to achieve, due to the complexity of the circumstances. Only direct intervention by GOD releasing an incredible miracle can give Israel the victory over Hamas and bring all of the hostages back. Please join us in praying that the GOD of Israel will do the impossible through a spectacular miracle this Hanukkah.
I believe that the Hamas massacre and the current conflict has caused a further acceleration into the End Times. Therefore let us fulfill our calling in 2 Peter 3:12 to hasten the day that Yeshua, the true Light of the World, returns to Jerusalem, by increasing our prayer for Israel, and for the Jewish people who are still living out there in the nations to wake up to the rising anti-Semitism and return home to the Promised Land (Ezekiel 36:8 - 10), and lets pray for all Israel to accept Yeshua as Lord and Messiah. (Romans 11:26-27) Then they will cry out Baruch ha Ba B Shem Adonai - Blessed is He whom comes in the name of the Lord, which will release Yeshua to return to Jerusalem to rededicate the Temple with His presence.
Do you need a miracle? Hanukkah is a perfect time to pray for the miracle that you need, but please pray first of all for the 2 Hanakkah miracles for Israel. Pray for a victory miracle and pray for the return of all the hostages miracle. Then thank the LORD for what you need Him to do for you, have faith and be expectant. We stand with you in agreement for your miracle this Hanukkah.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on all of the land given to the Jewish people by the GOD of Israel. Please pray that all of the Jewish people will return to Israel and turn back to their GOD and Messiah. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for a breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Shabbat Shalom and Hanukkah Blessings ... David
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