Sunday, March 24, 2013

A FASCINATING CONNECTION
BETWEEN CHANUKAH AND PASSOVER

By Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry

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The Holy Spirit showed me something important on Palm Sunday of 2013 as I contemplated the importance of this day, which commemorates Yahshua’s entry into Jerusalem just before He was arrested, tried, and murdered at the hands of the Romans and the Jews. The palms given out by many churches on Palm Sunday are representative of the palm branches that the Jews who recognized Yahshua as their Messiah waved in the air as He rode by on the back of a donkey. The Bible states that Yahshua entered Jerusalem five days before He died, and was greeted by the multitudes - many of whom laid their cloaks on the ground before Him (John 12:1-13). This meant that Yahshua’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem was eight days before He rose from the dead.

Fascinatingly, the Fifth or Center Lamp on a Chanukah Menorah or Chanukiah is the Servant Lamp. This lamp represents Yahshua since it lights all the other lamps on the Menorah, and Yahshua is the Light of the World that allows His servants to shine with His light (John 8:12; Matthew 5:14). If we see this Fifth Lamp as connected to the day that Yahshua died on the Cross for our sins, the Ninth Lamp can be seen as commemorating His resurrection from the dead. This is because Yahshua rose after three days and three nights, so as to give “The Sign of Jonah” (Matthew 28:1; Mat.12:39, Mat.16:4)

Please look at the accompanying Chanukiah illustration above, which I made to commemorate what God has shown me here. Click on it so you can read the words written there, and pray about its significance as we prepare to keep the Passover by honoring Yahshua's memory as the Bread of Life, the perfect Passover Lamb, and the Resurrection and the Life!  As it says in John 11:25-26, Yahshua said:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die!” 
Amen! Hallelu-Yah! Thank You, Yahshua, my King and Bridegroom!

Now, when Yahshua said that He would rise from the dead on the third day, He meant at the close of that day, which was the regular Sabbath in the year that He died. So Yahshua rose just before the beginning of the first day of the week, although He rose up to Heaven to be presented before His Father as the Firstfruits of the Resurrection on that first day, which is called Sunday today. The fact that Yahshua rose from the dead at the close of the third day and before the dawn of the fourth day or Sunday after He died is hinted at in the Gospel of John, where we are told that it was just before dawn on the first day of the week when Mary Magdalene saw the risen Christ in the garden surrounding the tomb where He had been laid (John 20:1-18).

Since the risen Yahshua rose up to Heaven as the Firstfruits of the Resurrection on Sunday, which was the ninth day after He rode into Jerusalem (John 20:17), then the Ninth or Final Lamp of the Chanukah Menorah may be meant to commemorate the coming Rapture followed by the Wedding of the Lamb to His Bride in Heaven after the Rapture. Fascinatingly, Yahshua rose from the dead just before the fourth day of Passover Week, which was on the first day of the regular seven day week, or on Sunday. Since this was the fourth day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, it can be seen as corresponding to the Fourth Lamp or Center Lamp of a seven-branch Menorah, which is its Servant Lamp! So, per the Chanukiah, Yahshua died on the day corresponding to the Center or Servant Lamp, and through the seven-branch Menorah linked to Passover Week or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Yahshua ascended to Heaven on the day tied to the Center or Servant Lamp as well! 

This connection between Passover and Chanukah ties into a fascinating study I did, which explores Yahshua’s Fetal Development from His conception during Chanukah Week or the Feast of Dedication, to His birth around the time of the Feast of Sukkot or Tabernacles. In the same article, I show how the time period between Passover Week and Chanukah is also the exact length of human gestation. This is also the exact time between Chanukah and Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. To check out this interesting study, here is the title of my Blog article and a link to it:

The Prophetic Ties Between Yahshua’s Fetal
Development And The Jewish Feasts

Through my previous study and this new one, Yahshua’s Birth, Death and Resurrection all appear to be tied to Chanukah in a special way. I therefore have a strong desire to use my Chanukiah this Passover Week rather than the traditional seven-branched Menorah. Perhaps this is something that you can consider as well if you like using Jewish symbols of faith during your private religious celebrations. For your further edification, I also invite you to read the following article, which connects Chanukah and Christmas in a very godly and biblical way:

Yahshua’s First Advent Ties to 
Chanukah and Christmas

In the meantime, may our Father God Yahweh bless you all this Passover Week and Easter Week! I pray that we all will be ready when Yahshua comes for us in the Rapture, which could be very soon!

Hallelu-Yah, CHRIST IS RISEN, and

He is coming SOON! Maranatha!

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