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Hanukkah – The Festival of Lights

8 December 2015

hanukkah day 3On this third day of Hanukkah, we will take a closer look at why Hanukkah is also called the Festival of Lights.   The oil that fueled the lamps on the hanukkiyah is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and the light that comes forth from it represents Jesus, the Light of the World.   Jesus declared Himself to be the Light of the World in John 8:12 and 9:5.  In John chapter one, John speaks of Jesus as the true Light Who shines into the darkness and illumines every man.  We can also see in Scripture that Jesus was conceived during Hanukkah and born nine months later during the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus came to earth as a servant.  The middle candle on the hanukkiyah is called the shamash, or servant-candle.  From this candle, all the others are lit.    Though we have no light of our own, we become the light of the world when we are reflecting Jesus’ Light.

This year, God is clearly calling His people to submit to the consecration process so that the power of the Holy Spirit can be multiplied in our lives.  As our anointing increases, our light shines brighter.  This is true both individually and corporately.  As the Body of Christ comes together in unity, it is like the increase in light that comes each night as another candle is lit.  The brightness increases exponentially.  The glory of the Lord will be seen on us like never before.  In Isaiah 60:1-3, the prophet Isaiah prophesied to Israel that in the latter days she would shine and the nations would be drawn to her.

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
 For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

That is a prophecy yet unfulfilled, but as the children of God, we can receive that prophecy and begin to live in it now.  Deep darkness is covering the earth, yet the Lord is going to make His people SHINE!  People will be drawn to the Light that is in us.  The Light will draw in the great harvest that is about to occur.

Many have been kept in a hidden place, going through a wilderness season and feeling isolated, but now is the time God is calling you out and lighting you up for all the world to see.  We must believe in the miracle-working power of God that is releasing increased anointing and causing our faces to radiate with the glory of God.

Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”

May you continue to walk in all the Light He has given you until you see Him face-to-face!

Happy Hanukkah!



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