This is from the sermon entitled “Messianic Judaism” delivered by D. Thomas Lancaster at Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, Wisconsin. You can listen to or download the entire sermon here.
My dream, my goal, my purpose…. is to restore as much as we can, with G-ds help, of the original; to go back to the original; before the Protestant Reformation; before the Vatican; before the church councils; before Nicea; before Constantine; before Ignatius; before the church fathers. All the way back to those original believers, the communities of the apostles; the guys I want to hang out with. I want to practice my faith like they did. I want to revive that because that’s as close to the actual faith and practice and life of Yeshua as you can get.
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Chanukah is an important, prophetic story predicted in detail by the prophet Daniel. In that sense, Chanukah is a biblical festival, even though it was not instituted until after the last book of the Old Testament had been written. It is also mentioned in the New Testament. Yeshua went to the Temple for the Feast of Chanukah.
Yeshua talked about Chanukah. He warned his disciples that the things that happened in the story of Chanukahwould happen again (Mark 13:13-16 and 24:15-18). To understand what he was saying, his disciples had to know the story of Chanukah. If Yeshua talked about the story of Hanukah and his disciples knew the story, do you think it should matter to us?
Chanukah is a story of religious persecution and standing up for your faith in God. Yeshua tells us we can expect persecution, but he also tells us that we must stand firm in our faith.
Chanukah celebrates the Festival of the Light of the World. It celebrates the relighting of the Menorah Lamp stand that burned in God’s Holy Temple. The Menorah Lamp stand was called the “Light of the World.” Yeshua said, “I am the Light of the world,” and another time he told his disciples, “You are the light of the world.”
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“The more you study the Bible, the more you realize Judaism is the religion of the Bible. It’s the religion the Bible says to do. It’s the religion the people of the Bible, including Jesus, did.”
Daniel Lancaster, Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship,
from a sermon entitled “Messianic Judaism” 4/14/2007