The Feast of Dedication
A time to rededicate our
lives to the Lord
Friday, December 16
6 P.M.
Sar Shalom Bible Center
The Festival of Lights
A time to let our light
shine and remember
that Yeshua is the light
of the world!
What God had in mind
was transformation of
the heart.

What God had in mind
for man kind was
change of the heart.

Being rooted and
grounded in the love of
Messiah
I have been
crucified with
Christ.  It is no
longer I who lives
but Christ in me.

I have been bought
with a price.

I am not my own.
During Hanukkah, the Feast of
Dedication it was only natural
for national deliverance to be
on the minds of the people.

When we celebrate a holiday
our minds are on the history of
that holiday.

In John 10: 22, 23, 24 Yeshua
is along with other Jews,
celebrating Hanukkah in the
same Temple that had been
cleansed and rededicated only
a few generations earlier.

John 10: 22-24
Now it was the Feast of
Dedication in Jerusalem, and it
was winter.  And Jesus
walked in the temple, in
Solomon's porch.  Then the
Jews surrounded Him and
said to Him, "How long do You
keep us in doubt?  If You are
the Messiah, tell us plainly."

Remember, they were looking
for a military messiah.

They were narrow minded so
Yeshua tries to help them out
a little bit.

Verse 25-30
Jesus answered them, "I told
you, and you do not believe.  
The works that I do in My
Father's name, they bear
witness of Me.  But you do not
believe, because you are not
of My sheep, as I said to you,
"My sheep hear My voice, and I
know them, and they follow
Me.  And I give them eternal
life, and they shall never
perish; neither shall anyone
snatch them out of My hand.  
My Father, who has given them
to Me, is greater than all; and
no one is able to snatch them
out of My Father's hand.
I and the Father are one."

But the people who
know their God will
display strength and
take action.
Daniel 11:32
Today we have to
much of "Casual
Christianity"

Over the generations
the church has
produced wishy
washy Christians.

Christians with no
back bone.

It has come a time
when the body of
Messiah, the people
who know their God
need to display
strength and take
action!
History tells us the
Messiah was born
during the fall festival,
Tabernacles.


Believers around the
world can still rejoice
and celebrate during the
Christmas season in
knowing that it was
during this time,
Hanukkah that the Light
of the World was
conceived.

What greater miracle

The virgin conception


Christmas and Hanukkah
the
Season of Miracles

the
Season of Lights
Yeshua said, "As long as
I am in the world, I am the
light of the world."
John 9:5

"While you have the
light, believe in the light,
that you may become
sons of the light."
John 12:36


The light of the menorah
is the symbol of the light
of Yeshua!
God's people will
overcome!

Not by might, nor by
power, but My Spirit
saith the Lord of Host.
Latkes








3 large potatoes
1 small onion
2 beaten eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Wash the potatoes very
well, but you don't have
to peel them - they're
healthier and easier to
prepare unpeeled.  
Grate them coarsely into
a bowl.  Grate in the
onion.  Add the beaten
eggs, flour, salt, and
pepper.  Let the mixture
sit for ten minutes to
thicken.  Pour off the
excess liquid.

Heat the vegetable oil
for one minute in a
frying pan. Gently drop
the potatoe mixture into
the pan, making each
circle two inches
across.  When the latkes
are brown around the
edges, turn and fry them
until the other sides are
crispy.  Drain them on
paper towels and eat
them with sour cream
and/or applesauce.  
Makes about 24
pancakes.
He is the only truth that
is able to transform lives.

He is the only truth that
is able to save us and
set us free.

For generations man
kind has rejected the
truth,

Yeshua

The light of the world.

They have rejected Him
and have chosen to live
ungodly lives.

Going their own way.

Doing their own thing.

Moving further and
further away from God.

Moving further and
further into darkness.

Isaiah 53:6
All we like sheep have
gone astray; we have
turned, everyone, to his
own way; and the Lord
has laid on Him the
iniquity of us all.

Do you know you can be
a believer and still live
in darkness?

Yeshua is the Word!


And it is the Word that
sets you free.


Just accepting Yeshua  
to be your Savior isn't
going to set you free in
this world.

Yeshua wants every
believer to live in the
light.

To live an abundant life!

Abundant life comes by
abiding in His Word.

Living His Word!

Being a doer of His Word!

The Word is Yeshua and
Yeshua is the Word!

Yeshua said, "If you love
Me you will obey my
commandments."
Open Door Ministries International
Hanukkah - "Light in the Darkness"
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The Feast of Dedication
Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication.

It is not the Jewish alternative to Christmas.

This holiday represents a story all of its own.

It is a story of incredible faithfulness to God and a story of awesome
courage.

We know it also as a story of re-dedication of a defiled Temple.

Like Christmas it is a time to wonder at the miracles of God.

Hanukkah is a time to rededicate and celebrate.

Most importantly, Hanukkah is not just for Jews.

Yeshua (Jesus) celebrated Hanukkah.
So why shouldn't Christians?
If it was important to Jesus shouldn't it be important to us?

Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter.  And
Jesus walked in the Temple, in Solomon's porch.
John 10: 22~23

Although Hanukkah is not described in great detail in the scriptures it is
probably the most historically documented of all the Jewish holidays.

This holiday is about a dedicated people who refused to compromise.  
A remnant of people who refused to give in and go against God 's Word.

"Light in the Darkness" is what this holiday is all about.

This is one reason why every believer should choose to celebrate
Hanukkah.

Every believer in the Messiah should be a
"Light in the Darkness."

The history behind Hanukkah should be known by every Christian and we,
like our Jewish brothers and sisters, should pass this extraordinary story of
faith down to our children.


A day will come when our children and grandchildren will need to know
how to stand and not back down.

Although it is certain that Yeshua took part in this festival it is not mentioned
in the Old Testament.
It is not mentioned because it happened during the time between the old
and the new.  We like to call those years the silent years but they were not
very silent.
True, there were no prophetic words spoken but God was still on the scene!
The Hanukkah story is recorded in great  detail in books called
"The Maccabees."
You may also find recorded information in the writings of the great historian
Josepheous.
The only place in the Bible that Hanukkah is mentioned by name is
John 10:22.

The Story of Hanukkah

The events behind Hanukkah started with Alexander the Great
and his conquest of the world in the 4th century B.C.  
Alexandra the Great had one goal, to conquer the world.  His
conquest introduced the world to Greek every thing.  Greek
language, thought, custom, and philosophy.

Greek education had become a universal standard.

Emerging were the Greek theaters, chariot races, gymnasiums
and stadiums.
The land of Israel was no exception.
When Alexandra conquered he didn't just conquer the people he
conquered their culture.
Many Jews accepted this culture with open arms.
They said, "Hey, this is modern days why do we need to stick
with the book?"
Why do we need to do what the Torah says?
The ones that didn't want to compromise said, "That's who we
are, we are people of the book."
There was a split.
During this time many Jews gave into Hellenism and embraced
the Greek culture with open arms.
Alexander was so ambitious that he conquered what was then the
whole world by age twenty three.

Daniel 8: 5~7, 21
And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the
west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the
ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen
standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power.
And I saw him confronting the ram; he was moved with rage
against him, attacked the ram, and broke his two horns.  There
was no power in the ram to withstand him, but he cast him down
to the ground and trampled him; and there was no one that could
deliver the ram from his hand.
Verse 21
And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece.  The large horn that
is between its eyes is the first king.

What Daniel was prophesying is exactly what happened.
Alexandra came in charging like a goat with a single, powerful
horn; one man power; one world power.
He trampled and shattered everything in his path.
All that was to conquer he conquered.



Alexander the Great then died in 323 B.C.
He died but the Greek culture lived on.  And it continued to
spread and poison the minds of the people.
After his death, Alexander's empire split into four parts.  His four
generals divided all his conquests amongst themselves.

Daniel 8: 8, 22
Therefore the male goat grew very great; but when he became
strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable
ones came up toward the four winds of heaven.
Verse 22
As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four
kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.

One of Alexander's generals took the area of what later became
Syria.  The ruler that came into power of that are several
generations later was Antiochus.

Antiochus was a nut~case.
He declared himself "Epiphanes."
Which means "god manifest."
In other words he was stating that he was divine, he was god.
What he was, was a mad man.
He had statues of himself every where and he ordered the people
to worship them.  He even placed them in the Temple.

The Greek language became mandatory and the Greek religion
were also required.
Hellenist Jews even brought a gymnasium to Jerusalem.
What is wrong with that?
Gymnasium actually means "nude men."
The gym was a place were nude men played sports while the
spectators worshiped the players.

Sound familiar?
Our sport players may not be nude today but we still have a lot of
people worshiping them and worshiping the sports.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying sports but anything that has
our attention more than God does is idolatry.

What is a Hellenist?
A Hellenists is someone that totally embraces the Greek culture.  
Hellenist glorified themselves instead of God.  They glorified the
human body both in sport and in art.

They were humanist worshiping man instead of God, making men
into gods.
During this time many Jews forsook their Jewishness for
monetary gain and prestige.
Some male Jews even participated in the nude Greek sporting
events.
Many gave into the times in which they lived, thinking they would
be accepted if they where part of the crowd.
In the end it not only cost them their lives but their souls.

During this time in a midst of a heated rage over a loss battle,
Antiochus ordered Jerusalem to be destroyed.
Houses were burned, the walls of the city broken down,
thousands were killed or sold into slavery.  Including the ones
that embraced Antiochus' ways.
Then his attention was turned to the Temple on Mount Zion.  
Syrian soldiers destroyed the porches and gates.  They stripped
the Temple of its golden vessels and treasures, including the
incense altar, the table and the menorah.


Daniel 11:29~31
At the appointed time he shall return and go toward the south; but
it shall not be like the former or the latter.  For ships from Cyprus
shall come against him; therefore he shall be grieved, and return
in rage against the holy covenant, and do damage.  So he shall
return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant.
And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the
sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices,
and place there the abomination of desolation.

Antiochus erected an idol of Zeus on the holy altar

On the birthday of Zeus, December 25th, Antiochus offered a pig
on the altar of our Lord, Adonai.
He then proceeded to sprinkle its blood in the Holy of Holies and
poured its broth over the holy scrolls; which he cut to pieces and
burned.
The Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies had been desecrated and
defiled.
The Temple was converted to a shrine to Zeus and only swine
were permitted for sacrifice.
Antiochus' goal was to abolish every trace of the Jewish religion.  
He issued orders forbidding circumcision, Sabbath observance,
kosher diets and the study of Torah.
Those who attempted to live out the Torah (God's Word) were put
to death.
Women who had their children circumcised were put to death.  
Before being killed they were used as human crosses and their
babies were hung to death from the mother's own neck.
Many Jews gave in and chose to comply with the new laws.  They
forsook Torah (God's Word) to save their own lives.  Others stood
fast to the covenant and paid for their convictions dearly.
Jewish history records many courageous acts of faithful devotion.

Eleazar, a ninety year old man was commanded to eat swine's
flesh.  Not willing to deceive the young people with his example
he refused to break the law of God.  The soldiers beat him until he
died.  To him, if he could compromise on that he could
compromise on any part of God's law.
This isn't about pork, this is about compromise.
As believers in Messiah we must set an example of the Gospel
for all to see.

Just as Yeshua is the light in darkness we must be the light in
darkness.

A women named Hannah and her seven sons were arrested for
their refusal to forsake the Torah (God's Word).  One by one her
sons were tortured, forcing the mother to watch.  When they
refused to yield they were boiled alive in cauldrons.  The mother
encouraged the youngest and last son with the hope of
resurrection and then she too was put to death.

There were many more like her.
Hebrews 11:35
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might
obtain a better resurrection.

Daniel 11: 33, 34
And those of the people who understand shall instruct many; yet
for many days they shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and
plundering.  
Now when they fall, they shall be aided with a little help; but
many shall join with them by intrigue.

Hidden away in the mountains was a man named Mattathias along
with his sons.  This was a priestly family from the line of Aaron.  
As a matter of fact, Matthew from the Gospel of Matthew, whose
name was really the Jewish name Mattathias, history tells us that
he was named after this particular man.
The Priest Mattathias that would not compromise.
From this family's influence soon a small army formed.  Prior to
Mattathias's death he passed his leadership to his son Judah.  
Judah and his freedom fighters came to be called the Maccabees.
Maccabee was not his last name.
Maccabee means hammer.

The amazing thing about these freedom fighters was that they
consist of the common people.  Farmers, workers and servants.
Usually it is what we might call the common people what are
willing to stand for what is right.

Most people, not all but most who are of great prestige and
wealth are not willing to loose what they have in this world so
they compromise the Word of God.

The greatest treasures are the ones we store in heaven

The greatest kingdom we can build is God's Kingdom and not our
own
The Maccabees knew they were out numbered but they also
knew that God was in charge.

When the men feared for their lives Judah encouraged them with
these words
"It is easy for many to be overcome by few; in the sight of
heaven there is no difference between deliverance by many or
by few; for victory in war does not depend upon size of the army,
but on strength that comes from heaven.  With great presumption
and lawlessness they come against us to destroy us and our
wives and children and to despoil us; but we are fighting for our
lives and our Torah laws.  He Himself will crush them before us;
so do not be afraid of them."

Since then Israel has proven this statement to be true many
times.

Remember the words of Yeshua in Matthew 10:28
"Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  But
rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

In an incredible victory Adonai our Lord overthrew the massive
army before the small group of faithful fighters.

It was clearly a miracle from heaven.
In battle after battle a few overpowered many.
The weak overturned the strong.

Because they were willing to stand and not compromise God
gave them the victory.

When we stand up for God's Word and not compromise no matter
how hard it seems at times, God will see us through.

He will give us the victory!
Stand on His Word no matter what!
What He says will come to pass if you believe!
When you have done all to stand, continue to stand.

Trust Him
Believe Him
Serve Him
and
Love Him
and
His Word will work for you!

This small army of freedom fighters trusted God and they were
able to take Jerusalem back.

They regained control of the Holy Temple and began to purify it.  
The altar was torn down and rebuilt.  The Temple was restored
and new vessels were crafted.  The Temple courts were
consecrated.  The altar of incense and the table were brought
back into the Temple.  They burnt the incense on the altar and put
the shewbread on the table, hung the curtains.

They prepared the house of God for His presence.

Every thing was ready except one thing

They found only one small cruse of oil

Just enough to light their holy lamps one day

They decided to light it any ways

To everyone's amazement the menorah miraculously burned for
eight days until new oil could be made!


Little is much when God is in it!
When we decide to take one small step of faith God can do
miraculous things in our lives.
The congregation of Israel decreed that the rededication of the
altar should be observed with joy and gladness at the same
season each year for eight days.
Hanukkah teaches us to stand and be of good courage
Do not compromise
We can overcome with God
If God be for you who can be against you!
Romans 12:21
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
We are able to overcome the world because Yeshua has
overcome and greater is He that is in us than he who is in the
world



Come Celebrate Hanukkah with us!

December 7, 2012
Friday
7:00 P.M.

Sar Shalom Bible Center
Hurricane, WV



We will face Antiochus again and again.
Many anti - Christ will come.

1 John 2:18
"Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the
anti - Christ is coming.  Even now many ant-Christs have come,
by which we know that it is the last hour."
In the day of Yeshua,
Israel was looking for
the deliverer.

They were looking for
the Messiah to come
and free them from all
oppression.

They were looking for
the Messiah to come
and over throw the
Roman Empire.

They longed for the
Shekinah Glory to
return as it did in the
days of Solomon.

They were longing for
the good old days!

This is why many didn't
recognize Yeshua as
the Messiah.

The Shekinah Glory was
there, walking amongst
them and many didn't
recognize the true light.

Many missed the move
of God because they
were living in the past!

Be careful!  If you stay
in the past you just
might miss out on the
next move of God!

Yeshua clearly showed
them that He was the
Messiah.

Even so many rejected
Him.

Why?

Because He failed to
meet
their Messianic
expectations.

Their desires, their
wants didn't line up
with God's.

They were looking for a
military messiah just for
Israel.

But God is bigger than
that!

God sent a Savior for
the world!

Not one nation
and
most certainly not
military style
but
one heart at a time.
Yeshua could not have
said it any plainer.  
"I and the Father are
one."

This statement made
them furious and they
sought to stone Him.

Yeshua was rejected.

Usually, when we really
do not want to hear the
truth or accept the truth
we become angry.

When the truth comes
out and it doesn't line
up with what we want to
do or how we want to
live we become angry
and reject the truth.

Regardless what we
want to believe the
truth is still the truth
whether we believe it
or not.

Yeshua ia the truth!
Happy Hanukkah!
The first candle is lit before sundown on
Saturday December 8th, 2012
"How Great is Our God"

Sar Shalom Bible Center
200 Morris Court
Hurricane, WV
Sunday, December 16, 2012
6:00 P.M.
Hanukkah 2012
Light in Darkness