Daniel's latest article (Watchfortheday) linked below, I started
doing some reading about Hanukkah and discovered all the magic
that lies in this feast.
Hannukah is inter-Testamental.... meaning that the famous battle
of the Maccabees took place in between the old and new
testaments. For me - this is enormously symbolic. In between the
crossing over of the period of the Law and entering into the
story of the period of Grace. Wow! There are little gems in the
old testament that hint and refer to this feast. I have linked
the article below.
have a detailed report of our LORD Jesus at the feast of
Hanukkah. Link below. THIS is the article that inspired me to
really look closely at the whole of John 10.
saw there, blew me away. John 10 gives us MASSIVE clues and
giant heads-up re this feast. I have linked John 10 below and
urge you all to read it through. I will paraphrase this chapter
to show you what has inspired me. Emphasis and caps are mine.
talks about His sheep, whom He knows by name and states that His
sheep KNOW His voice. Jesus refers to Himself as the gate and
the gatekeeper! John 10:3 tells us that Jesus calls His
own sheep by name and LEADS THEM OUT. Once He has led them out.
He goes on ahead of them and His sheep follow Him because they
know His voice. Immediately after we read this astonishing hint
of the Rapture, John 10:22 places our Lord at the Feast Of
Dedication... Hannukah! Here, the scripture is specific about
where Jesus is. He is in the temple courts, walking in
Solomon's Colonnade. I have yet to research why this is
significant... but it must mean something. There are zero wasted
words in scripture. Continuing on, the Jews surrounding Jesus,
were pestering Him to confirm that He is the Messiah. Jesus
tells them that they don't believe because they are NOT His
sheep. Our Lord reiterates that His sheep know His voice and
follow Him. He reiterates that He gives His sheep eternal life
and that NO-ONE will snatch us out of His hand.
this, in John 10:40, Jesus goes back across the Jordan where
John had been baptizing in the early days. There, he stayed.
WOWZAS... this passage leads us straight back to the very
beginning of Christ's ministry. Where believers were baptized of
water ... right at the beginning. Jesus was showing us just who
His sheep are. It was here that a dove descended upon our LORD's
head and the Spirit of God was seen.
read and savor every word of John 10. It is awesome.
I am pretty sure we have hit gold here. Daniel Matson is pretty