As I mentioned in my last post, after praying for guidance the day before my birthday, The Lord gave me a vision and a dream.
I shared the vision in my latest post, now I will share the dream.
It was a very short, but powerful dream. In the early hours of December 10th, my actual birthday, an angel came to me.
He appeared right in front of me in a dream, and offered me light, he was holding light in his cupped hands. He didn't say anything, he just offered me this bright light emanating from his hands and I had the choice to accepted or not.
When I woke up to write it down, I asked Holy Spirit for insight and He said: "Illuminated".
Later in the day as I was checking Facebook, someone posted that December 10th was the first day of Hannukah, also known as the Festival of Lights. I knew then that there was a connection between the angel offering me light and the story of Hannukah.
Hannukah means "dedication" and is celebrated to commemorate the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Hanukkah commemorates a historical event that took place in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE, when the Seleucid Greek empire was the ruling power. In 168 BCE, the king Antiochus IV Epiphanes outlawed Jewish practice and defiled the Jewish Temple in the city by installing an altar to Zeus Olympios and sacrificing pigs.
A small army of Jews, known as the Maccabees, rebelled against this religious persecution. They regained control over the Temple, removed the symbols of Zeus and built a new altar so they could once again offer sacrifices in keeping with Jewish law.
According to a legend recounted in the Talmud a compilation of 3rd to 6th century Jewish teachings, a miracle occurred at this time.
There was only enough oil to keep the Temple’s menorah, one of its most important ritual objects, burning ,for one day. But the flame stayed alight for eight days, until a new supply of oil could be found - the basis for the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah.
This year Hannukah is celebrated from December 10th to December 18th.
On each of the nights, a candle from a candelabra, called Menorah, is lit.
The first candle to be lit is called the Shammash which means "helper", which will be used to light the other eight candles.
The name Antiochus means "the one who is opposed to possessing something". He was opposed to the Jews practicing their faith and rituals and possesing their own temple and wanted them instead to follow Hellenistic culture.
I couldn't help but to see the parallels between this story and what is happening today. We are beeing told that we cannot gather together and worship, celebrate Christmas with our loved ones and forced to stop other important activities. Forced to follow the rules even if some of us don't agree.
I believe the angel represented the shamash 'helper' offering us wisdom and revelation from God, to go through whatever comes our way in this next season, and it's up to us to receive it and take hold of it.
The first day of Hannukah, of this year really marked when Kairos and Chronos converged.
The Lord is offering us "enlightenment" regarding the next season and how to war against it. He wants us to rededicate ourselves to Him. We cannot be passive right now! We need to go after what He promised like never before! Just like the Maccabees (from the Jewish word for "Hammer") we need to pound on the enemy until his plans are destroyed and we take back what belongs to us!
The Lord Is exposing, shedding light on the evil and hidden agendas that are being shrouded and veiled by corruption, in all seven mountains of influence.
Even if we don't know what the future holds, as long as we keep in Him, our lamps will always be full of oil and burning. We are His temple, He lives in us. Holy Spirit Will shine the light on our path, directing and teaching us.
1. To make (something) visible or bright by shining light on it; light up.
2. Help to clarify or explain.
1. to light something and make it brighter.
2. to explain and show more clearly something that is difficult to understand.
Some of the synonyms for illuminate:
lighten, brighten, radiate, shine, highlight, burn, fire.
Antonyms for illuminate:
obscure, cover, shroud, veil.
To rededicate Merrian-Webster to decicate (someone or something) again or anew: such asa: to commit (oneself, one's life, etc.) anew to a cause, enterprise, or activity.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Matthew 11:12 NKJV
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.