Winter One-der-land is a mystery, which God has held for such a time as this. We shall all be changed. We shall all be gathered together in one according to His grace. There are several doors by which our oneness will manifest.
One of those doors opens at sundown tonight. A Winter One-der-land portal of oneness opens, and we all get to choose whether to enter this Kingdom reality, or not. A gateway of awe has been prepared for this special season of lights, miracles and dedicating our temples to walk as Jesus did. “Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade (John 10:22-23). We are told in 1 John 2:6 that the one who says he abides in God that person will walk in the same manner as Jesus walked. We don’t have to guess at how Jesus walked during a winter feast near the time of the Winter Solstice. John 10:22-23 plainly illustrates it.
We must understand that our heavenly Father’s timetable for earth is laid out in the Bible according to His calendar, and its time and seasons always points to the Messiah – the Anointed one – both in heaven and on earth. Do you know that Christ is in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27)? As God’s people, we should be ever pointing to the Messiah in Spirit and Truth too. So returning to the age-old foundation of biblical time-keeping should be an instinctive process for believers, especially when one considers that as of the beginning of this Biblical year 5773 the reign of God’s Kingdom has begun in a way never experienced before.
Biblical time-keeping reveals that Sabbaths sets His people’s weeks, New Moons sets His people’s months, and the God’s Feasts set their years (Isa 29:1b). Due to the focus of this article, we’ll only be exploring God’s Biblical Feasts in which the Lord Himself situates a year in the dimension of time. Every player in the game of sports plays by the same rules. We just need to understand that in the spiritual realm, its God’s rules by which everyone plays, including the devil. When God created weeks, months, and years, He gave them as gifts to mankind. His measurement of time helps us comprehend where we are in the process of life. As time goes by, we see our children grow up, and we periodically ask ourselves: “Am I better than a year ago?” Time helps us see if our growth is heading in the proper direction – maturity.
Chanukah (i.e. the Feast of Dedication in John 10:22) is not one of the seven feasts of the Lord specified in Leviticus 23, but it is one of the two winter feasts mentioned in the Bible – Chanukah (John 10:22-23) and Purim (Esther). If we operate on the premise that the entire Bible is inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16-17), we must contemplate why these feasts are in God’s Word.
Let’s take a quick glance at the overall view of Biblical Feasts. What society calls Jewish feasts, God proclaims “the feasts of the Lord,” and significantly He emphasizes: “They are My feasts” (Lev 23:2). They have been called Jewish feasts because remnants of Jewish people have faithfully rehearsed the feasts of the Lord since they have been instituted. All believers in the first century celebrated the feasts of the Lord. It’s the Christian church’s primordial practice. If we serve and worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, then these feasts are for us too.
The spring feasts of the Lord speak of Jesus’ first coming. The fall feasts speak of His second coming. The winter feasts of Chanukah and Purim tell the story of the church and her journey until the Messiah comes again. Chanukah is not a feast forever, like Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, which are types and shadows of Jesus’ ministry on earth. It’s a feast that celebrates the temporal walk of His church becoming His Bride – the two becoming one. We need to understand as earth cycles through Biblical time a different portal opens in the heavenly realms with each Biblical Feast. There’s an “open heaven” for a season that allows a greater grace for graces that always exist. For instance, when we encounter Passover in the dimension of time, a portal opens that allows a greater grace of deliverance.
For those who enter into Chanukah, there’s a greater grace to becoming one with Him as His pure and spotless Bride. It’s a wonderful path through a Winter One-der-land. It’s a time when God Himself is literally communicating to each individual members of the Body of Christ on how He wants our temples dedicated as holy unto the Lord.
Christian scholars have long used Colossians 2:16-17 to rationalize why Christians should no longer exclusively celebrate the Lord’s feasts: “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Michael L. Brown articulates that Yeshua (i.e. Jesus) is the substance; but we must comprehend that a shadow always resembles its substance. When the Bible says it’s a shadow of things to come, it means that we will be answering to the Creator, who is casting the shadow. First of all, the only feasts that the followers of The Way celebrated when the book of Colossians was written were Biblical feasts. Second of all, believers are not told not to celebrate the Lord’s feasts in Colossians 2:16-17, but not to let anyone judge us with regard to them. Meaning we are not to criticize, censure, condemn, or punish people for how they celebrate a religious feast, a New Moon celebration, or a Sabbath day, as articulated in the Bible.
If Christians used the same argument for the Ten Commandments as we have for religious festivals, where would the church be? There is an assumption in the statement “Don’t let anyone judge you” that God’s people are already doing these things. It’s similar to when God states in Matthew 6, when you fast, when you pray, and when you give to the needy that the Lord is assuming that His people are already doing those things. The fulfillment of everything in God’s Word, including the feasts of the Lord, is found in Christ. Jesus Christ of Nazareth –the Head and His body – gives definitive form to the Lord’s feasts. The Head embodies them, and so will His Body. How can we grow into a mature One New Man in Christ (the righteous standard of fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ) if we aren’t lined up with His Word? The answer is: “We can’t.”
Note: God is not saying in Colossians 2:16-17 to go ahead and mix My holy feasts with profane pagan practices. The wondrous mystery concealed within His Winter One-der-land of Chanukah speaks about cleansing our temple from the mystery of iniquity during the Winter Solstice season to dedicate it anew for a holy purpose. Mixture is Babylon’s signature, not God’s. In fact, the primitive Hebraic root for the word “Babel” means to overflow or mix. The 4th century church combined the sacred with the profane, which brought compromise and confusion. We all know that confusion is Babel’s primary definition. Please see “Where Christmas Comes From – Part 1” http://wp.me/p158HG-1t and “Where Christmas Comes From – Part 2” wp.me/p158HG-2m for more details. In conjunction with this new reign of God’s Kingdom hitting the earth at this time, everyone is being asked by the Lord Himself to come out of Babylon and lay down Christmas to become part of His pure and spotless Bride. Please refer to “My Last Christmas” wp.me/p158HG-4E to see how the Lord personally led me. This is not a salvation issue. You can be part of God’s family without coming out of Babylon and laying down Christmas. The issue is your eternal reward of being a glorious part of His pure and spotless Bride.
Celebrations set significant parts of the culture for both a pagan and holy nation. The Bible shows us that any ungodly compromise will not be allowed in His dwelling place – the holy city called the New Jerusalem – or in His holy nation, consisting of the royal priesthood of believers. Mankind has been made in God’s image, and we all enjoy a good celebration. The Lord put that drive within each one of us. Many of us will go great lengths to break a fun barrier. But will we go to the greatest lengths in this Kingdom Day to celebrating the Lord His way?
The Hebrew word for “feasts” in 2 Chronicles 8:13 is mo-ed, which is the same word used in Leviticus 23:2. To mo-ed is to have an appointment, a fixed time or season, a cycle or year, an assembly, an appointed time, a set time or exact time. If we go a level deeper into mo-ed’s primitive root the Hebrew word ya-ad, we also see the concept of fixing an appointment like a critical life-changing meeting in your day-timer. But more importantly, this primitive root implies the concept of oneness. The Lord our God is summoning His people to meet with Him at His stated time, so we can be directed by Him into a certain place, position, situation or arrangement that is conducive for marriage to a holy God. Just as mo-ed in space refers to the locality where mankind has their appointed place of assembly for an appointed purpose, so mo-ed in time is a point in time in which God summons His people, so we can become one with Him.
Copyright Dec. 8, 2012 – Author: Robin Main.
Most references to the things I write on this blog can be found in my book SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up (available on amazon http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353692179&sr=1-1&keywords=SANTA_TIZING).