Ezra, Two Sticks, Two Witnesses and Chanukah

Yesterday was Shabbos Chanukah and if you check your Chumash or Torah reading cycle, you will find that the Haftarah was Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7.  Certainly, because one of the main topics in Zechariah 4:2-14 is the giant menorah, this can be connected to Chanukah, but if we dig a little deeper, this Haftarah connects all of Scripture!!

It is hard to know exactly where to begin pulling threads, so let’s just jump right in!

Last week’s Torah portion, Miketz, is part of my very favorite series of Portions, the Joseph Portions, about which I have written much.  With multiple levels of understanding hidden in the life of Joseph, it is no surprise to find considerable prophecy and allusion to the Two Houses of Israel from the interplay of Judah and Joseph.  While we will not delve into that in this post, I want to demonstrate from this Haftarah that the interplay was on display yesterday in every synagogue that read this, whether they recognized it or not.

Popular among Christians is trying to understand, or guess, who the two witnesses of Revelation 11 are.  Al McCarn and I, in Ten Parts in the King: The Prophesied Reconciliation of God’s Two Witnesses that is now being printed, spend chapters collecting and connecting data points not just from Scripture but also Rabbinic and historic sources demonstrating not only the veracity of the Two House position, but explaining and examining God’s intent.  One passage we touch on is this Zechariah passage.

Quoting from the soon to be released book, Continue reading “Ezra, Two Sticks, Two Witnesses and Chanukah”

PURE OLIVE OIL: LET IT FLOW!

HUGE NEWS!!  Prophecy continuing to be fulfilled and the day of Messiah’s coming is that much closer!  Following is an article taken from the Temple Institute’s Facebook page detailing a MAJOR step in the restoration of Temple worship.  Note the information about the altar at the end!  The timing, in conjunction with Chnukah, is also significant.  More info on the process and how this came to be is available here with their December 15, 2014 entry.


 For the first time in 2000 years, the Temple Institute has produced pure olive oil, in accordance with the complex laws regarding Temple purity. This oil is not for eating, but for kindling the seven lights of the Holy Temple Menorah.

The pure Temple oil has been deposited and sealed into a ceramic cruse, also fashioned and fired in accordance with the complex laws regarding Temple purity, just like the cruse of pure oil sealed with the seal of the Kohen Gadol – High Priest – and discovered by the victorious Maccabees when they entered the liberated Temple and set about re-purifying and rededicating the Holy Temple and the altar that the Greek occupiers had defiled.

On Monday evening, December 22, the seventh light of Chanukah, in a public ceremony to take place in Jerusalem’s old city, alongside the Golden Menorah also made by the Temple Institute, the pure ceramic cruse and the pure oil contained within it will be revealed to the world. The gathering will then proceed to the Temple Institute’s Holy Temple Visitors Center, where a newly completed stone altar will be dedicated.

Both ceremonies will be conducted by kohanim – priests- in priestly garments, accompanied by song and the blasting of silver trumpets.

for more information regarding Mondays’s events: youtu.be/F95C79bqzLM

Join us as we take one step closer to the rebuilding and rededication of the Holy Temple in our day!

Chanukah Sameach!

Photo: Holy Temple pure olive oil seeing the first light of day in 2000 years, in the city of Katzrin on the Golan Heights.

PURE OLIVE OIL: LET IT FLOW! For the first time in 2000 years, the Temple Institute has produced pure olive oil, in accordance with the complex laws regarding Temple purity. This oil is not for eating, but for kindling the seven lights of the Holy Temple Menorah. The pure Temple oil has been deposited and sealed into a ceramic cruse, also fashioned and fired in accordance with the complex laws regarding Temple purity, just like the cruse of pure oil sealed with the seal of the Kohen Gadol - High Priest - and discovered by the victorious Maccabees when they entered the liberated Temple and set about re-purifying  and rededicating the Holy Temple and the altar that the Greek occupiers had defiled. On Monday evening, December 22, the seventh light of Chanukah, in a public ceremony to take place in Jerusalem's old city, alongside the Golden Menorah also made by the Temple Institute,  the pure ceramic cruse and the pure oil contained within it will be revealed to the world. The gathering will then proceed to the Temple Institute's Holy Temple Visitors Center, where a newly completed stone altar will be dedicated. Both ceremonies will be conducted by kohanim - priests- in priestly garments, accompanied by song and the blasting of silver trumpets. for more information regarding Mondays's events: youtu.be/F95C79bqzLM  Join us as we take one step closer to the rebuilding and rededication of the Holy Temple in our day! Chanukah Sameach! Photo: Holy Temple pure olive oil seeing the first light of day in 2000 years, in the city of Katzrin on the Golan Heights.