Throughout the Word, God reveals His Presence in light. The first thing God created was light. A distinctive feature of the Feast of Tabernacles in Jesus’ day was the radiant light that emanated from the Temple. Huge menorahs lit up the Temple courts so brightly that their glow could be seen across the Judean hillsides. The menorahs were so big that the priests had to climb ladders to fill their bowls with oil. On the last night of the Feast, the menorahs were not lit. The brilliant light had been shining for seven days was giving way to darkness. It was on the morning after the Feast, while Jesus was still in the Temple courts teaching, that He revealed Himself as the “Light of the World.”
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Again, Jesus demonstrates Himself as the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles. He came in the flesh to dwell among us and He is the promised Life-Giving Water and the Light that had been spoken of through the prophets.
Further study of the timing of Jesus’ birth reveals that He was born during this Feast. Scripture shows that the angel visited Zechariah, the priest while he was on duty in the Temple. According to 2 Chronicles 24, Zechariah belonged to the division of Abijah which would have served in late June or early July. The angel said Elizabeth would have a son and as soon as Zechariah got back home, she became pregnant. Six months later Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. This would have occurred during the Hanukkah season, which is called the Festival of Lights. From the last day of Hanukah to the first day of Tabernacles is 280 days, the exact length of a pregnancy.
In 1620 after landing at Plymouth, William Bradford, the leader of the Pilgrims wrote about their purpose in coming to America, “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many…”2
In the midst of darkness and chaos that is attempting to take over our nation, God wants us to remember that Jesus is the Light of the World, He is our Savior, He is our Deliverer, and He is our Provision. He is calling us to return to Him, to put our trust in Him and to repent for driving Him out of our nation. He has not forgotten us, but we have forgotten Him. We have tried to figure this thing out and make it on our own, but it’s not working. There is still time, America, to return to the One that Delivers and Heals.
To those that have grown weary in fighting for what is right, fighting to regain identity, fighting for the rights that God bestowed on us – Freedom and Liberty – I say, remember those that have gone before, the Israelites, the Pilgrims and many more….We are not alone in our pursuit of the Promised Land and we do not fight in vain. We stand our ground, God fights the battle. We give Him what little we have and He gives the increase. Believe in His miracle working power to sustain you, to light your lamp and give you His radiance. This is the season for all of God’s people to shine and light the way for others to come out of the darkness. Our obedience brings about His deliverance for us and for many!
Fight the good fight in the power of His Light!