SID: Here’s another secret. It’s so simple and it’s so important. Remember the word “instant” I talked about in forgiveness? Here’s another instant. Live in instant repentance. Do you know why? The devil is like a door-to-door salesman. What he does is he puts his foot in the door and then you can’t close the door, so you don’t want to even open the door. The minute that you have a thought that is not good and pure, and holy, and of good report, you know the source, and close the door. Don’t you let that devil get a foothold because he doesn’t play fair. As some people say, well once you repent you never have to repent again, well this was written to believers. Let me read this to you. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Is that good? But if we don’t confess our sins he’s faithful and righteous to not cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Who wants to see God without righteousness? Not me. Okay. I think I made my point. And by the way, I have found the power of proclaiming God’s word out loud. When I was a young believer all of a sudden, I had like a spirit, I’m going to be real with you, I had like a spirit of lust and I’m thinking, I’m a believer, I shouldn’t have this, where is this coming from? Oh, I know where it’s coming from. Not from me. It’s a demonic spirit. So I found a scripture about it, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” And I found that every time I have that spirit whisper in my ears, I would say, “Blessed” out loud, “Blessed are the pure in spirit.” And you know what? What does it say in the Bible? Resist the devil and he will flee. And in the Greek, he will flee as in terror. So like taking the sword, the Word of God, say it: Here, take this devil, take this devil. You got it? Okay. And that works for everything. You got to find a promise, learn it and say it out loud. Now, and speaking of demons, did you know that not all sickness is sickness? A third of Jesus’ ministry was casting demons out of people. Do you realize what our young people are exposing themselves to today? We’re going to have a great move of God’s spirit, and one of the major jobs of the church will be setting these young people free from the demonic whose doors they’ve opened. So you have to recognize whether if you’re praying for a healing or you’re praying for a deliverance. The third most important thing that I wrote down, I love this, it’s practicing the presence of God. You see, there was a fellow by the name of Brother Lawrence and he wrote a book on this subject, and he was a lowly monk. You know what his job was? Washing dishes. But he was so happy. He wasn’t on grumble street. He was so happy because he practiced the presence of God. The presence of God was in washing those dishes. I can do this. You can do this. Psalm 16:8 in the Amplified, “I have set the Lord continually before me.” No, it wasn’t the Lord is continually before me. I have set the Lord. I am conscious that the Lord, I am aware that the Lord, I have willfully said, Lord, you are before me continually. “Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” And when you’re in this presence of God, there is healing. Let me explain this to you. Isaiah 53:5, in the Hebrew, I’m sorry, in the English, it’s translated from the Hebrew in most Bibles, “By his stripes we are healed.” You’ve heard that. Another word for “stripes,” if you look this up in the Hebrew, it’s “By his fellowship I am healed.” You see how important the presence of God is. Now the Holy Spirit and the spoken Word of God work together. Let me show you the first mention of that. It’s found in Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1. That’s a pretty good first mention. “In the beginning was God.” And then the second verse, “And the Spirit of God hovered over the water.” And then the third verse, “God spoke.” So where you miss it is you have to be in the Spirit before you speak the Word of God. Are you with me? This is such an important principle that you have to understand. I heard someone say this once, they said, “If you just have the Word of God, you’ll dry up. It you just have the Spirit of God, you’ll blow up. But if you have the Word of God and the Spirit of God you’ll grow up.” It’s time to grow up.
SID: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. My guest went, in five years now, from zero miracles to over 3000 miracles. He has meetings where a hundred percent of the people are healed. In fact, he just got back from, I think, five meetings like that in a row, a hundred percent healed. He says, and I believe him, that he’s shocked when people aren’t healed. That’s normal. He wants to make you normal. Are you ready? My guest is Art Thomas, and as you can probably see, he’s 30. What a great age. That’s when the Messiah started. That’s actually when I was called into ministry, when I was 30 years of age. It’s a good time. But Art, I never did what you’re doing. I’m going to, but I never did what you’re doing. You just got back from Uganda. Now tell me about the meetings, how many did you have where everyone was healed?
ART: Out of roughly ten meetings, we had five of them where we saw a hundred percent results.
SID: You know something, when I talk to him, he kind of thinks this is normal. You know that this isn’t normal, Art.
ART: It is now. It is now.
SID: Do you believe that everyone watching us can do what you can do or do you have just a special gift?
ART: No, no. Jesus said in Mark 16, “These signs will accompany those who believe.” That’s the only qualifier. It was not if you’re old enough, if you’ve got credentials, if you’ve had enough experience, if you have enough fruit of the spirit. It was, “if you believe.” And so we have people, a lot of these meetings, I’ll have someone just get saved. Usually I’ll grab one of the kids. They’ve just asked Jesus into their heart, and they come up and show everybody else how to minister healing.
SID: Did they really get healed?
ART: It always works.
SID: Always. I like always. How about you? Okay. I’m going to take you back to 2003, and you had a visitation from an angel. What happened?
ART: Yeah. I was working with a church plant and we were just praying. And I was wanting a life of miracles so desperately. So what I did, you know, I’m praying, God, would you make this happen, and while I’m seeking miracles, this angel appeared to me. I saw it in my spirit, it wasn’t my physical eyes, but it said to me, “The only thing necessary for a life of miracles is the presence of God. So stop seeking miracles and just seek him.” And I learned in time that it wasn’t even about seeking his presence, because he’s always here.
SID: Yes. But you know, I see when you pray, as casual as you are now. Why don’t you work something up?
ART: You don’t have.
SID: Shout just a little bit.
ART: John says, “The anointing you’ve received abides in you.” It doesn’t say it abides in you if you’re in the right mindset or if you shout loud enough, you know. He’s with you all the time if he lives in you. So I just, you know, I’m down to earth because Jesus is down to earth. In fact, that’s the whole thing he did, he came from Heaven down to Earth to be like us.
SID: Okay. And then the latter part of 2003, you have a vision of Heaven. Already you’re provoking me to jealousy. But you know that’s the call of the Gentile, to provoke the Jew to jealousy. Come on now, that’s your call, Gentiles.
ART: Yeah. You know, we were at a men’s prayer meeting with a small group of men that I was a part of and as we were praying, the best I can call it is a trance, you know, like Peter had when he was, you know, seeing about the Gentiles being saved. And during that time, it was like I was walking in the woods, that were like a beautiful woods that I had never seen before. Everything is lush and green. And even though it’s a thick canopy of leaves over my head, everything is bright and vibrant. And then I realized Jesus was walking next to me. And he took me over to the base of this tree and peeled back the grass as though it was freshly laid with sod, ran his fingers through this rich soil, and he said, “You see everything in my Father’s Kingdom is full of life.” And I said, “What do you mean? The soil is alive?” He said, “No, no, no. I didn’t say it’s alive. I said it’s full of life. Everything in my Father’s Kingdom is full of life. In fact, as a citizen of this Kingdom, you, too are full of life. You are a life-bringing who is full of life.” And then I realized in John 5, Jesus said, “Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he chooses.” And I used to think that verse was only about Jesus. But I realized it was right on the heels of him saying that the Son does nothing by himself. He only does what he sees his Father doing, which is also true of me. I can’t do anything by myself. I can only do what he does.
SID: Is that why you’re almost like in an observer? You read what God does, in the Bible, and you just do what he does.
ART: If he says it, it’s true. It’s impossible for God to lie.
SID: I’ll tell you what. You have child-like faith. Did anyone ever tell you that? Never grow up.
ART: I believe you.
SID: Okay. I’m commanding you, never grow up. Okay. You saw a video with Todd White.
ART: I saw a YouTube video. I saw Todd White on there, and he said, “Mark 16, Verses 17 and 18, says, ‘These signs will accompany those who believe,'” and it lists them. And he said, “And that means if these signs don’t accompany you, there must be something up with your belief.” Now I was a youth pastor. I got credentials in the Pentecostal denomination. Surely my belief is perfect, right? You can’t tell me there’s something wrong with my belief. So it made me mad, actually. And in order to prove Todd wrong, I started searching. I threw away, not threw away, but set aside every book I had been reading, every Podcast I had been listening to. For three months, I studied only the four Gospels, The Book of Acts and people who were doing the stuff or had done the stuff like John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, and many of the contemporaries. And when I saw the common thread among them all, which was that they all believed it was always God’s will to heal, and they believed that Jesus paid the price for it with his own blood. He wouldn’t pay for something that he didn’t want, that’s what tipped me over the edge. And I decided, all right, I believe this, I’m going for it.
SID: First miracle, tell me about it.
ART: Well I came to that conclusion three months later. I got up in my youth group and I preached, God wants to heal and he wants to use you to do it. And I still had never laid hands on anybody and seen them healed. But I preached it with boldness. And I had these kids break up into the groups and had them lay hands on each other and minister healing. And I stood back because I still didn’t actually believe God was going to use me, even though I preached it with such boldness. And there was an intern at our church named Josh who had an ear infection and some seventh grade boys were praying for him. And he came up and he said, “Pastor, I feel really bad. They prayed for me, nothing happened. What should I do?” From what I had seen on YouTube, I said, “Well just tell him to minister to you again.” I didn’t know, right? So he goes back to lay hands on him again. This time the seventh grade boys come up, “Pastor, I tried everything. What do we do?” Now I’m just, again, I don’t think I can do anything. I’m just trying to be a smart aleck youth pastor who thinks of something they haven’t tried yet. So I go, “What did you try?” They said, “We laid hands on him.” We said, “Be healed in Jesus’ name. We prayed for him, we asked God to do it. Nothing worked.” I said, “Did you try this?” And I walked up to him and stuck my finger in his ear, and I said, “Open,” just as a joke. And the intern goes, “Oh my goodness, that worked.” Of course, I said the same thing.
SID: Man of great faith.
ART: What I learned out of that is that it’s not so much about what you need to do, it’s about who you believe. I didn’t have to feel the right feeling, think the right thoughts, say the right word. Just let Jesus do what he wants to.
SID: Okay. He says it’s so simple that his two-year-old son prays for a miracle. I want to find out about that when we come back.
SID: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. I just got back from Jerusalem, Israel and I was right in the center of the greatest miracle that has happened since Pentecost. Why is it so important? Not even the miracle I’m going to tell you about. It is because it is shouting the Messiah is coming back soon. Hello. Sid Roth here with Israel Pochtar. And Israel was in Israel when I was in Israel, and we witnessed one of the, not one of the, THE most outstanding miracle that has happened since Pentecost. What happened at Pentecost? Well Peter a fisherman gives a simple little message and 3000 Jewish people come to know the Messiah. Well we had an auditorium jammed pack, something like 650. Now this is not backsliders, this is 650 Jewish people that had never heard the Gospel, standing room only. And all of a sudden, I had words of knowledge. Now what’s going to happen when unsaved Jewish people hear words of knowledge? So many people raised their hand. Israel, I mean, I’m overwhelmed with how many people got instantly healed just as the meeting was started.
ISRAEL: Yes. I can tell you, Sid, when you were there, the Holy Spirit just came and your talk was very convincing. Because I remember watching the faces of people, and you know, with the spirit of faith, people just believed it. They came, many of them, they came as skeptics and non-believers and just one meeting changed their life, and it’s incredible. It’s a miracle.
SID: Would you like to see a clip of all these unsaved Jewish people getting physically healed? Let’s look.
SID: If you have faith that you are having a miracle right now, I would like you to stand up if you want to have a miracle, or don’t have a miracle, don’t stand up. It’s up to you. Now I’m going to count to five and when I say five, test your body and see if the pain is gone. Is that fair? Is that fair? Okay. At five. One, two, three, four, five. If you had a pain when you came in and the pain is gone, I want you to raise your hand high so I can see it. Would you do that right now? Keep your hands up so I can see them. Keep them up. People in the front, turn around and look at all the hands that are up. Look. Okay, there’s more hand. No, you put them down. Put them up. They haven’t all seen them. Please, the ones that have, way back, way back. I’ll wave at you if you wave at me. Is that a miracle? Have you ever seen so many miracles before?
SID: Israel, I am so fascinated with your life. You were born in Crimea, which is the country that’s been under siege for quite a while now and all sorts of problems going on there. And of course, you’re Jewish and there’s no synagogues, there’s no churches. But you had a grandmother that told you about God. Do you remember what she told you?
ISRAEL: Yeah. First of all, she said God exists and is watching you. He knows your every move. He sees you every day. So be careful because [unintelligible] and be careful.
SID: But that put a spark within Israel until he went to school. How old are you, maybe seven years old, the teacher comes in and what does the teacher say to you?
ISRAEL: At this age, for at least in our culture, the teacher was a god, a very important person, big, you know, educated. And she made the class quiet and she said, “I want to announce a very important statement, God does not exist. There is no God.” And she said [unintelligible] they checked it out. There is no God. And she added to it, it was quiet, and she added to it, “Only stupid people believe in God.”
SID: You still prayed to God despite that because of the seed that your grandmother put within you and he could literally feel the presence of God. Then when he was 18, a brand new Gentile believer approached you. What happened?
ISRAEL: He spoke at me about Yeshua, Jesus, and all the Jewishness, and all the obstacles I ever heard just rose in me, and I said, “Traditionally, it’s not for Jewish people, Jesus is not for us.” But he was smart enough to explain the Jewishness of the Bible. I don’t know how he knew that. I believe it’s God, just Holy Spirit moved him. But he said, “Jesus, he was a Jew, a hundred percent Jew. He preached in synagogues and he lived Israel. He never left the territory of Israel.” He said, “The apostles, the holy ones and their pictures in the traditional churches, they all were Jewish.” And he said, “The Bible and New Testament were written by Jews.” Then I said, “Well, keep talking.” He convinced me. And then just…I was ready. By that time, I was ready. I prayed every day, every morning and every night just talking with Heaven, with God, and I didn’t know his name, but just God. And he explained to me that his name is the God of Israel, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Jesus is his son, Yeshua.
SID: The Holy Spirit got a hold of Israel. He’s on fire for God. He’s healing everyone in sight. He’s leading everyone he can lead to the Lord. You come home, you tell your mother the good news, you’re a believer in Yeshua. She doesn’t care. You know, there’s no religion, God is dead. What difference does it make? But she’s very sick. What was wrong?
ISRAEL: Yeah. She was lying in the bed for a month with kidneys. She couldn’t move. That’s why she actually, she really cared. She was very sick. And as I had been told in the little group I joined, that God can heal everybody. And they said to me that I can pray for everybody and lay hands. Now I haven’t seen anybody praying, but I just heard their stories, and I just believed. So I went home and said, Mom, you know, I just found Messiah and became a believer as you told me. And I asked mom, “I would love to pray for you. Is it okay?” She said, yes. [I said,] “Please close your eyes, don’t watch me.” My mom, I am her son and I prayed.
SID: Did you hear what he just said? He said, “Mom, you close your eyes, don’t look at me.” Because he knew he didn’t know what to do. Okay.
ISRAEL: And I laid my hands like I had been told, short prayer, the simplest prayer you can get and asked, “What happened?” “Nothing.” I said, “Well I know God is going to heal you so good-bye.” I left the house. The same evening I came back and she opened the door and told me, and she said, “You left and in three hours I totally got healed and I’m well.” Praise God.
SID: That’s our God. That’s our God. Well okay, so Israel, you realized you don’t know anything. You go to Bible school in Estonia. You meet your wife. You start hearing about Bible prophecies, about the Jews returning to Israel, Israel being a nation in a day. You’re fascinated to discuss it with your wife, and you’re thinking, someday you’re going to go to Israel. But all of a sudden, you hear an audible voice. What did you hear? Who was it that talked to you?
ISRAEL: God was speaking to me. It was obvious God’s strong presence came. And he said to me, “Go to your homeland, go home. You don’t belong here.” And it was surprising, because at that time we had a revival in Crimea and we preached the Gospel everywhere. People were seeing Jesus every day. And I thought, I’m going to the country Israel, I’m going to go to my homeland. When I retire, I will do my job and I will go home.
SID: You know, a lot of American Jews that are believers in the Messiah and non-believers in the Messiah are kind of thinking that. Wrong. I just had to put a commercial in for God, that’s all.
ISRAEL: So I came home and my wife, she received the same word. All my life changed. Our plans changed. It’s now.
SID: So he goes to Israel with a wife and one small child.
ISRAEL: Just born, yeah.
SID: Small child and how much money did you have in your pocket?
ISRAEL: Oh I was rich. I had ten bucks.
SID: Can you imagine going to Israel? He doesn’t speak Hebrew, he’s got $10, he’s going with his wife and a small child, but God has his hand on this young man. And God raised him up as a top evangelist in, I believe, in the Tel Aviv area. And then one day, he’s visiting some people in a small city in Israel. It’s Ashdod, I believe, and all of a sudden, God shows up. What happened? Excuse me, God has a commercial. If you have a pain in your neck and in your back, you are healed in Jesus’ name. Go ahead, Israel.
ISRAEL: So I was driving to the city just praying, relaxing and enjoying, and I hear the crowd, literally. I went to my car to a cloud of glory. Now I assume it took maybe a few seconds, but it was like time had stopped and I had been in a different dimension. So I saw the future of Ashdod and I saw thousands of Messianic believers, Israelis and different nationalities together in one place worshiping Yeshua, in Ashdod. And there is many people, international flags and visitors, and people coming for revival meetings. And I heard the voice of God very clear, “Leave everything behind and move to Ashdod and start a Hebrew-speaking congregation.”
SID: But wait a second. You left everything behind and you came to Tel Aviv, and you’re doing very well now. So when you went home to your wife, what did you say to her and what did she say to you?
ISRAEL: Now I came home. God just spoke to me, excited for joy. I came to my wife and I said, “God spoke to me. We live in Tel Aviv and we’re going to Ashdod.” And her reaction was, Hallelujah! No.
SID: You wish.
ISRAEL: She cried, just cried. Yeah but, she’s a woman of God and she took a few days of prayer, and she back crying again, and she said, “We’re moving to Ashdod. I know it’s our destiny.”
SID: I have to tell you, what this young man did in Ashdod very few people could have done. What this man went through in Ashdod, no one should have to do. But God was with him. His grace, his enabling power is sufficient. And when you hear this, you’ll understand how outrageous what he went through and what God did for him. We’ll be right back.
SID: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it’s naturally supernatural. So few believers today understand an eastern covenant. As a result, most believers today misunderstand God. As a result, many believers today say, God works in mysterious ways. Have you ever heard him say that? Well for believers, it’s not supposed to be a mystery and some of the questions that you have been asking God, God, why am I still sick? God, why did my uncle die of cancer? God, why am I in poverty? You’re about ready to get the answer. I have to tell you, when I first read the statement by Craig Hill, he’s my friend, but he said, God is not in control, and I said, “Craig, are you meshuga?” That’s the Hebrew word for crazy. And he responded…
CRAIG: You know, Sid, I am meshuga, meshuga for Messiah. Everybody has to be meshuga for somebody, so I prefer to be meshuga for Messiah. But you know, talking about that issue, when I say God is not in control, of course I’m not saying that God is not all powerful. I believe God is all powerful. God is all knowing. But what I think many people mistake is the difference between the concept of sovereignty and control. I believe God is sovereign, but not in control. And the reason is, is control implies using your power to manipulate people and circumstances to force a desired outcome. And sovereignty is instead having ownership over everything, but working through delegated authority, offering people choices with consequences. Here would be the obvious point. If God were in control, we read in the Bible, it’s his will that none should perish. Well then none would perish. But we observe that’s not true.
CRAIG: People are perishing. How can that be? The answer is God is not control. God is sovereign. What that means is God offers people choices, and there are consequences. What that means, for example, receiving Jesus the Messiah. God doesn’t force anybody to do that. God doesn’t say, I will manipulate and control, and force you. No. He offers a choice, He says, this is life, this is death and it’s eternal, it’s your choice. That’s sovereignty. So God isn’t controlling every circumstance. See, we see horrible things happen. We see in our day people being beheaded, people being murdered, people being violated and terrible injustice happening. All you have to do is pick up a newspaper or watch a news report and you see all kinds of things happening that are awful. They’re not God’s will. That’s not what God desired and wanted. Well why is that happening? There’s a very simple reason. Because God isn’t controlling all those circumstances and allowing this, and allowing that. What God has done is delegated authority to man. He did in Genesis, Chapter, Verse 28. He said to Adam and Eve, “I give you dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the animals, the earth.” Satan came and tricked Adam and Eve into giving that authority to him. He said, of his kingdom, which is a kingdom of death, destruction, devastation, and fortunately, God had a plan. He sent Jesus the Messiah on Earth, and when Jesus died and shed his blood, he created a covenant. And in that covenant when he rose from the dead, he said this: “All authority in Heaven and Earth has been given to me.” He didn’t take authority with him to Heaven. He turned right around and gave it back to us as believers. And the situation, which we now live, Sid, is this. We have a partnership with God. God has given us his delegated authority on this earth as believers by covenant. That’s what covenant means.
SID: You know what bothers me, Craig?
CRAIG: What’s that, Sid?
SID: That God is so good, but he’s so misunderstood by even his own children. For instance, when you get sick and you know that God has the ability to heal you and you’re not healed, or a loved one dies from cancer, a part of you, one part, your mind says, I love God, but your heart says, God, you’ve disappointed me. I hate that misunderstanding. What would you say to someone who’s uncle died of cancer and God did not heal him, and his uncle loved God?
CRAIG: And what we find, Sid, is there are many, many variables on the earth, all kinds. There are nutritional factors, there are emotional factors, there are sin factors, there are all kinds of things that affect that, yes, God has made a covenant with us, and it’s his will to heal. By the blood of Jesus, he’s given us authority to implement that. But here’s the strategy of the enemy. The strategy of the devil is to destroy someone or to bring death and sickness upon someone and then turn right around and say to those around, God did that, God let that happen, and people get disappointed in God. You know, there’s somebody watching right now that’s exactly your circumstance. You had a loved one that died and in your heart, you said, God, why did you let that happen? And you know, here’s the truth. God was not the destroyer of your loved one. Satan is the one who destroyed, who took, who came to steal. God is the only one who loves you. And the purpose of the enemy is to get you to shut your heart to God and shut him out. Do you know today, that if you’ll open your heart and say, God, forgive me for blaming you, what will happen, it will change something, release something in your own heart and you will restore the glory and the presence of God in your life again.
SID: You know, the story you told me about the woman that was almost raped.
SID: If you will explain that, this explains someone who understands the covenant. And then when we come back after the break, I want to explain what an Eastern covenant is.
CRAIG: Well very few Christians understand it. You know, this was a lady that got an understanding of covenant. She was just having her quiet time, reading the Bible, and she got a scripture, Isaiah 54:15. It said, “If anyone fiercely assails you, it will not be from me and whoever attacks you will fall because of you.” Well the Holy Spirit told her to memorize that and meditate on it, which she did, and she didn’t know why. About two weeks later, there was a knock on her apartment door. She lived alone. She opened the door. A man forced his way in and said, “I’m going to rape you.” Well immediately, that word came up from her spirit and it was a little bit of a, she had to struggle, should I really test it out, because the consequences are sort of dangerous here. She decided, I’m going to go with what I believe God told me. She said to him, “You’re not going to rape me.” She said, “Furthermore, I’m in covenant with the Lord Jesus Christ. What that means is he’s in me, I’m in him. What you do to me, you do to him. What have you come here today to do today, to rape Jesus Christ?”
SID: Oh my goodness.
CRAIG: The man went, “What? What?” He didn’t know what to say. He started to get afraid. And she said, “No, see he’s in me. Whatever you do to me, you do to him. Furthermore, I’m the apple of his eye. What that means is, that’s [unintelligible]. You’re putting your finger in the pupil of God’s eye right now.” She said, “You have no authority in this apartment. God gave this to me. I have authority. He gave me a promise. Now get out!” The man did everything he knew to do to try to put her fear. He said, “If you don’t cooperate with me, I’m going to kill you.” She said, “You know what? My life doesn’t belong to me. My life has been given over to the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, and if it’s my day to die, I’m fine with that. I don’t think it probably is, but that’s his decision, not yours. And so my life is in his hands and you will do nothing to me today. Now get out!” Now some people hear that and they think, well I don’t know if I would respond that way. But you know what? God had given her a word in season.
SID: But you know what? The key is understanding Eastern covenant. This woman had chutzpah. That’s Hebrew word for “nerve”. And you’re going to have chutzpah, that’s a Hebrew word for “nerve”, when you really grasp this, when we come back.
Sid: This week is a week of miracles. Do you know why? This Friday evening begins the first night of Chanukah. During the Chanukah season, I remember as a little child, I played a game with a little top; it was like a gambling game except you don’t play for money. You spin the top and it forms an acrostic, and the acrostic says “A Great Miracle Happened There.” Because on Chanukah against absolutely impossible odds, the Jewish people won not just a victory but a major victory; the salvation of the world was contingent on the Jewish people winning this victory.
Chanukah occurred approximately 168 BC when King Antiochus Epiphanes, and by the way that was his title. The word Epiphanes means God manifest, he was the Syrian king and he ruled Jerusalem. He was angry with the Jewish people because the Jewish people were not blending in, and he wanted all society to blend in it would be easier to control all society. So they had under Alexander they started what was called the “Hellenization of the world.” In other words, make the whole world have the Greek culture, but there was one group of troublemakers, the Jewish people. So they said “Jewish people you are forbidden to have circumcision, you are forbidden to observe the Shabbat, the Sabbath. You are forbidden to observe all of all your festivals, you’re forbidden to read from the scriptures or we will kill you!”
Well it got even worse, not only does Antiochus claim to be God manifest in the flesh… by the way I see so many parallels in every single one of the festivals of Israel. Now Chanukah, although it’s not mentioned in the Old Covenant, it’s most definitely mentioned in the New Covenant. We know that Jesus observed Chanukah and isn’t it interesting, except it’s not even called Chanukah it’s called the Feast of Dedication, which is another name for Chanukah. In John the 10th chapter, the 22nd verse we read “And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of Dedication and it was winter.”
Well we know Chanukah for sure is in the winter, we know of course Jesus was not born on December 25th. How do we know that? Because the scriptures tell us the shepherds were out in the field, and it was too cold on December 25th, it’s cold in Israel and Jerusalem December 25th. So we know that the Messiah definitely was not born on what is called Christmas. But we know about the Feast of Dedication or Chanukah.
Then we go on to John in the same 10th chapter the 30th verse. He says something that is outrageous but isn’t it interesting that Jesus picked Chanukah to make what the traditional Jewish community called an outrageous statement. He said “I and My Father are one.” Now the Jewish people understood exactly what He meant by that because in the 33rd verse they said “Wait a second you being a man make yourself God?” You see what He was doing? On the Feast of Dedication, on Chanukah, the true God manifest in a man occurred. Whereas the counterfeit Antiochus Epiphanes that occurred in 168 BC.
It’s also a shadow, all of these festivals are shadows of something that’s going to happen in the future. Another Antiochus Epiphanes is going to come on the scene, he’s the anti-Christ and he’s going to go into the temple, and he’s going to declare himself god, and he’s going to have the same fate as this King Antiochus Epiphanes did.
You know what happened? There was a very godly man by the name of Mattathias and he had 5 sons by the way. The final blow occurred… you know you can take so much then you say “Enough is enough.” That’s what happened to Mattathias. He actually saw a man getting ready to sacrifice a pig, and he said “Enough” and he grabbed his sword and he killed that man, and that’s when the guerrilla warfare started. It was like a tiny militant guerrilla band attacking the greatest army of its day. I mean it was absolutely impossible but they won, and that’s why the dreidel, the acrostic says “A Great Miracle Happened There.”
Well when Jesus said “I’m the real thing. You’ve seen the counterfeit on Chanukah, now you’re going to see the real thing Chanukah because I and My Father are one. I am God manifest in the flesh.”
Then here’s the point I was going for because Chanukah is a festival of miracles. It’s a release of oil, it’s a release of supernatural oil… are you beginning to see all the parallels? In the 37th and 38th verse of that same gospel of John in the 10th chapter, Jesus said “If I do not the works of My Father believe Me not, but if I do though ye believe not Me believe the works that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” In other words, like that commercial used to be on television for a hamburger place “Where’s the beef?” Well Jesus said “You want to see where the beef is? If miracles are happening then you know that I and My Father are one.”
You know what happened on Chanukah? They had only one day’s supply of oil, and of course the scriptures say that “The lamp in the temple has to be lit continuously.” So there was only one day’s supply it would take a week to consecrate the oil after the Jewish people won. The great victory of Chanukah they cleansed the temple and that’s why it’s called the Feast of Dedication. I can’t think of a better time for someone to cleanse themselves and sanctify themselves than the Feast of Dedication. But what to do, we can’t have a temple with God’s presence without the oil being in the lamp, the eternal lamp. So a miracle happened, instead of the oil lasting one day something supernatural occurred and the oil lasted 8 days. That’s why a Chanukah menorah has 9 candles. Well you say “Sid it lasted 8 days why 9 candles?” Because you need one candle which is called the Shamash, which is a Hebrew word and it means servant. Remember what did Jesus call Himself? Yeshua, that’s His Hebrew name said “I am the light of the world.” So each day of Chanukah we take the Shamash, who is the servant, we light the Shamash and we have one candle the first night, two the second, three the third, till we have 8 candles to commemorate the great happened on Chanukah.
Why do I, the Messianic Vision, and It’s Supernatural television emphasize miracles? Because miracles according to Jesus prove that God is on the scene. Unfortunately Christianity, 21st century Christianity, would rather use mental arguments and apologetics to prove that Jesus is the Messiah than produce the beef, produce the goods, but things are about ready to change. God has given me insight, and I’m going to teach you something on tomorrows broadcast that I believe is going to be so exciting to you. This week we are going to feature probably one of the greatest verified miracles I have ever uncovered. We are going to interview the man that this happened to.
Could you imagine someone that surgically had organs from his body removed and supernaturally instantly the organs came back? Can you imagine that? How? One second in the name of Yeshua, in the name of Jesus.
Now this is Chanukah and on Chanukah you give gifts. You see it’s not just Christmas that people get gifts. As a matter of fact, I always liked Chanukah better than Christmas and I’ll tell you why, we had gifts for 8 nights, Christians only had gifts for one night. Such a deal!
I’ve got good news for you, if the blood of the greatest Jew who ever lived, Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah flows through your veins. I suggest you observe Chanukah, get your 8 presents, and Christmas, get your one present, we’re up to 9 that’s how many candles are on the menorah, the Chanukah menorah.