On December 5, 2020, FOTW was again blessed to have Rico Cortes with Wisdom in Torah Ministries visit us in Show Low, AZ. Rico spoke on Hanukkah, Temple Service, and their connection to prophecy.
Rico began by first giving teaching of the significance of HaShem’s sacred places. The altar had already been used for holy sacrifices to HaShem so this was a holy and sacred place. Israel had a responsibility to protect this sacred place even at the cost of their own life.
When the Maccabees came forward and killed the gentiles offering unclean sacrifices upon HaShem’s altar this was giving dishonor to HaShem’s sacred place. We as a people “do not represent ourselves,” we represent HaShem, our God. So the actions that the Maccabees took was honorable, they were protecting HaShem’s sacred place even at the cost of their lives. This is our duty!
The Temple is the garden, it’s the throne of the King. The walls are a way to protect the sacred place. The altar is the ownership and the authority of HaShem, our God. Someone had to stand up for the honor of HaShem and this sacred place had to be cleansed. The Maccabees defended the honor of HaShem, their King.
Hanukkah is not a celebration of having oil for 8 days, it’s giving a remembrance of how a remnant of God’s people reclaimed His altar and how the altar was sanctified for 8 days.
Rico’s teaching was very much appreciated. We can remember what a remnant of God’s people did then and how we can be that remnant now in order to honor HaShem and keep His sacred places “Holy”!
You can learn more from Rico by visiting his website at: http://www.wisdomintorah.com
Wisdom in Torah on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJwtL3cb95bZK96oB6eXP2Q