Amir Tsarfati’s Commentary: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah?

Is modern-day Christmas pagan?  Should Christians celebrate Hanukkah?  Does it really matter?  Are we making too big a deal of it?

I’ve heard similar questions, and I bet you have too!  In today’s materialistic world, Christmas seems to have lost its purpose.  Hanukkah is a Jewish festival unrelated to Christmas, yet with so many connections to our Christian faith.  Should we engage in the Jewish celebration?

There is much to glean from Jesus’ example!  Amir Tsarfati provides one of best teachings on the subject I have ever heard.  As we approach the end of this Hanukkah season and move right into our Christmas season, I hope you will take time to hear the message, then celebrate accordingly!  Enjoy!

The Hook in the Jaw Continues to be Set as Oil Prices Continue to Drop

Based on what we see in the world today, it appears more and more likely that oil and gas may well be the hook in the jaw described by the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 38:4), and action in the Middle East will indeed be expected.  A careful read of that chapter tells us that Russia, in a quest to plunder and take spoil, will lead a coalition of nations in an invasion from the north.  Until recently, Israel had nothing in which to plunder.  Now, however, they possess some of the largest oil and gas fields in the world.

Historically, Russia has been a major supplier of oil to Europe and other places, but now Israel is encroaching on that gig as well.  Just days ago, Israel, Italy, Cyprus and Greece signed an agreement to develop a pipeline that will connect those parts of Europe to Israel’s oil supply.  In other words, at least parts of Europe plan to buy gas from Israel in the near future. 

Meanwhile, once oil-rich Iran is struggling mightily as oil prices plummet, their economy continues to tank under US sanctions, and riots are becoming commonplace in the streets of Iranian cities.  Motivation for an invasion of Israel is ramping up in their schemes as well.

Not to be outdone in the “woe-is-me” category, Turkey’s economy is spiraling downward as well, while President Erdogan flounders in attempts to figure out how to revive the old Ottoman Empire so that he would be declared the sultan.  

Thus, the primary triumvirate (Russia, Iran and Turkey) of Ezekiel 38 invaders seems to be definitely drawn by the motivation to advance on Israel.  We don’t know when, but each day seems to ripen the situation, bringing it closer and closer to fruition.

As believers, we have the assurance of knowing how it all ends!  Again, a careful read of Ezekiel 38 makes it clear that God Himself will take care of business on Israel’s behalf, so we need not be afraid of what is to come.  Moreover, the New Testament promises us that we will be spared from the wrath that is to come (1 Thessalonians 1).  So, rest in the peace of knowing God’s divine protection, but act in the reality of knowing we have work to do while still on this planet! 

What is God’s intention for you today?  Whatever it is, do it!