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Channukah and Spiritual Warfare (Part 2)

Channukah and Spiritual Warfare (Part 2)
By
James Scott Trimm



This last days battle which parallels the battle between Judas Maccabee and the Greco-Syrians is what the Wisdom of Solomon refers to when it says:

15: But the righteous live for evermore;
their reward also is with YHWH,
and the care of them is with the Most High.
16: Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom,
and a beautiful crown from the hand of YHWH:
for with his right hand shall he cover them,
and with his arm shall he protect them.
17: He shall take to him in his zeal all the armor,
and shall armor with him all his creation.
For the desolation of the detestable ones.
18: He shall put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and judgment that is not false instead of an helmet.
19: He shall take holiness for an invincible shield.
20: His severe wrath shall he sharpen for a sword,
and the world shall fight with him against the foolish.
(Wisdom of Solomon 5:15-20 HRV)

Another evidence of the last days importance of the armor of Elohim is in 1Thes. 5:2-10 where we read:

2 For you truly know that the day of our Adon will so
come like a thief in the night,
3 as they are saying, shalom and quiet. And then suddenly,
destruction will come upon them, as birth pains upon
a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you, my brothers, are not in darkness so that that
day should overtake you as a thief.
5 For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. And you
are not sons of the night or sons of darkness.
6 Therefore, let us not sleep as others, but let us be
watchful and wise,
7 For those who are asleep sleep in the night, and those
who are drunk are drunk in the night.
8 But we who are sons of the day [should] be watchful in
our mind and be clothed with the breastplate of faith and
of love and put on the helmet of the hope of life,
9 Because Eloah has not appointed us to wrath, but to
the obtaining of life in our Adon Yeshua the Messiah,
10 who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep,
we would live as one with him.
(1Thes. 5:2-10)

Now in reading this passage we should recall the Thief in the Night parable that is clearly being referred to here.

One of the catch phrases used by prior-rapturists is the phrase "thief in the night." The prior-rapturists use this term to describe their prior rapture as a "secret rapture" in which the Church is secretly snatched away. This is however a complete misuse of the biblical term "thief in the night." The "thief in the night" parable is one of the many parables Yeshua told (Mt. 24:42-51) it is referred to in the scriptures on three additional places (1Thes. 5:2-10; 2Pt. 3:10; Rev. 3:3 & Rev. 16:15). A true analysis of the term "thief in the night" as it is used in the scriptures will reveal a post-trib rapture which is anything but a secret prior-rapture.

The first place to look is the parable itself. The thief in the night parable is given by Yeshua in Mt. 24:42-44:

Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your
Adom does come. But know this, that if the good-man
of he house had known in what watch the thief would come,
he would have watched, and would not have
suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be you
also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son
of Man comes.


There are a number of important elements to this parable. First it should be noted that the "thief" in this parable is clearly the Messiah. However in the parable of the Thief in the Night the Messiah is a thief who comes at an unexpected time. He is not pictured as

"stealing the church away" If anything the assembly is the victim of his surprise visit, but not the thing being stolen. Secondly we not that the thief/Messiah comes at a time that the Assembly does not expect him. Finally it is significant that the thief comes at a time

later than the Assembly expected and found the Assembly sleeping. Throughout the scriptures sleeping is a type of apostasy (see Is. 29:10 = Rom. 11:8).


The Thief in the Night parable is part of a section of scripture beginning in Mt. 24:42 and ending in Mt. 25:13 in which Yeshua illustrates that the Messiah comes later than expected to a sleeping assembly which expected him earlier. Yeshua first states this theme in verse 42. Then in Mt. 24:43 Yeshua give the thief in the night parable. Then in verse 44 Yeshua restates this theme. Then in Mt. 24:45-51 Yeshua gives the parable of the "faithful and wise servant." In this parable also the Messiah comes at a time later than the servant expected (verses 48 & 50) to find an apostate servant (verses 48-49). Finally Yeshua gives the illustration of the "ten virgins" (Mt. 25:1-12) in which the bridegroom comes later than the virgins expected. The virgins (at least some of them) are clearly believers for five of them have oil in their lamps. The bridegroom comes to find

the virgins sleeping. Even though many of them had oil in their lamps, they thought the Messiah would come sooner than he did and as a result the fell into a sleep of apostasy. Rather than teaching a pre-trib rapture this section of scripture warns us that much of the assembly will expect the Messiah sooner than he comes (pre-trib), and when the

Messiah comes later than the Assembly thought he was supposed to (post-trib) these believers fall into apostate sleep. The pretribbers have been falsely taught by many of the teachers of Christendom that the Bible teaches Messiah will rescue them from the tribulation before it comes. When this does not happen many of them will lose faith and think that the scriptures are a lie. They will fall into an apostate sleep.

In 1Thes. 5 we learn that the sleeping apostates will be duped by a "shalom and quiet" (KJV: "peace and safety") doctrine (verse 3) however "suddenly destruction will come upon them…and they will not escape" (verse 3). Here those that expect the Messiah to come later than he does believe in a "peace and safety" teaching and fall into apostasy when the Messiah does not come as soon as they expect but instead "sudden destruction comes upon them" something they apparently expected to "escape." At this point they seem to fall into a sleep of apostasy. A great falling away comes when pretribbers are disappointed when they enter the tribulation instead of escaping it in a pre-trib rapture. But wait! Look at 1Thes 5:1! This whole section of scripture refers to the timing of the "rapture" event of 1Thes. 4:16-18. In fact, the chapter change from 1Thes. 4:18 to 5:1 occurs in the middle of a paragraph!

The reference to the thief in the night parable in 1Thes. 4:16-5:10 is also important for another reason. This reference gives us some context for the "rapture" event of 1Thes. 4:16-17. The thief in the night parable of Mt. 24:43 takes place in a large segment of Matthew (Mt. 24:29-25:46) which clearly discusses the post-trib (Mt. 24:29) second coming of Messiah. The thief of Mt. 24:42-44 comes at a time that is like "the days of Noah… before the flood" (Mt. 24:37-41 with Mt, 24:42-51). Luke also discusses this time that is like the days of Noah (Mt. 24:37-41 = Lk. 26-36). Luke goes on to say that those "taken" in Mt.24:37-41 = Lk. 17:26-36 will be consumed by birds of prey (see Lk. 17:37 = Mt. 24:28). These men consumed by birds of prey are those who come against Israel and are destroyed at the second coming (Rev. 19:11-21 esp. 19:17-18, 21). The timing of the "thief" event is therefore that of the second coming of Messiah in Rev.

19:11-21. Since the timing of "thief" event of 1Thes. 5:2-10 is that of the "rapture" event of 1Thes. 4:16-18 (1Thes. 5:1 states clearly that 1Thes. 5:2-10 refers to the timing of 1Thes. 4:16-18) then the "rapture" of 1Thes. 4:16-18 is simply a part of the post-trib coming of the Messiah.


Now look what Paul says in 1Thes. 5:5-8:

5 For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. And you
are not sons of the night or sons of darkness.
6 Therefore, let us not sleep as others, but let us be watchful
and wise,
7 For those who are asleep sleep in the night, and those who
are drunk are drunk in the night.
8 But we who are sons of the day [should] be watchful in our
mind and be clothed with the breastplate of faith and of love
(1Thes. 5:5-9)


Paul is telling us that during this Great Tribulation (which parallels the time of the Channukah story) it will be important for believers to be wearing all the armor of Elohim. This is because we will be like the Maccabees who wore the Full Armor in their battle with Antiochus Epiphanies. The Channukah story is all about Spiritual Warfare!

(For more on Channukah and the Last Days see my book by that title at:

http://nazarenespace.com/page/books-dvds )

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