Darkness aflame with hope
Kislev is the ninth month of the year (counting from Nisan). The month is therefore one of the “darkest” of the year, with the days progressively getting shorter and the nights getting longer.
It’s no wonder that, among other things, Chanukah represents an appropriate time to kindle the lights of faith.
Kislev metaphorically is considered to be a picture of “sacrifice and restoration.” The renewal of the moon was regarded as a kind of “rebirth” that issued from the previous service of the month. (i.e., the moon’s “self-diminution,” or disappearing to complete darkness).
The month of Kislev is sometimes called the “month of dreams” according to the weekly Torah portion for this month contain more dreams than any other.
In the Torah, the primary figure connected with dreams is Jacob’s son Joseph, who was nicknamed by his brothers as “the master of dreams” and who was later named “Decipherer of Secrets” by Pharaoh (Gen. 41:45)
Joseph was able to mediate the spiritual and physical realms through the Spirit of God within him (Gen. 41:38).
Prophetically Joseph represents Yeshua the “disguised Egyptian” who likewise was rejected and hated by his brothers – but who later became their savior.
Joseph was a dreamer, a visionary, and a prophet.
Prophets often live in their own worlds and revelations, but sometimes they need supernatural wisdom and superb communication to help them fulfill the dreams God gives them.
Learning of the written truth (Logos) – executing decisions at the right timing with the right methods, holistically, consistently, logically, in balance and with discernment.
Learning of the fresh truth (Rhema) – deciphering of the secrets, hidden messages, discovering the unknown and new insights with passion and excitement.
“the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” (Ephesians 1:17)
Dreams begin in the mind of God
Word is an expression of your thought. Dreams come from the dream factory, which is at the Throne of God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2)
A dream must match the dreamer
- Mary – a simple girl who answered to her calling
- Apart from salvation, the greatest thing God can give you is dreams.
- God finds the right person to drop in His dream.
Dreams take time to form
- Patience is necessary for this period of time
- A farmer is patiently waiting for the harvest
- A pregnant mother is looking forward to the “D-day”
Dreamers will be frustrated by temporary setback and difficulties
- The bigger your dream is the bigger the headache you’d have
- Mary is only 14. Such huge problem and Joseph is not the father!
Dreamer have been shaped by dreams
- You don’t make the vision; the vision makes you. – Dr. Choi
- Success is not the destination, but the journey.
- God allows us to go through setbacks and hardships because He is interested in our characters.
Renew your mind in the month of Kislev, and be reminded of the dreams God has given to you.
Kislev comes from a root that means “trust” or “hope.”
Interestingly, the root can also refer to foolishness, suggesting that the wisdom of God often appears as foolishness to men. (God’s “dream” or “hope” for saving humanity through Yeshua seemed foolish)
If Yeshua was born during Sukkot (Tabernacles), then it’s likely that He was conceived during Hanukah, in the month of Kislev – perhaps near the winter solstice (the shortest day, longest night).
The true light that enlightens everyone – would shine in the darkest night of this world.