Hanukkah Day 8

Hanukkah, Day 8: Tonight is the last night to light the Menorah. Interesting that the Story of Maccabees and Hanukkah took place during the 400 years of darkness between Malachi in the Old Testament and the Gospels in the New Testament when there was no witness. Hanukkah means, “Tell The Story.”

This past Thanksgiving was also the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower compact. In 1621 at Plymouth Rock the Pilgrims put a cross in the ground making a sacred covenant with God that America would be a God fearing Nation. The following is the sermon I preached today at Lewisville Community Church, Lewisville, TX. My Title was Hanukkah, Advent, and the Number 14:

Matthew 1:17
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.

Jesus:

  1. Born in Bethlehem (house of bread) Lives in Nazareth (the place of Shame)
  2. Family has to move to Egypt for 12 years to escape Jesus from being murdered. Twelve is the number of Government in the Bible and the Holy Spirit gave them divine direction for protection. The Wisemen brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh which provided for Joseph and his family in exile.
  3. Joseph has to send Mary away not to be stoned and Christ birth is surrounded by rumor. Joseph was the legitimate heir to the throne thru the line of David. Joseph had a visitation of an Angel in a dream to give direction.
  4. He is not received by His own family as the Son of God, the Messiah
  5. Herod ask Him, Are you the King of the Jews?
  6. He ask His disciples, Whom do men say that I am? Who do you Say that I am?
  7. On the cross they place His name and title, The King of the Jews, Nazareth (the place of shame.)

According to Matthew, after three sets of 14 generations, beginning with Abraham and going through David, then Babylonian captivity (Egypt) Jesus showed up.

God kept his promise!
Watch This:
Fourteen is the Hebrew number for the name of David.

The Hebrew words “gold” and “hand” have the numerical number of 14.

When you think of all the generations it took to keep the promise of the Messiah think about this, The word “to bear” and the word “shepherd” are used 14 times in the New Testament. HE HAS TO SHEPHERD HIS PEOPLE FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION TO BEAR THE PROMISES OF GOD. The word “Bear” means to put a demand on it. When you sit on a chair you put a demand on it and it bears you up. When you believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Yeshua, King Jesus you are putting a demand on your Faith.

In the book of Proverbs the expression “the fear of the Lord” occurs 14 times.

Finally, the words “forgiveness and merciful” are found 14 times in the Bible.

14+14+14=42. Forty Two is the number in Hebrew that breaks a cycle. It shatters the glass ceiling. In the natural think Jackie Robinson, number 42 who broke the barrier of segregation in Major League Baseball.

Yeshua, King Jesus broke the cycle of sin, death, bondage, slavery, and the grave. After 42 generations Jesus Shows Up and says to the devil, “the party is over.”

Forty Two is the manifestation of the PROMISE OF GOD! Things are a certain way and the Promise of God shows up and all of a sudden everything changes.

As we end Hanukkah for another cycle and season there where 22 almonds on the Lamp Stand in Holy of Holies that represent Light. The number 22 represents Light. The word Light is mentioned in the book of John 22 times and the 22nd time mentioned, Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world.” There are 22 books of the epistles in the New Testament and 22 chapters in the book of revelations.

I think it is important to mention that we are about to enter into the year 2022. This Hanukkah season I believe has been a prophetic picture of what Jesus is saying to the church in 2022. Jesus is not only the Light of the world but you His remnant carry the Light of Jesus to the world. Shalom!
Wellspring Israel

A Time To Grow Up

We are now in the 10th Biblical month of Tevet. Debbie and I have learned to live our lives upon the God’s seasons, times, and days. God is revealing to the remnant an understanding of the times we are living. The following is how we pray, prophecy, worship, give, and live in the month of Tevet/December 2021. May it be a blessing to you and yours.

TEVET, Characteristics of The Tenth Month of the Biblical Calendar:

Tevet is the 10th month of the Biblical Calendar: Ten is the Hebrew number for “Order” and “Testimony.” It is the month to GROW UP! Interesting that we started the year 2021 with the theme to Grow Up. In the natural 21 is the age when a person reaches adulthood so to speak. You know when you turn 21 you are able to legally do things you couldn’t do before. The year 2021 has been the year for the body of Christ to Grow Up. The year to mature. 1 Corinthians 13 says, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I understood like a child, I thought I was a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

As we close the year of 2021 the focus of the Biblical month of TEVET is Maturity. I find that interesting, don’t you? The way we mature is not by hardship but by the Word of God. God matures through knowing and applying His Word and loving us. King David the Psalmist wrote, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.” So this month focus is: A TIME TO GROW UP!

How do we grow up? The Hebrew Letter for this month is “Ayin” which is a picture of an eye. Ayin means let your good eye see (war) against your evil eye. It has to do with your focus/vision in this month. An Eye to know good and discern the bad. To watch and discern. To see with your good eye so that your life is like a living spring, to SPRING UP!

The letter Ayin represents the Hebrew number of 70. Seventy in Hebrew gematria is a picture of seeing. We are now in the decade of the 80’s in the Biblical calendar. Eighty is the number for “Pei” or “Mouth.” We are in the Biblical Year of 5782, the decade of the mouth. To grow up and mature we must see, have a vision before we open our mouth. Ephesians 4:6 says, “be angry and sin not.” Habakkuk 2:2 says, “write the vision down…” This is the war between our good eye and an evil eye. This is the month to over come evil with good.

Another characteristic of the month of TEVET is it’s associated with the Tribe of Dan. Each tribe of Israel corresponds with a biblical month. Twelve Tribes of Israel and twelve Biblical months. Every tribe has a redeemed purpose and an unredeemed curse. For Dan, Israel/Jacob blessed his Fifth son with a blessing to Judge, to Rule, and to Mature. The tribe of Dan were great warriors. They were able to take down an enemy by lying in secret; like a snake or viper can bite the hoofs of a horse and cause it to stumble thus throwing off it’s rider. Genesis 49:17. They were always stationed at the rear of the battle, known as the “rear guard.” The tribe of Dan were also great artisans. They were able to craft metal into swords, shields, arrows, and hammers. In the wilderness they were instructed to build the furniture and furnishings of the Tabernacle of Moses. But in the book of Judges we see their unredeemed side. They did not come to Israel’s rescue to fight in the battle rather they stayed in their ships, Judges 5:17. This month be careful not to be driven by your emotions or fleshly desires.

A famous person from the tribe of Dan was Samson. He was a mighty warrior but his downfall was his fleshly desires. His vision was not mature but was carnal and it cost him. He was driven by his bad eye. The eye of his flesh and emotions. Emotions are given by God. But they are to be an Alarm Clock not to be lived by.

I find it ironic Samsons eyes were gouged out and he was blinded. The very strength of a mature person to see with a “good eye”, Samson was blinded in the physical because of his bad eyes. Once he lost his vision in the natural he saw with his spirit eyes and defeated the enemy by pulling down the pillars, thus killing himself but won the victory.

Finally, Tevet is a month not to fear but to fast. In fact on the tenth day of this month is a fast called, Asarah B’Tevet, a day of repentance and fasting. In the book of Esther, Queen Esther fast and prays for the victory of Israel and the edict of their holocaust to be overturned. It is in the month of Tevet that Queen Esther is fasting.

My prayer for you this month is Ephesians 1:17-19, 17 that 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, 18 the eyes of your [f]understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”

Shalom! Wellspring Israel

Hanukkah Day 5, 5782/2021

Hanukkah Day 5: Today’s date is 12022021, is both a palindrome and an ambigram: you can read it from left to right or right to left, as well as upside down. You cannot make this up. When I see this I am reminded that God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end. He is in our past, our present, and our future.

God is doing a wonderful new thing in our world today. Evangelicals (gentiles), along with Messianic and Jewish people are celebrating the Lights of Hanukkah. Rabbi Schneerson, before his death in 1994, a well known Rabbi in Israel, said that the gentiles in the last days would provoke the Jews to Jealousy concerning Messiah. According to Ephesians 2:14-16 part of this last day’s prophetic fulfillment will be the One New Man, Jew and Gentile.

I fully believe that the Holy Spirit is drawing all – Messianic Jews and Christians – to understand that the festivals are meant to be celebrated for the DISTINCT PURPOSE OF POINTING US TO THE MESSIAH, KING JESUS: (Passover = Crucifixion; Unleavened = Burial; = Resurrection; Pentecost = Holy Spirit’s coming; Trumpets = Rapture/2nd Coming; Atonement = Judgment; Booths or Tabernacles = full reign of Yeshua, King Jesus established…..and the 8th that was added in 165BC: Dedication or Hanukkah or Lights/Feast of Dedication, John 10-22-24 = Jesus is the Light).

This is the fifth night of Hanukkah, His name is Immanuel, God is with us. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

May the Lord Bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious unto you; The Lord lift His countenance upon you, And give you peace. Shalom! Wellspring Israel

Hanukkah Day 4, 5782/2021

As you light the fourth Candle of Hanukkah, let us be reminded of the time it took for the Maccabees to wait for the miracle to manifest. It took eight days for the sentry to travel to Northern Israel to retain the sanctified oil and get back to Jerusalem. Four travel days to and four travel days back.

It is hard to wait for a miracle. It is difficult to wait for unanswered prayer. Waiting is not natural for most people. Here are a few thoughts about waiting to consider.

When You wait:

  1. Serve others as if you were a waiter in a restaurant wearing an apron.
  2. Rehearse the Miracle in your minds eye. See it manifesting
  3. Speaking to the mountain be moved and not doubt.
  4. Give Thanks before the miracle even manifest and stand in faith.
  5. Seed, be a giver.
  6. Stand on the word of God and it’s promise that it will not come back void.

I’m reminded of the words of a song we used to sing, “Even though God has not answered your prayer the way you prayed He should, confident He’s working all together for your good. He is Able.”

Wellspring Israel

Hanukkah Day 3, 5782/2021

As we think of the third night of Hanukkah, I am reminded of the price it took for the Maccabees to rally the children of Israel to fight against the Greek/Syrian invaders who had taken over their land and forced idolatry upon God’s people. In 168BC Antiochus ruler of Rome invaded Jerusalem. The name Antiochus means, “God Manifest.”

He turned his armies loose to conduct massacre upon Jerusalem. He took an Idol of Jupiter and placed it in the Holy of Holies and sacrificed a pig on the sacred altar. From it’s juices he
desecrated all the furniture of the Holy of Holies. Also, He brought in prostitutes and had an orgies in the Temple and He forced every Jew to conform to all Greek idolatry and costumes.

In 167 BC, Antiochus sent an officer to Modi’in, a city in Northwest Israel. There was an aged priest, Mattathias Maccabee, who had five sons. The Maccabee family headed up the insurgency against Antiochus. In 166 BC Antiochus tried to crush the Maccabees. But Judah, Mattathias’ son, overwhelmed this group with a much smaller army. To stop the uprising Antiochus, in 165 BC, entered Israel with a great army, however, in Emmaus (Luke 24) Judah
surprised Antiochus at night and almost defeated him (I Maccabees 3:43-60, 4:8-11, 19-25). Antiochus then retreated, only to return to invade Israel later. Judah totally defeated him.

Like then and now we are at war, a spiritual war against the principalities, spiritual wickedness, powers, and the rulers of darkness in this culture. 2 Corinthians 10:4-“For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but mighty for the pulling down of strongholds.”

Imagine the Maccabees being outnumbered, out spent financially, and no military training. The hundreds who gave their lives for the cause of Elohim and Righteousness. Yet with God on their side, “They were Well Able.” It took three years to fight the good fight of faith to Victory.

As we light the third candle of the Menorah, I am reminded of this one thing, our fight is not with each other, with our culture, or governments. We fight a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons.

They are: faith, prayer, fasting, worship, obedience, rest, and love.

Tonight as you light your Menorah take a few moments to meditate on God’s Victory in your battle(s).

Do we have to celebrate Hanukkah? No, you don’t. It is your choice. But since Yeshua, King Jesus is the fulfillment of this Festival and He celebrated it, I choose to do what Jesus did. Shalom!

Wellspring Israel

Hanukkah Day 2, 5782/2021

Saying the Blessings
Say the blessings in Hebrew as transliterated.

First, say,

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.

Blessed are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with Your commandments and commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.

Then say,

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, she’asah nisim l’avoteinu, b’yamim haheim bazman hazeh.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, Who made miracles for our forefathers in those days at this season.

There was just enough olive oil to burn the lamp stand candle for one day. The Maccabees put a demand on their faith knowing their was just enough oil to burn for one day. It took eight days of travel to get more sanctified oil. Yet the lamp stand burned for eight days.

Like the boy with five loaves and two fishes and the widow of Zaraphath, they did not curse the just enough. Don’t curse the just enough. In your life. Put a demand on it by faith and watch God Provide supernaturally. Isn’t Adonai our Father Awesome?

Take 30 minutes to meditate on the miracles this past year. Wellspring Israel

Hanukkah Day 1 5782/2021

Tonight is the First Night of Hanukkah, what John 10:22-24 calls the Feast of Dedication. As you light the first candle of the Menorah May you experience Yeshua, King Jesus Glory.

Day 1: As we light the first candle on the first night of Hanukkah we are reminded of Yeshua, King Jesus our servant who has come to seek and save the lost. On each night of Hanukkah, the shamash is lit first, and then the other candles are lit one by one. The shamash candle(“Christ our “servant”) is the light used to light the other branches. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”

As we light the first candle of Hanukkah may we be reminded of the words of the prophet, Isaiah who wrote of Messiah, King Jesus, “The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.”(Isaiah 9:2) and in Matthew 4:16, “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”

May the Light of the Love of Jesus shine brightly, illuminating your heart, home, and family during Hanukkah, Christmas, and the rest of your life.

KISLEV, THE MONTH OF LIGHT, REST, DREAMS, DEDICATION, & RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT!

Starting tonight at sunset begins the 9th Biblical month of Kislev. Kislev is the ninth month of biblical calendar year. The name “Kislev” is the Babylonian name of the month. In the Bible, it is referred to as both “the ninth month” and “Kislev” as in Zechariah 7:1, “the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Kislev” (NIV). Among other historical events that occurred during Kislev, none is perhaps more well known than the Festival of Hanukkah, an eight day festival which begins on Kislev 25. “Hanukkah” is a word that means “dedication,” for it was during these days that the Temple had been retaken by the Maccabees and worship was reinstituted.

If you’re going to live a Prophetic Lifestyle one must learn to follow and honor God’s Seasons and Timing through His Feast (Yearly), New Moons (Months) and His Shabbat (Weekly). Nowhere in scripture does it say these Appointed Days are for the Jew only. To the contrary the Bible says they are God’s Appointed Days for Him and all His children. The Biblical calendar is based on the new moon. By this we have learned how to pray, speak, live, and work based on each Biblical months focus.

Kislev is the ninth month and starts tonight.

• It is the month of light into darkness because we are in the winter solstice.

• It is the month of Hope because this is the month when the Temple was returned to Israel from ruin by the Maccabees.

• There was just enough oil to light the lampstand for one day until more olive oil could be pressed. God performed a miracle and sustained the lamps light for eight days, thus is the celebration called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah.

• Jesus and His disciples celebrated Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights according to John 10:22.

• Hannukah begins on the 25th day of Kislev which begins this year on November 29, 2021.

• It is also called the month of Dreams because in this month there are more dreams recorded in scripture.

• It is the month of the Tribe of Benjamin. This tribe was the most gifted with the art of the Bow in battle (think modern day Air Force or Spiritually Intercession.)

• Benjamin was the only son of Jacob born in the Promise Land. So watch Israel this month.

• Kislev is the month to break old patterns of mistrust and habits as we move into the Head of the Year.

• This is a month to walk in peace and rest. Speak life over yourself and family.

Since Kislev is the Ninth month of the Biblical Calendar let’s look at the Hebrew understanding of the number 9. Remember each number in the Hebrew understanding has to do with an unredeemed side and a redeemed side. The number nine has to do with judgment of God both in a positive understanding dealing with LIFE and in a negative understanding dealing with DEATH.

Here are some examples of the Number Nine being Fruit Bearing or LIFE

a. A woman is pregnant for nine months before giving birth to new life.

b. There are nine fruits of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22. Galatians is the ninth book of the New Testament and 5+2+2=9Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self control.

c. In Genesis 1, God gives the commandment, “be fruitful and multiply” nine times.

d. Yeshua, King Jesus died on the Cross on the ninth hour and is the first fruits of our Resurrection.

Examples of Nine and Judgement in the Bible:

a. All forms of the word “death” occur 999 times in scripture,

b. There are nine Biblical sieges of Jerusalem.

c. In Haggai 1, God’s judgement is poured out on nine different things.

d. Nine people are stoned in the Bible

e. The ninth day of Av is when the 10 spies did not mix faith with God’s promise and caused Israel to sin.

f. The name of Adam is found 9 times in scripture

g. The phrase, “my wrath” in the Greek has a numerical value of 999.

Remember, this month of Kislev, when you wake up in the morning and see the sun rising in the east, God’s Spirit is moving through your day with new mercies, blessings, and righteous judgement.

Holy Spirit is moving on your behalf just as the 9 planets are moving around the sun each day. Kislev is the month to recognize God is speaking to you prophetically in Blessings, Righteous Judgement, and His Light into the darkness. It is the month Holy Spirit is moving on your behalf. Shalom Blessings.

(excerpts taken from “A Time To Advance” Chuck Pierce, and “Numbers That Preach” Troy Brewer)

Holy Spirit, Activate Activate

Recently I watched a Celebrity Family Feud episode with a Lady Singing Group as contestants. The group won the game and two of the singers where in the bonus round. When the second contestant came out before Steve Harvey ask her the survey questions, she began to sing this song: “Holy Spirit Activate Activate. Holy Spirit Activate Activate. I later found out she was a born again Yeshua, King Jesus follower. Since that viewing I’ve seen people singing this song on FB and Instagram Reels.

  1. Today’s reading of Torah is found in Genesis 26: 23-32, 23 Then he went up from there to Beersheba. 24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” 25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

Do you see what God’s Word says?
Do not fear
I am with You
I will bless you
And Multiply your Descendants

And they pitched a tent and built an Altar( a place of worship)!

  1. Now watch this: Abimelch didn’t come to them to fight but to Bless them because of God’s blessings.

26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army. 27 And Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”

28 But they said, “We have certainly seen that the Lord is with you. So we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a [f]covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, since we have not touched you, and since we have done nothing to you but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.’ ”

  1. They made an Oath to Walk In Peace, not War.

30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 Then they arose early in the morning and swore an oath with one another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

32 It came to pass the same day that Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.” 33 So he called it [g]Shebah. Therefore the name of the city is [h]Beersheba to this day.

Beersheba means, “Well of Seven.” Seven is the number of perfect completion. When Isaac and his servants where digging wells (working toward their destiny) the enemy kept quarreling and fighting them. Isaac listened and follow Holy Spirit to Beersheba and found SHALOM PEACE.

My prayer for you today, like in the Torah Reading, the Holy Spirit would Activate in and on your life. Shalom Blessings,
Wellspring Israel

Finish Strong

This weeks Torah Portion is from Genesis 23-25 dealing with the end of Sarah’s life and Abraham’s servant finding a wife for Isaac. Here are my notes as we apply God’s word to our lives.

James 1:2-8, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces [a]patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [b]perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Genesis 23:1, “Now Sarah’s life was 127 years—the years of Sarah’s life.”

Why does the Torah repeat itself in this passage? The Torah repeats the phrase “the years of Sarah’s life” to teach us that the years of her life “were equal in goodness.”

“Although Sarah experienced difficult years during her lifetime, she paid them no attention, but accepted everything graciously and with good cheer—the bad along with the good. This is what Rashi means by ‘equal in goodness’—even the bad she accepted lovingly”

  • Sarah was barren
  • She was held captive by Abimelech and Pharoah

In Hebrew thinking when experiencing good news or bad news this is the prayer:

 “Blessed are you Hashem our God, King of the universe, who is good and who bestows good.” Upon receiving terrible news, like the death of a loved one, we say, “Blessed are you Hashem our God, King of the universe, who is the true Judge.”

This is what Job teaches us, , “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21/ESV).

In the book of Job we learn that Satan wanted Job to lose everything. But to Job God was His everything!

Although Sarah had a significant amount of difficulty in her life, she accepted everything that happened with joy because she believed in God’s goodness and sovereignty. The Apostle and Rabbi Paul, who suffered greatly for Messiah’s sake, also knew this secret. Absolute joy rests on the belief that “all things work together for good to those who love God, and who are the called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28/NKJV). If, like Sarah and Paul, we sincerely believe this, then we will also live a positive, joyous, faith-filled life worth emulating. Then it will be said of us like it was of Sarah, that all our years were equal in goodness.

Some Thoughts:

  • Unlike Noah, who’s faith diminished at the end of His life.  Abraham’s faith remained strong and vigorous.
  • for long-term success (Gen 25:1-6). God’s people don’t retire from faithfulness.
  • The Promise to Abraham for a child and land in Genesis 12 did not materialize until at the end of his life.
  • God promised Abraham land, but in Genesis 23, we read that “Ephron’s field that is in Machpelah next to Mamre [that is, in Canaan] …was handed over to Abraham as a purchased possession” (vv. 17-18)
  • The purchase we read about was only a tiny portion of Canaan (not the full promised possession). This moment was the beginning of the story rather than its conclusion.
  • Abraham’s purchase of a cave to bury Sarah was a seed, a first fruits, a deposit of the promise of the fulfillment of the Promise Land.
  • The name of the cave, “Machpelah” literally means double or double blessings.

Four Thousand years later The Gospel informs us, “And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth. And he laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock” (Matt 27:59-60 emphasis added). Abraham and Joseph of Arimathea each invested themselves in acquiring a tomb. Abraham’s investment came to maturity nearly 500 years later when Joshua led the Children of Israel back into Canaan. The second tomb has brought both immediate and future blessings to the entire world. First, we experience newness of life by faith in the One who occupied Joseph’s tomb: “we were buried together with Him through immersion into death—in order that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4). And second, we have confident hope that our physical death will not be our end: “But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also has come through a Man. For as in Adam all die, so also in Messiah will all be made alive” (1 Cor 15:20-22).