Quote: "Jesus said He was the light of the world."
"I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life" (John 8:12). Is this claim really true?
King Solomon says in Proverbs 6:23-24: "For a commandment is a candle, and the Torah is light, and disciplining rebukes are the way of life; to guard you from an evil woman, from the smoothness of the alien tongue." When Solomon speaks of a good woman, he is alluding to the Torah, and when he speaks of a promiscuous woman, he is alluding to idolatry. The forbidden woman, “strange woman” i.e., Heresy, Apostasy (Proverbs 5:3); is the Evil Inclination personified.
Job 29:2-3 "Would that I were as [in] my early months, as [in] the days that God watched over me, when He lit His candle (Mitzvah) over my head (This is an expression of light and joy); by His light (the Torah) I would go through the darkness." "In the simple sense, this verse refers to the time when Job was at the height of his greatness as a most respected sage, elder, leader and protector of his people, guiding them through darkness with the light of God's Torah. A well known Midrash explains the allusion in the verse as being to the time when the embryo is in the womb and the soul – His "candle" (Proverbs 20:27) – can see from one end of the universe to the other, prior to the moment of birth, when an angel comes and taps the baby on the mouth and makes him forget the entire Torah (Niddah 30b)" (Azamra).
In every occasion of darkness and trouble that came to the world, Israel and the Jewish people had light. As in Exodus 10:22-23 "So Moses stretched forth his hand toward the heavens, and there was thick darkness over the entire land of Egypt for three days. They did not see each other, and no one rose from his place for three days, but for all the children of Israel there was light in their dwellings." Esther 8:16-17 "The Jews had light and joy, and gladness and honor. And in every province and in every city, wherever the king's order and his edict reached, [there was] joy and gladness for the Jews, a banquet and a festive day, and many of the peoples of the land became Jews because the fear of the Jews was upon them."
Isaiah 60:1-2 "For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and a gross darkness the kingdoms, and the Lord shall shine upon you, and His glory shall appear over you.
And nations shall go by your light (the Torah) and kings by the brilliance of your shine." See also Isaiah 58:7-14 and "The Sun." "As we contemplate the wanton violence, warfare, terror and crime in the world today together with the licentious godless cultures that breed them, we may well feel that this verse applies directly to our age. We may take comfort in the fact that we are free to turn off the media and immerse ourselves in the study of God's Torah (TaNaCh, Mishneh, Talmud, Halachah, Midrash, Kabbalah, Chassidut… endless treasures), and in this way His light shines to us even in the midst of the surrounding darkness that grips the world" (Azamra).
Daniel 12:3 "
And the wise (who engaged in the Torah and in the commandments) will shine like the brightness (zohar) of the sky,"
The rabbis of the Talmud state that the category of "the wise " includes every Dayan (Judge) who judges truthfully as well as those who go around collecting charity. "and those who bring the multitudes to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." They who turn many to righteousness" are those who teach Torah to little children (Bava Basra 8b). "for they shall all know Me from their smallest to their greatest, says the Lord," (Jeremiah 31:33).
The Jewish people are compared to stars twinkling in the high heavens. By their light, even he who walks in the darkness of night shall not blunder (
The Rebbe, HaYom Yom, 5 Cheshvan).
And it is said: "A star has gone forth from Jacob,.." (Numbers 24:17-20). A star shoot out like an arrow. "Your arrows are sharpened — peoples will fall under you. The arrows sink into the heart of the King’s enemies" (Psalm 45:6). "The scholar’s weapons are the Torah insights. These come only to one who lives according to the Torah. Their sharpness guarantees their effectiveness in penetrating the listener’s heart" (Rabbi Yitzchok Rubin). Isaiah 52:11 "...you that bear the instruments of HaShem." - " Your weapons of war will be the instruments of HaShem - His Torah and commandments, and not the sword or the spear" (Metzudas David).
Our Weapons of War
May these verses be fulfilled for us in the immediate future, when the nations will say: "Only this great nation is a wise and understanding people " (Deut. 4:1-8). "A man's wisdom makes his face shine,.. " (Eccl. 8:1, Exodus 34:27-35).
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has shone upon you..." (Isaiah 60:1). "
For a sun and a shield is the Lord God; the Lord will give grace and glory; He will not withhold good from those who go with sincerity.
O Lord of Hosts, fortunate is the man who trusts in You" (Psalm 84:12-13).
Israel is a shining example of a successful democracy in the Middle East.
You shall no longer have the sun for light by day, and for brightness, the moon shall not give you light, but the Lord shall be to you for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory.
Your sun shall no longer set, neither shall your moon be gathered in, for the Lord shall be to you for an everlasting light (spiritual X-ray vision), and the days of your mourning shall be completed" (Isaiah 60:19-20).
Isaiah 2:5 "O house of Jacob, come and let us go in the light of the Lord."
That is: “Come and let us go in the teaching of the Torah of the Lord.” Isaiah 30:25-26 "And there shall be on every high mountain and on every raised hill, canals, rivulets of water, on the day of the great slaying, when the great ones (Christianity and Islam) fall. And the light of the moon shall be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold as the light of the seven days, on the day the Lord shall bind the fracture of His people, and the stroke of their wound He shall heal."
These verses depict the great blessing that will come into the world when Israel will cast away their idols, and the radiant spiritual light that will shine when Israel will repent at the end of days. Joel 3:1-2 "And it shall come to pass afterwards that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy; your elders shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And even upon the slaves and the maidservants in those days will I pour out My spirit." This will be in the days of Mashiah, 'for the earth will be full of the knowledge of God' (Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:11-14, Daniel 2:35, 12:4), and "all flesh" will be filled with the spirit of knowledge and understanding - and will recognize that HaShem is God."
Isaiah 49:3,6-7 "
And He said to me, "You are My servant, Israel, about whom I will boast."
And He said, "It is too light for you to be My servant, to establish the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the besieged of Israel (the Northern Kingdom, 10 Tribes; their heart is surrounded by the inclination of sinful thoughts), but I will make you a light of nations, so that My salvation shall be until the end of the earth."
So said the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, about him (Israel) who is despised of men, about him whom the nation abhors, about a slave of rulers (see Deut. 28:45-52, Nebuchadnezzar, Edom; 4th Kingdom), "Kings shall see and rise, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, for the sake of the Lord Who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, and He chose you..." See also Ch. 42:1-8.
A top Christian lyrics is based upon Joel 2:1-11:
"They rush on the city They run
on the walls Great is the
army that carries out His Word
The Lord utters His voice Before His army The Lord utters
His voice Before His army
Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion
Sound the alarm on My holy mountain
Blow the trumpet in Zion, Zion
Sound the alarm."
Christians relate these verses to themselves, and them
"blowing the trumpet in Zion."
Joel 2:11-12,25 Since the plague of an army of locusts is sent from God, it follows that in order to avert the coming evil, the people must repent. In Joel 1:6 the swarms of locusts are depicted as invading armies. Abarbanel interprets the four species of locusts as an allegory for the four conquerors of the land, Babylonia, Persia, Greece and Rome. "... they fall upon the sword, but are not wounded." Even if the locusts were to fall upon swords, they would be unharmed; a sword is ineffectual against this enemy. "They stride in the city; they run on the wall; they ascend into the houses, they come through the windows like a thief" (Joel 2:8-9).
Deut. 32:21(15-43) "They have provoked My jealousy with a non god, provoked My anger with their vanities. Thus, I will provoke their jealousy with a non people (Palestinians), provoke their anger with a foolish nation." These are the heretics. "And I said, "But they are poor (impoverished of wisdom), they have become foolish, for they did not know the way of the Lord, the judgment of their God" (Jer. 5:4-31). And regarding Esau (Edom=Rome), Scripture states, “You are very despised” (Obadiah 1:2).
Evangelizing the Jews by Rabbi Tovia Singer
Joel 2:20 "But I will remove far off from you the northern one (
ha-tzaphoni), and will drive him into a land barren and desolate; with his face toward the eastern sea (the Kinnereth; (Sea of Galilee) or the Dead Sea) and his hinder part toward the western sea (Mediterranean); that his foulness may come up, and his ill savour (an expression of filth) may come up, because he hath done great (evil) things."
Ha-Tzaphoni - "this is the evil inclination (temptation), which is hidden (tzaphoon) in the heart" (Rashi, Succah 52a). Joel 2:14 "Whoever knows, let him repent and regret, and it will leave a blessing behind it, for meal-offering and libation to HaShem your God." This verse promises that there will be a blessing after the plague of locusts.
Likewise, Ezekiel 39:2-6 says: "
And I will unbridle and entice you (Gog) and lead you up from the utmost parts of the north (tzafon) and bring you upon the mountains of Israel (Judea and Samaria).
And I will smite the bow out of your left hand and make your arrows fall from your right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the peoples that are with thee; I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field, to be devoured. Upon the open field shall you fall, for I have spoken, says the Lord God.And I will send a fire on Magog, and on them that dwell safely in the isles; and they shall know that I am the LORD." See Isaiah 66:16-23, Zechariah 14:12-16.
Proverbs 31:16 "She contemplates a field and purchases it; from the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard." Israel (Jeremiah 31:4-13, Isaiah 5:7)– to sustain them for the life of the world to come.
The Torah muzzles Esau, the “man of the field,” with a muzzle and a bridle, and lit. takes him from the world to destroy him.
Churchgoers Heading to the Holy Land in Droves: A number of churches in South Florida, comprising hundreds of tourists, have just completed tours to various Christian sites in the Jewish State, and others are planning their trips for this year and next.
"...the (deceived) nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire (Torah) came down from God out of heaven and devoured them" (Revelation 20:8-9). They are the lost tribes.
And God will ”deliver them into your hand...” (See Exodus 14:24-25, 23:20-33, Numbes 21:2-9, Deut. 2:30-35, Ch. 7, 23:15, 31:1-6, 1 Samuel 17:37,46-47, Zec. 14:3. He says that you shall not be afraid of them, because He will fight for you and go before you. Zechariah 14:14 "Yea, even Judah will fight against Jerusalem! And the wealth (souls) of all the nations round about-gold and silver and apparel-will be gathered in very great abundance." See Haggai 2:8-9, Micah 4:6-14.
Psalm 89: 31-33 "If his (David's) sons forsake My Torah and do not walk in My judgments, If they profane My statutes and do not keep My commandments, I shall punish their transgression with a rod, and their iniquity with stripes." And so did Nathan the prophet say to king David concerning Solomon (II Sam. 7:14): “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to Me a son; so that when he goes astray (from the Torah) I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the sons of Adam."
This refers to Rezon the son of Eliada and Hadad the Edomite, who rose up as adversaries (satan) to him.
And the LORD raised up an adversary
unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite, he was of the king's seed in Edom. And God raised up another adversary
(satan) unto him, Rezon the son of Eliada, And he was an adversary
(satan) to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did; and he abhorred Israel,.." (See 1 Kings 11:14,23,25). See also the curses that will befall Israel if they break the covenant at Deuteronomy Ch. 28, 11:26-28, Leviticus Ch. 26).
As you all maybe know by now; Jesus of Nazareth abolished the Torah: "When He said, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear" (Hebrews 8:13). “He (Jesus) has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances," (Eph. 2:15).
Interview with Holland's Chief Rabbi Benjamin Jacobs: Dutch Anti-Semitism: “As the situation is today, the future for Dutch Jewry is moving to Israel. I see myself as a lifeguard, sent here by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, keeping Judaism alive while surrounded by a 70-80 percent assimilation rate. But in order to save those who will, G-d forbid, assimilate, we need lifeguards and lifeboats. And the more lifeguards and lifeboats, the more Jewish souls could be saved for Holland and for Israel.”
Jonah 4:6 "So the shipmaster came to him (Jonah), and said unto him: 'What meanest thou that thou sleepest? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.' The story of Jonah is an allegory of Israel among the Seventy Nations, and how the terrible global storm sent by God as a result of Israel's flight from Him into sin eventually brings Jonah and all the nations to repentance and to know and fear God (Azamra).
God says that this thought of complete assimilation
that has come into their minds "shall not come about, what you say, 'Let us be like the nations, like the families of the lands, to serve wood and stone.'
As I live, says the Lord God, surely with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with poured out fury, will I reign over you" (Ezek. 20:32-33).
An example of this "outpoured anger" (and wrath) in modern times was when the proportion of assimilated Jews in Europe rose to over 50% in the 1930's, provoking a fury that while indiscriminately wiping out six million Jews, religious and non-religious,
also indirectly lead to the establishment of the State of Israel, a huge ingathering of the exiles and the ongoing Torah revival that is taking place in our generation.
In the final redemption God will bring the people back under the discipline of the Covenant. http://www.azamra.org/