The biblical month of 'Tebeth' is the tenth month in the biblical calendar and is linked to the tribe of Dan. It is according to the meaning also the month of ‘the mud, where one sinks’.
 
Dan, The Snake and the Lion
 
Dan was blessed by his father Jacob to be a powerful snake and by Moses to be a powerful young lion who operates with the suddenlies of God to diminish the influence of pride (cf. Genesis 49:16-17 i.c.w. Psalm 20:7; Psalm 33:17; Deuteronomy 33:22).
 
Genesis 49:16-17:
16 “Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward.
 
Psalm 20:7:
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
 
Psalm 33:17:
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
 
Deuteronomy 33:22:
22 About Dan he said: “Dan is a lion’s cub, springing out of Bashan (means: ‘fruitful stone less plain’).”
 
Likewise, Jesus also bears the attributes of a ‘serpent’ and a ‘lion’, among others, namely in the form of victory and triumph over sin and eternal kingship (cf. John 3:14-18 i.c.w. Revelation 5:5).
 
John 3:14-18:
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
 
Revelation 5:5:
5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
 
Righteous Words and Words of Wisdom
 
The snake in connection with Dan is pointing to righteous words as well to words of wisdom (cf. Matthew 10:16).
 
Matthew 10:16:
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves. …”
 
It is important that we judge from a place of righteousness and not from a place of bitterness, jealousy or greed. In order to rightly judge in accordance to 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 we must operate in righteousness, truth and mercy.
 
1 Corinthians 5:12-13:
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
 
Genesis 49:16-18:
16 “Dan will provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward. 18 “I look for your deliverance, Lord.
 
The character of the mud in this biblical month points to the dimension of the first man Adam.
 
Genesis 2:6-7:
… 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.
7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
 
It is similar to the spinning potter’s wheel representing God’s cycle of eternity and the clay representing our temporary life time in the potter’s house at the time of Jeremiah (cf. Jeremiah 18:1-5).
 
Jeremiah 18:1-5:
1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”
3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.
4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me.
6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.
 
The Prophet Jeremiah in the Cistern and Challenging Circumstances
 
In link with the mud, we can read in Jeremiah 38:6 that the prophet was thrown by the officials of the king Zedekiah into the cistern where he sank into the mud.
 
Jeremiah 38:6:
6 So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah by ropes into the cistern; it had no water in it, only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.
 
Romans 8:28 says that everything has to work for good for those who love God.
 
Romans 8:28:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
 
Through this statement the cistern and the challenging circumstance of Jeremiah become a directive light for us in our time.

The cistern into which the prophet Jeremiah was thrown carried a divine statement into which God allowed the prophet to enter and to be positioned. It was the cistern of Malkijah – “My king is YAHWEH!” which was at the ground full with mud.‘Mud’ is the substance that God used as He created first time the human being (cf. Genesis 2:6-7).
 
Genesis 2:6-7:
… 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.
7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
 
Psalm 7:15 and Proverbs 26:27 are clearly saying that the one who digs a pit falls into his own pit.
 
Psalm 7:15:
15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
 
Proverbs 26:27:
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
 
This means that from our challenging circumstances, blessing emerges which decimate the enemy in his seeming superiority. This means that we are positioned in the phase of transformation with our king Jesus Christ and thus are able to receive His prophetic plan for this time in our lives.
 
Coming Boldly Before the Throne of Grace
 
God’s prophetic plan for our lives is that we arise in boldness and coming into His royal ‘residence’ or rather palace before His throne of grace to activate divine justice in the world where we are personally not able to do it (cf. Esther 2:16 i.c.w. Hebrews 4:16).
 
Esther 2:16-18:
16 She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
17 Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
18 And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.
 
Hebrews 4:16:
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
 
Divine Righteousness
 
The activation of divine justice is mentioned because the month Tebeth is linked to the tribe of Dan – ‘Judge’.
 
Dan was the 5’th son of Jacob (means: ‘heel holder’) and the first son of Rachel (means: ‘mother sheep’) who was conceived by her maid Bilha (means: ‘timidity, modesty’).
 
On the basis of Dan who was born as a fifth and as well as a first born son, we can see the hand of God and His favor upon Dan to execute divine justice.
 
Og, The King of the Amorites
 
The region of Bashan, from which the tribe of Dan sprang forth like a lion according to the blessing of Moses, was previously under the rule of king ‘Og’ (cf. Deuteronomy 33:22 i.c.w. Deuteronomy 3:11).
 
Deuteronomy 33:22:
22 About Dan he said: “Dan is a lion’s cub, springing out of Bashan (means: ‘fruitful stoneless plain’).”
 
Deuteronomy 3:11:
11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants. His bed was decorated with iron and was more than nine cubits long and four cubits wide. It is still in Rabbah (means: ‘The great’ – feminine) of the Ammonites.)
 
The name ‘Og’ means ‘He was bent.’
He was the king of the Amorites – ‘those, who live in the mountains’.
 
In the spiritual context, the plan of the ‘king Og’ is to oppress people by religion with the main goal to hinder them of entering into the fruitfulness and freedom of Jesus Christ.
The spirit of ‘Og’ drives people to live by own strength and self righteousness which is revealed by his ‘resting place’ (cf. Deuteronomy 3:11).
 
To be bent in this context can be a sign that sin is like a burden on a person who is oppressed by shame and guilt through the influence of an evil spirit.
 
For example, it can be a religious spirit that oppresses people but it is faith in Jesus Christ that is linked to freedom.
 
The Bent Woman
 
It is no coincidence that Jesus healed a crippled woman who was bent over for eighteen years (Note: 3 x 6 | 6+6+6= 18) in one of the synagogues on a Sabbath (cf. Luke 13:10-13).
 
Luke 13:10-13:
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.
12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.”
13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
 
Because Jesus healed the woman on a Sabbath in the synagogue, it was a sign that He confronted by the healing the hearts of the religious people who lived in a legalistic way before God but didn’t have a real love relationship with Him.
 
The religious spirit is an antichrist characteristic because in its subtle approach of pride it defines itself only through works without faith as it refuses and relativises the given righteousness through Jesus Christ at the cross (cf. John 3:14-17).
 
John 3:14-17:
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness (see Numbers 21:8-9), so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
 
Let us glorify Jesus Christ as the Son of the living God who sits on the throne at the right hand of the Father.
 
By rising up in grace from the righteousness of Jesus Christ, this month we will speak words and make decisions that will bring down the enemy in his structures and reveal God as a judge in the dimension of wisdom.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm

The Season we are in
 
We are now in the season where at the outside the hours of darkness are increasing and the hours of light are decreasing. This fact is not a fact to become frightened or depressed. God is pointing by this fact only to the increasing burning light within our “four walls” which is linked to more warmth!

As the one new man (note: the people of Israel and we as gentiles; see Ephesians 2:14-15) is in the season of Hanukkah and Christmas which is linked to the increasing light because the candles (“1”+ 8 candles) of the Hanukkiah (note: the special lamp stand for the Hanukkah feast) are getting every night over eight days one by one ignited and also the lamp stand of the Advent with “the four candles” is getting ignited week by week I want to make the teaching of Robert Heidler about the feast of Hannukah for us accessible which will help us to understand the time where we are in.
 
Daniel Glimm
 
The sentimental season of the year
 
We are in very special season of the year. It is the sentimental season of the year, where a lot of emotional things are attached to it and these are good things.
But God also wants us to know, that it is strong supernatural season, that shows the time table of God for miracles to take place.

As you go through the time of Hanukkah (note: It is a Hebrew word and means “dedication”.), enjoy the time with your friends and family but do not forget, that it is a supernatural season. Expect from God to break through in a supernatural way.

The time of Hanukkah is also touching the month in which also Christmas is celebrated.
Christmas is a time to remember God’s love by sending Jesus.
Some believers think, if we celebrate the biblical feasts we can´t celebrate Christmas. That is not true. Because, we are a one new man in Christ Jesus, we are allowed to celebrate the feats of God on both sides (note: see Romans 2:13-18; the messianic Jews and the gentile Christians).

Even if Jesus was not born in the time frame of the 24'th - 26'th of December it means not, that we are not allowed to celebrate Christmas. It is the time frame, where we remember the sending of Jesus to the earth by the Heavenly Father.
Jesus was normally born at the time of Sukkot (note: Tabernacles).
We as born again believers should be thankful for every opportunity of remembering God’s love- JESUS and to talk about it.

Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate God´s love. It is a time to share His love with your friends, neighbors, family and to thank God, that He loved you so much that He sent His son!
As said before is December not only the month of Christmas but also the month of Hanukkah.
Many Christians don´t know much about Hanukkah. They think of it as just a Jewish holiday.
But if you really understand Hanukkah, it is also for Christians.
To celebrate Hanukkah is a great blessing.

Hanukkah is not an Old Testament feast, which is ordained by God.
Hanukkah is not even mentioned in the Old Testament but it is found in the New Testament in John 10.
Jesus gave at Hanukkah- the feast of dedication an important message in John 10:22-38.
 
John 10:22-38 (NIV):
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication (note: Hanukkah) at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.
27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods” ’ (see Psalm 82:6)? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?
37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father.
38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.
 
This passage reflects, that Hanukkah was a special feast for Jesus.
He went into the temple at this time to identify himself with Hanukkah.
This shows, that if Jesus was celebrating Hanukkah, it is not just a feast for the Jews it is also a celebration for everyone, who knows the God of Israel.
 
The history of Hanukkah
 
In 167 BC the Greek ruler, Antiochus Epiphanes, decreed that all his subjects must convert to the pagan Greek religion.
At that time Israel was under the domination of the Greek Empire, which was a time of great testing for the Jews.
Antiochus outlawed Judaism & worship in the temple. He forced the Jewish people to convert by torturing and murdering many of them. Then he defiled the temple, setting up a statue of Zeus in the Holy of Holies and sacrificing a pig on the altar.

Finally a Jewish priest named Mattathias could take it no more. A Greek official had come to his town, set up an altar to a pagan god and ordered Mattathias to offer a sacrifice on it. Mattathias refused. He said: ”Though all the nations that are under the king's dominion obey him... yet will I and my sons walk in the covenant of our fathers." (see 1.Maccabees 2:19-20)

Then another Jew came forward to offer the pagan sacrifice and Mattathias took out his sword  and killed him.
Then Mattathias and his sons attacked the Greek official and killed him too.
When the rebellion begun, Judah, son of Mattathias, led a small band of Jews against the powerful Greek armies.
Judah had an interesting nickname “Maccabee”- “the hammer” Maccabee= acrostic said it was the sentence: “Who is like You, among the gods, oh Lord.” This was their battle cry.

Amazingly, Judah and his followers defeated the Greek armies in 165 BC, which was a miraculous victory.
By getting back the independence, Judah´s first goal was it to restore the temple. As the temple was restored and cleansed, they proclaimed a great feast to rededicate it to the Lord.
The people of Israel gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate it.

But as the time came to enlighten the menorah in the temple, they had only the measure of oil to shine for one day.  But a miracle happened at this feast and the oil was sufficing for eight, which was a miracle of multiplication.
It was a miracle like in the time of Elisha, where the oil of the widow multiplicated (see 2 Kings 4:1-7).
 
2 Kings 4:1-7:
1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.
4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring.
6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
 
Hanukkah is a special celebration for several reasons:
 
It is a celebration of restoration: The temple was restored.
It is also a celebration of God´s miracles. Hanukkah is furthermore called the feast of lights, which is represented by a special Menorah, that is called Hanukkiah.
Instead of seven branches of the Menorah the Hanukkiah has nine branches. One lamp for each day as a sign for the remembrance of the miracle of the oil multiplication. The ninth light is called “shamash”, which means servant and is not counted, because it serves for the ignition of all the eight lamps of the Hanukkiah.
 
What is the message of Hanukkah?
 
1) God protects His people
  • The enemy had tried to destroy God´s people, but God is a God who cares for His sheep.
  • God gave Judah Maccabeus a miraculous victory.
  • The first key of Hanukkah is: God protects those, who are His. The message of Jesus at Hanukkah in John 10:22 is: “I am the protector of My sheep.” – Hanukkah is about it.
2) God wants to restore His temple
  • Judah Maccabeus´s highest priority was to see the temple cleansed and God’s presence restored.
  • He removed all idols and impurity.
  • He rebuilt and restored all that was lost.
  • He rededicated it to the Lord.
  • He led a joyful celebration to welcome the presence of God back into their midst.
  • God honored the work of Judah with a display of His glory.
Jesus Zeal for the House of the Father
 
Hanukkah is the celebration of the restoration of His temple. That’s another reason why Hanukkah was a special feast to Jesus, because the temple was a special place- the house of the Father for Jesus (see John 2:16).
Jesus honored the temple and called it “My Father´s House”, what reflects, that the restoration of the temple was close to His heart. It was the longing of Jesus to see the temple restored.
We can see this kind of longing in the beginning of Jesus ministry- John 2:14-17 and at the end of His ministry- Mark 11:15-17. Jesus cleansed/ purified the temple and had a zeal to see the Father’s house restored. It is still zeal today, because we are as believers an individual temple of the Holy Spirit but also a corporate temple (see 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 3:16ff.).

One of the goals of Jesus in the world today is the restoration of God’s temple and to remove all sin/ impurity as well as restoring God’s glory to His temple.
 
3) We serve a God of miracles!
 
As Judah chose to honor God by restoring His temple, the glory of God came down and miracles were released! Remember, that Hanukkah is the celebration of God’s miracles.
The blessing of Hanukkah is this: “Blessed are You, Lord our God, king of the universe who performed miracles for our fathers, at this season.”
 
The “Dreidel”- a call to turn
 
At Hanukkah the Jews or young Jewish children are playing with the “Dreidel”, that is a spinning top and carries four Hebrew letters.: “Nun (50), Gimel (3), He (5), Schin (300)”, which carry the statement of “A great miracle happened there/here!” (note: The value of the Hebrew letters is “358”).
The same numerical value of „358“ has also the Hebrew word "maschiach"  which means Messiah (note: The word is made up of the Hebrew letters Mem-40/ Schin-300/ Jod-10/ Chet-8).
Furthermore the breastplate of the high priest which is called in Hebrew "choschän" has also the same numerical value of “358”.

Prophetically is this explanation saying: “Turn to your Messiah Jesus Christ to feel His heartbeat like John and shine with His love.” (see John 13:23-25 in conjunction with Exodus 28:15-21.28-30; Hebrews 3:1-2)
Because Jesus confronted the accusers of his time at the feast of Hanukkah with the works of his Heavenly Father, it should call us to proclaim God’s great miracles of the past, which releases faith in the hearer to trust God for miracles now (see John 10:25.32.38).
 
John 10:25.32.38:
25 Jesus answered, I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, …
… 32 but Jesus said to them, I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?
38 But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.
 
4) Hanukkah- a celebration of light. It is the feast of lights.
 
The message of Hanukkah is, that light overcomes darkness (see John 1). The light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not hold it (see John 8:12; Matthew 5:14).
 
John 8:12:
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
 
Matthew 5:14:
14 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
 
Hanukkah is the season, where God wants to put His light on you, so that you shine more intense.
The Hanukkiah gives a picture of Jesus! The “first/ ninth” candle is called the servant candle (note: “shamash”), which directs to Jesus.

In the 7-branched Menorah the center lamp was called the lamp of the Lord but in 9- branched Hanukiah the central lamp is called the servant. This is Jesus.
Jesus is the Lord but He came as a servant to lay down His life and  release God’s blessing in the earth. This is what the Hanukkiah pictures.
The servant candle brings light to all the other candles!
Each night of Hanukkah an additional candle is added until all are lit, which pictures, that Jesus is the light, who is spreading through the world.
 
The second reason of the importance of Hanukkah for born again Believers
 
It exists a second reason why Hanukkah is important for us as Christians.
Jesus is normally not born on December 25'th, because the shepherds don't keep flocks in the fields in late December.
At Jesus birth time, the shepherds were outside and keeping their flocks.
In Luke 1:5 it is said, that Zechariah was priest at the time of king Herod and belonged to the priestly division of Abijah.
In 1 Chronicles 24:10 it is said, that the priests of Abijah served in the temple during the 12'th-18'th of Sivan (note: June, the priests served for about two weeks once in a year).
 
Luke 1:5:
5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.
 
1 Chronicles 24:10:
… 10 the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, ...
 
When was Jesus born?
 
The angel Gabriel appears to the priest Zechariah at the month of Sivan between the 12'th - 18'th and Elizabeth conceives at the 25'th Sivan and after 285 days pregnancy, John the Baptist was born at the 15'th of Nisan, which is the feast of Passover. At Passover it is in Jewish tradition, that people place a chair for the prophet Elijah for the possibility if he supposes to show up.
It is interesting that John the Baptist was walking in the spirit of Elijah and was born at the feast of Passover.
In Luke 1:36 Elizabeth was in the 6'th  month of her pregnancy, which was the 25'th of  Kislew. And the month of Kislew is the month in which Hanukkah begins.

This shows, that it was the time where Jesus was conceived by Mary.
After a normal pregnancy circa 285 days, Jesus was possibly born at the 15'th of Tishri, which is Sukkot, the feast of Tabernacles.
This reflects, that Jesus was probably not born at Christmas but He was probably conceived at Hanukkah- the feast of lights and dedication. Jesus was conceived by Mary in the midst of the celebration of the miracles of God  through the Holy Spirit, so that Mary could birth forth THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!
 
The message of Hanukkah is:
  1. God cares for His people. Thank Him, that you are under His protection.
  2. God wants His temple restored. Thank Him, that we are His temple! Thank Him, that He is restoring His church.
  3. God is a God of miracles. Thank Him, that He is a living God, who works in power. Learn to expect miracles!
  4. Jesus is the light of the world. Hanukkah is a time to let His light shine.
At Christmas we celebrate that Jesus came. At Hanukkah we celebrate why He came.
This is why the Hanukkah is the key celebration for the church today.
Hanukkah celebrates what God is doing in His Church now.
God is in the process of restoring His temple. He is calling us to be an Oasis for the nations, to reveal His love and His care.

He wants us to demonstrate His power through the manifestation of miracles.
He is calling us to shine with His light into a world of darkness.
So be encouraged to celebrate the feast of lights in this year. You can get a real Hanukkiah or just use 9 small candlesticks. As you light the candles each night proclaim, that God’s great miracle happened at Hanukkah and that miracles happen today.

Praise God for Jesus, the light of the world.
 

Note:
The following message is the second part of a teaching that consists of two parts.
It is recommended to read the message chronologically.
 
Thus, it is just as not coincidental that Jesus Christ called some disciples who were fishermen to the apostolic discipleship, who were, among others, two pairs of brothers. These were Peter and his brother Andrew, and the two sons of Zebedee, namely James and John, who were also known as the ‘sons of thunder’.
 
Matthew 4:18-22:
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
 
These two pairs of brothers are already a reference to the aforementioned depths and heights of God, since, according to the naming by Jesus, Peter is the rock – due to his made statement about Christ Jesus – and the sons of Zebedee are, as just mentioned, the connection to thunder (cf. Matthew 6:17-18 i.c.w. Mark 3:17).
 
Matthew 16:17-18:
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
 
Mark 3:17:
17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), …
 
A rock is geographically on the earth and a thunder sounds in the atmosphere or in the sky.
 
It was Jesus Christ who transformed His disciples from fishermen to fishers of men, which also means that the mentioned disciples as fishermen were familiar with the ‘dimension of fish’ and the Fish Gate in Jerusalem in order to reel in the great catch of men from this knowledge on the behalf of Christ (cf. Luke 5:9-11 i.c.w. Nehemiah 3:3).
 
Luke 5:9-11:
9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
 
Nehemiah 3:3:
3 The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and bars in place.
 
The Fish Gate and the Higher Spiritual Level
 
It was the Fish Gate that was restored by the sons of ‘Hassenaah’ on Nehemiah’s behalf so that the opportunity for ‘the great catch’ could be secured. Through the Fish Gate the caught fish were brought to the city of Jerusalem.
 
Based on the name ‘Hassenaah’ (Note: means ‘the hated population, to sting, thorny’) it shows us that these are true followers of Christ who speak the truth and don’t keep silent, even if they are hated as well as rejected by society because of their words (cf. Matthew 5:11 i.c.w. John 15:19).
 
Matthew 5:11:
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. …”
 
John 15:19:
19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
 
We are not called to make ourselves attractive to the world as the church – ekklēsia, but we should rather look to be attractive only to our LORD Jesus Christ in the form of true discipleship and authentic commitment.
 
After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared, among others, to seven disciples at the Sea of Tiberias who were fishing, and addressed them from the facet of the Father, since there He addressed them as ‘children’ (cf. John 21:1-5).
 
John 21:1-5:
1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee (Note: also Tiberias). It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.
3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5 He called out to them, “Friends (Note: children), haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered.
 
Peter took the leading role with his intention to go fishing. In this, the sons of Zebedee, Thomas, Nathanael and two other disciples accompanied him.
 
Jesus spoke from the facet of the Father and also the Sea of Galilee at this point in the Word titled as the Sea of Tiberias (Note: derived from the Roman ruler Tiberius), which is also called the Sea of Genezareth, to show that it was Jesus’ intention to draw His disciples or apostles to a higher level.
 
This higher level is connected to His government and understanding about the living catch in the form of ‘the sonship of God (Note: 153 fish), the truth of God (Note: Peter), real faith (Note: Thomas), the movement of angels (Note: Nathanael), the righteousness of God (Note: the sons of Zebedee)’ as well as the yet ‘unknown realm (Note: the two nameless disciples)’.
The Father is the highest spiritual authority and it was Peter alone in this case, who pulled in the 153 fish on Jesus’ behalf, whose numerical value carries the phrase ‘Sons of God’, and it is Jesus Christ who is the one sitting at the right hand of God as the Son. This reveals that Jesus wanted to pull the already established truth in Peter to a higher spiritual level.
 
The Heavenly Father wanted them to mix and absorb their wisdom and knowledge in Christ with His present higher wisdom and knowledge, since these were already in the form of the fish on the campfire (cf. John 21:9-13 i.c.w. Colossians 2:2-3).
 
John 21:9-13:
9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”
11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.
12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
 
Colossians 2:2-3:
2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
 
The reason for this is, that in this Scripture two different Greek words for ‘fish’ are mentioned, which are on the one hand the word ‘ichthỵs’, which means a ‘fish’ in itself, and on the other hand the second word ‘opsạrion’, which describes a ‘prepared fish’ in the sense of a prepared meal. (Note: Word explanation from the Elberfelder Study Bible on the Greek words for ‘fish – ichthỵs, opsạrion’ with word key number: 2456, 3647* and Strong’s Concordance with word key number: G2486, G3795).
 
From these word explanations, it is evident that God is eager to see that we bring our experiences to the center of His Son’s resurrection power and allow the Holy Spirit to move our knowledge to a higher level in order to walk in it.
 
The Proper Positioning of Made Experiences and the Right Side
 
When we bring our past experiences with Christ Jesus into the light of His experience, we begin to recognize the revelatory truth for this time and the time to come and to align ourselves accordingly (cf. Psalm 36:9).
 
Psalm 36:9:
9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
 
It is also noteworthy that the seven disciples were instructed by Jesus to cast the net to the right side. Therein lies a deeper insight involving, among other things, the realm of governmental dominion in the sonship of God and walking in the revelatory truth of the Holy Spirit as well as the fear of the LORD.

The face of God in the facet of the lion is associated with the right side in the Word of God and points to His eternal kingship (cf. Ezekiel 1:10).
 
Ezekiel 1:10:
10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.
 
The right side, according to the Word of God, is associated with the south and the burning Menorah and the seven burning torches before the throne of God (cf. Exodus 40:24 i.c.w. Revelation 4:5).
 
Exodus 40:24:
24 He placed the lampstand in the tent of meeting opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle …
 
Revelation 4:5:
5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.
 
The seven burning torches are connected with the dimension of the Heavenly Father, since God is a consuming fire (cf. Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29).
 
Deuteronomy 4:24:
24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
 
Hebrews 12:29:
… 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
 
In addition, the right side is associated with the true followers of Christ in the form of sheep, representing humility, and the positioning of the tribes of Reuben, Simeon, and Gad, who encamped around the tabernacle on the south side (cf. Matthew 25:33a; Numbers 2:10a.12a.14a).
 
Matthew 25:33a:
33a He will put the sheep on his right …
 
Numbers 2:10a.12a.14a:
10a On the south will be the divisions of the camp of Reuben under their standard. …
12a The tribe of Simeon will camp next to them. …
14a The tribe of Gad will be next. …
 
The dimension of the aforementioned tribe unit is indicative, among other things, of the ability to recognize Jesus Christ in everyday life (Note: ‘Reuben’ means ‘Behold, a son!’), to hear His voice (Note: ‘Simeon’ means ‘hearing in form of an answer’), and to prevail in His righteousness in spiritual warfare through His triumph on the cross in the face of opposition (Note: ‘Gad’ means ‘good fortune’ or ‘plight’).
 
The wind of the south carries the revelation of God’s fire (cf. Job 37:17; Luke 12:55).
 
Job 37:17:
17 You who swelter in your clothes when the land lies hushed under the south wind, …
 
Luke 12:55:
55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is.

Thus, the right side (Note: south) can also represent the revelatory words of God in the form of correction and exhortation that develop from His love for truth.
 
The south wind, symbolizing fire and heat, gives boldness to preach, just as the flames of fire on the heads of the saints at Pentecost/Shavuot revealed (cf. Isaiah 6:6-8 i.c.w. Acts 2:1-4).
 
Isaiah 6:6-8:
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
 
Acts 2:1-4:
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
 
Amen and Amen.
 
In His Wisdom,
 
Daniel Glimm