Welcome Visitors on Kaunas Messianic site, created on initiative of Vilnius Messianic Community.
Since the rebirth of Israel in 1948, Messianic Judaism represents rebirth of the first Church of Ya‘akov (Jacob), once sacrificed for the salvation of Gentiles (Rom 11:25) in 325 (see here).

  ♦ Similarly to other Messianic communities and groups, this site aims:
1) To spread knowledge about Y-shua‘ (Ye-ua‘, Y-shu‘, JHS) as Jewish Messiah (Hebr. Mašīah, Gr. Christ) and Saviour of the world who comes soon for the Second time in glory; to remind traditional Christians of their being grafted in the roots of the Chosen people of Yisrael, with whom the New Covenant has been established by G-d, and who will be entirely saved (Rom 11, 17-27) as G-d's people, including all true non-Jewish believers in Y-shua‘ HaMashiah, as His Body-Church, not prevailed by the gates of hell (Matth 16, 18),
2) To participate in globally spreading Messianic Movement, guided by the Messianic Jews, and to live in accordance with the Gospel and Torah keeping to apostolic practice of celebrating Shabbath (not to identify this with participation in Y-shua‘s Sacrifice Supper celebrating His Resurrection on the first day, i.e. on Sunday),
3) To pray for conversion and salvation of the entire Yisrael people,
4) To pray for the Land of Yisrael, for its towns, people and peace,
5) To worship G-d in Hebrew,
6) To translate and spread messianic literature, to participate in messianic dialogues.
  ♦ Vilnius Messianic Community being interconfessional, the same is this site oriented toward a pre-Nicene pre-dogmic apostolic epoch, what unites all who accept JHS as their Lord, round the Messianic Jews with their grounding in:
1) Y-shua‘ as prophesied and for the second time coming Messiah of the Chosen people,
2) Y-shua‘ as Saviour of the whole mankind.
  ♦ Similarly to other messianic sites, this site is oriented toward halachian Jewish tradition, although on reasoned grounds: 
1) differently from the Jews Kairaites, the halachian Jews represent overall majority of all Jews; 
2) while represented by all Rabbinic Yisraeli Leadership, and in accordance with a new religion of the Oral Torah, this majority rejected from G-d-ordained sacrifices on any altar at the Temple Mount, when demanding Moshe Dayan to deliver keys of the mount to Moslem Waqf
E in 1967, in contrast to Jews having come back from Babylonan exile. In this way the Jewish people were brought out from the Sinai Covenant, see Ex 24:7. This is not any obstacle for them to enter the New Covenant (Jer 31:30), where the Messianic Jews already are.
  ♦ Lithuania being traditionally a Catholic country, the site tries to help Catholics to overcome Anti-Christian crisis in the Church by showing, in Catholic terms, a way to their Jewish olive-tree. 


THE NEAREST COMING GREAT FESTIVAL IS
PŪRĪM ON ADAR 14, 5778 = March (February 28/) 1 (/2), 2018

THE FAST OF ESTHER IS ON ADAR 13 = February 28

Purim is based on the story of Megillat Esther („the Scroll, or Book, of Esther“). This festival shows that G-d helps His chosen people even in most hopeless situations. The Story is a typical oriental fairy-tale, G-d is not even mentioned in it.  Nevertheless fairy-tales told by G-d are more realistic than any reality! This can be true for any Biblical event which human beings begin to question, read this note please! The festival is not ordained by G-d in Torah, therefore it is not necessary for Messianic believers except their wish to identify themselves with the whole Jewish nation. For traditional celebration of the Festival read Hebrew for Christians > Holidays.

THE LAST PREVIOUS GREAT HOLIDAY, MESSIANIC IN ESSENCE, ALTHOUGH NOT ORDAINED BY G-D IN TURN, WAS:

         חֲנֻכָּה תשע״ח          

HaNUKKĀ  TAŠ‘AH  (5778) 
t+š+‘+"x (taš‘ax = 400+300+70+8)

December (12/)13 – 20 (/21), 2017    


         Hanukkah is not a festival ordained by G-d in Torah. It was inroduced by Maccabeans on Kislev 25, 165, to commemorate a renewed consecration of Yerushalayim Temple, as well as a miracle of one-day portion of consecrated Menorah oil having streched out for eight day light (cf. a hint of this festival in Jn 10:22).
          There is a firm ground, on the basis of periodical coincidences of Hanukkah and Christmas, occuring on the same 24/25 day of the month (Kislev vs. December) to treat Hanukkah as Proto-Christmas of the first Messianic Jews. The Jews celebrated G-d - ordained Temple holidays, not any birthdays. However the coming of Messiah was an event prophecized by Malachi as rising of the Sun of Justice (3:20) but Hanukkah was the best festival to be associated with Light. Not to say that the first believers of Y-shua‘ Messiah considered Him to be a New Temple uniting all of them in Himself as parts of His Sacrificed Body (cf. Rev 21:22). Authentic original faith still living, the festival of the Light of the Renewed Temple on the 25th day of the last autumn month was shifted from Kislev to December when the day coincided. It seemed symbolic that December 25 was a day (after the winter solstice!) when Malachi's “sun of justice” began to win in nature, and the day to grow. However this gives no ground to “explain” December 25 as an ancient Pagan Roman festival of Solis Invicti, which was introduced only in 274, most likely aiming to avert Christians from celebrating Christmas on that day. Roman Christianity had been already formed in 274 and no Pagan influence could exist. On the other hand, much earlier Roman Saturnalia ended on December 23, thus having nothing to do with Christmas (see thoroughly here).
         Strange as it can seem for many traditional and even Messianic Jews (not to say about fully ignorant traditional Christians), messianic symbolism of Hanukkah is perfectly represented by traditional Jewish Hanukkiah. Everybody knows that eight candles of Hanukkiah correspond to eight days of Sukkōt, commemorated by Maccabeans in the renewed Temple, as the last of all previous festivals not celebrated during desacralization of Temple by Antiochus IV Epiphanes. However eight days, in turn, correspond to eight days of G-d-created Universe, the last of the eight days, the Eighth Day, being the Final Everlasting Day of the Eternal Sabbath. This is a classical view, today accepted not only by Talmudic Judaism, but even by the Catholic Church which finds this concept in the earliest apostolic tradition. 
         Now having looked to Hanukkiah, one sees eight candlestickes for eight candles plus one stick more for a Shammash, i.e. a Servant candle. The word šammāš ‘servant’ comes from the verb (lə)šammēš ‘to serve’, but its root ŠMŠ means ‘SUN’ in all Semitic languages! Every natural light on earth, even a volcanic light, results from processes started in the sun as center of its system. Thus Sun is the fullness of Light. Why then does Malachi 3:20 speak of Messiah as of the Sun of Justice “healing us in His wings”? 
        This Sun is Shammash Y-shua‘, King of Israel, Messiah and Lamb of G-d, sacrificed (Isaiah 53, Daniel 9:26) on the Sixth day, rested on the Seventh day in Grave “from all His work which He had made” (NB: Isaiah 40:28 !), and resurrected on the First / Eighth day, Who leads mankind to Sukkot of the Eternal Sabbath.

         For more information about Hanukkā see
Hebrew for Christians (> Holidays).

 

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