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May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Category: Hanukkah

Yeshua and Hanukkah: John 10:22-24

The Maccabees ruled Israel for 100 years.  In the end they became as corrupt as previous rulers.  Soon God removed His hand of blessing from His beloved city.  Enemies arose and began to threaten Israel.  The king turned to Rome, an emerging power.  Eventually the guest turned against the host and Rome absorbed Israel.

The First Hanukkah: Zechariah 14:6-9, 16

The Jews preferred the date for their dedication celebration to be on the Feast of Tabernacles, the 15th day of the seventh month, the same date that King Solomon had dedicated the first Temple. 

The Real Miracle of Hanukkah: Psalm 31:1-8, 19-20, 23-24

As He had done in the past and continues to do today, God intervened and gave Judah a miraculous victory.  After three years of heroic fighting, the Jews regained their country from the oppressors and had self-rule for 100 years.

Unfulfilled Prophesy: Daniel 11:32b-35

This message is crucial for us today, because the prophesy of Daniel was NOT completely fulfilled by Antiochus and Judah Maccabee.  Although so many details are historical facts, there are details that remain for some time in the future.  After a deceptive season of peace this very charismatic man will turn against the God of Israel and His people.  This will be a time of great persecution unlike any other. The Bible calls this the time of Jacob’s Trouble.  Two thirds of the Jewish people will die as will many non-Jews who support Israel and follow Yeshua the Messiah of Israel.

Desecration of the Temple: Daniel 11:31,32a

Sadly, not all the Jews were against Antiochus.  Many were willing to forsake their Covenant relationship with God and did whatever it took to get ahead financially and socially.  There was a complete moral breakdown in society. There was a great cry against all restraints as people demanded “tolerance” of their sin.

Fury Against the Jews: Daniel 11:29-30

We don’t understand God’s ways.  It looked as though the enemy had retreated.  But instead, life got much worse for Israel.  Antiochus sought to divide the people.  He persecuted and tortured those who remained faithful to YHWH and extended favor and benefits to those who would turn away from God.

The Rise of the Evil One: Daniel 11:21

Daniel received a vision of Israel’s future in 539 B.C. but like most prophesies it foretold the future in several layers.  The first fulfillment began after the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.

The Beginning Daniel 10:1, 4-5a, 14

The story is foreshadowed in Daniel Chapters 10-12.  The prophecy is so accurate some people believe that it was written AFTER the event.  But the prophecy was not fully completed, evidence that it will be completely fulfilled in the future.

HISTORY: 336-175 B.C. 2 Kings 17:14-16

December 28th, the Jewish people (and some Christians) lit the first of the eight candles on the Hanukkah menorah. Actually there are nine candles, but one is always separated in some way.  That “special” candle is called “The Servant” candle.  The Servant candle is lit and then lights all the other candles. So now let’s consider the history of Hanukkah.

The Myth: 2 Chronicles 16:9a

Many people believe that Hanukkah celebrates a miraculous provision of a little bit of oil that lasted for eight days.  Hence, the holiday is celebrated for eight days and a candle is lit on each night.  While that might have happened, there is no historical record of such a miracle.