Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Category: Hanukkah

December 10: Hanukkah

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.

December 9 Hanukkah

By the time of the prophet Zechariah the holiday was highly symbolic of the Messianic Kingdom when the Messiah would rule from the Temple in Jerusalem.

December 8: Hanukkah

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.

December 7: Hanukkah

This message is crucial for us today, because the prophesy of Daniel was NOT completely fulfilled by Antiochus and Judah Maccabee.

December 6: Hanukkah

Antiochus hated the God of Israel and he, considering himself to be god, called himself Antiochus Epiphanies meaning “god in the flesh.”

December 5: Hanukkah

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.

December 4: Hanukkah

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.  Alexander divided his empire among four of his generals who for the next two hundred years fought over the land of Israel.  In 215 the Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV began to rule Israel. 

December 3: Hanukkah

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.

December 2: Hanukkah

Tonight the Jewish people (and some Christians) will light 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.

December 1: Hanukkah

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.