A strange and wonderful event took place this November, that is said, will not happen again for 79,000 years. Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fell on the same day this year. The 25th of Kislev is Hanukkah and because of the Jewish lunar cycle being different from the Solar Gregorian cycle, the 25th of Kislev changes yearly during the months of November and December.
A continual light in the darkness
It is said that if you want to know the end from the beginning, one must go back to the beginning. So if we look to the beginning, we find God commanding Israel to keep a perpetual light burning in the temple.
Exodus 27:20-21 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.
This then is a prophetic picture painted by God of “the Light of the world” residing in a temple not made of hands, i.e. our bodies. Let us therefore let our light so shine that it will give glory to our Father who is in heaven.
Solomon Dedicating the Temple
Now Daniel prophesied about what would precede the Hanukkah that took place around 164 years before the birth of Yeshua.
Daniel 8:3-9 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. (two horns on the ram represents two kingdoms, Media and Persia) I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.
And as I was considering, behold, an he goat (king of Greece Alexander the Great) came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. (a great king) And he came to the ram that had two horns, (Media and Persia) which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.
Therefore the he goat waxed very great: (Alexander conquered the known world) and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; (he died at the young age of 32 in 323 BC) and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. (Four of Alexander’s generals divided the then known world into four kingdom’s) And out of one of them came forth a little horn, (the little horn has been identified as Antiochus Epipthanes of Syria) which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. (Israel) Parenthesis is mine for a clearer understanding.
Hanukkah is a Tradition
Although Hanukkah was not one of the required feast days, it has become a tradition. Because one hundred and sixty plus years before the birth of Jesus the temple had been rededicated after it had been desecrated by the evil Emperor Antiochus Epiphanies of Syria. The Temple had been desecrated three years prior to the dedication. Antiochus thinking that he was a living and walking god emptied the Temple in Jerusalem of all its holy treasures and set up an Idol on the altar in the Temple. He brought into the Temple a statute of Greek god Zeus. Zeus was known to be the king of heaven and thunder. Zeus was also known to be very erotic. He was an affront to the religious Jews.
From the book of Maccabees we read:
After Antiochus had defeated Egypt in the year one hundred and fortythree [circa 170 BCE], he returned and went up to Israel and to Jerusalem with a strong force. He insolently invaded the sanctuary and took away the golden altar, the lampstand for the light with all its fixtures, the offering table, the cups and the bowls, the golden censers, the curtain, the crowns, and the golden ornament on the façade of the temple. He stripped off everything, and took away the gold and silver and the precious vessels; he also took all the hidden treasures he could find. Taking all this, he went back to his own country, after he had spoken with great arrogance and shed much blood. And there was great mourning for Israel, in every place where they dwelt. (1 Maccabees 1:20–25)
He further desecrated the Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar. This evil Emperor set new laws in place that were punishable by death. The Jews were told to worship idols, stop studying the Torah, to give up the observance of the Sabbath and to stop following the commandments. Unfortunately, many Jews chose to assimilate into the culture of the Syrians. Horrific stories are told about this evil time, for instances, mother’s were told not to circumcise their male babies. If a mother went against this edict, the child would be killed and hung around the mother’s neck as punishment. Those Jews that refused to obey the new laws either fled or were put to death.
It took three years for a small band of religious freedom fighters lead by Judah Maccabee to overtake the Syrian army that they were fiercely outnumbered by.
An elderly Levi priest named Mattahias decided to stand up against the mightiest known army of the day. He and his five sons gathered together with many others to fight for their beliefs. Mattahias’ son Judah led this band of freedom fighters after the death of his father. Although they were outnumbered seven to one, they never-the-less, prevailed and defeated the mighty army of Antiochus.
Victorious, the Maccabees went to the Temple to re-light the eternal lamp and to make the Temple holy again. They found however that there was only enough oil to last for one day. The process of making more oil would take eight days. They lit the lamp and went about the business of sanctifying more oil when a miracle took place. The eternal lamp kept burning for the entire eight days until the new oil was ready. The re-dedication of the Temple took place exactly three years to the day from the time that it had been desecrated by Antiochus. From that day forward, the Jews celebrate Hanukkah in memory of the miracle that God did keeping the eternal light burning in the Temple for eight days on one day’s supply.
Sound the Alarm !!!!!
"Blow you the trumpet in Zion,
and sound an alarm in my holy mountain:
let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for the day of the LORD comes,
for it is near at hand" Joel 2:1