Most jews and christians do not realize Hanukkah is mentioned in the bible and that Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ) celebrated Hanukkah. I recently learned this in my own personal studies. That happens in John 10:22 where it says “feast of dedication” is one word in greek. The greek word is “Egkainia” Strong’s number 1456 “Egkainia” is defined as “dedication, consecration in particular the annual feast celebrated eight days beginning in the 25th of Chislev (also spelled Kislev) (middle of our December), instituted by Judas Maccabaeus [164 BC] in memory of the cleansing of the temple from the pollution of Antiochus Epiphanes.” The 25th of Kislev is the first day of Hanukkah! It is also my mother’s hebrew birthday as an interesting side note.
The story of Hanukkah is not spoke of anywhere in the Christian bible. However in John 10:22-42 it speaks of Yeshua celebrating hanukkah. It was celebrated much differently back then than how it is celebrated today. The point of this blog is now how to celebrate but what to celebrate. Hanukkah is not mentioned in “The Tanach”. For all non-jews and people not familiar with judaism “The Tanach” is the jewish bible. It is the same thing as the old testament, just more accurate in how it is translated and the books are in the proper order. The books of first and second maccabees are important historical books but was never considered holy scripture by anyone other than the catholic church. Hanukkah has never been considered mitzvah. Mitzvah simply means commanded by YHWH.
Yeshua celebrated hanukkah and there was an important event in the messianic scriptures that connects hanukkah with christian life. I believe that the churches should celebrate hanukkah and get rid of christmas. If you are familiar with my work you will know that I have hated christmas for many years. I refuse to partake in that pagan celebration. If you read John 10:22-42 you will see there is a very important story of rededication being told in this story. It is something we should take the time to remember during hanukkah as well as the events of the Maccabees. Hanukkah is a time that we can take to rededicate ourselves to our faith, much like a marital vow renewal ceremony!
That passage in John speaks of how during the Hanukkah celebration that people seemed happy believing that Yeshua could be the messiah. It was a joyful time and when Yeshua spoke to them it enraged them because he did not just claim to be the messiah but also the son of God. That sounded like blasphemy to those people. They were looking for a political messiah to overthrow Rome, not a spiritual messiah to save their souls. Somewhere deep down they believed Yeshua could be the messiah and was trying to goad Yeshua into proving his political power during hanukkah. That is very powerful symbolism. The first hanukkah was a time that the maccabees took back the temple from an evil political power. Time is “kadosh” or holy to jews and it has always been considered holy to jews. What better day for a political messiah to over throw Rome than during hanukkah?
Yeshua had explained that he was the messiah and referenced his good works and miracles for proof of that. After Yeshua explained everything the people in the temple were enraged and tried to stone him for what they considered blasphemy. They viewed him as a blasphemous man: Who was claiming to be the messiah of the souls of men and the son of God. Not the political messiah they had been looking for to bring in the destruction of Rome! Rome is not going to be destroyed until the end of the tribulation. That belief will sadly cause many jews to except the anti-christ as the political messiah many of them have been looking for. Yeshua escaped from their wicked acts and avoided being stoned miraculously. He fled beyond Jordan for the sake of his life to the wilderness where John had been baptizing.
Here is the important part of this story. Many who tried to stone him repented and was dedicated to the messiah during that time. Reading verse 41 it says many came to him there and proclaimed him as the messiah. That is modern day versions that use words like “many came” or “many resorted”. The word “came” or “resorted” in the original greek is “Erchomai” which means “to follow one”. That scripture should more properly read “many followed him”. They followed him to the place that he fled too. The ones that followed him realized the only reason he escaped was because YHWH had been with him. Otherwise he would have been stoned for committing blasphemy in the temple of YHWH!
That passage is speaking of a story of forgiveness and rededication from an act of desecration for trying to stone the messiah in the temple during hanukkah. It follows along the same theme as the story of the Maccabees (Rededication after desecration). To desecrate means to treat a sacred place, person or thing in a violent and/or disrespectful way. To threaten to stone the messiah in the temple would have been a spirit of desecration. If someone truly committed blasphemy in the temple had they not been stoned, YHWH would have struck that person dead. The people knew that very well. The ones who realized what they had done repented of that sin and dedicated themselves to Yeshua. Considering Hanukkah is 8 days long, it is a very possible that they arrived and repented in that place during Hanukkah! Even though the scriptures does not make it clear the time frame on which the fleeing and following happened: It is to be assumed it was relatively close in time from the time Yeshua fled during hanukkah, to the time the ones who followed him and repented arrived in that place.
The spirit of desecration and rededication is a strong theme throughout the books of the maccabees and the story of hanukkah. The spirit of desecration and rededication is a very strong theme throughout end times prophecy as well. End times prophecy foretells of a time when the anti-christ will desecrate a rebuilt temple. He will bring in religious persecutions of all who refuse to except the anti-christ and his one world religion. It is a time when all people will accept either the anti-christ as their messiah or Yeshua Hamashiach as messiah. The jewish people will be split during that time. Once every last person has accepted one or the other, armageddon will begin! Then when those who have excepted Yeshua Hamashiach as their saviour cry out and ask for his return. Yeshua will come back to defeat the armies of the anti-christ and set up the millennial kingdom!
A spirit of desecration already resides in our modern day society and in most churches. That spirit of desecration is paving the way for the spirt of desecration that will reign during the end times. People disrespect the christian and jewish faiths greatly in modern society. It is even worse that the desecration of other false gospels are in the churches causing most professing christians to embrace post-christian teachings and/or behaviors. Atheism has taken hold of a big portion of the jewish people. I praise all real jews that have not turned their back on the God of Israel and the Torah! Just like I praise all true believers in Yeshua for standing firm in the faith against such great odds.
In the secular media the God of Israel and all belief in Yeshua are mocked and ridiculed. They are desecrated publicly with large numbers of so called believers supporting and even laughing about the desecration. Movies and TV shows like “Bruce Almighty”, “Little Nicky”, “South Park”, “Family Guy,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” just to name a few that desecrate what is holy or kadosh if you prefer that word. I know a preacher who list “Family Guy” as one of his favorite shows. All the while it desecrates what is holy and is a show made in the spirit of desecration! The examples of movies and shows that do such is extremely long. I just named the first ones that popped in my head. A spirit of desecration controls Hollywood, Monsanto, Washington DC, Vatican City, London, the UN, and many other places and groups of people.
I encourage all of my readers if you have not already forsaken Christmas please do so now. I encourage you all to celebrate Hanukkah instead! It is late May as I am typing this. It gives you plenty of time to research and prepare for the proper holy day to celebrate. Shalom! Godspeed!
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