Summary: This week, Hanukkah will be celebrated by Jews all over the world this week. (AKA Feast of lights, Feast of Dedication) Although it is a special 8 days, the feast is not among those listed among the Lord’s Appointed Times in Lev. 23.
A This week, Hanukkah will be celebrated by Jews all over the world this week. (AKA Feast of lights, Feast of Dedication)
1 Although it is a special 8 days, the feast is not among those listed among the Lord’s Appointed Times in Lev. 23.
a Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of atonement, & Feast of Booths/Tabernacles..
b Despite it’s absence in the Torah (Moses’ Writing), we shouldn’t assume that Hanukkah is unbiblical.
c John 10.22-23
aa By the time Jesus comes to Jerusalem in John 10, Hanukkah had been observed for decades.
bb W/O a doubt, Jesus observed Hanukkah.
cc If Christians are looking for reasons to remember Hanukkah, the simple fact of Jesus having observed it is good enough reason alone.
2 I believe Daniel 8.21-25, reveals a prophetic vision of the events surrounding Hanukkah. (Even liberal scholars think this passage was written & added later due to the extreme clarity in the passage.)
B If we go back to 167 BC, the Jews were living under the oppression of a foreign power.
1 A few generations before, Alexander the Great had brought the world under one government & culture called Hellenism.
a After Alexander’s early death, four of his generals scrambled for power and Alexander’s kingdom was divided.
aa North (Seleucides/Syria)
bb South (Ptolemies/ Egypt)
cc Judea was stuck in the middle.
b Eventually, Judea fell into the hands of the Seleucides, under the leadership of Antiochus IV.
2 To unify his holdings, he made people assimulate into Hellenistic culture (arts, language, even religion)
a Not surprisingly, most people didn’t put up too much of a fight.
b Some of traditional Jews did!
aa Antiochus demanded Jews give up their customs, Sabbaths, circumsion of sons, feasts.
bb Told to shut up, give up, or die.
b To prove his point, Antiochus marched his troops into Jerusalem into the Temple.
aa Defiled the alter by sacrificing a pig on it.
bb Erecting an image of Zeus in the Holy Sanctuary.
c What Antiochus did was go out of his way to be Satanic, demonic in his desecration of the Temple was make God’s Temple to become totally unholy.
aa His glory/shekinah was gone.
bb In part to Israel’s unfaithfulness!
3 Daniel 8.21-22
a The first horn is Alexander, early death, rise of 4 generals.
b Split the empire among themselves.
c Daniel 8.23-25
aa According to the word given to Daniel, the focal point of this Hellenistic kingdom is the leader who would persecute the Jewish people.
bb Magnified himself, Epiphenes –God manifest.
C Although many of the Jewish people went along with the governments silencing them, there was a remnant who would not be silenced!
1 In a village called Modin, an old Godly priest by the name of Mattathias, w/ 5 sons.
a The Seleucide soldiers marched into town, erected an alter to perform a pagan ritual . . . that climaxed with the eating of swine.
b The soldiers choose Mattathias to perform the ceremony and that was enough!
aa Mattathias & his sons revolted, killing the soldiers, and sparking what would eventually lead to the re-taking of the Temple.