Hanukkah: a prelude to Christmas | David Brickner

(Hanukkah begins at sundown on 6 December this year and continues for 8 days.)

From Zola Levitt.com

That’s right, without Hanukkah there would be no Christmas. Yet Hanukkah, also known as the “Feast of Dedication” or the “Festival of Lights,” is not among the holidays God commanded Israel to celebrate in the Old Testament. In fact, you will only find one mention of the holiday in the Bible: “Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the Temple, in Solomon’s porch.” (John 10:22-23)

Jesus chose to be in the Temple during this festival. The startling statement He made there is best understood against the background of this feast.

Hanukkah commemorates events that took place during the inter-testamental period, that gap between the Old and New Testaments. The Jewish people were under foreign domination, ruled by the Syrian king Antiochus, who forced them to abandon their culture and religion.

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Why and how to celebrate Chanukah | D. Thomas Lancaster

from Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship

hannukahmenorahChanukah is an important, prophetic story predicted in detail by the prophet Daniel. In that sense, Chanukah is a biblical festival, even though it was not instituted until after the last book of the Old Testament had been written. It is also mentioned in the New Testament. Yeshua went to the Temple for the Feast of Chanukah.

Yeshua talked about Chanukah. He warned his disciples that the things that happened in the story of Chanukahwould happen again (Mark 13:13-16 and 24:15-18). To understand what he was saying, his disciples had to know the story of Chanukah. If Yeshua talked about the story of Hanukah and his disciples knew the story, do you think it should matter to us?

Chanukah is a story of religious persecution and standing up for your faith in God. Yeshua tells us we can expect persecution, but he also tells us that we must stand firm in our faith.

Chanukah celebrates the Festival of the Light of the World. It celebrates the relighting of the Menorah Lamp stand that burned in God’s Holy Temple. The Menorah Lamp stand was called the “Light of the World.” Yeshua said, “I am the Light of the world,” and another time he told his disciples, “You are the light of the world.”

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