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The Meaning of Hanukkah

Posted By on December 14, 2012

As Hanukkah nears its end, it’s important to remember that the candles and gifts are just distractions. The true meaning of the celebration, important for Messianics and Jews, is VITAL for Christians.

With Hanukkah falling so close to Christmas, and sometimes overlapping, have you ever wondered if they are connected? It turns out they are…

About 175 years before the birth of our Messiah, the Greek empire occupied Israel.  As part of “Hellenization”, the Greeks outlawed many aspects of Jewish life. Resting and worshiping on the Sabbath were forbidden. Mothers risked certain death – for themselves and their children – by having their sons secretly circumcised. But Antiochus Epiphanes sparked revolt when he slaughtered a pig on the altar of the temple, in honor of the rebirth of the sungod at the winter solstice. The Maccabees — outarmed and outnumbered, chose to fight rather than submitting to eat this “Christmas Ham”. Their successful rebellion against the powerful Greek army set the stage for the cleansing and rededication of the temple, commemorated in Hanukkah.

At one time, Yah’s people risked death so that they could keep His commandments, and not defile themselves with unclean food sacrificed to idols. Today, your church teaches to ignore those same commandments, and instead embraces celebration of the sungod’s birthday at the winter solstice — December 25th when our Roman calendars were established.

“But IN VAIN they do worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:9.

“We ought to obey Yah rather than men.” Acts 5:29

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 1:3.


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