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FESTIVALS of the GOD of ABRAHAM

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Dedication

HANUKKAH

Hanukkah has rich meaning for us in several ways:
1. It is the 8-day celebration of the cleansing of the Temple from its defilement by Antiochus Epiphanies, acknowledging the miracle of the one-day supply of oil for the Temple menorah that lasted 8 days.
2. It is a time of reflection, and cleansing ourselves from any "defilement" of our own "Temple of God" which is the local assembly, particularly from participation in pagan practiced (including Christmas).
3. Antiochus' defilement of the Temple in Jerusalem, called by Daniel the "abomination of desolation," will occur again according to Jesus (Matt. 24:15), to be followed by its cleansing at Christ's return. Hanukkah is therefore a time to look forward to Christ's Kingdom.
4. We also find symbolic meaning in the 8 oil lamps, representing 8 millennia, since "a day with the Lord is as a thousand years." Man's time under the curse is limited to six "Days," with Christ's coming Kingdom being the seventh "Day" Sabbath Rest. This is to be followed by the 8th Day, which goes on beyond measured time. Thus, each night when we light the lamp, we acknowledge the "light" (revelation knowledge) that Christ communicated to mankind during each millennia: (1) through Adam; (2) through Noah; (3) through Abraham; (4) through David; (5) through Christ & His Apostles; (6) through the holy Breath empowering the local assembly; (7) through Christ's Kingdom on earth; (8) through the Father Himself dwelling among men for eternity.

Jesus was born on Rosh Hashanah, September 22, 4BC (Gregorian Calendar), which is the Festival of Trumpets and the anniversary of Day 1 or Creation week. Calculating back from this date, the human gestation period from conception to birth being 266 days, the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary would have been on December 30, 5BC (Gregorian, inclusive reckoning). This was Day 5 of Hanukkah in 5 BC, the day which represents Christ Himself bringing light into the world.
Resources:
  • Christmas or Hanukkah?
  • Eight Hanukkah Prayers & Readings for Family Worship
  • Hanukkah Suggestions
  • Dreidel Game Cards
  • Audio: 2013