Hanukkah: WWJD?

Hanukkah is not one of God’s (7) Appointed Times, in Leviticus 23.  However, like Thanksgiving, it does commemorate a historical event. After Alexandria the Great died, his kingdom was divided into four parts.  One of those parts was the Seleucid kingdom (Syria).. The history of Hanukkah is in the Book(s) of Maccabees, which is found in the Apocrypha.  While the Book of Maccabees is not Scripture, it is considered reliable history.

The Seleucid king Antiochus Epiphanes was anti-Semitic.  He outlawed circumcision and Sabbath observance and commanded Jews to worship Zeus.  He even sacrificed a pig on the altar in the Temple.  Is it any wonder that he is considered the anti-Christ prototype?  (Jesus alludes to this in Matthew 24: 15.)

The Maccabees led a revolt against Antiochus Epiphanes and won. Then the Jewish people purified the Temple.  They only had enough oil in the lamp stand to last one night, but it lasted eight nights. That’s why Hanukkah is considered a time of miracles.

WWJD?  He celebrated Hanukkah (John 10: 22, 23).  Hanukkah is known as the Feast of Dedication as well as the Festival of Lights. Another important day not listed in Leviticus 23 is Purim, which Jews celebrate in March to commemorate the historical account of Queen Esther saving her people from genocide by exposing Hamon’s plan to her husband. (Hamon, Antiochus Epiphanes, and Hitler had a lot in common.)

This year Hanukkah began at sundown  December 8. Remember, it is a time of miracles.  Happy Hanukkah!

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