Thanksgiving and Hanukkah

English: Hanukkah menorah, known also as Hanuk...
English: Hanukkah menorah, known also as Hanukiah. Česky: Chanukový svícen chanukija (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day.  This a rare occurrence.

Other names for Hanukkah include the Feast of Dedication and the Festival of Lights.  Jesus celebrated the Feast of Dedication (John 10: 22-23).  The story of Hanukkah is recorded in the Apocrypha, which was written between the Old and New Testaments, and prophesied in Daniel 9.

The Maccabees led a revolt against Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who persecuted the Jews and desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabean victory over Antiochus IV Epiphanes.

Jesus viewed Antiochus IV Epiphanes as the prototype of the antichrist to come in the last days.  In Matthew 24: 15 NIV, he says, “So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

Hanukkah is key to understanding the End Times in the Book of Revelation.

Like the snowflake, the Star of David ( a national, not a religious symbol) is six-sided.  This short video features Star of David snowflakes.  Happy Thankshanukkah!

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It rains fish in desert places when God gets ready to bless you!

I love this article. It brings many verses to mind, including this one: “O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Thy name in all the earth” (Psalm 8: 1).

Walter Bright

I am about to tell you a true story that will blow your mind. The country is Australia. The town is Lajamanu and it is about 400 miles south of Darwin and Alice Springs, almost on the edge of  the Tanami Desert in Australia’s northern territory. It was sometime in April or March of 2010 that hundreds of fish began to fall from the sky as rain fell over the town. Residents of this desert community were left speechless as fish – some frozen, others still alive fell from the sky. For seven days they ran all around town collecting buckets of fish  that had fallen from the sky.

A brief look at history will tell us that this incident was not unique to this Australian town:

  • In the 1st century there were storms of frogs and fishes.
  • In 1794 French soldiers reported toads falling from the sky.
  • In 1857: Sugar crystals as big as quarter  of an…

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Did Paul Follow the Law of Moses?

PAUL OBSERVED GOD’S APPOINTED TIMES (Leviticus 23)

Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem.  But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down (Acts 13; 13-14 NASB).

For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible on the day of Pentecost (Acts 20: 16 NASB).

As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead.  “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ” (Acts 17: 2-3 NIV).

Every Sabbath he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks” (Acts 18: 4 NIV).

We [Paul and others] sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread [Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread], and came to them at Troas within five days; and there we stayed seven days (Acts 20: 6 NASB).

Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast [Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement] (Acts 27: 9 NIV).

English: Acts of the Apostles 28:30-31
English: Acts of the Apostles 28:30-31 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PAUL WAS FALSELY ACCUSED OF TEACHING JEWS TO ABANDON THE LAW OF MOSES

After we arrived in Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.  And the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.  After he had greeted them, he began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.  And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law; and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.  What, then, is to be done:  They will certainly hear that you have come.  Therefore do this that we tell you.  We have four men who are  under a vow; take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law (Acts 21: 17-24 NASB).

The Fourth Commandment

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THE SABBATH IS LINKED TO CREATION

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy (Exodus 20: 8-11 NASB).

MAKE THE SABBATH A DELIGHT

If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure, And speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the LORD, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken (Isaiah 58: 13-14 NASB).

WHO CAN CELEBRATE THE SABBATH?

So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.  It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed (Exodus 31: 16-17 NASB).

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will surely separate me from His people (Isaiah 56: 3a).  Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, To minister to Him, and to love the name of the LORD, To be His servants, everyone who keeps from profaning the sabbath, And holds fast My covenant; Even those I will bring to my holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer (Isaiah 56: 6-7a NASB).

“And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD (Isaiah 66: 23 NASB).

The sabbath is a celebration, not a penalty.  “Ride on the heights of the earth.”

English: the 4th Commandment on Nash Papyrus &...
English: the 4th Commandment on Nash Papyrus “Remember the Sabbath” row 9, words 5-8. in Hebrew script: “zahor et yom ha’shabat”. similar to Exodus 20:7 Egypt, 2nd century CE עברית: הדיבר הרביעי מעשרת הדברות בפפירוס נאש, “זכור את יום השבת” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*Regarding the Ten Commandments, see Exodus 20: 1-17; Jeremiah 31: 31-33; 2 Corinthians 3: 2-3; Hebrews 10: 16; Hebrews 8: 10.

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