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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