22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. John 10:22-23
Over 2000 years ago, before Christ, (the 3600s by Hebrew calendar), Israel was controlled by Syria (who was basically controlled by Rome). Long story shorter: the Syrian king Antiochus IV decreed an end to the Jewish religion. All Jewish practices were forbidden, punishable by death. A group of brave and faithful Jews called the Maccabees revolted against Antiochus and fought to reclaim Jerusalem and the temple. Although vastly outnumbered, the Maccabees prevailed. That is Miracle One. The Maccabee army’s leader, Judah, found the temple vandalized and cluttered with Syrian idols. He and his men cleaned out the temple and built a new altar. They rededicated the temple on the 25th of Kislev and lit the Menorah. Miracle Two is they found only ONE DAY’S worth of pure, undefiled, oil with which to light the Menorah. It takes several days to purify the oil and once lit, the candlestick is not to go out! Still, they lit it anyway and that one day’s supply of oil continued to burn for EIGHT DAYS, until new oil was available. The event is commemorated as the Festival of Dedication, or the Festival of Lights, aka Hanukkah.
It’s an amazing story and one I had never heard until last year! Below are three videos in a series by Jacob Prasch concerning Hanukkah. He not only tells the history of the holiday, but he does a wonderful job relating it to Bible prophecy of the last days. He challenges all of us to be a Maccabee and stand up for the Truth no matter what. The special “prayers” recited during Hanukkah has to do with ” “delivering the strong into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few… the wicked into the hands of the righteous.” (linked below)
I recommend taking the time to listen to these videos. Not only are they informative, but also encouraging. To read a more complete history of Hanukkah and how it is celebrated today, click this link: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102978/jewish/The-Story-of-Chanukah.htm
Also, just FYI: Hanukkah this year begins on December 24th and ends January 1st.
Are you weary of videos pertaining to September yet? I realize that as more and more articles and videos are put out surrounding this date, that the more people may “see” a connection that may be nothing more than coincidental. That is if you believe in coincidences. I’m not sure I do. Has September been overanalyzed? Is all this hype just setting a lot people up to be disappointed? Only time will tell of course.
Despite all this, I present to you another video. This one takes a different angle in that it shows how the 9/22-9/23 numbers show up in natural disasters and other events from the past decade or so. Foreshadowing? God trying to warn us? We will see.
Personally, I WANT to go home ASAP; but I don’t want to be found sleeping on the job, so I will continue to look up and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading until He comes.