Soon, the world will celebrate two different but linked holidays – Christmas and Hanukkah. As often happens, both holidays are entwined this year. The first candle of Hanukkah is lit at sundown on December 22. The last candle is lit at sundown on the 29th but the holiday continues until sundown on December 30, thus enveloping Christmas which is always on December 25.
Jews and Christians, those who follow and believe in Jesus and those who don’t will celebrate or at least enjoy the holiday.
Because everyone likes a party. They share in traditions, special food, concerts, gift giving and times with friends and family.
Regardless of our beliefs, we cannot ignore that Christmas celebrates God’s love through the miracle of God becoming a man circa 4.
The Hebrew prophet Isaiah described the miracle and the Messiah
Isaiah 9: 6-7
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
We know about Christmas, some might know the legend of Hanukkah, but not many people know the real story of Hanukkah.
What is Hanukkah? It is the celebration and commemoration of the miraculous victory the Lord gave Israel as she fought against the much larger and stronger Greek army of Antiochus IV.
The battle was not only against the political oppression of the Greeks, but the spiritual oppression and persecution of the Jewish way of life.
After their great victory, the warriors’ priority was to cleanse and rededicate the Temple of the Lord that had been defiled.
The understanding of Hanukkah is important for several reasons:
- Its prophetic implications for Israel and the world,
- Its warning to Israel of terrible coming events,
- Its personal exhortation and application to all people – especially those who love Yeshua the Messiah.
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For further understanding read, “Celebrating God’s Love: Christmas/Hanukkah; Fact and Fiction
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AND FOR ALL PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE THE GIFT OF GOD’S LOVE.