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Channukah and Spiritual Warfare (Part 1)


Channukah and Spiritual Warfare (Part 1)
James Scott Trimm

The Channukah story teaches us all about spiritual warfare and the Full Armor of Elohim.

There is special importance of wearing all the armor of Elohim imbedded in the events surrounding the first Channukah.

Recently the lost Hebrew text of 1st Maccabees has bee found and translated into English for the first time ever! ( In the Hebrew text of 1st Maccabees there are additional verses imbedded in the midst of 1Maccabees 7:33 including three verses which parallel 2Maccabees 15:1-5, 11. Especially interesting is the 6th of these verses which speaks of the full armor in referring to the Jews in Nicanor occupied Jerusalem, says:

And they put on the weapons of warfare,
and not chain mail and lances
but rather prayers and supplications.
(1Macc. 7:33g HRV parallels 2Macc. 15:11)

The Apocryphal book of 4th Maccabees deals with the martyrs who were oppressed under Antiochus Epiphanies. 4th Maccabees is a handbook on using the armor, especially in dealing with oppression. 4th Maccabees opens saying:

The word of philosophy that I am about to discuss before you:
If the true mind of shalom (peace) is sovereign to the fear
of Elohim. I am an upright adviser to you, that you should
pay earnest attention in philosophy.
(4Macc. 1:1 – HRV)

4th Maccabees then discusses the martyrdom of Eleazer saying:

No city besieged ever held out against
mighty vessels coming against its walls
and its various parts like this. He was
dressed in all the armor. For while his
soul was suffering, consumed by torture,
and by tribulation, and by burning, he
conquered the tribulation because of his
mind was fighting with the shield of truth.
(4Macc. 7:4 - HRV)

4th Maccabees discusses the martyrdom of Hanna and her seven sons saying:

Therefore put on the full armor of authority over the passions,
which belongs to the mind that fears Eloah.
(4Macc. 13:16 - HRV)

And finally concludes:

15:31 For like the ark of Noach, in the flood of all the world, were the throes within him. And he kept to the covenant and was sustained, and his strong word was fixed.
15:32 Thus also you keeper of the Torah, from every way overwhelmed with emotion you are drawn in and the violent winds of the torture of your sons, here and there weeping they blow. Strong is hope [over] the storm against shield of truth.
(4Macc. 15:31-32 HRV)

The 4th Book of the Maccabees is a guidebook to using all the armor of Elohim to overcome the Tribulation. Unfortunately the original Hebrew of this book has been lost, and the Aramaic version has never been translated into English (The HRV version will be the first English version based primarily on the Aramaic text).

As we said, in the Hebrew text of 1st Maccabees especially interesting is the additional verse which speaks of the full armor in referring to the Jews in Nicanor occupied Jerusalem, says:

And they put on the weapons of warfare,
and not chain mail and lances
but rather prayers and supplications.
(1Macc. 7:33g HRV parallels 2Macc. 15:11)

The festival of Channukah is a picture of the last days. I have written an entire book on that subject titled “Channukah and the Last Days” available at

The last days apostasy (2Thes. 2:3) parallels the Paganization of Israel (1Macc. 1:11-15).

The false prophet who causes people to follow the beast (Rev. 13:11-18; 19:20) parallels the purchase of the priesthood by a certain "Yeshua" who prefers to go by his Greek name "Jason" and who leads the people to adopt pagan customs. (2Macc. 4:1-22).

The beast of Rev. 13 commits the abomination of desolation referred to by Daniel. (Mt. 24:15; 2Thes. 2:1-4). This parallels the desecration of the Temple by Antiochus Epiphanies. (1Macc. 1:41-64 & 2Macc. 6:1-6).

In the last days there are three and one half years in which Y'hudah spends having fled into the wilderness. (Luke 21:20-24 & Rev. 12). This parallels the fact that Judas (Y'hudah) Maccabee and his family and allies to retreated into the Judean wilderness for three years.

In the last days Messiah who is both a Cohen (Priest) and a King prevails. In the Maccabean period Y'hudah who becomes both a Cohen (Priest) and a King ultimately prevailed.

In the last days a new Temple is dedicated (Ezek. 40-48) and Tabernacles is celebrated by the world in the Kingdom. (Zech. 14:16-19). In the Maccabean era the Temple was rededicated to YHWH with a belated celebration of Tabernacles. (1Macc. 4:36-61; 2Macc. 10:1-9).

In the last days only a small sealed remnant are found at Messiah's return (Rev. 12:17; Rev. 8)and the Ark reveals its position (2Macc. 2:4-8). By parallel in the days of the Maccabees only one bottle of oil sealed by the High Priest was found hidden in the Temple (b.Shabbat 21b).

Thus the martyrs of the Tribulation (Mt. 24:9-13, 29) parallel the martyrs of the Maccabean period (2Macc. 6:7-31; 7; 4Macc. 5-18). Like the last days martyrs of Revelation 12:11 they did not love their souls, even onto death.

Revelation tells us that in the last days there will be a major war in heaven between Micka'el and his angels, and HaSatan and his angels:

And there was war in heaven and Mikha'el and his angels
were fighting with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels
(Rev. 12:7 - HRV)

HaSatan will lose this heavenly war and be cast down to the earth:

8 And they did not prevail and no place was found for
them in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that head serpent who
is called 'Akel Kartza and HaSatan, who deceived the whole
earth. And he was cast out upon the earth and his angels were
cast out with him.
10 And I heard a great voice from heaven saying,
Behold, there is deliverance and power and the kingdom
of our Eloah, for the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accused them night and day before our Eloah.
(Rev. 12:8-10 - HRV)

But the next verse reveals to us that Torah Observant believers in Messiah will actually bring about Michael's victory:

11 And they overcame by the blood of the lamb
and through the word of his testimony;
and they did not love their own nefeshot,
even unto death.
(Rev. 12:11 - HRV)

We know this must refer to the Torah Observant believers, because they bring the victory about because "they did not love their own nefeshot (souls), even onto death". This cannot refer to angels.

How is it that Torah Observant believers in Messiah will impact this war? A clue is found in the Book of Daniel. In this book we read of a battle between Michael and the "Prince of the Kingdom of Paras (Persia)":

Then said he unto me: ` Fear not, Daniel;
for the first day that you did set your heart to understand,
and to humble yourself before your Elohim,
your words were heard; and I am come because
of your words. But the prince of the Kingdom of Paras
withstood me one and twenty days; but, behold, Mikha'el,
one of the chief princes, came to help
me; and I was left over there beside the kings of Paras.
(Dan. 10:12-13)

Daniel impacted this battle with intercessory prayer and fasting here on earth:

In those days I Daniel was mourning three whole weeks.
I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in
my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three
whole weeks were fulfilled."
(Dan. 10:2-3)

It should be noted that the message YHWH sent Daniel (Daniel 11) itself deals in parallel both with the rise of Antiochus Epiphanies and with the rise of the Anti-Messiah.

Now Paul tells us more specifically that putting on the full armor of Elohim allows us to participate in the same heavenly "struggle" with HaSatan through intercessory prayer:

10 Henceforth, my brothers, be strong in our Adon
and in the might of his power,
11 and put on all the armor of Eloah, so that you may be able to
stand against the strategies of 'Akel Kartza,
12 because your struggle is not with flesh and blood,
but with principalities and with authorities and with
the possessors of this dark world and with the evil spirits
that are under heaven.
13 Because of this, put on all the armor of Eloah that you may
be able to meet the evil one, and being prepared in everything,
you may stand firm.
14 Stand therefore, and gird up your loins with truth
and put on the breastplate of righteousness
15 And bind on your feet the preparation of the good news
of shalom.
16 And with these, take to you the shield of faith,
by which you will have power to quench all the fiery darts
of the wicked.
17 And put on the helmet of salvation and take hold of the
sword of the spirit, which is the word of Eloah.
18 And with all prayers, and with all petitions,
pray at all times in the spirit, and in prayer,
be watchful in every season while praying
continually and making supplication on behalf of all
the set-apart-ones,
(Eph. 6:10-18 HRV)

Revelation tells us that HaSatan will, having been defeated, come to earth to make war with those very Torah Observant believers who had brought about his defeat in the heavens:

12 Because of this, rejoice, [O] heavens
and those who dwell in them.
Woe to the earth and to the sea,
because the 'Akel Kartza, who has great fury,
has come down to them while knowing that the time
is short for him.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast upon the
earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the
male child.
14 And two wings of a great eagle were given to the woman
that she might fly to the wilderness to her place to be fed there
[for] a time, times, and half of a time, from before the face
of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast water as a river out of his mouth
after the woman that the water might cause her to be
carried away.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened
its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon cast out
of its mouth.
17 And the dragon was angry concerning the woman and
he went to wage war with the remnant of her seed, those
who keep the commandments of Eloah and have the
testimony of Yeshua.
(Rev. 12:12-17)

This is the three and one half years of the Great Tribulation. In the period leading up to this time and during this Tribulation, believers will, using all the armor of Elohim, help Michael defeat HaSatan. Remember this time parallels the time in which Judas Maccabee and the Chasidim were fighting gorilla warfare against Antiouchus Epiphanies in the Judean Hills.

(To be Continued )

(For more on Channukah and the Last Days see my book by that title at: also look for First Maccabees from an Old Hebrew Text as that same link)


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