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Channukah is not just a Jewish holiday, it is a key to prophetic events of the last days. Embedded within the Channukah story are elements foreshadowing the apostasy, the abomination of desolation, the Great Tribulation the Anti-Messiah, the martyrs of the tribulation, the false prophet, the remnant, the return of Messiah and the Messianic Kingdom to come.

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Comment by Lew White on November 13, 2011 at 10:58am

Hannukah has "restoration" all over it, and when I get the chance I'm ordering a copy of James' book.

Comment by Phillip Hawley on November 15, 2011 at 11:45am

I don't put much stock in man-made traditions, no matter how noble the intent or how long-standing the practice. For instance Christmas doesn't carry much weight with me either.  I don't recall the Messiah validating the feast of the Dedication in anything that He said or did. There were however, several chapters that surround its mention in John 10 where He corrected and rebuked many for their man-centric foibles and follies. Now that is an interesting read...

Comment by James Trimm on November 15, 2011 at 1:13pm
Comment by Phillip Hawley on November 16, 2011 at 9:01am

1. Yeshua observed Channukah. This simply has no basis in fact. Contrary to your assertions, there is not the slightest indication in scripture that Messiah observed the feast of the Dedication. He attended. Period. Just as he attended numerous other venues where people gathered. He came to teach. He was present at harvests, when fishing fleets came to port and at markets. While all of the activities of these groups of farmers, fishermen and merchants were used illustratively in His teachings, I wouldn’t characterize His attendance at any of these occasions as particularly prophetic - even though His teachings were. Indecently, His teachings that surrounded this man-made event as recorded in the Book of John were primarily in the form of corrections and rebukes to those in charge of directing the people. Now there is some context for you...

Comment by Phillip Hawley on November 16, 2011 at 9:02am

2. The Scripture instructs us to observe Channukah. Really? While you may regard 1st and 2nd Maccabees as canonical, they are not Torah ("Instructions") or Nevi'im ("Prophets"). They do not rise to the level of the instructions of the Most High. They are Ketuvim ("Writings") and are primarily historical record. Though there are legitimate prophets and their instruction recorded in the Writings, I don’t see much of that going on in Maccabees. Gee, there are numerous accounts in the Writings that depict evil. This through legitimate ‘judges’ that had the priesthood of the day in their proverbial pockets; Levites and judges of Israel doing and authorizing despicable things. Does that mean that we should run right out and start worshipping idols and false gods? Probably not. It is easy to go wrong by following the traditions of man. And there are plenty of examples of these man-made ordinances and traditions recorded in the Writings. But you can NEVER go wrong by following the Torah ("Instructions") of YHVH. He is not a man that He should lie. It is proven that halacha and tradition often contradict Torah. But Torah does not contradict Torah. It is the standard by which all things are to be measured.

Comment by Phillip Hawley on November 16, 2011 at 9:04am

3. The Beit Din as Empowered by the Torah Established Channukah as Halachah. Now this is a topic that has led many astray. I subscribe to the notion that the ‘judges of Israel’ were to follow Torah in their judgments instead of creating new laws willy nilly (laws that were convenient for them, though not so much for Israel as Messiah repeatedly noted). I do not believe that these ‘judges and Levites’ had Carte Blanche to create new appointed times or new ordinances that had nothing to do with the proper application of Torah. Any student of the truth does not have to look very far to discern the nature of these ‘judges’ (read kings) and High Priests that founded the Hasmonean dynasty. How many of the Maccabees were of the line of David? How many were of the linage Zadok (whose name means Righteous)? The answer is none. Halacha that contradicts Torah should not be observed according to the Master (remember, He said, ‘Follow Me’). So what happens when Halacha even contradicts Halacha as is the case with the Maccabees? Is not the king to come from the tribe of Judah according to Torah? Is he not the lawful judge of Israel? Is not the High Priest to come from the linage of Zadok according to prophecy and halacha? Which among Mattathias, Judas Maccabeus, Jonathan Maccabeus, Simon Maccabeus, John Hyrcanus, Aristobulus I, Alexander Jannaeus, Salome Alexandra, Hyrcanus II, Aristobulus II, Antigonus, Aristobulus III met the requirements of Torah, prophecy or halacha? Is is any wonder that the Temple Priests (‘Sadducees’ or ‘Zadokim’[Righteous Ones]) in the days of Messiah were referred to as the ‘self-righteous ones’ by the people? They were political appointments, just like in the time of the Hasmonean dynasty. Hallacha? Really?

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