Many people believe Hanukkah is just for the Jews and that it’s not for Christians. I have also heard that Hanukkah isn’t even mentioned in the Bible. Hanukkah is actually mentioned all throughout the the Bible. First lets start with some history on Hanukkah and we will see that Daniel foretold of Hanukkah almost 300 years before it happened.
Daniel 11:4 "Daniel's prophecy provides the reader with details leading up to the emergence of the evil Syrian king in the Hanukkah story, namely Antiochus IV. It was this Antiochus ("Epiphanes") who "began to openly persecute the Jews" (Parsons) around 167 B.C.E. "Among other atrocities, Antiochus appointed a Hellenistic 'High Priest' to the Temple, prohibited the study of the Torah, and desecrated the altar by requiring pigs to be sacrificed on it" (Parsons).
When the Second Temple in Jerusalem was looted and services stopped, Judaism was outlawed. In 167 BCE, Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned brit milah (circumcision) and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple.
Antiochus's actions provoked a large-scale revolt. Mattathias (Mattityahu), a Jewish priest, and his five sons Yochanan, Simeon, Eleazar, Jonathan, and Judah led a rebellion against Antiochus. It started with Mattathias killing first, a Jew who wanted to comply with Antiochus's order to sacrifice to Zeus, and then a Greek official who was to enforce the government's behest (1 Mac. 2, 24–25). Judah became known as Yehuda HaMakabi ("Judah the Hammer"). By 166 BCE Mattathias had died, and Judah took his place as leader. By 165 BCE the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted to celebrate this event. Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels to be made. According to the Talmud, unadulterated and undefiled pure olive oil with the seal of the kohen gadol (high priest) was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that one flask was found with only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil for the menorah. An eight-day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle.
We see Hanukkah all throughout the Bible, Hanukkah means Dedication and the bible says that we are the Temple, so just as the Maccabees rededicated the Temple, we to must rededicate our lives to Messiah Yeshua. We see in John 1:4-5 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The menorah represents Messiah Yeshua, now we use the 7 branch menorah, due to the fact, we can find no scriptural verse for the making of an 8 or 9 branch menorah
The designs for the Menorah were given to Moses by God in:
Exodus 25.:31 "You are to make a menorah of pure gold. It is to be made of hammered work; its base, shaft, cups, ring of outer leaves and petals are to be of one piece with it. 32 It is to have six branches extending from its sides, three branches of the menorah on one side of it and three on the other. 33 On one branch are to be three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a ring of outer leaves and petals; likewise on the opposite branch three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a ring of outer leaves and petals; and similarly for all six branches extending from the menorah. 34 On the central shaft of the menorah are to be four cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with its ring of outer leaves and petals. 35 Where each pair of branches joins the central shaft is to be a ring of outer leaves of one piece with the pair of branches -thus for all six branches. 36 The rings of outer leaves and their branches are to be of one piece with the shaft. Thus the whole menorah is to be a single piece of hammered work made of pure gold. 37 "Make seven lamps for the menorah, and mount them so as to give light to the space in front of it. 38 Its tongs and trays are to be of pure gold. 39 The menorah and its utensils are to be made of sixty-six pounds of pure gold.
When Yeshua sits down with his disciples, he explains to them in:
Luke 24:27 and beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Yeshua told them that everything Moses wrote was actually about Him.
There are a total of 7 lamps. Seven is the number of completion. The 7 branches of the lamp stand represent the sevenfold Ruach (Spirit) of Elohim (God). Only pure olive oil was used in the menorah. Olive oil is a type of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
The cups to hold oil look like Almond blossoms. The almonds in the golden menorah in the tabernacle is a type of the fruitfulness which will characterize that one who sheds abroad the light of life in his life. Each one who dwells in the Kodesh (holy) place holds forth the Memra (Word) of Life, and brings light to those who sit in darkness. They symbolize the fruit-bearing believer. It is possible that the cups were holders for little oil lamps. The cups represent the great provision of the Spirit.
The menorah also represents the 7 feast days of YHVH which Yeshua has fulfilled the first 4
1) Passover… pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb whose blood would be shed for our sins. Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover, at the same time that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.
2) Unleavened Bread… pointed to the Messiah's sinless life, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Yeshua’ - Jesus' body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.
3) First Fruits… pointed to the Messiah's resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Yeshua (Jesus) was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in 1 Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”
4) Harvest - Shavuot or Pentecost… pointed to the great harvest of souls, both Jew and Gentile that would come into the kingdom of God during the Church Age. The Church was actually established on this day when the Messiah poured out the Holy Spirit and 3,000 souls responded to Peter's first proclamation of the Gospel.
The last three which Yeshua still has to fulfill are
5) Rosh HaShanah / Feast of Trumpets or Feast of Blowing— points to the Rapture when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a Bridegroom coming for His bride, the called out ones, the 144,000 (12,000 from each tribe). The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet, which we also read the Hebrew Idom pointing to when Yeshua will return for His bride in the B'rit Chadasha, where He speaks of His return as "the day that no man knows the day or the hour", pointing to feast of Trumpets because it could fall on one of three days, depending on the New Moon! (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:52)
6) Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement… points to the day of the Second Coming of Messiah when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah. (Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:1-6; 25-36)
7) Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Sukkot— points to YHVH's promise that He will once again dwell or Sukkot (tabernacle) with His people, once He returns to reign over all the world from the New Jerusalem. (Micah 4:1-7)
Lastly the Menorah points to the light of the World who is Messiah Yeshua.
The Jewish Talmud gives evidence to Messiah Yeshua being the light of the world and how the Menorah is a shadow of Messiah Yeshua, the one in whom the kingdom was intended for.
The most important lamp of the seven candle-stick Menorah in the Temple went out, and would not shine. Every night for 40 years (over 12,500 nights in a row) the main lamp of the Temple lampstand (menorah) went out of its own accord no matter what attempts and precautions the priests took to safeguard against this event!
Earnest Martin states:
"This 'western lamp' was to be kept lit at all times. For that reason, the priests kept extra reservoirs of olive oil and other implements in ready supply to make sure that the 'western lamp' (under all circumstances) would stay lit. But what happened in the forty years from the very year Messiah said the physical Temple would be destroyed? Every night for forty years the western lamp went out, and this in spite of the priests each evening preparing in a special way the western lamp so that it would remain constantly burning all night!" (The Significance of the Year CE 30, Ernest Martin, Research Update, April 1994, p.4).
Again, the odds against the lamp continually going out are astronomical. Something out of the ordinary was going on. The "light" of the Menorah representing contact with God, His Spirit, and His Presence was now removed. This special demonstration occurred starting with the crucifixion of the Messiah!
It should be clear to any reasonable mind that there is no natural way to explain all these four signs connected with the year 30 CE. The only possible explanation has to be supernatural.
After 30 CE, and the death of the Messiah, great trouble and awesome trials began to come upon the Jewish nation. Yeshua Himself foretold it. As He was led away to be crucified, Yeshua warned the women of Jerusalem:
When we take an objective look at the events of 30 CE, who can doubt that it was indeed the true year of the crucifixion and resurrection of the true Messiah God sent to Israel? Who can deny that He is the one and only true Messiah? Who else has fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old Testament — including the amazing prophecy of Daniel 9 and the ''70 weeks,'' coming at the very year predicted for the Messiah to appear?
John 1:7-9 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God."
John 5:35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
John 12:35-36 Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
The name Enoch means to dedicate, just as Enoch dedicated his life and was raptured, we too must dedicate our lives to YHVH. We see
The son of Jared and father of Methuselah. ( Genesis 5:21 ) ff.; Luke 3:37 (B.C. 3378-3013.) In the Epistle of Jude ( Jude 1:14 ) he described as "the seventh from Adam;" and the number is probably noticed as conveying the idea of divine completion and rest, while Enoch was himself a type of perfected humanity. After the birth of Methuselah it is said, ( Genesis 5:22-24 ) that Enoch "walked with God three hundred years... and he was not; for God took him." The phrase "walked with God" is elsewhere only used of Noah, ( Genesis 6:9 )
Now we know that YHVH declared the End from the beginning Isaiah 46:10 From the beginning I predicted the outcome; long ago I foretold what would happen.
There is nothing new under the sun, what happened in the Tanakh will happen again
Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has happened before will happen again. What has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new in the whole world.
Colossians 2:17These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Messiah.
Just as moses was placed in a basket and sent down the river to Egypt because pharaoh was killing the Israelite Babies. Yeshua was sent into Egypt due to Herod killing all the babies trying to make sure the King didn’t enter the world.
Just as pharaoh had to lose his firstborn son, so the Israelite's could be freed during the Exodus. YHVH gave up His first born son, so we could be freed from the kingdom of Darkness.
The Eighth Day (The number eight in scriptures means new beginnings)
2 Chronicles 7:9
And in the eighth day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days
Leviticus 23:36 "Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein."
Numbers 29:35 "On the eighth day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:"
Instances and examples of number eight:
- ordination of priests Leviticus 8:33
- circumcision at baby boy's 8th day Leviticus 12:3
- leprosy Leviticus 14:7-9
-woman after childbirth & menstruation Lev 12:2
- Eight people saved from flood begin new life Genesis 8:18
King david was the eighth son of Jesse and he was a shadow of Yeshua
From all these scriptures we clearly see the 8th day is a 'day' of new beginnings and points to the resurrection and completeness 7 + 1= 8 We deduce that the 8th day of Sukkot or the feast of Tabernacles is prophetic of a future new beginning.
Matt 25:1-10"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. "And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
(John 7). The manifestation of the sons of God are those who won't have their sinful nature anymore and will be empowered with the Word of God and the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 61), they inherit the FIRSTBORN BIRTHRIGHT which is a DOUBLE PORTION .
Luke 15:8-10 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!' Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Slide 8: 2 Peter 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
Revelation 21:23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
Daniel speaks of the wise leaders shining with all the brightness of the sky:
Daniel tells us the The wise leaders will shine with all the brightness of the sky. And those who have taught many people to do what is right will shine like the stars forever.”
Psalms 27:1 An Exuberant Declaration of Faith A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
Psalms 119:130 The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Isaiah 49:6 Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.'"
Isaiah 60:19-20 God the Glory of His People "The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down, Nor shall your moon withdraw itself; For the LORD will be your everlasting light, And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
Matthew 4:16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned."
Matt 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
Luke 16:8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
Ephesians 5:8 Walk in Light For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Ephesians 5:14 Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
Philippians 2:15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,1 Thessalonians 5:5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
1 Timothy 6:16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
2 Peter 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
1 John 1:5 Fellowship with Him and One Another This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Yeshua HaMashiach His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Revelation 21:23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
Yeshua Born on Succot
In John 1:14, the word “dwelled” is literally “tabernacled” in the Greek – and this comes as the climax to John’s “version” of the story of Christ’s incarnation.
Feast of Tabernacles is a week-long fall festival commemorating the 40-year journey of the Israelites in the wilderness. The word Sukkot means “booths.
In the Luke, we see the angel Gabriel tells John The Immerser’s father Zechariah that his wife, Elizabeth, is going to have a child. Due to his wife’s age and being past that age to birth a child, we see Zachariah was in disbelief and the Angel Gabriel punishes him by striking him temporarily mute. The story is a shadow of Abraham and Sarah where the the Angel visits them, in their old age to predict the birth of Isaac. We see Sarah “Laughs” in disbelief just as Zachariah . In the gospel story, Gabriel tells Zechariah that he will be mute “until the day that these things take place … which will be fulfilled in their [appointed] time” (Luke 1:20). Gabriel’s prediction alludes to Genesis 18:14 when the angel told Abraham, “At the appointed time I will return to you … and Sarah will have a son.”2 In the Torah, the biblical festivals are called “appointed times.” According to one Jewish interpretation, “the appointed time” at which Sarah gave birth to Isaac was the first day of Passover:
And how do we know that Isaac was born at Passover? Because it is written, “At the appointed time I will return to you [… and Sarah will have a son].” (b.Rosh Hashanah 11a)
In the Gospels, John the Immerser comes in the role and spirit of Elijah. Jewish tradition maintains that Elijah will appear at Passover to announce the coming of the Messiah. For that reason, we read Malachi’s prophecy about the coming of the Messiah on the Sabbath before Passover, and Jewish homes set a place at the Passover Seder table for Elijah.3 If John the Immerser was “the Elijah who is to come” (Matthew 11:14), is it not reasonable to assume that his birth took place at the “appointed time” of Passover? And if John the Immerser was born on Passover, then the Master should have been born six months later at the onset of the Feast of Tabernacles.
Eight days after the baby’s birth, Joseph circumcised the child. On that day, they gave him the name Gabriel announced to Mary at the time of the conception, the same name an angel revealed to Joseph in a dream.
The last day of the Sukkot is an additional festival day that the Torah calls “The Eighth Day” (Leviticus 23:36, 39). If Yeshua was born on the first day of the feast of Tabernacles, they must have circumcised him on the day called the “Eighth Day,” thereby literally fulfilling the scripture which says, “On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised” (Leviticus 12:3).