Happy Hanukkah and Information

Here is a video teaching I did yesterday. Below the video is part of the written copy.

Paul said in Colossians 2:16-17 that the Jewish feasts and celebrations were actually a shadow of the things to come through Jesus Christ. And though as Christians we may not commemorate these holidays in the traditional biblical sense, as we discover the significance of each, we will certainly gain a greater knowledge of God’s Word, an improved understanding of the Bible, and a deeper relationship with the Lord.

The Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah, is a Jewish holiday. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.

The story of Hanukkah is recorded in the First Book of Maccabees,. It is not talked about in the new Testament right? Nope it is talked about lets look at Book of John, chapter 10, verse 22.

Prior to the year 165 BC, the Jewish people who dwelled in Judea where living under the rule of the Greek kings of Damascus. During this time the king in power   took control of the Temple in Jerusalem and forced the Jewish people to abandon their worship of God, their holy customs and reading of the Torah, and he made them bow down to the Greek gods. According to the records, this King  defiled the temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar and spilling its blood on the holy scrolls of Scripture.

As a result of the severe persecution and pagan oppression, a group of four Jewish brothers, led by Judah Maccabee, decided to raise up an army of religious freedom fighters. These men of fierce faith and loyalty to God became known as the Maccabees. The small band of warriors fought for three years with “strength from heaven” until achieving a miraculous victory and deliverance from  this evil king.

After regaining the Temple, it was cleansed by the Maccabees, cleared of all Greek idolatry, and  rededicated. The rededication of the Temple to the Lord took place in the year 165 BC, on the 25th day of the Hebrew month.

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