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Dedication (Hanukkah) "Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch" (John 10:22-23 NKJV).

"And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: 'I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.' Therefore 'Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.' 'I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.' Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 NKJV).

"Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?" (1 Corinthians 10:20-22 NKJV)


Hanukkah has rich meaning for us in several ways:
1. It is the 8-day celebration of the cleansing of the Temple from its defilement by Antiochus Epiphanies, acknowledging the miracle of the one-day supply of oil for the Temple menorah that lasted 8 days.
2. It is a time of reflection, and cleansing ourselves from any "defilement" of our own "Temple of God" which is the local assembly, particularly from participation in pagan practiced (including Christmas).
3. Antiochus' defilement of the Temple in Jerusalem, called by Daniel the "abomination of desolation," will occur again according to Jesus (Matt. 24:15), to be followed by its cleansing at Christ's return. Hanukkah is therefore a time to look forward to Christ's Kingdom.
4. We also find symbolic meaning in the 8 oil lamps, representing 8 millennia, since "a day with the Lord is as a thousand years." Man's time under the curse is limited to six "Days," with Christ's coming Kingdom being the seventh "Day" Sabbath Rest. This is to be followed by the 8th Day, which goes on beyond measured time. Thus, each night when we light the lamp, we acknowledge the "light" (revelation knowledge) that Christ communicated to mankind during each millennia: (1) through Adam; (2) through Noah; (3) through Abraham; (4) through David; (5) through Christ & His Apostles; (6) through the holy Breath empowering the local assembly; (7) through Christ's Kingdom on earth; (8) through the Father Himself dwelling among men for eternity.

Jesus was born on Rosh Hashanah, September 22, 4BC (Gregorian Calendar), which is the Festival of Trumpets and the anniversary of Day 1 or Creation week. Calculating back from this date, the human gestation period from conception to birth being 266 days, the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary would have been on December 30, 5BC (Gregorian, inclusive reckoning). This was Day 5 of Hanukkah in 5 BC, the day which represents Christ Himself bringing light into the world.


Resources:
Christmas or Hanukkah? Tim Warner
Eight Hanukkah Prayers & Readings for Family Worship
Hanukkah Suggestions Diane Warner
Dreidel Game Cards

Audio: 2013


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