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Hanukkah? Chanukah? And Why Does the Date Keep Changing?

Happy_Hanukkah3Hanukkah — or Chanukah as it’s sometimes spelled, typically falls sometime in December.  I had heard of it, but didn’t actually know what it celebrated.  So one day I decided to look into it.  If you’re at that point, I can save you some time.

It turns out, it’s really not the Jewish version of Christmas.  It’s not even the most important Jewish holiday.  It just happens to usually fall between America’s biggest holidays — Thanksgiving and Christmas — so we end up throwing it in with the majors.  Not to say that what’s celebrated is not a big deal.  Here’s what I found out… Read the rest of this page »

As Hanukkah’s Candles, We Light up the Darkness

Hanukah 4“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”  Isaiah 60:1

I find no evidence that this passage was originally about Hanukkah.  It’s meant as a prophecy about Israel in the Millennial Age.  But as I was contemplating the Hanukkah candles, this verse came to mind.

Then as I read verses 2-3, I realized how much this really parallels the idea of the Hanukkah candles:

 “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isaiah 60:2-3

I decided to take a closer look at this passage and some of the Hanukkah themes that it contains. Read the rest of this page »

As Hanukkah’s Candles, You are the Light of the World

Hanukah 8In my first blog about Hanukkah, I explored how the Hanukkah candles symbolize our light in the world and how we partner with God to bring light to the darkness.  Our focus was on Isaiah 60:1-3.  As I continued my research into the Hebrew words used in Isaiah 60:1, it gave me a deeper understanding into my true power as a light in the world.

Isaiah 60:1 reads, “Arise, shine; For your light has come!  And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.”  In a literal Hebrew translation, this would read:  “Arise-you! light-up-you! That he-came light-of you and glory-of Yahweh on you he-is-radiant.”

The Hebrew seemed to be a much stronger statement, especially the idea that Yahweh is radiant upon us.  Read the rest of this page »

Why celebrate all these Jewish holidays? Haven’t those been done away with?

There are seven Feasts or Holy Days commanded in the Bible – four in the Spring, and three in the Fall.  It’s true, Jews had been observing these Feasts for 1,400 years before Yeshua’s birth.  But what if God set those dates as days He intends to fulfill specific prophecies in Yeshua’s lifetime and His second coming?  Wouldn’t you want to know which dates those were?  Let’s recount what happened on the Spring Feast dates during Yeshua’s lifetime. Read the rest of this page »

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