HANUKKAH means dedication

It's a civil commemoration of the defeat of Greek invaders against Torah observance. What's not to like?

Back in the days of the Maccabees, the Greeks had erected an image of Zeus. An invasion / occupation is going on even today; there's a Shiva shrine on the Temple Mount, and the idol of Zeus stands in the lobby of the UN building.

Hanukkah commemorates important historical events directly concerning the foreign occupation of the land prior to the coming of Yahusha ha'Mashiak.

We can stay ignorant of this part of history, or we can choose to keep this deliverance in mind as part of our identity with the past.

We are not obliged to annually observe the feast of Dedication, but Kanukah (aka Hanukkah) is mentioned in Scripture.

If anyone teaches that Hanukkah is required to observe as anything beyond the civil commemoration it is, they are just as out-of-bounds as requiring a magic towel for prayer, or requiring a minimum of 10 men to meet together. All human traditions are not evil, and often we see linkages where there are no linkages.
Thanksgiving (in the US) is not related to Pilgrims or Sukkoth, and Hanukkah is not related to the winter solstice. 1000 years from now (if Yahusha tarries) men will no doubt be reporting the first "Thanksgiving" in North America was celebrated with Pilgrims and native Americans, but we know it is based solely on a proclamation of Abe Lincoln calling for a national day of thanksgiving for ending the Civil War. If the Jewish Encyclopedia makes Hanukkah to seem like a solstice party, it's not because that's what it is about.
People are making-up so many things here on the Internet, it's mind-boggling to say the least.

Hanukkah is not an "appointment" of Yahuah, but it certainly was an important deliverance we remember outside of the redemptive feasts. If one wants to teach their children the whole of our history, it is hard to ignore the time an image of Zeus was placed inside the Temple. It was an important military achievement for Yahuah's people, but not required for us to annually perform any sort of resting from work as with the other appointments.

The overthrowing of Antiochus Epiphanes ties in with prophecies in the book of Danial.

Scripture mentions evil men in prophecy. Prophecies may have multiple fulfillments, and it's hard to dismiss the similarities with Antiochus Epiphanes and Constantine. Antiochus "Epiphanes" was a name that literally referred to Zeus "manifest," and this ruler placed an image of Zeus in the Temple just as was prophesied by Gabrial (to Danial). Constantine fancied himself to be Apollo, as we see depicted on coins he minted. Google the Constantine Creed, and compare it with the actions of Antiochus Epiphanes.

All the solar deities were vicariously Nimrod, only in babbled names.

Santa is Nimrod, aka Molok, which is why we see this character mulling around in the sky mythology at the time of the ancient winter solstice, the birthday of the Sun. We have been eating wormwood, the changing of the Living Words of Yahuah. Until we repent, He will not let us call on His Name. Even the false name men call on (Jesus) is wormwood. It is less than 500 years old, and before that came directly from the Latin Vulgate's form, IESV. Wormwood is being exposed for the restoration of all things to take place.

We don't establish festivals for every prophetic fulfillment, but we do observe the redemptive ones that concern the message (besorah) to all mankind.

QUESTION: 

Hello brother Lew, Do you celebrate Chanukah?

Dear sister,

  Hanukkah, meaning dedication, is an opportunity for each of our families to remember, yet again, another deliverance from those who are stronger.  It involves the Greek "horn" or power.

Babel, Persia, Greece, and Rome are four major prophetic entities/horns described in Daniel’s writings.  If we ignore Hanukkah, we neglect the details of one of the most significant periods in Yisrael’s history.  The book of Maccabees records this tragic period in great detail.

  The Torah, and those who observed it, was the primary target of the enemy at that time, and during the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes (Mithridates) the nation of Yisrael was under compulsion to adopt all facets of the Greek culture.  “Hellenization” was to replace the Torah-observant culture, and the same level of ferocity and hatred seen in Nazism was exerted on the nation of Yisrael, because the same “spirit” (the dragon) was in the ruler, Mithridates/Antiochus IV.

  People were hewn-down en-mass, and entire families were slowly tortured to death.  The Torah was out-lawed, along with all outward observances such as circumcision and the eating of clean foods.  During this period, prior to the death of Mithridates/Antiochus IV in 164 BCE, the Yahudim were forced to wear the hat of Hermes, the Greek deity of wisdom.  This is promoted by modern sophistry today, as graduates are obliged to put on this same hat.  The tradition of the “kipa” or skullcap worn by those who attend synagogue is directly traced to this Greek hat, also worn by Jesuits and the popes.  It is the “hat of a scholar”, honoring the Greek deity of wisdom, Hermes.

    

HOW ABOUT A LITTLE HERMENEUTIC ACTION HERE?

Hermes deity of the word, or wisdom, is the equivalent to the Egyptian deity Thoth.  Thought to be the son of Zeus and Maia (Al Gore’s favorite Earth Mother term), the name is contained in the term “hermeneutics”, which is the scholarly “word” for the principles of interpretation and explanation, which is kind of what is going on right now . . . . .  "kipa" (or kippah) is a Hebrew word meaning "dome".

  We could be neglectful if we fail to teach our children of this great deliverance, so that is why our families should remember it each year.

It is not a commanded observance of Yahuah, but if we are to be identified closely with all that the nation of Yisrael has endured, we can bond with our heritage through many historical events.  The symbols, the dreidel and Hanukkiah menorah, help us to relate by drawing on ancient tradition in order to inspire a later time. This is called “archaizing.”  Many object to the teaching that a cruse of oil was found that enabled the menorah to burn for eight days, setting the number of days we celebrate the time the Temple was cleansed and dedicated to Yahuah.  This points to one of the miracles, which if it really happened, we should not argue about.  It cannot be proven, but yet it has imprinted itself on the festival.  What miracle has occurred that has not had its detractors?  The fact that the nation of Yisrael was not Hellenized is the greatest miracle;  and what happened to Antiochus IV was certainly another one.  Our grandchildren learn a little more about it each year as they become older and can bear more of the details. 

  The dreidel, a spinning top, reflects on Hanukkah from outside and inside the land today, with the four Hebrew letters that stand for  “great miracle happened there”, and “great miracle happened here”

NUN, GIMEL, HEY, SHIN, OR NUN, GIMEL, HEY, PEY stand for Hebrew words:

Nes Gadol Hayah Sham - "a great miracle happened there”

Nes Gadol Hayah Poh  -  "a great miracle happened here"   

 

  The festival of the “Dedication” (Hanukkah) is mentioned at Yahuchanon 10:22, when Yahusha was confronted directly by the Yahudim to answer if He was the Mashiach.  They were looking for the Mashiach to come, and expected a deliverer from their overlords.  We know now that He delivered us from our transgressions, but they failed to recognize the time of their visitation.  So, once again, the symbol of the dreidel comes to mind.  The four sides are also a traditional reminder of the four exiles of the nation – Babel, Persia, Greece, and Rome.   

  We are not looking back to the four times the Shekinah departed, but to the time the Shekinah will return.  Our Deliverer lives.

Psa 24:6-10: “This is the generation of those who seek Him; Yaʽaqob, who seek Your face.  Selah!

Lift up your heads, O you gates!  And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And let the Sovereign of esteem come in.

Who is this Sovereign of esteem?  Yahuah strong and mighty,  Yahuah mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!  Even lift up, you everlasting doors!  And let the Sovereign of esteem come in.

Who is this Sovereign of esteem?  Yahuah of hosts, He is the Sovereign of esteem!  Selah!”

Yes, I do celebrate the dedication of the Temple, and I believe Yahusha did as well.  Modern-day curmudgeons (people with warped, malevolent hearts) often look for whatever they can find that seems negative in everything, as we have just seen over the celebration of Thanksgiving here in the United States.  Hanukkah helps us embrace our heritage more fully, and so I encourage others to learn about it.

 

Our resistance to obey is caused by wormwood, the alteration of Yahuah's Words. We need to receive a love for the Truth, otherwise we will be sent a strong delusion to believe the lie.

Yahuah's Words have not changed.

A brother commented that there is no similarity with the kippah and the hat of Hermes, so this is my short reply to that statement:

 

WHAT IS THAT LITTLE HAT ON THE POPE?

Dear brother,
About the Greek hat, there is more than a passing similarity, I feel, but then we can agree to disagree on that.

Here is a record of the Greek hat impose on the Yahudim by Antiochus IV:
2 Maccabees 4:12:  “He quickly established a gymnasium at the very foot of the acropolis, where he induced the noblest young men to wear the Greek hat.”

The “Greek hat” was the same hat seen worn by the pope and cardinals, and it has more than a casual similarity to the ones worn by others, such as the Chasidim.  This is what is known as "syncretism".
The kohenim wore linen hats,
but only during their obligated times of service.
They did not wear hats all the time, trying to show piety or humility as seen today.  Neither piety nor humility would have been the purpose of wearing the hat;  their purpose was the same as one who wears hair-controlling devices in the food or medical professions today.

There is no prescribed hat-wearing of any kind for any native-born or engrafted foreigner who follows the Torah, nor can it be added by human tradition.
Tsitsith are prescribed, but no hats. Neither are they forbidden, unless they come from the worship of another, which would make them an abomination.
One only needs to look at photos of people wearing a kipa (kippah, meaning “dome”), and photos of the pope, cardinals, and images of Hermes. Considering the lack of any domed hats in Torah being prescribed, and the entrance of this custom from the imposition of the Greek culture as seen in 2 Maccabees 4:12, there is little doubt about the origin of this practice. Even if the resemblance is only a weird coincidence, at best it is only an outward sign of membership, which is just “straw” in the eyes of Yahuah.

Another interesting item that shows "syncretism" has occurred:  Catholics adopted "prayer beads" from the far east, or Buddhist traditions, and in turn passed these on the the Arabs via Islam. 

   

Mat 6:7:  “And when praying, do not keep on babbling like the gentiles.

For they think that they shall be heard for their many words."

 

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