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Hanukkah digging deeper, more of the story
There are no coincidences in God's Kingdom! The common details per Wikipedia. The Jews were defeated and there was much capitulation, led by the Hellenizing Jew Tobias. Forgive me, not really. Let this be a lesson for us today, if you don't agree with the politically correct types or even the evolutionists, they want to stamp you out. Just ask Hobby Lobby or teacher who disagrees with them. Back to Tobias, he was so angered by the Jews who would not give in, that he urged Antiochus Epiphanes to plunder Jerusalem and defile the Temple and the Altar. This lasted for 3 1/2 years which sounds like an end time picture to me. Then Judas Maccabee led a revolt with a small bunch of men. They recaptured the Temple and also killed Tobiads.
When they got into the Temple there was only enough Sacred Oil for the Menorah for 1 day but it lasted 8 day till they could prepare more. The Menorah was never supposed to go out, so God blessed their efforts with the miracle of the oil lasting for 8 days.
The Festival of Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Light of Festival of Dedication. It focuses on the Miracle of the Oil but it glosses over the victory of the Maccabees. It's like it was mans effort even though bless by God was not important. An interesting point is that there were a group of pacifists who fled to a cave the plundering army went in and slaughtered them all. They became Martyrs who are honored by God. This and the Temple abomination were the last straws for the Maccabees to respond.
It's interesting that the Hanukkah Menorah has 8 candles with another center candle. The center candle in either the regular Menorah or the Hanukkah Menorah is considered the servant light. Although God is our Lord and Master yet he also serves us with light and life. The event of Hanukkah is not in the Inspired Bible but it is in 1 and 2 Maccabees, the Talmud the writings of Josephus. I see a comparison to Jesus who came after the Old Testament writing had finished, yet the Old Testament is all about Him. In Daniel 8 there seems to be a reference to this in his 3rd dream of the kings of Media and Persia. Daniel 8.8 "a very great goat". Daniel 8.11 "daily sacrifice taken away - sanctuary cast down. A very interesting point is that it was on this Feast of Dedication that Jesus chose to reveal His Deity. In John 10.30 He told them " I and Father are one" to which they took up stones and Jesus asked them why, they replied to him in John 10.33 " for blasphemy of making thyself God "
Similarities of Hanukkah Kislev 25 and Christmas are they are both celebrated on the 25 of the month. They both are around the winter solstice but the first to observe the solstice was Adam and Eve, and the ancient Talmud says Adam would have first grieved the world slowly dying because of his sin. Then the darkest day was past and slowly life was returning and Adam rejoiced that the 'gift' of life because the world wasn't ending, and realized the cycle of life and light returning. Similarly in Hanukkah hope was getting darker and more hopeless' then the miracle. I would like to speculate, there were pagan idols set up in the temple but where was the Menorah, maybe God would not allow His witness to be removed and they just let it alone of set it aside. Apparently there was oil in it, suggesting that the source of light and life was still there offering hope.
The Bible links
The light of the Menorah lasted 8 days because its source was Devine and not needing earthly fuel. Moses saw a bush burning and not being consumed in Exodus 3.2, in Exodus 13.21 the Israelites were led by a pillar of fire by night and in Exodus 24.17 you see God coming down upon the mountain as a consuming fire, but it didn't but the mountain. Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication. Anytime you see the word dedication it is Hanukkah. Numbers 7.84 " the Hanukkah of the altar" 2 Chronicles " in the eighth day - a solemn assembly for they kept the Hanukkah. Ezra 6.16 " the children of the captivity kept the Hanukkah of the temple with joy " Psalm 30.1 "A Psalm and a song at the Hanukkah" Enoch who's name means dedicated, was the one taken to Heaven. Jesus said " In the volume of the Book it is written of Me. Yeshua is the Hebrew word 'salvation' and HE is the High Priest, the Altar, the Door, the Light the Life and the Hanukkah.