Unlike the feasts God proclaimed as His in Leviticus 23, Hanukkah is a feast set in place and celebrated by man in commemoration or remembrance of the 8th day miracle God performed on behalf of Israel. All this took place somewhere around the year 167 BCE, so why do we celebrate or acknowledge this feast today? Because, as the Lord gave His people victory over their enemies at a time when all odds were against them, so the story of Hanukkah gives those that truly love God and are able to see the intent of the enemy for humanity hope in this end time that He will intervene once again! Like today most of God's people in that age were caught up in the world's society, living like them, acting like them, connected to them to the degree no one could tell one from the other. But in this day and age we are in need of a much, much greater Hanukkah! The majority of modern society has accepted the world's standards, its morals and ways! At the time of the original Hanukkah the people of God were mostly old Israel and the miracle was centered around Jerusalem, the temple, its articles for service and the priests that were found faithful there. The enemy operating through the invading Hellenistic armies could not stand the fact there were people that remained loyal to God, ones that kept His laws and way of life. Like Satan, or perhaps possessed by him, the Syrian tyrant ruler Antiochus Epiphanes, leader in the revolt against the people of God, was like Satan declaring himself as God. He went so far as to outlaw Sabbath and the feasts of God in order to convert the people to his religion with its ungodly pagan festivities. It was his way or death! He sent his armies to overtake Jerusalem, capture and destroy its temple along with God's priests. The temple was successfully confiscated to the dismay of God's little band of faithful people. Dedicated to the Greek god Zeus, a huge statue of him was erected on the altar along with the command for all to worship him! A hog was also cooked in honor of the pagan god and served from the temple. Hogs were unclean meat and forbidden by God for the Hebrews to eat, but the people were manditorily forced to attend and partake! The little remnant however refused to be assimilated into the pagan faith or integrated into this ungodly culture. They decided to fight rather than submit! They said, “enough is enough!” So it is today!
Isaiah 14:12-14 reveals the thinking and plans of the enemy and explains the nature behind the systems that run this world.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer(known also as the old serpent, dragon, devil, Satan), son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! (No matter how much we want to be separate we cannot completely be free of the world's systems, therefore the sickness, death and poverty that were introduced to man through him continue to overtake us, so we are weakened.)
13 For you have said in your heart ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throneabove the stars of God(he is saying he will be greater than the other archangels that carry out God's wishes); I will also sit on the mount of the congregation(God's holy mountain from where He governs His people, the mountain made of the living stones spoken of in Hebrews 12:22) on the farthest sides of the north (above all Israel);
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, (next is the most audacious statement ever uttered)I will be like the Most High.’ (One with a much greater ambition than Antiochus, the epitome of pride, arrogance, rebellion and egotism!)
31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world(he is its king) will be cast out.
2 in which you once walkedaccording to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air(see who rules the atmosphere around us, and we blame God for the damaging elements, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons etc. calling them acts of God?), the spirit who now worksinthe sons of disobedience, (it isn't the Spirit of the Lord that causes sickness, wars, poverty, or encourages man to inflict evil on one another!)
In fact, many men throughout the ages that have gained great power and control over large masses of people, accumulating wealth and large grants of land have been possessed or at least used by the evil one. Tubal Cain, King of Tyre, Judas Iscariot, Hitler in modern times to name a few. Even Apostle Peter who walked daily with the Lord was used by Satan causing him to address Jesus from a totally carnal position. Jesus, recognizing the voice of the enemy, cast him out of him, so don't think the people of God are exempt from the devil's attempt to control through them. We truly need to guard ourselves! If you take a close look at the world today you will see the control satan maintains through man, very similar to the world's condition and society that surrounds the above-mentioned tyrants!
23 But He(Jesus) turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men(his carnality was the crack that gave Satan the legal right to him).”
Revelation 12:9shows us who really is to blame for everything wrong and evil however. Granted Adam and Eve wanted to know or satisfy their curiosity about good and evil and have the right to choose between them, but it was the devil that offered and enticed them with that knowledge!
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world(he is being exposed and many are coming out from under his deception!); he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (And he has been betraying mankind ever since.)
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Meyoucan do nothing. (How plain is this? Yet man continues to seek knowledge from man!)
5 Thussays the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength(get knowledge, counsel, help from man), whose heartdeparts from the Lord(this kind of person will never develop an ear to hear the voice of God for instruction and so cannot grow our of the state mankind is in today).
Genesis 3:6shows us the beginning of all sorrow and how it started with man seeking this evil knowledge.
6 So when the woman saw that the tree(this tree was symbolic, like the tree in Isaiah 61) was good for food (food for thought that is), that it was pleasant to the eyes(sounded good, mentally looked good to her), and a tree desirableto make one wise(she wasn't happy with knowing all good, she wanted to know evil as well), she took of its fruit(she fell for the fruit of Satan's spirit found in Galatians 5 now reproduced in our flesh) and ate. (Swallowed this twisted thinking. This would cause her to operate from her soul man rather than from her spirit.)She also gave to he husband with her, and he ate. (They ate and consumed the devil's lies, believed his counsel, ignored God's laws and knowledge, accepted his for their database that they would build their lives on and shape the world around them.)
So this scripture shows us the beginning of the world's knowledge being coveted and accepted by man!
Yet God says inI Corinthians 3:19,
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;
Now let us take a look at how the world's governmental systems came into being. In I Samuel the people wanted a king to rule over them in place of God's governing them through His prophetic priests. Samuel was angry that the people would choose the world's way, but God gave them a free will.
I Samuel 8:7
7 And the Lordsaid to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them(so it was in the Maccabean era).
The people as a whole in that age wanted the rule of the Greeks instead of God's priests. As a result the temple was desecrated by them, all that represented worship of God and adherence to His law was broken or defiled. Let us now look at the spiritual parallel. We, mankind, are according to I Peter 2:5 living stones that God's house or temple is made of, His Body, tabernacle or mansion and just look at us! On drugs, sick, dying, a mess!
I Peter 2:5
5 youalso, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house(out of today's society?), a holy priesthood, (Holy? Sanctified?) to offerupspiritual sacrificesacceptable to God(people want their prayers to be heard, and angry at God if they aren't granted) through Jesus Christ.
Offer up sacrifices to God? He is holy, clean, perfect! Wow! When you think about the scripture in Colossians 1:27 it makes you cringe.
27 To themGod willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of thismystery among the Gentiles: whichisChrist in you, the hope of glory.
20 Woe to those who call evil good(beautiful art, creative?), and goodevil(scoff the warnings against breaking God's law); who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet(the process of getting the tattoos is said to be worth the reward), and sweet for bitter!
And isn't humanity drawn to Satan's knowledge just like the first pair? Man craves and willingly pays for higher learning? We want to cram, saturate, fill our brains with more and more of the world's knowledge. Satan has made it an honorable quest and has caused man to build beautiful edifices to house this wonderful knowledge. People take out student loans to acquire it creating financial hardship for years! To add insult to the situation, are we not also enthralled with the field of artificial intelligence? Do we not welcome the development of computer systems that are able to perform tasks that normally require the intelligence of humans such as speech recognition, visual perception, translation between languages and the scariest of all, decision making! Just think! Decisions made from the thinking, wisdom, counsel and knowledge of Satan that governs this chaotic world, now fed into humanoids, robots made to look like man, a kind of new species, the counterfeit of God's end time people, to run this planet! Without love, compassion or sympathy, morals, principles of right and wrong behavior, without God's input, decisions will be derived, concepts formed that will be affecting our daily lives! Ironically Satan has actually caused man to create this new species for him, devices he can use that are programmed with his knowledge, to control the world and mankind! Sure they can be used for good, but they are can also be used for evil! Don't be fooled, look who rules the world and he comes to kill, steal and destroy! This could honestly be one of man's greatest mistakes! Please mark these words, this could be one of mankind's greatest mistakes! Can you see a need for God to intervene, a need for another Hanukkah!! You see, God will not prevent the destruction of the world, in fact He promises its demise, but He will preserve His people and this planet as it is their home.
16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earthHe has given to the children of men. (God is not a man that He should lie!)
God's knowledge will spread as water across the earth, restoring, renewing, replenishing what Satan's knowledge has weakened and depleted so there will be no poverty or lack. God's knowledge, His truth referred to as the latter rain, will wash away the mold, bacteria and filth that causes disease, sickness and death. Through God's knowledge man will finally begin to understand the workings of the enemy and begin to see, gain spiritual insight as to who is behind all the evil, unpleasantness, sorrow and pain in this world. They will begin to turn to their Maker, the greater Husband and draw closer to His covering as they see God takes care of each of His people and loves beyond our understanding. Through the Word their hearts will begin to understand how much He wants to give them the Kingdom, to reverse the problems Satan caused, but man must see the need for Hanukkah, the need for intervention, the need for God! You see Satan is pushing for a worldwide holocaust and mankind is so frail without the Lord's backing. We must come to the awakening, the realization we cannot do anything about it without God's help, that is a spiritual law that is in operation whether we want to believe it or not.
John 15:5reveals this important truth.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit(fruit that benefits mankind, unlike the fruit Eve chose); for without Me you can do nothing.
Bottom line, we need God! We as humanity with our polluted and corrupted knowledge have not been able to fix anything that will be lasting or be forever. Only knowledge from the Creator of all things has any lasting worth. Sure wish man would have chosen His fruit found in Galatians 5:22-23 instead of the fruit chosen! What a different world we would live in!
The feast of Hanukkah is also known as the festival of Lights. This is because after the military victory was won the triumphant people of God refurbished the temple, cleansed the altar, repaired the beautiful gold lampstand and lit it discovering there was only enough oil to last one day! They understood the light of the menorah represented the knowledge of God so it was better to burn for one day over Israel than not at all, they lit it! Miraculously the one day of oil kept the menorah burning for 7 days till the new oil was prepared and ready on the 8th day! God's intervention was much greater than they understood. The victory much greater! You see, the light from the menorah representing the knowledge of God also symbolized a much bigger miracle that has a great effect on us today. It is a much greater phenomenon, I think you will agree, that God's knowledge survived through 7 thousand years of Satan's rule! False doctrines, lies, bad translations due to being interpreted through the world's knowledge and man's intellect was a miracle in itself to overcome! Add to that man's selfish ambitions, hypocrisy, sexual abuse, hunger for money all nicely hidden behind the closed doors of the world's churches intended by Satan to make man hate God and turn from Him. Thankfully Satan still could not hide truth from those who honestly sought it though and the church moved forward in spite of itself to the 8th day! You see, a thousand years is as a day to God, so a week, 7 thousand years has passed since the garden and we are now eighteen years into the 8th day.
II Peter 3:8
8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lordone day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
I Corinthians 15:21-23
21 For since by man came death (Adam), by Man(Jesus)also came the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adamall die, even so in Christall shall be made alive(all that love Him will be taken to paradise at death).
23 But each one in his own order: Christthe firstfruits(first to be made immortal), afterwardthose who are Christ’sat His coming. (He was physically made immortal, not just spiritually. So will those be transformed that form His body at the time it is properly matured. He can then fully enter His eternal home. These are children of the 8th day oil, anointed because of God's knowledge to light the way for the world to see the plans of Satan and find their way back to God, thus giving them hope for perfect tomorrows.)
I Corinthians 15:45, 49
45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a livingbeing.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. (He makes us whole, spirit and physical.)
49 And as wehave borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), we shall alsobear the image of the heavenly Man(Jesus).
God's end time people, His freshly created new species, ones anointed with the 8th day oil and changed by the Word into His image will be the first new creation of the new earth promised to man!
I Corinthians 15:51-55
51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep(die), but we shall all be changed— (into the image of the Word – John 1:1-14, not an AI in the image of Satan through his knowledge)
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet(the last blast of God's knowledge). For the trumpet will sound(warning will be loud and clear), and the dead will be raised incorruptible(those who love Him, but not metamorphosed to a new species), and we shall be changed(the new species made perfect as in the beginning).
53 For thiscorruptiblemustput on incorruption, and thismortalmustput on immortality.
54 Sowhen this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (the enemy loses)
In closing, what a wonderful thing to look forward to! A worldwide victory, freedom from the systems of man and their ruler! Freedom from all sickness, pain, poverty, wars, evil leaders and above all freedom from the wrong knowledge that has been forced on humanity! All evil will be obliterated, destroyed, wiped out when God intervenes. God's kingdom come, His will be done! So let's unitedly pray for our Savior, our greater husband, our Creator, Jesus to cover us and intercede once again on our behalf creating a worldwide Hanukkah!