December 15, 2006

Jews in Israel and around the world mark the Jewish holy days of Chanukah a celebration of victory out of defeat

As Jews around the world light a candle on each of the eight days of Chanukah, they celebrate the great victory over Antiochus Epiphanes, the Greek ruler who desecrated the Jewish Temple only to be defeated by Jewish heroes three years later with the reconsecration of the Jewish Temple.

The Maccabees ran the Greek troops from Jerusalem, reconsecrated the Temple, and used a flask of olive oil found in the rubble of the Temple to light the menorah and restore the Temple practices some 2,300 years ago. That menorah stayed lit for eight days on one days supply of olive oil, and thus the lighting of the miniature menorahs in the homes of the Jewish people for the eight days of Chanukah will be celebrated by Jews around the world.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

The celebration of Chanukah by Jews around the world remembers a Jewish victory over 2,000 years ago, but also looks to a time of trouble for the Jews in the future, that is according to Bible prophecy.

As Jews around the world light one candle per night for the eight day celebration of Chanukah, they remember the abomination of desolation, the desecration of the Temple in Jerusalem, with the cleansing of the Temple, the lighting of the menorah, and the miracle of the menorah burning for eight days on one day's supply of oil would become the origins for the Jewish Holy day of Chanukah. This focus on Chanukah is only a reminder of a future event that will replicate the events that surrounded the origins of Chanukah. Antiochus Epiphanes desecrated the Jewish Temple by slaughtering a pig on the altar of the Temple and it was called the abomination of desolation.

Bible prophecy speaks of another such event to happen at the Jewish Temple when it stands on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem once again; an event prophesied to be performed by the Antichrist at the midway point of the seven year Tribulation in the future. These prophecies presuppose that there will be a Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and indeed all preparations have been made for that Temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem at any time now.

The celebration of Chanukah is indeed proof that Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.