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Shabbat Shalom

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

Today we use the Gregorian calendar from Pope Gregory; from the 1500’s

Today is December 8, 2018 - in the 21 Century

 December -- the tenth month - now the 12 month

Middle English decembre
Old French
december "tenth month"
decem "ten" + -ber (adj. suffix)

December had 30 days, until Numa when it had 29 days, until Julius when it became 31 days long.

Yehovah has His own calendar:

We are now in the ninth month called Chislev day 29 כִסְלֵו

Zech.7 [1] And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of Yehovah came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu;

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This Saturday night – the 10th month Tevet starts

Esth.2 [16] So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. טֵבֵת

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Tis the season to be pagan” is all around us

I am reminded always to inform you to beware of the false image of love, false emotions, loneliness, depression, financial drain, suicide and the artificial false festival lights they put up.

Satan really sets the stage for you.

Beware if you feel or hear a voice telling you to separate yourself from the congregation, or go off on your own and read or whatever.

Today’s Topic:


A short study for a short day

People always ask me, why don’t we observe the Chanukah of today? I will explain…

On the web there are various spelling for this word today.

Let’s talk a little about today’s Chanukah

Feast of the Dedication in John is not the Chanukah of today.

John 10 [22] And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter [23] And Yeshua walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.


What is the Hebrew word for dedication?

What month was it in the scriptural calendar not pope Greg's calendar?

Did Yeshua do a feast that is not scriptural as some do today? NO!!!

We will answer all these questions and more is this study, please read slowly.

Remember these points:

1. Chanukah in Hebrew means dedication pertaining to the Temple

2. There is no Temple (destroyed in 70 AD)

3. Wrong month, should be Adar which is Feb. / March (Winter ends March 21th) (Ezra 6:14, 15)

4. No 8 days of oil in the Maccabees

5. No 8 candlestick menorah in Scripture (only 7 and very important)

In John above, pertaining to Chanukah or dedication, John was talking about Solomon's temple that Ezra help rebuild.

(1 Kings 8:2; 2 Chr. 5:3) Also please read the scriptures below in Ezra, chapter 6.

Ezra.6:[14] And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.

[15] And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, (our Feb. / March - cold - neither Nov. nor Dec.), which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

[16] And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,
[17] And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.

Esth.3 [7] In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar. (Feb. neither Nov. nor Dec.)

Chanukah is a Hebrew word meaning dedication because this observance marks the rededication and building of the Temple after it had been desecrated.

Also remember: The first dedication was in the 7th month, Ethanim, 1Kings. 8:2 - (Sept. /Oct.) neither Nov. nor Dec.

1Kgs.8:[2] And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.

Also, this is not new years as some falsely report.

[63] And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel "dedicated" the house of the LORD.וַיַּחְנְכוּ

This is what you will hear from tradition, which is wrong.

Also please remember there is "NO" commandment from God to "light candles" on this made up feast or the Holy Shabbat. If you light candles on the Shabbat, it is fine as long as you DON'T say it is a commandment.

Scripture says:

Zech.7 [1] And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu;

The other common made up name for this feast is Hag Ha-orim, which means 'the Feast of Lights'.

This is found in the writings of Josephus, who was a first Century Jewish historian.

This second name, however, is based upon a tradition. Supposedly, when the Jews rededicated the Temple and wanted to rekindle the lampstand, they found only enough oil for one day. It would take 8 days to make a new supply they decided to kindle and burn the remaining oil, a miracle (a lie) occurred as the oil that was enough for only one day lasted for eight days ... thus, the term representing, "the Feast of Lights. This is why the Chanukah menorah has eight candles, (which is unscriptural) instead of the seven the scripture menorah has.

****They made 8 candles to commemorate this made up miracle.

The made of feast of today, Chanukah is not found anywhere in the Scriptures, as it originated during the time of history after the Book of Malachi.

There were no prophets after the book of Malachi for a long time.

It should be remembered that none of the historical books mention this fake miracle, as it originates with the "Talmud" and not with the books of the Holy Scriptures.

The books that speak of the Maccabean revolt as a real event are in the uninspired "Catholic" I and 2 Maccabees and they make no mention of any miracle of 8 days of oil at all!

As you can see, it is fact that this made-up feast is recorded in Rabbinic writings not found in the Holy Scriptures.

You can read what is purported from Tradition from off the web yourselves. I deleted most of it here.

The festival of Chanukah was instituted by Judah Maccabee and his brothers to celebrate this event. (1 Macc. iv. 59). After having recovered Jerusalem and the Temple, Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one, and new holy vessels to be made. When the fire had been kindled anew upon the altar and the lamps of the candlestick lit, the dedication of the altar was celebrated for eight days amid sacrifices and songs (1 Macc. iv. 36). No miracle of oil here!

A number of historians believe that the reason for the eight day celebration was that the first Chanukah was in effect a belated celebration of the festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles (2 Macc. x. 6 and i. 9).

During the war the Jews were not able to celebrate Sukkot properly.

Sukkot also lasts for eight days, and was a holiday in which the lighting of lamps played a prominent part during the Second Temple period (Suk.v. 2-4).

Lights were also kindled in the household, and the popular name of the festival was, therefore, according to Josephus( Jewish Antiquities xii. 7, § 7) the "Festival of Lights."

The Rabbis, years later commemorated this miracle that occurred, then decided to make this holiday more special so they designed a special menorah in which eight candles plus the 9th the Shamash candle were represented instead of the usual 7 candle lamp stand in the temple. 'From that came the concept of the eight days of Chanukah, which actuality is merely a copying of the Feast of Tabernacles which has 8 days.

 Also, they put this made-up feast at the same time the gentile children were getting presents, December 25, pagan Christmas.

 Now all the Jewish children can get presents and not feel left out.

You may read the Talmud and the story the rabbis came up with if you like.

Another lie - Talmud - Mas. Shabbath 21b

Remember, They say, the ninth month of the Jewish year, corresponding to about December.

This lighting took place in 165 B.C.E. Exactly three years before, on the same day, Antiochus Epiphanes had a pagan altar erected in the Temple, upon which sacrifices were offered (I Macc. I, 41-64).

 Apart from the Talmudic reason stated here, Judas Maccabeus chose 25th of Kislew as the anniversary of the Temple's defilement, and the dedication of the new altar was celebrated with lights for eight days, similarly to the Feast of Tabernacles, which lasted eight days and was celebrated by illuminations (I Macc. IV, 36;II Macc. X, 6; supra a, p. 90, n. 3).

Actually the revolt was against the Syrians, of whom Antiochus Epiphanes was king, but the term ‘Greeks’ is used loosely, because the Seleucid Empire was part of the older Empire founded by Alexander the Great of Macedon, and because it was a reaction against the attempted Hellenization of Judea.

This data is contained in the First Book of the Maccabees.

Please do not follow any made up traditions, feasts or events.

1 John 2 [21] I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth

Having said all this, above, I will ask the question, how do we handle the situation when asked about these holidays?

I will give some scriptural answers.

First I want to say, don’t let your zeal override your wisdom.

Be like Daniel:

Dan.2 [14] Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom….

An example in Proverbs: Pss.37 [30] The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

When speaking to someone pertaining to these holidays, you need to learn how to sidestep their words and bring them into your arena of dialogue.

An example of this would be:

If I am asked about these holidays, I would swiftly reply, we don’t do them but do you know about the feasts of God in the Bible?

Did you know that the feasts of God pertaining to the first and second coming of Messiah?

The feasts of God are so exciting and it is such a sad thing they had been deleted from most people’s knowledge.

You see I just bought them into my arena, and started asking them questions.

I learned how to do this by Yeshua in the Bible. He always answered a question with a question to get them to respond.

Observe these verses:

Luke.6 [9] Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing…

Luke.20 [3] And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me…

Matt.21 [24] And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing…

Don’t bombard people with your facts, figures, dates and names which your opponent has no knowledge of.

Also don’t talk over your opponent while they are speaking, speak one at a time. Otherwise, you know, no one is listening to what is being said anyway.

Also remember is not to your advantage to get into an argument.

Don’t fall into it into a debate, politely excuse yourself. By doing this you are leaving the door open for the next time you may have a chance to discuss the matter.

Always think before you speak.

You need to learn before you speak how a word or phrase is going to affect someone. If you know what you are about to say will immediately put up a wall between you two, don’t say it.

If you learn how to do this, you could use it in every situation in your life.

You can avoid many arguments, disagreements and people just shut you out.

Always try to find common ground where you know the person will agree in what you’re saying.

Most attorneys use this in their dialogue. They will never ask a question that they don’t already know the answer for the possible answer you might give.

Just saying that these holidays are pagan is not sufficient. You do need to learn how to explain in a sensible way these holidays if needed.

Remember, we are in the business of winning souls to Yeshua, not losing them.

When dialoguing with someone pertaining to these holidays, remember, there are no canned pitches, everyone is different.

Make sure you understand:

To whom you are speaking?

What type of person are they?

Do they have any understanding of what you are saying at all?

Watch body language and other telltale signs.

You should know in a matter of seconds if they are even interested to hear what you have to offer.

Don’t proceed and try to prove your point. If they are unwilling to even listen to the first few sentences you come out with.

Apostle Paul tells the Colossians: Col.4 [6] Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Again in the book of Proverbs, we read:

Prov.15 [1] A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
[2] The tongue of the wise
useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

[4] A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Prov.12 [18] There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Prov.18 [21] Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Prov.21 [23] Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Peter has the same message:

1Pet.3 [15] But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear…

If you are tricked and brought into an argument and things start getting loud, you just lost your whole strategy.

You become just like the person that you debating.

Prov.26 [4] Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

There are many other verses in the Bible pertaining to how to answer people. As you see I only listed a few.

You could use this wisdom in any made-up holiday or event.

Obviously, after this made-up holiday, then we have the major made-up holiday known as Xmas - Christmas.

Please learn how to talk about this and always try to leave the door open, say to have to go in the event you see the conversation starts getting heated up.

Prov.11 [30] The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.


 “Tis the season to be pagan” is already around us!

I am reminded always to inform you to beware of the false image of love, false emotions, loneliness, depression, financial drain, suicide and the artificial false festival lights they put up.

Satan really sets the stage for you.

Beware if you feel or hear a voice telling you to separate yourself from the congregation, or go off on your own and read or whatever.

Remember these points:

Shabbat Shalom

Be safe!

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