One in Messiah Congregation

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 Shabbat Shalom

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Today we use the Gregorian calendar

(From Pope Gregory, from the 1500's) Dec. 12th, 2009

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Gods calendar

We are now in the 9th month of God called Kislev in Hebrew, 24th day

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,

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Remember, tis the season to be pagan is here!

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Beware of the false image of love and the false feelings and emotions that run wild.

These pagan feasts bring on loneliness, depression and suicide and oh yes, debt for years to come.

Pagan religions are having classes at their facilities to address these (false) issues.

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Todays topic:

Is it the Feast of the Dedication, Hanukkah now? No........

 

Scripture says:

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

Lets explore:

 

Hanukkah

The First Book of the Maccabees was written in Hebrew around the time of the events that it describes. The Second Book of the Maccabees was written about sixty years after the events that took place. The book was written in Greek for the Jews who lived in Alexandria and other parts of the Greek Empire. Both books discuss the same events, but from different perspectives. These books were not included in the Hebrew Bible, but they are part of the Apocrypha, a group of Jewish writing from this period that were preserved by the Christian Church. (Catholic)

Praying for the dead is a Catholic belief.

2 Machabees 12 44 (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,)

2 Machabees 12 46 It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead , that they may be loosed from sins.

2 Machabees 12 43 And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead , thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection, 44 (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,) 45 And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. 46 It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead , that they may be loosed from sins .

You think Yeshua or Daniel quoted from this book? Never!

Below in not Antiochus IV Epiphanes (remember - he is not at the end of time) When Alexander the Great's empire broke up, it resolved into four major kingdoms.

Seleucus was one of Alexander's generals, and came to control the Syrian portion of the empire. Syria was one of the two dominant divisions of the empire, and continued through twenty kings. Antiochus IV was the eighth of these twenty Seleucid kings. He ruled from 175 - 164 BC.

Approximately 200 years after Antiochus IV Epiphanes Yeshua said pertaining to the time of the end by quoting Daniel which was approximately in 600 BC: (ruler of the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire)

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The Time at the end

Yeshua said:

Matt.24[ 15] When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mark.13[ 14] But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Read all Dan.8 to prove Yeshua was talking about the end of time

9 - And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.

[10] And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
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Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

[12] And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

[13] Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

[14] And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

[15] And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.

[16] And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

[17] So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

[18] Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.

[19] And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

[20] The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.

[21] And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.


[22] Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.

[23] And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

[24] And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

[25] And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

[26] And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.

[27 ] And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it.

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Remember this point:

Antiochus IV Epiphanes - 215-163 BC, he reigned 175-163 BC. He was neither in the time of the end nor in the last end of the indignation or in the latter time.

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Questions:

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 also:

1. Chanukah in Hebrew means dedication pertaining to the Temple

2. There is no Temple now (The Temple was 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 or 9 candlestick menorah in Scripture (only 7 and very important)

6. Dreidel: Play a German Gambling Game? Oh no...

 

Chanukah is a Hebrew word meaning dedication.

H2598 chanukkah - khan-ook-kaw' - From H2596; initiation, that is, consecration: - dedicating (-tion).

Total KJV Occurrences: 8

dedication, 6

Num_7:84 , Num_7:88 , 2Ch_7:9 , Neh_12:27 (2), Psa_30:1

Dedicating, 2

Num_7:10-11 (2)

 

G1456 εγκαινια egkainia - Total KJV Occurrences: 2 - dedication, 1 - John_10:22 -feast, 1 - John_10:22 (2)

H2597 (Aramaic) chanukka' - (Chaldee); corresponding to H2598; consecration: - dedication

Total KJV Occurrences: 4 dedication, 4 - Ezr_6:16-17 (2), Dan_3:2-3 (2)

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H2598 chanukkah khan-ook-kaw' - From H2596; initiation , that is, consecration: - dedicating (-tion).

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In the scriptures 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.

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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 - not December), 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.

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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. not Dec.)

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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.) not December:

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.

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.

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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 name for this feast is Hag Ha-orim, which means 'the Feast of Lights' It 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 lamp stand, 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 (fake) miracle 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 scriptural menorah has.

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

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

There were no prophets for many years after the book of Malachi.

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.

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The historical 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. Did you hear that?

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

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Here is purported Tradition from off the web:

Around 200 BCE Jews lived as an autonomous people in the land of Israel, which at this time was controlled by the Seleucid King of Syria. The Jewish people paid taxes to Syria and accepted its legal authority, and by and large were free to follow their own faith, maintain their own jobs, and engage in trade.

By 180 BCE Antiochus IV Epiphanes ascended to the Seleucid throne.

At first little changed, but under his reign Jews were gradually forced to violate the precepts of their faith. Jews rebelled at having to do this. Under the reign of Antiochus IV, the Temple in Jerusalem was looted, Jews were massacred, and Judaism was effectively outlawed.

In 167 BCE Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple.

Mattathias, a Jewish priest, and his five sons John, Simon, Eleazar, Jonathan, and Judah led a rebellion against Antiochus.

Judah became known as Judah Maccabe (Judah The Hammer).

By 166 BCE Mattathias had died, and Judah took his place as leader.

By 165 BCE the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated.

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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).

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."

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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 in 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.

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Dreidel - A German Gambling Game played?

The modern dreidel, from the German dreihen - to spin, is a Judaicized version of a German gambling game.

(Nineteenth century Englishmen revived the game as "teetotum," a similar wobbly game of chance.) Even the Hebrew is based on the German gambling instructions. Each of the four sides has a Hebrew letter. The "Nun" stands for "nisht," none. "Gimmel" stands for "ganz," all. "Hey" stands for "halb," half. "Shin" stands for "shtel - stay put."

The dreidel is associated with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. It has four sides: (Nun), (Gimel), (Hey), (Shin), and is usually played with coins, chips, or gelt (chocolate coins). These letters also stand for the words Nes Gadol Haya Sham meaning "a great miracle happened there," or, without the nikkud (vowel marks), (Hebrew is read right to left)

Before beginning, each player starts with 10 or 15 coins, and then each player puts one in the pot. The dreidel stops and lands with one of the symbols facing up and the appropriate action is taken: Nun - nischt - "nothing" - the next player spins Gimel - gantz - "all" - the player takes the entire pot Hey - halb - "half" - the player takes half of the pot, rounding up if there is an odd number Shin - shtel - "put in" - the player puts one or two in the pot

The game may last until one person has won everything. In Israel the (Shin) is replaced with the (Pe). The phrase used in Israel means "A great miracle happened here." The meaning on the Dreidel is "Pay" - peh. This form is only used inside Israel.

Perinola - A Perinola is a 6-sided top, very similar to the dreidel, that is used for a similar game in most Latin American countries. Perinola is also the name of a stick and ball game.

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Traditions, some good, some bad

Matt. 15 [3]Yeshua said:....... Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

[6] ... Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

Mark 7 [13] Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

[9] And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Col. 2 [8] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men , after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

1 Pet. 1 [18] Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers ;[19 ] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
[20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Jews' religion, doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees

Matt. 16 [6] Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

[12] Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees .

Luke. 12 [1] In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy .

Gal.1 [13] For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion , how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:

[14] And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation , being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers

[15] But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

[16] To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

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Good Traditions

2Thes.2[ 15] Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

2Thes.3[ 6] Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

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Remember, tis the season to be pagan is here!

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Beware of the false image of love and the false feelings and emotions that run wild.

These pagan feasts bring on loneliness, depression and suicide and oh yes, debt for years to come.

Pagan religions are having classes at their facilities to address these (false) issues.

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

Shalom

 

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