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Hanukkah and the Birth Pains of Messiah

Yeshua of Nazareth taught his disciples that the story of Hanukkah was destined to repeat itself in the future. He warned them that a new tyrant would arise and place a new abomination of desolation in the holy place, just as Antiochus (IV) Epiphanes had done in […]

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Hanukkah and the Abomination of Desolation

There’s a lot more going on in the Hanukkah story than just candles, dreidels, and potato latkes. The story of Hanukkah annually reminds us of the ongoing spiritual war against God’s people, the threat of religious persecution, and the heroic sacrifices of those who have laid down […]

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Non-Jews and Chanukkah

The Adam Sandler song (or maybe the Neil Diamond cover) may be many Christians’ only exposure to the holiday. We know it’s eight days long, and we know that some candles are lit—and that’s about it. Oh, right—it’s Jewish. We know that. Chanukkah is a Jewish holiday. […]

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