Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Anti-Christ Part 4

Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Anti-Christ Part 4
Written by Jim Staley

Part 4: Hanukkah Traditions

We've learned much in the first three parts of this series. We started in Part 1 with the historical account of Hanukkah and discovered the incredible story of how one man, with God's help, stood up to evil, triumphed against all odds, and saved an entire people in the process. In Part 2 we learned how the Messiah kept this festival in the first century and how we could calculate his conception as taking place during it, resulting in His real birth during the Feast of Tabernacles (our September/October). In Part 3 we brought in the connection to Christmas and the antichrist and learned where celebrating it on December 25th came from. In this final part, I would like to share some of my family's traditions with you and discuss how we transitioned into celebrating the Festival of Lights.

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Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Anti-Christ Part 3

Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Anti-Christ Part 3
Written by Jim Staley

Part 3: The Christmas and Antichrist Connection

THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION

Now that you know the story of Hanukkah, how it was celebrated in the first century by our Messiah, and how we've used it to discover when He was actually born, we can turn our attention to the Christmas part of this story and unveil why we celebrate His birth on December 25th to begin with. Let's continue on our timeline from the first century and you'll see the same problem that Matityahu and Judah Maccabee faced begin all over again.

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Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Anti-Christ Part 2

Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Anti-Christ Part 2
Written by Jim Staley

Part 2: When Was Jesus Actually Born?

In Part 1 of this series we went through the story of Hanukkah and unpacked the incredible heroism that arose from the pits of the Greco-pagan influence that almost wiped out the people of God two hundred years before Christ was born. We showed how this story truly connects to us as believers and why millions of Christians around the world are waking up to why their Lord celebrated this holiday in the first century. We revealed how Matityahu was a shadow of the coming Messiah who liberated the temple of the Holy Spirit and how the light of the Menorah, the symbol of Messiah, is once again finding itself the central focus of Christian homes everywhere.

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Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Anti-Christ Part 1

Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Anti-Christ Part 1
Written by Jim Staley

Part 1

Okay, I admit, it’s a strange title. How on earth could all three of those topics be connected? Well, as you are about to see, not only are they connected, they’re all related...blood related.

Before we talk about Christmas, let’s talk about a holiday that is far less known to the Christian world but is unparalleled in its relevance to the Christian faith and to the end times, as well: Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a holiday every Christian has heard of but knows very little about, other than that Jewish people celebrate it. Hanukkah is actually a Hebrew word that means “dedication.” The Feast of Dedication was also called the Festival of Lights. Why? Because the entire story revolves around the dedication of the temple and the renewing of the lights that were found on the candelabra itself. Let’s take a minute and go through the story of this amazing holiday so we can see how it relates to believers around the world who are living in these last days.

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The Fire of God

The Fire of God
Written by Jim Staley

When we think of light, we often think of light bulbs, turning on the light, no darkness, et cetera. Our western minds quickly go to the most familiar part of what light is to us. But if you lived in the first century, the word “light” brought a single word to mind....fire. Fire was the origin of light in their world; the two words were almost synonymous. Fire is the origin and light is simply the result of the fire’s existence. In this article I would like to share a little of the power of this word and make a few connections to not only the scriptures but also to how it can apply to our lives.

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