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Hanukkah Verses Christmas

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

More and more born-again believers in Jesus Christ [Messiah] are now celebrating Hanukkah each year instead of Christmas. They have discarded the pagan practice of observing “Christ-Mass” and begun to observe Hanukkah instead in a New Testament context. For more information on the fallacy of Christmas observance, read our article: “Was Jesus really born on December 25th.”?

Hanukkah’s historical origin.

The Hanukkah holiday we celebrate this week originally commemorated the defilement of the Jewish temple in 167 B.C. by the Roman ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes when he attacked Jerusalem, purposely sacrificed a pig (and other abominable creatures to the Jews) on the temple altar, and forced everyone to worship Zeus, his pagan god.

A small number of faithful and heroic Jews, known as the Maccabees, fought back and regained control of their temple from the Roman invasion. Immediately they cleansed the temple and restored the worship of the one true God, Yahovah.

The miracle associated with Hanukkah occurred when the Jewish priests only had enough oil for the Candelabrum to give them one day of light. But they prayed in faith, and God miraculously made the oil last for eight days until more oil could be produced. Thus, the significance of the eight days of Hanukkah where one new candle is lit everyday. The ninth candle is called the “Shammash” (Hebrew: Servant), used to light all the other candles.

New Testament meaning of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah should remind us that our bodies should be cleansed daily of any spiritual defilement because we are the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Let us live in such a way as to honor and please God with our bodies. When you commit sin, you must confess it quickly and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you once again from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

– Luis Josephus


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How Jewish and Gentile Christians celebrate Hanukkah

You are God's Temple

You are God’s Temple

Born-again believers in Jesus Christ [Messiah], whether of Jewish or gentile origin (it matters not since we are now “one in Christ”) celebrate Hanukkah each year with a different meaning. Hanukkah is more than lighting candles, giving gifts, and enjoying a special dinner with family and friends. It’s about re-dedicating your life and body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, to serving Jesus Christ [Messiah] for another year with renewed faith, love and devotion.

”What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price [The sacrifice of Jesus]. Therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which belong to God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.


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comment_smComment from Pastor Luis Yosefus: “YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. One of the historical themes of Hanukkah is the cleansing of the temple. It should remind us that our bodies should be cleansed daily of any spiritual defilement because we are the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, one of the members of the Triune Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). Because the Holy Spirit now lives in you, your body belongs to God. You are responsible to safeguard it from any defilement through immoral words, thoughts, desires, or deeds, lest you commit the sin of defiling the temple of God. www.RealJesus.net

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Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

Warmest thoughts and best wishes
for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year!


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comment_smComment from Stephsoul:  (Happy Hanukkah) “חנוכה שמח “

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When was Jesus actually born?

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

The Bible doesn’t give us an exact date, but He could not have been born in December. Most likely Jesus was born in September. The Christmas holiday celebrated annually on December 25th was an invention of the Roman Catholic Church around the fourth century A.D. and has no biblical support whatsoever. Furthermore, Jesus only commanded us to memorialize His sacrificial death – not His birth. December 25th was originally the celebration of the pagan sun god’s birthday which the Roman church deceptively changed to Christ’s birthday instead.

Later in history, the Protestant Church continued this unholy invention of the Roman Catholic Church and “Christ-Mass”, or “Christmas” became an established holiday to this day. If you study the history of Christmas further you’ll also be shocked to discover that the decoration of Christmas trees with silver and gold ornaments, mistletoe, Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, and many other such customs all have sinister origins and have no place in the Christian Church.

Since Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel, the days are too cold in December for shepherds to be out in the fields at night keeping watch over their flocks.

“…and she [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son [Jesus]. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” – Luke 2:7-8

Hanukkah, the Feast of Lights, began at Sundown on December 7th of this year. Although not one of the original Seven Feasts instituted by Yahovah God, it is a holiday which my family and I prefer to celebrate as a substitute for Christmas. It has no pagan connection and gifts are also exchanged after (or during) the eight days of Hanukkah. As born-again Christians, my family and grandchildren prefer observing Hanukkah better than celebrating Christmas, since we are not participating in any pagan traditions that will offend God.

For further study of the pagan origins of Christmas, click here to order our free booklet, “The Seven Biblical Feasts.”

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus


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