Hanukkah, although not considered a High Holiday, is one of the most celebrated holidays of all. It takes place at the end of the 9th Biblical month of Kislev (Dec. 22-30), and the significance of this month also plays an integral role in the meaning of Hannukah and its story. Kislev is the month of giving birth and the month of light, but it is also a time to prepare your strategy and be on guard for war. Just the fact that this is the ninth month of the year is enough to write a book, as the number nine and its significance in the Word fo God abound with rich meaning. In the natural there are 9 months of pregnancy before birth, and in Bible is associated with covenant (Genesis 9:9), the 9 fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), the 9 gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1,8-11), 9 Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), Abraham was 99 when God came and made a covenant with him (Genesis 17), and the word planted is used 9 times in the New Testament. 9 is a number of birthing and the fulfillment of God’s promises.

As we can see with the story of Hanukkah, often times the birthing of something new is often preceded by the fallen kingdom of darkness trying to destroy that which Adonai is giving birth to. It is the story of Hanukkah that turned what seemed destined to be yet another dark chapter in the history of Israel and the Jewish people, but that was not the case. In the modern day city of Modi’in, built on the same location as the ancient city of Modi’in, in the 2nd Century BCE history was made. After refusing the orders to follow the Greek customs of the invading army the Jewish people rebelled there first, sparking a nation wide revolt led by the maccabee family, leading to a string of victories that led to the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem where a statue of a false god had been erected. There was one problem though, even after a heroic and miraculous victory over the much stronger and more numerous enemy, there was only enough pure olive oil to last one day for the lighting of the Menorah. That oil lasted for a total of 8 days however, a miracle, giving the priests the number of days needed to make more pure olive oil to be used in the temple.

This miracle is celebrated through Hanukkah, where each night a single candle is lit on the Hanukkiah, the 9 candle Menorah. The 9th and center Candle is used as a helper candle to light all of the other candles, and as Believers is a symbol of Yeshua, the Light of the world (John 8:12), being both the oil that never runs dry and the fire that lives in us that allows us to be a light on a hill (Matthew 5:14-16). We see that Hanukkah was even celebrated by Yeshua himself (John 10:22-23), and this festival of lights still prophetically speaks to us today in the year 5779/2019. As we end the 9th month of the biblical calendar and enter into the New Civil year of 2020 it is a precursor of what to expect when the Biblical New Year of 5780 truly begins in Nisan (March 26th, 2020). As the time for Elohim to speak like never before (5780) approaches, the fallen kingdom of darkness is doing everything it can to thwart the plans of the King glory. It is important in this critical time of Hanukkah, the Festival of lights, to be filled with the pure olive oil of the Holy Spirit, and to receive the fire of the Most High that we might all shine together and be a light to the nations. Now more than ever is the time to stand firm in the face of opposition, to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:11), and to “stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Phillipians 1:27). Let this Hanukkah be more than just a celebration, but also a stark reminder to be prepared in the Most High as the enemy tries to stop what the King of glory is giving birth to in your life, your family, your city and your nation. Do not sit idly by as the enemy tries to plunder your inheritance in Yeshua, but rather fight back with the armor and weapons of heaven Yahweh Sabaoth has given you, (worship, prayer, fasting, the Word) knowing that El Elyon is with you (Matthew 1:22-23) and for you, and nothing can be against you (Romans 8:31). Remember, Yeshua is the one lighting your candle so that we might burn bright together with Him, turning the darkness into light. Hag Urim Sameach!

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