11 Dec Will Hanukkah occur again after Messiah’s second coming?
In the previous article, we discovered the origin and history of Hanukkah and how it perfectly correlates to the Light of the World, Yeshua (Jesus), as He was conceived on this festival and celebrated it (Luke 1-2, John 10:22-30). Accordingly, in this article, we will substantiate if Hanukkah will occur again after Messiah’s second coming, which would entail the cleansing and re-dedication of the Millennial Temple.
As of this writing, although the Jewish Temple has not been rebuilt in Jerusalem, there has been numerous conversations among world leaders about commencing this prophetic project. As we journey forward into 2018 and beyond, we will see these conversations escalate and become more solidified until the Temple is rebuilt. In fact, Messiah and Daniel prophesied that there will be a Temple in Jerusalem at the end of the age.
Matthew 24:15, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
Daniel 11:31, “And forces shall be mustered by him (Antichrist), and they shall defile the sanctuary (Temple) fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.”
Both Messiah and Daniel confirm that there will be a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem at the end of the age, because the Antichrist will defile and abominate it, causing desolation. Daniel also provides great insight into the prophetic events of Hanukkah that will occur after Messiah’s Second Coming.
Daniel 12:8-12, “Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.“
In Daniel 12, he receives great wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the future Hanukkah! Daniel asks the interpretation of his vision and the interpreter tells him to, “seal up the words of the vision until the time of the end.” This confirms that the vision and conversation is sealed until the end of the age. The interpreter also gives Daniel great insight of the future Hanukkah, as he proclaims, “and from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.”
What can we make of this prophecy? Let us go through the last seven years of the age to understand Daniel 12:8-12.
Daniel 9:27, “Then he (Antichrist) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week” (seven years).
The last seven years of the age is 2,520 days (Hebrew calendar years – 360 x 7). The Great Tribulation, which is the last three and a half years of the age, will begin in the middle of the seven years (3 1/2 years), and will last 1,260 days (360 x 3 1/2 years), with the 1,260th day culminating Messiah’s second coming, which will occur on the Feast of Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement – Tishri 10 – Hebrew Calendar).
Daniel 9:27, “But in the middle of the week (3 1/2 years), he shall bring and end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abomination shall be one who makes desolate.” (Also see Daniel 11:31 and Matthew 24:15)
Daniel 7:25, “Then the saints shall be given into his (Antichrist) hand for a time and times, and half a time (3 1/2 years).”
Daniel 11:7, “It shall be for a time, times, and half a time (3 1/2 years); and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.”
Therefore, the Great Tribulation, the last 3 1/2 years of the age, begins on the first day of the final 1,260 days of the age, which will include the abomination of desolation and the taken away of the daily sacrifices. The interpreter in Daniel 12:11 proclaims, “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days (1,290 days).”
The interpreter explains that once the daily sacrifice is taken away (Daniel 9:27), and the abomination of desolation is set up (Daniel 9:27,11:31, Matthew 24:15), which will occur on the first day of the final 1,260 days, there will be 1,290 days. Why is there an additional 30 days from Messiah’s second coming (1,260th day)?
As we discovered, the Great Tribulation, the last 3 1/2 years of the age, will be a total of 1,260 days, which culminates with Messiah’s second coming (1,260th day – Yom Kippur – Tishri 10). Afterwards, there will be a 30-day period of cleansing the Temple, just as Judah Maccabee and his army cleansed the Temple in his day. Remember, the Antichrist will have fulfilled the abomination of desolation in the Temple, so it will need to be cleansed according to the Torah.
The interpreter continues:
Daniel 12:12, “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.”
After Messiah’s second coming on the 1,260th day (Yom Kippur), the Temple will be cleansed for 30 days, which brings us to 1,290 days. Subsequently, after 45 days, which brings us to the 1,335th day (Kislev 25), the Temple will be rededicated! What day is Kislev 25 on the Hebrew Calendar? …
It is the first day of Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication and Festival of Lights! Messiah Himself will be there during the Millennial Reign with the saints (you and me) and we will celebrate Hanukkah, rededicating the Temple with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Almighty! Amen, Amen, and Amen!
Last Seven Years of the age – 2,520 days
Great Tribulation – last 1,260 days
Messiah’s second coming – will be on the 1,260th day (Yom Kippur – Tishri 10)
75 days from Messiah’s second coming (Tishri 10) is Kislev 25, Hanukkah!
I pray and hope that you will celebrate the Feast of Dedication and Festival of Lights, Hanukkah!
May God’s grace and shalom always cover you,
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Who is the great harlot that …
- Sits in a desert (wilderness)? (Rev. 17:3)
- Has a specific product “whom the kings of the earth commit fornication (spiritual adultery) and the inhabitants of the earth are made drunk?” (Rev. 17:2) Could it be oil?
- Is drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus? (Rev. 17:6)
- Has a major seaport? (Rev. 18:17-19)
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