December 24: Hanukkah

Rise of the Evil One

Tonight’s the night when many Christians go to a worship service and Jews (and some Christians) light the first candle of Hanukkah.

Daniel 11:21

 “He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue… (NIV)

Daniel received a vision of Israel’s future in 539 B.C. but like most prophesies it foretold the future in several layers.  The first fulfillment began after the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.  Alexander divided his empire among four of his generals who for the next two hundred years fought over the land of Israel.  In 215 the Seleucid emperor Antiochus IV began to rule Israel. 

Note that this person does not achieve a military victory but a political one, through diplomatic scheming.



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There are actually nine candles. The 9th and always slightly separated from the others is called “The Servant” candle. This is the only one lit and then it lights all the others.


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