December 12, 2012 – Modern Maccabean Revolt

What has been will be again; what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

In the days of Judah Maccabee, there was an attack on the Jewish people by the Greeks.   Not just on the Jewish people themselves, but on everything the God of Israel had given them and promised them in the Scriptures.  Everything … Jewish.

Historically, every king, emperor or leader who has done these things has been considered an enemy to Israel and the Jewish people.   The Pharaoh of Egypt, Haman in Persia, Caligula and Nero of Rome, Miguel de Morillo and Juan de San Martin of the Spanish inquisitions,  all the way to Hitler of the modern era set themselves up as gods and tried to snuff out the lives of God’s chosen people.  Yet, there is still one more man of lawless to come, the one prophesied about in Daniel, spoken of by Yeshua, and restated by Paul. 

“The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. … And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him” (Daniel 9:26-27).

““So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—  then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains” (Matthew 24:15-16).

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Today, the same battle rages.  It’s not called the Maccabean revolt, but it is a rebellion against modern-day Greeks and Romans who have set up a religious system contrary to Biblical commands. This system teaches that the Torah is nullified, the Temple is unnecessary, the Levitical priesthood is obsolete, the dietary laws are cancelled, circumcision is legalism, the Sabbath is changed, and the Jewish people are rejected by God.   Everything a deception; everything … Jewish. 

These unBiblical doctrines transform the God of the Holy Scriptures into an institutionally designed god.   Jesus is misrepresented as a Greek-based Roman triune godhead rather than the King of the Jews, the Messiah of Israel. Many who could come to know Yeshua are driven away from a deeper walk of faith with God through these false and misguided teachings.

Those who represent these teachings are not giving the world the good news of salvation.   They are twisting the truth and giving the father of lies a platform on which to present his message of lawlessness.  This is nothing more than the work of the Adversary, the antichrist, or man of lawlessness prophesied about in Daniel, by Yeshua, and Paul.

There is nothing new under the heavens.  There will always be lawless men who want to destroy the Jewish people along with their Biblical heritage.  There will also be men and women, Jews and gentiles,  like Judah Maccabee and his father who fight against such destruction and assimilation.  They will place a Hanukkah menorah in their window to show the Jewish people they stand with them and the God of Israel.  They will light the eight festive candles each night to proclaim to the world that they, along with the Jewish people, will never assimilate into a Hellenized Roman religious system that advances the coming ‘man of lawlessness’.   

The ancient Greeks didn’t win against the small Maccabean army; Antiochus Epiphanes didn’t destroy  the Jews or the Torah they guarded for centuries. The modern-day Greeks won’t win against a royal priesthood that has stood against lies and deceptions established over the centuries by the church.  The modern-day Romans in Vatican City can’t stop the Torah from coming from Zion and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  The battle is the LORD’s and when Messiah returns all things will be restored … everything Jewish.  The Torah’s teachings and instructions, the eternal Levitical priesthood, the seventh-day Sabbath as the covenant sign between God and His people, circumcision for entrance into the Sanctuary, and the Temple as envisioned by Ezekiel with a dedicated altar of sacrifice … everything Jewish.   At that time, in the day of the LORD, there will be Days of Dedication, a celebration of Hanukkah, like none other.

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