As the last lamp flickered out, Miriam continued to rock and closed her eyes in the darkness. Yeshua carried his Father’s name, the ‘I Am.’ He was no ordinary son; she was favored to be his mother. He was the reason she dedicated her life and soul to embracing the words of the angel. They named him Yeshua, the name given to Yosef when the angel spoke with him. Her son is the Light of the world, the One who fills all lamps with oil. He is the Miracle who is bringing the eternal Kingdom into this world. Tonight, he would reveal his identity to Isra’el, and Miriam knew that someday in the future a sword would pierce her heart.
The events surrounding Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication, are found in the Apocrypha. It is rooted in Jewish history during the time when Alexander the Great wanted to Hellenize the world. At the same time, the Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to the Greek Palestine in order to expedite the destruction of the nation and people of Israel.
Today, the same deceptive battle rages. It could be called the modern Maccabean revolt because it is a rebellion against modern-day Greek and Roman ideologies that have created a religious system contrary to Biblical truth and its spiritual and historical foundations.
A dreidel is a four-sided top with a different Hebrew letter on each side. Outside of the Land of Israel, the letters are: Nun – נ Gimel – ג Hay – ה Shin – ש When the letters are put together, they stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham or ‘A Miracle Happened There.’ Within the…