Why Yahshuah Refused to Celebrate Hanukkah

In John chapter seven Yahsuah's brothers were going up to Jerusalem to celebrate Hanukkah. To "go up" to a festival meant to wear festive clothes, carry palm branches, and sing and feast all the way. Yahshuah told them he would not "go up". They mocked him and depared. A short time later he went to Jerusalem by a back road "in secret".

Q: Wasn't it the Feast of Tabernacles that Yahshuah refused to "go up to"? (John 10:2 "But the feast of the Jews was near, the Feast of Tabernacles."

A: For many years under Syrian rule the Jews could not celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth). The Maccabees reinstituted it moving it to December (Chislev) to coincide with the Saturnalia of the winter solstice. In Chapter 10 John specifically tells us this was the Feast of Tabernacles in the winter called "the Feast of Dedication"; that's Hanukkah. (John10:22).

Q: If the feast was so evil why did Yahshuah go?

A: Yahshuah went to call them to repentance. Yahshuah arrived in the middle of the feast and during the next 4 days Yahshuah condemned the revelers saying "You do not keep the Torah given by Moshe." "You are murderers." "You ae not the children of Abraham." "Your father is the devil." "You are liars." Three times they tried to stone him, but each time he slipped out of their hands. When Hanukkah was over, he crossed the Jordan River and many people came out to listen to him.

I find it unfathomable that many Chrisians want to celebrate Hanukkah. Wake up! Read! Study! Repent!

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