I take great interest in everything Jesus says......but in Matthew 24 he points to this man; Antiochus IV Epiphanes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IV_Epiphanes who sacrfices a pig in the Temple.
t 24:15 ¶ When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Is that a message for today???
Why does Jesus point to this? Well, look what the name Antiochus means!!! Prince of Tyre
Eze 28:12 Son 1121 of man 120, take up 5375 a lamentation 7015 upon the king 4428 of Tyrus 6865, and say 559 unto him, Thus saith 559 the Lord 136 GOD 3069; Thou sealest up 2856 the sum 8508, full 4392 of wisdom 2451, and perfect 3632 in beauty 3308.
Eze 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden 5731 the garden 1588 of God 430; every precious 3368 stone 68 [was] thy covering 4540, the sardius 124, topaz 6357, and the diamond 3095, the beryl 8658, the onyx 7718, and the jasper 3471, the sapphire 5601, the emerald 5306, and the carbuncle 1304, and gold 2091: the workmanship 4399 of thy tabrets 8596 and of thy pipes 5345 was prepared 3559 in thee in the day 3117 that thou wast created 1254 .Well well well....It's Satan Jesus is pointing too.And it is because of Antiochus IV we have Hannuaka.....Did Jesus point us here in the book of Matthew as a clue ? Maybe....we shall soon see.
The word hanukkah means dedication so the Festival of Hanukkah means the Festival of Dedication. Hanukkah is not one of the festivals of the L-RD as outlined in Leviticus 23, Hanukkah is a comemeration of a historical event. It is a remembrance of a time of great persecution of ADONAI’s people and their triumph over it with the help of ADONAI, it is a time to remember the re-dedication of the Temple after a time of desecration and devastation by pagans.
It is a festival to remember the Father’s deliverance in days gone by and to praise Him for His faithfulness through such a dark time. The stories related to Hanukkah can be found in the Apocrypha, in the first and second books of Maccabees specifically. These books are history books and not inspired Scripture but they contain a lot of information that we, as believers, would do well to know about. Daniel the Prophet foretold the events surrounding Hanukkah centuries before they were to take place and we also read about Hanukkah in the Gospels.
Hanukkah in the Gospels
Mention of the Festival of Dedication is found in
At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Yeshua (Jesus) was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.
The only times we read of Yeshua being in Jerusalem were for the three pilgrimage feasts (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot) and again here at Hanukkah. There was something important enough about Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication, that He would make the 3 to 5 day journey from His hometown to Jerusalem to celebrate with others and to teach at the Temple. If it was an important time in the mind of our Master, we would do well to investigate it for ourselves.Today Hanukkah is often referred to as The Festival of Lights.
Yeshua teaches that He is the Light of the World. We have also been taught that we are to be lights to the nations. There is so much symbolism in Scripture related to light and darkness that a study on these subjects alone would be a wonderful family endeavor. In this darkest time of the year, when we light our Hanukkiahs each night we are reminded that a city on a hill cannot be hidden and that only a fool would hide his lamp underneath something. We are to let our light shine before all men that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father Who is in heaven. Each night of Hanukkah as the light grows, we remember.
Rest of the story here; http://followingtheancientpaths.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/why-hanukkah-2009/