Renee M (8 Dec 2012)
"Hanukkah Rapture (December 8-16, 2012) - Summary of the 7th day of Hanukkah"

Hanukkah Rapture (December 8-16, 2012) - Summary of the 7th day of Hanukkah

Summary of the 7th day of Hanukkah 

Jesus put many CLUES in Matthew 24 as to the timing of when the Tribulation would begin...

“Tell us,” they said, “
WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN, and what will be the SIGN OF YOUR COMING and of the end of the age?”

THEN there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

Jesus said THEN. THEN means at that time or immediately after this happens. What happens? Look at the clues.

Matthew and Mark both said,
LET THE READER UNDERSTAND. What is Matthew and Mark telling us to understand? THE CLUES! Here are the clues that Jesus gives us:

1. So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand


3. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!

4. Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.

How are these clues? What is Jesus talking about? There is no doubt in my mind that every single one of Jesus' disciples knew
EXACTLY what Jesus was referring to. This was an event that had taken place less than 200 years earlier and the Jews knew the history of it very well. An abomination was set up on the 25th of Kislev. On that day, the Jews fled into the mountains after killing Antiochus' temple guards and the Jew who had tried to make the abominable sacrifice. The following Sabbath, during the winter, Antiochus' army showed up and slaughtered 1000 people, including women and young children.

This all took place during the Feast of Hanukkah, although at the time, there was no Feast of Hanukkah! This is what began the events that led to Hanukkah exactly 3 years later. Exactly 3 years later, on Kislev 25, the Jews in the mountains were able to defeat Antiochus' army and take back the temple and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles that they hadn't been able to properly celebrate for 3 years because the temple and the altar were defiled. So, from that time on, the Jews instituted a SECOND Feast of Tabernacles to be celebrated from Kislev 25 to Tevet 2 in commemoration of the rededication of the temple. They did the same things on Hanukkah that they did on Tabernacles and history says that the Jews could not even tell the difference between the 2 festivals, because they did the same things at both festivals.
Haggai prophesied 350 years before this that there would be a second Feast of Tabernacles that would start from the 24th day of Kislev. Haggai 2 speaks of the Lord shaking the heavens and the earth on the 7th day of the Feast of Tabernacles, but then the Lord shows Haggai that just as the Jews were given a second Passover if they were defiled and unable to celebrate Passover on time, so there would also be a second Feast of Tabernacles for those who were defiled. He even tells Haggai when this second Feast of Tabernacles would begin, from the 24th day of the 9th month. Sure enough, around 350 years later, a second Feast of Tabernacles is started from the 24th/25th day of the 9th month. Just as Solomon dedicated the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles and fire fell from Heaven and the Shekhinah glory fell on everyone there, so during the second Feast of Tabernacles, the temple was RE-dedicated (hence, the name Hanukkah, meaning dedication), and the fire did not go out for the entire 8 days, even though there was only enough oil to burn the lampstand for one day.

The Lord shows us the same pattern from the story of Esther. Queen Vishti is called to appear before the King and the people wearing her royal crown on the 7th day of a Feast. This represents the 7th day of Tabernacles. She refused to come. The King became so angry. He then removed Queen Vishti as the queen and found a new bride, named Esther. When did the King marry Queen Esther? On the 7th day of Hanukkah (although, again, at the time there was no Hanukkah)! The Lord hid all of these things in His Word for us to search out and find like hidden jewels. Jesus tells a parable about a King who invites His servants to come to His Son's Wedding Feast. But they refuse to come. They are all too busy. So He becomes ENRAGED, just as King Xerxes was enraged that His queen would not come when He had beckoned her to come. So, in the parable, He invites the crippled and the lame, and anyone at all who is willing to come. Israel rejected their Messiah. They refused to come. They were defiled. Even many believers, many who are in the Church of Laodicea, are just too busy for the Lord. They are defiled. They refuse to come when He calls to them. I believe that the Scriptures are pointing us to the 7th day of Hanukkah, as a replacement for the 7th day of Tabernacles, as the time of the Rapture and wedding Feast of the King!

It is so obvious when we know the history of the Jews that Jesus is referring to this when his disciples ask Him when He will come. He tells them the answer. He's basically saying, HANUKKAH!

Here is my summary of what I believe Jesus was telling the disciples in Matthew 24:15-21, after the disciples asked Jesus when He was coming:

Jesus speaking: "You want to know when I am coming? ON HANUKKAH! Remember when the abomination was set up and the Jews had to flee to the mountains and the women and young children were killed on the Sabbath during the winter? Yes, you remember that story from your history lessons? So, when did that take place? Yes, it took place on Hanukkah. So, you ask Me when I am coming, and my answer to you is Hanukkah. And from that time on, there will be distress as never before and never will be again. And the days will be shortened, because if I didn't shorten them, nobody would survive."