Legend of Hanukkah
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fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may
be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,
specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be
stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which
they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake...Not giving heed
to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from
he ravamped his Moriel website in 1999,
Jacob Prasch had the
seven candle menorah as part of their Logo. The 9-candle
menorah, called a Chanukiah, is now displayed on Jacob
Prasch’s Logo, Calvary Chapel Jerusalem and many other
Update--Logo has been changed in 2002.***
menorah is used to
celebrate Chanukah or Hanukkah, also called The Feast of
Lights, or Feast of the Maccabees which is celebrated December
Contemporary use of the Chanukiah is in celebration of the
victory of pseudo-Messiah, Judas Maccabees and his brothers
over the oppressor about 166 BC. The story includes the
cleansing of the Temple and the legend of oil miraculously
burning for eight days.
For many, it has become very much a children's holiday,
reminiscent of Christmas and for many, instead of Christmas,
with wrapped gifts, special foods and decorated and lit Hanukkah
'bushes'. Some today suggest that Hanukkah is to be celebrated
because of the universal desire of mankind for liberty. In
actuality, it is a memorial about the historical and ongoing
conflict of Jewish culture and faith versus non-Jewish beliefs
and what many would call the Gentile influences and faith.
from Ed Tarkowski’s Home Page. 36
us that the original name for the festival was not the Feast
of Lights but the Feast of Fire.1.
The story of the Maccabees and
the Maccabean Revolt, was reportedly commissioned by the
Maccabees themselves, and is found in the Apocrypha's 1st &
2nd Maccabees, which are found in Catholic and some Protestant
Bibles. However, those writings are not found in Jewish
Bibles, but rather, the Maccabean Revolt is found referenced
to in the extra-biblical writings of the Talmud.
From those and other historical
sources such as Josephus' Antiquities, we know that
Antiochus or "Epiphanes", outlawed the practice of Judaism prior
to the second century BC. Idols and altars were established
throughout Jerusalem where sacrifices were made to the various
'gods'. In full rebellion to Almighty God, an idol was erected
on the great Temple, with many historically believing it to be
an image of Zeus. Jews who disobeyed the directive to burn their
Torah scrolls and cease from practicing Judaism were murdered.
Some suggest by about 167 BC, Mattathais Maccabees and his sons
determined to stop the sacrilege of the Temple and proceeded to
overthrow the Syrians. Judah Maccabees took the lead and the
Jews recaptured the Temple. According to the various writings
they rededicated the altar on the 25th of Kislev or
November-December. The celebration for the dedication of the
altar went on for eight days followed by the rededication of the
Temple to God.
Many venerated Judah Maccabees as the awaited
For many years, Hanukkah in
essence symbolized the overthrow of pagan Gentile influence from
Jewish spirituality, and the rededication to God and the Mosaic
Law. However, history reveals that the wrath that was dealt out
by the Maccabees did not end the path of disaster which Israel
had been treading. Whether reading 'gentile' historical or
Jewish resources, the end result was that the Maccabees or
Hasmoneans as they are called, became power hungry and corrupt.
What started out for many as a zealous spiritual endeavor based
on wrath, became immersed in corruption, murder and destruction,
and the eventual act of Jews killing Jews. The war and
rebellion became a civil war. According to Josephus, in his
Antiquities, within 65 years of the initial revolt, a
challenge was put forth by a number of Pharisees towards one of
the corrupt leaders of the Maccabees, one Alexander Janneus. His
response was to quell the revolt by having the Jewish soldiers
under his command crucify 800 of the Pharisees. He then ordered
the throats of their children and wives cut, while they watched.
While many celebrate Hanukkah and the Maccabees, what many do
not realize is that the Maccabees themselves became a
destructive force to Judaism.
The initial Revolt lasted about
four years, from 167-163 BC. By 66 AD, the Zealots again
revolted against their Gentile oppressors. Just as with the
earlier Maccabees, again the revolt ended with Jews killing
Jews, and many would agree
that it changed the course of Jewish history forever. Many know
that by 70 AD the Romans
destroyed the Temple, burned Jerusalem, and slaughtered
thousands of people. The last stronghold at Masada ended with
the rebel Jews committing suicide. The surviving Jews were
exiled from the land, until 1948.
know that Hanukkah itself was added to Jewish celebrations by
Pharisees and was not God ordained in the Scriptures.
In Rabbi Hyam Maccobys, Revolution in Judaea, and
as discussed in the article,
To Embrace Hebrew Roots: Part II
: The Bible & The Talmud, he noted that:
In the volume, Josephus,
the historian, also contrasts the views of the Pharisees and
Sadducees regarding the Oral Law:
the Pharisees have delivered to the people a
great many observances by succession from their fathers,
which are not written in the law of Moses; and it is for this
reason that the Sadducees reject them, and say that we are to
esteem those observances to be obligatory which are in the
written word, and not to observe what are derived from the
tradition of our forefathers. " 22.
In defense and support of
the Pharisees, Hyam Maccoby adds this tribute to their
preservation and multiplying of religious rituals and traditions:
"The Pharisees added new Festivals (Chanukah and
Purim) to the Jewish religious year; they added to the canon
they added new doctrine to
they added new rites to the Temple
as well as being continual creators of new
prayers and ceremonies in the synagogue." 23.
In fact, Jewish Rabbi Daniel Kohn, in answer to the
question, "Is the miracle of Chanukah made up?"
stated that the whole concept of the miracle of the oil, was
lighting of the Menorah is not a farce, it has profound
spiritual and religious significance. ... the historical
elements which led to the Talmudic Rabbis shifting the focus
of the Hanukkah story from that of a military victory to
that of a miracle of a cruse of oil... After peace had been
re-established with the Seleucids after the Maccabean War,
the Hasmoneans refused to retire. They kept the elements of
their guerilla army intact and CONTINUED the war as a civil
war against the Seleucids and Hellenized Jews in
Jerusalem...The Maccabees then comissioned an official
history of their victory, called I Maccabees. It was
unabashedly pro-Maccabean because they paid for it and
therefore it is pure propaganda...The Hasidim (Jewish
loyalists who had been against he Hellenizing Jews) were
scandalized by Maccabees for declaring themselves both
worldly and temporal powers! They formed a new political
opposition party called the Perushim (Pharisees)--the
separatists, and bitterly hated the Maccabees. These
Perushim eventually evolved into the Rabbis who wrote the
Mishnah and Talmud--and they kept their hate for the
Maccabees alive. Afterall, the Maccabees, in their eyes, had
committed blasphemy by combining the powers of the kingship
with that of the priesthood...
Over the next 100 years,
the Maccabees used their military might to expand the Jewish
kingdom, forcibly converting the Idumeans to Judaism... They
epitomized the worst in military dictatorship... The more
successful the Maccabees became, the wealthier and more
Hellenistic they became!... they ended up becoming the
single most successful Hellenizing force in Jewish
society!...the Maccabean Kingdom was conquered by the
Romans, and by the time the Rabbis, heirs of the Perushim
and Hasidim, edited the Talmud, the land of Israel had known
tremendous loss of life and destruction due to vainglorious
military resistance and rebellion against Roman might. The
martial memories of the Maccabees were no longer seen as
reminders of a glorious past but dangerous, seditious
influences which must be supressed at all costs ... The
rabbis feared glorifying a martial past while still occupied
and oppressed...The myth of the cruse of oil masked the
truth about Hanukkah for centuries. The rabbis may have
deliberately lied about the military origins and Hellenistic
causes of Hanukkah in order to maintain the holiday but
shifted its focus to God and more religious themes out of a
greater need for survival!..."
principal source for the story of Hanukkah and the oil is found in the
Talmud and many Jewish and non-Jewish sources discuss the fact
that the legend of the oil burning for eight days in the
Temple is just that, legend. Which brings one to an
are told that most Messianics do not approve of, nor do they
embrace the teachings from the Talmud, although some have
admitted to this author that they do. So, why are most using
the Legend of the Maccabees and the associated Oil story to
enter into the celebration for that Legend?
The hebrew word of hanukkah or
chanukkah is used in the Old Testament eight times. It means
'dedication.' and is found in
Numbers 7:10, 11, 84, 88;
2 Chronicles 7:9;
Nehemiah 12:27 and
secondary language found in the Old Testament,
precisely four times, in Daniel 3:2,3 and Ezra 6:16 & 17
and spells it chanukka.
Invariably, the word hanukkah
refers to the dedication of the altar in front of the Tent of
Meeting, the Temple built by Solomon, or the wall of Jerusalem.
The two times in Daniel 3 it is
not used for those purposes, it is used in reference to the
dedication and worship of the image of Nebuchadnezzar in
Babylon. Those that refused to worship it were to be thrown into
Daniel 3:3.... were
gathered together unto the dedication <chanukka'
(Aramaic)> of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set
Scriptural reference to dedication in the New Testament is found in John 10:22.
Many Messianics are using this passage to say that Jesus
celebrated Hanukkah and therefore that means we should.
When I look at the passage
in John 10, I read the whole chapter because the verse in
reference to the feast of dedication, does not
in fact say that Jesus was celebrating it. It was a statement
of what time of year it was.
John 10:22 And it was
at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication <egkainia>, and
it was winter.
dedication <egkainia> 1456.
egkainia egkainia, eng-kah'-ee-nee-ah neuter plural of a
presumed compound from 1722 and 2537; innovatives, i.e.
(specially) renewal (of religious services after the
Antiochian interruption):--dedication. [Strong's]
In fact prior to verse 22, Jesus
had healed the blind man, etc, and had been teaching in
the temple and the Pharisees were disputing him, some
claiming He had a devil. Just prior to verse 22 it says the
John 10:17 Therefore
doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I
might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of
myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to
take it again. This commandment have I received of my
19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews
for these sayings. 20 And many of them said, He hath a
devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
21 Others said, These are not the words of him that
hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind? 22
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto
him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the
Christ, tell us plainly. 25 Jesus answered them, I
told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my
Father's name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep,
as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed
you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we
stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou,
being a man, makest thyself God.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.
42 And many believed on him there.
Some observations. Many of
the Jewish and Gentile people gathered in Solomon's porch because it was
winter and it was cold. It should be noted that Solomon's
porch bordered the outer court and was where the Gentiles
congregated, because they were not allowed into the inner
court with the Jews.
Jews could interact with the
Gentiles on the porch, which was located on the east side of
the outer court of Herod's temple, i.e. the second temple.
There was a sign posted at the
inner court warning all non-Jews that to enter would be
punishable by death. The actual quote inscribed on the sign
"No foreigner may enter
within the railing and enclosure that surround the Temple.
Anyone apprehended shall have himself to blame for his
[Source: Atlantic Baptist University http://www.abu.nb.ca/courses/NTIntro/images/WarnSign.htm]
Alfred Edersheim suggests in
his writing, The Temple-It's Ministry and Service in the time
of Jesus Christ, written during his seven volume work from
1876-87, "...These halls or porches around the Court of the
Gentiles must have been most convenient places for friendly or
religious intercourse- meetings or discussions." Jesus went to where the people
were--and spoke the truth of who He was. He was not received
by most of the Jews present, especially the Pharisees--that
many Messianics claim Jesus was celebrating with. They, in
fact, wanted to stone Him. There is nothing that says Jesus
entered into any celebration. From what is stated in this
chapter, the preceding and following chapters and verses,
Jesus was there to share the things of God and who He was/is.
He was about His Father's business. And when they tried to
seize Him, he left Jerusalem.
Unlike the Maccabees, whose
original mission was to protect and include the Jews and their
beliefs while excluding Gentiles and their beliefs, Jesus came
to include all mankind that believed in Him, to be part of the
kingdom of God which He was building. Jesus was teaching that He
was the Good Shepherd and that not only were there going to be
'other sheep', meaning the Gentiles, brought into the sheepfold
with the Jews but, all must enter the sheepfold through Him. The
resulting flock of sheep would be comprised of believing Jews
and Gentiles, which was prophetic and part of the Abrahamic
covenant from Genesis 12.
These teachings flew in the
face of the Hanukkah festivities and focus, which was to
separate fully from anything or anyone non-Jewish, and celebrate
the Maccabees, with the focus of some on that 'messiah.' In
sharp contrast to the Maccabean mission of physical liberty
through war, self focus and revolt to the governing authorities,
disassociation and for some,
hatred for those outside of Judaism, Jesus instead taught of
loving enemies and forgiving and bringing those viewed as
unclean into the fold through the only door that would make all
spiritually clean. Himself. He taught and fulfilled, for
example, the Isaiah prophecy of making God's house a house of
prayer for all people. He taught that all mankind, not just the
pagan gentiles, needed His cleansing.
Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I
bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of
prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be
accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an
house of prayer for all people.
8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith,
Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are
gathered unto him.
Jesus often made a distinction between 'the religion of
the Pharisees' and what He and the Scriptures said. That is
why many could not receive Him. They went by man made religion
and thought over the Truth in the Scriptures. The
Scriptures were there for them. Jesus said so.
John 5:39 Search the
scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and
they are they which testify of me.
Regarding Hanukkah, there is
no doubt in my mind that if the legend was true in that God
kept the oil burning for 8 days--He is more than able--and
Praise His Holy Name. As a Christian, I can't support it. God was
very specific about how the Menorah was to be made--with 7
candlesticks. There was no divine directive to change that or
celebrate with anything different--it was as was suggested to
this writer--man made. And that is the issue. The
things of Christ are not about days and such, nor is our focus
or glorying to be on man, but God alone:
Colossians 2:16 Let
no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in
respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body
is of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:21
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
For me, as Christian,
I take the verses--1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all
things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from
all appearance of evil.
That is the issue for me.
From one web site we read that the celebration of
these festivals is to continue strengthening the Jewish people
in all aspects of their lives.
Jewish holidays commemorate events invested with historical
and religious meaning. Hanukkah means "dedication,"
and it commemorates the rededication of the Temple in
Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces…Hanukkah
may be found in the name of the holiday itself -- Dedication.
When Jews have dedicated themselves, through faith and action,
to the pursuit of high religious and human ideals, Judaism has
been strong. That imperative, to strengthen our religion and
our people…” 37
by Mattathias and led by his son, Judah, a small group of Jews
called Maccabees (meaning "hammer") rebelled. The
Maccabees risked their lives to live according to Jewish law
and to prevent this desecration of their sacred Temple.” 38
the website of Gershon Salomon's "The Temple Mount and
Land of Israel Faithful Movement" is the report showing
the union of the spirit of the Maccabees with Hanukkah. The
menorah used for this march also displayed nine candles.
with the Torch of the Maccabees to the Temple Mount
march of The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful
Movement on 7th December, 1999, during Hanukkah, with the
torch of the Maccabees was held at a very critical
time...The Faithful, the modern-day Maccabees, marched from
Modi'in, the town where the great revolt against the
Hellenists and the march to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount
to liberate and purify it, started and accomplished it in a
great miraculous godly victory in 165 BCE, to Jerusalem and
the Temple Mount. Like the faithful Maccabees, the goal of
the Temple Mount Faithful was to liberate and purify the
Temple Mount from the foreign pagan Arab abomination of the
hill of G-d, to rebuild the house of G-d, and to renew the
worship in the temple...We swore faithfulness to the
heritage of the Maccabees who sacrificed their lives and
everything that they had in a very similar time to save the
people of Israel from the enemy, to again dedicate the
Temple Mount, Jerusalem and the land of Israel for the Name
of G-d and His values and laws and Word and to make Israel,
the people and land, again a biblical nation with a biblical
mission. It was a very exciting moment and, as in the time
of the Maccabees, we felt the presence of G-d and the deep
significance of this great and critical time. We also felt
the presence of the spirit of the Maccabees amongst us and
we prayed to the G-d of Israel that He would give us the
same strength and courage and victories which He gave to His
faithful Maccabees...Then, together with this spirit, the
burning torch of the Maccabees and the Hanukkiah, we ran
from the tombs in Modi'in along the mountains of Beth Horon.
It was along the same route that the Maccabees made their
battles against the Hellenists and G-d gave them victory
after victory a small minority against a great majority.
Everyone could still feel the presence of the spirits of the
Maccabees on these high mountains and Jewish villages and
remains from this historical time...In front of Orient House
we lit the Hanukkah menorah with the torch of the Maccabees
and the message was that we brought the light of G-d to
dispel from Jerusalem and the land of Israel the darkness of
the so-called "Palestinians" and the other
enemies. G-d put in our hearts to make in this demonstration
a symbolic funeral with a coffin which had the word
"Palestine" written on it to say that these evil
plans will be buried by G-d for ever...."
Eastern Orthodox Church venerates the Maccabees as Saints. The
Dictionary of Bible and Religion suggests that the
Maccabees were exalted to the point of Messiah. Discussing I
book stands in the tradition of O.T. historiography and tells
the story of the insurrection of faithful Jews against the
Seclucids and their Hellenizing Jewish allies as a history of
salvation. So pleased were the writers of the book with the
success of the powerless, [religiously] observant Jews against
a powerful empire that they endorsed expansion and wars of
conquest (1533) and spoke of the later leaders almost in the
language of messianism. (see the poetic exhaltation of Simon
Marcus (Nehemiah Trustees Covenant) and Peter Michas
(Messengers of Messiah) both align Chanukah to a celebration
of the conception of Mary. Peter Michas has gone so far in the
past as to declare that December 19 was:
evening’ before the conception of Mary. “*** From Peter:
For all of you awaiting the day of the conception of Yeshua,
it will be in the early evening hours of Sunday. It occurred
in the early evening when Miryam entered the home of
Elizabeth. At that very moment in history the Messiah Yeshua,
the Word/Torah was made flesh in the womb of Miryam.
peterm " 40.
The Jews For Jesus Newsletter, 1981, HINENI
MINISTRIES, Volume 3:5742
man-ordained celebration was never intended to represent the
conception of Mary— and is certainly not viewed like that in
the Talmud, nor by Jews who reject Jesus Christ. However, that
does not hinder Uri Marcus from delivering the intent of
Hanukkah as being for Gentiles to join with the Jews in this
celebration, so that, in his words, the Jews can “illuminate
the whole world.”
What a sharp contrast to the historical and original intent of
the Maccabees--to separate from all Gentiles and their
practices and beliefs. And what a very sharp contrast to the
Scripture where Jesus said He was the light of the world, in
John 8:12 "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the
light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in
darkness, but shall have the light of life"
Jesus also said those that
followed him were to be salt and light of the world.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of
the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith
shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to
be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an
hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel,
but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Marcus offers proof of these conception of Mary calculations by
promoting his kabbalist brother, Avi ben Mordechai, and his
book “Signs in the Heavens,” which promotes
astrology and the Zodiac. Uri’s complete article was
distributed on several email lists including Ed Tarkowski’s.
first is that since Yeshua was born at Succot, and conceived
about six months after Yochanan HaMatbil (John the Baptist),
the approximate time of conception would have fallen sometime
in late November to late December. This is exactly the period
of time of the Festival of Chanukah. Second, in studying the
birth narrative, and carefully noting the passage of time, it
is highly likely that the Magi arrived in Beit Lechem with
gifts for the new King of the Jews about 15 months after His
birth, again, at Chanukah."
"Instead of getting into elaborate proofs…I will
instead invite you to read my Brother's book, "Signs in
the Heavens" which amply develops these themes in a very
convincing way….Hence, for Jews who light the Chanukiah this
year, or for those who can learn from our customs, we should
keep in mind that in our encounter with "darkness",
we don't want to use the flame to burn and destroy the world,
but rather, we want to use it to illuminate the whole world
with Torah. We want to light the way for all the Nations so
that they can prosper materially and spiritually. Even though
they will never fully respond to this before the coming of
Mashiach, we must still give them this prescription. It is the
same as it was in the time of the Hellenistic oppression: by
increasing our light, the darkness fades and the bright
more about Avi ben Mordechai see: Avi
ben Mordechai of Millennium 7000
the Let Us
Reason web site of Mike Oppenheimer, who was brought
up Jewish, is the article “The Feast of Chanukah.” In it,
Mike discusses the legend of the oil as true. He also has an
illustration (below) depicting the “original,
Specially designed" menorah for the
celebration and then declares it all to have been meant to
rabbis decided to make this holiday more special so they
designed a special menorah in which eight candles plus the 9th
the Shamash candle were represented instead of the usual 7
candle lampstand in the temple. 'From that came the concept of
the eight days of Chanukah, 'Which in actuality is merely a
'Copying of the Feast of Tabernacles.”
the Menorah of Chanukah the Shamash candle lights all the
others, it['s] the middle candle[ and is] lit first and
stands above all the other candles, it is called The
servant. This candle is taken out and is used to light all
the others. This is symbolic to Jesus who is the light of
the world came as a servant and lights up everyone else’s
Mike’s illustration is teaching, if we are to believe this,
is that the original menorah for Chanukah had the Star of
Remphan, also called the Star of Moloch, on it. It
also suggests that the Jews were free to change what and how
God had ordained the temple menorah to be. Of the many
Scriptures concerning this are:
7:42,43 " Then God turned, and gave them up to worship
the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the
prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me slain
beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the
wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and
the STAR OF YOUR GOD REMPHAN, figures which ye made to
worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
5:26-27 But ye have born the tabernacle of your Moloch, and
Chiun (Remphan) your images, the STAR OF YOUR GOD, which ye
made to yourselves. Therefore, will I cause you to go into
captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord...
Exodus 25:30 And thou shalt set upon the table showbread before me alway.
31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:
33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.
34 And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers.
35 And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.
36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold.
Encyclopaedia Judaica’s article, Magen David,
acknowledges that the hexagram was used by magicians in
connection with Judah Maccabee.
The oldest text mentioning a shield of David is contained in
an explanation of a magical "alphabet of the angel
Metatron"...among the Hasidei Ashkenaz of the 12th C.
But here it was the holy Name of 72 names which was said to
have been on this protective shield together with the name
MKBY, which the tradition of the magicians connected with
Judah Maccabee." 43
mentioned some of those very facts in the Kabbalah,
Masters of the Name and other articles in the series, "To
Embrace Hebrew Roots." God dealt with the star of
remphan/chiun/molech that some in Israel went after...
Strong's Concordance about Remphan, we see:
Rhemphan [hrem-fan'] by incorrect
transliteration for a word of Hebrew origin 3594;
n pr m AV - Remphan 1; 1 Remphan = "the shrunken (as
lifeless)" 1) the name of an idol worshipped secretly
by the Israelites in the wilderness."
n pr dei AV - Chiun 1; 1 Chiun = "an image" or
"pillar" 1) probably a statue of the
Assyrian-Babylonian god of the planet Saturn and used to
symbolise Israelite apostasy."
articles reference The Talisman of Saturn, which involves a
pentagram and a hexagram. From one occult website:
the first face is engraved...a pentagram or a star with five
points. On the other side is engraved a bull's head enclosed
in a SIX-POINTED STAR, and surrounded by letters composing
the name REMPHA, THE PLANETARY GENIUS OF SATURN, according
to the alphabet of the Magi." (Christian, p. 304-5)
of the Magi
Paracelsus revived, in the XVIth century, the ancient doctrine
of Talismans, which he claimed to be able to use successfully
in the treatment of illnesses and accidents. This medical
doctrine, derived from the Cabala, or secret tradition of the
Jewish rabbis, was said to be borrowed from the ancient occult
sciences of Chaldea and Egypt. The talisman (tsilmenaia)
signifies an image, a figure, and was engraved in the form of
an emblem or symbol on metals consecrated to the genii of the
seven planets. This magical task had to be carried out at a
fixed time of a certain day, with the firm intention of
attracting to the talisman the beneficent influence of the
genius which was invoked, whether for health or any other
Talisman of Saturn
Talisman of Jupiter
The Talisman of Mars
Talisman of the Sun
Talisman of Venus
The Talisman of Mercury
The Talisman of the Moon
are the principal Talismans whose traditions have been
preserved for us by the most ancient monuments of the
highest magical art and by the most reliable archaeologists
in this type of research. These talismans are recommended
under the name of Teraphim by the Hebrew Qabalists of
the Middle Ages, who replace the names of the planetary
Genii of Egypt by those of: Oriphiel (Rempha),
Zachariel (Pi-Zeus), Samael (Ertosill), Michael (Pi-Rh3),
Anabel (Suroth), Raphael (Pi-Hermes) and Gabriel (Pi-Ioh). These
Cabalists add another seven talismans to which they
attribute the power of conjuring the influence of seven
demons who, according to their doctrine, share with the
seven planetary angels the government of the divine
creation. Against the angel of Saturn they set the demon
Nabam; against the angel of Jupiter the demon Acham; against
the angel of Mars the demon Nambroth; against the angel of
Venus the demon Lilith or Naemah; against the angel of
Mercury the demon Astaroth or Tharthac; and against the
angel of the Moon the demon Sathan, See Judges xvii and
xviii in the Bible. The Teraphim appear to correspond to the
serpent images or seraphim. which in turn are said to derive
from the Kabeiri Assyrian divinities worshipped at Hebron (Beni
Anak). The Daimons or male spirits of the planets are now
given by esoteric students of the Qabala as: Adonai=sun,
Evoe=Moon. Saba=Mars, Astaphoi=Mercury, Eloi=Jupiter.
Ouraioa=Venus and Ilde-baoth, or according to the Orphites
Jahweh= Saturn." 44a
many quote as an authority on symbols, stated:
the name SATURN in Chaldee is pronounced Satur; but, as
every Chaldee scholar knows, consists only of four letters,
thus - Stur. This name contains exactly the
Apocalyptic number." (Hislop, p. 269)
Aurobindo, a Hindu guru well-known in the New Age affirms
that SATURN IS REPRESENTED BY THE NUMBER 6… because the
planet Saturn is 6th of the nine planets in distance from
the sun." (Marrs: Mystery Mark, p. 68)
The double triangle is
[currently and historically] the
symbol for the "chakras of Hinduism" and
corresponding sefiroth of kabbalists and also, for witchcraft,
sorcery and magicians. It is also referred to as the
"male/female triangle", the Crest or Seal of
Solomon, the Shield of David, and the hexagram, which is the
most wicked symbol in witchcraft. 44b
Dr. Cathy Burns relates that
the hexagram is linked with spiritualism in such matters as
consulting the dead, reincarnation, the calling up of demons
and in some sorcery, is viewed as the footprint of certain
demons. The list of its applications includes the Hindu gods
and goddesses and many others. 44c
to the 1972 Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, under
the article, Magen
David, this hexagram symbol is known under various
names: “Hebrew…Shield of David…hexagram or six-pointed
star.” In this Jewish article, the six-pointed star
or hexagram is mentioned many times and acknowledged as being
a magical symbol:
Arab sources the hexagram…was widely used under the
designation “seal of Solomon,” a term which was also taken
over by many Jewish groups…It is not clear in which period
the hexagram was engraved on the seal or ring of Solomon,
mentioned in the Talmud (Git.68a-b) as a sign of his dominion
over the demons instead of the name of God, which originally
appeared…In Arabic magic the “seal of Solomon” was
widely used, but at first it’s use in Jewish circles was
restricted to relatively rare cases. Even then, the hexagram
and pentagram were easily interchangeable and the name was
applied to both figures.”
1300 and 1700 the two terms shield of David and seal of
Solomon, are used indiscriminately, predominately in
1972 Edition, Article: Magen David ]
Those who think that
the hexagram is the real symbol of Israel--which is in
fact, the 7 candle menorah,-- are uninformed. Even
Judaic anti-missionaries suggest it came from
Babylonian pagan worship, but in the same breath say
that doesn't matter.
47:12-14 " Stand now with thine enchantments, and with
the multitude of thy sorceries...if so be thou shalt be able
to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in
the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the
stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save
thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold,
they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they
shall not deliver themselves from the power of the
7-candlesticks, not nine, are a recognized God-given Jewish
and Christian symbol. In Revelation 1:12-13 the seven golden
candlesticks represent the seven churches filled with the Holy
Spirit--the true Church because of the Holy Spirit. In the Old
Testament, the seven candlesticks represent the
sevenfold ministry of the Holy Spirit, and Exodus 25:31-40
describes the making and appearance of what God decreed as
Holy to himself. The candlestick for the Temple was to
have six branches extending out of the sides with three on
either side, Meaning a total of seven candles. As
Believers we must evaluate all that we do according to the
Scriptures, not The Talmud or other sources.
RITES OF THE DEAD
must try to duplicate all that God has declared, hence the
need to provide a similar symbol. In the Occult, we do find a
9-candle symbol as a magical tool and also a similar Festival
or Feast of Lights. This is in no ways a statement that the
Jewish people interpret the Celebration or menorah thusly.
Notice that Figure 13 has nine candles and also a solid
hexagram in the center.
13 A magical tool--Notice the flames, hexagram,
triangle, circle and moon. 45
Oppenheimer mentioned that a violet consuming flame is a part
of the occult. We recognized that same flame as part of the "cosmic
consciousness" in the the article "The
'god' in EVERY MAN." Torches are clearly a part
Occultist and Mason Manly Palmer Hall, states that “...the
torches represent the OCCULT arts and sciences, the
doctrines and dogmas by the light of which Truth us made
Bearers Unite, “Torch
for Peace” is a prime example of the New Age use of the
torch or fire is connected to witchcraft. Their “Imbolc”
festival is celebrated February 2. “Fire here represents
our own illumination and inspiration.”.... “Imbolc
is also known as Feast of Torches, Oimelc, Lupercalia, Feast
of Pan…" 49
female wiccans wear a crown of 9 lit candles.
“…Feast of Torches is also called the Feast of Pan, “The
god Pan, is a symbol of nature…in astrology Pan, is
one aspect of Saturn, and is also equated with Satan…”
50 We are seeing this symbolism appearing in movies and
Feast of Pan is also called “Candlemas…one of the eight
religious festivals of Witches.” …this VERY SAME
FESTIVAL (including the candles) under the same name, CANDLEMAS,
is celebrated in the Catholic Church…”…a witch comments
about Candlemas:...Feast of Pan…is the celebration
of the Goddess’s recovery from giving birth to the new
year’s Sun God…The same concept has survived undisguised
in the Christian festival of the Purification of the
Blessed Virgin Mary….”51 [bolding in original]
Candlemas and it’s pagan origins, a Christian author states,
“…Says The Catholic Encyclopedia, ’We need not
shrink from admitting that candles, like incense and lustral
water, were commonly employed in pagan worship and in
rites paid to the dead.’” 52 [emphasis in original]
other words, when people celebrate a ritual for a dead
person(s) and burn candles as part of that ritual, they
are entering into pagan worship.
question is: Why are so many
in “Christian” or “Messianic” leadership promoting the
rituals or symbolism as an example to be followed??
Palmer Hall a Mason and Occultist, says in “Initiates
of the Flame,” that: “There are two parts, or divisions,
of humanity whose history is closely related to that of the
Wisdom Teachings. They embody the doctrines of fire and water,
the two opposites of nature. Those who follow the path of
fatth (or the heart) use water and are known as the Sons of
Seth, while those who follow the path of the mind and action
are the Sons of Cain, who was the son of SAMAEL, The Spirit
of Fire. Today we find the latter among the alchemists,
the Hermetic philosophers, the Rosicrucians, and the
Freemasons.”…Blavatsky explains…”in the Kabala SAMAEL…IS
SATAN….” So according to Hall, the Masons, alchemists
and Rosicrucians are sons of Satan!!” 53
authors of the Stargate Conspiracy cite the role of Occultist Alice Bailey in
setting up a network of disciples to transform society into
following the teachings of a group of "Nine." This
"Nine" also connects to the the zodiac and astrology
of which many in christendom are partaking. See: Astrology:
The Gospel of Truth??
of [Alice] Bailey's work, as instructed by the Tibetans, was
to set up a series of disciples to be known for self-evident
reasons, as the Groups of Nine, each group having specific
roles such as healers, political organizers, or educators of
the New Age. There were to be nine such groups with a
tenth--also made up of nine initiates--to coordinate their
work in the now familiar pattern of nine plus one...the
emphasis on nine as the "number of power" is of
course significant." 56
Pike records a masonic legend that specifically links the
number nine to a stellar tradition connected with
Sirius...The Nine Elect are symbolized by the sequential
rising of nine bright stars, including those of Orion's belt
which precedes the rising of Sirius. (The Elect Nine is the
9th degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.)"
Burns records that to occultists, Satan is referred to as the
Morning Star “ because it is his light that heralds for man
the dawn of a greater consciousness…” and “Masons
themselves (and others) tell us that Lucifer (or Venus) is the
Light bearer and the Morning Star. Blavatsky writes about the
Druids, Magi, Zoroastrians, etc., greeting “the Morning
Star—the beautiful Venus-Lucifer.” 58
purpose of raising the torches, "candlelighting" and
the rituals connected to it are explained by Occultist Edouard
Schure: “Lucifer, having regained his star and his
diadem, will assemble his legions for new works of creation.
Attracted by his flaming torch, celestial spirits will
descend…and he will send these messengers from unknown
spheres to earth. Then the torch of Lucifer will signal
‘From heaven to earth!’—and the…(New Age) Christ will
answer “From Earth to Heaven!’” 59 [Bolding in
is a Fire we should fear: 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
Seeing that it is a righteous thing with God to recompense
tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are
troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed
from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking
vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with
everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and
from the glory of his power"
we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have
grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence
and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrew 12: 28-29
Thessalonians 5:21-23 warns and promises us:
all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all
appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you
wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body
be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus
of the Cross
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43. op.cit. p. 688
44b. Dr. Cathy Burns, Masonic
and Occult Symbols Illustrated; p. 31-41; Sharing; 1998,
45. op.cit. Burns,
49. Ibid p.
50. Ibid. p. 258
51. Ibid. p. 259
52. Ibid. p. 260
53. Ibid. p. 191
56. p. 281
Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy;
Little, Brown & Co., 1999
57. Ibid, p. 285
58. op.cit. Burns,
59. Ibid. p. 260
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