From the miracle of the Maccabees' victory, an eight-day
Hanukkah has continued ever since
Since the November elections we have never seen so much
despondency and despair. We're hearing from so many
people who say they are depressed, see no way out, and
are just giving up.
And, yes, things are looking worse than ever
Four more years of Barack Obama. More socialist
politicians elected to Congress. Election fraud.
Radicals running the government. Union thuggery and
violence openly allowed, but pro-family protest
suppressed. "Occupy" mobs allowed to take over areas of
cities. The homosexual and transgender movements being
celebrated in the White House and federal agencies.
Religious beliefs being suppressed and even punished in
businesses, government, public schools, and the courts.
The Constitution being openly ignored. The media and
popular culture on an aggressive cultural jihad against
Christianity. The TSA groping travelers. Taxes going up
to pay for bloated government. The massive deficit. The
massive bailouts. The looming inflation and economic
disasters. The ObamaCare nightmare descending on us. And
on and on. And the "opposition" Republican leadership
with no backbone or will to fight back.
"It's finished. America's done. I'm giving up."
We're hearing that everywhere. People are feeling beaten
and completely powerless.
We don't see things that way.
Hanukkah - now more relevant than
Today is the 8th and final day of the Jewish holiday
Hanukkah (or Chanukah). Most
people (and sadly, most Jews) see Hanukkah as sort of a
Jewish version of Christmas. They don't really
understand what it's about and what it teaches us. It
celebrates something very important about man and God.
Hanukkah is very relevant to what
we're going through right now. It's about struggling
against - and ultimately winning, with God's help - a
seemingly unwinnable culture war against an oppressive
government thoroughly dominated by pagan and godless
forces determined to permanently change society.
In the second century B.C., the powerful Syrian empire
had conquered Israel. By around 170 BC they were
ruthlessly forcing paganism on the country and banning
traditional religious practice.
Pagan holidays, customs, and religious practices were
harshly imposed on the citizens of Israel. Statues of
pagan gods were erected throughout the country. People
were required to bow down to idols and make sacrifices
to them. If they refused they were tortured and killed.
No public acknowledgement of God was allowed anywhere.
Sabbath observance, study of the Bible, and other Jewish
customs and rituals were completely banned. (Bibles were
destroyed where found.) People who did not comply were
Sadly, many Jews embraced the pagan customs and
willingly abandoned God. And most others simply complied
and offered no resistance. (Does this sound familiar?)
As a result, the anti-religious oppression continued
Finally, a small band of unyielding believers had had
enough. Known as the Maccabees (from the Hebrew word for
"hammer") they revolted in their village and then fled
into the hills, formed a resistance movement, and
gathered a guerilla army to continue fighting back. Such
a thing was considered impossible against the powerful
Syrian empire controlling the country. But they fought
They didn't give up. Their guerilla encounters got
bolder and bolder. People came and joined them, and it
began to yield incredible successes against the Syrian
forces. It was shocking. And with God's help they
finally won! Within three years they drove out the
Syrians and took back the country. And they brought back
God into Israel.
Hanukkah means "dedication"
Almost immediately, the Maccabees came to into Jerusalem
to clean out and re-purify the Great Temple, which had
been turned into a pagan shrine sacrificing pigs. But
after cleaning it, they had only a one-day supply of
holy oil to light the sacred lamps as they re-dedicated
the Temple. That one-day supply miraculously lasted
eight days - until more holy oil could be made. From
that miracle, an eight-day celebration of
Hanukkah (which means "dedication" in
Hebrew) has continued ever since.
So thus, the holiday of
Hanukkah – as traditionally understood –
is about fighting and winning a war against oppressive
and vicious state-forced paganism, overcoming
This ought to be an annual lesson to us. Even though the
forces ruling us want to drastically change society and
replace God in our lives with the secular State and ever
more ruthlessly impose Godless secularism on us
throughout society, do not give up. It's not lost.
Seemingly impossible circumstances can and will be
overcome with God's help.
History is full of seemingly hopeless situations that
were overcome by people who refused to give up… The
world saw how a few revolts by determined people spread
and ultimately brought down the vast Soviet empire,
which at that time no one thought was possible.
We believe there's yet another message to
Hanukkah. You can't sit on the
sidelines. It's necessary for people to leave their
comfort zones and take action, if it's going to happen.
Lately, many people have been saying that they've
decided to fight this battle by just praying and
fasting. Well, praying and fasting are good things. But
the message of
Hanukkah is that that's not enough.
People must be part of the fight.
It's the universal lesson about fighting against
seemingly hopeless odds: If you do your part, God will
America isn't over yet!
(Remnant Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to
reproduce this slightly adapted version of today's
excellent article from
www.MassResistance.org . Offered here in The Remnant
with the permission of its author, the article
originally appeared under the title “Chanukah's
lesson about America in 2012”. Many thanks to Brian
Camenker and his allies for their vital work in defense
of Faith and family.
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