Why don’t Seventh-day Adventists celebrate Hanukkah – the Feast of the Dedication of the Temple? - SDAs and the 1844 Sanctuary doctrine
Why Antiochus 1V Epiphanes IS the Little Horn of Daniel 8
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Why don’t Seventh-day Adventists celebrate Hanukkah – the Feast of the Dedication of the Temple?
Why Antiochus 1V Epiphanes IS the Little Horn of Daniel 8
The short answer is that the celebration of the Jewish Feast of the Dedication of the Temple (or Re-Dedication of the Temple, today known as Chanukah or Hanukkah) would undermine the whole SDA Daniel 8:14 teaching of the 1844 Sanctuary doctrine and expose the SDAs Sanctuary doctrine as a fable.
According to SDA doctrine, Jesus Christ’s Second Coming was to happen in 1843, then when Jesus did not come, March 1844 date was given, then when Jesus’ Second Coming did not occur, 2 October 1844 date was given as Jesus’s Second Coming date. When Jesus failed to return in October 1844, this become like a feast day or a commemorative day of Seventh-day Adventism, which they name as “The Great Disappointment”. (1) SDAs, and in particular their founder, Ellen White, had to come up with an alternative explanation for why Jesus did not return when they had predicted he should have. The explanation given is that Ellen White and the SDAs got the date right but the event wrong. According to SDA doctrine, after Jesus had ascended into heaven He only ended up in the outer sanctuary of heaven and not in the Inner Sanctuary called the Holy of Holies. According to the SDA Sanctuary doctrine it was only on 2 October in 1844 that Jesus Christ moved from the Outer Sanctuary in the Heavenly Temple and went into the Inner Sanctuary of the Heavenly Temple, known as the Holy of Holies. To SDAs, the year 1844 fulfils the 2,300 evenings and mornings (which they claim to be years) prophecy of Daniel 8:14 , when the angle asked, “How long will the defilement of the sanctuary last?”, 2,300 evenings and mornings is the answer given. SDAs begin this 2,300 years timing from BC 457; that is how they end up with the date of 1844. They then find an event in the Old Testament corresponding to the date of BC 457 and decided that the Biblical character of Ezra’s triumphant bringing of the Jewish Holy Scriptures into Jerusalem as the beginning date for the defilement. It is hard so see how either the earthy Temple, or Heavenly Temple for that matter, where God Himself resided, where God’s very dwelling place in Heaven is, can be defiled or triggered by the bringing of Jewish Holy Scriptures into Jerusalem and the offering of a good and Holy Sacrifice in the earthly Holy Temple as being anything else but Holy, which is what Ezra did in 457 BC. In their own minds, SDAs are unable to give any adequate answers to the question of why sin did not defile heaven before 457 BC; but we know for a fact that sin cannot defile heaven as Revelation 21:27 states that nothing impure can enter heaven. (2) As Jimmy Akin askes, “ Can unclean things enter heaven? ” (3) It cannot. That alone totally undermines SDA 1844 Sanctuary doctrine. SDAs also misunderstand the daily, weekly and monthly Temple sacrifice and misunderstand the Day of Atonement. (4)
So, what is the Feast of Dedication, otherwise known as Hanukkah? Do SDAs even know what the Feast of Dedication really is? According to the Gospel, John 10:22 - 23 it says,
22 Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
So Jesus went up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication. What has the Feast of Dedication got to do with Daniel 8: 14 anyway? The question is: Why did Jesus celebrate the Feast of Dedication? Why did Jesus celebrate Hanukkah? There must have been some profound Jewish event to create a Feast of Dedication, but which Old Testament reference is the source or starting point of the Feast? It must have been such a profound feast that Jews even today are still celebrating it, even after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple by the Romans in 70 AD. Some profound event must have happened to create the feast!
The answer is found in the Book of 1 Maccabees . The Feast of Dedication is a Jewish feast started in about 165 BC when the Maccabees retook the Temple in Jerusalem from those who had ransacked it and offered pagan sacrifices and pigs on the altar thereby defiling the Temple in Jerusalem. The Jewish people were called upon by Maccabees to annually celebrate the cleansing of the Temple and its re-dedication after this atrocity. The Maccabees defeat over paganism was so spectacular that when the Temple was cleansed in 165 BC that even Jesus Christ celebrated this cleansing of the Temple. Jews today, who have not had a Temple since the Romans sacked it in AD 70, still celebrate the cleansing of the Temple. They still keep this profound Feast of the Dedication.
In the TV show Friends , Ross’s son is so excited about wanting to see Father Christmas but Ross is determined to interest his son in the Jewish Feast of Hanukkah. Ross dresses up as an armadillo, the “ friendly holiday armadillo ”, and Ross saysto his son, “Years and years ago there were the Maccabees”. And it is true. Years and years ago the cleansing of the Temple prophesied in Daniel 8: 14 was fulfilled by the Maccabees who even name the defiler of the Temple. SDAs disagree because they think Maccabees is a Catholic invention but Maccabees is a legitimate holy book of the of Jewish Diaspora (5) which happened long before the Romans destroyed the Temple. Maccabees is well documented in the Jewish Virtual Library and can be seen at their website, and the background information to 1 Maccabees can be seen at - 1 Maccabee - History and Overview This shows the roots of the Feast of Dedication of the Temple, technically called Chanukah or Hanukkah. Jews for Jesus, in their article: Christ in the Feast of Hanukkah , concur that the prophecy in Daniel 8 is fulfilled by the Maccabees and is confirmed in Revelation 13. (6)
Some SDA apologetics (7) such as Clifford Goldstein in his book: 1844 Made Simple, and other SDA teachers, in their attempts to prove the SDA 1844 Sanctuary doctrine, try to rule out the historical fact of the desecration perpetrated by the Greek King, Antiochus 1V Epiphanes, on the Jerusalem Temple. (8) Also see the Book of Daniel explained (9) and a comprehensive Commentary on Daniel (10) and (11) . However, Daniel 8: 14, with its 2,300 evenings and mornings prophecy, which SDAs mistakenly claim was fulfilled in the heavenly sanctuary by Jesus Christ on 2 October, 1844, is exposed by the Jewish feast of Hanukkah and demonstrates SDAs misunderstanding of scripture generally and prophecy in particular. SDAs have Martin Luther to blame for this for he has helped to lead them astray by removing 7 books from the Bible. (12) In the original Bible, assembled together by the original early Christians in 395 AD (13) from over 3000 documents they had to choose from (14) , the Bible held books which Martin Luther removed from the Bible in the 1530’s. One of these books removed from the Bible by Luther is 1 Maccabees; another is 2 Maccabees.
Like the Jews who have missed the Messiah in Jesus Christ so too the SDAs have missed the fulfilment of Daniel 8:14 and the Cleansing of the Temple by the Maccabees. SDAs want the Cleansing of the Temple to be the Cleansing of the Heavenly Temple, (15)  where God the Father Is. They do not want Daniel 8: 14 to refer to the earthly Tempe in Jerusalem because they know they cannot find a solid 2,300 years in earthly history when the Temple in Jerusalem was defiled for that length of time, so they decided that heaven itself must be defiled, and the defiling is, they claim, brought about by the Blood of Christ who has somehow socked up our sin with his Blood and our sins defile heaven, which then needs to be cleansed, by Christ Himself, but only beginning in 1844 when He enters the Holy of Holies, where He is going through the “Books” to determine who will be saved and cleansed and who will not, for, as SDA doctrine goes, God has to prove to all of us He is a Just God. (16)
Clearly the SDAs reject that the earthly Temple was defiled for 2,300 evenings and mornings as described in 1 Maccabees, but the New Testament of John 10: 22 - 23 confirms that the Jews kept the Feast of the Dedication of the Temple of Jerusalem as defiled by Antiochus 1V Epiphanes, and both 1 Maccabees and modern Jewish websites prove this to be the case.
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