What Is The Difference Between Christmas And Hanukkah?

December 25, 2016




Christmas celebrates the miraculous virgin birth of Yeshua, who was born to save the world from their sins.  (However, Yeshua was actually likely born in the fall around the time of Sukkot, not in the winter of December.)


Hanukkah celebrates the miraculous salvation of Israel, as a small group of Israelites defeated the mighty Syrian/Greek armies 165 years before Yeshua’s birth.  If the Jews had been wiped out, the Messiah would not have been born.


The Syrian/Greeks had desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem, but the victorious Israelites cleansed and rededicated it; that is why this holiday is called the Feast of Dedication.  However there was only enough oil at the time to light the Menorah in the Temple for one day, but it supernaturally lasted for eight days!



In John 10:22, we read that Yeshua (Jesus) celebrated Hanukkah as He went up to the Temple in Jerusalem during the winter for the “Feast of Dedication.”

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