The holidays of the nations are filled with celebrations of wars and battles of the past. Israel is different. Hanukah would be the only Jewish holiday that commemorates a military victory, except that even Hanukah recalls not so much the Maccabean victory itself, as the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. But the Bible predicts a far greater victory for Israel, when the symbolism of Hanukah will be fulfilled. Here are some prophecies about that greater Hanukah to come:
One is Zechariah, chapter 2, verses 8-11 (That's verses 12-15 in a Jewish Bible. The chapter division is in a different place, but the message is the same.):
This is what the LORD Almighty says:"After He has honored Me and has sent Me against the nations that have plundered you--for whoever touches you sticks his finger in God's Eye--I will surely raise My Hand against them, so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent Me."
"Shout and be glad, 0 Daughter of Zion. For I am coming and will live among you," declares the LORD. "Many nations will be joined to the LORD in that day and will become My People. I will live among you and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent Me to you. . . ."
This prophecy makes four astonishing predictions:
- The LORD Almighty will send the LORD Almighty. The text says it twice so no one will miss it. Although He is One LORD, His Oneness is complex and not simple, for He is the one Who is Infinite.
- The LORD will send the LORD to take full revenge on Israel's enemies, because the LORD loves Israel so much.
- His People Israel will not recognize the LORD at first, or know that the LORD sent Him, but they will find out when He ruins the anti-Semites.
- At that time many non-Jews--entire nations of them--will also become His.
Jeremiah 23:6 makes the same point. Just before the promise about His miraculous rescue of the Jewish People from Russia, He tells us about a just, wise and righteous King Who will be a descendant of David:
"In His days Judah will be saved
And Israel will live in safety.
And this is the Name by which He will be called:
The LORD Our Righteousness."
Here again, the Messianic Descendant of David Who will finally defeat Israel's enemies and save His People is none other than the LORD Himself. As He says in Isaiah 43:11 and 13,