“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.” —Zechariah 2:10

December 2023

Notable dates & events

December 7th this year is when the 24th Kislev falls, which is the first night of Hanukkah. Hanukkah, “The Feast of Dedication” in English, is an eight day long celebration of the Jewish victory over the Greek invaders in 167 BC, in which the defiled temple was rededicated to God, and the temple menorah re-lit. 6 Things Christians Should Know About Hanukkah

December 8th was the date in which Jerusalem was taken by Allenby in 1917. It’s truly amazing to see how clearly God was involved in the events of 1917 and how the land was finally removed from Muslim Turkish control and given over to the British Mandate, before later becoming the Jewish state of Israel. It’s particularly interesting that the city was reclaimed by the Jews at the time of Hanukkah!

December 25th is the day that millions across the world celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Messiah. It seems that Jesus was probably more likely to have been born at the Feast of Tabernacles, so why do we celebrate on 25th December? For many Messianic Jewish believers Christmas has become quite controversial, but we at ONE FOR ISRAEL choose to celebrate with our Arab brothers and sisters on this special day. It’s always a great idea to celebrate Jesus!

Eight days after His birth, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to be circumcised at the temple. Simeon and Anna were there and recognized who He was straight away! Simeon and Anna – How did they recognise the Messiah? Do we know the prophecies about His second coming? Are we ready to recognize the signs that Jesus Himself told us to be ready for? Are we are eagerly awaiting His return? Come, King Jesus! Maranatha!

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