#Ison: The Chanukah Comet; Rededication of the Temple
"ISON: The Chanukah Comet - The Coming Re-Dedication of the Temple"
ISON: The Chanukah Comet
The Coming Re-Dedication of the Holy Temple
Prophetic Heavenly Signs, War, Alignments and Configurations 2013
by Luis B. Vega
Online PDF chart at: www.sonoma.edu/users/v/vegalu/eschatology_files/Chanukah.pdf
‘Blessed are you, LORD, our God, Sovereign of the universe who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this Season. Amen’ –The Shehecheyanu on the first night of Chanukah only.
The purpose of this study, with accompanied online chart, is to illustrate the coming alignments of comet ISON as it pertains to the Jewish Festival of Chanukah on November 27, 2013. The charts will attempt to approximate the depiction of what the skies will look like against the starry backgrounds from certain vantage points in the Middle East; specifically from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt. Chanukah Festivals have come and gone but the Festival in 2013 will be like no other. It will be a very unique time because of comet ISON’s peculiarities associated to certain dates, location and positioning in the sky, specifically during this Chanukah Festival itself.
The more one studies this comet ISON, the more it becomes apparent that this comet is very unique, having many calculated mathematical peculiarities that link it to End Time prophecies. This study with online charts will attempt to show but a small portion of such configurations and alignments made by ISON as it directly pertains to Chanukah in November 2013. One of the theories of this study postulates that ISON is a prophetic harbinger of what Biblically is about to take place in Israel with the dedication of the 3rd Temple and the inevitable war with Syria and its muslim neighbors and the coming AntiChrist, as type and shadow of ‘Antiochus IV’ as it was in the 2nd century BC that led to the Festival of Chanukah.
The online charts will show the amazing alignment of ISON specifically on November 27, 2013 just after sunrise. This prophetic imagery occurs in the constellation Scorpio on the Eve of Chanukah over the Temple Mount. The imagery will depict comet ISON as the 1st ‘candle lit by the Sun as the Shamash in a ‘Celestial Chanukah Menorah’ as Antares comes above the horizon. This alignment of ISON occurring at this precise place and at this precise time clearly depicts Biblical symbology against the starry skies.
This study seeks therefore to prophetically link comet ISON to Chanukah and thus all that it represents prophetically. It is a time of re-dedication that comes out of strife and defilement. Whether all these alignments that occur on Jewish Festival dates are a coincidence or not, it is very interesting to contemplate its significance nonetheless. ISON could be a ‘heavenly’ sign/omen of what is to come for Israel & the world, if not this coming Winter then soon after.
Historical Context & Repeating PatternAnother theory that this study postulates is that the pattern of events that led to Chanukah in ~175-170 BC will repeat themselves again in Israel. This study seeks to show that indeed, such a current geo-political landscape echoes or parallels the conditions of the 2nd century BC conditions that existed amongst Judea, Egypt and Syria; they exactly match today’s news headlines. A brief study on the origins of Chanukah will be given for context. This will provide a better understand of the astro-Biblical symbols presented in this study and the geo-political situation on the ground that is currently playing out with Syria, Egypt and Israel.
This theory suggests that the coming scenario for Israel will parallel the same conditions that led to Chanukah in the 2nd century BC. The events that occurred in Judea then, are about to be played out and mirrored NOW in Israel. Back then, Judea was wedged in-between Egypt and Syria as it is now geo-politically. At that time, it was a period of turmoil, war and strife coming from both Egypt and Syria against Judea –as it is now with Israel. At a certain breaking point, events led to the events of Chanukah. Thus, this study also postulates that the coming Chanukah scenario will likely take place again at a certain time and/or year BUT in REVERSED ORDER from what took place in the 2nd century BC.
In the 2nd century BC, the order of events that led to Chanukah are as follows: 1) a war with Syria (Greek Seleucids) then 2) the defilement by Antiochus IV of the Holy Temple and 3) a dedication to the Temple thereafter. In these Last Days, such books like Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation present a pattern that will occur again in Israel but in reversed order from the 1st Chanukah. You will have 1) a strike on Syria and/or its muslim neighbors that as a result, Israel will build and dedicate the 3rd Temple, 2) the coming of the AntiChrist, that like Antiochus IV, will defile the 3rd Temple and cease the Daily Sacrifices after a 3.5 year time period and 3) a culminating war called Armageddon.
Because of comet ISON’s unique timing and astronomical positioning to this Festival of Chanukah, it is undoubtedly a ‘sign’ that perhaps the re-dedication of the coming Temple in Jerusalem and war with Syria and its muslim neighbors and the coming AntiChrist are to occur fairly soon. We are possibly seeing the beginning of such an omen unravel itself as we will see the repeating of this ancient Chanukah pattern that perhaps ISON’s is signaling now in 2013.
A Prophetic Time Line? (2013-2018)
During the Chanukah lighting ceremony, interestingly, the Hallel Prayers are recited among others. The Hallel Psalms are comprised of Psalms 113 to 118. Many students of End-Time prophecy believe that there is a possible prophetic correlation of a Psalm-to-Year association as in Psalm 113 = 2013 and Psalm 118 = 2018. Nonetheless, this coming prophetic time span will either be a prelude, a commencement or an ending to the 7 year or a 3.5 year Tribulation Period, or The Time of Jacob’s Trouble -depending on one’s view and interpretation of End of Days Biblical prophecy.
IF Psalm 113 would correlate to 2013, we do happen to have comet ISON that spectacularly will configure a ‘celestial’ Chanukah Menorah with its trajectory and will be positioned at that specific time and place to function as the 1st lighting of the ‘candle’ of the ‘celestial’ Chanukah Menorah in the skies over the Temple Mount on the first day of Chanukah. This occurs in 2013 or ‘Psalm 113’ which speaks that ‘the LORD should be praised from the rising of the Sun to the setting of the Sun’. This very Psalm does occur prophetically on the very eve of Hanukah, over the Temple Mount as the Sun rises over the Mt. of Olives facing East. The odds of all these factors, prophetically occurring at once are astronomical.
Would the span of years from 2013-2018 thus be the time required to initiate the Temple and its worship services? Could this possibly mean that a ‘dedication’ of the 3rd Temple is about to occur? Many current Jewish organizations such as the Temple Institute in particular have all the furnishings made and Priestly assignments all rehearsed now and ready for service. So in incense, 2013 is the year that the 3rd Temple has begun circumstantially -if you can look at it in this context.
What is also spectacular about the ‘celestial’ Chanukah Menorah imagery is that the actual Menorah is aligned to the position on the Temple Mount. The Sun, as depicting theShamash corresponds to the alignment with the Golden Gate and the Dome of the Spirits to the North of the Dome of the Rock. Many Biblical scholars propose that the true alignment and layout of the Holy Temple is at this alignment and where the 3rd Temple will be built.
SOME PARTICULARS ABOUT ISONAccording to the latest scientific observations of comet ISON, it is projected to be the size of a small mountain with a diameter of about 3 miles. As to the weight or mass, it will be anywhere between 7 billion to 7 trillion pounds. According to NASA scientists, this comet has never come into the Inner Solar System. Currently comet ISON is said to be special and it is being hyped-up as the ‘Comet of the Century’ by some experts -but with good reason.
If projections and calculation are correct by scientists observing this comet, and if at the point of its perihelion or the closest approach to the Sun on the 28th of November, it is not disintegrated at 724,000 miles, then this comet will be a once in a life time spectacle that will be a class unto itself; a ‘Mega-Comet’ if you will. This is because of several factors, 2 of which are the most prominent ones. In comparison to prior recorded comets, ISON’s tail is expected to be unprecedented in size and its magnitude of brightness to be the same as the Moons.
The tail alone will be the longest by far of any other known comets ever recorded. It is projected to be over 186,000 miles long, almost 3/4th of the distance from the Earth to the Moon. Second, its magnitude of brightness will be that of a full Moon. This means that even during the day, it will be able to be seen with the naked-eye during the time that it can be seen with the naked-eye around the beginning of November to the end of December/January 2014.
As we are touching upon the subject of the Moon’s distance, there is a unique phenomenon regarding the Moon itself. This event is known as the Super Moon which occurs when a Full Moon is nearest to the Earth due to the Moon’s elliptical orbit and affect called Perigee. Most recently this happened on June 22, 2013 the same day the Star of David Alignmentoccurred. They are very rare occurrences & when they do occur, the Moon is 13% larger and 30% brighter. The next Super Moon is scheduled to occur, according to NASA, on Nov 14, 2016.
1) Apogee: JULY 4 New Moon at ~ 252,700 miles from Earth2) Perigee: JUNE 22 Full Moon at ~ 225,500 miles from Earth
In regards to the size of comet ISON’s tail, some comets can leave a residue of particle & gas clouds of up to 300,000 miles, most comets’ tails are no longer than approximately 100,000 miles. Given the known size comparisons of comets since they have been recorded, comet ISON’s tail would be considered ‘MEGA’ in length.
For a perspective of how long the tail could be, the distance from Earth to the Moon is just over 238,000 miles. ISON’s tail is speculated to be over 186,000 miles long; about 30 Earth diameters, side to side. The Earth’s Diameter is 7,918 miles (12,742 km). (See online chart for illustration here.)
1) Comet ISON’s tail: ~ 186,400 miles
2) Larger Comets: ~ 100,000 miles: larger comets
3) Common Comets: ~ 60,000 miles: most comets
What makes a tail of comets occur is that, as they near the Sun, the solar winds and heat react with the comet that is made up of dust and ionized gases. There art actually 2 tails that come off a comet, a Dust Tail and other is the Plasma Tail. A third tail was observed on Comet Hale-Bopp but they seldom occur.
1) Dust Tail: The ‘white’ portion is the Dust Tail that is made up of the smaller particles. These are the elements that reflect the Sun’s light and give it its brightness. Comet ISON brightness is said to equal the Moons at it brightest point. The Dust trails can be up to 600,000 - 6 million miles long.
2) Plasma Tail: This is the part that is ‘bluish’ in color because it contains Carbon Monoxide ions or particles. What makes the color bluish is when the comet gets closer to the Sun, the solar ultraviolet light breaks down the gas molecules, causing them to glow. These tails can also stretch across the cosmos but usually don’t exceed 100,000 miles.
Some Peculiarities about ISON
According to the academic definition, an omen is ‘a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change.’ There are apparently some unique dates associated with comet ISON that lead up to Chanukah that are very interesting to consider. This starts with the alignment in Leo with Mars and Regulus. Their positioning on October 14, 2013 is at a phi ratio and some are depicting it as the ‘3 Kings’. This will occur at sunset at the 0 Degree Latitude Greenwich line outside London, England. Many are starting to believe that comet ISON is an omen of the coming change that may well be prophetic in nature and will not only affect Israel but the whole world.
Then there will be a rare Hybrid Eclipse of Nov 3, 2013 when comet ISON crosses Earth’s orbital plain. The comet will be visible with the naked-eye for the first time. Here is a short timeline of what is expected to occur as comet ISON reaching perihelion.
Nov 3, 2013
Comet ISON crosses Earth’s orbital plain in conjunction with the Hybrid Eclipse.
The comet is able to be seen from Earth for the first time with the naked-eye. During the Hybrid Eclipse, some geographic locations along the path become umbra while other locations are more distant & enter the penumbral rather than umbral shadow. Those within the Umbra line will see only the Total Eclipse. Here are the specific times in Jerusalem during this event:
Comet ISON is at ‘head’ of Virgo
Partial eclipse begins: 3:12 p.m. local time
Greatest eclipse: 4:00 p.m. local time
Partial eclipse ends: 4:43 p.m. local time
November 11, 2013
Comet ISON crosses the Ecliptic
November 17, 2013
Comet ISON is aligned with Spica that occurs at the 17th Hour
November 22, 2013
Comet ISON is at base/Feet of Virgo
The tail is projected to be about 180,000 + miles, more than 3/4 the distance from Earth to Moon.
Nov 27, 2013
Comet ISON is at Dschubba in the constellation Scorpio conjoining at the 19th hour 48th minute. Dschubba means a ‘front’ as in a head or of a ‘crowning’. A few hours later at the Dschubba’s line, ISON will then configure the Chanukah Menorah ‘picture’. This occurs in the sky at sunrise over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and corresponds with the Pyramid angles of Giza. The alignment with ISON, at this point is triangulated with both Acrab and Antares, which both mean ‘wounded’ according to the research of EW Bullinger.
Nov 28, 2013
Comet ISON reaches perihelion, the closest point to Sun that corresponds to the Shammus or Shamash of the celestial Chanukah Menorah. The Shamash is referred to as the ‘attendant’ or ‘servant’. A 666 day count from ISON’s perihelion on Nov 28/29, 2013 will be Sep 25, 2015. This count occurs in-between the start of Yom Kippur on Sep 22nd & the start of Tabernacles on the 28th. Many do believe this will be the proclamation of the Jubilee Year. It will be 5776, the Year of Light. YK starts: 23 | 24 | 25 (666) | 26 | 27 | 28 :Tabernacles starts.
Dec 2013 – Jan 2014As comet ISON speeds away from the inner Solar System, there are dates that are very unique:
1) Dec 25, 2013 - ISON reaches closest approach to Earth’s above North Pole
2) Jan 1-15, 2014 - Earth & Venus will pass the point of ISON’s Tail above their North Poles
3) Jan 11-15, 2014 - Earth & Venus pass ISON’s tail debris. Possible asteroid / meteorite showers
The Year of LightMany believe that 2015-2016 will be the Jewish Jubilee Year which will be proclaimed on Yom Kippur 2013. It will be 5776, the Year of Light. Chanukah, as the Festival of Lights thushas this direct relationship to it – that of having 666 days associated to this ‘Year of Light’. Moreover, 3 days later from the 25th of the 666th day count, the last Blood Red Moon of the Tetrad on September 28, 2015 will occur. Many are now speculating that this will be the possible start date or season of the Tribulation Period. Of interest also will be the fact that Chanukah in 2015 will occur on December 7, a ‘Day of Infamy’. Will it be?
The celestial Chanukah Menorah also has possible prophetic interpretation purely based on the meaning of the star involved with ISON’s alignments. The stars are Acrab, Dschubbaand Antares. The stars that make up the points of this celestial Chanukah Menorah that occurs on the 1st day of the Festival in addition to the celestial Menorah itself allude to 1) a servant-The Shamash, 2) a wounding-Acrab & Antares and 3) a crown-Dschubba. Applying elementary Biblical known themes to this picture, it could be said that this ‘sign’ then is referencing to when the Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah came to Israel as a Servant, was wounded (crucified) but will eventually be crowned. Perhaps the crowning of the Messiah of Israel, the Son of David will take place at a future Chanukah Festival season after His return.
As an aside note, many arab, muslims and academeans, with an agenda refute the fact that King David even existed or had a kingdom in Jerusalem. If this is so, then Solomon and Jesus Christ for example, could not have existed either. One of the many attributes the people gave Jesus of Nazareth was the very title of the ‘Son of David’. Even so, see the in the Gospels that Jesus honored & celebrated the Feast of Dedications with his Disciples. (John 10:22)
Chanukah which has many spelling variations, is called the Feast of Dedication. It is 8-Days long commemoration of the defeat the Syrian Greeks, Antiochus IV and the re-dedication of the Temple. It occurs on the 25th of Kislev on the Jewish calendar. This ‘Festival of Lights’ usually will correlate to either a November or December timeframe in the western calendar.
The miracle of Chanukah is attributed to the Menorah or Golden Lampstand. It is traditionally stated that the supply of the 1 day’s portion of holy oil burned for a total of 8 days as supplies were limited due to the revolt led by the Maccabees against the Greeks. Thus a candle is lit every night for the duration of the 8 days commemorating this re-dedication.
During the Chanukah festival, a 9-prong Menorah is used for the lighting of the candles. It is called the ‘Candelabrum’. It has 8 branches with a center stem called the Shamash .שמש,It is referred to as the ‘attendant’ or witness basically that is used to light the other candles. It commemorates the heavenly designed Menorah given to Moses by the LORD Himself.
The Menorah was one of the 4 pieces of furnishings required for the Tabernacle and subsequent Temples. The Menorah provided the light and illumination but required a daily measure of holy oil for the burning. The light would allow the Priest to perform their service in the Holy Place, otherwise it would have been totally dark to see and work in.
Some Astronomical ObservationsDuring sunrise over the Temple Mount looking towards the East in Jerusalem on the eve of Chanukah, November 27, 2013 there is an alignment and date association that seems to exclaim a Biblical and prophetic depiction of a Chanukah Menorah. The comet begins its approach to its perihelion on the 28th but not before it conjoins Dschubba on the 27th at the 19th hour and 48th minute.
This interestingly alludes to 1948, the year Israel became a nation, birthed miraculously. Of note, there are 1948 years from when the 2nd Temple was destroyed in AD 70 to 2018. This would possible then correlate to the last Hallel Psalm of 118 that is read during the Festival. This may prophetically be related to the Psalm-to-Year relationship in that 118 = 2018. Some believe this could be the year that the AntiChrist as a type of Antiochus IV will defile the 3rd Temple that causes the Abomination of Desolation and ceases the Daily Sacrifices.
The constellation of Scorpio rises above the horizon every year on the Ecliptic at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the Fall/Winter months. What is different during the Chanukah season of 2013 is where comet ISON will be at and when this alignment occurs; this phenomena cannot be mere coincidences. This spectacular event occurs when comet ISON will be on the very line of the star Dschubba, the middle star of Scorpio’s ‘Trident’.
This celestial Chanukah Menorah depiction involves comet ISON configuring the 1st candle that is lit. This 1st candle to the far right in a ‘heavenly’ Chanukah Menorah is metaphorically lit by the celestial Shamash or by the Sun’s solar winds. In terms of alignments, ISON is in direct line with the Dome of the Rock. The Shamash or central stem of the Menorah where the Sun is rising above the horizon is in direct line to the Golden Gate and the Dome of the Spirits.
The accompanying charts attempts to approximate this depiction of the morning skies in Jerusalem on November 27, 2013. This same typology as it appears from the perspective of the Giza Pyramids will also be illustrated in a subsequent chart. (See online chart for illustration) The ‘picture’ has a dazzling display of incredible symmetry and symbology.
On November 27 is when comet ISON will start to circumvents the Sun. Interestingly it will take about 27 hour due to the acceleration by the Sun’s gravity upon the comet, if it is not disintegrated. The amounts of hours, 27 can be divisible by 3rds as in 9+9+9, or a .33 coefficient. The Sun will be at the Ecliptic that configures a ‘lower’ position on the celestial Chanukah Menorah. It is one of the two positions that the Shamash is allowed to have in the Chanukah Menorah, either a higher or lower stem than the 8 prongs.
To reiterate, on the first day of Chanukah, the Sun as the ‘attendant’ as the word ‘Shamash’ means or ‘witness’ lights the 1st candle starting on the far right. This will be depicted with comet ISON being at that very spot in the sky on November 27th over the Temple Mount on the line of the star Dschubba. A day later, at the point and time of the comet’s perihelion, ISON’s position will be directly in line the celestial Shamash. Incredibly, each 3rd interval of the 27 hour period that comet ISON is circumventing the Sun will correspond to a ‘candle’ on the Chanukah Menorah.
Upon further evaluation of this celestial Chanukah Menorah configuration, the 3 trident stars of Scorpio, Acrab, Dschubba and π along with Antares, the giant red star form an inverted pyramid or triangle. From 1) Antares to 2) the Ecliptic near the Sun to 3) the base of the horizon of the Earth, you have an upright pyramid or triangle as well. These 2 triangles or pyramids are side by side to each other but when inverted and overlaid to each other, they form a Star of David. (See chart for illustration)
The positioning of Antares correlates to the Russian Ascension Convent at the apex of the Mt. of Olives looking towards the East at sunrise the day of Chanukah. According to the Russian Orthodox tradition, it is the site is where Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven 40 days after His Resurrection per the witness of Jesus’ Jewish Disciples. As it pertains to prophecy yet unfulfilled, the Book of Zechariah 14 tells of a coming time when the Messiah’s feet will touch the very same spot on the Mt. of Olives across the Temple Mount during the last stages of the Battle of Armageddon as the world and AntiChrist armies are surrounding Jerusalem.
Prophetic Chanukah PatternThis study seeks to illustrate how the heavenly Chanukah Menorah that configures just after sunrise at Jerusalem at the Temple Mount is a possible ‘sign’ and/or omen. This Chanukah sign is a possible prophetic prelude to something that is coming upon Israel and the world. The root word for Chanukah comes from ‘Dedication’ as it related to the purification of the Temple from the ‘abomination of desolation’ cause by Antiochus the IV in the 2nd century BC.
The events that led to Chanukah in the 2nd century BC echo down the halls of history to present day Israel and its Temple Mount. Back then, Judea was in the middle of a contentious and dangerous time, as it is now. On one hand you had the Ptolemys of Egypt and the Seleucids of Syria on the other hand vying for political, military and religious dominance for the Middle East, specifically control over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
It appears that the same players and the same core issue will come to a head once again in Israel. You have the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt on one hand and the U.S. supported and armed al-Qaeda ‘freedom’ fighters in Syria on the other. Both are extremist Jihadist bent on the destruction of Israel and absolute control over the Temple Mount.
Chanukah is directly related to the Temple that was and yet is to be built and the war that was and is yet to occur as well. Prophetically, the significance of the celestial Chanukah Menorah sign may be that comet ISON is announcing that this pattern of prior history is about to repeat itself but in REVERSED ORDER. There were 3 specific events that will be generalized. In the 2nd century there was 1) a war with Syria, 2) a defilement of the Temple and 3) a rededication. What is prophetically coming to Israel may be the following scenario in reversed order:
1) An attack by Syria upon Israel that will allow for the dedication of the 3rd Temple as the furnishings and Priestly order is complete.
2) The Antichrist’s coming, that like Antiochus will defile the 3rd Temple, will cease the Daily offerings at the future 3.5 year time period from the dedication of the 3rd Temple.
3) Wars with the enemies of Israel as it relates to perhaps the final war of Armageddon as the LORD gathers the nations of the world around Jerusalem..
As it pertains to the coming false messiah or AntiChrist, according to the writings of Josephus, the very nature or actions of Antiochus IV echoes what the Prophets Daniel and John declare will once again occur with what the AntiChrist will do with the 3rd Temple. Josephus writes, ‘Antiochus IV once wrestling power over his rivals, plundered Jerusalem and the Holy Temple by ‘spoil[ing] the temple, and put[ing] a stop to the constant practice of offering a daily sacrifice of expiation for 3 years and 6 months.’
Comet ISON’s Tail: The Veil of a Bride?
Comet ISON will streak across the constellation Virgo for the whole month of November 2013. What is intriguing about Virgo in association with comet ISON is that aside the fact that the constellation Virgo has the classical phi ratio proportions, comet ISON conjoins these same specific points along the Ecliptic. In other words, comet ISON happens to mirror thephi ratio proportion of the constellation’s points in terms of its speed. This means that the comet is also traveling at a factor of a phi ratio velocity. (See online chart for illustrationhere)
On November 3, 2013, ISON will have crossed the Earth’s orbital plane. On the same day, the very rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse occurs. The next Hybrid will occur on Apr 20, 2023, approximately 9 years or 493 weeks later. This time span appears to be some sort of possible ‘bookends’ from 2013 to 2023. ISON then conjoins Spica on November 17, 2013.Spica means ‘ears of corn or wheat’. Then on November 22, it will be at the Feet of Virgo. At this point, the length of ISON’s tail will span the entirety of the constellation Virgo. On the 28th of November, it will reach perihelion after the 1st day of Chanukah as occurred.
The constellation Virgo is often depicted as Israel that ‘birthed’ the Messiah, Jesus Christ as depicted for example in Revelation 12 but it also has connotations to the Bride of Christ. Using some poetic license metaphorically then, the comet’s tail could be seen as a flowing white veil from Virgo’s head flowing down the length of the train beyond her feet. Then due to the comet ISON’s trajectory, it sweeps it up as it travels through Ophiuchus and on to the Crown of Bootes before leaving the Inner Solar System.
Could this be a prophetic picture as well in conjunction to the celestial Chanukah Menorah? Is this a ‘picture’ of a Bride… having put on the veil that is about to be swept up for a coronation? Could this event be signaling then the possible Rapture of the Christian Church that will serve as a ‘heavenly’ sign for Israel at the same time? Could this be a forewarning or ‘omen’ to Israel and the Nations?
Is ISON then a Heavenly Sign from the LORD foreshadowing a repeat of what took place at the first Chanukah in the 2nd century; a war, a defilement, and a dedication but in reversed order? It does appear that the LORD GOD of Israel is affirming this Festival and is signaling the soon fulfillment of the re-dedication of the 3rd Temple and perhaps all that it is associated with, in either 2014 or 2015. We shall soon see.--------------------------------Some Sources