In the Hanukkah account, we see of foreshadow of how Antichrist will persecute Israel. Read on to see the link between Hanukkah, Israel, and Antichrist.
What will be the Image of the Beast? What does scripture tell us? In Daniel 3, Nebuchadnezzar built an image of gold. Is this a biblical picture of the coming image?
In the very second Psalm, God gives us a picture of the titanic struggle that will take place between His Messiah and the Anti-Messiah (Antichrist) during the final 3 1/2 year Period Jesus called the Times of the Gentiles. It will be Psalm 2: Christ versus Antichrist.
The Book of Daniel contains many key prophecies about the time before the Return of Jesus. Interspersed between these prophetic visions are stories about the life of Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. If you look at these stories closely it becomes apparent that they act like parables to teach spiritual life lessons. Looking at them even closer, one notices that each one of the stories are an Old Testament type or foreshadow of what is to come during the Great Tribulation, the last three and a half years prior to Jesus’ return. I find it immensely interesting that the the prophet who gave us some of the most detailed information about the time before Jesus’ return lived a life that foreshadowed some of the very events he prophesied about.
Because the original Hanukkah most likely foreshadows events of the Great Tribulation, it is a great extra-biblical study. Although the story is found in 1 and 2 Maccabees, which are found in the apocrypha and aren’t in the canon of scripture, Jesus celebrated the holiday in Jerusalem (John 10:22 ) and the book of Daniel foretells some of its events. For these reasons although we cannot call the story “scripture”, it is a study of great interest. Those aspects of the story that related to the foreshadows of the Great Tribulation are of most interest to me and there are hints within the story as to a link between Hanukkah and the future Abomination of Desolation. These hints are further evidence that the Antichrist will be Islamic. Before we look at the links between Hanukkah and the Tribulation , let’s discuss the entire story.