The Feast of Dedication! – Hanukkah – in Hebrew means – Dedication
Christ celebrated this Holiday: And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, (Hanukkah) and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. ‘ John 10:22-23
This Holiday is on December 25th, starts 8 days leading up to December 25th
“Now Maccabeus and his company, the Lord guiding them, recovered the temple and the city: But the altars which the heathen had built in the open street, and also the chapels, they pulled down. And having cleansed the temple they made another altar, and striking stones they took fire out of them, and offered a sacrifice after two years, and set forth incense, and lights, and shewbread. When that was done, they fell flat down, and besought the Lord that they might come no more into such troubles; but if they sinned any more against him, that he himself would chasten them with mercy, and that they might not be delivered unto the blasphemous and barbarous nations. Now upon the same day that the strangers profaned the temple, on the very same day it was cleansed again, even the five and twentieth day of the same month, which is Casleu.” 2 Maccabees 10:1-5
The Scriptures explain that the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) is on the 25th of December.
“Casleu” – the ninth month of the year according to biblical reckoning and the third month of the civil year, usually falling within November/December.
“And they kept the eight days with gladness, as in the feast of the tabernacles, remembering that not long afore they had held the feast of the tabernacles, when as they wandered in the mountains and dens like beasts. Therefore they bare branches, and fair boughs, and palms also, and sang psalms unto him that had given them good success in cleansing his place. They ordained also by a common statute and decree, That every year those days should be kept of the whole nation of the Jews.” 2 Maccabees 10:8-8
The Feast of Tabernacle is in October/November. The Scriptures explain that the Feast of Dedication Hanukkah is after that. Further giving more evidence that Hanukkah is on or around the 25th of December.
The Feast is kept 8 days and 7 nights which goes with the number of candle sticks:
The reason this feast is in no way a disrespect to God nor is it even adding to Gods Word
�is because all they were doing was rededicating Gods Temple. God has already described how he wanted his Temple dedicated in the Laws of God:
““Make a lampstand of pure gold. Hammer out its base and shaft, and make its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them. Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other. Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch, three on the next branch, and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand. And on the lampstand there are to be four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.” Exodus 25:31-34
““Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning. In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the Lord from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come.” Exodus 27:20-21
So the lamp stand and burning candles is symbolic of the Dedication (Hanukah) of Gods Temple,
all they did was rededicate the temple once they recaptured it again, with 7 lamp stands.