King Antiochus steals from the Jerusalem Temple (1 Macc 1:20-1:24)

“After subduing Egypt, King Antiochus returned in the one hundred forty-third year. He went up against Israel as he came to Jerusalem with a strong force. He arrogantly entered the sanctuary. Then he took the golden altar, the lamp stand for the light, and all its utensils. He also took the table for the bread of the Presence, the cups for drink offerings, the bowls, the golden censers, the curtain, the crowns, and the gold decoration on the front of the temple. He stripped it all off. He took the silver and the gold, and the costly vessels. He took also the hidden treasures which he found. Taking them all, he departed to his own land. He shed much blood. He spoke with great arrogance.”

King Antiochus IV of Syria actually had to give up Egypt because the Romans threatened him with war. Remember he had been a Roman prisoner, so that he feared the Romans. He decided to pick on Jerusalem in 169 BCE, the 143rd year since the beginning of the Greek empire. There is no mention of a big battle. He seems to have taken all the good stuff from the Jerusalem Temple, especially the gold and silver objects. He obviously was arrogant.

The Temple is ready (2 Chr 29:18-29:19)

“Then they went inside to King Hezekiah and said. ‘We have cleansed all the house of Yahweh, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils. We have cleaned the table for the rows of bread and all its utensils. All the utensils that King Ahaz repudiated during his reign when he was faithless, we have made ready and sanctified. See! They are in front of the altar of Yahweh.’”

After the purification and sanctification of the Temple, the priests and Levites reported back to King Hezekiah. In a kind of repudiation of his father, King Ahaz, the priests and Levites told King Hezekiah that the house of Yahweh was cleansed. The altar for the burnt offerings with all its utensils was ready. The table for the rows of bread was all set up. Everything was in its place ready to go, despite the terrible actions of his father.