Asteroid 3288 Seleucus
I was looking at a Space Calendar for this year (http://newproducts.jpl.nasa.gov/calendar) and saw the following:
Dec 14 - Asteroid 3288 Seleucus Closest Approach To Earth (1.439 AU)
December 14, 1998 is the beginning of Hanukkah--25th Kislev (Feast of Dedication/Lights) which the Jews celebrate to commemorate the victory over Antiochus IV, king of Syria (a king of the Seleucid dynasty who sacrificed a pig on the altar--abomination of desolation). Antiochus is considered to be a type of Antichirst and it seems significant that an asteroid of the same family name is at its closest approach to earth on the same day (I'm not sure how close this is in terms of other asteroids).
Josephus claims that Antiochus' reign of terror starting with sacrificing a sow on the altar he had erected to Jupiter (Zeus) in the Temple, lasted for exactly three years, others say 3 1/2 years.
It's been about 2160 years since this festival was instituted (around 164 BC). On that day: "...the Temple of Jerusalem was solemnly purified, the old polluted altar removed, its stones put in a separate place on the Temple-mount, and the worship of the Lord restored. The feast commenced on the 25th of Chislev (December), and lasted for eight days. "
(The Temple: Its Ministry and Services by Alfred Ederhseim