“When Yahweh your God has cut off the nations whom you are about to go to, to dispossess them before you, and you have dispossessed them, and you live in their land, take care so that you are not ensnared into imitating them after their being destroyed from before you, and so that you not enquire concerning their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods, and thus I myself want to do also.’You must not do so toward Yahweh your God, because of every detestable thing they have done for their gods Yahweh hates, for even their sons and their daughters they would burn in the fire to their gods. All of the things that I am commanding you, you must diligently observe; you shall not add to it, and you shall not take away from it.” Deuteronomy 12:29-32
The children of Israel became ensnared in a trap of idolatry. Even though they were warned over and over, they could not resist the lure of foreign gods. It could be that these gods were not really all that foreign. The people of the nations all had similar rituals from the mystery religions, and the tribes of Israel came out from Egypt where they also had similar religious systems. Also, there must have been some appeal to the foreign religions around them. Perhaps they were fun, exciting and enticing.
Deu 13:6 “If your brother, the son of your mother or your son or your daughter or your wife whom you embrace or your intimate friend in secrecy says, ‘Let us go and let us serve other gods!’ gods that you and your ancestors have not known,
Deu 13:7 from among the gods of the people who are around you, those near you or those far from you, from one end of the earth and up to the other end of the earth,
Deu 13:8 you must not give in to him, and you shall not listen to him, and your eye shall not take pity on him, and you shall not have compassion, and you shall not cover up for him.
In the book of Revelation, there a warning to the church not to hold to the teaching of Balaam. This is a warning for then and now.
Rev 2:12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: “This is what the one who has the sharp double-edged sword says:
Rev 2:13 ‘I know where you live, where the throne of Satan is. And you hold fast to my name and did not deny your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan lives.
Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against you: that you have there those who hold fast to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat food sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.
Rev 2:15 So likewise you also have those who hold fast to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
Rev 2:16 Therefore repent! But if you do not, I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war with them with the sword from my mouth.
Balaam was instrumental with the luring of Israel to the religion of the Moabites, who worshipped Chemosh, Astarte and Molech. Their religion involved poles and pillars, human sacrifice, temple prostitution and fertility rituals. The following is from the Smith Bible Dictionary:
Che’mosh. (subduer). The national deity of the Moabites. Num 21:29; Jer 48:7; Jer 48:13; Jer 48:46. In Jdg 11:24. He also appears as the god of the Ammonites. Solomon introduced, and Josiah abolished, the worship of Chemosh at Jerusalem. 1Ki 11:7; 2Ki 23:13. Also identified with Baal-peor, Baalzebub, Mars and Saturn.
Num 25:1 When Israel dwelled in Shittim, the people began to prostitute themselves with the daughters of Moab.
Num 25:2 And they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and worshiped their gods.
Num 25:3 So Israel was joined together to Baal Peor, and Yahweh became angry with Israel.
Num 25:4 Yahweh said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and kill them before the sun, so the fierce anger of Yahweh will turn from Israel.”
Chemosh or Baal-Peor, the Moabite deity, was associated with Saturn, the Roman equivalent deity. They were the same god with the same attributes, but were called different names by different people. This enables us to follow the steps of Yahweh’s people into Christianity, involving themselves with the same gods and practices. Saturn was celebrated at the winter solstice during the Saturnalia festival. Tertullian, an early church father from the third century, addressed the celebration of the Saturnalia and all its festivities and decorations.
Tertullian On Idolatry Chapter 14 from The Ante-Nicene Fathers volume 3.
But the same apostle elsewhere bids us take care to please all: “As I,” he says, “please all by all means.” (1Co 10:32-33) No doubt he used to please them by celebrating the Saturnalia and New-year’s day! [Was it so] or was it by moderation and patience? by gravity, by kindness, by integrity? In like manner, when he is saying, “I have become all things to all, that I may gain all,” (1Co 9:22) does he mean “to idolaters an idolater? “to heathens a heathen?” “to the worldly worldly?” But albeit he does not prohibit us from having our conversation with idolaters and adulterers, and the other criminals, saying, “Otherwise ye would go out from the world,” (1Co 5:10) of course he does not so slacken those reins of conversation that, since it is necessary for us both to live and to mingle with sinners, we may be able to sin with them too. Where there is the intercourse of life, which the apostle concedes, there is sinning, which no one permits. To live with heathens is lawful, to die with them is not. Let us live with all; let us be glad with them, out of community of nature, not of superstition. We are peers in soul, not in discipline; fellow-possessors of the world, not of error. But if we have no right of communion in matters of this kind with strangers, how far more wicked to celebrate them among brethren! Who can maintain or defend this? The Holy Spirit upbraids the Jews with their holy-days. “Your Sabbaths, and new moons, and ceremonies,” says He, “My soul hateth.” (Isa 1:14, etc.) By us, to whom Sabbaths are strange, and the new moons and festivals formerly beloved by God, the Saturnalia and New-year’s and Midwinter’s festivals and Matronalia are frequented – presents come and go – New-year’s gifts – games join their noise – banquets join their din! Oh better fidelity of the nations to their own sect, which claims no solemnity of the Christians for itself! Not the Lord’s day, not Pentecost, even it they had known them, would they have shared with us; for they would fear lest they should seem to be Christians. We are not apprehensive lest we seem to be heathens!
By the time of Tertullian, through Roman and anti-Semitic teachings, Christians had abandoned Yahweh’s feasts and festivals and were slowly adopting the holy days of the nations. We can deduce this by the fact that Jesus, the Apostles and the New Testament church met on he Sabbath, celebrated Yahweh’s feast days and were completely silent when it came to practicing the sun god holidays. Tertullian quotes Isaiah chapter one for justification not to keep the Sabbath or festivals, but is that really what Yahweh wanted? Does Yahweh really no longer love His festivals? Read the entire chapter, or the entire Old Testament, and it will become clear that Yahweh was tired of bull sacrifices, celebrations of holy days and festivities, while the people were committing grave sins such as idolatry, murder, and child sacrifice. Yahweh also said, “Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become to me like a burden, I am not able to bear them”. Could it be they had added to Yahweh’s feast days? All Yahweh wanted was obedience. Also, it is absurd to suggest Yahweh intended for Christians to trade His feasts and festivals for those of the nations and their foreign gods.
Isa 1:2 Hear, heavens, and listen, earth, for Yahweh has spoken: “I reared children and I brought them up, but they rebelled against me.
Isa 1:3 An ox knows its owner and a donkey the manger of its master. Israel does not know; my people do not understand.
Isa 1:4 Ah, sinful nation, a people heavy with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly. They have forsaken Yahweh; they have despised the holy one of Israel. They are estranged and gone backward.
Isa 1:5 Why do you want to be beaten again? You continue in rebellion. The whole of the head is sick, and the whole of the heart is faint.
Isa 1:6 From the sole of the foot and up to the head there is no health in it; bruise and sore and bleeding wound have not been cleansed, and they have not been bound up and not softened with the oil.
Isa 1:7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; As for your land, aliens are devouring it in your presence, and it is desolate, like devastation by foreigners.
Isa 1:8 And the daughter of Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard, like a shelter in a cucumber field, like a city that is besieged.
Isa 1:9 If Yahweh of hosts had not left us survivors, we would have been as few as Sodom, we would have become like Gomorrah.
Isa 1:10 Hear the word of Yahweh, rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, people of Gomorrah!
Isa 1:11 What is the abundance of your sacrifices to me? says Yahweh. I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened animals and I do not delight in the blood of bulls and ram-lambs and goats.
Isa 1:12 When you come to appear before me, who asked for this from your hand: you trampling my courts?
Isa 1:13 You must not continue to bring offerings of futility, incense—it is an abomination to me; new moon and Sabbath, the calling of a convocation—I cannot endure iniquity with solemn assembly.
Isa 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become to me like a burden, I am not able to bear them.
Isa 1:15 And when you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not be listening. Your hands are full of blood.
Isa 1:16 Wash! Make yourselves clean! Remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes! Cease to do evil!
Isa 1:17 Learn to do good! Seek justice! Rescue the oppressed! Defend the orphan! Plead for the widow!
Isa 1:18 “Come now, and let us argue,” says Yahweh. “Even though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white like snow; even though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Isa 1:19 If you are willing and you are obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.
Isa 1:20 But if you refuse and you rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”
When Yahweh declares the festival days He specifically calls them His days.
Lev 23:1-2 Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the Israelites, and say to them, ‘The festivals of Yahweh that you shall proclaim are holy assemblies; these are my appointed times.
Yahweh said He can’t bare the iniquity that they were bringing with them. Isaiah 1:13, You must not continue to bring offerings of futility, incense—it is an abomination to me; new moon and Sabbath, the calling of a convocation—I cannot endure iniquity with solemn assembly.
Also, those who do not listen to His instruction will not have their prayers heard. Instruction here is translated from Strong’s H8451 for torah.
Pro 28:9 He who turns his ear from listening to instruction, even his prayer is an abomination.
From H3384; a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch: – law.
During Tertullian‘s time they had already abandoned Yahweh’s feast days, with the exception of Pentecost, yet they had not fully embraced the blending of the holy days and gods of other nations into Christianity. Here Tertullian talks of decorating with greenery during the Saturnalia, which has transitioned into the Christian holy day of Christmas. All the religions of the world that still celebrate the winter solstice and spring equinox know that Rome forced Christianity on those days, like ramming a square peg into a round hole. These folks bite their tongues and hold back their animosity, while Christians ignorantly celebrate on these ancient religions’ holy days, with their symbols of eggs, trees, lights and logs, trying to convince everyone these days and symbols are about God and his son Jesus. However, there is no biblical evidence for celebrating these days that belong to foreign gods, only evidence that should prevent Christians from celebrating these days. Tertullian continues talking about decorating with greenery.
But “let your works shine,” saith He; (Mat 5:16) but now all our shops and gates shine! You will now-a-days find more doors of heathens without lamps and laurel-wreaths than of Christians. What does the case seem to be with regard to that species (of ceremony) also? If it is an idol’s honour, without doubt an idol’s honour is idolatry. If it is for a man’s sake, let us again consider that all idolatry is for man’s sake; let us again consider that all idolatry is a worship done to men, since it is generally agreed even among their worshippers that aforetime the gods themselves of the nations were men; and so it makes no difference whether that superstitious homage be rendered to men of a former age or of this. Idolatry is condemned, not on account of the persons which are set up for worship, but on account of those its observances, which pertain to demons.
“Then,” do you say, “the lamps before my doors, and the laurels on my posts are an honour to God?” They are there of course, not because they are an honour to God, but to him who is honour in God’s stead by ceremonial observances of that kind, so far as is manifest, saving the religious performance, which is in secret appertaining to demons. For we ought to be sure if there are any whose notice it escapes through ignorance of this world’s literature, that there are among the Romans even gods of entrances; Cardea (Hinge-goddess), called after hinges, and Forculus (Door-god) after doors, and Limentinus (Threshold-god) after the threshold, and Janus himself (Gate-god) after the gate: and of course we know that, though names be empty and reigned, yet, when they are drawn down into superstition, demons and every unclean spirit seize them for themselves, through the bond of consecration. Otherwise demons have no name individually, but they there find a name where they find also a token.
Tertullian argues that even though it is said these symbols of foreign gods are placed in honor of Yahweh, they really are not. They are ultimately honoring the gods they belong to and demons. I am simply presenting overlooked information from an early church father here, which shows the mindset of Christianity in the third century and their slowly drifting back to these foreign religions. Tertullian was arguing that Christians shouldn’t be using symbols that other nations use to celebrate their gods, specifically the ones Christians still use today. Tertullian lost the argument. To quote occultist Aleister Crowley, “Do what thou wilt.”.
Phallic symbolism is a large part of the nations’ religions. It accompanies the fertility goddesses worship along with the use of eggs in the springtime. The legends of Nimrod and Osiris are similar and all through the worlds’ religions or mythologies there are sun gods who die a terrible death, one where their reproductive body parts cannot be found. The wife goddess then makes a representation, such as an obelisk, and somehow gets impregnated by the rays of the sun. The son that is born, December 21-25, depending on the calendar used, is supposed to be the original husband sun god resurrected. All these religions with different gods and similar mythologies come from Babylon under the rule of Nimrod and Semiramis. They continued the worship of the host of heaven and study of mystery religions after Noah’s flood. This is a huge topic, and I have only scratched the surface of studying it myself. However, I have seen enough to understand the great sin that Israel continually committed with these nations’ gods and that through Egypt, Greece and Rome, these same symbols and gods, although having new names, have come right along into Christianity with their symbolism and mysteries. Once a person sees it, it cannot be unseen. It is a difficult, lonely situation to find oneself. This is an unfortunate joke played on Christianity to adopt all of these symbols, mostly unknowingly, by those in the exoteric realm.
The symbolism in these pictures is not accidental like the church window in the feature picture of this blog may have been. These Gothic style windows in older churches are designed after the obelisk, to put it nicely. The three obelisks in the above pictures are located at power centers of the world, Rome, Washington and London. Why are symbols of Horus and Isis so prevalent, even at the center of the Roman church? There is so much symbolism in these pictures that it would take too much to cover it all here. The obelisk and other phallic symbols of foreign gods found their way all through church architecture. If anyone thinks we are just covering history, take a look into modern phallic worship in Wicca and New Age religions. It never went anywhere simply because Christians are ignorant of these systems of religion and symbols.
Joh 4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”
Joh 4:21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Joh 4:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”
Joh 4:26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
Yahweh is seeking people to worship him in spirit and truth, not with mystery religion symbols.
The obelisk is a form of the Ashera pole. The Ashera pole was a pole or sacred tree that the twelve tribes of Israel were always trying to put in Yahweh’s temple. It is the same symbolism as the obelisk. I am hoping everyone reading this can figure out what these symbols all represent without me having to get too graphic. The warning is clear in these verses below from Deuteronomy. Has Yahweh changed, now embracing the Asherah tree and stone pillar? I seriously doubt it.
Deu 16:21 You shall not plant for yourselves an Asherah pole beside the altar of Yahweh your God that you make for yourselves.
Deu 16:22 And you shall not set up for yourselves a stone pillar, a thing that Yahweh your God hates.
Fertility rites are all part of these mystery religions still practiced today under different names. Christians unknowingly follow suit, and do not seem to care.
Rev 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters,
Rev 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.”
Rev 17:3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.
Rev 17:5 And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.”
Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. When I saw her, I marveled greatly.
Syncretism is the blending of different religions and mythologies. This is a practice that has been happening for thousands of years, and Christianity blended with the same gods and goddesses as Israel, to the point where the pagan practices are inseparable today. As of late Christianity is blending more into new age and spirituality. Syncretism is a clever word, yet Yahweh calls it idolatry, sorcery and witchcraft.
From the website readthespirit.com:
Symbols of eggs and rabbits illustrate the Pagan and Wiccan holiday of Ostara, known also for the goddess of spring by the same name. Ostara, or Eostre, is the ancient goddess of spring and dawn who presides over fertility, conception and pollination. Symbols of eggs and rabbits represent the fertility of springtime, and in centuries past, these symbols were often used in fertility rituals. The next full moon, also called Ostara, is known as a time of increased births.
Here is the definition of the word Easter from the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia:
ēs´tẽr (πάσχα, páscha, from Aramaic פסחא, paṣḥā’ and Hebrew פסח, peṣaḥ, the Passover festival): The English word comes from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre or Estera, a Teutonic goddess to whom sacrifice was offered in April, so the name was transferred to the paschal feast. The word does not properly occur in Scripture, although the King James Version has it in Act 12:4 where it stands for Passover, as it is rightly rendered in the Revised Version (British and American). There is no trace of Easter celebration in the New Testament, though some would see an intimation of it in 1Co 5:7. The Jewish Christians in the early church continued to celebrate the Passover, regarding Christ as the true paschal lamb, and this naturally passed over into a commemoration of the death and resurrection of our Lord, or an Easter feast.
It is interesting to note that a standard Easter feast traditionally contains ham. This is a clue that it is not a feast of Yahweh. Can you imagine eating pork to celebrate the death and resurrection of Yahweh incarnate? The pork tradition on Easter comes from the Tammuz mythology. He was another version of the sun god religion who was killed by a wild boar. Ham was eaten at the spring festival in his honour. The pig was the animal of choice for sacrificing to these various gods. Yahweh tells us which animals are for food and which ones are not:
Lev 11:7 and the pig, because it has a divided hoof and has a split cleft in the hoof but it does not chew cud—it is unclean for you.
Lev 11:8 You must not eat from their meat, and you must not touch their dead body—they are unclean for you.
Swine seems to be especially offensive to Yahweh. It could be that all these nations made the swine a sacred animal to their gods.
Isa 65:2 I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices;
Isa 65:3 a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and making offerings on bricks;
Isa 65:4 who sit in tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat pig’s flesh, and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;
Isa 65:5 who say, “Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.” These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day.
Isa 65:6 Behold, it is written before me: “I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will indeed repay into their lap
Isa 65:7 both your iniquities and your fathers’ iniquities together, says the LORD; because they made offerings on the mountains and insulted me on the hills, I will measure into their lap payment for their former deeds.”
King Antiochus had a pig sacrificed to Zeus in Yahweh’s temple during the winter solstice at the time of the Maccabees.
1Ma 1:41 Moreover king Antiochus wrote to his whole kingdom, that all should be one people,
1Ma 1:42 And every one should leave his laws: so all the heathen agreed according to the commandment of the king.
1Ma 1:43 Yea, many also of the Israelites consented to his religion, and sacrificed unto idols, and profaned the sabbath.
1Ma 1:44 For the king had sent letters by messengers unto Jerusalem and the cities of Juda that they should follow the strange laws of the land,
1Ma 1:45 And forbid burnt offerings, and sacrifice, and drink offerings, in the temple; and that they should profane the sabbaths and festival days:
1Ma 1:46 And pollute the sanctuary and holy people:
1Ma 1:47 Set up altars, and groves, and chapels of idols, and sacrifice swine’s flesh, and unclean beasts:
1Ma 1:48 That they should also leave their children uncircumcised, and make their souls abominable with all manner of uncleanness and profanation:
1Ma 1:49 To the end they might forget the law, and change all the ordinances.
1Ma 1:50 And whosoever would not do according to the commandment of the king, he said, he should die.
A quick calendar search will put the 25th of Casleu right at the time of the winter solstice, (December 24th-January 2) in 168 BC, when this sacrifice of swine took place on the altar of Yahweh in His temple. It’s amazing that the whole world still celebrates at this time. The transition from honouring Zeus, to Saturn during Saturnalia, and then to the fictional date for the birthday of Jesus, is both very interesting and disturbing.
1Ma 1:54 Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every side;
1Ma 1:55 And burnt incense at the doors of their houses, and in the streets.
1Ma 1:56 And when they had rent in pieces the books of the law which they found, they burnt them with fire.
1Ma 1:57 And whosoever was found with any the book of the testament, or if any committed to the law, the king’s commandment was, that they should put him to death.
1Ma 1:58 Thus did they by their authority unto the Israelites every month, to as many as were found in the cities.
1Ma 1:59 Now the five and twentieth day of the month they did sacrifice upon the idol altar, which was upon the altar of God.
The information below is taken from https://draugablikk.com. The wild boar was also sacrificed during the winter solstice in Scandinavian countries. It is all honoring the same gods by different names at the same Sabbats. Christianity assigning the birth of Jesus to this time with the same celebrations does not sanctify it. There are two calendars, Yahweh’s and the other one.
“The midwinter festivities of ancient Europe are often called Yule or Yuletide. Ritual celebrations were important and essential components in old times, especially in the Norse cultures because of the long dark winters in Scandinavia and Finland. The Norsemen held great feasts to venerate their ancestors, swear oaths, for fertility, and to celebrate seasonal shifts in nature.
Towards the end of the year, Vikings in western Scandinavia (and Varangians in the east) welcomed the new year through great feasting. These Yuletide celebrations hailed from a distant past, perhaps further back than the Bronze Age, and had thus been a recurring tradition since long before the Viking Age.
Interestingly, the midwinter festivities of pagan Europe lasted for twelve days. It is from this tradition we have the modern twelve days of Christmas. In other words, the rituals of our pagan ancestors still live on in parts of northern Europe, especially in Scandinavia, Iceland, and Finland.
One Yuletide ritual involved sacrificing a wild boar, described as the “sónargǫltr” in the Icelandic literature. As part of the ceremony, oaths were sworn on the sacrificed boar’s bristles (a tradition that is not entirely out of fashion, if one considers contemporary New Year’s resolutions.) Food was scarce in the winter months, and through the sacrifice of the sónargǫltr, it was hoped the seeds to be sown in any man’s farmstead’s field would provide a rich and fruitful harvest.”
Now let’s look at Samhain. This festival was turned into All Saints’s day and Halloween many years ago. It is a Celtic tradition, but we see similar traditions in other parts of the world. In North America the church celebrates trunk or treat in honour of Samhain. Here is the Encyclopedia Britannica explanation of Samhain:
Samhain, (Celtic: “End of Summer”)also spelled Samain, in ancient Celtic religion, one of the most important and sinister calendar festivals of the year. At Samhain, held on November 1, the world of the gods was believed to be made visible to humankind, and the gods played many tricks on their mortal worshippers; it was a time fraught with danger, charged with fear, and full of supernatural episodes. Sacrifices and propitiations of every kind were thought to be vital, for without them the Celts believed they could not prevail over the perils of the season or counteract the activities of the deities. Samhain was an important precursor to Halloween.
The Celts, who many say were originally Chaldeans, would carve a head out of a turnip much like in North America where a pumpkin is used. The roots of this practice are pretty dark. Jacob’s wife Rachael stole a similar type of idol from her father, a Chaldean. It wasn’t a vegetable though, it was the real thing as the book of Jasher records.
And Rachel stole her father’s images, and she took them and she concealed them upon the camel upon which she sat, and she went on. And this is the manner of the images; in taking a man who is the firstborn and slaying him and taking the hair off his head, and taking salt and salting the head and anointing it in oil, then taking a small tablet of copper or a tablet of gold and writing the name upon it, and placing the tablet under his tongue, and taking the head with the tablet under the tongue and putting it in the house, and lighting up lights before it and bowing down to it. And at the time when they bow down to it, it speaks to them in all matters that they ask of it, through the power of the name which is written in it. And some make them in the figures of men, of gold and silver, and go to them in times known to them, and the figures receive the influence of the stars, and tell them future things, and in this manner were the images which Rachel stole from her father. And Rachel stole these images which were her father’s, in order that Lavan might not know through them where Ya`aqov had gone. YASHAR (JASHER) 31:40-44 את CEPHER
Human sacrifice was common thousands of years ago, and it still goes on today in some places. The trunk or treaters in the church parking lot may not have their enemy’s first born shrunken head as an idle, but it is all related to the same Sabbat of Samhain. Why would Christians celebrate these holy days of foreign gods when they could be celebrating Yahweh’s holy days?
2Ti 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
2Ti 4:4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
These foreign gods’ feasts and festivals are still fun and enticing for the people of Yahweh today. Why is it that the entire world embraces all of these Sabbats which Christianity also embraces? Is it that the entire world has converted to Christianity on those particular days, or has Christianity simply taken these traditions from other religions and mythologies? It’s a little of both, or syncretism, and things have evolved from ancient times. Whether we are talking about Tammuz, Isis, Astarte, Eostre, Thor and his flying goats and chariot, Saturn, Woden, human sacrifice or temple prostitution, Yahweh hates it all and anything that reminds him of it.
Hos 4:1 Hear the word of Yahweh, O children of Israel, for Yahweh has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or loyalty, there is no knowledge of God in the land.
Hos 4:2 Swearing and lying, murdering and stealing, and adultery break out, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Hos 4:3 Therefore the land mourns, and all those living in it languish with the animals of the field, and the birds of the heaven, and even the fish of the sea are being swept away.
Hos 4:4 Yet, let no one contend, and let no one accuse, for with you, O priest, is my contention.
Hos 4:5 You will stumble by day, and the priest also will stumble with you at night. And I will destroy your mother;
Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from acting as a priest for me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
Hos 4:7 When they became many, their sin increased against me; they changed their glory into shame.
Hos 4:8 They feed on the sin of my people, they are greedy for their iniquity.
Hos 4:9 And it will be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways, and I will requite them for their deeds.
Hos 4:10 They will eat and not be satisfied; they will play the whore and not multiply, because they have forsaken Yahweh to devote themselves to
Hos 4:11 whoredom. Wine and new wine take away the understanding.
Hos 4:12 My people, consult their wooden idols, and their divining rod gives them oracles; because a spirit of whoredom led them astray, and they played the whore from under their God.
Hos 4:13 On the tops of the mountains they sacrifice, and on the hills they make offerings, under oak, poplar, and terebinth, because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters play the whore, and all your daughters-in-law commit adultery.
Hos 4:14 I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, or your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery; because they go aside with whores, and they sacrifice with temple prostitutes, a people that does not understand comes to ruin.
Hos 4:15 Even though you, O Israel, are playing the whore, do not let Judah become guilty; do not enter Gilgal, or go up to Beth-aven; and do not swear, “As Yahweh lives!”
Hos 4:16 Indeed, like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; Now Yahweh will feed them, like a lamb in broad pasture.
Hos 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.
Hos 4:18 When their drinking has ended, they surely indulge in sexual orgies. They love lewdness more than their glory.
Hos 4:19 A wind has wrapped them in its wings, and they will be ashamed because of their altars.
Paul gave a warning to the Galatians not to return to their heathen ways, observing the holy days of their gods that they did before they knew Yahweh. Should we not take the same warning? I know that some try to say this is referring to the Galatians celebrating Yahweh’s feast days, but how can this be the case? People that never celebrated Yahweh’s feast cannot return to something they never did. Also, would Paul refer to Yahweh’s instructions or Torah as weak and worthless? Absolutely not!
Gal 4:8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.
Gal 4:9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
Gal 4:10 You observe days and months and seasons and years!
Gal 4:11 I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
I suggest studying mythology, not just an internet search, but real books and research. There are places on line to read real books, but many will read a blog like mine, where I can say anything, and take it as truth, if it comforts them. After researching the gods of the nations and where they are today, read the two books of King’s in the Bible. If you are able to see the connections between Israel and the “church”, along with the myths of all the gods of antiquity, you will also see how their sabbats and holy days are the same as those celebrated by the “church”. The modern day church has adopted many of the symbols and traditions of the nations’ gods that Yahweh said He hates.