Stone Pillars and Other Things That God Hates

You shall not plant for yourselves an Asherah pole beside the altar of Yahweh your God that you make for yourselves. And you shall not set up for yourselves a stone pillar, a thing that Yahweh your God hates.

Deuteronomy 16:21-22

The obelisk, which is an ancient stone pillar, is used in church architecture and as an elaborate grave marker in church yards. The obelisk is an ancient symbol of sun god worship; therefore, why would anyone use this symbol at a church that supposedly worships the God who says He hates stone pillars?

This picture is by Ariel Pilotto on Unspalsh. It is an obelisk stone pillar, which is an ancient phallic symbol of the sun god Horus. Anyone favored by Yahuah was found destroying these pillars. This one is at the Vatican.

2 Kings 18:1–7 (LEB)

18 It happened in the third year of Hoshea the son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah became king. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Abi, the daughter of Zechariah. He did right in the eyes of Yahweh according to all that David his ancestor had done. He removed the high places, and he smashed the stone pillars; he cut down the poles of Asherah worship and demolished the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for up to those days the Israelites were offering incense to it and called it Nehushtan. He trusted in Yahweh the God of Israel; there was no one like him, before or after, among all the kings of Judah. He held on to Yahweh; he did not depart from following him, and he kept his commands that Yahweh had commanded Moses. Yahweh was with him; everywhere he went, he succeeded. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.

Smashing stone pillars is something that pleases the Creator. I am not suggesting to anyone that they should try this themselves, because Hezekiah was the king and had the authority to do this sort of thing. The point is that Yahuah hates these symbols, we should avoid them completely and not stay silent about their meaning.

The Asherah pole is another item on the list of things that Yahuah hates. This is another phallic symbol used in the fertility rites of most of the pagan deities. It has been handed down to us in the form of the Christmas tree through Norse witchcraft. Here is an ancient picture of the “Christmas” tree.

2 Kings 17:10–11 (LEB)

10 They set up for themselves stone pillars and poles of Asherah worship on every high hill and under every green tree. 11 They burned incense there on all the high places, like the nations which Yahweh deported before them, and they did evil things to provoke Yahweh.

1 Kings 16:29–33 (LEB)

29 Now Ahab son of Omri became king over Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah. Ahab son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30 But Ahab son of Omri did evil in the eyes of Yahweh more than all who were before him. 31 If it wasn’t enough that he went after the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he also took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal the king of the Sidonians. He went and served Baal and bowed down to him. 32 And he built an altar to Baal in the house of Baal which he had built in Samaria. 33 Ahab also made the sacred pole, and he continued to provoke Yahweh the God of Israel more than all the kings of Israel who were before him.

The Christmas tree is a modern version of the Asherah pole, much like the May pole. If one reads about all of the ancient religions, tree worship, and how these symbols were syncretized into Christianity, it is extremely hard to not see the direct connection to these ancient fertility rites. This is the sin of Jezebel spoken about by our savior in His message to the church of Thyatira.

Revelation 2:20–23 (LEB)

20 But I have against you that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, the one who calls herself a prophetess, and teaches and deceives my slaves to commit sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 And I have given her time in order to repent, and she did not want to repent from her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I am throwing her into a sickbed and those who committed adultery with her into great affliction, unless they repent from her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with deadly disease, and all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.

This picture is by Gavin Tyte on Unsplash, and it captures our topic very well.

Judges 6:25–27 (LEB)

25 Now on that same night Yahweh said to him, “Take the bull of the cattle that belongs to your father, and a second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that belongs to your father, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it; 26 and build an altar to Yahweh your God on the top of this stronghold in the proper arrangement, and take a second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you will cut down. 27 Gideon took ten men from his servants, and he did just as Yahweh told him; and because he was too afraid of his father’s family and the men of the city to do it during the day, he did it during night.

I love the story of Gideon cutting down the Asherah tree and using it as fuel for the offering. I really am not trying to be the Grinch when it comes to the Christmas tree, but once one makes the connection, it cannot not be unseen. It is a terrible error to worship Yahuah with things that He hates. He told His people not to do it, and if we consider ourselves “His people”, why would we continue to use these symbols? Forever is a long time and Malachi 3:6 (LEB) says, “For I, Yahweh, have not changed, and you, O children of Jacob, have not perished”.

Deuteronomy 12:28–32 (LEB)

28 Be careful to obey all these things that I am commanding you, so that it will go well for you and for your children after you forever, because then you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of Yahweh your God. 29 “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, 30 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.’ 31 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. 32 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.”

We see these phallic symbols everywhere in church architecture. It is a practical joke played on believers by the enemy. The Greeks defiled the temple of God by drawing pictures of these sorts of things on the temple walls. It all has to do with the worship of fertility gods. It cannot be unseen once it is seen.

When I speak of God, I am speaking of the specific God of Israel whose name is יהוה. This is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yahuah, or יהוה, is never named at most of these places with all the obelisk phallic symbols. Is it possible that the esoteric god of these institutions is actually the one who likes stone pillars? In other words, is the average Christian being duped into worshiping a different god than Yahuah by not revealing the name of God? It is much like “in God we trust” on United States currency. To which god were the creators of a dollar bill with the all seeing eye of Horus making reference? Horus is the god that likes stone pillars, and the United States is the home of the largest stone pillar, being the Washington monument.

Ezekiel 8:3–5 (LEB)

And he sent out the form of a hand, and he took me by a lock of hair of my head, and the Spirit lifted me between earth and heaven, and it brought me to Jerusalem in visions of God to the doorway of the inner gate that faced north, at which there was the seat of the image of jealousy, which was making jealous. And look! There was the glory of the God of Israel like the vision that I saw in the valley. And he said to me, “Son of man, lift up now your eyes toward the north.” And I lifted up my eyes toward the north, and, look, there was to the north of the gate of the altar this image of jealousy at the entrance.

There are endless Bible verses about using the symbols of idolatry in the worship of Yahuah. If one really loves God with all their heart, mind and soul, they should be researching these things to see if it is true. If I didn’t report what I found, I would be as guilty as the worthless servant burying his one talent. Loving your neighbour as yourself requires pointing these things out.

Leviticus 19:17–18 (LEB)

17 “ ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall surely rebuke your fellow citizen, so that you do not incur sin along with him. 18 You shall not seek vengeance, and you shall not harbor a grudge against your fellow citizens; and you shall love your neighbor like yourself; I am Yahweh.

Stone pillars and Asherah trees are two things Yahuah hates, and Jesus warns us about it in the book of Revelation. There are other acts the Creator hates, which means we should hate them too.

Proverbs 6:16–19 (LEB)

16 There are six things Yahweh hates,and seven things are abominations of his soul: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a devising heart, plans of deception, feet that hurry to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes lies and sends out discord between brothers.

I cannot imagine anyone wanting to be an abomination to the Creator’s soul. What could be the outcome of that? Hebrews 10:30-31, “For we know him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge his people’.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”. We see a glimpse in Isaiah of His vengeance on the great day of the Lord, when He will punish sinners. The Lexham English version of the Bible transliterates the name of the creator as it appears in the Hebrew text. Most English translations would render the name as “the LORD”.

Isaiah 66:15–24 (LEB)

15 For look! Yahweh will come in fire, and his chariots like the storm wind, to give back his anger in wrath, and his rebuke in flames of fire. 16 For Yahweh enters into judgment on all flesh with fire and his sword, and those slain by Yahweh shall be many. 17 Those who sanctify themselves and those who cleanse themselves to go into the gardens after the one in the middle, eating the flesh of swine and detestable things and rodents together shall come to an end!” declares Yahweh. 18 “And I—their works and thoughts!—am about to come to gather all nations and tongues, and they shall come and see my glory. 19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow; Tubal and Javan, the faraway coastlands that have not heard of my fame, and have not seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations, 20 and bring all your countrymen from all the nations as an offering to Yahweh on horses and chariots and in litters and on mules and camels, to my holy mountain, Jerusalem,” says Yahweh, “just as the sons of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel to the house of Yahweh. 21 And indeed, I will take some of them as priests and the Levites,” says Yahweh. 22 “For just as the new heavens and earth that I am about to make shall stand before me,” declares Yahweh, “so shall your descendants and your name stand. 23 And this shall happen: From new moon to new moon and from Sabbath to Sabbath all flesh shall come to bow in worship before me,” says Yahweh. 24 “And they shall go out and look at the corpses of the people who have rebelled against me, for their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

We are talking about future events in Isaiah 66, so it is hard to understand teachers who say that the instructions of Yahuah do not matter any more. Some even falsely claim that no one will be destroyed for their sin. Yahuah is still expecting His people not to be eating swine’s flesh when He returns. This means the modern, Christian interpretation of Mark chapter 7 and Acts chapter 10 is completely wrong. Anyone who reads these chapters in context should be able to see that anyway. Yeshua never “declared all foods clean”, and if he did, Peter wouldn’t have struggled with His vision in Acts. People twist these scriptures simply because they love bacon, stone pillars and Asherah poles. These all represent Egypt and Babylon and the same sins of the Israelites in the desert. It is a terrible situation for Christianity.

Jeremiah 25:32–33 (LEB)

32 Thus says Yahweh of hosts, “Look, disaster is going out from nation to nation, and a great tempest is stirred up from the farthest parts of the earth. 33 And the slain ones of Yahweh will be on that day from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth, and they will not be mourned, and they will not be gathered, and they will not be buried. They will become like dung on the surface of the ground.

Yeshua quotes Isaiah concerning the gravity of the day when all are judged.

Mark 9:42–48 (LEB)

42 “And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it is better for him if instead a large millstone is placed around his neck and he is thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than, having two hands, to go into hell—into the unquenchable fire! 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life lame than, having two feet, to be thrown into hell! 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out! It is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than, having two eyes, to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not extinguished.’

We should not want anything to do with things that Yahuah hates simply because if we love Him we will want to please Him. I would not want to be found doing the things He hates on the day of His return, because it does not look like it will end well. Repent and believe the gospel.

The featured image is by Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash.

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