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Pagan VS Biblical feasts

Updated: Apr 7

Like many of American Christians, I was raised believing that American holidays such as Easter and Christmas were based in Christianity. It was not until I started down a path of researching the worship of the sun god that I was lead to these festivities and their origins. Some of these sun gods are found within the pages of scripture such as Tammuz and Ashtaroth. I was amazed as I read the history and what they did and compared it to what scripture said. I began to gain a deeper comprehension of what made God so angry with the worshipers of these pagan deities.


Over the years, the sun worshipers adopted the truth and life about our savior into their cult. Just as Christians took their celebrations, and replaced the name of their god with our God, they did likewise. These similarities in the sun god and Christ can be seen emerging in archaeology about 50 years after the resurrection of Christ.


This has left many non-believers of the faith today in laughter, mocking and saying that the Son of God is the sun god, and that Christians just changed the names. But can we really fault them for seeing what the previous church fathers have done? We are quick to call the hypocrisy in the world out, so why is it so hard to repent and turn when it is seen within us. Should we not hold ourselves to a higher standard?


This revelation lead me to question just how is the world to tell us from those who are of it? Over the centuries since Christ has went to be with the Father, believers of Christ have blended themselves with occultic ideology and practices. They not only love these celebrations but they have a lot of memories tied into them to the point that they have become a stronghold in many lives. Believers today make excuses to not let go, whether it be family traditions, loved ones, the children, “God knows my heart”, to the countless others I have heard.


At the end of the day, what is it that sets us apart from the world when believers have adopted the world into the way they worship? Are we truly part of the body of Christ or are we struggling to be part of the body of Christ and part of the world?


The sun worshipers say that their god had 12 disciples, walked on water, was born of a virgin, died for his followers, etc. And meanwhile, the Christians take up weeping for Tammuz, Tammuz's birthday, and the Celebration of Ishtar's day (aka Ashtaroth). We even see the acceptance by many believer's in so called Christian movies where a female entity is declared as part of the trinity. God made it perfectly clear that He is completely male, no part of Him is female. This comes from sun worship, where there is a father (the sun god), the son of the sun god, and a female mother/goddess.


Believer's centuries before us may have had good intentions to bring in new believers by allowing them to hold on to their celebrations, idolatry, and worship rituals, but now we are seeing the consequences of that error. The very heart of what is pure, holy, and true has been distorted into something that God never intended it to be. Remember, Satan deceived Eve very subtly, which means that it was so close to the truth that it seemed like the truth but there was a lie hidden in it, and through that hidden lie, sin was conceived.

WHY ARE THESE FESTIVITIES WRONG?

Keep in mind, GOD NEVER EVER CHANGES! We read in Deuteronomy 12:30-32 how God was talking to the Israelites, He told them to be careful that they are not snared into following after the pagans, and that they not inquire after their gods, asking how these nations served their gods and then get it into their minds that they will also serve their God in the same manner. God continued, “YOUWILL NOT do so unto the Lord your God, for every abomination to the Lord, which he hates, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters have they burned in the fire to their gods. What thing soever that I command you, observe to do it: You shall not add to it or take from it.”


We can read in Exodus 32 how when Moses had went up to the mountain to speak with God that the Israelites took it upon themselves to create a golden calf, which they then worshiped, saying “this is the god who brought us out of Egypt”. When God told Moses what was going on, He told him that he was going to destroy them; but Moses reminded God of His covenant with Abraham.


Moses then rushed down the mountain and upon seeing the golden calf, he became very angry. He dropped the tablets with the commandments on them and he destroyed the golden calf, he then poured the powder of the gold into the water and made the people drink of it. There were three thousand Israelites that were killed for their participation in worshiping the golden calf. (see also Nehemiah 9:16-21)


We also see in Exodus 34:12-16, that we are not to make covenants with the inhabitants of the lands where we go. We should destroy their altars and break their images, and cut down their groves; lest that they become a snare to us. For we shall not worship any other god but Jehovah! God said that if we make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land that we may go whoring after other gods; and eat of their sacrifices.


This seems very well what has been done with the people of God but by understanding where our ancestors went wrong, we can correct this wrong and renew our souls to God through the redemptive blood of our advocate and savior Yeshua Christ.


BUT... GOD KNOWS MY HEART

I have heard people defend their right to these pagan celebrations by claiming that “God knows their hearts and He knows that their intent is to worship Him, and that their hearts are on Him.” Yes, God does know your heart but do you know your own heart? Why would you worship God in a way that He has stated that he abhors, and then call it an act of love?


Year after year, generation after generation of believers will gather together to celebrate these pagan festivities, in a similar manner that the pagans did their gods. Of course we do not see the orgies or human sacrifices that the pagans did during these celebrations but everything else is pretty much the same. It is as if the church fathers in the past came upon a pagan altar, was offended, and instead of destroying said altar, removed the pagan god, and placed our God upon the altar, then patted themselves on the back for the many conversions. If you find this scene offensive then you are beginning to see it in its true light.


When a world that condemns Christianity and calls those that teach and live by it, “HATERS”; when they burn with anger over the written words of God, laugh at Christians for their faith, mock salvation, AND YET, these same people will turn around and gladly participate in the same holidays that the followers of Christ do, without any hesitation, this should speak volumes to believers. Why more alarms are not going off to anyone who loves God and seeks to be separate from the world truly baffles me.


In John 15:18-19, we read how the world hates the things of God but loves the things that is of it. What I am saying beloved, is if the those of the world have many things in common as a disciple of Christ, then maybe that disciple should examine his/her path.


The early Christians refused to celebrate these holidays and for many years after the USA was created, these pagan holidays were outlawed. Anyone caught celebrating was seen as worshiping the devil himself. It is clear to see that the further away we get from Christ having went to be with the Father, the further away the hearts of men drift from what God ordained and set as holy. God destroyed millions before us for doing a lot of the same things that we are doing today. The only difference between us and those of the old testament is that we have been given grace through the blood of Christ.


The question remains, when harvest time comes, are you going to be part of the wheat or the tares? We know that God's wrath is building to be poured out in the bowls/vials, I pray that you will be given eyes to see and ears to hear, so that you understand and not be deceived.


HOW SHOULD WE LIVE

Have you ever wondered why we see less miracles than it seems they did a century ago? I have an uncle who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease when he was three years old. He was not supposed to live to see his fifth birthday, yet today, he is nearly 70 years old. Never had any chemo or treatment of any kind. Yes, there were a lot of deaths back then due to a lack of medicinal knowledge, but because of the lack of cures, advancements in medicine, immoral TV programs, unrighteous music, etc... people spent more time in the word and praying.


I feel that God is calling us out of the world to be separate. I believe that a lot of our hindrance comes from disobedience to God's word and being caught up in worldly entertainments. Each of us at this very moment has been outfitted with our personal tracker and portable distraction devices that we gladly carry everywhere with us. Most of us would not know what to do without it. Its not necessarily a bad thing but what do you use yours for? Do you let in the light of God or the darkness of the world?


We have become so advanced in medicine that we medicate the demon possessed instead of casting out the demon. But lets be honest, the majority of us are not prayed up through fasting to be of any use in doing so. Instead we watch movies and television programs that make the idea seem so theatrical in nature, and it puts the wrong information in the minds of People.


Hollywood has convinced movie goers that to cast out a demonic spirit one must first get to know it. Be sure you ask its name, origin, former address, its life goals, when it arrived, and how long it plans on staying. Its important to have a good conversation with it, then argue with it about leaving, throw some holy water on it, recite some words in a foreign language, all while causing exhaustion and harm to the victim. Beloved, this is not what our savior did. He did not give us a job without showing us how to do the job. All he did was give a commandment to “come out of them”, and the demons left. Christ said to us in Mark 16:15-18, “believe and do it this way in my name”. So why do we entertain ourselves with thoughts and ideas that are contrary to those of our Father?


Too many believers have had their faith watered down and been put into a deafening sleep by the things of this world; they have been brain washed into being kind to sin, so not to offend the sinner or be labeled as a target of the enemy. The fear of men has over ridden the fear of God.


Believers who intend well and do sincerely love God have been blinded by the same fruit that Eve consumed, whose residual effects lie in wait for each of us who are enticed by its beauty and led astray. Beloved, do you not know that this place is not your home? Its time to come out of the world and let the world have their celebrations. It is time for God's people to return to Him in full armor and worship Him the way He desires, and in doing this, we will show Him that we love Him, John 14.


We are going to learn what it took generations to unlearn. God knows that we love to celebrate. God loves to celebrate. We are told in scripture that there will be a great celebration at the supper of the Lamb. God has ordained good and holy celebrations that are centered solely Him. Yes, there are those who say that these celebrations are done away with because of Christ, but there is historical evidence that the early church believers kept the biblical feasts. There are also those who say that the feasts of the Bible are a mortal sin but yet they keep the pagan ones. (if you want to know about the origins of these pagans holidays, see my research/teaching on Sun Worship) If you love a good celebration, lets talk about celebrations, the way God ordained.


PASSOVER

First I want to mention that I have noticed some Biblical translations that have replaced Passover with Easter, such as in Acts 12:3-4. Beloved, as you are going to see, these are entirely two different celebrations. When looking at the Strong's Concordance, the word is in fact, Passover, not Easter, which came down from the goddess Ashtaroth, who is not spoken well of in biblical texts.


This is just another example of what happens when we disobey the commandments of God and seek to serve Him as the pagans served their gods. Today we see that most mainstream churches are teaching either that Passover and Easter are the same; or they are teaching that Easter has now replaced the Passover.


Unlike the feasts that the world celebrates, the feasts that God has given, revolves around worshiping Him and Him alone. They are not attached with fables or fairy tale characters, or pagan ideology practices, there are no other characters that share the spotlight with God and no unbeliever will seek God's feasts out, because what God has ordained is holy and separate from the world.


For those who are unaware, Passover is a celebration of when Jehovah passed over the houses of the children of Israel when the first born of the Egyptians were killed. The next day, the children of Israel were sent forth out of Egypt; Exodus 12.


The night before the Lord God brought them out of Egypt, they were to take a male lamb in its first year and kill it, then mark their door posts with the lamb's blood. They were to roast the lamb over fire and eat it with unleavened bread. The Passover is also the last meal that Christ ate when he gave us the instructions for the communion in Matthew 26:26-30.


Many proclaim that the Passover has now become a sinful act because in doing so, we nullify what Christ did on the cross. There is no scripture stating such things. Paul wrote to the church of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, “For I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus on the same night he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, take, eat, this is my body that is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. And after the same manner, he also took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: This do you as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's death until he comes.”


Some scholars and teachers assert that during this Passover meal, Christ was actually changing the meaning of the Passover bread and wine, and that the communion is only to be taken once a year on Passover and not every quarter as most churches do.

Put it like this beloved, when God gives you something that He has promised you, Is it wrong to remember what He gave you by celebrating it? If you receive a miracle of Him, do you not praise and worship Him?


Easter was not given by God and its origins have nothing to do with God, it is rooted in child sacrifice. From the rabbits, that Tammuz was so fond of, to all the festivities, and even the pretty little colored eggs that were once golden and dipped in the blood of sacrificed children, and then taken home to rebirth Tammuz on December 25th, the day of his birth.

But Passover was given by God and is rooted in thanksgiving to Him for keeping His promises and providing a safe passage. He did just that when He brought Israel out of Egypt and He did it again when Christ died upon the cross for us. Through Christ and our “communion” with him, we have a safe passage out of sin.


There are new testament biblical verses that were written after Christ went to be with the Father that make a reference to the Passover, such as 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, “Purge out therefore the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with leaven of malice and wickedness; but with unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”


John 1:29, “The next day John seen Jesus coming unto him, and said behold the lamb of God, which takes away the sins of the world.”


Matthew 26:26-28, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, drink you all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remissions of sins.”


Passover falls differently on the pagan Roman calendar that the world uses today. On the Jewish calendar, it is the same every year, which is the 14th of Nissan/Abib; Exodus 23:15; 34:18, Numbers 9:11-14, Ezra 6:19-20, Ezekiel 25:21-24, Leviticus 23.


Old Testament Passover, celebrated the Israelites freedom from the bondage of Egypt and New testament Passover, celebrates our bondage from sin. It is a reminder of our salvation through Christ Yeshua; which is exactly what Christ was saying when he stated the taking of the communion.


HOW TO CELEBRATE PASSOVER

Passover is traditionally celebrated in early evening, shortly after sunset. We reference scripture to see how Yeshua celebrated Passover.

  1. Since Christ is our Passover Lamb, most use beef in its place.

  2. 3 pieces Unleavened bread, like Matzos. These 3 represent the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit

  3. You will need white napkins to wrap the bread in

  4. A Seder plate or small bowls for placing the following in: a) horseradish sauce, b) unbroken Lamb bone (remember none of Christ's bones were broken) or some people use pickled beets c) Romaine Lettuce, cucumber, or boiled potato d) A green herb like parsley e) Charoset, which is an apple/honey/nut mixture called apple relish. f) a roasted egg.

  5. Juice/wine (if wine, natural, unfortified, between 10 & 13 percent alcohol)

  6. A bowl of salt water

  7. A bowl and pitcher of water for hand washing.

Traditionally, the day before, you remove the leaven bread from your home. The feast of unleavened bread lasts for eight days but you will have your feast on the first evening.

You set your table for the number of expected guests and the ceremony commences before the meal is received. The Seder and the bread, with the juice/wine is on the table.


You start with a prayer of thanking God.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”

We start with the first four cups of juice/wine:

  1. Cup of sanctification – He has bought us with his blood

  2. Cup of deliverance – He has delivered us by his blood

  3. Cup of redemption – He has redeemed us by his blood

  4. Cup of praise – We are his people because of his blood

Next everyone washes their hands. This is traditionally done at the table using a bowl and a pitcher of water.

A. There is a blessing of the vegetables on the Seder. All guest then take parsley and dip it into salt water, and eats it. This represents tears of slavery to sin and how Christ went through the pain and death for us.

B. The middle piece of bread is broken

C. In the Old Testament Passover the story of coming up out of Egypt was told, In New Testament Passover, the story of Christ our redeemer is told. As he told the disciples to “do this in remembrance of me”.

Have someone read Matthew 27:27-50. D. All guests get a piece of bread and eats it. This is the body of Christ that was broken for you.

E. All guests dip romaine lettuce or cucumber into the apple relish, and eats it. This represents how sin tastes sweet but is afterwards, bitter.

F. Beets/Shank, represents how the Messiah came and not a bone was broken, as prophesied.

G. The leader or someone chosen will eat the egg, this represents the newness of life that we have in Christ.

Then dinner is served and the rest of the bread may be eaten. All unleavened bread should be disposed of after the dinner.


SHAVOUT/FEAST OF WEEKS; AKA PENTECOST

The first day after Passover, you count seven weeks or fifty days out.

Deuteronomy 16:9-11, “Seven weeks shall you number unto you: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as you begin to put the sickle to the corn. And you shall keep the Feast of Weeks unto the Lord your God with a tribute of freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give unto the Lord your God, according as the Lord has blessed you. And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite that is within the gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow that are among you, in the place which the Lord your God has chosen to place His name there.” (also see Leviticus 23:15-22)


With Passover, we remove the old yeast and with Shavuot, we bring in new yeast. In Luke 12:1-3, Messiah Christ warned about the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. He also stated that “there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid that shall not be known.” Some biblical teachers assert that these three verses can be summed up by saying that the leaven represents teaching or revealing something new.


For Old Testament, Shavuot represents the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, and for New Testament believers it is giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit.


In John 14:26, Christ said, “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” This is then fulfilled on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4.

We see another parallel to the fact that in Exodus 32:19-28, about three thousand men died who worshiped the golden calf and in Acts 2:40-41, about three thousand souls were saved and baptized. Through Christ, we have passed from death to life.


We see another promise from God in Ezekiel 36:26-27, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues, and you shall keep my judgments and do them.”


HOW TO KEEP SHAVUOT

This was celebrated during the first harvest of the year to celebrate the provisions given to us by God. The night before, most stay up all night reading the Torah in anticipation of the next day's feast. Some common foods for this feast are cheesecake and blintzes.

You also prepare two loaves of leavened bread, which for the Jews, it signifies the two tablets of the ten commandments. For Christians, it is the Old and New Testament. The prophecies and the fulfillment of prophecies.


A feast of with foods of your choice are prepared with the leaven bread and many dairy products on this day. The only exception is that there is no unclean food, such as pork, shell fish, etc. eaten during this feast.


This is another day for resting, and for giving and sharing. Many donate to homeless shelters or charities. People often decorate their homes with flowers to serve as a reminder of God's wisdom and character; and how His law is a tree of life to those who hold fast to it, Proverbs 3:18. During this time, the book of Ruth is also read.


FEAST OF TRUMPETS/ROSH HASHANAH

Leviticus 23:23-25, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, in the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall you have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no service work therein: but shall offer a offering made by fire unto the Lord.”


1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: And the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”


Notice how all of God's feasts are connected to His promises and carry significant meanings, even to the new testament Christ following redeemed believer.


The Spring feasts are related to Yeshua's first coming, which is also the time in which most scholars believe that our Messiah was born. He died during Passover for the sins of the world, as the Lamb of God. And he was resurrected on first fruits, and sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost/Shavuot. 1 Corinthians 15;20-21, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become thefirst fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.”


The trumpet spoken of in the Bible is not what we are familiar with in a school band. It is a ram's horn, known to Jews as a Shofar. These instruments were used to announce a king or as a battle cry right before battle. In Joshua 6:4-5, The Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho seven times with priests blowing the trumpets and people shouting. The walls of Jericho fell. As I have stated previously, everything is connected and hence it makes perfect sense for the trumpet/Shofar to blow upon the return of Christ.


2 Chronicles 15:14-15, “And they swore unto the Lord with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets, and all of Judah rejoiced at the oath: For they had sworn with all their heart, and sought Him with their whole desire; and He was found in them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.”


For a christian, these are the days to repent and shout unto the Lord.


HOW TO KEEP THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS

Also known as the Jewish new year and as Rosh Hashanah; this is the day that we prepare our hearts for the return of our bridegroom, Messiah. This feast usually last for two days, however, most only celebrate it for one day.


This is the time that we take to reflect on our lives and examine our own hearts to see if we are living in accordance with His word and His will. We praise God for all of His bountiful gifts and blessings. We blow the trumpet/Shofar, and have a big feast while sharing scripture.


FEASTS OF ATONEMENT

This was the only day that the priest were allowed to enter behind the veil, which was the most holy place in all the temple. This is the same veil that was rent in two when Christ died on the cross and there was a big earthquake, Matthew 27:51-53.


On this day the high priests would make an atonement for the sins of the people. In Leviticus 16:29-34, God said that this is a statute that should be kept forever. Keep in mind that Christ Yeshua is now our high priest and he makes intercession for us. He is our advocate.


In Leviticus 23:26-32, the Israelites are told that this is a day of rest and that they are to afflict their souls. The word translated “afflict” in these verses is “Ana” from the Strong's Concordance. It also means to humble or bow down.


HOW TO KEEP THE FEAST OF ATONEMENT

This is one feast that does not require a big meal or a big celebration. This is a feast made for humbling ourselves before God in prayer and fasting. Its a time to deny the flesh its desire of sustenance, and feed the soul with the words of God and repentance for sins.

There has been some research that shows that fasting is good for the body and it is possible to reset the immune system by fasting for seven days. This only further proves that we were created via intelligent design.


SUKKOT/FEAST OF TABERNACLES/FEAST OF BOOTHS

This is a memorial of when Israel wondered in the wilderness for 40 years, living in tents.

Leviticus 23:39-43, “Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruit of the land, you shall keep a feast unto the Lord for seven days; on the first day shall be a Sabbath, and the eight day a Sabbath. And you shall take you on the first day boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. And you shall keep a feast unto the Lord for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations: You shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelite born shall dwell in booths. That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them up out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (also see Deuteronomy 16:13-15)


Zechariah 14:16-19, “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the king, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the king, Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the Feast of the Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations that come not up to keep the Feast of the Tabernacles.”

Revelation 21:3, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.”


HOW TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES/SUKKOT

For seven days you sleep in a tent. There are Christian communities that come together on large properties or campgrounds to celebrate this every year. They share food, enjoy hymns, fellowship, and praises to God.


If you do not like large crowds, you can also just take your family camping or put up a tent in your backyard. Its a good time to get away from the things of the world and just spend time alone with God in His creation.


HANUKKAH/FEAST OF DEDICATION

Hanukkah is a celebration of the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem around the second century BC. The Israelites were under the oppression of the Syrian-Greek government, who outlawed their feasts and commanded that they do not serve or worship their God, but demanded that they only give reverence to the pagan Greek gods/goddesses. These historical events can be found in 1 & 2 Maccabees, the writings of Josephus, and many other historical ledgers.


From my peeping around the internet, I have gathered the following historical events: The Greek king Antiochus IV Epiphanes took over Jerusalem, tore down the altar in the temple, stole all the riches from the temple, and gave the order that the Israelites only serve the Greek gods. Jewish historian Josephus, recorded that those who refused were beaten with rods, their bodies torn to pieces, and were crucified while yet alive and breathed. And if any were found with the law or the sacred book, it was destroyed; and those with whom it was found perished miserably.


Horrified by the temple's desecration and cruelty towards the people, a priest by the name of Mattathias and his sons rose up in rebellion. This battle went on for seven years, in which Mattathias had died and his son, Judah, who was known as Maccabee, took over leading the Jewish people to victory, reclaiming Jerusalem.


After retaking the temple, the Jews had to clean out all the unclean things that the Greeks had brought into the temple, and afterwards, they rededicated the temple. When they went to rededicate the temple, there was only enough oil for one night, yet, the flames on the menorah's candles burned for eight nights. This gave the priests enough time to make more oil because the oil was always burning in the temple.


I only know of one chapter in the new testament scriptures, which is John 10:22-30, where the Feast of Dedication is mentioned. It was the day that Christ had walked into the temple in observance, and Jews gathered around him to question whether or not he was the Christ.

In John 10:22-23, “And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of Dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch.” This scripture speaks as if Christ joined in the celebration of the Feast of Dedication, aka. Hanukkah.


When the veil was rent in two at the death of Christ on the cross, there was no longer a need for a temple made with hands. Then on Pentecost, we were given the spirit of God that dwells in every saved believer, making our bodies the temple of God, Acts 7:48 & 17:24-25.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17, “Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (also see 1 Corinthians 6:19, 2 Corinthians 1:22; 6:16, Ephesians 3;17; 2:19-22, Hebrews 3:6, 1 Peter 2:1-5)


As we are now the temple of God, we can spend this feast evaluating ourselves and making certain that our temple is clean of idols and sin, and that we are fully dedicated to serving God, and that His light is always shining in us, lighting the way for the lost to find Him.

This is also a good replacement for those coming out of pagan traditions like Christmas. As this celebration was not taken from the worship and ceremonies of other gods. This celebration has no meaning to the children of darkness. There is no similarities or reflections of the pagan gods/goddesses within it or its history. This was solely a day set apart from the world, in honor of the one true God. The same God that Israel worshiped and the same God that followers of Christ worship. Christ never spoke against it but went into the temple on this day and declared his deity.


HOW TO CELEBRATE HANUKKAH/FEAST OF DEDICATION

Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the the lights burning for eight days after the retaking of the temple. The Jews seen this as a miracle from God.

You will need:

  1. A Menorah

  2. Hanukkah candles

  3. Fried Foods

  4. Presents

A Menorah is a candelabra with nine candle holders, one candle is set apart for lighting the others. This candle is the one directly in the middle. It serves as a reminder that we should share the light where it is needed most.


The Menorah is to be placed near a window facing the street. On the first night place one candle in left side of the candle holder and light it using the 9th candle. Each night, relight the other candle with the 9th candle, and also light a new candle. On the final night, which is usually on the Saturday evening that ends Shabbat, all candles should be lit.

Cook and eat fried foods in oil. This is to celebrate the oil lasting for 8 days. As Christians, oil reminds us to keep the oil burning in our lamps, we see the dangers of not doing this in the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. (also see Matthew 5:14-16, 1 john 1:5-7, Ephesians 5:8, 2 Corinthians 4:6)


You give gifts on each night of Hanukkah. You start off small with something that is handmade, it can be as simple as a card. Then you build up from there, like you could give a gift of ones favorite candy the next night; And the next, something they need or have use of, like socks. The next night maybe a shirt. Next night a book or a coloring book, or maybe markers or a pen set. You keep building up to the last night and on the last night, you give them something that they really want.


CONCLUSION

Matthew 13:36-43, “Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: And his disciples came to him, saying, declare to us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, he that sows the good seed is the son of man: the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of the world. The son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity: And cast them into the furnace of fire: There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


We need not to go about and see ourselves as being better than the Jew, for scripture warns us of such folly. Romans 11:16-21, “For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: And if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them partake of the root and fatness of the olive tree; boast not against the branches. But if you boast, you bear not the root, but the root bears you. You will say then that the branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in. Well, because of unbelief, they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Be not high minded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed, lest he also spare not you.”


Remember that Christ was the first fruit and he is a Jew. He is not tied to any other ethnicity or country than that of the Jewish nation of Israel. We are grafted in.

People often forget that scripture came from the same people that Christ came from, the Jews, the tribe of Judah. The majority of early Christians kept these feasts, and until a few hundred years ago, those who kept celebrations like Christmas and Easter were seen as devil worshipers.


These practices slowly became widely accepted and practiced by Christians, as the decline of morality sunk into the abyss. I find it hypocritical that one who asserts their faith in Christ will celebrate paganism practices in the name of our God and yet so ignorantly, shove down the feasts given by God, as sin. And this beloved is how Satan has subtly deceived you, just as he did Eve.


Many will say that old testament is prophecy and new testament is fulfillment of prophecy, if they really believe that then how much more should they rejoice in the feasts and celebrations that God has given us. His promises have been fulfilled and we are redeemed through an advocate, the Son of the living God!


I have not heard of or known of anyone who is an atheist or that serves a pagan god, keeping these feasts, because these feasts have been separated and ordained by God. We need to unlearn the lies that the generations before us allowed in to the faith, the lies that make it seem as though we are one with the world.


These are the days that God is calling His people out of the world. In Revelation 18:4-8, “Come out of her my people, and be not partakers of her sin, that you receive not of her plagues.”















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