St. Patrick’s Day
April Fool’s Day &
Today, we are going to prove the true nature of the first part of the years holidays. We are going to show you the historical and demonic ways of this witchy holiday. We will not only discuss and put a shut door on this but we will also prove that it’s not about your heart and what you mean but about your actions and what they mean. It’s important that we take heed to what actions we do instead of making excuses to do what we like. I hope you all enjoy this journey and
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE Divination of weather
A groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is pulled out of his burrow and asked for his prediction of whether spring will arrive early…or procrastinate for several more weeks. Bill, who is the guru in charge of consulting this mystic rodent, claims to be translating the language of Groundhogese to English when inquiring about the shadow sighting. If the shadow does not appear – it speaks of an early spring, however, if it shows…everyone knows – still more Winter! Punxsutawney Phil is named after his hometown of Punxsutawney PA – which also includes a Groundhog Club using this groundhog named Phil, as an oracle.
ON THE DARKER SIDE
February 2nd is an old holiday called Candlemas, Imbolc, and/or The Feast of Purification (or of the Virgin). The Catholic version is the culmination of the Forty day period after the December 25th false birth of Christ. Women had to wait 40 days to enter the church due to uncleanliness after giving birth. This is the path to infant baptism or christening. After these 40 days, a ritual takes place, including an exorcism that is performed on the infant. Then the infant can formally enter the church. This is a priestly tradition.
In Irish mythological cycles, Brighid, whose name is derived from the celtic (Brig) which means “exalted one.” A goddess…she was one of three sisters, who were treated as three aspects of a single deity…a triune goddess who represents the homefires. A goddess of hearth and home. Many follow the traditions of having Brighids bed by their hearth. This is a homemade corn doll, made from the dried husks of the harvest. They set up a bed for her to rest and guard the home from the hearth where she lay. There is also a Brighid Cross, also made from dried corn husks woven into an interesting shape of the “crossroads.” The crossroads is the place where 4 roads intersect in a wooded or lone area.
The Brighid cross is a symbol that leads us to the place called the crossroads. It is prevalent in Hollywood, as many make their deal with the devil for fame and fortune.
Brighid corn doll woven into the image of a witch.
Brighid corn doll a generic common type along with the Brighid cross behind her. She is a type of voodoo doll put into a basket, or a doll bed by the hearth, She is in her place as guardian of the hearth and home.
The icons of Groundhogs Day that proves its history comes from witchcraft and voodoo.
Usually for talent, fame, fortune…but also including other requests. When you begin to see how much these holidays and their pagan origins are satan’s counterfeit celebrations…as he tries desperately to deceive so many into thinking these things belong to the Creator…Elohim. Satan is trying to bring honor to himself in something he will never become…and that is Almighty G*D. Please stop participating in these holidays…ABBA has shown us in HIS Word HIS Moadim (Appointed Times)… That means that HE has taken special time to give us…time to rehearse for when Yeshua comes back. HE has afforded us to have HIS Audience in a precious way. Please do not choose satan’s holidays over YHVH HOLY DAYS. Imagine how much it hurts The Father’s heart. It must tear HIM up inside when he sees us honoring these things. We are HIS children, we should behave as such.
Valentine’s Day Feb. 14th
This day has a lot to cover from its origin to the implementation of false gods. We all at one point in life or another, have celebrated this love festival. We have bought chocolates, flowers, v-day cards and other things like that. The one problem with society is that we don’t typically question what is common or popular. We all typically go with the flow. With that said let’s look at the full history of Valentines Day from its origin to its famous stories. Lets go on an adventure of truth shall we?
Roman Historical Origin
The roman history will tell us that this festival was one that was quite bloody and grotesque. From Feb. 13th to the 15th, roman would celebrate the feast of Lupercalia. Before we continue with the Romans, lets look at the term of Lupercalia.
*A god sometimes identified with the Roman god Faunus, who is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan.
*god of shepherds
*Lupercus’ priests wore goatskins.
*According to historians, an image of the Lycaean god, whom the Greeks call Pan and the Romans Lupercus, nude save for the girdle of goatskin, which stood in the Lupercal, the cave where Romulus and Remus were suckled by a she-wolf.
Roman Historical Origin
*Now during this festival the Roman men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
According to a University of Colorado historian, young women would actually line up for the men to beat them with the hides in a belief that it would make them fertile. Not only that, but there was a matchmaking lottery where names of women were drawn and the two would be coupled for the length of the festival or longer if it was a good match.
Theories state that the Romans could be responsible for the name of this “day of love.” Emperor Claudius II had executed two men in
two different years on the same day of Feb. 14th in the 3rd century. Now get this, both men were named Valentine. Here comes the twist. The Catholic church and their ever so confusing wisdom decided that it would be a great idea to honor the martyrs of the two men by celebrating St. Valentines Day. It was Pope Gelasius that later on in the 5th century, would combine St. Valentines Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals and make it more “Christian.” The historian goes on to add that it was a little more of drunken revel, but Christians put clothes back on it. That didn’t stop it from being a day of fertility and love. Theres more to this story but if you want the full story, check it out and look it up. There are plenty of sources online, it didn’t take me long to find this stuff out.
Now we leave Roman history which proves that the origin of Valentines Day is pagan rituals which once again is taken into the Catholic faith. However, there is more to the story, look at the way the western world does it. We buy valentines day cards awaiting cupid to bring us love. Hmmm, cupid, that’s on the cards, a winged child with a bow and arrow.
Cupid Classical Mythology
*The god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection.
*Portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars.
*Greek counterpart, “Eros”
*Periods of worship in culture, the Hellenistic period to modern paganism.
*Adopted by the Catholic Church to celebrate two cases of Martyrdom
*In the middle ages, Christian influence gave Cupid a dual nature of Heavenly and Earthly love.
*Renaissance era endowed him with complex allegorical meanings
*Contemporary Popular culture Cupid with his bow inspires romantic love as the icon of Valentines Day.
To adapt myths for Christian use, medieval mythographers interpreted them morally. In this view, Cupid might be seen as a “demon of fornication”. The innovative Theodulf of Orleans, who wrote during the reign of Charlemagne, reinterpreted Cupid as a seductive but malicious figure who exploits desire to draw people into an allegorical underworld of vice. To Theodulf, Cupid’s quiver symbolized his depraved mind, his bow trickery, his arrows poison, and his torch burning passion. It was appropriate to portray him naked, so as not to conceal his deception and evil.
Wrapping up Valentines Day
What it is:
-A fertility ritual used by pagans and Romans.
-Another adopted pagan festival by the Catholic Church
-Makes an icon out of mythology name Cupid
-A day to sacrifice animals
-A deception to entice believers into fornication
-Another day that satan uses to condemn believers just like Christmas
St. Patrick’s Day
A Break From The Ugly
St. Patrick’s Day has two stories that are associated with him. One is that he drove all the snakes out of Ireland…which is probably not be true, but it does lead into an analogy which is the second story. The analogy is that he “drove” the serpent of paganism out, and spread Christianity throughout Emerald Island. The real Saint Patrick, was believed to be named Maewyn – being from Scotland or Wales. The history explains that he was captured and sold as a slave…working as a shepherd. During his captivity, he experienced dreams and visions, one which literally showed him his way of escape.
St. Patrick’s Day is not a favorite of the pagans, and to show their rebellion, there was revelry on this day…filled with divination using clover and losing all control with the spirit of alcohol. To this day, the pagans will decorate themselves and their homes with snake paraphernalia to keep their celebrations going strong, influencing the drinking to carry on in this present day of 2017. It was refreshing to find a secular holiday, that did not originate “solely” from satan. The mythical aspect was touched with paganism, and strongholds. But the man Maewyn, was simply trying to overcome the counterfeit with the Good News of Yeshua…right there to those who were around him. That is what Fellowship of Yah is all about ~ bringing the Truth and the Good News to those who are “right here.” Right here where we are!
Not all holidays are bad but as believers and followers of Yeshua, we need to know what we are celebrating. We need to be sure that we aren’t celebrating something that honors the enemy. So St. Patty’s Day is okay as long as you are celebrating the history and not the western society way. Celebrate the truth, after all, Yeshua is the way, the TRUTH and the life!
April Fool’s Day
Tracing the development of the tradition of April Fools is filled with more answers than trying to pinpoint the exact place/time of origin. It looks to be that in England, from the start of the eighteenth century, April 1st was a day of pranks – quickly spreading to Scotland and onward to us, here in the “West.” America indulged in April Fools with increasing energy. Now with the internet, pranksters seem to have a mega scope, where everyone from media to corporations and even the “little guy” has been given rights to pranks and foolishness. Mischievous behavior has a mask of deceit. News media releases false/fake information. Companies do the same with marketing and campaigns.
Some say that April Fools Day was manifested because of the change going from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, which moved the new year date from March 25th (ending on April 1st) to January 1st. However, there is also another reason – a reference to a “Nun’s Tale” from Chaucer’s, “The Canterbury Tales.” If true, it would originate from the early 1400’s. There is also a connection between pranks and the festival of Sizdah Bedar from ancient Persian tradition, which is still celebrated by Iranians today. Since the evidence shows this April Fool’s Day to come from paganism, ancient customs, and traditions of heathens…Let’s take a look into The Father’s Word, and see what HE says about all of this. No where is it taught that it is ok for Believers to partake in observing a day of mockery, foolishness, ridicule, deceit, masks, pranks, or mischievous behavior in any manner. ABBA actually condemns this foolish jesting in Ephesians 5:4.
4 – Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. “Learn not the way of the heathen.”
2 – Thus says the LORD, Learn not the way of the nations, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the nations are dismayed at them. Believers should have nothing to do with this custom. We are supposed to do as HE says as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 6:17
2 Corinthians 6:17
17 – Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you
COME OUT AND BE SET APART!!!
First Sunday in April
The 1974 edition of Webster’s New World Dictionary defines Easter thus: “orig., name of pagan vernal festival almost coincident in date with paschal festival of the church; Eastre, dawn goddess; 1. An annual Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, held on the first Sunday after the date of the first full moon that occurs on or after March 21.” The Vernal Equinox usually falls somewhere between March 19th and 22nd (note that the dictionary only mentions March 21st, as opposed to the date of the actual Equinox), and depending upon when the first full moon on or after the Equinox occurs, Easter falls sometime between late-March and mid-April.
So we get onto the toughest holiday to cover this week as it will step on the toes of many because believe it or not this holiday was pagan in its origins. Since the Catholic church loves to make pragmatic acceptance of ancient pagan practices, most of which we enjoy today at Easter. The general symbolic story of the death of the son (sun) on a cross (the constellation of the Southern Cross) and his rebirth, overcoming the powers of darkness, was a well worn story in the ancient world. There were plenty of parallel, rival resurrected saviours too.
The Sumerian goddess Inanna, or Ishtar, was hung naked on a stake, and was subsequently resurrected and ascended from the underworld. One of the oldest resurrection myths is Egyptian Horus. Born on 25 December, Horus and his damaged eye became symbols of life and rebirth. Mithras was born on what we now call Christmas day, and his followers celebrated the spring equinox. Even as late as the 4th century AD, the sol invictus, associated with Mithras, was the last great pagan cult the church had to overcome. Dionysus was a divine child, resurrected by his grandmother. Dionysus also brought his mum, Semele, back to life.
Ostara (goddess of the spring and the dawn) was, of course, a fertility goddess. Bringing in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox, Ostara had a passion for new life. Her presence was felt in the flowering of plants and the birth of babies, both animal and human. The rabbit (well known for its propensity for rapid reproduction) was her sacred animal. Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny both featured in the spring festivals of Ostara, which were initially held during the feasts of the goddess Ishtar | Inanna. Eggs are an obvious symbol of fertility, and the newborn chicks an adorable representation of new growth. Brightly colored eggs, chicks, and bunnies were all used at festival time to express appreciation for Ostara’s gift of abundance.
The association of rabbits with Easter has something to do with fertility magic. Anyone who has kept rabbits as pets or knows anything about their biology has no question about the origin of the phrase “f*** like a bunny.” These cute furry creatures reproduce rapidly, and often! Same with chicks, who emerge wobbly and slimy from their eggs only to become fluffy, yellow and cute within a few hours. The Easter Bunny may well have its origin in the honoring of rabbits in spring as an animal sacred to the goddess Eastre, much as horses are sacred to the Celtic Epona, and the crow is sacred to the Morrigan. As a goddess of spring, she presides over the realm of the conception and birth of babies, both animal and human, and of the pollination, flowering and ripening of fruits in the plant kingdom. Sexual activity is the root of all of life: to honor this activity is to honor our most direct connection to nature.
The traditional coloring and giving of eggs at Easter has very pagan associations. For eggs are clearly one of the most potent symbols of fertility, and spring is the season when animals begin to mate and flowers and trees pollinate and reproduce. In England and Northern Europe, eggs were often employed in folk magic when women wanted to be blessed with children. Many cultures have a strong tradition of egg coloring; among Greeks, eggs are traditionally dyed dark red and given as gifts. There is so much more that we can discuss about this holiday but it would take me all day but as we can see this holiday is pagan and we should not partake in it. There is another story about Ishtar and Tammuz. About how they sacrificed children and dyed their eggs in their blood to do a fertility ritual. One day soon we will go back into this. We will dive head first into great detail and spend an entire Shabbat on this holiday. Until that happens, this should be enough to discourage participation in this deceptive holiday.
Do we have any questions?