Secular Holidays Pt 4
So since we have started our journey we have covered 2/3s of the years holidays, however, last week we came to a crawl and it continues this week. We were going to cover everything but Horusmas this week but when I got to Thanksgiving, the paganism got deeper and deeper just like with Halloween. This journey in the last third of the year continues to get more and more detailed and I don’t think it’s going to speed up any time soon. I hate doing partial pictures when I am teaching so I am making sure I do everything completely. Growing up I was told that if you are going to do something, do it right. I plan on keeping that teaching close to my heart as I continue to grow in my pastoral calling. Let’s just go ahead and dig right into this and get to work. Before I do, I ask you to keep your minds open. Thanksgiving for Americans is a very touchy subject like Horusmas. Thanksgiving is what Americans call a day to honor and give thanks to YeHoVaH. We already learned that we aren’t suppose to do things that pagans do to honor our Father.
The Pilgrims did not start Thanksgiving, in fact the Pilgrims have almost nothing to do with the origins of Thanksgiving at all and were not associated with the holiday for well over 200 years after the “first thanksgiving”. So where did Thanksgiving come from? The answer is a little complicated, but the bulk of it came from a pagan harvest celebration called Harvest Home, (also called harvest thanksgiving) which originated in England. This was combined with the religious act of “days of thanksgivings” that were practiced in the Church of England. (and still are today) Both the Pilgrims and the Puritans (which are two entirely separate groups, the “Pilgrims” were Separatists, not Puritans) practiced the act of setting aside a religious day of worship to “give thanks to God”.
But the one key difference between the harvest thanksgiving and a religious one, is that the harvest thanksgiving was an annual celebration during the harvest season (autumn) and a religious thanksgiving was set aside any time of year, in response to divine intervention. Eventually these two events, along with other influences, merged into a single annual autumn celebration that combined religious worship services, large family gatherings, dances and a large meal. Until some time in the early 20th century, the harvest home and Thanksgiving celebrations were one and the same. News reports and stories from the late 19ths and early 20th century seem to indicate that our modern Thanksgiving is more harvest home than a Puritan thanksgiving, the first being a joyous celebration, the later a solemn church service.
The cornucopia, a common symbol of Thanksgiving, originated from Roman and Greek mythology, from the horn of the Greek god Amalthea. But this symbol has spread all over the world, including England. The Masons used the cornucopia in ceremonies and openly recognized it as a pagan symbol. The cornucopia is on money in many countries dating back thousands of years, it’s on country and state flags, it’s the logo for the world’s oldest central bank and can be found in architecture and art dating back to Jesus’ time on earth. It is also prevalant on the Roman denarius, possibly even the exact coin mentioned by Jesus in scripture (Matt 22:19-21). There is more detailed and clearly traceable pagan history of the cornucopia than the Easter bunny or the Christmas tree.
Harvest Queen- A name given to Ceres the Roman goddess of agriculture and crops or to a young woman chosen from among the reapers to whom was given a post of honor at the harvest home. Also the 1948 edition of The Universal World Reference Encyclopedia tells us, “Demeter, the Greek version of the Egyptian goddess Isis and Roman version of Ceres, is one of the principle Grecian deities, the great mother goddess, the nourishing and fertilizing principles of nature.”
Corn – represents Ceres, the corn goddess (agriculture and crops) or Xilonen -goddess of the new corn.
Poppies – Ceres corresponds with Isis of the Egyptians and Demeter of the Greeks. She is represented with a garland of ears of grain on her head, holding in one hand a lighted torch and in the other a poppy, which was sacred to her.
Piglet (Sow)- Demeter was presented with a cow and a sow as well as honey, poppies, corn and fruit indicating thanksgiving for a land of plenty.
[Swine are an abomination to YHVH, see Isaiah 65:3-4.]
Thanksgiving – a holiday, or holy day? Remember YHVH has given, through His Holy Scriptures His holy days. YHVH tells His people to keep His feasts in Leviticus 23. He says these are signs for His people. The Feast of Tabernacles is the only feast to be celebrated as the feast of ingathering for His people. In England, the autumnal feast was called Harvest Home and was derived from the druidical harvest feast. [The druids are the most openly Satanic in their form of worship.] This three-day feast began with a special service at the village church, which had been decorated for the occasion with fruit and flowers, afterwards followed a communal dinner. In America the celebration of Thanksgiving sprang up haphazardly and was celebrated, if at all, on different days in different parts of the country.
Here in America, the Puritans originally shunned the Harvest Home (Thanksgiving). All Saint’s days were swept off the calendar as well as Christmas and Easter, on the grounds that these mixed “popish” rituals with pagan customs. Their religious beliefs as well as the austerity and difficulty of their lives in the rather primitive settlement, did not permit them the luxury of gay and merry holidays. Their severe living conditions required discipline and sacrifice. Later, Thanksgiving, a holiday thanking God for the harvest enabling them to survive the winter, seemed to them to be a more fitting celebration than the other more established feasts of the church. But was it the right decision?
Now let’s take a closer look at our Thanksgiving holiday, today, celebrated by nearly all in the United States, and in different countries throughout the world. In 1620, as the story goes, the small band of Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony braved the perilous North Atlantic in quest of religious freedom. Instead of landing in spring and further south as planned, they landed in the winter months (November) and faced a harsh winter with meager supplies. Those meager supplies dwindled rapidly, leaving only 55 of the original 102 to survive till spring. Because the summer was blessed with sunshine and rain and the autumn harvest was bountiful, the Pilgrim colony, appropriately grateful established a three-day feast of Thanksgiving. Today, being taught this understanding of Thanksgiving, nearly all Americans celebrate this holiday believing it pure and holy, a day thought to be closer to really pleasing and praising God with thanksgiving than any other. However … is it?
The Lies of Thanksgiving
The first veneer layer (liar): The Plymouth Colony was not the first English Colony to land in America, nor were they the first to offer thanks. The second layer: The first Thanksgiving was held August 9, 1607, by colonists enroute to found the short lived Popham Colony at what is now Phippsburg, Maine. After their two ships had reached one of the George’s Islands off the Maine Coast, they gave “God” thanks for their “happy meeting and safe arrival into the country.” The first permanent English settlement in America was founded at Jamestown, VA 1607. As early as December 4, 1619 the settlers set aside a day to give thanks for the survival of their small company. Their day of thanks continued to be observed on December 4, until 1622, when a conflict with Indians almost devastated the colony. The third layer: The historical official pilgrim Thanksgiving Day, was not even a day completely given to thanks and praise to God as some believe we do today. This day was a show of military power for the Indians as seen in the following article:
“The first autumn, an ample harvest insured that the colony would have food for the winter months. Governor Bradford, with one eye on the divine Providence, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to God, and with the other eye on the local political situation, extended an invitation to neighboring Indians to share in the harvest feast. In order to guarantee that the feast served to cement a peaceful relationship, the three-day long feast was punctuated by displays of the power of English muskets for the benefit of suitably impressed Indian guests.” Thanksgiving, an American Holiday, an American History by Diana Karter Applebaum
Fourth Veneer layer: As much as we’d like to think of Thanksgiving as a pure and holy holiday begun by the Pilgrims in Plymouth in 1621 it is not the truth. On the contrary, the Pagan harvest festival can be traced to the land of Ancient Babylon and the worship of the Great Mother (whore).
“The Christians took over the Roman holiday and it became well established in England, where some of the Roman customs and rituals for this day were observed long after the Roman Empire had disappeared.
“In England the “harvest home” has been observed continuously for centuries. The custom was to select a harvest queen for this holiday. She was decorated with the grain of their fields and the fruit of their trees. On Thanksgiving Day she was paraded throughout the streets in a carriage drawn by white horses. This was a remnant of the Roman ceremonies in honor of Ceres. But the English no longer thought of Ceres or cared much about her. They went to church on this day and sang their Thanksgiving songs.” Our Wonderful World by Grolier Incorporated, New York, 1966, Vol. 17, pp. 220
The Primitive Fertility Religions have been portrayed through “cute” stories which effectively HID the VILE, HIDEOUS MEANING behind them. This WORSHIP during the day of “Thanksgiving” is emphatically the Ancient Fertility Rites merely veneered with the so called “respectability” of Christianity! The fact remains, that it is still the Ancient Fertility Worship.
“But,” you say, “Weren’t our Pilgrim Father’s righteous?” The Pilgrims only served YHVH as far as they would. Definitely, the Pilgrims worshipped on Sunday and they definitely did not keep the Holy Feast Days as ordained in Leviticus 23. They did not keep the clean and unclean food laws as listed in Leviticus 11 and Deut. 14. As the Pilgrims studied the Bibles they had, they would have read of the Sabbath, Holy Feast Days and about the clean and unclean food laws for themselves. I ask you now, “Why did they not obey God by doing what he commanded in Ex 20, Lev. 11 & 23 and Deut. 14?”
Like so many Christian churches and denominations today, the Pilgrims wanted to do it their way and not YHVH’s way. Is it any wonder then, that the Pilgrims would be just as deceived as the churches and assemblies of today–chasing after Baptized Paganism? However, there has always been an advocate for the TRUTH through out all ages, not all our early fathers were deceived. As for me and my house we shall serve YHVH, says Joshua the successor of Moses. Can we say that with conviction? May our Father in Heaven have great mercy on us as we continue to study the origins of these holidays which have sought to usurp the authority, praise and worship of our Heavenly Father, Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, Revelation 14:7.
Sarah Hale False Truth
Sarah Hale holds the unofficial title of the “The Mother of Thanksgiving”, she is given credit for almost single handedly marketing the idea of a nationally observed Thanksgiving to state governors and US presidents in a campaign that lasted decades. Based on her words, yes, thanksgiving “alters and replaces” YeHoVaH’s festivals, especially for those that do not know the meaning of YeHoVaH’s holy days.
Lets take a look at her book Godey’s Lady’s Book 1859
“Dear Lord, our God and Saviour! … THAT the American People shall have an annual Thanksgiving Festival after the ingathering of their harvests is now a settled matter. Every State and Territory has, in some way, signified its willingness to adopt this venerable custom, which we recognize in the Jewish “Feast of Weeks ,” as appointed by Jehovah for His Chosen People.”
“Well did that patriot divine, Rev. Charles Wadsworth, exclaim, in his last Thanksgiving sermon- “Thanks be unto God for this American Pentecost! Never were the bonds of our beloved brotherhood so revealed in their strength! Never before did so many sister States keep lovingly together this feast of harvest. It is the gathering of the one great household with offerings of praise to the one common temple- the central Salem of peace- the God of love.”
Over the next couple of slides, we are going to go over the quotes mentioned by Sarah Hale from her multiple books. She was given the title “Mother of Thanksgiving” for a reason. As we just read, we see that she takes Thanksgiving, a pagan harvest festival, and replaces YeHoVaH’s appointed time with this abomination. So as we go through the next few quotes, keep in mind that we are reading quotes that are backing up the justification to replace the true “Holy Days” as appointed by YeHoVaH the creator. The Pilgrims did not consider Christmas a “holiday”, they called it a “holy day”. Only in recent times has there been a distinction made between holiday and holy day. Even our modern dictionaries consider them synonymous. (dictionary.com/holiday) To the Pilgrims, Puritans and common language of 200 years ago, there simply is no difference between them when referring to a day set aside from work.
Thanksgiving Day (as a national celebration) was instituted with the intent, and by design, to be a holy day, not an ambiguously labeled “holiday”. There is no uncertainty about this, as we have primary historical references that prove this intent.
A holy day is added to our days of rest from worldly labors;
a third joyful anniversary is sealed for the American Republic. Sarah Hale, Godey’s Lady’s Book 1865.
Besides the Sabbath, [New Haven Colonists in 1643] recognize but two holy days throughout the year, the Fast Day in the Spring, and the Thanksgiving Day in the Autumn. The Christian Recorder, January 1866
…consecrate the last Thursday in the month Sarah Hale, Godey’s Lady’s Book 1861
Christians of any nation or creed could meet together, this happy, hallowed festival Sarah Hale, Godey’s Lady’s Book 1861
The last Thursday in November, let it be consecrated Sarah Hale, Godey’s Lady’s Book 1865
‘Tis the holy spirit of Thanksgiving Day. …That all may offer up, in one grand melody, that glorious hymn to the Creator, “Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good-will towards men.” Godey’s Lady’s Book 1872
Thanks be unto God for this American Pentecost! Rev. Charles Wadsworth quoted by Sarah Hale, Godey’s Lady’s Book 1860
The first Thanksgiving on record – since the Feasts of Tabernacles, for those were the Thanksgivings of the Jews Godey’s Lady’s Book 1870
An annual religious festival observed in the United States, particular in New England, suggested by the Hebrew Feast of Tabernacles, or feasts of ingathering at the end of the year. The Christian Recorder, January 17, 1889
We will have a glorious time at Thanksgiving!…All our family will then be gathered together, like the Jews at the feast of Tabernacles. The Merchant Farmer, Godey’s Lady’s Book 1839
These were the Passover; The Feast of Pentecost; and, The Feast of Tabernacles. Then He commanded them to keep annually a Holy Day, called The Day of Atonement. All these days and feasts which we have named, were ordained and kept by the expressed command of God, from which we draw our warrant, to have and to hold days of thanksgiving Bishop Campbell, The Christian Recorder 1870 (emphasis added)
It is recorded that the Pilgrims did set aside time to give thanks to God, not as an anniversary, but only in response to an event they deemed providential. They did not proclaim any annual days as “holy”. Here is an excerpt from the writings of John Robinson, the religious leader of the Pilgrims. Robinson clearly stated that they should reject all man-made holy days, this would include Thanksgiving.
OF HOLY DAYS.
IT seemeth not without all leaven of superstition, that the Dutch reformed churches do observe certain days consecrated as holy to the nativity [Christmas], resurrection, and ascension of Christ [Easter], and the same also (as it commonly comes to pass where human devices are reared up by the side of Divine institutions) much more holy than the Lord’s-day [sabbath], by him himself appointed.
And for this, first we are taught by Moses, thus speaking unto the people of Israel in the name of the Lord: “Verily, my Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you,”Exod. xxxi. 13, that it appertains unto God alone (and to no man, or angel) as to sanctify whether person, or thing,so to institute the signs, or means of sanctification, of which number holy days are. I add, if the Lord as YeHoVaH,and the God of his people Israel, Exod. xx. 8, and supreme lawgiver, do ordain the sanctification of a day in the decalogue, how far should God’s servants be, either magistrates from taking this honour of God unto themselves by commanding a holy day ; or subjects by observing it, to give the same unto any other save God alone ?
- It was not the least part of Israel’s defection, first in the wilderness, afterwards under Jeroboam, that they ordained a feast to Jehovah, whom they represented to themselves by the golden calves which they had made.
- Because of John Robinson, we see where Sunday worship started in the new world. Stated by the works of John Robinson himself…Seeing that every first day of the week, called by John,the Lord’s-day, is consecrated by Christ himself and his apostles to the memorial of Christ’s resurrection, and God’s solemn worship ; it seems too much for any mortal man to appoint, or make an anniversary memorial, and the same most solemn and sacred, of the same resurrection, or so to observe it.
Lastly. That you may see it was a man, from whom this device came, and so erred, as one saith, (not to meddle with the uncertainty either of the day of the month, or month of the year in which Christ was born, as it is most certain on the contrary that this twenty-fifth of December cannot be the time), what good reason, I would know, can be rendered.-why a day should be consecrated rather to tho birth, circumcision, and ascension of Christ, limn to his death, seeing that tho Scriptures everywhere do ascribe our redemption and salvation to his death, and passion in special manner?
The Works of John Robinson, Pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers Vol 3
By John Robinson, Robert Ashton- Chapt: 5, page 43,44
What About National Holidays Like Thanksgiving, Purim and Hanukkah?
Both of these holidays [Purim and Hanukkah] were established to give thanks to God, just as the American and Canadian Thanksgiving days are. Though some modern customs of these days may not be pleasing to God, they are not rooted in paganism and do not subvert any of the truths presented in the festivals of God.
From Holidays to Holy Days: God’s Plan for You, COGWA Booklet
What About Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Purim?
Important differences in the background and intent of these observances are obvious when we compare them to Christmas, Easter and Halloween. … Neither celebration [Purim and Hanukkah] originated in paganism…
In their original form, Hanukkah and Purim, like the American holiday of Thanksgiving, are celebrations of thanks and honor to God for His intervention and blessings. The way some Americans celebrate Thanksgiving is far removed from the original intent, but that does not alter the real meaning and significance of the day.
An important distinction between acceptable holidays and those rooted in paganism (like Christmas and Easter) is that they do not alter, replace or distort the meaning of a festival of God or other biblical truths.
Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe? UCG Booklet
HOW DECEIVED ARE WE?
Christmas is a deceitful holiday because it purports to honor Jesus’ birth and Easter because it falsely honor’s Jesus’ resurrection. Thanksgiving is deceitful because it represents a false harvest. If you have access to a UCG song book, turn to page 113, you may be surprised to find a pagan harvest song “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”. Which is a song for the harvest home. The scripture quoted at the top is Exodus 34:22 “You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks…” the same harvest festival Sarah Hale stated may be replaced with Thanksgiving, using the same scriptures. In 1971, Tomorrow’s World magazine featured the cornucopia on the cover for the lead store on Thanksgiving. This would not have happened if people knew the cornucopia was as pagan as a Christmas tree. How many baptised members of God’s people are decorating their homes this year with pagan symbols, and are unaware?
32 beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise? You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.
2 Thus says the LORD, “Do not learn the way of the nations…”
Pagan Gods and the Cornucopia: A list of Greek and Roman Gods that either directly use the cornucopia as a defining symbol, are associated with the same concepts (plenty, prosperity, fortune, harvest, etc…) or were directly involved with it’s creation as a religious symbol.
Greek and Roman Gods; Abundantia, Achelous, Amalthea, Annona, Aequitas, Astarte, Bacchus, Britannia, Bona Dea, Ceres, Concordia, Copia, Decima (Parcae), Demeter, Dionysus, Eirene, Euthemia, Fecunditas, Felicitas, Fortuna, Genius, Hades, Heracles, Hercules, Hilaritas, Hygieia, Jupiter, Lachesis, Laetitia, Liberalitas, Matrones, Moneta, Nemesis, Pax, Pietas, Pluto, Ploutos, Providentia, Pudicitia, Roma, Salus, Spes, Tiberinus, Tyber, Tyche, Zeus.
Celtic gods Erecura, Cernunnos, Matres
Now the evil has been given a name and a face. Now we know who is behind the Thanksgiving day festival. It is no different than Halloween or Christmas. This year when Thanksgiving comes around, are you gonna honor a harvest god or will you finally honor our heavenly Father in His Feast of Tabernacles. We can feast with YeHoVaH or we can feast with the Pagans, we can feast with Yeshua or we can feast with HaSatan. What will be your choice? Now that you have the truth, the answer solely lies on your shoulders and not ignorance. A person made Thanksgiving a day of festival not YeHoVaH. I hope you all do the right thing this year. If your family gives you a hard time about it, then educate them. That is your job. Do we have any questions?