Today there is a growing awakening to “heathen” practices like Christmas, Easter, Lent, etc. That being said, many Christians today still don’t understand why the celebration of these holidays have become an issue of contention for some. People throw around the word “heathen” without truly understanding what it means. To gain understanding, as always we have to study the scriptures to find truth. The word “heathen” is understood by many Christians to mean an evil person, an idolater, a Gentile, an outsider, a non-believer, or an enemy of God. While some of these assumptions may be correct in one form or another, none of these definitions really capture the full and true meaning of the word “heathen.” It is much simpler than all of these definitions.
Who Was The Heathen?
In the Old Testament, the word ‘heathen’ comes from the Hebrew word “hag-gō-w-yim,” meaning “of the nations” or “the nations, or Gentiles.” Basically when looking to Old Testament scripture, you had two distinct classifications of people. The Nation of Israel which represented God’s people under His kingship, abiding by His rule of law, His judicial system, observing appointed holy days (holidays) set by Him, worshipping only Him, obeying the Torah and executing His judgment; and you had everybody else that surrounded them- also known as “the nations.” The nations are known today in English as the heathen, or the Gentile. The nations had their own various kings who set their own rules, laws, judicial systems, created their own holidays and holy days, and set up worship to many gods. The nation of Israel was special, a people reserved to the one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, to execute His will and His wishes. We find in scripture that the error of the nations, typically was that they worshipped idols, they were superstitious, astrologers, necromancers, sorcerers, they honored many “gods,” they set aside holy days to their gods according to the commands of their leaders, and they generally would engage in anything and everything that was an abomination in the site of God. They would even sacrifice their own children to their satanic gods, a practice known as “making your sons to pass through the fire.” These people would even worship themselves as gods.
The important thing to understand here, is that God’s people, the nation of Israel, were separate and preserved to be a “holy” people. God instructed them in everything that they should do and instructed them in all aspects of their society. The term “Torah” (the first five books of the bible) actually means “instructions” in the Hebrew. God gave His people detailed instructions on what HIS nation looks like. It was so important that this nation of the people of God who obeyed the rule of God remained together as a nation. The law of God was just, and was rooted in love for Him, and love for neighbor. It was prophesied early on, that because of the disobedience of the people of Israel that would come, they would one day be scattered among the nations (the heathen)- a horrible thought:
“And I will scatter you among the heathen (the nations), and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths. As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it. And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth. And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies. And ye shall perish among the heathen (the nations), and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.” ~ Leviticus 26:33-38
“And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen (the nations), whither the Lord shall lead you.” ~ Deuteronomy 4:27
We know that this occurred when Babylon sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the city taking many Israelites as slaves, and killing the rest. The Jews then had to dwell among the nations (Babylon) without their land, or their nation. It happened again in 70AD when Rome sacked Jerusalem and scattered the Jews. All throughout scripture, we find that the Israelites disobeyed God, and instead of following the path they were given by Moses at Mount Sinai, they went after the ways of the nations that surrounded them:
“For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger: For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.” ~ 2 Kings 17:7-13
You can see, that God had his own statutes which could be found in the Torah, while the “heathen” (the nations), had their own statutes that contradicted God’s. The Israelites stumbled over and over again following after the ways of the other nations:
“And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen (the nations) that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.” ~ 2 Kings 17:15-18
“They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the Lord commanded them: But were mingled among the heathen (the nations), and learned their works. And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.” ~ Psalm 106:34-39
“And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen (the nations) that are round about you.” ~ Ezekiel 11:12
“I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.” ~ Ezekiel 23:30
We can deduce, that the ways of “the nations” always contradict the ways of God. Jeremiah gives an extremely descriptive account of some of the practices of the nations- some of which you may be strikingly familiar with:
“Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.” ~ Jeremiah 10:2-5
Does this practice sound familiar? Sounds strikingly similar to our modern day practice of the “Christmas Tree.” This practice is nothing more than an ancient practice of the nations surrounding Israel. Jeremiah the prophet warns DO NOT LEARN THE WAY OF THE NATIONS! A great majority of the practices of the nations surrounding Israel were rooted in idolatry of some sort. We find evidence of the idolatrous practice of Easter, and Lent also in the scriptures. More details of this can be found on the “Satan’s Calendar” page of this website.
The Latter Day Prophecies
You may be saying, this is all great and good to know- but this is Old Testament/Old Covenant stuff. What is often neglected today in the Christian community, is a knowledge and understanding of the End Times prophecies that can be found in the Old Testament. The prophets of God not only spoke to the people of Israel at the time, but they also prophecied of events that have yet to take place in the last days. This is important to know. Jesus warned us to listen to Moses and the prophets in his parable of Lazarus and the rich man:
“Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” ~ Luke 16:29-31
The Old Testament scriptures are rich with warnings about the end times. We learn that the day of the Lord is the “time of the heathen”, or “the time of the nations”:
“Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.” ~ Ezekiel 30:2-3
So many try to discount the heathen as an Old Covenant/Old Testament term, yet the prophet Ezekiel tells us that the day of the lord will be the time of the heathen. That means that in the end, heathen nations (nations following after their own wisdom), will rule the world. Remember, the nations surrounding Jerusalem would make their own laws, their own holidays, their own judgments, etc. We continue to live in the “time of the heathen.” We also learn that in the “latter days,” the nations (the heathen) will rise against the people of Israel.
“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” ~ Ezekiel 38:16
“So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.” ~ Ezekiel 39:7
“And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.” ~ Ezekiel 39:21
“And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.” ~ Ezekiel 39:23
Obadiah also confirms the existence of the “heathen”/the nations on the day of the Lord:
“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.” ~ Obadiah 1:15
Zechariah speaks to the time when Jesus rules as King over Jerusalem once more (most likely the 1,000 year kingdom of peace). He mentions that those that are left of the heathen (the nations) will be required to come before the Lord to worship at the Feast of Tabernacles every year. Please note, the Feast of Tabernacles is a seven day feast to God, a holiday, holy days declared for the nation of Israel by the King through Moses at Mount Sinai. All Flesh and all the world will honor these ordinances of the king in the Kingdom of Peace, and in the new heaven and new earth:
“And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even 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, the 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 tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.” ~ Zechariah 14:16-19
“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.” ~ Isaiah 66:22-23
Sabbaths and New Moons were also ordinances of the King of the Nation of Israel (God/Jesus), and remain ordinances today for those that are in Christ. The main point to understand here, is that this concept of the “Nation of Israel” verses “The Nations/The Heathen” remains a focal point on the day of the Lord. This distinction can be found throughout end times prophecies in the Bible. The struggle still exists today for man to decide to either obey the King of Kings, or to obey the kings of nations. As Christians today, it is more important than ever to understand this distinction, and how it applies to present day. We can verify with scripture that the distinction exists today, but how do we discern what belongs to the Nation of God, and what belongs to “the Nations?” Every Christian must ask, does the “Kingdom of God” truly live in me? To whom do you pay homage, and whose ordinances do you obey?
Jesus Teaches the Nation Of Israel
Jesus comes on the scene as the Son of God, to not only die for our sins so that we can have new life, but also to put Israel back on track. They had veered far off of the path outlined by Moses, even though they “religiously” enforced the Torah. The Pharisees who held authority over the Nation of Israel, were hard hearted and failed to fulfill the commandments of God rooted in love for Him and love for neighbor. They were cold enforcers of the law. Jesus makes it clear at the beginning of His ministry, that he did not come to change anything concerning the law:
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:17-20
Here he refers to the “Kingdom of Heaven,” the place that we all want to find ourselves in. He tells us that whoever does and teaches the commandments, will be called “great” there. The righteousness Jesus speaks of, is a righteousness that comes with observing and doing all of His commandments:
“And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:24-24
Jesus tells us that unless our obedience exceeds the obedience of the Pharisees of His time, we will NOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN! This is a startling warning from our savior. All throughout His ministry, Jesus not only walked in obedience to the law of God, but also taught His disciples to do the same. The Pharisees had created many man-made traditions that had nothing to do with the law of God, and were enforcing these traditions upon the people of the Nation of Israel. Some of these traditions even would cause the people to have to disobey God’s law, in order to obey the traditions of the Pharisees.
“Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” ~ Matthew 15:1-9
In this example, Jesus did not say…..’it’s ok that you made your own traditions, you are in charge right now so all is fine.’ On the contrary, He scolded them for causing the people to transgress the laws of God which had not changed. He even says their worship “WAS IN VAIN” as they taught for doctrines the commandments of men. How many “commandments of men” rule the various denominations of Christianity today? The number cannot be counted. Many factions have left the commandments of God and of Christ in the dust, and have created their own unique independent belief systems apart from the Word of God. They use the name of Jesus, but have thrown away His commandments. We know from the Bible, that these men that do this WILL NOT see the Kingdom of Heaven, and unless our righteousness exceeds theirs, WE will not see the Kingdom of Heaven. Finally in the last week of Jesus’ life on earth, he instructs the Nation of Israel:
“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” ~ Matthew 23:1-3
Here Jesus instructs them that whatever the Pharisees teach to “observe,” that observe and do. The Pharisees were tasked with teaching the Torah to the Nation of Israel. In the Torah were the instructions for living in this Kingdom. Jesus confirms that they are to continue to observe the Torah, even in the very last week of his life! He warns them not to do what the Pharisees do, because they teach the Torah, but they don’t live it. The law when studied is rooted only in LOVE for neighbor and LOVE for God. It allows for generous mercy and compassion, but one must read the entire Torah to understand this. Please note, Jesus didn’t say to observe the Torah until the end of the week when I die on the cross, and then you don’t have to continue in it. All throughout His ministry, he confirmed the Torah, walked it, lived it, and taught it not just in word, but with power. He truly was the “Word made flesh.” His death allowed for us to receive the Holy Spirit, a new spirit, that if we heed its urging, will lead us into perfect love and obedience to God in all things. He preached “REPENT,” in other words- have a change of heart because of your disobedience to God’s commandments (sin), and be baptized!
“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ~ Matthew 4:17
This is a Kingdom ruled by God, and nothing can enter into it that disobeys or defiles:
“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” ~ Revelation 21:27
The Apostles Teachings
The majority of the Apostles were assigned to tend to the lost sheep of Isreal, even after the death of Christ. They brought this message of repentance and rebirth to the entire Nation of Israel. Paul on the other hand was assigned by Christ to bring this gospel message to the “heathen”/the nations:
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen (the nations); immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.” ~ Galatians 1:15-19
We see that for 3 years, Paul was instructed by Christ on how to bring this gospel message to the nations/the heathen. He didn’t confer with the other Apostles for 3 whole years, rather he consulted with Christ & the Holy Spirit (he conferred not with flesh and blood). Paul is the key to understanding what the gospel looked like as it was brought to all nations. Most of Christianity today argues that in Paul’s ministry he taught freedom from the law, and we are no longer under the law, etc. and because of this, the law doesn’t relate to any of us. They preach Christ, they heal, they do many great works, but declare there is no law. As a reminder for us all, Christ warned:
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work lawlessness.” ~ Matthew 7:21-23
Peter warned that Paul’s writings would be twisted:
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” ~ 2 Peter 3:13-16
Paul’s writings have been twisted beyond recognition by today’s Christian theologians. We address some of Paul’s writings on the “Paul’s Writings” page of this website. To understand His writings requires an understanding of all of scripture, and taking the entire letter that you read into account rather than picking a verse from here or there to create a doctrine. Paul didn’t go about preaching to the heathen nations saying- “believe in Jesus, be good, and just keep being a heathen.” That sums up many Christian teachings of today. On the contrary- he preached repentance for sin (disobedience to the LAW OF GOD), rebirth through baptism, and obedience to God’s law by the new nature that is placed within a believer via the Holy Spirit. Another topic of contention, a situation in the book of Acts, where there was an argument about whether newly converted Gentiles (Heathens) should be circumcised or not, has also been widely misunderstood. The argument here came from a group of Judaisers who were claiming that these new Gentile converts required circumcision for salvation. These Judaisers were wrong, in that salvation only comes through Christ. Paul explains later in his writings what the circumcision really represents, also clarifying why a Gentile would not need to be circumcised:
“Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:18-19
“For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” ~ Romans 2:25-29
Remember under the Old Covenant, circumcision was a “Sign” of the covenant that the Israelites would obey the commandments of God. The importance here is OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, even under the New Covenant. If we are called in uncircumcision to Christ (in other words we aren’t Jews, rather Gentiles/heathens), and we keep the righteousness of the law, it is counted to us as circumcision! Please, please study ALL of Paul’s writings on this topic to gain understanding. Paul also explains in Romans 11, that the Jews are the branches of a cultivated “Olive Tree” (The Tree of Israel). Because of their disobedience, many of the branches were cut off from the tree. He explains that we, the Gentiles, the nations, the heathen, who believe in Christ have been grafted into the tree. We obey by faith, not just because the law is the law. He warns that if we boast against the branches (the Jews), we too are in danger of being cut off.
We also find Paul teaching the Gentiles to keep the feasts, the Sabbaths, the New Moons, food laws, etc of the Torah. In Colossians 2, Paul is speaking to a Gentile congregation living in a Gentile city. He first comments on the philosophies and vain deceipts of the Gentiles that live in the city. He then goes on to tell these reborn Gentile Christians:
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but body of Christ.“ ~ Colossians 2:16-17
It appears that these people were being ridiculed for sticking out, and obeying the holy days, new moons, Sabbaths, etc. Paul admonishes them and encourages them to be strong. These are things of the Kingdom. These are things of the body of Christ. Paul also advises the Gentiles in Corinth to “Keep the feast,” referring to the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread:
“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.“ ~ 1 Corinthians 5:7-8
The writings of Paul are filled with knowledge and understanding for the Gentile that has been converted to abide in the Kingdom of God. If we are to live in His Kingdom, we by faith must be willing to obey His law and execute his judgment. Jesus is the King of the Kingdom of Heaven! Here are some additional texts from Paul to consider:
“For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” ~ Romans 2:11-16
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” ~ Romans 6:1-2
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” ~ Romans 6:15-18
“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” ~ Galatians 2:17-18
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, ~ Hebrews 10:26
It is my hope that all Christians begin to ask themselves- what is the root of the traditions that I honor every day, every month, even every year? Are they rooted in the commandments of God, or in the commandments of men? Study the origins of Easter, Christmas, Lent, infant Baptism, altar worship, idolatry, etc. and ask yourself- does this line up with the commandments of God, or rather does this line up with the commandments of men. If you seek out the scripture where God declared that we celebrate Christmas, Easter, Lent, etc. in the Bible, you will not find a command coming from Abraham, Moses, the Prophets, Christ, or the Apostles. These are not commanded in His Word, or in His Kingdom. If you pursue an honest study of most of today’s “Christian” holidays, you will find that they are rooted in the idolatry of the nations (the heathen) with a Jesus twist. Much of this occurred in the time of Roman Emperor Constantine, when the emperor was trying to create a “state religion” using a blend of Christianity and Sun God worship. These practices are foreign to the Nation of Israel and are in essence worshipping “in vain,” against the wishes of the King. Ask yourself, am I abiding in faith by the statutes of the Kingdom of Heaven, or am I abiding by the statutes of the kingdoms of the nations. Today we live in the “Time of the Nations/Time of the Heathen,” which is indicative that the mass majority abides by the ways of the kingdoms of this world. If you are in the majority in your walk, you may want to take a second look at what you are doing. Seek and you shall find. What kingdom are you a part of today?
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” ~ Exodus 23:2
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” ~ Matthew 7:13-14
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” ~ Revelation 14:12
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” ~ Revelation 22:14