Halloween (“Holy Eve”), All Soul’s Day, All Saint’s Day and the Day of the Dead will be here shortly. But what are the roots of these special Days of the Dead? When we trace them all the way back to their origin, we find they came from ancient Egypt when the people were caused to worship and make sacrifices to their dead Pharaoh. The name translated ‘Egypt’ in the Bible is actually ‘Mitzraim’ which was one of the sons of Noah’s son, Ham. The name means “oppression.”
The Evolution of Halloween and the Day of the Dead – Exposing the Roots
This probably seems like an odd question since the subject of idolatry is one of the most repeatedly covered topics in Scripture. The question however, is not whether God commands against idolatry, which He most assuredly does, but what exactly is idolatry? The argument has been made that when praying to an image or a statue, it is not idolatry as long as it’s done in reverence to the person or “saint” the image represents, and as long as you do it in worship of and love for God.
In Ex 20 (the Ten Commandments) God commands against worshiping “graven images or any likeness” stating “You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them.” God is so adamant about this that it takes three verses to cover this one commandment and He refers to the idolaters as “them that hate Me”.
Webster defines idolatry as “the worship of a physical object as a god.” This is a very simple and concise definition, but it does not cover the full scope. What about the worship of God through a physical object? Does God appreciate your worship even if it comes through a statue or a painting or a “holy” wall or a big black box? As long as you are worshiping God why does it matter how you do it?
What does Easter have to do with Passover? In a word: nothing! Both “holy days” are celebrated in the Spring and both are described as “abomination” in God’s Word. These designations are all they have in common. Easter originated in ancient Babylon as the worship of the “god” Tammuz and his mother, Ishtar/Ashtoreth and while they say Passover originates in the Torah, when looked at closely there is little resemblance to what they do and what is contained in the Book of Exodus and all the Law. Hebrews 10:1, says “the Law is a shadow of good things to come and not the very image of the thing.”
Did you know that Y’hoshua said he had not come but for the lost Sheep of the House of Israel? And when he commissioned his apostles, he commanded them not to go in the way of the heathen but rather to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. (Look this up! Matt 15:24, 10:5-6) How can a people brought up with so-called religious training not know this? This is a major breach in ‘religious’ education! Although Scripture is mistakenly associated with religion, which is defined as ‘superstition.’ God’s Word is certainly against superstition!
In Isaiah 3:12 he says, “…they which lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.” This is something very important that people need to take to heart and understand. Consider they are the “Ministers of Darkness” and haven’t any knowledge in themselves. Continue reading “Who is Israel? A Case of Stolen Identity!”