Pagan Feasts and Holidays
"When the LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess,
and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, 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"
- Deuteronomy 12:29-31 NAS
Ever since the Lord dispersed the nations at the tower of Babel, the ethnic groups of the world have been decidedly influenced
by the Babylonian gods they eventually followed. Each god has a mystery religion that is celebrated at a specific time using pagan
ceremonies and ritual feasts (i.e., Yule Day/Christmas, Quadragesima/Lent, Eoster/Easter, Lupercalia/Valentines, Beltaine/May Day,
Samhain/Halloween, etc). This is part of the "mystery of Babylon" that the Lord has commanded His people to
"come out" of throughout the Scriptures (Ezra 6:21; 10:1; Is. 52:11; Jer. 51:6; 2 Cor.6:17; Rev. 18:4).
As a way of setting His people apart from the pagan religions of Babylon and Egypt, God commands us to observe
His feasts and
not the pagan feasts of this world. Specifically, He commands us not to use pagan rituals in our worship of Him or partake of
pagan feasts in His name (Deut. 12:1-4, 29-32; Ex. 34:13-18; Jer. 10:2-4). In other words, God's people are not to mix
ceremonies or sacraments from pagan feasts into their worship of Him. To do so is considered to be eating and drinking from both
the "table of the
Lord" and the "table of demons", which the Apostle Paul commanded the gentile church at Corinth
not to do (1 Cor. 10:14-21).
The council of Jerusalem also took this position when they commanded the gentile believers at Antioch not to celebrate (eat)
at pagan tables. Instead, the council told them to attend synagogue on the Sabbath and learn God's table laws from the Torah
(Law) of Moses (Acts 15:19-21).
In His message to the church of Pergamos, Yeshua (Jesus) refers to this unholy mixing as the
Balaam" which are the same as the "teachings of the Nicolaitans" (Rev. 2:12-15). In His message
to the church of Thyatira, Yeshua (Jesus) also rebukes His people for allowing the woman
Jezebel to teach His
bond-servants that observing pagan rituals in the house of the Lord is acceptable to God (Rev. 2:18-20). Given that the book of
Revelation spans the history of the church, it appears that pagan rituals have been mixed into Christian holidays and celebrations
down to this very day.
Consequently, this mixing of holy and unholy celebrations is undoubtedly part of the
great apostasy that
causes many in the church to fall away from the faith in the last days (2 Thess. 2:3-11). Unfortunately, this great falling away
is manifesting right now as these forms of pagan worship not only serve as the basis of openly occult celebrations, but they also
provide the ritual format of most Christian holidays.
As God pours out this truth on the church, there is a body of New Covenant believers who are coming out of the Babylonian forms
of pagan celebration and returning to the
biblical feasts of the Lord. This
journey out of Babylon is an exciting quest that stirs the human heart to return to the Lord and walk in all His ways. As a result,
we (the bride) are making ourselves ready for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (i.e., the Feast of Tabernacles) where their will be
no pagan mixture (Rev. 19:7).
The Teachings of Balaam
The Mystery of Christmas
Jezebel in the Marketplace
Restoring the Table of the Lord