Archive for the ‘Hebrew Roots’ Category

Keeping the Meaning of Thanksgiving Alive

By Wendy Griffith CBN News Anchor / Reporter Millions of Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving today, a holiday tradition that dates back hundreds of years. But some say there’s an attempt to remove the religious significance from this great American holiday. President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving official in 1863. He proclaimed the last Thursday in November […]

The Story of Chanukah

Under Syrian Rule More than 2000 years ago there was a time when the land of Israel was part of the Syrian-Greek Empire, dominated by Syrian rulers of the dynasty of the Seleucids. In order to relate the story that led up to Chanukah, we shall start with Antiochus III, the King of Syria, who reigned from 3538 to […]

Holidays and Festivals: Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. The Bible prescribes Yom Kippur as a day of affliction (Lev 16; 23:26-32). In the ancient world, the High Priest woke up early, donned his priestly garments, and sacrificed a bull for both himself and his family. He then cast lots over […]

Why Jesus celebrated Hanukkah

Exclusive: Joseph Farah explains why Christ’s followers should observe biblical festival Originally Posted By Joseph Farah On 12/06/2010 at WND “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.” – John 10:22-23 Did you know Jesus, or Yeshua as He was known throughout […]

Hanukkah: More than a ‘Jewish holiday’

Exclusive: Joseph Farah explains why Christians should celebrate, as did Jesus Posted By Joseph Farah On WND (Originally posted on 12/10/2012) “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.” – John 10:22-23 Did you know Jesus, or Yeshua as He was known […]

Religion Expert Exposes Real Danger of Halloween

By Deborah Hamilton With Halloween just days away, children—and some parents, too—are eagerly anticipating donning costumes and asking for a ‘treat’ from neighbors as the price for not having a ‘trick’ played on them. Meanwhile, decorations designed to terrify—from skulls and witches to life-sized graveyards and giant insects—have turned homes across America into virtual haunted […]

Halloween History and the Bible

by Bodie Hodge When did this holiday begin and why? How should Christians view this day in general? To understand these questions further, we need to go back to the roots of Halloween. In the United States (and other countries), Halloween has become one of the most popular unofficial holidays. On the up side, retail sales […]

How the Sabbath Was Changed

How did the change take place, substituting Sunday for Saturday as the day of worship? This is possibly one of the most disturbing religious questions among thinking Christians today. Unfortunately, the issue is not examined publicly very often for reasons that we’ll consider today. But multitudes have wondered when, how and why the change came […]

Which Day Is the Sabbath?

Which day is the Sabbath – Saturday or Sunday? Which day is the Sabbath? Since most churches observe Sunday as their day of rest and worship, many people assume that Sunday is the Sabbath. The Fourth Commandment states: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your […]

MOUNT SINAI & PENTECOST

Israel Arrives at Sinai It was during the third month of the Israelites leaving Egypt that they came to Sinai. In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. (Exodus 19:1) A quick reading of this […]

“HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY” or “HAPPY EASTER”

The information I am about to share can easily be found in any library, on the internet or in historical books and dictionaries. The facts are undeniable, but that does not seem to affect today’s lukewarm, modern-day believer. The following quote comes directly from my book, “The Church Has Divorced Itself From Its Roots”, which […]

Valentine’s Day

By Rev. Dr. Jonathan Hansen, Founder & President of World Ministries International Should Christians Participate in VALENTINES DAY? In today’s lukewarm church this article will be meaningless because nothing is sacred and compromise is the norm. Believers of yesteryear refused to participate in Valentine’s Day, recognizing its pagan roots and its lustful spirit. Valentine’s Day […]

Rosh Hashanah: Is The Feast Of Trumpets A Dress Rehearsal For Future Events?

By Michael Snyder Did you know that all of the festivals in the Bible were designed to be dress rehearsals for future events?  The Hebrew word “moed” is commonly translated “feast” or “festival” in the Bible, but it really means “appointment”.  God has set a number of “divine appointments” with Him on the yearly calendar, […]

The Pagan Origin Of Easter

Easter is a day that is honored by nearly all of contemporary Christianity and is used to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The holiday often involves a church service at sunrise, a feast which includes an “Easter Ham”, decorated eggs and stories about rabbits. Those who love truth learn to ask questions, and many […]

Be Nobody’s Valentine

Each year on February 14th countless millions of people celebrate a day known as “St. Valentine’s Day.” Millions of heart-shaped cards and boxes of chocolates are given as gifts, and even churches have Valentine parties on this so-called “Day of Love.” In schools, from pre-school and kindergarten on up, children draw names from a box […]

FEAST OF TRUMPETS, YOM T’RUAH (Jewish Wedding Ceremony)

FALL FEASTS THE SEASON OF THE FEASTS OF TABERNACLES..ALSO KNOWN AS THE FEAST OF INGATHERING The Feast of Tabernacles is the last of the required feast seasons. It includes the Feast of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles (Booths). As with Passover and Pentecost, all the Jewish males were, (prior to Calvary), required to journey to Jerusalem […]

Yom Kippur: (The Day of Atonement)

For it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; and you shall be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It is to be a sabbath of solemn rest for you, that you may humble your souls; it is a permanent statute (Leviticus [Vayikra] 16:30-31 NAS). On […]

A Few Problems with Easter

“Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” Deuteronomy 5:32 “Enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the […]

The Customs and Traditions of the Festival of Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a minor festival, not one of the Feast days mentioned in the Torah.  The events surrounding the establishment of Hanukkah happened in the 2nd century BCE, well after the canon of Hebrew scripture was closed and therefore it is not mentioned in all of the Hebrew Bible. It is a kind of National […]

TRUE ORIGINS OF EASTER

When one sincerely begins to search the Scriptures, it is discovered that many things practiced by churches today are not commanded in the Bible. It is imperative that we humble ourselves to the Word, or we will not be the truly obedient children of the Most High. Ironically, when we research the texts to uncover […]

Celebrating Shavuot

Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks, Firstfruits, and Pentecost, like all of the other Biblical feasts, is specifically commanded in Scripture with regards to the timing of the feast. To celebrate Shavuot properly the most important criteria to know is when to celebrate the feast. The Sadducees and the Pharisees interpreted differently the […]

The Feast of First Fruits

Posted at Truthnet The feast of First Fruits takes place on the 16th of Nisan, 2 days after Passover begins on the twilight of the 14th. The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the 15th of Nisan and ends on the 21st, seven days later. Therefore on the 16th of Nisan, both First Fruits and […]

Messiah Our Passover

By Jonathan Bernis Posted at Jewish Voice The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his […]

MESSIAH AND THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES

Sukkot in Israel

By Rebecca J. Anderson The Jewish historian Josephus referred to Tabernacles, or Sukkot, as “A feast very much observed among us.”  (Ant. 15.3.3)  From the time it was first instituted at Mount Sinai, this feast has held a unique and special place among the festivals of Israel.  Its legal structure was given by God, its […]

Rosh HaShanah – THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS

By Steven Buckardt The Feast of Trumpets is called Rosh HaShanah in Hebrew. It takes place on the first day of the 7th month on the biblical calendar, which is the month Tishrei according to Leviticus 23:24-25 “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, […]

The Real Thanksgiving Story: A Failed Experiment in Socialism

The following is a reprint from the “Foundation for Economic Education” In the middle of December 1620 the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, leaving behind the sinfulness of the “old world” to make a “new Jerusalem” in America. Three years later, in November 1623, they had a great feast thanking God for getting them through […]

BOBBING FOR APPLES

The previous article entitled “Trick or Treat, Jack o’ Lanterns and Costumes”, explored the Druids practice of adorning white robes, traveling throughout the countryside, and collecting victims in celebration of the “Festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead.” Samhain wasn’t known as the Lord of the Dead just for the fun of it. One part […]

TRICK OR TREAT, JACK O’ LANTERNS AND COSTUMES

Jack O' Lantern

Early Americans refused to allow the pagan holiday of Halloween to be celebrated in the nation. It was illegal in America for the first fifty years. They had good reasons. Halloween originates with the pagan Druids. It was called the “Festival of Samhain, Lord of the Dead.” Pastor David J. Meyer states in Halloween and the […]

WHAT’S WRONG WITH CHRISTMAS?

By Tena Bengtson “You don’t celebrate Christmas?  I thought you were a Christian.”  “Sure, we know it’s not Jesus’ actual birthday.  But no one knows for sure when it is.”  “We know it was a pagan holiday first, but we are really celebrating it correctly in our hearts when we are celebrating the day that […]

The Hasmonean Revolt

Hanukkah Menorah

The Feast of Dedication And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.—John 10:22 The struggle for freedom in the land of Israel has been a long and arduous one. A land no larger than the state of New Jersey has seen more battles than any other country in the […]

Passover Seder

Seder Plate

By Steven Buckardt Seder simply means “Order”. It originates with Moses on the night the angel passed over Egypt killing the firstborn. It’s a “Feast of Freedom” done in remembrance of deliverance from bondage in Egypt but also, as believers in Messiah, deliverance from sin and the world. The Passover is observed on the eve […]

Chanukah Candle That Inspired George Washington

George Washington praying at Valley Forge

The Chanukah Candle That Inspired George Washington Chanukah (1775) 5537. A difficult winter. Terrible cold. We are sitting in Valley Forge and waiting. Why? I don’t know. Perhaps for better days than these. I am the only Jew here. Perhaps there are other Jews among us, but I haven’t seen any. We hunger for bread. […]

IS CHRISTMAS CHRISTIAN?

by Michael Schneider For the vast majority of people the question is really no question at all. Is Christmas Christian? “Of course it is! What could be more Christian than Christmas? Isn’t it Jesus’ birthday?” Others have begun to feel increasingly uncomfortable with the celebration of Christmas. When they look at the bacchanalia that takes place around […]