Traditionally in our culture many people celebrate Christmas and Easter to honor and worship God. These two days are all most of us have ever known when it comes to Holy Days to honor God and his son. Nearly every store, school, office, and church decorates and goes all out for these days every year. Many people even spend months preparing for these days that are supposed to be set aside for the honor and worship of God.
Considering how the masses celebrate and hold these days so dear, I would like to pose a few questions for everyone to consider and challenge you in regards to these two days.
They are serious questions we should all be asking considering God states throughout his Word that He is a jealous God; we should be working out our salvation with fear and trembling, and that His people will perish for the lack of knowledge.
While looking for the answers to these questions myself, I was shocked by the things I found, and that’s why I’m now asking others to look as well. I’m going to answer and explain what I’ve found in scripture, but also list several other scriptures that should also be considered.
Are these two days that so many people celebrate as a way to honor Him in our Bibles?
Surprisingly, celebrating the birth of Jesus wasn’t observed or even instructed to be observed anywhere in our Bible. Nor was His resurrection ever observed on the 1st Sunday after the 3rd Equinox. After digging into what scripture tells us about the account of His birth, it’s not even likely His birth was even close to December 25 but more likely during or around either Passover or Sukkot, which are two of Gods feasts days or appointed times. As for the celebrating and honoring of His resurrection, I found it was definitely in our Bibles, but not on the 1st Sunday after the 3rd Equinox that we know as Easter today. Jesus died on Passover, which is always on the evening of the 14th day of the first month of the Biblical calendar according to the instructions given in Exodus. It’s followed by the 15th day that starts the Feast of Unleavened Bread and last for seven days. Within these seven days, He also gave us a day called Firstfruits in which Jesus presented Himself to God after His resurrection.
These days can be seen throughout our Bibles in both the New & Old Testament, but are described in detail in Leviticus 23. Doing a little research and looking at when they fall each year you will find that Easter and Firstfruits may not be anywhere close to each other. While looking into this also be mindful that from Passover to resurrection has to be three days AND three nights. Friday to Sunday is not three days and three nights.
Is this truly what God wants from us?
Now that we know these two days are not in our Bibles, this is where it gets interesting and shocking when we see the examples and instructions that we do have in our Bibles. Here are two that should be considered.
Here we see that Aaron declared a feast day to God that was not instructed by Him, that man decided to pick his own day and way to worship, and it was not OK with God at all.
1 Kings 12:25; 13:10 and 14:23
Here we see it once again when Jeroboam declares a feast day to God different from that in which God instructed and again it was not OK with God at all.
We are told over and over in our bibles how God wants us to worship Him and how not to worship Him. He laid it out for us in black and white and also instructed us not to add to or take away from His instructions. Aaron and Jeroboam both took it upon themselves to add Feast Days or Holy Days to God, using Pagan traditions, and we see again and again how much God hated and despised this. Isn’t this what many of us have done today with Christmas and Easter? He told us to be very careful that we don’t adopt the ways other people worship their gods or even use the things they use to worship their gods. After looking into some of the things we do and use for Christmas and Easter, it seems we have adopted and incorporated many things that have NOTHING to do with honoring God.
As anti-God as the schools are getting these days I asked myself how they were still allowing these days in the school systems. The answer shocked me even more! This whole issue was taken to court and the ruling stated that they didn’t have enough evidence to remove them because there was little to no biblical/scriptural evidence to prove they were done to worship God in the first place and there was no proof of them in the Bible. It’s because they were added and not part of Gods Holy Days that He gave us. He gave us these Feast Days or Holy Days to gather together, worship Him, and love on one another, but the majority has overlooked them and accepted days that are not even in the Bible. That is mind boggling in itself, especially considering how all the New Testament writings show and teach us that His days (found in Leviticus 23) were honored and celebrated after the resurrection and still should be today.
Please consider reading these verse and the scriptures surrounding them to see just how serious God was and still is about these things.
1 Kings 12:25 – 13:10
1 Kings 14:23
2 Kings 16:4
2 Kings 17:10
2 Kings 17:27-41
2 Chronicles 28:4
Jeremiah 3:6 & 3:13
Here’s what we should be doing and how to handle things the way God wants and not the way we want.
2 Kings 22:8-23:27
YHWH, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in a time of distress, the nations will come to you from the ends of the earth, and they will say, “Our fathers inherited only lies, worthless idols of no benefit at all.”
For a simple explanation between Holy Days and Holidays check out Holidays vs Holy Days.