13 “Pay close attention to all My instructions.
You must not call on the name of any other gods.
Do not even speak their names”.
The old tradition of Thanksgiving
Did you know that Thanksgiving is not all turkey and gravy ??
Did you know that Thanksgiving had brutal and bloody beginning ??
What we know today as Thanksgiving was known to the ancients as
a fall harvest festival.
The harvest festival, with its attendant rites, seems to have spread out from
Egypt and Syria and Mesopotamia.
The first or the last sheaf of wheat was offered to the great mother Astarte
(equivalent to Ishtar and Eastre) and was the earth mother of the ancient Semites
and to the Phrygians she was Semele.
Since the reign of ancient Egypt, each culture of people celebrated a fall harvest
festival where the community would gather together and eat the last harvest of
And each of these festivals were dedicated to the worship of the god of that
particular nation; honoring him/ her for a great harvest.
Thanksgiving`s pagan roots
The Egyptian’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Min.
The Babylonian’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Marduk.
The Persian’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Mithras.
The Chinese’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Chung Ch’ui.
The Celtic Pagans and Anglo Saxons had huge celebrations Lughnasadh and Mabon
which were 2 of the 3 harvest festivals of the ancient world.
In England, the autumnal feast was called Harvest Home and was derived from
the ancient druidical harvest feast.
The ancient Greeks honored Demeter, goddess of the harvest and agriculture
The Romans celebrated Cerelia in early October.
And the Roman’s fall festival was centered around the worship of Ceres-
the equivalent of the Greek goddess Demeter.
In the passing of time…
In the passing of time, the Christian churches adopted Roman`s Cerelia and
basically repackaged it with another name Thanksgiving to their parishioners
without telling of its pagan roots- and the Christians took over this Roman
The English word “cereal” comes from Latin cerealis, from Ceres.
Only the biblical fall festival the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot),
was of course centered around the worship of Yahweh our God,
the Creator of the universe.
Some Christians think that Thanksgiving has replaced or is nowadays
Feast of Tabernacles- just because they have been told and lied by
Christian pastors and teachers so.
The Feast of Tabernacles
33 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
34 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh
month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord.
35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation.
You shall do no customary work on it.
36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.
On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation,
and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.
It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it.
37 ‘These are the feasts of the Lord which you shall proclaim to be
holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the Lord,
a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings,
everything on its day—
38 besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, besides your gifts, besides all your vows,
and besides all your freewill offerings which you give to the Lord.
39 ‘Also on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered
in the fruit of the land, you shall keep the feast of the Lord for seven days;
on the first day there shall be a sabbath-rest,
and on the eighth day a sabbath-rest.
40 And you shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of beautiful trees,
branches of palm trees, the boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook;
and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.
41 You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year.
It shall be a statute forever in your generations.
You shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days.
All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths,
43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in
booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’ ”
Nazarenes & Romans
The Nazarenes were the followers of Yeshua (Jesus) who kept the Law.
By the way, the Hebrew word Torah literally means instruction, teaching or guidance
in life but never law which is a mistranslation.
And for that reason, the Nazarenes celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, of course.
In the 3rd century, after the Romans infiltrated the faith of the the followers of
Yeshua (Jesus) and turned it into the religion of Christianity, they incorporated
their customs into it- including their fall harvest festival called Cerelia,
which was rooted in the worship of Ceres, the goddess of harvest.
The festival was held each year on October 4th and offerings of the first fruits of
the harvest and pigs were sacrificed and offered up to Ceres.
Their celebration included music, parades, games and sports-
and a thanksgiving feast.
Since Rome was ruling world power, they spread their pagan religion and
pagan customs to each of the nations they conquered.
The Church of England (or the Anglican Church since 16th century)
The Church of England’s earliest origins date back to the early Roman Catholic
Church’s influence in Europe during the 1st and 2nd century, during which time
southern Britain became part of the Roman Empire.
With the Romans came also the new Roman religion Christianity and the first bishops
The Church of England is also the mother church of the international Anglican
In 1517 the Church of England openly came under the authority of the Roman
It traces its history to the Christian church recorded as existing in the Roman
province of Britain by the 3rd century and to the 6th century Gregorian mission
to Kent led by Augustine of Canterbury.
By the 6th century when the rulership of Rome had spread to England, the old
Roman festival of Cerelia became known as the Harvest Home Festival and later
Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving.
The Church of England adopted this festival as a religious gathering but the festival
was celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians- just like it is today.
Over the next 1000 years, the Church of England went through many political battles
with Rome over political and religious issues; causing certain groups within the
church to split and travel to the America in search of gaining power, wealth and
religious freedom there.
As the British Empire expanded, British colonists and colonial administrators took
the established church doctrines and practices together with ordained ministry
and formed overseas branches of the Church of England through the Anglican
Many of the early American colonists were Anglican Puritans.
During the colonial period, the Anglican Church set up establishments in Virginia,
New York, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Thanksgiving & America
In the early 1600’s, the English Pilgrims began traveling to the new world for trading
metal, glass and cloth for local beaver pelts with the native people Indians.
The success of trades went so well, that King James I of England issued out a
royal charter (a decree) for England to claim land in America for England to
conduct trade and make a profit.
In September of 1620, a ship by the name of the Mayflower departed
It was carrying a group of 102 Pilgrims- religious separatists in search of religious
freedom, drawn to promises of land ownership in the new world.
When they arrived, they founded Plymouth colony (or New Plymouth).
These Pilgrims settled in Massachusetts in Indian territory and signed a treaty with
the Wampanoag tribe to assure that they would protect them in their land.
A year later, in 1621, the Pilgrims had their first corn harvest in America and
celebrated their harvest thanksgiving feast to celebrate their good fortune.
This was the first thanksgiving celebrated in America and it had nothing to do
with the native Indians at all.
Meanwhile, when word got out in England about the paradise to be found in the
new world, religious zealots from the Catholic Church of England called Puritans,
began arriving to America by the boat load.
The Puritans mostly settled in the northeastern region of America, which was
previously named New England by English Explorer John Smith in 1616.
In 1620, these Puritans established an English colony in present-day Massachusetts
and later formed the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629, which consisted of
Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.
Although there were already native Indians from the Pequot tribe living in
these areas, when the Puritans arrived and saw no fences around the land,
they considered it to be public domain.
Therefore, they with other British settlers among them had to seize the land
from the natives in order to make it their own- which resulted in war.
The war between the Puritans and their allies from the Wampanoag tribe
and the Indians became known as the Pequot War (1636-1637).
However, the European armies prevailed and many Indians lost their lives
in horrific battles.
In 1637 near present-day Groton, Connecticut, the Puritan colonist raided the Indian
villages and burned over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe alive.
The next day, the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, declared “A Day Of
Thanksgiving” to be celebrated in honor of killing the native Indians of the land.
In his own words, Governor John Winthrop’s proclaimed:
“This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving
for subduing the Pequots.”
After their victory over the Indians, the colonist began to attack other villages seizing
their land, capturing strong young natives for slaves and killing the rest.
Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered.
Boats loaded with as many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England to
Following a very successful raid against the Pequot tribe in Stamford, Connecticut,
the white churches announced a second day of “Thanksgiving” to give thanks to their
god and celebrated victory over whom they called, the heathen savages.
During the feasting, they played soccer with the chopped off heads of the natives and
kicked them through the streets like soccer balls.
As other English and European colonizers migrated to the USA and settled in other
Indian tribal territories, they also raided and murdered various indian tribes that
were living their regions.
These tribes included the:
- Cape Fear
- Pays d’en haut
- and many other tribes.
Each of the tribes went to war against their colonizers and many of their members
were murdered and presumably followed by a thanksgiving feast in honor of the
Europeans victory over the natives.
These Indian killing sprees became more and more spontaneous, with days of
thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre.
For more than 2 centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual
colonies and states; mainly in New England and other Northern states.
When George Washington became the 1st president of America, he suggested
that only 1 day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating
each and every massacre.
Then in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared
Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday- while on the same day ordering
troops to march against the starving Sioux Indians in Minnesota.
President Franklin Roosevelt made 1 of the only changes to the holiday’s celebration.
He changed the date to the next to last Thursday in November.
And this is how our modern day Thanksgiving Day was born.
The true story doesn’t have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it
as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together
at the big feast…
Even today people are still celebrating this pagan holiday and taking great pleasure
in doing so.
Every year, millions of families look forward to non- biblical Thanksgiving so they
can get together with family and give thanks to God for all their blessings.
Regretfully just like the pagans of Ancient Rome.
And since birth, many people have been socialized to partake in this holiday every
year without having any idea where this celebration stemmed from or how it became
Yet, today Thanksgiving is one of the most esteemed holidays to both believers and
non-believers and they don’t even know or care where it came from.
Thanksgiving is a very very good example of religious manmade traditions with no
even shaky connection(s) to the Bible.
A Cornucopia is a horn shaped basket, usually filled to the point of overflowing
with the bounty of the recent harvest.
Items such as fresh fruits, dried grains and other root vegetables were piled
around the opening of the cornucopia to demonstrate plenty.
So much that the cornucopia has been referred to as the horn of plenty.
The cornucopia dates back to ancient Greece.
In an old tale, Amathea the goat broke off his horn and offered it to Zeus
as a sign of reverence.
In return for his loyalty, Zeus interred the image of the goat in the night sky;
an image we now known as Capricorn.
One of the easiest symbols of Thanksgiving to recognize is corn.
The native Americans would know it as maize or maiz.
Maize played an important mythological role in many tribes and in some,
corn was a respected deity, while in others, corn was a special gift to the people
from the Creator.
In addition to its importance as a food source, corn also played a ceremonial role
in many tribes with sacred corn pollen or cornmeal being used as ritual adornment
and spiritual offering.
The native Americans had been growing corn a long time before the pilgrims arrived
in the new world.
The turkey was associated with abundance and being thankful among
the native Americans.
Some tribes viewed the bird as a sacred symbol of abundance and fertility;
one which would serve as the sacrificial guest of honor in various ceremonies.
Turkey feathers are a prized possession and are an integral part of ritualistic
Animal symbolism is considered powerful medicine among natives and
should not be treated disrespectfully.
Turkey medicine is strongest in the fall and a visit from a turkey meant we
should be mindful of the blessings bestowed upon us.
8 And Yeshua answered and said to him,
“Get behind Me, Satan!
For it is written,
‘You shall worship Yahweh your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
What’s Wrong with Giving Thanks ??
You may think and ask:
What’s wrong with giving thanks to our God Yahweh ??
Nothing, but should we do it daily ??
That`s what faith does, only pagan religions has a special day to give thanks.
Giving thanks especially for our salvation
Thank Yahweh our God especially for His Salvation in
Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ).
Thank Yahweh our God especially for His Salvation in
Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ).
Giving thanks is a response to the goodness and mercy of our God Yahweh.
Giving thanks is a mark of obedience because we are commanded in the Bible
to give thanks.
Giving thanks to our God Yahweh also helps us guard against covetousness,
bitterness, selfishness, anger and other harmful attitudes.
Giving thanks to Yahweh our God is not a once a year celebration for us but a
daily reality that changes our life and make us calm and joyful in every situation.
Give thanks in all circumstances !!!!
Thanksgiving is non-biblical !!
Sometimes giving thanks is very difficult for us.
We cannot be thankful and proud at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and entitled at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and unforgiving at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and jealous at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and self-pitying at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and worried at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and covetous at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and bitter at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and offended at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and dishonoring at the same time.
We cannot be thankful and selfish at the same time.
We cannot be truly thankful and prayer-less at the same time.
At least these must first be got rid of- but how ??
By giving thanks to Yahweh our God daily with a grateful heart !!
Just think of it and then try it.
Always give thanks for everything- no matter the circumstances !!
Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly
than an ungrateful heart.
Thanksgiving (Day) is NOT in the Bible !!
NOT in the Feasts of the Yahweh (Leviticus 23).
NOT in the Old Testament or the New Testament !!
And Thanksgiving (Day) is absolutely NON- BIBLICAL !!
Thanksgiving had brutal and bloody beginning !!
Thanksgiving is just a very religious tradition with no connection to the Bible.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray constantly,
18 in everything give thanks;
for this is Yahweh’s will for you in Messiah Yeshua.
Give thanks to Yahweh because he is good,
because his mercy endures forever.
2 Who can speak about all the mighty things Yahweh has done?
Who can announce all the things for which he is worthy of praise?
4 Rejoice in Yahweh יהוה always, again I say, rejoice!
5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Master is near.
6 Do not worry at all, but in every matter, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to Elohim.
7 And the peace of Elohim, which surpasses all understanding,
shall guard your hearts and minds through Messiah Yeshua יושע.
8 For the rest, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is righteous, whatever is clean, whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good report, if there is any uprightness and
if there is any praise– think on these.
9 And what you have learned and received and heard and saw in me,
practise these, and the Elohim of peace shall be with you.
Be blessed in Yeshua`s/ Jesus` name !!