Occult and Pagan Festivals
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them,
after that they be destroyed from before thee;
and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying,
‘How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.’
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it:
thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
I hate, I despise your feast days,
and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them:
neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs;
for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
But let judgment run down as waters,
and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years,
O house of Israel?
But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images,
the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
Halloween (October 29-31)
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Christmas (December 12-25)
Learn not the way of the heathen,
and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven;
for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are vain:
for one cutteth a tree out of the forest,
the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold;
they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
2 Kings 17:7-18
For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against their Elohim,
which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt,
from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt,
and had feared other gods, and walked in the statutes of the heathen,
whom cast out from before the children of Israel,
and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.
And they set them up images and groves in every high hill,
and under every green tree: and there they burnt incense in all the high places,
as did the heathen whom carried away before them;
and wrought wicked things to provoke to anger:
for they served idols, whereof had said unto them,
“Ye shall not do this thing.”
Yet testified against Israel, and against Judah,
by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying,
“Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes,
according to all the law which I commanded your fathers,
and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks,
like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in their Elohim.
And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers,
and his testimonies which he testified against them;
and they followed vanity, and became vain,
and went after the heathen that were round about them,
concerning whom had charged them,
that they should not do like them.
And they left all the commandments of their Elohim,
and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove,
and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire,
and used divination and enchantments,
and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of ,
to provoke him to anger.
2 Kings 23:4-7
Then the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest and the priests of the second order and the doorkeepers, to bring out of the temple of all the vessels that were made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel.
He did away with the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had appointed to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah and in the surrounding area of Jerusalem, also those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and to the moon and to the constellations and to all the host of heaven.
b. a symbol of this goddess, a sacred tree or pole set up near an altar 1 Kings 16:33; 2 Kings 13:6; 2 Kings 17:16; 2 Kings 18:4; 2 Kings 21:3; 2 Kings 23:6,15; prohibited in Deuteronomy 16:1; burnt by Gideon Judges 6:25,26,28,30. Plural אֲשֵׁרוֺת a. the goddess Judges 3:7 (probably error for עַשְׁתָּרֹת ᵑ9). b. sacred trees or poles 2Chronicles 19:3; 33:3; elsewhere אֲשֵׁרִים id. Isaiah 27:9 12t.; suffix Micah 5:14 5t.; — Exodus 34:13 (J) Deuteronomy 7:5; Deuteronomy 12:3; Isaiah 17:8; Isaiah 27:9; Jeremiah 17:20; Micah 5:13; 1 Kings 14:15,23; 2 Kings 17:10; 2 Kings 23:14; 2Chron 14:2; 2 Chronicles 17:6; 24:18; 31:1; 33:19; 34:3,4,7. — (compare also StaZAW 1881, 344 f. RSSemitic i. 171 f., 175 n. WeH 235, who think ׳א only the sacred pole.)
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.