SincethetimeofBabel--andcontinuinginto our modern twentieth-first century -- thefalse religion of Nimrod has dominated theworld!After YEHOVAH God scattered thenations at Babel (
) and especially after the death of Nimrod, his followers continuedtheir rebellion in secret. They developed anintricate symbolism called the “mysteries.” This pagansystemhingedonthecarefulre-namingof all phases of their worship. In order to deceivethe people, the priests of Nimrod began callingtheirwickedcustomsbynameswhichseemedtohonor YEHOVAH God Himself! Nimrod took the name “Lord,” whichtranslated into Hebrew became “Baal” and intoGreek became “Adonis.” Nimrod’s wicked mother, known tohistorians as Semiramis, took the name of the“Mother of God,” and was worshipped as Ishtar -- the mother goddess of dawn or light(
Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary
, article,“Adonis”). Her new name, “Ishtar,” was pronounced just as we pronounce the word“Easter” in English! She was worshipped in thespring -- her feast day a rite of fertility! You willwant to read all about the origin of Easter in our free article,
Where Did Easter Come From?
Notice how widespread the worship of Nimrod and Semiramis had become in the timeof Moses -- and what YEHOVAH God saysaboutit.
DidYEHOVAHGodwarnHispeopleto avoid the ways of Egypt -- a land rife with pagan customs and traditions?
,firstpart.DidHealsowarnthemnottoadoptthecustoms of Canaan?
WhywasYEHOVAHGodagainstthe practices of the heathen? Had they defiled thevery land they lived in?
DidYEHOVAHGodthereforepunishthe heathen by casting them from their land?
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YEHOVAH God is norespecter of persons. Whichever people practice pagan customs and defile themselves byobserving pagan holidays He punishes! Noticewhat He told Israel in
What was the penalty for observingthe customs of the heathen?
.Isn’t the penalty for sin still the same today?
YEHOVAH God says “IchangeNOT!”(
.)Hestillexactsthedeath penalty for those who WILLFULLYcontinue to disobey Him and observe pagancustoms after they have learned the truth.In Old Testament Israel the civilgovernment of the nation executed sinners.Today YEHOVAH Himself places the guilty person under the spiritual penalty of eternaldeath until he REPENTS of his past sins and begins to KEEP YEHOVAH God’scommandments.
Were YEHOVAH’s peoplecommanded to keep His statutes?
Among the statutesYEHOVAH God has given for His people areHis HOLY DAYS (
verses 14, 21, 31, and 41
) -- days which revealthe way to eternal life to those who KEEPTHEM.
Does YEHOVAH God promise to blessHispeopleabundantlyiftheywillkeepHisHoly Days? Read