Christian or pagan – the Origin of Valentine’s Day ?

cupid-3cExploring the Pagan roots of the Valentine’s Day holiday.

 

   “When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee . . . . thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations . . . for because of these abominations the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) thy God doth drive them out from before thee !”
Deuteronomy 18:9-12

     “After the doings (ways) of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do . . .and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do; neither shall ye walk in their ordinances . . . . Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you.     And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants . . . !”     Leviticus 18:1-26

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     Regardless of race and religion, almost every couple in the world celebrates Valentine’s Day. In fact, it is considered the second widely celebrated event after the Christmas or Yuletide Season. Only a few people know that Valentine’s Day is originally a Catholic celebration. But there are even fewer individuals who know its earlier pagan roots.

faunus-godsThe Darkness of Valentine’s Day and its Pagan Origins

     Valentine’s Day originated from the pagan festival Lupercalia which is a celebration of fertility and purification. Lupercalia is named after Lupercus, the god of fertility and hunter of wolves in Roman mythology. It’s a 3-day event that runs from the 13th to 15th of February. But before our current Gregorian calendar, the festivity usually falls on spring season.

     The month of February is also associated with Lupercalia. Part of the rituals held during the festivities is the Februa, Februatio or Februare which literally means purification. Februa is a purification ritual performed to drive away evil spirits in the entire city or community and to ensure fertility for the spring or planting season.

     An old Roman and pagan activity observed during Lupercalia is the love lottery. In this tradition, young men are paired with women through a simple lottery system. Names of all participating females shall be placed in a jar after which, each male shall draw or pick a name that will be temporarily paired with him. The pairs will act as lovers or partners for the entire duration of the festival. This tradition was carried by the ancient Romans overseas as their empire grew.

     Another notable activity is the gathering of ancient Luperci priests at Pallupercalia-valentineatine Hills or the boundaries of the ancient city of Rome. This tradition persisted up to the time of Julius Caesar wherein the Master of the Luperci College of Priest during that period was Mark Anthony.

     During the 1st and 2nd century, the Christian or Catholic religion started to grow. Much of the Pagan cultures and traditions were also assimilated and reinvented to fit the Catholic tradition and to attract early pagans to become Christians. In 496 A.D., then Pope Gelasius declared the Lupercalia traditions particularly the love lottery as immoral. The Pope changed the love lottery tradition into a saint lottery where each young boy tries to mimic the qualities of the saint he picks all throughout the year. Pope Gelasius also declared February 14 as the feast of Saint Valentine, the patron of lovers.

The story (legend) of Saint Valentine.   Valentine was a young priest that lived during Emperor Claudius’ reign. In his desire to perform his Christian duties of administering wedding ceremonies and aiding prisoners, he disobeyed the orders of the emperor. For Claudius, men should serve the Roman army first before getting married. For this reason, Valentine was incarcerated and sentenced to death. Based on historical accounts, Valentine was regularly visited by his jailer’s blind daughter whom he later fell in love with. Before Valentine’s execution, he wrote her a note and ending it with the phrase “From Your Valentine.”

     One of the [supposed] miracles of (attributed to) Saint Valentine was the healing of that girl’s eyesight. This has also resulted to his jailer’s change of faith. Valentine’s letter to his beloved girl is considered to be the earliest Valentine’s Day card. And it’s only during the 17th century when Valentine’s Day cards were commercialized, mass produced and prefabricated.

original article source:   World Religion and News.com
February 11, 2017 posted by Kelly Frazier

note:   We encourage every reader to remember, that we must always share the Truth in love. A good way to begin is by offering to those we truly love, a better alternative to these ancient pagan practices, adopted by the Roman Catholic Church.  And give to your wife or husband an invitation to spend the afternoon or evening with you on another day, and such gifts as which will not pass away . . . . your life offered in the daily sacrifice of all selfish desires on their behalf.    In such a way which honours the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) our God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

     “And I heard another voice from heaven saying . . . . Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the LORD . . . that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins (Babylon’s) have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities . . . !”
II Corinthians 6:17-18 and Revelation 18:4-5

For a more indepth study on this question:
https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/4801.2.0.0/society/uncovering-the-origins-of-mardi-gras-and-other-christian-festivals

Our Freedom and Victory in Christ Jesus – Guaranteed !

     “O Israel, . . . thou hast destroyed thyself, but in Me is thine help. I will be thy King, for where is any other that may save thee in all of thy cities . . . ?” Hosea 13:9-14

     “Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel . . . be glad and rejoice with all thy heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.  For the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) hath taken away thy judgments* (Galatians 3:13, Deuteronomy 28:15-47), He hath cast out thine enemy . . . . Yea, the King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst (heart) of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more . . .

In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem . . . My city and My people which are called by My name (Daniel 9:19) . . . Fear thou not ___________ (your name), and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.   For the LORD thy God (Elohim) in the midst of thee is Mighty* (full of power, a Warrior, valiant and strong); He will SAVE !

He will rejoice over thee __________ (your name) with joy; He will rest (engrave) in His love, He will joy over thee with singing . . . !” Zephaniah 3:14-17, I Peter 2:5-9 and Ephesians 2:10 Continue reading

An Undivided Heart ?

     The powerful testimony of a woman in search of God –

     Are we merely content with a “form of godliness,” and yet do not see the power thereof in our own lives?   As we hear those words echoed Today, which were asked of the multitudes who followed our Lord and Saviour, saying . . . . “Master, what must we do, so that we also might work the works of God?”   John 6:28

    And to all, the answer has remained the same . . . .”My son, My daughter, give Me thine heart . . . !”   Proverbs 23:26   Are we truly willing to obtain by experience that one thing which is absolutely necessary to gain entrance to the Kingdom of God . . . to be begotten again through union with Him ?

It is our prayer that this woman’s testimony will both encourage and be a blessing to all that hear.   May our LORD and Saviour both bless and keep you !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg37Lu5UJ4c   – Part.2

your brother and sister in Christ Jesus,
Eric & Sarah Wilson and family – Isaiah Ministries

Battlefield Hollywood – Little Light Studios

Little Light Studios ministry takes you behind the scenes for a closer look at the people and powers which are at work through Hollywood films to capture the hearts and minds of this final generation before our Saviour’s return.

A grand deception is taking place, and in this powerful 6 part series the startling Truth of how and why the media is working to influence every viewer to take their stand under the banner of darkness, in the last battle of the great controversy between Christ Jesus and that old serpent, the Devil (adversary) and Satan (the accuser).

http://www.littlelightstudios.tv/product/battlefield-hollywood-6-part-set/

Also check out the powerful preview of their new documentary “Pseudology” ( The Art of Lying) and The Replacement gods –

You may contact Little Light Studios at their ministry website below to find out more about scheduling a speaking engagement or seminar for your Church congregation, School or study group.
http://www.littlelightstudios.tv/
(530) 327-9323

O Men of God, Arise !

     “Thou therefore, my son (and my daughter), be strong in the grace* (G5485 – divine Influence) that is in Christ Jesus . . .

Endure hardness (conflict, adversity), as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. For no man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life (this world) . . . . so that he may please Him Who hath chosen him to be a soldier . . .”

     “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood (not even our own), but against principalities, and against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavens (ref: Ephesians 2:2) . . .

     Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God (Theos – Deity, divinity), that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all . . . to stand !”

     “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (weak, fleshly), but mighty* (full of power) through God, to the pulling down of strongholds, yea, casting down imaginations, and every high thing which exalts itself (Isaiah 14:12-16 and Revelation 12:7-11) against the knowing of God . . . . And bringing into captivity every thought to the perfect obedience of Christ . . . !”

II Timothy 2:1-4, Ephesians 6:12-17, II Corinthians 10:4-5 Continue reading

So Great Salvation – a Closer Look at Daniel 9:24 in Light of Calvary !

     “For thus saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) that created the heavens, God Himself that formed the earth . . . (ref: Psalm 33:6-9 and Genesis 1:1 thru 2:3) I have not spoken in secret, in some dark place of the earth, Yea, I said not unto the seed (children) of Jacob, Seek ye Me in vain . . . for I the LORD that speak righteousness . . . yea, I Am mighty to SAVE . . . !” Isaiah 45:11-19 and 63:1

     “God, Who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, by Whom also He made the worlds . . . How shall we escape, if we neglect (are carless, make light of) so great Salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him . . . ?”
Hebrews 1:1-3 and 2:3

     “The same power that Christ exercised when He walked visibly among men is in His Word. It was by His Word that Jesus healed disease and cast out demons; by His Word He stilled the sea and raised the dead, and the people bore witness that His Word was with power. He spoke the Word of God, as He had spoken to all the prophets and teachers of the Old Testament. The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ.

     The Scriptures are to be received as God’s Word (Voice) to us, not written merely, but spoken . . . . When the afflicted ones came to Christ, He beheld not only those who asked for help, but all who throughout the ages should come to Him in like need and with like faith. When He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee;” when He said to the woman of Capernaum, “Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace,” He spoke to every other afflicted, sin-burdened ones who should seek His help. Matthew 9:2; Luke 8:48.

     So with all the promises of God’s Word. In them He is speaking to us individually, speaking as directly as if we could listen to His Voice. It is in these promises that Christ communicates to us His grace* (G5485) and power. They are leaves from that Tree which is “for the healing of the nations.” Revelation 22:2.

     Please contact Isaiah Ministries if you would like to learn more of the power of God’s promises, or to speak to someone about scheduling a speaking engagement or seminar for your congregation.

May our Lord and Saviour bless and keep you !
your brother and sister in Christ Jesus,
Eric & Sarah Wilson and family

The Mighty Power of God –

peter-john-and-lame-man-1426804-printWhy Not Now ?
BYJ.E.SWIFT

     THERE was a time when the servants of God had power with Him, and prevailed. In the first century, when the disciples of Jesus prayed, the earth trembled (Acts 4 : 31), and the Holy Spirit, like a flaming tongue of fire, rested upon them. Acts 2:3. When they preached a risen Saviour, men’s hard hearts melted, and they inquired, “Men and brethren, what shall we do ?” Acts 2:37.

     There was a time when those who were diseased sought unto the Mighty Healer, instead of sending for the vender of pills and powders; and when a humble fisherman could stand by the side of the lifeless form and say, “Tabitha, arise,” and the dead would live again. Acts 9:40.

     These things were common once; why not now ? Where does the Bible tell us that they must cease to be? —Nowhere.   On the contrary. Jesus tells us that “these signs shall follow them that believe.” He says, “In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up* (loose the hold of) serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.” Mark 16:17-18.

     Again: “He that believeth on Me (the Word of God), the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto My Father . . . !”   John 14:12

     These promises are sure to them that believe. Brethren, the trouble with many of us is that we do not have faith. We ought to be thankful that God in his infinite mercy has bestowed upon us as a people some of the precious gifts of his Spirit; but He is willing to bestow upon us all the gifts of His Spirit just as soon as we place ourselves in a position where He can consistently do so.      Let us search our hearts in the light of His Word and the testimonies of His Spirit, and let us return unto God, and see if He will not return unto us. The work is fast closing up. Soon the night cometh, wherein no man can work. We mean to be whole-hearted sometime; why not now ?

The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Nov. 28, 1882

Living Stones of Fire !

     “For ye also, as living stones . . . are built up as a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices (praise and thanksgiving), acceptable unto God . . . . That ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of the darkness, and into His marvellous Light !”   I Peter 2:5-9
ref: Psalm 51:14-19 and Psalm 107:20-22

     “And they that be of thee shall build the old waste places . . . yea, thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generaqtions. And thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in . . .

     Then shall thou delight thyself in the LORD . . . and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and I will feed thee with the heritage (inheritance) of Jacob thy father . . . for the mouth of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) hath spoken it . . . . and His Word shall not return unto Him void !”
Isaiah 58:12-14 and 55:8-11

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To Heal the Broken Hearted !

     “The Spirit of the Lord GOD (Adoni Yehuvee’) is upon Me . . . for He hath anointed Me to proclaim Glad Tidings unto the meek, He hath sent Me to bind up (heal) the brokenhearted . . . to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound . . . !” Isaiah 63:1-4 and Luke 4:18-19

For the LORD hath appeared of old unto Me, saying . . .
Yea, I have love thee ________ (your name) with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee unto Me.   Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel . . . thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets (tambourines), and thou shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry . . .

For behold, I Am the God (Elohim – Mighty One) of all flesh, is there anything  too hard for Me . . . ?”   Jeremiah 31:3-4 and 32:27, 38-42

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May our LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) bless and keep you strong in faith, and the unfailing power of His Life-giving Word !
your friend and brother in Christ Jesus,
Eric Wilson and family – Isaiah Ministries