Are Birthdays Lawful?
Throughout documented history in the scriptures, the celebration of birthdays is a custom of the unbelievers while the day of one's birth isn't held in esteem to those who believe in Ahayah Alahayim.
Hear ye the word which AHAYAH speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith AHAYAH, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
(the signs of the heaven is the root of Zodiac and birth sign practices/worship as well which is evil.)
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.
(The customs of the unbelieving nations are vanity because it stems from Idols whose doctrines are vanity.)
For all the alahayims of the nations are idols: but AHAYAH made the heavens.
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
Ahayah set spirits of authority over the nations to lead them astray hence those who believe in Yache of any nation have to stand aloof from the ways of the Heathen and keep the ways of Ahayah Alahayim.
For in the division of the nations of the whole earth he set a ruler over every people; but Israel is AHAYAH's portion:
And He sanctified it, and gathered it from amongst all the children of men; for there are many nations and many peoples, and all are His, and over all has He placed spirits in authority to lead them astray from Him.
But over Israel He did not appoint any angel or spirit, for He alone is their ruler, and He will preserve them and require them at the hand of His angels and His spirits, and at the hand of all His powers in order that He may preserve them and bless them, and that they may be His and He may be theirs from henceforth forever.
The doctrines of these idols were forced upon the Hebrews during the Greek empire by threats of death to conform to the manners of the Gentiles, which included birthday day celebrations as is evident by Antiochus birthday sacrifices that he constrained the Israelites to eat of.
And in the day of the kings birth, every month they were brought by bitter constraint to eat of the sacrifices;......
Moreover there went out a decree to the neighbor cities of the heathen, by the suggestion of Ptolemy, against the Jews, that they should observe the same fashions, and be partakers of their sacrifices.
And whoso would not conform themselves to the manners of the Gentiles, should be put to death: then might a man have seen the present misery.
( Believers were once killed for keeping the law and not partaking in manners of the Gentiles. We have been deceived of old time to think it is harmless to be as the heathen.)
And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.
We were commanded not to do after the doings of Egypt and Canaan nor walk in their ordinances:
After the doings 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.
(Genesis 40:20 shows the Egyptians celebrated birthdays, so we are not to follow their doings.)
And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, H3117 that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
H3117 יוֹם Yom
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The unbelieving Israelites went off into iniquity and started celebrating birthdays as well, which was considered wickedness in the eyes of Ahayah because he told us not to do after the manner of Egypt and Canaan.
And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
In the day H3117 of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
On the king's birthdays they would get him drunk for his birthday. We find also the Heathen continuing to celebrate birthdays as well. Herod, the tetrarch, governor of Judah in the days of Yache, was celebrating Birthdays.
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
The righteous saints of the scriptures like Jeremiah the Hebrew and Job the Gentile, did not hold their birthdays in any high regard unlike the unrighteous who held feasts and drinking for theirs. .
Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.
Job, a brother of the Gentiles from the children of Keturah, Abraham’s 3rd wife, was righteous and a perfect man who hated evil. His testimony shows the value the righteous have for the day of their birth.
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared Alahayim, and eschewed evil.
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
And Job spake, and said,
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Let that day be darkness; let not Alahayim regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Antiochus IV Epiphanes, king of Syria, forced the Jews to partake in his birthday sacrifices and other unrighteous celebrations like "feast of Bacchus" (which is Modern day Bachanal/Carnival) with threats of death.
And in the day of the kings birth, every month they were brought by bitter constraint to eat of the sacrifices; and when the Feast of Bacchus was kept, the Jews were compelled to go in procession to Bacchus, carrying Ivy.
(Believers were forced to partake in birthday celebrations but the righteous died or fled to the wilderness rather than partake in the practices of unbelievers. We have been demoralized from the true worship of Alahayim and the whole world relishes the celebration of their birth not understanding that it is to their own hurt.)
Here in the end of the world, people will be tempted to partake in the sacrifices of idols and if they be unable to resist, it will cost them their lives.
For, behold, the burning wrath of a great multitude is kindled over you, and they shall take away certain of you, and feed you, being idle, with things offered unto idols.
And they that consent unto them shall be had in derision and in reproach, and trodden under foot.
The Holy records do not show any birthday celebrations for the worshipers of Ahayah Alahayim.
Celebrations the Believers had in scripture are:
Banquets in thanksgiving when a child is weaned.
Feasts of thanksgiving unto Alahayim for his deliverance.
Ahayah’s festival Holy days Leviticus 23;Esther 9: 19-32, I Maccabees 4: 52-59; Jubilees 6:23-32
Unleavened bread feast 7 days
Feast of Weeks (firstfruits)
New moon of the 4th month (Summer)
New moon of the 7th month (Fall)
Feast of Trumpets (head of the Year)
Day of Atonement
Feast of Tabernacles 8 days (Ingathering/Fall harvest)
Feast of Dedication 8 days
New Moon of the 10th month (Winter)
Feast of Purim 2 days.
New moon of the 1st month (Spring)
Banquets when a child is weaned: Abraham made a banquet on the day his son was weaned, not in celebration of the day of his birth. It was a miracle to the inhabitants of the land due to Abraham & Sarah’s old age and all the people came to feast and rejoice with them rejoicing at the news that they were given a son.
And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
And Shem and Eber and all the great people of the land, and Abimelech king of the Philistines, and his servants, and Phicol, the captain of his host, came to eat and drink and rejoice at the feast which Abraham made upon the day of his son Isaac's being weaned.
Also Terah, the father of Abraham, and Nahor his brother, came from Haran, they and all belonging to them, for they greatly rejoiced on hearing that a son had been born to Sarah.
And they came to Abraham, and they ate and drank at the feast which Abraham made upon the day of Isaac's being weaned.
And Terah and Nahor rejoiced with Abraham, and they remained with him many days in the land of the Philistines
Feasts of thanksgiving for deliverance: The Man made a feast in thanksgiving for his son being returned home unto him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
Wedding feast lasts usually from 7 to 14 days.
And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
And Tobias wedding was kept seven days with great joy.
For before the days of the marriage were finished, Raquel had said unto him by an oath, that he should not depart, till the fourteen days of the marriage were expired,
And then he should take the half of his goods, and go in safety to his father, and should have the rest when I and my wife be dead. .
Burial of ceremony of Mourning 7 days for the dead.
The book of Adam and Chiuwah
CHAPTER 51 When they had been mourning four days, then Michael the archangel appeared and said to Seth: "Man of Alahayim, mourn not for thy dead more than six days, for on the seventh day is the sign of the resurrection and the rest of the age to come; on the seventh day AHAYAH rested from all His works." Thereupon Seth made the tables.
Seven days do men mourn for him that is dead; but for a fool, and an unholy man, all the days of his life.
My son, let tears fall down over the dead, and begin to lament, as if thou hadst suffered great harm thy self: and then cover his body according to the custom, & neglect not his burial.
And after this Abraham buried his wife Sarah there, and that place and all its boundary became to Abraham and unto his seed for a possession of a burial place.
And Abraham buried Sarah with pomp as observed at the interment of kings, and she was buried in very fine and beautiful garments.
And at her bier was Shem, his sons Eber and Abimelech, together with Anar, Ashcol and Mamre, and all the grandees of the land followed her bier.
And the days of Sarah were one hundred and twenty seven years and she died, and Abraham made a great and heavy mourning, and he performed the rites of mourning for seven days.
And all the inhabitants of the land comforted Abraham and Isaac his son on account of Sarah.
World history on Birthday worship Origin
Here is some secular history on the birthday worship origin:
There is an affinity of such commemoration among the wicked as recorded in The Satanic Bible (Anton LaVey, (Air) Book of Lucifer – The Enlightenment, Avon Books, 1969, Ch XI, Religious Holidays, p. 96) regarding Birthdays:
"The highest of all holidays in the Satanic religion is the date of one’s own birthday. This is in direct contradiction to the holy of holy days of other religions, which deify a particular deity who has been created in an anthropomorphic form of their own image, thereby showing that the ego is not really buried. The Satanist feels: ‘Why not really be honest and if you are going to create a deity in your image, why not create that deity as yourself." Every man is a deity if he chooses to recognize himself as one. So, the Satanist celebrates his own birthday as the most important holiday of the year. After all, aren’t you happier about the fact that you were born than you are about the birth of someone you have never even met? Or for that matter, aside from religious holidays, why pay higher tribute to the birthday of a president or to a date in history than we do to the day we were brought into this greatest of all worlds? Despite the fact that some of us may not have been wanted, or at least were not particularly planned, we’re glad, even if no one else is, that we’re here! You should give yourself a pat on the back, buy yourself whatever you want, treat yourself like the king (or deity) that you are, and generally celebrate your birthday with as much pomp and ceremony as possible."
It is interesting that birthdays are considered the most important holiday to these Satan worshipers (the founding of their “church”, called Walpurgisnacht, and Halloween are the other ones of importance to them).
Of course, early Christians did not celebrate birthdays nor did the early Jews. Nor have real Christians ever celebrated Halloween.
Origen of Alexandria, writing over two centuries after the death of Yache follows this same line when he recorded a diatribe against the memories of birthdays, indicating that at the time of his writing, a day to remember the birth of Yache was not part of the church calendar. In his Homilies on Leviticus, speaking on the aspect of birth, Origen states:
. . . not one from all the saints is found to have celebrated a festive day or a great feast on the day of his birth. No one is found to have had joy on the day of the birth of his son or daughter. Only sinners rejoice over this kind of birthday. For indeed we find in the Old Testament Pharaoh, king of Egypt, celebrating the day of his birth with a festival, and in the New Testament, Herod. However both of them stained the festival of his birth by shedding human blood. . . . But the saints not only do not celebrate a festival on their birth days, but, filled with the Holy Spirit, they curse that day (, after the example of Job, Jeremiah and David).
(Barkley, Homilies on Leviticus: 1–16 / Origen, 156.) http://firstfollowers.vision.org/public/blog/170001?archive=Weekly+.2007-50 & http://snipurl.com/8zkwz [books_google_ca]
What is the origin of birthday celebrations?
Birthday celebrations are actually rooted in paganism.
Encyclopedia Americana (1991) states:
"The ancient world of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Persia celebrated the birthdays of deities, kings, and nobles."
Authors Ralph and Adelin Linton reveal the underlying reason for this. In their book The Lore of Birthdays, they write:
"Mesopotamia and Egypt, the cradles of civilization, were also the first lands in which men remembered and honoured their birthdays. The keeping of birthday records was important in ancient times principally because a birth date was essential for the casting of a horoscope."
So, there is a direct connection between the Pagan practice of birthday celebrations and astrology (horoscopes and fortune telling).
Not surprisingly then, the ancient Jews did not celebrate birthdays, regarding them as Pagan.
Also, World Book Encyclopedia (3:416) states:
"The early Christians did not celebrate His [Christ's] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone's birth to be a pagan custom."
Down to the fourth century Christianity rejected the birthday celebration as a pagan custom.
To satiate this point, notice also the record of the first century historian Josephus: The Jews in Christ’s day knew Alahayim’s attitude toward birthday celebrations, “Nay, indeed, the law does not permit us to make festivals at the births of our children” (Josephus, Against Apion, II:26).
We cannot serve two masters, we cannot partake in the celebrations of the world like birthdays and etc and still serve Alahayim. There is no concord between Yache and Beliar.
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to Alahayim: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith AHAYAH, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
In closing, we hope this helps understand that birthday pracrtices are unseemly for believers in Christ Yache. May Ahayah deliver us all by his power and mercy through Yache from all idolatry.