Thanksgiving Day   -  Is it clean?

 

THANKSGIVING DAY - National Day Of Thanks For Ending The Civil War
Remembering the presidential proclamation in 1865 as a nation is not adding to Torah, but giving thanks for a specific blessing. If you see a miracle in your life, or ask Yahuah for some favor and He gives it to you, are you adding to Torah because you remember to give Him thanks? Thanksgiving is not about pilgrims, it's a national response of gratitude to Yahuah for ending the Civil War. Most school teachers have it wrong.

  The civil war between 1860 and 1865 between the southern states and the federal government (northern states) is the original reason for the observance known today as “Thanksgiving Day”. A Presidential Proclamation was made in October 1865 by Lincoln’s successor,

Andrew Johnson. His proclamation established the national observance of this secular day, but academia has promoted the idea that the Pilgrims were somehow responsible for it. The pilgrims who came to this continent were "thankful", but they did not establish this nation, only a settlement.

They observed the festivals of Yahuah, not national holidays for a nation that had not yet been established.

 

   The blending-together of two unrelated things is called “syncretism”

History is being taught incorrectly, because merging one thing with another is a way of “re-writing” historical events.

Merging things together is sometimes done with closely related observances. A prime example is the fertility festival of the Earth Mother, Ishtar, with the resurrection of Yahusha (First-fruits). The name "Easter" is derived from Ishtar, and the eggs and rabbits are all about fertility, not Yahusha presenting Himself before the Throne of Yahuah as the First-fruits from the dead.

 

  The Pilgrims were a pious people who were looking for a new life away from religious persecution.  They had a great deal in common with the "Quakers" (Society of Friends) that developed later in the 17th century. 

Both sects promoted a separation from the pagan influences that still remained in Protestantism.

   

  Being comprised of many persecuted refuges, the early colonies outlawed formerly pagan observances like Christmas. Like them, there are people today trying to live according to Yahuah’s Word. Secularism revises history all the time. School students have been led to believe that Pilgrims were somehow involved in developing today’s Thanksgiving Day”.  There are Pilgrim heritage groups that enthusiastically promote the idea that our modern T-Day is a Pilgrim invention, and they claim the roots of Thanksgiving Day are derived from their experiences at Plymouth in 1621.

 

  This secular national observance of Thanksgiving Day is not commanded by Yahuah, so it can be ignored, or participated in if one would care to.  Hanukkah (Yahukanon / John 10:22) can also be ignored, or observed.  It is also a national secular observance; “thanks” is offered to Yahuah for His part in rescuing the nation of Israel from the Greek culture that was attempting to wipe-out Torah observance.  Hanukkah is not a replacement festival invented to take the place of the Pagan observance of Saturnalia/Christmas, nor is Thanksgiving Day a replacement for anything else. 

 

  Hanukkah is a time for giving thanks to Yahuah for the over-throw of Antiochus Epiphanes, and the re-dedication of the Temple in Yerushalayim. Similar to the way Hanukkah developed, Abraham Lincoln suggested a day of national thanksgiving to Yahuah for ending the civil war.

If we remember the day for the right reason, it is “clean”.  Alternately, if we ignore the day, no one should criticize us for that decision.  It's only a man-made national day of thanksgiving, so if a person chooses not to observe the day, then they don't have to give thanks  -  nor confess the sins of our nation  -  which is all it was instituted for.

We should realize Paul is speaking of fasting, but it can apply to whatever we may be inclined to judge one another about:

Rom 14:4, 5:  "Who are you that judges another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. But he shall be made to stand, for Alahim is able to make him stand. One indeed judges one day above another, another judges every day alike. Let each one be completely persuaded in his own mind."

   Below is the proclamation made by the US president for the observance of Thanksgiving Day, with the reason given.

(The common error of using the term “GOD” is part of it, which may send some people running from it, screaming in terror as they go.  But, once that error is corrected, a thinking person can easily see it is directed toward the Creator of the Universe, not a demon or false deity).

This is not a translation, so we can trust these words to be exactly as written by the US president.

 

(October 28, 1865):

A PROCLAMATION by the President of the United States of America:

 

“Whereas it has pleased Almighty God (Note: more accurately, Yahuah) during the year which is now coming to an end to relieve our beloved country from the fearful scourge of civil war and to permit us to secure the blessings of peace, unity, and harmony, with a great enlargement of civil liberty; and

Whereas our Heavenly Father has also during the year graciously averted from us the calamities of foreign war, pestilence, and famine, while our granaries are full of the fruits of an abundant season; and

Whereas righteousness exalteth a nation, while sin is a reproach to any people:  Now, therefore, be it known that I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do hereby recommend to the people thereof that they do set apart and observe the first Thursday of December next as a day of national thanksgiving to the Creator of the Universe for these great deliverances and blessings.  (Note: date was changed during the early 20th century) And I do further recommend that on that occasion the whole people make confession of our national sins against His infinite goodness, and with one heart and one mind implore the divine guidance in the ways of national virtue and holiness.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.   Done at the city of Washington, this 28th day of October, A.D. 1865, and of the Independence of the United States of America the ninetieth.”

 

- ANDREW JOHNSON

 

 

 

 

  No Indians, or Pilgrims, are mentioned in the above proclamation.  The Pilgrims and native Americans are simply not involved

Many teachers attempt to insinuate that this secular observance is some form of “apostasy” in rebellion against Yahuah, as if it is related to Sukkoth.

It is not replacing anything, and is not a harvest festival of any kind. To merge it with anything else is syncretism. Thanksgiving Day is not Sukkoth, no matter who may say so.  It also is an admission of national sins, which we as a nation desperately need to confess every day, if not once a year.

 

  A brother sent this additional information concerning an earlier proclamation made by Abraham Lincoln, further illustrating that there has been a conspiracy to blend former patterns together (syncretism), but it also indicates that there was a foreign threat of some major degree, since it was mentioned in BOTH the proclamations.  From Lincoln's letters, it seems clear that this threat was due to a conspiracy launched by the Jesuits at a meeting in Europe (explained in detail in the book SECRET TERRORISTS).  Lincoln expresses that the enemy "is of our own household".  The Catholic/Jesuit conspiracy was eventually successful in assassinating Lincoln.  Lincoln's letters reveal that he knew they were after him.   Our Creator's protection from "unfriendly designs from abroad" is but one reason Lincoln gives for being thankful.

 

Here is the full speech given on THANKSGIVING DAY 1864

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Abraham Lincoln:

A PROCLAMATION:

"It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household.  It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health.  He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to use new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards.  Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:

Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.  And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 20th day of October, A.D. 1864, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-ninth."

- ABRAHAM LINCOLN

  Again, no reference to Pilgrims, "Indians", the feast of Sukkoth, or even a hint of a "harvest festival" is mentioned.  Thanks to the Creator (Yahuah) is being recommended by the US government through its chief executive officer.  The public education complex and the media have successfully shifted the reason for Thankgiving Day from the US government to the Pilgrims.  If anyone in the past had ever offered "thanks" to Yahuah for preserving them, it doesn't automatically mean that the US holiday of Thanksgiving Day has a direct relationship to them.  Hanukkah is a secular observance that remembers the deliverance from the Greek threat, and it is not a "replacement" for "Christmas" anymore than "Thankgiving Day" is a "replacement" for Sukkoth. 

What is an abomination to Yahuah?  

"He who turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, Even his prayer is an abomination."  Proverbs 28:9

This means that those who pray to Yahuah and do not listen and heed His instructions are doing something that is an abomination to Him.  Does Yahuah appreciate thanks?  When Yahushua healed the ten lepers, and only one came back to Him to thank Him, He said, "Where are the other nine?"  Giving thanks is better than not giving thanks.  But, if anyone would rather not join in with the giving of thanks as a nation, that is perfectly fine.  Yahuah did not command us to avoid giving thanks, but in all that He has done for us, and in the things He has taught us, the giving of thanks to Him can never be "at the wrong time" as some would have us believe. 

I thank Him everyday.

brother Lew

Open to another viewpoint?  Here is another take on the observance, and comes from a completely different perspective.   It was sent by Email in response to the above article;  (NOTE:  I've never seen the form YWHW before, and the message is unedited):

Comments:

"I am a fellow Watchman and read the article on Thanks Giving, it was really informative, however, Thanks Giving is a Racist Holiday and there can be NO EXCUSES for it, the Wampanaug Indigenous peoples were murdered after they fed the filthy (Christian) pilgrims and many families I know teach their children just that. YWHW had nothing to do with the killing of those people or the enslavement of the blacks, that was Ha Satan ( I know this was not in your article, I'm just stating a fact). YWHW does not do evil. This country was stolen from another people and my family has NEVER celebrated that day and NEVER WILL along with Christmas, Easter or Halloween and the rest of that stuff, the world is going to be destroyed because of mans blatant arrogant and lawless behavior. Anything outside the TORAH is LAWLESSNESS and will be punished as such(sorry). America was established by people outside the TORAH and we must have nothing to do with the fruitless works of darkness, the forefathers meant well but you know what is said about "Good Intentions"? we're all stuck here now. I live in this world but, I am not of it, I live in America but, don't partake in any of it's political, religious or racial silliness. And anything out of Abe Lincolns mouth or any other Lawlwss mans mouth will be disregarded (studied carefully) but, disregarded just the same. SHALOM !!!!!!!!!!"


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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