BRINGING PEOPLE OUT OF THE DARK AND INTO THE LIGHT OF THE WAY OF YAUSHA!
Most Christians worship under churches with steeples.
Why is that does anyone know?
Why do people EXPECT to see a steeple on their churches?
Does your church have a steeple? Ask your pasta' why and post for us his/her reasons for having one:
What Is the Origin of Church Steeples? ?
Steeples, the pointed roofs of churches, have been included in church buildings since the conversion of Constantine and his proclamation making Christianity the official religion of his state. The origins of steeples, however, have been traced back to several different traditions.
"There are still in existence today remarkable specimens of original phallic symbols...steeples on the churches...and obelisks...all show the influence of our phallus-worshipping ancestors," including ancient Israelite and Canaanite tribes. These tribes had rituals including the baking of long loaves of bread for blessing, which were, in turn, placed under poles representing the and power of the gods. Eventually, the tall poles became focal points for community worship and were included in the earliest churches as Christianity swept through the region.
Church steeples can be traced back thousands of years to Egypt and pagan worship. Roman Emperor Constantine and his "Edict of Milan" in 313 C.E. made the Empire officially neutral with regards to religion. Paganism and Christianity could be practiced freely. The stage was set for the melding of ancient pagan architecture (which was widespread in Rome in the form of obelisks which they adopted from Egypt) and early Christian architecture. Augustus after defeating Antony and Cleopatra, conquered Egypt in 30 BC. He brought the obelisks dedicated to the Pharaohs Rameses II and Psammetichus II from Heliopolis to Rome.
The phallus played a role in the cult of Osiris in the ancient Egyptian religion. It is widely understood that the obelisk is a phallic symbol honoring and celebrating regeneration of the sun god Ra (Egypt�s greatest deity). The obelisk was the first point sun rays hit as it ascended, which the pagans believed symbolized re-birth between earth and heaven.
The Ancient Romans were strongly influenced by the obelisk. There are now more than twice as many obelisks standing in Rome as remain in Egypt. It takes little imagination to see the parallel between the obelisk and the common church steeple, which many historians have pointed out.
During the Middle Ages steeples evolved into more than ornamental expressions of pagan cultures gone by, they doubled as a place for church bells. By the 15th century most churches had steeples with bells, which were rung every hour and to proclaim religious ceremonies and holidays.
The mother of the modern church, the Roman Catholic Church, adopted an Egyptian pagan obelisk and placed a cross on its peak. This imagery should send chills down the spines of churchgoers everywhere, as this is where most of today�s churches stem from through the Protestant Reformation.
This red granite obelisk is a unique block 25.31m high, on a 8.25m base, weighing about 330 tons. It is the second highest obelisk in Rome and was brought from Egypt to Rome by Emperor Caligula in 37 CE. It originally stood in his circus on a spot to the south of the basilica, close to the present Sacristy. Pope Sixtus V had Domenico Fontana move it in 1586 to the center of St. Peter�s Square.
The obelisk is also a sun dial, its shadows marking noon over the signs of the zodiac in the white marble disks in the paving of the square. This gigantic monument sits in the center of St. Peter�s Square to this day and is a testimony to early Christianity�s pagan influence that we see in and on churches across every continent on earth.
It is interesting to note that the KJV Bible translates the Hebrew term Asherah as groves. Strongs Concordance defines it as: �asherah, ash-ay-raw�; or �asheyrah, ash-ay-raw�; Strongs 842, from Hebrew 833 (�ashar); 1) to be straight, right, especially used of a strait way, hence also of what is upright, erect. The asherah is found in the scriptures 40 times, always referring to idol worship.
The Companion Bible, Appendix 42, defines asherah as the following: "It was an upright pillar connected with Baal-worship, and is associated with the goddess Ashtoreth, being the representation of the productive principal of life, and Baal being the representative of the generative principle. The image, which represents the Phoenician Ashtoreth of Paphos, as the sole object of worship in her temple, was an upright block of stone, anointed with oil, and covered with an embroidered cloth.
In 2Kings 10-25-26 the Amplified Version says: "As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, Jehu said to the guards and to the officers, Go in and slay them; let none escape. And they smote them with the sword; and the guards or runners [before the king] and the officers threw their bodies out and went into the inner dwelling of the house of Baal. They brought out the pillars or obelisks of the house of Baal and burned them."
In Deuteronomy 16:22 we find this warning: "Neither shall you set thee up a pillar; which Yahweh your Elohim hates." Yahweh is adamant that His people be separate and not partake of the pagan practices of the heathens, including erecting towers and pillars pointing to the sun in sexual rites of fertility.
wow!! I did not know this. Thank You for the info. I will look it up. God Bless You hon
yes you are correct! I will never go to another sun day church especially with a phallic symbol.... the xmas tree is also that same symbolism.
Actually The Steeple is not a pagan symbol. I think you may have your facts a bit confused. Including the scriptural references at you are referring to. if you look in the actual King James version of the Bible in 2Kings 10:25-26 it says...
"25 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, Go in, and slay them; let none come forth.And they smote them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the captains cast them out, and went to the city of the house of Baal.
26 And they brought forth the IMAGES out of the house of Baal, and burned them." as you can see The King James Version of the Bible does not say 'pillars or obelisks'.
As well in Deuteronomy 16:22 is says "22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any IMAGE; which the Lord thy God hateth."
So as you can see the Bible does not condone 'Pillars or Obelisks'. It clearly states 'IMAGES', which if people worship the steeple then yes it can be considered an 'image' or sorts.
Now let me inform you about the REAL reason there are steeples. Until quite recently, accurate clocks were either nonexistent or very expensive. In fact, standard time wasn’t invented until the nineteenth century, so even when clocks became common, each person set his clock by the sun, which meant that they could differ considerably. The time of day was very approximate—for example, in the New Testament, everything happened at either the third, sixth, or ninth hour. People told time by the position of the sun, which is part guesswork, and on overcast days they had to go by feel.
So you can see that until very recently, it was impossible to fix Sunday morning worship at, say, 9:30 and expect everyone to show up on time.
In the beginning, Christian worship was at sunrise. Sunrise and sunset are the only two times of day about which everyone can be unanimous without accurate timepieces. But after Christianity became legal, pious Christians wanted to worship at different times of the day and on all days of the week, so it became necessary to develop some means of announcing the time of worship to the public. Church buildings acquired bell towers for this purpose, and they evolved into today’s steeples. Now that we have accurate and inexpensive watches, we don’t need church bells to tell us when to set out for church. So steeples have become decorative. As well most Christian denominations believe that the steeple is a symbol of the connection that we have or could have with our Lord and Saviour. Hope this perspective helps!
Where, In the BIBLE, do you read about worshiping at the rising of the sun????
And by the way.... GOOD STUDY AND WRITE UP AASHA WILSON!!! I give you a 10+ on a scale of 0- 10.
This is an interesting study. Since I no longer trust the King James Version entirely I looked up some of these scriptures according to the Aramaic translation. Deut. 16:22 says, " Neither shall you set up for yourselves any statue which the Lord (Mariah) your G-d (Alaha) (Elohim) hates. [The KJV use of the word IMAGE here is too vague]
2 Kings 10:26 says - And they brought forth the statue of Baal out of the house of Baal and burned it with fire.
So it looks like the KJV used the vague term IMAGE when the Most High was talking in particular about the statue of Baal. For those of you who do not know what the image of Baal looked like go here:
One thing needs to be clarified here. Even though we may go by the Sun Worship way of beginning the day with Sunup, the True Hebrew day begins at Sundown, and runs from Sundown to Sundown. If you look at any Moadim in Wayiqra (Leviticus) 23, it expressly states that it begins sundown. I will use Pesach and Chag HaMatzoth as an example. I use the RSTNE (Restored Scriptures True Name Edition).
Wayiqra 23:4 These are the moadim of יהוה, even miqra kedoshim, which you shall proclaim in their appointed times. 5 On the fourteenth day of the first moon between the evenings 4 is יהוה's Pesach. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same moon is Chag HaMatzoth to יהוה: seven days you must eat matzah.
Notice it says, between the evenings. If you want to be accurate with the time that was used by the children of Yisrael, you will count them between the evenings, from sundown.
Also, as the above article points out, it was the Catholic Church that adopted the steeples at first. The Catholic church was began by Emperor Constantine who was a pagan sun god worshipper, which is why the Catholic Church is mixed with paganism, such as the pagan fish hat that the pope wears. Also the various caps that the bishops and cardinals and such wear originated from paganism. They wore that cap to keep their heads warm, especially in the winter, because they shaved their head into a tonsure.
Keeping in mind, this was to the sons of Aharon, who were the Kohanim (Priests):
Wayiqra 21:5 They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they fully shave off the peyot of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh.
The same thing goes for us Jews. We should not be wearing the Yarmulkes, because of their representation.
Also the Eucharist that is used in Catholic masses, which they believe that through the prayer of the priest is changed into the real flesh of Mashiach by transubstantiation, is stamped with the IHS, which again, because of their pagan roots, was the initials for the Egyptian gods Isis, Horeb, and Seb.
Hitler said, "Repeat a lie long enough and you can get most people to believe it".
It is important to really dig into the history of these things to know where they came from. I was a good Catholic boy until Billy Graham came to my home town, and then found out about my Hebrew roots about 20 years ago, of which my roots go to the tribes of Yahudah, and Benyamin. Does that make me special? Yahudah, the tribe that King David and 'הרשע came from? Nope. It is just neat to know. That would never get me to Shamayim (heaven). We must all be born again.
As you can see from my profile, I am a Messianic Jew who teaches Hebrew ways and traditions, as well as Torah. I also use only the true Names of our Heavenly Father and Mashiach.
Shalom B'Shem יהוה
Amen! You've done a very good job Aasha. I thank ABBA YAHWEH for people like you. You seek the truth & when it is revealed you know it & begin to expose the lies and paganism in the things which we were told were good and moral. Thank You...