Many of us grew up looking forward to holidays…Valentine’s Day was no different. I remember in elementary school looking forward to the cupcakes, candy, and giving out mini valentine’s cards to my friends…
If only our parents knew at the time what I’m about to share with you now…How many would actually allow their kids to partake in such a day?
WHO KNEW VALENTINE’S DAY IS NOT ABOUT LOVE???
Now as adults in knowing the truth we can sound the alarm for others and protect our children spiritually in this matter.
Here are a few points on the history of the pagan roots of Valentine’s Day:
#1 Valentine’s Day is actually…the pagan HOLIDAY festival Lupercalia. The Feast of Lupercalia is an ancient Roman holiday celebrating idols including Faunus the god of fertility.
“Lupercalia, ancient Roman festival that was conducted annually on February 15 under the superintendence of a corporation of priests called Luperci. The origins of the festival are obscure, although the likely derivation of its name from lupus (Latin: “wolf”) has variously suggested connection with an ancient deity who protected herds from wolves and with the legendary she-wolf who nursed Romulus and Remus. As a fertility rite, the festival is also associated with the god Faunus.
Each Lupercalia began with the sacrifice by the Luperci of goats and a dog, after which two of the Luperci were led to the altar, their foreheads were touched with a bloody knife, and the blood was wiped off with wool dipped in milk; the ritual required that the two young men laugh. The sacrificial feast followed, after which the Luperci cut thongs from the skins of the sacrificial animals and ran in two bands around the Palatine hill, striking with the thongs at any woman who came near them. A blow from the thong was supposed to render a woman fertile.” cite: Britannica, Lupercalia Link: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Lupercalia
“Lupercalia was a pastoral festival of Ancient Rome observed annually on February 14 to purify the city, promoting health and fertility. Lupercalia was also known as dies Februatus, after the purification instruments called februa, the basis for the month named Februarius. The Lupercalia had its own priesthood, the Luperci (“brothers of the wolf”), whose institution and rites were attributed either to the Arcadian culture-hero Evander, or to Romulus and Remus, erstwhile shepherds who had each established a group of followers. ” cite: Wikipedia.org, Lupercalia Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia#:~:text=Lupercalia%20was%20a%20pastoral%20festival,for%20the%20month%20named%20Februarius.
“As Christianity swept across the globe, many pagan traditions were absorbed and adapted into the Christian faith. ‘Lupercalia was clearly a very popular thing, even in an environment where the [ancient] Christians are trying to close it down,’ Noel Lenski, Professor of Classics and History at Yale said in an interview with NPR. ‘So there’s reason to think that the Christians might instead have said, OK, we’ll just call this a Christian festival.’”cite: Noel Lenski, NPR interview, found through Google.com
#2 Valentine’s Day also is known as Juno Februata Day. The ancient roman had many holiday celebrations to celebrate their many pagan gods. Juno the queen of the Roman gods & goddesses is no different. Juno is also revered as the goddess of marriage. The ritual associated with this holiday involves women putting their names in a box and men would draw out a name. The two would then be a couple for the rest of the festival. It promoted marriage & fertility; many of the people who were coupled went on to marry.
#3 St. Valentine’s Death Anniversary. St. Valentine a 3rd-century Roman priest was imprisoned for defying the emperor’s [Claudius II] orders by conducting marriages for young men so they could avoid going to war. St. Valentine was later executed by beheading on February 14th 269 AD.
In the fifth century AD, Pope Gelasius I banned Lupercalia and in 496 AD the Catholic Church declared February 14 a day to feast and celebrate the life of the martyred Saint Valentine.
#4 Be My Valentine? This tradition pays homage to St. Valentine and his letter. This history of the anonymous valentine is commonly identified as a heart or card..widely known and popular amongst young children. Comes from a sad & grim beginning. On the day of his execution, he wrote a note to Asterius’ daughter – the child he had healed from blindness and befriended. According to legend, he signed the letter “from your Valentine”.
- Around 11 other saints of the name Valentine, or a variation thereof, are commemorated in the Roman Catholic Church.
- The most recently beautified Valentine was St. Valentine Berrio-Ochoa from Ellorio, Spain, who served as bishop in Vietnam until he was beheaded in 1861.
- There was even a Pope Valentine, who ruled for two months in 827.
- The saint honored on Valentine’s Day is officially known as St. Valentine of Rome, to differentiate him from the other St. Valentines.
So we’ve gone over a snippet of the pagan rooted history of Valentine’s Day. In fairness, I thought that to some, it may not seem like a big deal to totally vacate this holiday. With that in mind, I’ve supplied the following disturbing details:
- He is also the patron saint of beekeepers, epilepsy, plague, fainting and travelling.
- His blood was gifted by Pope Gregory XVI
- His skull is on display in Rome
If that isn’t enough…just in case you think it’s a harmless holiday and you don’t want to deprive the kiddos…read this according to history.com, Valentine’s Day Facts Link: https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/valentines-day-facts?li_source=LI&li_medium=m2m-rcw-history
Cupid Began as a Greek God
The chubby baby with wings and a bow and arrow that we call Cupid has been associated with Valentine’s Day for centuries. However, before he was renamed Cupid, he was known to the ancient Greeks as Eros, the god of love. Eros, the son of Greek goddess Aphrodite, would use two sets of arrows—one for love and another for hate—to play with the emotions of his targets. It wasn’t until stories of his mischief were told by Romans that he adopted the childlike appearance that we recognize today.
How ‘X’ Came to Mean ‘Kiss’
The idea of using a kiss to sign off on valentines also has a long history, according to the Washington Post. The use of “X” came to represent Christianity, or the cross, in the Middle Ages. During the same time, the symbol was used to sign off on documents. After marking with an X, the writer would often kiss the mark as a sign of their oath. As the gesture grew among kings and commoners to certify books, letters and paperwork, these records were described as having been “sealed with a kiss.”
‘Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve’
The term “wearing your heart on your sleeve” may have origins in picking a valentine. Smithsonian reports that during the Middle Ages, men would draw the names of women who they would be coupled with for the upcoming year while attending a Roman festival honoring Juno. After choosing, the men wore the names on their sleeves to show their bond during the festivities.
Box of Chocolates
The Valentine’s Day tradition of giving a box of candy was started in the 19th century by Richard Cadbury, a scion of a British chocolate manufacturing family. With a new technique recently established at the company to create more varieties of chocolate, Cadbury pounced on the opportunity to sell the chocolates as part of the beloved holiday.
Just a quick note: The Cadbury bunny may be a mascot for chocolate, but the bunny is an extremely fertile animal that was worshipped as a god for its fertility in the ancient world. Ishtar known as Easter is synonymous with the bunny. Easter is another Roman Catholic holiday like Christmas that is blasphemy to The True and Living God. Holiday worship is adultery and is the most serious of reasons as to why God’s Spirit departed the temple in Ezekiel 8, as the women were found to be weeping for Tammuz, who is also associated with Christmas and is another name for Baal. 2 Kings 6:5-6, Tree/Idol Worship
Upon my research, I found it interesting but not surprising that a number of self-proclaimed witches had even posted the history and stories of the origins of Valentine’s Day. There are banners all over google that explicitly label the various rituals done to mark the pagan festival.
Here’s one of those banners:
I thought to myself…”How can the wicked be so well aware of the roots of these holidays and yet many of the people of God lack knowledge in these areas?” [Not that any need be a scholar of paganism but we now have a responsibility to test every spirit and to know the fruits enough to know when or what to reject and embrace.]
Then I realized…
The wicked KNOW their history and embrace their traditions…
How much more, if we truly love God, should we know and embrace His heritage & covenant that He has so lovingly given to us as His people?
Now we can see why The Lord God Almighty and His Beloved Son are angry with the wicked every single day. Now we can understand why our Lord and Savior, Yeshua – Jesus Christ warns us to not fellowship with darkness nor partake of the ways of the heathen. God has called us out from among them for a reason.
It may seem to the world that you are being unfair or depriving yourself and your children of these festivities that appear to be harmless. However, in God’s eyes, you are harming your ability to be in His presence. For “strange wives” according to Ezra 10 are to be divorced. We must count the cost of discipleship according to Matthew 8:18-22. We must sell all we have and give up all we have to pick up the cross and follow Yeshua HaMashiach only.
In other words, in order to present ourselves as living sacrifices unto God, we have to cast our cares and burdens upon Christ. Take upon us His Yoke, being in a posture of humility that we may be teachable. For His burden & yoke are light and easy. We have to come out from among the world as we are set apart. We have our own heritage in our God and King Yeshua. Take up the cross, be unashamed of His Testimony, repent, love God & one another, have faith and be faithful, etc. Bear His burden in a world filled with abomination, chaos, and traditions of men.
Through it all, may The Holy Spirit bring us into remembrance of all things and in that remember to honor The Father and Son appropriately according to His Word and Will.
Now we know the origins of history rooted in paganism regarding Valentine’s Day. When the people of God celebrate the world’s holidays which are some of the traditions of men the people become like the Nicolaitans. Yeshua is very clear…He HATES. I repeat HATES the ways of the Nicolaitans.
Revelation 2:5-7 NKJV [The Lord’s Letters – Warning & Correction to the 7 Churches – Rev 2 & 3]
The Loveless Church
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’
May we take heed to the warning and correction of The Lord.
MAY WE REMEMBER OUR FIRST TRUE LOVE WHO FIRST LOVED US …
1 John 4 NKJV
Love for God and One Another
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess [a]that Jesus [b]Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Seeing God Through Love
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
The Consummation of Love
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love [c]Him because He first loved us.
Obedience by Faith
20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, [d]how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.
Obedience in faith is the outward physical expression of the inward spiritual feeling of love. Showing our love of God and to HIM which is the evidence of The Holy Spirit in us, Who is the One Who has taught and comforted us. The One Who has given us the Revelation of Jesus Christ, The Son of God Who Is also our Yeshua…our Salvation our God and King.
Let us not partake in unholy things but may we embrace holy matters and REAL LOVE in the True Feasts honoring The Father and Son to be kept forever according to The Word of The God of Israel… The Lord’s Feasts Leviticus 23.
- Will Yeshua know you on that GREAT and TERRIBLE day?
- Will it be a GREAT day or a TERRIBLE day for you when Yeshua comes back?
- Will you be STRANGE to God or will you be KNOWN by Him?
God’s HOLY DAYS or the world’s HOLIdays??
Now that you know…what will you choose to do?
BE HOLY FOR HE IS HOLY.