Thanksgiving a History of The Holiday

Published by in Humor
19th Nov 2015

Theology Historians believe that the American Holiday of Thanksgiving was based on the celebration of “The Feast of Tabernacles” found in the bible in Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16. The Pilgrim Puritans were followers of the Hebrews Bible and scriptures. They fled England to a new land in order to escape the religious persecution of the era. The Bible and scriptures was the base of daily Puritan living.

Tabernacles Feast was always held in the Fall of the year after the harvest. Depicting their thankfulness in all that God had done for them. Like ancient Israel the Puritans found themselves strangers in a foreign land and as was customary they observed religiously and faithfully the biblical Feast of their forefathers. Tabernacles is an eight day time of Festivity and rejoicing, gift giving and indulgence of good food and wines and celebration of God seeing them through another year. This observance is continued even today in our present era. Many people keep it and it is not just a “Jewish Holiday” But observed by other religious sects and church Sabbath keeping groups as well around the world and in the USA.

 

Most of these groups among them 7th Day church of God, United Church of God, Living Church of God, Remaint Church of God, Restored Church of God, Global Church of God, Many Messianic Churches of God and others observe this time of year. Most believe it was the time of year their Savior and Lord and coming King Jesus Christ was born in or near rather than the popular December 25th. Which is believed was created due to the “Christianizing” of pagan holidays sanctified by the Roman Catholic church.

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During the time of Constantine who unified the Roman Empire he decreed that several of the Christianity’s observance and holy day celebrations be changed to accommodate already observed Pagan Roman Holidays. The Romans celebrated many holidays and had numerous gods, but primary among them was the celebration of Mithras the sun god of light a celebration of 12 days beginning around the winter solstice Dec 25th through about January 6th.  In 440 B.C the Roman Catholic church decreed that Christ’s birth should be celebrated on the same day as that of their sun god Mithras instead of the known time of year in the fall around or near the Feast of Tabernacles celebrated by the Israelites and newly converted Christians and followers of Peter, Paul, John and others of Christ apostles.

At this same time the Romans decreed that Sunday in worship of the sun was to be observed as the “official Sabbath by all the people of the land. Anyone caught keeping the 7th day of the week was considered in rebellion and thousands of Christians were crucified and murdered for their continuance of observing the 7th day Sabbath in disobedience to the new Roman empire decree. Thus the day of worship was changed from Saturday to Sunday not by God or Christ but by Constantine and the Roman Catholic Church.

Many Factors point to Christ being born in the Fall of the year. First and foremost he was crucified at the age of 33 and half in the Spring on Passover. His cousin John the Baptized was born in the Spring of the year six months before Christ’s birth. The Romans collected taxes in the fall of the year after the harvest. Shepherds were in the fields watching the sheep at the time of Christ’s birth and are customarily brought into the sheepfolds and corralled in stables and barns through the winter months from about the Middle of October through February.  The Feast of Tabernacles or Booths begins in the Fall of the year and is a full week of rejoicing, celebration, singing, dancing and feasting depicting the time to come when God will come to dwell with man and set up his wonderful Kingdom. A time yet to come when Christ returns.

These were the beliefs and customs of the Puritan Pilgrims of 1621; They learned over the year they spent with great hardship and death among them that the Natives of the new land celebrated a time of Harvest as well near the time of their Tabernacle Feast time. So the survivors of the Mayflower celebrated their first harvest in the New World with a feast in which Governor Bradford invited Indian Chief Massasoit and ninety of his braves. To the Feast Celebration lasting a week.