Celebrating people’s birthdays is NEVER taught in Holy Scripture!
We should NEVER partake in any custom or tradition that does not have an origin in Father Yahweh and Scripture! For to do so, is partaking in Satan’s and Pagan customs and traditions instead, and that is an ABOMINATION to Father in heaven!
Though you look in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you will find NO mention anywhere of any of the children of Yahweh observing their birthdays, or observing anyone’s birthday. In fact, even the exact date of the birth of our Messiah is NOWHERE REVEALED in Scripture!
We read in the Encyclopedia Judaica, “The celebration of birthdays is unknown in traditional Jewish ritual” (vol.4, p.1054). It points out that the only reference to a birthday in the Bible is that of Pharaoh of Egypt.
According to Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend, these Birthday celebrations originated from the belief that on a person’s birthday, “evil spirits and influences have the opportunity to attack the celebrants” and that “the presence of friends and the expression of good wishes help to protect the celebrant.” The book The Lore of Birthdays says that in ancient times, birthday records were “essential for the casting of a horoscope” based on “the mystic science of astrology.” This book adds that “birthday candles, in folk belief, are endowed with special magic for granting wishes.”
The Bible, however, condemns the use of magic, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, spiritism, or “anything like this.” (Deu 18:14, Gal 5:19-21). In fact, one reason why Yahweh condemned the ancient city of Babylon was that its inhabitants practiced astrology, which is a form of divination. (Isa 47:11-15)
The early followers of Yahshua did not celebrate birthdays, in any shape or form, so if they did not, we should not either!
The World Book Encyclopedia says that “they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.” The Bible shows that the apostles and others who were taught directly by Yahshua established a pattern that all true followers should follow, 2 Thess 3:6.
If the very day of Yahshua’s birth is deliberately left out of the Bible, doesn’t that fact tell us something? If birthdays should be celebrated, why did Yahweh leave the date of His own Son’s birth out of Holy Scripture?
The plain truth is that birth day celebrations are only mentioned twice in the Scriptures — once in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament – and both times in reference to customs being observed by unconverted, PAGAN people — an Egyptian Pharaoh, and wicked king Herod!
You never find a single instance of any Holy people of Yahweh celebrating birthdays.
So, Holy people of Yahweh should NEVER partake in Pagan celebrations and traditions, it’s an abomination to our Father in heaven! Yet in Satanism, celebrating Birthdays is a high priority and the highest of all holidays! So if you partake in your own or someone else’ birthday, you are honouring SATAN’S holy days, not honouring the Creator at all!
You never find a single instance of any Holy people of Yahweh celebrating birthdays. Birthdays have NO biblical origin whatsoever, contrary, birthdays has anti-biblical origins:
[…] “the origins of birthday celebrations lie in the realm of magic and religion. The customs of offering congratulations, presenting gifts and celebrating—complete with lighted candles—in ancient times were meant to protect the birthday celebrant from the demons and to ensure his security for the coming year […] Down to the fourth century people rejected the birthday celebration as a Pagan custom.” – Schwäbische Zeitung (magazine supplement Zeit und Welt), April 3/4, 1981, p. 4.
“The Greeks believed that everyone had a protective spirit or demon who attended his birth and watched over him in life. This spirit had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born. The Romans also subscribed to this idea […] This notion was carried down in human belief and is reflected in the guardian angel, the fairy godmother and the patron saint […] The custom of lighted candles on the cakes started with the Greeks […] Honey cakes round as the moon and lit with tapers were placed on the temple altars of [Artemis] […] Birthday candles, in folk belief, are endowed with special magic for granting wishes […] Lighted tapers and sacrificial fires have had a special mystic significance ever since man first set up altars to his gods. The birthday candles are thus an honor and tribute to the birthday child and bring good fortune […] Birthday greetings and wishes for happiness are an intrinsic part of this holiday […] Originally the idea was rooted in magic […] Birthday greetings have power for good or ill because one is closer to the spirit world on this day.” – The Lore of Birthdays (New York, 1952), Ralph and Adelin Linton, pp. 8, 18-20.
So, Holy people of Yahweh should NEVER partake in Pagan celebrations and traditions, it’s an abomination!
Here are 4 main reasons why celebrating Birthdays should be avoided:
#1. The Holy Scriptures themselves DO NOT put the practice in a favorable light whatsoever. There are but only TWO instances of the custom of annual celebration of birthdays recorded in the Bible, and on BOTH occasions THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED WERE NOT YAHWEH’S FAITHFUL WORSHIPPERS and the events of the celebration were obviously unrighteous!
#2. The custom of ANNUALLY celebrating ones date of birth is NOT of Bible origin!
#3. The Scriptures reveal in Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:23, 5:12, 19 and 1 Corinthians 15:22 that ALL human descendants of Adam are born IMPERFECT (fall short of Yahweh’s glory / grace). So there is no justified reason to celebrate someone’s birthday.
#4. The world we are ALL born into is ruled NOT by Yahweh THE Almighty, but rather, by Satan the Devil whom 2 Corinthians 4:4 reveals to be “the god of this world”, and who deceived the whole world, Revelation 12:9.
Only Yahshua was born into the world as a PERFECT / SINLESS human being (Heb 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22), however, absolutely NOWHERE IN SCRIPTURE will one find either Yahshua himself, or Yoseph (Joseph) and Miriam (Mary), or any of Yahshua’s followers partaking in the custom of annually celebrating Yahshua’s birth (in fact, the Holy Scriptures DO NOT even provide the date of Yahshua’s birth!)
If none of the aforementioned partook in the custom of annually celebrating the Messiah’s date of birth into the world and or their own birthdays… Why would anyone celebrate someone’s birthday, especially seeing it’s NOT BIBLICAL!
NOTE: There are those who claim that Job 1:4 indicates that Job’s children annually celebrated their birthdays, however, Job 1:4 DOES NOT apply to birthdays.
In Job 1:4 the KJV, NASB, NLT etc translations say “and his sons went and feasted in their houses”. Only the corrupted NIV translation uses the word “Birthday” in that verse.
The original language Hebrew does NOT say “Birthdays”. In the Hebrew Strong’s, the word is #4960, the Hebrew “mishteh” which does NOT mean “birthdays”, as Strong’s Hebrew says it means banquet, feast.
Job 1:4 reads: “And [Job’s] sons went and held a banquet at the house of each one on his own day; and they sent and invited their three sisters to eat and drink with them.”
“Day” in Job 1:4 translates the Hebrew word yohm and refers to a period of time from sunrise to sunset. On the other hand, “birthday” is a compound of the two Hebrew words yohm (day) and hul·le´dheth. The distinction between “day” and one’s birthday may be noted in Genesis 40:20, where both expressions appear: “Now on the third day [yohm] it turned out to be Pharaoh’s birthday [literally, “the day (yohm) of the birth (hul·le´dheth) of Pharaoh”].”
At Job 1:4, hullédeth *does not appear*; only yowm is used in the Hebrew text. So it speaks of Job’s sons’ doing something “each one on his own day,” not ‘each one on his own birthday.’
So it is clear that Job 1:4 DOES NOT refer to a birthday, as is unquestionably the case at Genesis 40:20. It would seem that Job’s seven sons simply held a family gathering (possibly a spring or harvest festival) and as the feasting made the week-long circuit, each son hosted the banquet in his own house “on his own day.”
It’s also important to note, even if the account at Job 1:4 were talking about his son’s birthdays, the Scripture DOES NOT mention Job attending! So Job NEVER attended a Birthday gathering, and Job NEVER approved of them! In fact, according to what is recorded at Job 1:5, Job prayed for them and was concerned that they had “sinned and have cursed Yahweh in their hearts.” In addition, they all died on one of the occasions, so even if it was a birthday celebration, (which it was NOT), we would then have not two BUT THREE birthday accounts of which were marked by people dying!
Everyone should avoid Unbiblical and Pagan Birthdays!
The World Book — Childcraft International says regarding “Holidays and Birthdays,” “For thousands of years people all over the world have thought of a birthday as a very special day. Long ago, people believed that on a birthday a person could be helped by good spirits, or hurt by evil spirits. So, when a person had a birthday, friends and relatives gathered to protect him or her. And that’s how birthday parties began.”
Origin of Candles on Birthday Cakes:
The idea of putting candles on birthday cakes goes back to ancient Greece. The Greeks worshipped many gods and goddesses. Among them was one called Artemis, the goddess of the moon. The Greeks celebrated her birthday once each month by bringing special cakes to her temple. The cakes were round like a full moon. And, because the moon glows with light, the cakes were decorated with lighted candles. The custom of lighting candles originated with people believing that the gods lived in the sky and by lighting candles and torches they were sending a signal or prayer to the gods so they they could be answered. When you blow out the candles and make a wish this is another way of sending a signal and a message according to these unbiblical origins!
More and more, though, people the world over attach a certain magic to their actual date of birth. . . when they blow out the candles on their birthday cake, they are encouraged to make a secret wish, and if they tell their wish won’t come true. This kind of act is not biblical, it’s more like witchcraft and sorcery!
It has also been claimed that the Germans invented birthday cakes, and celebrated birthdays with a cake called “Geburtstagorten”. The Germans were known to have been skilled candlemakers and may have put small candles on their cakes, possibly for religious reasons.
Origin of Birthday Parties:
The earliest birthday parties in history were held because it was feared that evil spirits were attracted to people on their birthdays. At first it was only kings who were recognized as important enough to have a birthday celebration. To protect them from harm, friends and family would help celebrate their birthday by spending time with the birthday person, bringing them good wishes, thoughts and presents. This of course has NO biblical origin or foundation, and is nothing more than a false Satanic teaching!
Origin of Birthday Hats:
Why do people say, “Happy birthday!” to each other?
“For the good wishes of our friends and relatives are supposed to protect us from evil spirits.” This in truth however is purely Satanic in origin!
Why do people have snappers, balloons, firecrackers etc?
“Party snappers, horns, bursting balloons, firecrackers, and other noisemakers are just one more way of trying to scare off any bad-luck spirits that may be hovering about.” So you can see, this form of practice is witchcraft and sorcery!
“One of the oldest birthday games is Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey. A large picture of a donkey without a tail is pinned to the wall. Each child at the party is given a donkey’s tail made out of paper and a pin to stick through it. Then, one by one, the children are blindfolded. They are spun around a few times and pointed in the general direction of the donkey. The child who pins the tail the closest to where it should be on the donkey wins the prize.
“There are other versions of this game, such as Pin-the Nose-on-the-Clown or Pin-the-Ear-on-the-Bunny. But the idea of trying to guess correctly, while blindfolded, is the same.”
All these customs and traditions connected with the observance of birthdays have to do with guessing the future, good wishes for the future, good luck charms against evil spirits, etc. All the birthday rituals, games, and ceremonies are a form of well-wishing toward the birthday child, which are supposed to work their magic in the year ahead. This of course is Satanic, not righteous or biblical!
As we have seen, the custom of birthdays are totally Unbiblical! The ceremonies and games involve warding off evil spirits and protecting the birthday child from evil. These are evil customs – vain and foolish rituals — nothing but useless pagan SUPERSTITION and ABOMINATION against Yahweh and Holy Scripture!
On Herod’s birthday, Herodias’ daughter (whom Joseph identifies as Salome) danced before the king and his guests. Her dancing pleased Herod so much that in his drunkenness he promised to give her anything she desired, up to half of his kingdom. When Salome asked her mother what she should request, she was told to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Although Herod was appalled by the request, he reluctantly agreed and had John executed in the prison.
Yahweh’s people should have NOTHING to do with ceremonies that trace back ancient pagan societies and pagan times, involving pagan and demonic practices.
The Word of Yahweh thunders, “What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
“And what agreement hath the temple of Yahweh with IDOLS and IMAGES? for ye are the temple of the living Yahweh; as Yahweh hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.
“Wherefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, and BE YE SEPARATE, saith Yahweh, and touch not the UNCLEAN THING; and I will receive you, and I will be a father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith Yahweh” (II Corinthians 6:14-18).
And we are not to have one foot in Yahweh’s garden and another foot in Satan’s garden, we are commanded to 100% COME OUT of all Pagan and Heathen traditions and customs and 100% reside in Yahweh’s garden only.
There is NEVER any excuse or justification for a Yahweh child to partake in Birthday celebrations, or gathering with someone who wants to meet up with their birthday as a focus, seeing the others involved are unrighteously partaking in this Pagan and Heathen custom, and when a Yahweh child partakes, they are validating to that other person that it’s OK to partake in Pagan and Heathen traditions, which in truth however, is NOT OK and we are NEVER to give approval or partake in any Pagan and Heathen tradition or custom, in any context whatsoever!
All who love truth and want to honour Yahweh and the Holy Scripture are forbidden to partake in Pagan customs such as Easter, Valentine’s Day, Christmas and Birthdays!
Yeremyah & Michaiyah (Yahweh’s House Ministries)