Are you a Follower of Yahushua, but continue to (unknowingly) practice abominations? That is, do you (unknowingly) have things in your life that are considered “abominations” in Father’s eyes?
Let’s look at a warning given to all who would desire to be among Yahuweh’s Family:
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:7-8)
Here we see that one must ‘overcome’ in order to avoid being among the abominable, that is, among those abhorred or detested by Yahuweh, because they practice abominations.
Now let’s notice another warning, concerning those who are practicing abominations when the Bridegroom returns, even though they do not realise that they are doing so:
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband… 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:2,27)
Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. (Matthew 5:35)
Notice in the warning given in Revelation 21:27, we are told that those who work [make, bring forth, commit, produce, celebrate, keep, perform] abomination, or [‘even’] a lie [falsehood, deception], will not enter in to the City of the King.
Notice in the wording of the passage, the use of the word “even” tells us that making (bringing forth, keeping, celebrating) a falsehood — a lie — is equivalent to making [bringing forth, keeping, celebrating] an abomination.
Let’s now begin to identify these abominations, for they are a part of ‘Mystery’ Babylon.
Mystery Babylon Identified
In order to identify the many abominations being practiced by many Believers today, we must first identify the woman that is the ‘mother’ of these abominations.
The woman, we are told, is seen as ‘Mystery’ Babylon; and because of the ‘mystery’ aspects, both the woman, and her abominations, are not readily seen. So let’s look closely at the woman in the following Scripture passage:
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:3-5)
First, we might recall that the ‘woman’ seen here is the ‘Strange Woman’ religion mentioned in other writings, but seen here as ‘Mystery Babylon.’ The prominent feature of this ‘Strange Woman’ religion as seen here, is that first of all, Mystery Babylon is a ‘mystery,’ and is thus not readily seen.
There are many precious Believers today who are followers of Messiah, but who are still entrapped in the religion of ‘Mystery Babylon’ in the practice of their Faith. As a result of the unseen ‘mystery’ aspect of this religion, these Believers continue to practice the falsehoods and abominations of the ‘mother’ called Mystery Babylon.
But how do these Believers practice abominations, and not realise they are doing so? To see how this is so, let’s look closely at the above passage, and notice two features of this woman — her name, and the cup held in her hand:
“…having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication…” (Revelation 17:4b)
First, we see that the golden cup in her hand is full of abominations, and filthiness of fornication. The cup is prophetic of covenant, and the fact that it is a golden cup tells us this speaks of something wrought by Yahuweh Himself — thus it is Yahuweh’s covenant. But what notice what the Prophets tell us about Yahuweh’s covenant:
And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations, 7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations. (Ezekiel 44:6-7)
Here we are told that Yahuweh’s people have broken Yahuweh’s covenant, because of their abominations. Notice in the above passage that the abominations of the people include their ‘religious’ practices.
Continuing in the Revelation passage, we note that the name of the woman is “MOTHER OF …ABOMINATIONS.” This name tells us she is the ‘mother’ of abominations — that is, she gives birth to the practice of abominations. Let’s see what this means.
We will recall that this ‘mother’ is a religion that appears to its followers be the embodiment of Truth. But because of the mother’s ‘fornication’ with heathen idolatries, which are falsehoods, she gives birth to a ‘child’ that is actually a mixture of truth and falsehood, and thus is not a part of Yahuweh’s Covenant.
The practice of keeping and celebrating falsehoods or ‘Lies’ by the followers of this ‘child’ religion are the ‘abominations’ practiced by those followers. Let’s now identify these abominations.
The Abominations Identified
Again because of the mystery aspect of the ‘mother’ religion, the abominations are not easily seen. But because these abominations are falsehoods or ‘Lies’ made (practiced, brought forth, kept, and celebrated), we have our first clue as to their identity. Let’s look at some abominations in Scripture, to see their origin and various identities.
In Scripture there are many kinds of abominations described. These are actions or practices of the people, either in thought or in deed, and include dishonesty, pride, lying lips, idolatry, and so forth. These are all open and obvious, so we will not deal with these in this writing. We will instead focus on those not easily seen, so more likely to prevent multitudes from entering into the City of the King, and into their inheritance.
Because these abominations are not easily seen, we must look to the Scriptures, to bring into view the nature of these abominations, and to reveal their source.
Scripture Reveals the Source of Hidden Abominations
Let’s look at some Scriptures in random order, in order to observe some Scriptural principles, from which we can glean the nature of these abominations:
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:5-6)
In the above passage we note two features. First, we have seen from other Scriptures that a person can become ‘abominable’ by the uncleanness/ defilement of disobedience (Lev 11:43; Lev 20:25; Ezra 9:11). Here in our Ephesians passage, we see the same message we saw given above in Revelation 21:7-8 — that those who are abominable (detestable, causing a ‘stench’), but here called unclean/ defiled, have no inheritance in the Kingdom, and will not enter in to the City.
Here also we see the uncleanness/ defilement is because of being disobedient Children, upon which the wrath of Yahuweh will come (for their chastisement, and their ultimate good if they repent). Notice too that these are not heathen, but ‘children,’ telling us they are among the ‘Believers.’
Next we will look at some religious practices:
He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. (Isaiah 66:3)
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. (Proverbs 15:8)
In the above Isaiah passage, we see a startling feature: that to choose our own way in worship brings forth abominations. Let’s see why this is true in the next passage.
In the above Proverbs passage, we see from the Hebrew word definitions, that the wicked are those whose practices are unrighteous, who have departed from the Way, and are crooked in reference to being a “DO-er” of Torah. The upright are those whose practices are righteous, and straight or upright, and are in the Way, as to being a “DO-er” of Torah.
We glean from these passages that “Our Own Way” in our religious practice is an abomination to Yahuweh, and we should instead walk in strict obedience to what Yahuweh has prescribed in His Word.
Now let’s look at how we might cultivate our ear to hear, and to hearken to, His way, so that our religious practice does not become abomination to Yahuweh:
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law [‘Torah’], even his prayer shall be abomination. (Prov 28:9)
If our ear refuses to hear [hearken to, obey] Yahuweh’s instructions in Torah, even our prayer becomes an abomination to Him. We glean from this that we might be wise to hear [hearken to, obey] Yahuweh’s Torah, indeed all of His Word, regarding our religious practices.
Let’s notice another principle:
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. (Leviticus 10:1)
And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father. (Numbers 3:4)
And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD. (Numbers 26:61)
And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. 7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. (2Samuel 6:6-7)
In the above passages, we see one unified principle. In matters of worship commanded by Yahuweh, to perform something “not commanded” is considered “strange fire” before Yahuweh, and this results in death. We also see that to disobey in matters of worship, and to do what seems to be acceptable, even to ‘steady the ark,’ results in death.
So we glean the principle that voluntary actions in matters of worship, when not commanded by Yahuweh, is the same as outright disobedience to Yahuweh, and results in death.
Now let’s look at one final principle, seen in the following passage:
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus 1:16)
In the above passage, we see that it is possible to say (and really believe it to be true) that we know Yahuweh; but at the same time deny Yahuweh in our works and actions, and this would include our religious actions or practices.
And here again in this passage, as in other Scriptures, we see the principle linking being abominable with being disobedient. But here we see an added bit of information — that because of the disobedience, even what is considered ‘every good work’ is reprobate — that is, not proved, found to be unfit, and rejected by Yahuweh, because it was not done in obedience to His Word.
From this passage we glean the principle, that when we are disobedient to the words of Yahuweh, we deny Him; and what we may think are good works, are actually abominations, if they are not works of obedience to Scripture.
And as a result of our abominations, we will not enter into the city of the king, unless we repent of our disobedience, and our abominations.
Hidden Abominations: Exposed to the Light
Because Believers today have turned their ear away from hearing (hearkening to, and obeying) the Law (Torah), they have replaced obedience to the Scriptures with their own religious ‘good works’ or practices, which are ‘Strange fire’ before Yahuweh, and so are abomination to Him.
Here is a short list of abominations widely-practiced by believers today, considered ‘strange fire’ because they are religious practices not commanded by Yahuweh. But because they are substitutes for what has been commanded in Scripture, their practice is actually idolatry, and abomination.
Further information on each of these can be found in any encyclopedia, or on links beside each item below:
1. Easter – An Ancient Pagan Spring Fertility Festival
(See The Pagan Origin Of Easter – by David J. Meyer)
2. Christmas – An Ancient Pagan Celebration of the Winter Solstice
(See The Origin Of Christmas – by David J. Meyer)
Not only are Easter and christ-mass both of pagan origin, mixed with a little truth, they are also religious observances and celebrations “not commanded by Yahuweh.” According to Scripture, they are ‘abominations.’
The day they are observed should be another clue. Yahushua was not born on 25 December, but on the first day of the 7th Biblical month, the Feast of Trumpets. The christ-mass celebration is therefore not a celebration of His birth. The existence of that one lie should be evident to most.
The Easter celebration likewise, does not observe the Resurrection of Yahushua, for Easter is not observed on Yahushua’s actual Resurrection day, but on a day designated by men, different from the Scriptural day of His resurrection, the Feast of Firstfruits. This too is another lie that is evident.
Now recall the warning we saw above in Revelation 21:27, that “those who work (make, bring forth, commit, produce, celebrate, keep, perform) abomination, or (‘even’) a lie (falsehood, deception)” will not enter in to the City of the King.
Easter and christ-mass are both lies in every respect, and those who continue in them will not be allowed into the City of the King! Those who will enter in, however, are those who begin to observe all Messiah’s true Feast Days!
If we address only these two religious activities, we cover much of the abominations and disobedience preventing multitudes of Believers from entering their inheritance, unless they repent.
When we perform these celebrations [and others mentioned in other writings], we are actually in disobedience to the Scriptures, and we thus become unclean, and are an abomination to Yahuweh, until we choose to repent, and stop our disobedience.
Let us cease the practice of the abominable easter, christ-mass, and other man-made, religious customs. Let us instead celebrate the Birth and Resurrection of Messiah on the proper Holy days commanded in Scripture.
The Feast of Yom Teruah, also called the Feast of Shouting and the Feast of Trumpets, was the day in which Messiah was born. As the first day of the Fall Feasts of Yahuweh, the birth of Messiah was indeed a day of shouting, and we are to observe this day as a memorial (Lev 23:24).
The Feast of Passover was the day of the death of Messiah. That year, it was three days and three nights later, that the Feast of Firstfruits marked the day of Yahushua’s Resurrection, which we are told to observe (Lev 23:5,10).
Let us remove all our Abominations — This is a Warning to the Bride!
- If You Love Me, Keep ‘My’ Commandments – Do we show our love for Messiah, in the way He has told us — or have we lost sight of His identity?
- What Are the Ten Commandments? – Also called The Ten Words, these Scripture passages are shown in both Hebrew and English, enabling us to see for ourselves what these Commandments actually say. When we as New Covenant Believers understand whose words they are, we can better know how to respond to them.
- Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation – Obedience to the Torah [Father’s House Rules for His family] is not about our redemption by Yahushua’s blood. Instead, it is Messiah’s New Testament instruction to all Born-again Believers in how to abide in Him, how to love Him, and how to walk as He walked.
- Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible: Using Scripture to Interpret the Scriptures – What is the source of our current understanding of the Bible? The pure Truths of Scripture are of highest importance — how we understand the Scriptures will affect our eternal condition! To avoid being deceived by man-made doctrines, we must not rely on Preachers, Teachers, Bible notes or commentaries. Instead we must study and understand the Bible for ourselves — not looking through the lenses of tradition or man-made Bible study methods — but relying only on what the Bible actually says about how to study and understand the Scriptures! Here are 7 Biblical Guidelines that show us the way!
- Contending for The Faith – We are exhorted to contend, to fight to remain in The Faith that was originally given. Scripture shows what The Faith is, and shows why and how we must contend for The Faith. Overview of how the adversary attacks the foundation of The Faith, with examples of contending for The Faith.
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins – Yahushua tells us why many today are not prepared.
- The Wise and Foolish: According to Yahushua – Messiah tells us in clear and simple terms for our instruction, who the wise and foolish are today!
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins: The Separation of the Wise – The Scriptures reveal a 2-step process of separation from the multitudes, for those who would grow in Wisdom.
- Let No Man Steal Your Crown – Reveals there are men today trying to take away, and steal your Bridal veil, and your crown; things that allow your crown to be stolen; the Doctrine of Balaam, and how it will steal your crown.
- Who is the Chaste Virgin? – The Bridegroom is coming for His Bride — one who is chaste, and without corruption. The Scriptures warn us of the many forms of corruption, and how to remove them, in order to remain chaste, and ready for the Bridegroom.
- The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable – A parable revealing the astonishing – and magnificent – nature of the New Covenant.