Are there parallels to priestly religious clothing in other religions?

Author: BibleAsk Team


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Speaker 1

So John is asking, in Exodus 28 and 29, extensive details are given about the Vestments to be worn by the priests. Is there a parallel to such religious clothing in other ancient religions?

Speaker 2

Thanks.

Speaker 3

Hey, John, that’s a really good question. And definitely, I think that’s something that’d be interesting to dig into. And I did a little bit of research. I thought I’ll quickly find. Oh, yeah, this religion. This religion has all these same things, and it ended up being much harder than I anticipated. So if that’s something of interest to you, I definitely suggest that you look and see, because it would not surprise me, because even within the Bible itself, we see a lot of false religions popping up using the vestments of the Holy Priest. So we’ll take a quick look at it. If we go to Exodus 28, this is where we find a lot of the main components to it, starting even with verse one. It’s talking about the creation of it. Then we get to Exodus 28, verse five. It’s describing what’s called the Ephod. So God says, take they shall take the gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine linen. And they shall make the ephod of gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread. So gold, blue, purple, and scarlet thread. These are very much the colors associated with the sanctuary, not just with the priest, but also the sanctuary in general.

Speaker 3

Each one is a very highly significant color. But notice a lot of religions, you look out there and you probably won’t see that whole combination elsewhere, especially when it comes to blue, because the blue is the color very much associated with God’s law and Satan. When he’s going to make a fake religion seems to tend to want to cut blue out of it. It’s really interesting. I’m not saying that’s always the case, but there are some Notable times where blue is not a part of the picture. So the priest wears Ephod, it straps down here, and then on it are the stones, different stones, such as two onyx stones that have. There’s the urum and the Thumimim, that would be used for. Divination isn’t the right word, but you ask God questions, and somehow you will get a response from God, yes or no. And then a stone for all the different tribes. And each one, again, is a different type of stone. We have those. Now, if you go down to Exodus 28, verse 17, for example, it says, you shall put settings of stones in it, four rows of stones. First shall be Sardis, Topaz, and Emerald.

Speaker 3

Then the second row will be turquoise, sapphire, and diamond. Third row Jacinth, Agate, amethyst. And then fourth row would be barrel, Onyx. Jasper, why am I bothering to talk about these? Because we might see them again later. And you go down. Then the priest had additionally, like a head piece on it, which would, as part of it, have writing right here above the forehead that would say holiness to the Lord. Very important there, because symbolizing just thoughts of holiness and what’s on your mind. A lot of religions, they don’t go that route. Right. The false religions, they tend to be more asserting power, authority or power over life and death, things like that. And here God goes with holiness and holiness to the Lord. So interesting. And then if you think about going into the presence of God, what are the angels always singing there? Holy, holy, holy. So that’s more or less a really quick, rough rundown of the garments. And this is all woven fine linen, and all of it would be linen except for, like, the gold, because there’s that rule of not mixing and matching different types of materials. Now, if we flash forward to the Book of Ezekiel, also chapter 28.

Speaker 3

So, Ezekiel 28, starting at verse 13, we come to this lament for the king of Tire. And when you go through and you read it, we realize it’s really talking about Lucifer, Satan, this extremely powerful being who stood in the presence of God. Now, let’s look at the description. It was really fascinating. So verse 13 of Ezekiel 28, God says, you were in Eden, the Garden of God. Every precious stone was your covering. Sardis, Topaz, diamond barrel, Onyx, Jasper, sapphire, turquoise and emerald with gold. The workmanship of Timberlakes and Pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. So even you got some music and all, which also is something that you can see associated at times with the sanctuary. There was music there and then it goes on. You were the anointed cherub who covers. You were the covering cherub. We also see that in the sanctuary. So Satan was very close to God, and he almost seems to have wearing all the jewels that later the high priest wears. So interesting. So, to me, if you’re Satan, if you were kind of this very high up position, almost like priest role in heaven, aren’t you going to have a lot of knowledge of how these things work?

Speaker 3

And you’re going to be in a great position to make a lot of fake religions when you’re trying to steal people away from God and deceive them and distract them. So Satan is not necessarily going to start completely from scratch and make something totally different. He knows the real thing and he’ll make lots of counterfeits that might at times look very similar, follow some of the same principles. But always all his religions have one thing in common, which never in it are you relying on a God of love providing you salvation through grace. You’re not going to find that in any other false religion. And usually you have the priest who very much assumes the role of controlling your fate. It’s the priest who will give you salvation, the priest who can decide whether you get saved or not. And that, again, is very much an aspect of Satan, where he’s going to be wanting to put division between you and God. So sad. So I mentioned there’s also some fake garments popping up in the Old Testament. We see this, for example, in numbers. Judges. Happens twice in judges. So judges 827, it says, then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophra.

Speaker 3

So Gideon, after he has a tremendous battle, he makes an Ephod. He is, I think, of the tribe of Ephriim or Manassa. So he was not of a Levite, he was not of the lineage of Aaron, and he was not then Qualified to be wearing one of the key elements of the priestly garb. And here he’s doing that. I think this is sort of sign that he wasn’t so perfect. Sort of a stumbling by Gideon. And then we see in judges, judges 17 five, says the man Micah had a shrine and made an ephod and household idols. So again, Ephod is a thing. They’re doing it. They even have idols. I’m not surprised, because even we see in the Old Testament people making ephods and making similar things to the priest. If we look around, we’re going to see that. I think historically in other religions, too. So that’s my nutshell. I’m sorry, I can’t say, like, this religion, you know, of is this way or that way. But if we dig deep enough, I think we’re going to see a lot of similarities. There’s going to be certain aspects that are similar, but where it matters, I think you’re going to see very key differences.

Speaker 3

There’s so much you can learn by what does Satan not incorporate into his religions that you’re like, okay, that’s something important that I really need to pay attention to with God.

Speaker 2

Yeah, Satan really makes it. He really tries to take elements of the truth and try to put this shroud of truth up there. But then if you go in deep, it’s like the stuff that matters the most is missing and is contrary and opposite of what is wanted, what God’s plan is.

Speaker 1

Deception at its finest.

Speaker 3

Yeah. And I have to say I was trying to do some research of even like Baal worship and the Babylonians and it’s interesting. A lot of them go with garments that are based on if you go back to Baal it’s of a fish and they believe that Dagon or Baal was like a fish god, which makes sense. You’re dealing with people after the flood. So everybody’s sort of traumatized over water and realizing water is a big thing. So Dagon is the fish God. And then these priests are wearing like these fish miters. And then it’s interesting where you look at even there’s priests, bishops, people like that today who are wearing very similar headdresses as what the priests of Dagon would use and even sort of the censors that are used at times by religious today. Also very similar to Baal worship that lives on very much even to religions today.

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