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Origins of the names of days and months

Did you know that the names of our months and week days have their roots in paganism? If numbering the days was good enough for God, why did we change them? Why, if we wanted to name them, were they named in honor of pagan deities? Perhaps because "All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him." (Isaiah 53:6)

While the names of our months and week days do have their roots in paganism and some argue that using the names is pagan and should not be done, it is not a sin to use these names. But God says "don't do the ways of the pagans" (Jeremiah 10:2) and not to let the name of another god pass your lips (Exodus 23:13)! But the names no longer refer to false gods. For example, "Saturday", with its origin in the false god "Saturn", today simply means "the 7th day of the week". The weekday name simply no longer has ANY association with a false god - it only means a day of the week. Face it, you grew up, used the word "Saturday" all your life, and all it ever meant to you was the 7th day of the week, the day after Friday. All your life, when you have said "Saturday", you have never said the name of a false god!

Yahweh God NEVER told anyone to change His seventh day Sabbath to the first day. Furthermore, His days run from sunset to sunset, not from midnight to midnight:

Genesis 1:5 - 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

He called the days He created the First Day, the Second Day, etc. He rested on the 7th Day, and even made it one of His Commandments that we do the same!

Genesis 2:2 - By [Ex 20:8-11; 31:17] the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and [Heb 4:4, 10] He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

Exodus 20:11 - "[Gen 2:2, 3; Ex 31:17] For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 23:12 - "[Ex 20:8-11; 31:15; 34:21; 35:2, 3; Lev 23:3; Deut 5:13f] Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves.

However, like everything else, man decided to "do his own thing".

Isaiah 53 - 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.

So,WHY did man decide to name the days of the week (which ended up being named after Pagan gods), when the Bible commands us NOT to use pagan deity names? Because, like everything else, Satan made sure that God's commandments were confused and ignored....

Exodus 23:13: and in all things that I have said to you take heed: and make no mention of other elohim, neither let it be heard out of your mouth.

Psalms 16:4: their sorrows shall be multiplied that give gifts to idols: Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take their names upon my lips.

Days of the week:

The english names for the days of the week are primarily of Germanic origin. See LiveScience.

The First Day: Sunday was named after the Sun god.

The second Day: Monday was named after the moon god or goddess.

The Third Day: Tuesday was named after the god Tyr.

The Fourth Day: Wednesday was named after the god Odin (or "Wöden").

The Fifth Day: Thursday was named after the god Thor.

The Sixth Day: Friday was named after the goddess Frigga.

The Seventh Day: Saturday was named after the god Saturn.


The English names of the months come from a number of sources and language translations (Latin to Middle English to English). See A History of the Months and the Meanings of their Names.

JANUARY: Named for Janus, the Roman mighty one of portals and patron of beginnings and endings, to whom this month was sacred. He is shown as having two faces, one in front, the other at the back of his head, supposedly to symbolize his powers.

FEBRUARY: This name is derived from Februa, a Roman festival of purification. It was originally the month of expiation.

MARCH: It is named for Mars, the Roman mighty one of war.

APRIL: This name comes from the Latin APRILIS, indicating a time of Fertility. It was believed that this month is the month when the earth was supposed to open up for the plants to grow.

MAY: This month was named for Maia, the Roman female deity of growth or increase.

JUNE: This name is sometimes attributed to June, the female mighty one of the marriage, the wife of Jupiter in Roman mythology. She was also called the "Queen of heaven" and "Queen of mighty ones." The name of this month is also attributed to Junius Brutus, but originally it most probably referred to the month in which crops grow to ripeness.

JULY: Named for the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, this is the seventh month of the Gregorian year.

AUGUST: Named for Octavius Augustus Caesar, emperor of Rome; the name was originally from augure, which means, "to increase."

SEPTEMBER: This name is derived from the Latin septem, meaning "seven."

OCTOBER This name comes from the Latin root octo, meaning "eight."

NOVEMBER: This name is derived from Latin novem, meaning "ninth."

DECEMBER: This name comes from the Latin decem, meaning 'ten'.