Idolatrous priests – your idols shall be cast down to the ground, along with your censers with which you burn incense to the sun, moon, and stars! You lead men astray with your deceitful practices and doctrines of demons, worshiping the fallen ones and the hosts of heaven in place of Me! You pretend to be honoring Me while you honor Baal (and other false gods) in my house and in My Name, polluting my sanctuary! Such worship is a foul disgusting stench in My nostrils! Have I not said, “You shall have no other gods before Me”? You hide your wicked deeds behind a facade of righteousness, deceiving many. Your worship of Me is in vain. Behind closed doors you practice lewdness; your light is but darkness, thus darkness is reserved for you and your idols! I will shatter your idols to pieces for I AM Adonai, I will not give my glory to another or receive your false worship. REPENT and return to Me, or I will come at a time you do not expect to demolish your altars whereon you worship your idols.
2Ki 17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,
2Ki 17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.
2Ki 17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.
2Ki 17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:
2Ki 17:11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:
2Ki 17:12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.
2Ki 17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
2Ki 17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
2Ki 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
2Ki 17:20 And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.
What I believe Adonai is saying to this generation through the prophecy and these scriptures, is that He’s sick and tired of his people worshiping false idols and gods, and that He’s no longer going to tolerate it! I believe He’s about ready to put a swift end to all of it. I don’t know how or when, just that He will, and will possibly use an Assyrian type oppressor to do it; a ruthless dictator who’ll be the “rod” in His hand to afflict the nation which has turned its back to Him to follow false gods, a nation steeped in IDOL WORSHIP, like America for one.
Upon awakening one morning last week, after dreaming I was somewhere in heaven (in the spirit), I heard one word – “Zephaniah.” I knew that the Lord wanted me to read the book of the prophet Zephaniah, so I read it. It appears to be a confirmation of what I heard in my prayer time a week earlier about God sending a great locust army to “consume” the land and resources of an idol-worshiping nation.
Zep 1:2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
Zep 1:3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks (or idols) with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
Zep 1:4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
Zep 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
Zep 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
The strong words directed at idolatrous priests I believe includes Christians who are “kings and priests” of God according to the book of Revelation 5:10 & 1 Pet 2:5-9. Yahweh has issue with believers who attempt to “eat from His table AND from the table of demons” at the same time!  This is an abomination to Him. Idols pollute Yahweh’s temple  whose temple you are if you’ve been Born Again. So, if you indulge in lewd images in the imagination of your heart, you’re polluting God’s temple! Do you realize that worshiping idols provokes Him to anger? Deu 6:14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; Deu 6:15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
So you Dispensationalists, you think God has changed? Heb 13:8 Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever. [Tree of Life Version]
“Chemarims” were idolatrous priests who worshiped idols or false gods in the name of Yahweh! Strong’s definition: properly an ascetic (as if shrunk with self maceration). Maceration is to cause to waste away by or as if by excessive fasting. The Hebrew root means “black” (from the black garments which they wore or the marks which they branded on their foreheads); or “zealous,” from their idolatrous fanaticism. [Jamieson-Faussett-Brown Commentary] “marks” which they “branded upon their foreheads.” What religious order worships idols in the Name of Yahweh and places black marks on the foreheads of its members at a certain time of year, and where did that practice originate from? There may be no connection, but warrants further study I think.
You say, that has nothing to do with us today? Ah but it does, for many in the Church are doing exactly the same thing today by worshiping Baal in the Name of Yahweh, claiming that they’re doing it to honor His son Yeshua’s birthday. Oh yes dear reader, it’s true! The Church has fallen to the level of the heathen, worshiping Baal every year on December 25, the birthday of the Sun god Osiris (Egyptian) or Apollo in the Greek. The Church puts up Christmas trees (Asherah polls) in their sanctuaries right under Yahweh’s nose, saying they’re doing it in His Name to worship Him.
Israel’s association of Asherah with sacred trees are biblical materials that describe the asherah (singular) or asherim (plural), the cult object(s) that are associated with the goddess Asherah more than thirty times in the Hebrew Bible. These cult objects are generally described as being in the shape of a pole or stylized tree. Like a pole or tree, they can be said to be planted, stood up, or erected.  Some Bible teachers say that the modern day Christmas tree finds its origin in the Asherah pole, and I believe that a connection can be made, because the similarities are too many in number. You can very easily go to a number of secular and Biblical encyclopedias (including history channel) and learn that the practice of placing evergreen trees inside of a home was something practiced by the heathens all over the world as a representation of life during the shortest daylight periods of the year, i.e. the time around the winter solstice. It is very likely the origin of what is now called the Christmas tree is the Asherah tree or pole. Do I believe that people who erect “Christmas Trees” in their homes are trying to worship Asherah? No. I believe they are often oblivious to the origin of the custom they are participating in. 
That is what the prophet Zephaniah was referring when he wrote that Yahweh would cut off them that “worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham. Malcham (also known as Molech) was the god of the Ammonites and Phoenicians to whom some Israelites sacrificed their infants in the valley of Hinnom. The point here is that the Israelites were swearing (taking an oath) by Yahweh’s name, and doing the same by the false god Malcham. In other words, they were worshiping the true God along with a false god, the same thing Christians do when they display and adorn the fir tree idol in their sanctuaries and homes on December 25, supposedly in the honor of Yeshua (Jesus) when in fact, they’re unknowingly honoring the false god Baal. Baal worship was quite prolific among the Israelites after they left Egypt and fell away from worshiping the true God Yahweh who delivered them from their bondage. You can read about it in the book of 2 Kings, Deuteronomy, Hosea, Ezekiel, and others. Baal means “lord” – he was the supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians or Canaanites.
The word’s Biblical senses as a Phoenician deity and false gods generally were extended during the Protestant Reformation to denote any idols, icons of the saints, or the Catholic Church generally. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_English_Dictionary]
Jesus and Mary in the Roman Catholic Church are Baal and Ashtaroth. This pagan duo have been redefined and christianized to make paganism both respectable and sellable in the West. Most segments of Protestantism clearly and outwardly reject Mary as the Queen of Heaven, along with her Immaculate Conception doctrine. However, they do, without question, hang onto other Romanized traditions such as Sunday observance, with the importance of emblem reverence being ministered by a cleric, separate from and outside the lay people. Not to forget to mention the likes of Christmas and Easter observance.
Eze 8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.
Eze 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz (Baal, the Sun god).
Eze 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.
Eze 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
Here were the children of God, apparently at the Lord’s altar, gathered by the dictation of the rising sun. With the women folk caught up in emotional, tearful elation, evoking their “God”. At the same time of the men folk doing their morning service thing, apparently for the Lord, but in reality for Baal (Tammuz), the false lord. Yes, they, while being physically present, were spiritually absent, facing elsewhere. Pretty similar to what happens today throughout Christendom; whereas things have just been altered or names christianized, to make it look acceptable and relevant to our culture and “Christian” trend! As you can see from scripture, there is an undeniable connection between Baal, Lucifer, the east star (the sun), Easter and sun worship, Sunday attendance as a tradition or religious compulsion, and the Western term “going to church”. This Baal type of religion hides most effectively behind the christianized version as Sunday (the day of the sun) morning service. 
From many ancient writings, considerable is learned of this man, who started the great organized worldly apostasy from God that has dominated this world until now. Nimrod was so evil, it is said he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod’s untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree. “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [the pagans in their customs]… that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord they God: for every abomination to the Eternal, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods” (Deut 12:30-31). God says plainly in His Instruction Book to us, that He will not accept that kind of worship, even though intended in His honor. To Him, He says, it is offering what is ABOMINABLE to Him, and therefore it honors, not Him, but false pagan gods. God says we must not worship Him according to the “dictates of our own conscience” – a term we often hear. But Jesus says plainly, “God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). 
Well, there you have it dear reader. Now you know that I have joined the millions of bible believing, Yahweh-fearing, born again believers who have LEFT Babylon – the entire network of Baal worship with all its idols and false pretense of honoring the one true God Yahweh when in fact, it knowingly or unknowingly honors and worships the Sun god, Tammuz or Baal (a pagan deity). To begin with, there was something about the Christmas holiday that I never felt comfortable about. It almost always left me feeling let down and unsatisfied after the excitement and anticipation were over. Deep down I knew something wasn’t right with it for it never delivered what it promised. Then Yahweh began revealing to me little by little the truth about it, helping me to let go of the many traditions I’d been taught. Now I’m not saying that every Christian knowingly worships idols or false gods by keeping pagan feasts like Easter, Christmas, and Sunday observance (the pagan venerable day of the Sun), but some who know do it anyway. Most are ignorant, some willingly, by refusing to look at this or even consider what the Bible says about it. Some prefer staying in Babylon because they can’t stand the thought of leaving their long held traditions; but what’s more important, one’s traditions or what Yahweh wants? If we say we love Him, shouldn’t we do what pleases Him and not ourselves? Mat 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Perhaps they fear what their family and friends would think or say about them? Beloved, it’s time we do the will of the one true God Yahweh and fear Him only – Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. [KJV] It’s sad that so many professing believers are ignorant of the truth and what excuse will they give since they’ve been given the Bible and the holy Spirit to guide them into ‘all truth’? Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:
Lastly, notice in Zephaniah 1:6 that Yahweh ‘cuts off’ those who have “turned back” from following Him – these would be “back-sliders” or those who “fall away” from the faith. He cuts off those who have stopped “seeking Him” or inquiring” after Him. Inquire = A primitive root; properly to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication to seek or ask; specifically to worship: – ask, X at all, care for, X diligently, inquire, make inquisition, etc.
You see, it isn’t enough to come to Yahweh’s table every now and then, or to seek Him just occasionally, mostly when you need something from Him. He wants diligent worshipers and seekers to inquire of Him frequently, who worship Him in Spirit AND in Truth .
If you found yourself not where you want to be, there’s still time to change that. Just turn back to Yahweh with all your heart and worship only Him by keeping His commands and feast days. Leave Babylon with all of her idols, pagan feast days, false gods and goddess worship! Get out of her while you still can, before the dreadful Day of Yahweh comes, 2 Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Pet 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,…
Debra R. Stout © September 30, 2017
 1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
 1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
 https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/asherahasherim-bible (Third paragraph)
 http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/tlamb/BaalWorship.htm *Note that I don’t necessarily agree with everything written in this article. His material on Baal worship and history appear to be correct, but as always, do your own research and study!
 Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.