The Beginning of the Modern Olympic Games
The modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece, in 1896, two years after French educator and thinker Pierre de Coubertin proposed that the Olympian Games of ancient Greece be revived to promote a more peaceful world. Obviously his intent appeared good but the result was anything but successful.
The opening ceremony has always included the parade of nations in which the teams from each nation enter the main stadium as part of a procession. The Greek team always enters first, to commemorate the ancient origins of the modern Games, and the team of the host nation always enters last. In the torch relay the Olympic Flame symbolizes the transmission of Olympic ideals from ancient Greece to the modern world. In the relay the torch is lit in Olympia, Greece, and is carried over several weeks or months from there to the host city by a series of runners.
A ceremony that was instituted in 1920 is the recitation of the Olympic Oath, taken in the name of all the athletes by a member of the host's team. The oath asserts the athletes' commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship in competition (see MattithYahuw [Matthew] 5:33-37, Ya'aqob [James] 5:12).
Pagan origin of the games
The Olympian Games were the most famous of the four great national festivals of the ancient Greeks, the other three being the Isthmian, Pythian, and Nemean games. The Olympian Games were celebrated in the summer every four years in the sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia, which was situated in a valley in Elis, in western Pelopónnisos (Peloponnesus), through which runs the Alpheus River. It was not a town, but only a sanctuary with buildings associated with games and the worship of the deities.
In this temple stood the table on which were placed the garlands prepared for the victors in the games. The votive buildings included a row of 12 treasure houses and the Philippeum, a circular Ionic building dedicated by Philip II, king of Macedonia, to himself. Outside the Altis, to the east, were the Stadium and the Hippodrome, where the contests took place; on the west were the Palaestra, or wrestling school, and the Gymnasium, where all competitors were obliged to train for at least one month.
Early in the year of the games, envoys were sent throughout the Greek world to invite the city-states to join in paying tribute to Zeus. The city-states thereupon dispatched deputations to vie with one another in the splendor of their equipment and the proficiency of their athletic feats. The competitions were open only to honorable men of Greek descent. The games date from 776 BC.
In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus (at 2917 meters high it is the loftiest point in Greece) which is located in northern Greece on the boundary between Thessaly (Thessalia) and Macedonia near the Aegean Sea, was the home of their deities. On its summit were the palaces of the deities, which had been built by Hephaestus, the deity of metalwork. The entrance to Olympus was through a gate of clouds and was protected by the female deities known as the Seasons. Zeus had his throne on Olympus and the deities feasted on nectar and ambrosia and were serenaded by the Muses.
The 12 major Olympian deities were Zeus and his wife Hera; his brothers Poseidon, deity of the sea, and Hades, deity of the underworld; his sister Hestia, female deity of the hearth; and his children: Athena, female deity of wisdom; Ares, deity of war; Apollo, deity of the sun; Artemis, female deity of the moon and of the hunt; Aphrodite, female deity of love; Hermes, messenger of the deities; and Hephaestus. Later Greek writers transferred the home of these deities to a heavenly region free from snow and storm and filled with light.
Zeus was considered, according to Homer, as being the father of the deities and of mortals. He did not create either deities or mortals, but he was their "father" in the sense of being the protector and ruler both of the Olympian family and of the human race. He was "lord" of the sky, the rain deity, and the cloud gatherer, who wielded the terrible thunderbolt. His breastplate was the aegis, his bird the eagle, his tree the oak. Zeus presided over the deities on Mount Olympus in Thessaly (Thessalia). His principal shrines were at Dodona, in Epirus, the land of the oak trees and the most ancient shrine, famous for its oracle, and at Olympia, where the Olympian Games were celebrated in his honor every fourth year. The Nemean games, held at Nemea, northwest of Árgos, were also dedicated to Zeus.
Zeus was the youngest son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea and the brother of the deities Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter, and Hera. According to one of the ancient myths of the birth of Zeus, Cronus, fearing that he might be dethroned by one of his children, swallowed them as they were born. Upon the birth of Zeus, Rhea wrapped a stone in swaddling clothes for Cronus to swallow and concealed the infant deity in Crete (Kríti), where he was fed on the milk of the goat Amalthaea and reared by nymphs. When Zeus grew to maturity, he forced Cronus to disgorge the other children, who were eager to take vengeance on their father. In the war that followed, the Titans fought on the side of Cronus, but Zeus and the other deities were successful, and the Titans were consigned to the abyss of Tartarus. Zeus henceforth ruled over the sky, and his brothers Poseidon and Hades were given power over the sea and the underworld, respectively. The earth was to be ruled in common by all three. (To see a scientific explanation of these beliefs read Immaunuel Velikovsky's "Worlds in Collision.")
Zeus's image was represented in sculptural works as a kingly, bearded figure. The most celebrated of all statues of Zeus was Phidias's gold and ivory colossus at Olympia. There now stands a statue in the plaza at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome that is called the statue of "Peter the apostle" but in reality is but one more statue of Zeus.
The pagan deity these games honor is Zeus, who in Greek mythology is the deity of the sky and ruler of the Olympian deities. (The Greek Zeus corresponds to the Rhomaios deity Jupiter.) The Olympic Games are nothing but part and parcel of a celebration in worship of this pagan deity Zeus. They are just one more trick of the many tricks that Satan uses to cause inattentive people to violate the will and statutes of the Creator. Anyone therefore who participates in any way with the celebration of these games is therefore in literal violation of the first commandment of Yahuwah the Father of our Savior Yahushua.
Shemot (Exodus) 20:3 You shall have no other elohiym before me.