Month 9:21, Week 3:6 (Sheshi/Kippur), Year 5935:251 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Friday 16 December 2011
4,000 Years of Christmas
Still Celebrating the Pagan Gods
I have been preaching the emet (truth) about Christmas for nearly three decades. I knew the historical facts about it from the time I was a student investigating Christianity and later made a public stand in the first tract I ever published which I sent to all my Christian and non-Christian friends. Most were stunned, many were outraged, and friends fell away. It was hard at first, given the hostile reaction, but I soon learned about religious spirits and the hold they have on people. As we will see today, Christmas is not 2,000 years old, as most suppose, but even more ancient - twice as old, in fact. It's an old pagan festival that celebrates an incestuous union between a mother and her son who was then declared a god, making it doubly wicked, because this 'god' was a deliberate counterfeit of the true Messiah.
Back at the beginning of the Bible, Yahweh announced to our guilty first parents in the garden of Eden that of the "seed" of the woman, the Saviour of mankind would appear, at whose hands "the Serpent" would be destroyed (Gen.3:15). After the flood, when the human race was centralised on the plains of Babylon, Satan sought to turn men away from Yahweh's plan of redemption by producing a counterfeit Messiah. He found a ready tool in an ambitious woman, Semeramis, the widow of Nimrod, "the mighty hunter before Yahweh" (Gen. 10:9) who had met with a violent death. Nimrod had been deified as being a deliverer from the menace of wild animals. His wife, seeking to perpetuate his worship and also to retain power over men herself, deceived them into joyfully believing that through a miraculous conception she had given birth to a son called Tammuz, purported to be Nimrod reincarnated. Here then, 2000 BC, 4,000 years ago, was Satan's counterfeit of the promised "Seed" of the woman. This woman with her illegitimate son was thenceforth worshipped as "mother of (a) God" (Madonna)-- "the queen of heaven." Thus originated the ancient Babylonian mystery religion, the fountainhead of all idolatry covering the globe. Every idol mentioned in the Bible as well as in mythology, having varied names in different lands, can be traced to this source.
Alexander Hislop, in his monumental work, The Two Babylons, has clearly shown that the papal worship is none other than the worship of Nimrod and his wife, disguised in a garb of Christianity. Concerning the Christmas festival Hislop writes:
It can be demonstrated that Yah'shua (Jesus) was not born in the winter at all, but in the spring at Pesach (Passover). Since Yahweh has not in his Word commanded or authorised the celebration of Christmas, then who induced men to begin doing so? And how did it come about in its present form? As early as the first century Paul was condemning those from the Gentiles who were attempting to incorporate their old pagan 'days, and months and seasons and years' into their new emunah (faith) (Gal.4:8-11). About the year 230 the Gentile Christian 'Church Father' Tertullian wrote:
"That Christmas was originally a pagan festival is beyond all doubt. The time of the year, the ceremonies with which it is celebrated, prove its origin. In Egypt, the son of Isis, the Egyptian title for the queen of heaven, was born at this very time, about the time of the winter solstice. The very name by which Christmas is popularly known among ourselves -- Yule day -- proves at once its pagan and Babylonian origin. 'Yule' is the Chaldee name for 'infant', or 'little child'; and as the 25th of December was called by our pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors 'Yule-day' or 'the child's day', and the night that preceded it, 'Mother night', long before they came in contact with Christianity, that sufficiently proves its real character. Far and wide in the realms of paganism was this birthday observed" (Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p.93)
Since Tammuz was worshipped as God-incarnate, that implied also that he was an incarnation of the 'Lord of the heavens', the sun, and since the sun noticeably began to grow stronger at about the 25th of December, this date came to be known not only as the rebirth of Nimrod but of the Sun as well. In ancient Rome this day was known as Natalis Invicti Solis -- the birthday of the unconquered sun. Lights were kindled then to burn until the 6th of January (Epiphany). The feast of Saturnalia, lasting about a week, was held at this time of the winter solstice, accompanied with much merrymaking, wild revelry and debauchery. To obtain more adherents to Roman Catholicism it was the policy of the papacy to amalgamate the heathen festivals with the things of the newly evolving Christendom. Pope Gregory wrote to Augustine, the first missionary to the British Isles (AD 597):
"By us [Gentile Christians] who are strangers to (Jewish) Sabbaths, and new moons, and festivals, once acceptable to God, the Saturnalia, the feasts of January, the Brumalia, and Matronalia are now frequented, with gifts being carried to and fro".
Thus Rome retained a pagan form for 'Christmas' but could not restrain its pagan spirit-- existing to this day.
"Do not destroy the temples of the English gods; change them to Christian churches. Do not forbid the 'harmless' customs which have been associated with the old religions; consecrate them to Christian use."
Sir James Fraser in The Golden Bough writes:
The name 'Christmas' appeared about 450 AD when Pope Julius decreed that all Catholics must celebrate the birthday of Christ at the same time that the heathen were celebrating the Saturnalia, etc. It was designated as "Christe-masse", or Christ's mass.
"Thus it appears that the Christian Church chose to celebrate the birthday of its founder on the 25th of December in order to transfer the devotion of the heathen from the sun to him who was called the Sun of Righteousness. If that was so, there can be no intrinsic improbability in the conjecture that motives of the same sort may have led the ecclesiastical authorities to assimilate the Easter festival of the death and resurrection of their Lord to the festival of the death and resurrection of another Asiatic god which fell in the same season."
Few know that the so-called 'Christmas tree' had its origin in Babylon's mystery religion, where it was used to represent Tammuz (which name means a 'sprout'), Satan's counterfeit of "The Branch" (Heb. netzer = branch, shoot, sprout)-- Messiah, who was also prophetically called "The Root out of dry ground" (Is.11:1; 53:2; Jer.23:5; Zech.6:12 -- "Behold the man whose name is The Branch"). Ancient coins have been found picturing a tree stump (representing dead Nimrod) and a small tree growing nearby (Tammuz). The Egyptians used the palm tree, the Romans a pine tree. The 'Christmas tree' of idolatrous Israelites is described in Jeremiah 10:1-4, where the modern tree seems vividly pictured. Mistletoe and holly figured prominently in the early Anglo-Saxon and Druidic tree worship.
In 2007 Italian archaeologists discovered a pagan shrine dedicated to Rome's legendary founders, Romulus and Remus. Andrea Carandini, professor of archaeology at Rome's La Sapienza University, said:
The site of the pagan Roman Lupercale shrine was chosen by 4th century Emperor Constantine to build the Basiilica of St. Anastasia on the Palatine Hill itself, the palatial centre of power and religion in imperial Rome. Prior to this churches has been built on the outskirts of the city. At the time it was one of the most important Catholic basilicas in Rome, and followed the strategy, discussed earlier, of linking pagan practices to the emerging Catholic ones. Professor Carandini comments:
Constantine, it will be remembered, was the pagan Emperor and sun-worshipper who nominally accepted Roman Christianity as a means to further his power. To unite the pagan and Christian Romans under his rule, he ended the waves of persecution of believers by not only making Christianity lawful in 314 AD but making it the official state religion, and played a key rôle in syncretising pagan and Christian beliefs. These including homogenising the dates of important Christian events with Roman pagan festivals. It was as this time that the date of the birth of Messiah was 'officially' set on 25 December, as it had been observed at different dates in different places in the Empire. By merging the birth of Messiah with the birth of the sun-god, Constantine ingeniously healed the rift between pagans and believers...at the expense of emet (truth), of course.
"The church was built to christianise these pagan places of worship. It was normal to put a church near these places to try to 'save' them."
After the forced hybridisation of these two irreconcilable religions, St.Anastasia was built on the Palatine, possibly as early as 326 AD. Though it had been known that the 'first Christmas' had been celebrated there, what was not known was that it was right next to the grotto of Romulus and Remus. The Lupercalia shrine was named after the lupa or she-wolf that according to Roman legend rescued and suckled the the city's founders and twin gods of war whom Mars abandoned in a basket and left on the River Tiber.
How can a true believer, in good conscience, perpetuate this pagan monstrosity, by continuing to observe this ancient Saturnalia dressed up in Christian garb? Those who know what Yahweh's standard for holiness are in the Scriptures should recoil with horror, and remember that it was precisely for this kind of religious merging of Yahweh's moedim with pagan observances was what led to Israel and Judah being cursed and scattered. These filthy pagan celebrations are, not unsurprisingly, revered by a world that greeted the infant Messiah with Herod's sword, reeking with the blood of Bethlehem's baby boys, and which finally crucified Him in diabolical hatred. The prophecy of Revelation 11:10 may soon be fulfilled when Yahweh's two witnesses shall be slain, then "they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them and make merry and shall send gifts to one another." Do you wish to be a part of this satanic revelry? If not, abandon Christmas and observe Yahweh's festivals, not Satan's festival of incest and blasphemy!
"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Eph.5:11).
"You shall not follow a multitude to do evil" (Ex.23:2).
"Be you not conformed to this world but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may know what is that good and acceptable and wholehearted will of Elohim (God)" (Rom.12:2)
 Ed Stevens, The Truth About Christmas
 USA Today, Expert Links Pagan Shrine to First Christmas