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All About "Christmas" 2000 BCE to Date

Originally by Ed Stevens
Edited by James Trimm

As recorded in Gen. 3:15, YHWH Elohim announced to the guilty pair in the garden of Eden that of the "seed" of the woman the Savior of mankind would appear, by whom "the Serpent" would be destroyed. After the flood, when the human race was centralized on the plains of Babylon, Satan sought to turn men away from G-d'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 YHWH" (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 B.C.E. was HaSatan's counterfeit of the promised "Seed" of the woman. This woman with her illegitimate son was thenceforth worshipped as "mother of (a) G-d" (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:

The 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
(THE TWO BABYLONS; Alexander Hislop; p. 93)

It may be demonstrated that Yeshua was not born in the winter at all, but during the Fall Feasts. Since YHWH has not in his Word authorized the celebration of Christmas, then who induced men to begin doing so, and how was it being brought about? 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 faith (Gal. 4:8-11). About the year 230 the Gentile Christian "Church Father" Tertullian wrote:

By us [Gentile Christians] who are strangers to (Jewish) Sabbaths, and new moons, and festivals, once acceptable to G-d, the Saturnalia, the feasts of January, the Brumalia, and Matronalia are now frequented, with gifts being carried to and fro.

Since Tammuz was worshiped 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 things of Christendom. Pope Gregory wrote to Augustine the first missionary to the British Isles (C.E. 597):

Do not destroy the temples of the English G-ds; change them to Christian churches. Do not forbid the "harmless" customs which have been associated with the old religions; consecrate them to Christian use. Thus Rome retained a pagan form for "Xmas" but could not restrain its pagan spirit-- existing to this day.

Sir James Fraser in "The Golden Bough" writes:

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 L-rd to the festival of the death and resurrection of another Asiatic G-d which fell in the same season.

The name "Christmas" appeared about 450 C.E. 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.

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) HaSatan's counterfeit of "The Branch" (Hebrew: 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 "Xmass tree" of idolatrous Israelites is described in Jer. 10:1-4, where the modern tree seems vividly pictured. Mistletoe and holly figured prominently in the early Anglo-Saxon and Druidic tree worship.

The whole hearted believer will not contribute to this perpetuation of Christmas by observing it in any way whatsoever; but will withdraw in horror from such pagan-born celebrations 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 Rev. 11:10 may soon be fulfilled when YHWH'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."

"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
(Eph. 5:11).

The birth of Jesus is remembered each year but Y'shua is contemptuously set at naught.

The Torah reminds us:

"You shall not follow a multitude to do evil"
(Ex. 23:2)

And as Y'shua himself said:

"That which is highly esteemed among men is abominable in the sight of Elohim"
(Luke 16:15)

And as Paul writes:

"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 G-d."
(Rom. 12:2)

Ed Stevens (Edited by James Trimm)

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Comment by Yisrael Ben-David Foreman on December 4, 2012 at 7:30pm

May YHWH Elohim speed the day when all will raelize the truth of this, and turn away from the obswervance of any, and all "Holidays" not specifically set aside as Holy "Holidays" by YHWH Elohim Himself in the Kithbe HaQedoshim[Holy Scriptures].

Comment by Dave Delgado on December 16, 2012 at 1:46pm

The idea of having nothing to do with the pagans, sounds a little too much to me like the shunning practices of those like the J Witnesses--Practices that alienate their loved ones and result in a haughtiness that our Father hates.

I find myself conflicted, having been raised (unbelieving) in a Presbyterian church, being saved by Christ in my late 30’s, and finally finding consistency of doctrine among Nazarene Jews. (forgive me if my terminology is not yet correct)

Rather than break my mother’s heart by shunning her family gatherings at Christmas, I think it is the intent of our actions that count for something. I hope it is also appropriate to take the approach that I think Paul would have taken. 1) He criticized Peter for separating himself from those who most needed the Word. 2) He started a talk by speaking of the Unknown God (Acts 17:23) …and we probably all know of other examples. He knew we need to start among those who need salvation, and on some sort of common ground.

There were obviously evil motives behind some of the holiday aggregations, but it must have also required buy-in by those who sincerely thought it may provide a good stepping stone toward learning more. Unfortunately the mind of man is corrupt and lazy and will search for evidence to support what it wants to believe. Without the constant effort to make the intended conversions through education and example, evil wins.

Yes, some of us really should avoid going to family Christmas gatherings. The ones who should not go are the ones who will only be able to bring anger, resentment, judgment and hate. It can sometimes be difficult not to resent those who are doing what we know to be wrong. But I think that is a weakness of our own, either rooted in a lack of conviction in our own beliefs or a frustrating sense of being unable to do anything about it ourselves. If we realize we aren’t the ones doing the actual saving, some of the pressure is off. If we can go to such a gathering with a genuine love for the lost and our Father’s desire for their salvation, some good may indeed come of it…if it is HIS will.


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