I wrote an article in November 2012, entitled “The Three Cups.” What you will read below will help you understand why you must fear drinking from the first two cups. Here is a quick summary.
Revelation 17:1-6: “And one of the seven messengers who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me saying `Come! I will show you the judgment of the great whore sitting on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed whoring and the inhabitants of earth were made drunk with the wine of her whoring.. And he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on scarlet beast covered with names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup filled with abominations and the filthiness of her whoring, upon her forehead a name written, MYSTERY–BABEL THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF THE WHORES OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the set-apart ones and with the blood of the witnesses of Yahuweh…’ ”
Jeremiah 51:6-7: “Flee from the midst of Babel, and let each one save his life! Do not be cut off in her crookedness, for this is the time of the vengeance of Yahuweh—the recompense He is repaying her. Babel was a golden cup in the hand of Yahuweh, making drunk ALL the earth. The nations drank her wine. That is why the nations went mad! Babel shall suddenly fall and be broken…”
The woman in Revelation 17 is clearly the Roman Catholic Church, and you know that if you’ve done any extensive studying on your own. “St.” Augustine, in the second century, said: “Rome is the second Babylon.” The spirit of Nimrod moved from the city he built, Babylon, across into Asia Minor, now Turkey, and into Rome, then across Europe, and into the United States. The great whore of Babylon is no more than Nimrod’s wife, Semaramis, under another cloak.
Jeremiah 50 and 51 describe the destruction of America, the final end-time Babylon. The world will soon be forced to drink from the cup of the whore, and whoever does will receive the cup of the wrath of Yahuweh!
This article below exposes Fides (the root-“faith”-of Christianity), Semaramis in disguise. Here is a picture I took at the Vatican, summer 2013, of a giant statue of Fides. Notice the cup she holds.
All who identify with Yahuweh, Elohim of Israel, and Messiah Yahushua, must disengage from all contact with what He calls defilement. Let us learn what is an abomination to Him, and thus defiling to us.
Jeremiah 10:1-7: “Hear the Word that Yahuweh speaks to you, O house of Israel: Thus says Yahuweh: `DO NOT LEARN THE WAYS OF THE HEATHEN, and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them. For the prescribed customs of the people are worthlessness. For one cuts a tree from the forest–work for the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. They adore it with silver and gold, they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it does not topple. They are like a rounded post, and they do not speak. They have to be carried, for they do not walk’…Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your due, for among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their reigns, there is none like You…The Portion of Jacob is not like these, for He is the Maker of all, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance—Yahuweh of hosts is His Name.”
Luke 16:13-15: Messiah speaks to the religious Jews of His day: “No servant is able to serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will cling to one, and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon.” (Mammon is the god of the world system–money). “And, the Pharisees, who loved silver, heard all this, and were sneering at Him. So He said to them “You are those who declare yourselves righteous before men, but Elohim knows your heart, because WHAT IS HIGHLY THOUGHT OF AMONG MEN IS AN ABOMINATION IN THE SIGHT OF ELOHIM.”
Mark 7:6-13: “And in vain do they worship Me teaching as teachings the commands of men. Forsaking the commands of Elohim you hold fast the traditions of men. And He said to them `Well do you set aside the command of Elohim, in order to guard your tradition…nullifying the Word of Elohim through your tradition which you have handed down.’ ”
I Kings 18:17-46: This passage describes Eliyahu’s (Elijah’s) famous contest on Mt. Carmel: Eliyahu slays Jezebel’s 450 prophets of Baal (the sun god) and hundreds of prophets of Ashteroth, Baal’s consort–the Queen of heaven. Eliyahu, Yahuweh’s prophet, demands that the people choose between serving Baal or Yahuweh, to take sides immediately. This contest has returned. Baal and Asheroth, Astarete, Ishtar/Easter are now worshipped in some fashion by most of the world’s people.
Psalm 75:8: “For a cup is in the hand of Yahuweh, and the wine shall foam. It is filled with a mixture, and He pours it out. All the wicked of the earth drink, draining it to the dregs.”
Excerpts from II Corinthians 6:14-7:1: “Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness (“Lawless against the Torah of Yahuweh)? And what fellowship has light with darkness? And what union has the dwelling place of Elohhim with idols?…Therefore, `Come out from among them and be separate’, says Yahuweh, `and do not touch what I unclean, and I shall receive you. And I shall be a Father to you and you shall be sons and daughters to Me’, says Yahuweh the Almighty. Having, then, these precious promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit, perfecting set-apartness in the fear of Elohim.”
“Gentile”: “A heathen, barbarian, pagan, stranger, alien, and foreigner from the promises and covenants of the commonwealth of Israel-the sons of Jacob.” If you are in Messiah, you are not a gentile. (Ephesians 2:8-19)
“Abomination”: The word “abomination” in the Hebrew language, basically has these meanings: #8441 of The ExhaustiveConcordance of the Bible, Hebrew Dictionary by James Strong, says the word “abomination” means: “something disgusting, an abhorrence–especially idolatry–and abomination reg. a custom or thing.” It says in #8263, the word means: “filth.” Its corresponding root #8262 means: “to be filthy, to loath, utterly pollute, detest, abomination.” The Greek word is #946 and means: “to detest, idolatrous.”
In the Webster-Merriam Dictionary, 1994, gives this definition of “abomination”: “something abominable, disgust, loathing.” It is a strong word!
Our heavenly Father calls certain things “abominations.” We must know what is disgusting filth to Him, if we expect His favor. Luke 16:15, above, tells us that whatever the world system goes after is an abomination to Him. Yahuweh started no religion, and neither did Yahushua or His Apostles. What the Father put into motion from the beginning, still stands, like the rising of the sun, and the eternal Torah–the Instructions and Teachings of the Kingdom of heaven. Messiah came to complete–or to make full the Torah. (Matthew 5:17-19) Elohim has nothing to do with man’s religious systems. If you are a citizen of the Kingdom of heaven, you are required to keep its righteous rules, or else you are “lawless.” We either align with His plumb line of Truth or we are “crooked” to the plumb line. (Amos 7:7-8) He is dropping the plumb line again. But, because Messiah is soon coming with the wrath of the Father, He won’t drop it again.
Baal was the sun god invented by Nimrod, son of Cush, son of Ham. “Baal” in Hebrew means “Lord” or “Master.” Baal’s consort was called the Queen of heaven. (Jeremiah 7:18-19; 44:45)
Today, because of the throwing out of Yahuweh’s Shabbat, Festivals, and calendar-dating, substituting them for pagan holidays, under Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 CE, the world celebrates the birthday of Baal and the impregnating of the Queen of heaven, on December 25th. All the sun gods of all pagan cultures were “born” on December 25th. I’m just reporting facts in this article, coupled with the Word of Yahuweh. I am not giving personal opinion.
Jeremiah 10:1-7, quoted above, is talking about the Christmas tree, which is a symbol of the phallus of Baal, decorated with his testicles, “balls,” in gold and silver and other bright colors. That’s what it is my friends–like it or not–that’s at the root of this abomination to Yahuweh!
You might not like the facts I bring out in this article, but sad for you, the factual truth about Christmas can be easily found on the Internet, because it is just history. (For excellent quotes by historians and church fathers, refer to pages 21-24 of this article).
I John 3:4: “Everyone doing sin is also doing lawless (Torahlessness), and sin is the transgression of the Torah.” The word “transgression” means: “Revolt, rebellion, breaking away from, and apostasy.” It is apostasy against the Kingdom instructions and teachings of Yahuweh.
Take sides! Do it now! Yahushua is soon-coming in wrath, and all in His path in the middle of the road (the “lukewarm”–mixture of hot and cold) will be destroyed, no matter how good your belief box is.
Yahuweh commands: If we want to be identified with Him, we must “Be set apart AS I AM set-apart.” (Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2, 20:7-8, 23-26; I Peter 1:16)
Greek thinking says that you can believe what you want, and do what you want, and the god you’ve created in your own image will pat you on the head and say “that’s OK–I love you anyway.” Greek thinking says that emotional experience is equal to truth. The Elohim of the Bible is not the teddy bear, lollypop, or cherry soda god created by the Greeks and Constantine for the pagan masses. His nature is like the culture of the East, of the Hebrews–straight on line. There is no unconditional syrupy love from the Father or Son in the Scriptures–that’s Greek philosophy. Yahuweh has conditions on whether we are approved or not approved. Read carefully John 14:15, 21-24.
In fact, read the whole Bible straight through, for the promises of protection, love, and care by Yahuweh are predicated on our fearing Him, loving Him with all our heart and soul (which in Hebrew understanding means obedience to Him), and our guarding His Covenant Torah to do it. (Examples: Psalm 103:11-18; Malachi 3:16-4:4) You can’t expect His protection if you do not fear Him enough to obey Him, and make Him your exclusive Elohim. [Refer to: “Royal Secrets and Exclusivity”/October 29, 2010]
Yahuweh is a Father–the best of all fathers! Yes, He is love. He is good, kind, merciful, tender, and gracious. But, He is also pure light and pure righteousness—a “consuming fire,” and though He loves mankind, He cannot not allow darkness in His presence, any more than a light bulb can allow darkness near it. Only a fool presumes on the Creator’s favor. Most people think they are good and deserve His blessings, but He will not allow other gods of man’s making in His face (Exodus 20:3). Yahuweh is a jealous Elohim–and He has a remnant who is set-apart who are in His favor. (Exodus 34:14)
In fact, in Exodus 23:13 we see that He doesn’t even wanting us mentioning other gods: “And in all that I have said to you take heed. And make no mention of the name of other gods, and let it not be head from your mouth.”
Prophetic of Messiah, in Exodus 23:20-22 Moses says: “See, I am sending a Messenger (the Messiah) before you to guard you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared (the land of Israel). Be on guard before Him, and obey His voice. Do not rebel against Him, for He is not going to pardon your transgression (revolt, rebellion, breaking away, apostasy against Yahuweh’s Torah), for My Name is in Him. (Yahuweh–Yahushua) But, if you diligently obey His voice and shall do all that I speak, then I shall be an enemy to your enemies and a distress to those who distress you.” (Italics mine)
This is why Messiah says such things as: “IF you love Me, keep My commandments,” and “You are My friends IF you guard My commandments” and “Unless you forsake all that you have, you cannot be My disciples.” (John 14:15; 15:14; Luke 14:33)
From the oldest Greek texts: John 3:36: “He who believes in the Son possesses everlasting life, but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of Elohim remains on him.” (The word for “believe” and the word for “obey” are two different Greek words.)
The Hebrew understanding of “faith” is that you must demonstrate openly what you believe, or your belief is a fake. If one says they believe in Messiah, but don’t obey Him who always obeyed His Father, is a liar. (Jacob/James 2:14-26)
Messiah was Jewish and Levite. He was Hebrew of culture and character. The Greek culture is almost 100% opposite of Yahuweh’s culture! Neither Yahuweh nor Yahushua will tolerate those who willfully continue to rebel against Their Instructions.
Yahushua is coming with the wrath of the Father, described in around 223 prophecies in the Word. (Revelation 19; Isaiah 63:1-6; Isaiah 34:1-8; 59:15-18 are examples) Are you obedient, and humbly ready for Him?
He strongly warns “His people” to get out of everything to do with the Babylon/Baal system, or else we will perish with the wicked. (Ezekiel 21:3)
Isaiah 10, 13, 47, Jeremiah 50:8; 51: 6, 45, and Revelation 18 are a few of the chapters about end-time Babel–America). Yes, America is end-time Babylon–mystery Babylon the Great–historically and actually in every way. I have written extensively exposing the roots of the evil that has been perpetrated by this culture against its citizens and the world, especially against Israel. I have also written a Scripture-study entitled “End Time Babylon.”
My friends, take a look at a picture of the Statue of Liberty–the goddess Liberta—Isis–the Queen of heaven, who holds up the Roman “cup.” [Refer to: “The Goddess That Rules America”/August 20, 2012, this article has several pictures]
The name of Nimrod’s wife Semaramis was changed in different cultures, but it is still the same wicked woman, described in Revelation 17, who became embodied in the Roman Catholic Church. The torch of the Statue of Liberty is actually shaped like a Roman wine goblet, and was originally made as a wine goblet. It was created by a Mason to honor the goddess consort of Baal. That cup in her hand is the cup of whoredom done against Yahuweh’s people in America and worldwide, and now especially in Israel. She is the mother of spiritual whoredom against Yahuweh. These things are factual in history and current events, easily found by the students of truth. Our history books have been re-written to focus on Greece and Rome. Western culture primarily comes from Greece. At the time when Rome was supposedly the world power, the most powerful House of Israel nation of Parthia scared Rome so bad that Rome made a “cold war” pact with them. The Israelite nation of Carthage was also very powerful. They sure fooled the stupid Romans when they said the earth was flat and sea monsters ruled outside the Straits of Gibraltar. The Israelites had been going out through those Straits around the world with Phoenicia for centuries. So to save their treasures, they lied to Rome. It was not until about 1,000 CE until Rome ventured out through the Straits.
Face reality! Americans have been programmed into illusions. Greek culture is based on philosophy, concepts, idealism, and the love of comfort and ease, emphasizing the body, and pampering the five senses. Because it is a pagan culture, there is no recognition of a separate eternal “spirit.”
Repentance must accompany salvation, for there is no salvation without repentance! Repentance does not mean saying “sorry” over and over. It means to turn once and for all from sin, from the kingdom of darkness, and from all that is an abomination to Yahuweh. If a person says they love Elohim, and Messiah, and yet practices what is an abomination to Them–they are liars. I don’t say this on my own–the Word says it. I am not judging, condemning, or criticizing anyone individually–I am just pointing out facts.
I John 2:3-7: “And by this we know that we know Him–IF we guard His commandments. The one who says, `I know Him,’ and does not guard His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even ass he walked. (He walked out the Torah) Beloved, I write no fresh command to you, but an old command, which you have had from the beginning. The old command is the Word, which you heard from the beginning.” (Italics mine)
The only “Word” that the Word talks about is the Tenach (The Torah, the Prophets and the Writings–miscalled “The Old Testament.”)
The organized Church, with its many pagan-based practices and doctrines, goes merrily on its way, week after week, season after season, bringing detestable filth before His eyes, and a stench in His nostrils, thinking they are honoring Him by their customs and traditions, yet He is disgusted at its activities that are part of His enemy’s world and its celebrations rooted in abominations against His very nature.
Abba Yahuweh said to me in 1986: “If the root is defiled, then the tree is defiled, and the fruit is defiled, and all who eat of it are defiled.”
Refer to Psalm 75:8: It is the mixture in the cup that is the great abomination. He calls to us to come out of Lucifer’s Kingdom of darkness. We can’t approach the King of Light with darkness clinging to us.
Years ago, during the Christmas season, I was sitting in a friend’s house in front of their newly decorated Christmas tree. We were having a Christian fellowship gathering. A lady I had just met came and sat in the chair next to me. She was a minister-teacher-evangelist like I was. She looked at the tree too, and then simply said to me without comment: “We cannot honor our King with His enemy’s symbols!” I stared at the santas, the balls, the unicorns, the elves, and began to meditate on what she said. How could those cute little things be symbols of His enemies?
You can’t honestly put glitz and glitter on what is abomination to Yahuweh and call it good. To Yahuweh this is no different than putting perfume on dung. The Christmas tree is Baal’s phallus and the balls are just that–testicles. Burn your scented Christmas candles. They won’t fool Yahuweh and make His nostrils smell anything else but dung.
The Greek mind says “what looks good must be good,” and “what sounds good must be good.” This idiotic thinking is from people who are too lazy to check out the truth for themselves, and thus fall easily for deceptions of pagan culture and the arguments of sweet-sounding humans.
II Corinthians 11:13-15: “For such are false messengers, deceptive workers, masquerading as messengers of the Messiah. And no wonder! For Satan himself masquerades as a messenger of light! It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.”
Matthew 7:13-15: “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide, and the gate is broad, that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard-pressed that leads to life, and there are FEW there be who find it. But beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” (Interesting that both these passages are verses 13-15) Both describe the people who are now deceiving Christians by the multi-millions–especially in the West, because of Greek cultural standards and Greek philosophical shallow thinking.
Notice that “many” go the way of destruction and “few” go the way of life—through the gate into Yahushua’s coming Kingdom on earth. Again, we see in Luke 16:15, regarding the things that the world runs after, that we should run the opposite direction!
When we are born again, we enter the Covenant of Israel (Ephesians 2:8-19) by faith in Messiah–we enter the government of the Kingdom of Yahuweh. We enter a Kingdom ruled by a King, and depart from a kingdom ruled over by a created being, Lucifer–the Shining, or Illumined one, really Satan in disguise as an “angel of light.”
The world’s elite, who run this world system are agents for Lucifer–top-degree Masons, Illuminati, Council on Foreign Relations, Jesuits of the Vatican. They worship Lucifer as their god–openly declaring that fact at the top levels of their multi-faceted organizations. (They won’t use the word “Satan.” That’s too low-class for them, even though Lucifer is Satan, the Devil, or the Dragon). They honor the god that will inhabit the world ruler, soon to come to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
Lucifer means: “the illumined one, the light bearer, the son of the morning.” According to Masonic Illuminati teaching, Lucifer illumined Eve in the Garden of Eden. But, she actually partook of a mixture–the tree of both the knowledge of good and evil. Today the Internet is the full-blown tree–giving mostly evil and a little good. Greek Gnostic thought is the root philosophy of all the world’s “mystery” religions throughout the ages. Gnosticism, and the world’s leaders say that illumined shining Lucifer is the good god, while Adonai, or Yahuweh, is the evil dark one. It is also taught as a core principle in the New Age religion, which comes from Gnosticism. In the Garden of Eden, Lucifer convinced Eve (Hawwah) that the mystery that Elohim was trying to keep from she and Adam was the knowledge of good and evil. Lucifer offered her this knowledge if she would only eat from his tree. They got the mystery secrets all right–they tapped into the depths of Lucifer’s rebellion against the Most High Yahuweh.
Nimrod created a basic religion to honor Lucifer. This religion is still at the core of ALL man-made religions. There are elements of Lucifer-worship in ALL pagan holidays. Even Muslims love Christmas, the worship Mary as the Queen of heaven, and the Greek Jesus. In Jordan, where I lived among Muslims for eight years, each Christmas they’d put out decorations–even at the falafel stand. One Lebanese Muslim woman told me that Christmas was her favorite holiday. When I was in China I observed that even Chinese Communists love Christmas, keeping Christmas trees in some store windows year round. It is the holiday for everyone—everyone who worships Lucifer in various pagan forms, that is.
A counterfeit, man-made religion has lied to its people since its beginnings under the Roman Emperor Constantine at the Council of Nicea, in Turkey in 325CE. The Roman Catholic (universal) Church he founded in order to unite His fragmenting empire was simply a new form of sun-god worship.
In 2013, my son, daughter-in-law, and I, went to Rome to do intercession. We learned that the church of St. John Lateran was built by Constantine – the oldest church in Italy. We learned that what Constantine did in uniting his empire was to take basic ideas from the religion of Greek Gnostic Christianity, and combine them with the religion of Mithra from Persia, “Sol Invictus” (the unconquerable sun)–Constantine’s god–and to reduce all the gods of the Roman Pantheon down to the Greek semblance of the Greek savior-god Zeus (the Greek version of the Roman Jupiter) into Iesous (the English Jesus), making him chief god. Islam did this, too. With the help of the Roman Catholic Church, Mohammed took the 350 or so gods of Arabia and reduced them down to one (the former moon god)–Allah. Constantine was a success. His new religion, with its teaching of a god who died and rose again, like all the sun gods supposedly did, suited the pagans of Rome and all his empire, except the Torah-guarding believers in Yahushua. He went after these resisters with the sword. The Church has been dedicated ever since then to try to wipe out these “resisters.” Revelation 12 tells of their fleeing in these last days to escape the same sword. Today, Islam is the sword of the Vatican, as well as the sword of the Jesuits.
Wicca witches, worshippers of Isis, say that Mary and Isis are the same woman—Mary is just a christianized version of Isis. In all religious cultures there is artwork showing a mother and a little child in her arms. This is called the “mother-child” cult. However, the mother of the Messiah of Israel, Yahushua, was named Miriam.
He came in His Father’s Name – Yahuweh. Yahushua means “Yahuweh is salvation.”
Below: In one of the side chapels in the Lateran Cathedral, we see a statue of Jesus on the cross. But, look above him. Do you see the sun rays with the pyramid in the middle of them? It is a symbol of the sun god with the “eye of Horus,” in the middle. Look at the back of a dollar bill! Iesous/Zeus of the Greeks simply became the Yesu of Rome, the Mithra of Persia, Serapis of Egypt.
Photo by my son Derek
I encourage you to read/review the study “Exposing the Real Agenda of Mary Worship”/April 10, 2013, which reveals much about these statues and paintings.
It has several pictures of paintings and statues showing the “mother-child” cult worldwide. In the Pantheon, we saw a statue of the boy Jesus with Joseph, and under the statue the name Iesovs–Latin for Iesous–which became the English Jesus.
But, the chief rules of the Luciferic game–the core-roots of Christian teaching from its inception–is: DO NOT, under any circumstances, make Yesu out to be Hebrew! Do not use His Hebrew Name. Now using Yahweh is illegal. Keep the people dependent on what the church teaches. Do not encourage them to read the Bible. In fact, make a law against their reading the Bible for themselves. DO NOT promote the Torah as anything but obsolete and ancient–non-applicable for now. Promote the teaching that we not under “the LAW of the JEWS.” Promote the teaching that the Jews killed “Christ.” Destroy anything that relates Iesous/Yesu to anything Hebrew. Separate God from Yesu. Make “the God of the Old Testament” out to be cruel, even evil, harsh, severe, and genocidal. Make Yesu out to be sweet, loving, kind, and anti-Torah. Make the “Holy Spirit” out to be like Jesus. Promote the Nimrod-created “trinity.”
All of this manipulating by the Church bore fruit–even with the Protestants … i.e. we do not have to keep “the law of the Jews!” Greek and Roman rulers made laws against circumcision, Shabbat, the Festivals, and the dietary laws of Yahuweh. They enforced these rules unto the death of many Jews and true believers in Messiah who guarded the Torah.
The despising of His set-apart Covenant is purely Lucifer-inspired. Only one religion emphasizes the rejection of the Torah–Christianity.
Constantine, like Daniel prophesied, like anti-Messiah will do, changed times and seasons from the calendar of the Elohim, Creator of heaven and earth, to the Greco-Roman pagan calendar of the sun god worshipping Romans, Greeks, Persians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Assyrians.
To his death, Constantine constantly interchanged the name Iesous with Mirthra, depending on who he was talking to. Constantine worshipped “Sol Invictus”—“the unconquerable sun” to the day of his death. He was an evil man. After his supposed conversion to Christianity, he had his wife and son murdered.
The whole system of sun god worship goes back to Nimrod–whose goal it was to build a tower, shut out the Elohim Yahuweh, and take over the world. (Genesis 11) This is the goal of Lucifer–Isaiah 14:11-19–to sit on the throne belonging to Yahuweh in Jerusalem.
Isaiah 14:12-15: “How you are fallen from the heavens, O Helel (Lucifer’s name), son of the morning!…For you have said in your heart `Let me go up to the heavens, let me raise my throne above the stars of El, ad let me sit in the mount of meeting on the sides of the north, and let me go up above the heights of the clouds, let me be like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the grave, to the sides of the Pit.” (Italics mine)
Regarding Isaiah 14: 13: From Reuniting the Covenant by Rav David Pollina, c. 2004, chapter 1: “The adversary says, `I will rule on the mountain of Mo’ed…’ `appointed place, time, meeting, sacred season’, the ordained Holy Days in Leviticus 23, times that have been set-apart sanctified for us to worship Yahweh. This is haSatan’s agenda: to rule over the times and seasons set by Yahweh, to keep us from worshipping out Creator.”
Rav Pollina points out that Jeroboam was the first anti-messiah who changed times and seasons to fit his pagan religion–I Kings 12:26-33–and that Constantine was a major anti-messiah who changed times and seasons–forcing the celebration of Christmas and Easter and Sunday worship on all of his subjects, through his Roman Catholic Church. He points out that the coming anti-messiah world ruler will also change times and seasons.
In Daniel 7:25, this world ruler changes the “mo’edim”–the appointed times of Yahuweh and His Laws. He is the lawless one who makes up his own religion and demands that men worship him as he prescribes or be killed.
All who would not enter Nimrod’s tower were killed. But, this is basic Catholic action from its inception–those who wouldn’t bow to the pope were killed. Constantine declared himself the first pope, and demanded to be worshipped.
In Mexico today, Central and South America, parts of Africa and Asia, the Jesuit Order of the Vatican wears military clothes, carries assault rifles, and kills anyone who won’t bow to the Pope in “Catholic countries.” They are the Vatican hit-men–the Vatican “C.I.A.” They are also the top leaders of the Illuminati, having started it May 1, 1776, through one of their priests in Bavaria, Adam Weishaupt.
How did this ancient pagan Christmas story get started?
After Nimrod was slain, his former wife, also his mother, mysterious was pregnant with child. Being saintly, how was this possible? She said that she was impregnated by the rays of the sun, by her husband the sun god. Her son was named Tammuz, the reincarnation of “God” his father. So, Nimrod the sun god died, but rose again as Tammuz. Tammuz became the savior-god. Semaramis was called the “Queen of heaven,” and “the mother of God.”
As this new trinity-religion progressed, the worship was based on the “crossing” of a star through Taurus the bull each spring at “Easter,” impregnating the mother-goddess with the child, who was born on December 25th. This ancient symbol of the cross, in its various forms, is a fertility symbol of this zodiac crossing. The Nazi swastika is an ancient pagan symbol of the twisted cross of the zodiac.
When Constantine created his new counterfeit religion, he retained his supremacy over the new religion as the Pontifix Maximus, or supreme pope over the worship of the new sun god—Iesous. The sound “oos” ended many sun god’s names to carry through identification with Zeus, i.e. Bacchus, Horus, Dionysus, Perseus, Theseus, and Iesous. Other sun gods were Adonia, Appolo, Attis, Baal, Helios, Hercules, Jupiter, Mithra Osiris, Serapis, Ra, Tammuz and Woden.
Historians tell us that Rome never died–it just hid in the Roman Catholic Church with the pope as the new Caesar. Today, revived Rome lives, and will produce the false prophet of Revelation 13. This is the expressed goal of the Jesuit Order.
As a syncretism, the Greeks had to hear `Zeus’ in the Messiah’s name to satisfy them. (Fossilized Customs by Lew White, page 18) “Syncretism is when a religious or philosophical behavior is united or combined with another behavior.” (Fossilized Customs, page 36)
Remember: The “J” is only about 500 years old in the English language. It was created as a letter not found in any other language, by putting a tail on the Greek “I” at the time of the invention of the printing press and the printing of the first English Bible. Why would this letter be invented, when one of the sounds of the English “G” is also the sound of the “J”? This was done to disguise the name of Iesous–and transliterate it as “Jesus”–thus disguising the real Hebrew name of our Savior, which is YahUshua.
The name Iesous refers to “Hey,” or “Hail” Zeus, savior god of the Greeks. But the name “Jesus” has no etymology at all. Every Hebrew name has a meaning.
“Jesus” is not a transliteration of Yahushua. Names are not translated. A person’s name is how they are known. The very Name Yahuweh and Yahushua carry the character of Elohim–Their very nature. Their Names identify Them. A name can be transliterated into another language. But, if a man named Giuseppe Verde in Italy travels to the United States, is he going to be called “Joseph Green?” NO! But, in Italian Giuseppe is “Joseph” and Verde is “green.” Names are not translatable. Your name is your name in every language on earth. Why did evil men have to get rid of the real name of Yahushua? Because it is Hebrew! So Lucifer and friends took the Names of our Father and Messiah out of our mouths, and replace them, i.e. “God”, “Lord”, “Jesus”, “Christ”–with the names of pagan gods. There are 25 words in English “christianeze” that stem from the names of pagan gods. I recommend the book by C.J. Koster: Come Out of Her My People.
The name of a Canaanite god at the time of Joshua was called “Baal Gawd”–or Lord God. “Ba’al means “lord,” and “Gawd” means “prosperity, fortune.”Now what religion calls their deity “Lord” and “God”?
So, the whole bottom line with regards to the joyful abomination of Christmas is that it is a demonic deception, a counterfeit, and rebellion against what our Father’s calendar commands us to celebrate.
Messiah warned in John 5:43: “I have come in My Father’s Name (“Yahu”) and you do not receive Me. If another comes in his own name, him you will receive.” The world has received “Jesus.” But, now, the whole world is turning not only on the nation of Israel, but on Yahuweh Himself. The Vatican is openly calling the “God of the Jews” a genocidal cruel God who once again is commanding them to wipe out the rightful inhabitants of the land–the Palestinians. Mind-blowing, I know, but that’s what they’re saying.
Galatians 1:6-9: Sha’ul (Paul) warns of another Messiah who is a counterfeit with a counterfeit Good News–one that leaves out the Torah of Yahuweh and inserts the traditions of men, and paganism. Sha’ul and the other Apostles actually were fighting New Age Greek Gnosticism that had come into the assemblies through Greek teachers who were teaching Luciferic doctrine. This new religion of Iesous became Christianity!
The title “Christ” is also the name of a god in the world of the first century. The translation of the Hebrew Machiach is “Messiah.”
Where did we get “Christ”? The Roman Emperor Hadrian reported in the second century that many Greeks, including Hellenized Jews, were calling themselves “Gnostic Christians.” He reported that they got the name “Christian” from the worshippers of Serapis in Alexandria, Egypt, who were called “Christians,” and whose leaders were called “The Bishop’s of Christ.”
Here is a picture of a bust of Serapis in the Vatican Museum in Rome.
Just below the statue is this picture in the floor. How fitting! The false “Christ,” connected to the “woman” of Revelation 17!
In ancient times Christ Mass (Christmas) was called “Child Mass.” It had to do with the sacrificing of children to the sun god–in honor of his birthday. Their little dead bodies were laid under a child-mass tree–a fir or pine cut from the forest. The pine tree is also a symbolic phallus of Ba’al. Today, people who drag their children into the celebration of Christmas also sacrifice them to the Evil One–by opening doors for Lucifer’s world to take them over in soul and spirit.
Proverbs 8:7-8, 13: “For my mouth shall speak truth and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. The fear of Yahuweh is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the twisted and crooked mouth do I hate.”
Proverbs 12:22: “Lying lips are abomination to Yahuweh, but they that deal truly are his delight.”
Revelation 21:27: “And there shall in no wise enter into it (the new Jerusalem in eternity) anything that defiles, neither whosoever works abomination, or makes a lie, but they that are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Italics mine)
Revelation 22:14-15: “Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.” (KJV)
The whole pagan system is a lie gift-wrapped in pretty shiny paper with a pretty ribbon on it. Christmas is the season of lies in the name of fun. Look at all those scantily dressed women in Santa hats parading in T.V. ads. Look at all the partying and drinking and sexual filth on your T.V., all promoting Christmas. Look at all the ads for buying things–greed in abundance. It is the favorite season of Ba’al Gawd. The whole American economy is gauged by how much is bought at Christmas, and what products are purchased. The receipt tabs of Christmas shoppers, carefully analyzed by economic experts, tell different companies what Americans want, and what they should produce to make Americans happy. It is also an indicator of the economic stability of the country. If there are “record” sales to the good, then everyone is happy. If people don’t spend as much, the economy reflects it. The whole thing stands against the Elohim of Israel!
I realize that to break away and side with Yahuweh often alienates people from their family, even their immediate family. So most people compromise and hope that “God” understands. Yet inside they know He doesn’t.
Messiah said in Matthew 10:34-39: “Do you think I have come to bring peace on earth! I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to bring division: A man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man’s enemies shall be those of his own household.” (Micah 7:5-6) “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his execution stake and follow Me is not worthy of Me. He that has found his life shall lose it, and he that has lost his life for My sake shall find it.”
Yet, Christmas is billed as being about “peace on earth, good will towards men.” However, Christmas does not bring peace to the earth. Rearrange the letters of Satan and you get Santa. Talk about a disguise as an angel of light!
The “dog” in the Revelation 22:14-15 Scripture above is one who does not keep the Torah and Covenant responsibilities of the Kingdom of Yahuweh. The dog tears and rends. The dog loves to eat vomit. The dog takes what it wants but assumes no responsibility to the one who gives. Thus Messiah called the Canaanite woman a dog in Matthew 15. She took the crumbs from the Master’s table–the healing for her daughter–but she returned to her lifestyle in what is now modern Lebanon, and did not follow Him or enter into the Covenant of Israel. Her gods remained her gods. This is like the free salvation bunch who take “grace” from “God,” but reject Covenant-responsibility to Yahuweh.
Where in Scripture does Yahushua tell us to honor His birthday? Did the early church honor His birthday? NO! Because honoring birthdays was considered part of the zodiac worship (the worship of the stars, sun and moon). Birthday celebrations were the most important days in a person’s life in ancient Greece and Rome, because of their interaction with the zodiac. That’s why the candles are usually in a circle on the cake–for the circle of the zodiac. Among occult people birthdays are still called, as they have always been called, “Witches’ shabbats.” Our traditional celebration of birthdays is copying pagan tradition.
Yahuweh has a calendar, which he started in Genesis 1. As the principle sign of identification with Him, we are commanded to set apart Shabbat, day 7, to rest as He rested. He commanded His people to keep His seven Festivals–which picture the plan of salvation of Messiah. We are commanded to be set-apart from the world’s defilement. His Torah tells us how to do that. “Be set apart AS I AM set apart”, says Yahuweh. (Leviticus 11:44-45; 19 1; 20:7-8, 24-26; I Peter 1:16) His calendar is so beautiful and full of peace!
These are His eternal covenants, and have nothing to do with the religion of Rabbinical Judaism. Yahuweh did not start Judaism–man did. Yahushua did not start Christianity—man did.
For in-depth studies on both of these man-made religions read “The Foundation of Deception”/ May 2004 & “Exposing Rabbinic Judaism and Its Link to Rome”/March 2009]
Paul (Sha’ul) did not start Christianity either. Neither did he teach contrary to the Torah, as the lies are still touted. (Read Acts 21-26 carefully, and II Peter 3:15-16) Sha’ul had nothing to do with “Replacement Theology,” which replaces Israel and Yahuweh’s promises to Israel with the “church.” This theology is an abomination to Yahuweh and Yahushua. They are outside all religion, for all religion is the reasoning of sinful man! [Refer to: “Replacement Theology”/January 23, 2005]
The word “church” did not come from the Greek language. The Greeks used “ecclesia” for “assembly,” or “congregation.” “Church” came when the translators of the King James Version went to the German word “kirke.” This word’s etymology comes from the name of the goddess Circe, daughter of Helios the sun god, who supposedly turned men into pigs. So, even the word “church” is an abomination.
Our Elohim has no religion! He needs no religion backing Him! For the very word “religion” comes from the expression “the regions of Rhea.” Rhea was the “mother of Zeus.”
Zeus is considered a chief deity in the world today. He was the primary savior-god of the Greek empire. His son, Apollo (Apollyon) is mentioned in Revelation 9:11 as the king of the pit. Apollo, or Apollyon, means “destroyer.” In I Thessalonians 2:3, in describing anti-messiah, the word “apolia” is used for “son of destruction.” He is also mentioned in Revelation 11:8 and 17:8, as the king of the pit. Yet, before the summer Olympics, i.e. 2012, the Olympic flame is lit on Mount Olympus in Greece. The high priestess of the cult of Apollo prays over it for the return of Apollo. This ancient prayer relates back to the Cumaean Sibyl, the “pythoness,” whose ancient prophecy at Delphi, at the Temple of Apollo, is now being fulfilled by the Lucifer-worshipping hierarch of the Vatican and world elite. Truly the anti-messiah will be Apollyon, son of Zeus, incarnate again. Apollo is also Nimrod.
These ancient gods were real “people,” – Nephillim! (Genesis 6:2, 4; Numbers 13) Today, multitudes of the world’s people are calling for the return of Zeus and Apollo to rule the world. America is helping out with that return greatly! December 25th is the birthday of these sun gods.
He has an eternal Word, which is “forever settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89) He changes not. (Malachi 3:6) Man’s religion changes a lot, every time man has another idea, and every time he translates the Bible to conform to his ideas. As I heard recently, it is now estimated that there are nearly 30,000 denominations and organizations in Christianity and well over 350 translations of the Bible in English–all of them different of course.
Yahuweh, Elohim of Israel, is calling a people to Himself. He cannot receive us if we don’t come out of Lucifer’s world and side totally with Him. You are either a worshipper of Yahuweh and Yahuweh or of Ba’al. The contest of I Kings 18 is now being reenacted with each individual!
II Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone be in Messiah, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away, and behold, ALL things become new.” At the true new birth, the Word literally cuts between the soul (mind, emotions, reason, will, and sinful nature) and the spirit, birthing the spirit into contact with eternity. The “soul” or mind is saved as it aligns with the re-born spirit. Those truly born from above desire what He desires, and thus love truth. [Refer to: “The True New Birth”/July 30, 2009]
Colossians 1:12-13: “…giving thanks to the Father who has made us fit to share in the inheritance of he set-apart ones in the light, who has delivered us from the authority of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sin…”
We can’t rightly say that we are citizens of the Kingdom of light, and participate in the things of the kingdom of darkness!
Because most people do not love truth, which means they do not obey truth when it is revealed to them, they will come under the “strong deception” to come, which will be sent by Yahuweh.
II Thessalonians 2:9-12: “The coming of the lawless (Torah-less) one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth in order for them to be saved. And for this reason Elohim sends them a strong working of delusion for them to believe the falsehood, in order for them to be judged who do not believe the truth, but have delighted in unrighteousness.”
You might think that does not apply to you. But, if you naturally balk at truth when it is presented in order to continue in your lifestyle that is at odds with Yahuweh’s Torah, then you are indeed buying into the strong delusion. If you order your life as to what is convenient and pleasing to your flesh now, then you will most likely do so when anti-messiah comes.
It sure sounds like Messiahis speaking to Charismatic-type Christians here in Matthew 7:21-23: “Many shall say to me in that Day (the day of Yahuweh’s wrath and judgment), `Master, Master! Have we not prophesied in Your Name and cast out demons in Your Name and done mighty works in Your Name?’ And then I shall declare to them, `I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who work lawlessness.’ ” The word “lawlessness” here is “a nomia” in Greek. It literally means: “Without the Torah.” There is only one religion that specifically tells people not to obey the Torah–Christianity.
Grace is extended to the truly repentant. Grace is not some cheap excuse to keep on sinning. “El is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he reap.” “The wages of sin is death.” “The soul that sins it shall die.” Those verses are not written to the unsaved only–but to everyone in general.
In a classic chapter on past and present sun god worship–Ezekiel 8–Yahuweh says in verse 17: “They are putting the branch to My nose.” The priests of Yahuweh, who also worshipped the sun gods, would face east toward the Mt. of Olives, from the Temple Mount, with their backs to the Temple where the presence of Yahuweh’s Spirit dwelt over the Ark. On Ishtar (Easter) Sunday morning, as the sun came up for the Ishtar sunrise service, they held a palm branch up to their nose to shield their eyes from the sun’s rays and to honor the rays of the sun. Yahuweh departed from there, and they never knew it. He lifted off of His place over the Holy of Holies. In Ezekiel 11:23 it says that He stood on the Mt. of Olives, in front of the sun worshippers, and departed. They were so busy worshipping the sun that they didn’t see Him go, and they continued on with both sun worship and the practices of the Temple of Yahuweh. The words they said as the sun arose in honor the sun god who had come back to life (at the spring equinox) is exactly the same as the words used for the present Catholic Mass for Easter Sunday morning: “He is risen; he is risen from the dead,” etcetera. His own priests wanted to put the palm branch to Yahuweh’s nose, symbolically including Him in their pagan worship. This is exactly the Christian celebration of Christmas and Easter is doing–trying to bring Yahuweh and Yahushua into their vile abomination to make it respectable. You who continue with Christmas, know full well that you are putting the pine branch to the nose of Yahuweh!
Ezekiel 8 also speaks about what became the Roman Catholic “Lent.” Tammuz was gored by a bull, so the story goes, when he was 40 years old. Thus, tradition has mourning for Tammuz for 40 days before Ishtar/Easter in his honor. Then for Easter Sunday lunch, the traditional meat is ham (representing the boar that killed Tammuz). Easter sun-rise service also honors Nimrod/Tammuz. On this day the Queen of heaven comes down to earth. Did you ever wonder why people dye Easter eggs, primarily red? One year the White House only had red-dyed eggs for the Easter-egg hunt. Babies were sacrificed to the gods at this time, the eggs dipped in their blood.
You might say: “I would never do that.” But, still, you are identifying with what the Satanists still do! Do you want to participate with them symbolically?
I believe Yahushua was born on Yom Teruah, September 11, 3 BCE. The planetary alignment over Bethlehem, plus other factors, like the math in Daniel 9:24-27, has brought Bible scholars to this conclusion. Some believe He was born on the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) of that year. That’s also a real possibility, of course, based on John 1:14. We know He is returning on a Yom Teruah! That’s a fact from Scripture. But, the church wants Him to join them in their traditional celebrations of paganism instituted by the Roman Church.
I’ll tell you this: If Messiah was born in Bethlehem in December, those shepherds were sure crazy. I’ve been in Jerusalem, 4 miles from Bethlehem, on December 25th. It’s freezing cold! It’s rainy and downright unbearable to be out for very long. Here are Scriptures describing December in Jerusalem: Jeremiah 36:22-23, Ezra 10:9-13; John 10:22. It is Hanukkah time.
The time of Sukkot is nice weather. That’s when Miriam and Yosef would have come to Bethlehem for the taxing, as well as for the Festivals. Bible researchers and scholars are now realizing that Messiah was born at the “tower of the flock.” This was just outside Bethlehem at Ephrat (Micah 4:8 and 5:2). This is where the special perfect lambs were kept for sacrifice in the Temple. The shepherds would have been Levite priests, caring for these very special lambs. The “Lamb of Elohim,” who would die for the sins of the world, was placed in a stone feeding crib (manger). They would have been sheltered and protected there. Miriam and Yosef would have been able to stay there because of their lineage, both Judah and Levi, direct descendants of King David, as well as the fact that Messiah’s 1st cousin, John the baptizer’s father was a priest. Most likely, the “swaddling clothes,” were the undergarments of Zechariah (linen). Doesn’t that make more sense than the church’s version of a December birth in a cave? No wonder the shepherds heard an angelic choir – they were used to choirs praising Yahuweh in the Temple. They would have known that He was at the “tower of the flock.”
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected(His) knowledge, I will reject you; you shall be no priest to Me seeing you have forgotten the Torah of your Elohim; I will forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6)
This is fact: There are more people sick with diseases at Christmas time, there are more deaths, more murders, more suicides, more theft, more vandalism and break ins, more human sacrifice, more child abuse and spouse abuse, more spouses fighting, more wives beat up by drunken husbands, more divorce, more drug abuse, more abortion, more open homosexuality, more grief, more drunkenness, orgies, wild parties, anger, frustration, depression, demonic oppression and possession, greed, lust for things, un-unnatural pressure to please people, duty to do things you don’t want to do, guilt, unnecessary work, gluttony, abuse of the body, loss of sleep, coldness of heart, worry, anxiety, stress, torment and turmoil, indebtedness, tragedies of all types, more demonic supernatural manifestations, more world tragedies, more wickedness overall than at any other time of year.
And, most of this seasonal negativity is all covered up with the glitz and glitter of fake temporal happiness. The perfect peace of Yahushua is absent. Except for a few adults and of course the kids, most people are not happy at Christmas.
The Christian Africans I worked with in East Africa, those with a heart for Him, use December 25th for evangelism or for youth conferences, and avoid any type of traditional celebrations. They know its pagan!
“The holiday season” is the most oppressive time of year for many adults. You can feel the oppression lift on January 2nd. What a relief when the Christmas tree and all the present boxes and wrappings are taken out for the “bulk waste” to pick up!
I know that some of you just love the holiday season. In the light of the truth of this article, ask yourself “Why do I love it so much?” Is it the kid in you? Does it make you feel warm and fuzzy? If so, it’s time to grow up! You can give gifts and do charitable deeds at other times. You can bake cookies in January. This “love” of Christmas is a spirit – not of goodness, but from the evil one! Don’t get mad at me–keep reading…
Be aware: Truly, there is a demonic spirit that rides on “Christmas” because it is the birthday of all of Satan’s gods that he has “created” via his agents for man to worship. Satan/Lucifer is worshipped by mankind at Christmas. Make your choice, and do it quick. Are you going to worship Satan, or Yahuweh? I speak from absolute knowing in reality what I am saying! It is a simple choice for those who love truth! If you don’t stand on the side of Truth, when the anti-messiah comes you’ll fall for him too…just like you fall for Santa in his wizard’s hat each December.
“Black Friday” is what America calls the day after Thanksgiving when people head to the stores to shop for Christmas presents, and get in on all the sales. But, if you’ve ever been in a major department store on that day, you realize it is anything but “peace on earth good will toward men.” Many people are like ravenous animals. If their kid wants the latest toy out, they’ve got to get it – and if someone gets in their way – they fight (literally). But, most look like zombies. Where is the true joy of Yahuweh? Most are disgruntled, frustrated, and even angry–all the while a hymn is playing over the loud speaker–“O Holy Night” or “Silent Night.” What horrible hypocrisy! What blasphemy! People act like crazy people, grabbing and throwing things to get their child what their child “has to have” for Christmas. Many stay up all night to go to special sales that begin at dawn so that they can be first in line to grab that special toy before someone else does. Literally, people will wait in front of a store from midnight to opening time, just to be first in the store. I remember when this happened with the “Cabbage Patch” dolls years back.
Credit cards are bulging and debt rises sharply–to be paid off later on. People mentally go over the list of people to buy for, and always cringe when we find someone that they “need” to buy a gift for. Where did this “need” come from? Then there are the parties and the gift exchanges. Again, we “need” to bring something that will impress people as to our generosity. People give toys to poor children, many of which are designed for their immersion into the occult world, yet people feel so proud of themselves for being so sacrificing in generosity to the poor. The “warm fuzzies” is also an illusion at Christmas–feeling so good because you did a good deed. This is 100% NOT from Yahuweh! Would Yahuweh want the world to celebrate the birth of His Son like that!??? Would Messiah Yahushua want anyone to celebrate His birthday like that!????
Messiah’s words are left lying at home: “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)
I John 2:15-17: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of Elohim abides forever.”
Then there is the blunt Jacob, brother of Messiah, who said: “Adulterers and Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim.” (Ya’cob 4:4) [Note: King James wanted a book of the Bible named after him – thus “James.”] The Hebrew name is Ya’cob!
Spiritual adultery–“whoredom”–is when we put some other god before Him, or in the place of Him. The word “anti” as in anti-messiah means: “in the place of”–a substitute–one who sits in the place of another.
To participate in the celebration of Christmas is to break the first two commandments (Exodus 20). To participate in what Yahuweh considers to be abomination, is to put another god in His face, and bow down to other gods – at least spiritually, if not naturally when one gets down on their knees to pull presents out from under the phallus of Ba’al!
The love of Yahuweh is rarely a part of the pagan practices of Christmas. The “spirit of Christmas” is the spirit of indulging in fleshly lusts. It is a time when adults abuse their bodies with too much sugar, but worse, they abuse their children’s bodies with overdoses of sugar. People gain unnecessary weight. Have you noticed that the four holidays that emphasize the eating of sweets are all pagan-rooted holidays: 1) Valentine’s Day, 2) Easter, 3) Halloween, and 4) Christmas? Woven in is sentimentality (a sin-nature manipulation of emotions), guilt-trips, and selfishness. Sentimentality is weak human love. It is not the love of the Abba Yahuweh! It does not produce the righteousness of Yahuweh in anyone. Self-seeking, self-love, self-centeredness prevail–Father and His Son are left out.
A few bake Jesus a birthday cake. Yes, that’s sweet, like birthday cake frosting, but sorry, He is not impressed. He’s not impressed with oratorios, or the singing of “Silent Night.” He’s not impressed by Christmas programs. He’s not impressed with Christmas Eve candle-lighting services, either. It wasn’t a sentimental silent night when He was born. It was a noisy night–animal sounds and humans talking. He was born in a place where people had come for taxation, and for Sukkot–thousands upon thousands of people were there, living in succahs all over the hillsides outside Jerusalem.
It was not the cold of winter. It is gorgeous weather at that time of year in Jerusalem. It was also right after the fruit harvest of the five fruit species of the Land–dates, olives, figs, pomegranates, and grapes.
Catholics venerate wood in several ways: 1) the “cross,” 2) the Christmas tree, and 3) the wood of the “manger.” Yahuweh speaks to the worshippers of wood: Isaiah 45:20-22. At Easter, the Catholics have a mass in which everyone comes to kiss the wood, and to hear mass to venerate the “wood of the cross.”
All of Yahuweh’s Feasts of Israel were around harvests. Pesach, Passover, is around the barley harvest, Pentecost, Shavu’ot, around the wheat harvest, and Sukkot after the fruit harvest. Ya’cob 5:7-8 tells us that the “husbandman”–Father–waits for “the precious fruit of the earth.” After the resurrection of the fruit of the earth comes Sukkot–the tabernacling of Yahushua with man. His ways follow His Word. What did Yahushua celebrate in the Hebrew month of Kislev–usually in the Roman December? He was a good Jewish child, and later a good Jewish man. He celebrated Hanukah–the Feast of Dedication, along with His Jewish family. (John 10:22) Hanukkah is about the re-dedication of the Temple after it was restored from when Antiochus Ephiphanes defiled it (167 BCE). (For details on Hanukkah, read my article under Mikvah of the Covenant, on my website: comeenterthemikvah.com)
Hanukah is also called The Feast of Lights. It wasn’t on Rome’s calendar–it was on Israel’s calendar, like Purim. It was during the Hanukkah recorded in John 10:22 that Yahushua chose to declare His deity publicly, i.e. John 10:30–His relationship with His Father.
No, there is no Scriptural command to celebrate Hanukkah or Purim, but it is such a joy to celebrate Yahuweh’s victories every chance we get, and thus teach our children His Truth.
What does Hanukah celebrate? It celebrates the victory of His people over a Greek ruler who tried to get them to reject the culture of Yahuweh’s Kingdom, and become Greeks, serving Greek gods. When Messiah comes and destroys the “Antiochus” to come, we will rejoice!
It was the Jews who converted to Greek culture and religion under Antiochus Ephiphanes around 167 BCE, and became “Hellenized” rather than be killed, whose ancestors created Christianity. Antiochus outlawed the Torah. Thus, in identifying with Greece, these Hellenized Jews and their offspring also turned from Torah. When Sha’ul and the other Apostles came along and taught not only about another savior besides Zeus, plus admonished people to guard the Torah, they tried to kill Sha’ul. Because their teachings were spreading like wildfire among the Jewish communities, they created Christianity as a means of gathering the pagans together against the teachings of the Apostles. Thus, as Kepha (Peter) reports in II Peter 3, they twisted the words of Sha’ul to make him sound like he was against the Torah. Today, if people stand against the Torah, they usually use 2-3 verses from Sha’ul’s writings to refute the whole rest of the Scriptures in order to justify their defiance of His Torah. It is the spirit of Satan! The early Apostles were actually fighting the beginnings of Christianity and rabbinic Judaism in the 1st century CE!
In all of this world craziness, we are commanded to be set-apart. Will you cling to Yahuweh’s calendar? Your eternal destiny may be at stake.
Look at Isaiah 2:2-3, Psalm 2:8-9; Revelation 2:26-27; 12:5; 19:15; and other passages like Zechariah 14:16-19, and Ezekiel 40-48 that are talking about the Kingdom on earth and the Third Temple. In His kingdom on earth, and forever, the nations will be under His “rod of iron”–His Torah.
We talk about charity at the Christmas season. Except, truth is, Christmas charity comes from the heathen idea that a good deed replaces a bad one–so many suave their sin-nature by doing good in the hopes that their guilt will be relieved.
I know that some, like my children, love to give gifts. I love to give gifts. Most of us do. There are still natural “givers” in this world. But because of greed and heard-heartedness, most of the world’s people are “takers.” So, I ask the givers: Why not give to the widow, the orphans, the poor, the needy, the strangers and homeless, and the ones doing Yahuweh’s work for His Kingdom–twelve months out of the year? That’s what Yahuweh commands of us! What brings the greatest reward according to Scripture? – Isn’t it to give to those who cannot repay you?
In the past, to be with my family (a national excuse), I have been around “the tree” at a large gathering of my mother’s family on Christmas day. Everyone there professed to be a Christian on their way to heaven. Yet, the entire week I was with them not one person wanted to talk about the Savior, nor His Word, except one Italian Jew who was a Messianic believer. Thank goodness for him–it saved my week. Most kept their eyes glued on the TV, or went shopping. But, as the presents were opened around the tree, and believe me there were piles and piles of presents, not one person acted grateful as they ripped open the packages. I heard a lot of complaining–“I don’t like the color,” “it is not my style,” “the size is too small,” “I wanted something else.” Yes, there were the traditional nice “thank yous,” but then it was time to gorge on food, and the tree was left with trash all around it, and presents lost under the wrappings. As you can guess, since I’ve avoided the season as much as I could by staying happily overseas until it is over. Other times I have hidden out at friend’s house who did not “do Christmas.”
Yes, I grew up with it. Yes, I grew my children up with it. I repented! I want to warn as many as possible about this seductive evil. The “Christmas spirit” is the spirit of deception at least, and the spirit of mockery of Yahuweh at most.
My parents lied to me thinking they were playing a cute game–and fooled me into thinking that Santa was real. It was the fad of the day, so I don’t fault them. But, I thought Santa was real. The milk and cookies were all gone on Christmas morning, so I reasoned he must have been there.
Do you realize that most people who were brought up on Christmas lies continue that kind of reasoning throughout their lives? If a person looks good, talks right, says what is acceptable, we just accept them as good. Many go through their lives with a childish gullibility, or a cynical, skeptical attitude because finding out that Santa wasn’t real hurt too deeply, so we can’t trust anyone anymore. Lies have long-term effects on a child’s personality. Lies can bend a children’s personality in the wrong direction, because the parents that they trust have lied to them. So, it can affect the attitude toward God Himself.
Belief in Santa can make gullible adults. It makes many think that God is like that, and if He doesn’t do what we want, or give us what we want, we get mad at Him. We blame God for our troubles because He failed to give us what we wanted. We’re actually mad at Santa!
I preached the Gospel on the streets of Los Angeles with a man who had been so hurt by the “game” of Santa, that later in his life he became an atheist. He was a well-known Tennis Pro in the Los Angeles, California area. He made a lot of money. One day, he and his wife were in a horrible accident, which left his wife crippled for life. They were taken to separate hospitals. The Spirit of Yahuweh came to both separately in their hospital beds. Each received the Savior. When they were reunited, he stopped being a Tennis Pro, and they gave their lives to preaching the Good News of Messiah on the streets of Los Angeles. I worked with them for several years. They were two of the most humble and precious believers I’ve ever known. But, he told me that his bitterness at learning that Santa was not real was so great that it broke his heart, and it brought hate against God.
The anti-messiah will fool all the Christmas-deluded kiddies. If your God is another Santa, and you are looking to Him as you would Santa Claus, then you’re in for a great disappointment, because the Elohim of the Scriptures is not Santa!
If there was such a person as St. Nicholas, he sure went through some changes. He first appeared among the Dutch, who at that time were not even Christians. He was supposed to be a Bishop of the Church, whom the Church canonized as a “saint” long after his death, if he was a real person and not just a legend. Santa used to be an Irish elf, also, 2 feet tall, and wore green, and had magical powers.
The Santa we see today was created by the 19th century poem The Night Before Christmas. (Note the drooping wizard’s hat) In fact, the fat Santa we see today was actually made famous by a Coca Cola commercial in the 1940’s. He still is a big part of Coke commercials.
I never taught my children to believe that Santa was real. I always told them he was a game, and not real. I pointed out the Santa people in the stores, and showed them that it they were just men dressed up. I just have never been able to lie to my children.
The very idea of hiding presents under wrappings to conceal them is called “fun.” Yet, this is another form of pagan thinking, carried to the extreme in the “mystery religions” of Lucifer. Light exposes the hidden things of darkness. We are children of light if we belong to the Elohim of Israel. Hiding is fun for our sin nature. Messiah says that the day will come when all hidden things will be revealed, and the darkness exposed. (Matthew 10:26-27)
Ephesians 4:17-18: “No longer walk as the gentiles walk.” Will you be sad when the merchants can no longer sell their products, when economic Babel falls? What side will you be on when Revelation 18 happens–the side of the merchants or the side of heaven? [Refer to: “Are You a Gentile?”/re-edited 2007]
I Peter 4:3-4: “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the desire of the gentiles, having walked in indecencies, lusts, drunkenness, orgies, wild parties, and abominable idolatries, in which they are surprised that you do not run with them in the same flood of loose behavior.”
Let your light shine before men, so that they know you do not participate in what is offensive to the Elohim of the Word! The Christmas season is the in-season for the world to have drunken orgies, wild parties and free sex, gluttony, and all sorts of other filth? Now, ask yourself–where did that aspect of the season come from? Answer: It was always that way in the honor of the sun god’s birth.
No! “Jesus is not the reason for the season”–the sun god is. Copying this “Saturnalia” is an abomination. It has to do with the god Saturn. Santa is literally the god Saturn!
Notice that those who use His real Hebrew name, and guard the Torah of Yahuweh, do not celebrate the pagan days? This is because “the fear of Yahuweh is the beginning of wisdom.”
My son’s best friend’s mother was horribly killed when a drunken driver hit her car, on December 7th –her son’s birthday. The drunken driver had just come from a Christmas office party where people were indulging in food and liquor. My son, Derek, and his friend, Gary, were young boys. Gary’s aunt was also killed in the car–his mom’s sister.
If you defend the celebrating of Christmas, ask yourself: “Who am I defending?” “What am I defending?” Will you take your defense before the throne of Elohim in the judgment? Sorry, but “God” won’t understand.
The Church was laid on a foundation of wickedness: 1) the hatred of Jews as “Christ killers,” 2) the outlawing of the Torah, and 3) the murder of anyone who came against its power and authority–including believers who kept the Torah. Today the Vatican sides with the Palestinians who are killing Jews in Israel. Their excuse is that the Jews killed “Christ,” and therefore they are destined to wander over the earth with no permanent home. They are backing the U.N. in their attempts to give away Yahuweh’s land to His enemies.
The early believers never called themselves “Christians.” They were known as a “sect of Judaism,” called “the followers of the Way,” or the “sect of the Nazarene.” (See Acts 24:5, 14) Early believers, who met in homes, or in fields, and at the synagogue on Shabbat, received Messiah Yahushua as THE Messiah of Israel by faith, but also kept the Torah. They went to synagogue on Shabbat to hear the Torah read. The Scriptural concept of “hearing” is obedience to what you hear.
Constantine fashioned his sword the shape of a cross, and went after the “Christ killers”–Jews and Torah-observant believers to kill them all, for these were the only ones in his Empire who would not submit to him as the Pontifix Maximus, the Supreme Pontiff. Later the Church created the Crusades and the Inquisition to kill the “Christ killers,” and the Torah-observant believers in Messiah Yahushua. The Church called them “heretics,” for they obeyed Torah, and even had a copy of Matthew in Hebrew up until the 13th century. Hebrew Matthew has been re-discovered and translated into English.
Rome never died. Through Rome, Lucifer stills lusts to sit on the throne of Yahuweh. And, for a short time, he will–in Jerusalem. Now, the world’s Luciferian agents have one goal: To put their god on the throne of Elohim on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. That plan is now being worked out literally.
Through the centuries, murder, lies, deceptions, orgies, sexual filth—child abuse, child murder, fornication, perversion, and the slaughter of Jews and Word-believers who loved Jews, through the Crusades, the 300 years of torture and murder in the Inquisition, was the norm for the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, in the last 20 years especially, her totally deceived daughters–leaders of the Protestant Evangelical and Charismatic churches and organizations, have rejoined with Rome in covenant, in a one-world unity religion. I pray that they repent!
Are you getting a picture of why He calls the festivals of Rome “Abominations?”
I won’t discuss Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Halloween.
My purpose in this article is to give solid evidence about the celebration of Christmas, and some about Easter. [Refer to: Passover or Easter? – Which One Honors the Savior?”/March 2005, which can be found on my site comeenterthemikvah.com, under The Mikvah of the Covenant]
We know from the Scriptures what the “course” of priestly service was for Zechariah, Yochanan’s father. Thus we know that John (Yochanan) the baptizer was born exactly six months before his cousin Yahushua’s birth, and at what time.
(Luke 1:35-37; Luke 1:5; I Chronicles 24:10)
In the temple at the time of Sukkot, “the feast of Tabernacles,” great bowls of olive oil were suspended from the ceiling, and the priest’s undergarments were used as wicks. These lights were called “the lights of the world.” Just the fact that this baby was wrapped in a priest’s undergarments, most likely Zechariah’s, gave the shepherds their sign that this child was the light of the world.
Let’s not make saints out of the Magi. Most likely they worshipped Mithra, even though they were Israelites from the great Parthian Empire. Parthia had kings from the lineage of David ruling over them. That’s why they came to find the baby “King of the Jews,” for they needed to raise Him as the next King to rule over them from the house of Nathan. The Talmud tells that Eli, Miriam’s father, was of the house of Nathan. The Magi knew the Scriptures, and also the signs of the Messiah that had been passed down from Noah’s day. They came with quite an entourage, estimated at about 10,000 people. That is what terrified Herod. Rome and Parthia were in a “cold war.” To Herod, it appeared that Parthia was promoting a war with all this entourage coming into Jerusalem. It has been estimated that the wealth they brought in today’s money would have totaled about $500,000,000 dollars–1/2 a billion. Some scholars say that the gold, jewels, myrrh and frankincense and other precious metals came from the savings of Daniel–who died a very rich man without heirs. Since Daniel prophesied of the Messiah, it is very possible that he left the Magi his wealth to take to the Messiah when He would be born.
We are commanded to celebrate Messiah’s death and resurrection, the coming of the Ruach ha Kodesh, and second coming of Messiah, and that is all He told us to celebrate. These events are wrapped up in the celebration of the seven Feasts (Leviticus 23), which give us the outline of the plan of salvation. The word for “Feast” is the Hebrew word “mo’edim,” meaning “an exact-to-the-second appointment.” He did not tell us to celebrate His birthday.
But, Yahushua was nailed to the stake on Feast of Passover (Pesach)–Aviv 14. He was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread–Aviv 15. He arose on the Feast First-fruits 72 hours later on Aviv 17. He sent the Spirit to fill His disciples fifty days after First Fruits, to put the terms of the Marriage Covenant on our heart at Sha’vuot. He will come again on the Feast of Trumpets (Tishre 1). He will announce all Israel saved, and judge the nations on The Feast of Atonement (Yom Kippur–Tishre 10). He and His Bride will exchange their wedding nuptials on the first day of Sukkot, then they will enter the chupah (Tishre 15) for seven days. On the 8th day they will come out to the rejoicing of the guests, and proceed to the wedding feast! It’s all on earth, not in heaven!
Don’t you want to get out of the burdensome Roman pagan calendar, and into Father’s calendar of freedom? Don’t you want to rest on His set-apart day each week, which is an eternal covenant? Your body wants to rest!
Did you know that our forefathers in America–the Puritans and Pilgrims–outlawed Christmas because they knew it was pagan? There was actually a law in American law books that outlawed Christmas! It wasn’t until the Roman Catholics got a foothold into America that their pagan celebrations came to North America, including Halloween. (Fossilized Customs by Lew White, p. 85)
From an article by Adam Cohen in the International Herald Tribune, December 8, 2005, entitled “Commercialize Christmas, or Else”: “Christmas remains ubiquitous, and with its celebration in control of most branches of government, it hardly lacks for powerful supporters. There is also something perverse, when Christians are being jailed for discussing the Bible in Saudi Arabia and slaughtered in Sudan, about spending so much energy on stores that sell `holidays trees’…The Puritans considered Christmas un-Christian, and hoped to keep it out of America. They could not find December 25 in the Bible and insisted that the date derived from Saturnalia, the Roman heathen’s wintertime celebration. The concern that Christmas distracted from religious piety continued even after Puritanism waned. Throughout the 1800s many religious leaders were still trying to hold to the line. On the eve of the Civil War, Christmas was recognized in just 18 states.”
From an article by Joe Kovacs of WordNetDaily, December 2004, entitled “Christmas in America Becomes Battleground”: The Catholic Encyclopedia states `the word “Christmas” in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found n 1038, and as Cristes-messe in 1131. It explains `Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church’, pointing out, `first evidence of the feast is from Egypt’ around 200 CE…In 1644, the English Parliament outlawed the holiday, compelling shops to be open that day…” “`In New England, for the first two centuries of white settlement’ writes the historian Nissenbaum, `most people did not celebrate Christmas. In fact, the holiday was systematically suppressed by Puritans during the colonial period and largely ignored by their descendants. It was actually illegal to celebrate Christmas in Massachusetts between 1659 and 1681 (the fine for doing so was five shillings). Only in the middle of the nineteenth century did Christmas gain legal recognition as an official public holiday in New England.’ ”
“In the 1800s Alexander Hislop, a noted historian of antiquity examined the origins of customs such as the Christmas tree and date of celebration. Writing in The Two Babylons Hislop maintains the practice derives from the worship of pagan deities: `The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in pagan Rome and pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was a palm tree; In Rome it was the fir denoting the pagan messiah…The mother of Adonis, the sun god and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son…Therefore, the 25th of December, the day that was observed at Rome when the victorious god reappeared on earth, was held at the Natalis invii solis—`the birthday of the unconquerable sun.’ ”
From chapter one of Reuniting the Covenant by Rav David Pollina, c. 2004: “Isaiah 14:8: `The evergreens also rejoice over your demise (Lucifer’s demise), as do the cedars of Lebanon, singing “Since you fell asleep, no woodsman comes up to chop us down.” ’ ” (Italics mine) “When haSatan is defeated, millions of evergreen trees will rejoice that no one cuts them down anymore.”
Pollina says: “It is not possible, knowing the truth, to celebrate Christmas in honor of Y’shua. How would you feel if your `friends’ ignored your real birthday and instead threw a party to the birthday of your most hated enemy gave gifts to each other instead of you, and said they did it all for the love of you?”
“The tradition of giving gifts is said to commemorate the gifts given by the wise men. However, it must be noted that they did not visit Y’shua until approximately two years after His birth, and gave Him gifts because He was a King, not because of His birthday. Coincidentally, the gift-giving tradition was also a major part of `Saturnalia’, one of the Roman sun-god feasts combined into Christmas by Constantine. Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with giving or receiving gifts; it is only their use in connection with this holiday being referred to that is wrong.”
From Come Out of Her My People by C.J. Koster, page 27-29: “The fact that the pagan origin of the festival of Christmas on the 25th December, namely, as birthday of the Sun-deity, is admitted by all scholars. The Messiah could not have been born in mid-winter…as the shepherds were not out in the fields. In any case, we are not commanded to remember the day of His birth, rather, to remember the day of His death.
The CatholicEncyclopedia says, `Christmas was not a part of the earliest festivals of the Church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts.’ “ (These men lived before the official beginning of the Roman Catholic Church.)
“Sir James Frazer says, `The largest pagan religious cult which fostered the celebration of December 25 as a holiday…was the pagan sun-worship, Mithraism…This winter festival was called the Nativity of the SUN.’ ” “Mithraism was the fastest growing cult just prior to the year 321 and was the major rival of Christianity.”
Franz Cumont, perhaps the greatest scholar of Mithraism, wrote, quoting Minucius Felix, `The Mithraists also observed Sunday and kept sacred the 25th of December as the birthday of the sun.’ Many scholars have pointed out how the Sun worshipping Mithraists, the Sun-worshipping Manicheans and the Christians were all syncretized and reconciled when Constantine led the takeover by Christianity, even if it meant the latter’s surrender of most vital Scriptural truths, especially its Hebrew roots.
Sir James Frazer wrote, `If the Mithraic mysteries were indeed a Satanic copy of a divine original, we are driven to conclude that Christianity took a leaf out of the devil’s book when it fixed the birth of the Savior on the 25th of December, for there can be no doubt that the day in question was celebrated as the birthday of the Sun by the heathen before the Church transferred the Nativity.’ ”
“The mixing of pagan Sun-worship and Christianity is exemplified by the testimony of a Syrian scholiast on Bar Dalibi, who said, `It is a custom of the heathen to celebrate on the same 25th of December the birthday of the sun, at which they kindled lights in token of festivity. In these solemnities and festivals the Christians also took part.’ ” “Practically all the known Sun-deities were born on the 25th of December.”
In S.E. Titcomb’s Aryan Sun-myths, theOrigin of Religions, we find it cited, quoted from primary sources that the following sun-deities were all born on 25 December, according to their legends: Crishna (Vishnu), Mithras, Osiris, Horus, Hercules, Bacchus (Dionysus), Tammuz, Indra, and Buddha. Therein we also read of the Scandinavian goddess Frigia in whose honor a `mother-night’ festival was held at the winter Solstice (25 December). Thus we find the three great days of Christianity namely, Sunday, Easter, and Christmas, all three having had its origin the sun worship of the pagan nations.”
Deuteronomy 12:30: This is exactly what the true Mighty One, Yahuweh, forbade His people to do. Ezekiel 8:9-16, the `wicked abominations’ of Sun-worship which had been fused and mixed with True Worship, is still an abomination today.”
From Fossilized Customs by Lew White page 31: “…Saturnalia…It was an ancient belief that the winter sun was slowly dying, because it was seen rising further and further to the south each morning. `Sol-stice’ means sun-stop. By December 25th, the ancient world’s solstice, it could be recognized as beginning to return northward, and was said to be `re-born.’ It marked the time for celebration that lasted for days. Carved idols were exchanged (eye-dolls), people hung wreaths on their doors, or wore them around their necks (an echo of the symbol of Nimrod, the branch of a tree, twisted into a circle, symbolic of the shape of the sun, and the annual cycle). The `re-birth’ of the sun came 9 months (gestation cycle) after “Easter” when the earth-mother was impregnated by the sun at the crossing of the Vernal (Venusian) equinox, when Mithras (the sun) `slayed the bull’ (the constellation of Taurus) and the sun moved into the next constellation—bringing on warmer weather.” Read Fossilized Customs, pages 31-37, etc. on the origins of Santa, and elves, and the tree.
Long considered a classic book, The Two Babylons, or The Papal Worship, by Rev. Alexander Hyslop, c. 1916, first expanded edition from 1853, Rev. Hyslop goes into fine detail regarding the direct connection of the Roman Catholic Church to the ancient mysteries of Babylon, going back to the author of Lucifer worship–Nimrod. He shows that the Babylon of Revelation 17 is indeed the Papal Roman Church of today.
On pages 91-103, he talks about Christmas, and its connection to the worship of the Queen of Heaven (“Mary” in Christianity) called “Our Lady.” Here are a few excerpts from page 93: “…within the Christian church no such festival as Christmas was heard of until the 3rd century and not until the 4th century did it get much observance. How then did the Romanish Church fix on December the 25th as Christmas day? Why, thus: Long before the 4th century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of year, in honor of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven; and it may fairly be presumed that in order to conciliate the heathen, and to swell the number of the nominal adherents to Christianity, the same festival was adopted by the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ. This tendency on the past of Christians to meet the Paganism half-way was very early developed; and we find Tertullian, even in his day, about the year 230, bitterly lamenting the inconsistency of the disciples of Christ in this respect, and contrasting it with the strict fidelity of the Pagans to their own superstition. By us, says he, who are strangers to the Sabbaths, and new moons, and festivals, once acceptable to God, the Saturnalia, the feasts of January, the Brumalia, and Matronalia are now frequented; gifts are carried to and fro, New Year’s Day presents are made with din, and sports and banquets are celebrated with uproar; oh, how much more faithful are the heathen to their religion, who take special care to adopt no solemnity from the Christians. Upright men strove to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts the apostasy went on, ‘til the Church, with the exception of a small remnant, was submerged under pagan superstition. That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival is beyond all doubt.”
Notice that in ancient Rome on New Year’s Day, parties and sports were the norm. Western culture has never separated itself from Rome! Tertullian laments that the festivals, once acceptable to Elohim and His true congregation of believers in Messiah, were replaced by the celebrations of the pagans. That is what happened, as early as the end of the 1st century–the Christians compromised with the pagans, and took on their celebrations and their worship day, and mixed with them for the same of “unity, and peace.” The church has always done it, and is still doing it. And our Savior hates it!
Isaiah 5:20: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Proverbs 17:15: “He that justifies the wicked and he that condemns the just, even they both are abominations to Yahuweh.” Did you know that tolerance for evil, justifying wrong-doing and standing up for those who sin against the Torah, is an abomination? There is punishment for participating in abominations!
Deuteronomy 7:25-26: “The carved images of their gods, you are to burn with fire. Do not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is an abomination to Yahuweh your Elohim. Neither shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be a cursed thing like it; but you shall utterly detest it, and utterly abhor it, for it is a cursed thing.”
That’s talking about carved Buddha incense burners, statues of gods from vacations to third world nations, Christmas trees, Santa dolls, those cute little pointed eared elves, angel dolls that look like fat naked kids, fairies, flying horses (Pegasus), reindeer, or other supernatural things like talking snowmen, symbolic wreaths, gold and silver balls that you’re hanging onto because they came from grandma, or they are covered with real silver or gold, are abominations to the Elohim you want to live with forever.
The Scripture says that you are to burn these things with fire because they are images of the gods of this world. I’ve had to do it. Build a nice fire in your barbeque, and send them all to ashes. Let your children help you, so that see that you are coming out of the kingdom of darkness, and that Yahuweh’s is real—so real that their parents are willing to destroy anything of the other kingdom.
These images of pagan things, like the image of the “beast” of Revelation 13, cause us to worship “things.” Sentimentality is a demonic spirit that causes the worship of things! It is false love. It is a destroyer in your life. You hang on to things, and they get a grip on your heart and your emotions, and you cry at the thought of giving away grandma’s precious Christmas angel. Beware of what you call “cute,” “sweet,” or “adorable.” It can also trap you into wanting, even lusting, after things.
Let’s talk about images and their power to destroy us. You say: “they are inanimate objects–how can they hurt me”–“God understands my heart.” Yes, He sure does. He says that the heart is desperately wicked, who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:5-10) Traditional Christmas symbols are open portals for demonic worship, and demons, who know their power. The Masons, the New Agers, the Illuminati, the Vatican, know that symbols are portals that are open to supernatural powers. If you go and bring them into your house, you bring in open portals. They are open doors to let the demonic world into your house to destroy you in any way they can. Demons hide in these objects by which they were worshipped throughout the history of mankind after the judgment by Flood. Demons hide in human bodies, in animal bodies, and in objects that make them comfortable.
No, in itself, your Christmas tree is just another dead tree. All the live Christmas trees taken from forests are depleting the oxygen level of planet earth–so you’re contributing to the destruction of the planet. In Scripture, we read about the “groves” that kings of Judah and Israel allowed the people to use for worship of foreign gods. Trees were always considered places of worship. Because Lucifer has always used trees, especially evergreens, to bring himself honor through the last 5,000 years, when you bring that tree into your house, and enact his ancient worship, using his ancient symbols, and celebrate on his ancient day of worship along with all the neo-pagan Lucifer worshippers in the world today, you have given him the right to do whatever he wants with you and your family. I’ve learned, understood and practiced deliverance from demonic powers for 48 years, and I know how they think, how they act, and how they deceive. When I say that they hide in Christmas, it is no idle talk.
in Christmas, it is no idle talk.
Do not confuse weepy sentimentality while you are singing “Silent Night,” with the anointing of the Spirit of Elohim. I know, people get all choked up at Christmas programs and magnificent choir productions, but remember that is a facet of the soul’s emotional abilities to deceive, and has nothing to do with the moving of the Spirit of Yahuweh. I am a college graduate with a degree in Music. I have been a Music Director, Minister of Music, a Choir Director, a pianist, and taught music, and piano for about 25 years. I have written and directed Christmas plays and musicals for children and adults, in schools and churches. Yahuweh uses all things to reveal Himself to us, so I am not ruling out His intervention into a church choir performance, but if it has no lasting impact on your life past the performance then your emotional reactions were not from Him but from your own soul.
Why are stars predominate symbols at Christmas, especially the five-pointed stars–pentagrams? Is it because of the star over Bethlehem? You can christianize the Christmas star all you want, but this star-symbol is zodiac-related.
The Magi saw the “star of Bethlehem” and began to follow at His birth, but it took them a year to get there. Topping off Nimrod’s phallic symbol–the tree–with a star at the top, isn’t exactly something that Yahushua would be happy with, to say the least. What does a pine tree have to do with Yahuweh or Yahushua? They created pine trees!
Why did I first write this article in 2003? I have to expose lies! However, it has proved to be the most controversial article I’ve written, receiving the most nasty-spirited backlash of any article, which proves it rattles Satan’s cage. I’ve sent it out each year, always with some little revision. But, this year there is lot of revision–in fact, it is a re-write.
The late Kenneth Hagan once answered his critics’ question as to why for over 50 years he taught on Mark 11:22-24. He answered them, saying that when people start obeying it he will stop preaching it.
We can’t afford to be like Lot’s wife. She was a good lady, but she loved her things too much, and lingered just a few seconds too long. An evangelist once said: The things that we fear losing are our gods. Yahushua leaves us with a very sober warning: “Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32)
Use this information as a springboard to spring you out of the pit of Christmas, Easter and Sun-day worship. Study for yourself.
This winter, I WISH YOU HAPPY HANNUKAH!
First written: November 2003
Revised: August 5, 2004
Revised again: November 19, 2007
Revised, rewritten, edited, pictures added: December 11, 2013