“Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say?” Luke 6:46. This was the question the Lord asked his early followers and it could be repeated in this age. If we profess to be his disciples, we should be willing to render unto him total commitment.
In Revelations 18: 4, the Savior calls, “… Come out of her (Babylon) my people, that ye be not partaker of her sins (one of which is persecuting Christians for teaching the truth), and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
Babylon, in the Holy Scriptures, speaks of man’s religious customs and traditions with their deceptive pomp and ceremonies. These practices produce an outward show of godliness that is characterized by elaborate and sophisticated methods of carnal entertainment and fleshly appeasement. They produce the chaos, division, and idolatry that demoralize and mutilate the Body of Christ today.
With our initial Christian experience, comes exuberance and spiritual energy. These, mixed with the blind trust that we have in our new found friends, can cause us to become gullible. If we are not careful, we will be easy prey to church racketeers and false teachers.
As born from above children of Yahweh, we must take immediate responsibility for our own growth and spiritual development. We cannot blindly follow the crowd and maintain our integrity. If we endeavor to mortify the deeds of the flesh, we must make a spiritual commitment that demands painful sacrifices.
The Father warns us not to “…follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest (change the true meaning) judgment,” Exodus 23:2.
After we have experienced our initial joy in the Lord, if we compromise and follow the multitude, we will gradually lose that joy and Spirit-energy. But if we insist on following the leadership of the Holy Spirit and continue to drink of new wine, we will cease to thirst for the old wine and enter into freedom of lasting peace.
We must remember that the world has its counterfeit, and we can be lulled into believing we are serving the Lord and walking in the Spirit when, in reality, we are men pleasers and slaves of Babylon. Our suffering Savior gave us a method to make the acid test, “The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you,” John 15:20. Do they?
Every Christian is instructed to depart from the Babylonian customs with her pagan gods and counterfeit traditions. This includes her pagan holy days, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and other days held sacred in the honor of Catholic saints. Some of these, so called saints, were canonized or glorified because of having shown a dedication and zeal toward their organization by killing born-from-above Christians.
In those days, rewards were given for killing any believer who opposed the barbarous regime that terrorized most of the civilized world throughout the dark ages.
Many modern church people see nothing wrong with honoring Catholic saints or in adopting their pagan customs and relics. In this, they think they are honoring Christ. But do we truly honor Christ by using these pagan ideas? Or do we, in reality, hope to maintain tranquility and social acceptance while we indulge in so-called harmless self-gratification? Are we only pretending what we are doing is for the honor of the Lord? Test your Christmas holiday alms by giving to the needy until it pinches your life-style, but do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing—do not tell another person. This way of giving is the charitable work that wins Yahweh’s approval. If you can pass this test, you are honoring Christ with your alms; your works of charity are not counterfeit.
The Father was very specific in giving instructions in the keeping of his holy days. Yet ninety-five percent of the religious world is unaware that these holy days ever existed. Each of the holy days, including Sabbath, have been set aside by the Roman hierarchy and replaced by a day that was sacred to the worshippers of pagan gods, goddess, and idols. The Protestant churches hold these pagan days in honor as much as the Roman Catholics.
The Lord very carefully instructed his people not to worship him with customs and ceremonies taken from the heathens around them: “When Yahweh your God shall cut off the nations where you are going into to possess them, and you shall possess them, and shall live in their land take heed lest ye become ensnared to follow them after they have been destroyed before you, and that you not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? and I shall do so, even I. You shall not do so to Yahweh your God, for everything hateful to Yahweh which he detests, they have done to their gods,’” Deuteronomy12:29.
The followers of Yahweh, after being plainly told not to, adopted the pagan holidays. They even went to the extreme of sacrificing children. We are amazed when we read their history. After all the wondrous things that were done to witness Yahweh’s grace, love, and power they were more attracted to the vulgar and crude customs of the pagans around them.
We read of their indulgence and question their ability to reason; yet modernized or modified versions of those customs continue to dominate the churches in our “supposedly” civilized time. There are people who insist our holiday customs did not come from pagan origin. Nevertheless, we cannot deny that the customs we keep on these holy days do not have a Biblical foundation and, according to all the historians, were practiced by the heathen before our Savior clothed himself in flesh as the son of Mary.
If any Christian, in this enlightened and sophisticated age, dare oppose the authority of the hierarchy of the Church of Rome, they will be properly reprimanded for their actions without Rome lifting a finger against them.
Rome must be elated to know that any Christian who resists her many chosen holidays and her Sabbath substitution will become an outcast to the Christian establishment in this country and in other countries as well. It is an amazing but established fact that if you are so bold as to resist the authority of Rome, you will be branded as a heretic and cast out of the protestant denominations immediately.
Most people in the western hemisphere are completely satisfied to accept the Roman holy days whether they are aware they are pagan or not. They simply ignore the instructions given in the Bible. Too many Christians adhere to all religious customs without having any knowledge of their origin or any spiritual reason for accepting them. Yet they are so totally committed to the observance of these customs that they will disown family members for any deviation from them.
Most of these good people are convinced that if everyone is so enthused over these festivities, they must, in some way or measure, honor Christ. Many have become so dedicated to the whole concept of Christmas that they are blinded to the truth. They will insist that Christmas giving is an innocent method of gift-giving and sharing that has nothing to do with pagan holy days. But are they correct in their assumption?
Giving is certainly a good and noble thing to do on any day of the year, including Christmas, but can we truthfully say that exchanging gifts on a pagan holy day can be labeled as Christian benevolence? According to the English dictionary, the definition of “exchanging” is to part with for some equivalent, to give up something for something else.
Gift exchanging during the winter solstice was just as much a part of the pagan customs as was the Yule log, mistletoe, Santa, the wassail bowl (punch bowl), and the evergreen tree. These things were never intended to honor Christ. There is not one custom observed in these, so called, holy days that originated in the Bible. The manger scene could be an exception, but even this portrays a deception.
Many people are persuaded that the cross and the sunrise services on Easter were consistent with Christianity. But in reality the cross, as we see it illustrated by replicas, is also seen on the bottom of the skirts of pagan priest in pictures that pre-dates the birth of Christianity by hundreds of years.
The sunrise service was part of the worship of Horus, a solar deity (sun god). Horus was regarded as the son or brother of Isis and Osiris and is known by other names in different cultures.
Departing from pagan holy days does not deprive us of the privilege of gift-giving and sharing a special day of loving fellowship with family and friends. But it definitely will affect our gift-getting. Why could we not choose to fellowship and share on Thanksgiving, birthdays, anniversaries, or family reunions? Best yet, why not develop sensitiveness to the needs of others and be spontaneous in our love and Christian benevolence? Would not this be more in line with the teaching and principles of our Blessed Savior?
The winter solstice was a time of great festivities among our primitive progenitors. The inhabitants of the old world: Greeks, Romans, Gauls, Germans, and others, worshipped many myth gods. Among these were: Zeus, Cronus, Rhea, Horus, Horae, Venus, Bacchus, Balder, Saturn, and many others too numerous to mention. Each of these gods was thought to have been born at the time of the winter solstice. Considering that the Christian church in Rome was supposed to be Christ-minded, isn’t it surprising that they were bent on including the Savior’s birthday in this accumulation of gods—especially when you consider that Yahweh’s mission on earth was to enlighten his people and bring them out of idol worship and pagan religion?
It was through the worship of Saturn that we adopted the custom of gift-giving at the winter solstice, and with it came the idea of boozing on Christmas.
How Long Has December 25 Been Observed As a Religious Holiday?
Before the Christmas festivity was adopted into the Christian religion, December 25 was known as Saturnalia. This Roman festivity (feast day) was celebrated in honor of the myth god Saturn and is thought to be the date of his birth. His festivities began on the 17 of December and lasted through the 25. Saturn is also known as Cronus (see Encyclopedia International, volume 16).
In the Scandinavian countries, the Christmas celebration lasted thirteen days. The celebration included twelve nights of partying. In these countries the old pagan custom of roasting a pig is still practiced. It is also from these countries that we get the idea of Santa’s appearance and clothing, but not his name.
Their Christmas trees are decorated with gold and silver stars. Strips were cut from colored paper and included with the tree decorations. On Christmas Eve (the day had always began at evening until Rome changed it to began at midnight) the family gathered around the tree in anticipation of a visit from the Tomte (also called Tamtar), who are kindly gnome creatures like unto the brownies. One, thought to be an old man with a long white beard, wore a red cowl and rang a bell (vol. 3, page 229, Compton’s Encyclopedia, 1948 edition). This gnome became our Christmas idol.
Other customs practiced during this week of festivities were dancing, feasting with families and friends, and drinking intoxicating drinks from the wassail bowl.
The wassail bowl filled with mixed drinks was an important part of this custom. Have you ever thought to question the custom of drinking liquor or other intoxicants, such as punch or eggnog spiked with alcohol and served in a punch bowl on the Lord’s birthday?
In the primitive world, much of the labor was ended when the crops were gathered and preserved. With nothing to do and time on their hands the people became restless. These primitive people made great preparation to honor the sun god and other imaginary gods to whom they gave honor for food, drink, and a bountiful harvest. These celebrations included many sacrifices, sometimes human. This was especially true of the customs of the Druids. When we honor Halloween, we give honor to the Druids, because Halloween was then, and still is, the Druids high Sabbath.
During the fourth century, as the godless Church of Rome rose to power, Rome began to force these customs upon the Christians. Eventually Jerome, a Roman Catholic priest, translated the scriptures out of its original tongue. We can rightfully credit Jerome with the substitution of Easter in the place of pascha, or Passover in the Bible (see Acts 12:4); therefore, the corrupting of the holy days and the Sabbath substitution was well on their way.
The popes of that day, seeking to compromise with the heathenish sun worshipers, sought to change the name of the Passover to Easter in honor of the goddess Astarte, the Canaanite god of fertility, also known as the spring goddess, Venus. This was about the time they proclaimed the winter solstice as our Lord’s birthday and adopted the customs of Saturnalia—only the name was changed from Saturnalia to Christ’s mass. The true Christians protested and died for their resistance, yet the heathenish practices were adopted and eventually approved.
In early colonial times, the Puritans and other dedicated religious groups banned Christmas for many years, even in the United States. Then the world rose up in defiance and restored the practice. Charles Dickens, a famous author, was one of the great Christmas advocates who did not profess to be a follower of Christ, nor was he interested in honoring him. His books, which were comprised of Christmas stories, needed the approval of Christians in order to sell. He was a great orator and traveled over America reading his poetry. Some of the minor things such as the holiday expression, “Ho, ho, ho,” were adopted from his writings.
How do we know that Christ was not born on Christmas day? If he was not, how could it be wrong to allow the Church to choose a day since no one has any idea what time of year Christ was born? The Hierarchy of Rome knew something of the time of Christ’s birth (if not the exact month and day) at the time Saturnalia was renamed Christmas.
Matthew and Luke copied their genealogy from the Hebrew records. The Israelites kept records of every Israelite birth. These records are alluded to as the Book of Life. The Lord’s birth would have been of no less importance than any other Israelite. He was baptized and circumcised by the priest. The birth date of Christ was recorded, just like every child, at the time it happened. Matthew and Luke did not copy the date by month when they copied the genealogy into the Bible, but this is not to say they were not kept in the Hebrew’s Book of Life.
Records kept by the Roman government of the taxation of the Israelites would have shown at what time of the year Israel paid tribute money to Rome. They would have known the exact time Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem to be taxed. They also had a head count of those paying taxes.
According to Luke 2:8, the shepherds were in the fields with their flocks when the Savior was born. In that country, the shepherds are forced to move their flocks down the mountains for the winter months. This would indicate that Yasha was definitely born much earlier than December 25.
Also, history proves that the Savior was born in the year 4 BC, which is the year King Herod ordered all the Israelite babies killed. The decree to slaughter the infants was purposed in order to destroy the Christ child. So, we infer from this knowledge that Christ was born before Herod died.
In actuality, the Roman hierarchy was wrong about Yasha’s birth on both accounts, and our natural ability to reason tells us that they were aware of this discrepancy.
We have somewhat of an account of the date of the birth of John the Baptist, the cousin of our Lord, who was six months older than our Lord. By exacting the date of John’s birth we can add or subtract six months and arrive at an exact season of Yasha’s birth.
Zacharias, a priest and the father of John the Baptist, was ministering in the temple in the course of Abia (Hebrew “Abijah” or “Abiyah”). According to First Chronicles 24:10, the course of Abia was the eighth in order. This would have been Iyar 27 to Sivian 5; this date would correspond with June 1 through 8 on our calendar. After having served his week in the priest’s office, he would have been required to serve another week because the following week was the Feast of Weeks, and all priests were required to stay for service during this week to help with the tremendous sacrifices that were to be offered during the feast.
After having discharged his responsibility to the priest’s office, Zacharias and his wife, Elizabeth, would have been free to return to their home about the 15th of June. Counting nine months, we would arrive at a mid or late September birth, that is, if she had conceived immediately.
The angel, Gabriel, told Zacharias that Elizabeth would conceive. Six months later Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced her conception with Christ and informed her that her cousin Elizabeth was now in her sixth month, this being no earlier than the middle of December.
If we understand the meaning of the feast days, we will understand perfectly the time of our Savior’s birth. Each feast day was to be observed by the Israelites once each year, but they had a deeper meaning that pointed to a greater event. Passover was the day when the lamb was slain for the sins of the firstborn. Christ was crucified on Passover, thus fulfilling its spiritual meaning.
Fifty days after the first Passover and the departure from Egypt, the Israelites were at the foot of Mount Sinai in Arabia where Yahweh appeared to them in a mighty display of power. Yet they spurned his approach, rejected the spoken Word, and asked for a mediator. Yahweh gave them the Ten Commandments written on tables of stone. This date was later commemorated as the Feast of Weeks.
Christ was crucified on Passover, and the Holy Spirit was given on the Feast of Weeks (Feast of Firstfruits). Under the Greek influence, this day was referred to as Pentecost because it came fifty days after Passover (Pentecost is the Greek word for fifty), thus fulfilling its meaning by writing Yahweh’s laws on stony hearts.
The third and last feast was in the fall and is known in the Bible as Tabernacles or Feast of Booths. To fulfill the spiritual meaning of this day, Yahweh would be required to tabernacle man. The Bible is clear on this subject. Yahweh did indeed tabernacle his Son and he did this at the date of his birth, which obviously was at the Feast of Tabernacles. This date is certainly more in harmony with the other facts surrounding Yasha’s birth. He could not have been born in the winter, for the shepherds were still tending their flocks in the fields.
Another thing to consider in calculating the time of Yasha’s birth is the Bible statement that Joseph and his pregnant wife were going to Bethlehem to pay taxes, or tribute, to Rome. This transaction would have been at the end of the civil year. Tabernacles came on the seventh month of Israel’s ceremonial year, but that was the first month of their civil year. It makes sense to assume they would have demanded the taxation to take place immediately after the crops were gathered at the end of the year. At the time of Christ’s birth, the nation of Israel was in captivity under Rome. Rome kept close records of every birth and death of the Israelites—they kept tabs on their slave nation’s population growth because they taxed them.
After having scriptural proof that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the anniversary of the Feast of Weeks (Firstfruits) and Christ was crucified on the anniversary of the Passover, it should be easy to believe that the Son was born and tabernacled on the Feast of Tabernacles. This fulfills the meaning of the three feasts that had been observed annually as a shadow of that which was to have its fulfillment in Christ. The birth of Yasha fulfills the Tabernacling promise. The law of righteousness was fulfilled when Yahweh wrote the commandments in the hearts of the believers at Pentecost and redemption was purchased when Yasha hung on the cross at Passover.
History tells us that our Savior died at thirty-three and one half years of age. If he died on Passover in the spring, six months later in early fall would be the time of his birth. If he was born December the 25, he would have been less than four months past thirty-three years.
You will also find that Yasha was born on the new moon, a time that is the darkest of night, and was crucified on a full moon, the brightest of night. This brings to light that the Savior came to a world in great darkness and the world rejected its brightest Light and crucified it.
Satan had a purpose for removing the holy days from the Scripture; the carnal hierarchy at Rome became a handy instrument in concealing the spiritual meaning. Not only did the holy days have their fulfillment in Christ, they also have their greater fulfillment in his Body of believers.
At the beginning of the Church age, the firstfruit company of believers was presented as a living sacrifice. This mystery is concealed from the eyes of the carnal thinker. But the carnal thinkers are not troubled. After all these believers died for the truth, carnal thinkers find their fulfillment in celebrating Easter, Christmas, Halloween, and all the days that are used to honor Rome’s saints—many of whom were canonized and received their glory by murdering Christians.
How Did We Get Christmas With Its Unusual Customs?
The primitive people of earlier times were sun worshipers. The shortest days of the year are during the winter solstice. By December 22, the sun has reached its southernmost point. In their zeal to make the sun return, some people made festivities, offered sacrifices, and worshipped the sun. Many of the common workers had less work to do, and to prevent the long winter nights from being boring they spent weeks in drunken festivities and heathen worship. These people, in their ignorance, believed specific gods controlled specific elements of the earth and sky; therefore, they worshipped many gods and goddesses during the winter solstice.
Where Did the Word “Christmas” Come From?
The word Christ is a Greek substitution for the Hebrew “Mashiyah” (Messiah).
Mass is the celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic service. Eucharist is the sacrament of Holy Communion as administrated by the Roman priesthood. Mass is connected with the elaborate ceremonies of the Roman Church: transubstantiation, praying for the dead, and other pagan rites that originated in primitive pagan religions before the birth of the Savior. Like most of the Roman Catholic rites, Mass did not originate in the scriptures. We have no biblical support for the word. It is not found in the Old Testament writings, in the ministry of our Lord, or in the epistles of his disciples.
The Roman Catholic Pope adopted the word Christmas in the fourth century. Some scholars argue for a later date, but according to the 1963 edition of the Encyclopedia International (page 415, under the heading of Christmas) the date appeared on a Philocalian calendar in 354 AD. “The earliest certain mention of December 25 as Christ’s birthday occurs in the Philocalian calendar (354) and that date seems to have become general throughout the West by the fifth century. December 25 was already a major festival in the pagan Roman world. It was known as the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or birthday of the Unconquered Sun. Followed by a week long celebration of the Saturnalia—a feast honoring the renewal of the sun at the winter solstice. This pagan celebration, on December 25, included feasting, dancing, lighting bonfires, decorating the homes with green, and giving gifts. So when this became a Christian festival, the customs continued.”
Mistletoe, Holly, and the Yule Log
The mistletoe was sacred to the Druids (an order of priest of ancient Britain and Gaul) because of its peculiar characteristics. The mistletoe played a prominent part in German and Norse mythology. Supposedly, it was with an arrow made from its wood that the beautiful god Bolder was slain. The mistletoe was said to bring happiness, safety, and good fortune so long as it did not touch the earth. This is why we hang our mistletoe. The Celts held the plant in veneration, especially when found on the oak trees.
The Norse used holly to keep evil spirits away from their dwellings. The Norse Yule log was burned at the festivity of Saturnalia.
The Romans believed that Cronus came to Italy after Zeus overthrew him and he ruled there during Italy’s golden age. He built a village on Rome’s Capitaline Hill, and introduced laws and agriculture to the Italians. His festival, Saturnalia, in late December, was a time for exchanging gifts and licentiousness, merrymaking. Masters and slaves exchanged places during the festivity. In art, Cronus (also Saturn) carries a sickle.
Saturnalia—a Roman festivity held in honor of the myth god Saturn, began on December 17 and lasted seven days. It was celebrated at the completion of the sowing of their crops. During the festival, the slaves enjoyed equal rights with their masters. Under the Empire, the Saturnalia lost its agricultural character and developed into a general revelry lasting seven days. People exchanged gifts and dined together. Slaves were granted certain liberties.
Reindeers, chimney, and the sled connected with Santa Claus came from the poem “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” later called “A Night Before Christmas,” written by Clemit C. Moore, 1779-1863. This poem was first published in the Troy Sentiments in 1823.
The Christmas tree dates back to the mythology of the time of Nimrod. After Nimrod died, his wife had an illegitimate baby named Horus. She said that Nimrod came back and impregnated her. On the night Horus was born, it was claimed that a full-grown evergreen tree spring up over night from a tree that had been cut down. See Encyclopedia International, vol. 16.
Jeremiah 10:1-6 instructs the believers, saying, “Hear you the word which Yahweh speaks unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith Yahweh, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
“For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Yahweh; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.”
We know that it is easier to go with the flow rather than swim up stream, but if the Body of Christ doesn’t hold to a standard it will be swept downstream by the flood.