CHRISTMAS is another pagan festival

Many people associate the Messiahs birth with the pagan festival c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s on 25 December while others will tell you that no one knows when the Messiah was born.

 

A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is basically the centrepiece for most homes over this festival. But have you ever wondered why and how decorated evergreen trees became such a big part? The tradition actually stretches back to ancient times.

When winter solstice came around, people would decorate their temples and home with the trees and wreaths because the plant represented everlasting life, peace and opulence. Various other civilisations such as the Vikings and the Druids, also used to bring the plant indoors as a celebration of life. It is another pagan ritual, celebrating the lengthening of days as winter is halfway through, and the sun deity is “reborn”.

The birth of the Messiah is celebrated each year at the same time that pagan cultures re-enacted the 'birth' of the sun" in December. In 274 AD, the Roman emperor Aurelian established a feast of the birth of Sol Invictus (the Unconquered Sun), on December 25 which may be where our current date comes from.

Mistletoe is the sacred plant of the Druids, symbolizing pagan blessings of fertility, wreaths represent the female sexual organ. And so the list goes on. All of these traditions are pagan in origin and refer back to the rebirth of the sun as the days start to get longer. Denominations have blended this paganism into their teaching, and simply state that this is the time we remember the Messiahs birth as we do not know when it was. Blending pagan worship and the worship of The Father is certainly against all Scripture, and most denominations are teaching you that the Father and Messiah are a lower deity than a pagan deity, as the Father and Messiahs message is placed under the day of pagan worship.

While it is true, we do not know the exact day of the Messiahs birth, we are told in the Scriptures the month that He was most likely to have been conceived and from that we can determine the month in which he will have been born. The date cannot be anywhere near December and the date has nothing in common with pagan deity rebirth festivals. I will describe this further as follows.

Luke 1:26 And in the sixth month the messenger Gaḇriel was sent by Elohim to a city of Galil named Nazareth,……. 30 And the messenger said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miryam, for you have found favour with Elohim.  31 “And see, you shall conceive in your womb, and shall give birth to a Son, and call His Name Yahusha

The messenger Gabriel told Mary during the sixth month of the Israeli year that she would become pregnant with the Messiah.

As mentioned elsewhere on this, site, the Hebrew calendar is a lunar/solar calendar and is different to the Gregorian calendar that most of the western world keeps, and you will be familiar with.

In the lunar/solar calendar, the start and end of the month is tied to new moons, and the new year starts at the beginning of the Israeli Spring. In contrast to that, the Gregorian calendar starts and ends on set days regardless of the cycle of the moon.

The schedule below sets out how the Israeli calendar months matches to the Gregorian calendar months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sixth month that Luke referred to was in the Israeli calendar, and is Elul, which is August/September in the Gregorian calendar. This is the month that Mary may have conceived the Messiah.Gabriel also told Mary that her cousin Elisabeth was already pregnant.

Luke 1:36 “And see, Elisheḇa your relative, she has also conceived a son in her old age. And this is now the sixth month to her who was called barren,

 

Elisabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist. Being six months pregnant in the sixth month means that Elisabeth conceived John the Baptist in the first month of the Israeli new year, which is Nisan (or March/April in the Gregorian calendar), and John will most likely have been born in 9th month, which is Kislev (or November/December in the Gregorian Calendar).

Although we cannot determine the exact date in March/April that John was conceived, there are two dates of significance in the month of Nisan that when considering Scriptural patterns could have been the conception date of John. These dates of significance is the Feast days of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Soon after the messenger Gabriel spoke to Mary, Luke recounts that Mary went to her cousin Elisabeth's house where the John recognised the unborn Messiah and leapt for joy in Elisabeth's womb.

Luke 1:39 And Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Yehuḏah, 40 and entered into the house of Zechariah and greeted Elisabeth. 41 And it came to be, when Elisabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the baby leaped in her womb. And Elisabeth was filled with the Set-apart Spirit, 42 and called out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 “And who am I, that the mother of my Master should come to me?

Given that the gestation period for a human baby is in the order of 37 to 42 weeks, Mary cannot have given birth to the Messiah in December or even January of the Gregorian calendar. To be a little more blunt, the Messiah cannot have possibly been born anywhere near 25 December. Anyone who teaches otherwise has not read the Gospel of Luke or understand the Hebrew calendar or seasons – this is basic knowledge and it is hard to imagine a worse defilement.

Taking Marys conception date in the Israeli sixth month of the year, and adding the human gestation period to that month, we can determine that the Messiah could only have been born in the Israeli month of Sivan, which is the third month of the Israeli year. Sivan is May/June in the Gregorian calendar.

We cannot determine the exact date in May/June, but there is a date of significance in the month of Sivan that when considering Scriptural patterns could have been the birth date of the Messiah. The date of significance is what we now call “Pentecost”, it is one of the Feast days of Yahuah. “Pentecost” is a transliteration of the Greek word pentekostos, which means “fifty” or “fiftieth” and has significance in both the Old Testament and New Testament.

In the old testament the feast day was the fiftieth day after the first Sabbath after the first day of the Feast of unleavened Bread. The purpose of this feast was to commemorate the completion of the grain harvest which is symbolic of the ingathering of believers. The feast involved sacrifice of unblemished lambs, bulls and rams, as well as bread offerings (Leviticus 23:16).

In the new testament, Pentecost was the day that the Set Apart Spirit descended on the Apostles and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of the Messiah (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2)

So it is entirely conceivable that the Messiah was born on the day we now celebrate as Pentecost. This would agree with the new testament descent of the Set Apart Spirit, as it was the day that the Messiah descended to live as a man. However, there is no direct proof that this is the case.

But the point is, the Messiah cannot have possibly been born anywhere even remotely near c-h-r-s-t-m-a-s day. The roots of the c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s celebration go deep into pagan religious rites, but the Scriptures never compromise with paganism. Merging the Messiahs birth date into a pagan festival is effectively placing the Father and Messiah below the false deity that 25 December was for.

 

The observance of Christmas is not a celebration of Feast days of the Father, as there are no Feast days that align with that date, nor is the celebration set out in the New Testament. The observance on 25 December was not kept by the apostles or early church, it came into being in about 300-400 AD.

 

A further and larger question is, if you worship on the day of false deity worship, to the name of a deity that is not the name of the Father and the Messiah, who are you worshiping? So, why do denominations keep the nativity celebration on 25 December? The reason is, it is a false deity worship, many denominations are misled and misguided. This was the mistake that the Hebrews made where they consistently merged pagan worship with worship of the Father with disastrous consequences.

The internet contains many references to the adoption of pagan festivals in lieu of the Fathers Feasts, c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s is just another one of those. I am not going to re-iterate them here, but the shameful fact is that many churches widely advertise that the birth date of the Messiah is c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s, blending paganism and witchcraft into worship of the Father and the Messiah.

Some common information on the origin of c-h-r-s-t-m-a-s traditions is as follows. It all relates to false deity worship, does your church celebrate c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s? Who do you worship when you do so?.

  • The ancient Egyptians worshiped a god called R-a, who had the head of a hawk and wore the sun as a blazing disk in his crown (you will see in Messiah portrayals in many churches - who are they worshiping - it is the symbol of an Egyptian false deity?). At the solstice (21-22 December in the Gregorian calendar) the days started to become longer. The Egyptians filled their homes with green palm rushes, which symbolised for them the triumph of life over death (Do you have portrayal of the Messiah with the Egyptian sun god sun disk - who do you worship?)

  • In Northern Europe the Druids, the priests of the ancient Celts, decorated their temples with evergreen tree branches as a symbol of everlasting life.

  • The Vikings in Scandinavia thought that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, b-a-l-d-e-r.

  • Early Romans marked the winter solstice with a feast called Saturnalia in honor of s-a-t-u-r-n, the god of agriculture. The Romans knew that the solstice meant that soon, farms and orchards would be green and fruitful. To mark the occasion, they decorated their homes and temples with evergreen tree branches.The festival of saturnalia honoured the Roman god s-a-t-u-r-n. The festival took place every year between the 17th and 24th December and was basically a week of eating, drinking and giving presents (sound familiar?). The first use of candles in December was during the saturnalia festival, where tall tapers of wax were offered to S-a-t-u-r-n as a symbol of his light and also given as a gift to guests.

  • In Greek and Roman times, ivy was the symbol of d-i-o-n-y-s-u-s (also called b-a-c-c-h-u-s), who was the god of wine and revelry. He wore ivy in his crown, and pagans believed ivy to be a symbol of eternal life. The Greeks and Romans practiced rites to honour this (do you have holy and ivy?).

  • The ancient Romans used decorative wreaths, made from laurel wreaths as a sign of victory, and it is believed that this is where the seasonal hanging of wreaths on doors came from (do you put out wreaths?).

  • Pagan derived decorations that are still seen at Christmas time include the green leaves and red berries of holly, mistletoe and wreaths (do you put out decorations?).

  • Carols sung at the winter solstice have been sung for thousands of years, but they were not originally c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s carols. Originally, they were pagan songs, that were sung at the celebrations surrounding the winter solstice festival (do you worship a false deity at the time of a pagan festival?).

 

One of our enemies most effective tools is to disguise false teaching and make it appear as truth. Correct and sound doctrine is crucial to salvation and growth in spiritual maturity. It comes as no surprise that the Father warns us many times in Scripture to be aware of false teaching. Believers need to be able to recognise false teachers in order to know when they are being led astray - worshiping the wrong festival and wrong dates and wrong deity is definitely being led astray. The Scriptures speak harshly against false prophets false worship and false deities and magic.

 

The Scriptures show that we offend the Father if we try to worship him in a way that he does not approve, refer to Exodus 32:5-7 and Nadab and Abihu Leviticus 10:1. Nadab and Abihu were destroyed by fire for coming into the presence of the Father with false fire. Fire in the Scriptures often means the presence of the Father, false fire could then mean false presence. Nadab and Abihu  took worship before the Father in a manner that the Father had told them not to, they blended paganism with worship of the Father. There is a very plain message to us in this event, we should not go before the Father mixing paganism and worship. The Messiah lectured many times about false worship.

In Exodus 32:5-7, the Israelite's corrupted themselves for worshiping an idol, within months of having seen miracles that should have converted any non-believer. Those Israelite's paid for that trespass with their lives.

Why then, given that the Luke sets out clearly the birth month of the Messiah, do church denominations deliberately and knowingly worship the birth of the Messiah on the wrong day, using the winter solstice pagan traditions within their worship. The answer is that many church denominations are thinly disguised pagan false deity organisations. They are leading people astray instead of teaching the truth so that people can find their way to salvation.

The question I have for anyone who celebrates 25 December is, why do you ignore the Feasts set out by the Father but elect to keep the festivals of false deities? How many churches celebrate the Fathers Feast days set out in the Scriptures, and instead follow pagan festivals - who are they worshiping?

Many churches teach that the Feast days are past and no longer occur, being replaced by the New Testament. This is totally incorrect and misleading. The answer is in the Scriptures, Zechariah sets out the end time events that includes Feast day of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).

Zechariah 14:3 And Yahuah shall go forth, and He shall fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle…….

Zechariah 14:16 And it shall be that all who are left from all the nations which came up against Jerusalem, shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, Yahuah of hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. 17 And it shall be, that if anyone of the clans of the earth does not come up to Jerusalem to bow himself to the Sovereign, Yahuah of hosts, on them there is to be no rain. 18 And if the clan of Egypt does not come up and enter in, then there is no rain. On them is the plague with which Yahuah plagues the nations who do not come up to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. 19 This is the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot

 

If a Feast day is kept at the end of time, why would it not apply now and why do churches not make this known in their teaching?

Everyone has a choice to celebrate the actual Feasts that the Father has asked us to keep, the Spring and Autumn Feasts set out in the Old Testament. These Feasts after all set out our Salvation Plan. It is clear that most denominations and churches refuse to keep the Fathers Feasts, preferring instead to celebrate the pagan celebrations of e-a-s-t-e-r and c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s. The Messiah was not born on 25 December - another pagan deity was - who do you worship?

Now how do you think the Father considers people who profess to be believers, but mix their belief with paganism? How are those people different to the Israelite's in Exodus 32:5-7 or Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10:1?

The Scriptures set out clearly what is expected of us, we should not be adding or removing from the Scriptures, deliberately twisting the Scriptures so that people cannot easily see the truth.

If you are reading this, and disagree, you need to consider and carefully study the verses set out above, in context with the verses in the part you read. You may be unknowingly accepting teaching that is in error, and mixing paganism and magic with worship of the Father, that is not what the father has told us to do.

Remember the Fathers Feast days, these are the days of significance in our salvation plan. These are also the days of the Messiahs birth and death that are clearly set out in the Scriptures. On no account should believers remember the pagan black magic false deity worship days.