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Edition 66. 22nd December 2010
In this edition:
●The horrors of Christmas.
The horrors of Christmas...a big shock!
If you do one thing, read and re-read the verses of scripture in this edition.
The errors of Christmas, Easter and all the other Catholic-introduced convocations and traditions are a lot more horrific and dangerous than most people can even imagine. The dangers, deceptions and results thereof are massive beyond imagination and the subject of this edition. I have dealt with some of these issues in previous editions, but this is mostly material I haven't used yet.
Catholicism is the link in the chain uniting so-called Christianity with paganism. Christmas is only one of hundreds of pagan / heathen demonic practises.
Many people have invisible giants in their lives fighting to keep them defeated. Traditionalism is its name. These demonic giants, walls, or barriers are obstacles to God and need to be broken down, if you want to move ahead and forward with our Lord.
To practise a lie, believing it is the truth, is true deception.
What is Christmas:
It's full name is Christ Mass. It comes from the term Cristes Maesse first practised in 1038. This is the Catholic tradition of the Eucharist, in which they believe transubstantiation takes place. In other words the bread (wafer) miraculously becomes the actual body of Christ and the wine becomes the actual real blood of Jesus.
If this were the case, they are cannibals. But worse than that, if this were true, they would be forever killing the Lord. The Bible declares that He "died once and for all". The Christ Mass repeats His dying over and over again making a mockery of the crucifixion and resurrection.
Malachi 1:7 "You offer defiled food on My alter."
The Eucharist is delivered to the unsuspecting (but blind) people by men in pretty frocks wearing hats (mitre) in honour of the Babylonian fish-god Dagon. These completely deceived men insist on being called 'father'. The Bible says "call no man on earth father" (Matthew 23:9)
The 25th of December is not the birthday of Jesus. This day was chosen in the fourth century. It is the birthday of the many pagan gods. This day was not practiced by the early church ever.
It comes from the celebration of the reincarnation or birthday of Babylonian sun god Nimrod as little baby Tamuz at the time of the winter solstice. It was adopted by the Catholic church and eventually passed on to most of Christendom.
Nimrod, according to Babylonian tradition married his mother Semiramis. He was killed. Semiramis then taught her followers that Nimrod was re-born as Tammuz, a spirit being. At the spot where he died a dead evergreen tree sprung to life. She taught that Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree just after the solstice day (December 25th) and receive gifts left under the tree.
By the way, the Catholic / Anglican sign of the cross made over one's chest is actually the letter T which was originally done in worship of Tammuz!
Semiramis was also known as Ishtar from where Easter is derived.
Mistletoe came into the picture because of its supposed healing power in practices done on the winter solstice day by the pagans.
Yule is the name of a major pagan practise. Round Yule logs were lit in honour of the evil god Thor. Yule is also a word meaning 'wheel' and is also a symbol of sun-worship. Pagan witches, wiccans and others still celebrate Yule to this day.
The Christmas ham is also called the Yule-ham. The Yule-ham must be round for the same reason. Apart from that, ham is not kosher for the Jew. This is one of the reasons why Christmas keeps the Jew out.
December 25th is also the birthday of the unconquerable sun known as Sol Invictus. This is depicted throughout Catholicism with images of the sun and sun bursts. All of these things come right out the occult.
For those interested you can check out some of these things here:
Be warned, it's a witchcraft site.
Most Christians don't know that witches and other devil worshippers rejoice at the fact that Christians have been bewitched into the occult, in these pagan traditions.
Here is a good website with a large collection of facts and images linking Catholicism and other world religions to the occult:
Here is another good site with tons of information:
The Christmas tree:
Jeremiah 10:2-6 "Do not learn the way of the heathen...for the customs of the people are futile; for one cuts down a tree from the forest with the axe and decorates it with silver and gold. They fasten it down so it will not fall...they cannot speak, do not be afraid of them for they cannot do evil." The Hebrew word 'hebel' is the word used for 'futile'. It means literally 'false' or 'transitory'. Commentary on this word associates it with a transit or journey. It's worth bearing in mind that once you step onto the territory of the demonic you are on a slippery slope!
Some people misread the verse above to mean that there is no harm in Christmas. That verse means there is no harm, evil or good in the tree itself. the tree is an inanimate object. But worship imputed to it is dangerous and completely wrong. That's why the verse says; "don't learn the ways of the heathen!"
The Christmas tree originates in ancient Canaanite and Phoenician pagan worship. The tree was seen as a fertility symbol by them. Various aspects of the decorated tree symbolised the male sex organ like the pole, round balls etc. The female sex organ was depicted in circular wreaths. It went further: Gold and silver balls on the trees also symbolised the worship of the sun and moon.
There are numerous stories of Jews being tied to evergreen trees on December 25th and set alight, during the Catholic ordained inquisitions. The murderers would ride between the burning bodies on their horses chanting "hep hep horary" H.E.P. is the Latin acronym for "Jerusalem is fallen" The funny thing is that the Bible says "Babylon is fallen" (See edition 59 for more)
The exchanging of gifts at this time has no Biblical root. It is self indulgent commercialism. The story of the three wise men giving gifts to out Messiah has nothing to do with His birthday. It had already passed by the time they arrived. Note that the wise men brought gifts for Messiah. they didn't receive gifts. There was no general giving out of and swapping of gifts. Today if you want to do that, the best gift you can give our Messiah is saved people! But don't expect a gift in return, this side of eternity.
Santa Claus is also called old Nick. This is an ancient term for the devil. (see edition 59 for more)
Matthew 15:9 "And in vain they worship Me teaching as doctrines the commandments of men."
Mark7:9 "All too well you reject the commandments of God that you may keep your tradition."
Luke6:46 "Why do you call Me Lord, Lord and do not do the things that I say."
Mark 7:13 "You make the word of God of no effect by your traditions handed down".
God says don't learn the way of the heathen. The church says do. The church says don't keep the feasts of the Lord, God says do.
Why does God command His people not to learn the ways of the pagans. Maybe it's because He wants to spoil our fun. No, not at all. He wants to protect us and preserve us. He wants us to be holy His way. Whenever His people, Jews or Gentiles mess with the occult they are in extreme danger. All you have to do is look at Israel's history to see that in action!
The source of Christmas, Easter and other traditions:
The Roman emperor Constantine (statue above) was the tenth in a succession of Roman emperors from the time of our Lord. The previous nine, motivated by Satan launched the most cruel and vicious murderous attacks on the largely Jewish early church. Satan tried his best to stamp out the church through persecution. He failed. Then under Constantine, Satan brought in his big trick, which was to defeat the church from within. Constantine made Christianity compulsory, but changed the entire nature and character the church, by introducing many Babylonian, occult, pagan practices. Constantine was himself involved with these.
Interestingly Ratzinger in the image above is wearing a mitre. Side on, this hat is shaped like a fish with an open mouth. It's exactly the same as the hats worn by the Babylonians in honour of the fish-god Dagon. He also has sun-bursts on his robe which are in honour of the sun-god. He also has Maltese crosses around his neck, which represent conquering the four corners of the world. These were also used by the Nazi's. Constantine had a vision in which he was instructed to "conquer the world".
Constantine, like his predecessors hated the Jews. This hatred progressed and deepened during his reign. Such an individual was a prime tool in Satan's hands.
●The real deeper reason for changing the identity of the church and redefining it completely, was to keep the Jews out.
The Jews had been in Babylonian captivity before, for seventy years. They knew and still know all about its practices. You can check this out in any Jewish encyclopaedia. So, now we have a church full of Babylonian practices. It's no wonder most Jews will spit before walking into any church.
If they have been in Babylonian captivity before, why would they again want to do the same now?
Constantine inaugurated the first ecumenical (world) council at Nicaea in 321. This was where most of the pagan traditions became entrenched in the church. Jews including Jewish believers were banned from this council. Amongst many other things, those that practised the baptism of the Spirit were banned from Nicaea. Special onerous taxes were imposed on Jews. The death penalty was imposed on Jews who remained faithful to the early church, the way it was at first.
Jews were made to participate in the pagan practises of the new Babylonian flavoured church. They were forbidden to perform circumcisions. An edict was issued by Constantine forbidding marriage between Jews and Christians. Jews were classed as "Ignominious and bestial". A law was passed forbidding Jews from entering Jerusalem. All Jews living within the Roman empire had their civil rights stripped away. The Jews were called the "killers of Jesus" from this time on. Sermons inciting the murder of Jews were common. There was no punishment for killing a Jew.
The first mass extermination of Jews began in Jerusalem around this time. (This you'll only find in Jewish encyclopaedias.)
The Sabbath was changed to Sunday in honour of the sun god. Christmas, Easter, infant sprinkling and many other convocations of Babylon and Egypt origin were made official, while the observance of the Feasts of the Lord, Passover and others were banned. Salvation was by church membership, infant sprinkling and how much money you gave to the church.
Although Constantine stopped the persecution of the church, he was a mass murderer. He executed one of his own sons, his wife and numerous others who got in his way. This was the leader who was responsible for the transformation of the early church into a coercive, cruel, controlling body that would later murder untold millions of Jews in the inquisitions.
I bring you all of this to paint a picture of where we are now and how we got here. I hope you can see that the seeds of the Holocaust were born long ago in association with this evil heathen church. In fact if we could count all the Jews killed by the Catholic church prior to the inquisitions, and during them, I wonder what the number would be.
●The early church was born on the Feast of Pentecost in the supernatural outpouring of the Spirit. This powerful church born in Jerusalem, was welcoming to the Jew and Gentile and was the real "light of the world." It brought love and salvation to the world.
●In 325 AD a new counterfeit church was born in Rome with the banning of Spirit baptism. It hated and persecuted the Jews and introduced the dark ages to the world! It brought hatred, mass murder and torture to all who opposed it.
Revelation 2:24 "But to you I say and the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, and who have not know the depths of Satan, as they call them, I will put on you no extra burden"
The problem is that people don't question, when these things are of vital importance. Blind crowd followers are in immense danger especially at this time.
I recall arguing with a pastor on these issues back in the late 70s. After pointing out all of these verses he finally conceded. Then he said that he couldn't do anything about it though, because the people wouldn't like the removal of Christmas etc. I said to him, "So you work for the people first and God second!" Thank you Nelson for showing me firsthand how to lead your flock astray!
There will always be a remnant who will shun the traditions of the masses, no matter what the pressure is, and follow our Lord.
Romans11:5 "Even so at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Zephaniah 3:13 "The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies..."
Revelation 12:17 and 14:12 We see that a remnant in the last days will have the testimony of Jesus and will obey the commands of God, while the masses follow the crowd blindly.
The shocking, behind-the-scenes truth:
Satan knows his future. He obviously wants to prolong his time as god of this world and delay his coming removal into hell at the Second Coming of our Jewish Messiah. He tried to interfere with God's plans all along since the days of Adam. He tried to prevent the first coming of our Lord by killing all the Jewish males under two years old. He tried various things along the way to obstruct our Lord. All failed.
Satan's big thing now is to prolong the "times of the Gentiles". The Bible teaches that the "times of the Gentiles" will soon come to an end and then salvation goes to the Jews in a significant way. The Second Coming is directly related to the salvation of the Jews. This is when Satan is bound and cast out into hell.
Can you see it? Can you see why Satan has infiltrated the church with paganism?
Let's remember that the Biblical order is that the gospel should go to the Jew first and the Gentile (Romans1:16). The duty of the church is to make the Jew jealous so that he would want to come into the church and get saved. (Romans 11:14)
Only when salvation goes to the Jews en-mass in the tribulation period will our Messiah return.
Okay, so how does Satan prolong the times of the Gentiles and prevent salvation going to the Jews? Simply by removing the true Hebraic character of the church and completely Romanising it and filling it with occult convocations which the Jews will have no part with.
Pagan Christmas, Easter and the like are foreign and reprehensible to the Jew. The Jews have turned back to foreign gods many times in their past and been severely punished, they're not going to do it again.
Jeremiah 11:10-11"They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers who refused to hear My words and they have gone after other gods to serve them...Therefore, I will surely bring calamity on them, which they will not be able to escape; and though they cry out to Me I will not listen to them."
Micah1:7 "All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces and all her pay as a harlot shall be burned with fire; and her idols I will lay desolate."
Jeremiah15:19-21 "If you return, then I will bring you back; You shall stand before Me if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth. Let them return to you, but you must not return to them and I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall and they will fight against you but will not prevail...I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked."
When was Yeshua / Jesus born?:
Sukkoth (Tabernacles) is a time of joy to world. Deut16:13-14. You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days...and you shall rejoice in the feast..." This feast is introduced with a shofar blast and is concluded with another series of blasts.
Various elaborate calculations have been done based on the date of the triumphal entry to Jerusalem (which can be worked out from Daniel's 70 weeks) and also from the date of the crucifixion which was during Passover. Going back to the year of His birth, the date that comes up is Sukkoth (Tabernacles) This is the most likely date, but it's not important simply because God doesn't give us the exact date without any doubt. There is no command to celebrate the birthday of the Lord in the Bible. These calculations are most probably right, but it's not important anyway.
Zechariah 14:16-17 "It shall come to pass that everyone who is left out of all the nations which came against Jerusalem, shall go from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain." This means simply that well into the future, we are commanded to keep Sukkoth.
The seven feasts of the Lord all have a prophetic aspect to them. Four have been fulfilled and three have a future fulfilment. That is an absolute guarantee! Sukkoth will also be the time of the Second Coming. It makes perfect sense if both the first coming and the Second Coming are associated with Sukkoth.
There are some who have worked out that the conception would have been at the time of Hanukkah. This feast is associated with miracles and light. It's also called the "festival of light". Our Messiah was conceived miraculously and is called "the light of the world"
Yeshua/Jesus was born when shepherds were in the fields which could not have been in mid winter in Israel (25th December). Temperatures drop under freezing point then. All the Jews were commanded to come to Jerusalem for the feast of Sukkoth, which would have been why the hotels were full.
A Sukkoth is a temporary dwelling, shelter or booth. The symbolism of the Sukkoth /Tabernacles relates to God coming and dwelling with us. The booth symbolises the temporary nature of this. At the first coming of our Lord He came to this earth temporarily.
The Hebrew word Sukkah comes from Genesis 33:17 Jacob made "booths" for his livestock and called them Sukkah. So, the word for a stable is a Sukkah. Our Lord was born in a stable or Sukkah.
Yeshua/Jesus Himself never celebrated his own birthday. He did celebrate all the feasts. The first early church believers celebrated the feats of the Lord and not any of the pagan traditions.
Because the masses do something it does not make it right with God.
Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seems right to man, but the end thereof is death."
Deuteronomy 12:29-31 "When the LORD thy God cuts off the nations, which you go to disposes and you displace them and dwell in their land , take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you and that you do not enquire after their gods saying "How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.." You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way."
Exodus 23:24-25 "Do not bow down before their gods to serve them, nor do according to their works, but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars. So, you shall serve the Lord God and he will bless your bread and your water and take sickness away from your midst."
Exodus 34:12-17 "Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going lest it be a snare in your midst. You shall destroy their alters, break their sacred pillars and cut down their wooden images. For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord whose name is jealous is a jealous God...You shall make no moulded gods for yourself."
Are you suggesting, Joel, that Christians who celebrate Christmas are not saved? Not by any means. But we can say that they have been sidetracked into unintentional devil worship by their many practices! Most are completely ignorant of these things. There will always be a remnant who will desire to do God's truth, while the masses blindly follow the god of this world.
Read the verses in this edition again!
There is only one way you can celebrate Christ Mass, Easter and the other pagan, satanic traditions of the church and that is by casting down God's word and replacing it with your own words and the word of the devil, originated in the Catholic church. Maybe you should burn your Bible before celebrating Christmas, then it can't condemn you!
On a personal note, I come under a lot of attack for articles like this, specifically from Catholics and other so-called Christians. Many people hate having their nice comfortable traditions questioned, never mind being told that they are devil-worshippers, weather they know it or not.
Rather than becoming hostile, God would have you "examine your ways to see whether you are in the faith" (2Corinthians 13:5) That means question things with the Bible as a point of reference. If there are things which need changing, (and that is common to all of us), then do so. You'll find a new joy in your life.
There are two easy ways to see if a convocation or tradition is right or wrong. (1) Is it clearly in the Bible. (2) Does the unsaved world at large recognise it or reject it. The world will receive that which is born of the god of the world, Satan and will reject that born of the true God. Christmas, Easter etc. are accepted by the world while the feasts of the Lord, Passover etc are not.
Revelation 12:9 "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world..."
●The shocking conclusion in all of this is that the churches that celebrate and participate in these occult practices are in fact prolonging Satan's time as god of this world and preventing the Jews from coming into the church for salvation. This obviously delays the coming of the Lord, which is Biblically associated with the salvation of the Jews.
Thankfully, God is now doing a new thing with the exciting new Messianic movement. He is leaving behind those trapped in evil traditions.
Most Messianic fellowships never had any part with these occult traditions from their start, others have long since abandoned them. Some churches that are in the process of metamorphosis, still cling to them, but are moving forward bit by bit
Sadly, the pastors, ministers, and very reverends of the church will slam us Messianic believers for following and obeying God's word, while they continue in the heathen practises.
God says that the gospel must go to the Jew first then the Gentile. God says that the Gentile church is to make the Jew jealous, so that they will come in and get saved. God says don't learn the ways of the heathen. God says do keep the feasts of the Lord.
The church does the exact opposite of what God says!
The Bible describes two women. One is a representative of God's way and the other of the devil's way. Here they are:
Jeremiah 6:2 "I have likened the daughter of Zion to a lovely and delicate woman."
Revelation 17:5 "and on her forehead a name was written: Mystery Babylon the great mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth."
Pastor Christmas, what is your answer? You don't need to tell me, but God will require an answer from you, and for all the people you have led into spineless compromise.
I recently saw a tele-evangelist saying: "We need to...wait for it...put Christ back into Christmas". Then came roaring applause. Christ was never in, nor ever will be in Christmas!!!
You know, dear reader, it's such a wonderful, liberating, clean, and holy thing to obey our Lord. If you have been involved in all these things, you need to repent, turn your back on the devil and move forward into the new things that are of God. Our Messiah will send you soaring to new heights with Him.
It's easy to face rejection and persecution from pagan practitioners, when you know you are in God's word and filled with His truth, purity and cleanliness.
Be warned, this is not some innocent, small issue. Christmas, Easter and the other Babylonia traditions are all part of the great Satanic plan called replacement theology. It's all part of the church that will be "cut off" and be "spewed out"
Revelation 18:4 "And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her My people lest you share in her sins and lest you receive her plagues."
Heaven or hell:
Happy kid with your Christmas present, your parents are training you well for hell. Standing right behind you are demons too big and powerful for you to take care of. You can grow up blindly following the traditions taught to your parents by Satan himself, or you can break free and turn your back on these things. Make no mistake these are not innocent practises. Learn what is right, even now.
Hey young man, your parents are preparing you well to meet your Messiah with confidence. Hanukah, not Christmas is one of the feats of the Lord. It symbolises the Light of the world - Yeshua/ Jesus Himself. Christmas is the way of darkness. You are choosing the way of Light. Keep it up, it's all part of the way to heaven.
Here is a beautiful woodcut by Gustave Dore. It's the regular nativity scene, but now we know this event happened on Sukkoth. Yeshua/ Jesus was born in a Sukkah
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!