Christianity didn’t do away with paganism; they adopted it”

My name is Leith Cunningham, I am an ambassador for God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ, as admonished by the Apostle Paul as being the obligation of all actual followers and believers of Jesus Christ.  My purpose and plan in the writing of this piece with the help of dedicated folks on the internet; will be to expose the teachings of mainstream Christianity as I identify as well as the Babylon of confusion. While there are false teachings too numerous to deal with on this short piece, I will be dwelling mostly on the pagan origins of Christmas and the ramifications concerning Christians thereof. An unbeliever that celebrates Christ-mass because of custom, ritual and tradition, something their family raised them up in, is one thing; they don’t claim to be followers of God and Jesus Christ. Because of their ignorance and lack of care in the matter, it becomes understandable. I am quite certain that God looks upon this category of folks in a different way than He does on those who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, Christians if you will. 

To claim to be a Christ like follower that is imitating and emulating Christ as Christ   imitates and emulates His Father God, while being joined at the hip and in lock step with paganism, is a most grievous sin of monumental proportions. The God given admonition to us one and all can be found in Revelation 18:4. New Living Translation… Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, "Come away from her, (this worlds religious systems as taught by Christianity) my people. Do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her. I return now to a biblical admonition as a follower of Jesus Christ that we find written in the Word of God; we need to be ambassadors for Him.

We are therefore, Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5; 20. To the members of God's church in Philippian, the apostle Paul writes, "For our citizenship is in heaven" (Philippians 3:20). While some may spiritualize this fact away, Paul's words come across as literal and real to those who understand that God has called us out of this world (John 15:19) and transferred us into His Kingdom (Colossians 1:13). Having our citizenship in the Kingdom of God by definition makes us aliens in the physical country in which we live. Like ambassadors of a foreign government, we cannot participate in the politics of another country, a practice that would distract us from our real spiritual goal. However, we realize that the apostle Paul has challenged us to be ambassadors for Christ: "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God" (II Corinthians 5:20).

Each year around the first of December I begin to become saddened all over again as well-meaning folks begin greeting myself and others with a “Merry Christmas”, especially so if I know them to be professing Christians. People claiming to be followers of God and Christ it seems should have a willing heart and mind to seek and search out the truth of God as opposed to the deception of Satan. Continuing to follow after the customs, rituals and traditions of those before them; never bothering to seek out the truth of God. I know in their hearts that they mean well, but have all been deceived into believing a centuries old lie. Believing as most do, that they are celebrating and honoring the birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Believing it to be worship and pleasing to our Father God and His Son Jesus Christ. While in truth and in reality it is detestable and an abomination to Them both. The truth about the pagan origins of and the celebrations of a pagan originated time, season and day, paying homage to pagan deities is and always has been a grievous sin and an abomination to God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. 

I have studied this issue for over fifty years and as an ambassador for Christ I have gone on an internet search this day and clicked on the very first writing coming up exposing Christmas for what it really is. Even though there is an endless amount of biblical proof to substantiate it and more in our credible encyclopedias’ I would like to pass this on to you the reader in hopes that you may be a truth seeker, ready to hear it. Realizing as I do that none of us can understand and receive the truth unless our God reveals it to us. As a tool in the hands of God I ask that He open your mind and heart to receive it. I will write some comments throughout this writing using this type font.

Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):

Should Christians Celebrate "Christmas"?

The Shocking Pagan Origin of CHRISTMAS

What is the TRUE ORIGIN of Christmas? Where did it come from? Did you know Yeshua the Messiah was born nowhere NEAR December 25, but that was the "birth day" of the sun- god, "Sol Invictus" or "Mithras"? Did you know December 25 was the concluding day of the pagan winter festival called the "Saturnalia"? Where did "Santa Claus" come from? The "Christmas tree"? How did this pagan feast become connected with "Christianity"? Here is an amazing "whale of a tale"!

Although the whole world celebrates Christmas as a "Christian" holiday, including millions of non-Christians, is Christmas really "Christian" at all? Consider this fact: Look high and low  throughout the pages of the Bible, and you will find not ONE WORD of "Christmas" being celebrated by any of YEHOVAH's people! It is not even mentioned once! Neither the Messiah nor any of his apostles ever observed this holiday, nor did the New Testament Church!

Yet on the other hand the pagan, heathen world observed this day for thousands of years before the Messiah was even born! Where did the mysterious rites and ceremonies that surround this day come from? What about the "Christmas tree" and the "Yule log" and the mistletoe and Holly wreaths? Are ANY of these customs truly "Christian" in origin? And what about fat and jolly old "Saint Nick" -- or Santa Claus? It's high time we addressed these questions, and took a new look at "Christmas." A church I was formerly a member of, which condemned Christmas observance as paganism, for almost sixty years, today has turned its back on its former beliefs, and encourages its members to observe this pagan mid-winter festival "in honor of Christ"! Many are doing so, heedless of the severe warnings in Scripture of what  their eternal fate and destiny will be if they continue to embrace this ancient custom. Is it wrong to celebrate "Christmas"? What is the truth about this popular and widespread holiday?

The Origin of Christmas

Before one gets carried away with Christmas worship, there are a few things you should know. Let's take an honest and objective look at the origins of this holiday. We read in Werner Keller's book The Bible as History the following admission: "December 25 is referred to in documents as Christmas Day in A.D. 324 for the first time. Under the Roman emperor Justinian [A.D. 527-565] it was recognized as an official holiday. An old Roman festival played a major part in the choice of this particular day. December 25 in ancient Rome was the 'Dies Natali Invictus,' 'the birthday of the unconquered,' the day of the winter solstice and at the same time, in Rome, the last day of the Saturnalia, which had long since degenerated into a week of unbridled carnival..." (p. 331).

It should be brought out into the light of day here, a little more of the religious worship and despicable happenings of the celebration of the sun god Saturn, to appease him and coax him back in the spring to warm the ground for a good planting season and a good fall harvest to follow. Law was suspended for several days during the celebration of Saturnalia as thugs were turned loose and all debauchery of every nature was to be tolerated, drunkenness, rape, and deviltry ruled the time and season. Child sacrifice apparently was a mainstay and a big part of the ceremony, little children were being burned alive in the most grotesque and inhumane way possible. An iron god with outstretched arms would be heated up to red hot to receive the child to be tortured and burned alive. Priests would beat loudly on drums to drown out the shrieks, cries, screams and painful mourning coming from their little dying kids. Any thinking person claiming to be a follower of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, should be thinking about now if they really want to continue being part and parcel of a celebration such as this Satan inspired celebration of Saturnalia, after having the name of Christ appropriated and attached to it and now calling it Christ-mass.

More on the origin of Christmas

Doesn't it seem rather strange that the so-called "Christian church" should choose a day to celebrate the Messiah's birth which was identified as the day of the birth of the unconquered sun, the day of the winter solstice, the "shortest day of the year," when the sunlit part of the days start becoming longer again? What does this have to do with the Messiah, anyway? Was Yeshua the Messiah born anywhere near December 25? Keller goes on: "Meteorologists as well as historians and astronomers have something of importance to contribute to this question of fixing the date of the birth of Jesus. According to St. Luke: 'And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night' (Luke 2:8). "Meteorologists have made exact recordings of the temperature at Hebron. This spot in the southern highlands of Judah exhibits the same climatic conditions as Bethlehem, which is not far distant. The temperature readings show over a period of three months that the incidence of frost is as follows: December -- 2.8 degrees; January -- 1.6 degrees; February ---0.1 degrees. The first two months have also the greatest rainfall in the year: approximately 6 inches in December, and nearly 8 inches in January. According to all existing information the climate of Palestine has not changed appreciably in the last 2,000 years, consequently modern meteorological observations can be taken as a basis.

"At Christmas-time Bethlehem is in the grip of frost, and in the Promised Land no cattle would have been in the fields in that temperature. This fact is borne out by a remark in the Talmud to the effect that in that neighborhood the flocks were put out to grass in March and brought in again at the beginning of November. They remained out in the open for almost eight months. "Around Christmas-time nowadays both animals and shepherds are under cover in Palestine. "What St. Luke tells us points therefore to the birth of Jesus having taken place BEFORE the onset of winter..." (p. 331-332). How interesting! How fascinating! As we explore the time for the birth of the Messiah, we find he was born nowhere near December 25, the very date the world has chosen to "celebrate" supposedly, his "birthday"! But there is much more to the story than this. Let's go on.

When Was Yeshua (Christ) Really BORN?

Millions of ostensible "Christians," or "nominal" Christians, who think they are followers of the religion of Yeshua the Messiah, have been deceived. Not only have they foolishly embraced erroneous "traditions" as if they were "Christian," but they have been lied to, misled by preachers and ministers and priests, and have ASSUMED that they were worshiping the Messiah! Yet Yeshua the Messiah himself warned: "Howbeit IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, teaching for doctrines THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye HOLD THE TRADITION OF MEN..." (Mark 7:7-8). The gospel of Matthew also records similar words spoken by the Messiah. Notice! "Ye HYPOCRITES, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 'This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouths, and honoreth me with their lips; but THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME. But IN VAIN do they WORSHIP me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of MEN" (Matt. 15:7-9). Let's look into this matter honestly. Let's examine the evidence, seeking the truth. When was Yeshua the Messiah born, anyway? Was it anywhere NEAR December 25? And if not, then why believe a lie, and practice and perform a lie? The birth of the Messiah is not known for certain, but we can know the approximate time of year when he was born! In the book of Luke we read that the father of John the Baptist was Zacharias, and he was a priest who served at the temple in Jerusalem. He was "of the course of Abia" (Luke 1:5). While serving at the temple, he was informed by an angel that his wife was to have a son, who was to be named "John." After this, Zacharias finished "the days of his ministration," and "departed to his own house" (v.23). "And after those days, his wife Elizabeth conceived..." (v. 24).

The names of the different courses of priests that served at the Temple are given in I Chronicles 24:1-19. "Abia" or "Abijah" was the EIGHTH course. According to the Jewish historian Josephus, each one of these courses served at the Temple for one week, the first course serving the first week of Nisan, in the spring (compare I Chron. 27:1-2), and then each course in its own order. All the priests served during the annual festivals (Passover in spring, Pentecost, and then Tabernacles in the fall). After six months, the order would be repeated, thus each "course" would serve two weeks during a year. The course of Abijah, then, would have served the eighth week in the rotation. The eighth week from Nisan 1, leaving out the week of Passover, when all the priests served, would have been IYAR 27 TO SIVAN 5, the day just before Pentecost , which generally fell on Sivan 6. After serving a week in the Temple, Zacharias would have remained another week in Jerusalem, because of the Feast of Shavuot or Pentecost that week. Therefore, he returned home shortly after this, and his wife then conceived. This would have been about the middle of June. If we add nine months to this date, the normal time for the gestation of a human baby in the womb, John the Baptist would have been born about the middle of March, in the spring, shortly before the Passover. Yeshua was conceived about six months after John (Luke 1:24-31, esp. verse 26). This would suggest that Yeshua the Messiah was conceived about the middle of December. This would place his birth nine months, or 270 days, later -- or the month of September!

Who WAS Born on December 25?

If Yeshua the Messiah was not born on December 25, who was? In other words, whose birthday is the whole "Christian world" really celebrating on December 25, though they call it the birth of "Christ"? Or, to put it another way, what "Christ" are they talking about? The word "Christ," remember, is merely the translation of the Greek word Christos, which literally means "Anointed one" -- it comes from the Hebrew word Moshiach, from whence we get the word "Messiah." So what "anointed one" was born on December 25? Let us take out our magnifying glass, and like Sherlock Holmes, do some careful detective work, and see if we can solve the mystery -- the puzzle of why the whole world observes the birthday of Yeshua the Messiah on a day on which he was not even remotely born! In the book History of Rome, by Michael Grant, we read this startling revelation: "Yet there was also another pagan belief during this same epoch, that much more nearly competed with Christ for the control of the Western world. This was the cult of the Sun, which was revered by millions of the inhabitants of the Roman Empire, and its religion for a time even became the state worship.... "In Rome, the divinity of the Sun came very early on; and then, centuries afterwards, in the superb dome of Hadrian's Pantheon, the central opening, surrounded by star-like rosettes, represented the solar orb....Before long, the emperor Aurelian established a massive temple of the Unconquerable Sun as the central and focal point of the entire religious system of the state (274). The birthday of the god was to be on DECEMBER 25, AND THIS, TRANSFORMED INTO CHRISTMAS DAY, WAS ONE OF THE HERITAGES THAT CHRISTIANITY OWED TO HIS CULT" (p. 391- 392, emphasis mine). Notice! Christianity took over the birthday of the sun god, the cult of the sun, and transformed it into CHRISTMAS DAY, the "birthday" of Yeshua the Messiah! It was in reality the birth day of the pagan sun god, worshiped by millions throughout the Roman Empire!

We read more about this novel and profound "plot" to turn paganism into "Christianity" in a book by historian Jack Finegan, Myth & Mystery: An Introduction to the Pagan Religions of the Biblical World. Finegan writes: "...But the worship of the sun-god continued widely throughout the empire, and under Aurelian (A.D. 270-275) the cult was restored to its former high estate. In the year 274 Aurelian declared the god -- now called Deus Sol Invictus -- the official deity of the Roman Empire; he built a splendid temple of the sun in Rome...and set the sun's birthday celebration (naturalis solis invicti) ON DECEMBER 25, the date then accepted for the winter solstice (also in his solar character the BIRTHDAY OF MITHRAS). In the time of Constantine the cult of Deus Sol Invictus was still at its height, and the portrait of the sun-god was on the coins of Constantine....Likewise it must have been in this time and with the intent to transform the significance of AN EXISTING SACRED DATE that the birthday of Jesus, which had been celebrated in the East on January 6...was placed in Rome ON DECEMBER 25, THE DATE OF THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF SOL INVICTUS. This date appears in a list of dates probably compiled in A.D. 336 and published in the Roman city calendar, edited by Filocalus, for the year 354" (Finegan, p. 211-212, emphasis mine). Are we beginning to get the picture? This was in the fourth century AFTER the Messiah! At this time, the Church moved to incorporate the birthday of the sun god into the so-called "Christian" calendar, and converted his "birth day" into the birth day of THE MESSIAH himself! That which was distinctly and definitely pagan now was "baptized," and by some act of "magic" was transformed into something "Christian"! At least, to the observer, it appeared to be "Christian." It was now called "Christian." But in truth, it still had a pagan heart and core!

The Influence of Constantine

When Constantine became Emperor of Rome, he nominally at least became a "Christian." But being the head of a far-flung political Empire, he was concerned about the unity and coherence and stability of his Empire. As a sagacious politician, he sought to reconcile and blend and mesh pagan practices with "Christian" beliefs, to merge paganism with the Roman church. Constantine promulgated the "Edict of Toleration" in A.D. 313. He became emperor in A.D. 323, and "then Christianity was enthroned" (Jesse Lyman Hurlbut, The Story of the Christian Church, p. 74). From this time, for the next two hundred years, all persecutions of Christians of the Roman church, and its adherents, ceased. The sword of persecution was "not merely sheathed; it was buried" (ibid., p. 75). But Jesse Hurlbut laments the results of Constantine's making Christianity the state religion, free from all persecution. From that time, he points out, the church became totally subverted by politics and self-seeking opportunists."...the establishment of Christianity as the state religion became a CURSE. "Everybody sought membership in the church, and nearly everybody was received. Both good and bad, sincere seekers after God and hypocritical seekers after gain, rushed into the communion. Ambitious, worldly, unscrupulous men sought office in the church for social and political influence....

I am going to stray a little off the beaten path here and yank another knot in the tail of a deceived and unbelieving Christianity. Christmas is just one of many areas that Christianity, the people of God have been and continue to be deceived into believing an egregious lie as opposed to the truth of God. We like to laugh at and make fun of our American Indians and their religious persuasions. We call them wagon burners and savages, make great sport of their totem poles, medicine man and happy hunting ground. None of them could ever hold a candle to the things that Satan has shoved down the throats and caused Christians around the world to believe as the truth of God. Willing to fight and die (symbolically at least) to preserve and protect their anti-God pagan custom, ritual and traditions handed down from one generation to the next for thousands of years. Consider Easter for example, on equal footing in every way as Christmas is, in being pagan to its rotten and obscene core. Consider Semiramis the wife of Nimrod as her influence as the queen of heaven still exists throughout the world today in places you would not believe. I have copied a short piece from the internet to set the tone for comments I will follow up with.

Although Nimrod was a brilliant strategist, he made a fatal blunder when he allowed Semiramis to retain full control over this religious hierarchy, and through it the minds and hearts of the people; for when a schism occurred between them she was able to turn it from a tool of support into a deadly weapon. The rift between husband and wife occurred when the queen bore an illegitimate son, and the king threatened her with both dethronement and exposure of her true origin. Semiramis, of course would not allow this to take place, and devised a plot to overthrow Nimrod.

During the course of the New Year's festivities at which the advent of Nimrod's rule was celebrated, there was a certain feast exclusively for the royal family and the upper echelons of the priesthood. During this feast, which included "courses" of psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs, a year-old ram was traditionally sacrificed by being torn limb-from-limb while still alive, and its flesh eaten raw. This ram symbolized the old year passing into the heavens to allow room for the New Year. A new-born lamb was then presented which, symbolizing the new year, would be kept and fattened for the next year's ceremonies. This year Semiramis directed the ritual according to the formula, with the exception that when the time came for the ram to be slaughtered, it was the king who was torn to pieces at the hands of the drug-crazed priesthood and Semiramis' bastard son was installed as king. Thus Nimrod, the mighty hunter, died a horrible death as a trapped beast himself.

Semiramis named her son Damu (from the Sumerian "dam," or blood), which in the later Babylonian language became Dammuzi, in Hebrew Tammuz, and in Greek Adonis. Of course, Semiramis assumed the regency for her infant son, and ruled as absolute monarch for 42 more years. In order to avoid having to kill her son on the next New Year's Day, she instituted an annual nation-wide sports competition, the winner of which would have the "honor" of taking Damu's place and ascending into heaven to become a god.

Semiramis was not unopposed in her arrogation of the regency, however, or her rule as a woman. The military arm of the government was divided into two camps for and against her, and a short war ensued which ended when the populace (roused by the priesthood) not only refused to support the "rebels" but actively opposed them. In the course of this war, though, things became so close that Semiramis was forced to build a system of walls, towers, and gates around Babylon to defend herself. She was thus the first to build fortifications and her crown afterwards was in the form of the turreted walls of Babylon. To oppose the accusations of "mere" womanhood laid against her, she had herself deified as the mother of the god Damu (since only a god can beget a god) , and installed as "The Queen of Heaven" pictured in the constellation Cassiopeia, which the ancients had intended as a corporate representation of those people faithful to God who will be enthroned by Him after the end of the age.

In spite of her cleverness, though, she also sowed the seeds of her own destruction. As she raised her son, she imbued him with divinity in the eyes of the priests and people as the means of retaining control as the divine mother without seeming to aggrandize herself. As Damu grew he became used to having every whim instantly gratified by a subservient, indeed groveling, populace. For safety's sake he had a personal bodyguard/companion group which he was never without, and which formed an elite corps of soldiery loyal and accountable to him alone. Upon coming to maturity and demanding of his mother to be installed as king, she not only refused him this--but, seeing him now as a challenge to her rule, slated him for the same death she had meted to his father. Damu caught on to her scheme, and pre-empted his "assumption" by slaying his mother with his own sword, and putting down any priestly protests by purging the hierarchy of all who would not vow allegiance to him. Thus Semiramis died after reigning as queen over Babylon for 102 years.

These events laid the groundwork for all of the pagan religious systems of antiquity, as well as many alive today. Semiramis, in particular was the model and original of every goddess and female cult figure in the ancient and modern worlds (either directly or by derivation); and thus it essential to know her story in order to discern what is factual legend and what is merely myth.

by Bryce Self

In short… Semiramis claimed to have fallen from heaven as a large egg into the Euphrates River and hatched out as the queen of heaven, a sun goddess, beyond being human. She eventually installed her illegitimate sun Tammuz as a god as well, that the people worshipped. As we can see here in Ezekiel 8, below in the next paragraph, a record of an Easter sunrise service. We as followers of Jesus Christ should be able to recognize and understand the truth of the matter right here. Easter is also pagan to its putrid, evil, satanic and anti-God core. The Babylon of confusion trots out their best and gets all togged out in celebrating a time and a season that even has the pagan name attached to it yet. Easter is in no way ordained, authorized or ordered by God anywhere in your bible or mine. To celebrate and grovel at the feet of Tammuz is an affront to God and His Christ. Bringing our little children up to believe and accept the Babylon of confusion lies as the truth of God can and should be described as the ultimate evil from the table of demons.

Anyone celebrating this anti-God filth coming from the table of demons ought to spend time on their knees asking God to forgive them, and of course He already has, He has put all of our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. Still, we should shake ourselves awake and up to His truth, instead of seeking and celebrating the way of the heathen and pagans. A good way to start doing that might be an in depth search and study of Semiramis and her ever present influence upon the lives of the people of the whole world yet today. It is all evil, Satan inspired and in due time will have to be corrected and dealt with by Jesus Christ and His elect at His return to earth to establish the government of God here on earth. 

Those who have been given ears to hear with and spiritual eyes to see with will begin to recognize this truth. Christianity right along with the world worships the creation instead of our creator God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Christianity and their satanic and deceptive teachings are now, have always been and will continue on being recognized by truth seekers as Sun worshipers 101!  Without any doubt we Christians are all the people of God. But Gods own people killed His only begotten Son for coming here to earth and telling us His truth. Nothing much has changed down through the years; I will explain what I mean in the paragraphs to follow. Gods own people still today do not like to be told His truth, nor do they believe Him when He does tell it to us. Satan as the god of this world, the ruler of darkness, master of lies and deception is alive and well on planet earth and has deceived most all of professing Christianity into believing and accepting that which is false to the core. They most one and all chose to believe Satan while at the same time rejecting the truth that Christ would have us all to accept and to believe.. I don’t expect you to believe me when I tell you this, but will you believe Jesus Christ Himself?

( John 3:18 and on ) He that believeth on him is not ( Judged )  condemned: but he that believeth not is (Judged )  condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Claiming to believe Christ and claiming to accept His truth while being in denial of His Word is not believing at all.

( 1 John 5: 10 ) He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness within himself: He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. We can see clearly here, that not believing God is calling Him a liar…. How much longer will we call God a liar through unbelief of His Word?

( John 8: 45 ) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. It cannot be made any clearer than this, the people of God, Christianity refuse to believe Him.

( John 16: 9 ) ( NLT ) The world’s sin is unbelief in me. We claim to believe the Word of God on one hand while on the other hand we follow after the ways of this world. Causing God to admonish us thus. In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrine, the commandments of men. Depart from me I know you not. (paraphrased)

( Hebrews 4:2 ) We have heard the same Good News that your ancestors heard. But the message didn't help those who heard it in the past because they didn't believeWe’re just as obstinate as our forefathers were. We can hear the good news… We can read the words, but we refuse to believe and accept the truth as we jump right back into the trough of paganism and satanic lies. We have no problem in believing the Catholic Church and her teachings as being the great whore of Revelation, while for the most part we are in lock step ourselves with their celebrations of heathen and pagan origins. We have no reason to call the kettle black. They do not believe and accept the truth of God and neither do we whom profess to be followers of Jesus Christ.

(John 7:2-5) But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, ‘You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world. For even his own brothers did not believe in him.Jesus’ own flesh and blood physical brothers didn’t believe Him at that time. Most all of His spiritual brothers and sisters today refuse to believe Him as well. To believe Christ requires that we place ourselves under His authority and care, to do His will as opposed to our own will. It means to repent of our old way of doing things and to follow Christ. To repent simply put means to turn and go another way. Another way God admonishes us to go can be found in Revelation 18:3-5 it is not empty words, not a suggestion, it is a command directly from God telling us this.

\3 "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality." 4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, (That’s you and me my brothers and sisters. I of course did that many years ago; it’s your turn now. )  so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.… What is it that we are supposed to be coming out of you might ask? We are to be coming out of either this world’s false religious system known as Christianity and its pagan teachings, or the Babylon of confusion which is exactly the same thing.

"You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."(John 8:23-24) Who does Christ claim to be? He claims to be the Savior of all of mankind and indeed all of creation without even one exception, universal salvation if you will. Do you believe He is who He claims to be in this? He tells us He is making us in the image and likeness of God the Father and Himself, to have life everlasting, to be spirit, immortal beings just as God the Father and Himself have life everlasting without end. Do you believe Him? He tells us that a few, a select number will be called and chosen as the elect to rule a thousand years during the millennium with Him. Do you believe Him? He tells us that the rest of the dead, the masses,  lived not again for a thousand years, to be resurrected at the 2nd resurrection known as well as “The Great White Throne Judgment”’ Do you believe Him? If we do not believe He is who He claims to be in this, by his words not mine, we will die in our sins. Do you believe Him?

John 5:24 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Do we believe Him and prove it by showing it in our actions, or do we continue on in following after the pagan and satanic ways of this world in celebrations profaning the name of Jesus Christ by attaching it to their lewd, lascivious and anti-God festivals of the past that burned their own little children alive to appease their sun god and have come to the point today where they feed our own little innocent children a never ending mountain of immoral dung and lies directly from the table of demons? Do you believe Jesus Christ or do we just give Him lip service? His Word tells us that we are not to take the name of God in vain. Not only has the Babylon of confusion, the Christian church taken the name of God in vain. As if that was not enough they also profaned His Almighty and powerful name by appropriating it and attaching it to rank and rotten well known pagan celebrations such as Christ-mass and Easter to mention a couple. Does it matter how our God feels about these things? Are we in any way willing to put away our idols of the heart and cease polluting His holy name as we read here below in Ezekiel 20: 30-39

30 Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Are you defiling yourselves in the manner of your father’s, and committing harlotry according to their abominations’?  31 For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day .This speaks of child sacrifice, burning little children to death as an offering to their god Saturn. Are we still defiling ourselves and sacrificing our little children in the deathly fire of lies and deception as our fathers did? So shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,” says the Lord God, “I will vnot be inquired of by you. 32 wWhat you have in your mind shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.’33 As I live,” says the Lord God, “surely with a mighty hand, xwith an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you. 34 I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there yI will plead My case with you face to face. 36 zJust as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says the Lord God.37 “I will make you apass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of thebcovenant; 38 cI will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but dthey shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 39 “As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord Gode“Go, serve every one of you his idols—and hereafter—if you will not obey Me; fbut profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols. It should be a sobering experience, a time to reflect, to be thinking deeply, asking ourselves who we are following. Is it the Babylon of confusion or is it our God? When we have our God telling us, “Go serve every one of you his idols-and hereafter- if you will not obey Me; but profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols

Take note; this is not Leith Cunningham talking here; It is the Almighty God of all heaven and earth.

(John 5:38) And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent him ye believe not. Do we have the Word of God abiding in us? Do you have the Word of God abiding in you? Ask yourself whether or not you believe Him, your continued actions will reveal the truth of the matter to you. Now check out below what took place in the past, that Christians the world over still take part in on a regular yearly basis as they head out for their Easter sunrise service in honor of Tammuz after replacing his name with that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Telling the lie again and again to their little ones about a bunny rabbit that lays eggs and hides them, for them to find. Effectively taking their little hearts and minds far away from Christ and His truth. The biggest thing being hidden here is coming from the preachers, ministers and priests of Satan and the child’s own parents. Hiding the truth of God as they continue to teach a lie of monumental proportions. Christ tells us we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. Will you come out of darkness, or will you willingly continue to be held captive by the Christian church known as well as “The Babylon of Confusion”? The return of Jesus Christ may be sooner than we think. Which would we prefer hearing? “Well done my good and faithful servant”? Or, “In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men… (Christmas and Easter dear people are the commandments of men and definitely not from God) Depart from me. I know you not”?

There are many markers of Mystery Babylon, but this first entry of many will be focusing on sun worship aspects. Reading Ezekiel 8, sun worship is warned against in the Old testament with the worship of Tammuz, Tammuz was one of many names for the god of the spring sun.


Eze 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which [was] toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.


Eze 8:15 ¶ Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? turn thee yet again, [and] thou shalt see greater abominations than these.


Eze 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

We can see here the position that our God takes on Easter sunrise service. Now may be a good time to ask you the reader, how do you plan to celebrate the pagan Easter festival this year? We do need to understand that in doing so we will have to turn our backs toward the temple of the Lord as we jump knee deep into satanic paganism. But be of good cheer because we are in the majority. Most all of Christianity around the world will be celebrating it along with all of its pagan roots, full speed ahead. On the other hand if we should decide to come out of the Babylon of confusion and do a little research on our own, it could be we would decide to follow the admonition of our God and turn our backs on satanic paganism instead.


Eze 8:17 ¶ Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. put … branch to … nose—proverbial, for "they turn up the nose in scorn," expressing their insolent security [Septuagint]. Not content with outraging "with their violence" the second table of the law, namely, that of duty towards one's neighbor, "they have returned" (that is, they turn back afresh) to provoke Me by violations of the first table [Calvin]. Rather, they held up a branch or bundle of tamarisk (called barsom) to their nose at daybreak, while singing hymns to the rising sun [Strabo, 1.15, p. 733]. Sacred trees were frequent symbols in idol-worship. Calvin translates, "to their own ruin," literally, "to their nose," that is, with the effect of rousing My anger (of which the Hebrew is "nose") to their ruin.

The Roman CEXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(17) For they have filled the land with violence.Corruption in religion here, as always, bore its proper fruit in moral deterioration. A people who go astray from their duty to God are always found to neglect also their duty to man. Israel had before fallen into great and grievous sins. Within the memory of those still living, the good king Josiah, supported by the prophet Jeremiah and many others, had made great effort at reformation, and had purged the Temple of its abominations; hence God says the people “have returned to provoke me to anger.”

Put the branch to their nose.This is an obscure expression, on which the learning and ingenuity of commentators have been spent in vain. It is an allusion to some custom well known at the time, but now lost. The simplest explanation seems to be in a reference to the habit of the Parsees (mentioned by Strabo) in their worship to hold twigs of the tamarisk, palm, and the pomegranate before their mouths.  ( end commentary )

The Catholic church has what is considered the biggest solar wheel on the planet marking that church as what it truly is the harlot of Revelation, including the pagan obelisk right from Egypt. Catholic reasoning for having this pillar, is it supposedly shows "conquering over paganism", but really it is just more infusion and joining with it, as the Bible orders the breaking down of pillars, not keeping and honoring them in a central location. [Deu 7:5, Deu 12:3 etc]

One major symbol in Mystery Babylon which all false religions of the world overlap in, is the sun wheel, and/or sun spiral. They are everywhere! In my blog entry about United Religions Initiative, is there any question why they've chosen a colorful sun wheel as their logo? [Count the 8 points, this will be important later:]
We may want to continue a search about the colorful Catholic sun wheel at a later date.

Professing Christians it seems have a dilemma in not knowing or understanding what it means to either follow God or Baal. (Baal which represent blatant paganism?)They one and all for the most part are following after Baal while claiming to be followers of God and His Christ. We read here in 1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, how long halt you between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. This text is from the Old Testament account of Elijah on Mt. Carmel, where he rebuked the children of Israel for worshiping and following the idol Baal. Israel wanted to worship and serve the true God of Heaven and the gods of the heathen at the same time. But Elijah told them that they just couldn’t do that and get by with it. The true God of Heaven (Israel’s God) does not permit His people to worship idols at all (Exodus 20:1-5). The story continues with the contest between Israel’s God and the false god Baal, in which Israel’s God proved Himself to be the true and living God when He consumed Elijah’s sacrifice with fire from heaven. Baal, on the other hand, was unable to answer the prayers of his prophets to consume their sacrifice, because Baal was just a god of their imagination and of their own making. 

What it means to halt between two opinions

 

The word “halt” in the text is important. It means to be undecided as if to hop back and forth from one opinion to the other. It also means to be lame or crippled on one’s feet. To be undecided about which the true God is; is to be spiritually lame or crippled. Such a spiritually lame condition, when added to man’s natural depravity, leaves unregenerate man all the more helpless and hopeless of recovery. On the other hand, many professing Christians today are also halting between two opinions. They pretend to worship the God of the Bible, but they also worship the gods of the heathen at the same time. (Such as Christ-mass and Easter etc.) Like Israel, they don’t realize that God is displeased and angry with them. He doesn’t accept the worship of those who practice idolatry and polytheism. Instead of pleasing God their worship is a sin to them. Instead of reaping God’s blessings, they will reap His judgment and His curse.

Moving on now, information from the internet

The services of worship increased in splendor, but were less spiritual and hearty than those of former times. The forms and ceremonies of PAGANISM GRADUALLY CREPT INTO THE WORSHIP. Some of the OLD HEATHEN FEASTS BECAME CHURCH FESTIVALS WITH CHANGE OF NAME AND OF WORSHIP" (Hurlbut, The Story of the Christian Church, p. 79, emphasis mine).

How did it happen? Obviously, something strange and weird was going on!

Will Durant, renowned historian, in his massive work The Story of Civilization, wrote in volume III, entitled Caesar and Christ, that in the new "church" that developed in the Roman Empire, the Jewishness of Yeshua was lost or rejected, and replaced with Greek philosophy and thought; the "Law" of the Jews was rejected, and, he writes, "...the god Christ was assimilated to the religious and philosophical traditions of the Hellenistic mind. Now the PAGAN WORLD -- even the anti-Semitic world -- could accept him as its own. "CHRISTIANITY DID NOT DESTROY PAGANISM; IT ADOPTED IT. I hope you will make a mental note of the quote we have just read. “Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. Truer words have not been spoken. The Greek mind, dying, came to a transmigrated life in the theology and liturgy of the Church...the Greek mysteries passed down into the impressive mystery of the Mass. Other PAGAN cultures contributed to the syncrestic result. From Egypt came the idea of a divine trinity...from Egypt the adoration of the Mother and Child...From Phrygia came the worship of the Great Mother....The Mithraic ritual so closely resembled the eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass that Christian fathers charged the Devil with inventing these similarities to mislead frail minds. Christianity was the last great creation of the ancient PAGAN world" (p. 595).

These historical observations ought to make us sit up and take notice! The 'Christianity" that we see around  us in the world today is but a "spin-off" of this ancient syncretism or 'blending" and "merging" of PAGANISM into the professed Church of Yeshua the Messiah, which had lapsed into political apostasy, profligacy and impurity. The descendants of the once chaste and pure  virgin of the Messiah, the New Testament Church, had seemingly become, for all intends and purposes, the religious WHORE of Babylon -- a bejeweled and bedecked and bedeviled slut and trollop, a "shady lady," a spiritual PROSTITUTE!

"Paganism" was not defeated by the Church. It invaded the church, infiltrated it, and seduced it from within! The professing Christian Church became the "new face of paganism"! Only the "names" were changed. And in some cases -- as in "Easter" Sunday -- even the old pagan names were left in place!

H. G. Wells, in his Outline of History, discusses the transformation of the teachings of the Messiah into the pagan worship of the heathen, calling  itself "Christian." He notes:

"The observance of the Jewish Sabbath, again, TRANSFERRED TO THE MITHRAIC SUN-DAY, is an important feature of many Christian cults...He [Jesus] did not say a word about the worship of his mother Mary in the guise of ISIS, THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN. Much that is most characteristically Christian [so-called] in worship and usage, he ignored. Skeptical writers have had the temerity to deny that Jesus can be called a Christian at all" (p. 445, emphasis mine, of course).

How did this happen? How did Mithraism, with its December 25 worship, and Sun-day worship, contribute these prominent "holidays" to the established "Christian" Church? How did paganism overtake, overcome, and subdue, the original teachings of the Church of Yeshua the Messiah, and his apostles, and replace Biblical holy days with pagan "holy days"? Should all true Christians be concerned about this historic truth -- this reality? Doesn't it really matter?

What should these facts mean to us, today, who seek to obey YEHOVAH God, and follow the Messiah of the Bible, who seek to be TRUE followers of the Word of YEHOVAH GOD?

The Seduction of the Church

Admits the Worldbook Encyclopedia, "The exact date of Christ's birth is not known. The early Christians did NOT celebrate His birth, because they considered the celebration of anyone's birth to be a pagan custom. The first mention of the observance of Christ's birthday appears about A.D. 200. For many years, several dates were used. December 25 was first mentioned in 336" (article "Christmas").

This common reference work acknowledges, "For many years, people observed Christmas as a religious festival only. But they GRADUALLY ADOPTED MORE AND MORE CUSTOMS UNRELATED TO THE CHURCH. Most of the customs originated in cultures that existed before Christianity....In 1643, the Puritans, who regarded such celebrations as pagan, outlawed the observance of Christmas in England." Colonists in New England followed the English laws and also outlawed Christmas. But immigrants to the New World brought Christmas customs from many lands and the old festivities where soon restored.

All of the popular customs and traditions surrounding Christmas actually were celebrated at pagan mid-winter festivals thousands of years before the Messiah was born. Admits this same encyclopedia, "The custom of burning the Yule log began with the ancient Scandinavians, who once a year burned a huge log in honor of their god Thor. After the Scandinavians became Christians [sic], they made the Yule log an important part of their Christmas ceremonies."

Where Did the Christmas Tree Come From?

One of the most pervasive customs of Christmas, today, is the bringing home and decorating of a "Christmas tree." Where did this custom come from? Coffin in The Book of Christmas Folklore tells us:

"Most people have heard that the Christmas tree originates in the tannenbaum and is some sort of vestige of Teutonic vegetation worship. THIS IS PARTIALLY TRUE. However, the custom of using pine and other evergreens ceremonially was well established at the ROMAN SATURNALIA, even earlier in Egypt" (p. 209).

If one is serious about knowing the truth of the origin of Christmas, an in depth search of the Roman Saturnalia, is a must.

Writes Alexander Hislop in The Two Babylons,

"The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm tree denoting the Pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith. 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. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as the 'Man the branch.' And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning" (page 97).

Tree worship was very common among the ancients. Says Festivals, Holy Days, and Saints' Days,

"The Christmas tree...recapitulates the idea of tree worship...gilded nuts and balls symbolizing the sun...all the festivities of the [heathen] winter solstice have been absorbed into Christmas Day...the use of holly and mistletoe to the Druidic ceremonies; the Christmas tree to the honours paid to Odin's sacred fir...." (p. 236).

Writes Collins in Christmas Folklore:

"This idea of decorating homes on holidays is both worldwide and age-old....So the Saturnalian  laurel, the Teutonic holly, the Celtic mistletoe, and the Mexican poinsettia have all attached themselves to this polyglot ceremony...

"Many of the plants used at Christmas are SYMBOLS OF FERTILITY. Certainly any evergreen (fir, yew, laurel) with its ability to return verdure in the barrens months is appropriate, but by far the most interesting are the holly, the ivy, and the mistletoe. Holly, with its pricking leaves, white flowers, and red berries symbolizes the male reproductive urge. In fact, in the English carols...the holly is the male and the ivy is the female. This use of the plants was most likely BORROWED by the Christians along with other customs of the ROMAN SATURNALIA" (p. 22-23).

Ivy, holly's mate, in ancient Grecian rites took its name from the girl who danced with such abandon and joy before  Dionysius that she fell dead at his feet. The pagan god, moved by her dance, turned her into the ivy that  she might entwine whatever is near. Dionysius, of course, was the Greek version of the god of wine and revelry, another form of Bacchus, Tammuz, or Nimrod!

Mistletoe, since the earliest of times, has been regarded as mysterious and sacred, the symbol of the sun, bestower of life, an aphrodisiac, and protector against disease and poison. The plant was especially sacred to the Celtic Druids who offered it in prayer to the gods. The mistletoe was referred to by pagans as the "golden bough." The two great holidays when the pagans gathered mistletoe were Midsummer Day, the summer solstice, and December 25, the winter solstice. It was supposed to possess the power of revealing treasures in the earth, and was formed into a "divining rod." It was also looked upon as the "seat of life" of the sacred oak, and as an emanation of the sun's fire. Kissing under the mistletoe is a survival of Saturnalian  sexual licentiousness and bawdy immoral behavior, which was commonplace at the Saturnalia.

What about Dear Old "Santa Claus"?

Even Santa Claus has a not-so-benign origin! This fat and jolly elf can be traced back to another ancient pagan Norse legend! Admits the Worldbook Encyclopedia,

"Some of Santa Claus's characteristics date back many centuries. For example, the belief that Santa enters the house through the chimney developed from an old Norse legend. The Norse believed that the goddess Hertha appeared in the fireplace and brought good luck to the home."

Although most people assume that the original "Santa Claus" was a bishop by the name of St. Nicholas of Asia Minor of the fourth century, this is not really true. Although some of this bishop's deeds later came to be associated with "St. Nick," the original "Nicholas" was once again Nimrod, the "mighty one against the Lord." The word "Nicholas" means "mighty one, powerful." Traditions of a "god" who gave gifts under an evergreen tree antecede the Asian Minor bishop by thousands of years! Among the Scandinavians it was the god Odin or Woden who left special gifts during the Yuletide season under the evergreen tree, his sacred tree!

Tony van Renterghem writes in When Santa Was a Shaman: The Ancient Origins of Santa Claus & the Christmas Tree:

"In newly Christianized areas where the pagan Celtic and Germanic cults remained strong, legends of the god Wodan were blended with those of various Christian saints; Saint Nicholas was one of these. There were Christian areas where Saint Nicholas ruled alone; in other locations, he was assisted by the pagan Dark Helper (the slave he had inherited from the pagan god Wodan). In other remote areas...ancient pockets of the Olde Religion controlled traditions. Here the Dark Helper ruled alone, sometimes in a most confusing manner, using the cover name of Saint Nicholas or 'Klaus,' without in any way changing his threatening, Herne/Pan, fur-clad appearance. (This was the figure later used by the artist Nast as the model for the early American Santa Claus)" (page 96).

The Catholic Saint Nicholas also had a confusing past. Says van Renterghem, "He was a compilation of two separate saints (one from Myra in Asia Minor, the other from Pinora), both of whom were -- as the Church nowadays admits – nothing  more than Christianized water deities (possibly related to the Greco-Roman god Poseidon/Neptune)" (ibid.). In the 1970s, the Second Vatican Council formally stated that no Roman Catholic bishop by the name of Nicholas had ever existed! Vatican II further confessed that the legends attributed to this "saint" had no Christian origin, and probably came from pagan traditions!

Says van Renterghem, further:

"By absorbing such PAGAN FEASTS AND TRADITIONS, the Christian Church could subtly bring in its own theology: in this case, establishing the good Saint Nicholas, bringer of love and gifts, while grudgingly allowing the presence of the Olde Religion's Herne/Pan, but only as a slave to Saint Nicholas. Thus, in parts of Europe, the Church turned Herne into Saint Nicholas' captive, chained Dark Helper; none other than Satan, the Dark One, symbolic of all evil....

"In Holland and several other European countries, the Saint Nicholas figure is still highly esteemed. He appears as a tall, dignified, bearded, white-haired old man, dressed as a Catholic bishop, complete with cloak, mitre, and pastoral staff, a seemingly genuine Catholic saint, but with a bizarre, quite unsaintly habit of riding through the skies on a white horse, followed by his Dark Helper. It seems that our Catholic saint inherited some of these customs from the pagan god Wodan, who had also been a BEARDED, WHITE-HAIRED OLD MAN, also dressed in a hat and cloak, carried a staff (or spear), rode a white horse, and dragged along the same dark slave/helper on a chain" (p. 97).

So much for old "Santa Claus"! This mythological figure, also, is pagan to the core!

The Dutch "Sinterklaas" brings gifts to good children, while bad children are harrassed by the "Dark Helper," called Zwarte Pier, or "Black Pete," who brandishes a broom-like rod. Like Santa Claus, Sinterklaas also had the habit of entering homes through the chimney! His helper, "Black Pete," is today, still horned, fur-clad, scary, and less than kind to children. Although portrayed as the slave helper of Saint Nicholas, the two are, in many villages, blended into one character, who often has the name Nikolaas or Klaus. Thus "Santa Claus" is blended with, and is none other than, that old enemy of mankind, Satan the devil!

"In Germany, Saint Nicholas' Dark Helper is a swarthy, horned, frightening little man, always brandishing the besom [broom]. He is known by many names: Knecht Ruprecht (servant Ruprecht), or in Bavaria, Pelz Nickel, meaning 'fur-clad Nick.' In Tyrol, the picture is even clearer; there the Dark Helper is Kllaubau, a scarier version of the British Herne the Hunter, a chained, furry, black-faced horned creature" (p. 103-105).

Who was this Odin, or Woden, the original "Santa Claus"? He was the chief god of Norse mythology, a fierce fighter who carried a spear as his special weapon. He was renown as a mighty hunter, and for his magical powers. This same author declares, further, of the connection between Odin/Wodan and Saint Nicholas:

"Wodan/Odin: ...man's friend, the mysterious Schimmel rider. Dragging his dark and devilish slave Eckhart along on a chain, he rides through the stormy skies. He leads the Wild Hunt, eluding, and finally subjugating, the powers of evil. He also wears a broad-brimmed hat, a wide mantel, holds his spear, and rides through the skies (replace his hat with a bishop's mytre and the spear with a crozier, and we have the Dutch Saint Nicholas)" (p. 111).

In other words, Odin was another name for Nimrod, who, the Bible says, was "the mighty hunter before [the Hebrew word for "before" also means "against"] the LORD" (Genesis 10:9). Nimrod's reputation as a mighty hunter was widespread.

Says Alexander Hislop, "The Wodan or Odin of Scandinavia can be proved to be the Adon of Babylon" (The Two Babylons, p. 133-134). Nimrod, Adon, or Adonis, of Babylon was the great "war-god." Odin was the same. Nimrod, in the character of Bacchus, was the god of wine. Odin was said to partake of no other food but wine. The name of one of Odin's sons, Balder, indicates the meaning of Odin's own name. Balder is a form of the Chaldee Baal-zer, "The seed of Baal." The Hebrew "z" in the later Chaldee frequently became a "d." Baal and Adon both signify "Lord." Since Balder is the "son of Baal," as well as the "son of Adon," or "Odin," then Baal, Adon, and Odin must be the same person -- representative of Nimrod, the first human to be deified and proclaimed by the pagans as a "god" after the Deluge!

"Santa Claus," then, is not so innocent and cherubic a figure after all! Why do parents take their young children, sit them on "Santa's lap," and insist on teaching them Santa Claus myths? The word "Santa," rearranged, spells "S-A-T-A-N," and "Claus" is reminiscent of "Claws" -- in other words, "SATAN'S CLAWS"! Do you want Satan, the arch-enemy of mankind, to get his "claws" into your children? By teaching them Santa Claus myths, and taking them to "Christmas parties," with "Santa Claus" handing out "gifts," you are subtly teaching your children to worship Satan the devil, the great impostor!

The True Origin of "Christmas"

It is indeed strange that a day never mentioned or sanctioned in the Bible should become the chief so-called "Christian" holiday of the entire year -- a day never celebrated by Yeshua the Messiah, or his apostles, or the early New Testament Ecclesia of YEHOVAH God!

What is the actual origin of the celebration of December 25? A careful look at the word "Christmas" itself ought to tell us something. Notice! It itself is a mixture. Though it includes the name of Christ, it also mentions the "mass." Where did the "mass" -- with its rituals, elaborate ceremony, pagan prayers for the dead, transubstantiation rites, etc. -- come from?

Alexander Hislop in his remarkable book The Two Babylons, points out that the "mass" is something that definitely goes back to ancient PAGAN customs and rites! He declares in plain and clear language:

"Therefore we find the women of Judah represented as simply 'burning incense, pouring out drink-offerings, and offering CAKES to the queen of heaven' (Jer.  44:19). The cakes were the 'unbloody sacrifice' she required....In the FOURTH CENTURY, when the queen of heaven, under the name of Mary, was beginning to be worshipped in the Christian Church, this 'unbloody sacrifice' also was brought in. Epiphanius states that the practice of offering and eating it began among `women of Arabia; and at that time it was well known to have been ADOPTED FROM THE PAGANS. The very shape of the unbloody sacrifice of Rome may indicate when it came. It is a small thin, round wafer; and on its roundness the Church of Rome lays so much stress....The importance, however, which Rome attaches to the roundness of the wafer, must have a reason; and that reason will be found, if we look at the altars of EGYPT. 'The thin, round cake,' says Wilkinson, 'occurs on all altars.' Almost every jot or tittle in the Egyptian worship had a symbolical meaning. The round disk, so frequent in the sacred emblems of Egypt, symbolized the sun" (The Two Babylons, p. 159-160).

The "sun-god" in ancient Egypt was Osiris. The round disk of the Egyptian "mass" symbolized the sun, and was an offering symbolizing the sun-god. He was considered the life and nourishment of the souls of men!

The "Christ-mass" therefore is nothing more than the celebration of the birth of the "sun-god" himself, the False Messiah, the False "Saviour" of the world, and the "mass" itself also represents the offering or "cakes" made to the queen of heaven, the "Mother" of the pagan Saviour, the "unbloody sacrifice"! Again, "Christ-mass" is proved to be PAGAN to the core!

It is a fact that December 25 was celebrated for thousands of years before the birth of the Messiah as the birth day of an ancient pagan god -- THE SUN GOD! Alexander Hislop points out the truth in these shocking words -- at least, they ought to be shocking to anybody with a clear, undefiled, and conscientious mind:

"Indeed, it is admitted by the most learned and candid writers of all parties that the day of our Lord's birth cannot be determined, and that within the Christian Church no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century, and that not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance. How, then, did the Romish Church fix on December the 25th as Christmas-day? Why, thus: Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of the year, in honour 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 of Christianity, the SAME FESTIVAL WAS ADOPTED by the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ. This tendency on the part of Christians to MEET PAGANISM HALF-WAY was very early developed....Upright men strove to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts, the apostasy went on, till the Church, with the exception of a small remnant, was submerged under Pagan superstition" (p. 93).

Hislop goes on,

"That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival, is beyond all doubt. The time of the year, and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin. In Egypt, the son of Isis, the Egyptian title for the queen of heaven, was born at this very time, 'about the time of the winter solstice.' The very name by which Christmas is popularly known among ourselves -- Yule-day -- proves at once its Pagan and Babylonian origin. 'Yule' is the Chaldee name for an 'infant' or 'little child;' and as the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo- Saxon ancestors, 'Yule-day,' or the "Child's day,' and the night that preceded it, 'Mother-night,' long BEFORE they came in contact with Christianity, that sufficiently proves its real character" (pp. 93-94).

December 25th was observed far and wide among the ancient world. This day was "The birth-day of the unconquered Sun." The Yule log represented the dead stock of the slain Nimrod, arch-apostate rebel against the Lord after the flood (see Genesis 10:8-10), and the Christmas-tree was supposedly Nimrod reborn -- the slain god come to life again!

In Europe, the Saxons offered a boar in sacrifice to the sun, to propitiate the queen of heaven on Christmas day. The boar, in pagan mythology, was supposed to have slain the false pagan Messiah. The boar was also a major article of the feast of Saturn at Rome. The boar's head is still a standing dish in England at Christmas dinner. Says Hislop: "There can be no doubt, then, that the Pagan festival at the winter solstice -- in other words, Christmas -- was held in honor of the birth of the Babylonian Messiah" (p. 102).

The largest pagan religious cult which fostered sun worship in the Greek and Roman worlds on December 25 was the cult of Mithraism. They called it "the Nativity of the Sun." Mithras, the sun-god, was supposed to have been born at this time, but so were Osiris, Horus, Tammuz, Hercules, Bacchus, Adonis, Jupiter -- all the pagan Messiahs! This fact alone would seem to indicate that all these pagan sun-gods and deities trace their roots back to the original sun-god of ancient Babylon -- Nimrod!

This popular winter festival became such an established custom that in pagan Rome and Greece, Egypt, and throughout Europe, the period of the winter solstice was a time of great revelry and festivity. In Rome it became known as the "Saturnalia," in honor of the god Saturn, "the hidden one." Saturn was another name for Nimrod, who late in his apostasy went into hiding from Shem, the son of Noah. The "feast of Saturn," Hislop adds, "lasted five days; loose reins were given to drunkenness and revelry, slaves had a temporary emancipation, and used all manner of freedoms with their masters. This was precisely the way in which, according to Berosus, the drunken festival of the month Thebeth, answering to our December, in other words, the festival of Bacchus, was celebrated in Babylon" (p. 96-97).

Writes T. G. Crippen in Christmas and Christmas Lore,

"Now in December and the beginning of January there were several festivals which were intimately associated with the daily life of the Roman people. First, from the 17th to the 21st December, was the Saturnalia, the great Roman holiday....One might call it the Feast of Topsy-turveydom; when slaves were allowed for a few days to enjoy the semblance of freedom, were waited upon by their masters, and chose from amongst themselves a mock king to preside over their revels. Next, on the 22nd, came Sigillaria, the Feast of Dolls, when a fair was held, and dolls and other toys, mostly of earthenware, were given to children. Then, on 25th, came Brumalia, otherwise Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun, when the days began to lengthen after the solstice....It is believed to have been instituted ... by the emperor Aurelian, in honour of Mithras, the Persian sun-god..." (p. 8-9).

Clearly, the pagan customs of Christmas had nothing remotely to do with the Messiah, or the Word of YEHOVAH God, the Scriptures. Clearly, they had nothing to offer to the Church of YEHOVAH God, as they were the very antithesis of true Christianity! Yet, somehow, this ancient pagan festival wormed its way into the established "Christian" Church and became its most prominent holiday of the year! What a monstrous mystery!

The Catholic Church took the excitement which surrounded the Roman Saturnalia, with its excesses, delights, debauchery, and wantonness, and called them the celebration of the birth of the Son of YEHOVAH God, Yeshua. Most people today still think of December 25 as the birth day of Yeshua, even though this is definitely not the case.

This pagan "bash" was transformed by the Catholic Church into the festivities of Christmas, in honor of the Madonna and Child. Thus the pagan Semiramis (Egyptian Isis) and Tammuz (Horus) were "transformed," by sleight of hand, by the "magicians" of the Roman Church, into Mary and Yeshua. In this manner, the pagan practices of the past centuries became outwardly "Christian" in name and character! For almost 300 years after the time of Yeshua, the Church showed no concern for the date of the Messiah's birth. The apostles and leaders of the New Testament Church never bothered to find out when Yeshua was born, as the date was not important to them. It was not until the fourth century that Christmas began to be observed by the Roman Catholic Church. Says the Encyclopedia Americana:

"Christmas -- it was according to many authorities not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian Church as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth. A feast was established in memory of the birth of the Saviour in the Fourth Century. In the Fifth Century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman Feast of the birth of Sol."

That is how an ancient PAGAN CUSTOM became engrafted upon the unsuspected Christian world! But should true followers of Yeshua, the Messiah, participate in ANCIENT PAGAN CUSTOMS? Should true Christians celebrate "Christmas"?

The Puritans, who were Christians attempting to reform the Church during the 1600's, did not believe Christmas should be observed. This "baptism" of pagan rites and festivals by the Roman Catholic and the vast majority of the Protestant Churches, was totally rejected by the Puritans. One of them, William Prynne, during the time of king Charles I, wrote:

"Our Christmas lords of Misrule, together with dancing, masques, mummeries, stage-players, and such other Christmas disorders, now in use with Christians, were derived from these Roman Saturnalia and Bacchanalian festivals; which should cause all pious Christians eternally to abominate them" (The Book of Christmas Folklore, p. 8).

Because of his attitude toward Christmas and pagan rituals still observed by the professing Christian Church, William Prynne was placed in a pillory and his ears were cut off.

Should Christians Observe "Christmas"?

Should Christians today celebrate this ancient festival? Many today may think it is all right, but the opinions of men are not our standard or authority. What does the Word of YEHOVAH God itself say about this matter? It is a very serious question. Is it all right in the sight of YEHOVAH for men to take pagan customs and traditions, and to observe them, calling them "Christian"? Is it all right to merge and combine PAGAN practices with the truth of YEHOVAH God?

According to the prophet Malachi, YEHOVAH does not change (Mal.3:8). His laws and commandments are eternal (Psa. 111:7-8). Does YEHOVAH say it is all right to observe the traditions and customs of the pagans?

YEHOVAH God commanded ancient Israel, "I am the Lord your God. You must NOT DO AS THEY DO IN EGYPT, where you used to live, and you must NOT DO AS THEY DO IN THE LAND OF CANAAN, where I am bringing  you. DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR PRACTICES. You must obey my laws, and be careful to follow my decrees" (Lev. 18:2-4).

YEHOVAH God hates idolatry! He detests it with vehement passion. He tells us, "...Be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, 'How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.' YOU must NOT WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD IN THEIR WAY, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of DETESTABLE THINGS the LORD HATES" (Deut. 12:29-31).

Because of pagan idolatrous practices, YEHOVAH God cast the Canaanites out of the Promised Land. They were worshippers of Baal, or Nimrod, Tammuz, the sun god, the pagan Messiah, the god of wine and revelry. They worshipped the evergreen tree, and used it as a symbol of their god. They observed December 25, in worship of the waning sun, and their sun-god divinity. This whole religious system stemmed from ancient Babylon, the fount of all heresy and apostasy.

Their sensuality and gross lasciviousness was particularly displayed during the mid-winter festival, called the Saturnalia in Rome, with gift-giving, drunkenness, and sexual licentiousness. YEHOVAH says of such Bacchanalial rites,

"Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled, so I punished it for its sin, and the land VOMITED out its inhabitants....Anyone who does any of these DETESTABLE THINGS -- such persons must be cut off from their people. Keep my requirements and do NOT follow ANY OF THE DETESTABLE CUSTOMS that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God" (Lev. 18:24-30).

Even such idolatrous items as the "Christmas tree" are condemned in the Word of YEHOVAH God! Jeremiah the prophet wrote,

"Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them [such as the waning sun at the winter solstice!]. For the CUSTOMS of the people are VAIN [empty, useless, worthless]: for one CUTTETH  A TREE out of the FOREST, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. 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" (Jer. 10:1-5).

Truly, the whole world has been deceived by Satan the devil and his clever masquerades and machinations (Rev. 12:9). YEHOVAH God Almighty thunders: "Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye POLLUTED after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye WHOREDOM after the manner of THEIR ABOMINATIONS?...ye POLLUTE yourselves with all your IDOLS, even unto this day....But as for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD: Go ye, serve  ye everyone his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but POLLUTE YE MY HOLY NAME NO MORE with your gifts, and with your idols" (Ezek. 20:30-39).

The very name "Christmas," combining the holy name of Christ with the pagan mass, POLLUTES and PROFANES YEHOVAH's holy name! The celebration of these ancient pagan festivals, calling them "Christian," is an abomination in the sight of YEHOVAH God! YEHOVAH will not accept such pagan, superstitious worship!

Yeshua the Messiah said to s disciples, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will KNOW THE TRUTH, and the truth will set you FREE" -- free from the shackles of error, superstition, mythology, and pagan deception! (John 8:32, NIV).

Christmas is pagan. There is no doubt about it. The question is: What are you going to do about it? May YEHOVAH God help you to make the right decision, so you can inherit eternal life, and reign with the saints forever (Rev. 2:26-27; 5:10; 20:4).

-- Edited By John D. Keyser.

As we close out the true revelation of Christ-mass here, it is appropriate and prudent that we ask ourselves an important question. When our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns to establish the government of God here on earth while removing the rule of the devil and Satan. While Christ is putting together the elect to rule with Him for a thousand years. The elect being the few chosen out of the many being called, anticipating that future time let’s ask ourselves the question, which would we rather hear? “Well done thy good and faithful servant” or “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men”, “Depart from me I know ye not”? Our actions today will determine the outcome of the tomorrows to come.     

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Leith Lyman Cunningham (above copied from the internet, with my own commentary in bold writing)                                                                                                                                                                                   11/28/15

Some who read these words I have written that show the character, wisdom, understanding and desires of God, will deep down recognize it as the truth if God be calling them and they will have a desire to follow through and seek out even more truth. They will experience a spiritual awakening and a hunger for more of the truth. Then along comes Satan to plant seeds of doubt in their minds. Subtly reminding the individual that it is going to cause a big change to turn around and to go another way. It will mean the possibility of losing friends, acquaintances and even family members. I will offend folks for not believing in and accepting their pagan god. People will begin to avoid me, I will be branded a religious nut case, they will whisper behind my back, I will be thought of as a fool.

With these thoughts being played through their mind, it will be easy to reason a way to try and avoid even thinking about it, they may quit trying to follow God before they even start. I know this first hand because that is how it affected my mind over fifty years ago when I heard this same truth for the first time. But God kept working on me; He rolled up his sleeves, reached way down deep on the bottom where I was slithering along in the grunge and filth of this world. He grabbed me by the nape of my neck and pulled me up a little and begin stripping off the rot and filth I had willingly been thriving on. Even though I have come a little way, He isn’t finished with me yet and I am learning to appreciate His love, care and concern for the things He has taught me to do to help accomplish His way, His Word, and His ultimate purpose for all of mankind from before the world began. He has called me and will in His own time call all of man and woman kind to become exactly like He is now. To be an immortal, spirit being and to have life everlasting. He has given me the ability and wherewithal to reveal it to others; I pray that you may recognize it as His truth. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

Leith Lyman Cunningham

Post Script; this is not intended to be aimed at the unbeliever, the atheist, the agnostic or the heathen. It is being aimed directly at professing Christians. Those claiming to be believers and followers of God and Jesus Christ; those continuing to give lip service as Disciples of Christ while attempting to mix paganism with the truth of God. May He bless our minds to be open to His truth. Our God tells us; Come out of this worlds religious systems known as the Babylon of confusion. Hence the false teachings of Christianity around the world. (Revelation18:4)

You all are my brothers and sisters, we are all going to belong to His kingdom; however there is to be a systematic order to be followed. The elect of God will be first to be chosen as firstfruits of all mankind to be changed from mortal to immortal. This group will be those who accepted, believed and followed the best they knew how, the Word of God. To rule with Jesus Christ for a thousand years during the millennium. The rest of the dead lived not again for a thousand years. That number is the vast majority of human beings who have ever lived. We all may have a chance to be in the group known as the elect. Our decisions and actions today may impact our position in the kingdom of God tomorrow. May God bless and heal our minds and hearts, in Christ’ name I pray. May you now reading this make a personal life changing decision to commit to the truth of God which will require turning your back upon the custom, ritual and tradition of mainstream Christianity and instead turn your face toward the temple of our Almighty Father God and His Son Jesus Christ. Again I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ; Amen.

Leith Lyman Cunningham             ( You may Google up more truth on this very site, please do )                 12/3/2015