Keep Christ in Christmas!
Many are concerned about putting “Christ back into Christmas.” How exactly do you keep Christ in Christmas? Parents and religious organizations’ had challenged schools, for example, to keep nativity displays (1990 Solon, Ohio). They felt that Christmas was being stolen from their children. Nearly all aspects of Christmas observance have their roots in Roman custom and religion. By 529 A.D., after Christianity had become the official state religion of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian and the Roman Catholic Church made Christmas a civic holiday. Was the Messiah even born in December? His birth date is not clearly mentioned in the scriptures, but in Luke 2, we get a very solid clue;
Luke 2:1-8 1. Now it happened in those days that a decree went out from Augustus Caesar that the names of all the people of his dominion should be written down. 2. This census first happened during the governorship of Qurinius in Syria. 3. And everyone went in his own city to be registered. 4. And Yosip was also going up from Nasrath, a city of Galeela into Yehuda to the city of Dawid, which is called Beth-Lekhem, because he was from the house and from the clan of Dawid, 5. With Maryam his bride while she was pregnant, that there they might be registered. 6. And it happened that while they were there, her days of pregnancy were fulfilled. 7. And she bore him a firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger because there was no room where they could lodge. 8. At this time shepherds were there in that region were they were lodging and keeping watch there at night over their flocks.
With this clue, it is safe to say Yahshua Messiah was born on September 13th (Gregorian), 5 BCE, under the “sign” of a total lunar eclipse. Yahovah tells us in Deuteronomy 12 not to take up the traditions and laws of the people whose land you enter.
Deuteronomy 12:30-32 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” 31 You must not worship Yahovah your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. 32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.
God plainly commands against it! Keeping Christmas dishonors Christ! He considers everything about it to be an abomination!
The History of Christmas trees. The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. An old Babylonian fable told of an evergreen tree that sprang from a dead tree stump. The old stump symbolized the dead Nimrod, and the new evergreen tree pointed to Nimrod had come to life again in Tammuz! Among the Druids, the oak was sacred. Among the Egyptians, it was the palm, and in Rome, it was the fir, which was decorated with red berries during the Saturnalia! The Christmas tree is directly mentioned in the Bible!
Jeremiah 10:3-4 For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.
This plain description of the modern Christmas tree is clear. God directly refers to it as “the way of the heathen.” Just as directly, He commands His people to “learn not the way of the heathen,” calling these customs “vain.”
Whom are we celebrating and worshipping on December 25th? “NIMROD” – The LORD of Christmas, birthday celebrated on December 25th, his son Tammuz, December 25th, Baal, December 25th, Horus, December 25th…..do I need to go on? Where is Christ in Christmas???
Keep the Sabbath
The fourth commandment links the Sabbath to creation, a time of spiritual activity. The Bible says He blessed the Sabbath day (Gen 2:3). To bless is to favor. The Hebrew word means “to endue with power for success, prosperity, fecundity, longevity, etc.” Does God point out the fact that the proper observance of the Sabbath will go a long way toward promoting success in those who keep it? Yes, because He also sanctified it, consecrated it, and hallowed it. He made it a HOLY TIME! Using any day other than the seventh day, the Sabbath, for the normal weekly worship of God is man-directed and is neither blessed nor holy. That the Sabbath is holy means it is worthy of respect, deference, and even devotion, not given other periods of time. It is set apart for sacred use because it is derived from God’s own acts of creation and commands.
(8) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahovah your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. (11) For in six days Yahovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore Yahovah blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
(19) I am Yahovah your God; follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (20) Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us. Then you will know that I am Yahovah, your God.
What is even more important and realized by very few people is that the Sabbath is a sign, a mark, if you will, between our Creator and us, His Creation. One can hear Christians constantly asking, “what is the mark of the beast,” but very few people I know have ever inquired about the mark of YHWH.
Exodus 31:13 And thou, speak thou unto the children of Israel, saying, Surely my sabbaths shall ye keep; for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that it is I, Jehovah, who do hallow you.