Would Jesus want you to Observe & Celebrate Christmas?
No doubt as you read these lines you will be wandering: What do these things mean - for me? If all this about the Almighty's festivals is true, then why isn't the Christian church observing them? Why do most believers look upon Sunday as the weekly Sabbath and why does almost the whole of Christendom celebrate Christmas, Easter, Halloween etc., festivals which are not sanctified or commanded in the Scriptures. Where did these festivals come from anyway?
The answer to these questions may surprise you, but, briefly here is the truth of the matter. The popular festivals of Christendom (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Ash Wednesday etc.) together with the weekly rest of Sunday are all of pagan origin. Their observance is not commanded in the Scriptures. Where did they come from? They were adopted by the Christian church several centuries after the Savior ascended to heaven. Here are a few authoritative statements to prove these amazing claims.
"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church ... the first evidence of the feast is from Egypt." (Catholic encyclopaedia 1911 edition)
"There is no authoritative tradition as to the day or month of Christ's birth ... The winter solstice was regarded as the birthday of the sun and at Rome a pagan festival of the nativity of "sol invictus" was introduced by the Emperor Aurelian on the 25th December 274. The church unable to stamp out this popular festival, spiritualized it as the Feast of the Nativity of the Sun of Righteousness. When Christianity spread northwards it encountered a similar pagan festival also held at the winter solstice - the great Yule feast of the Norsemen. Once again Christians absorbed heathen customs. From the various sources came the Yule Log, the Christmas tree introduced into England from Germany and first mentioned in 1978." (Chambers encyclopaedia 1970 edition page 530)
"Indeed it is admitted by the most learned and candid of writers of all parties that the day of our Lord's birth cannot be determined and that within the Christian church no festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the 3rd century, and that not till the 4th century was far advanced did it gain much observance."
How then did the Romanish church fix on December 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 the precise time of the year in honor of the Son
of Babylonian Queen of Heaven: and it may fairly be assumed 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 part of the Christians to meet Paganism half-way was very early
adopted ... upright men strove to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts the
apostasy went on, 'till the church, with the exemption of a small remnant, was submerged
under Pagan superstition.
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 proves 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 Two Babylons by Alexander Hyslop, pages 92 and 93)
Easter, like Christmas, is nothing but an ancient pagan festival that was adopted by the Roman church and given a Christian veneer. These facts have now become embarrassingly obvious.
"Then look at Easter. What means the term Easter itself? It is not a
Christian name. It bears the Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing
else but Ashtarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the Queen of Heaven.
The "buns" known too by that identical name were used in the worship of the queen of heaven, the goddess of Easter, as early as the days of Cecrops, the founder of Athens - that is 1500 years before the Christian era ...
The prophet Jeremiah takes notice of this kind of offering when he says, "The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough to make cakes to the Queen of heaven." (Jer. 7:18)
The hot cross buns are not now offered, but eaten, on the festival of Astarte: but this leaves no doubt as to whence they have been derived. The origin of the Easter egg is just as clear. The ancient Druids bore an egg as a sacred emblem of their order ...
In ancient times eggs were used in the religious rites of the Egyptians and the Greeks and were hung up for the mystic purposes in their temples. From Egypt these sacred eggs can be distinctly traced to the banks of the Euphrates. The classic poets are full of the fable of the mystic of the Babylonians; and thus its tale is told by Hyginus the Egyptian, the learned keeper of the Palatine library in Rome, in the time of Augustus, who was skilled in all the wisdom of his native country.
An egg of wondrous size is said to have fallen from heaven into the river Euphrates. The fish rolled it to the bank where the doves having settled upon it and hatched it - came out Venus who afterwards was called the Syrian Goddess - that is Astarte. Hence the egg became one of the of symbols of Astarte or Easter." (The Two Babylons, pages 103, 108&109)
But enough of quotations, for the reader can visit any reference library and trace the origins of Christmas and Easter back to paganism. The facts are legion.
The question now is: Should a true believer in the God and our Savior Jesus Christ celebrate Christmas and Easter? Is it acceptable to enter into these festivities and keep these pagan feasts now that their heathen origins have become widely known? And will the Holy One of Israel object to one of His followers, say, attending a Christmas dinner or party?
The Bible answer is absolutely clear on this point and if you have the courage to read it turn to 1 Corinthians 10 and study verses 16-22 you will find this question, answered and it amounts to this:
As Paul says:
|1 Cor. 10:||"20: But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice
to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
21: Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
22: Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?"
In other words when a person celebrates Christmas, which was and still is motivated by the forces of evil, he/she is honouring the demons who conceived that pagan festival in the first place; demons who are totally opposed to the Holy Spirit of God; and who go out of their way too prompt mankind into committing all kinds of evil at their winter festival. You may be sure that the so-called "spirit of Xmas" is not the Holy Spirit of the LORD God of the Bible. Greed, drunkenness, violence and debauchery are hallmarks of the Xmas season. Everyone is now aware of this. For more information see Is Christmas Christian?
Millions of sincere believers all over the world are of the opinion that Sunday, the first day of the week, is the New Covenant Sabbath, the LORD'S DAY!
What then of the coming Spiritual Election? And what have the Sabbaths of the Almighty and the popular festivals of Christendom to do with an election? A great deal. Very soon all humanity will be compelled to choose between:
According to Bible prophecy the inhabitants of the whole world "both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond" will be required to accept either the Signature of the God of Israel or the Mark of the Beast. No one will be exempt. (Rev. 7:1-3 & Rev. 13:16-17)
In that coming spiritual election the electorate will not be expected to enter a polling booth to put a mark against a candidate's name. Instead, the two spiritual candidates, (The God of Abraham on the one hand: and Satan the Devil on the other), will set their signatures, (an inscription of their names) in the minds of the voters. In other words you will indicate your choice of Leader by accepting in your mind either the Signature of the God of Israel and his Son, our Savior, Jesus the Christ, or the Mark of the Beast. The Leader whose signature you mentally accept and subsequently reflect in your actions, He will be the One of your choice. That is how you will vote, whether you fully realize the eternal implications of that choice or not.
This is where the Feast days of the Creator should concern you, for they are His Signature, His Sign on the human mind. When a believer remembers Almighty's God's Sabbaths, when he keeps them and bears them in mind, he is indeed declaring to the whole of society and the angelic host above, that God is his choice, his God. We know that the Almighty's Sabbaths constitute His SIGN (signature) from the following verses:
|Ezekiel 20:12||"Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths to be a SIGN between me and
them, that they might know that I am the LORD, that sanctify them."
|Ezekiel 20:20||"And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a SIGN between me and you
that ye may know that I am the LORD your God."
|Exodus 31:12||"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
13: Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a SIGN between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. ...
16: Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
17: It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel for ever."
Where does the Almighty place His Sign, His signature? He inscribes it in the human mind and actions, figuratively referred to as "between the eyes" (in the forehead) and "in the hand."
|Exodus 13:9||"And it (The Feast of Unleavened Bread) shall be a sign unto thee upon
thine hand and for a memorial between thine eyes (in the forehead) that the
Lord's law may be in thy mouth."
|Deut.6:6||" And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up
. 8: And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes."
Turn to Revelation 7:1-4 & Rev. 14:1 and you will see that 144,000 believers
receive the Father's name "in their foreheads." The Almighty
prophesied concerning this New Covenant work of inscribing His law in the willing
believer's mind when He said,
|Hebrews 8:8||" ... Behold the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant
with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah....
10. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.
11. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying 'Know the Lord:' for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest."
|Hebrew 10:16||"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the
Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17. And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. "
And their you have it. God's Sign, His signature is the Sabbath days in His law and in the New Covenant that law is inscribed on the true believer's mind. So do not let anyone tell you that in the New Covenant the law of the Almighty is done away with. These texts plainly tell us that in the New Covenant the Almighty writes His law on the true believer's mind! Obedience to divine law, in other words, is a vote for the Creator, and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
By way of contrast the Mark of the Beast, the Signature of Satan, is the bogus weekly Sabbath of Sunday and all those other heathen festivals which are currently posing as Christian holy days. (Christmas, Easter, Ash Wednesday, Halloween etc.) These festivals are the offspring of paganism and true believers should have nothing to do with them. Like the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nebat they have been foolishly adopted by the church in place of the genuine Sabbaths of the Almighty. Yes, the churches of Christendom are doing exactly what the ancient Israel did under King Jeroboam; they are celebrating unsanctified days in preference to the appointed festivals of the Most High. Jeroboam's example was the type, the figure, the local illustration of a tragic reality that we are witnessing on a world scale in our day.
Just before the end of this age theAntichrist is scheduled to make a personal
appearance on this earth. (2 Thess. 2:7-8, Rev. 17:8) With breathtaking miracles
and lying wonders he will seduce the inhabitants of the world into worshipping Him.
(Rev. 13:13-15) His hatred of truth will focus on God's Law and particularly on the
Sabbath days in His law. Vainly will the Antichrist imagine that he is able to change and
replace God's Sabbaths with days of his own choosing. The prophet Daniel has this to say
about the Antichrist's activities:
|Daniel 7:25||"And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of times."|
What does "He will think to change times and laws." mean? It means that this power will vainly imagine that he can change the commandments in God's law which deal with the element of time. That means he will seek to alter the Sabbath commandments; for they alone deal with the element of time. Oh what monstrous pride and self-delusion is here displayed; that anyone should dare to think he is able to change the laws of the Almighty God! Listen to what the Savior has to say about the eternal nature of His Father's commandments:
|Matthew 5:17||"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come
to destroy but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
The word "fulfil" means to do, to carry out, to perform, to execute, to comply with, to obey. And that is exactly what the Savior did. He carried out and obeyed His Father's commandments to the letter and in doing so set us a perfect example. (John 15:10)
And you dear reader are now being given the opportunity to choose:
The Bible says:
|1 John 2:3||"And hereby, we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
4 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him."
The Apostle James tells us that faith without obedience is a dead thing, a spiritual corpse! (James 2:17-20).
God expects His followers to demonstrate their faith in Him by endeavouring to keep His commandments. To remember the true Sabbath and Feast Days in God's Law is a vote for the Almighty; a proclamation to the community and the universe at large that God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is your God, your choice. It is standing up to be counted with God's people. It is accepting the Father's Name in your forehead, your mind. Sabbath observance is a declaration of faith in the Creator of the mighty universe - the One who is LORD of the Sabbath day. (John 1:1-3 & Matt 12:8)
How long you personally have before you make your choice and finalize your vote we cannot tell. But you may be sure the time is short and to delay is dangerous. Carefully consider your decision before you make it, for the issues at stake are momentous and the consequences of a wrong choice are too dreadful to even contemplate. Read Rev. 14:9-11 for your own safety.
If you decide to obey the Almighty you will be bountifully blessed; blessed and protected from the terrors of Abaddon's regime which is about to tear our civilization apart. (Rev. 9:4) Yes, obedience will bring blessing.
|Revelation 22:14||"Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates unto the city."|
If in the other hand, you reject God's Sign (the sacred Sabbaths detailed in His law) then you will only have yourself to blame for taking on the Traditions of Men. Would Jesus have you do that?