Christmas
Parts 1 through 5
By Willie Martin

Jew Watch

Christmas - Part 1

 I know full well that when someone presents a study such as this one; that many will simply discard it out of hand, because it does not go along with their belief structure. They have believed a lie all their lives and they are not about to change and accept the truth now. For as the Scriptures attest in Jeremiah 5:21-31: "HEAR now THIS, O FOOLISH PEOPLE, and WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING; WHICH HAVE EYES, and SEE NOT; WHICH HAVE EARS, and HEAR NOT: Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? But THIS PEOPLE HATH A REVOLTING and A REBELLIOUS HEART; THEY ARE REVOLTED and GONE. NEITHER SAY THEY IN THEIR HEART, LET US NOW FEAR THE LORD OUR GOD, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. YOUR INIQUITIES HAVE TURNED AWAY THESE THINGS, and YOUR SINS HAVE WITHHOLDEN GOOD THINGS FROM YOU. For AMONG MY PEOPLE ARE FOUND WICKED MEN; THEY LAY WAIT, AS HE THAT SETTETH SNARES; THEY SET A TRAP, THEY CATCH MEN (This is what the Judeo-Christian clergy do constantly and they trap millions with their lies and false teachings). As a cage is full of birds, SO are THEIR HOUSES FULL OF DECEIT: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, THEY OVERPASS THE DEEDS OF THE WICKED; THEY JUDGE NOT THE CAUSE, THE CAUSE OF THE FATHERLESS, YET THEY PROSPER; and THE RIGHT OF THE NEEDY DO THEY NOT JUDGE (Jeremiah is speaking of the wicked men in our midst here - The Jews and their bootlicks and traitors of our race). Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful (Strong's Concordance: #8047 shammah (sham-maw'); from 8074; ruin; by implication, consternation:  KJV-- astonishment, desolate (-ion), waste) and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets (Judeo-Christian preachers, ministers, teachers, priests or whatever they call themselves) prophesy falsely (in other words they lie and teach falsehoods), and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?"

 So they sit there and listen to the preacher lie to them, and then go home and do as the rest of the world; so much so that one can not tell the difference between a Judeo-Christian and one who believes in nothing.

 Christmas in America

 Although few 20th-Century American Christians seem to see any significance in it, it is true the Christian founders of America not only did NOT celebrate the December 25th 'Holiday,' but attempted to prevent its observance by others in the Colonies.

 Following are two reproductions of two newspaper clippings which verify the Christian Colonists' action; articles which should make ever modern Christian want to know WHY Early American Christians did NOT celebrate 'Christmas!'

 "IT'S A FACT! Christmas was not established as a legal holiday throughout the U.S. until late in the 19th century. In 1659 the Puritan colony in Massachusetts passed a law that anyone 'found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing labor, feasting or in any other way, shall be fined five shillings.' Many early Americans who refused to work on Christmas either went to jail or paid fines." (Arizona Currents December, 1968, page 5)

 Christmas Was Banned!

 Boston (AP): "Christmas was once banned in Boston. The Puritans forbade the celebration of Christmas because it was a 'pagan feast.' Episcopalians were the first in Boston to observe the holiday. They were followed by increasing numbers of young people who raised 18th century eyebrows with 'frolics, a reveling feast and ball.' But it wasn't until 1856 that the legislature - recognizing a losing battle when it saw it - gave in and made Christmas a legal holiday." (The Phoenix Gazette, December 22, 1967)

  Please read all of this short presentation. The next few pages will illustrate "modern" Christmas; the rest examines the "ancient" festival. You may be somewhat shocked, but we pray it will help you understand what is happening to our beloved America.

 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." (Psalm 1:1)

 Is Christmas Christian?

 From the preceding, and from a realistic observation of the strange "going' on" during what is called "the Christmas Season," or "the Holidays," it is obvious that MOST of what passes for "Christmas" is decidedly NOT Christian. But how can this be, if indeed the day itself to which all this splendid and costly preparation leads is Biblical or of Christ?

 The Bible teaches us that "the carnal [worldly] mind is enmity against God," (Romans 8:7) and that the "world," i.e., people who love the world rather than God, actually hate Christ and Christians, as we read: "Ye shall be hated of all nations for My Name's sake," (Matthew 24:9; 10:22; Mark 13:13; and Luke 21:17) and "because ye [disciples] are not of the world [order], but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15:19) John wrote to the Christians not to be surprised at being hated, "Marvel not, my brethren if the world hate you." (1 John 3:13)

 So that we should understand that that hatred was directed primarily at Jesus Christ, He told His Disciples, "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you." (John 15:18)

 Yet those who pay no attention to Christ or His Word all of the rest of the year, those who fit the description of "the world," enter into the activities and ritual of "Christmas" with a frenzy that borders on a passion!

 How can this be so? How can the unbelievers be so stirred at this one time of the year to venerate a day proclaimed as the "very birthday" of Jesus Christ, when they pay no attention to Him the rest of the year?

 Worship of A Pagan God! -  Birth of Christ Not Celebrated Until 5th Century

 December 18, 1968, Phoenix Gazette: "Tempe - The Christmas world did not commemorate the birth of Christ until the 5th Century, according to Dr. Arnold Tilden, professor of history at Arizona State University. Christians considered it to be a pagan practice to celebrate birthdays, unless they occurred on the days on which a person was born to eternal life - the day of martyrdom,' he observed. 'Actually, it was the death-day which was celebrated, and most of the Saints' days on the calendar mark the day on which they died.' Over the years. Tilden has researched the history of Christmas customs, passing along his observations to students at this time of the year.

 'Actually, Christmas is the youngest of the Church holidays, although it has outstripped all others in importance,' he commented. The Western church was eminently practical, however. When it encountered pagan practices, it either stamped them out or adapted the festival rites to the Christian faith. In Germany, the church was successful in stamping out the eating of horse flesh because of its sacramental significance to pagans, while in Italy, it adopted the statues portraying Isis and the god-child Horus, merely renaming them Mary and Jesus. This same system of assimilation, the ASU historian explained, gave rise to Christmas as we know it...

 Wherever the Christians went, they discovered that the latter half of December was the high season for festivals. It was the time of the winter solstice, when the days began to lengthen: the time when the Sun-God turned in his path and started back to his people: it was Saturnalia, a time for licentiousness, revelry, drunkenness and sensual pleasures. The Romans marked the day by feasting friends. There was a general exchange of presents (mostly wax dolls or tapers). Roman shops at this time resembled our own stores during the Christmas season. The Church was anxious to distract the attention of its new converts from these heathen feast days and assimilated them, clothing them in a new and Christian significance.

 'The date of the actual introduction of Christmas is disputed,' Tilden states. 'However, in 354 A.D., Latins may have transferred the human birth of Christ to Dec. 25. Certainly, by 400 A.D. Christmas, as a Christian festival, was established in the West and gained some ground in the East. Attempts by the church to wipe out the Manichean heresy in the first half of the fifth century may have hastened the official adoption of the date.'

 The Manicheans, he explained, believed God would not demean Himself to become man, but only took the form of man. Therefore, the apparent life and death of Christ were mere delusions. This belief was directly antagonistic to accepted teachings, and in the hope of destroying the creed, the church instituted Christmas, celebrating the actual, human birth of Christ. 'So Christmas entered the official list of holy days, taking on the features of the various nations among whom it was introduced, and adopting certain pagan rites from the religions which it supplanted,' said Tilden.

 The Romans gave it the Latin name 'Dies Natalis' (birthday of God); The Italians 'Natale;' the Spanish 'Nadal;' and the French 'Noel.' The Germans retained their old heathen designation of 'Weihnachten,' while in Holland and England, it was referred to as 'the Mass of Christ,' or as we say 'Christ's Mass' (Christmas)."

Christmas - Part 2

 Almost all Bible scholars who have made attempts to ascertain the actual birth day of Jesus, have admitted failure to find the "exact" date, but all have estimated it to be no earlier than September 20th nor later than November 6th on our present calendar.

 This, coupled with the available evidence that neither the first century Christians, nor those of early America, observed any "birthday of Jesus," leads one to contemplate in wonder. Which is -- in spite of all evidence AGAINST December 25th being at or even near the "birthday" of Jesus, and in spite of the total lack of Scriptural admonition to Christians to observe any day at all in commemoration of Jesus' birth, the Churches, almost without exception, APPROVE, AND PARTICIPATE IN, ALMOST ALL OF THE RITUALS BY WHICH NON-CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE "CHRISTMAS!"

 The Winter Festival

 Christmas - December 25 - is the day designated on our calendars as the day of Christ's birth. But is this really the day upon which Christ was born? Are today's customs at this season of the year of Christian origin? Or is Christmas another result of a mixture between paganism and Christianity?

 A look at the word "Christmas" indicates that it is a mixture. Though it includes the name of Christ, it also mentions the "mass." Now the mass - with its rituals, elaborate ceremony, pagan prayers for the dead, transubstantiation rites, etc. is most assuredly a continuation of paganism. Considering then that the name of these pagan rites, the Mass, is connected with the name of Christ in the word "Christ-mas," we immediately see an attempt to merge two conflicting system together! Actually, to attach the name of Christ with the word "Mass," a pagan and heathenistic ritual, is but to pollute the Holy name of our God! And God says: "Pollute ye my holy name no more!" (Ezekiel 20:39)

 The word "Christmas" is not found anywhere in the scriptures of course (and neither is the requirement or even suggestion that we celebrate the birth of Christ), and - as we shall see - December 25 is definitely not the date on which Christ was born. It is evident that our saviour was not born during the middle of winter, for at that time of His birth, the shepherds were living out in the fields with their flocks. As the scriptures say: "There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." (Luke 2:8)

 As is well known, the shepherds in Palestine did not "abide in the fields" during the winter season. The shepherds always bring their flocks in from the mountain slopes and fields not later than the fifteenth of October!

 It is quite evident then that Christ was not actually born in the middle of the winter season. But, on the other hand, do the scriptures tell us what season of the year he was born? Yes, the scriptures indicate that He was born in the FALL of the year.

 For example, our Lord's public ministry lasted for three and a half years. (Daniel 9:27 etc) His ministry came to an end at the time of the Passover, (John 18:39) which was in the spring of the year. And so three and a half years before this would mark the beginning of His ministry in the FALL of the year. Now when Jesus began His ministry, He was about thirty years of age. (Luke 3:23) This was the recognized age for a priest before he could become an official minister under the Old Testament. (Numbers 4:3) Therefore, since Christ began His ministry at the age of about 30 - and since this was in the fall season of the year - then thirty years BEFORE this would mark His birth as being in the early FALL, not December 25.

 While the scriptures do not tell the exact date of the birth of Jesus, there is a way to figure the approximate time of the birth of John the Baptist; and since John was born six months before Jesus, by comparing the two, we can again determine at least the season in which Christ was born.

 John's father, Zacharias, was a priest in the temple at Jerusalem. During those times, each priest had a definite period of the year in which to serve in the temple. There were 24 such time divisions or "courses" when each priest would serve during the year. The names of these courses are given in. (1 Chronicles 24:7-19) According to Josephus, (Antiquities of the Jews, Vol. 7, p. 14) each of these courses lasted for one week, the first course began serving in the first month, Nisan, in the very early spring. (1 Chronicles 27:1-2) Each priest in order would then serve his course. After six months, this order of courses would be repeated, so that each priest served a week - twice a year. Then three weeks out of the year, all of the priests served together - during the periods of the Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles.

 With these facts for our foundation, let us notice what course it was that Zacharias served: "There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, OF THE COURSE OF ABIA," (Luke 1:5) or in Hebrew, Abijay - "and it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course...there appeared unto him an angel." The angel revealed that to he and his wife Elizabeth - though they were advanced in years - a son would be born. (Luke 1:5-13) But what time of the year was it that Zacharias served the course of Abijah? According to, (1 Chronicles 24:10) the course of Abijah was the EIGHTH in order. This would have been Iyar 27 to Sivan 5; that is, June 1 to 8.

 Following his week of service in the temple, Zacharias was obligated to remain another week, for the following week was Pentecost. But as soon as this ministry was accomplished, he returned to his home in the hill country which was approximately 30 miles south of Jerusalem, and his wife conceived. (Luke 1:23-24) This was about the middle of June. By adding nine months then, we arrive at the approximate date of John's birth. According to this, John was born in the early spring of the year.

 Now since Jesus was six months younger than John (verses 26, 36), we simply add these six months to the time of John's birth in the early spring and come to Mid-September as the approximate time of the birth of Christ. Again, the evidence indicates that our Lord was born in the FALL of the year, not December 25.

 Still further proof of this conclusion may be seen from the fact that at the time Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary had gone to Bethlehem to be taxed. (Luke 2:1-5) There are no records of this period whatsoever that would indicate that the middle of the winter was the time of taxing. On the other hand, there is evidence that taxes were paid in the fall season of the year. This was the logical time for the taxes to be paid since this was at the end of their harvest. There is also evidence that when Joseph and Mary made this trim, it was the time of a great feast at Jerusalem. This is the most logical reason why Mary went with Joseph - to attend the feast, as they also did on later occasions (Luke 2:41) - for there was no law that required a woman's presence at a taxing.

 We know that the time they went to pay taxes was also the time of one of the great feasts at Jerusalem because of the enormous crowd - so enormous in fact, "there was no room in the inn" at Bethlehem. (Luke 2:7) Jerusalem was normally a city of only 120,000 inhabitants, but - according to Josephus - during the feasts, sometimes as many as two million would gather there. With such vast throngs of people coming to the feast, not only would Jerusalem be filled, but the surrounding towns also, including Bethlehem, which was only five miles to the south.

 Mere taxation would not cause a crowd this big to be in Bethlehem, for each person returned to his own city to be taxed. And so, taking all of these things into consideration, it seems evident that Joseph and Mary made the journey, not only to pay their taxes, but also to attend a great feast at Jerusalem. This was at the end of the harvest season that they were taxed and this was also the time of the Feast of Tabernacles. All of this - as well as the evidence already given would mark the birth of Christ in the fall - not December 25!

 Since Christ was not born on December 25, then how did this particular day come to be a part of the church calendar? History has the answer. Instead of this day being the time of our Saviour's birth, it was the very day and season on which the pagans for centuries had celebrated the birth of the Sun-god! A study into this shows how far apostate church leaders went in their efforts to merge Christianity and paganism into one apostate religion - even to placing the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ on a date to harmonize with THE PAGAN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF A SO-CALLED SUN-GOD! It was in the Fifth Century that the Roman Catholic Church commanded that the birth of Christ be observed forever on December 25th - the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol - one of the names of the sun-god! (Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 6, p. 623)
 


Christmas - Part 3

 In pagan days, this birth of the sun-god was especially popular among that branch of the "Mysteries" known as Mithraism. Concerning this we read: "The largest pagan religious cult which fostered the celebration of December 25 as a holiday through out the Roman and Greek worlds was the pagan sun worship - Mitraism...This winter festival was called 'the Nativity' - the 'nativity of the SUN.'" (The Golden Bough, p. 471)

 And not only was Mithra, the sun-god of Mithraism, said to be born at this time of the year, but Osiris, Horus, Hercules, Bacchus, Adonis, Jupiter, Tammuz, and other sun-gods were also supposedly born at what is today called the "Christmas" season - THE WINTER SOLSTICE! (Doane, p. 474; Hislop, p. 93)

 Says a noted writer: "The winter solstice (was) the time at which all the sun-gods from Osiris to Jupiter and Mithra had celebrated their (birthdays), the celebration being adorned with the pine tree of Adonis, the Holly of Saturn, and the mistletoe...tappers represented the kindling of the new born sun-god's fire..." (Man and His Gods, p. 201)

 Now the fact that the various sun-gods that were worshiped in different countries were all believed to have been born at the same season (in the old fables), would seem to indicate that they were but different forms (under different names) of the original son of the sun-god, Tammuz, of Babylon, the land from which sun-worship originally spread.

 In Babylon, the birthday of Tammuz was celebrated at the time of the winter solstice with great feasts, revelry, and drunkenness - the same way many celebrate it today! The ancient celebration spread and became so much an established custom that "in pagan Rome and Greece, in the days of the Teutonic barbarians, in the remote times of ancient Egyptian civilization, in the infancy of the race East and West and North and South, the period of the winter solstice was ever a period of rejoicing and festivity." (Curiosities of Popular Customs, p. 242)

 When this mid-winter festival came to Rome, it was known as the Saturnalia - Saturn being but another name of Nimrod or Tammuz as "the hidden god." This feast was the most vile, immoral feast that ever disgraced pagan Rome. It was a season of license, drunkenness, and debauchery when all restraints of law were laid aside. And it was from this very feast at Rome that the merry-making of this season passed into the Roman Catholic Church and on down to our present civilization!

 "It is a matter of common knowledge," says one writer, "that much of our association with the Christmas season - the holidays, the giving of presents and the general feeling of geniality - IS BUT THE INHERITANCE FROM THE ROMAN WINTER FESTIVAL OF THE SATURNALIA...survivals of paganism." (The Legacy of Rome, p. 242)

 Tertullian mentions that the practice of exchanging gifts at this season was a part of the pagan Roman Saturnalia. WHEN THIS MID-WINTER FESTIVAL WAS ADOPTED INTO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, this custom was also adopted.

 As usual, however, apostate leaders tried to find some point of similarity between the pagan and Christian religion, to make the merger seem less obvious. In this case, reference was made to the fact that the wise men when they came to see the Christ-child presented to him gifts. Some suppose that this is where the custom of exchanging gifts at Christmas time came.

 But not so. The wisemen did not exchange gifts among themselves. They presented their gifts to JESUS who was born king of Israel. It was an Eastern custom to present gifts when coming into the presence of a King. But these gifts were not birthday gifts. When the wisemen arrived, it was some time after the day on which Jesus was born. By this time, he was no longer in a stable, but in a HOUSE. (Matthew 2:9-11) Obviously, the gifts of the wisemen were not Christmas gifts.

 In connection with the customs of the "Christmas" season, we will mention the Christmas tree. An old Babylonish fable went like this: Semiramis, the mother of Tammuz, claimed that overnight an evergreen tree sprang up from a dead tree stump. The dead stump supposedly symbolized her dead husband Nimrod; the new evergreen tree was the symbol that Nimrod had come to life again in the person of Tammuz!

 This idea spread and developed so that the various nations all have had their legends about sacred trees! 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! (Curiosities of Popular Customs, p. 242) Among the Scandinavians, the fir tree was sacred to their god Odin.

 "The Scandinavian god Woden or Odin was believed to bestow special gifts at Yuletide to those who honoured him by approaching his sacred FIR TREE." (Festivals, Holy Days, and Saints' Days, p. 222)

 And even as other rites of the Yuletide season were absorbed into "Christianity," so also is the wide-spread use of the tree at this season a carry over of an ancient practice!

 "The Christmas tree...recapitulates the idea of tree worship...gilded nuts and balls symbolizing the sun...all of the festivities of the (pagan) 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..." (Festivals, Holy Days, and Saints' Days, p. 238)

 In at least ten Biblical references, the "green" tree is associated with idolatry and false worship. "Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under EVERY GREEN TREE." (Deuteronomy 12:2)

 "For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under EVERY GREEN TREE." (1 Kings 14:23)

 "And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under EVERY GREEN TREE." (2 Kings 16:4)

 "And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under EVERY GREEN TREE." (2 Kings 17:10)

 Of course all trees are green at one time or another; apparently then, the references to the "tree" tree refer to a tree that is especially noted for being green - the evergreen or a tree of that family!

 Taking all of this into consideration, it is interesting to notice the reading of Jeremiah 10:1-5 and compare it with today's custom of decorating a tree during the Christmas season: "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...FOR THE CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLE ARE VAIN; 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."

 Of course the people in the days of Jeremiah, as the context goes on to show, were actually making an idol out of the tree. We do not mean to infer that people who, today, place Christmas trees in their homes and churches are deliberately or knowingly WORSHIPING THE TREE. What we are saying is that today's use of the tree is plainly a carry over from paganism - in a much modified form of course. But whatever the difference may be between the ancient use of the tree as compared with present day customs, NO ONE CAN DENY THAT THESE THINGS OF WHICH WE HAVE BEEN SPEAKING ARE CUSTOMS OF MEN. And God says: "The customs of the people are vain" -- worthless, empty -- they add no power to true worship.
 


Christmas - Part 4

 Christmas was adopted into the Roman church during the fifth century. In the sixth century, missionaries were sent through the northern part of Europe to gather pagans into the Roman fold. They found that the 24th of June was a very popular day among these people. In order to induce them into the "church," as was the usual custom after the falling away, apostate church leaders would allow them to continue celebrating their pagan holiday, only they would attempt to associate it with some Christian event.

 But what could they associate with June 24th? They had already adopted a day to commemorate the birth of Christ - December 25th. And this error led to another error. They noticed that June 24th was approximately six months before December 25, and since John the Baptist was born six months before Jesus, why not set June 24 as the day to celebrate John's birthday? This is what they did. To this day, June 24 is known on the papal calendar as St. John's Day or the Nativity of St. John! But obviously, such an idea is built on a false foundation, just as almost all of the Roman Catholic Church -- false belief in Jesus Christ -- the Catholics worship another christ and another god, for John was not born on June 24; and mixing his name with this day was but a cover up, so the old pagan holiday could be continued - now within the "church."

 In ancient times, this day was set aside for Baal worship. In Britain, before the entrance of Christianity there, the 24th of June was celebrated by the Druids with blazing FIRES in honour of Baal (the sun-god, Nimrod in deified form). The writings of such noted historians as Herodotus, Wilkinson, Layard, and others tell of these ceremonial fires in different countries. When June 24th was adopted into the "church" and renamed as St. John's day, so also were the sacred fires adopted and renamed as "St. John's Fires!"

 "I have seen the people running and leaping through the St. John's fires in Ireland..." says one writer of the past century, "proud of passing through unsinged...thinking themselves in a special manner blest by the ceremony." (Toland's Druids, p. 107)

 In reading of such rites, we are reminded of similar practices into which the backslidden children of Israel fell when they would "pass through the fire to Molech." (Jeremiah 32:35; Ezekiel 20:31) Obviously, none of these practices had any connection with John the Baptist or Christmas.

 Besides the fire ceremony that was observed on June 24th, this day was also known among those heathen tribes as the festival of water. (The Great Apostasy, p. 28) And had not John the Baptist been especially known as the one that baptized with WATER? So this slight similarity helped disguise the continuation of the pagan day, now renamed! But the real significance that connected this day with water was that it was sacred to OANNES, the ancient fish- god! (Hislop, Two Babylons,  p. 114) Stemming from another ancient Babylonian fable Nimrod was supposed to have reappeared in the "Mysteries" after he was slain as OANNES. (Bensen's Egypt, Vol. 1, p. 707) In an article on Nimrod, Fausett says: "Oannes the fish-god, BABYLON'S CIVILIZER, rose out of the red sea." (Bible Encyclopedia and Dictionary p. 510) So we see how Nimrod, water, and the fish-god Oannes were all connected.

 Now in the Latin language adopted by the Roman Catholic Church, John was called JOANNES. Notice how similar JOANNES is to OANNES! By putting emphasis on certain points of similarity between paganism and Christianity, another pagan day was smoothly and cunningly adopted into the papal calendar, disguised with the name of John the Baptist!

 The pagans for centuries prayed to and worshiped the Great Mother of heathenism. In order to bring these pagans into the fallen church, the ancient worship and rites that had been used to worship the pagan Mother were continued - only they were told to use the name of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, instead of the old names of Diana, Isis, Astarte, Artemis, etc. And even as other ideas that had been associated with the pagan Mother goddess were merged into the "church" in an attempt to make Christianity and paganism appear to be one and the same, so also, August 15, the day of the ancient festival of Isis or Artemis, was simply renamed as the day of the "Assumption of the Virgin Mary" and right on up to present times, this day is still highly honoured. (The Story of Civilization, p. 746)

 As one writer speaking of this feast day of the Assumption of the Virgin says: "It is celebrated on August 15th; but that was the date of the great festival of Diana...with whom Isis was identified, and one can see, thus, how Mary had gradually taken the place of the goddess." (The Paganism in our Christianity, p. 132)

 It is evident that the fallen church Roman Catholic Church cared little about truthfulness as to when events actually happened. They simply appointed celebrations on the very days that were popular among the pagans.

 Another day, supposedly in honour of Mary is called the Purification of the Virgin Mary or "Candlemas day," which is celebrated on February 2. On this day, Catholic priests pronounce blessings on candles which are then distributed to the people at mass. And on this day all of the candles to be used during the year in the Catholic rituals are blessed.

 But how did the special observance of February come to be set aside as Candlemas day or the day of the Purification of the Virgin? This, like other days, was instituted in the "church" to replace a pagan day. Not only did the fallen church adopt this day, but also its customs! You see, in the early days of Rome, this festival was observed by the carrying of torches and candles in honour of Februa, from whose name our month of February is named! The Greeks held the feast in honour of the goddess Ceres, the Mother of Proserpina, who on this day was said to have sought her daughter in the lower world with torches!

 Among the Egyptians, this day was also observed in honor of the goddess Neith on the same day that is known today as "Candlemas Day" in the Roman Catholic Church! So the observance of Candlemas at this time of the year, its association with the Mother goddess, and the use of candles are all beliefs that were unmistakably adopted from paganism.

 These days and times we have mentioned - as well as numerous others - were all adopted into the calendar of the Romish Church from paganism. One must wonder if the apostle Paul were to be raised up to preach to this generation, if he would not say to the professing church today, as he did to the Galatians long ago "Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years, I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain." (Galatians 4:9-11) To what days did Paul have reference?

 The context shows that the Galatians had been converted from the pagan worship of the "gods (Verse 8), and so it is evident that some of them went back to their former worship (Verse 9), the days and times they were observing were those days and times that were set aside to honor these pagan gods! Yet, it was these days that the fallen church (ALL so-called CHRISTIAN CHURCHES OF THE WORLD TODAY) has merged into her worship - changing them slightly, disguising them with Christian sounding names - and their observance has continued to this day!

 Why?

 Perhaps we will find the answer by continuing our examination of the "parts" of the whole thing.

 The Mother and Child

 There is an almost universal use of pictures or statutes of a mother and a small baby by those who celebrate "Christmas." Believer and unbeliever alike, send cards with such pictures and place "manger" displays on their front lawns or at their place of business. Some towns or other government bodies erect them on public property weeks before December 25th. Some who do this are professing Christians, but many never darken a church door, open a Bible, or repent of a sin. Could a "mother and child" be a non-Christian symbol?

 Our contemporary world has the Roman Catholics with their veneration of the "woman," calling her "Mary, the mother of God," but worshiping her as a god, for they pray to her for intercession to her "god-child." In countries where Romanism holds total sway, all pretense of worshiping the "Father" is forgotten, and the whole ritual of worship is to the woman and her child (along with the worship of dead "saints" as gods) which is identical to the ancient system of Baal worship.
 

Christmas - Part 5

 Mother and Child Worship
 
 One of the most outstanding examples of how Babylonian paganism has continued to our day may be seen in the way the Roman Catholic Church invented Mary worship to replace the ancient worship of the Mother goddess of Babylon. After the death of Nimrod, his adulterous wife gave birth to a child who she claimed was supernaturally conceived. She taught that he was a god-child; that he was Nimrod, their leader, reborn; that she and her child were divine. (Two Babylons, p. 21)

 This story was widely known in ancient Babylon and developed into a well established worship - the worship of the Mother and the Child. Numerous monuments of Babylon show the goddess Mother Semiramis with her child Tammuz in her arms. (Encyclopedia of Religions, Vol. 2, p. 398)
 
 When the people of Babylon were scattered to the various parts of the earth, they carried the worship of the Divine Mother and her god-child with them. This explains why it is that all nations in ancient times worshiped a divine Mother and god- child, in one form or another, centuries before the true saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, was born into this world! In the various countries where this worship spread, the Mother and Child were called by different names, due to the dividing of the languages at Babel, but the basic story remains the same.
 
 Among the Chinese, the Mother goddess was called Shingmoo or the "Holy Mother." She is pictured with child in arms and rays of glory around her head. (The Heathen Religion, p. 60) The ancient Germans worshiped the Virgin "Hertha" with child in arms. The Scandinavians called her "Disa" who was also pictured with a child. The Etruscans called her "Nutria" and among the Druids, the "Virgo-Paritura" was worshiped as the "Mother of God." (Bible Myths, p. 334) In India, she was known as Indrani, who was also represented with child in arms.
 
 The Babylonian Mother was known as Aphodite or Ceres to the Greeks; Nana, to the Sumerians; and as Venus or Fortuna to her devotees in the olden days of Rome, and her child was known as Jupiter. (Two Babylons, p. 20) For ages, Isi, the "Great goddess" and her child Iswara, have been worshiped in India where great temples were erected for their worship. (Two Babylons p. 20) In Asia, the Mother was known as Cybele and the child as Deoius. "But regardless of her name or place," says on writer, "she was the wife of Baal, the virgin queen of heaven, who bore fruit although she never conceived." (Strange Sects and Curious Cults, p. 12)
 
 When the children of Israel fell into apostasy, they too were defiled with this Mother-goddess worship. As we read in Judges 2:13,  "They forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth."
 
 Ashtaroth or Ashtoreth was the name by which the goddess was know to the children of Israel. It is pitiful to think that even those who had known the true God would depart from Him and worship the heathen Mother. But this is exactly what they did. (See Judges 10:6; 1 Samuel 7:3-4; 12:10; 1 Kings 11:5; and 2 Kings 23:13) One of the titles by which the goddess was known among the Israelites was "the queen of heaven," as we read in Jeremiah 44:17-19: "But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of vituals, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we left off to burn incense to THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. And when we burned incense to THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?"
 
 The prophet Jeremiah rebuked them for worshiping her, but they rebelled against his warning and thus brought upon themselves swift destruction at the hand of God!
 
 In Ephesus, the Great Mother was known as Diana. The temple dedicated to her in that city was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world! And not only at Ephesus, but throughout all Asia and the world was the Mother-goddess worshiped.  "So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshipeth." (Acts 19:27)
 
 In Egypt, the Babylonian Mother was known as Isis and her child as Horus. Nothing is more common on the religious monuments of Egypt than the infant Horus seated on the lap of his mother.
 
 The worship of the Mother and Child was also known in England in olden times, for in 1747, a religious monument was found at Oxford, of pagan origin, on which is exhibited a female nursing an infant.  "Thus we see," says the historian, "that the Virgin and child were worshiped in pagan times from China to Britain...and even in Mexico the 'Mother and child' were worshiped." (Bible Myths, p. 334)
 
 This false worship, having spread from Babylon to the various nations, in different names and forms, finally became established at Rome and throughout the Roman Empire. Says a noted writer of this period: "The worship of the Great Mother...was very popular under the Roman Empire. Inscriptions prove that the two (the Mother and the Child) received divine honours...not only in Italy and especially at Rome, but also in the provinces, particularly in Africa, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, and Bulgaria." (The Golden Bough, Vol. 1, p. 356)

 It was during this period when the worship of the Divine Mother was very prominent that the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, founded the TRUE New Testament Church. And what a glorious church it was in those early days! By the third and fourth centuries, however, what was known as the "church" greatly departed from the original faith, falling into that great apostasy about which the apostles had warned. When this "falling away" came, much paganism was mixed with Christianity. Unconverted pagans were taken into the professing church and in numerous instances were allowed to continue many of their pagan rites and customs - usually with a few reservations or changes to make these pagan beliefs appear more similar to some Christian doctrine.
 
 One of the best examples of such a carry over from paganism may be seen in the way the so-called Christian Churches allow the pagans to continue their worship of the Great Mother - only in a slightly different form and with a new name! You see, many pagans has been drawn to Christianity, but so strong in their mind was the adoration for the Mother-goddess, that they did not want to forsake her. Compromising church leaders saw that if they could find some similarity in Christianity with the Mother-goddess worship of the pagans, they could increase their numbers by bringing many pagans, into their fold.
 
 But who could they use to replace the Great mother of paganism and fool those who were true Christians into accepting the false doctrines and customs? Of course Mary, the Mother of Jesus was the most logical person for them to choose. Why then couldn't they allow the pagans to continue their prayers instead of the former names by which she was known?

 This would give the pagan worship of the Mother the appearance of Christianity, and in this way, both sides could be pleased - as it were - drawn into the church. This is exactly what happened! Little by little, the worship and doctrines that had been associated with the pagan Mother came to be applied to Mary. Thus the pagan worship of the "Mother" continued - hiding now right within the professing church! (The Catholics have recently committed the most heinous blasphemy by elevating Mary to the same status as Yeashua).
 

Christmas - Part 6

 It is evident that this Mary-worship was not the worship of Mary at all, but a continuation of the old pagan worship of the dedicated, and godly woman - especially chosen to bear the body of our Saviour - yet never was she considered as a DIVINE person or a goddess by the early true church. None of the Apostles or even the Lord Jesus Himself ever hinted at the idea of Mary worship.

 As the Encyclopedia Britannica states, during the first centuries of the church, no emphasis was placed upon Mary whatsoever. (The Golden Brough, Vol. 14, p. 309) It was not until the time of Constantine - the early part of the fourth century - that anyone began to look to Mary as a goddess.

 But even at this period, such worship of Epiphanies who denounced certain women of Thrace, Arabia, and elsewhere, for worshiping Mary as an actual goddess and offering cakes at her shrine. Yet, within just a few more years, Mary worship was not only condoned by what is known today as the Catholic Church, but it became one of her main doctrines, as well as the rest of the so-called Christian Church World, as it is today.
 
 Since Rome had long been a center for the worship of the goddess of paganism, we need not be surprised that this was one of the first places that Mary worship became established within the "Church," a fact that plainly reveals that Mary worship was the direct result of pagan influence!
 
 Another city where the ancient pagan Mother worship was very popular was Ephesus; and here too, attempts were made to merge into Christianity. In Ephesus, from primitive times, the Mother goddess had been called Diana. (Acts 19) Here, the pagans had worshiped her as the goddess of Virginity and Motherhood. (Fausett's Bible Encyclopedia, p. 484) She was said to represent the generative powers of nature and so was pictured with many breasts. A tower shaped crown, a symbol of the tower of Babel, adorned her head.
 
 When beliefs are held by a people for centuries, they are not easily forsaken. So church leaders at Ephesus - when the falling away came - also reasoned that if they would let the pagans continue their old worship of the Great Mother, they could bring them into the "church."
 
 THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN CHURCH LEADERS HAVE NEVER ADMITTED THAT A PERSON CONVERTED IN SUCH A FASHION IS NEVER REALLY CONVERTED. IN FACT THOSE PEOPLE LIVE A VERY MISERABLE LIFE. IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE REASONS SO MUCH EVIL HAS BEEN DONE IN THE NAME OF CHRISTIANITY.
 
 So, here too, at Ephesus, the Mother goddess worship was mixed into Christianity, the name of Mary being substituted in the place of the name Diana. The pagans continued to pray to the Mother goddess, they kept their idols of her, and the so-called Christian Church allowed them to worship her along with Christ. But such a mixture was not God's way of gaining "converts!"  "Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus 26:1)
 
 When Paul had come to Ephesus in earlier days, no compromise was made with paganism. People were truly converted in those days and destroyed their idols of the Mother-goddess. "For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshipeth." (Acts 19:24-27)
 
 How tragic that this church, the people for whom our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ died, in later centuries compromised and even adopted the abominable Mother-goddess worship - hiding it under a cloak of professing Christianity - even to this day! And finally, when the worship of Mary was made an official doctrine of the Catholic Church in 431 A.D. in what city did it take place? It was at the Council of Ephesus, the city of the pagan Mother Diana! The pagan influence in such a decision is apparent.

 Another stronghold for the worship of the Great Mother of heathenism was Alexandria, Egypt. Here she was known by the name Isis. As Christianity spread to Alexandria, similar compromises were made as had been made at Ephesus and Rome. The pagan mother worship was skillfully injected into "Christianity" by the church theologians of this city. Now the very fact that it was in cities like Alexandria, Ephesus, and Rome, where the worship of the pagan Mother was first mixed into Christian worship, clearly shows how such was the direct continuation of the old paganism.
 
 Further proof that Mary-worship is but the outgrowth of the old popular worship of the Pagan Mother- goddess, may be seen in the TITLES that are ascribed to her. Let us notice how the pagan titles by which the Mother goddess was known were smoothly transferred to Mary, and much of the old worship continued!
 
 For example, Mary is often called "THE MADONNA." But such a title has absolutely nothing to do with Mary, the mother of Jesus! Instead, this expression is the translation of one of the titles by which the Babylonian goddess was known! In deified form, Nimrod came to be known as Baal. The title of his wife, the female divinity, would be the equivalent of Baalti. In English, this word means "My Lady;" in Latin, "Mea Domina," and in Italian, it is corrupted into the well-known "Madonna!" (Two Babylons, p. 20)
 
 Among the Phoenicians, the Mother goddess was known as "The Lady of the Sea" (Harper's Bible Dictionary, p. 47) and even this title is applied to Mary - though there is no connection between Mary and the sea whatsoever!
 
 The Scriptures make it plain that there is ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.  "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5)
 
 Yet Roman Catholicism teaches that Mary is also a "mediator." And therefore, prayers to her form a very important part of Catholic worship. But how was it that Mary came to be looked upon as a mediator? Again the influence of paganism is obvious. You see, the Mother goddess of Babylon bore as one of her names, "Mylitta," that is, "The Mediatrix." And so this too passed into the apostate church which to this day speaks of Mary as the Mediatrix or Mediator!
 
 Another title that was borrowed from paganism and applied to Mary is "the queen of heaven." But Mary, the mother of Jesus, is NOT the queen of heaven, for the "queen of heaven" was a title of the pagan Mother- goddess that was worshiped centuries before Mary was ever born! Yes, way back in the days of Jeremiah as we have previously shown.
 
 Also Jeremiah had this to say about the "queen of heaven:" "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and not be quenched." (Jeremiah 7:18-20)

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