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
"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."
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
"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.
"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!
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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."
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)
"Thanks to the terrible power of our International
Banks, we have forced the Christians into wars without number. Wars have
a special value for Jews, since Christians massacre each other and make
more room for us Jews. Wars are the Jews' Harvest: The Jew banks grow fat
on Christian wars. Over 100-million Christians have been swept off the
face of the earth by wars, and the end is not yet." (Rabbi Reichorn, speaking
at the funeral of Grand Rabbi Simeon Ben-Iudah, 1869, Henry Ford also noted
that: 'It was a Jew who said, 'Wars are the Jews' harvest'; but no harvest
is so rich as civil wars.' The International Jew: The World's Foremost
Problem, Vol. III, p. 180).