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Pagan Roots of Christmas
Although the whole world celebrates Christmas as a “Christian” holiday, including millions of non-Christians, is Christmas really “Christian” at all? Consider this fact: Look high and low throughout the pages of the Bible, and you will find not ONE WORD of “Christmas” being celebrated by any of YEHOVAH’s people! It is not even mentioned once!
Neither the Messiah nor any of his apostles ever observed this holiday, nor the New Testament Church! Yet on the other hand the pagan, heathen world observed this day for thousands of years before the Messiah was even born!
Where did the mysterious rites and ceremonies that surround this day come from? What about the Christmas tree” and the “Yule log” and the mistletoe and Holly wreaths? Are ANY of these customs truly “Christian” in origin? And what about fat and jolly old “Saint Nick” — or Santa Claus? It’s high time we addressed these questions, and took a new look at “Christmas. Is it wrong to celebrate “Christmas”? What is the truth about this popular and widespread holiday? Before one gets carried away with Christmas worship, there are a few things you should know. Let’s take an honest and objective look at the origins of this holiday.
We read in Werner Keller’s book The Bible as History the following admission: “December 25 is referred to in documents as Christmas Day in A.D. 324 for the first time. Under the Roman emperor Justinian [A.D. 527-565] it was recognized as an official holiday. An old Roman festival played a a major part in the choice of this particular day. December 25 in ancient Rome was the ‘Dies Natali Invictus,’ ‘the birthday of the unconquered,’ the day of the winter solstice and at the same time, in Rome, the last day of the Saturnalia, which had long since degenerated into a week of unbridled carnival…” (p. 331). Doesn’t it seem rather strange that the so-called “Christian church” should choose a day to celebrate the Messiah’s birth which was identified as the day of the birth of the unconquered sun, the day of the winter solstice, the “shortest day of the year,” when the sunlit part of the days start becoming longer again? What does this have to do with the Messiah, anyway? Was Yeshua the Messiah born anywhere near December 25? Most commentaries believe Christ was born in September. Most likely He was born on September 29 th . The truth is, here we have a holiday that most Christians still observe. In fact, to not observe it, most Christians will think you are not a very good Christian. Yet, at the same time there is not one Christian aspect to Christmas at all. In fact all parts of Christmas stem from pagan origins. The tree, the yule log, the elves, the date, the name, and Santa Claus, all have pagan origins. The tree being erected and decorated becomes worshipped as families gather and place presents under it. Jeremiah chapter 10 says specifically not to do this. Santa contains the same letters as does Satan, and he replaces Christ. He even knows if you’ve been naughty or nice. And what is really sad is that many Christian parents still lie to their kids about Santa Claus. Did you ever feel funny about decorating the tree, or adhering to any other aspects of Christ-Mass? This is the Holy Spirit trying to get your attention. If you want to be in Gods will you must repent from Christmas. If you would like a copy of the Christian made film The Unwrapping of Christmas, it is available for a gift of any amount this month.
If you remember, last year around this time there were many fires taking place in California. It broke many records. This year is another record breaking year of fatalities due to the fires in all of history. Pray the Lord put out the fires.
Preppers Corner .
Article by Charles Hayek from FinalPrepper.com.
Our family just moved into a new home. It’s in a great neighborhood but is rather small in size with only two bedrooms. In addition to updating the paint and replacing windows, we’ve added an outdoor shed that will serve a number of purposes. My husband works from home, which is awesome. However, it can get a little stressful when he’s taking an important call and our precocious two-year-old is running around and screaming like a crazy person. So, we started looking for some cost-effective solutions. Our first reason for the outdoor shed was a way to create a home office space for him to work. When we really got to thinking about it though, we realized the shed could offer so much more. In addition to building an awesome work station for my husband, we ended up adding a lofted bed, small bathroom, and kitchenette and lots of room for storage. So basically, if things go bad we’ll be jumping on the tiny home wagon. This is how we designed our perfect prepper outdoor shed:
What are we storing? Our plan is to hunker down if needed. So, you better believe our hidden-in-plain-sight home office turned prepper shed is stocked full of food, medical supplies, water and ammunition. Stockpiling too much can leave you susceptible to looters. So, we chose to store our goods in an unassuming spot – a home office shed. We built a bookcase into the wall with hidden storage and placed our canned and dry goods there. The space is cool, dry and dark and perfect for our food. We’re also storing important medical supplies and ammunition in the built-in storage space.
Many see solar energy as cost prohibitive and I did too at first. I was hesitant to believe that purchasing and installing solar panels would fit into our budget. But, in the glorious age of the internet and YouTube, we quickly realized a DIY effort is not impossible and building our own solar panels was really quite doable. A little research, a trip to your local home center and some sweat equity is all that’s required. You’ll be on your way to harnessing the power of the sun in no time and you’ll take your self-sufficiency and disaster readiness to the next level.
Gaza, it is facing a collapse of its government and the need for new elections. Of course, Israel faces many of the same problems we face in America. Israel’s Left controls much of its media, cultural, and academic institutions. Even the upper leadership of the IDF has an insidious lean to the Left that causes it to resist any of the government’s efforts to protect Israel’s security and sovereignty. Its judiciary and law enforcement is riddled with anti-conservative bias. So when Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s outspoken and very conservative Minister of Defense, resigned the governing coalition in protest of Israel’s current ceasefire with Hamas, it left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition with only 61 of the 120 Knesset seats. Netanyahu assumed the Defense portfolio himself, so, for the time being, the governing coalition remains intact. But just barely. Folks, when I urge you to pray daily for Israel, many of the same forces that are seeking to destroy A America’s Judeo-Christian heritage are plotting to destroy Israel’s spiritual and religious heritage, too. I believe President Trump is right to declare that America will stay in the Middle East to stand side-by-side with Israel. I don’t know whether or not the President understands that by doing so, he is claiming God’s blessing on our own nation. But even if that promised Biblical blessing is not his motive, I believe he understands that it’s important for the democracies of the world to support and defend the only remaining democracy in the Middle East. I thank God that we have a President who understands that our Judeo- Christian heritage is the preserving force in this world, and he seems committed to standing with those Nations who share it with us. On the other hand, there is Western Europe. More specifically, the European Union. The EU seems determined to undermine, then destroy, every trace of the moral, spiritual, and political