Perception Moment 26–Is Christmas a Holy Day? Part 2

IS CHRISTMAS A HOLY CELEBRATION?

saturnalia imageChristmas is celebrated around the world, by Christians, non-Christians, pagans, and heathens alike. How holy can it be if Wiccans, Druids, the High Priestess of Satanism are all celebrating it? Let’s stop and think this thing through with some intelligence. Satan tried to kill Yahoshua at His birth. He finally succeeded in killing Him on the cross. Would Satan be interested in celebrating the birth of Yahoshua? I think you know the answer is a big resounding “NO”!  He knows that any well meaning Christian who is ignorant of their Hebrew roots, and is gullible because they have been kept ignorant by their shepherd or pastor, will believe a lie if it is gift wrapped in the wrapping that is labeled, “Birth of the Savior of the World” or Birth of the Messiah”. But this is the only way Satan can deceive man to exchange the truth for a lie, and worship the sun god instead of the Son of God.

In this Part 2 I am continuing to answer the question: Is Christmas a Holy Celebration? If it is unholy then we cannot participate in it.

winter solsticeFor thousands of years, man has been so enamored by the creation that they worship it instead of the one who created it. Can the creation be greater than its creator? The apostle Paul, speaks to the church in Rome about God’s wrath against sinful humanity. See Romans 1:18-25 for the context. In verse 25 he tells them that sinful man has exchanged or traded God’s truth for a lie by serving and worshipping created things rather than the Creator. For example, nature, the winter solstice, saturnalia, the sun god Tammuz also known as Mithra, and many other Babylonian practices and customs. I thought I         would share an article from the Los Angeles Times about the winter Solstice. The content of this article is an interview of a Wiccan High Priestess of a non-profit Wiccan church, named Selea Fox. The article was published on December 21, 2011. Here is what she had to say about Winter Solstice:  Los Angeles Times, Dec. 21, 2011, Winter solstice: The cold-weather celebration is hot again:

“Winter solstice is a busy time of year for a Wiccan priestess — especially now, when solstice traditions (observed even in ancient times) are hot once more.”People are celebrating the solstice more than ever in recent memory,” said Selea Fox, who isn’t just any Wiccan priestess. She’s a psychotherapist and the founder of Wisconsin’s Circle Sanctuary, a nonprofit Wiccan church and, according to its website, a 200-acre nature preserve.  

A solstice occurs twice a year, when the sun’s position in the sky, as viewed from Earth, reaches its farthest points north and south from the celestial equator. The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year; the summer solstice marks the longest.  [Updated 2:26 p.m. Dec. 21:  The solstice takes place this year Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.] 

Solstice is “widely celebrated today by Wiccans, druids, heathens and other pagans; by indigenous peoples practicing traditional ways in Africa, Asia, Polynesia, Australia, Europe and the Americas; by environmentalists and astronomers; by secular humanists and Freethinkers; by eco-Christians and those of other religions and philosophies,” Fox told The Times in an interview Wednesday. 

Fox speaks frequently on solstice traditions and practices of “nature religion” (to use an umbrella term). She said that “people are celebrating the solstice from more of a science-based worldview.  Nature centers are having solstice celebrations … and some Christian churches are keeping the solstice.”

Christmas TreeOne topic on which Fox has become well-versed is how many holiday traditions have their roots in solstice customs — “wreaths on doors, greens in household and public buildings, the exchange of gifts, the burning of the yule log, singing of songs, feasting and partying “So what you actually have … is some old customs, across cultures, across time, connected with this ‘holidays’ celebration.”

Fox, who said her personal holiday celebration will include the Scottish tradition of Hogmannay, sees the solstice’s relevance stretching from thousand-year-old customs to the Web. She’s been busy doing podcasts lately. The solstice is not only about “keeping alive a very old practice for humans,” she said, it’s also “very much in the here and now.” – See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/12/winter-solstice.html#sthash.XrzVcIt6.dpuf

So you see friends, For thousands of years, people have been enamored by the creation to the point of worship, and have forgotten the one who created it. While the winter solstice does put on a beautiful light show, the heathens  attribute mysticism and become terrified because of their vain imaginations.  The prophet Jeremiah, speaking for Yahovah, rebukes the people in Jeremiah 10:1-5, 8-9.  In these verses, Yahovah is describing the sin of His people who are celebrating the end of the winter solstice, Saturnalia, December 25th!!! He tells them that the practice is worthless:

1Hear what the Lord says to you, people of Israel. This is what the Lord says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the heavens, though the nations are terrified by them. For the practices of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” And He goes on the say in verses 8 and 9, 8They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols. Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple— all made by skilled workers.”

christmas is paganYahovah’s project was to train the stubborn, idol worshipping children of Israel, which He delivered from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, into becoming a holy nation.  This project is still in progress today because He will not force us to do anything. He has given us free will to choose. However, He has a covenant with their ancestors that He will bless them and make them into a great nation, and they will be a blessing to all nations of the world. He will not be able to fulfill this covenant if the children of Israel do not choose to be holy. This is the great nation of Israel, from Abraham’s seed that Yahovah wants to bless so they will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth.  Here He has chosen Moses to be His servant to deliver Torah (instructions for holiness) to them. In Exodus 20:1-6,  we hear Yahovah introducing Himself to His people. 1And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the Lord (Yahovah) your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make unto you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord (Yahovah) your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

Now, just so you understand, celebrating the birthday of a pagan god is detrimental to the person, because it makes the person unholy, and translates into hatred towards God, and cuts off communication between that person and Yahovah. There was a time in the history of the children of Israel when they followed the gentiles and worshipped pagan gods. As a result, Yahovah spoke through the prophet Jeremiah against them in Jeremiah 1:16, I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods, and in worshiping what their hands have made.”

The birth of the Messiah is part and parcel with the covenant of obedience to Torah, holiness and the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant. If we dishonor one part, we dishonor all the parts. By honoring the covenant of obedience and holiness we will abstain from all things that are unholy. Thus they would remain set apart and holy unto Yahovah. This is very important because Yahovah is holy and cannot have communication and relationship with anything unholy. By serving other gods and bowing down to them and worshipping them, the children of Israel became unholy.

Yahoshua was born at His appointed time, after thousands of years of prophecy; The Lamb of God was also the last prophet that we must Shema (hear and obey).  He is the coming Messiah soon to return to reign over Yahovah’s creation. His prophesied birth and mission were finally fulfilled in Bethlehem, the City of David, through Mary, His mother who was from the lineage of King David, as was prophesied.  This holy event was very important to Yahovah, His people and the covenant.  Our holiness is now wrapped in His. He is the lion of the tribe of Judah, the seed of Abraham. Therefore anything that presents itself as an imitation or substitution for Him in place of His holy appointed time is a lie and cannot be construed as holy.

Sukkah RoofsAccording to the Biblical Calendar experts, Yahoshua’s birth day occurred on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles 3BC. This date would translate to September 26, 3BC. It was a very important and significant event in the fulfillment of the covenant Yahovah had with His people.  As I stated in Part 1, the appointed time of Yahoshua’s appearance was on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. The celebration of this appointed feast is scheduled on the Creator’s calendar as an annual event for His people to observe. The events of this feast is a dress rehearsal in preparation for the day Messiah, Yahoshua, returns as King to head God’s government on earth with Man.  During this feast we reflect on His first coming and are ensured that He will return as He promised. He will be the representative of God with us. We have the instructions on how to celebrate this appointed feast, documented in Leviticus 23:33-43. See the account below:

“The Festival (Feast) of Tabernacles, which is one of Yahovah’s appointed feasts for celebration scheduled on our Creator’s calendar. “33 The Lord said to Moses, 34 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. 35 The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. 36 For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the Lord. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work. 37 (“‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to the Lord—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day. 38 These offerings are in addition to those for the Lord’s Sabbaths and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the Lord.)39 “‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the Lord for seven days; the first day is a day of Sabbath rest, and the eighth day also is a day of Sabbath rest. 40 On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters 43 so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’”

For hundreds of years, the creator’s calendar was hidden. Today it has been revived and recreated to synchronize with the modern Gregorian calendar. The name of this new calendar is “The Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar”. This calendar is an annual project for biblical scholar and historian, Michael Rood; and biblical astronomer, Robert Scott Wadsworth, who are responsible for this project.  This calendar has been completed since 2001 and is updated monthly at the sighting of each new moon. As a result of the work of these men, the exact date of the birth of Yahoshua has been calculated and is now known to be the 1st day of the Feast of Tabernacles, 3BC. This day translates to the Gregorian calendar date of September 26, 3BC.

Finally: The creator of the universe, Yahovah, is King of the universe. He made all things, and then He made man for a special purpose. Yahovah is holy and it is He who determines the standard for holiness, what is holy and what is unholy.  He has commanded His people to be holy as He is holy. We read in Torah where Yahovah instructs His people to be holy. Let’s read Leviticus 19:2, the creator says, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy”.  We also read in Leviticus 20:7 where He tells the assembly of Israel: “Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God”. So you see, this is a most important command to the people of Yahovah.

This command is still in effect today, because Yahovah is the same yesterday, today and forever. That is why the apostle Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 1:16, “For it is written: Be holy for I am holy. The bottom line is that for man to have a personal relationship with the creator he must also be holy and to do this, man must abstain from anything unholy.

Saints, I hope you were blessed by this podcast, and gained some insight into what is holy as opposed to unholy; and how to live a holy life, one that is pleasing to Yahovah.

Be Blessed

 

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