Christmas: “It’s for the children!” By Ian Michaels
For I am YHWH, I change not… [Malachi 3:6a]
Do not inquire after their gods, saying, “How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise.” [Deuteronomy 12:30b]
Surely our fathers have inherited lies… [Jeremiah 16:19] Neither shall you set up any image; which YHWH your Elohim hates. [Deuteronomy 16:22]
Thus have you made the commandment of Elohim of none effect by your tradition. [Matthew 15:6b]
For that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of Elohim. [Luke 15:16b]
A term widely used and yet not well understood is “Christmas.” The name for the celebration of Messiah’s birth is actually formed from the combination of two words; Christ and Mass. As was covered in the previous part 2 of this series, the Mass is about the continual death of “Christ,” not His birth. In Mystery Babylon Part 2, I covered the abomination of the Mass ritual, which in the doctrine of the Catholic church, is thought to be the literal re-sacrificing of Messiah, clearly against Scripture since the Messiah’s one time death was the final and absolute propitiation for all sins (see Hebrews 9:25-28).
How ironic that every time someone wishes a “Merry Christmas,” (thinking to themselves that they are speaking of His birth), they are actually making mention of the abominable act of the Mass ritual of the Catholic Church! It is as if the whole world was going around celebrating a day of gift giving and festivity that they call, “Keep God Dead Day”! Satan was defeated at the death and resurrection of Messiah, but He is such a sorry loser! He wants to keep Messiah dead with these perpetual re-sacrifices through the Mass ritual. And, now, the whole world refers to Messiah’s birth by mention of His perpetual death. How well Satan has deceived the whole world!
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world… [Revelation 12:9a]
Another term not well understood is “holiday.” Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines a holiday as “a religious festival, a Holy Day.” Christmas is indeed a religious festival; one in which a deity is honored. But history shows that long before the term “Christmas” ever came about, a deity has been honored at this season for literally thousands of years.
The winter solstice celebration began shortly after the flood of Noah, when the Babylon Empire came into existence. The winter solstice held great importance to pagans because of the prominence of the sun as the source of all life! As winter came on, days got shorter and nights got longer. To the pagans, this meant that the sun was dying. At the solstice, the sun seemed to be reborn as the days began to get longer again. After the killing of Nimrod, Semiramis, his mother/widow declared her dead son/husband to be the sun-god. She also became mysteriously pregnant, claiming that the baby in her womb was Nimrod reincarnated as well as the promised “seed of the woman”, making reference to the well-known promise given to Adam and Eve, that a Redeemer would be born to save mankind from the plight of humanity since the fall in Eden (see Genesis 3:15). This claim of course made her the “mother of god,” (a term that is now assigned by the Catholic Church to Mary, the mother of Jesus).
In life her husband had been honoured as a hero; in death she will have him worshipped as a god, yea, as the woman’s promised seed, “Zero-ashta,” who was destined to bruise the serpent’s head… [The Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop, pg. 58 & 59]
An ancient Babylonian fable states that there was once an old oak tree stump from which an evergreen sprouted forth. The oak stump represented Nimrod, and the evergreen, Tammuz, Nimrod reincarnated. Tammuz means “Evergreen.” And why did Semiramis choose this name for her “reincarnated” Nimrod? The evergreen is the perfect representative of a sun that never dies, since it remains green throughout all seasons.
From Nimrod/Tammuz derived Molech, Baal and Sol as well as Saturn (also known as Chiun and Remphan). Saturn was honored by the Romans with a week long festival at the end of December known as “Saturnalia.” Saturn was the Roman god of time and the harvest, which is why you can find him depicted with a scythe in his hand. He was the cruelest and most evil of all the pagan gods. Saturn demanded child sacrifice. Ancient Israel followed the practice of the pagans in honoring this deity with child sacrifice when to them he was known as Molech and Chiun.
Although Romans quit offering child sacrifice early on, Gladiators spilled blood in the arena during Saturnalia in December. Saturnalia was a religious celebration and all understood that the blood spilled was an offering to the god Saturn.
The gladiatorial shows were sacred to Saturn. [Johan D. Fuss, Roman Antiquities, p. 359]
The amphitheatre claims its gladiators for itself when at the end of December they propitiate with their blood the sickle-bearing Son of Heaven (Saturn). [Ausonius, Eclog, i.p.156]
The gladiators fought on the Saturnalia and they did so for the purpose of appeasing and propitiating Saturn. [Justus Lipsius, tom ii Saturnalia Libri Duo Qui Gladiatoribus, lib. I cap.5]
Despite the blood sacrifices, this season was a time of feasting and merriment. All of the beloved traditions of this modern holiday season come directly from Saturnalia;
- 12 days of Christmas are the days of gladiatorial blood shed for Saturn
- Treats left out for Santa also derived from an offering made to Saturn
- A decorated tree (Tammuz) with lights and balls
- The lights on the tree were originally the burning fat from children sacrificed
- The balls were originally the decapitated heads of children
- Carolers were originally nude singers engaging in licentiousness in the streets
Hidden in plain view, the god Saturn is in the guise of three familiar characters to our modern times. Father Time, the Grim Reaper and Santa Claus! In ancient depictions of Father Time, he can be seen as an old man with a clock and the ever present scythe. On one side is a line of children in sacks representing the years past, and on the other side, a line of children heavily shrouded representing the years to come. They are shrouded just as children were so long ago, so that parents would not know the exact moment when their child was thrown into the flames to Saturn.
The Grim Reaper is merely another version of Father Time as he reaps his bleak harvest of souls. This is easy to see, but how is it that jolly “Old Nick” is yet another guise for the blood thirsty god who desires the sacrifice of our children?
He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows when you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake (from the song “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”)
As children, we come to learn that Santa has been around for a very long time. Santa knows everything about you at every moment of the day, just as he has known everything about your parents, grandparents, and every other ancestor for as long as anybody can remember. Santa is a huge figure in the imagination of every child who learns of him. He will reward you for good, or perhaps withhold reward if you’re not good. What does even the little baby Jesus have on this guy? Santa has the goods and every kid knows it!
This is of course tantamount to blasphemy since these deifying attributes belong to YHWH and YHWH alone! Satan/Saturn has stolen the heart and soul of every child away from the honor and worship that is due the One and Only True Elohim every time a parent puts in their thoughts the fantasy of Santa Claus! (Incidentally, Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary states that “Old Nick” is a name of the devil.) Some say, “It’s for the children.” I say “Yes! It always has been!” And so long as people continue with Christ-Mass/Saturnalia, the souls of children will continue to be sacrificed on the altar to Saturn. Spiritual blindness and deafness gets a stronghold when we are children. When we are adults, we then continue with the tradition, passing on our own spiritual blindness and deafness to the next generation. “It’s for the children!” Yes, and now yet another generation who is blind and deaf when the message is given to “COME OUT OF BABYLON.” Stop keeping Christmas? You’ve got to be crazy! Today’s parents are yesterday’s children who in turn were sacrificed by their parents on the very same altar. Without the intervening work of the Kadosh Ruach (Holy Spirit) none of us could ever break free from the strongholds built into our souls from the time we were children.
Surely our fathers have inherited lies… [Jeremiah 16:19]
Although many have come to know that paganism is at the heart of this season, many well-meaning Christians want to continue with their tradition of Christ-Mass. Some will even go so far as to say that they know many of these things, yet they will tell you that they themselves are not worshipping any pagan gods, as if somehow that makes their practices acceptable in YHWH’s sight. The problem with that logic is that pagans did not know the truth. Pagans were not a people called by the name of YHWH. Christians can not say the same! If ignorance is no excuse, how can full knowledge of the facts be an excuse?
Truly, then, having overlooked these times of ignorance, Elohim now commands all men everywhere to repent… [Acts 17:30]
When one knows better, they ought to do better! To know that Christ-Mass was originally a pagan holiday and that all the rituals are identical to ancient pagan rites that honored Saturn, and yet to claim exemption from sin because one knows is extremely inconsistent.
By honoring Saturn (through practice) dishonor is given to YHWH!
No one is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cleave to the one and despise the other… [Matthew 6:24]
Saturn of all the false deities had the attributes most similar to Satan himself. Christ-Mass is honor given to Saturn, an evil satanic deity. It is Satan’s holiday in a very beautiful disguise!
Imagine a king who didn’t care where his food was coming from, so long as it looked, smelled and tasted delicious. And so, his cook, who secretly hated the king found road kill and made it look, smell and taste delicious. The king never knew. The king didn’t want to know. He only cared that it looked, smelled and tasted delicious. This is Christ-Mass!
Participation in pagan traditions dishonors YHWH, the one we say we love and serve. YHWH is calling for His people who are called by His Name, to COME OUT OF BABYLON, the false religious system (Revelation 18:4). The time is now to return to Him in all our ways, choosing His paths not ours.
Thus said YHWH, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old (ancient, eternal) paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for yourselves.” But they said, “We do not walk in it.” [Jeremiah 6:16]
But indeed as a wife betrays her husband, so have you betrayed Me, O house of Yisrael,” declares YHWH…..they have perverted their way, they have forgotten YHWH their Elohim. “Return O backsliding children…”
And what agreement has Messiah with Beliya’al? Or what part does a believer have with and unbeliever? And what union has the dwelling place of Elohim with idols? For you are a dwelling place of the Living Elohim, as Elohim has said, “I shall dwell in them and walk among them, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.” Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate,” says YHWH,” and do not touch what is unclean, and I shall receive you.” [2 Corinthians 6:15-17]
…Come out of her My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. [Revelation 18:4]