The truth about Christmas (2)


From the time of the English Reformation the Puritans had disapproved of the extravagance of Christmas. The Commonwealth banned Christmas in 1644 with an ordinance proclaiming that Christmas Day should be kept as a fast and a penance rather than a feast. Festivities were prohibited but in many areas of England the celebrations continued. The ordinance prohibiting Christmas was abolished in 1660 with the restoration of King Charles 2nd but its importance had diminished and celebrations waned until they were revived by the Victorians.
Why am I writing about Christmas on our website, when we can find all the necessary information on numerous websites already? Well, apart from it being the ‘season’ just now, this article is meant for a warning and an exhortation for you to ‘come out of her’ (Babylon and its traditions) and rid yourself of the custom, which you may wish to do on discovering the true origin of it all. I realise it is difficult, to stop a habit of a lifetime, but following Yahshua and His Word was never promised to be an easy way to live one's life, but look at the countless multitudes before us who have made that sacrifice. It was difficult for Daniel to continue with his prayer routine in the face of certain death, just as it wasn’t exactly easy for the three Hebrew children who were thrown in the fire for preferring a righteous walk with their Elohom rather than submitting to the rules of an unrighteous King.
The New Covenant speaks of being separated and holy unto Yahweh, about ridding ourselves of fleshly and unrighteous pursuits, of following the Commandments of Yahweh and not the traditions of men. One day we may stand next to these warriors of the faith, and our lame excuses and lack of dedication will be embarrassing. Also, you may be thinking… “But it’s a time for the family to get together, or “It’s a time to show people how you care for them” and I am sure you have lots of other excuses, but the bottom line is, should we be building on a pagan festival if we are believers in Yahshua desiring holiness and a set-apart life? When the whole concept came from Babylon should we be supporting such a thing?
I am extremely concerned about the things which go on during the Christmas period. The saying “Go on, it’s Christmas!” springs to mind. The over-eating, drinking, debauchery and other unmentionable activities are all carried on in the name of the most holy person ever to have lived. One Who loved us and gave up His life for us. Is this acceptable? I think not. There is no mention of a date for the birth of Yahshua in Scripture, and as the shepherds were still in the fields it was more likely to have been late summer or early autumn, it may even have been around the time of the Feast of Tabernacles kept in Israel at the time. Traditionally the shepherds would leave the open fields in October each year in Israel, and bring their flocks down into the villages, and they still do this, as the weather changes at this time of the year. As has been mentioned, a winter festival was a favourite time of festivity for pagans in many parts of the world some time prior to the birth of Yahshua Messiah into our human race in Bethlehem. Long before Yahshua was born, the Romans kept a similar Feast, which they called Saturnalia. Gifts were sent, celebrations involving fun, food and many customs now found in our western Christmas today were already enjoyed on the 25th. The Anglo-Saxons had a mother night and child’s day long before the Christian Era, and the pagans worshipped the mother and child as the ‘Re-birth of the sun’ also at this time of the year. Worship of a mother and child? But today, this is not our subject, we will enlarge upon this another time perhaps. But the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons were themselves carrying on a tradition which had begun much, much earlier. In fact, the 25th of December was celebrated as far away as Babylonia in ancient times, over 4000 years ago with a man called Nimrod.