y question seems so silly and the answer to it for many is cut and dried. For hundreds of years, Christians the world over, believe that this wintry high holy-day commemorates the birth of Christ Jesus, our Savior. So, Christmas clearly belongs to Christ and his followers, right? Well, dear reader, living this life has taught me that things are not always what they seem. In fact, many times, the true answer to some of life’s seemingly easy questions are often quite convoluted and different than one would suppose, and are often staring us right in the face. This is such a time. Therefore, the answer to my simple question that I asked isn’t really all that simple to answer (because emotions get in the way), nor is it what we have been led to believe it is. If you claim to love the truth, then please, set your emotions aside long enough to allow me to explain.
To help answer this seemingly easy to answer question, and to help illustrate my point that the answer is hiding right in front of our faces, first we must define the actual word, and then we will be able to understand what it actually represents. The word “Christmas” comes from Old and Middle English, and Latin. The Middle English compound word Christe-masse, when broken down, simply means Christ’s Mass. The Christe portion of the compound word is of course the Middle English translation of the Greek word Christos, which is the translation of the Hebrew word Messiah; all of these words mean “anointed,” so obviously, this is a clear reference to Jesus. But, what does masse mean? There are some grey areas as to what this word means and why it is used for the Catholic ceremony of the Eucharist. Does it mean “sent,” or “dismissal,” or maybe it carries the Hebrew connotation of “unleavened bread” as some say? Well, I suppose it could mean all of those things, but one thing is for sure, the ceremony of the Mass isn’t about Christ’s birth, it’s about his death. And there it is, my issue with Christmas, which is that the word misrepresents the holy-day that it claims to celebrate, which is Christ's birth.
In order to reconcile the conundrum that the traditional reason for the season and the word’s outright definition create, one must ask, “In what way are Christ’s birth and death synonymous?” Good question! The only way these two opposing events could be related (and therefore, logically celebrated on the same day) is that both of them occurred on the same day about thirty-three years apart. I mean, how would you feel if the people you love celebrated your birthday on the wrong day every year? Not too great, I'd imagine. So, was Christ born and crucified on the same day, December twenty-fifth? If not, then which event, his birth, or his death occurred on December twenty-fifth that would warrant a legitimate holy-day to commemorate? To answer this question, we need to turn to the Bible.
Time of Christ's Birth
Amazingly, the Bible is purposely silent about the day of Christ’s prophesied birth, but it is not silent on the prophesied time of his death, which is actually the most foundational event of Christianity. The Lord's birthday oversight actually tells us which event the Lord God deems to be more important. We know exactly what time of the year Jesus was crucified: Passover. Passover occurs in the spring time on the Jewish calendar, not in the dead of winter. If the Catholic Church wanted to celebrate Jesus’ birth with his death (the mass), then Christmas should be in the spring time. But if they wanted to celebrate his birth in winter, the only biblical holy-day that is celebrated in the winter is The Feast of Dedication, or Chanukah. While the argument for Chanukah being a suitable time for the prophetic fulfillment of Christ’s birth is possible, since Jesus is said to be The Light of the World, the eight-day holy-day actually commemorates the miracle of light that aided the Maccabees in ridding the temple and Jerusalem of the Seleucid via a bloody massacre. Was this miraculous light event foretold in prophecy, and was it also linked to the Messiah and his birth? Yes, and no. Yes, the prophet Daniel made mention of this event, but no, it wasn't linked to Christ's coming birth. It is also a relatively new holy-day on the biblical Hebrew calendar, not as ancient as say, Tabernacles. Chanukah is celebrated in December around Christmastime, but again, it is not with any certainty linked to Christ’s birth; or death. So, one wonders why the Catholic Church, which is historically infamous for massacring infidels with the sword, didn’t instead celebrate Chanukah and call it “Natalem,” or some other Latin word that would refer to Christ’s birth, if they really wanted to celebrate Jesus’ birth in December.
Now dear reader, let's go ahead and consider the ancient Hebrew Feast of Tabernacles, which is a seven-day holy-day dedicated to remembering the time when the LORD God was in the midst of his people in the desert of Sinai after freeing them from the bondage of Egypt (a biblical symbol of slavery to sin), in order to lead them to the promised land. If biblical scholars were asked to choose between Tabernacles, or Chanukah as the probable time of Christ’s birth, I feel pretty confident that they would choose Tabernacles. Why? Because, it seems to prophetically fit the reason for Christ’s coming, to save us from our sins. Furthermore, Scripture foretold that the Messiah would be called Immanuel, or “God with us.” While it is true that the angel Gabriel told Joseph that Mary’s son was to be called Yehoshua, meaning God Saves, it is also true that Jesus is God in the flesh, which clearly fulfills the Immanuel prophecy; as his birth was yet another manifestation of God tabernacling with his people (which fulfills the Immanuel prophecy) and in such a way as to save them from their sins (as Yehoshua, also fulfilling prophecy). If Jesus’ birth was really around Tabernacles, and I believe it was, then our Lord’s birth probably occurred sometime in the month of Tishri, which is mid-September to mid-October on our calendar, not December.
Now we are getting to the heart of the matter! For surely my question brings to mind the spiritual fight that rages between the religions that celebrate Christmas. Which religions? Christianity (loosely so-called, thanks to heretical doctrines), all branches of Paganism, and Secular Humanism – by the way, humanism worships man, so it's a religion. All of these faiths are fighting over the true meaning of this winter solstice holy-day. The only one that should not be fighting over the meaning of its celebration is the many nominal Christian faiths. They are the ones that have brought injury to this holy-day, and themselves, as it doesn’t belong to Christ, and never has! The real meaning of Christmas shines through in the death and rebirth of the northern people’s sun god, Odin, who also goes by the name Yule. Now, now, keep reading, you've gotten this far, don't stop now. I'm about to reveal the truth here.
Pagans who worship the sun believe that the winter solstice marks the pinnacle of the sun’s death, and also marks the time of its rebirth, at the same time! Did you get that? The death and birth of the sun are celebrated at the same time, on the same day. In some northern areas on this earth, the sun doesn’t shine at all for a couple of months, and for all the northern peoples knew, it died. Is it any wonder then that when the sun’s warm light once more brightened their darkened skies that it seemed to them that it came back to life? That would be a time of rejoicing, a time to kick those winter blues to the curb with some feasting, you know?- to have a holy-day! Doesn't this knowledge of who pagans worship and why, perfectly reconcile the disconnect of Christmas’ subject being about Christ’s birth, but is really about his death in name and Catholic practice thru the Mass? Absolutely, it does!
So, the answer to my seemingly cut and dried question of whose holy-day is "Christmas" is: the pagan’s sun god, Odin/Yule, not the biblical Christ Jesus! In fact, just pick a name, because there are many sun gods found all over the world that will fill in the blank, but not one of them is Jesus. But Yule seems to fit best, as the celebration also goes by its rightful name, Yuletide. Don't get mad at me, dear reader, save it for your pastor, priest, or theologian that was too deceived and/or lazy to take the time to figure this out, or didn't have the guts to tell you the truth.
Hear ye, hear ye! Those who dare to name themselves “Christian,” this is your Mount Sinai and Mount Carmel moment. The facts have been laid out; the question hangs in the cold frosty air: whom will you serve? Will it be Hathor, Baal, Odin/Yule, or the LORD Jesus? As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD Jesus, and Christmas (so called) no longer deceives us. We know who our God is, and he never did, and never will, accept pagan worship from those who do what is right in their own eyes. He is looking for those who will worship him in spirit and in truth, not as the heathen worship their gods. And the truth is, Christmas is a twice damnable lie! It isn’t about Christ’s birth, and it isn’t about Christ’s death. It is about the pagan concept of the death and rebirth of the sun. For those who insist that their good intentions can save them from any righteous responsibility and repercussions of doing what is right in their own eyes, or that their good intentions give them the green light to worship the Lord as the heathen do; all I ask is that you consider the biblical precedence's of:
Aaron and the golden calf
Aaron’s sons and their strange fire
The entire book of Judges
King Saul and King Agag
Elijah and the priests of Baal
Uzzah and the Ark of the Covenant
King David and Bathsheba
King Solomon and his pagan wives
King Uzziah’s sacrifice
Ananias and Sapphira
Simon the sorcerer
Saul of Tarsus
On a personal note, it is my hope that if you have foolishly followed the blind guides of the pulpit, and you have convinced yourself that you have the liberty to take a heathen holy-day (Yule/Yuletide) and use it for the Lord, that you will reconsider your erring ways. I hope that you would have the ears to hear when you ask the Spirit of Truth to speak to your heart, which is inherently geared toward satisfying the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- that you would accept the truth the Lord would tell you. I hope that The Light of the World would give you the eyes to see the false light that has blinded you into believing the lie that Christmas (Christ’s Mass) is about Jesus’ birth, when quite clearly, by its definition, it is not. And I pray you will have the guts to put God’s grace into action, and by his strength, come out of the land of Mystery Babylon, the harlot Catholic church and her idolatrous Protestant daughters, and leave their man-made traditions behind, and not look back. For only a remnant will hear these wonderful words from the Lord, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!...Enter into the joy of your Master!” However, many will be surprised to hear these terrifying words from the Lord, "Depart from me you workers of lawlessness. I never knew you!” Amen.