Torah Portion VA’ERA – Shemot (Exodus) 6:2-9:35

Christmas Traditions

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. Revelation 2:7

Shabbat shalom dearly beloved!

During the “Christmas Season” it is very important to revisit some facts about Christmas. First of all a disclaimer:

We believe the Messiah’s Birth to be the most important event in the history of the universe! If He had not been born, he would have not been able to pay the price for our sins and each one of us would be under judgment. Especially the ex-sinners among us! However the time has come to put His birth in its original context. So leaving all emotions and feelings aside, let us talk FACTS.

Continued from Chapter Two

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Now that we have established that Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah and Christmas were not born in the same place, at the same time or from the same lineage, let us determine if the traditions of Christmas are holy and if they are sanctioned by YHVH, The Father.

There are so many traditions before and during the Christmas Season, so I will touch on the most prominent ones.

TALES DISCONNECTED FROM TRUTH

Santa Claus

Santa ClausThe author best known for creating the Headless Horseman also created the iconic image of Santa flying in a sleigh. In his 1819 series of short stories The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, New York native Washington Irving described a dream in which St. Nicholas soared across the sky in a weightless wagon. The stories became so popular, they spawned a Christmas revival of sorts in the States, and even Charles Dickens is said to have credited Irving’s work for inspiring his classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. (livescience.com)

Children are taught to “ask Santa for gifts or whatever they need”. Lately I have heard of movie clips that show Santa Clause praying for healing and healing the children! Beloved ones, this is IDOLATRY! There is ONE mediator between Yah (God) and man and HE is not Santa Claus or the Virgin Mary!

The sin of idolatry causes a curse to fall upon the coming generations; all the way to the third and fourth generation.

You shall have no other gods before Me. ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—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 to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Deuteronomy 5:7-10

Gimmicks to promote alcohol; drinking during Christmas

FrostyNor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.1 Corinthians 6:10

Like the Energizer Bunny, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer got his start as an advertising gimmick. A copywriter named Robert L. May first created the merry misfit in 1939 to lure shoppers into the Montgomery Ward department store. Frosty the Snowman and his famous corncob pipe couldn’t escape the clutches of the advertising industry either; a whiskey maker in 1890 used Frosty’s likeness to showcase an entirely different kind of holiday cheer. Once Prohibition ended, the chain-smoking snowman quickly became the go-to guy for alcohol ads, appearing in posters for Miller beer, Jack Daniel’s, Ballantine ale, Rheingold beer, Schlitz beer, Oretel’s lager beer, Chivas Regal scotch, Fort Pitt pale ale, Mount Whitney beer and Four Roses. (Excerpts from livescience.com)

mistletoePAGAN PROMISCUITY-Kissing Under the Mistletoe

According to Celtic and Teutonic legend, mistletoe is magical — it can heal wounds, increase fertility, bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe didn’t begin until the Victorian era, a surprising origin given the stuffy and sexually repressive behavior of the time. Actually, it’s not very surprising at all. (Excerpts from livescience.com)

CHRISTMAS TREE WORSHIP

 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the YHVH your God, and hast scattered your ways to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice, says the LORD. Jeremiah 3:13

Even before the arrival of Christianity, PAGAN Romans and then Germans decorated evergreen trees to brighten the dark, gloomy days of the winter solstice. The first “Christmas trees” appeared in Strasbourg in the 17th century and spread to Pennsylvania in the 1820s with the arrival of German immigrants. When Queen Victoria married Germany’s Prince Albert in 1840, he brought the tradition to England. Eight years later, the first American newspaper ran a picture of the royal Christmas tree, and Americans outside Pennsylvania quickly followed suit. (Excerpts from livescience.com)

Christmas TreeLong before the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ evergreens were used by the pagans in their superstitious worship. They took their ability to remain green year round as a symbol of immortality, fertility, and the resurrection of the sun god. In the northern regions of Europe they were brought inside also under the superstitious notion that the woodland spirits and fairies would live in them during the winter and thus survive the cold.  (No doubt this would also give “good luck” to the people as well.) In Italy evergreens were used to decorate in honor of Saturn. (1) (Excerpts from blessedquietness.com)

Now that we have proven that the traditions are pagan and non acceptable for Covenant People to practice them and that Christmas is not the time of birth of the Jewish Messiah, what shall we do with Christmas and especially with the Christmas Tree?

There were two trees in the Garden of Eden. One was the Tree of Life and one was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. I call the Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of Religion. Yeshua said “I am the way, the truth and the life”. King David said: “Your Torah is a Tree of Life”. Yeshua is the Living Torah as He is The Word made flesh. The Torah, Pentateuch or the Five Books, is the blue print and foundation of the entire Bible! Yeshua is the Torah made flesh! He is the Tree of Life. In that context would you say that Christmas is from the Tree of Life or from the Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of Death? What is the biggest symbol of Christmas?

THE CHRISTMAS TREE!

Christmas TreeInterestingly, the many Founding Fathers of America and all the way till 1870, forbade the celebration of Christmas, calling it a pagan feast. People were mandated to work on the 25th of December. Those who celebrated Christmas were penalized. It is not a secret that Christmas is pagan, that it is not Messiah’s date birth, that the traditions are pagan, so why are those who consider themselves believers and disciples of Messiah still celebrating it? And why are they still putting Christmas trees in their homes and churches? Why do they continue marketing and propagating a LIE? Why can’t we simply sanctify these pagan ways and use them for good and for God?

Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains and on the hills and under every spreading tree where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. You must not worship the LORD your God in their way. Deuteronomy 12:2-4

Thus says the Lord: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven for the Gentiles are dismayed at them.For the customs of the peoples are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple. Jeremiah 10:2-4

RELIGION OR HOLYNESS?

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

Have we been called to uphold religious traditions borrowed from the pagans and Babylonians or are we to affect this worldly society with HOLY WORSHIP? And what is Holiness? In Hebrew KEDUSHA, means to be “separate”, to “touch no unclean thing”.

Thus you shall separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness when they defile My tabernacle that is among them. Leviticus 15:31

This is confirmed in the New Testament:

Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. 2 Corinthians 6:17

Are Roman Christmas Traditions pagan and unclean? They were designed to worship Jupiter, Zeus, the sun god and not the SON OF GOD! Are we going to impact this society by “blending in?” or by being DIFFERENT in their midst! The Cultural Gospel has been polluting the Church from the 4th Century until today and The Holy One is calling us to Repent and Return to TRUTH. It is time to forsake the pagan traditions and feasts and come to celebrate The Holy Feasts as written in Leviticus 23.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. Leviticus 23:1-2

Then YaH enumerates them:

TorahShabbat, Passover, First Fruits, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles.

Each one of them testifies of who the Messiah is! He was not born at the time of a pagan celebration to Zeus! He was born, died and was resurrected at a Holy Season prescribed by the Father and He is calling us back to Holy Worship!

 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. John 4:23

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