| Where did we get Christmas?...from the Bible,
Here are astonishing FACTS which may shock you!
Do you know the origin of the Christmas tree -- of "Santa Claus,"
-- of the mistletoe, holly-wreath, -- custom of exchanging gifts?
Christmas really celebrate the birthday of Jesus? Was He born on December 25th? Did Paul,
the apostles, and the early Church of the New Testament celebrate Christmas? Do you know
what the BIBLE says about the Christmas tree?
Stop and think! Very few know WHY we do the things we do, or
WHERE our customs came from! We were born into a world filled with
customs. We grew up practicing them, taking them for granted, but NEVER
A PAGAN, Not Christian Festival
We have supposed CHRISTMAS to be the chief
of the Christian holidays. Without asking questions, we have blindly assumed its
observance must be one of the principle teachings and commands of the New Testament. We
have supposed Jesus was born December 25th, and that the New Testament set this day aside
as the chief Christian festival. We have supposed we exchange gifts because the wise men
presented gifts to the Christ-child.
But, lets quit supposing, and look into history and the Bible for the FACTS!
The word "Christmas" means "Mass of Christ" or. as it
later became shortened, "Christ-Mass." It came to us as a Roman Catholic mass.
And where did they get it? From the HEATHEN celebration of December 25th,
as the birthday of Sol the SUN-GOD! It is, actually, an ancient rite of BAALISM,
which the Bible condemns as the most abominable of all idolatrous worship!
It is not so much as MENTIONED anywhere in the New
Testament. It was never observed by Paul, the apostles, the early true Christian church!
The idea that Jesus was born December 25th, is one of the FABLES
the Apostle Paul prophesied (II Tim. 4:4) would deceive the world in these latter days.
The plain truth is, Christmas is NOT Christs birthday
at all! And this festival, important as it seems to so many, is not of Christian, but of
pagan Babylonishorigin! But does that make any difference? Isnt it all
right to go ahead and observe it anyway? Isnt the "Christmas SPIRIT"
a good and splendid thing, regardless of how it got started? WE SHALL SEE!
Jesus NOT Born December 25th
Now lets look to the interesting PROOF!
When was Jesus born?
Jesus was not even born in the winter season! When the Christ-child was born
"there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping
watch over their flock by night" (Luke 2:8). This never could have occurred in
Palestine in the month of December. The shepherds always brought their flocks from the
mountain sides and fields and corralled them not later than October 15, to protect them
from the cold rainy season that followed that date. Notice that the Bible itself proves in
Song of Solomon 2:11, and Ezra 10:9, and 13, that winter was a rainy season not permitting
shepherds to abide in open fields at night.
It was an ancient custom among Jews of those days to send out their sheep to
the fields and deserts about the Passover (early-spring), and bring them home at
commencement of the first rain, says the Adam Clarke Commentary, Vol. 5., page
Continuing, this authority states: "during the time they were out, the
shepherds watched them night and day. As. . . the first rain began early in the month of
Marchesvan, which answers to part of our October and November [begins mid October],
we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole summer.
And, as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive
argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born
on the 25th, of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He
have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night.
On this very ground, the nativity in December should be given up. The
feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact... See the
quotations from the Talmudists in Lightfoot."
Any encyclopedia, or any other authority, will tell you that Christ was not
born on December 25. The Catholic Encyclopedia frankly states this fact.
The exact date of Jesus birth is entirely UNKNOWN, as
all authorities acknowledgethough if I had space in this booklet I could show you
Scriptures which at least strongly indicate that it was in the early fallprobably
Septemberapproximately six months after Passover.
If God had wished us to observe and celebrate Christs birthday, He
would not have so completely hidden the exact date.
What Encyclopedias Say
There is not one word in the New Testament, or
anywhere in the Bible, telling us to observe Christmas. The Christians of the first
century, under the inspired teachings of Peter and Paul and the other apostles, never
observed it. There is NO BIBLE AUTHOR1TY for its observance, strange as
it may seem.
Then where did we get "Christmas"? Since it has come to us
thru the Roman Catholic Church, and has no authority but that of the Roman Catholic
Church, let us examine the Catholic Encyclopedia, published by that Church. Under the
caption "Christmas," you will find:
"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church..
. The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt." "Pagan customs
centering around the January calends gravitated to Christmas." And, further, we find
this truth acknowledged:".. . in the Scripture, sinners alone, not saints,
celebrate their birthday.
Encyclopedia Britannica has this: "Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ).
Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church It was not instituted by
Christ or the apostles, or by Bible authorityit was picked up afterward from
The Encyclopedia Americana says: "CHRISTMAS. It was,
according to many authorities, not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian
church, as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons
rather than their birth (The "Communion" which is instituted by New
Testament Bible authority, is a memorial of the DEATH of Christ.) ".
. . a feast was established in memory of this event [Christs birth] in the
fourth century. In the fifth century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated
forever on the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol, as no certain
knowledge of the day of Christs birth existed?
HOW This Pagan Custom Got Into The Church
Now notice! These recognized historic authorities show
Christmas was NOT observed by Christians for the first two or three
hundred yearsa period longer than the entire history of the United States as a
nation! It got into the Western, or Roman Church, by the FOURTH century
A.D. It was not until the FIFTH century that the Roman Church ordered it
to be celebrated as an official "Christian" festival!
Then HOW did this heathen custom CREEP INTO
a so-called Christianity?
The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia explains it clearly, in its article on "CHRISTMAS:"
"How much the date of the festival depended upon the Pagan Brumalia (Dec. 25)
following the Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the year and
the "new sun" . . . cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and
Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian
influence . . . The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular that
Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit
and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the
unseemly frivolity with which Christs birthday was celebrated, while Christians of
Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun-worship for adopting as
Christian this pagan festival."
Remember, the Roman world had been PAGAN. Prior to the
fourth century, Christians were few in number, though increasing, and were persecuted by the
government and by pagans. But, with the advent of Constantine as emperor, who made his
profession of Christianity, in the fourth century, placing Christianity on an equal
footing with paganism, people of the Roman world began to accept this now popular
Christianity by the hundreds of thousands.
But remember, these people had grown up in PAGAN customs,
chief of which was this idolatrous festival of December 25th. It was a festival of
merrymaking, with is special SPIRIT. They ENJOYED it!
They didnt want to give it up! Now this same article in Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia
explains how the recognition by Constantine, of Sunday, which had been the day of pagan SUN-worship,
and how the influence of the pagan Manichaeism, which identified the SON
of God with the physical SUN, gave these pagans of the fourth century,
now turning over wholesale to "Christianity", their EXCUSE for
calling their pagan-festival date of December 25th (birthday of the SUN-god),
the birthday of the SON of God.
And that is how "Christmas" got into our so-called
Christianity! We may call it by another NAME, but its the same old
pagan sun-worshipping festival still! The only CHANGE is in what we CALL
IT! You can call a rabbit a "LION," but
its a RABBIT, just the same.
Again from the Britannica: "Certain Latins, as early as 354, may have
transferred the birthday from January 6th to December 25, which was then a Mithraic
feast, . . . or birthday of the unconquered SUN. . . The Syrians and
Armenians, who clung to January 6th, accused the Romans of SUN-WORSHIP
and IDOLATRY, contending that the feast of December 25th, had been
invented by disciples of Cerinthus..?
The Real ORIGIN of Christmas
But if we got Christmas from the Roman Catholics, and they
got it from paganism, where did the pagans get it? Where, when, and what was its real
It is a chief custom of the corrupt system denounced all thru Bible
prophecies and teachings under the name of BABYLON. And it started and
originated in the original Babylon of ancient Nimrod! Yes, it stems from roots whose
beginning was shortly this side of the flood!
Nimrod, grandson of Ham, son of Noah, was the real founder of the Babylonish
system that has gripped the world ever sincethe system of organized
competitionof man-ruled governments and empires, based upon the competitive and
profit-making economic system. Nimrod built the tower of Babel, the original Babylon,
ancient Nineveh, and many other cities. He organized this worlds first kingdom.
The name Nimrod, in Hebrew, is derived from "Marad meaning "he
rebelled." (Gen. 10:6,8-12)
From many ancient writings, considerable is learned of this man, who started
the great organized worldly apostasy from God that has dominated this world until now.
Nimrod was so evil, it is said he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After
Nimrods untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil
doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen
tree sprang over- night from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto
new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Nimrod would
visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th, was the birthday of
Nimrod. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree.
Thru her scheming and designing, Semiramis became the Babylonian "Queen
of Heaven," and Nimrod, under various names, became the "divine son of
heaven." Thru the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Nimrod also became the
false Messiah, son of Baal the Sun-god. In this false Babylonish system, the
"Mother and Child", (Semiramis and Nimrod reborn); became chief objects of
worship. This worship of "Mother and Child" spread over the world. The names
varied in different countries and languages. In Egypt it was Iris and Osiris. In Asia,
Cybele and Deoius. In Pagan Rome, Fortuna and Jupiterpuer. Even in Greece, China, Japan,
Tibet are to be found the counterpart of the Madonna, long before the birth of Christ!
Thus, during the fourth and fifth centuries, when the pagans of the Roman
world were accepting" the new popular "Christianity" by the hundreds
of thousands, carrying their old pagan customs and beliefs along with them, merely
cloaking them with Christian-sounding NAMES, the Madonna and "Mother
and Child" idea also became popularized, especially at Christmas time. Every
Christmas season youll hear sung and chanted dozens of times the hymn "Silent
Night, Holy Night," with its familiar "Mother and Child" theme. We, who
have been born in such a babylonish world, reared and steeped in these things all our
lives, have been taught to revere these things as holy, and sacred. WE NEVER
QUESTIONED TO SEE WHERE THEY CAME FROMWHETHER THEY CAME FROM THE BIBLE, OR FROM
We are SHOCKED to learn the TRUTHsome,
unfortunately, take offense at the PLAIN TRUTH! But God commands His
faithful ministers, "CRY ALOUD, spare not, lift up
thy voice like a trumpet, and SHOW MY PEOPLE THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS!"
Shocking as these facts are, they are the plain facts of history and the Bible!
The real origin of Christmas goes back to the ancient Babylon. It is bound up
in the organized apostasy with which Satan has gripped a deceived world these many
centuries! In Egypt, it was always believed that the son of Iris (Egyptian name for
"Queen of Heaven") was born December 25th. Paganism celebrated this famous
birthday over most of the known world for centuries before the birth of Christ.
December 25th, is NOT the birthday of Jesus the true Christ!
The apostles and early true Church never celebrated Christs birthday at any time.
There is no command or instruction to celebrate it in the Bible rather, the
celebrating of birthdays is a HEATHEN, not a Christian custom, believe it
Nowhere does the Bible tell us to worship "Mother and Child." The
apostles and early true Christians never did it! The Scriptures show an angel
saying to Mary, "Hail, thou art highly favored, the Lord is with thee"the
addition "blessed art thou among women," is omitted in the best original
manuscripts (in Greek). Elizabeth said to Mary, "Blessed art thou among women."
And Mary herself said, "From henceforth all generations shall call me blessed"
(Luke 1:28, 42, 48).
She was highly blessed by God, and this has been acknowledged by all
generations from that timebut this does not mean she is to be deified, worshiped,
made a divine being, when she was merely human. The wide-spread worship of Mary, as
"the Mother of God," the doctrine of the immaculate conception, which refers to
her a counterfeit mediatrix between man and God, is a continuation of this ancient
Babylonian idolatry, begun by the clever deceptions of Semiramis, wife of Nimrod! It is
inextricably bound up with the "Christmas" idea!
Thus the ancient idolatrous "Chaldean Mysteries", founded by this
wife of Nimrod, have been handed down thru the pagan religions into the Catholic Church
under new Christian-sounding names, and from there into the Protestant denominations and
on to all of us today!
Origin of Holly Wreath, Mistletoe, Yule Log
Now where did we get this MISTLETOE custom?
Among the ancient pagans the mistletoe was used at this festival of the winter solstice
because it was considered sacred to the SUN, because of its supposed
miraculous healing power. The pagan custom of kissing under the mistletoe was an early
step in the night of revelry and drunken debaucherycelebrating the death of the
"old sun" and the birth of the new at the winter solstice. Mistletoe, sacred in
pagan festivals, is a PARASITE!
Holly berries were also considered sacred to the sun-god. The
Yule log is in
reality the "sun log". "Yule" means "wheel: a pagan symbol
of the sun. Yet today professing Christians speak of the "sacred YULETIDE
Even the lighting of fires and candles as a Christian ceremony is merely a
continuation of the pagan custom, encouraging the waning sun-god as he reached the lowest
place in the southern skies!
The Americana says: "The holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log . . .
are relics of pre-Christian times." "PAGANISM!" The book. Answers
to Questions, compiled by Frederick J. Haskins, found in public libraries, says:
"The use of Christmas wreaths is believed by authorities to be traceable to the
pagan customs of decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast which took
place at the same time as Christmas. The Christmas tree is from Egypt, and its
origin dates from a period long anterior to the Christmas Era?
Yes, and Even SANTA CLAUS!
But surely dear old Santa Claus is not a creature of
pagan birth? But he IS, and his real character is not so benevolent and
holy as many suppose!
The name "Santa Claus" is a corruption of the name "St.
Nicholas: a Roman Catholic bishop who lived in the 5th century. Look in the
Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 19, pages 648-9, 11th edition, where youll read:
"St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, . . . a saint honored by the Greeks and Latins on the
sixth of December . . . A legend of his surreptitious bestowal of dowries on the three
daughters of an impoverished citizen . . . is said to have originated the old custom of
giving presents in secret on the eve of St. Nicholas [Dec. 6]. SUBSEQUENTLY
TRANSFERRED TO CHRISTMAS DAY. Hence the association of Christmas with Santa
Thru the year, parents punish their children for telling falsehoods. Then, at
Christmas time, they themselves tell their little children this "Santa Claus"
lie! Is it any wonder many of them, when they grow up and learn the truth, begin to
believe God is a myth, too?
One little fellow, sadly disillusioned about "Santa Claus," said to
a playmate, "Yes, and Im going to look into this Jesus Christ
business, too!" Is it CHRISTIAN to teach children myths and
falsehoods? God says, "Thou shalt not bear FALSE WITNESS!" It
may seem right, and be justified by human reason, but God says, "There is a
way that seemeth RIGHT to a man, but the end thereof are the
ways of DEATH!" "Old Nick" also is a term for the devil!
Is there a connection? Satan appears as an "angel of LIGHT: to
And so when we examine the facts, we are astonished to learn that the
practice of observing Christmas is not, after all, a true Christmas practice, but a pagan
customone of the ways of BABYLON our people have fallen into!
What the Bible Says About the Christmas Tree!
But if the Bible is silent about telling us to observe
CHRISTMAS, or recording any such observance by the apostles or early true
Church, it does have something to say about the Christmas tree!
This will come as a real surprise to many. But here it is:
Jeremiah 10: 1-6 "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the
heathen. . . For the customs of the people are vain; for one cutteth a TREE
out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with
silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not?
There is a perfect description of the Christmas tree, termed by the Eternal
as "the way of the heathenthe custom of the people." We are commanded NOT
to learn that way or follow it! It is also viewed in this passage as idolatry. The fifth
verse shows that these trees cannot speakcannot walkmust be carried. "Be
not afraid of them, for they (the trees) cannot do evil, neither also is it in
them to do good? They are not gods to be feared. Some people mis-read this
to make it say there is no harm in having a Christmas tree, but that is not what it says.
Isnt Exchanging GIFTS Scriptural?
But when it comes to the most important part of all in
this Christmas observancethe Christmas SHOPPING seasonthe
buying arid exchanging of GIFTSmany will exclaim triumphantly,
"Well, at least the Bible tells us to do THAT! Didnt the wise
men give gifts when Christ was born?"
Again, we are due for some SURPRISES, when we learn the PLAIN
TRUTH! First, lets look at the historic origin of trading gifts back and
forth, then see exactly what the Bible does say about it.
From the Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. 12. pages 153- 155, we quote. "The
interchange of presents between friends is alike characteristic of Christmas and the
Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, as the
admonition of Tertullian plainly shows."
The fact is, this custom fastened upon people of exchanging gifts with
friends and relatives at the Christmas season has not a single trace of Christianity
about it! Strange though that may seem! This does NOT celebrate
Christs birthday or honor it or Him! Suppose someone you love has a birthday. You
want to honor that person on his or her birthday. Would you lavishly buy gifts for everyone
else, trading gifts back and forth with all your other friends and loved
ones, but IGNORE COMPLETELY any gift for the one whose birthday you are
honoring? Rather absurd, when viewed in that light, isnt it?
Yet this is exactly what people the world over are doing! They honor a day
that is NOT Christs birthday by spending every dime they can scrape
together in buying presents to trade back and forth among friends and relatives. But I can
say by years of experience, as I believe most pastors and ministers can say, that when the
month of December rolls around, nearly all professing Christians forget to give gifts to CHRIST
and HIS CAUSE almost altogether!
Now consider what the Bible says about giving gifts when Christ was born. It
is in Matthew 2:1-11. "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of
Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying Where is he
that is born King of the Jews?. . . And when they were come into the house, they
saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when
they had opened their treasures, they presented unto HIM gifts; gold, and
frankincense, and myrrh."
WHY Gifts Presented to Christ
Notice, they inquired for the child Jesus, who was born KING
of the Jews! Now WHY did they present gifts to Him? Because it was His
birthday? Not at all, because they came several days after the date of his birth! Was it
to set an example for US, today, to trade gifts back and forth among
ourselves? No, notice carefully !they did not exchange gifts among
themselves, but "they presented unto HIM gifts." They gave THEIR
gifts to CHRIST, not to their friends, relatives, or one-another!
WHY? Let me quote from the Adam Clarke Commentary Vol. 5,
page 46: "Verse 11. (They presented unto him gifts). The people of the east
never approach the presence of kings and great personages, without a present in
their hands. The custom is often noticed in the Old Testament, and still prevails in the
east, and in some of the newly discovered South Sea Islands?
There it is! They were not instituting a NEW Christian
custom of exchanging gifts with friends to honor Christs birthday. They were
following an OLD and ANCIENT eastern custom of
presenting gifts to a KING when they come into his presence. They were
approaching Him, born KING of the Jews, in person. Therefore
custom required they present GIFTSeven as the Queen of Sheba
brought gifts to Solomoneven as many people today take a gift along when they visit
the White House for an appointment with the President.
No, the custom of TRADING GIFTS back and forth does not stem
from this Scriptural incident at all, but rather, as quoted from history above, it is the continuance
of an ancient PAGAN custom. Instead of honoring Christ, it invariably RETARDS
His work, often sets it back, at the Christmas season every year!
Were IN BABYLON, and Havent KNOWN IT!
Christmas has become a COMMERCIAL season.
Its sponsored, kept alive, by the heaviest retail advertising campaign of the year.
You see a masqueraded "Santa Claus" in many stores. Ads keep us deluded and
deceived about the "beautiful Christmas SPIRIT." The
newspapers, who sell the ads, print flowery editorials exalting and eulogizing the pagan
season, and its "spirit." A gullible people has become so inoculated, many take
offense when told the TRUTH! But the "Christmas SPIRIT"
is created each year, not to honor Christ, but to SELL MERCHANDISE! Like
all Satans delusions, it appears as an "angel of LIGHT
is made to appear GOOD. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS are spent in this
merchandising spree every year, while the CAUSE OF CHRIST must SUFFER!
Its part of the economic system of BABYLON!
We are Gods people ISRAEL! Yes, were IN
BABYLON, as Bible prophecy foretold, and we dont know it! Come OUT
of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her SINS, and that ye
receive not of HER PLAGUES"now soon to fallis the
warning of Rev. 18:4.