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Taking Christ Out of Xmas, part 2

Roots & Branches Hebraic Roots Study Group will be presenting an informal but liturgical service on Erev Shabbatot in 2010 (7 PM) and Roundtable Study each Shabbat (2 PM).  These are closed meetings, but if you are receiving this message and are in the area, you are invited.  Starting this coming weekend (1/16), we will be starting on the new translation of The Didaché: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. The books will be available for you at the study.  If you’re not around here and are interested in the study of the Didache, contact me at http://www.Nevy.us. – Jackson Snyder

The Offended Minorty

The last message I send seemed to have scared a few.  (It was titkled, “Taking Christ Out of Xmas.”)  It is fashionable to “put Christ back in Christmas,” not take him out.  But it seems to me that if we would just start again, maybe on the anniversary date of when he was actually born, we could allow “Christ’s Mass” to remain so for those who wanted the tinsel, mistletoe, Yule log, Asherah tree, and the rest of the pagan window dressing.

In the last issue, we also worked on the Roman Catholic “Christ’s Mass,” the conjuring of “Christ” back from the dead in the form of a wafer so the priest might break his body into pieces again.  To do this is what they might call “a mortal sin,” “since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt” (Hebrews 6:6).

For you Protestant friends, Christmas is not just an innocent custom, but an invocation for the Messiah to be sacrificed yet again.  If you Protest, why not protest “Christ’s Mass”?  You did away with indulgences and selling baptisms, didn’t you?  Why continue supporting “Christ’s Mass” (Christmas) and thus tacitly approve of the unrighteousness of it?  Your founders and forefathers in the faith certainly did not either condone it nor practice it.

The Founding Fathers

Nor did the founders of this nation celebrate any kind of Mass much less “Christ’s Mass.”  Our foremothers left Europe to get away from such pagan popery and pernicious practices.  Yet now, in the days when folks have again taken up the study of our founding fathers’ spirituality (none of which celebrated Christ’s Mass or Christmas), we are adamant not to “keeping Christ in Christ’s Mass” or any mass. And you spineless Tea Partiers and Federalists – deifying the men and women who were instrumental in bringing the United States into existence and then taking up the combination of secular and religious nationalist worship that none of them would ever go near.

George Washington had a partner in this nation’s birth who is NEVER mentioned by those deifying founders.  His name was Haym Salomon. I have never heard his name mentioned on The Glenn Beck Program or in any contemporary rousing speech.  Why not look up Haym Salomon.

When Was the Nativity

It is very surprising to some that ‘Jesus’ Birthday’ did not take place on December 25.  No shepherds or sheep would be camping outside Bethlehem December 25th! It gets cold in Bethlehem in October – by December, it’s freezing cold.  A babe being born in a stable on December 25th without succumbing to the weather would definitely have to be a miracle.  And why would there be no rooms in hotels that day?  The only celebrations going on around Bethlehem at that time were the pagan Saturnalia of the Romans and the “Birth of Helios, the Unconquered Sun” god of the Greeks.

As the shofat of our study group rightly observed, “December the 25th, the Winter Solstice, is one of the the dumping grounds for pagan holidays; the other is the Vernal Equinox, which we call Easter.” Indeed, then and now, there are plenty of gods and goddesses worshiped on December 25th.

The Surgeon Knew Almost Everything!

In fact, last week I was in the doctor’s waiting room when the doctor popped out of his office after learning I was a ‘theologian.’ He saw my tassels (tzitzim) and gave me a little lecture, “Say, do you know that Jesus wasn’t really born on December 25th – but that it was Saturnalia, the Roman holiday of pagan gods and birthday of the sun god?”  And on went the surgeon with his lecture.  I waited until he was finished and said, “Yes, I know all those facts.”  Then he said, “Well, hardly anyone I ask knows anything about it and some get offended!”  I wanted to say, “For crying out loud – I am a theologian.  Would I give you instructions on how to lance a boil or remove a hemorrhoid?”

He Enskinned September 9

The Scriptures give us a very good clue as to the season and date Yahshua (‘Jesus’) was born.  I asked the surgeon if he knew the following clue – he did not.  Yochanon (John) 1:14 finds us in the middle of a Nativity discourse.

“The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us,” the Word of course being Yahshua the Messiah (aka Christ).

A far better translation is “the Word became flesh and pitched his tent among us.”  Other versions say, “and tabernacled among us.”  A tabernacle is a tent of skin.  The Greek word behind dwelt, pitched his tent, and tabernacled is eskēinōsen, which means was skinned – the implication is that Yahshua was born at the Feast of Tabernacles (aka tents, skins), one of Yahweh’s seven feasts (Leviticus 23), occurring in September or October.  (One might note that in the World of Tomorrow, it will be required that all nations send envoys to Jerusalem to observe the Feast of Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16).  Maybe one reason for this law is to honor Messiah on his birthday at Tbaernacles.

Another “theologian” I know traced the Nativity to September 9th, a day upon which certainly the shepherds with their sheep would be tabernacling on the outskirts of Bethlehem.  I believe this man is correct as one can be in his dating, and those who really want to rejoice in the Nativity without the pagan trappings of Christ’s Mass should reinstitute September 9 or some such as Nativity Day – a day that is not otherwise connected with commerce, sun gods, or jolly old elves.

The Peoples’ Customs Are Not Fit

As for those trappings, – none are traditions connected to the Nativity, but to another set of traditions, just as biblical; that is the day of Ba’al Asherah.  Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 10 is one of many passages describing Ba’al Asherah Day:

Hear what Yahweh says to you:

Do not learn the customs of the people . . .

(Such as) a tree is cut out of the woods

and worked with and ax by the cutter’s hands.

The people decorate it with silver and gold;

they fasten it down with hammer and nails so it cannot move.

The people are both ignorant and foolish,

taking instructions of wooden idols! (Jeremiah 10 excerpts)

These “Christmas” trees have names – they are called Asherah Trees.

Pastors and people – read the words of Torah:

“You will not set up any tree as an Asherah beside the altar of the Yahweh your Elohim that you will fashion.” (Devarim 16:21)

Asherah is the name of a common goddess in the Bible, a name that transliterates directly into English as Easter. They are exactly the same name.

So at “Christ’s Mass,” the people, even here in the tropics, have to set up their Easter Tree for Christ’s Mass – and so does every church in town, and right by the altar rail.

This prohibition of learning such customs of the people around you is taken up throughout Jeremiah, with not only trees but other popular customs and characters of Christmas time.

It’s time to re-read Fossilized Customs if you have a copy.  If not, let me know and I’ll send you a copy.  Your world will change for the better after reading this little book.

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