THE MESSIAH'S BIRTH


“Christmas is coming!”;
Puritan , A.W. Pink observed; Quite so; but what is ‘Christmas’ ? Does not the very term itself denote its source - ‘Christ-mass.’ Thus it is of Romish origin, brought over from Paganism. But, says someone, Christmas is the time when we commemorate the Saviour's birth. It is? And who authorized such commemoration? Certainly God did not. The Redeemer bade His disciples "remember" Him in His death, but there is not a word in Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, which tells us to celebrate His birth. Moreover, who knows when, in what month, He was born? The Bible is silent thereon. Is it without reason that the only "birthday" commemorations mentioned in God's Word are Pharaoh's (Gen. 40:20) and Herod's (Matt. 14:6)? Is this recorded "for our learning?" If so, have we prayerfully taken it to heart?

And who is it that celebrates "Christmas?" The whole "civilized world." Millions who make no profession of faith in the blood of the Lamb, who "despise and reject Him," and millions more who while claiming to be His followers yet in works deny Him, join in merrymaking under the pretence of honouring the birth of the Lord Jesus. Putting it on its lowest ground, we would ask, Is it fitting that His friends should unite with His enemies in a worldly round of fleshly gratification? Does any truly born-again soul really think that He whom the world cast out is either pleased or glorified by such participation in the world's joys? Verily, the customs of the people are vain; and it is written, "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil" (Ex. 23:2).

Some will argue for the "keeping of Christmas" on the ground of "giving the kiddies a good time." But why do this under cloak of honouring the Saviour's birth? Why is it necessary to drag in His holy name in connection with what takes place at that season of carnal jollification? Is this taking the little ones with you out of Egypt (Ex. 10:9,10) a type of the world, or is it not plainly a mingling with the present-day Egyptians in their "pleasures of sin for a season?" (Heb. 11:25). Scripture says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6). Scripture does command God's people to bring up their children "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4), but where does it stipulate that it is our duty to give the little ones a "good time?" Do we ever give the children "a good time" when we engage in anything upon which we cannot fittingly ask the Lord's blessing?”

 Charles Spurgeon once said: "We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly, we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Saviour; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Saviour's birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it occured. Fabricius gives a catalogue of 136 different learned opinions upon the matter; and various divines invent weighty arguments for advocating a date in every month of the year.

It was not till the middle of the third century that any part of the church celebrated the nativity of our Lord, and it was not till very long after the Western church had set the example that the Eastern adopted it. Because the day is not known, therefore superstition has fixed it; while, since the death of our Saviour might be determined with much certainty, therefore superstition shifts the date of its observance every year.

Where is the method in the madness of the superstitious? Probably the fact is that the holy days were arranged to fit in with the heathen festivals. We venture to assert, that if there be any day in the year, of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Saviour was born, it is the twenty-fifth of December. ... regarding not the day, let us, nevertheless, give God thanks for the gift of His dear Son."-- Charles Spurgeon, from a sermon delivered on 24th December, 1871.

 

"Upright men strove to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts, the apostasy went on, till the Church, with the exception of a small remnant, was submerged under Pagan superstition. That Christmas is a Pagan festival is beyond all doubt. The time of the year and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin." --Alexander Hislop 1916 classic, The Two Babylons: Or the Papal Worship

From Dr. H.A. Ironside's Lectures on the Book of Revelation (1920: p. 301):

"It is a lamentable fact that Babylon's principles and practices are rapidly but surely pervading the churches that escaped from Rome at the time of the Reformation. We may see evidences of it in the wide use of high-sounding ecclesiastical titles, once unknown in the reformed churches, in the revival of holy days and church feasts such as Lent, Good Friday, Easter, and Christ's Mass, or, as it is generally written, Christmas. ... some of these festivals ... when they are turned into church festivals, they certainly come under the condemnation of Galatians 4:9-11, where the Holy Spirit warns against the observance of days and months and times and seasons. All of them, and many more that might be added, are Babylonish in their origin, and were at one time linked with the Ashtoreth and Tammuz mystery-worship. It is through Rome that they have come down to us; and we do well to remember that Babylon is a mother, with daughters who are likely to partake of their mother's characteristics ..."

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." I John 2:15

"Lo, this only have I found, that Elohim hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions." (Ecclesiastes 7:29)

Not once does scripture teach believers to celebrate his birthday (which those who rightly divide the word agree never happened in December). What is found in scripture is reference to the pagan practice of what today is, a whitewashed disguise "christmas".

The prophet Jeremiah (10:1-5) proclaims the word of 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." 

 

Sounds familiar !

The Creator wasn’t pleased with the practice then. Why would He be now? Yet people use the same old reasoning.

All throughout scripture Yehovah warns his people and chastises them over and over for justifying and following pagan customs.  Today these same practices that were heathen then, and rationalised as acceptable at that time, are condoned by "the church" as "Christian" today! How can people make something right when Yehovah says it is heathen?

What it comes down to is "making the word of Elohim of none effect through your traditions." Mark7:13. What he said of old, still applies today, because his word never changes. he scripture's tell us in John10:22 that the MESSIAH was in the temple at the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah). This is the antithesis of the pagan celebration of Christmas. In 168 BC Antiochus IV, Epiphanies
celebrated the re-birth of the sun god, by taking over and desecrating the Jerusalem Temple Mount, erecting a statue of Zeus, and offering a sacrifice of a pig on the altar of the temple, on the "birthday" of Zeus; December 25th. The Jews underwent severe persecution by this ruler. Three years later on Kislev 25, a group of Jews broke down the statue of Zeus, cleansed the Temple and held a ceremony of rededication, which was the beginning of an eight day celebration of the Feast of DEDICATION, HANUKKAH.

The oil lamps were lit; having only one days supply of oil; yet miraculously they burned for eight days. Since then this Feast of Dedication has been marked with the lighting of candles and the rehearsing of the Hallel (Psalm 113-118).

This is a Feast in which all believers; those of the “general assembly and church of the first born”; can personally celebrate deliverance from pagan worship ( even of the sun god) and the re-dedication of our lives to serve the true and living God. A time of great rejoicing; with no fasting or public mourning.

Why not observe for the right reasons; on the right days, the FEASTS on God’s calendar, (the Creator does have His calendar) instead of pagan "Christmas", on man’s Gregorian calendar December 25?

Encyclopedia Americana:

"Christmas – it was according to many authorities NOT celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian churches as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth. A feast was established in memory of the birth of the Saviour in the FOURTH CENTURY. In the Fifth Century the Western Church (Roman Catholic) ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol. The holly, mistletoe, the yule log and the wassail bowl are of pre-Christian times. The Christmas tree has been traced back to the Romans. It went from Germany to Great Britain."

Encyclopedia Britannica:

"Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ) was not among the earliest festivals of the church."

Next: The Actual Birth Month of Messiah, Yehoshua

Luke 2:2-8,
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph, also, went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock
by night
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_Israel is located, between 29°-33° north of the equator.
_The rainy season extends from October to early May, and rainfall peaks in December through February. Humidity is usually in the 90% range all the time. See "Song of Solomon" (Song of Songs) 2:11.

_The average low temperature for the month of December in Bethlehem is 42°F at night, and 39°F for Nazareth at night.

_Shepherds do not watch or expose their flocks or themselves to these conditions.

If Yehoshua Messiah had been born on December 25th. Joseph would not have departed for Egypt until after February 4th, forty plus days later, after Mary's (Miriam's) purification, and their sin and burnt offerings. The average night time low at this time in Bethlehem would be a cold and wet 39°F with a much lower windchill factor; Nazareth would be even colder. These are poor travelling conditions for anyone on foot or donkey, much less for or with a newborn baby.