“Christmas is coming!”;
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.
From Dr. H.A. Ironside's Lectures on the Book of Revelation (1920: p. 301):
"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
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?
Next: The Actual Birth Month of Messiah, Yehoshua
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.