The Origin of Christmas Celebrations

Ellen G. White Quotes on Christmas Celebration

* These quotes are taken from the Ellen G. White Estate, for more info and to get all of the background and contextual information on these quotes, please go to www.whiteestate.org

“God would be well pleased if on Christmas, each church would have a Christmas tree on which shall be hung offerings, great and small, for these houses of worship.” –RH, Dec. 11, 1879. The Holidays.

"Let the several churches present to God Christmas trees in every church; and then let them hang thereon the fruits of beneficence and gratitude,--offerings coming from willing hearts and hands, fruits that God will accept as an expression of our faith and our great love to him for the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ. Let the evergreen be laden with fruit, rich, and pure, and holy, acceptable to God. Shall we not have such a Christmas as Heaven can approve?" -RH, Dec. 9, 1884.

“If we would indulge less in feasting and merriment upon these occasions, and instead make them the means of benefiting humanity, we should better meet the mind of God. It is a pleasure and gratification to exchange gifts with our friends; but are there not nobler and more glorious objects for which we may give our means, and thus do good by shedding light upon the pathway of others?”

Of course, by “shedding light” is meant spreading the truth. If we would invest our means in things that will further the truth, we would reap a better holiday season then that of the worlds. Notice the next quote:

“There are many who have not books and publications upon present truth. Here is a large field where money can be safely invested. There are large numbers of little ones who should be supplied with reading. The Sunshine Series, Golden Grains Series, Poems, Sabbath Readings, etc., are all precious books, and may be introduced safely into every family. The many trifles usually spent in candies and useless toys, may be treasured up with which to buy these volumes.”

Christmas as a Holiday.--"Christmas is coming," is the note that is sounded throughout our world from east to west and from north to south. With youth, those of mature age, and even the aged, it is a period of general rejoicing, of great gladness. But what is Christmas, that it should demand so much attention? . . . {AH 477.1}

The Day Not to Be Ignored.--As the twenty-fifth of December is observed to commemorate the birth of Christ, as the children have been instructed by precept and example that this was indeed a day of gladness and rejoicing, you will find it a difficult matter to pass over this period without giving it some attention. It can be made to serve a very good purpose. {AH 478.1}

The Interchange of Gifts as Tokens of Affection.-- The holiday season is fast approaching with its interchange of gifts, and old and young are intently studying what they can bestow upon their friends as a token of affectionate remembrance. It is pleasant to receive a gift, however small, from those we love. It is an assurance that
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Christ should be the supreme object; but as Christmas has been observed, the glory is turned from Him to mortal man, whose sinful, defective character made it necessary for Him to come to our world.
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Christmas--a Time to Honor God.--By the world the holidays are spent in frivolity and extravagance, gluttony and display. . . . Thousands of dollars will be worse than thrown away upon the coming Christmas and New Year's in needless indulgences. But it is our privilege to depart from the customs and practices of this degenerate age; and instead of expending means merely for the gratification of the appetite or for needless ornaments or articles of clothing, we may make the coming holidays an occasion in which to honor and glorify God. {AH 480.3}

"Shall We Have a Christmas Tree?"--God would be well pleased if on Christmas each church would have a Christmas tree on which shall be hung offerings, great and small, for these houses of worship. [NOTE: REFERENCE IS MADE IN THIS ARTICLE TO CURRENT BUILDING PROJECTS. AS THE PRINCIPLES SET FORTH IN THIS CONNECTION ARE APPLICABLE TODAY, THESE SPECIFIC REFERENCES ARE LEFT IN THE ARTICLE.] Letters of inquiry have come to us asking, Shall we have a Christmas tree? Will it not be like the world? We answer, You can make it like the world if you have a disposition to do so, or you can make it as unlike the world as possible. There is no particular sin in selecting a fragrant evergreen and placing it in our churches, but the sin lies in the motive which prompts to action and the use which is made of the gifts placed upon the tree. {AH 482.1}

The tree may be as tall and its branches as wide as shall best suit the occasion; but let its boughs be laden with the golden and silver fruit of your beneficence, and present this to Him as your Christmas gift. Let your donations be sanctified by prayer. {AH 482.2}

Christmas and New Year celebrations can and should be held in behalf of those who are helpless. God is glorified when we give to help those who have large families to support. {AH 482.3}

A Tree Laden With Offerings Is Not Sinful.--Let not the parents take the position that an evergreen placed in the church for the amusement of the Sabbath school scholars is a sin, for it may be made a great blessing. Keep before their minds benevolent objects. In no case should mere amusement be the object of these gatherings. While there may be some who will turn these occasions into seasons of careless levity, and whose minds will not receive the divine impress, to other minds and characters
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these seasons will be highly beneficial. I am fully satisfied that innocent substitutes can be devised for many gatherings that demoralize. {AH 482.4}

Provide Innocent Enjoyment for the Day.--Will you not arise, my Christian brethren and sisters, and gird yourselves for duty in the fear of God, so arranging this matter that it shall not be dry and uninteresting, but full of innocent enjoyment that shall bear the signet of Heaven? I know the poorer class will respond to these suggestions. The most wealthy should also show an interest and bestow their gifts and offerings proportionate to the means with which God has entrusted them. Let there be recorded in the heavenly books such a Christmas as has never yet been seen because of the donations which shall be given for the sustaining of the work of God and the upbuilding of His kingdom. {AH 483.1}

Christmas is coming. May you all have wisdom to make it a precious season. Let the older church members unite, heart and soul, with their children in this innocent amusement and recreation, in devising ways and means to show true respect to Jesus by bringing to him gifts and offerings. Let every one remember the claims of God. His cause cannot go forward without your aid. Let the gifts you have usually bestowed upon one another be placed in the Lord's treasury. I present before you, my brethren and sisters, an object, the European mission. In every church let your smaller offerings be placed upon your Christmas tree. Let the precious emblem, "ever green," suggest the holy work of God and his beneficence to us; and the loving heart-work will be to save other souls who are in darkness. Let your works be in accordance with your faith. I heard Eld. Butler read a touching letter a few days since from Eld. Whitney, of Europe. The good work is going forward there, but it ought to have been done six years ago. Let not this work be hindered. Let it advance. If all, both old and young, will forego giving presents to one another, and forego the selfish outlay of means in these coming holidays, there would be in heaven a most precious record of self-denial for Christ's sake. {RH, December 9, 1884 par. 9}

Every tree in Satan's garden hangs laden with the fruits of vanity, pride, self-importance, evil desire, extravagance,--all poisoned fruit, but very gratifying to the carnal heart. Let the several churches present to God Christmas trees in every church; and then let them hang thereon the fruits of beneficence and gratitude,--offerings coming from willing hearts and hands, fruits that God will accept as an expression of our faith and our great love to him for the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ. Let the evergreen be laden with fruit, rich, and pure, and holy, acceptable to God. Shall we not have such a Christmas as Heaven can approve? Thousands of dollars are needlessly spent every year in gifts to each other. That is means lost to God, lost to his cause. It pleases the vanity, encourages pride, creates all kinds of dissatisfaction, murmuring, and complaints, because perhaps the gifts are not just what was desired, not of the high value wanted or expected. Christmas is not observed as its name implies it should be. Man has forsaken God in almost everything, and has turned the attention to self. He has left the pure springs of living waters which flow from the throne of God, and hewn out to himself broken cisterns, which can hold no water. God gave man a probation that he might be fitted for heaven. He was to look upward to God, who was to be the soul's adoration; but talent, skill, and inventive powers are all exercised to make self the supreme object of attention. Man has withdrawn his gaze from Deity, and fastened his eyes upon the finite, the earthly, the corruptible. {RH, December 9, 1884 par. 10}

I entreat you, my brethren and sisters, to make this coming Christmas a blessing to yourselves and others. The birth of Jesus was unhallowed by the great men of earth. He was the Majesty of heaven; yet this royal subject had no attendants. His birth was unhonored by the very men he came to our world to save. But his advent was celebrated by the heavenly host. Angels of God, in the appearance of a star, conducted the wise men on their mission in search of Jesus. They came with gifts and costly offerings of frankincense and myrrh, to pay their oblation to the infant king foretold in prophecy. They followed the brilliant messengers with assurance and great joy. The angels passed by the school of the prophets, the palaces of kings, and appeared to the humble shepherds, guarding their flocks by night, upon Bethlehem's plains. One angel first appeared, clothed with the panoply of heaven; and so surprised and so terrified were the shepherds that they could only gaze upon the wondrous glory of the heavenly visitant with unutterable amazement. The angel of the Lord came to them, and said, "Fear not, for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people; for unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you, Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." No sooner had their eyes become accustomed to the glorious presence of the one angel, than, lo! the whole plain was lighted up with the wondrous glory of the multitude of angels that peopled the plains of Bethlehem. The angel quieted the fears of the shepherds before opening their eyes to behold the multitude of the heavenly host, all praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest; and on earth, peace, good will to men." {RH, December 9, 1884 par. 13}

We are now nearing the close of another year, and shall we not make these festal days opportunities in which to bring to God our offerings? I cannot say sacrifices, for we shall only be rendering to God that which is his already, and which he has only intrusted to us till he shall call for it. God would be well pleased if on Christmas, each church would have a Christmas tree on which shall be hung offerings, great and small, for these houses of worship. Letters of inquiry have come to us asking, Shall we have a Christmas tree? will it not be like the world? We answer, You can make it like the world if you have a disposition to do so, or you can make it as unlike the world as possible. There is no particular sin in selecting a fragrant evergreen, and placing it in our churches; but the sin lies in the motive which prompts to action, and the use which is made of the gifts placed upon the tree. {RH, December 11, 1879 par. 15}

The tree may be as tall and its branches as wide as shall best suit the occasion; but let its boughs be laden with the golden and silver fruit of your beneficence, and present this to Him as your Christmas gift. Let your donations be sanctified by prayer, and let the fruit upon this consecrated tree be applied toward removing the debts from our houses of worship at Battle Creek, Mich., and Oakland, Cal.{RH, December 11, 1879 par. 16}

Our children have learned to regard Christmas as a day of rejoicing, and we should find it a difficult matter to pass over this holiday without some attention. It may be made to serve a good purpose. The youth should not be left to find their own amusement in vanity and pleasure-seeking. If parents will make the necessary effort, the minds of the children may be directed to God, to his cause, and to the salvation of souls. Their desire to make gifts may be turned into channels of good to their fellow-men, to sustaining the work which Christ came to do. {RH, December 15, 1885 par. 4}

Christmas day, precious reminder of the sacrifice made in man's behalf, should not be devoted to gluttony and self-indulgence, thus exalting the creature above the Creator. Let us who are partakers of this great salvation show that we have some appreciation of the gift, by rendering to God our thank-offerings. If we would indulge less in feasting and merriment upon these occasions, and instead make them the means of benefiting humanity, we should better meet the mind of God. It is a pleasure and gratification to exchange gifts with our friends; but are there not nobler and more glorious objects for which we may give our means, and thus do good by shedding light upon the pathway of others? {RH, December 11, 1879 par. 6}

I suppose you will be interested to know how we spent Christmas. The day before Christmas, we went to town, and it was tediously cold. I suffered with cold. I never remember of its being much colder in Michigan. But Brother Moore's people were living in a tent and were very uncomfortable. We were determined he should not live thus, and we commenced to bring about a change. We moved them into Sister Bahler's old house, which was very open but better than a tent, for several nights. We had divided our bedding with them to keep them from suffering. {14MR 318.1}

We then went to the city and purchased for them flour, white and graham; sugar, a bone of meat, butter out of the question. We laid out $10 for clothing to make them comfortable, and necessary furniture to get along. I will tell you everything they had for breakfast--a few corn gems and a little beef suet fat. Not a chair; a straw bed and a comfortable laid over it. The children had an old rug and blanket laid under them. Sister Moore had no shoes, no comfortable clothing. He had no pants fit to be seen. {14MR 318.2}

Christmas morning we all took breakfast together--James Cornell; Florence and Clara, their two girls; Brother and Sister Moore and their three children; Sister Bahler and Etta, a girl living with them; and Sister Daniells, our cook, Father, and myself. We had a quarter of venison cooked,
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and stuffing. It was as tender as a chicken. We all enjoyed it very much. There is plenty of venison in market. {14MR 318.3}

The old year has gone. The words, "I wish you a Happy New Year," are repeated far and near, by parents and children, brothers and sisters, acquaintances and friends. In a world like ours, this New Year's greeting seems more appropriate than the "Merry Christmas," so lately echoed from lip to lip. On every hand are pale faces, brows furrowed from pain and care, or forms bowed with age. Wherever we turn may be seen the garb of mourning. The suffering, the careworn, and the aged can no longer be merry. In many a household there is a vacant chair; a beloved child or a husband and father, whose presence gladdened the last Christmas and New Year's festivity, is gone from the circle. To that bereaved family a merry Christmas seems a mockery. But whatever the cares and sorrows of life, whatever its mistakes and errors, the words, "A Happy New Year," uttered as an expression of love and respect, fall pleasantly upon the ear. {ST, January 7, 1903 par. 1}

I have risen at three o'clock this morning to write [THIS COMMUNICATION WAS WRITTEN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 26, 1888, AND RELATED TO A DRAMATIZED CHRISTMAS PROGRAM PUT ON BY THE BATTLE CREEK SABBATH SCHOOL. THE CHILDREN WORE COSTUMES. ELLA M. WHITE, MRS. WHITE'S SIX-YEAR-OLD GRANDDAUGHTER, WAS IN THE PROGRAM, DRESSED TO TYPIFY AN ANGEL.] you a few lines. I was pleased with the lighthouse, and the scene which had required so much painstaking effort was one which could have been made most impressive, but failed to be made as forcible and striking as it might have been when it cost so much time and labor in preparing it. The part acted by the children was good. The reading was appropriate. Then if there had been good, solid talk on that occasion in regard to children and teachers in the Sabbath schools laboring earnestly for the salvation of the souls of the children under your charge, presenting the most acceptable offering to Jesus, the gift of their own hearts, and impressive remarks, short and right to the point, [on] how they could do this, would it not have been in keeping with the work we have been trying to do in the church? {2MR 235.2}

December 19th, 2006 & December 11, 2010

 

A Christmas Message

 

Luke 2:11  “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

 

“This day” of course, as most all of us know, was not December 25th.

 

It was actually some time in the early Spring, but some even argue for Fall.

 

Why do you suppose the Bible does not tell us what day our Saviour was born on?

 

21 Manuscript Releases 223 “… Christmas will soon be here. It is supposed that Christ was born on the 25th day of December, and for that reason it is celebrated as His birthday. But it is impossible for us to know upon what day He was born. You can know no more about that than the children of Israel could know where Moses was buried. The reason God has not revealed that fact is because you would have worshiped that day, as they would have worshiped the grave of Moses had they found it, and this is just what they have done with the day they supposed was the one on which Christ was born.”

 

True enough, more is made of the day, than of the Lord who was supposedly born on that day.

 

But, should we celebrate it?

 

This Day with God 360 “The 25th of December has long been commemorated as the day of Jesus' birth, and . . . it is not my purpose to affirm or question the propriety of celebrating this event on this day…”

 

Note that the prophet says it is not her purpose to affirm or question the propriety of celebrating Christmas.

 

Any one who uses her writings to say we must celebrate the day, or we must not celebrate the day, go beyond what the prophet herself says.

 

As a matter of fact, angels and all heaven celebrated His birth!

 

Reflecting Christ 373 “I entreat you, my brethren and sisters, to make . . . Christmas a blessing to yourselves and others. [The birth of Jesus] was celebrated by the heavenly host.”

 

So, we have it on good authority that Jesus’ birth was celebrated by those not of this earth.

 

But if we celebrate this Christmas season, we need to know how we should celebrate it, should we not?

 

We don’t want to offend the very God who came as a babe to save us, do we?

 

Of course not.

 

Are we to ignore the day altogether?

 

What does Inspiration have to say?

 

Counsels on Stewardship 296 “Not only on birthdays should parents and children remember the mercies of the Lord in a special way, but Christmas and New Year's should also be seasons when every household should remember their Creator and Redeemer. Instead of bestowing gifts and offerings in such abundance on human objects, reverence, honor, and gratitude should be rendered to God, and gifts and offerings should be caused to flow in the divine channel. Would not the Lord be pleased with such a remembrance of Him? O how God has been forgotten on these occasions!”

 

Can you see the wisdom in this?

 

After all, it is supposed to be about His birthday, is it not?

 

We do not have to forget Christmas, but if you do celebrate it, make it a special time of remembrance for what the Lord has done for us.

 

I think an important part of the quote was “God has been forgotten” on these occasions.

 

Review & Herald, December 11, 1879 “Christmas day, precious reminder of the sacrifice made in man's behalf…”

 

That is what we are to remember especially on Christmas Day, what God has done for us in giving us His Son.

 

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…”

 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world He gave...”

 

Review & Herald, December 11, 1888 “We are nearing the close of another year. Christmas and New Year's will soon be here. Let us candidly and carefully review our life during the year that is about to pass, with its burden of history, into eternity, and consider the many tokens we have had of the favor of God in the blessings he has bestowed upon us. The most unspeakable gift which God could bestow upon the world was the gift of his beloved Son.”

 

This is a time to review the past year and consider all that God has done for us.

 

Review & Herald, December 9, 1890 “If Christmas is kept at all, it should be kept in a way that will be in harmony with its significance. Christ should be remembered, his name honored; the old, old story of his love should be recounted.”

 Keep the day, if you will, in harmony with its significance.

Its significance was that we get to be redeemed by God Himself as a result of Jesus being born and dying for us!

 And not only has God given us all of His love in His Son, but He has given us many other gifts as well….

 Review & Herald, December 26, 1882 “Will y



Here are the opinions of a retired pastor in Massachusetts about the celebration of
Christmas. Notice his reflections:

December 27, 2011

The Dark Time of the Year

 Here in central Massachusetts the length of day between sunrise and sunset was 9 hours and 1 minute on the 19th through the 26th   of this month.  It wasn’t just the darkest day of the year it was the darkest week. It is grand to celebrate the birth of the Light of the World during this darkest of times. The European pagans celebrated Saturnalia during this same dark time recognizing the birthday of the unconquerable sun on the 25th.  

 Many of my friends grow just a tad uncomfortable when this topic comes up.  Somehow it seems that we are participating in paganism because of these facts.  But true meaning is what happens inside our minds.  God gave us incredible minds with which to choose and create.  The power is ours to make something mean what we choose for it to mean.  We do not have to allow others to dictate to us what meaning we bring to something. It is part of the freedom of which Paul speaks so eloquently in Galatians 5.

 Since we do not know when Jesus was born it is our prerogative to usurp this dark time of the year from the pagans and claim it for our Lord, who proclaimed Himself to be the Light of the World.  He is the one who created the sun the pagans worshiped.  The pagans lost this battle.  Jesus won.  The time is His.  As the days now grow longer so we should also be more and more enlightened everyday with the light of Jesus’ presence in our walk.  Solomon said, “The light shines more and more on our path.”  That light is Jesus.  He is the King of Kings.  Just as He won the victory over death He wins the victory over all the meaningless pagan Gods of the past.

I'm Roger Bothwell and my address is Spring of Life, 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453 and my web address is rogerbothwell.org and my e-mail address is roger.bothwell@comcast.net. Archives of past devotionals found at rogerbothwell.org.

PAGAN CHRISTMAS

The History Channel:  Christmas unWrapped - The History of Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5T5ibb2E9I

(The video contains modern European history showing how

Christo-Paganism adopted European "winter festivities.")

 

There is no date more celebrated in the calendar than the 25th of December. Christmas is the only day of the year which seduces a multitude of non-thinking people into a state of wholehearted revelry, in the belief that Christ was born on this day. But if Christ was born on this day, why is there not a single verse, or even the mention of it in the Bible? If there is no mention of it in the Bible, where did this custom come from, and how has it become the supposed birthdate of Christ?

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

"Isn't the christmas story found in the Bible?" Some may ask. According to religious teachings the story basically goes like this: "Christ was born in Bethlehem on December 25th and the shepherds along with three wise men came to celebrate Christ's birth. The wise men presented Christmas gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, as an example that we should give presents on and gifts to each other to celebrate his birth. The shepherds returned to their flocks and the wise men, being warned by the angel of Herod's plan to slay the Christ child returned home. Next we come to Joseph and Mary who fleed to Egypt from Bethlehem. After being there for some time they returned to Nazareth. Though this story is general overview of what happened, there are a number of significant differences that, when questioned give a different picture of what truely happened.

CHRIST'S BIRTH COULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN DECEMBER.

According to the Bible, when the angel announced Christ's birth to the shepherds in Bethlehem, they were feeding their flock by night in the open fields (Luke 2:8-11). It was not the custom of shepherds of Judea to graze their flock any later than October. The reason was to protect their flocks from the cold winter season that followed. Common sense tells us, that the cold weather and snow would have made it impossible for shepherds to graze their flocks (graze meaning eat grass). This is contrary to the image that is portrayed on christmas cards. Winters in Israel were so severe, that the shepherds sent their sheep out to the Arabian desert for the whole winter season and brought them back in during spring time.

THE THREE WISE MEN  

There is no mention of there being any "three" wise men in the Bible, instead when the reader turns to Matthew 2:1, the scripture simply says, "...there came wise men...", and does not mention any number. It is also taught that "the wise men" after being led by the star in the east, visited Christ in Bethlehem. Please note that in Matthew 2:1 that the star did not lead the wise men to Bethlehem, but to Jerusalem. The reason they were led to Jerusalem was so that Herod could not trace the birth of the real King of the Israelites. Frustration drove him to murder innocent Israelite babies (Matthew 2 :15-18), thus fulfilling Jeremiah's prophecy (Jer.31:15). 

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Contrary to popular teachings, when the wise men visited the child Christ they did not give Christmas or birhtday presents. These gifts were 'Kings' gifts' of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It was customary in those days when visiting a king, for the visitor to bear gifts. An example of this practice was when the Queen of Sheba presented gifts of gold and spices to King Solomon, when she visited him (1st Kings 10:2-10). This event has become grossly prostituted by commercialism to pressure people into a spending spree, even though there is not a word in the Bible about exchanging gifts to honour Christ.

BABYLON  

Babylon holds a position of prominence in the Bible as a place of great judgement. Her fall is featured prophetically in Revelations because she decieved the Earth's inhabitance into partaking of her false doctrines.

Revelations 18:3 says, "For all nations have drunk of the wine (her philosophies and religions) of the wrath of her fornication (worshiped her false gods). (Millions today, many unknowingly, still worship the strange Trinity of gods; the three in one god or one god in three persons, that started with Nimrod, the great grandson of Noah.)

Babylon historically has its beginnings after the great flood, on a flat plain of land called 'Shinar', where the nations united together in a revolt against God! The first commandment the Lord gave to man after the flood was in Genesis 9:1, " Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." The word "replenish" means "to fill up again." Instead, unwilling to disperse across the earth, the nations rebelled by huddling together and building a tower, in the knowledge that they could unite and rise into a one world power and rise above the level of man and be equal with God! History holds the ringleader and instigator of this rebellion to Nimrod. The son of Cush. 

NIMROD

The name 'Nimrod' comes from the Hebrew word 'Marad' meaning 'he rebelled'. Tradition has it that, "Nimrod was he who made the nations rebel against God. 

In Genesis 10:9 the Bible says,"He was a mighty hunter before the Lord..."

This expresses a hostile meaning a hostile meaning that, "he was the mightiest to rebel against the Lord!" Turning to Genesis 10:10 we learn that he built the first city on earth called 'Babylon'. This was a kingdom of pure wickedness where he established a false system of worship called the 'Babylonian mysteries' in which he was worshipped as a god! These gods are still worshiped today, by many, unknowingly, as the Trinity. Learn more here about the Origin of the Trinity.

History records that Nimrod is said to have seen a golden crown in the sky. He made one like like it and claimed to rule the heavens as an earthly manifestation of the sun. He then became known as "Beelsamon" meaning "lord of heaven"!

TAMMUZ

After Nimrods death, (he was cut to pieces by Shem for his wicked practices) his wife/mother Semiramis, seeking to perpetuate his worship and retain power, quickly ascended to the throne. She fooled the people into believing that through a miraculous conception she had given birth to a son named Tammuz. This Tammuz was really Nimrods son who she claimed was Nimrod reincarnated. Since Tammuz was worshipped as Nimrod incarnate, that implied he was "lord of heaven" also. Because the sun began to grow stronger in the winter about the 25th of December, this date became celebrated as Tammuz' birthday.

THE CHRISTMAS TREE

An important point must be emphasised before we move any further - there was no Christmas tree erected when Christ was born in Bethlehem. If you ask the average person the simple question, "What has the Christmas tree got to do with Christ?" There would be no answer. The reason being it has nothing to do with him. For the majority of people that don't know, the so-called "Christmas tree" has its origin in the 'Babylonian mysteries'  It was used as a symbol to personify Tammuz. The name Tammuz means "branch" or "sprout" and to appeal further to the peoples' imagination, Simiramis devised a system of taxation. An evergreen tree she taught, sprang from a dead tree stump overnight. The yule log represents Nimrod being cut down by his enemies. The Christmas tree or Tammuz tree represents Nimrod redivivus- the slain god revived and worshipped as Tammuz. Simiramis taught the Babylonians that their gods could transform themselves into trees and if gifts were not presented before these trees the spirit of Nimrod would revive and destroy them! This popular custom of laying gifts before the tree did not disappear, but rather being so popular, was passed down into what is falsly called Christmas. In Babylon where this custom derives, the Lord warns the Israelites against adopting the practices of their idolatrous captives. 

Jeremiah 10:3-4 says, "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 gold; they fasten it with hammers, that it move not..." 

       

Although the Lord clearly forbids the worship of this tree idol in the Bible, this 'vain custom' is still sheepishly followed by the majority of people who are in darkness to where it originated. Even in the churches the Tammuz-tree can be seen decorated on full display.

In Deuteronomy 7:26, the Lord warns, "Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing..."









The accounts of Nimrod's rebellion against God can be found as traditions celebrated throughout all cultures of the world today. As the construction of this tower (we know as Babel) came to an end because of the confounding of their languages, they took with them their system of worship after being banished across the earth. 

 

   

Horodotus, the world travellor and historian of antiquity, witnessed the "mystery religion" and its rites in numerous countries and mentions how Babylon is the primeval scource from which all systems of idolatry flowed. It flows into the Trinity worship even today. Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, "Father, give us Thy Spirit." Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace. Satan's object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God's children.

ROME  

It is a known fact that when Rome became a world empire she adopted into her system the gods of the countries which she ruled. Since Babylon was the source of paganism, we can see how the gods of Babylon were transplanted to Rome.

Apart from the name Tammuz, Nimrod was worshipped by many other names.  In Rome, Nimrod was worshipped as the sun god Saturn.  His birthday was known as "Natalis invicti solis", the rebirth of the sun. It was noticed by pagans that the daylight in winter decreases to its lowest point on December 22nd.  They assumed that the sun god had died. They also believed that the sun god had risen from the dead three days later because the daylight begins to increase on the 25th of December.  This increase in daylight was a cause for much exitement and merriment.  A day where gifts were exchanged, the commonest among them being the tapers and clay dolls. These dolls represented sacrifices of human beings to the sun. The temples of ancient Rome were filled with pagans who gave themselves to joy and wild orgies, beginning with an kiss under the mistle toe wreath. It would escalate to men drinking themselves into a drunken state, and then engage in homeosexual orgies and then go home and beat their wives. Young pigs were offered on the altar and blood puddings were made. Lights were kindled until the 6th of january, (The reason behind the 12 days of Christmas song) and homes were decorated with greenery.

WHY WAS THIS DAY SUBSTITUTED AS CHRIST'S BIRTHDAY?

Pagan traditions are not killed easily. When pagan Rome became papal Rome, the Roman form of sun worship that originated in Babyon became clothed with Christianity.  A simple study of the Catholic church would reveal that in every case the church absorbed the customs, traditions and paganism of every nation. To bait pagans into Christianity it was the policy of church to amalgamate pagan festivals within the church. Pope Gregory wrote to Augustine, the first missionary of the British Isles (C.E. 597):

"Do not destroy the temples of the English gods; change them into Christian churches. Do not forbid customs which have been associated with old religions; consecrate them to Christian use."

 The name "Christmas" orginiated about 450 C.E. When Pope Julius decreed that all Christians celebrate the unknown birthday of Christ at the same time pagans were celebrating "Natalis invicti solis". It was given the name "Christes-maesse", or Christ's mass.

In his book The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop writes:

That Christmas, was originally a pagan festival, is beyond all doubt, The time of the year, and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin...The very name by which Christmas is popularly known among ourselves - Yule day - proves at once its pagan and Babylonian origin"Yule" is the Chaldee name for "infant" or "little child"...long before it came into contact with Christianity, that sufficiently proves its real character. Far and wide in the realms of paganism was this birthday observed...(p.93)

In Revelations 17:5, the Lord describes 'Babylon' by the name 'Mystery' the name 'mystery' means to 'cover up' or 'hidden'. What the Lord is telling us is that the same 'Babylonian Mysteries' that began at the tower of Babel has been hidden and passed down thru the ages into the guise of Christinity.

Now that the cloak of Christmas has been removed, the Lord is calling his people the Israelites (spiritual Israel) in Revelations 18:4 to, "...come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins/plagues..." People whose true identity is the Israelites of the Bible (spiritual Israel-those who keep all the commandments of God and have the faith & testimony of Jesus), have been born, bread, educated and cultivated in this society. We keep the same traditions and celebrate the same holidays. Unfortunately, many people are still fully influenced by the society we live in; and the consequence has been spiritual blindness and separation from the Heavenly Father

Christmas is not the celebration of Christ, it is an abomination to him. Those that know the truth and are withdrawn from this pagan-born celebration are looked upon by the majority as narrow minded, and unrealistic. 

The underlying truth is that people are not celebrating this day with Christ in mind. Proof of this being the hypocrites that don't believe in God and couldn't care less about Christ's message, take part in this day. What Christmas provides is an escape from reality, where the shallow minded gather in a brief spirit of fake happiness and end up broke for the rest of the year.

BIBLICAL RESPONSES

Some may argue, "well, everybody's celebrating it!"

Exodus 32:2  says, "Thou shalt not follow a mulitiude to do evil". Right is right, if no one is doing it, and wrong is wrong, if everyone is doing it.

Others will give the weak excuse, "I know Christmas is false but it's for the children."

Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Even though there is enouph proof to put fact beyond question, many still say, "I don't see anything wrong with family gatherings, giving gifts and people enjoying themselves."

Proverbs 16:25 says, "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death".

The answer to all these excuses is simply this; This festival was established in the worship of Nimrod.  Nimrod rebelled against God. To participate and perpetuate this pagan holiday whatever your motivations are, is rebellion against God. 

ALL ABOUT "CHRISTMAS"
2000 B.C.E. to 2010 C.E.


The Father YAHWEH (a.k.a. The "LORD God" of Israel) foretold that from the "seed" of woman would come the Savior of all mankind, and by this seed "the Serpent" would be destroyed.

 

Genesis 3:15  "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."

 

     After the flood, when the human race was centralized on the plains of Babylon, hasatan sought to turn men away from YHWH's plan of redemption by producing a counterfeit Messiah.  Hasatan found an ambitious woman named Semeramis, the widow of Nimrod, "the mighty hunter before YHWH" Genesis 10:9 who had met with a violent death.   Nimrod had been deified as the deliverer from the menace of wild animals.   His wife, seeking to perpetuate his worship and also with designs to retain the power of the kingdom, deceived people into believing that through a miraculous conception she had given birth to a son called Tammuz, purported to be the reincarnation of Nimrod.   Here began at 2000 B.C.E. hasatan's counterfeit to the promised "Seed".  Semeramis with her illegitimate son was thenceforth worshipped as "mother of god" (Madonna) or "the queen of heaven."  Thus originated the ancient Babylonian mystery religion, the fountainhead of all idolatry.  Every idol whether it is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures or in Mythology, can be traced to this source.

 

     Alexander Hislop, in his monumental work "The Two Babylons", has shown that papal worship is none other than the worship of Nimrod and his wife, disguised in a garb of Christianity. Concerning the Christmas festival Hislop writes:

"That Christmas was originally a pagan festival is beyond all doubt. The time of the year, the ceremonies with which it is celebrated, prove its origin.  In Egypt, the son of Isis, the Egyptian title for the queen of heaven, was born at this very time, about the time of the winter solstice. The very name by which Christmas is popularly known among ourselves-- Yule day-- proves at once its pagan and Babylonian origin. "Yule" is the Chaldee name for "infant," or "little child"; and as the 25th of December was called by our pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors "Yule-day" or "the child's day", and the night that preceded it, "Mother night", long before they came in contact with Christianity, that sufficiently proves its real character.  Far and wide in the realms of paganism was this birthday observed."  The Two Babylons; Alexander Hislop  p.93

     It can be clearly demonstrated from Scripture that Yeshua Mashiyach was not born in the winter, but during the Fall Feasts. Since YHWH has in no way authorized the celebration of Christmas or even Birthdays, so who induced Christians to do so?  As early as the first century Apostle Paul rebuked Gentile followers of Mashiyach for attempting to incorporate paganism into the True Faith.

 

Galatians 4:8-11  "Howbeit then, when you knew not Elohim, you did service unto them which by nature are no gods.  But now, after that you have known Elohim, or rather are known of Elohim, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage?  You observe days, and months, and times, and years.  I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain."

 

     Paul's letter was not heeded by the Church, in the year 230 C.E. the Christian "Church Father" Tertullian wrote:

"By us [Gentile Christians] who are strangers to (Jewish) Sabbaths, and new moons, and festivals, once acceptable to G-d, the Saturnalia, the feasts of January, the Brumalia, and Matronalia are now frequented, with gifts being carried to and fro."

     Tammuz was worshipped as god incarnate, which implied that he was an incarnation of the "Lord of the heavens," since the sun begins to grow stronger after 25th of December, this date came to be known as the rebirth of Nimrod and of the Sun. In ancient Rome this day was known as "Natalis Invicti Solis", the birthday of the unconquered sun.  Lights were kindled then to burn until the 6th of January (Epiphany).  The week long feast of Saturnalia, was held at the time of the winter solstice, accompanied with much merrymaking, wild revelry and debauchery.  In an effort to obtain more converts to Roman Catholicism it was policy for the papacy to amalgamate heathen festivals with Christendom. Pope Gregory wrote to Augustine the first missionary to the British Isles (C.E. 597):

"Do not destroy the temples of the English gods; change them to Christian churches.  Do not forbid the "harmless" customs which have been associated with the old religions; consecrate them to Christian use."

Sir James Fraser in "The Golden Bough" writes:

"Thus it appears that the Christian Church chose to celebrate the birthday of its founder on the 25th of December in order to transfer the devotion of the heathen from the sun to him who was called the Sun of Righteousness.  If that was so, there can be no intrinsic improbability in the conjecture that motives of the same sort may have led the ecclesiastical authorities to assimilate the Easter festival of the death and resurrection of  their Lord to the festival of the death and resurrection of another Asiatic god which fell in the same season."

     The name "Christmas" first appeared around 450 C.E. when Pope Julius decreed that all Catholics must celebrate the birthday of Christ at the same time that the heathen were celebrating the pagan Saturnalia feast.  It was designated as "Christe-masse", or Christ's mass.

 

     Sadly, there are precious few true Christians who know that the origin of the "Christmas tree" is from Babylon mystery religion, many believe the tree originated among Christians in Europe.  But there are even more precious few Christians who know better and who speak out to warn others against the dangers of sentimental agreements with paganism.  The decorated tree represents Tammuz (which also means a sprout) hasatan's counterfeit of "The Branch". (Hebrew: NETZER; a shoot; or a sprout)  The Mashiyach was prophetically called "The Root out of dry groundIsaiah 11:1; 53:2; Jeremiah 23:5;  Zechariah 6:12  "Behold the man whose name is The Branch".  Ancient coins have been found picturing a tree stump which represented dead Nimrod and a small tree growing nearby  which represented Tammuz.  The Egyptians used the palm tree; the Romans a pine tree. The "Xmass tree" as worshipped by idolatrous Israelites is described in Jeremiah 10.  Mistletoe and holly figured prominently in the early Anglo-Saxon and Druidic tree worship.

 

Jeremiah 10:1-5  "Hear ye the word which YHWH speaks to you, O house of Israel:  Thus says YHWH, learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts 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.  They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."

 

     Clearly Jeremiah records a vivid depiction of a tree that is cut down from the forest, erected and decorated for a religious celebration.  Ezekiel shows how YHWH's people sorely grieved Him by adopting the "imagery" of Tammuz which now has become the decorated Christmas tree.

 

Ezekiel 8:11-14 "Then said He unto me, Son of man, have you seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery?  For they say, "YHWH does not see us; YHWH has forsaken the earth."  He said also unto me, turn yet again, and you shall see greater abominations that they do. Then He brought me to the door of the gate of YHWH'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz."

 

     Part of Tammuz worship was to place golden balls on the tree which were representative of the testicles of Tammuz, as he was also considered a god of sex.  The women were weeping because his prostitution services were no longer available.  The whole hearted believer will not contribute to the perpetuation of Christmas by observing it in any manner; he or she will withdraw in horror from all pagan-born celebrations revered by a world that attempted to slay the infant Messiah with Herod's sword.  The blood of baby boys born in Bethlehem cries out against the diabolical hatred toward the infant Saviour whom the world hated.  The Mashiyach was crucified by those how had a diabolical hatred for the Way of Righteousness.  The world is now racing towards the fulfillment ofRevelations 11:10 when YHWH's two witnesses shall be slain and "they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoiceover them and make merry and shall send gifts to one another."

 

     Dear friends, heed the words of Apostle Paul, a man of TRUTH!

Ephesians 5:11 "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."

      The birth of "Jesus" is remembered each year but the Name of Yeshua Mashiyach, the Kingdom of Elohim and His Righteous Torah are a contemptuous infamy for the lukewarm religious.  The Torah reminds us:

 

Exodus 23:2 "You shall not follow a multitude to do evil"

 

     Yeshua Mashiyach said:

Luke 16:15 "That which is highly esteemed among men is abominable in the sight of Elohim"

     Apostle Paul writes:

Romans 12:2 "Be ye not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may know what is that good and acceptable and wholehearted will of Elohim."

     Please pass this message along to your family, friends whether they be Christian, Jewish, Believers or non-Believers, we have an obligation to love each other and warn each other.  Delving into pagan rituals is NOT a light matter, regardless of one's "intentions"!

 

The Three Magi

Some Christians posture that the story of the Magosi or Magi is either an insertion in Scripture or that the Magi were pagans.  The Magi refers to the astrologers/astronomers who were originally taught by Daniel the Prophet about the coming of Mashiyach.  These men are neither sorcerers nor Pagans, but Fearers of Elohim who were patiently awaiting the coming of Mashiyach.  What the Babylonians learned through Daniel was becoming a reality, they had traveled to bear witness of Mashiyach’s birth and bring the good news back to their homeland. 

One of the titles of the Mashiyach. 

 

Bar enosh, like Hebrew ben adam, can also mean

“Son of man,” or simply “man.”  Daniel 7:13, 14.)

 

The History Channel:  Christmas unWrapped - The History of Christmas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5T5ibb2E9I

(The video contains modern European history showing how

Christo-Paganism adopted European "winter festivities.")

PAGAN CHRISTMAS? Watch a video about the history of Christmas hereAnother good video here about the origin of Christmas.



What is the Nicolaitan spirit or doctrine? Who are they?

(Revelation 2:6 & 15) 


Revelation 2:6 (KJV) "But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate." Revelation 2:15 (KJV) "So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate."

Jeremiah 10:1-4(KJV) "1Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 2Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.  3For 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. 4They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."

Nicolaitans of the 2nd century seem to have continued and extended the views of the 1st century adherents, holding to the freedom of the flesh and sin, and teaching that the deeds of the flesh had no effect upon the health of the soul and consequently no relation to salvation. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that Christians are supposed to "die" to sin and the deeds of our "flesh": "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1-2)  "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." (Romans 6:11-13)

Today, the Nicolaitan doctrine is now largely taught that the gospel of Christ has made God's law of no effect: that by “believing” we are released from the necessity of being doers of the Word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned in the book of Revelation.  "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22)

Before you react too quickly, please take the time to read this comparison between the Biblical teachings about Jesus Christ and the mythical teachings of Santa Claus. Many, many Christian pastors have lamented the fact that Santa Claus has replaced Jesus Christ in the hearts and minds of too many children and adults in America today. When you read this comparison, you will understand that this replacement in the hearts and minds of Americans is not by accident. You will be able to see Satan, the Master Marionette, pulling the strings above the world, leading adults and children alike away from Jesus Christ and toward Santa Claus, who is the epitome' of the love of the world and everything that is in it.

COMPARISON BETWEEN 
JESUS CHRIST AND SANTA CLAUS
JESUS CHRIST: OUR LORD AND SAVIOR ACCORDING TO THE BIBLESANTA CLAUS: THE COUNTERFEIT ACCORDING TO MYTH OF MEN
1. Has white hair like wool (Rev 1:14)1. Has white hair like wool
2. Has a beard (Isaiah 50:6)2. Has a beard
3. Comes in red apparel Isaiah (63:1-2)3. Comes in red apparel
4. Hour of His coming is a mystery

(Luke 12:40; Mark 13:33)

4. Hour of his coming is a mystery
5. Comes from the North where He lives (Ezekiel 1:4; Psalm 48:2)5. Comes from the North where he lives: North Pole
6. Is a carpenter (Mark 6:3)6. Is a toy carpenter
7. Comes as a thief in the night

(Matthew 24:43-44)

7. Comes as a thief in the night. Even gains entrance to homes as a thief.
8. Omnipotent -- all powerful (Rev 19:6)8. Omnipotent -- can deliver all the toys of the world in one night
9. Omniscient -- knows all (Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20)9. Omniscient -- knows if you have been good or bad, for the entire year
10. Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10; Ephesians 4:6; John 3:13)10. Omnipresent -- sees when you wake or sleep. Has to be everywhere at once to be able to deliver all the toys in one short night.
11. Ageless, eternal (Rev 1:8; 21:6)11. Lives forever
12. Lives in men (1 Cor 3:16; 2 Cor 6:16-17)12. Lives in the hearts of children
13. Giver of Gifts (Ephesians 4:8)13. Giver of Gifts
14. Absolute Truth (John 14:6)14. Absolute Fable - (1 Tim 1:4; 4:7;

2 Tim 4:4)

15. Sits on a throne (Rev 5:1; Heb 1:8)15. Sits on a throne
16. We are told to boldly go to the throne of Grace for our needs (Heb 4:16)16. Children are bidden to approach his throne to ask for anything they want
17. Commands children to obey parents17. Tells children to obey parents
18. Wants little children to come to Him (Mark 10:14)18. Bids children to come unto him
19. Judges (Rom 14:10; Rev 20:2)19. Judges whether you were good or bad
20. Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6; Heb 12:2)20. Father Christmas
21. Christ Child (Matt 1:23; Luke 2:11-12)21. Kris Kringle (means christ child)
22. Worthy of Prayers and Worship (Rev 5:14 Hebrews 1:6)22. Prayers and worship to "St. Nick" by children
23. Lord of Hosts (Mal 3:5; Isa 8:13; Psalms 24:10)23. Lord over a host of elves - (In Druidic religion, elves are demons or tree spirits
24. God says, "Ho, ho ... (Zechariah 2:6)24. Santa says, "Ho, ho, ho ..."
25. Prince of Peace, the Image of God (Isa 9:6;

Hebrews 1:3)

25. Symbol of World Peace, the image of the Christmas Season
Note: This comparison taken from "The GOOD NEWSletter", by Former Catholics For Christ, Oct/Nov/Dec, 1997. Clearly, you can see that someone deliberately created a Secular counterfeit to Jesus Christ, matching the many attributes of Jesus Christ with Santa Claus! There are too many direct matches for this creation of Santa Claus to have been an accident. We are told in Job 1:6-7 that Satan walks up and down on the Earth, as if it were a small garden plot completely under his domination. Satan can be thought of as a Master Marionette, pulling the strings on Earth. Certainly, in these Last Days, Satan would have wanted someone else to draw the attention, admiration, and love of the children away from Jesus Christ. But, not only that, Satan would have wanted to infect children early with that most devastating of spiritual diseases, the love of material things, and the love of oneself that goes with trying to get as many presents as possible! The creation and promotion of Santa Claus certainly fulfills all these goals.

Remember that one of Jesus' End Times prophecy was that the hearts of the people would have become extremely cold to Him. "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12)

Certainly, children are told to come to the wrong source for their gifts, they are encouraged to right behavior throughout the year for the wrong reasons, and they are taught to love material things rather than, and more than, God. This brings to thought another End Times Scripture. "But understand this, that in the last days will come perilous times of great stress and trouble, hard to deal with and hard to bear. For people will be lovers of self and utterly self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate greedy desire for wealth ... They will be lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements, more than and rather than, lovers of God." (2 Timothy 4:1, 2, 4; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Commentary).

Doesn't this prophecy perfectly describe our society today? Children are being taught, at a very early age, to love material possessions, to try to get as many presents as possible, and to love themselves greatly, all as a result in believing this pagan myth of Santa Claus.


Are you are aware of the content of Jeremiah  10:1-4 about our pagan Christmas origin?

What kind of Xmas are we celebrating? Remember the person who was born on December 25.

It was Tammuz, the son of Nimrod and Semiramis, who form the Babylonian trinity. Should we say, "Happy Tammuz day?"

Comparison between Santa Claus and Jesus. First, consider the similarities:

  • Santa “knows when you are sleeping” and “sees you when you’re awake.” He also “knows when you’ve been bad or good.” Similarly, Jesus knows all about us, including secrets that we keep to ourselves.
  • Santa generously distributes gifts, bringing much joy and happiness. In a similar way, Jesus also gives us gifts, especially the greatest gift of all, our salvation.
  • Santa can apparently be in more than one place at the same time. I draw this conclusion from two facts: (1) There are countless reported sightings of Santa in thousands of different places in the weeks leading up to Christmas. (2) Santa reportedly is able to visit millions of homes in the space of a single night, and distribute gifts in each location. Surely this is a miraculous ability! Similarly, Jesus promises to be with all who believe in Him, everywhere throughout the world.

However, despite these similarities, the differences are even more significant:

  • To begin with the obvious, Jesus is the Son of God, come into the world as a man through the virgin birth. Santa is a mythical being who supposedly lives at the North Pole.
  • Santa rewards children with presents depending on whether they have been”bad or good.” But Jesus offers the gift of salvation to all who place their trust in Him, not to those who “deserve” it. Because none of us are perfect, and none of us deserve salvation.
  • Santa, of course, cannot do anything to remedy our sinfulness. If a child has been bad, then he or she will receive a lump of coal, or no presents at all. But Jesus died to pay the price for our sin, and to give us the power to live for Him.
  • Apparently the main form of communication with Santa is providing him with a list of desired gifts. But our relationship with Jesus centers on fellowship with Him rather then a focus on what He gives us.
  • Santa’s presents tend to feed our self-indulgent selfishness and materialistic greed. Jesus’ gift of salvation empowers us to learn how to deny ourselves and live to serve Him and other people.

 

 

 

JESUS CHRIST

According to the Bible

SANTA CLAUS

According to myth of men

 

1

 

Has white hair like wool (Rev 1:14)

 

Has white hair like wool

 

2

 

Has a beard (Isaiah 50:6)

 

Has a beard

 

 

3

 

Comes in red apparel

 

 

Comes in red apparel

 

4

 

Hour of His coming is a mystery

(Luke 12:40; Mark 13:33)

 

 

Hour of his coming is a mystery

 

 

5

 

Comes from the North where He lives (Ezekiel 1:4; Psalm 48:2)

 

Comes from the North where he lives: North Pole

 

6

 

Is a carpenter (Mark 6:3)

 

Is a toy carpenter

 

 

7

 

Comes as a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43-44)

 

Comes as a thief in the night. Even gains entrance to homes as a thief.

 

 

8

 

- Omnipotent - All powerful (Rev 19:6)

 

- Omnipotent - Can deliver all the toys of the world in one night

 

 

9

 

- Omniscient - Knows all (Hebrews 4:13; 1 John 3:20)

 

- Omniscient - Knows if you have been good or bad, for the entire year

 

 

10

 

- Omnipresent - (Psalm 139:7-10; Ephesians 4:6; John 3:13)

 

- Omnipresent - He sees you when you wake or sleep. He has to be everywhere at once to be able to deliver all the toys in one short night.

 

 

11

 

Ageless, eternal (Rev 1:8; 21:6)

 

Lives forever

 

 

12

 

Lives in men (1 Cor 3:16; 2 Cor 6:16-17)

 

Lives in the hearts of children

 

13

 

Giver of Gifts (Ephesians 4:8)

 

Giver of Gifts

 

14

 

Absolute Truth (John 14:6)

 

Absolute Fable - (1 Tim 1:4; 4:7; 2 Tim 4:4)

 

15

 

Sits on a throne (Rev 5:1; Heb 1:8)

 

Sits on a throne

 

16

 

We are told to boldly go to the throne of Grace for our needs (Heb 4:16)

 

Children are told to approach his throne to ask for anything they want

 

 

17

 

Commands children to obey parents

 

Tells children to obey parents

 

18

 

Wants little children to come to Him (Mark 10:14)

 

Wants little children to come unto him

 

19

 

Judges (Rom 14:10; Rev 20:2)

 

Judges whether you were bad or good

 

 

20

 

Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6; Heb 12:2)

 

Father Christmas

 

21

 

Christ Child (Matt 1:23; Luke 2:11-12)

 

Kris Kringle (means christ child)

 

 

22

 

Worthy of Prayers and Worship (Rev 5:14 Hebrews 1:6)

 

Prayers and worship to "St. Nick" by children

 

23

 

Lord of Hosts (Mal 3:5; Isa 8:13; Psalms 24:10)

 

Lord over a host of elves - (In Druidic religion, elves are demons or tree spirits)

 

24

 

God says, "Ho, ho ... (Zechariah 2:6)

 

Santa says, "Ho, ho, ho ..."

 

25

 

Prince of Peace, the Image of God (Isa 9:6; Hebrews 1:3)

 

Symbol of World Peace, the image of the Christmas Season - the image of man

 

 

 

"A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,
soon led me to know I had nothing to dread."

Twas' the Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore

Dr. Terry Watkins, Th.D.Dial-the-Truth Ministries

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1 • THE CONCERN    And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. John 9:42

Who, REALLY, is this man we affectionately call Santa Claus?

What do we REALLY know about Santa?

Is Santa just a jolly, harmless, friendly fellow?

Or is there something or someone else hiding behind jolly ol’ St. Nick?

Before we look at Santa, let us establish some basic Bible facts:

  • The Bible clearly teaches a powerful, rebellious, subtle, evil being called the Devil, Lucifer or Satan.
    And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:9
  • The Bible teaches Satan rebelled against God. Satan rebelled because he desires to be like God. Satan’s mission is to de-throne God and persuade mankind to rebel against God.
    12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
    13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
    14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:12-14
  • The Bible teaches Satan’s primary attack is the most vulnerable. In Luke 10:19, Jesus Christ compares Satan to lightning, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven". Lightning, like Satan, always travels the path of least resistance. The Bible also likens the devil to a "roaring lion" The lion is a predator of opportunity. The lion looks for the injured, the youngest, the smallest, or the weakest – the one with the least ability to run or fight. So it is with Satan. He is actively "seeking" those "whom he may devour".
    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8

    The great German Reformer, Martin Luther writes in his Table Talks:

    "The devil plagues and torments us in the place where we are most tender and weak. In Paradise, he fell not upon Adam, but upon Eve."
    (The Table Talk of Martin Luther, #424)

    The most vulnerable and least resistance are our children. It is no accident that the Lord Jesus Christ distinctively warns several times against harming or offending these "little ones".

    1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
    2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
    3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
    4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
    6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:1-6

    The Lord Jesus invites, and encourages little children to come unto him. The younger years are by far the most spiritually fruitful in the life-cycle of an individual.

    13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
    14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
    15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. Mark 10:13-15
    15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
    16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
    17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. Luke 18:15-17

    Without question the most fertile time in the average persons’ life for receiving and trusting the Lord Jesus is the pre-teen years. Any church bus worker or youth worker knows young children are very receptive to the gospel of Jesus Christ. For children that child-like faith is natural. It is what the Lord Jesus described in Matthew 10:15. As we get older; the sensual, youthful lusts and logical, carnal mind begin to dominate our lives. And as that happens, our heart becomes hardened and seared to the spiritual things of God.

    Barna Research Group published a survey conducted among teenagers titled Third Millennium Teens. Under the subtitle "Displacing the Myths," the report said:

    The Myth: the teen years are evangelistically productive.
    The Reality: if they're not saved by age 13, they probably never will be. (Barna 65)

    The report goes on to say, "The data shows clearly that the prime evangelistic years are those before a person becomes a teenager." (Barna 65)

    If the most productive time of salvation are the pre-teen years, and if the pre-teen years are the most vulnerable – does it not stand to reason that Satan would fiercely attack this time? Can we not see the overwhelming evidence of this Satanic attack on our children? From the sexual, sensual music of Britney Spears, or Nsync, to the occult and witchcraft of Harry Potter – there is an attack aimed directly at our children. It is assaulting them from the TV, the music, the Internet, the peer pressure, the public schools – Satan literally "seeks" to "devour our children" into every nook and cranny.

    Many parents have been "lullabied to sleep" with the deception that our children are innocently immune to the attack of Satan. There is a false security that believes our children will naturally "grow out of it" or "they’re just sowing their wild oats" or maybe "they’re just being kids". But the Bible paints a much different picture. In Mark chapter 9, God details a frightening occurrence. A man brings his "spirit possessed" son to the Lord Jesus Christ.

    17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
    18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
    19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
    20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
    21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
    22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
    23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
    24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
    25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
    26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
    27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
    28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
    29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
    Mark 9:17-29

    It is interesting the apostles could not cast out this kind (vs 29). Jesus said, "This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting." What kind of possession was it? What was different about this possession? I believe the answer is found in the only question the Lord Jesus asked. Jesus Christ asked the man "How long is it ago since this came unto him?" And the man answered, "Of a child". These hard to cast out kind are those that enter in a child. Is it because the possession reaches so deep and so strong that they’re almost impossible to remove?

    In Proverbs 22:6, the Bible explains the lifelong fruits of training a young child in the way he should go. That early training is so strong and so deep – as that child grows and matures – they will not depart from it.

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
    Proverbs 22:6

    But. . . The flip side is: if that same child is trained by the ways of Satan and the world, chances are that child will not depart from it. George Harrison, a devout follower of the Hindu god, Krishna, understood this life-long influence, Harrison told Rolling Stone Magazine:

    "The main thing is to get the kids. . . nail you when you’re young and brainwash you, then they’ve got you for the rest of your life."
    George Harrison, Beatles, (Loose Talk, Rolling Stone Magazine, p. 70)

    It has been stated the foundation of a child is shaped by the time that child is five-years-old, maybe sooner. Without question, the early pre-teen or "Santa Claus years" are some of the most important in a person's life-long development. It has been truthfully said, "The hand that rocks the cradle controls the world."

    And believe me. . . Satan knows this!

    That brings us to Santa. . .

    Where does Santa Claus fit in the life of a young child? What about the teaching of Santa Claus in the psyche of a child? Is there more to jolly old St. Nick than meets the eye? Is Santa a clever, seemingly harmless, subtle (see Genesis 3:1) attempt to question the truthfulness of God? Is Santa the handiwork of Satan?

    Remember the harmless question the subtle serpent asks Eve in the garden? "Yea, hath God said,. . .?" So slight. . . So simple. . .

    And yet so deadly. . .

    Not only that but Satan’s attack is not necessarily evil, or bad. In fact, it can be good, or even pleasant. The subtle temptation of Genesis reveals Satan’s clever "good and pleasant" message.

    And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
    Genesis 3:6

    As Eve saw the forbidden fruit, it was good and it was pleasant – and yet it was deadly. Are you partaking of the tree of knowledge of GOOD & EVIL?

    The Devil is a master of disguise. He can make it appear good, pleasant, and seemingly so innocent – and yet it is deadly! The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 11:14, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" He does not appear with horns and a pitch fork breathing fire. He might just appear as a pleasant, friendly, fellow, with "a broad face and a round little belly, That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. . ."

    Could Santa Claus be a subtle, clever attack on our children to confuse, doubt and rob their God-ordained "child like" faith? Satan knows, if he can somehow get that child through those fruitful early years without trusting the Lord Jesus Christ – his goal of eternal damnation in hell increases substantially.

    Let us take a look a Santa. . .

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8

    2 • THE COMING    Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18

    Where did Santa Claus come from?

    The oft-repeated tale of Santa Claus goes like this:

    According to the legend, Santa began as a fourth century Catholic bishop named Saint Nicholas. The cult of St. Nicholas was one of histories most widespread religious movements. According to St. Nicholas historian, Charles W. Jones, ". . . the cult of St. Nicholas was, before the Reformation, the most intensive of any nonbiblical saint in Christendom. . . there were 2,137 ecclesiastical dedications [churches] to Nicholas in France, Germany, and the Low Countries alone before the year 1500." (Jones, Charles. W. "Knickerbocker Santa Claus." The New-York Historical Society Quarterly, October 1954, Volume XXXVIII Number Four, p.357)

    The popular book, The Christmas Almanack, states, "By the height of the Middle Ages, St. Nicholas was probably invoked in prayer more than any other figure except the Virgin Mary and Christ Himself" (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, p. 131)

    Miraculous folklore and legend surround the mysterious St. Nicholas. Among the more popular legends of St. Nicholas is the rescue of three poverty-stricken girls destined for prostitution. These girls were poor and did not have the dowry for marriage. St. Nicholas saved them from a life of shame, by providing marriage dowries of gold. They then were able to get properly married.

    Another amazing miracle in the life of St. Nicholas is the three young boys who were sadistically murdered by a wicked innkeeper. Their bodies were chopped up and preserved in pickle barrels, with the cannibalistic intent of feeding their flesh to unsuspecting house guests. Of course, the amazing St. Nicholas resurrected the boys and their mutilated bodies. And like Santa, Saint Nicholas gave gifts to poor children, hence, his veneration as Patron Saint of Children. During the Middle Ages, hundreds of plays and paintings told and re-told the amazing feats of St. Nicholas.

    Next, according to legend, Santa magically appears in the Netherlands around the seventeenth century. During this time, Sinter Klaas (a.k.a. Santa Claus) was officially born. Dutch children began the tradition of placing their shoes by the fireplace on December 5, for the mystic fourth century Bishop, Saint Nicholas. (Note: In the Dutch language Saint Nicholas is "Sint Nikolass," which was shortened to "Sinter Klaas," of which the anglicized form is "Santa Claus.") The next morning, the gleeful Dutch children quickly awoke to gifts and goodies in their shoes, left by Sinter Klaas. Like today’s Santa, Sinter Klaas, miraculously, traveled from housetop to housetop, and entered through the chimney.

    Our next stop on the Santa highway is the year 1626 in the New World called America. Searching for the "American dream," Dutch settlers sailed from the Netherlands and established the Dutch colony called New Amsterdam (today called New York). The Dutch colonists quickly settled into America, bringing their customs, and of course, their beloved Sinter Klaas.

    In December 1809, American essayist Washington Irving published a popular satire of the Dutch founding of New York titled A Knickerbocker History of New York. More than any other event, it was Irving’s Knickerbocker History that is credited for creating our modern day Santa Claus. The following history-making words from The Knickerbocker History became the public inauguration of Santa Claus. Who could have possibly imagined the significance these simple words would soon have?

    And the sage Oloffe dreamed a dream,–and lo, the good St. Nicholas came riding over the tops of the trees, in that self-same wagon wherein he brings his yearly presents to the children. . . And when St. Nicholas had smoked his pipe, he twisted it in his hatband, and laying his finger beside his nose, gave the astonished Van Kortlandt a very significant look; then, mounting his wagon, he returned over the treetops and disappeared. (Irving, Washington. Knickerbocker’s History of New York, New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1928, p. 50)

    At this early period was instituted that pious ceremony, still religiously observed in all our ancient families of the right breed, of hanging up a stocking in the chimney on St. Nicholas Eve; which stocking is always found in the morning miraculously filled; for the good St. Nicholas has ever been a great giver of gifts, particularly to children. (Irving, Washington. Knickerbocker’s History of New York, New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1928, p. 68)

    Next stop on our investigative journey for Santa, surprisingly, comes from the pen of a New York theology professor named Dr. Clement Clarke Moore. In 1822, inspired by Irving’s popular, Knickerbocker History’s portrayal of jolly St. Nicholas, Dr. Moore quietly wrote a trivial poem titled, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for his own children as a simple Christmas present. Dr. Moore had no intention of publishing his poem, but in 1823 it was published anonymously, by a friend, in the Troy Sentinel. Moore’s extremely popular poem was the spark that lit the Santa Claus wildfire. Santa quickly began flying through America. Dr. Moore’s poem was later renamed the famous, "Twas’ The Night Before Christmas."

    The finishing touches for Santa occurred around 1863 from the artistic hands of cartoonist Thomas Nast. Inspired by Moore’s popular poem, Nast illustrated scores of Santa pictures in Harper’s Weekly and the world was officially baptized with the face of Santa Claus. Nast’s early Santa was burly, stern, gnome-like, and covered with drab fur, much unlike today’s colorful and jolly fellow. But make no mistake – it was Santa.

    Let us investigate the traditional Santa story a little closer. . .

    The mysterious St. Nicholas.

    The first major problem in the Santa Claus saga is the person of St. Nicholas. There is very little evidence, if any, that the man St. Nicholas actually existed.

    Nicholas' existence is not attested by any historical document, so nothing certain is known of his life except that he was probably bishop of Myra in the fourth century. . .
    ("Nicholas, Saint" Encyclopaedia Britannica 99)

    Nicholas, Saint (lived 4th century), Christian prelate, patron saint of Russia, traditionally associated with Christmas celebrations. The accounts of his life are confused and historically unconfirmed.
    ("Nicholas, Saint" Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99)

    Unfortunately, very little is known about the real St. Nicholas. Countless legends have grown up around this very popular saint, but very little historical evidence is available. (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, p. 130)

    In 1969, the final nail in the coffin to the feeble fable of St. Nicholas was officially hammered down. Despite the fact, St. Nicholas is among Roman Catholicism’s most popular and venerated "Saints," Pope Paul VI officially decreed the feast of Saint Nicholas removed from the Roman Catholic calendar. UPI Wire Services reported that St. Nicholas and forty other saints were deleted because "of doubt that they ever existed." ("Pope Marches 40 Saints Off Official Church Calendar." UPI Wire Services. <www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=389>)

    Because the saint's life is so unreliably documented, Pope Paul VI ordered the feast of Saint Nicholas dropped from the official Roman Catholic calendar in 1969. ("Santa Claus" Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99)

    The next devastating error in the traditional "Santa comes to America" legend is Irving’s Knickerbocker History. Irving claims the early Dutch planted the legend of Sinter Klaas in America. One little problem – it is historically false. In fact, Irving, a well known fiction author of such classics as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, never intended Knickerbocker History as historical fact, but silly satire. To heighten the satire and humorous effect, Irving even used the comical pen-name of Diedrich Knickerbocker as author.

    In October 1954, prominent St. Nicholas historian, Charles W. Jones, published an irrefutable dismantling of the historical accuracy of Irving’s Knickerbocker History in the prestigious, The New-York Historical Society Quarterly titled, "Knickerbocker Santa Claus." Jones proved the early New Amsterdam Dutch were Reformation Dutch who believed the veneration of saints as evil heresy, especially St. Nicholas. Jones provided first-hand documents of the early Dutch that decrees "very severe" laws prohibiting any celebration of St. Nicholas. Jones added that "there is no record of anyone breaking such laws." Jones’s convincing analysis should be carefully examined by anyone researching the true origin of Santa. The following brief cites are from Jones’s convincing work:

    Nearly everyone repeats this story [the Dutch-Santa]. . . But when we look at the evidence—that is, the newspapers, magazines, diaries, books, broadsides, music, sculpture, and merchandise of past times, the picture is not substantiated. (Jones, Charles. W. "Knickerbocker Santa Claus." The New-York Historical Society Quarterly, October 1954, Volume XXXVIII Number Four, p. 362)

    There is no evidence that it [Santa Claus] existed in New Amsterdam, or for a century after occupation. . . (Jones, Charles. W. "Knickerbocker Santa Claus." The New-York Historical Society Quarterly, October 1954, Volume XXXVIII Number Four, p. 362)

    I have not found evidence of St. Nicholas in any form—in juveniles or periodicals or diaries—in the period of Dutch rule, or straight through the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the year 1773. (Jones, Charles. W. "Knickerbocker Santa Claus." The New-York Historical Society Quarterly, October 1954, Volume XXXVIII Number Four, p. 362)

    Jones also adds insult to injury. The traditional tale that Santa Claus is the anglicized corruption of the Dutch Sinter Klaas is also incorrect. Jones states, "And by the way, Santa Claus is not a characteristically Dutch corruption. The place it has survived from early times in Switzerland and southern Germany." (Jones, Charles. W. "Knickerbocker Santa Claus." The New-York Historical Society Quarterly, October 1954, Volume XXXVIII Number Four, p. 366)

    When examined with historical facts, the oft-repeated history of Santa is so full of gross errors it ranks among histories greatest goofs.

    The final death-blow to the traditional tale of Santa Claus is the belief that Santa Claus is actually the mystic Bishop St. Nicholas. We previously established that no historical evidence exists collaborating the person of St. Nicholas, but ignoring that serious blunder for a few minutes, let us investigate the fable that Santa and St. Nicholas are the same.

    The truth is, there exists no factual connection from St. Nicholas to Santa Claus. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Every serious researcher into the origin of Santa Claus verifies this fact. A few examples, among hundreds, validates our ironclad case:

    Years of research confirmed that initial doubt: Santa Claus is an Americanization, all right, but not of a Catholic Saint. . . Despite a century of repetition, this story is simply untrue. . . (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, pp. 5,7)

    The dilemma was solved by transferring the visit of the mysterious man whom the Dutch called Santa Claus from December 5 to Christmas, and by introducing a radical change in the figure itself. It was not merely a "disguise," but the ancient saint was completely replaced by an entirely different character. . .With the Christian saint whose name he still bears, however this Santa Claus has really nothing to do. (Weiser, Francis X. Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1952, p. 114)

    Although the Dutch brought Sinta Claes [sic] with them to the New World in the seventh century, Santa Claus was not born until the nineteenth century and was an American, not a Dutch, creation. . . If Nicholas, the ascetic bishop of fourth-century Asia Minor, could see Santa Claus, he would not know who he was. (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, pp. 138,141)

    Another serious obstacle in the "St. Nicholas is Santa Claus" legend involves the date of December 25. The Feast and Visit of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6 (the fictional date of his death), not December 25. Even today, St. Nicholas Day and Sinter Klaas are still celebrated on December 6. The date of St. Nicholas Day has never been December 25.

    Despite the many times the Santa legend is told, the magical St. Nicholas to Santa Claus fairy-tale is simply untrue.

    Where did Santa come from?

    Nearly all Santa researchers agree that some traits of Santa was borrowed from Norse [Scandinavian] mythology.

    Encyclopedia Britannica describes the role of Nordic mythology in the life of Santa:

    Sinterklaas was adopted by the country's English-speaking majority under the name Santa Claus, and his legend of a kindly old man was united with old Nordic folktales of a magician who punished naughty children and rewarded good children with presents. ("Santa Claus" Encyclopaedia Britannica 99)

    Some Santa researchers associate Santa with the Norse "god" of Odin or Woden. Crichton describes Odin as riding through the sky on an eight-legged, white horse name Sleipnir. (Santa originally had eight reindeers, Rudolph was nine). Odin lived in Valhalla (the North) and had a long white beard. Odin would fly through the sky during the winter solstice (December 21-25) rewarding the good children and punishing the naughty. (Crichton, Robin. Who is Santa Claus? The Truth Behind a Living Legend. Bath: The Bath Press, 1987, pp. 55-56)

    Mythologist Helene Adeline Guerber presents a very convincing case tracing Santa to the Norse god Thor in Myths of Northern Lands:

    Thor was the god of the peasants and the common people. He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of heavy build, with a long white beardHis element was the fire, his color red. The rumble and roar of thunder were said to be caused by the rolling of his chariot, for he alone among the gods never rode on horseback but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats (called Cracker and Gnasher). He was fighting the giants of ice and snow, and thus became the Yule-godHe was said to live in the "Northland" where he had his palace among icebergs. By our pagan forefathers he was considered as the cheerful and friendly god, never harming the humans but rather helping and protecting them. The fireplace in every home was especially sacred to him, and he was said to come down through the chimney into his element, the fire. (Guerber, H.A. Myths of Northern Lands. New York: American Book Company, 1895, p. 61)

    The unusual and common characteristics of Santa and Thor are too close to ignore.

    • An elderly man, jovial and friendly and of heavy build.
    • With a long white beard.
    • His element was the fire and his color red.
    • Drove a chariot drawn by two white goats, named called Cracker and Gnasher. 
    • He was the Yule-god. (Yule is Christmas time).
    • He lived in the Northland (North Pole).
    • He was considered the cheerful and friendly god.
    • He was benevolent to humans.
    • The fireplace was especially sacred to him.
    • He came down through the chimney into his element, the fire.

    Even today in Sweden, Thor represents Santa Claus. The book, The Story of the Christmas Symbols, records:

    Swedish children wait eagerly for Jultomten, a gnome whose sleigh is drawn by the Julbocker, the goats of the thunder god Thor. With his red suit and cap, and a bulging sack on his back, he looks much like the American Santa Claus. (Barth, Edna. Holly, Reindeer, and Colored Lights, The Story of the Christmas Symbols. New York: Clarion Books, 1971, p. 49)

    Thor was probably history’s most celebrated and worshipped pagan god. His widespread influence is particularly obvious in the fifth day of the week, which is named after him – Thursday (a.k.a. Thor’s Day).

    It is ironic that Thor’s symbol was a hammer. A hammer is also the symbolic tool of the carpenter – Santa Claus. It is also worth mentioning that Thor’s helpers were elves and like Santa’s elves, Thor’s elves were skilled craftsman. It was the elves who created Thor’s magic hammer.

    In the Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customsauthor Francis Weiser traces the origin of Santa to Thor: "Behind the name Santa Claus actually stands the figure of the pagan Germanic god Thor." (Weiser, Francis X. Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1952, p. 113)

    After listing some the common attributes of Thor and Santa, Weiser concludes:

    Here, [Thor] then, is the true origin of our "Santa Claus." . . . With the Christian saint whose name he still bears, however, this Santa Claus has really nothing to do. (Weiser, Francis X. Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1952, p. 114)

    Another interesting trait of Thor is recorded by H.R. Ellis Davidson in Scandinavian Mythology, "It was Thor who in the last days of heathenism was regarded as the chief antagonist of Christ." (Davidson, H.R. Ellis. Scandinavian Mythology. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1982, p. 133) In case you are not aware, an "antagonist" is an enemy, adversary or replacement.

    The bizarre and mutual attributes of Thor and Santa are no accident.

    While the pagan brush strokes of Norse mythology has painted some of the traits of Santa Claus, there exists another brush stroke coloring Santa that bids our inspection.

    There is a little-known piece in the life of Santa that time and tradition has silently erased. Few people are aware that for most of his life, St. Nicholas (Sinter Klaas, Christkind, et. al.) had an unusual helper or companion. This mysterious sidekick had many names or aliases. He was known as Knecht Rupprecht; Pelznickle; Ru-Klas; Swarthy; Dark One; Dark Helper; Black Peter; Hans Trapp; Krampus; Grampus; Zwarte Piets; Furry Nicholas; Rough Nicholas; Schimmelreiter; Klapperbock; Julebuk; et. al.

    Though his name changed, he was always there.

    Some other well known titles given to St. Nick’s bizarre companion is a demon, evil one, the devil and Satan. One of his dark duties was to punish children and "gleefully drag them to hell."

    The following references are provided to demonstrate the "devil" who accompanies St. Nicholas is a well documented fact. In every forerunner of Santa this dark and diabolic character appears.

    It is the Christkind who brings the presents, accompanied by one of its many devilish companions, Knecht Rupprecht, Pelznickle, Ru-Klas. . . (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, p. 70)

    In many areas of Germany, Hans Trapp is the demon who accompanies Christkind on its gift-giving round. . . (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, p. 75)

    Another Christmas demon from lower Austria, Krampus or Grampus, accompanies St. Nicholas on December 6. (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, p. 94)

    Like Santa, Sinterklaas and the Dark Helper were also supposed to have the peculiar habit of entering homes through the chimney. . . (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 102)

    In Sarajevo in Bosnia, Saint Nickolas appears with gifts for the children in spite of the war and shelling. He is assisted by a small black devil who scares the children. (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 102)

    Ruprecht here plays the part of bogeyman, a black, hairy, horned, cannibalistic, stick-carrying nightmare. His role and character are of unmitigated evil, the ultimate horror that could befall children who had been remiss in learning their prayers and doing their lessons. He was hell on earth. (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 155)

    In Holland, Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) wore a red robe while riding a white horse and carried a bag of gifts to fill the children's stockings. A sinister assistant called Black Pete proceeded Sinterklaas in the Holland tradition to seek out the naughty boys and girls who would not receive gifts. ("History of Santa Claus," <www.christmas-decorations-gifts-store.com/history_of_santa.htm?>)

    The Christian figure of Saint Nicholas replaced or incorporated various pagan gift-giving figures such as the Roman Befana and the Germanic Berchta and Knecht Ruprecht. . . He was depicted wearing a bishop's robes and was said to be accompanied at times by Black Peter,an elf whose job was to whip the naughty children.("Santa Claus" Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99)

    Christmas historian Miles Clement relates that no "satisfactory account has yet been given" to the origins of these demons and devils that appear with St. Nicholas.

    It can hardly be said that any satisfactory account has yet been given of the origins of this personage, or of his relation to St. Nicholas, Pelzmarte, and monstrous creatures like the Klapperbock. (Miles, Clement A. Christmas in Ritual and Tradition Christian and Pagan. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1912, p. 232)

    Maybe a satisfactory account has been given. Let us keep reading.

    Previously, we established the peculiar fact that today’s Santa Claus and St. Nicholas are not the same. They never have been. Santa Claus is dressed in a long shaggy beard, furs, short, burly and obese. The legends of St. Nicholas portrayed a thin, tall, neatly dressed man in religious apparel. You could not possibly find two different characters.

    If Nicholas, the ascetic bishop of fourth-century Asia Manor, could see Santa Claus, he would not know who he was. (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, pp. 138,141)

    So the legends of Saint Nicholas afford but a slight clew to the origin of Santa Klaus,–alike, indeed, in name but so unlike in all other respects. (Walsh, William S. The Story of Santa Klaus. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1970, p. 54)

    The startling fact is, Santa Claus is not the Bishop St. Nicholas – but his Dark Helper!

    In certain German children’s games, the Saint Nicholas figure itself is the Dark Helper, a devil who wants to punish children, but is stopped from doing so by Christ. (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 105)

    Black Pete, the ‘grandfather’ of our modern Santa Claus. Known in Holland as Zwarte Piet, this eighteenth-century German version, is—like his ancient shamanic ancestor—still horned, fur-clad, scary, and less than kind to children. Although portrayed as the slave helper of Saint Nicholas, the two are, in many villages, blended into one character. This figure often has the name Nikolass or Klaus, but has the swarthy appearance of the Dark Helper. (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 98)

    Artist Thomas Nast is rightfully credited for conceiving the image of our modern day Santa, but Nast’s model for Santa was not the Bishop St. Nicholas but his dark companion, the evil Pelznickle.

    The Christmas demon Knecht Rupprecht first appeared in a play in 1668 and was condemned by the Roman Catholic as being a devil in 1680. . . To the Pennsylvania Dutch, he is known as Belsnickel. Other names for the same character are Pelznickle, "Furry Nicholas," and Ru-Klas, "Rough Nicholas." From these names, it is easy to see that he is looked upon as not merely a companion to St. Nicholas, but almost another version of him. (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, pp. 93,94)

    In Thomas Nast: His Period and His Pictures, biographer Albert Bigelow Paine, documents that Nast’s Santa was Pelznickle.

    But on Christmas Eve, to Protestant and Catholic alike, came the German Santa Claus, Pelze-Nicol, leading a child dressed as the Christkind, and distributing toys and cakes, or switches, according as the parents made report. It was this Pelze-Nicol – a fat, fur-clad, bearded old fellow, at whose hands he doubtless received many benefits – that the boy in later years was to present to us as his conception of the true Santa Claus – a pictorial type which shall lone endure. (Paine, Albert Bigelow. Thomas Nast: His Period and His Pictures. New York: Chelsea House, 1980, p. 6)

    Santa historian and author, Tony van Renterghem also documents Nast’s Santa Claus was not Saint Nicholas, but the evil Black Pete–the devil.

    Thomas Nast was assigned to draw this Santa Claus, but having no idea what he looked like, drew him as the fur-clad, small, troll-like figure he had known in Bavaria when he was a child. This figure was quite unlike the tall Dutch Sinterklaas, who was traditionally depicted as a Catholic bishop. Who he drew was Saint Nicholas’ dark helper, Swarthy, or Black Pete (a slang name for the devil in medieval Dutch). . . (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, pp. 95-96)

    Santa researcher, Phyllis Siefker, echoes Renterghem’s conclusion:

    It seems obvious, therefore, that Santa Claus can be neither the alter ego of Saint Nicholas nor the brainchild of Washington Irving. . . If we peek behind the imposing Saint Nicholas, we see, glowering in the shadows, the saint’s reprobate companion, Black Pete. He, like Santa, has a coat of hair, a disheveled beard, a bag, and ashes on his face. . . In fact, it is this creature, rather than Irving’s creation or an Asian saint, who fathered Santa Claus. (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 15)

    By the way, St. Nicholas did not come down the chimney. It was his fur-clad, dark companion that came down the chimney. One of the reasons his sidekick was called the "Dark One" or "Black Peter" was because he was normally covered in soot and ashes from his chimney travels. The "dark companion" also carried the bag, distributed the goodies and punished the bad boys and girls.

    Children [in Holland] are told that Black Peter enters the house through the chimney, which also explained his black face and hands, and would leave a bundle of sticks or a small bag with salt in the shoe instead of candy when the child had been bad. ("Saint Nicholas," Wikipedia Encyclopedia. <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas>)

    It is significant that Black Peter, Pelze-Nicol, Knecht Rupprecht and all of St. Nicholas companions are openly identified as the devil.

    To the medieval Dutch, Black Peter was another name for the devil. Somewhere along the way, he was subdued by St. Nicholas and forced to be his servant. (Del Re, Gerard and Patricia. The Christmas Almanack. New York: Random House, 2004, p. 44)

    In Denmark, Sweden, and Norway creatures resembling both the Schimmelreiter and the Klapperbock are or were to be met with at Christmas. . . People seem to have had a bad conscience about these things, for there are stories connecting them with the Devil. A girl, for instance, who danced at midnight with a straw Julebuk, found that her partner was no puppet but the Evil One himself. (Miles, Clement A. Christmas in Ritual and Tradition Christian and Pagan. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1912, p. 202)

    Thus, in parts of Europe, the Church turned Herne into Saint Nicholas’ captive, chained Dark Helper, none other than Satan, the Dark One, symbolic of all evil. (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 97)

    One of the bizarre jobs of St. Nick’s devilish helper was to "gleefully drag sinners" to hell!

    On the eve of December 6, the myth told that this bearded, white-haired old ‘saint,’ clad in a wide mantel, rode through the skies on a white horse, together with his slave, the swarthy Dark Helper. This reluctant helper had to disperse gifts to good people, but much preferred to threaten them with his broom-like scourge, and, at a sign of his master, would gleefully drag sinners away to a place of eternal suffering. (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 111)

    It is also alarming that Santa’s popular title, "Nick," is also a common name for "the devil."

    Old NickA well-known British name of the Devil. It seems probable that this name is derived from the Dutch Nikken, the devil..." (Shepard, Leslie A. Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. New York: Gale Research Inc. 1991, p. 650)

    Nick, the devil. (Skeat, Walter W. Concise Dictionary of English Etymology. Ware: Wordsworth Editions Ltd, 1993, p. 304)

    Devil: Besides the name Satan, he is also called Beelzebub, Lucifer . . . and in popular or rustic speech by many familiar terms as Old Nick . . . (Oxford English Dictionary)

    Nicholas is one of the most common devil’s names in German, a name that remains today when Satan is referred as Old Nick. (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)

    The shocking truth is Santa Claus originated from a character identified as the devil or Satan.

    Something else that fashioned our modern day Santa was the popular medieval Christmas plays of the tenth through the sixteenth century. These miracle, moral, mystery and passion dramas acted out scenes from the scriptures and the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. Combining humor and religion, they flourished during the fifteenth century. It is significant that St. Nicholas was a dominant theme among these plays. Much of the myth and outlandish miracles of St. Nicholas originated from these dramas. And much of the bizarre characteristics of Santa were planted in these Christmas plays.

    In the classic, Teutonic Mythology, author Jacob Grimm provides us with some revealing detail into St, Nicholas’s transformation into Santa. Notice in the following excerpt from Teutonic Mythology where Nicholas converts himself into the Knecht Ruprecht [the devil], a "man of Clobes" or a "man of Claus." Grimm states, the characters of Nicholas and Knecht Ruprecht "get mixed, and Clobes [Claus] himself is the "man."

    The Christmas plays sometimes present the Saviour with His usual attendant Peter or else with Niclas [St. Nicholas]. At other times however Mary with Gabriel, or with her aged Joseph, who, disguised as a peasant, acts the part of Knecht Ruprecht Nicholas again has converted himself into a "man Clobes" or Rupert; as a rule there is still a Niclas, a saintly bishop and benevolent being distinct from the "man" who scares children; the characters get mixed, and Clobes himself acts the "man." (qtd. in Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)

    From Grimm’s account, in the early 1100’s, the transformation of St. Nicholas into Santa Claus from the devil Knecht Ruprecht was in full throttle.

    There is not enough space in this book to adequately document the influence and inspiration of the medieval plays into the making of Santa, but let us examine Santa’s trademark "Ho! Ho! Ho!". Most people have no idea where this came from, and more important whom it came from. . .

    In The Drama Before Shakespeare - A Sketch, author Frank Ireson, describes the popular Miracle Play. Notice the description of the devil as "shaggy, hairy," etc. (as Santa), and notice the devil’s trademark "exclamation on entering was ho, ho, ho!":

    Besides allegorical personages, there were two standing characters very prominent in Moral Plays—the Devil and Vice. The Devil was, no doubt, introduced from the Miracle Plays, where he had figured so amusingly; he was made as hideous as possible by his mask and dress, the latter being generally of a shaggy and hairy character, and he was duly provided with a tail: his ordinary exclamation on entering was, "Ho, ho, ho! what a felowe [sic] am I."(Ireson, Frank. "The Drama Before Shakespeare - A Sketch." 1920 )

    Siefker also collaborates the devil’s trademark "ho, ho, ho."

    In these plays, the devil’s common entry line, known as the "devil’s bluster," was "Ho! Ho! Hoh!"(Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)

    The devil’s trademark "ho, ho, ho" was carried over from the early medieval Miracle Plays to the popular old English play "Bomelio," as the following lines from the play verify:

    What, and a' come? I conjure thee, foul spirit, down to hell! Ho, ho, ho! the devil, the devil! A-comes, a-comes, a-comes upon me,. . .
    (Dodsley, Robert. A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. VI. The Project Gutenberg Ebook. <www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext06/7oep610.txt>)

    Another extremely popular character dominating the medieval plays was Robin Goodfellow (Robin Hood was created from him). Robin Goodfellow was a caricature of the devil, dressed with horns, shaggy, furs, and cloven feet.

    Author Gillian Mary Edwards in Hobgoblin and Sweet Puck, provides some interesting insight into Robin Goodfellow:

    One of the most popular characters in English folklore of the last thousand years has been the faerie, goblin, devil or imp known by the name of Puck or Robin Goodfellow. The Welsh called him Pwca, which is pronounced the same as his Irish incarnation Phouka, Pooka or Puca. Parallel words exist in many ancient languages - puca in Old English, puki in Old Norse, puke in Swedish, puge in Danish, puks in Low German, pukis in Latvia and Lithuania – mostly with the original meaning of a demon, devil or evil and malignant spirit. . .(Edwards, Gillian Mary. Hobgoblin and Sweet Puck. London: Bles Publishers, 1974, p. 143)

    In The History of a Hobgoblin, author Allen W. Wright, reveals "Robin itself was a medieval nickname for the devil" and "Robin's trademark laugh is "Ho Ho Ho!":

    Robin Goodfellow appeared in more plays around 1600. And there were many 17th century broadside ballads about him. . . Robin's trademark laugh is "Ho Ho Ho!" . . . Robin itself was a medieval nickname for the devil. (Wright, Allen W. "The History of a Hobgoblin." <www.boldoutlaw.com/puckrobin/puckages.html>)

    The original author is hidden today, but the devil’s trademark "Ho! Ho! Ho!" was common knowledge before the coming of Santa Claus.

    Author Tony Renterghem, concludes his extensive research into the origin of Santa with the following statement:

    I can only conclude that the original ancestor of our modern Santa Claus is none other than the mythological Dark Helper-a faint memory of Herne/Pan, the ancient shamanic nature spirit of the Olde Religion. (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 93)

    Note: Herne or Pan is the horned god. It is common knowledge that Pan and Herne are popular names for Satan. The Satanic Bible lists Pan as one of the Infernal Names of Satan. (LaVey, Anton Szandor. The Satanic Bible. New York: Avon Books, Inc., 1969 p. 144)

    After researching scores of books and material on the origin of Santa Claus, by far, the best book on this subject is Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, authored by the late University of Kansas associate, Phyllis Siefker. This is no child’s book, but a scholarly exploration into the origin of Santa Claus. It is published by the prestigious McFarland Publishers, a leading publisher of reference and academic books. This book carries no Christian bias, but is simply a secular, non Christian scholastic study. With that in mind, the following analysis by Siefkler is even more alarming:

    The fact is that Santa and Satan are alter egos, brothers; they have the same origin. . . On the surface, the two figures are polar opposites, but underneath they share the same parent, and both retain many of the old symbols associated with their "father" . . . From these two paths, he arrived at both the warmth of our fireplace and in the flames of hell. (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 6)

    Next we shall examine Santa in the light of the Word of God.


    3 • THE CAUSE    Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11


    and thou shalt call his name. . . (Matthew 1:21)

    Santa.

    You ever noticed how easy it is to transform "Satan" from "Santa"? Just move the "n" to the end. And presto! "Satan" appears. . . Hmmm….

    An internet Google search on "Satan Claus" [not Santa Claus – but SATAN Claus] found over 1,700 hits! Obviously, there are many that tie the two together.

    The rearranging of letters (called anagrams) to hide secret names or words has long been practiced in the occult. The Jewish Encyclopedia writes of the Jewish occult book called the Cabala:

    The golden age for anagrams began with the Cabala. The Platonists had strange notions as to the influence of anagrammatic virtues, particularly of anagrams evolved from names of persons. It is not surprising, therefore, that the cabalists, like all the Neoplatonists,pretended to discover occult qualities in proper names and in their anagrams.
    (www.jewishencyclopedia.com)

    One of the most well known anagram in the occult world is the name of Sanat Kumara. Sanat is better known as Satan. Constance Cumbey, writes in her best-selling, new-age expose, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, ". . . they [New Agers] freely call Sanat Kumara (Satan) 'God'. And their doctrinal reference books by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Alice Ann Bailey freely cross-reference Sanat Kumara with Venus. In occult writings, Lucifer and Venus are one and the same."
    (Constance Cumbey, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, p. 138)

    Texe Marrs writes of 'Sanat' in Dark Secrets of the New Age:

    . . . the New Age offers a being called Sanat Kumara. 'Sanat' is obviously a thinly veiled reference to Satan; nevertheless, New Age teachers evidently believe that the new spelling will alleviate the concerns of those not yet ready to confess Satan as their Lord and Messiah.
    (Texe Marrs, Dark Secrets of the New Age, pp. 79-80)

    Interesting. . . Where does that put Lord S-A-N-T-A?

    H.P. Blavatsky, the Satanist and new age teacher writes in The Secret Doctrine:

    many a mysterious sacred name. . . conveys to the profane ear no more than some ordinary, and often vulgar [common] word, because it is concealed anagrammatically or otherwise.
    (H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol II, p. 78)

    Like S-A-N-T-A?

    Blavatsky also writes, the name is not important – but the letters.

    "The name isn't important. It is the letters."
    (H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol II, p. 350)

    Blavatasky’s anagrams were used to disguise who her true god was. Blavatasky openly taught Satan is mankind’s true redeemer, creator and Saviour.

    And now it stands proven that Satan, or the Red Fiery Dragon, the ‘Lord of Phosphorus’ and Lucifer, or ‘Light Bearer’, is in us; it is our Mind — our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator and Saviour. . .
    (HP Blavatasky, The Secret Doctrine p. 513)

    Satan, the Serpent of Genesis is the real creator and benefactor, the Father of Spiritual mankind. For it is he . . . who opened the eyes of the automaton (Adam) created by Jehovah. . . he still remains in Esoteric Truth the ever loving messenger . . .
    (H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol 3, p. 243)

    Gail Riplinger writes in her excellent book, New Age Versions on the use of anagrams in the occult world:

    Lucifer's True Identity as Satan is Revealed as the Anagram, a Transposition of Letters, To Obscure It. "Blinds," as esoterics call them, include scrambling the letters of a name to hide the true meaning of a word from the uninitiated.
    (Gail Riplinger, New Age Versions, p. 52)

    It is interesting Mrs. Riplinger also raises a red flag about the anagram Santa:

    Gods of the New Age include Sanatan and Sanatsiyata, . . . New Agers say each name is 'concealed anagrammatically' 'and are aliases,' and are 'an anagram used for Occult purposes. Is Santa, the great usurper of Christ's attention at Christmas, an anagram? "Ole Nick" is listed among the fallen angels or devils in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels. Scholars concur that Christ was born in the fall on the 4th day of the feast of tabernacles. December 25 is actually "the feast in honor of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven, later called Saturnaha by the heathen Romans.
    (Gail Riplinger, New Age Versions, p. 52)

    It is also worth noting, Santa is Spanish for holy. Santa is also from the Latin word sanctus which means also saintly, holy. Our English words "saint, sanctify, et al" comes from santa. Sounds like Satan’s "I will be like the most High" plan is in action.

    Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
    Psalm 99:3

    God’s name is called "holy" over 40 times in the King James Bible.

    "Holy Claus". . .?

    The name Santa Claus is also derived from the Dutch Sinter Klaas, which also was a form of Saint Nicholas.

    What about Claus?

    Is "Claus" another anagram for "Lucas"?

    It’s no secret Lucas and Lucis are new-age "code words" for Lucifer. The Alice Bailey founded new age, occult publishing company was originally named Lucifer Publishing Company but in 1924 the name was cleverly changed to Lucis Trust. By the way, the Lucifer worshipping Lucis Trust is a major player in the works of the United Nations, formerly located in the United Nations building but now located on prime-time 1200 Wall Street.

    Claus sounds a lot like "claws."

    Maybe Santa Claus means "Satan's Claws"? Like a lion's "claws"?

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
    1 Peter 5:8

    Jolly Old St. Nick

    While Santa and Claus may be disguising their real meaning – there is no disguising St. Nick. He is a well-known character.

    Old NickA well-known British name of the Devil. It seems probable that this name is derived from the Dutch Nikken, the devil...
    (Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, p.650)

    Nick, the devil.
    (Walter W. Sleay, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, p. 304)

    Devil: Besides the name Satan, he is also called Beelzebub, Lucifer . . . and in popular or rustic speech by many familiar terms as Old Nick . . .
    (Oxford English Dictionary Vol III D-E)

    Actor Adam Sandler and New Line Studios are obviously aware Nick is an alias for Satan. Their movie Little Nicky is about the son of Satan named Little Nicky. A teaser for the film says, "If your mother was an angel and your father was the devil you'd be messed up too."

    In the popular Cloud Ten Pictures "Apocalypse" film series Revelation, Tribulation, & Judgment, the Antichrist just so happens to be played by none other than the actor "Nick" Mancuso. Hmmm… The Cloud Ten Pictures are based on Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkin’s popular Left BehindApocalypse book series. Oh, the name of the Antichrist in the Left Behind series? Nicolae "Nick" Carpathia, of course. In fact, one of the books in titled, Nicolae, The Rise of the Antichrist.

    It is also interesting, the book American Slang defines the slang word nickto rob or steal. (Robert L. Chapman, American Slang, p. 297)

    This is how the Lord Jesus characterizes the devil in John 10:

    1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way [say a chimney?], the same is a thief and a robber. . .
    9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
    10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
    John 10:1,9,10

    Father Christmas

    The Christmas Poem reads:

    Hurry up please Christmas Day,
    When Father Christmas on his sleigh,
    Comes to pay a visit.
    Into every house he creeps
    While each of us soundly sleeps
    While he pays a visit.

    The famous anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss writes in his popular analysis of "Father Christmas":

    Father Christmas is dressed in scarlet: he is a king. His white beard, his furs and his boots, the sleigh in which he travels evoke winter. He is called "Father" and he is an old man, thus he incarnates the benevolent form of the authority of the ancients.

    In other words, Father Christmas is God incarnate.

    Levi-Strauss goes on to write that children believe in him, paying homage to him with letters and prayers.

    The Devil’s stated goal in Isaiah 14:13-14, is to be like God the Father.

    And what better "I will be like the most High. . - name to fame" than "Father of Christ-mass".

    And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
    Matthew 23:9

    What about Kriss Kringle?

    And there is the seemingly innocent, friendly, jingle-jangle name of Kriss Kringle.

    By far, the name Kriss Kringle is the most blasphemous. With Kriss, Satan slowly removes the mask. There is no doubt about the intentions of "Kriss Kringle".

    Believe it or not. . . Kriss Kringle is German for "little Christ Child".

    Kriss Kringle A US name for Santa Claus derived from the German Christkindl (little Christ child).
    (Brewer's Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Phrase and Fable, p. 334)

    Santa Claus or Kriss Kringle is the counterfeit "Christ Child"!

    Is it possible that these subtle allusions to Satan and counterfeit attacks at the Lord Jesus Christ are just merely coincidences?

    Keep reading. . . The evidence has just begun.


    His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow. . . (Rev. 1:14)

    His head and his hairs [his beard] were white like wool, as white as SNOW. . .

    A perfect description of . . . Guess Who?

    Who's got a beard that's long and white 
    Santa's got a beard that's long and white

    Must be Santa Must be Santa
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause

    It is also . . . The Lord Jesus Christ in Revelation 1.

    13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
    14 His head and his hairs [BEARD] were white like wool, as white as snow;. . . Revelation 1:13-15

    The poem The Night Before Christmas describes Old St. Nick as:

    "He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
    And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
    A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
    And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

    His eyes – how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
    His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
    His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
    And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;"

    Daniel 7:9 describes the Lord Jesus, as the "Ancient of days" with white hair, "like the pure wool."

    I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: . . . Daniel 7:9

    Remember Claude Lévi-Strauss's popular essay of "Father Christmas":

    Father Christmas is dressed in scarlethe is a kingHis white beard, his furs and his boots, the sleigh in which he travels evoke winter. He is called 'Father' and he is an old man, thus he incarnates the benevolent form of the authority of the ancients.

    He is a Father. . . dressed in scarlet. . . He is a king. . . white beard. . . incarnate. . . authority of the ancients.

    Who is Lévi-Strauss really describing?


    Who is this that cometh. . . red in thine apparel (Isaiah 63:2)
    Who wears boots and a suit of red 
    Santa wears boots and a suit of red

    Cap on head, suit that's red 
    Special night, beard that's white

    Must be Santa Must be Santa 
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause

    And must be. . . (Are you surprised?)

    The Lord Jesus Christ?

    1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
    2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? Isaiah 63:1-2

    11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
    12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
    13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Revelation 19:11

    Do you get the strangest feeling that someone is trying to "be like someone else"? (see Isaiah 14:14).


    And his feet. . . as if they burned in a furnace (Revelation 1:15)

    Hmmm. . . ?

    Now who has their feet in an furnace? Who comes down a chimney into a furnace?

    chim * ney
    1. 
    a structure, usually vertical, containing a passage or flue by which the smoke, gases, etc., of a fire or furnace are carried off and by means of which a draft is created
    (Webster’s Dictionary)

    Santa Claus. . .

    And you already know who else.

    13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
    14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
    15 And his feet like unto fine brassas if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. Revelation 1:13-15

    Satan was not just kidding when he said in Isaiah 14:14, ". . . I will be like the most High."

    The Lord Jesus warned us in John 10 about those that ". . . entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way [say a chimney]. . ."

    10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way [like a chimney], the same is a thief and a robber.
    2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
    I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
    10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:1, 2, 9,10

    A little interesting history on Santa and his chimney:

    It seems the chimney tale came to us via Thor, the mythical god of fire and lightning. Satan (and Thor) are symbolized by the lightning bolt (Luke 10:18). Thor’s name means "thunder". The Thor story goes like this; Most families in the pre-patriarchal Scandinavian world would have an altar to Thor – their fireplace. Every year on his birthday, December 25th (of course) Thor would come down the chimney to his altar of fire, and bring presents to the kiddies. (sound familiar?) Oh yea, Thor was "nicknamed" "Klaus of the cinders" or "Sinter Klaus" (a.k.a Santa Claus), because it was believed he would be "singed" as went into the fireplace.

    Thor liked to wear furs in red for fire, and white for snow. He is usually pictured with a long white beard. He had a palace in the north. And he also rode through the sky in a sled pulled by two goats, named Gnasher and Crasher. (Sound like someone else we’ve heard of?) Another of Thor’s nickname was "Old Nick." Thor also carried a "trident" – the pitchfork of Satan.

    Just a coincident. . . ? Hmmm. . . Thor the "god" of thunder, fire and lightning. Sounds a lot like someone else. . . Like maybe. . . Santa and Satan

    It is no secret that Thor symbolizes Satan. The rock group KISS, who dressed as demons from hell spewing forth fire and blood in their concerts, has a song dedicated to the god of Thor titled God of Thunder. Some of the lyrics:

    I was born on Olympus 
    To my father a son 
    I was raised by the demons 
    Trained to reign as the one 
    God of thunder and rock and roll. . .
    I gather darkness to please me 
    And I command you to kneel 
    Before the God of thunder and rock and roll
     
    The spell you're under 
    Will slowly rob you of your virgin soul
        KISS, God of Thunder

    There is also the mythological creature named Chimera (coming from the same root word "chim" as chim-ney). Chimera is a strange creature. It seems Chimera is part lion, part goat and part serpent. That’s a strange combo. . .? I wonder where they got that from? Chimera breathes fire and lives in the underworld called Hell. (Hans Biedermann, Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 67)


    Is not this the carpenter. . . (Mark 6:3)

    Mark 6:3 tells us the Lord Jesus Christ was a carpenter.

    Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. Mark 6:3

    Santa is no plumber, or electrician, or blacksmith.

    Santa is a carpenter.

    Surprise. Surprise.

    Wow! Who would have ever guessed it! What a coincidence.

    Oh yea, remember the god-Thor? His symbol is a hammer.


    His house. . . was toward the north (Ezekiel 8:14)

    Everyone knows Santa lives at the North Pole.

    Brrr. . . Why the north pole? Nobody lives at the North Pole. . . Why did they pick the NORTH Pole?

    Could it possibly be because someone else lives in the north?

    Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; . . . Ezekiel 8:14

    1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
    2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. Psalm 48:1-2

    The Lord dwells in "the north, the city of the great King".

    By the way, remember what Lucifer said in Isaiah 14:13, when he rebelled against God? Remember where he was going to exalt his throne?

    12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
    13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
    14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Isaiah 14:12-14

    Where else would Satan (oops. . . it’s just too easy to get those two mixed up) Claus be but in the NORTH?


    And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head (Mark 15:17)
    The ever-familiar holly plant that decorates our Christmas world has a very interesting history. A very interesting history indeed.

    The iiex chinensis, better known as holly, is the substantial subject of myths and pagan worship. For instance, the pagan Romans decorated their houses and temples with the "sacred" holly, which represented their goddess Saturnalia. By the way, there's where our modern day custom of decorating with holly originated. Among history's most blatant devil-worshippers were the Druids. The Druids were known for their human sacrifices and the authors of our Halloween. The Druids wore the holly in their hair and considered the "holly" plant sacred, hence the name "holy" or "holly." The Druids also believed the "holy" berries represented the blood of their Goddess. (Hmmm. . . I wonder where they go that strange idea from?) As Christianity began spreading throughout the Roman world, the use of pagan holly was outlawed. Plant aficionado and author, Virginia Klara Nathan, writes:

    "Ancient history says that the Druids used holly in their religious rites long before the custom came to the European continent. The Druids of ancient Britain and Gaul held the English holly tree sacred. The 'holy' connotation continued in later days in Europe, where the plant was widely believed to repel evil spirits. People planted trees and used their branches as protection against witchcraft, mad dogs, and other evils. With the coming of Christianity, the use of holly was condemned as a pagan ritual and forbidden by the Christian council."
    (Nathan, Virginia Klara. "Red-Berried Hollies." Extension Technician, in The Virginia Gardener Newsletter, Volume 7, Number 12. qtd at )
    Nathan also writes as many of the condemned pagan practices, began infilturating Christianity the thorny pagan holly plant became symbolic with the "crown of thorns" that the Lord Jesus Christ wore. The Germans even refer to the holly plant asChristdorn - meaning, "Christ's crown of thorns."
    But Christian Romans continued to decorate with holly during festive seasons. European Christian symbolism included the belief that the spiny leaves and red berries were a reminder of the crown of thorns and the blood of Christ. The Pennsylvania Dutch held that the plant's white flowers represented Jesus' purity. The Germans called this plant Christdorn, Christ's crown of thorns. They thought holly had white berries until they were stained by Christ's blood.
    (Nathan, Virginia Klara. "Red-Berried Hollies." Extension Technician, in The Virginia Gardener Newsletter, Volume 7, Number 12. qtd at )
    Not surprisingly, considering the holly plant's storied ancestry, many writers believe the actual "crown of thorns" wore by the Lord Jesus Christ, was indeed the familiar "holly" wreath. Another plant enthusiast writes of the holly plant and it's portrayal of the "crown of thorns":

    Holly lost its pagan associations and became a symbol of Christmas, with the sharply pointed leaves symbolising the crown of thorns which Jesus was made to wear prior to his crucifixion, and the berries becoming a symbol of the blood of Christ. Some refer to Holly as the Holy Tree and claim that it grew in Christ's footsteps. The white flowers represent Jesus's purity and birth, and the bitter bark is said to represent the passion. Some writers hold that holly was actually the plant which did actually form the crown of thorns and that the berries were originally white before being stained by Christ's blood.
    ("Holly Plant, Christmas Plants and Flowers," http://www.piglette.com/christmas/holly-plant.html)

    And it is not surprising, one of the many portraits of good 'ol Santa blasphemously portrays him wearing the "holy" crown, symbolic of the Saviour's "crown of thorns." One author writes of this portrait of Santa or Father Christmas wearing the "crown of thorns":

    Originating in England, Father Christmas was depicted as a friendly fellow wearing a crown of holly and a scarlet or green fur-lined robe. To many, this wreath of holly represented the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when He was crucified and the red berries are symbolic of the blood He shed."
    ("Santalady's Favorite Antique Post Cards and Related Traditions Picture," www.santalady.com/cards.html)

    . . . who rideth upon the heaven in thy help. . . (Deuteronomy 33:26)

    As everyone knows, Santa miraculously rides upon the heavens as he delivers his gifts and love. He has been described for so long, by so many, riding across the sky with his reindeers guiding his merry way – you can almost see Santa as you gaze up in the sky.

    The famous poem The Night Before Christmas describes this amazing, flying, red-clothed, bearded, whited-haired, super-man:

    As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
    When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
    So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
    With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too

    Following Satan’s ". . . I will be like the most high. . ." script to the letter, Santa mimics the Lord God as found in Deuteronomy 33:26

    There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.Deuteronomy 33:26

    It’s also interesting in Ephesians 2:2, Satan is depicted as "the prince of the power of the air. . ."

    Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Ephesians 2:2

    Ho, ho. . . saith. . . (Zechariah 2:6)

    Satan Claus.

    Right? Actually. . .

    Ho, ho. . . saith the LORD. . . Zechariah 2:6
    Remember in Chapter 2, "Ho!, ho!, ho!" is also the devil's trademark!
    In these [Miracle] plays, the devil's common entry line, known as the "devil's bluster," was "Ho! Ho! Hoh!" (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)

    Ho, ho, ho! the devil, the devil! A-comes, a-comes, a-comes upon me,. . . a popular old English play "Bomelio" (Dodsley, Robert. A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. VI. The Project Gutenberg Ebook. <www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext06/7oep610.txt>)

    Ho ho ho, cherry nose. . .
    Must be Santa, Santa Clause. . . or the devil.

    . . .and his angels were cast out with him (Revelation 12:9)

    Santa’s Little Helpers?

    Santa has some cute little helpers called elves. Webster’s Dictionary has an interesting definition for the friendly elf:

    ELF
    1. A wandering spirit; a fairy; a hobgoblin; an imaginary being which our rude ancestors supposed to inhabit unfrequented places, and in various ways to affect mankind. . .
    2. An evil spirit; a devil. 
    (Webster's Dictionary “elf”)

    The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft has some interesting insights into Santa's Little Helpers. For instance, elves are Satan's fallen angels:

    A host of supernatural beings and spirits who exist between earth and heaven. . . Fairies [Elves] are fall angels. When God cast Lucifer from heaven, the angels who were loyal to Lucifer plunged down toward hell with him.
    (Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 115)

    And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.Revelation 12:9

    The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft also writes that some elves have an appetite for human blood:

    Some fairies [elves] were said to suck human blood like vampires.
    (Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 116)

    An interesting trick concerning elves is also given in The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft (p. 117). It seems some elves will grant peoples' wish and give them gifts – if that person will only deny their Christian faith! Can you say Santa Claus?

    Elves are found in the writings of Satanist and new age-theosophy guru H.P. Blavatsky. She claims elves are "disembodied spirits," used in "magic and sorcery" and are "the principal agents in . . . seances." (H.P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled, Vol I, p. 262)

    Elves are also called trolls. Cathy Burns writes in Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated:

    . . . the word troll comes from the Old Norse word for demon and is defined by some sources as a "devil": a person of great wickedness or maliciousness. . . Of course, Santa has his elves, too.
    (Cathy Burns, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p. 67)
    Elf: A small, often mischievous creature considered to have magical powers.' Although some of these creatures may appear cute on the surface, all of them are nonetheless demonic entities that have their origin in the occult world
    (Cathy Burns, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p. 77)

    The Dictionary of Symbolism states about elves:

    Living beneath the surface of the earth, they have ties to the word of the dead; these "little people" are often thought of as inhabitants of the underworld [hell].
    (Hans Biedermann, Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 107)

    Before you completely discount elves to the world of fantasy and kooks, consider the research of Dr. Kurt Koch. Dr. Koch is without question the world's foremost authority on demonism and the occult. Dr. Koch, a devout Christian, has spent a life-time traveling world-wide, researching and documenting the real-world of demonism, devils and the occult. Dr. Koch has three complete pages documenting "Goblins and Elves" in his book Occult ABC. Dr. Koch writes of elves:

    These elves often appear to children and even play with them. The moment an adult comes on the scene, the elves disappear. . . If a person wants their help, he must apply to their chief, the devil himself [Santa?]. This however, would cost a person his salvation. The idea these spirits are demonic in origin is in accordance with the Bible.
    (Kurt Koch, Occult ABC, p. 82, 83)

    Dr. Koch claims these elves' "chief" is the "devil himself" – Santa's Little Helpers. Notice how Dr, Koch and others keep linking these elves back to children.

    The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft says elves, "love to visit new born babies of mortals. . ." (Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 116)

    In Dr. Koch's book (pp. 82-85), he gives four detailed, documented actual accounts involving elves or demons. Dr. Koch, has encountered so many elf-demonic experiences, he says, "One could write a book just about these little people like the tomter [elves], but that is not my task." (Kurt Koch, Occult ABC, p. 83)

    The great German Reformer Martin Luther also had encounters with elves or goblins. In his Table Talk book, Luther writes on one occasion:

    The goblin [elf] jolted me in bed. But I took little notice of him. When I was almost asleep, he began such a rumbling on the stairs that you would have thought someone was throwing three score barrels of wine down them. I stood up, went to the stairs, and called out 'If it is you, so be it,' Then I committed myself to the Lord, of whom it is written, 'Thou hast put all things under His feet,' and went back to bed. That is the best way to get rid of him: to scorn him and call on Christ, That he cannot bear'.
    (cited in Kurt Koch, Occult ABC, p. 84)

    The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft writes, "Many contemporary Witches believe in fairies [elves] and some see them clairvoyantly." (Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, p. 117)

    In fact, the very popular book teaching witchcraft to teenagers titled Teen Witch by witch-author Silver RavenWolf even contains a spell to invoke elves. The spell called "Elf Locker Spell" is a spell to keep people from breaking into a teenagers school locker. The spell conjures up elves to protect their locker. Witch RavenWolf details the spell:

    At school, hang the mirror, asking the locker elves (yes, there are elves in school) to protect the locker (Silver RavenWolf, Teen Witch, Wicca for a New Generation, p. 215).
    Then the teen witch does some other silly, stupid stuff, and casts their spell (which the book gives in detail). The end of the spell is very, very interesting. Here's what RavenWolf writes, "At home, set the milk and honey outside to nourish the fairies. (p. 215)" Did you say "milk and honey"? Can you say "Ho, Ho, Ho"?

    The Elves of Oz.

    One of the most demon-possessed individuals is rock star, Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy’s claim to fame was lead singer of the "Satan-rock" band Black Sabbath. Ozzy is known for such bizarre and demonic behavior as biting the head off a bat and a dove.

    On September 2, 1989, Ozzy and his demons nearly murdered his own wife. Here’s how his wife, Sharon Osbourne, describes the terrifying moment to Barbara Walters on 20/20:

    I was downstairs reading. He came down with just his underpants on. And he's like,"We've come to a decision." And I'm like, "We've"? And he said "You have to die." And then he just dived on me and got me down on the and was just strangling me. But he was gone. There was blinkers on his eyes. He had gone. It wasn't Ozzy.
    (20/20, Barbara Walters, Nov. 6, 2002)

    Sharon later openly tells Barbara Walters on 20/20 of Ozzy’s "demon" and "little people" [ELVES] that live in Ozzy’s head.

    He's just got this demon inside of him. He just can't get rid of these little people [ELVES] that live in his head.
    (20/20, Barbara Walters, Nov. 6, 2002)

    Ozzy’s wife Sharon also tells People Magazine that being married to Ozzy:

    . . . is like living with several different people. One day he can be loving and romantic, but the next day he'll turn into this Jekyll and Hyde monster. I never know what I'm going to wake up with.
    (People Magazine, July, 10, 1989, p. 94)

    Ozzy told Hit Parader Magazine:

    I really wish I knew why I’ve done some of the things I’ve done over the years. Sometimes I think that I’m possessed by some outside spirit. A few years ago, I was convinced of that – I thought I truly was possessed by the devil. I remember sitting through the Exorcist a dozen times, saying to myself, ‘Yeah, I can relate to that.
    (Hit Parader, Nov., 1984, p. 49)

    Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, [and Santa]. Psalm 106:37


    . . . for his great love wherewith he loved us (Ephesians 2:4)

    Oh, how he loves the little children.

    All the children of the world.
    Red and yellow, black and white,
    They are precious in his site.
    Santa loves the little children of the world.

    They stand in line to sit in his loving lap. They get their picture with Santa. They tell Santa their most intimate secrets.

    They love their Santa – because he first loved them.

    Is there something slightly familiar with this picture?

    13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
    14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Mark 10:13-14
    We love him, because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

    Satan is accomplishing EXACTLY what he desired.

    Satan’s ultimate goal is worship. And millions of children are lovingly giving him their God-given child-like faith. They love their Santa! They worship their Santa!

    In Luke 4, when Jesus Christ was tempted of Santa (uh… I mean Satan) in the wilderness. Remember what Satan offered him, and remember what Satan requested in exchange:

    5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
    6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
    If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
    8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Luke 4:5-8

    Satan’s ultimate goal is worship. He’ll "give" you gifts – "whomsoever I will I give it"

    Little children worship Santa. Satan is stealing their child-faith at the greatest time of salvation in their whole life! What a plan! What a master-piece of deception! And the average parents are Satan’s greatest evangelists. Wow! What an incredible, subtle, diabolical plan.

    Do you still believe Santa is just a harmless accidental character of history?


    . . . Ask, and it shall be given you. . . (Matthew 7:7)

    Millions of young children will anxiously climb into the loving lap of their Santa Claus. They will whisper in his ear their little hearts desire. Then they will jump out of bed Christmas morning, with eyes shimmering, and hearts pounding — and there is all the wonderful gifts Santa brought them.

    At least, that is how they see it. . .
    Jolly old Saint Nick,
    Lean your ear this way!
    Don't you tell a single soul
    What I'm going to say;
    Christmas Eve is coming soon;
    Now, you dear old man,
    Whisper what you'll bring to me;
    Tell me if you can.
    "Jolly Old St. Nick"
    Here comes Santa Claus!
    Here comes Santa Claus!
    Right down Santa Claus Lane. . .
    Bells are ringing, children singing;
    All is merry and bright.
    Hang your stockings and say your prayers,
    'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

    Millions of children worldwide will be asking their Santa for presents. And here’s the kicker – come Christmas morning – they will believe Satan (not again. . . they’re just too much alike. . . I mean. . . Santa) lovingly gave them all their presents. Who is telling these children these lies?

    Santa (or Satan. . . take your pick) has replaced God as the gracious giver of gifts and the one who answers their prayers. He is Mr. Everything to these kids at Christmas time. They just need to believe. The key to getting your gifts is "believing" in Santa. Millions of kids will be asked this Christmas, "Do you still believe in Santa?"

    And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22

    Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4

    7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
    8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. . . .
    11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:7-8, 11

    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17


    All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18)

    Isn’t it amazing the power Santa has?

    Is there anyone like Santa Claus?

    He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake
    He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake
        Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    Santa is All Knowing – He is Omniscient

    He knows. . .ALL

    He KNOWS when you’re awake
    He KNOWS if you've been good or bad."
    Bobby wants a pair of skates,
    Suzy wants a sled
    Nellie wants a picture book,
    yellow, blue, and red
    Now I think I'll leave to you
    what to give the rest
    Choose for me, dear Santa Claus;
    you will know the best.

    "Jolly Old St. Nick"

    Santa knows everything.

    Children are taught, religiously, that Santa knows everything. He knows when they’re awake. He knows when they’re sleeping. He knows what they want for Christmas.

    Remember that child-like faith? That faith that belongs to God.Satan is robbing that precious faith with the false god of Santa!

    Santa has all the attributes of God. Santa has replaced God in the lives of Santa-worshipping children. Just mention the name of Santa to the average child – and watch their little face light up. They love Santa with "all their heart, and with all their soul, and with all their strength, and with all their mind." They stand in line to sit in his loving lap. They leave him milk and cookies. It may be a fable to the grown-ups, but those little kids – they believe and love Santa with all their little heart!

    And why not? Why shouldn’t they believe in Santa?

    They are taught, heartily, by the people they love and trust more than anyone on earth that Santa is a god. Santa knows things that are known only by an Omniscient God. Who else has such power? And why wouldn’t they believe it? Would "mommy and daddy" lie?

    Of course not. . . would they?

    The following verses would well fit the average child’s gospel of Santa:

    Be not ye therefore like unto them: for Santa knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
    Matthew 6:8

    Santa knoweth the days of the upright. . .
    Psalm 37:8

    Santa knoweth the thoughts of the wise, . . .
    1 Corinthians 3:20

    If you doubt the sincerity of the "Santa Claus-as-god-worship" – according to Encyclopedia Americana, during the Middle Ages, over 400 churches in England alone were named after "Santa Claus":

    "His cult [Santa Clause] and his representation in art achieved their greatest popularity in the Middle Ages, and in England alone more than 400 churches are named after him."
    (John E. Lynch., "Santa Claus", Encyclopedia Americana, 1988 ed., cited in Saint Who by Dr. Paul E. Heaton)

    Santa is Everywhere – He is Omnipresent

    He’s at the mall. He’s at the parade. He’s on the TV. He’s at the ball-park.

    He is EVERYWHERE.

    David’s testimony to the Omnipresence of God Almighty sounds much like the average child’s omnipresence faith in Santa.

    7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
    8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. Psalm 139:7-8

    Santa miraculously visits millions of children, all across the world, in one "quick as a wink" night. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52) – Santa appears – all over the world!

    The poem The Night Before Christmas says of Old St. Nick: ". . . And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof. . ." Where did that come from? – "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52)

    He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake
    He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake

    Sound familiar. . .?

    The eyes of the LORD are in every placebeholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3

    For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

    Santa is All-Powerful – He is Omnipotent

    To the average child - Santa can do anything. The following are actual letters to Santa from children, taken from a local newspaper. Read these letters and look at the faith these children have in their god: (Knox 6)

    "Dear Santa. . . If I could have one Christmas wish, it would be for my mom to get better. She has bad arthritis. Would you please heal her?"

    "Dear Santa. . . For Christmas would you please give humanity a cure for cancer and a cure for AIDS, and would you please give us a new solar system where people live right?"

    "Dear Santa. . . My mom and I both have disabilities. Would you please give both of us new bodies?"

    "Dear Santa. . . Please bring peace on earth."

    Is anything too hard for Santa?
    Is anything too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14

    And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18

    Come rain, sleet, snow, storm, hurricane, the darkest and dreariest of nights – Santa comes.

    Their Santa NEVER fails!

    In one night, the all-powerful, Santa delivers millions and millions of gifts to children all around the world. Who could do that? Now, who REALLY believes that? That little child who has been preached to about Santa. That is who. They believe it. Just ask one. Nothing is too hard for their Santa. If the Christian world had, even a small drop of the faith the average child has in Santa – we’d have revival overnight!

    Isn’t it amazing what these little children actually believe "with all their heart" about their great god and saviour Santa?

    These little kids believe and have more faith in their Santa than all the Christians of the world. If the Christians of the world could just catch a spark of that faith these kids have in Santa – we would have a world-wide revival.

    Have you ever considered how unbelievable and powerful Santa is?

    The scientific journal SPY magazine (January 1990) constructed a scientific analysis of Santa. Here’s some of there conclusions:

    Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each house, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house.

    . . . a total trip of 75-1/2 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding and etc. This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound.

    The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized lego set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons.

    This increases the payload - not even counting the weight of the sleigh - to 353,430 tons. 353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules [jewels-measurement of energy] of energy. Per second.

    In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously and create deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250-pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force.
    (SPY Magazine, January 1990)

    In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . ." (1 Cor. 15:52) – Santa appears – all over the world! He just quietly "tip-toes" in – and "tip-toes" out. You hear nothing. You see nothing. He appears like a "thief in the night". (1 Thess. 5:2).

    And we expect our children to believe in a supernatural being that can do all that?

    And you know what – THEY DO!

    And they believe it with all their little heart, soul and mind!
    35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
    36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
    37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
    38 This is the first and great commandment.
    Matthew 22:35-38

    . . . thy years are throughout all generations. (Psalm 102:24)

    Where did Santa come from?

    How did Santa get here?

    When did Santa magically appear?

    Like, Melchisedec (which most Bible students believe to be a reference to the incarnate Jesus Christ), Santa Claus is like the Son of God: "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God;. . ." Hebrews 7:3

    Santa is from everlasting to everlasting. His "years are throughout all generations". Possessing the attribute of an eternal God, Santa ". . . thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end." He has no beginning. He has no end. Like God Almighty, Santa is eternal.

    The famous editorial, Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus, written by Francis P. Church and published in The New York Sun on September 21, 1897 to 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon, ends with the following words:

    "No Santa Claus! Thank God, he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."
    (Francis P. Church Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus, The New York Sun, September 21, 1897)
    1 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
    2 Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. Psalm 93:1-2

    Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. Habakkuk 1:12

    24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
    25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
    26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
    27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. Psalm 102:24-27


    . . .I will pour out my spirit. . . (Proverbs 1:23)

    The Christmas "Spirit"?

    And yes, Santa has his own "spirit."

    The "Spirit of Christmas." Isn’t that a little strange?

    Gene Autry’s famous song "Here Comes Santa Claus" begins with the words, "Speakin' of Christmas spirit."

    Ring a bell? . . .

    16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
    17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John 14:16-17 I wonder what John thinks of the "spirit of Christmas"?

    1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
    Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
    3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 1 John 4:1-3


    Come, ye children. . . I will teach you the fear of. . . (Psalm 34:11)

    Santa Claus.

    You better watch out,
    You better not cry
    You better not pout,
    I'm telling you why Santa Claus is comin' to town
    He's making a list,
    He's checking it twice
    He's gonna find out
    Who's naughty or nice

    Children the world over are taught to FEAR Santa. You’d better go to bed little boy – Santa is watching. Millions of fearful children are told, "You’d better behave. Santa is watching. You might not get anything for Christmas."

    Would not Psalm 76:7 certainly apply to Santa Claus in the eyes of most children?

    Psalm 76:7
    Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?

    The fear of the Lord is the "beginning" of the Christian faith. And the fear of Santa is the beginning of the Santa faith – and possibly the destruction of their Christian faith!

    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:. . . Psalms 111:10

    While our children should be taught the fear of the Lord, most are taught the sacrilegious fear of the false god of Santa.

    Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Psalm 34:11

    . . . every one of us shall give account of himself to. . . (Romans 14:12)

    Santa.

    He's making a list, He's checking it twice
    He's gonna find out Who's naughty or nice

    So then every one of us shall give account of himself to. . . Santa?

    Again as God does so does the one that says, "I will be like the most high". (Isaiah 14:14)

    So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Romans 14:12

    And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation 20:12


    . . . then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. (Matthew 25:31)

    Take a trip to the local mall at Christmas time. Go watch Santa sitting on his royal throne. Kids are lined up to sit on his lap of judgement. What does Santa ask them, "Have you been a good little boy?" "Have you been a good little girl?’

    Ever read Psalm 11:4?

    The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. Psalm 11:4

    There’s no question Satan (or Santa. . . ditto) is sitting on his throne. There is no question it is a mockery and pretender of the judgement of a Holy God.

    And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. 1 King 22:19

    11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
    12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation 20:11-12

    Let us not forget the Bible says Satan (and Santa) has a throne.

    For thou [Lucifer] hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: Isaiah 14:13

    In Acts 12, Herod is playing Santa, dressed in his Santa suit (royal apparel), on his throne, and the people saying, It is the voice of a god (a.k.a Santa), and not of a man. Sounds a lot like "you-know-who". And the angel of the Lord kills him for his blasphemy.

    21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.
    22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.
    23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
    24 But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:21-24

    . . . were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Revelation 20:12)

    Right on schedule. . . Santa also has a list to judge who's "naughty or nice"

    He's making a list, He's checking it twice 
    He's gonna find out Who's naughty or nice

    Over and over, scripture after scripture, Santa grants Satan's ultimate wish, ". . . I will be like the most High. . ."

    Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. Mal. 3:16

    And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Rev 5:1

    And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
    15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev 20:12, 15


    And many believed on him. . . (John 10:42)

    I wonder how many children this Christmas will be asked, "Do you BELIEVE in Santa?" I know one thing – it will be more than all the Christians of the world asking "Do you BELIEVE in Jesus?". Satan will be preached more than the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ. Santa's witnesses will happily witness for him – faithfully, day and night – around the world.

    Do you really believe it’s just a coincidence that Santn (a.k.a. Satan), over and over, is counterfeiting the Lord Jesus Christ?

    The heart of the Christian faith is "believing" in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the very core of the Christian faith. It is not works. It is not sacraments. It is not doing this or doing that.

    It is belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

    Belief and faith – is the essence and heartbeat of the Christian faith. It all hinges on believing.

    Salvation is BELIEVING IN Jesus Christ.

    And guess what? And the core of the gospel of Santa is also BELIEVE IN Santa.

    "Little Boy, Little Girl, DO YOU BELIEVE IN SANTA?"

    What happens when these children put so much false hope into a lie? What happens when that deceived child learns that wonderful Santa is a BIG LIE? Not only is it a false hope, not only is total deception – but it counterfeits the person of Jesus Christ! To confuse matters even worse the Lord Jesus is mixed into the lie by supposedly celebrating his birth.

    Tom Clancy, in his novel, The Sum of All Fears, states the lifelong disappointment and skepticism after the deception of Santa is realized:
    "After you stop believing in Santa Claus,
    The whole world just goes downhill."

    (Tom Clancy, The Sum of All Fears, p. 481)

    Who that has ever seen the Christmas classic movie The Miracle on the 34th Street can ever forget the child-like faith of young Susan Walker (played by the cute Natalie Wood). Little Susie a skeptic, who doesn't believe in Santa Claus is "converted" by the loveable Kriss Kringle (played by Edmund Gwenn). The main plot of the movie is – faith and belief in Kriss Kringle or Santa.

    Walt Disney was a 33rd degree mason...who do 33rd degree Masons worship? Lucifer! Check it out! 

    Remember the highlight of the movie when Susan's mother, Doris (played by Maureen O'Hara) tells young Susan, " You must believe in Mr Kingle–and keep right on believing. You must have faith in him."

    And young Susie begins repeating over and over, "I believe, I believe. . ."

    Here's how the original author Valentine Davies describes the above scene:

    "Susan thought it over for a moment and then began muttering with firm conviction: 'I believe, I believe, I believe–'
    (Valentine Davies, Miracle on 34th Street, p. 116)

    Towards the end of the movie, Santa gives Susie the "desires of her heart" and little Susie is saying, "You were right mommy, I do believe. I do believe. Mr Kingle is Santa Claus." Wow!

    It is also worth mentioning what Santa gives to Susan. Not the typical child's gift of a doll, etc. But a house. Hmmm. . . Sound familiar?

    In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

    The movie ends as Santa (Kriss Kringle) "prepares a place" for little Susie. And they surprisingly see Santa's cane standing in the corner showing he had been there and did indeed – "prepare a place" for little Susie. By the way, did you notice the shape of Santa's cane standing in the corner? It looks like a "shepherd's" hook? Hmmm. . . Who was it that said, "I am the good shepherd. . ."? (Hint. see John 10:11)

    Some reviewers wrote about The Miracle on 34th Street:

    "I guess the reason I, and all the other reviewers, think this film is so great is that it brings back the time when we could 'believe in Santa Claus.'"

    Who has ever seen "Miracle on 34th Street" can ever forget cute, little "Natalie Wood" says "when things don't turn out just right you still have to believe, and oh mommy I do believe, I do."

    Another reviewer writes, ". . . this is a beautiful movie, that can make anyone believe in Santa Claus."
    The name of the movie is The MIRACLE on 34th Street. Now who is it that does miracles?
    This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. John 2:11

    behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called. . . (Revelation 19:11)
    Santa Claus!

    Most people are not aware that until the nineteenth century, Santa flew through the sky, visiting housetop to housetop, not in a sled drawn by reindeers — but on a white horse. It wasn’t until the poem, The Children’s Friend, was published in 1821 that the magical white horse was transformed into reindeer.

    On the eve of December 6, the myth told that this bearded, white-haired old “saint,” clad in a wide mantel, rode through the skies on a white horse. (Renterghem, Tony van. When Santa Was a Shaman. St. Paul: Llewellyn Pub., 1995, p. 111)

    Guess what? In Revelation 19, the Lord Jesus Christ at the Second Coming also comes back in the sky – on a white horse.

    And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Revelation 19:11

    There is also another character who travels on a white horse. The Antichrist! In Revelation 6, Satan’s man, the Antichrist also appears on a white horse.

    And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:2

    Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of . . . (Titus 2:13)

    Santa.

    This Christmas Eve millions and millions of little children will climb into their beds "looking for their blessed hope and the glorious appearing" of Santa Claus.

    There is not a Christian on the face of this earth looking for and longing for the Lord Jesus Christ as much as the average child is longing for their god Santa! A child's stolen faith in the coming of Santa puts the Christian's faith to shame.

    They get so excited. . . Santa is coming! Satan is coming!

    Probably the greatest theme and most anticipated event in all the Bible is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul mentions the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ over 50 times. For every one verse on the First Coming of the Lord Jesus – there are at least eight on the Second Coming. The last prayer in the Bible is in Revelation 22:20 – ". . . Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

    The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the Christian's "blessed hope":

    Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
    Titus 2:13

    If the subtle serpent's ultimate goal is to ". . . be like the most High" (Isaiah 14:14) – the Second Coming will surely get his attention.

    At Christmas time, little children believe in the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of Santa with every fiber of their soul. And why not, the ones they trust the most, mommy and daddy, are preaching this message in their little ears, over and over. Santa is coming! Santa is coming! And everywhere they go – the mall, the store, school – the gospel of the glorious appearing of Santa is proclaimed! Everywhere they look! Santa is coming! Santa is coming!

    Oh! You better watch out,
    You better not cry,
    You better not pout, 
    I'm telling you why:
    Santa Claus is coming to town!

    Here comes Santa Claus!. . .
    What a beautiful sight.
    All is merry and bright
    .
    Hang your stockings and say your prayers,
    'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight
    Jump in bed, cover up your head,
    'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight
    So let's give thanks to the Lord above
    'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight,

    Who comes around on a special night 
    Santa comes around on a special night
    Who very soon will come our way 
    Santa very soon will come our way

    What a cruel mockery of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 John 2:28
    And now, little childrenabide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

    James 5:8
    Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.


    4 • THE CONCLUSION    And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. Luke 4:6-7


    Ho! Ho! Ho! I Am God. . .

    In 1994, the satire magazine The Onion carried a parody of Santa Claus titled "Ho! Ho! Ho! I Am God". Even though, it was written as a blasphemous parody much truth rings from the article. The article says:

    "I love visiting each and every one of your homes, stuffing your stockings with toys, and enjoying the milk and cookies you leave for me. But mostly I love Christmas because it's the celebration of the birth of my son, Jesus the Christ. You see, I'm God. . . Don't I look familiar? I'm old, I have a white beard, I love everyone. I'm the same God as the one you and your mommy and daddy worship on Sundays. . .

    Okay, I admit it. I'm not God. But I'm better than God. I'm jollier, and I give you real toys, not boring old psalms and empty promises you can only collect on when you die. Worship me, not Him! Worship Santa! I am God!"
    (Santa Claus, "Ho! Ho! Ho! I Am God!" The Onion, 29 Nov. - 5 Dec., 1994, p. 7)

    And that is EXACTLY the message being preached to these little children! And they believe it!

    You have to be blind to not see the possible connection. And you have to be spiritually blind to not see the possible spiritual damage such a massive, false-faith, God-like, LIE is doing to the faith and trust of that young child.

    "Having eyes, see ye not" Mark 8:18

    Landover Baptist, a sacrilegious spoof site on the Internet, carried an article titled "The Devil is in the Chimney." Though their motive is sacrilege, the obvious link from Santa to Satan is not ignored. Here's some of the article:

    "And it takes no Sherlock Holmes to see that the Devil's annual disguise is none other than Santa! . . . Lucifer may be the wiliest of all the deceitful demons that ever drew breath of fire in Hell, but he was pretty sloppy when he decided to try to spoil our Savior's birthday with this disguise. His big devil ego got the better of him when he decided to name his Christmas Anti-Christ after himself. He just moved around the letters in the name, 'Satan,' into a sonogram and got 'Santa.' . . . Satan has tried to undermine Christmas by making Santa even more popular than Jesus! 
    You don't think so? Even the law of the land forbids a baby Jesus in the town square, but who is there instead? You guessed it! Santa! Every time a so-called Christian child asks Santa for something, he is praying to Satan. With each request fulfilled, parents are unwittingly making a pact with the Devil. They may as well be writing in blood, 'Satan please distract our children from Jesus with all these shiny toys!'. . ."

    Someone once said, "Many a truth is told in jest."


    But it is just fantasy. . .

    I am sure many reading this are thinking, "Aw, c'mon, Santa Claus is just fantasy. What is the big deal. Nobody takes it serious."

    And that is where you are WRONG – DEAD WRONG! Those little children take their Santa very serious! They literally worship him! They believe and love Santa with all their heart!

    Most parents would never teach their beautiful little children such a lie as Santa Claus. Most parents would never openly lie to their children. Especially something that is a blasphemous imposter of the Lord Jesus.

    And Satan knows this.

    So he disguises the lie in a nice little package of make-believe and fantasy. He creates a harmless ol' jolly fellow that just loves little children. And most parents think, "Now what could be wrong with that?"

    Fantasy. . . Satan's “magic weapon.”

    Satanist Anton LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible and founder of the First Church of Satan, writes fantasy is a "magic weapon" in Satanism.

    "Fantasy plays an important role in any religious curriculum, for the subjective mind is less discriminating about the quality of its food than it is about the taste. . . Thus, fantasy is utilized as a magic weapon [in Satanism]. . . The Satanist maintains a storehouse of avowed fantasy gathered from all cultures and from all ages."
    (Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Rituals, p. 15, 27)

    Lavey knows the message of Satan can be quietly preached under the mask of fantasy. Parents will allow things, such as Santa Claus, under the cloak of fantasy into their little child's tender mind that under "serious" circumstances they would never allow in a million years. It is just fantasy.But in the vulnerable mind of that little child – IT IS TRUTH!

    Of course, you an dI do not take Santa serious. We know Santa Claus is fantasy. But those little children are deceived in believing "with all their heart" in a god that is a replacement for the Lord Jesus Christ.

    What happens when these little children realize that Santa Claus is a lie? What happens when they later are presented with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? What happens when they are asked to "trust and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ"?

    The following conversation of two young boys actually took place. And I am sure it has taken place many times. They were discussing the Lord Jesus Christ. Here is the conversation:

    One boy asks the other, "What do you think of all this Jesus Christ stuff"? And the other boy replies, "It all sounds like another Santa Claus to me – probably just another lie."

    Santa is Satan's counterfeit of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Once you get that child believing with "all their heart" in Santa then the next logical step is – Jesus and Santa they are both the same – and they are both a LIE.

    Obviously, not every person that believes in Santa Claus as a child will deny the Lord Jesus Christ. The truth is, the author of this article "believed in" Santa Claus as a child. The author did not trust the Lord Jesus Christ until he was 20 years old. And furthermore, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever, that the lie and god-like attributes of Santa Claus influenced my early doubts and confusion about the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Someone once said "Jesus Christ is nothing but a Santa Claus for adults." That was my belief of Jesus Christ. . . Another Santa Claus. . . Another lie.

    But I can tell you this. . .

    Thank God – I was wrong!

    On July 30, 1975 as a 20-year-old young man, I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour. And I can tell you – He is no Santa Claus! Jesus Christ is no fantasy! I have been saved for over 29 years. I've had 29 years to "prove Him." And I truthfully sing from the depths of my heart and soul, "'Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus"

    'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His Word 
    Just to rest upon His promise, Just to know: "Thus saith the Lord"

    Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! how I've proved him o'er and o'er! 
    Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more!

    I'm so glad I learned to trust Thee, Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend; 
    And I know that Thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end.

    Have you trusted the Lord Jesus Christ?

    Have you ever received the Lord Jesus Christ as YOUR Saviour?

    Friend, there is no way these connections from Santa to Satan and counterfeits of the Lord Jesus Christ is just an haphazard fairy tale of history. There is an author. There is an creator. And he is Satan.

    And he wants to damn your soul in hell! And he wants to damn the souls of your children in hell!

    And he will – if you let him!


    Have you ever been saved?
    Friend, I want to ask you the most important question you'll ever answer:

    Have you ever received Jesus Christ as your Savior?

    Not joining a church, not religion, not baptism, not good works, not sacraments — but trusted Jesus Christ and Him alone, as your Savior. If not, Friend you could be — one year, one month, one hour, one minute, one heartbeat — away from eternal death!

    Revelation 20:15 says, "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."  Malachi 4:3 "And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts."

    Friend, God does not want you to go to hell. 2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord is. . . not willing that any should perish. . ." Jesus loved you so much He died on a rugged cross, to pay for YOUR sin, and to keep YOU out of hell! Revelation 1:5 says, ". . . Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood." 

    Friend, don't EXIT this message, until you MAKE SURE you've received Jesus Christ!

    I assure you — if you die without Jesus Christ — it'll be the biggest mistake you'll ever make!

    DON'T TAKE THE CHANCE!

    Friend, If you've never been saved, don't wait another minute!

    FRIEND, YOU CAN BE SAVED THIS VERY MINUTE!


    It is simple to be saved ...

  • Know you're a sinner.

    "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10

    "... for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23

  • That Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins.

    "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, ..." 1 Peter 2:24

    "... Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood," Revelation 1:5

  • And the best way you know how, simply trust Him, and Him alone as your personal Saviour. 

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

    WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SAVED?

    Pray this prayer, and mean it with all your heart.

    Just pray this simple prayer, and mean it with all your heart. Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and unless you save me I am lost forever. I thank you for dying for me at Calvary. I come to you now, the best way I know how, and ask you to save me. I now receive you as my Saviour. In Jesus Christ name, Amen.

  • Pagan Christmas

    Is Christmas pagan?  Do the celebration of December 25th, the Christmas tree, the giving of gifts and other Christmas traditions all have their root in the pagan mystery religions of the ancient Middle East?  Or is all of this stuff about a "pagan Christmas" just a bunch of nonsense?  Well, the truth might surprise you.  As you read this article, please keep an open mind.  Christmas is undoubtedly a lot of "fun", but perhaps once you find out about the origins of Christmas you will look at the holiday differently.  After all, if the holiday celebrated on December 25th and all of the associated traditions were originally designed to worship pagan gods, is that something that believers should be associated with?  Keep that question in mind as you read the rest of this article.

    Have you ever thought about why people celebrate a holiday called Christmas?  After all, the word "Christmas" is not found anywhere in the Bible.  Not only that, but there is also absolutely no mention of December 25th in the Bible.  In fact, we know that Jesus was not even born during the winter since the shepherds were still out with their flocks at night when He was born.  So where in the world did this holiday come from?  Have you ever been taught the true history of Christmas?

    The first Christians did not celebrate "Christmas".  In fact, "Christmas" did not become an official Christian holiday until the middle of that 4th century.  But December 25th wascelebrated as a major pagan holiday for centuries and centuries long before Jesus was ever born.  It was a very dark occult festival that celebrated the birthday of the "sun god" in all his various forms.  Unfortunately, most Christians have never learned about the pagan origins of Christmas.  Most Christians seem to believe that the history of Christmas began when Jesus was born.  But that is not the truth at all.  As you will read below, God established an entirely different holiday (that you can find in the Bible) for the birthday of Jesus.  But instead, the Roman Catholic religion latched on to the birthday of the sun god and married it to the birth of Christ.  This birthday of the sun god can be traced all the way back to ancient Babylon.  In fact, most of our "modern Christmas traditions" can be traced all the way back to ancient Babylon.  Unfortunately, most Christians simply do not care.  Most Christians love Christmas and would never give it up no matter what they learned about it.  Most Christians are going to believe what they want to believe no matter what you tell them.

    If you are curious about the real history of Christmas, read on, but be warned - it may "spoil" the Christmas holiday for you forever.

    But at least you will know the truth.

    In his classic work, "The Two Babylons", author Alexander Hislop explained that the Christian holiday of "Christmas" did not exist until hundreds of years after the time of Jesus....

    "Indeed, it is admitted by the most learned and candid writers of all parties that the day of our Lord's birth cannot be determined, and that within the Christian Church NO SUCH FESTIVAL AS CHRISTMAS WAS EVER HEARD OF TILL THE THIRD CENTURY, and that not till the FOURTH CENTURY was far advanced did it gain much observance. How, then, did the Romish church fix on December 25th as Christmas-day? Why, thus: Long before the fourth century, and LONG BEFORE THE CHRISTIAN ERA ITSELF, A FESTIVAL WAS CELEBRATED AMONG THE HEATHEN, AT THAT PRECISE TIME OF THE YEAR, IN HONOR OF THE BIRTH OF THE SON OF THE BABYLONIAN QUEEN OF HEAVEN; and it may fairly be presumed that, IN ORDER TO CONCILIATE THE HEATHEN, AND TO SWELL THE NUMBER OF THE NOMINAL ADHERENTS TO CHRISTIANITY, THE SAME FESTIVAL WAS ADOPTED BY THE ROMAN CHURCH, giving it the name of Christ. This tendency on the part of Christians to MEET PAGANISM HALF-WAY was very early developed" (The Two Babylons, p. 92-93).

    In fact, Hislop tells us that the world "Yule" can be traced all the way back to ancient Babylon.  It turns out that the theme of a child being born to the Queen of Heaven was very prevalent throughout the ancient pagan world....

    "That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival is beyond all doubt. The time of the year, and the ceremonies, with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin. In Egypt, the son of Isis, the Egyptian title for the queen of heaven, was born at this very time, 'about the time of the winter solstice.' The very name by which Christmas is popularly known among us -- Yule-day -- proves at once its pagan and Babylonian origin. 'Yule' is the Chaldee name for an 'infant' or 'little child'; and as the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors, 'Yule-day,' or the 'Child's-day,' and the night that preceded it, 'Mother-night,' long before they came in contact with Christianity, that sufficiently proves its real character. Far and wide, in the realms of Paganism, was this birthday observed." (Hislop, p. 93-94).

    When you sit down and analyze the various pagan religions that spread throughout the ancient world, you quickly realize that all of them can pretty much be traced back to ancient Babylon and to a handful of characters.  After the flood of Noah, the first great "world ruler" to arise once human civilization got rolling again was named Nimrod.  Nimrod was also known as Marduk and Gilgamesh and after his death he eventually came to be worshipped as Baal, Osiris, Apollo and many, many other "sun gods".  Nimrod was exceedingly wicked, and he even married his own mother.  Her name was Semiramis, and from her came virtually all of the "goddesses" of the ancient world including Isis, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Asherah, Aphrodite, Venus and Diana.  Many of these "goddesses" came to be associated with the moon.

    After Nimrod died, Semiramis became pregnant.  The people were instructed to believe that Nimrod the "sun god" had been "reincarnated" and that he was coming back as the child that Semiramis was carrying.  The birth of her son, Tammuz, became associated with the rebirth of the sun.  This is the origin for all of the art throughout the ancient world that we see of a "goddess" holding her child.  It can all be traced back to Semiramis and Tammuz.

    Whether Tammuz was actually born on December 25th or not, the truth is that in the ancient world this date became associated with the "rebirth" of the sun god Nimrod in the person of Tammuz.

    In fact, it is said that as a part of this winter solstice celebration in ancient Babylon, pagans believed that a heroic supernatural figure (the sun god Nimrod) would visit an evergreen tree and leave gifts on December 25th.  Now keep in mind that this was long, long before Jesus was ever born. From its early Babylonian roots, the celebration of the birth or "rebirth" of the sun god on December 25th came to be celebrated under various names all over the ancient world. You see, the winter solstice occurs a few days before December 25th each year. The winter solstice is the day of the year when daylight is the shortest. In ancient times, December 25th was the day each year when the day started to become noticeably longer. Thus it was fitting for the early pagans to designate December 25th as the date of the birth or the "rebirth" of the sun god.

    The truth is that thousands of years before there was a "Santa Claus", there was another supernatural figure (Nimrod) who would supposedly visit a tree and leave gifts every December 25th.

    His name was Nimrod.

    According to ancient Babylonian tradition, Semiramis claimed that after the untimely death of her son/husband Nimrod, a full grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod would visit that evergreen tree and leave gifts each year on the anniversary of the birth of the sun god, which just happened to be on December 25th.

    This is the true origin of the Christmas tree.

    On Bibletools.org, Mike Ford describes this ancient pagan tradition about Nimrod this way....

    After Nimrod's death (c. 2167 BC), Semiramis promoted the belief that he was a god. She claimed that she saw a full-grown evergreen tree spring out of the roots of a dead tree stump, symbolizing the springing forth of new life for Nimrod. On the anniversary of his birth, she said, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts under it.

    On that same site, John Plunkett describes the ancient pagan myth regarding December 25th in this manner....

    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 Nimrod's 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 overnight 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.

    From this original fable peddled by Semiramis (the "Queen of Heaven") came the tradition for pagans to go out to the holy "groves" and leave gifts for Nimrod (who later came to be worshipped as "Baal") at an evergreen tree.

    Does that sound like a "Christian" holiday to you?

    In "The Two Babylons", on page 93 Hislop bemoans the fact that the early Roman Catholics adopted this holiday as a way to attract pagan "converts"....

    "Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of the year, in honor of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven. It may fairly be presumed that, in order to conciliate the heathen, and to swell the number of the nominal adherents of Christianity, the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ adopted the same festival. This tendency on the part of Christians to meet Paganism halfway was very early developed; and we find Tertullian, even in his day, about the year 230, bitterly lamenting the inconsistency of the disciples of Christ in this respect, and contrasting it with the strict fidelity of the Pagans to their own superstition."

    But even though Christianity adopted this pagan holiday and renamed it, that doesn't mean that the pagans stopped celebrating it.

    The truth is that the pagan holiday of "Yule" has been celebrated by the pagans of northern Europe from late December through early January for ages. Yule logs were traditionally lit throughout northern Europe to honor the pagan god Thor. The festival would continue until the Yule log burned out - which could take up to twelve days. This is where we get the so-called "12 days of Christmas".

    In fact, Wiccans, neo-pagans and even many witches still celebrate Yule to this day. For many of them, it is one of the most important days of the year.  Many of them think that it is incredibly funny when Christians use the pagan word Yule.  The following excerpt was taken from a website on witchcraft:

    Birthday of the Twins:

    Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) holy day. Birthday of the Twins, Heru Sa Aset and Bast, children of Aset [Isis]. Origin of Yule and Christmas. On Winter Solstice Asar [Osiris] dies. Aset [Isis] with the magick help of Nebt Het [Nephthys] creates a Djed Pillar [artificial penis] for Her husband and impregnates Herself. For three full days (December 22-24) Asar lies dead and the Twins grow in Aset’s belly. On this day (December 25th) the Twins are born, the reincarnation or resurrection of Their Father. The green tree is a symbol of the green-skinned Asar, God of fertility and vegetation. The colored lights are symbols of Aset, Goddess of magick and divine light. Red, green, and white are the traditional candle colors of Bast (this was Her birthday alone for several thousand years of early Kemetic history), later being adapted to red for Aset (the color of the Mother’s menstrual flow), green for Asar (the color of vegetation), and white for the Twins (the color of pure light).

    So where did the word "Christmas" come from?

    Well, the truth is that the word "Christmas" is not actually found anywhere in the entire Bible.

    In fact, the word "Christmas" was not even invented until about a thousand years after Jesus left this earth.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia even admits this....

    "The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038."

    Before it was called "Christmas", the December 25th holiday was referred to in England as "Yule".

    Considering the fact that "Yule" is the Babylonian word for "infant" that is a very disturbing fact.

    Yes, "Yule" celebrates the birth of an "infant", but that infant is not Jesus Christ.

    In fact, Jesus was not even born on December 25th.

    The reality is that it would have simply been far too cold for shepherds to be out with their sheep at night in Israel on December 25th.

    The vast majority of Christian scholars now acknowledge this fact.

    So when was Jesus actually born?

    Well, using the clues given to us in the Scriptures and by following the chronology given in the gospel of Luke, we can determine that Jesus was almost certainly born during the Feast of Tabernacles.  In fact, it seems most likely that He was born on the very first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.

    So what was the Feast of Tabernacles?

    Well, each year God would have His people gather in the city of Jerusalem and live in booths or tents.

    Now why in the world would God have His people do that?

    Well, it was a "prophetic picture story" of what would happen in the future.

    For centuries upon centuries in advance, God had His people gather in the area of the world where Jesus would be born (Bethlehem is just 5 miles away from Jerusalem), at the exact time of the year when Jesus would be born, and He had them live in temporary humble shelters to foreshadow exactly how Jesus would enter the world.

    In the gospel of Luke there are clues that we can use to calculate the approximate time that Jesus was born.

    Starting with calculating the time of the year when John the Baptist's father served in the Temple, we can come up with a Scriptural timeline that ends in the birth of Christ. The following video will break down all of the specific details for you....

    Now, it must be noted that it cannot be proven with 100 percent certainty using the Scriptures that Jesus was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, but that seems to be the most logical conclusion when you consider all of the facts.

    You see, the truth is that God always does the "big things" on his high holy days. If Jesus was born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles (which is a High Sabbath), then He would have been circumcised on the 8th day of the Feast of Tabernacles (which is also a High Sabbath).

    In addition, it would better explain why there was no room for Mary and Joseph to stay anywhere. Bethlehem is only about 5 miles from Jerusalem, so the entire area around Jerusalem would have been absolutely packed with visitors who had come in for the festival.

    But perhaps the biggest clue is the festival itself. You see, during the Feast of Tabernacles, God had His people live in humble temporary shelters which perfectly foreshadowed how His Son would come into the world some day.

    In essence, God had His people go up to Jerusalem (which is about five miles from Bethlehem) every year, at the exact time when His Son would be born and He had them live in humble temporary shelters ("manger scenes" if you will) in order to foreshadow the circumstances of the birth of the Messiah.

    For even more videos that show why there is incredibly strong evidence that Jesus was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, please see the following article: Jesus Was Born During The Feast Of Tabernacles.

    So why are Christians still not celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles today?

    Why are Christians celebrating "Christmas" instead?

    Well, in the centuries following the time of Jesus, there was a tremendous amount of anti-Semitism throughout the Roman Empire.  Jews came to be deeply hated, and anything associated with the Jews was looked down upon.

    Christian converts in areas of the Roman Empire outside of Israel started to find it very convenient to forget about anything that looked like "Jewish tradition" and many of them would even openly celebrate the pagan holidays that everyone else was celebrating just to "fit in".

    By the time the Roman Empire legalized Christianity in the 4th century, most of the other religions in the empire were celebrating the birth of their sun gods on December 25th.

    Leading up to December 25th in ancient Rome, a festival known as Saturnalia was one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Saturnalia was a festival during which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of their god Saturn. This holiday began on the 17th of December and it would last for an entire week until the 23rd of December.

    Saturnalia was typically characterized by gift-giving, feasting, singing and lots and lots of debauchery. The priests of Saturn would carry wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession throughout the pagan Roman temples.

    Later on, the Romans also started holding a festival on December 25th called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means "the birthday of the unconquered sun." Basically it was a way for the empire to consolidate all of the December 25th "sun god" birthdays throughout the empire into one holiday.

    In the year 350 A.D., Pope Julius I declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on December 25th from then on. There appears to be little doubt that Pope Julius was trying to make it as painless as possible for pagan Romans to convert to Catholicism.

    However, the new holiday did not really take off with Christians at first. The widespread celebration of December 25th by Christians did not really get going until 378. It was apparently then dropped in 381 and then resurrected in 400.

    But the truth is that December 25th was celebrated as the birthday of scores of pagan sun gods long before it was ever associated with Jesus.

    As we discussed earlier, the celebration of December 25th goes all the way back to Nimrod (who eventually came to be worshipped as the sun god Baal).

    Baal worship spread throughout the known world and provided the basis for all other pagan religions. The following are just some of the pagan sun gods that had "birthdays" on December 25th....

    Mithras

    Horus

    Attis

    Dionysus the son of Zeus

    Tammuz

    Hercules

    Osiris

    Perseus

    Helios

    Bacchus

    Apollo

    Jupiter

    Sol Invictus - (The "Unconquered Sun")

    When the Roman Catholics decided to make December 25th a "Christian holiday" in the fourth century, they simply "adopted" a pagan holiday and kept most of the same pagan traditions.

    By adopting pagan holidays, the Catholic authorities hoped to make it easier for pagans to turn into "Christians".  The following is a quote from the 2000 Encyclopedia Britannica, Volume 11, page 390....

    "During the later periods of Roman history, sun worship gained in importance and ultimately led to what has been called a 'solar monotheism.' Nearly all the gods of the period were possessed of Solar qualities, and both Christ and Mithra acquired the traits of solar deities. The feast of Sol and Victus (open unconquered Sun) on December 25th was celebrated with great joy, and eventually this date was taken over by the Christians as Christmas, the birthday of Christ."

    Even the "Christmas tree" can be traced back to ancient pagan traditions.  For example, the ancient Babylonian "Christmas tree" came to be seen as a symbol of fertility throughout the ancient world. The pole, balls, and tinsel (phallus, testes, semen) represented various aspects of male fertility, while wreaths were always fashioned in a circle to represent female fertility.

    In "The Two Babylons", Hislop describes some of the ancient traditions surrounding the Christmas tree on page 97....

    "The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm-tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm tree denoting the Pagan messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith. The mother of Adonis, the sun-god and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as the 'Man the branch.' And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning."

    That sure puts a different spin on Christmas traditions, now doesn't it?

    Most Christians don't even realize that God warned us about such things in the Bible.

    In Jeremiah 10:1-4, God warns us against putting up these decorated trees like the pagans were doing....

    Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter."

    But we love our "Christmas trees" don't we?

    In the Scriptures, God solemnly warns us not to adopt the practices of those who worship other gods. Deuteronomy 12:29-31 state the following....

    The LORD your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.”  You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.

    The Puritans understood this. It comes as a surprise to most Americans to learn that the Puritans once banned Christmas in some areas of the United States because it was considered so pagan.

    According to ancient Babylonian tradition, the springtime fertility festival of Ishtar (Easter) was a time when the "Queen of Heaven" was believed to become impregnated. Nine months later the sun god would be "born" or "reborn".

    To the ancient Babylonians, these holiday trees eventually came to be worshipped as the "Queen of Heaven", and gifts were brought to the "groves" of trees that had been grown in her honor and placed beneath them as offerings.

    The Babylonians also used wreaths to represent the nativity of the sun, since they were objects that depicted the "womb" of the Earth mother.

    Early Christians completely rejected these traditions. In the 3rd century, Tertullian wrote the following about these pagan celebrations....

    "On your day of gladness, we [Christians] neither cover our doorposts with wreaths, nor intrude upon the day with lamps. At the call of public festivity, you consider it a proper thing todecorate your house like some new brothel. We are accused of a lower sacrilege because we do not celebrate along with you the holidays ..."

    The truth is that the celebration of December 25th and most of the accompanying traditions have always been pagan.

    But many Christians will protest and say that it is okay for them to celebrate December 25th because to them it is all about Jesus.

    That was the same excuse that Aaron used when he and most of the rest of the people of Israel worshipped the golden calf while Moses was up on the mountain getting the Law of God. Aaron actually said that the worship of the golden calf was being done to the Lord as we read in Exodus 32:5....

    When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, "Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD."

    But we know how that turned out.

    God was not pleased at all.

    In fact, He was beyond furious.

    In the same way, God is not pleased when we celebrate pagan holidays and keep traditions that have been pagan for thousands of years.

    For even more on the pagan origins of Christmas, check out the following YouTube video....

    Now, for something that will totally blow your mind....

    Earlier we discussed how the celebration of Christmas goes back to an ancient Babylonian ruler named Nimrod.

    So exactly who was Nimrod?

    Genesis 10:8-12 tells us the following....

    Cush was the father of Nimrod, who became a mighty warrior on the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.”  The first centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar.  From that land he went to Assyria, where he built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah and Resen, which is between Nineveh and Calah—which is the great city.

    Nimrod was basically the first great "world ruler" after the Flood.  According to legend, he married his mother (Semiramis) and after Nimrod's death Semiramis had a child named Tammuz which was supposedly Nimrod "reborn".

    This story is the original source of the art all over the ancient world that depicts the "goddess" holding the holy child.  For example, the whole mythology of Isis giving birth to Horus after the death of Osiris is a good example of this.

    In fact, Osiris is a good example of a "god" that can be traced back to Nimrod.  In Genesis it tells us that Nimrod was the first great ruler of Assyria, which many scholars believe was originally pronounced "Osiria".

    The truth is that virtually all of the male deities of the ancient world can be traced back to Nimrod or his son Tammuz.  In his wonderful article entitled "The Giza Discovery", author Peter Goodgame explains that the Greek god "Apollo" can also be traced back to Nimrod....

    "And just who is this Greek god Apollyon who makes his strange appearance in the book of Revelation? Charles Penglase is an Australian professor who specializes in ancient Greek and Near Eastern religion and mythology. In his book, Greek Myths and Mesopotamia: Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod, Penglase carefully and methodically demonstrates that the Greek myths and legends of Apollo were simply Greek retellings of the Babylonian myths involving the rise to power of the god Marduk, which were themselves based on earlier legends of the Sumerian hunter/hero known as Ninurta. Furthermore, according to David Rohl, the original name for Ninurta was in fact Nimurda, whose historical identity can be traced back to King Enmerkar of Uruk, the very same figure who is known in the Bible as Nimrod."

    From Nimrod and his "son" sprang virtually all of the "gods" of the ancient world - Baal, Apollo, Osiris, Mithras, Adonis, Dionysus, Hercules, Perseus, Helios, Bacchus and Jupiter.

    But these "gods" were not just worshipped in ancient times.

    The truth is that secret societies throughout the world still worship them today.

    In fact, as Tom Horn documented very thoroughly in his excellent book entitled "Apollyon Rising 2012", many of these secret societies are obsessed with the belief that Apollo/Horus will return one day to head up a New World Order.

    Not only that, but the Scriptures seem to tie in Nimrod/Apollo with the Antichrist.

    There are many passages in the Old Testament which seem to refer to the Antichrist as "the Assyrian".  In fact, in Micah 5:5-6, it not only mentions "the Assyrian" but it even calls Assyria "the land of Nimrod"....

    And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.  And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

    In the book of Revelation, there is a reference to "Apollyon" which is a modified version of "Apollo".  In Revelation 9:11, it says the following....

    They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

    But isn't the Antichrist supposed to be someone new?

    Not necessarily.

    The book of Revelation says that the inhabitants of the earth will be amazed that the person who will be known as the Antichrist has returned. Revelation 17:8-14 tells us the following....

    The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

    “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

    “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

    Many Bible scholars are now talking about "the return of the Antichrist" instead of "the coming of the Antichrist". Many believe that the Antichrist will be tied to Nimrod is some profound way.

    So exactly what will that mean?

    Nobody knows for sure.

    But if the coming Antichrist is going to represent "the return of Nimrod" in some fashion, and if Nimrod's birthday is December 25th, then those celebrating Christmas may actually be celebrating the birthday of the Antichrist!

    Just think about that for a moment.

    Someday hundreds of millions of people around the globe may be celebrating "Christmas celebrations" led by the ultimate false Christ - the Antichrist himself.

    Do you really want to be celebrating the birthday of Nimrod/Apollo/Osiris?

    Do you really think that it is appropriate for Christians to be indulging in deeply pagan practices?  Just because we have slapped the name of "Jesus" on them does that make them okay?

    It is time for Christians to wake up and to learn the real history of Christmas.

    The truth is that no Christian should be celebrating this deeply pagan holiday.

    Up until now you had an excuse because nobody has ever taught you these things.

    But now you know.


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