The True Meaning of Christmas
By Mike Gascoigne

Christmas, as everybody knows, is not the birthday of Christ. He was not born in the middle of
Winter, we know that for sure because the sheep were out in the fields. It would have been very
cold at night in the hills of Judea and it has always been the practice of shepherds in that area, not to keep sheep in the fields after about the end of October. It is also extremely unlikely that Herod
would have ordered people to travel to their home towns for registration in the middle of Winter.

He was actually born at the festival of Succot (Tabernacles) as I have described in my article on the Birth of Yeshua.

So why do we celebrate Christmas on 25th December? Some people say it's as good a time as
any, and it doesn't really matter when Jesus was born as long as we celebrate his birth at some time.

Jesus would not have celebrated his own birthday because it wasn't a Jewish custom to do so. It
never has been, except insofar as they have picked up the idea from the Gentiles.

However, if we are going to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, December 25th is the very worst time
to do it. The reason is that we are not celebrating the birthday of the real Jesus of Nazareth at all,
but the birthday of Nimrod, Osiris, Jupiter, and all the other re-incarnations of the child-god of the
Babylonian religious system, including the baby "Jesus" who is held in the arms of the Roman
Catholic Madonna.

To understand this, we have to go back to Genesis 10:8-10.

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter
before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And
the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of
Shinar.

The Bible does not identify Nimrod's mother, or his date of birth, but Egyptian and Babylonian
antiquities identify his mother as Semiramis, and his birthday is celebrated on 25th December.
Sometimes Semiramis is referred to as the mother of Nimrod, and sometimes as his wife, leading to
the belief that Nimrod married his mother.

The Biblical reference to Nimrod as a "mighty hunter" is important because he was seen as the
Saviour of the ancient world for that very reason. People were living in small, scattered villages with little protection from wild animals. Nimrod was more than just a hunter, he was also a charismatic figure who could gather people together to build walled cities where they could live in safety. They were obedient to him as their leader, and considered that their loss of independence was a price worth paying for the safety that Nimrod and his kingdom offered.

There is nothing in the Bible about the death of Nimrod, but the ancient traditions suggest that he
died a violent death. One tradition says that he was killed by a wild animal. Another says that Shem
killed him because he had led the people into the worship of Baal.

His wife-mother, Semiramis, who had risen to greatness on his account, was not going to disappear into obscurity because of his death. Instead she pronounced him to be a god, so that she herself became a goddess. She produced another son, and proclaimed him to be the resurrected Nimrod. This was not difficult, because she was so promiscuous she produced many children whose father could not be identified. She proclaimed that she had gone down to the world of the dead, rescued Nimrod and brought him back.

Thus began the worship of Semiramis and the child-god, and the whole paraphanalia of the
Babylonian religious system. After the decline of Babylon, the religion was transported to Egypt
where they worshipped Isis and her son Osiris (otherwise known as Horus). The same mother and
child deities appeared in Pagan Rome as Fortuna and Jupiter, and in Greece as Ceres, the Great
Mother, with the babe at her breast, or as Irene, the goddess of Peace, with the boy Plutus in her
arms.

The Roman Pagans used to celebrate the birthday of their child-god on 25th December, and the
Roman Catholic Church sought to win over as many people as possible to nominal Catholicism by
proclaiming the same day to be the birthday of Jesus. So the Pagans had no difficulty worshipping
the Catholic Madonna and child. They were seen as yet another manifestation of the Queen of
Heaven and her son. The Pagans made no compromises, they didn't need to, they just continued
their Pagan worship within the church.

While it's easy to knock the Catholic Church because of their Maryolatry, the Protestants cannot be left off the hook. The Protestant Reformation dispensed with only a part of the Babylonian system of worship. The celebration of Christmas, inherited from the Roman Catholic Church, via Pagan Rome, via Egypt, via Babylon, is still practiced as the most important event in the Protestant
Christian calendar, so from that point of view the Protestants are as much into Paganism as the
Catholics.

So what should we do about it? The Bible tells us: "...Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen ....
Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of
her plagues". (Rev. 18:2-4). It says "Come out of her, MY people", meaning the people who are
supposed to come out are people who belong to God, i.e. born-again Bible-believing Christians.

The Christmas tree is specifically a Babylonian symbol. On Christmas Eve the Yule Log is thrown
onto the fire, representing death and destruction. On Christmas Day there is the tree, covered in
decorations and surrounded with presents, representing new life, the resurrected Nimrod.

It is also a violation of Jeremiah 10:2-5 where it is denounced as a heathen idol:

Thus 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. 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.

Are you going to have a Christmas tree in your church this year? Are you going to have one in your
house? Are you going to give presents to each other on 25th December in honour of Nimrod? Have you thought of other things you can do that will keep the children happy and at the same time not give honour to Babylon?

For the last two years our family has abandoned Christmas and celebrated the Jewish festival of
Hannukah. We do not consider Hannukah to be an "alternative Christmas", because to do so would be to degrade a Jewish festival that exists for entirely different reasons. For some time before we abandoned Christmas we were celebrating both Christmas and Hannukah. We celebrated Christmas because we didn't know any better, and we celebrated Hannukah because it represents a historic event that we wanted to remember - the restoration of the Temple in 165 BC, after it had been desecrated by the Hellenistic Syrians. Then we realised there was something wrong with Christmas, so we abandoned it and continued with Hannukah. As far as I am aware, Hannukah is purely historical and there are no Pagan origins.

The dates of the Jewish festivals vary from year to year in relation to the Gregorian Calendar.
Hannukah lasts for eight days, and this year (1997) the first day is 24th December and the eighth
day is 31st December. The children will open one present each day from 24th-31st December, but
on Christmas Day they won't open anything. They will just play with the toys they have already
opened. We want that day to be just a normal day, and I will go to work. I can do that because I
work at home.

For more details of how the Babylonian system of religion has been passed on the the church via
Egypt and Rome, I recommend that you should read:

The Two Babylons, Rev. Alexander Hislop, Partridge, ISBN 0-7136-0470-0

Copyright Mike Gascoigne

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