by Pastor Don Elmore
December 7, 2014
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 12:25-33
This map shows the two cities where Jeroboam 1 built his false temples; one in the South, the other in the North. From the very beginning, the House of Israel did not worship their God correctly.
Let’s see what the opening Scriptures say about how the House of Israel began; The House of Israel had the:
- Wrong King: Had a man who was not of the seed of David: Jeroboam was a king who was born from the seed of Ephraim (2 Kings 11:26). God ordained that all kings were to come from the family of David, of the lineage of Judah.
- Wrong Priests: Jeroboam made priests of the lowest of the people: None were of Levi. God ordained that all His priests were go come from the line of Levi; no other tribe.
- Wrong Temple: Jeroboam made two new temples; one in Bethel and the other in Dan. Inside each temple he put what he said were the “gods that brought you out of Egypt”: two golden calves. God had built His house in Jerusalem. His throne was in the inner court on the Ark of the Covenant.
- Wrong feast days: Jeroboam made a feast that was similar to Judah’s but he celebrated it on the wrong month; the 8th instead of the 7th.
- Wrong laws kept: Jeroboam kept a different set of laws than what God told them to do. In fact, it says that the kings of Israel all followed after the commandments of other gods, particularly Baalim.
The House of Israel experienced in 205 years: 19 kings; 9 dynasties; 7 assassinations; 1 suicide; 1 killed in battle; 1 died falling through a lattice and each new king was worse than his predecessor. There was not one good king in the whole bunch according to the Bible. The Old Testament refers to the kingship of Israel as all being disobedient to the Laws of God.
This chart shows that all the Kings of the House of Israel, on the left, were disobedient to their God. The Kings on the right, are from the House of Judah. Notice that they had a broad mixture of kings; some very good; some very bad.
All of the kings of the House of Israel were bad. Some of the kings of its rival; the House of Judah, were good. In the House of Israel’s first 57 years of history, out of 210 years, there had already been 2 assassinations and 1 suicide. There had only been six kings, the seventh one had just come into power. His name was Ahab, son of the former king whose name was Omri.
King Omri was one of Israel’s most effective leaders who brought order and security to a divided nation. How did he come into power as the king? Well, as Omri was about to kill King Zimri; who committed suicide before Omri could kill him, by burning down the house that he was in. King Zirmi, who had one of the shortest reigns of any king in history—seven days, made himself king of Israel after assassinating King Elah.
Then there was a divided opinion as to who would be king: Tibni or Omri. But eventually the people who followed Omri prevailed against the people who followed Tibni; so Omri became the 6th king of the House of Israel. It was like in our day when Gore and Bush had their close contest and neither one knew who was going to be the next president.
To consolidate his power and gain control of strategic trade routes, King Omri made the city of Samaria the new capital of the northern kingdom. Ahab, King Omri’s son and successor, competed construction on this capital city, built to rival Jerusalem in the lasting beauty of its buildings. In due time, the whole area surrounding the prominent city became known as Samaria.
King Omri cemented ties with Phoenicia by marrying off his son, Ahab, to Jezebel, daughter of the Phoenician king. However, this political marriage opened the door to the pagan worship of Baal so hotly contested by the Hebrew prophets Elijah and Elisha.
The religion of Israel during the Wilderness Days
In the Old Testament, the apostasy into which the Israelites repeatedly fell was that of an adulterated mixture of worshipping the sun god with a small remembrance of their God on their lips. Usually they did not totally reject the worship of the true God but mixed heathen rites with it! We all realize that such worship, as Israel did while Moses was up on the mount, was false, and an abomination in the sight of God, Yet—and this is the point we would make—it was claimed that this was a “feast unto the Lord” (Exodus32:5).
During the forty years in the wilderness, the Israelites carried the tabernacle of God. However, some of them were not content with this, so they added something else. They made unto themselves a Babylonian tabernacle that was carried also! “But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun, your images” (Amos 5:26; Acts 7:42, 43). These were but other names for the Sun-god Baal and the mother goddess Astarte. Because of this mixture, their songs of worship, sacrifices, and offerings were rejected by God.
Priests called "Father"
Mixture was also apparent in the days of the Judges when a Levite priest who claimed to speak the Word of the Lord, served in a “house of gods,” and was called by the title “father” (Judges 17:5-13). A man by the name of Micah said to a young Levite, “Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest” (Judges 17:10). Micah was a grown man with a son of his own; the Levite was “a young man.” The title “father” was obviously used in a religious sense, as a priestly designation. Micah wanted him to a father-priest in his “house of gods.” This was a type of Catholicism, for while the young priest claimed to speak the Word of the “LORD” (Judges 18:6), the worship was clearly mixed with idols and SUN Worship.
Now if the Sun Worshipers in Rome called their priests by the title “father,” and if Christ said to call no man “father,” from what source did the Roman Catholic custom of calling a priest by this title come—from Christ or SUN Worship?
Even the House of Judah had Baal worship for time to time. At the time of Ezekiel, an idol had been placed right at the entrance of the Jerusalem temple. Priests offered incense to false gods which were pictured upon the walls. Women wept for Tammuz and men worshiped the SUN at dawn from the temple area (Ezekiel 8).
Who was the God of the House of Israel during the days of Ahab?
1 Kings 16:30-33:
30) And Ahab, the son of Omri, did evil in the sight of the LORD above all who were before him.
31) And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, that he took as his wife Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him.
32) And he reared up an altar of Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
33) And Ahab made an idol; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.
The House of Israel served Baal. They built him an altar and a house. Who was Baal? Baal was the one of the many names for SUN god. It was the covenant people of God who had split into the northern kingdom who were worshipping Baal. It was not non-Israelites. In fact, it the vast majority of Israelites who held the true priests of God hidden in a cave, while outwardly worshipping the false god Baal. Then along came Elijah, the prophet. Elijah set up a contest to see who the true God was. He told Israel not to hold two different opinions. It caused the death of 450 Baal priests and the true identification of the God of Israel and the end of Israel’s severe drought.
Black Robed Priests
God’s message through the prophet Zephaniah was this: “I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the chemarims with the priests” (Zephaniah 1:4). This message was to Judah eighty years after the House of Israel was taken into captivity; but it shows that the “chemarims” were priests who wore black robes for garments. This same word is translated “idolatrous priests” by the King James translators. In 2 Kings 23:5 it says that these idolatrous priests also “…burned incense unto Baal, to the sun and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.” These Baal priests wore black robes instead of the white-robes that God’s priests were instructed to wear. They were appointed not by God, but by man.
Black is the distinctive color of the clergy garments worn by the priests of the Roman Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations also follow this custom. But why black? Black has for centuries been linked with death. Hearses, traditionally, have been black and black is worn by mourners at funerals. If any suggest that black should be worn in honor or the death of Christ, we would only point out that Christ is no longer dead!
Even the Community Baptist Church that I grew up in, its minsters wore black robes. And they also had displayed some of the symbols of the enemy of the church; masquerading as symbols of so-called Judeo-Christianity. And they, of course, celebrated Christmas and Easter. They had a sunrise service, which I went to once as a child, in the local park on Easter and Christmas services at 6 PM and 8 PM. We had Holy Communion once a month; each first Sunday of each new month.
But there was nothing in the Bible that had any real meaning for us:
- We were taught that the Jews were God’s covenant people.
- Jesus and all the Apostles were Jews.
- The early church was made up of Jews.
- That the Romans crucified Jesus.
- The Jews refused the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection, so the gospel went to the gentiles.
- After the church would be raptured, the Jews will once again (did they ever?) believe in Jesus. Hogwash!
- I was taught that the Old Testament was the holy book of the Jews.
- I heard nothing of the Babylonian Talmud and the Jewish magical book: the Kabballah.
- I did hear that the Jews were kicked out of England, but I didn’t know why. They were kicked out from 1290-1660. So, when the Pilgrims came to America, there were no Jews in England!
- I didn’t know the Jews were mainly in control of interest charging banks (usury). I hadn’t heard that it was against God’s law to charge usury to your brethren. I didn’t know that all debts were canceled every seven years. And every fifty years was a year of jubilee. What was that? America didn’t have any of these days.
And in recent days:
- Then there was 9/11. How could a 47 story building fall down in 6 ½ seconds? The Arabs did it; from a cave in Afghanistan?
- Then there was Sandy Hook? There were so many contradictory stories that it makes your head swim.
- Then was the Cassidy Stay’s family massacre. You remember, she was saved from execution by one of her fingers deflecting the bullet so it only gave her a skull fracture. She left the hospital after two days with no bandages on her head; flashing the sign of Satan everywhere. Has anyone seen her lately?
When the children of Israel fell into apostasy, they too were defiled with this god and goddess worship. As we read in Judges 2:13 “They forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.”
Consider this for a moment….how and why does an Israelite serve Baal and Astaroth?
Every baby born into these civilizations were ruled, controlled and compelled to worship the SUN! So these masses of people knew nothing else, nor had the chance to know anything else. But as you read the Bible, you notice that in the Old Testament you find that the nation of Israel also quickly became SUN Worshipers just like all the Sun Worshiping nations around them (Ezekiel 8 & 23).
So God had to punish His own people because they violated His covenant and became SUN Worshipers. It is extremely important to understand that in SUN Worship the leaders or Kings of these world empires declared to their “subjects” that they were the Sun god in mankind’s flesh, and so they demanded worship!
Historically they are known as Sovereign Pontiffs or Pontifex Maximus. This is a vital clue to identify the Sun Worship system of today. The leader or Pope of the Roman Catholic Church is called “Pontifex Maximus.”
The main holiday of Sun Worship is Christmas. Christmas is the combination of two words: “Christ’s Mass.” The last “s” is dropped in both of the two words, along with the apostrophe; and it is made into one word. Most Protestants who celebrate this awful holiday don’t stop and think what that means. They think that they are celebrating the birthday of their Savior—but they are not.
Do Protestants keep the Mass? No. Then why then would they celebrate the Mass of Jesus Christ (Christmas)? Because they’re not told that the midnight Roman Catholic Church service is the Mass of Christ! All they are told is “Merry Christmas!”
Even the King or Queen of England had to say this at his/her coronation in Protestant England, before 1776:
“I, A. B., by the grace of God, King (or Queen) of England, Scotland and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God, profess, testify, and declare, that I do believe that in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper there is not any Transubstantiation of the elements of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ at or after the consecration thereof by any person whatsoever: and that the invocation or adoration of the Virgin Mary or any other Saint, and the Sacrifice of the Mass, as they are now used in the Church of Rome, are superstitious and idolatrous.”
Every Christmas day, at midnight, there is a special mass given in the Roman Catholic Church at Rome and at other cathedrals around the world. It took me most of my life to know that this was Christmas—the Mass of Christ!
I remember watching on television as a young man this midnight mass. I wondered, why do they celebrate it at midnight? Wouldn’t it make more sense for them to have the service earlier and then the people could get a good night’s sleep? The next morning would be a full day of opening presents, eating a big meal and in many cases traveling to relatives’ and/or friends’ homes to celebrate the day.
For three days, since the winter solstice; the amount of daylight has not increased; it has remained the same. It is at the lowest amount of time of daylight in the entire year. The sun has died. Will it be resurrected?
So why do they have the mass at midnight? I couldn’t find the answer on the internet, but I think that I know. Midnight was the time that the first born of the Egyptians all died. Midnight was not the God of Israel’s time: His day started at sunset. On our calendar, each new day begins now at one second after midnight.
It is after three days of the winter solstice that the amount of daylight begins to increase—that shows that the sun has been resurrected. They celebrate this fact at midnight on the day that the daylight begins to increase until the summer solstice. That day is December 25th, thus the birthday of Mithras, Baal, Tammuz, Horus, Apollyon, etc.
When I was young, and when my family celebrated Christmas, I was told that it was the birthday of Jesus; not the birthday of all these false sun-gods. When I was in my twenties, I discovered that the Roman Catholic Church had actually used a couple of other days as His birthday, before they settled on December 25th. In fact, the Eastern Orthodox Church, I learned, celebrates it today on a day in January! I thought: If the Church just picked out a day for His birthday; why would they pick a day that the pagans said was their god’s birthday?
Or why hadn’t their scholars found the real birthday of Jesus; for they could after a little bit of searching. For example, they could learn when John the Baptist was born from his father’s course that he served the temple; and then when they found when his birthday was all they had to do was just add 6 months to find the answer as to when the savior was born. His birthday was in the Fall.
The Roman Catholic Mass
What, exactly, is the Mass? Protestants celebrate something close to it: Holy Communion. But the Protestants believe that the unleavened bread and the wine represents the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Roman Catholics believe that their priests can magically change these two elements into the actual body and blood of our Savior. And they do this every day of the year.
When the priest says the words of magic he changes the Roman Catholic round-shaped bread, which the Roman Catholics call the Host, or the victim into the actual body of Christ. During the Catholic Mass, the priest has to say the Formula and not miss one word, to get the wafer to “confect”; i.e. supposedly changed into “Jesus.”
This is the same as spell craft; miss one word, and the spell fails. Witches and others who perform this kind of “magic” know that “getting the words exact” is part of the deal. If the priest gets one word wrong, the wafer does not “presto changeo” into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ.
The bread is in a round shape; not in the flat shape that most of the Protestants use. For they imitate when Jesus instituted the memorial supper, he simply took unleavened bread and brake it. But bread does not break into perfectly round uniform pieces!
Breaking the bread actually represents the body of Jesus which was broken for us by the cruel beatings and stripes that He suffered the night before His crucifixion. But this symbolism is not carried out by serving a round, disk-shaped wafer that is completely whole. The Roman Catholic savior did not suffer any beatings or strife when one looks at the symbolism of its host.
If the use of a round wafer is without Scriptural basis, is it possible that we are faced with another example of Sun worship influence? The round wafer is only another symbol of Baal, or the Sun. It roundness symbolizes the roundness of the Sun.
What Did Jesus Do?
After Jesus “blessed” the elements, they were not changed into his literal flesh and blood, for he (literally) was still there. He had not vanished away to appear in the form of bread and wine. After he had blessed the cup, he still called it “the fruit of the vine,” not His literal blood (Matthew 26:29). And since Jesus drank from the cup also, did he drink His own blood? If the wine became actual blood, to drink it would have been forbidden by the Bible. Eating blood was strictly forbidden in the Bible:
Leviticus 7:26: “Moreover, ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it is of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings.”
Leviticus 17:10: “And whatsoever man there is of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, who eateth any manner of blood, I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.”
Deuteronomy 12:16: “Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.”
Deuteronomy 15:23: “Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it upon the ground as water.”
Leviticus 17:14: “For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh; for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.”
Acts 15:20: “But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”
So if the wine is also magically turned into blood, the blood of Jesus Christ, which is what the Roman Catholic Church has taught from its beginning; anyone who drinks it will be cut off.
The Council of Trent
The Council of Trent, which ended in 1563, was the most important movement of the Catholic Counter-Reformation; the Catholic Church’s first significant reply to the growing Protestant Reformation. The Council of Trent proclaimed that the belief in transubstantiation was essential to salvation and pronounced curses on any who would deny it. The Council ordered pastors to explain that not only did the elements of the Mass contain flesh, bones, and nerves as a part of Christ, “but also a WHOLE CHRIST.”
The Catholic Encyclopedia says, “The dogma of the totality of the Real Presence means that in each individual species the WHOLE CHRIST, flesh and blood, body and soul, Divinity and humanity, is really present.”
The piece of bread having become “Christ,” is believed that in offering it up, the priest sacrifices Christ. A curse was pronounced by the Council of Trent on any who believed otherwise; “Canon I: If any one saith that in the Mass a true and proper sacrifice is not offered to God, or, that to be offered is nothing else but that Christ is given us to eat: let him be anathema.”
Let us think about this for a minute. Roman Catholics say that no one (that includes us) who does not partake of the Roman Catholic transubstantiation mass will not be saved. Wow! The Roman Catholics believe in a church-work salvation. It’s their Mass that saves; not Jesus Christ.
And they say that anyone who says that the Mass is NOT a true and proper sacrifice, let them be accursed. They say that we are not saved and that we are cursed by God. Do they really believe that we are Christians?
Why Do They Celebrate it Every Day?
In Catholic belief, this “sacrifice” is a renewal of the sacrifice of the cross: “Christ…commanded that His bloody sacrifice on the Cross should be daily renewed by an unbloody sacrifice of His body and blood in the Mass under the simple elements of bread and wine.”
Because the elements are changed into Christ, He “is present in our churches not only in a spiritual manner, but really, truly, and substantially as the victim of a sacrifice.” Though the ritual has been carried out millions of times, attempts are made to explain that it is the same sacrifice as Calvary because the victim in each case is Jesus Christ.
The very idea of Christ—“flesh and blood, body and soul, Divinity and humanity” being offered repeatedly as a “renewal” of the sacrifice of the cross, stands in sharp contrast to the words of Jesus on the cross: “It is finished” (John 19:30).
The Old Testament animal sacrifices had to be continually offered because none of them was the perfect sacrifice. But now “we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ ONCE for all. For every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man [Christ], after he had offered ONE sacrifice for sins…forever, sat down on the right hand of God…for by ONE offering He perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:10-14).
Catholic doctrine says the sacrifice of Christ on the cross should “be daily renewed,” but the New Testament sets the idea of “daily sacrifices” in contrast to the ONE sacrifice of Christ. He is not to be offered often, for “as it is appointed unto men once to die…so Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:25-28). In view of this, those who believe the sacrifice of the cross should be continually renewed in the Mass, in a sense, “crucify to themselves the son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6).
There is a movie trailer and commercial that is blowing up the internet. The movie trailer is for the movie: Joyeux Noel, a quite heart-warming story. It is a very touching story that is based on the historical truces of World War I. The story was dramatized into a full length movie.
The German soldier leaves the trench that he was fighting in and approaches the British troops that are in the trenches that they are fighting him in; with the olive branch on Christmas Eve. Soldiers on both sides laid down their weapons in commemoration of the holidays. It shows both British and German forces playing a friendly soccer match and a touching gift exchange. They put down their arms and had a truce and celebrated Christmas. This is a true story. It happened in 1918. But am I the only one who knows that both sides were honoring the wrong god; they were worshipping the Sun God.
It a powerful remembrance of the meaning of the Mass of Christ. It’s the one Sabbath that is kept in both countries. What does it mean when both countries take a small truce and play soccer and exchange gifts on Christmas Eve? Is that Christian? There is a one evening truce; and the next day they are killing each other once again.
It is too bad that both sides did not know that the Pilgrims who came from England to the Netherlands to America did not celebrate Christmas. In fact, they rightly hated that Roman Catholic day. For they knew that it was a Roman Catholic holiday; the same old sun worship that is the enemy of true Christianity.
The Pilgrims and many of the Puritans, Presbyterians, Congregationists, Methodists and Baptists and did not celebrate this continuation of the pagan Rome’s Saturnalia. The all knew the evils of this monstrance church; with its torturous inquisitions and killings. It wasn’t until a few years before the Battle of Blood River in South Africa; that the first American state, Alabama, celebrated the Mass of Christ as a state holiday. Soon other states followed. And now it is celebrated by most of the world; in a grand manner.
After the bread has been changed into “Christ” by the priest, it is placed on a monstrance in the center of a Sunburst design. Before the monstrance Roman Catholics bow and worship the little wafer as God! The practice is similar to the practices of heathen tribes that worship fetishes.
The idea of transubstantiation was not without its problems. I remember going on a young people’s class at my Community Baptist Church as a middle schooler. We went to different churches and synagogues each month. This day we traveled to the local Roman Catholic Church. It was kind of funny as the priest had to geneflex every time he approached the center of the church; he passed it many times going on his way to show us the answer to many of our questions.
I remember the question that was asked about transubstantiation and the young priest’s answer. The question was: “What happens when there is a crumb of the host that falls to the floor by accident and a mouse by chance eats it: did the mouse eat God’s body?”
The priest said that this was a problem for many centuries. The Roman Church believes that even a crumb was believed to contain a whole Christ. The priest told us that the Roman Church had even considered what happens if a member accidently vomited after he had received communion.
He even told us that there were meetings in Catholic history about what to do if a man spilled some of the former wine, but now blood of Christ on his beard. Should he have his beard burned, or should the man be destroyed? The Roman Catholic priest admitted that there was some very strange doctrines that accompanied the idea of transubstantiation.
This subject is addressed in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, No. 280:
“If a host or any particle should fall, it is to be picked up reverently. If any of the Precious Blood is spilled, the area where the spill occurred should be washed with water, and this water should then be poured into the sacrarium in the sacristy.”
What in the world is a “sacrarium”? It is the left sink in the sacristy into which water from the cleansing of sacred vessels is poured. It does not drain into the sewer but goes directly into the ground. Even the items used for Communion will be washed in these special sinks to make sure the Eucharist crumbs or wine end up going into the ground instead of into the plumbing pipes and down the sewer.
For many centuries, because of this belief, the priests only offered the members the bread. The Church reasoned that the members were less likely to spill the bread than the wine, so only the priests drank the wine. Now, in most Catholic Churches, the priests offer their members both the bread and wine.
But couldn’t chemists analyze the bread and wine to see if it was changed to the body and blood of Jesus Christ? That wouldn’t be hard to do. It still smells like bread and wine. And if you drink enough of the wine, would you get drunk? After all, it is just a matter of salvation!
Every Catholic altar table has to have a relic (or basically the part of a dead person installed into it), to be valid. Now Catholic priests can use other tables, under special clauses such as ones during war, etc. but every Catholic altar you see in its churches has a relic installed into it. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that one of those relics, dead body parts, has to be present for the Mass to be valid! Former Pope John Paul II’s relic is his blood in a glass case in the central altar in Krakow, Poland.
Christmas is the pagan’s counterfeit story of the death of Jesus Christ. It is based on Nimrod, his wife Simeramus, and her son Tammuz; the false trinity. It goes by different names in different parts of the world: for example, in Egypt it is known by Osiris, Isis and Horus. Israelites have worshiped these false gods many times and were punished for their serving other gods. They forsook the God who made an unconditional covenant with their fathers with a god who does nothing but brings death and tells them nothing but lies.
And what church has the biggest solar wheel of all? They also have an obelisk. There are obelisks all over the world. New York City has one from Egypt. So does London, England. The United States of America had the largest one in the world: the George Washington obelisk in Washington D. C.
The church that has the largest solar wheel and obelisk is the Roman Catholic Church. It forms the courtyard of St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican in Rome, Italy. The obelisk is from Egypt. Why would the supposed mother church of all Christianity have two main symbols of the false religion of the Egyptians?
When our government was formed, it was Roman Catholics and Jews who were forbidden to hold office and to vote. The Constitution of the United States changed this when it eliminated the religious test for all federal employees. Now they are both everywhere in government, for example the Supreme Court has 6 Roman Catholics; 3 Jews as members; 0 Protestants!
Do I believe in Christmas? No. I believe that Jesus Christ was born in the Fall of the year; not in the Winter. His birthday is not on the same date as Mithras, Tammuz, Horus, Baal, Apollyon and a host of other false pagan gods. Our God said to worship Him. He told our fathers not to even try to worship Him in the manner that the other nations worship their gods. I believe we should “…contend for the faith of our fathers.”
“The Festival of the holy Birth of Christ…was not appointed by the holy apostles, nor by their successors either, as is clear from the canons of the holy apostles. But many years after…this festival was invented, as some say, by the disciples of the heretic Cerinthus (the Nicholaitan); and by them it was spread and diffused all over the world.” Ananias of Shirak, On Christmas, The Expositor, 5th series, volume 4 (1896) Translation; pp. 323-337.
Pope Sixtus III institutionalized the Nicholaitan’s “Christ-Mass” (from ancient Ephesus) as the law of the Roman Empire. Replacing the “Christ” of the Bible with Rome’s “Apollo-Christ” and created an idol (image) of him to be worshiped.
Has America changed in their belief of Christmas from its beginning as a nation? Here is what America believed about Christmas before it became a nation:
The observation of Christmas having been deemed a sacrilege, the exchange of gifts and greetings, dressing in fine clothes, feasting and similar satanic practices, are hereby FORBIDDEN, with the offender liable to a fine of five shillings.” (Language updated) -- 17th century America.
Here is what America believed approximately 80 years after it became a nation:
“Churches of the Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist were not open on December 25th. They do not accept the day as a holy day.” New York Times, December 26, 1855; 18th century America.
America has changed 180° since its beginning. We are facing the same problems that the Pilgrims were facing when they had to flee England. We have forsaken our God and bought the lies of our enemies; we do not read the Bible!
It is one of the biggest deceptions in the history of the world. America now has the new, improved Protestant “sanitized” Santa Claus, the buying and giving of gifts, the festive meal, the visiting of relatives and friends, the greetings, the Christmas tree, mistletoe, all the emotional stories, etc. all hide the meaning of Christ’s Mass; when Christ is sacrificed daily. His special ungodly sacrifice is held on midnight on Christmas Day.
When Elijah held the contest with the House of Israel Baal priests, he felt that he was the only one who believed what God said. But God told him that there were 7000 who had not bowed their knees to Baal.
7,000 out of about 10,000,000! Not very many. How many Caucasians in America do you thing have not bowed the knee to Baal. Probably about the same percentage. We are a remnant. We know what gods our fathers served on the other side of the flood and in Egypt and in the Promised land and in America; “…And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve:…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).
I hate the Mass. I hate the Roman Catholic Mass. I hate the midnight Mass. I hate Christ’s Mass. I hate Christmas. I hate the repeating, daily sacrifice that is available for everyone in the whole world.
I love the ONE time sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the sinless Lamb of God whose offering was accepted by God the Father. He died so His people could be reconciled back to one another and back to God. I love the one time sacrifice of our covenant God on behalf of His people.
Which God will you serve?
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel.