Unmasking Christmas

Put away the foreign gods which are among you – Joshua 24:23

It’s the Nativity season and wise men are nowhere to be found. That’s because the church observes Christ’s birth on the wrong month. And on a pagan holiday. Some researchers believe Jesus was born on the Biblical Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) on Sept. 11, 3 B.C.

Christmas is a Christian hoax. God expresses His contempt for the holiday in both the Old Testament and New Testament although the term isn’t used directly. At least two pagan deities mentioned in Scripture are linked to Christmas. The LORD identifies them in Amos 5:26 – Sikkuth and Chiun. The Hebrew word for Chiun, kiyuwn, means detestable or filthy thing. God tells the prophet Amos these deities have defiled Israel. Both names represent the harvest god Saturn.

Stephen, a church deacon and the first Christian martyr, makes a reference to Saturn in Acts 7:43. He quotes our Amos passage but substitutes the name Remphan for Chiun. Remphan is an Egyptian name for Saturn.

Saturn is the pagan connection to Christmas. The Roman festival of Saturnalia, which venerated this pagan god, was assimilated into Christianity in the fourth century. The church converted large numbers of pagans by promising they could continue to celebrate Saturnalia, a popular Roman holiday. One problem: Saturnalia, a week-long celebration in late December, had nothing to do with Christ. To remedy this church leaders assigned the last day of Saturnalia, Dec. 25, as Jesus’ birthday.

Now that we’ve unmasked Christmas let’s go back to the book of Amos. Hear God’s complaint in 5:21-23:

I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.

Written by Jeff King

Jeff is a retired newspaper journalist in the United States and follower of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth

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