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Did you know Santa Claus dates back to Old Babylon? Did you know the prophet Jeremiah speaks of the cutting of trees and decorating them with gold and silver? Or, did you know the title "Christmas" ...

Did you know Santa Claus dates back to Old Babylon? Did you know the prophet Jeremiah speaks of the cutting of trees and decorating them with gold and silver? Or, did you know the title "Christmas" was originally a Roman state church "Mass" to celebrate and pray to a dead "saint?"

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  • EXCHANGING LIFE PUBLISHING | P.O. BOX 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | ChristAsLife@IOMAmerica.org | www.IOMAmerica.org
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  • The Truth About Christmas By Dr. Stephen PhinneyDid you know Santa Claus dates back to Old Babylon? Did you know the prophet Jeremiahspeaks of the cutting of trees and decorating them with gold and silver? Or, did you know thetitle "Christmas" was originally a Roman state church "Mass" to celebrate and pray to a dead"saint?" One of my favorites is the "Yule Log" - which originally, and still does in many cultures,represents the "mother of god - queen of heaven."There is an old phrase that goes like this: "When youre in Rome, do as the Romans do." Thiscute little cliché is more true than we might realize. If Rome is indeed the Babylon of the end-times and the Madonna (also known as the mother of God) is always lifted up as the "queen ofheaven," it would behoove us to examine the reality of Gods warning to His people about idolworship and Roman paganism. Dont get me wrong. I enjoy Christmas as much as the nextfellow, but I refuse to connect this holiday to any Christian history. Even its title is intended tosupport the Roman pagan event - Christ-mass.Originally, it was the Roman state church that adopted a local pagan belief, made it "holy," andthen required the people to attend "mass" in order to celebrate this "mother of god" - the Christ-mass tree. Tree, you say? In its beginning, Christ-mass had nothing to do with the birth ofJesus. But it all had to do with an idol evergreen tree being cut from the forest and placed at thefront of the church, to help ward off evil spirits of this pagan "holy day" (Eze. 6:13)."For the customs of the peoples are delusion; because it is wood cut from the forest, thework of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. They decorate it with silver and withgold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers so that it will not totter. Like a scarecrowin a cucumber field are they, and they cannot speak; they must be carried, because theycannot walk! Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, nor can they do any good"(Jeremiah 10:3-5, NASB).The Christmas tree is so common to us that we have forgotten the reason we display it in ourhomes, churches, and communities. As you read, the historical roots of this tree are traced backlong before Christians turned this figure of idolatry into something Christ Jesus Himself wouldsupposedly promote. The Jeremiah reference to the Christmas tree was, and still is, an iconicworship symbol for the Babylonians. Then, the Egyptians took ownership, followed by theRomans who sanctioned it as an official "church" icon. It spread throughout Europe and foundits resting place in the United States of America. I am like many Christians today - this tree isnothing other than a fun tool of tradition, much like a birthday cake. Attempts to sign the name ofJesus to this object would be nothing less than idolatry.The actual origin of the tree is associated with the mother of Adonis, the sun god. History bookstell us this mother would change into a tree once a year, to remind the Babylonians of the birthEXCHANGING LIFE PUBLISHING | P.O. BOX 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | ChristAsLife@IOMAmerica.org | www.IOMAmerica.org
  • of her son, the "man of the branch." It is from this historical record that we find the base of thebeliefs of placing the "Yule Log" in the fire on "Christ-mass eve," stating: "The seed of thewoman," "Indigene," or "born of the fire," must enter the fire on "Mother-night," in order that hemay be born the next day, out of it as the "Branch of God," or "the tree that brings gifts to allmen." Why a Log? Because the "child of the fire" was an incarnation of the great god Nimrod,cut off from his power and glory, stripped of all its branches, and cut down to the ground. Butwait, theres more. The great serpent, their symbol of restored life (Asclepius), twists itselfaround the dead trunk. Behold, the next day a sprout of a palm tree appears - the Egyptiansymbol of new life. Later, the iconic leader of Pergamum coined it as the global symbol ofhealing - our medical symbol. It needs to be noted that the original "Yule Log" was delineated asthe dead stock of Nimrod, deified as the sun god, but cut down by his enemies (God).Therefore, the origin of the "Christ-mass tree" is Nimrods resurrection, or the second coming ofthe Great Babylon. Its hard to believe all that is sitting in our living rooms each year, isnt it?Have you ever kissed someone under that ever so popular piece of green stuff, calledmistletoe? I certainly have! Even though the Druids (forefathers to the modern Masons andSatanists) globalized the superstition, the original belief has its roots dangling from the branchesof old Babylon. In Babylon, mistletoe represented their "Messiah" - the "man of the branch."Mistletoe was considered a divine branch. In fact, a branch that came from "heaven," birthedthrough dirt, sprang forth to rule the earth, and brought "reconciliation and world peace unto allmen." Where did the idea of kissing under the mistletoe come from? Kissing is acultural/relational seal - "sealed with a kiss." Kissing in the early Bible years was just assignificant as a "wax seal" upon a document of a king, such as the marital kiss. Kissing underthe mistletoe was the pagans outward act of agreement that the "Messiah" would come to grantthe world peace and reconciliation. Who is this "Messiah" the Babylonians keep referring to? Iwill give you a hint - it is not Jesus.What about our "Christ-mass turkey?" The turkey is the American beast of choice, havingreplaced the European goose, as well as, the original Babylonian boars head. Many countriesstill follow the practice of using the boars head - the "divine" symbol of the blood sacrifice for thesins of the Babylonians. The "head on the platter" was a practice used all the way back throughthe dark ages of early Europe. The act of beheading John the Baptist, and delivering his head tothe king on a silver platter, was 100% pagan and rooted in old Babylon.Now, lets look at the traditional beliefs (lies) associated with the actual day of celebration.December 25th was not the day Christ was born. There is not one word in the Bible about theprecise day of His birth, nor the time of the year when He was born. What is recorded though,implies at what time His birth took place. It could not have been on the 25th of December. At thetime the angel announced His birth to the shepherds of Bethlehem, they were "feeding theirflocks by night" in the open fields. I dont know if you have done much reading or visiting duringthe winter months in the Middle East, but the cold of the night is so piercing, that the flocks ofthe night would have been frozen ice sculptures. Plus, it was not the custom for the shepherdsof Judea to watch their flocks in the open fields later than about the end of October. AnotherEXCHANGING LIFE PUBLISHING | P.O. BOX 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | ChristAsLife@IOMAmerica.org | www.IOMAmerica.org
  • inaccuracy is that at the birth of Christ, every man, woman, and child was to go to be taxed atthe city where each was birthed. This meant some had to journey many miles to fulfill their civicduty. But, the middle of the winter was not fitting for such politics - especially for women withchild and/or children to travel with in the cold. Christ Himself talked about how extreme thewinters could be during the winter:"But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath" (Matthew 24:20,NASB).The date of our Saviors birth is most likely consistent with all of the other "firsts" in Jesus life orin the whole of the Bible. When we look at the dates of tax gathering, winter conditions, and theJewish dating system, Jesus was most likely born April 1. The first day of April is the first day ofthe first month. In observing Gods historical relevance for causing things to happen on the firstday of April, such as: the completion of the Tabernacle and the raising of the veil, it is fairly safeto say it was April first. Another interesting factor is that no one really knows or can account forthe origin of "April Fools Day." In the earliest of Christian days, due to the contempt directed atJesus and those who remembered His true birthday, many came to believe the suggestion thatthe early "anti-Christ" worked to develop "Fools Day."Klassens calendar research shows us that Jesus began His public ministry at age 30 in A.D.26, which is exactly 4,000 years after Adam was created. Also, by using the Jewish calendar,April 1 in 3975 B.C. was a Friday, the sixth day - mans creation. There is NO scholar, I amaware of, who would dare to proclaim the confirmed day of our Saviors birth, nor would any saythe early Christian church has ever had the festival of Christmas as a part of their traditions. Infact, in the fourth century, the early church stood against this pagan festival started by this "new"state church of Rome - the Essenes (New Testament replacements of the Pharisees, whichlater became the official Roman church). How, then, did this "Romish" church fix on Decemberthe 25th and how did they get away with using Christs name to announce it?Long before the fourth century, and even longer before Jesus death on the cross, a festival wascelebrated among the "haters of God" (heathens). At this precise time of the year, in honor ofthe birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven, history reveals that the "Romish" churchrevived this satanic festival. It was to suppress the massive multiplication of the Christianchurch, in the third and fourth centuries. It was a clever way of drawing true indwelt Christians tothe Roman state church, which claimed to be the only Christian church. Church history alsoshows that this state church swapped out the names of the "sons," in order to attract moreconverts. It needs to be noted that this state church has had the tendency, since the early partof the third century, to adopt paganism, swap out names, and represent their pagan festivalsunder the "Christian banner." Godly men and women through the ages have tried to stop thismovement. In spite of their glorious efforts, God has allowed the apostasy to continue. Withdefeat written on their faces, but hearts filled with endurance, these Christians set out toseparate true believers from this Roman, state-driven, pagan movement. Thus, the era ofReformation began.EXCHANGING LIFE PUBLISHING | P.O. BOX 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | ChristAsLife@IOMAmerica.org | www.IOMAmerica.org
  • It is without question that the origins of Christ-mass are of pagan traditions. The time of the yearfor this celebration has its roots in Egypt, with the son of Isis (the Egyptian title for the queen ofheaven, the "mother of god"). The popular name by which Christmas has been associated is"Yule Day," which is the Chaldean name for an "infant" or "little child." Later, the name wasattached to a "Yule Log," which was thrown into the fire on "Mother-night" (the night thatpreceded "Infant Day"), in order to bring the mothers spirit back from the dead and to protectthem on this "most evil day." The Roman church found these pre-Christ traditions quite fitting fortheir "mother of god - Mary" and "infant son - Jesus." With a little "hand is quicker than the eye,"the swap was successfully made. Honestly, I think we should give this celebration back to theEgyptians; at least they were honest. Their festival had been commonly known as anastronomical character, referring simply to the completion of the suns yearly course and thecommencement of a new cycle. Their event merely commemorated the figurative birth-day ofthe sun starting a new year. I think I like that better than trying to shove "baby Jesus" into apagan holiday; what about you?Have you ever heard of Lord Moon? If youre not up-to-date in Arabian and New Age history,you probably have not. The Serbians of Arabia regarded the moon, not the sun, as their visibleperfect symbol of their favorite idol. What was their favorite day of the year to do this? On the24th of December each year, the Arabians would hold up the birthday of their lord - the moon. Itneeds to be noted that this same group regarded the Sun (Gad) as a female divinity and theMoon (Meni) as a male (Isaiah 65:11). What does all that mean? Simply put, the "mother ofgod" had her day in the sun on our Christmas Eve and Lord Moon was the original Christmaschild being celebrated.The fun little tradition of setting food out for Santa also started with this same group. Due to theirguilt and sins, they would set out Nur-Cakes (cupcakes) or Birth-Cakes (feast of the number),and a drink offering, to satisfy the "mother of god." This tradition dates way back before theprophet Isaiah:"But ye are they that forsake the LORD that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a tablefor that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number" (Isaiah 65:11, KJV).How about that funny, overstuffed man we all call Santa Claus? I know we are accustomed tohearing the American story, but there is much more. The original "Saint Nicholas" (Nikolaos ofMyra, or modern-day Turkey), was a strict, Greek Eastern Orthodox Christian. He was made a"saint" shortly after his death (in AD 343) by the leader of the Roman state church. He wasdeclared a "saint" to be prayed unto, to be shown acts of kindness and giving, and to assist intheir "Christ-mass" conversions. Nicholas had the reputation for secret gift giving, such asputting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him (our modern-day stockings). Afterthe Roman church popularized his habits of giving, the new "Saint Nicholas" became the centralfigure and example in the church as the "reason for the season." It was the Roman state church,in the Netherlands, which began using the name "Sinterklass" to describe the churchs highEXCHANGING LIFE PUBLISHING | P.O. BOX 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | ChristAsLife@IOMAmerica.org | www.IOMAmerica.org
  • priest role in the 25 days of Mass, before the day of the Mass of Christ - "Christ-mass." TheRoman church takes the credit for the invention of Christmas. But, the truth being said; our oldancestors, the Babylonians, get the full credit.Santa Claus (the Roman Father of the Christ-mass or Father Christmas) was the figure of thehigh church. This included the use of a red robe (Cardinals robe), a white beard (secondcoming of Christ), "pagan spirit beings" called elves (altar boys), and was loaded withindulgences. But, the real story behind this red robed man is far more pagan.The drunken December pagan festival of Bacchus was originally celebrated in Babylon. It was acustom lasting five days. The master of the house would serve his slaves and one of the slaveswould become the "ruler on top of the house." The "ruler" would clothe himself in a purplegarment, like a king. This "purple robed" servant was called "Zoganes," the "man of sport andwantonness (debauchery)," and would answer only to "Lord of Misrule." In the dark ages, thisfigure was known for revealing the Christ-mass. This "Lord of Misrule" evolved slowly into ourmodern-day Santa Claus.The tradition of the lighting of the Christ-mass eve candles is also rooted in old Babylon. Thecandles were used to do honor to the memory of Nimrod, the first king of Babylon. It was oncethe most distinguishing act of Babylonian worship, to have lit wax candles on their altars. Thecandles were also to remind the pagans that the second coming of Nimrod will occur and thathis wife will unify all religious thought. Speaking of women, you might be wondering what theoriginal Babylonian celebration was titled - they called it "Lady-day." Now we know it was theRoman state church that moved this celebration to December 25th, but the original date wasMarch 25th. It was an alleged commemoration of the miraculous conception of the "man of thebranch" from the virgin womb of the "queen of heaven," the Madonna of Babylon. On that day,the angel was sent to announce to her the distinguished honor that was to be given to her, asthe mother of the "Messiah." She was to appear on a goose (Mother Goose), with harp in hand,to announce the coming of her son, who will rule the earth.First of all, Nimrods wife wont be coming in on a goose, but rather on a red dragon. Secondly,her "Messiah" son is NOT Jesus Christ, but is none other than the Antichrist himself. The mostinteresting fact to me is that before our blessed Savior was even born of a virgin birth, grew intothe Tree of Life, died on that tree, then resurrected, (and soon to be returning in an authentic"second coming"); Satan replicated the truth, through his little whore, in the old town of Babylon.No superficial church historian can convince me of the "symbolic insignificance" of the intimaterelationship between Lady-day (Babylon), Christ-mass (Rome), and the Antichrist (Christreplica). Satan is not a lazy leader sitting on his hands, like most "Christians," waiting for theend-times to unfold. He is in the end-times and he knows it.In conclusion: Should we burn that Christmas tree in our living rooms or stop kissing under themistletoe hanging from our doorways? Well - thats between you and God. As for me and myhousehold: We will continue to enjoy the pretty lights draped on our "family tree," which hold theEXCHANGING LIFE PUBLISHING | P.O. BOX 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | ChristAsLife@IOMAmerica.org | www.IOMAmerica.org
  • cherished moments through hanging ornaments. And we will continue sipping on our hot cocoa,as we give thanks to Jesus Christ for coming into this world to save us from the tower ofBabylon.Dear reader;Here is one thing you can hold me in account. I will never deny the undeniable truth that Lady-day, Christ-mass, and the Antichrist are purely Babylonian; nor will I attempt to do "historicalrevisionism" with the pagan traditions of "Holy day."About The Author:Dr. Phinney is the Founder and Ministry Host of the Institute Of Ministry (IOM America) andfounder to the Exchanged Life Global Initiative, as well as the International Fellowship ofExchanged Life (IFEL). Stephen is also the co-founder of the Men Mapping OutreachMinistries, a ministry dedicated to equipping men to be protectors of women, children,community, and nation.Stephen has authored multiple books/teaching series on spiritual growth (click here) and haspublished over 280 online articles/booklets assisting others in obtaining a TransformationalBiblical Worldview. Even though he does NOT put much stock in these degrees, he holds aBachelors degree in Psychology, Masters in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctorate inMinistry. He also holds the status of Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at Oxford GraduateSchool.OBJECTIVE:Phinney’s primary objective is to equip individuals for the purpose of building up the Body ofChrist and assist in empowering men, women, children, and family units to have a generationalimpact on the communities they serve. This is accomplished by providing training, mentorship,and counseling by making use of the believers identity in Christ.About IOM America:Our PurposeIOM America is a tax-deductible 501c(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping members of the body ofChrist to experience, mature in, and communicate effectively the message of identification withChrist in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension in their various spheres of influence. Ourministry comes by way of a 3-Fold Vision: Biblical Worldview, Discipleship & Training and theExchanged Life Global Initiative. All three fold into the International Fellowship of ExchangedLife E-Community (IFEL).Fold 1: Worldview DevelopmentIt is our confession that worldview is birthed through personal identity! This is why it is criticalfor our workers to first understand who they are in Christ before they can lead another in such adiscovery. With this in mind, we aim to gently message the identification truths of co-death,EXCHANGING LIFE PUBLISHING | P.O. BOX 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | ChristAsLife@IOMAmerica.org | www.IOMAmerica.org
  • burial, resurrection, and ascension into all aspects of ministry communication. It is ourexperience that if any ministry or its workers focus on worldview issues before experimentallyunderstanding the power of the Cross, these workers could actually lead the Church away fromthe Truth that will set them free.Fold 2: Discipleship and TrainingOur primary objective is to equip individuals for the purpose of building up the Body of Christand to assist in empowering men, women, children, and families to have a greater impact on thecommunities they serve. This is accomplished by providing Christ-centered, Bible-basedguidance and training that focuses on issues pertaining to the indwelt Christians identity inChrist.We press forward to show individuals their freedom from enslaving mental, emotional, andspiritual conflicts by placing a special emphasis on IDENTITY MATTERS. The counseling styleis direct, honest and truly biblical.Whether you have already attended training, or would like to begin your training, we welcomeyou to learn more about how we can assist you in your ministry calling. The enrichment fromthese courses is applicable in your personal life and relationships from the first course on. Ifyou are interested in training or being discipled, please click here.Fold 3: Exchanged Life Global InitiativeThe ministry of IOM has adopted the proposal of the Exchanged Life Global Initiative, which hasprovided the ministry with a proactive pro-vision, in order to revitalize the worldview of unitingExchanged Life workers throughout the entire world. In addition to our existing strongpartnerships, we welcome the partnerships of other ministries that focus on the message of theExchanged Life to join our efforts! To learn more: click on Exchanged Life Global Initiative onmenu bar.EXCHANGING LIFE PUBLISHING | P.O. BOX 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | ChristAsLife@IOMAmerica.org | www.IOMAmerica.org