a controversial piece of art.
Artist Jimmy W. in BC Canada, who made this "Santa Cross" effigy.
He says it's intended to be a comment on society’s growing appetite for consumer goods.
Some of his neighbors complained that it was traumatizing their children. One woman said, "I think it's an evil way… I think that's terrible." But the artist says, "All I wanted to do was promote a dialogue… global warming is consumption driven, so that’s the argument. We have to come to terms with our hangup on consumption. We're in a consumptive orgy, I feel." Critics are concerned the effigy will spoil the "magic" of Christmas for children. But the artist replies, "If that magic is Santa and if that magic is ‘oh boy, lots of stuff,' well then that kid needs the message right away and so does the parent." One man said he thinks “the dummy makes a good statement”, another said "If you don’t like it, don’t look at it"...
I tried to call Jimmy and congratulate him for his efforts but couldn't get through. He was probably busy getting a trouncing from the Christians. Some years ago I wrote an article on Christmas that was printed in a Christian newspaper. A little old lady found my phone number and called to tell that she was going to do everything in her power to murder me. Why? Have I become your enemy because I tell you the truth? (ever hear that line before).
Christians are extremely well conditioned into believing in a Santa Claus-type Gospel. Most view Je-Zeus as the one who can make them rich, fix their marriage, and forgive all their repeated transgressions. About 65% percent of Americans are Christians who are convinced that JeZeus died on the cross and made them a superpower nation to bring the Gospel to the rest of the world. There are about a Billion Christians on earth who are counting on Jesus to bring them blessings much the same way the little children count on Santa. They construct these ideas from an absurd model of an "extravagant" Father as well.
"Americanized Christians" have long been trashing the planet. Most are under the religious spell that they will rapture into Glory, the last one to leave will light the fuse and blow the earth to hell. They don't get it. Jimmy you hit them where it hurts! Christians are functional materialists in the same vein of the evolutionist materialists whom they scorn. Most Christian institutions spend over 95% of their budget on themselves. The difference between the evolutionist materialist and Christian is: the evolutionist believes that man evolved FROM unintelligence, therefore their god IS the material world. The ultimate materialists, and greatest of fools, can't answer how the metaphysical world evolved.
The Christian prays and asks their god for materialism and their god supplies everything that the evolutionist also covets. It's quite fashionable for Christians to point to heaven and declare that they are so rich because of god and they have sooooo, so, much stuff. So, how big is YOUR god? A Christian leader once stuck a brochure of a new "Hummer" in my face, carrying on to say how the Hummer would help young people in his Church realize that they can believe in Jesus and still lust for materialism* (no he didn't quite put it that way). I suggested he put a bumper sticker on his new Hummer to advertise that... "Jesus loves Hummers". That didn't fly either, as he didn't feel it was in good taste. I inquired how he thought the young people would make the connection to how Jesus got him that Hummer. He then insinuated that a poor farm boy like myself, wouldn't understand such finery and methodology. As if seeing his new & inspiring, orangey-yellow Hummer sitting in the church parking lot, somehow represented the success of the message inside. More recently a friend in Florida reported how a big evangelist (R. H. Brown) in Florida gave a Hummer away to someone who made the most Christian converts! (It also had those bling, bling wheels) Wow, can you imagine? Sure would be nice to have one of those in parked in the driveway for the neighbors to covet, hey?
Jimmy W. did what he could for a better world, but as it were... late one night two cars pulled up outside of Jimmy's place, just a few days after the article hit the newspaper. Thieves pulled the effigy of Santa down off that big ole cross! They were thieves with a conscious, so they tied it up on a nearby boulevard, so it could easily be found. But Jimmy said he didn't want it back. It became the property of the local Police who stated they wouldn't keep Santa in the lockup, but would be sure to release him before Christmas eve. The police bowed down before the effigy with a grateful whisper... "this is our god too" Jimmy.
The Greek word "stauros", where Christians derive their crossified theology, has nothing to do with a cross, it simply means "-a stake". The cross was introduced by Christo-Pagan theologians, given a boost by Constantine. The cross was formerly a symbol of the Babylonian sun god. Julius Caesar and his heir struck coins with symbols of the cross (solar wheel) to commemorate their sun god. The Roman Emperor Constantine was a sun worshipper who became a Christo-Pagan, advancing pagan Christianity. His version of “Christianity” became the official religion of the "superpower" Roman Empire. Clearly, the Greek “stauros” denotes an upright stake; the verb "stauroo" means "-to drive stakes". The Greek “xulon” denotes a timber, or a log, or any piece of dead wood. Bullinger’s Companion Bible notes that, “Our English word “cross” is the translation of the Latin "crux"; but the Greek "stauros" no more means a "crux" than the word “stick” means a “crutch.”' The original Aramaic New Testament verifies the same.
The upright stake that Mashiyach suffered on, was foreshadowed by the “pole” (Hebrew "nec") which YHWH instructed Moshe to hold up in Numbers 21:8. A brass serpent was put upon the pole and when the people looked upon it, they were healed from the bite of the snake. So it is when people are bitten by the “serpent” of Genesis 3:15. They look to Mashiyach for healing and deliverance. The sad thing is how many hoards of well meaning souls have fallen into Christo-Paganism, because of parents and grandparents etc. They can't see that their Christian forefathers have trashed their food, air, water, moral consciousness, and wear a materialist cloak rather than "robes of righteousness." Even if this generation were to accept reality, there is no way we can turn back the clock. We are headed into the sequence of events described in Revelation 11:18, like it or not.
Christians! It's time to get over it! Teach your children the truth about materialism and the Santa commercialism garbage already. Why is it that the biggest sellers in Christian bookstores are "Christian Fiction" books? Christians have to fictionalize and live fantasy TV lives because the gospel became too boring for them? If you're mad at me then this message is meant for you. Everyone knows there are Christian groupies and there are Christians who really, really appreciate what Mashiyach has done for them. So now that we are on talking terms, why don't you take a moment and read a Biblically based article on Christmas? Please get your Bible and follow along carefully. Don't answer YES or NO, only quote the WORD of the Living Elohim (God), and let's see how you will answer this?
ALL ABOUT "CHRISTMAS"
YHWH foretold that from the "seed" of woman would come the Savior of all mankind, and by this seed "the Serpent" would be destroyed.
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 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
I'll be the first to concede that Mr. Hislop threw a few swings in thin air and didn't necessarily have all his ducks in a row, but it can be clearly demonstrated from Scripture that Yeshua Mashiyach was not born in the winter, but rather during the Fall Feasts. Since YHWH has in no way authorized the celebration of Christmas or even Birthdays, who then 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 One True Faith.
Paul's letter was not heeded by the Church. In the year 230 C.E. the Christian "Church Founder" 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. This 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" -"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 ground" Isaiah 11:1; 53:2; Jeremiah 23:5. "Behold the man whose name is The Branch" Zechariah 6:12. 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.
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.
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. Mashiyach Yeshua was crucified by those who had a diabolical hatred for the Way of Righteousness. The world is now racing towards the fulfillment of Revelations 11:10 when YHWH's two witnesses shall be slain and "they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them and make merry and shall send gifts to one another."
Dear friends, heed the words of Apostle Paul, a man of TRUTH!
The birth of "Jesus" is remembered each year on December 25th, but many of the same christo-pagans who celebrate on that day know very well, that Mashiyach was born in the fall, during the time of Succoth. The Name of Yeshua Mashiyach, the Kingdom of Elohim and His Righteous Torah are of contemptuous infamy for the lukewarm religious. The Torah reminds us:
Apostle Paul writes:
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 truth is that our Loving Father in Heaven would never take anything away from us without giving us something far better in return. YHWH desires that we remove paganism out of our lives, so let's do it already. In place of Christmas is an event called "Hanukkah" ("dedication" of the Temple). Yeah sure, modern Jews commemorate Hanukkah, but Jews don't own it, any more than Christians own Mashiyach! Let's cut the religious games and look what Scripture has to say:
"And the Feast of Dedication occurred in Urishlim and it was winter. 23. And Y’shua was walking in the temple in the porch of Shleemon. 24. And the Yehudeans surrounded him and said to him, “How long will you hold our souls if you are the Mashiyach? Tell us openly.” 25. Y’shua answered and said to them, “I have told you and you do not believe! And the works that I do in the Name of my Father they testify concerning me. 26. But you do not believe because you are not of my sheep, just as I have told you. 27. My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they come after me. 28. And I give to them life that is eternal and they will not perish and no man will ever snatch them from my hands. 29. For my Father who gave them to me is greater than all, and no man is able to snatch them from the hands of my Father. 30. I and the Father are one." John 10:22-30 (AENT)
Y'shua went to the temple on Hanukkah because the Feast of Dedication was the day that YHWH put "the seed" (Genesis 3:15) into Miriam Who became Mashiyach. The Jewish world has simply retained the tradition of Hanukkah without comprehending the underlying importance and prophetic meaning. Hanukkah is not all about Jewish pride and identity, it's about Mashiyach. YHWH gave Jews the power to win a victory over the Hellenization of Judaism, yes He did! YHWH said the Scepter shall not depart from Yehudah (Jews) until Shiloh come. Yes that's true. "Shiloh" of course is the Prince of Peace, the King of Justice, the Government of YHWH Who is Mashiyach.
So if you're a Christian you have two choices. You will uphold the war against Hellenism and enter into the Kingdom as being spiritually grafted into the Commonwealth of Israel. Or... You will play the long shot and hope that your religion will get you saved and into heaven. No. It's not a long shot friends it's impossible. Y'shua said the TRUTH shall set you free. He didn't say a religion "about" the truth would set you free.
Will your Christian friends mock you doing Hanukkah and acting like "a Jew". Hell yes. Will Jews look down their noses at you for doing Hanukkah. Hell YES!!! The same Hellenized Jews who want you to stay in your goyish, Hellenized religion about Jesus, rather than actually following in HIS FOOTSTEPS!!!
As a Jewish follower of Mashiyach Y'shua I compel you to come out of Babylon lest you be partakers of her sins.
YHWH said that YOU will be given a name better than His sons and daughters if you turn to Him and delight in His Shabbats. Do Torah. Turn to Him. Stop your sinning. Love Him. Love his Word.
If (and this is a big "if"), you really follow Jesus, picture yourself walking behind him or beside him into the Temple on Hanukkah and hear Him say to you... "I and the Father are one." Get it? Are you one with the Father too? Or do you expect your religion to buffer between you and His Word? Y'shua said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work evil."
What YHWH calls good is good, and what He calls evil is evil, make no compromise with false religion, your life depends on it.
YHWH be with you,
Baruch Ben Daniel
*One should note, that the term "church" was derived from "Circe or Circ", pronounced Kirch. Circe was the daughter of Helios, a Greek goddess and sun deity. Circe also denotes the halo of light one sees over the heads of the Christian images of the "saints". Even tho these symbols are age old, the fact is that they are new, and counterfeit to the original Faith.
The War on Christmas - Exposing the Hoax
(The "3 magi" orMagosi refers to astrologers/astronomers who received their original knowledge base about Mashiyach through
Daniel the Prophet of YHWH while he was in Babylon. These men were neither sorcerers nor Pagans, but Fearers of Elohim who were awaiting the coming of Mashiyach. What they had learned from 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.)
It is conjecture to conclude these individuals were pagans or that the Bible was tampered with to include them.
The History Channel: Christmas unWrapped - The History of Christmas
(The video doesn't have the depth of the first one, it's informative but contains more mainstream European modern history
dealing with how Christo-Paganism adopted European "winter festivities."
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