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Satan's Claws (Santa Claus)
 

What Would YAHUSHUA Do...Celebrate Chanukah or Xmas? 
(Why Would Satan Be Spelled Out In The Name of Santa?) 

by Apostle Elisabeth Elijah Nikomia

What Would YAHUSHUA Want Us To Do, Celebrate Chanukah Like Him Or Xmas?
Why Celebrate Chanukah? And What Is Chanukah?
My Ideas How To Celebrate Chanukah
We Have Believed A Lie and Must Repent
Who Was Born On December 25 and Why It Wasn't YAHUSHUA But Nimrod
Who Was King Nimrod and His Mother?
What Is A Dreidel? Why Is This Toy Used On Chanukah?

 


WHEN YOU USE THE MENORAH FOR CHANUKAH consider USING OIL INSTEAD OF CANDLES also consider using it to welcome in the Shabbat for the same reasons. OIL represents the RUACH ha KODESH, not candle wax!

Remember the 5 wise virgins they were not carrying candles but oil lamps. Actually, it is even better to use olive oil -- since the miracle of the Maccabees occurred with olive oil. Many Jewish bookstores even sell kits of pre-measured oil portions in disposable cups. These cups can simply be placed in the candle holders of any standard menorah. If you can't find these, USE the candles, I may be forced to do the same. We are going out looking today but the chances of finding this in the mountains are slim. 

I have a grieving in my spirit as I study and compare other translations to the King James Bible. I have always relied on this version for the truth and it does contain the truth but why were books purposely omitted from the KJV Bible?

For instance in the New Jerusalem Bible you will read the missing psalms as well as read the book of Maccabees and Judith, to just name a few. Isn't it ironic that the Greeks who are also called Romans were the ones that actually crucified and tortured our Messiah YAHUSHUA also called by the name JESUS CHRIST. It is the Greeks that tried to take the Jewish peoples freedom of worship away. Now we rely on King James to teach us the truth about the Jewish people and of course who YAHUSHUA is. It is proven King James refused to allow some books like Enoch in the KJV bible. 

When I was pondering about this and wondering on why King James would purposely censor the prophets of the Bible, I heard the HOLY SPIRIT say to me "What is the name of this bible?" I said aloud for I knew I was getting a new revelation...King James! 11.19.02. All of a sudden it hit me! The audacity of King James to name a bible after himself, a mere man and a sinner saved by grace! The word that was made flesh should never have been enclosed by a book with a mans name on it! 

How many bibles have covers that are black. This has always grieved the Ruach in me for there is no darkness to the Holy Scriptures. I wonder if King James will pay a price on Judgment day for omitting the missing books and sacred names of our Creator and Messiah. I encourage you to read the missing books of King James and ask why they were not included. I have only just begun. I encourage you to study Hebrew translations and Aramaic for these were the languages spoken in Israel and especially by YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH. YAHUSHUA is a JEW why would HE have spoken Greek in Jerusalem or Israel? Why did King James give a Greek name of JESUS to a Hebrew baby? The actual name given in the bible of KJV is Immanuel which means GOD (YAHUVEH) is with us. Has anyone else pondered how that name got changed to JESUS or JESUS CHRIST? I know CHRIST means anointed but that still doesn't explain to me why King James did this in his translation.

Also why were the transcribers ordered to remove the sacred names of YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA? How many times does it say in the Bible "those who are called by my name" and yet KJV has taken the sacred names out of the bible 7,000 times and replaced them with generic words like Lord and GOD. Please don't think the NIV is acceptable for it has been more altered than the KJV. Has anyone else ever questioned why would Sarah call Abraham lord? The word LORD to me means ownership having full rights in all ways that's my only LORD and SAVIOUR who's name is YAHUSHUA which means YAH SAVES or YAHUVEH saves! The saving and delivering power is even in his Hebrew name and the name YAH, the name of our Heavenly Father YAHUVEH is in YAHUSHUA'S name. That is why YAHUSHUA taught, The father is in me and we are one. 

Well now I have done it, the very thing I asked YAHUVEH not to have me teach the people, for those babes that will misinterpret what I am saying, or the enemies of mine and this ministry will slander me and tell all manner of lies. Proof again that I speak and teach what YAHUVEH tells me to say under the anointing of the RUACH ha Kodesh even if it means more enemies will come, I must remember the battle is YAHUSHUA'S not mine! I have the office of an Apostle and that encompasses all 5 fold offices including teacher and now I must teach you the truth, what you do with it is up to you. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it isn't true. 

Before I get an onslaught of email let me answer the question," Do I use the KJV" and the answer is yes. I do use the KJV but I also compare it with other translations that have not only the Greek but Hebrew and Aramaic that are translated in English. If anyone can tell me where I can find a Study Bible in large print with all of these translations I would consider this a gift from Heaven! If anyone wants to give me this as a gift I would treasure it and use it to not only study and show myself approved but to teach others. I had no intentions of writing any of this, but since I am writing under the anointing of the Ruach ha Kodesh the truth is out once again. Please just remember I am just the handmaiden bringing you the message.

What Would YAHUSHUA Want Us To Do, Celebrate Chanukah Like Him Or Xmas?

Read this and let the truth set you free! Many of you have written and asked me when I would be writing if we are to celebrate Xmas. I have stalled as long as I can knowing how angry this would make even our partners. I will not lie to you this isn't pleasant for me either for I also miss the old Xmas customs. 

On 11.21.2002 at 4:00 a.m., the anointing hit me and a peace that passes all understanding came upon me. NOW I am free to share with you and teach you what I have learned. If you still love me after you read this will you please drop me an email ? How about a Happy Chanukah email card? If you want to send a letter by postal I will understand when its late. Just don't wait for Christmas please. 

Just a reminder, Chanukah starts December 7th, 2004, for 8 days! Rejoice for YAHUVEH is our provider and the one whom all blessings flow in the name of YAHUSHUA who also is called JESUS CHRIST. I can hear the groans now, for I know those that hear the voice of YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA and the anointing of the RUACH ha KODESH and our beloved partners will obey, but they will say "What about all the Christmas gifts we bought the kids and others?" Here is the good news! Give the presents to them on Chanukah and teach others the true story of Chanukah! You have 8 days to plan, instead of one Christmas dinner have a CHANUKAH feast or a Party! 

For our beloved friends of this ministry who want to send us Xmas gifts I know its short notice but how about CHANUKAH gifts? Since I am giving you late notice it doesn't matter if it doesn't arrive on CHANUKAH just so we know you meant it for that day. We will be posting more on how to celebrate CHANUKAH in the coming days ahead as our CHANUKAH present to you. 


One thing more my son already has what is called Xmas lights up in his bedroom but we call them CHANUKAH lights and guess what they stay up ALL year long ! The lights remind us who is the most beautiful guiding light in the world. YAHUSHUA is his name! Since this is the festival of lights we decorate with lights! Now I can't help it if the world calls them Xmas lights, we call them CHAHUKAH lights! So those of you who want to do the same feel free and decorate with colorful lights and Jewish decorations. 

Instead of playing Xmas music like 'Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer,' 'Jingle Bells," or "Santa Slaus Is Coming To Town," etc., play Messianic Jewish music glorifying YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA! Make that home made chicken soup and buy or make potato pancakes topped with sour cream, apple sauce or butter YUM! Fix that special Christmas dinner early and invite the relatives for CHANUKAH! Tell them to come get their presents early if you want to exchange gifts. Just let them know you no longer take part in XMAS for you found out that it has nothing to do with YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH also called LORD JESUS CHRIST for that is not his birthday! King Nimrod is in hell and that is who's birthday that is really being celebrated, King Nimrod is the babe in the manger! OUCH, that hurts but I will prove to you its true. 

Love and blessings in YAHUSHUA's name 
Apostle Elisabeth Elijah Nikomia 


I spoke with a man recently that was born an orthodox Jew but because of a life saving miracle his mother gave her life to YAHUSHUA days after Sean's birth. You will read his testimony very shortly. Sean taught me we really should be lighting oil lamps not candles on Shabbat. The Oil represents the Ruach ha Kodesh, what does the wax of a candle represent? I got to thinking about the 10 virgins and how they had OIL in their lamps although 5 ran out of oil and missed the coming of the bride groom. 

We will not be celebrating Xmas but we do celebrate Chanukah and when we light that first candle that lights the rest what it reminds us should be how YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH is the only guiding light that lights our path. The Chanukah story should be told to the Children not 'Twas The Night Before Xmas.' 

Parents you are teaching your children to distrust you when they find out there is no Santa Claus! My son found out at the age of 10 and the first words out of his mouth was "Mom you're a prophet and you lied to me!" That was my first lie I told my children and from there how many of us were exposed as the next words rang true "I suppose there is no Easter bunny either or tooth fairy"? OUCH, that hurts. Parents, I know this sin is washed away with the shed blood of YAHUSHUA for I have asked for forgiveness but how sad for we followed the customs of the heathens and fell into the trap of satan by doing so. 

The last thing my son said to me hurt so bad "I suppose GOD isn't real either"? Of course YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA are real! He looked at me and said "I know that mom, but you lied all those years about Santa Claus and the other parents are doing the same." Then our son had a revelation, he said Santa Claus is "satan's claws"! Out of the mouth of babes this prophet boy Elijah spoke the truth! How many of us have satan's claws in us by speaking these lies to innocent children that trust us? 

I know I used to say GOD YAHUVEH gave his best gift JESUS CHRIST our YAHUSHUA to come to earth to be our Saviour and so now YAHUSHUA sends Santa Claus to bring them gifts. What a lie! I am so ashamed of myself but grateful I am forgiven. 

The Chanukah Story is Biblical! It is not a lie! It is a story of how the Greeks forced the Jews to conform to their ways. The Greeks forbid them their freedom of worshipping on the Shabbat. The Greeks forbid them to study and read the Torah. The Greeks defiled the Temple by sacrificing a pig thus defiling the Temple and mocking all that is holy, for that is an unclean animal according to the scriptures. 

When the Jews were able to get back their freedom to worship in the temple they only had enough oil to light the oil lamp for one day in the Temple, they had no time to make more oil. The miracle is YAHUVEH multiplied that oil to last for 8 days instead of 1 day! YAHUVEH is our provider and how much more will He do for us when we come to Him in the righteousness of his Son YAHUSHUA also called JESUS CHRIST! 

Please consider celebrating Chanukah this year and shun the pagan lies. YAHUSHUA was not born on Dec. 25 for the shepherds would not be tending their flocks in the winter! YAHUSHUA was born on what is called Sukkot and the manger was a Lean-to. Why celebrate His birthday on the wrong day? When you do this you are celebrating Nimrods birthday! One who others called a king. Christians have been tricked into believing and promoting a lie. 

Even the trimming of the tree is forbidden in Jeremiah. We will be posting more proof of this. For now please rejoice and celebrate Chanukah with us! Yes you can even exchange presents as long as you remember your doing this in remembrance of the gift YAHUVEH gave the Jews that day as he multiplied the Oil. May the Ruach ha Kodesh anointing be multiplied and stirred up within each of you who celebrate Chuanukah. May the blessings of YAHUVEH in Deut. 28 for those that obey be yours and multiplied. 

USE OIL not Candles in the Menorah and for welcoming in the Shabbat! To get the finest oil from an olive, you've got to press it very hard. So too, the Jewish people are at their best when they are under pressure. I admit there is something pretty about the tiny colored candles, However colored candles are not scripturally correct. Olive oil was the fuel that was used. Olive Oil was used in the original Menorah in Jerusalem because it produces a beautiful flame, olive oil is the best choice for the Chanukah menorah. We are commanded to remember this miracle when the Jews recaptured the Holy Temple from the Greeks, the first thing they did was light the golden Menorah. They had only enough oil to last for one day, and new oil would take seven days to prepare.

But a miracle happened. Instead of burning for one day, the Menorah stayed lit for eight days. Today we light our menorahs for eight days to recall this miracle and to remember we will be protected and are blessed as in the days of old having Victory over all YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA'S enemies! If we can have faith to believe. 

The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication". In the 2nd century B.C. the Syrian-Greek regime of Antiochus sought to pull Jews away from Judaism, with the hopes of assimilating them into Hellenism and Greek culture. Antiochus outlawed aspects of Jewish observance, including the study of the Torah which began to decay the foundation of Jewish life and practice. During this period, many of the Jews began to assimilate into Greek culture, taking on Greek names and marrying non-Jews also observing and keeping the pagan customs. 

In response, a band of Jewish settlers took to the hills of Judea in open revolt against this threat to Jewish life. Led by Matitiyahu, and later his son Judah the Maccabee ("The Hammer"), this small band of pious Jews led guerrilla warfare against the Syrian army. Antiochus sent thousands of well armed troops to crush the rebellion but the Maccabees succeeded in driving the foreigners from their land. 

Jewish fighters entered Jerusalem in December, 164 B.C. The Holy Temple was in shambles, defiled and desecrated by foreign soldiers. They cleansed the Temple and re-dedicated it on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. When it came time to relight the Menorah, they searched the entire Temple, but only one small jar of oil bearing the pure seal of the High Priest could be found. Miraculously, the small jar of oil burned for eight days, until a new supply of oil could be brought. 

From then on, Jews have observed a holiday for eight days in honor of this historic victory and the miracle of the oil. Today, the observance of Chanukah features the lighting of a special Chanukah menorah with eight branches (plus a helper candle), adding one new candle each night. Other customs include spinning the dreidel (a top with Hebrew letters on the sides), eating "oily" foods like potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), and giving Chanukah gelt (coins) to children. Christmas is only one day but Chanukah the celebration goes on for 8 days! 

Is it really too much to ask for us as parents and worshippers of YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA to teach this world the truth and flee from the pagan rituals of the heathen? The heathen taught us that Xmas was honoring YAHUSHUA our LORD JESUS CHRIST when really how many of those Christian songs sung at Christmas even have the name of JESUS in it? 

I started feeling the grieving of the RUACH HA KODESH also called the HOLY SPIRIT when XMAS started being written and taking out the name of CHRIST in CHRISTMAS ! When I read how I had copied the heathens customs by decorating a tree with gold and silver that was cut down, again I felt shame. I know I am forgiven and so will you be, IF you read the below and repent as I have done. Follow not the ways of the heathen! 

I also loved Xmas and like my husband Apostle Nikomia says, I have struggled with giving up December 25 but I know what is right and I know what is wrong. Now you also are held accountable for what you now know and read. 

How can we deny this any longer for Jeremiah warned us in the scriptures.

Jeremiah 10 

1 HEAR THE word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. 

2 Thus says the Lord: Learn not the way of the [heathen] nations and be not dismayed at the signs of the heavens, though they are dismayed at them, 

3 For the customs and ordinances of the peoples are false, empty, and futile; it is but a tree which one cuts out of the forest [to make for himself a god], the work of the hands of the craftsman with the ax or other tool. 

4 They deck [the idol] with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers so it will not fall apart or move around. 

5 [Their idols] are like pillars of turned work [as upright and stationary and immobile as a palm tree], like scarecrows in a cucumber field; they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it possible for them to do good [and it is not in them]. 

Ok my beloved Sisters and brothers in YAHUSHUA lets take the verses one at a time above. 

1. These are the words for the house of Israel and WE are the house of Israel for we belong to YAHUSHUA and are grafted into the branch as his vines. 

2. LEARN not the ways of the heathen! OUCH! none of us can say we learned about Santa Claus from the Ruach ha Kodesh also called the HOLY SPIRIT now can we? We can't say this is biblical or in the Torah or Tanakh now can we? Where does it say the date of YAHUSHUA'S birthday was Dec. 25 in the Holy scriptures? Because it is not there. We have believed and promoted a lie! satan is the father of liars so REPENT as my husband and I have done and turn away from promoting or taking part in this lie anymore for your souls sake! 

3. I use to go and let my kids pick out the Christmas tree, haven't you also done that? I didn't think it was a god but took pride in its beauty as it was all decked out in gold and silver ornaments especially the gold and silver tinsel on the Christmas tree. How many of us put an angel atop the tree? We thought it meant the Holy angels right? But the truth is when we do this and we are following a heathen custom we were pleasing satan who once was the most beautiful angel of all! Worst of all we slowly killed the tree the minute we had it cut down although we tried to keep it alive with water in the pot knowing it was dying. 

Ok you may say you used an artificial tree so your not killing a tree. Lets examine this for I did the same thing, besides the stepping on the pine needles in bare feet or the pain of sweeping them up wasn't worth the pine smell now was it? Why would satan have us cut down a live tree? Who is the tree of Life? Why YAHUSHUA is the branch of the tree and we are the vines right? What was YAHUSHUA crucified on, a tree! Why would satan want us to decorate a tree that symbolizes the cross our beloved Messiah hung on, was tortured on and died on ? Oh how we grieve YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA when we did these things and did not know better. 

4. I remember that green or red tree stand. How many of you have the same tree stand? We don't have to fasten the tree down with nails we use the bolt to screw the tree so it won't topple and it will die standing up straight right? We don't want the Christmas tree to move do we? Especially when our children greedily grab for their Christmas presents excitedly on Dec.25, Nimrods birthday! Who is Nimrod you ask? I will get to that later. 

5. The 0nly one that will be angry that you have forsaken this pagan celebration of Xmas will be satan. I will not put the name of CHRIST in this pagan celebration for it is a lie it is not about the CHRIST we serve our YAHUSHUA! 

Have you ever noticed even the stock markets is gauged on how many toys and presents you bought that day? Have you noticed suicidal spirits hit people and more commit suicide and are depressed on that day then any other time of the year? Maybe now you will understand these people are being tormented by satan and he is trying to sacrifice them just like the evil king Nimrod killed. 

Now I will tell you who Nimrod is and what that babe in the manger on Dec. 25 really is all about as well as who Nimrod's mother is and how even she is connected to Dec. 25. 

Jeremiah 2:20 

For of old thou hast broken thy yoke, [and] burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not serve. For upon every high hill, and under every green tree, thou bowest down, playing the harlot. 

CHANUKAH is 8 days of FUN! Lighting the Menorah, exchanging presents, feasting and best of all sharing the TORAH and TANAKH we call it the old testament. Especially the first 5 books in the Bible. This is a day both adults and children can share in and the adult doesn't have to lie and pretend there is a Santa Claus. 

Buy yourselves some Dreidels and start having fun spinning them like tops. Now it isn't that easy to find Dreidels, if you don't have a messianic Jewish shop near you try a Christian bookstore. I still haven't bought any for us. I am going to ask Sean who lives in New York if he can get us some. Have contests and see who's top spins the longest but realize when your doing this the history of the dreidel. 

In Judaism, even something as simple as "spinning a top is really not a child's game. During the time of the Maccabees, Jews were imprisoned for the "crime" of studying the Torah. While in jail, these Jews would gather together to play dreidel. Under the pretense of wasting away their time, they would have Torah discussions and thus defy the enemies of Judaism defy the enemies as the name of our Creator YAHUVEH was lifted up and praised! 

Every dreidel has four sides with one Hebrew letter on each side. Each of these letters begins a word. The four letters are: - Nun - the first letter of the word nes, which means "miracle" - Gimmel - the first letter of gadol, which means "great" - Hey - the first letter of haya, which means "was" and - Shin - the first letter of sham, which means "there" When taken together, these letters proclaim "A great miracle happened there." The "game of dreidel" reminds us of our eternal defiance of anyone who tries to stand between a Jew and the Torah as well as stands between the GOD of our Creation who is YAHUVEH and his son the GOD of our SALVATION who is YAHUSHUA also is called JESUS CHRIST. 

How To Play The Dreidel Game 

On Chanukah, everyone loves spinning the dreidel. Have contests to see who can spin it the longest or who can get the most dreidels spinning simultaneously. And of course, there's the famous dreidel game played for Chanukah "gelt:" if you don't have monopoly money use pennies or anything else. Nun - no one wins Gimmel - spinner takes the pot Hey - spinner get half the pot Shin - spinner matches the pot. 

When giving presents you can give a present for eight days instead of one day! When you explain all of this to your children you will find they really won't think they are sacrificing that much. Use this time to teach the Torah for every child will benefit from this as well as the adults and yes even your unsaved relatives! This may be the only time you can witness to them in this way. 

What spiritual lesson can we learn from CHANUKAH besides YAHUVEH will provide for all of our needs and multiplies blessings? Morals and ethics is the Jewish legacy, and that is the reason we do not celebrate Chanukah with a military parade. We esteem King David not because he was a warrior, but in spite of it. He could not build the Temple even though he desired to because his hands were bloodied. And this even though he fought only at the command of YAHUVEH. 

His son Solomon, the man of peace, was fitting to build the Temple. The Midrash (Parshat Be'halo'secha) quotes YAHUVEH telling Aaron the High Priest: "Lighting the Menorah will be your eternal contribution to the Jewish People." We ask "Lighting the Menorah was done only while the Temple was standing. So what does it mean for us today that "lighting the Menorah is eternal?!" 

The answer is that the truths we learn from Torah are eternal. Particularly as society grows increasingly desperate for direction on ethical issues, the truth of Torah is precious today more than ever. On a world full of issues like cloning, euthanasia, the homeless, abortion, homosexuality, the death penalty, poverty, and sexual morality, the Torah shows the thin line of balancing wisdom and revelation from YAHUVEH through His Holy Scriptures and realizing when what the world teaches us in educated knowledge can be wrong . The Torah teaches wisdom is YAHUVEH's way and not the world's way proving we cannot serve two masters for we would hate one and love the other. 

As King Solomon says in Proverbs 6:23, and this is our message for Chanukah. KJV says 23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. 


Christmas Cookies

Cookies were left for the hearth god to appease him. This tradition goes back to the days of Jeremiah. "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger." Jeremiah 7:18

Baby Jesus Under The Tree

I know that many Christians reading this will be alarmed that I will dare to write against this. However, study your facts. Babylon worshiped the child-king. The great king Nimrod in his mother's arms was center to their celebration at the solstice. Now it is true that YAHUVEH loves us so much that He gave the gift of His beloved son our Messiah named YAHUSHUA also called Jesus Christ and that we are thankful for that. However, if YAHUSHUA also called Jesus Christ were born and never died, what profit would it be to us? If he had not resurrected, would we still be redeemed?

What I am saying is his birth itself was the beginning not the end. We rate it higher than His death and that is just plain wrong. It is by his dying and being raised that we have eternal life. Remember this truth it was not the babe in the manager that was tortured and nailed to the cross it was a 33 year old Jewish man that was born from a virgin named Mary and HE is also the only begotten SON of YAHUVEH our Creator and Heavenly Father. The only reason that we celebrate His birth so highly is because the Catholics in an effort to elevate Mary as the mother of God adopted the pagan tradition of the worship of the baby to further their agenda as to dare to put Mary as part of the GOD HEAD, the HOLY TRINITY elevating her to a place where she is worshipped by Catholics and prayed to as the intercessor before YAHUVEH.

Mary herself the Bible tells us called YAHUSHUA, her LORD. Mary also needed a SAVIOUR she also fell short of YAHUVEH'S glory otherwise it would have been Mary that was crucified as that spotless lamb of YAHUVEH for the remission of our sins. Mary never intended to be worshipped. Nowhere in the bible does it state that she thought of herself any higher then being blessed to have given birth to YAHUSHUA also called JESUS CHRIST. The bible clearly states there is but one way to the our ONLY HOLY FATHER GOD YAHUVEH and that is through the name of YAHUSHUA and the BLOOD of YAHUSHUA HE is our only intercessor!

Christmas Tree

The morning after the Yule log was burned, pagans would erect a tree and decorate it and surround it with presents. This represented new life to their Child-king. A couple of days after the "Holly kings" death, he came again as the "Oak King". This practice dates back to ancient Babylon as Jeremiah states: 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. Jeremiah 10:2-5

In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return.

The ancient Egyptians worshipped a god called Ra, who had the head of a hawk and wore the sun as a blazing disk in his crown. At the solstice, when Ra began to recover from the illness, the Egyptians filled their homes with green palm rushes which symbolized for them the triumph of life over death.

The fierce Vikings in Scandinavia thought that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder."

So the origin of the Christmas Tree is deeply rooted in the worship of the sun in some form or another. How does God feel about this? Take special notice of what he told his prophet Ezekiel at Ezekiel 8:15-18:

"Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these." And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them." - King James Version

If we are truly concerned about pleasing God would we want to be associated at all with a custom that brings so much dishonor to him?

December 25

This was traditionally the celebrated birthday of Nimrod as well as the winter solstice. It cannot be when Jesus was born for a couple of reasons. First of all, the Shepard's were tending their flocks at night. This would have been impossible due to inclement winter weather. Second, the census and taxation happened in the fall not the winter. Why do we celebrate on Dec 25th then? When Constantine was emperor Christians and pagans were always fighting. He tried to bring peace to his kingdom by merging the beliefs of the two. The pagan religion celebrated winter solstice between the 21st and the 25th of December. So he made a new holiday that allowed the Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus on that same day so everyone in his Kingdom would be celebrating.

Evergreen boughs: This was to symbolize that when the sun god was again strong summer would return. Also the Teutonic peoples placed holly and other evergreens inside their houses to protect from evil spirits and bad winter weather

Gifts

Many Christians claim that gifts originate either from the wise men giving gifts to the Christ child, or God's gift to the world of Jesus. The magi gave gifts not because it was Jesus' birthday for they arrived long after his birth, but because he was a king. Every time you came into the presence of a king in those days, you gave a gift. This was the custom. Gift giving dates back to the festivals of Saturnalia and Kalends. These both of course were celebrated during the end of December. The early gifts ranged from twigs from sacred groves for good luck to food. Later they became more elaborate like candles, or statues of their gods.

"The custom of gift-giving on Christmas goes back to Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Kalends. The very first gifts were simple items such as twigs from a sacred grove as good luck emblems. Soon that escalated to food, small items of jewelry, candles, and statues of [false] gods. To the early Church, gift-giving at this time was a pagan holdover and therefore severely frowned upon. However, people would not part with it."

We've already discussed how false religious the heathen festival of Saturnalia was. But notice that when Christians first adopted the practice the Church severely frowned upon it recognizing how pagan its origins were. And why did the Church finally consent? Because they decided it wasn't pagan and God dishonoring? No, but because the people simply would not part with it. Could we be guilty of the same stubborn refusal to part with God dishonoring, pagan practices because we find them enjoyable too?

The mistletoe of the sacred oak was especially sacred to the ancient Celtic Druids. On the sixth night of the moon white-robed Druid priests would cut the oak mistletoe with a golden sickle. Two white bulls would be sacrificed amid prayers that the recipients of the mistletoe would prosper. The custom of using mistletoe to decorate houses at Christmas is a survival of the Druid and other pre-Christian traditions."

Yet another instance where Christmas has strong ties with false religious, pagan practices.

The custom of burning the yule log began with the ancient Scandinavians who once a year burned a huge log in honor of their god Thor. After they became Christians, they made the yule log an important part of their Christmas ceremonies."

I think it is obvious that Thor is a heathen god and any ties to him are ties to false religion

Holly

This time of year for the pagans was to mourn their "Holly king" who died around the 21st of December. Also the Teutonic peoples placed holly and other evergreens inside their houses to protect from evil spirits and bad winter weather.

Santa Claus

And what of Jolly St. Nick? He is an innocent happy, jolly being right? Names after patron saint St. Nicholas right? Well, the only two things that modern St. Nick can claim from the real St. Nicholas are his name and his kindness to children. From there, the rest of the myth and tradition was added to mostly from the pagan god Thor. Thor lived up north at the top of the world in the Polar Regions. He battled ice and snow to come to our parts of the world. He had a sleigh that was driven by goats. He doled out punishments to bad children and presents to well behaved children. (Knows if you have been naughty or nice) Two of his reindeer are named after pagan gods. Cupid (god of sexual love) and Dinner (god of thunder). Many pagan cultures worshiped a hearth god who wore red, entered the house through the chimney, blessed those who pleased him and cursed those who didn't. Food was left to appease this god. Taiwan still has a hearth god that appears on the 24th day of the 12th month to report the status of mankind to the heavens. Leaving the milk and cookies to St. Nick under the tree dates back far enough that Ezekiel warns against it: " That they offered sweet savours to their idols under every green tree." Ezekiel 6:13

Wreath

The wreath was a pagan tradition indicating the circle of life: Birth and death. Also the Teutonic peoples placed holly and other evergreens inside their houses to protect from evil spirits and bad winter weather

Yule Log

This was burned in honor of their child-god and the next day after the burning of the log they would set up a tree decorated and surrounded with presents. This represented new life.

Many Christians when faced with these truths state that it is okay though because they don't use these things for those purposes, that the item is now Christian, that we took it over and changed it's meaning. They use them to worship Jesus and celebrate His birth. 

To this I say, why don't you wear a pentagram necklace, say that it reminds you of the star of Bethlehem or hang upside down crosses in your house saying that you are upside down without Jesus and it reminds you of that. Or start talking to Jesus through trees, after all since God is omnipresent then he is in the Trees. That argument is insane. 

Your friends would think you were nuts and in some churches you would not even be allowed to enter the doors. Probably rightly so. This is preposterous to many of you because they are clearly pagan symbols, yet you accept the use of these other pagan symbols simply because other Christians were weak and fell before you. We can not take a symbol that is from Satan and put a mask of Christianity over it and call it good. 

Remember the story in Exodus 32 of the Golden calf. To summarize the people grew tired and worried because Moses was gone too long so they had Aaron make a golden calf so they would have something to worship. says "And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. Exodus 32:5 so he turned an idol into something for the Lord but shows read on for the result. "And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. Exodus 32:20

Church, it is time to take a stand. It is time to tell the world that we won't be partakers of her evil. It is time to say no more to the celebrations of the pagans.

So shall we say: "We wish you a Merry Christmas" this Christmas? YAHUVEH God forbid! And let us stop calling it "Christmas" for such defiles the name of Christ YAHUSHUA. Let us call it what it really is, The Festival of Nimrod or Bromeliad (the Roman name). Would you wish anyone a "Happy Nimrod" or a "Happy Brumalia"?


Who's Birthday Is December 25th? YAHUSHUA'S Or 
Evil King Nimrod's?

Christmas

The word itself should be offensive to Protestants. It comes of course from Christ's mass. Mass being a Roman Catholic service, do we really want to celebrate a Catholic service a mass! DO YOU REALLY WANT TO CELEBRATE THE SON OF BAAL? WHO STARTED SATAN WORSHIP?

YAHSHUA isn't coming for a disobedient bride. You can't say this ministry did not warn you of the truth. It is your choice whether you allow the truth to set you free.

The Story Of Nimrod, As It Relates To Christmas And Easter

December 25th was the birthday of Nimrod. It is from this myth, created by a woman living in an incestual relationship with one of the most wicked men that ever lived on the earth, that we get the original Christmas tree.

Nimrod built the tower of Babel, the original Babylon, ancient Nineveh, and many other cities. He organized this world's first kingdom. The name Nimrod, in Hebrew, is derived from "Marad," meaning "he rebelled." From many ancient writings, considerable is learned of this man, who started the great organized worldly apostasy from God that has dominated this world until now. Nimrod was so evil, it is said he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod's untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being.

She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree. Through her scheming and designing, Semiramis became the Baby Babylonian "Queen of Heaven," and Nimrod, under various names, became the "divine son of heaven."

After her death Semiramis was worshipped as the "Queen of Heaven", and Nimrod, under various names, became the "divine son of heaven". Through the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Nimrod also became the false Messiah, son of Baal the Sun-god. In this false Babylonian system, the "Mother and Child" (Semiramis and Nimrod reborn) became chief objects of worship in all pagan religions. The names varied in different countries and languages. In Egypt it was Isis and Osiris; in Asia, Cybele and Deoius; in pagan Rome, Fortuna and Jupiterpuer. Even in Greece, China, Japan, and Tibet this counterpart of the Madonna is to be found, and long before the first advent of Christ.

Through the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Nimrod also became the false Messiah, son of Baal the Sun-god. In this false Babylonian system, the "Mother and Child" (Semiramis and Nimrod reborn) became chief objects of worship. This worship of "Mother and Child" spread over the world. The names varied in different countries and languages. In Egypt it was Isis and Osiris. In Asia, Cybele and Deoius. In pagan Rome, Fortuna and Jupiterpuer. Even in Greece, China, Japan, Tibet is to be found the counterpart of the Madonna, long before the birth of Christ!

Thus, during the fourth and fifth centuries, when the pagans of the Roman world were "accepting" the new popular "Christianity" by the hundreds of thousands, carrying their old pagan customs and beliefs along with them, merely cloaking them with Christian-sounding names, the Madonna and "Mother and Child" idea also became popularized, especially at Christmas time. Every Christmas season you'll hear sung and chanted dozens of times the hymn "Silent Night, Holy Night," with its familiar "Mother and Child" theme. We, who have been born in such a Babylonian world, reared and steeped in these things all our lives, have been taught to revere these things as holy and sacred. We never questioned to see where they came from -- whether they came from the Bible, or from pagan idolatry!

We are shocked to learn the truth -- some, unfortunately, take offense at the plain truth! But God commands His faithful ministers, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression!" Shocking as these facts are, they are the plain facts of history and the Bible! The real origin of Christmas goes back to ancient Babylon. It is bound up in the organized apostasy which has gripped a deceived world these many centuries! In Egypt, it was always believed that the son of Isis (Egyptian name for "Queen of Heaven") was born December 25th. Paganism celebrated this famous birthday over most of the known world for centuries before the birth of Christ.

December 25th is not the birthday of YAHUSHUA Jesus the true Christ! The apostles and early true Church never celebrated Christ's birthday at any time. There is no command or instruction to celebrate it in the Bible -- rather, the celebrating of birthdays is a pagan, not a Christian custom, believe it or not! Thus the ancient idolatrous "Chaldean Mysteries," founded by this wife of Nimrod, have been handed down through the pagan religions under new Christian-sounding names. Origin of Holly Wreath, Mistletoe, Yule Log Now where did we get this mistletoe custom?

Among the ancient pagans the mistletoe was used at this festival of the winter solstice because it was considered sacred to the sun, because of its supposed miraculous healing power. The pagan custom of kissing under the mistletoe was an early step in the night of revelry and drunken debauchery -- celebrating the death of the "old sun" and the birth of the new at the winter solstice. Mistletoe, sacred in pagan festivals, is a parasite! Holly berries were also considered sacred to the sun-god. The yule log is in reality the "sun log." "Yule" means "wheel," a pagan symbol of the sun. Yet today professing Christians speak of the "sacred yule-tide season"!

Even the lighting of fires and candles as a Christian ceremony is merely a continuation of the pagan custom, encouraging the waning sun-god as he reached the lowest place in the southern skies! The Encyclopedia Americana says: "The holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log ... are relics of pre-Christian times." Of paganism! The book "Answers to Questions", compiled by Frederick J. Haskins, found in public libraries, says: "The use of Christmas wreaths is believed by authorities to be traceable to the pagan customs of decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast which took place at the same time as Christmas.

The Christmas tree is from Egypt, and its origin dates from a period long anterior to the Christian Era." Yes, and Even Santa Claus! But surely dear old Santa Claus is not a creature of pagan birth? But he is, and his real character is not so benevolent and holy as many suppose! The name "Santa Claus" is a corruption of the name "St. Nicholas," a Roman Catholic bishop who lived in the 5th century. Look in the Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 19, pages 648-649, 11th edition, where you'll read: "St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, a saint honored by the Greeks and Latins on the 6th of December .... A legend of his surreptitious bestowal of dowries on the three daughters of an impoverished citizen ... is said to have originated the old custom of giving presents in secret on the Eve of St. Nicholas [Dec. 6], subsequently transferred to Christmas day. Hence the association of Christmas with Santa Claus ...." Through the year, parents punish their children for telling falsehoods. Then, at Christmas time, they themselves tell their little children this "Santa Claus" lie!

Is it any wonder many of them, when they grow up and learn the truth, begin to believe God is a myth, too? One little fellow, sadly disillusioned about "Santa Claus," said to a playmate, "Yes, and I'm going to look into this 'Jesus Christ' business, too!" Is it Christian to teach children myths and falsehoods? God says, "Thou shalt not bear false witness!" It may seem right, and be justified by human reason, but God says, "There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof re the ways of death!" "Old Nick" also is a term for the devil! s there a connection? Satan appears as an "angel of light," to deceive! (II Corinthians. 11:14; Rev. 12:9.) And so when we examine the facts, we are astonished to learn that the practice of observing Christmas is not, after all, a true Christian practice, but a pagan custom -- one of the ways of Babylon our people have fallen into!

What the Bible Says About the Christmas Tree But if the Bible is silent about telling us to observe Christmas, r recording any such observance by the apostles or early true Church, it does have something to say about the Christmas tree! This will come as a real surprise to many. But here it is: Jeremiah 10:2-6: "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen .... For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth 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." There is a perfect description of the Christmas tree, termed by the Eternal as "the way of the heathen -- the customs of the people." We are commanded not to learn that way or follow it! It is also viewed in this passage as idolatry. The fifth verse shows that these trees cannot speak -- cannot walk -- must be carried. "Be not afraid of them; for they [the trees] cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good." They are not gods to be feared. Some people misread this to make it say there is no harm in having a Christmas tree, but that is not what it says.

Isn't exchanging gifts Scriptural? But when it comes to the most important part of all in this Christmas observance -- the Christmas shopping season -- the buying and exchanging of gifts -- many will exclaim triumphantly, "Well, at least the Bible tells us to do that! Didn't the wise men give gifts when Christ was born?" Again, we are due for some surprises, when we learn the plain truth. First, let's look at the historic origin of trading gifts back and forth, then see exactly what the Bible does say about it. From the Bibliotheca Sacra, volume 12, pages 153-155, we quote: "The interchange of presents between friends is alike characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows."

The fact is, this custom fastened upon people of exchanging gifts with friends and relatives at the Christmas season has not a single trace of Christianity about it, strange though that may seem! This does not celebrate Christ's birthday nor honor it or Him! Suppose someone you love has a birthday. You want to honor that person on his or her birthday. Would you lavishly buy gifts for everyone else, trading gifts back and forth with all your other friends and loved ones, but ignore completely any gift for the one whose birthday you are honoring? Rather absurd, when viewed in that light, isn't it?

Yet this is exactly what people the world over are doing! They honor a day that is not Christ's birthday by spending every dime they can scrape together in buying presents to trade back and forth among friends and relatives. But I can say by years of experience, as I believe most pastors and ministers can say, that when the month of December rolls around, nearly all professing Christians forget to give gifts to Christ and His cause almost altogether! December often is the most difficult month to keep Christ's work from dying! People are too busy trading gifts back and forth among themselves to think of Him and His Work, it seems. Then, in January and even into February it seems they have to catch up from what they spent for Christmas, so they seldom get back to normal in supporting Christ and His Work before March!

Now consider what the Bible says about the wise men giving gifts when Christ was born. It is in Matthew 2:1-11. "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? ... And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto HIM gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." Why Gifts Presented to Christ Notice, they inquired for the child Jesus, who was born KING of the Jews! Now why did they present gifts to Him? Because it was His birthday? Not at all, because they came several days or weeks after the date of His birth! Was it to set an example for us, today, to trade gifts back and forth among ourselves? No, notice carefully! They did not exchange gifts among themselves, but "they presented unto HIM gifts." They gave their gifts to Christ, not to their friends, relatives, or one another!

Nimrod, the grandson of Noah, became the first king known as Sargon I. He built Babylon and Nineveh. Being warlike, he wore a type of helmet with a horn in the front; a trait inherited by the druid Vikings of the Celts, descendants of the Assyrian line.

Nimrod means "tyrant". He led the Sumerians of Babylon to pay tribute to the skies (sun, moon, stars, and planets) with the sacrifice of their children. The Tower of Babel was built for this purpose, echoed in other cultures such as the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incas. Since the head of this government was such an idolatrous tyrant, Shem (Nimrod's uncle) killed him. Nimrod's mother, Semiramis, consoled the people by making them believe the child she carried was Nimrod "reincarnated"-- And named him "Duzu" (Tammuz), Babylonian for the son who rises. This Duzu went into the groves (forests) and placed a gift on a tree to honor Nimrod each year at the winter solstice. It has been said that Duzu was the offspring of Nimrod, who mated with his mother. Nimrod became known as Baal, meaning LORD, and was worshipped by the Babylonians as the sun in the sky -- thus the origin of "going to the heavens" at death.

Trees and branches became symbols of Nimrod. Because Nimrod was "cut down" by Shem, a tree stump became a place of honoring him. Thus, the Hebrew Scriptures speak of the pagans going into the "groves", and bringing a "branch to the nose", and going into the forest and cutting down a tree, decorating it, and propping it up a so that it will not totter. The winter solstice was the time when the sun was thought to be "reborn", so December 25th was celebrated as Baal's (Nimrod's) birthday. By tradition, the artificial idea of a New Year following this birthday celebration became an integral part of every human culture, based on this pagan idolatry. Generally, all mankind is fast asleep, dreaming this old Babylonian dream.

Christmas is an attempt by Catholicism to revise and adopt this paganism. In the year 525, a Scythian monk named Dionysius Exiguus visited Rome. He witnessed the ancient pagan celebration of the winter solstice (then called Paganalia or Saturnalia), and this offended his devout sensibilities. Scripture itself demands that we observe the Messiah's death, not His birth. But, since the pagan mind was so oriented around fertility and birth, it developed the way we see it today, blending the most important features of pagan interpretation. "Babel, the Great Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth" -- has intoxicated the masses, and she herself is drunk with the blood of the set-apart ones.

What is her name? It's Easter! Semiramis, Nimrod's mother, became known as "Magna Mater", the "Great Mother", and was worshipped as Mother Earth. The Sun "mated" with the Earth each spring, and the "Rites of Spring" symbolized by the "May Pole" and "Easter" came 9 moons/months before the December 25th "birth" of the winter Sun. Her Assyrian name, Ishtar, gives us the word "Easter". The Romans called her Astarte, and the Phoenicians used Asherah. The Hebrews called her Astoroth, the consort of Baal. Her emblem is the flower of the lily. She is the "goddess of the dawn", and her statue stands on a bridge in France. The French made a colossus of this image, and it now stands in New York Harbor, facing "East" -- in itself a word referring to the rising son/sun -- from which her name springs!

Nimrod "He is credited with having instigated the building of the tower of Babel and of being the author of Babylonian idolatry." What's more, Bryce Self found in his research that "Nimrod consolidated his power by establishing a state religion. He constructed a religion that included deification and worship of the emperor (himself), [and] worship of Satan." The fact that this holiday may be associated with the man accredited with the start of religious opposition to YAHUVEH God should make us seriously question its approval by God.

So shall we say: "We wish you a Merry Christmas" this Christmas? God forbid! And let us stop calling it "Christmas" for such defiles the name of Christ. Let us call it what it really is, The Festival of Nimrod or Brumalia (the Roman name). Would you wish anyone a "Happy Nimrod" or a "Happy Brumalia"?

Please let the TRUTH SET YOU FREE IN THE NAME OF YAHUSHUA

Love and blessings
Apostle Elisabeth Elijah Nikomia



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