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‘Tis the Season

By Benjamin Mengali

The origin of Easter, Christmas and Sunday

‘And they worshipped the sun toward the east’ Ezekiel 8:16.

Baptised Paganism

Many superstitions and pagan philosophies have been baptised into the church and occupy a prominent place in modern theology; pagan traditions, practices, and symbols that can all be traced back to idolatrous Babylon, have crept into the church and have been concealed by new names. But let’s go back even farther than ancient Babylon in tracing this apostasy. “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” Revelation 12:7,8. Here we are told of Satan’s rebellion in heaven and his consequent defeat He was defeated and cast to this earth and through the centuries has succeeded in deceiving the whole world. Satan’s name used to be Lucifer, which means daystar (Isaiah 14:12, margin). How many stars can you see in the daytime? There is just one. It is that great luminous body called the sun. It is the daystar of this earth. Since Satan does not appear in person, he has turned men’s attention to the worship of the sun, the greatest, the most powerful, luminous body in the visible universe. Therefore, sun worship forms a part of most heathen religions. The devil has worked through the great isms of our world to deceive millions. One of those isms is heathenism. In fact, Satan holds more captives in heathenism than in any other ism to day. An inherent desire to worship God was instilled in man at creation. But Satan has perverted this desire and has led man to worship the sun instead of the God who created it.

Well Meaning Christians

No doubt there are many well meaning Christian people, who have been taught, and therefore believe, that Easter, Christmas, and Sunday are biblical institutions, established by Christ, and kept by the apostles, and hence are very sacred. It is not our intention in this article to unsettle any of God’s children on what is truth or bring undue unhappiness to such who are enjoying their religious belief; but as true happiness only comes to “the man whom God correcteth,” and who does not “weary of his correction”; therefore, let us ever be ready to receive correction, “for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth.” Job 5:17; Proverbs 3:11,12.

Nimrod

Heathen philosophy claims that when Nimrod, the great grandson of Noah, died, he was immortalised and his spirit took possession of the sun, where he is dwelling as the sun god. The initial” t” for Tammuz was always considered the symbol of sun worship. Read the rest of this entry

Who is Santa Claus?

By L. Balbach The Standard Bearer Magazine

The Christmas spirit seems to pervade the air. Colored lights! Decorated trees and homes! People dressed in holiday styles are bustling in the shops and buying their gifts. Everyone cheerful, for “tis the season to be merry.” Even many Christians, celebrate Christmas. Should we take part in the Christmas celebration? Does Bible prophecy say anything about Santa Claus? Christ warns us what will happen in our day, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Could Santa Claus, be a false prophet who is trying to deceive God’s people? Perhaps you think,” That is ridiculous. Santa is an innocent, mythical character who makes Christmas fun for our children.” Lucifer, the mightiest angel that stood next to God was thrown out of heaven because he wanted to be like God. “For thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Since his fall, Satan has been exalting himself and trying to eclipse God from our view. Notice that he sits in the sides of the north. Could it be that Satan has used Santa Claus as his agent and exalted him in the minds of people like the most High? Let us consider the ways that Santa Claus attempts to imitate Christ. Read the rest of this entry

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