By: Jennifer Turner
IT’S THE MOST DIVIDED TIME OF THE YEAR
This is the time of year that people start celebrating. The Jew’s celebrate Hanukkah and the Christian’s celebrate Christmas. But why are we divided? How did we become divided? Paul tells us that we should be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Phillippians 2:2) But how can we do this? Are we destined to be this way forever? To answer these questions we first need to look at the divide…and how it all started.
Some say the divide started with a man named Alexander the Great, 137 BC. He came from the land of Kittim and defeated Darius king of the Persians and the Medes. He assembled very powerful forces and subdued provinces and nations. One of his campaigns brought him to the land of Israel. The Israelites were afraid of the victories of the Greeks and so was Israel’s High Priest, Simon the Just. Simon had to make a decision. Do we fight the Greeks or do we somehow come to an accommadation with them? He choose the later. Alexander made an arrangement with the Jews. As long as they would be his royal vassals and pay there taxes, they could remain autonomous. So the Greeks introduced there way of living to the Jews.
After Alexander’s death and his kingdom divided. There rose a King named Antichus Epiphanes, 175 BC. His objected was to purse and conquere Eqypt. But, before he could accomplish this he would first have to stabilize his own country and consolidate political support. He did this by reuniting cultural, social, and religious elements. Hellinization was the movement of the time and Antiochus wanted to take it a step forward and became the agent of cultural totalitarianism. Antiocus was bitter against the Jews and wanted to exterminate them. He knew the Jew’s would not summit to this reuniting of cultures so he replaced the High Priest with Joshua who was loyal to the Greeks. This started a new totalitarium doctrine. The Jews built a Gymnasium for playing the Greek sports, covered up their circumcison, and rejected the covenant of YHVH. Along with this they also adopted their traditions. In this way he gained the Jews confidence.
One of these traditions was the celebration of Saturnalia, which was one of the most important of pagan festivals. This was a day Dedicated to the Roman god Saturn to mark the end of the autumn planting season, on the winter solstice(Dec.21). Changes to the Roman calendar moved the climax of the festival to December 25th around the time of the winter solstice. This was a time to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun god and days when the sun would be “reborn”, as the winter solstice marks the darkest day of the year, when their false god was “reborn, as the next day, the day was a little longer each day, believing he gained more strengh as the year progressed.This was the birthday of the unconquered sun god Mirthra/Nimrod/Zeus/Saturn/Rah/Jupiter…etc. During this festival the tradition was to offer gifts of imitation fruit (a symbol of fertility), dolls (symbolic of the custom of human sacrifice), and candles (reminiscent of the bonfires,historically called “BONE fires” traditionally associated with pagan solstice celebration). A mock king was chosen (usually from a group of slaves or criminals) and usually killed at the end of the festival. This feast was going on during the Maccabees time.
Antiochus did not think that his plan for cultural totalitarianism was happening fast enough so he removed Joshua (known as Jason now) and replaced him with Menelaus, who was not a part of the priestly family of the Tribe of Levi, and who did not care about the commandments of YHVH, and was only concerned about his own power. In 168 BC Antiochus devastated Jerusalem and defiled the temple , prohibited temple worship, prohibitated circumcision with the penalty of death, sold the Jewish people into slavery, destoyed copies of scripture and killed people who possessed them, and resorted to every conceivable torture to force Jews to renounce their faith. Orders were given: No Sabbath, No Holy Days, and No Circumcision, and no study of scripture. In the Temple above the alter a statue of Zeus (Jupiter)was placed. According to the book of Maccabees a pig was brought and sacrified on the alter on the 25th day of the 9th month, and set up abomination that causes desolation. He sent out soldiers to kill anyone who refused to bow to their Greek false gods, forcing the Israelite’s into hiding.
During this time there was a father that had five son’s named Mattathias. This family did not conform to the king’s decree and would not forsake the Torah/Instructions/Law and its observances, which he made publicaly known to the King’s commissioners. At the same time, a Levite came forward and offered a sacrafice on the altar of Zeus (Jupiter). Mattathias was so consumed with zeal, he slew the Jew on the alter, the king’s commisioner, and tore down the alter. At this time he went through the city shouting, “Let everyone who has any zeal for the Torah/instructions/Law and takes his stand on the covenant come out and follow me”.Then he and his family fled into the hills with other Israelites fleeing to the desert. The king’s commisioners came against the Israelites in the desert on the Sabbath so that the Israelites cound not defend themselves and profane the Sabbath. One Thousand Israelites were slaughtered that day. Mattathias heard the news and made a decision that if they were attacked on the Sabbath they would not resist them. They rallied with other persecuted refugees and went after the sinners and they went into the alter, overthrowing it along with the gentiles and kings. This is why Jew’s celebrate Hanukkah. When they dedicated the temple back to YAH.
But I think the divide started much earlier than this.
Let’s go back to Moses as a young man. Moses grew up and saw an Egyptian hitting a Hebrew. So he killed the Egyptian. Two Hebrews saw him and confronted him and Moses fled into Midian. Fast forward Moses leads the people out of Egypt and gives them the Law. Moses delays coming down the mountain. The Israelites gathered with Aaron and said unto him, “Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Eygpt, we wot not what is become of him (Exodus 32:1) Then the people gathered together and took their gold and brought them to Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the and of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an alter before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD (Exodus 32:4-5).
Ok…fast forward to Moses coming down the mountain and he sees this feast going on. He brakes the tablets and YHVH is ready to kill every last one of them. Then he takes the calf burnt it in the fire and ground it into powder and threw it on water. Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.And he said unto them, Thus said the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor (Exodus 32:27). Just like Moses, the Maccabees are so zealous they will kill for YHVH and his commandments. But what does this have to do with Christmas and Hanukkah, the great divide?
So let’s fast forward to the year 350 A.D. Pope Julius I declared that “Christ’s birth” would be December 25th from then on. He was trying to make it easier for pagan Romans to convert to Chrisitanity. Sound familiar? This is another start to the great divide. Do we do what the nations want us to do? Or do we do what YHVH wants us to do? But let’s ask ourselves, What does YHVH want? We may see things different than YHVH so, does it matter what we think? Or what YHVH thinks?
Let’s go back to the Israelites bringing forth there gold for the golden calf. Did the Israelites start worshipping a new god or did the Israelites worship thr true God in their own way? Lets look at the word LORD in Exodus 32:5. Whenever you see LORD in Captial letters throughout your bible, that is where the Jewish people took it upon themselves to remove the name of God (YHVH). So when Aaron is proclaiming a feast to the LORD he is saying a feast to YHVH, not another god. YHVH tells us that he doesn’t want to be worshipped like the nations worship their Gods (Deuteronomy 12:29-32) We are not to conform to the pattern of the world (Romans 12:1-2)
This is why we have the Great Divide this time of year. This is why I celebrate Hanukkah. Not because of the miracle of the oil TRADITION, but because of the Maccabees that fought against the traditions of men and did what YHVH gave them instructions to do, his Torah,His Instructions, His Law. I look at all these people celebrating this Holiday that has nothing to do with YHVH, but everything to do with traditions of man, doing it willingly out of the desire of their own hearts, not even knowing where and why they do the things they do. If they knew, would they still do them? It’s the time of the Maccabees will you stand up for YHVH and His ways, or join the nations?
Jer 10:1 Hear the Word which Jehovah speaks to you, O house of Israel. :2 So says Jehovah, Do not learn the way of the nations, and do not be terrified at the signs of the heavens; for the nations are terrified at them. :3 For the customs of the people are vain; for one cuts a tree out of the forest with the axe, the work of the hands of the workman. :4 They adorn it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers, so that it will not wobble. :5 They are like a rounded post, and they cannot speak. They must surely be lifted, because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them; for they cannot do evil nor good, for it is not in them.
Sound familiar? Happy Hannukah, as we celebrate as our Savior did and not as the Nations do.
Joh 10:22 And the Feast of HANNUKAH/Dedication took place at Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s Porch.
1) dedication, consecration
1a) in particular the annual feast celebrated eight days beginning in the 25th of Chislev (middle of our December), instituted by Judas Maccabaeus [164 BC] in memory of the cleansing of the temple from the pollution of Antiochus Epiphanes
We lie to our children from birth about Satan Clause, magic elves and deer, etc.etc.
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and ALL LIARS, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Forget all the traditions, forget Satan Clause, most Christians still to this day teach that the Messiah was born on ChristMASS. First off, the word “Christmass” is a Latin word that means “DEATH OF CHRIST”, so when you say “Merry Christmas”, you are saying “Merry DEATH of Christ”………wait, I thought this was his birthday????? Either way, we can through scripture prove that Jesus/Yeshua was concieved during Hannukah and born on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot, so we are continuing to lie to them, in ignorance or willingly. Either way, it isn’t the truth. I do not accept the excuse of ignorance on “seasoned” Christians as we are commanded to TEST EVERYTHING to see if it is of God or of the World.
1Th 5:20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good. 22 Keep away from every kind of evil.
If you, as a “seasoned” Christian should know about the Pagan roots of Christmas, because you are to follow the commandment to test everything, hold on to the good, throw out the bad, like sifting for gold. You can’t see the gold if it’s covered in dirt. The only way we can become of one Faith, One body, One mind, one doctrine, we MUST throw out traditions of the world that keep us divided. The ONLY way we can get back to oneness, true oneness, is if we follow the ONLY doctrine YHVH/God calls good, His doctrine.
Pro 4:2 For I give you GOOD DOCTRINE; forsake ye not my LAW.
So, as Moses and Mattathius said, “All who are on God’s side, come with me.”