What do you do when all you want to do is LOVE; and then, HE calls you to speak against something adored by most of God’s people? It may not appear to be love to many people, but we know because HE is so good, it is. It is a beautiful thing to speak the truth in love. It’s a glorious thing to see the areas in one’s life that will keep us from being without spot or wrinkle.
This post is all about a snare for most Christians in their becoming a part of His pure & spotless Bride. Please open your heart to what the Lord of Love is saying to you personally, as I share the burden He has placed on my heart:
Ever have a day when the crucifixion of your flesh seems more pronounced? Today is such a day for me. I have read the past several days about the various meanings given to the name “Christmas” and I weep. Does the meaning of the name “Christmas” communicate the worship of Christ? Or does it mean an anointed celebration? Or does it mean something else?
No matter how we’d like to spin it, here’s what history tells us about the name CHRISTMAS (BTW – This is part of the BI-POLAR NATURE OF CHRISTMAS article – http://wp.me/p158HG-9p):
Dr. Neil Chadwick shines a glaring light on this subject in his “Christmas Glossary” sermon, which used to reside at http://www.webedelic.com/church/chrisch.html, but is now no longer available. Luckily, I saved the sermon on December 31, 2005 at 9:38 AM. Here are Dr. Chadwick’s comments about a dominant word in his Christmas glossary, the very word used to identify this holiday, “Christmas”:
“Obviously, the first part of the word refers to the fact that Christmas commemorates the coming of the Messiah to this world. “Christos” is Greek for the word “anointed” which in turn is “Messiah” in Hebrew. …
The second syllable in the word “Christmas” has a long history going all the way back to St. Ambrose who lived between 339 and 397. As bishop of Milan, Ambrose first used “missa” as a term for the “Lord’s Supper” and by the end of the 6th century this term was almost exclusively used. The word came from the Greek word, “mitere”, which means “to send or dismiss.” In the in early days of the church, the “eucharistic” service was divided into two parts – those receiving instruction (catechumens) were allowed to be there during the first part, but only the faithful (those who had been baptized) could remain for the second part. Thus there were two dismissals pronounced by use of the Latin words “Ite misse est” (“Go, you are dismissed.”) So “missa” came to refer to the dismissal.
Later, when the service became connected so that there was no mid-way dismissal, the entire service was called “missa.” In Old English, that came across as “maesse,” and in Middle English it was called either “messe” or “masse.” Thus, and we may say that this is rather sad, the worship gathering became known for the ending pronouncement. It would be calling a basketball game the “Buzzer,” or a theatre play, the “Curtain.” One wonders if the service had become so dull that the most exciting part was the dismissal!”
Am I the only one that got alarmed when I read this?! The root meaning behind the word “mass” signifies “you are dismissed” or “the dismissal.” Are you kidding me?! At its root the word “Christmas” means “Christ’s dismissal” or “Christ, you are dismissed.” Sounds crazy. Doesn’t it?! A true investigative journalist would simply denote this without prejudice in order to ferret out the truth. If there’s no supporting evidence, he’d throw out the madness.
Unfortunately, for us Christians, that’s not the case. When we read Ezekiel 8 with the understanding that Christmas Day’s immediate predecessor was the Mithra’s Winter Festival – the Nativity of the Unconquered Sun – we have to note two things. In Ezekiel 8:6, God’s talking to Ezekiel and says, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing … things that will drive Me far from My sanctuary?” Then the Lord speaks of four idolatrous practices that He has listed in increasingly detestable order in His sight. Check out Ezekiel 8:3-5; Ezekiel 8:9-12; Ezekiel 8:14 and finally Ezekiel 8:16. The fourth and most detestable practice God describes to Ezekiel in verse 16 that drives him from His sanctuary – Christ’s dismissal – is the sun god worship immortalize in the roots of Christmas Day. The pagans would have recognized their own solar cults in the church’s practice of orienting their cathedrals to the east, worshiping on “Sun Day,” and celebrating the birth of the deity at the Winter Solstice.
It had become common practice in the fifth century for worshipers entering St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome to turn at the door, put their backs to God’s altar, and bow down to worship the rising sun.
“Then He brought me into the inner court of the LORD’s house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun.” (Ezekiel 8:16 NASB)
We can declare “Don’t take Christ out of Christmas” and scream “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” all we want (I know I did), but in this Kingdom Day things are beginning to return to their primordial state. The Lord Himself has told me for several years now: “I am taking Myself out of Christmas.” Please keep this in mind when you see darker things happening at this time of the year, and you find that it is more and more difficult to keep Christmas.
I pray that the eyes of all of our hearts will be enlightened with His Way, His Truth, and His Life
For more information on how Christmas keeps the Lord’s dwelling presence of God at bay, please refer to http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-le.
~ Robin Main
Snowball Gate is called the “Moment of Decision” by Cornelia Konrads