While the world celebrates the Winter Solstice today, those who love their Beloved Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) are called to something so much higher and so much more beautiful.
Winter Solstice celebrations began in Babylon with the birth day of the first pagan sun god Tammuz on the ancient winter solstice on December 25th. Pagans still celebrate this original solar deity birth. The most important time of celebration for pagans (i.e., earth worshipers) is the Winter Solstice (Yule, Saturnalia or Midwinter). Yule is the northernmost point of their Wheel of the Year, which is a Witch’s Wheel that’s an annual cycle of seasonal festivals that serves to tether people to earth and earthly things. Although practices vary, pagans who engage the entire Witch’s Wheel (like Wicca) often celebrate all eight festivals, including Yule. Winter Solstice practices vary, but sacrificing, feasting, and gift giving are common elements of Midwinter festivities. Note: At the time of the winter solstice on the ancient calendar, they had a public child mass. “Mass” literally means sacrifice in this context. Please refer to Chapter 5 in SANTA-TIZING for more on this subject. Bringing evergreen sprigs and wreaths of holly, ivy, mistletoe and pine into the home and decorating trees were (and still are) also common during this time. An ancient Babylonian custom was to go out and place a gift on a tree during the Winter Solstice (Dec. 25th) as an offering to Tammuz/Nimrod. Does this sound familiar? It should, because the Winter Solstice is the very root of our modern supposedly “Christianized” Christmas.
The very name by which Christmas is also known—Yule-day or the Yuletide season—is literally linked to its Babylonian origin. Far and wide, in the realms of ancient paganism, the birth of the son of the Babylonian Queen of Heaven was celebrated at the time of Midwinter (i.e., the Winter Solstice), which as we have said, in antiquity equated to the date of December twenty-fifth.
Part of the birth celebration of the original Babylonian Queen of Heaven’s son consisted of bringing in a Yule log on December twenty-fourth. The Yule log symbolized Nimrod being cut down in the prime of his life and in the height of his power, then cut into pieces and burned. The Yule log ceremony celebrated the sun during the winter solstice. The word solstice comes from the word sun, and it means to “stand still” as it appears to do on the shortest day of the year as the sun gets nearest to the southern horizon. The date of December twenty-fifth was designated the highest holy day of the pagan year, because it was originally associated with the mother-child cult. Still today, one of the eight Wiccan/Pagan holidays is called Yule, and it celebrates the shortest day of the year. The southernmost descent of the sun on the ancient calendar was said to portray the death of Nimrod, while the coming back of the sun portrayed his rebirth in Tammuz.
I simply love the earth, which is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world and all that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1). I enjoy communing with nature and the solace it brings. Our Glorious Creator is in all that He has made, and He continually holds it together (Hebrews 1:3). However, we need to be careful that we don’t worship creation rather than the Creator.
Pure worship of the King of Kings untethers us from creation and connects us to the unlimited realm of the Creator Himself while celebrating created things like the sun’s “rebirth” serves to strengthen our tethers to the fallen world and its limited spacetime continuum. Scripture tells us that nature should point us to our invisible Creator: “From the beginning, creation in its magnificence enlightens us to His nature. Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clear, even though they are invisible; and it voids the excuses and ignorant claims of these people because, despite the fact that they knew the one true God, they have failed to show the love, honor, and appreciation due to the One who created them! Instead, their lives are consumed by vain thoughts that poison their foolish hearts. They claim to be wise; but they have been exposed as fools, frauds, and con artists— only a fool would trade the splendor and beauty of the immortal God to worship images of the common man or woman, bird or reptile, or the next beast that tromps along” (Romans 1:20-23 VOICE).
Those who have accepted Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) as their Lord and Savior have activated the incorruptible seed of eternity that has been set in man’s heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11), which is the Word of God – Yeshua. Why would you choose to go backwards and become limited again through mixed means of worship?
Let’s lay aside everything that so easily entangles us to simply worship the Messiah and the Father in Spirit and in Truth. If we follow the Biblical marks of time and celebrate Him His ways, we remain untethered from the world. The Messiah’s Bride needs to consider what He considers pure worship, which is actually something simple to ascertain. Let’s follow in the footsteps of our Pattern Son – Yeshua. In the modern vernacular, ask yourself: What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)? Then let the Bible show you.
Two verses in Scripture show Jesus walking. One John declares over Jesus “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36). The other reveals Jesus walking in the Temple in portico of Solomon during the Feast of Dedication (i.e., Hanukkah) right after He declares twice that I AM the Door of the sheep (John 10:1, 7) and declares twice that I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14) during Hanukkah. Let’s consider what the Word of God tells us about what Jesus did during the winter (John 10:22-23); and then use it to funnel true and perfect worship in His Winter One-Dear-Land. Pure worship of the Messiah’s Bride is the most valuable treasure of ice and snow.
Won’t you come and adore Him by doing what He did?
As a special winter oneder-land treat, please enjoy Sapphire Throne Ministries’ ninth “Revelations From Metatron” Class, which is focused on pure worship, and loving the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength => https://youtu.be/SQIs7UUJEJU. Enjoy!
Give em heaven!!!
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Copyright December 21, 2018. Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main
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