As recorded in Gen. 3:15, YHWH Elohim announced to the guilty pair in the garden of Eden that of the "seed" of the woman the Savior of mankind would appear, by whom "the Serpent" would be destroyed. After the flood, when the human race was centralized on the plains of Babylon, Satan sought to turn men away from G-d's plan of redemption by producing a counterfeit Messiah. He found a ready tool in an ambitious woman, Semeramis, the widow of Nimrod, "the mighty hunter before YHWH" (Gen. 10:9) who had met with a violent death. Nimrod had been deified as being a deliverer from the menace of wild animals. His wife, seeking to perpetuate his worship and also to retain power over men herself, deceived them into joyfully believing that through a miraculous conception she had given birth to a son called Tammuz, purported to be Nimrod reincarnated. Here then, 2000 B.C.E. was HaSatan's counterfeit of the promised "Seed" of the woman. This woman with her illegitimate son was thenceforth worshipped as "mother of (a) G-d" (Madonna)-- "the queen of heaven." Thus originated the ancient Babylonian mystery religion, the fountainhead of all idolatry covering the globe. Every idol mentioned in the Bible as well as in mythology, having varied names in different lands, can be traced to this source.
Alexander Hislop, in his monumental work. THE TWO BABYLONS, has clearly shown that the papal worship is none other than the worship of Nimrod and his wife, disguised in a garb of Christianity. Concerning the Christmas festival Hislop writes:
It may be demonstrated that Y'shua was not born in the winter at all, but during the Fall Feasts. Since YHWH has not in his Word authorized the celebration of Christmas, then who induced men to begin doing so, and how was it being brought about? As early as the first century Paul was condemning those from the Gentiles who were attempting to incorporate their old pagan "days, and months and seasons and years" into their new faith (Gal. 4:8-11). About the year 230 the Gentile Christian "Church Father" Tertullian wrote:
Since Tammuz was worshipped as G-d incarnate, that implied also that he was an incarnation of the "L-rd of the heavens," the sun, and since the sun noticeably began to grow stronger at about the 25th of December, this date came to be known not only as the rebirth of Nimrod but of the Sun as well. In ancient Rome this day was known as "Natalis Invicti Solis"-- the birthday of the unconquered sun. Lights were kindled then to burn until the 6th of January (Epiphany). The feast of Saturnalia, lasting about a week, was held at this time of the winter solstice, accompanied with much merrymaking, wild revelry and debauchery. To obtain more adherents to Roman Catholicism it was the policy of the papacy to amalgamate the heathen festivals with things of Christendom. Pope Gregory wrote to Augustine the first missionary to the British Isles (C.E. 597):
Sir James Fraser in "The Golden Bough" writes:
The name "Christmas" appeared about 450 C.E. when Pope Julius decreed that all Catholics must celebrate the birthday of Christ at the same time that the heathen were celebrating the Saturnalia, etc. It was designated as "Christe-masse", or Christ's mass.
Few know that the so-called "Christmas tree" had its origin in Babylon's mystery religion, where it was used to represent Tammuz (which name means a sprout) HaSatan's counterfeit of "The Branch" (Hebrew: NETZER; branch; shoot; sprout)-- Messiah, who was also prophetically called "The Root out of dry ground" (Is. 11:1; 53:2; Jer. 23:5; Zech. 6:12-- "Behold the man whose name is The Branch"). Ancient coins have been found picturing a tree stump (representing dead Nimrod) and a small tree growing nearby (Tammuz). The Egyptians used the palm tree; the Romans a pine tree. The "Xmass tree" of idolatrous Israelites is described in Jer. 10:1-4, where the modern tree seems vividly pictured. Mistletoe and holly figured prominently in the early Anglo-Saxon and Druidic tree worship.
The whole hearted believer will not contribute to this perpetuation of Christmas by observing it in any way whatsoever; but will withdraw in horror from such pagan-born celebrations revered by a world that greeted the infant Messiah with Herod's sword, reeking with the blood of Bethlehem's baby boys, and which finally crucified Him in diabolical hatred. The prophecy of Rev. 11:10 may soon be fulfilled when YHWH's two witnesses shall be slain, then "they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them and make merry and shall send gifts to one another."
The birth of Jesus is remembered each year but Y'shua is contemptuously set at naught.
The Torah reminds us:
And as Y'shua himself said:
And as Paul writes: