One of the most significant stories in the Gospels is the encounter between Jesus Christ and the Demoniac at Gadara. I will not go into the exegesis of the differences between the stories as recorded in Read more »
“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” [Matthew 24:43] Read more »
Heaven makes a stern declaration to the Inhabitants of the Earth:
“Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” [Revelation 12:12].
It is very easy to conclude that God hates the whole of humanity so much as to send them to their sudden destruction. No, Read more »
Anyone following the News would agree that there have been a lot of events taking place around the world in recent times. So many people are fussing over the permutations of different thoughts and speculations. Unfortunately, speculations are just that; but, we need the truth that sets free! Read more »
Why Do The Righteous Suffer or Why is There Suffering for The Real Christian?
John the Baptist was a special man, he was unique and anyone who truly worshipped God in his time loved and respected him. Yet, he suffered untold hardship as a righteous man. Why Do The Righteous Suffer or Why is There Suffering for The Real Christian? Read more »
For three years, Satan taught me some of his best kept secrets.
One night, when I was about 12 years old, I awoke suddenly from a nightmare with my body soaked by perspiration. I knew straight-away that I was dealing with something far bigger than myself! This was no ordinary nightmare. I had seen some strange beings in my dream that were really having a go at me, beating me like a rag doll. Prior to this I had heard about voodoo but never believed in it. But now, here I was. I knew African voodoo was at work Read more »
“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” [Matthew 3:7] Read more »
He was a hardened criminal, a terror and killer, one whom men of the security agencies will never forget in a haste. A man mountain, towering about 6 feet 5 inch, well built, dark skinned and sweltering eyes, he carried out his operations, Read more »
Understanding will make the difference. That is why God is wise and Man is foolish – he always thinks he is more intelligent than the Creator because of his tiny knowledge, which does not span beyond his environment.
Sin brought death into the world. Death means the absence of God or detachment from God. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” [Leviticus 17:11] The perfect life is in God; God’s life cannot suffer or experience death because God cannot sin. The blood of animals was not perfect to become a substitute or give life back to the dying Man. So, God decided to use His own ENDLESS life so as to give life back to Man. It is akin to resuscitation. God gave life back to Man in order to destroy death in him.
So, are atheists more intelligent? No, atheists are not smarter or more intelligent, they just make their brains think backward when it should be advancing.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” [Leviticus 17:11]
In the history of mankind, there is no other name that is as synonymous to whoredom, manipulation, fatality and witchcraft combined as that of Jezebel. Delilah, Rahab or Herodias are nowhere near Jezebel’s notoriety!
See the testimony of a man (Joe Dee – not real name) about his experience: Read more »
This is the part two of the Jezebel Series. If you have not read the part one (Overcoming Jezebel!), I encourage you to do so before you read this second part. These the remaining characteristics of Jezebel.
It Must Be in Control. It wants to be in control at all times. It does this through Read more »
Again on December 25 of this year the majority of the Christian world (Christendom) will celebrate the birth of Christ through many handed down traditions including, setting up a decorated tree, exchanging gifts, spreading folk tales about Santa Claus, festivities, lighting decorations, just to name a few, and the most common of greetings – Merry Christmas.
Where does the annual celebration of Christmas come from? You might be amazed at what can be found in the Bible regarding the origin of Christmas and finding out the actual season of Christ’s birth. It is a LITTLE KNOWN FACT OF THE BIBLE.
Few people realize that the origins of a form of Christmas was pagan & celebrated in Europe long before anyone there had heard of Jesus Christ.
No one knows what day Jesus Christ was born on. From the biblical description, most historians believe that his birth probably occurred in September, approximately six months after Passover. One thing they agree on is that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, since the bible records shepherds tending their sheep in the fields on that night.
This is quite unlikely to have happened during a cold Judean winter. So why do we celebrate Christ’s birthday as Christmas, on December the 25th?
The answer lies in the pagan origins of Christmas. In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis (Goddess of Nature) was celebrated on December 25. Raucous partying, gluttonous eating and drinking, and gift-giving were traditions of this feast.
In Rome, the Winter Solstice was celebrated many years before the birth of Christ. The Romans called their winter holiday Saturnalia, honoring Saturn, the God of Agriculture. In January, they observed the Kalends of January, which represented the triumph of life over death. This whole season was called Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun.
The festival season was marked by much merrymaking. It is in ancient Rome that the tradition of the Mummers was born. The Mummers were groups of costumed singers and dancers who traveled from house to house entertaining their neighbors. From this, the Christmas tradition of caroling was born.
In northern Europe, many other traditions that we now consider part of Christian worship were begun long before the participants had ever heard of Christ. The pagans of northern Europe celebrated the their own winter solstice, known as Yule.
Yule was symbolic of the pagan Sun God, Mithras, being born, and was observed on the shortest day of the year. As the Sun God grew and matured, the days became longer and warmer. It was customary to light a candle to encourage Mithras, and the sun, to reappear next year.
Huge Yule logs were burned in honor of the sun. The word Yule itself means “wheel,” the wheel being a pagan symbol for the sun. Mistletoe was considered a sacred plant, and the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began as a fertility ritual. Hollyberries were thought to be a food of the gods.
The tree is the one symbol that unites almost all the northern European winter solstices. Live evergreen trees were often brought into homes during the harsh winters as a reminder to inhabitants that soon their crops would grow again.
Evergreen boughs were sometimes carried as totems of good luck and were often present at weddings, representing fertility. The Druids used the tree as a religious symbol, holding their sacred ceremonies while surrounding and worshipping huge trees.
In 350, Pope Julius I declared that Christ’s birth would be celebrated on December 25. There is little doubt that he was trying to make it as painless as possible for pagan Romans (who remained a majority at that time) to convert to Christianity.
The new religion went down a bit easier, knowing that their feasts would not be taken away from them.
Christmas (Christ-Mass) as we know it today, most historians agree, began in Germany, though Catholics and Lutherans still disagree about which church celebrated it first.
The earliest record of an evergreen being decorated in a Christian celebration was in 1521 in the Alsace region of Germany. A prominent Lutheran minister of the day cried blasphemy: “Better that they should look to the true tree of life, Christ.”
The controversy continues even today in some fundamentalist sects.
So, what do you want to celebrate Christ or Christmas?”
If it is Christmas, you now know what you are truly celebrating – the son of Isis, an abominable act in God’s sight, but covered with the Name of Jesus Christ. Is that not an insult?
Pause. Think on this for a moment.
If it is Christ, then you must obey His Word: “Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the articles of the LORD’s house.” [Isaiah 52:11]
Paul re-echoed those same words in 2 Corinthians 6:16-18. He added, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” [Galatians 5:9]
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” [Revelation 18:4]
The truth of the matter is that Christmas is a distraction from Christ. It is meant to look like Christ – “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” – an anti-Christ!
So, what should you do instead? Celebrate Jesus daily in YOUR own life, by fellowshipping and celebrating with Him in your soul and how you live.
If God was in Christ Jesus, walking on the face of the earth among humanity, when do you think He would prefer to be born? Festival of Debauchery (takes place on 25th December) or Feast of Tabernacles (September/October – six months after the Jewish Passover)?
This article is a slightly edited version. The original author seems to be anonymous. So, the credit remains with the original author. Thanks.
1 Earl W. Count, 4000 Years of Christmas, (New York: Henry Schuman, 1948), p. 11.
2 Cyclopeadia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, (1882), Vol. 2, p. 276.
3 Charles F. Vinson, “Why the World Needs Christmas”, The Plain Truth, Vol. XXXVIII (December 1973), p. 19.
4 Werner Keller, The Bible as History, (New York: William Morrow & Co., 1969), p. 353.
5 Francis X. Weiser, The Christmas Book, (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1952), p. 31.
6 Keller, p. 352.
7 Mary Imogene Hazeltine, Anniversaries and Holidays, (2nd ed.; New York : Harper & Bros., 1954), 178.
8 “Christmas”, Encyclopedia Britannica, (1955), Vol. 5, p. 642A.
9 Vinson, p. 19.
12 Vinson, p. 19.
13 Alfred C. Hottes, 1001 Christmas Facts & Fancies, (A.T. deLamare Co., Inc., 1950), p. 14.
14 Count, p. 27.
15 Joseph Gaer, Holidays Around the World, (Boston: Little, Brown, & Co., 1953), p. 133.
16 Barrie Ruth Straus, The Catholic Church, (Hippocrene Books, Inc., 1987), p. 36.
17 Maymie Richardson Krythe, All About Christmas, (New York: Harper & Bros., 1954), p. 3.
18 Encyclopedia Britannica, p. 642A.
19 Keller, p. 353.
20 “Christmas”, Man, Myth & Magic, Vol. 4, p. 480
22 Keller, p. 353.
No one wants to admit that they may be carrying a monkey-load of parasites in their body. People want to present a dignified front while they are suffering in silence. These parasites not only irritate, they cause many to become reclusive and depressed because of embarrassments.
Some health challenges are as a result of parasites; Read more »
Start with some kind of food that naturally has a lot of oil in it such as peanuts, soybeans, corn, rapeseed (canola), sunflower, safflower, cottonseed, coconut, palm, etc.
Step #1: Get someone to mash or grind the original food for you.
Step #2: Have them cook the original food long enough to break down its cellular structure. This may take at least a couple of hours and temperatures in excess of 250oF. Read more »