Outcry Ministries | What’s The Big Deal About Christmas? – Learn Torah

If you are an American or were raised within a western culture, you are probably familiar with the emphasis placed on Christmas. It is such a cultural event that many employers either close or operate on a reduced staff. People leave their homes and travel to visit family and friends. Some attend church. Some sing songs. Some have Christmas Trees with tinsel, ornaments and presents. And some expect Santa Clause to bring them presents. In this article, I explore the following questions from a Torah perspective: Is Christmas found in the bible? What are the origins of Christmas? Does The Most High, The Creator, care if we gather and feast on December 25? And, what if any, are the consequences of observing and gathering for Christmas?

Having been raised an American Catholic, I didn’t think to question the origins of Christmas until later in life. In fact, I didn’t question the origin of ANY holiday. In general, the Catholic Church has never favorably looked upon questions regarding its authority or its claims. Catholic families that I knew, including my family, did not compare the Catholic bible with other bibles, nor did we translate or compare words from any bible into Latin, Greek or Hebrew. My experience is that most Catholic, Christian and Jewish families have been conditioned to NOT question the writings, doctrine or mighty ones of these religious institutions.

When I ask others why they observe Christmas, the most common answer is “to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus” or, “because that’s what we’ve always done”. Over the last few years I have begun to deconstruct and examine some religious and cultural norms, including holidays that are accepted without thought or question. In this article, I will share some of the things that I have learned along “The Way”. Before I begin let me be clear, I am not an authority or an expert. I highly recommend that you do your own instigation. As we are told in Philippians 2:12 “…work out your own deliverance with fear and trembling,…”

To begin, I will point out seven Torah concepts to help clarify my position:
1. Deuteronomy 12:32 “All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.” (Concept 1: The Creator tells us to do what He has commanded. He is also telling us to not change, add or remove His commands from His Torah.)

2. Ex.12:6-20, 13:3-10, 23:16, 34:18,22; Lev. 16:29-31, 23:15-16,26-32,33-39, 25:5-6, 23:6-11; Num. 9:2-3, 28:16-25, 29:1,7,12,35, 33:3-4; Deut. 16:1-4,8-9,13; Ezekiel 45:21; Neh. 8:18, John 7:10,37. (Concept 2: YHVH commands that we observe ONLY His Sabbaths and Festivals which are known as holy days or holidays. This action of observing His holidays identifies us, it MARKS us and SETS US APART as His. The action of observing holidays that are NOT found in Torah marks us DIFFERENTLY and does not set us apart.)

3. Exodus 34:14 “for you do not bow yourselves to another mighty one, for YHVH, whose Name is jealous, is a jealous El” (Concept 3: YHVH is making it very clear that He does not want us worshiping other mighty ones and refers to this practice as adultery and whoring. How would you feel, and what would you do if your love was whoring around in an adulteress relationship?)

4. Leviticus chapter 26. (Concept 4: Looking at the creation story, we see there is ONLY one thing over which we were given COMPLETE CONTROL, it is our freedom to choose. EVERYTHING else is designed, created, controlled and owned by Him, including our body, our seed, our spirit, our labor, our intellectual property and the knowledge and wisdom from whence it came. (See Proverbs 8 for more on wisdom and knowledge). And what is the choice that He presents to each of us? The answer is, our choice of obedience or disobedience. For every cause there is an effect and every action an equal and opposite reaction. For choosing obedience and acting obediently, there are blessings. For choosing disobedience and acting disobediently, there are curses.

5. Isaiah 30: 1 “Woe to the stubborn children,” declares YHVH, “to make counsel, but not from Me, and to devise plans, but not of My Breath, in order to add sin to sin…” Isaiah 30: 9-13 “…that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who refuse to hear the Torah of YHVH, who says to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right. Speak to us what is smooth, prophesy deceits. Turn aside from the way, swerve from the path, cause the Set-apart One of Yisra’el to cease from before us.” Therefore thus said the Set-apart One of Yisra’el, “Because you despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and rely on them, therefore this crookedness is to you like a breach ready to fall, a bulge in a wall, whose breaking comes suddenly, swiftly.”” (Concept 5: Isaiah the prophet, sent by YHVH, was told by the children of Yisra’el that they didn’t like Isaiah’s message because it wasn’t nice. Further, these rebellious disobedient children told Isaiah to stop telling them the truth and start telling them lies that were more pleasant. Doesn’t that sound like an immature child who is not mature enough to understand the consequence of their actions?)

6. Jeremiah 17:5 “Thus said YHVH, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes his flesh his arm, and whose heart turns away from YHVH””; Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in YHVH, and whose trust is YHVH. For he shall be the tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and does not see when heat comes. And his leaf shall be green, and in the year of drought he is not anxious, nor does he cease from yielding fruit.” (Concept 6: Back to freedom of choice. We can choose to trust man and be cursed. Or, we can choose to trust YHVH and be blessed.)

7. Ecclesiastes 12: 11-14 “The words of the wise are like goads, and as nails driven by the masters of collections – they were given by one Shepherd. And besides these, my son, be warned – the making of many books has no end, and much study is a wearying end of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the entire matter: Fear Elohim and guard His commands, for this applies to all mankind! For Elohim shall bring every work into right ruling, including all that is hidden, whether good or whether evil.” (Concept 7: This passage was written by Solomon and he is saying that knowledge itself comes from YHVH therefore the highest concern FOR ALL is to Fear Elohim and guard His commands. For more about knowledge see Proverbs 8.)

Now we are ready to begin the question, “What are the origins of Christmas?” By the way, if you don’t care for my answer, I challenge you to do your own study. I offer that you may start with a simple internet search by typing “origins of Christmas” or “origins of Christianity”. You will find an abundance of material to read.

The following is an except from www.nazarite.net about the origins of Christmas, just one of the many sites dedicated to sharing historical origins:

“Christian Holidays are ancient pagan feasts that were ushered in by the Roman Catholic Church during the rule of emperor Constantine. Constantine was a pagan sun-worshipper who had a “Christian experience” that wanted to unite his empire, both Christian and pagan together. He achieved this by re- writing history and re-naming pagan feasts with Christian names.

Christmas was celebrated by pagan sun-worshippers for thousands of years before the Messiah was even born. It all started during the building of the tower of Babel. Nimrod supervised the operation and was called the sun-god and worshipped as such. To end this worship, Nimrod’s uncle Shem, Noah’s eldest son, killed Nimrod and cut his body into small pieces then scattered his body parts across the land.

Ishtar or Easter, also known by her biblical name Semiramis was the widow of Nimrod. She was called the “Queen of heaven” and claimed to have been impregnated by Nimrod through the rays of the sun and later had a son by the name of Tammuz who had a miraculous birth on December 25th. Pagans believed that Nimrod was reincarnated as Tammuz and so Easter married her son Tammuz. Pagan sun-worshippers celebrated the birthday of the reincarnate sun-god on December 25th. Scripture is very clear that we are not to celebrate this particular holiday.

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other deities, that they may provoke Me to anger. (HIM Jeremiah 7:18) 

The passage above is obviously referring to making Christmas cookies and leaving those cookies and a glass of milk for Nimrod’s widow Easter who was called the queen of heaven. The only difference is now those offerings are left for Santa (Satan) himself. Let’s move on and read another passage from Scripture.

Thus says YaHuWaH, “Do not learn the way of the gentiles, and do not be dismayed at the signs of the heaven; for the gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move. (HIM Jeremiah 10:2-4) 

This passage is obviously referring to cutting down the Christmas tree, putting it on some sort of tree stand, and decorating it. Once you learn why it had become customary to use an erect evergreen tree that has a pointed end decorate it with big red balls you will realize the extent of the perversion in this holiday. The erect tree symbolizes Nimrod’s erect masculinity. The tree was evergreen because evergreen trees are full of life year round, like Nimrod’s penis. The tree was pointed at the end just like Nimrod’s pecker. The big red balls that dangle off the tree, well you get the picture. This holiday is perversion at its best.

Every sun-god was born on December 25th. Amun-Ra, Horus, Mithra, Tammuz, and Zeus were born on December 25th. If there was one day that the Messiah was not born, it was December 25th. In fact the Scripture is quite clear that Messiah was born late September or early October on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles.”

In addition to conjuring up her sick and twisted Christmas tree symbolism of Nimrod’s penis, “the queen of heaven” added one more tradition of placing presents under the Christmas tree. Her intent was to have the people, usually children, get on their knees to pick up presents thereby engaged in the physical act of bowing down worshiping before Nimrod’s manhood.

Isn’t it interesting to find churches that display a Christmas tree? I hope that you are now asking yourself: If religious institutions are condoning or teaching Christmas, what other false doctrines are they teaching and false mighty ones are they worshiping?

Jeremiah 17:5 “Thus said YHVH, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes his flesh his arm, and whose heart turns away from YHVH””;

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in YHVH, and whose trust is YHVH. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and does not see when heat comes. And his leaf shall be green, and in the year of drought he is not anxious, nor does he cease from yielding fruit.”

If you would like to do a more in depth reading on this subject, here is a link to Alexander Hislop’s “The Two Babylons – proof that Roman Catholic beliefs came from pagan Babylonian religion”, Click Here.

Can a bad tree produce good fruit? Both Matthew and Luke agree that a good tree can not produce bad fruit and a bad tree can not produce good fruit. (Matthew 7:17-18, 12:33; Luke 6:43). If you take a critical and honest look at Christmas, you will see that its tree, the doctrine its founded upon, along with its mighty one is false and the fruit it produces is bad. It makes no difference if occasionally some good is achieved, the fruit is still bad to the core. All you have to do is look at the fruit and test it with the Torah to determine if it is truly from YHVH!

The Torah is so restrictive. The whole WORLD is taking time off to celebrate, gather and feast on Christmas! Everybody’s doing it! “What’s the harm of getting together with friends and family on December 25 to celebrate this feast?” These are the words of an immature child who does not yet understand the consequence of their words and actions. I employed this tactic myself as a child. I remember my dad asking me: “are you going to jump off a cliff just because everyone else is doing it?” Exodus 34:14 “for you do not bow yourselves to another mighty one, for YHVH, whose Name is jealous, is a jealous El”.

Here’s my problem with getting together with friends and family on December 25. It is in direct opposition to YHVH and His Torah. It is an action that shows a serious lack of respect and love for YHVH. How are we to show YHVH our love?

“The one who says, “I know Him, “ and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him”, (1 John 2:4).

He tells us very simply that ONLY those who obey His commands are the ones who love Him!!! Read 1 John 2:4 again!

Who in their right mind would intentionally offend The Creator, King and most powerful being of ALL? Consider the examples of those who angered or offended YHVH. We are commanded over 400 times to NOT fear. Yet, we are told to fear only ONE thing, YHVH! (Ecclesiastes 5:7, 8:12-13, 12:13; Revelation 14:7).

Some have asked me why I no longer gather or feast on December 25. Now you now know answer. However in asking me this question, and me having answered your question, I have fulfilled the command in Ezekiel 33. Therefore, you may no longer claim ignorance on this matter. Having informed you, YOU are now LIABLE under the same command found in Ezekiel 33. The question now becomes, what are you going to do? Will you take action and obey His commands in expectation of His promised blessings or will you take no action and disobey His commands and hope you will somehow avoid His promised curses? I hope you the best with the latter. He has given you the freedom to choose. I hope you choose wisely.

Whether we take action or we take no action, we ARE serving somebody, a phenomenon grasped yet beyond human comprehension. So if we are serving somebody anyway, wouldn’t it be preferable that we serve the right somebody? I prefer to serve the Creator and not the created, how about you? I suggest a simple course of action. First stop listening to teachers of false doctrine who serve false mighty ones. No man or institution has been given authority from YHVH to intercede on our behalf. They may claim authority but that doesn’t make it so. Their proof is of their own making, and again bad fruit. Take action and begin learning the Torah and His commands. Finally, continue with action and incorporate what you’ve learned into your daily life. Go directly to YHVH and speak to Him for yourself:

Philippians 2:12 “…work out your own deliverance with fear and trembling,…”.

Shalom.

Learn Torah | Read On – Outcry Ministries

I’ve become a man obsessed.  I cannot read a single bible verse anymore.  Every time I see a verse on some “verse of the day” or bumper sticker or one of those gas-station signs outside a big church (you know the ones, they have to use a backward 2 to make an ‘S’ because they didn’t have enough?)  I am suspicious.  I have to go read the whole chapter. I’ve stopped starting in the middle of a chapter.  I’ve stopped referencing CONCEPTS within the bible by their verse, only by the chapter.  You see, we’ve been duped. But it’s our fault.  We’re SO hurried, but lazy, that we would much rather pull a quippy inspirational quote than to understand the context in which it was written.  We can prove almost anything by taking it out of context.  

We’ve just gotten through another election season, and it doesn’t take a genius to tell that every ad is a lie.  By lie I mean, ‘Part truth’  It’s the oldest trick in the book.  Taking a few words that a person says, and hanging them on them, is the basis of our democratic process.  For instance, At the top of this article I said, and I quote, “I cannot read a single bible verse anymore.” See? It’s right there in black and white. This man hates the bible. But what was that man really saying?  Did he stop believing the bible?  Is he illiterate?  Read on. He reads whole chapters instead.

Read On.  This is my new motto.  This applies to the bible in a huge way.  So many, who have come before us, have taken verses out of context to make their point.  I’m certain we do it too.  For instance, in Joshua 1, Yehovah is placing Joshua in charge of all the Israelites, to be their military leader.  He’s being bolstered up and encouraged by his creator. We’ve heard these quotes before, “Be Strong and Courageous”  and “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life” and “I will not leave your or forsake you”.  Yup, Joshua’s got it made. But read on.  The very next verse. The Terms and Conditions:  

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”

If he doesn’t follow the Torah, he will NOT have those protections.  In fact, if you read on, The second battle Israel entered, they got whipped.  Why? Because one soldier had broken the instructions by keeping plunder which was devoted to destruction.

There is a very famous verse in Acts 10 about Yehovah declaring all food clean. Peter is shown in a vision all kinds of clean and unclean animals which he refuses to eat. But Yehovah says, “What God has made clean, you must not consider unholy.”  If you stop here, put down your bible, pick up your pork rinds and turn the game back on, you’ve got it made. But if you read on to the end of the chapter, Peter explains the lesson to the house full of unclean gentiles.  A good Jew would never have even entered a house full of gentiles, except for his vision.  But read on.  In the next chapter, Peter is challenged by other Jews and criticized for eating with such slime, but he explains his vision and it’s meaning a second time.  It’s not about food.

Leviticus 26 holds amazing blessings and promise of great abundance, if you only read verses 4-13.  Rain for your crops, Grapes for your wine, Peace, Military power, Tons of food, and Freedom from bondage. Sweet! Oh wait, I forgot to read the terms and conditions.  Back to verse 1.  IF you obey my sabbaths..IF you don’t bow down to idols, IF you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments.  But read on. You might want to sit down for this. The next 15 verses line out what we’ll get when we don’t obey. Panic, Disease, Starvation, Military destruction, Wild beasts, Desolation.  Utter removal from our own land so it can have the sabbatical without us.  Eating your own children.

We must not continue along this path of highlighting his goodness and blacking-out his terms.  We must not continue along this path of ignoring the wages of sin.  If you think God is love, you’re right, but he’s much more as well, he is justice and fury and destruction.

If I stop here, then I’ve cheated you.  Did you catch me?  We’ve only gotten part way through Leviticus 26.  Have we learned nothing?  READ ON.  Although he’s cast us out of the land, and we’re in the land of our enemies, there is a promise.  IF we confess, IF we humble, and IF we make amends, he will remember his covenant with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham.  IF we turn, he will not utterly destroy us that he may be our Elohim and fulfill his promise to our fathers.

You’ve read this far. If you haven’t opened your bible to Leviticus 26 yet, then you’re trusting some guy on the internet who’s done the same old trick.  Cherry-Picked verses to prove himself right.  Trusting in human nature to skim the cover and claim you’ve read the book.

Read on.

Outcry Ministries | Where Is Your Gaze – Torah Ministry

Where is your gaze? Are you wanting to learn Torah, but seem to be hitting a wall? Maybe you have joined a Hebrew Roots assembly, or a Messianic Synagogue. Maybe you have even converted to Judaism because you have been told that it is Jewish Law. I’m here to tell you that no matter where you are, if you will fix your gaze on the Creator of the Universe, He will fix His gaze on you! There are many Torah Ministries out there, and while no one Torah ministry is exactly alike, they are all very similar. We, however want to share the Truth with you. You have to die to yourself. You CANNOT bring your past with you. If you have anything left to give to the King of Babylon, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Israel. Upon whom are you fixing your gaze?