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Reasons why Christians should not be celebrating Christmas (part 5)

The fifth reason why Christians should not be celebrating Christmas it is because the date of Christ’s birth has never been a secret.

It is well documented in scripture that Jesus Christ was born as the king of kings and Lord of lords, because we are told that; “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:1-2, 11).
The presentation of gold was to honor Him as King, the frankincense was to honor Him as God, and the myrrh was to honor Him as man.

During His earthly trial, Jesus Christ was brought before Pilate who, “called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him and said, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Then Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom was of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” therefore said Pilate to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:33-37).

Therefore, my humble question is when did Jesus Christ receive the title of King of kings and Lord of lords? Was it not at His birth! Please consider the words of the wise men when they entered Jerusalem seeking for Jesus, and Jesus Christ’s answer to Pilate. The wise men asked, “where is He who has been born King of the Jews? And Christ’s answer to Pilate was, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born and for this cause I have come into the world.”

My humble question again is, if Christ was born as the King of the Jews, and He said plainly that it is for this reason He was born and came into the world, if there is a festival that is ordained specifically to honor the King of kings and Lord of lords, who does this festival honors? And what is the rationale for celebrating this festival?

There is a feast of the Lord which honors and commemorates the King of kings and Lord of lords, as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah who wrote; “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

This festival is so indispensable that in the future, every nation will be required to come and worship the King, and those who refuse to worship the King will be severely punished, for it is written; “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.’
“And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth that do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar” (Zechariah 14:16-20).
Now there is a definite date, and time of the year for this celebration and commemoration, for it is written; “The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles seven days to the Lord. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it” (Leviticus 23: 34-36).

My humble question again is what is the rationale for celebrating this annual festival in the past, now, and in the future? The rationale for celebrating this festival in the past according to the scriptures was for the children of Israel to dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites were to dwell in booths (temporary dwellings) so that their generations may know that the Lord made the children of Israel dwell in booths when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. This was a shadow and copy of the reality.

Today, we have the reality, the body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as our permanent dwelling which He received at birth.

In the future, the rationale for this celebration will be to honor Jesus Christ as the King of kings and Lord of Lords an honor which He received from birth.

The Eighth day of this festival is also very significant because it was on this eighth day that He was circumcised and God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, the title King of kings, and Lord of Lords which is associated with the feast of Tabernacles were given to Jesus eight days after His birth at His circumcision. For it is written: “And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb” (Philippians 2:9-11; Luke 2:21).
To be continued.

Can the Date of Christ’s Birth be verified?

It is a general and widely accepted notion that the date of Christ’s birth is unknown. For example it is stated in the World Book encyclopedia that, “No one knows the exact date of Christ’s birth, but most Christians observe Christmas on December 25th. On this day, many go to church, where they take part in special religious services.”

Assuming that the notion that no one knows the exact date of Christ’s birth is true, the question is, why should professing Christian incorporate and amalgamate the birth of Jesus Christ with that of a pagan festival? When one of the instructions the Lord gave the children of Israel when they left Egypt was; “I am the Lord your God. According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. You shall observe my judgments and keep my ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord” (Leviticus. 18:2-5).
The Lord further instructed them saying; “When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever I command you be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12: 29-32).

To compound and exacerbate the issue of abomination and profanity committed by professing Christians, the World Book encyclopedia further states that, “The first mention of the celebration of Christmas occurred in AD 336 in an early Roman calendar which indicates December 25th as the day of observance. This celebration was probably influenced by pagan [unchristian] festivals held at that time. The ancient Romans held year end celebrations to honor Saturn, their harvest god, and Mithras, the god of light. Various peoples in northern Europe held festivals in mid December to celebrate the end of the harvest season.”

Christians have been duly instructed saying; “God is Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in Spirit and truth.” Therefore, if there is no veracity in celebrating December 25th as the date of Christ’s birth, Christians should not be indulging themselves in such a celebration.

If the date of Christ birth is not known, it is unknown by those who refuse to accept him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. If the saying that, “No one knows the exact date of Christ’s birth holds water and is accepted, it is accepted by those who are holding a conspiracy to conceal his true identity as the King of kings and Lord of lords, and denying him of his honor, glory and reverence.

The time of Christ’s birth can be verified and ascertained by those who truly desirous of knowing the truth by checking three reliable biblical sources.
1. The birth of John the Baptist
2. The day the angel announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds
3. The commencement of Christ’s ministry

When did the Word become Flesh

It is a proven fact that no shepherd/s could have been in the fields in the middle of winter keeping watch over their flock by night. Yet professing Christians who claims to know and love the Lord, rather hold on tenaciously to a lie and deception, purporting that no one knows the date of Christ’s birth, and substituting a pagan festival called Christmas to commemorate the Lord’s birth day, rather than being obedient to the word of God, despite the fact that we are required to worship the Father in Spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship him.

Even though the bible does not state categorically that, the feast of Tabernacles is the birth date of Jesus Christ, but consider this for a moment, what is a feast?

A Feast according to the “World Book Dictionary” is, “A day or special time of rejoicing or feasting, often in memory of some great happening.” The objective of the feast of Tabernacles is absolutely clear in the scriptures, it is to “Worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16).

Now who is the King, the Lord of hosts? And when was this title assigned to him? This title was assigned to Jesus Christ at his birth, for it is written; “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace: Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Another proof to prove that the Feast of Tabernacles is indeed the commemoration of Christ’s birth is the conception of John the Baptist. Scriptures confirmed that Zacharias the father of John the Baptist was a priest in the division of Abijah, and his tour of duty to minister in the sanctuary was number eight out of twenty-four (24) divisions.
Since there were twenty-four (24) divisions or courses of the priests, each division officiated for two weeks in the year, and therefore, the eighth division which was assigned to Zacharias in the division of Abijah, officiated during the last two weeks in the fourth month of the year. “And so it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months saying; “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men” (Luke 1:23-25).

Now if Zacharias’ official duty in the sanctuary ended at the end of the fourth month, and his wife Elizabeth became conceived after those days, it means that Elizabeth was conceived during the fifth month of the year, which will culminate in the birth of John the Baptist during the first month of the following year.
Now during the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the angel Gabriel visited Mary and said to her “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God, and behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David” (John 1:30-32).

Mary then said to the angel Gabriel; ” How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, the Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Them Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her” (John 1:34-38).

The word has also conceived signifies that Mary was conceived six months after her cousin Elizabeth was conceived, and if Elizabeth was conceived during the fifth month of the year, and gave birth to John the Baptist during the first month of the year. Naturally and logically, Mary became conceived during the eleventh month of the year, and would naturally give birth to Jesus Christ during the seventh month of the year.
And if John the Baptist was born during the first month of the year, and he was six months older that Jesus Christ, obviously, Jesus Christ was born during the seventh month of the year; And on the 15th day of the seventh month is the Feast of Tabernacles. What further proof does one needs? Furthermore, is this not much more credible, and Biblically supported than the Christmas theory? So if one has the audacity to celebrate the Christmas story, why can’t they celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles?l

By the way, the first month of the year according to the Lord our God, is the month on which the Passover falls, which is late March or early April. For thus says the Lord to Moses and Aaron; “This month shall be your beginning of months, it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Therefore, the seventh month on which the birth of Christ, and the feast of Tabernacles falls, is during late September or early October (Exodus 12:2).

So why have so many sincere well intentioned Christians lost track, or have totally rejected and ignored an event which is of such intrinsic value to them and humanity on the whole? And why has a Festival which is of such high honor and esteem to the Lord our God, be held in contempt and rejection, and professing Christians rather embrace a counterfeit which is no where found in scriptures, and which is an abomination to the Lord?

The answer is quite simple, disobedience produces blindness for thus says the prophet Isaiah; “Pause and wonder! Blind ourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with intoxicating drink. For the Lord has poured on you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; And he has covered your heads, namely, the seers. The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please”; and he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, “Read this please”; and he says, “I am not literate.”
Therefore says the Lord: “Inasmuch as these people draw near to me with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the commandment of men, therefore, behold I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden” (Isaiah 29:9-14).

And according to the book of Lamentations, the Lord “Has done violence to his tabernacle, as if it were a garden; He has destroyed his place of assembly; The Lord has caused the appointed feasts and Sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion. In his burning indignation he has spurned [refused with scorn; reject contemptuously] the king and the priest. The Lord has spurned his altar, he has abandoned his sanctuary; he has given up the walls of her palaces into the hand of the enemy, they have made a noise in the house of the Lord as on a day of set feast” (Lamentations 2: 6-7).

The cause of all this is because, “Her [Zion, the church] leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.” Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets” (Micah 3:11-12).

What a travesty! What an indictment and awful situation that hovers over the church of God. My prayer is that of the apostle Paul who asked that, “The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know him better.” He also prayed asking that; “The eyes of our heart may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which he has called us, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

This power he said is, “Like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be the head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Ephesians 1:17-23).

Jesus Christ the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Lord of hosts, deserves our praise and worship, let us ascribe to him the glory due to his name, by bringing him his offering and come before him, and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Happy feast of Tabernacles.

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