“Christmas Un-wrapped—The History of Christmas” is quite a documentary produced by The History Channel. Harry Smith narrates as it exposes the historical roots of how this holiday came to be. Its origins are pagan and go back thousands of years to the festivals of the winter solstice, Rome’s Saturnalia, Mithras the sun god’s birthday, and the Nordics’ Yule time (you can see it here on youtube: https://youtu.be/Ots9y_xcaX8
I am astounded as I look out over the earth on this time of year and see people of every race, nationality and gender, embracing and reveling in this winter holiday season. I don’t condemn anyone for doing so; I’m just amazed to see people caught up into a spiritual vortex with seemingly no power to refuse.They are not just lured to the stores to buy anymore; they are told that if you don’t go and spend money, even money that you don’t really have, you are going to contribute to the downfall of our economy. It is not even subtle anymore.
It is like in Revelation when “the whole world wondered after the beast.” The people are caught up into something with a pull they can’t rationally fight. I see people practicing traditions handed down to them from ancestors who had no idea where it all came from. They follow on not knowing why, and frankly, not caring why.
Like you, I am interested in the Time of the End as described in the book of Revelation. How will the masses be? How will they act during this time? What type of world system will be in power? And I find that it is called a “beast with seven heads and ten horns” and has a woman riding it. And this woman is a symbol of a religious system, a church system.
And this church “was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand” (Rev. 17:4). This shows a system that is rich and luxurious. This is not a church system that the ancient Hebrew prophets adhered to—the ones who were of the true faith, who “wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom the world was not worthy) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth” (Hebrews 11: 37-38). No, the true prophets of God did not array themselves like this religious system.
In fact, this false religious system has in the scriptures an identifier, a tag that tells us about her. She has a “name written in her forehead.” Names in scripture tell what the person or thing is—what its roots are, what its core values are. A name in scripture tells us its origin, its reason to be, and its destiny. This name written in her forehead means that her mind is full of what her name implies. Her heart and mind are full of what her name means. And her name was “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17:5). Her name is given all in capital letters to signify its great importance to us.
And this church has blessed this holiday that falls on the winter solstice, that is built upon a flimsy, secular, and pagan foundation. “If the root be holy, so are the branches” (Romans 11: 16). What if the root be unholy? So, are the branches? If we are a branch of the latter or are partaking of an unholy branch, are we not a partaker of the tainted spiritual fruit?
We, who are the called to be His princes and princesses of His soon-coming kingdom must examine ourselves in this light, for we are admonished to “come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins” (Rev. 18: 4). We are rather to be “partakers of the divine nature” (II Peter 1: 4). Kenneth Wayne Hancock