{sigh} What year is it? Oh yeah – we’re at the tail end of 2016. This means that for at least 7 years you have been hearing the truth being spoken on social media concerning the reality of X-mess and other pagan holidays. For my part, I put on “kid gloves” and tried to be as gentle but firm as possible in the last chapter of my book, Babylon Rising: And The First Shall Be Last, titled “Truth or Tradition.” I have often posted videos such as the following every year (as have many others) on Facebook and YouTube:

There are of course many more you can watch on YouTube.

I’ve also written a number of Facebook notes on the subject:

I’ve spoken about it at conferences and on radio shows too. In most cases, I’ve done so as gently as possible so as not to offend, but rather to educate and to get people to think. But alas, it still falls on willingly deaf ears – especially with friends and family. So, I’m just going to be blunt here:

Pastors: You are lying and you know it! Many of you even openly acknowledge that you know Yeshua was not born on December 25th, but then you go on to preach in front of your X-mess trees and banners that say Happy Birthday to Jesus behind you, while making up excuses for “Christianizing paganism” – a concept found nowhere in Scripture (in fact, a pattern strictly forbidden in the Bible).

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Ministries: You know this is the best time of the year to raise money with end of the year contributions people can write off on their taxes and so you pull out all the stops. You have big parties and you have super “Holiday Blowout Specials” to sell your stuff – all under the pretense of doing so to celebrate the wondrous joy of our Savior’s birth. It will come back to haunt you though.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Parents: If you start out by lying to your kids about Santa and you continue by lying about Yeshua (Jesus), what are you really teaching your kids? Especially, if you try and teach them that “lying is wrong,” what kind of example are you really setting for them?

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Christian: You know the truth, but you just can’t give up your precious traditions can you?

Matthew 15:

6b …Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

You dispute the above by saying “But God knows my heart…” Yes, indeed he does.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

The people of Israel tried the same argument in the book of Exodus…

Exodus 32:

1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.

2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.

3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron.

4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the Lord [YHWH].

6 And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

They said that “tomorrow is a feast to YHWH” as they claimed that they were honoring the god that brought them up out of Egypt. Their “heart” was to honor YHWH. But their actions were pagan and had nothing to do with YHWH. Did YHWH respect their heart in this matter? No. Three thousand dead.

Today, Christians know X-mess has nothing to do with our Savior’s birth, yet they all march along undaunted by the plethora of facts that prove beyond all doubt that X-mess is and always was 100% pagan. But still they make up excuses such as this to justify it:

When was our Savior really born? All Biblical and historical information would seem to more than suggest that His true birthdate was 9/11/3 BC:

Look. I enjoyed this season just like everyone else. In fact, X-mess used to be one of my favorite times of the year. I used to write, direct, produce and act in X-mess plays. I was even a mall Santa for crying out loud! I was my niece’s first Santa. I toured the country with Alvin and the Chipmunks as Santa during the Christmas tour. I love the Christmas songs and all the nostalgia that goes with it. I have many, many fond memories of this time of the year that I once thought was so special.

In times past, I believe YHWH may have given us a pass on our ignorance. But we can no longer claim to be ignorant. We now know the truth. Once you know the truth, it should be impossible to go back to the lies. But for many, it’s not. Therefore, it has become willful disobedience. Or shall we just call it what it really is? REBELLION! The truth for many today is, they like it too much to let go of it. Thus, it has become an idol.

But consider this: My x-wife’s birthday was in June. My current wife’s birthday is in December. How do you imagine Sheila would feel if I decided to celebrate her birthday in June, because that’s what I was used to for so many years prior to knowing her? What if I said to her, “But you know my heart honey. I’m really thinking of you.” Really? Imagine how your spouse would react to you doing something like that – celebrating their birthday your way. Here’s a little tip: In this scenario, it’s not about YOU. It’s about them! It’s not about how you feel/think. It’s about how they feel/think about the issue. Don’t believe me? Try it out and see. Let us all know in the comments below how it worked out.

This is what we’ve done with our Heavenly Spouse!

We’ve traded His ways for our ways. We’ve substituted His true holy-days for pagan “holidays” and slapped His name on them. We’ve exchanged truth for lies and done all we can to justify doing so. But it’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about HIM! Doing His things, His ways. That is what honors our Heavenly Father.

YHWH gave us true holy days to celebrate His ways and activities. Imagine if we got just as excited about doing those as we do with the counterfeits. In addition to doing so on a daily basis, imagine being just as intentional about spreading peace, love and joy (as we attempt to be during the so-called “Christmas season”) during the times and seasons that He has specifically chosen for us to do so. Most importantly: Imagine if we were more intentional about worshiping Him in spirit AND in truth.

John 4:

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The Northern Kingdom of Israel thought they could change the times and seasons and do things their way. As a result, they angered their Spouse and continued to play the whore. Are Christians not doing the same exact things today? Does YHWH still like to hear our celebrations when we are intentionally doing it our way instead of His? Consider what the prophet Amos wrote:

Amos 5:

14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

16 Therefore the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.

17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the Lord.

18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.

19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

20 Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts.

YHWH said He hated the songs and feasts of Israel’s Northern Kingdom, because they were doing things their way instead of His way. They went into captivity for this. Ephraim (another name for the Northern Kingdom) is only now waking up in the pig-pen and beginning the trek back to the Father. In doing so, we must “turn from our wicked ways” and seek Him and His righteous ways. We must come out of Babylon before judgment falls.

Many of you parents began by lying to your kids about Santa. Later you revealed the truth, but how is that setting a good example?

Many of you pastors, you are still lying to your congregations though. And ministries, how can you expect to walk in YHWH’s blessings, while keeping one foot in the door of paganism all for the love of money?

How can the Eric Dubay’s of the world come to know the true Savior, if all he is ever presented with is the blond hair, blue eyed, Torah defiant, Greek “Jesus” who was just another dying and resurrecting sun god born on December 25th? How can the world ever know the truth if we who claim to have the only real Truth are walking in lies? Sadly, documentaries like the following are actually telling more truth than what is coming from the pulpit these days:

Why is it that pagans, atheists, agnostics, Wiccans, witches, warlocks and occultists are telling more truth concerning X-mess than you are dear Christian? This should not be the case!

I just had a thought regarding ministries. It’s one thing to take advantage of good sales in department stores to get useful items for your home or office, toys and trinkets and the like during a time of the year when they run all the great sales. Why not? Nothing wrong with saving money. However, when it comes to ministries who are also running big sales this time of the year, why not boycott them instead of indulging in their celebration and peddling of lies? You see, department stores never claimed to have the truth that sets men free. Ministries do. But if ministries are mixing truth with lies, is there really any reason to trust that the truth is something they actually care about? Why not send them a message this “holiday season”? Let’s tell them through the withholding of our money that we can’t support any ministry that has exchanged the truth for lies all in the name of profits. That should speak volumes to them I would think.

The Torah is the Constitution of the Kingdom of YHWH. It always was and it always will be. Our King is coming soon. I don’t know about you, but I want to be found celebrating Him on His terms. Just think about the protocols of approaching any earthly king and it should give you a greater sense of respect for how we should act around the King of kings. I’d hate for anyone to ever hear these words:

Matthew 7:

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

When it comes to holidays, Yeshua’s Father gave us very clear instructions in Deuteronomy 12 and in Leviticus 23. That is the “doing the will of my Father” part Yeshua was referring to in the above passage. Not doing things the Father detests (i.e. pagan things) while slapping His name or the name of His Son on them.

In summary: Tis the season to STOP peddling lies and to begin to walk in the truth.

  • Rob Skiba