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This article is about certain things that all should know concerning Christmas and the Advent period, and what those days symbolise and point to. Many people know that that festival is not biblical, but there is more to that matter than one might expect.
Those who have studied these things in more depth, know that Christmas has nothing to do with the true Jesus or his birth.
Christmas is a modern form of celebrating the old Roman Saturnalia-feast. That ancient festival was held around the time of the winter solstice. Some say that originally, it was only one day long, around December 17, but that later it came to last several days so that one of its days was around December 24.
But, who was Saturn? And, why does the world celebrate him? Also, in what way is he connected to Christmas and the Advent period?
Saturn, Latin Saturnus, was one of the “gods” in old Roman mythology. He had children, among them Jupiter. The Greek called Saturn by the name Kronos and Saturn’s son Jupiter by the name Zeus. (Saturn’s Greek variant Kronos, “Father Time”, is often pictured with a scythe in his hand. Apparently, the skeleton-like “scythe-man” figure in a black cloak, comes from that.)
In ancient Rome, the Saturnalia festival was kept around the winter solstice. It was a celebration of the sun’s (sun-god’s) “return” or “re-birth”. (Cf. the term “Nativity”.) On the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice is around the 21st of December.
Here, one must understand that the Saturnalia-feast did not worship the literal sun. The sun served only as a symbol for a person who was viewed as a “light-bringer”. Several things make it clear that that ancient Roman idol-festival in fact celebrated the approaching return of a certain “sun-god”. Read on:
The Roman Saturnalia feast also symbolised an eager expectation of a “golden age”. Still in our day, there are many (occultists and satanists) who are eagerly waiting for a “new” or “golden” age to be launched. In their world, that age will be launched by a “god” who today is “asleep”. They are waiting for his return, and for a new “Saturnian age” in connection with that. They look forward to the re-appearance of their “saviour”, their “sun-god”. He is said to be “asleep”, underground, in the far north (“Ultima Thule”), [a] but is soon to return. They call him “Lucifer” which is Latin for “light-bringer”, but in reality he is the ruler of darkness. – And yes, those things are closely related to the symbolism of the old Roman Saturnalia festival and its later variants.
a Even the man in red, “Santa”, is said to come from the extreme north.
A note: The English word “advent” is derived from the Latin adventus which means “approach”, “coming”, “arrival”. In short: The one-month long advent-period which precedes Christmas, is a symbolic ritual by which those who obverse it show how eagerly they look forward to the arrival of the person whom Christmas points to.
In ancient Rome, the Saturnalia-feast (the predecessor of Christmas) was apparently considered to be like a “temporary return to the golden age”. Even the concept “New Age” comes from that. Indeed, “the new age” and “the golden age” appear to be the same thing. And then, that “new” age is not anything new. It is merely a re-launch of something old – a re-launch of the “Saturnian age”.
So, which ancient “age” did the Saturnalia-feast refer to? Many different time-periods have been called “golden ages”. Some might define old Rome’s “golden age” as 63 BCE to 14 CE (from Catiline’s failed conspiracy to the death of Augustus). But, it appears that the “golden age” which the Saturnalia festival pointed to, was of much earlier date.
Some say that according to Roman tradition, Saturnalia was kept in memory of “the golden age of man”, an age when Saturn ruled here on Earth. Without going into all the details – it appears that Saturnalia in fact pointed to the age before the Flood, the age which was so wicked that God decided to wipe out all mammal life on this planet, except those that were taken into the Ark. (Let us assume that the wickedness of that age was caused by wicked spirit powers. See for instance 1 Peter 3:19–20.) In short, it appears that the “golden age” whose approaching return the Saturnalia festival celebrated and which some are hoping for even today, is merely a return to the “old world” which is mentioned in 2 Peter 2:4–5.
It is said that in old Rome, at Saturnalia time, there was a custom to decorate rooms with lamps or lights of some kind, and with boughs of laurel (an “evergreen” plant). The part with lamps and lighting was probably related to a celebration of the “returning sun”, the return of the “sun-god”. The ever-green things were obviously symbols of his ability for “re-generation”, survival over a sleep-period.
It is said that in old Rome, the festival which was celebrated around what some people today might call “Christmas time”, was begun with a cry “Io Saturnalia!”, and a sacrifice of pigs at Saturn’s temple. Those pigs were then prepared and eaten, obviously as sacrificial meals dedicated to the idol Saturn.
Even in our today, many people eat special meals with pig-meat (ham), at the same time of the year.
Here, one must keep in mind that the idol-symbols which were used in connection with the old Roman Saturnalia-festival, ultimately pointed to Satan.
Have you ever wondered why the man in red (“Santa”) and his small “helpers” are pictured as clad in red caps of a special kind? Now, it is clear that “Santa Claus” is a combination of different things, and that his present-day appearance was designed in the 1800s and 1900s. But, the persons who designed those things, must have used something as a model. What could that be?
Santa’s red clothing is obviously connected to his role as a “fire-god”. As you perhaps know, in some countries he is said to come through the chimney, down to the fireplace. But, what about the funny cap?
The way that cap was drawn in earlier times, makes one think of an ancient Phrygian idol, the sun-god Mithras. He had such a cap. He was popular among ancient Persians, then even in Phrygia, and later also among the Romans, especially within the Roman army and the ruling class. The Roman army then spread their Mithras-worship to many areas in Europe and even elsewhere.
Today the Phrygian cap, sometimes along with the sun-god’s snake-symbol, appears on various logos and similar things. Again, Mithraism was spread by soldiers, the Roman troops. The Roman warlord and emperor Constantine who was the de facto founder of the Catholic Church, was a servant of Mithras, and died as such. (One of his last acts was to uphold the rights of Mithras-priests.) Some have thought that Mithraism vanished in the 300s or 400s, but no, it is only that from the 300s and onward, it appears in new, disguised forms. The worship of the sun-god Mithras (ultimately, Satan) is alive and well, even today. Christmas is a part of that.
The red clothing worn by “Santa Claus” or “Father Christmas” shows that he is a “fire-god”. Even small children are lied to and caused to eagerly wait for the man in red. The world celebrates “Christmas”, as if to show that it is waiting for a “light-bringer”. The worst part of that all is that in reality, those things point to the ruler of darkness and his return on the scene.
What about the Christmas gifts? (It is said that during Saturnalia, the Sigillaria or gift-giving day was on December 23.) In some countries, there is a custom to place the gifts by a fireplace. Small children are deceived and told that it is the man in red who brings and provides the gifts. The actual symbolism appears to be that those gifts are placed by the fireplace to the honour of the man in red, the “fire-god”, who is said to come down through the chimney. Through that ritual, the givers of those gifts as well as their recipients, become in figure dedicated to the “fire-god” (who ultimately is a symbol of Satan).
In some countries, the gifts are instead placed under an evergreen tree. In certain areas, people even perform a ritual dance around that tree. Also those things are symbolic celebrations of an awaited “re-generation” (awaking, return) of Satan. The evergreen tree serves as a symbol for his ability to survive over a “sleep period” and then come back again. The gifts under the tree are in symbol dedicated to him, and so are those who dance around that tree.
What about the burning of a Yule log, which has been a custom in some areas? Obviously, even that is connected to the “fire-god”. Perhaps it is a sacrificial fire dedicated to him. It could also be a symbol related to a “Phoenix”-type re-generation of that “fire-god”. The mythical phoenix-bird was burned but came back to life again, rising from the ashes. (It appears that the story of the phoenix-bird is just another thing that points to Satan’s “re-generation” – re-emergence.)
A star, today often a pentagram or a hexagram, has since ancient times been used as a symbol for the idol Saturn.
Here are two bible-passages that mention such star-symbols.
Amos 5:26 Truly, you will take up Saccuth your king and Kaiwan your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves. 27 And I will send you away as prisoners farther than Damascus, says the Lord, whose name is the God of armies. (BBE, highlighting added)
Acts 7:43 And you took up the tent of Moloch and the star of the god Rephan, images which you made to give worship to them: and I will take you away, farther than Babylon. (BBE, highlighting added)
In the Hebrew text of the above-quoted Amos 5:26, the word for “king” is melek. In the Greek text of Acts 7:43, it is spelled as moloch. The old Hebrew word melek simply meant “king”. And yes, just as Saturnalia, even the Christmas festival looks forward to “the return of a king”. The return of the ruler of darkness.
It appears that the idol Rephan (Remphan, Romphan) who is mentioned in Acts 7:43, was the same as the in Amos 5:26 mentioned Kaiwan (Kiyyun, Chiun) who in his turn seems to have been the same as the Roman idol Saturn, the one to whose honour the Saturnalia feast was celebrated. And again, today Saturnalia is celebrated in a slightly modified form, under the name “Christmas”.
The ancient Israelites were through deception caused to worship the star of the idol Kaiwan/Chiun (or Saturn, ultimately Satan). In our day, people are through deception caused to do the same. One small example of this is the Christmas tree with the star on its top and the other star-decorations at that time.
(And no, those things do not have any connection with the star or the king which are mentioned in Matthew 2:2. – The word “christmas” is combined of “christ” and “mass”, but the Christmas feast has nothing to do with the true Jesus.)
In later times, Christmas trees have often been decorated with shining balls. It is hard to say what they exactly point to, but obviously they have been put there with a meaning, as symbols of something. They might symbolise the sun, or then they might be symbolic of smaller “shining” objects. Or, they might be symbols of a more sexual or “reproductive” nature. Perhaps they symbolise the Wicked one’s “children”. – See also the next point, below.
In some countries, at least some decades ago, people hung on the X-mas tree, between the candles, [b] candy wrapped in paper with pictures of small children with wings. Some might think that the children pictured on that candy “symbolise God’s angels”, but no, that is not so. It is obvious that even that candy has a sinister meaning.
One possible explanation is that the pictures of small children on those candy-bars symbolise the seed (children) of the Wicked one whom that ever-green tree points to. (See the parable of the wicked seed which the Enemy sowed, Matthew 13.)
Another possible explanation is as follows. It is said that in ancient times, people burned children to death, as sacrifices to the “sun-god”. (The sun-god has many names, such as Baal, Mithras and so on, but ultimately all those figures point to Satan.) Later, the children were only caused to jump over the fire; thus they were only symbolically presented (dedicated) to Satan and were not burned to death. In the 1900s, pictures of small children were hung on the Christmas tree, perhaps as a symbolical dedication of the children to the man in red (Satan) whose symbol the X-mas tree actually is.
b Regarding the use of candles in religious rituals, and what that symbolises and points to, look under the heading “Candles” on the page key09.htm.
Both Christmas and the Advent period which precedes it, point to an awaited return of Satan into more direct and personal power. Those things celebrate the approach of that event.
Those who put their trust in the true God who is in Heaven and his son Jesus, must not take part in any form of Christmas celebrations or rites or related customs. They must not give Christmas gifts, or send or return wishes of “merry Christmas”, or anything like that.
A note: Also the celebration of the “New Year” on the 31st of December and the first of January, and the high day on the sixth of January, are connected to the Christmas period. It is not fully clear what the role of those days exactly is, but in all likelihood they celebrate the same thing as Christmas, however according to some earlier calendars or date-reckonings.
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