God's Truth On Celebrating Christmas
The Question is: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
While setting up our annually decorated Christmas tree one year, I had to ask myself a very important question... Why every year do I do something as strange as put up an evergreen tree, stand it up it in my house, and then decorate it with all types of ornaments. What symbolism has it for the birth of my savior Jesus Christ? This question was the start of a very important prayerful search.... and in my search I found some very enlightening information.
Many of us celebrate these Traditional Christian holidays without a single thought. These holidays have been handed down in traditional form and celebrated for years with out much question. Why don't we as Christians stop to question these holidays as to whether they are biblical (commanded by God)? Is it that we Christians are often blindly led through man's traditions into idolatry, which God hates? Where in God's word has He commanded us to celebrate Christmas or even given a date?... It's very clear to me that God's people are teaching man-made traditions as if the are commands from God. God says that our man-made, handed down traditions violate the direct commandments of God; making our worship worthless, void, and in vain.
Matthew 15:3 - But he answered and said unto the maid unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 9 - But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Jesus says that the true worshipers will worship in Spirit and Truth. Every aspect of our worship must be true with no lies, untruths, and shadows mixed in.
Being raised in a Jewish home, there was always scripture to back up and explain why we did, what we did, how we did it, and when. God, in His word always told the Jews exactly how to celebrate the Holy Days that He commanded them to celebrate; with nothing left out.
This is not to say that we shouldn't remember Christ's birth and its significance, but no where in God's word are we instructed to celebrate, commemorate, or observe Christmas. We will find in the Bible that Christmas was not observed by the early Church or by the apostles. It is not a bible doctrine. Biblically, “Christmas” does not exist. If Jesus wanted us to celebrate His birthday, He would have instructed us to. Had the Lord deemed this knowledge essential to our salvation, he would have spoken through his prophets and apostles. But the silence of the Scriptures upon this subject point evidences to us that it is hidden from us for the wisest purposes. Christians are commanded to remember the Lord Jesus' death, by uniting together and partaking in what we call the "Lord's Supper". This was instituted scripturally by both the Lord Himself in Luke 22:17-20 and by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
Because Christmas uses the name of Jesus Christ and His birth in conjunction with the celebration of the Christmas season, many Christians believe that this justifies its observance and its idolatrous association with a "pagan origin". I know and understand that many things today come from pagan origin; the days of the week, months, etc. Many things that are of pagan origin, we can not eliminate. It is part of living in this world. God clearly says we are in the world, but not of the world. "And be not conformed to this world" Romans 12:2. In comparison, many in the church today live very similar to those in the world. Where is our light? We are called to be different.This may surprise you, but Christmas has "no" Christian roots. The very fact that the world which hates Christ and His blood atonement for sin makes more fuss about Christmas than any other holiday, proves to me that Christmas is not of God. If December 25 were truly the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ, the world would have nothing to do with it. As we see, everyone around the world celebrates Christmas, even if they have no awareness of Jesus or the Bible. We should have no trouble understanding that what ever is very popular in the world is not of God.
Luke 16:15 "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God".
The pagan, heathen world observed December 25th as the birth of their sun god for thousands of years before Christ was ever born. This sun god was worshiped by millions throughout the Roman Empire. After the long winter solstice (the shortest day and longest night of the year), the sun began to shine again for an increasing length of time. This time of year was called Yule, which was actually a span of thirteen days, usually counted from the night before the solstice (19 or 20 December, as it varies from year to year ), to the thirteenth night, (usually January 6) called "Twelfth Night" later by Christians. Yule eve, "Mother Night", was the night devoted to honoring the female ancestral spirits, the family protectors. The Solstice itself, either 20, 21 or 22 December, is the most important of the pagan days, when the dead and other beings of the dark roam most freely, when winter arrives, and humans are closest to the spirit worlds. As the days slowly lengthened, many worshiping pagans chose December 25th to celebrate the birth of the unconquered sun, the Roman Saturnalia, (a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture), and to Mithras (the god of light). These gods were thought to have been given strength when worshipped with elaborate rituals and ceremonies, including the building of great bonfires, decorating with great evergreen plants such as holly, ivy, and mistletoe, and making representations of summer birds as house decorations. Observing the slowdown in the sun's southward movement, the pagans believed that their petitions and worship had been successful. Mithraism, which had become Rome's latest official religion believed that the Persian god of light, Mithra (some named him Tammuz), was said to have born from the Queen of Heaven on December 25th. Thus, the birthday celebration of Saturnalia was a time of merrymaking and exchanging of gifts. December 25th was not selected because it coincided with the idolatrous pagan festival of Saturnalia. Many centuries later, during the reign of Roman emperor Constantine, he forced all the pagans of his empire to be baptized into the Christian church and declared Christianity to become the official state religion of the Roman Empire. To appease the pagans and keep the country united in politics, religion, and in territory; Constantine gave Christian meaning to the pagan rituals. To do this, he combined the pagan holiday of Saturnalia and proclaimed a similar celebration of (Jesus Christ) birthday and made it a Christian holiday. Concealed beneath the Satanic disguise, each celebrating the birth of their God; pagan and Christian, thus celebrating Christmas on Dec 25th. While Constantine began the practice, the Roman Catholic Church perfected it. The Devil had now begun a religious system that he hoped would replace the true church. The persecutions were temporarily stopped. For the past 1,400 years, the Roman Catholic Church has led Western Civilization down the horrid road of deception; blending and uniting paganism into the church. As such, after the big compromise, the true believers didn't accept the new system, but chose to go into hiding rather than deny their Lord and Savior.
Christianity did not destroy paganism, but adopted it. Paganism invaded the church and infiltrated it. We see that after the fourth century, pagan traditions crept into the church; such as exchanging gifts, the Christmas tree, the singing of carols, and Santa Claus. These are unscriptural traditions that have cluttered up the story of the birth of our wonderful Savior. Can you take something that was used for Satan worship (paganism) and Christianize it?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as god hath said, I will Dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, And will be a father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. II Corinthians 6:16-18.
Here in the New Testament, God is telling us to leave idolatry and heathen worship. Touch not any unclean thing.
***** I believe in this hour of Christ's church, the Spirit of God is opening the eyes, ears, and heart of those select few "Who Have An Ear To Hear" what His spirit is saying. No more does God want us to blindly follow the traditions of the past, whether it be church, tradition, etc... but to truly walk in His ways. Christ is purging His sheep of all uncleanliness. God has a work for his church in this hour...to rise up and walk in a power and authority that is to be attained in this last hour, bringing the church to a full maturity, which in turn will accomplish God's work to a full completion. He will have His "Bride" who will be without spot or wrinkle.
Did you know that even the seventeenth century Puritans of New England understood how wrong Christmas was? They actually banned its observance by law, in 1659, throughout the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Fines and imprisonment could result from being found keeping it. It was almost 200 years (1856) before people stopped working on Christmas in Boston. The Puritans knew its roots and labeled it “heathen, papist idolatry." .As such; Christmas (the mass of Christ) is a catholic holiday. Take the word of Christmas and break it down. Christ + Mass. The word ‘Christmas’ itself is an attempt to join the Holy Name of Christ with ‘mass,’ a false doctrine of the Catholic Church! The mass is a Catholic prayer that's read or sung for the soul of a dead person. If "Christmas" is supposed to be about the birth of Jesus, then why does the word Christmas itself refer to His death? It is the Catholic teaching that the "Mass" is not a mere representation of the sacrifice of Christ, but that it is a continuation of the same offering, as the priest commands our Lord Jesus to come down from glory and become a piece of bread. The Roman priest teaches that this same 'mass' adds to and improves upon the atonement of our Savior which He made on Calvary. "Mas" is just the shortening of the blasphemous "mass" of Rome. Christ died once for our sins.... Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Jesus' Birth Date - Christmas most definitely was not the correct day for the birth of the Messiah! The gospel of Luke plainly says, "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night". Shepherds never kept watch over their flocks in the fields around Jerusalem past mid-October, before the onset of winter! The winter months in Palestine are cold, rainy, and intemperate, and the flocks were always brought in from the fields before winter. Therefore, since shepherds were still abiding in the fields at the birth of Jesus, his birth must have been before winter.
Christmas Spirit - Satan generates a fleshly "Christmas Spirit" with all the church programs, shimmering lights, music, gift giving, etc. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God... It is not God's Spirit that urges parents to lie to their children about a false God, named Santa Claus. It is not God's Spirit that causes the seasonal anxieties, depression, and excessive spending of debt. It is not God's Spirit that inspires one to use all the pagan symbols of the past. This is clearly a subtle deception of Satan's Spirit to Christianize Pagan idolatry.
Now, I would like to take you back to the subject about the "Christmas tree"... It amazes me how important this evergreen tree is. As Christmas draws closer, friends and family begin to ask the familiar question; "have you put your tree up yet?" Right?!! I challenge you, this coming Christmas season to tell a few people that you are not putting your tree up; then watch their facial expressions. Most people will act as though something's wrong with you. That you must have literally lost your mind!! You can't possibly have a Christmas without a tree!! I believe we have set the "Christmas Tree" up as a very important idol. You may be saying, "Well, my family and I don't worship the tree". The devil would like you to think that "Worship" is a bowing down of oneself to an object. Not necessarily. We can come to worship many things in our life; such as money, a particular person, etc. It is anything that you hold in very high esteem in your life; were you are giving constant devotion, admiration, and are not willing to give up easily. Okay... I have another question. Why are the gifts placed under the tree? It is as if we pay homage, respect... a bowing down low of oneself to place our special gift under this decorated evergreen tree. What is it about this tree that is so highly honored? The few Christians that agree with me on this subject, have gone as far as to say they believe that the tree is Santa's shrine. I must say it makes a lot of sense to me in how Santa and the Christmas tree have gained the utmost importance in this pagan holiday. Again; ask yourself how important your Christmas Tree is... Had you ever wondered or even questioned what the Christmas tree had to do with Christmas, Jesus, and where it even originated? I have done much research and on this page, I will do my best to explain were these pagan objects; such as the tree, mistletoe, wreaths, Santa Claus, Reindeer, etc. originated from and the meaning behind them.Christmas Tree - Since this evergreen was EVER green, it always had life; symbolic to pagans of a god who cannot die. The trees were worshipped as symbols of life, fertility, sexual potency, and reproduction. The fir tree was the sacred tree of the winter-god of the Druids. They believed the spirit of their gods (such as elves) resided in the tree. As the pagans observed the gradual dying of nature (winter approaching), when plants and leaves began to change color, shriveled up and fell to the ground, then followed by the winter ice and snow, they blamed evil spirits for the "killing." Only a few trees stayed "alive," the evergreens, and to them they became a symbol of immortality. Good spirits and the magic power of the evergreen were believed to resist the life-threatening powers of darkness and cold. They believed in the special powers of these trees and wherever they were, evil spirits could not go. Believing this, they would then bring branches or an evergreen tree into their homes and decorate it with offerings tied onto the tree for the spirit of the tree. You can see here where the ornaments originated from. In Babylon, the evergreen tree came to represent the rebirth/reincarnation of Nimrod (their sun god); who had died thus bringing on the cold winter season. After much sacrifice and worship, he comes back as his son (Sun), Tammuz. These highly honored trees were decorated with fruit and candles to honor their god's of harvest. Consequently, today millions of young trees are annually sacrificed to satisfy America's Christmas god.
Mistletoe - was known as the "golden bough". This plant is a living parasite that eats into a tree to survive. It was believed this parasitic plant held the soul of the host tree. The Druids, who worshiped in oak tree groves, used this sacred plant in worship and sacrifice to their gods. It was used as an herbal remedy for infertility, curing diseases, to render poisons harmless, to protect homes from evil spirits, and to bring good luck. The Druid priest divided the branches into many sprigs and distributed them to the people, who hung them over doorways as protection against thunder, lightning, and other evils. Mistletoe was considered to have special powers of healing for those who “reveled” under it.
Holly and Ivy - hanging Holly and Ivy was to pay homage to the spirits that would bring life and fertility into the home. Winter was a fearful time for the ancient pagans. The nights were dark and cold; and evil spirits were thought to be especially active at winter time. Live green branches, symbols of life in the cold and dead of winter, were placed on windows, mirrors, and in vases to keep evil spirits away. It was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. The red berries on the holly was for mans sexuality, the ivy for a woman around him. The green leaves represented the mans potency; and the berries the life. In combination with the female ivy, it promised new life and fertility to the entire household for the year to come.
Yule Log - In Babylonian paganism, the log placed in the fireplace represented the dead Nimrod, and the tree which appeared the next morning (which today is called the "Christmas tree") was Nimrod alive again (reincarnated) in his new son (sun), Tammuz. Still today in some places, the Yule log is placed in the fireplace on Christmas Eve, and the next morning there is a Christmas tree. This was a specially chosen tree that was to burn for at least twelve hours, but possibly it originally burned for all twelve days of Yule. English lore holds that Yule logs were not to be bought, but cut from one's own property or a neighbor's. The log of course was to be massive, handled with care and clean hands out of respect. In some places a whole tree trunk was brought in, and one end was placed in hearth. Then it was gradually fed in as it burned, to be finally consumed on the final night. The tradition is that the presence of the remnants or ashes of the Yule log in the house would protect it all year from lightning and would bring good luck. The new Yule log was usually started with some splinters of the previous year's. Today Heathens substitute a large candle or series of candles for the Yule log, and burn them starting on Mother's Night, all through the thirteen nights of the holy tide. This is done to honor and aid the sun through the darkest time of the year, to ward off evil spirits that were believed to lurk through the night that might be about at Yule, and to symbolize the lengthening of daylight after Solstice.
Lights - The profusion of lights on house and tree at Christmas time is a carry-over of the candles and fires lit in sympathetic magic to lure back the waning sun. Today it's still an Irish custom to leave lights burning all through the house on midwinter night to honor the sun's return.
Gift Giving - The celebration of Saturnalia was a new year's festival of Pagan Rome where gifts were given to each other and also in honor of loved ones who had died during the previous year. They gave gifts of small candles, lamps, fruit, cakes, incense, and clay doll figures (called sigillaria, these replaced human sacrifices). Early Christians did not practice gift giving because they did not want their religion to be associated with pagan festivals or practices.
Charitable Giving - Why does mankind focus on the needy during the Christmas season more than any other time of the year? Didn't Jesus say we should have a giving and caring heart all the time; all year through? Man's system is about giving, but it is about giving in the wrong way. It is about using the festive season to seek profit and gifts in return.
Candles - Candles were lit by the ancient Babylonians in honor of their god. Like the Yule log, they were lighted and extinguished only by the head of the household. Such candles stood burning steadily in the middle of the table, never to be moved or snuffed, lest death follow. The Yule candle, wreathed in greenery, was to burn through Christmas night until the sun rose. Candles also replaced bon-fires as a symbol for the returning sun. The imitative magic of the illuminated Christmas tree, as did the bon-fires, was to assure a steady supply of light and heat from the sun and to aide in the purification or destruction of the forces of evil.
Yule - is one of the eight festival days of the pagans. In both old Roman paganism and in Norse tradition, Yule was the start of the new year. The world "Yule" comes from a Nordic word meaning "wheel." A wheel indicated the changing of the seasons. Yule is also the Chaldean name for an "infant" or "little child". This "Child's Day" was the supposed birthday of Tammuz, the sun-god.
Wreaths - stands for several symbols. One was a symbol of the wheel of the year. Its circle has no beginning or no end illustrating that everything in its time comes back to its point of origin and travels onward, over and over again. Scandinavians began the tradition of hanging the wreath at Yule, the beginning of their new year, to commemorate new beginnings in the cycle of life. It was pagan customs to decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast of Saturnalia. A second symbol for the wreath, since it was was round, symbolized the sun (just as do halos in most religious art). A third symbol for the wreath, related to the sign of the female, which stands for the regeneration of life.
Nativity Scenes (tainted with paganism) -- Nearly every form of pagan worship descended from the Babylonian mysteries, which focus attention on the "mother-goddess" and the birth of her child. This was then adapted to "Mary-Jesus" worship, which then easily accommodated the multitude of pagans who converted to Christianity under Constantine's Roman Catholic Church. If anyone were to erect statues or images of Mary and Joseph by themselves, many within Protestant circles would cry "Idolatry!" But at Christmas time, an image of a little baby is placed with the images of Mary and Joseph, and it's called a "nativity scene." Somehow, the baby-idol "sanctifies" the scene, and it is no longer considered idolatry! The star may have been in the sky, but the shepherds are not said to have noticed it. The light the shepherds saw was from "the glory of the Lord" which "shone about them," not from a star. As for the wise men, they are not part of the scene at all. In Christian tradition, we place the three wise men and the star they followed at the manger scene. The bible does not even tell us how many wise men there were. The number "three" probably arises from the three gifts. The presence of the star does serve to announce Christ's birth, but when the wise men finally complete their journey and offer their gifts to Jesus, he is no longer a baby in the manger, but a young child in a house.
Christmas Ham - In Heathen times the Yule boar was led in and the holiest of oaths were sworn upon it. In the evening (Yule-eve) vows were made: the sacrificial boar was led in, men laid their hands on him and swore oaths as they drank from their hallowed cup. Then it was taken and slaughtered quickly for the Yule feast. It was believed the soul of the animal went straight to the Gods, while its flesh provided the holy feast. In later times or among those too poor to own pigs, a special boar-shaped bread would take the place of the Yule boar.
Santa Claus - The Devil is a master of disguise. It is an abomination to God for any believer to teach and lie to their children to idolize or fear Santa Claus. In my research; I found several historical backgrounds for Santa Claus. Paganism: in which Santa embodies the characteristics of Saturn, the Roman agricultural god. Vestiges of fire Holly King can be seen in our modern Santa Claus, who also wears red, dons a spring of holly in his hat, lives but one night a year, and drives a team of eight deer. Eight is symbolic of the eight annual cerebrations (total number of solar Sabbats). Some Santa researchers associate Santa with the Norse "god" of Odin or Woden. Odin is described as riding through the sky on an eight-legged, white horse name Sleipnir. Another is tracing Santa to the Norse god Thor. Thor (the Yule elf), was the god of the peasants and the common people but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats named Tannginost and Tanngrisnir. The Yule goats carried the Yule Elf as he visited the people, bestowed gifts, and would get his traditional offering of porridge. Some say, the Yule log burning on the hearth is an offering on Thor's altar. Thus we have the legend of Santa "coming down the chimney". Then last, on conclusion of my research on Santa, is the Catholic history of St. Nicholas who was born in 280 A.D. He was said to have been a priest who later became a bishop. He was a rich person, and traveled the country helping people, giving gifts of money and other presents. There is no real evidence to back up the validity of his existence and could be considered a fable from the Roman Catholic Church. A Great site for a more thorough and extensive understanding on Santa Claus, click here.
Reindeer - Deer are sacred to the Celtic gods. Santa's reindeer probably evolved from Herne, the Celtic horned god. In British lore, the stag is one of the five oldest and wisest animals in the world, embodying dignity, power and integrity. From their late Autumn dramatic rutting displays, stags represented strength, sexuality, and fertility. Herne the Hunter, among others; was believed to travel between worlds, escorting animal spirits to the afterlife and sparking wisdom and fertility in this world.
Elves - The Winter Solstice was believed to have been a time of death and darkness, the time when the veils between the worlds were thin, and the dead would most easily manifest to the living. Pagan beliefs were that at Yule tide all types of spirits were abroad including the deceased. In the pagan times of Scandinavia, people believed that good house gnomes/elves guarded their homes against evil. Elves, both bad and good were believed to drop by the homes of people. The pagans would welcome good spirits into the home and show them thanks for the blessings they bestowed by welcoming them gladly for the Yule feast. Food would be left out on the table for them after all had gone to bed. Although these gnomes mostly were nice, they quickly could turn nasty when not properly treated. Throughout the centuries, these elves were either loved or loathed. The perception of gnomes largely depended on whether a person was naughty or nice.
It's time that we forsake these lies and abide in the truth! Aaron, (while erecting the golden calf) in Exodus 32:5 declared that this feast of food, fun, and dancing, was a FEAST 'UNTO THE LORD'. THE COMPROMISE HERE WAS GREAT! ..... As we erect Christmas paganism UNTO OUR GOD, IN THE NAME OF CHRIST - the compromise will also be great. God is drawing our attention.... He is also showing/revealing to many (who are willing to see) the condition of His church in this hour. He is calling for a people separated unto him, who will not compromise, but will stand for truth..... and live it!! God says, if we are lukewarm He will spit us out of his mouth. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee our of my mouth. Revelation 3:16 As God was talking to the Laodicean Church then, He is also talking to our generation now. In Revelation 3:14; The Laodicean Church thought they knew everthing there was to know and thought they had everything (materialistic) there was to have. They felt they were in need of nothing - Rev. 3:17. That sounds so much like the Church of this hour. But if you notice, God said they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; Rev. 3:17. and they didn't even know it. With all the reference/teaching books and sermons/churches at every corner; most of us think we know all there is to know. If we are not careful we become settled, immovable, and content in our doctrine/lifestyle. If you notice, at the end of every message to the seven churches that Jesus spoke to in Revelation; Jesus says, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." Not everyone hath an ear, but a doctrine. Doctrine is what has caused division and has constituted for the many denominational differences. Click on "Why so many denominations?" to find out more. In this time in History, more than any other time, we have some of the highest educated preachers in the world. They are so educated in man's doctrine that many don't even know the heart of God. All there man-made, materialistic, religious, doctrine has watered down and quenched what God wanted to birth in and through them. In many of their schools they have been taught what to say, how to say it, and how to keep our attention with lofty words. It is time we give way to the Spirit of God. It is His hour.... We need to hear what the Spirit of God is saying to His Church.
God has not changed His mind on what He calls sin. Over the years, Satan has made sure that not only the world, but the church was to become insensitive to sin. Most of us feel that God will overlook what He didn't overlook in the Old Testament because of The New Testament era of "Grace" in which we live. "NOT TRUE" 2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. I pray these following scriptures find a place in your heart.....
"Take heed to thyself that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise. Thou shall not do so unto the Lord thy God!! For every abomination to the Lord which He hateth, have they done unto their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it!! Thou shalt not add thereto nor diminish from it. Deuteronomy 12:30-32
Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Am'-or-ites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:14,15
Very very important.....This is where Christmas originated - Here in the Bible, the Lord is speaking to Ezekiel about the women weeping for Tammuz (their sun god). These men are worshiping the sun with their backs toward the temple and their faces toward the sun. You can see for yourself how God is angry and calls this an abomination. Ezekiel 8:13-18 - He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. Revelation 22:14,15
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