Christmas, Easter and Lent
By Brian Pepper
Every year it seems as
if Christmas is becoming more and more commercialized. Long
before December arrives the large departmental stores begin to
stock up with Christmas presents and to dress their windows
Strangely enough most people
accept December 25th as the birthday of Jesus. They feel that they
are doing honor to the Son of God in celebrating this time of the
year as the anniversary of His birth.
But countless thousands are
being fooled by the Devil, for the author of evil has played such a
cunning trick on humanity that the majority of people in the world
today have accepted the cleverest substitution that has ever been
Why is Christmas Celebrated on December 25th?
Have you ever thought about
this question of Christmas? Have you ever wondered why it is kept on
Let us read
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field
keeping watch over their flock by night."
Did you notice that they
were "abiding in the fields by night." In other words they were
sleeping out with the flock. If this was December 25th
then that would mean that they were sleeping out during the middle
of winter. At this time, rain, hail and
snow up to twelve inches deep are common.
Dr Adam Clarke, Bible
Commentator, says that the
cold is so intense at this time that it would kill both beast and
man. So you can easily see that
it certainly was not December 25th.
Luke 3:21-23, it records
that when Jesus was baptized He "began to be about thirty years of
age”. He was baptized about the
time of His birthday. This would be about
September or October. Why has not God preserved the date of Jesus’
birth? The answer is that God
evidently did not intend it to be of great importance.
First Celebration of Christmas
We find that the celebration
of Christmas did not enter the Christian Church until about the 4th
and 5th centuries after Christ.
Well how did this December
business start? It all goes back to Paganism. Today we find that truth and
error are so cunningly mixed together that it takes a lot of sorting
out before we can arrive at a positive appreciation of what is
Nimrod the Mighty One
Genesis 10:8 we read,
"And Cush begat Nimrod and he began to be a mighty one in the
earth.” Other translations say,
"He became a despot."
Nimrod set up a
counterfeit system to the truth of God.
Genesis 10:6-12 is
recorded the origin of Babylon. It declares that a man called
Nimrod was its founder. He was the first man to
conquer other people and to build them into an Empire. His name means "rebellion"
and the Bible clearly indicates that he was an extremely wicked
rebel against God.
Genesis 11 we are told
of how he led out in the building of the Tower of Babel and the
city of Babylon.
Yes Nimrod set himself up
as a dictator.
verse 10 of chapter 10
it says, "And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel.” The margin
Revelation 14:8 God
warns about "Babylon" and its teachings. "And there followed
another angel, saying, Babylon, is fallen, is fallen, that great
city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath
of her fornication,"
Babylon the Counterfeit Religion
You see the Bible is
really the story of two cities, Babylon and Jerusalem.
Babylon is a
devil-inspired organization. The real king of Babylon is none
other than Satan himself, the king of rebellion.
Isaiah 14:13 says, "For
thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will
exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the
mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will
ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most
Satan determined that he
would have a system of worship, a false religion, a counterfeit
religion where people were led under the guise of worship to
depart from the truth of God.
This false worship began
with the worship of the sun, and later on included the other
heavenly bodies. Here was the beginning of
Psalms 106:35-37 we are
told this worship is none other than the worship of Satan. "But were mingled among the
heathen, and learned their works.
36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,”
Sun worship is Devil worship. And so we have Nimrod
setting up a counter felt religion down there in Babylon.
A Tale of Two Cities
But God took a man out of
Babylon, out of Ur of the Chaldees and placed him there in Canaan to
represent the truth of God.
Genesis 11:31 says, "And Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and
Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth
with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of
And from Abraham, came the
city of Jerusalem. As I mentioned earlier the
Bible is really the tale of two cities, Babylon and Jerusalem. They run through to the last
book of the Bible. For in that last book, the
Book of Revelation, you read of the doom of Babylon and the
exultation for ever of the New Jerusalem. In those two cities are
centered two different kinds of worships; one the very truth of God
and the other the counterfeit of Babylon. God took Abraham out of
Babylon and used him to establish the truth of God in this earth.
Babylonian Religion Went to
Rome Via Pergamos
When the city of Babylon
finally went down
the Babylonian priests fled to Pergamos in Asia Minor.
When the Romans conquered Pergamos they were very obliging and accommodating. They would
just take and adopt any God at all, placing its image in the
Pantheon of Rome. If the Jews had possessed
an image to their Jehovah they would have taken His image and put
it there in the Pantheon.
However they did take the
religion of Pergamos and adopted it very largely in Rome. That is why, in the Book
of Revelation, talking about Rome and Pergamos it says, "Where
Satan's seat is." That system originated in Babylon, then was
transferred to Pergamos, and then to Rome. It was none other than the
religion of Satan. It was a counterfeit of the truth of God.
Remember this, the Devil
always aims at having whatever God has. If God has a religion then
he is going to have a religion. Away back in the beginning
when he rebelled against God he said, "I will be like the Most
High.” If God has a Church then
he will have a church.
Satan Has His
Own Church and Ministers
Perhaps you do not know this
but we are told In Revelation that the Devil has a church.
Revelation 2:9 last part
says, "…and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 it
tells you that not only does the Devil have a Church but also
minister of religion. Ministers who pose as Ministers of religion.
Great Battle of Ages Between True and False Religion
The great battle of the ages
has been between truth and false religion. The most dangerous thing on
this earth is not no religion. Atheism is not so much of a
problem to the truth of God. The most dangerous thing is a
counterfeit religion that operates as the truth of God while leading
men to darkness. That is the most dangerous
And it is that system of
religion that originated back there in Babylon behind which was the
great Master rebel himself.
Why is Rome Not Mentioned in Bible Prophecies?
Rome is never mentioned in
the prophecies of the Bible but Babylon is. Why? Because Rome was really
a continuation of the system of religion
that originated in Ancient Babylon. God refers to Rome all the
way through as Babylon.
If you were to pick up the
Roman Catholic Bible and turn over there to the Epistle of Peter you
will find that where it mentions Babylon they have in the margin
"Rome." You turn to
Revelation 17 in
the Catholic Bible and where it mentions Babylon they will tell you
it means Rome. So you can see, here is
something on which both Catholics and Protestants are agreed.
The Babylon of the Book of
Revelation is nothing else but Rome. Why? Because she adopted the
very system that originated back there in Babylon as the great
counterfeit of the truth of God. Behind the paganism of
Babylon was Sun Worship.
I Will Be Like the Most High
I want you to notice
14:12. Here is a verse that is very
interesting. "How art thou fallen from
heaven, 0 Lucifer... how art thou cut down to the ground, which
didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will
ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.
"I will be like the Most
High." Satan intended to exalt
himself and to set up a religion that would be the very counterfeit
of the truth of God.
A Religion Based on Sun Worship
Now, do you have a marginal
reading for the word "Lucifer," "Daystar." Now you go outside on a
clear day and what is the only star you see shining? The sun! The
sun is a star and stars are suns. Lucifer meant "Daystar," the
great star that you see shining in the day. And the Devil set up a
religion that was centered in sun worship.
All through the Old
Testament you will find that when the people of God drifted away
into Paganism they drifted into Sun worship. Baal worship was only sun
worship. Behind the worship of the
sun was the worship of the Devil.
Now God called Abraham out
of Babylon and to set up the truth of God. All along the way God calls
people out of Babylon.
Ishtar, the Mother of God
We find that after Nimrod’s
death, his queen Semiramis, also called Ishtar, became the leader of
Babylon and further developed this religion. Semiramis was a beautiful
but immoral woman. Under her were invented the
"mysteries" of sun-worship. These were secret rites
which were a cover for the immoral practices that took place in
connection with this religion.
She claimed that Nimrod’s
spirit had ascended to the sun. This of course gave great impetuous
to the direct worship of the sun.
The people were led to look
upon the sun as the great life-giver, the author of all fruitfulness
or reproduction. Sun worship developed into
The Counterfeit Messiah
History tells us that Semiramis gave birth to an
illegitimate child. It is claimed that this
child was fathered by Nimrod --the Sun god, that this birth was a
virgin birth, that this child was a reincarnation of Nimrod, or in
others words the "son of god!"
And so we have Satan
introducing a counterfeit Messiah.
Of course Satan understood
the prophecies and he knew that the Son of God would come and be
born of a virgin. So centuries beforehand he
invented this counterfeit Messiah.
The name of this child was
called "Tammuz.” Other names given to him
were "Lord," "mediator," "Saviour," and "Lord of the Covenant." These names were the names
of the true Messiah.
It was claimed that
Semiramis was the "mother of god."
I want to assure you that
before we get through this lecture you will see that Christianity is just riddled
Tammuz, the Sun God
Come over to
Israel had drifted away into idolatry and God raised up Ezekiel to preach
a message of warning to that people. He gave Ezekiel a glimpse of
their abominations and their paganism. "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."
Tammuz was the Babylonian
name for the Sun god, and when they worshipped Tammuz they made the sign of
Tammuz. But when the Babylonians
made a T for Tammuz they made it in the form of a cross.
The Sign of the Cross
The cross T is the first
letter of the word "Tammuz" and this letter was used in connection
with the worship of the false Messiah.
The sign of the cross was
made in every prayer. The ring on the cross
represents the sun.
History tells us that the
pagans offered sacrifices to the sun by nailing human beings into
crosses, facing the east or the sun. Thousands were nailed on
crosses after a great battle at the time of Alexander the Great.
And Satan inspired the Jews
to crucify Jesus as a sacrifice to the sun-god, who was Satan
But Satan’s purpose was
brought to nothing for God blacked out the sun.
Worshipping Toward the East
Going back to Ezekiel
8:15,16 it says, “Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son
of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations
16. 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.”
Here they had turned their
backs on the truth of God and were down on their knees worshipping
the sun towards the east. And when is the sun in the east? Early in the morning--- is
that not so?
They worshipped the sun
towards the east and dedicated the different days of the week to
The first day was
dedicated to their main god, Sun-day. Early on Sun-day morning
they would get up bowing and worshipping toward the east.
Have you ever seen people
getting up early on Sunday morning and getting along to church? Have you ever wondered
where it originated from?
Yes, and they made the
sign of the cross the sign of Tammuz. They put the sign of the sun
around it, cross within a circle. Have you seen Churches
with something like that on the top?
It was the same system of
religion that brought Sunday into Protestantism. That is where it
Ezekiel 6:4. "And
your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken…”
The margin reading says "Your sun images" shall be broken. God was opposed and very
hostile to them.
Origin of December 25th
As the Christians were
endeavoring to win the pagans, and the pagans to a man were
Sun-worshippers, they found the pagans worshiping the birthday of
the sun on December 25. You see Tammuz the false messiah was born on
Centuries before Jesus was
born the sun-worshippers celebrated this day with feasting,
drunkenness, revelry and immorality; which by the way explains
why these things are associated with Christmas today.
Yes December 25th was kept
by the pagans hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Did you
know that? Not as the birthday of the Son of God but as the
birthday of the sun.
In fact I notice here from
the Encyclopedia 11th Ed. that it says, "In Britain, December 25th
was a festival long before the conversion to Christianity."
The old Druids, a
sun-worshipping cult in the British Isles, kept and looked to
December 25th as the birthday of the sun, long before they ever
heard of Jesus. The Yule log was used when
they sacrificed fire to the sun god.
When those early priests
went in and found the pagans worshipping the
sun on December 25th they said, "Don’t call it the birth
day of the sun - call it the birth day of the Son of God."
Origin of the Christmas Tree
Here is something else that
is very interesting. Somebody asked me, "Where did the Christmas
tree come from?"
You listen to this written
way back long before the time of Jesus, as the people of God were
drifting into Paganism.
Jeremiah 10:1-3 says, “Hear
ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not
dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at
3 For the customs (the margin says “statutes or ordinances” of the
people are vain…"
You see they had a system of
religion: ordinances, holy days. They had a counterfeit of the truth
of God. God says that this is vain
worship, useless worship.
Now listen to this,
4,5: ".. for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the
hands of the workman, with the axe.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails
and with hammers, that it move not.
5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs
be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they
cannot do evil…
They deck the tree with gold
and silver and they set it up like a palm tree. Ever see them doing
that today? Yes, way back there in their worship of the sun on
December 25th they not only had the Yule log, their big
dinners and drink, but they would go out into the forest, cut down a
tree, set it up and deck it with their ornaments. Don’t you see it? Very
simple is it not.
The Queen of Heaven
Now here is something else
that is very interesting and this time in
Jeremiah 7:17. "Seest thou
not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of
18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and
the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven…”
They tell us that the Virgin
Mary is the “queen of heaven," but the only time when you will find
that expression in the Bible is when it is talking about
sun-worshipping paganism, and there they exalted a woman to the
skies and worshipped her as the mother
of god. They were baking cakes away
back there to the “queen of heaven."
Hot Cross Buns
Tammuz was the Sun-god and
there was the mother, or the woman, and her name was Ishtar.
When they baked their cakes
to the queen of Heaven they always made them round with the sign of
the sun stamped on them.
They made hot cross buns
hundreds of years before Jesus was ever born as a babe in Bethlehem.
Now you do not have to think
very long before you can see that Easter has nothing to do with the
crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus. If it was the anniversary of
the crucifixion of Jesus it would fall like your birthday on a
certain date every year. Now is that not so? But it doesn’t. They arrive
at it by the moon, is that correct? So you see the King of
Heaven was the sun. The Queen of Heaven was the moon.
Have you ever wondered what
Easter eggs have to do with the resurrection of Jesus?
Nothing at all. Listen to this from the
Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 5 p.227: "A great many pagan customs
celebrating the return of spring generated in the Easter."
Now as you know the egg is
the Symbol of the generation of life of early spring. That is where
your Easter eggs come from.
Around the world the rabbit
is well known for its powers of reproduction and this is what it
signified in sun-worship. Likewise the egg; it is a
symbol of fertility. It all comes from paganism.
Do you know before the
pagans baked their cakes to the Queen of Heaven they had a 40 days
fast? Ever heard of the 40 days of Lent that precedes Easter? You can read the Bible from
cover to cover and you will not find any 40 days fast just before
the crucifixion of Jesus.
But the pagans back there
had a forty day fast before they celebrated their worship to Ishtar,
when they baked their cakes to the “Queen of Heaven."
Ishtar in the Chaldean is
Easter in the English. They called it the very same name.
As Christianity drifted away
from the truth of GOD they were anxious to
bring in the pagans. But instead of making the
pagans Christians, they drifted right into paganism and ended up in
the Dark Ages.
Why Fish on Fridays?
From time to time people ask
how is it that some people do not eat meat on Fridays and why is it
that they have fish. They ask "What is the
significance there?" There is no religious
significance at all none whatsoever. This is one thing they did
not get from paganism.
In the olden days strict
laws concerning diet were not only laid down by the Christian
Churches but were also enforced by Parliament.
At one time the only days
during Lent that meat could be eaten were Wednesdays and then only
on strict conditions that there was at least three times as much
fish as meat on the table.
In 1563, everyone eating
meat on a fast day was fined £3 or put into prison for 3 months. The strange thing is that
these regulations were not made in any spirit of Religious fervor
but to help the fishing industry.
In these modern times Friday
is fish day. In the Middle Ages the
Church, as in Italy today was the greatest
Landowner. It also controlled many of the industries, and back in
the Middle Ages the fishing industry run by the Church in the
British Isles, was having a very hard time. So to give it a real
boost they enforced the eating of fish at certain
times. That is the way to help business, is it not?
They still have only fish or
non-meat diet on Friday. That is where it came from. There is just
no religious significance whatsoever.
Why is the Wafer Round
with IHS Stamped on it?
If you were to go along to
communion in the Church of Rome they will give you a piece of bread
that is always round. There are Catholics and
ex-Catholics who will bear me out that the wafer is always round.
Look at it and you will find I.H.S. stamped on it. You say "What does that
mean?" They will say different things; among them "I have suffered."
However, it is very significant that if you go
back into Egyptian paganism, hundreds of years before the time of
Christ, they too, worshipped their god with a round wafer with I.H.S.
stamped on it. Then, those letters referred to their three leading gods: Isis, Horus
It is too much of a
coincidence when professed Christians have the same thing, always
round, and the same three letters. So you see Christianity
adopted paganism to the letter.
Message to Come Out of
And so that is why in the
last message to this dying world to get a people ready for the
coming of Jesus, God says, "Come out of her my people that ye be not
partakers of her sins."
This falling away from the
truth has resulted in Modern Babylon and God says that He will
Remember that there are two
cities in the Bible: Babylon the mother of harlots, and Jerusalem
the city of God. The choice is ours. Let us get clear away from
Babylon, so far that we will find ourselves right inside the New