CONTINUATION — Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· Pagan and Roman Catholic rosaries or prayer beads
· Pagan and Roman Catholic statues, and “carrying the god”
· Mistletoe and Christmas Wreaths
· The worship and decoration of trees
· It’s okay, as long as we do not worship the tree!
· Celtic Summer solstice — horseracing and other types of gambling
· Fall/Autumn is Halloween — or Roman Catholic All-saints Day
· Winter solstice, the rebirth of the sun god, and the Roman Catholic Christmas
· Was Jesus born on 25 December 1 A.D., or between 4 and 6 A.D.?
· Father God VS father Christmas
· Imbolc or Spring Day — the Catholic St. Brigit’s Day, Spring Day, and Groundhog Day
Pagan and Roman Catholic Rosaries or Prayer Beads
Throughout the ages, pagans have believed that a ‘blessed’ rosary of beads, animal skin, seeds, knotted wool, pieces of bone, pearls, etc. is ‘full of positive energy that brings you to life, blesses, and protects you!’
A common pagan talisman, which all Catholics use in their veneration of Mary, (for every TEN ‘Hail Mary’s,’ they say ONE ‘Glory be to the Father!’) to count their series and sequence of prayers, is the rosary, or Roman Catholic prayer beads. Muslims (and other pagans such as Hindus and Buddhists,) also thread stringed beads, called tesbih or misbaha, through their fingers while repeating their mantras or learned prayers, counting the series of prayers that make up their religious requirements.
Jesus commanded, “When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the pagans do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them…” (Mt. 6:7-15.)
Pagan and Roman Catholic statues, and “carrying the god”
Roman Catholics, (as most other pagans,) also pray, worship, and bow down to statues of ‘mother’ Mary and other Catholic ‘saints,’ the Roman Catholic ‘christ,’ etc. They also touch, display, and worship these statues, pictures, and talismans in their homes and churches, and carry them in religious processions and ceremonies, trusting that the icon will do some kind of ‘miracle’ for them, or ‘prove’ the ‘power’ of the Roman Catholic church and her leaders by some ‘miraculous sign.’ The practice of “carrying the god” and other icons in hysteric pagan processions is an age-old part of pagan witchcraft, which was also Christianized by the Catholic Church. Therefore, Catholics carry the pope in religious parades as well, venerating him as ‘god on earth;’ paying the same reverence to him as to God.
God clearly and without any confusion forbade such idolatry and witchcraft in Ex. 20:1-6, stating, “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make a carved image – any likeness of anything in heaven, on earth, in the water, or under the earth [to revere, worship, trust, consult, etc.] You shall not bow down to them nor serve them...” [Find proof of this Catholic idolatry in our study, ‘The Ecclesia (the true body of Christ) Converted to Christianity.’]
Mistletoe and Christmas Wreaths
The ancient Druids were pantheists. They believed that all is god and god is all. Hence, they worshipped earth itself, nature itself, the ‘forces’ (or many gods) of nature, animals, trees, etc. as gods. [See ‘The Water/Fire/Smoke god.’] As, theoretically, nature itself is god, (known as the fertility goddess Mother Nature, Pan, her husband, etc.,) nature itself is sacred, and possesses magical powers. So, during their religious festivals and ceremonies, the Druids placed the ‘god’ Mistletoe, (a semi-parasitic plant that grows on oak trees,) on their doors and strung it over their porches, etc., to bring ‘good luck’ in love and marriage. In the same manner, they used the prickly, dark green leaves and bright red berries of the ‘divine’ Holly plant as the god of protection and healing.
To set up nature gods in Christianity, the Roman Catholic papacy introduced the red and green Holly-theme into their Christmas festivals, attributing the ‘holy’ Holly ‘god’ to the joy, peace, ‘good luck,’ and protection of their Roman Catholic goddess Mary and her son Jesus. The papacy also referred the superstition of ‘lucky in love’ to mistletoe, as this parasitic plant ‘binds’ the oak tree on which it lives and ‘steals’ its life from it. Thus, the Christmas tradition of kissing under stringed mistletoe. Couples don’t realize they are cursing themselves to be ‘bound’ and ‘stolen’ by a parasite! There is only one parasite that I know of, which would “come to steal, kill, and destroy” – Satan. Weaved wreaths were another well-known ‘divine’ component in Celtic and Roman festivals. These nature gods allegedly brought goodwill, everlasting life, victory, and unity between the many other gods into their worshippers’ homes. Thus, the Roman Catholic papacy Christianized these gods by hanging Christmas wreath on doors, and decorating tables with wreaths, etc., to ‘invite the spirit of Christmas’ – the spirits, or gods of goodwill, everlasting life, victory, and unity between the many other gods - into Christian homes.
The Worship and Decoration of (Christmas) Trees
Ancient Babylonians decorated and worshipped ‘tree gods.’ The Druids styled their decoration and worship of trees on this custom. During 625-586 B.C., Old Israel fell prey to this Chaldean worship of nature, and God sent Jeremiah to warn His people, “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles… for the customs of [these pantheist] peoples are futile: For one cuts a tree from the forest… [As their god,] they decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple… [They worship, adore, and put their trust in these trees; however, even as gods, they remain mere trees that] cannot speak and must be carried…” (Jer. 10:1-7.)
Worshipping other gods is not just “futile” as God stated; it is plain stupid – and more importantly, it remains deliberate idolatry and witchcraft! Of course, the idol in itself remains lifeless, but as a religious object, a god, it always has demons attached. Hence, Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 10:14-22, “FLEE from idolatry… What am I saying then? That an idol is anything… Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons…” For this reason, God commanded in Deut. 7:25-26, “You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire… for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing!”
“It’s Okay, as Long as We do Not Worship the Christmas tree”
Only God can entrust to artists His wonderful talents of creativity such as painting and sculpturing, but He forbade humanity to make images to worship, or revere in any way. The Spirit Filled Bible comments as follows on Ex. 20:1-5, “Israel was surrounded by peoples who worshipped images and statues, also called gods. Since no human effort could represent God adequately, God forbade creating any image of Him, either literally or conceptually. The Israelites, in this regard, became unique among their neighbors.” We must make a distinction between ordinary carved ornaments and paintings, and those, which were made to function as gods, and for other religious purposes. It is obvious that the religious pagan practice of fastening and adorning trees describes the Roman Catholic/Protestant Christmas tree exactly. In which minute way can the pagan ‘fastening and the gold-and-silver decoration’ of god-trees relate to the Biblical Christ, Who was born in a humble manger among straw and barnyard animals? German Catholics and Protestants alike sing this worshipping ‘Christmas Carol’ during the Christmas festival, “O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, Wie treu sind deine Blätter…” ‘Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, How sincere art thou Leaves…’ – as if this ordinary tree, which God had created, can compare to the Divinity and sincerity of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Yet, many deceived Christians still argue that they do not fall down to worship their Christmas trees; therefore, this passage in Jer. 10:1-7 does not refer to them. If this argument is correct, that means that Christians may bring ‘Mother Mary,’ Buddha and Hindu gods, and other religious objects (all gleaned from paganism,) into their homes. They may even ‘fasten’ these false gods in a place of honor and adorn them with silver and gold, as long as they do not ‘worship’ them! Obedience to the Word of God is all-important. May the Holy Spirit always remind His children that, throughout the whole context of Scripture, God forbade His people to “bring an abomination into their home, for it is an accursed thing,” (Deut. 7:25-26.)
OTHER CELTIC FEASTS ADOPTED BY CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS
In Celtic polytheism/pantheism religion, their gods are nature and the universe itself, and nature and universe are their gods. The sun is the supreme god. As a result, the ancient Celts interpreted the months on the Celtic calendar circularly, viewing life as “a continual cycle of reincarnation,” (or the rebirth or re-embodiment of the sun god,) better expressed in the saying, “What goes around comes around.” Consequently, the Celts named their months after their tree gods, while their circular seasons related to the ‘life/death/life’ cycles of the sun, which apparently manifested on earth in cycles of birth, growth, and death. Biblically, however, calendar months are viewed linearly, (as in a straight line with a beginning at birth, continual growth, and an end at death, followed by eternal life,) or as life ‘ongoing and everlasting.’
Celtic Summer Solstice (Lughnasdh;) Horse-racing other types of Gambling
In Latin, the Word ‘Solstice’ means ‘sol,’ (the sun,) and ‘sistere,’ (stand still.) In Celtic tradition, the sun ‘stands still’ on mid-summer and mid-winter nights when the earth, in its oval orbit around the sun, is closest and furtherest from the sun. Mid-summer solstice occurs on 21 June in the Northern hemisphere, the longest day and shortest night of the year. Traditionally, the Irish celebrated 1 August with the harvest festival Lughnasdh, honoring the sun god Lugh with singing, dancing, Olympian competitions, and competitions such as horseracing. The ancient Brits, in turn, honored the fertility goddess Macha during this mid-summer festival, (who supposedly died in childbirth after racing against the king’s horses,) with this ‘sport of kings.”
In later years, the ‘sport’ of horseracing evolved into the ‘sport’ of gambling. As we know, horseracing, as all other types of gambling, is a worldwide practice. However, over the ages, humanity’s addiction to gambling has destroyed millions of families and billions of lives, because, placing money and other valuable commodities in the hands of Satan as the god of ‘fortune’ and relying on his ‘blessing’ or ‘good luck,’ is idolatry and witchcraft against the Highest God. God announced through Isaiah, “Who are those who forsake the Lord… Who prepare a table for Gad, and those who furnish a drink offering for Meni, Therefore I will number you for the sword and you shall all bow down to the slaughter…”
In Egyptian mythology, Gad is the god of destiny and chance, and Meni is the fertility goddess of fate. To ‘prepare a table for Gad’ means to spread a sacrificial table before a god, (as also done in ancestor worship,) offering food to strange gods to give thanks for their good luck, or fertility. To ‘furnish a drink offering for Meni’ means either pouring out a drink offering to this goddess, as also done in ancestor worship for the ‘forefathers;’ or proposing a ‘toast’ by raising glasses to drink in honor of the god and goddess of chance, fortune, and ‘good luck.’ According to the Word of God, the punishment for not trusting in the provision of God Almighty Alone, is to dedicate your lives, finances, health, and future to the devil. Only one look at the suffering and sorrow in this world, tells us what type of ‘god’ Satan really is, (1 Jn. 5:19.)
Fall/Autumn (or Samhain) is Halloween, or Roman Catholic All-saints Day
The Celtic priesthood, the Druids, said the sun itself ‘dies’ each year on October 31 at “summer’s end” in the Northern Hemisphere - the beginning of the “dark half” of the year, also known as “ancestor night.” Therefore, they instituted the feast of Samhain during October 31 and November 1, (the Celtic, and other witches’ New Year,) to celebrate the beginning of fall, or autumn. During Samhain, the Celts celebrated the ‘literal death’ of the summer god Lugh. Samhain was, or is, a feast to memorialize death and the final harvest at summer’s end. Thus, they also honored, worshipped, and communicated with their dead ancestors through ‘sacred’ fire-rituals, which honored the fire god or sun god, as well as their dead ancestors. The ancient Celts made huge ‘holy’ bon fires, or in fact, bone fires – stacks of burning bones from the humans and animals that they sacrificed to the fire god and their ancestors. They lit candles at the graves of their dead relatives to ‘wake’ their ‘spirits.’ They also cleaned, and put candles inside the skulls of their ancestors, to place outside their homes. Thus, they invited the spirits of their ancestors to revisit their homes to mediate the fertility blessings of the sun god and earth goddess on their behalf.
They believed that the Grim Reaper, or Death itself, then went from home to home begging for souls to take with him to the domain of the dead as another sacrifice to the supreme god, the sun god. “The Romans included two of their festivals into Samhain; ‘Pomona,’ which honors the ‘fruit goddess,’ and ‘Feralia,’ which honors and worships their deceased ancestors. The Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples is in honor of Pomona, and the Celtic rite associated with the water god,” [New Age, ‘Samhain – the origin of Halloween.’] Modern Satanists renamed the festival of Samhain “Halloween.” The Satanic Calendar Halloween states that October 31 is a night for human sacrifice, and declares the following: “October 22-29 - Sacrifice preparation: the kidnapping, holding, and ceremonial preparation of a person for human sacrifice. 28-30 - Satanist high unholy days, related to Halloween. Human sacrifices on 31 – [The Roman Catholic] All Hallows Eve (or Halloween): One of the two most important nights of the year. Attempts are made to break the bond which is keeping the doors to the underworld closed. Blood and sexual rituals. Sexual association with demons. Animal and human sacrifice - male or female.”
The pumpkin candle-lanterns of Halloween, as depictions of the Druidic ancestor skull-lanterns, evoke death and demons. As in ancient ritualism, Satanist human and animal sacrifice accompanies the modern fireworks of Halloween, which have replaced the ancient sacred ‘bone fires’ of blood sacrifice. Nowadays, children begging ‘soul cakes’ from home to home, symbolize the Grim Reaper begging for souls as a sacrifice to the sun god.
In another act of horrendous idolatry and witchcraft, the Catholic Church turned Samhain or Halloween, the satanic death-festival of ancestor worship and human sacrifice, into the Christian ‘All Hallows Eve,’ Hallowmas, ‘All Saints Day,’ or ‘All Soul’s Day.’ Hallowmas is the Catholic name for Halloween or Samhain, when they honor and worship the god of Roman Catholicism, the sun god and the fertility Earth Goddess, ‘Mother Mary.’ While Satanists sacrifice humans and animals on the night of October 31, Roman Catholic witches celebrate the pagan feast of ‘All Hallows Eve.’ They light candles in honor of the fire god, which guides and protects their departed loved ones, worshipping their many dead ‘saints;’ their spiritual ancestors – especially those that were sacrificed as ‘martyrs’ of the bloodthirsty Roman Catholic gods. Then, Roman Catholic (and other ignorant) children mimic the Grim Reaper by following the pumpkin lanterns, (representations of the Celtic candle-lit ancestor skulls,) from home to home begging for ‘soul cakes.’
Winter Solstice - Rebirth of the Sun god and Roman Catholic Christmas
In Druidism, sun god that ‘died’ in mid-fall is ‘reborn’ when his death reaches its zenith on the day when midwinter solstice begins. The Druids said, henceforth, the sun god slowly ‘returns to life,’ or to midsummer Solstice. In the Northern hemisphere, this midwinter ‘rebirth of the sun’ happens on December 21/22 and in the Southern hemisphere on 20/21 June, the longest night, and shortest day of the year. Therefore, Celts and modern witches view the feast of Winter Solstice as the BIRTHDAY of the sun god Pan, (also known as Osiris, Ra, Baal, etc. in other cultures.) In the ancient religion of Mithraism, Winter Solstice was a ‘holy’ day to worship their sun god Mithra. Ancient Rome called their midwinter December festival ‘Saturnalia,’ after their sun god Saturn, and ‘Dies Natalis Solis Invicti,’ which means the ‘birthday of the unconquered sun.’
In Judaism, Hanukkah, the festival of lights, is celebrated on 25 December, which honors the return of temple-worship in Jerusalem after they have been alienated from the temple for many years. The Roman Catholic day of Christmas, the so-called ‘birthday of Jesus,’ was not celebrated until 336 AD, when the newly converted Caesar Constantine pronounced Roman Catholic Christianity the official state religion of the Roman Empire. To please Constantine and the many Roman converts, who flocked to the newly accepted Christian church, Pope Julius 1 committed a bizarre act of witchcraft. He combined the Jewish Festival of Lights with Saturnalia, which celebrates the rebirth of the sun god Saturn, formally Christianizing his satanic concoction as ‘Christmas,’ the so-called ‘birthday’ of Jesus, celebrated on 25 December.
Was Jesus born on December 25, 1 A.D., or between 4-6 A.D.?
The Scriptures tell us, that night when Jesus was born, the shepherds were out in the fields with their flocks, (Lu. 2:8.) Shepherds would never take their flocks out during such cold winter nights. Thus, the Lord Jesus Christ was born on a bright summer, or maybe an autumn night, but not in winter.
That Jesus was born in midwinter on 25 December is out of the question. Jesus does not share His birthday with the Roman Catholic sun god Saturn! In addition, many historians and even modern scholars of the Bible dispute the accepted norm that Jesus was born during 1 A.D. and puts His birth date during 4-6 A.D. However, Jesus could not have been born after the death of Herod in 4 A.D.
Luke 2:1-7 explains that, when Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem for the first Roman census during the reign of Herod the Great – which, by all historical accounts, happened in 1 A.D. As Herod sought to murder Jesus after the Magi came looking for Him, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt where they remained until Herod died in the year 4 A.D., (Mt. 2:14-23.)
Joseph and Mary returned to Israel to settle in Nazareth after Herod’s death in 4 A.D. In the greatest Jewish cover-up of infantile massacres in history, even the ancient Jewish historian Josephus, (37 – c. 100,) did not record Herod’s murder of “all the male children who were in Bethlehem and its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time he had determined from the wise men,” (Mt. 2:16-18.) However, Matthew firmly recorded that just before this massacre the wise men told Herod that the Christ Child was younger than two years old. While Jesus was not born in midwinter on 25 December, true historical accounts lead us to believe that Jesus was born during 1 A.D., as the Christian calendar states.
Father God versus Father Christmas
Just as the Roman Catholic-Protestant feast of Christmas has nothing in common with the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, so the Mary-worshipping Roman Catholic ‘Saint Nicolas’ has anything to do with Father God of the Bible, the Creator of the universe. In fact, just the mention of a so-called ‘father’ Christmas, (whether uttered by a Roman Catholic or Protestant mouth,) goes directly against the Word of God, Who solemnly instructed, “Do not call anyone on earth your [spiritual/religious] father, for One is your Father; He Who is in heaven,” (Mt. 23:9.)
Whether this demon calls himself Santa Claus, ‘saint’ Nicholas, Father Christmas, (Sinterklaas in Dutch,) or ‘lord’ Christmas, he is another blasphemous Roman Catholic mockery of God, which all Catholic and Protestant Churches swallowed most cheerfully. The Vatican teaches, this demon flies across the sky on a reindeer-sleigh on Christmas Eve to bring all ‘good’ children gifts. Yet, it is clear that he has NOTHING in common with God’s Gift to all of humanity, the Lord Jesus Christ, or with the Giver of spiritual Gifts, the Holy Spirit of God. Santa’s hard-working elves are definitely not holy angels, and his reindeer flight can only depict one thing. As with all other so-called fairy tale characters who fly on magic carpets, broom sticks, gooses, and such, Santa’s flight depicts the demonic practice of astro travel, not real flight. Interestingly, this fat white-bearded guy was first dressed in a bright green suit. When Americans began to commercialize this moneymaking scheme during the 19th century, bathing the Roman Catholic Church in even greater luxury, the Vatican suddenly dressed Santa in a red suit trimmed with white fur, wearing black gum boots. According to the Vatican, the Santa idol supposedly commemorates the many so-called ‘miracles,’ attributed to their ‘saint’ Nicholas, a 4th century bishop, who was a great ‘miracle worker’ and a ‘secret gift-giver.’
The fact that even Protestants and Evangelicals, who seemingly ‘reformed’ and ‘repented’ from such Catholic witchcraft, honor and thus worship the dead ‘saints,’ (spiritual ancestors or gods,) of the Roman Catholic Church, goes beyond all reason! Even if Nicholas were a ‘secret gift-giver,’ he was not as most Christians believe, imitating the Three Wise Men, who brought gifts to honor the Christ Child. The papacy brought the whole idea of Christmas to life to make Caesar Constantine and other Roman converts feel comfortable with Christianity. As such, the papacy made ‘saint’ Nicholas to imitate the gift-giving tradition of the Roman festival of Saturnalia. During this festival, in reverence and worship of the ‘rebirth’ of the sun god Saturn, high-class officials brought the ‘divine’ Roman Emperor gifts to prove that they worship him as the representation of the sun god – or the human form of the sun god himself. Just as that blasphemous so-called ‘divine father,’ the Roman Catholic pope, who calls himself ‘the vicar of Christ,’ (or Christ o earth,) the Roman Emperor was the ‘vicar’ of Saturn. True to polytheist/pantheist style, (as worshippers of many gods and all of nature as gods,) poor Romans would then also exchange gifts during these festivals, usually ‘sacred’ leaves or twig gods, to bring their family and friends ‘good luck.’
Imbolc or Spring Day –the Catholic St. Brigit’s Day, Groundhog Day, and May Day
The Celts commemorated the arrival of the god Spring, (Imbolc,) as the season of new growth. The Old Irish worshipped spring as their ‘great’ fertility goddess, Bridged. Ancient Celts called the creation goddess, the midwifery (or birth) goddess, the fire goddess Bridged, or ‘Mother Earth.’ ‘Imbolc’ literally means, “in the belly of the mother.” So, on this day, worshippers of Bridged still light candles, firecrackers, and bon fires (or sacrificial bone fires) in honor and worship of this creation and fire goddess. As all the other traditions of Catholicism, the Roman Catholic Church Christianized this goddess as ‘saint’ Brigit – the so-called “patron saint (or goddess) of fire, smith craft, poetry, and healing.” To suit Christian tradition, the papacy changed the pagan fire festival of Imbolc to ‘Candle Mass,’ ‘Saint Bridget’s Day,’ or the ‘day of Mary of the Candles’ – that is ‘Mother’ Mary, worshipped as the fire and creation goddess Bridged. Furthermore, the papacy has the audacity to call their Christian-pagan Candle Mass “a day of blessing and healing.”