AN END TO CHRISTMAS
by David M. Hargis


The following scene is proposed as musing for your mind,
Lest on that day when judgment reigns, there is no excuse to find.

There will come an end to Christmas one bright and glorious day;
When the King sits in Zion, and there are no more games to play.
When the holy ones of Israel are gathered 'round His light;
When the books are finally opened, and there is no more night.

The nations will be called that day to finally make amends;
To deal with their lies and schemes, to put away their trends.
The Lord will thunder from His throne, to ask "What day is Mine?
What day above all do you celebrate Me, what day do you find?"

Sighs of relief will fill the air, and many a voice will say;
"It is Christmas we celebrate, Lord, for You we have set this day."
Then the King will simply ask, "What day could you set for Me?
Is it written in My book? What day therein do you see?"

One boldly will answer without knowing, "We keep Your birthday, Oh Great King!"
Another will shout with such glowing, "Oh, it's such a beautiful thing!"
Then another will join, "It is time once again!
For soon 'twill be here, and gifts we will send."

"And then what shall happen?" will question the King;
"What things of value to Me shall you bring?"
"We send gifts to each other," their answer will be;
"So we honor Your wish, that we act lovingly."

"You do this freely?" The King will enquire;
"You do this without selfishness, or covetous desire?"
Then silence will fall all over the room;
As the King takes His stand in a way that spells doom.

"In My Word I declared what days that are Mine;
What days I created and when I reclined.
What day I was born after I entered the womb;
The days that I died, then came forth from the tomb.

"I made holy the Sabbath, then I gave it to you;
As a sign of My care, to show I am true.
I gave you the festivals, The appointed times of My grace;
To deliver and help you, To establish My praise.

"So which day among Mine have you set for My birth?
Which day is this Christmas, When there is much mirth?"

Then all will tremble, all over the land;
As men try to figure, What answer will stand.

But no one will utter a word from then on;
As the Lord will continue to speak from His throne.
"You pretend to give Me a day like a dish:
Can I be pleased with whatever you wish?

"And how can you know how to love one another;
If the will of My Word you take care not to bother?
I set the seasons by stars, and days by the sun;
I have appointed all times from which you have run.

"No man can give Me other than what I have made;
No one can declare other than what I have said.
So now I command every nation to come;
And celebrate Me, no matter where they are from.

"And the day I have set was written long before
There was ever a Christmas, or any such lore.
It is the Feast called Booths, which I wrote in the book;
A day which announced My coming to look.

"When I walked among you, clothed like the poor;
To temporarily suffer, and knock at your door.
So now you know clearly, the time should be plain;
And if you do not, you will have no more rain.

"Every day which I appointed, you will honor and obey;
No longer will you labor on My Sabbath day.
No more will you set your way above Mine;
No more will you offer what I did not design.

"So, come to My festivals, Rejoice in My glory;
And concerning your Christmas, it's the END of the story."


Copyright 1996, David M. Hargis / PO Box 6070 / Chesapeake, VA 23323
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CHRISTMAS HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN A "HOLY" DAY.






Is Christmas for Christians?

"No lie is of the truth." (1 John 2:21)  "I am the way, the truth, and the life:" (John 14:6).  If we find all truth in the Christmas celebration, then Christians should keep it.  If lies are mingled with the truth, then it must be called Christ-Mess and cast out.

CHRIST-MESS is the celebration of Jesus's birthday.  JESUS didn't honor his own birthday.  The Bible records only two that celebrated their birthdays; Pharaoh (Gen. 40:20) and Herod (Matt. 14:6).

CHRIST-MESS is celebrated on December 25.  JESUS was not born on that day.  The shepherds were in the field on the night of his birth (Luke 2:8).

CHRIST-MESS trees are set up and decorated in the houses.  JESUS would never have done this because it was a pagan ritual (Jer. 10:1-4).

CHRIST-MESS scenes show the three wise men at the manger.  JESUS was up to two years old when the they arrived (Matt. 2:16).

CHRIST-MESS includes the custom of gift-giving.  JESUS is the only one worthy to give gifts to men (Eph. 4:8).  The three wise men were not giving gifts to each other, they brought gifts to the KING.

CHRIST-MESS is when Santa Claus magically appears.  JESUS said "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." (Matt. 15:9).

What Christians call Christmas is hereby found to be a lie. Lies are an abomination to God.  "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." (Romans 12:9).  Repent to God for taking part in this pagan festival.


Interesting Quotes (thanks to Ken Hoeck)

"During the first three centuries (of the church) we find no trace of any feast for the birth of Christ." (Frederick Neilsen, Ecclesiastical History, p.224)

"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church...the first evidence of the feast is from Egypt." "Pagan customs centering around the January calendars gravitated to Christmas."  "...In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his [Jesus] birthday.  It is only sinners who make great rejoicings over the day in which they were born into this world" -Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 Edition

Cardinal Newman admits in his book that; the "temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, holidays, and seasons of devotion, processions, blessings of the fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests, munks and nuns), images, and statues... are all of pagan origin." -The Development of the Christian Religion, Cardinal Newman p.359

"The practice of decorating houses and churches is pagan in its origin, and the mistletoe so widely used for that purpose was the sacred plant of the Druids." [Everymans Encyclopedia.Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1967.]

"That God's word damns your ceremonies, it is evident; for the plain and straight commandment of God is, 'Not that thing which appears good in thy eyes, shalt thou do to the Lord thy God, but what the Lord thy God has commanded thee, that do thou: add nothing to it; diminish nothing from it.'  Now unless that ye are able to prove that God has commanded your ceremonies, this his former commandment will damn both you and them."~John Knox's History of the Reformation in Scotland


With Faith and Love,
Ron Harvey
www.voiceofjudgment.org




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