By Walid Shoebat (A Shoebat Christmas Special)
When the world renown anti-Christian, Muslim zealot, Ahmad Deedat, like a rabid dog, condemned Christians for celebrating Christmas on December 25th, he ended up a horrible death (watch the video below this video).
Here is the end of Ahmad Deedat, the man who mocked celebrating on December 25th. Years of denouncing Christianity, he was struck with demons being mute for years. Jesus cast out a demons that made a man dumb (mute) in Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:20-30; Luke 11:14-26. Here is Deedat, without Jesus, mute, possessed and for years he couldn’t say a word of what was tormenting him inside. Here he is just before he died with demons tormenting his soul:
In the Bible, no one could cast out the mute demons except Christ, since in order to cast out the mute demon, the priest must ask the demon “what is your name”. It was only Christ Who was able to cast out the mute demon without knowing the demon’s name. Yet when He did the exorcism on the mute, the scoffers accused Him of being of the spirit of Beelzebub.
Likewise today, every during Christmas season, we get accused of following Beelzebub. Such accusation do not just come from Muslims, but from so many heretical Christians who tout that they combat Islam, yet they want to ban Christmas, including even Christmas trees, and they would accuse every true Christian of being ‘pagan’ for celebrating Christmas.
I say to these go to hell along with the demonically possessed scoffer Ahmad Deedat. Christmas and Christmas trees made America great.
In Bethlehem, when I was Muslim, we used to celebrate the birth of Muhammad. Then came my cousin, who is today the Mufti of Ramallah (Ibrahim Shoebat) and celebrating the birthday of Muhammad was now ‘banned’. Why? Because in Islam, we should not celebrate birthdays.
Now that I celebrate Christmas, I have the same ‘pagan’ chasers telling me that I should not celebrate Christmas as one scoffer posted a comment on my blog:
“Before Christians fight the Muslims, they need to put away their idols. Jesus wasn’t born on December 25. Righteous people in the bible don’t celebrate birthdays, only the unrighteous do. Same goes for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Jesus was the Passover Lamb, not the Easter bunny. God is not mocked. Pagan traditions are not acceptable.”
The war on Christian tradition is the war by scoffers spreading in every corner of the globe, where we daily observe evil mocking everything holy from marriage sacraments to Christmas and its time to refute them all with sound doctrine. Here, this is a video that just came out this week:
The way to recognize a scoffer is very simple. They are like a man who throws a rock in the well, and he does not explain all the detail, on how it took ten wisemen, to bring out the previous rock thrown by the previous idiot. Today most scoffers throw a comment where it takes ten wisemen to unravel.
TO ALL WHO HATE CHRISTMAS REFUTE THIS
Anyone who insists we do not celebrate Christmas is a cult. All who argue that Jesus was born during September, not December (because it would be too cold); all who argue that we should not celebrate the birth of Christ, are nothing more than cults. Luke 2:13-14, 20, 2 Tim 2:8, God has the heavens, the shepherds, the wisemen celebrating Jesus’ Birthday including Paul who said “to remember” and celebrate Jesus’ birth.
But perhaps the oldest reference proving Jesus was born on December 25th, is in the Apostolic Constitution. This was jotted down from reference by the first generation followers of Christ. It pointed to Clement Romanus (70 AD) the person mentioned by Paul in Philip. iv. 3, one of the most distinguished Roman Christians as primary source of the constitution which stated:
Brethren, observe the festival days; and first of all the birthday which you are to celebrate on the twenty-fifth of the ninth month. (Apostolic Constitutions, Book 5, Section 3, Chapter XIII, p. 882 ECF 0.07)
The “ninth month” here is universally understood in reference to December not September. The early fathers took April as the first month. Diocletian A.D. 244-311, Nicephorus wrote an ecclesiastical history in which he reports Diocletian’s destruction of a church on Christ’s birthday, filled with worshippers celebrating the Lord’s Nativity:
“At Nicomedia (a city of Bethenia) when the festival of Christ’s birth-day came, and a multitude of Christians in all ages had assembled together in the temple to celebrate that birth-day. Diocletian the tyrant, having gotten an advantageous occasion whereby he might accomplish his madness and fury, sent men thither to enclose the temple, and to set it on fire round about, and so consumed them all to ashes, even twenty thousand persons.” Ecc. Hist. 1.6
This event is dated to A.D. 302. John Selden, reputed to the most learned man of an age reveals that according to ancient Greek and Roman martyrologies this occured Dec. 25th (Theanthropos, pp. 33, 34).
This, including scripture, should end all arguments.
Instead of listening to a scoffer with bullet points, people should understand how the first Christians practiced Christianity by reading The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, known simple as the Didache, meaning “The Teaching,” that was written between 50-100 AD. The Didache is acknowledged as the first manual of the early Church after the New Testament. It was written by the first Christians who got the blessing from the apostles of Christ. In it, it reveals how Christians behaved in the earliest Church, way before Constantine:
You shall not use potions. You shall not procure abortion, nor destroy a new-born child. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. You shall not perjure yourself.” (2,2-3)
And today, we have so-called Christians who condemn abortion, yet they permit birth-control. By “potions” the early Christians spoke against artificial birth control. They too knew of these potions which they had in the first century to prevent pregnancy. Contraceptive drugs just like “the pill” were completely prohibited and still are in true Christianity even until this day.
This alone debunks all who claim to “love Jesus,” yet they practice birth control, pick on Christmas trees, while they ignore God who plants the fetus in the womb Who once said to “be fruitful and multiply”.
They mock God by rejecting His ordinances. They are an adulterous and rebellious generation who seek other signs and wonders from the tradition of men, while they scoff at the traditions of God. The Didache dispels most of what you hear about the early Christians. They never acted as the scoffers of today who question baptism and communion mixing their own private interpretations with the traditions of men.
Yet scoffers will counter that we only should read the Bible, while they permit themselves to read “blood moons” and “Left Behind,” fictions that are supposed to interpret the Bible for them, better than the seasoned apostles and the primitive church of the early centuries. What happened to their blood moons and to their astrology which has come and gone, while Trump just caused the stock market to skyrocket?
They think we forgot their heresies? We do not forget.
Hello. Shoebat to World Net Daily. Hello. Shoebat to John Hagee. Hello. Shoebat to Jonathan Cahn. Hello? Is anyone out there? We past 2015 and we are entering 2017. Is anyone “out there”?
And now we are supposed to obey Islam and stop from even celebrating Jesus’ Birthday? The wise insist, the magi rode on camel back for a thousand miles or more to celebrate the birth of the King in Bethlehem:
“When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Judah, in the days of King Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. Saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to adore him…” Who having heard the king, went their way; and behold the star which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
Men came from distant lands, following a star, to celebrate the birth of the Babe in a manger.
Just imagine if we were all shot back in time to the night Christ was born?
The scoffer, the stone throwing maniac who spoils well and comment section, would refuse to follow the star to find the Babe. He would yell at the magi about their pagan madness riding on horse and camelback for a thousand miles or more to celebrate a birthday since ‘its pagan’.
Then this same scoffer would walk to Jerusalem and condemn the Ark for the Mercy Seat since it has two cherubs carved out of a tree and laced with gold. They would yell out Exodus 20: “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above”. Then they would yell out Jeremiah 10 “They adorn it with silver and gold”. Keep in mind, the angels on the mercy seat are exactly that, “an image” “in the form of [angels] from heaven above” carved of a tree and “laced with gold”.
The Bible is designed in a way to confuse the scoffers and to only be understood from the Spirit of God above. It is impossible for the spawn of satan to correctly interpret scripture.
The wise ask: why do they always quote Exodus 20 and not other verses? It is because Leviticus 26 sheds more light to the verse in Exodus 20. It reveals the very word they want to avoid:
“You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.”
The word “idols” is a clear reference to pagan idol worship. ‘Workman’ in Jeremiah 10:3 can only mean a skilled craftsman using a carving tool to make a statue for the sole purpose of worshipping it. This is not a tree with branches. Therefore, the two cherubs are kosher and bowing towards them every day was a normal practice since God resided in the Ark.
If we take the scoffer’s stipulation, then we ought to erect a Temple. God here commands not to “erect an image or pillar” only but he also demanded “reverence my sanctuary”.
So by the scoffer’s own method of ‘private interpretation’ we must all (besides observing the sabbath) strive to rebuild a temple. So we ask a Jesus style question; we know you observe the sabbath, but where is your temple and why was Israel bowing towards two cherubs cut from a tree and laced with gold?
Jeremiah 10, in the scoffer’s bible, would have us believe its “The Chapter on Christmas Trees” while ignoring that no one bows to Christmas trees. The text means to ‘worship’ the ‘carved object itself’ and in verse 2 in Jeremiah 10 it speaks of these pagans were “dismayed at the signs of heaven” (Jeremiah 10:2) clearly pointing these were believers in astrology just as we see the blood moon scoffers do.
The magi followed a star and God honored them. Did these practice astrology?
But reality reveals these scoffers are themselves the pagans accusing others of the very thing they are guilty of. It is always the case. To declare war on Christmas is a pagan practice done by Muslims who also have this belief in common with Puritans, Jehovah’s Witnesses, certain reformed and fundamentalist churches, some Independent Baptist, Holiness, Apostolic Pentecostal and the Messianic Movement amongst others. These all agree with pagan Islam’s version of Christmas. They purchase books on “blood moons” which clearly observe astrology just as Muslims track the moon to observe the Hajj and Ramadan.
Before we fight Islam, as this scoffer insists, we ought to erect a Christmas tree.
IT WAS TOO COLD IN DECEMBER
FOR SHEPHERDS TO SHEPHERD THE SHEEP
That is in fact the stupidest argument I have ever heard. Winter in the holy land is late Oct to mid-March when the rains occurs. This is where grass is abundant while September is summer (Apr–Oct), which is warm, hot and virtually rain-free and grassless. The ones who claim that shepherds should flock their sheep in September and not in December would make the stupidest shepherds ever.
A scoffer is known when he makes claims about an event that is impossible to prove unless someone was there at the time.
I, however, grew up throughout my youth in Bethlehem where shepherds was a daily observance. In Luke 2: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field” this is why its called today “the Shepherds Fields” they were “keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8). The shepherds would normally graze the sheep in the winter where rains brought forth grass on the hills. In Bethlehem during December the weather is around 50 F. Every year during my youth, I, even as a Muslim before my conversion to Christianity, took advantage of Christmas to go up to Bethlehem from the very Shepherds Fields, were I lived and where the Christmas shepherds were flocking their sheep, to listen to the Christmas carols on December 25th. And in 1977 I myself, being like these Christmas party poopers, planted a bomb on Manger Square (where Jesus was born) during Christmas season (click for copy of United Nations records A:33:356 of 13 November 1978 and search for “Manger Square”)
After being a Christmas noid myself, now I live in America, were I see what I used to be, noids galore, where everything is questioned and doubted, where controversies sprout on a daily basis by so many loons. Here are several photos of Christmas in Bethlehem, all taken on December 25th, dating as far back as 1890. This is over a hundred years of data, which should shut up anyone who wants to try to mess up Christmas saying that “December is too cold for shepherds in Bethlehem”. Show me, where is the snow and the freeze:
Does anyone see someone who looks like they are even dressed up for winter season in Christmas? Do you see any loon dressed up like the Messianic halloween costumes?
MORE EVIDENCE FOR CHRISTMAS
And besides the Apostolic constitution and the Didache, in 525 AD, mathematician Abbot Dennis the Short rejected the old Roman calendar, which was dated from the founding of the pagan city of Rome and established a new calendar, which he dated from what he calculated as the year of the birth of Christ (designated as year 1 Anno Domini= “in the year of our Lord”). He decided to date the beginning of the civil calendar year with Jesus’ entrance into the Old Covenant faith according to the Old Covenant Law. This event was commanded, since the time of God’s covenant with Abraham, to take place eight days after the birth of a male child (Genesis 17:9-12; 21:2-4). Counting December 25th as day one, which was the ancient custom since there was no concept of 0-place value, the eighth day was January 1st.
Fact is, even in the coldest nights in the Holy Land, it is not unusual to find shepherds with their flocks grazing in Bethlehem. Jacob in Genesis 31: 38-40 served Laban in Haran and grazed the sheep in the coldest times in winter. Haran in December is colder than Israel.
Christ is our Temple. The Messianic who love Jewish festivities and love to calculate all sorts of feast days, completely ignore that it was on December 25, 165 B.C. when the Temple was rededicated on 25th of Kislev date in the First Book of Maccabees after the Maccabees defeated their Anti-Messiah Antiochus Epiphanies.
Folks should stop listening to Christmas deniers, Trinity deniers, or some brain-frozen Messianic from New York who know nothing about sheep much less shepherding a human flock or on “fighting Muslims”.
BEWARE OF CONTROVERSY MAKERS
The devil created the first controversy when he asked Eve in Genesis 3:1-7: “Did God Really Say…?” America is filled with all sorts of “did God really say” controversy makers, declaring wars not on Islam, but on Christmas, Constantine, Icons … believing anything they swallow up from conspiracy theorists to atheists with the sole agenda of destroying Christianity. I find so many that claim the faith when all their works are against the very fabric and the history that made America great.
The same crowds even argue that the ‘nice Roman authorities’ would never impose such a “census taking” for the hated and unpopular “foreign” tax (Luke 2:1). The Romans, they say, would never inconvenience their beloved Jews to travel to their respective “cities” in cold December.
Really? The Roman Emperors and Hitler were ‘nice’?
It is easy for a Messianic to say “Jesus was not born on December 25th”. But it is way more difficult to respond, for the wiseman has to do much homework to refute all the nonsense and is why I hate comment sections.
Instead of paying attention to Maccabees and temple rededication, the Messianic use all sorts of calculations saying that since Elizabeth (John’s mother) was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Jesus was conceived (Luke 1:24-36), that they can determine the approximate time of year Jesus was born if we know when John was born. Yet they denounce Maccabees rededication date because Martin Luther, the hater of Jews decided to do so.
They argue that Rome was ‘nice’ to Jews when it was pagan, then they argue that pagan Rome would not make Jews do the census during ‘cold’ December. Now that Rome is Christian, they argue that Christian Rome was not nice at all, while pagan Rome was ‘nicer’ and at the same time they claim that they are fighting ‘paganism’?
Such are the convoluted minds.
The same type of people who calculate blood moons try to figure out that when John was born, his father, Zacharias, was a priest serving in the Jerusalem temple during what is called “the course of Abijah” (Luke 1:5).
So far so good until they throw in the leaven saying that “historical calculations” (without showing these calculations of course) indicate this course of service corresponded to June 13-19 when Zacharias learned that he and his wife Elizabeth would have conceived a child (Luke 1:8-13) after he completed his service and traveled home.
And so they start adding nine months which brings us to the end of March (John is born) and adding another six months (the difference in ages between John and Jesus) brings us to the end of September and vuala, there you have it, Jesus was born in September.
All such calculations ignore the textual ambiguity regarding the statement “And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived” (given in Luke 1:24). How much time is meant by this phrase? Is it a day? a week? a month? several months? The text simply says “after those days”.
Such faulty calculations are used by all sorts of cults including Muslims; since it agrees with the Quran’s assessment including the heretical Jehovah’s witnesses and many Messianic anti-Trinitarian cults including oneness Pentecostals; but the problem with such an assessment is that it is impossible to validate beyond doubt.
I have seen Scripture used to calculate dates for and against December 25th. But I have also seen that all date calculations about when the end should be were completely false. So how could these date-setters get everything wrong be able to calculate a birthday?
I have seen more reasonable calculations than the September calculation. The fool always comments, while shedding little evidence to what they say “Christ was not crucified on a Friday it was a Wednesday Friday to Sunday … Christ was not born on December 25th …”
These hardly spend the time to search. Searching is what God commanded us to do and is the reason for all the success in Christian civilization. Such success included the Magi who did their homework and got to see Christ.
God said to always “present your case”.
So what type of a case do the detractors of Christmas present? Is Christmas a pagan holiday? Is “Santa” actually “Satan”? Is the star on the top of the Christmas tree the “bright morning star”, Lucifer? Is Christmas actually a Lucifer (Satan) worship holiday? Is it Christian to celebrate Christ’s birthday on a pagan holiday?
People who make comments like this never present any evidence. The key to thwart silly arguments is to ask a Jesus-style question: when was Lucifer worshipped on December 25th and where was satan named Saint Nicolas and wasn’t the Bible also speaking of a “star” when the Magi (a group of stargazers) searched for Him?
The scoffer rarely if ever answers. He doesn’t care. As far as December 25th being pagan is absurd. Fact is that all three Decembrist deities (Dionysus, Osiris, Adonis), only became sun deities very late in their careers and were not originally forged in that mold. These theories were only squeezed into it late in antiquity. Also, the pagans had a festivity almost all the time. So pick the date and you have a problem not only with Christmas but with everything else God ordained.
It was the atheists who love to force history to run in reverse when Jesus whose life was recorded many years before Dionysus, Osiris and Adonis ever became solar deities. The theory was modelled after them, offering as proof December 25th. Osiris and Dionysus’ birthday became December 25th centuries after the New Testament was written.
The war on Christmas is always done by shameless people who use historic references that December 25th was first established from a mid-fourth-century Roman almanac that lists the death dates of various Christian bishops and martyrs. The first date listed, December 25, is marked: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae: “Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea.”
It is not only that I lived exactly in what is called the Shepherds Fields (Beit Sahour) in Bethlehem (exactly the spot where the actual story happened) and the symbol of our village was a star with a comet from as far as I remember. Now the star is an abomination? Even the biblical Abia’s descendants are still in our village called the Abiyat as Shoeb (another name for Jethro) are called the Shoebat.
In the Middle East tradition goes long ways back and is sacred and is respected. Tradition at times adds to biblical facts and beats the speculation and conjecture of naysayers.
If the naysayers want to object, perhaps they can answer another unanswerable Jesus-style question: why do they not object against God Himself? After all God used a star, astrology and the magi who are astrologists to reveal Himself while all celebrated His birth in the Bible itself.
The answer to this question is to know the mind of God. This is the crux of the whole matter.
God at times looks down at mankind, sees what they have become: foolish. He uses their own foolishnesses to help direct them to understanding Him. I see this in many miracles. Even when I lived in Mexico, our Lady of Guadalupe, the image was miraculous since it related to the way Aztecs viewed God’s power.
Does that mean it was satanic and pagan?
How so when she stood in front of the sun making her sender greater than their dreaded sun-god “Huitzilopochtli” and then with her feet she stands on the crescent moon making her, through God, vanquish their foremost deity, the feather serpent Quetzalcoatl?
Does the devil want to defeat the devil that his house is divided (Matthew 12:25, Mark 3:25, Luke 11:17)?
This is the criteria that Jesus gave on such issues of the miraculous.
But the crescent moon is a symbol of Islam as well, and her image was used to conquer the Muslims at the greatest naval battle in history: the Battle of Lepanto. And while many still object crying “paganism” this woman appears in Revelation 11-12 with similar description of stomping the crescent moon of the Red Dragon of the Ottomans.
As it seems, from Mexico to the Ottoman invasion of Europe, this symbol proved victorious against God’s enemies. This defeat also included the Calvinists who hated the image and fought alongside the Muslims supporting the crescent. They ended up sinking at the bottom of the sea with their Muslim heretics where they belonged.
The whole issue is as if someone had a bumper sticker with “Jesus loves you”. Do we hate the bumper because its not found in Scripture? Do we even hate the crescent when God ordained the shape because Muslims and Aztecs robbed it? Do we hate the rainbow because the sodomites robbed it? Do we hate the morning star because Lucifer robbed it while Christ gave such a title to Himself? Do we hate the tree because pagans worshipped it? Do we hate the fish because the pagan Philistine used it to worship Dagon when the symbol was even used by believers prior to Constantine to worship Christ?
The naysayers isolate everything God provides to only fixate everything within the realm of Scripture. If so, stop putting “Jesus loves you” on bumper stickers since neither the bumper nor the sticker are in Scripture. Do these ever ask as to why did God use a star and magi who like the Mayans and the Aztecs were also using astrology? To thwart paganism by using their own symbols is not paganism, it is conquering and defeating it with the superior truth of God since it was God who created all things which He reclaims in His due time.
Such a time is today. Enjoy Christmas everyone. Go “make America Great Again”. Greetings from the Bethlehemite Shepherd and our family. I once hated you, but now I love you and I love your Christmas. Here this is from me from Bethlehem, the land where my Lord and yours was born: