The Truth About Christmas (Part 1)

Genesis 10:8-9 (KJV)

And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.

Wait, who is Nimrod and why is he the introduction verse on a post about Christmas? Don’t you know that Christmas is all about Jesus??

No it’s not.

Unfortunately, I’ve already shared everything the Bible says about Nimrod. But lucky for us, it’s possible to study the Bible outside of the Bible.

There are countless records documenting the life of Nimrod.

For starters, Nimrod was born on 25 December. His mother/wife told everyone that he was a god, and had everyone worship him. Even having them decorate trees and worship them in honour of him. Also, check this out…

Jeremiah 10:2-5 (KJV)

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 them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 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, neither also is it in them to do good.

…did the Bible just tell us it’s a sin to have Christmas trees? I mean, that’s pretty clear right there.

Pretty clear that it’s talking about worshiping the Christmas tree. Pagans were using the trees as idols. That’s clearly a sin. Are we worshiping Christmas trees by decorating them? No.

So while the origin of Christmas is pagan, celebrating it is not a sin. If you’re doing it the traditional way. Modern Christmas is about Jesus Christ, the real and only Saviour. Focusing on Jesus is always a good thing. So taking something that satan intended to pervert souls and using it to tell people about Jesus is always encouraged. You can take a non-Christian song, change some of the words, and make it a Christian song. This is the same thing. Took a non-Christian holiday, changed a few of the words, and made it Christian.

Spiritual Warfare

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

It’s a well-known fact that satan tries to turn everyone away from God. If you’re an angry, bitter atheist, he’s not too concerned about you. He owns you already. But if you’re standing next to Jesus, satan will do everything in his power to make sure you don’t stand there very long. But his power isn’t very strong. Check this out:

Job 1:6-12 (KJV)

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

God had to give satan permission to be able to even touch Job. Throughout all of his trials, which were very severe, Job never lost faith as satan thought he would. And because of that Job was greatly rewarded.

I’ve always loved this verse:

1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

You will go through trials, but God will always provide a means of escape. I know from experience that sometimes it can feel that that verse is a lie. The weight of the world is on your shoulders and you’re struggling to even exist. But if you don’t lose your faith, you will find the escape that God planned for you. I’m not talking about suicide. Do not misunderstand my words. If you look, there’s always a way out of every situation.

Revelation 12:12 (KJV)

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

That shows that satan knows he’s not going to win this war, so he’ll do anything to take as many people down with him as he can, like a kamikaze. God will win in the end, so don’t let yourself be dragged down by the side that’s going to lose.

Wolf-Like Sheep: Introduction

Matthew 7:15 (KJV)

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

In all my research of the posts for Fig Tree Reborn, I’m always coming across sites, usually other blogs, that teach something other than what the Bible teaches. Often it’s either atheists trying to disprove the Bible or turn people away from it, or Muslims trying to show that Jehovah and Allah are one and the same (they aren’t).

Every time I come upon one of those sites, I always check out their claims in the Bible to make sure not only if it really says that, but also to check the context. That’s taking so much time that I thought that I would just make a separate series where I take a site or blog or article and disprove it’s claims. I finally decided that just now, when I came across a site trying to claim that Paul was a false prophet. Their claims were hilariously out of context, and in at least one instance (that I found), they merely used the NIV translation to backup their claim. So without further ado, let’s begin exposing these wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Music in Church

1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV)

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

I was raised Church of Christ. In the Church of Christ churches, music is looked upon as being evil. Because God didn’t tell us to do it, therefore, it’s pure evil. I’ve been to several of those churches throughout my life, and it seems that all of them at some point were split over whether or not to allow the use of musical instruments. By split I mean some or most of the members left to start a new church where the only difference would literally be that they played musical instruments.

Back in April of this year (2014), I moved from Texas to Ohio and started going to a baptist church. They play instruments. The first couple weeks I was so uncomfortable that I sat there rigid expecting the place to be destroyed any second. But soon I found that I preferred the music. It enhanced the worship for me. It didn’t hinder the worship.

Romans 14:2-3 (KJV)

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Paul isn’t talking about literal herbs. The context is talking about worshiping God. Verses 2 and 3, and the verse I opened this with, are basically saying, “If it enhances your worship without hindering it, and doesn’t go against the Bible, go ahead and do it”. You’re saved by believing in Christ and being baptized, not by playing music or singing A Capella.

Besides, Paul instructed us to use instruments. At least, he said to use string instruments. What? You didn’t know that? That’s because you don’t know Greek.

Ephesians 5:19 (KJV)

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms. The original Greek, psalmos (or ψαλμός) means “a striking (of musical strings)“. So Paul, through whom God spoke, tells us to strike a sting instrument and sing spiritual songs.

So we’ve seen here that not only does scripture give us the freedom do enhance our worship as long as it doesn’t hinder, but we’re also instructed to use string instruments.

Law of Moses

Matthew 5:17-18 (KJV)

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Is Jesus saying that we’re still under the Law of Moses, the set of 613 laws given to the Israelites by Moses through God? Well, at least now we can ask for forgiveness instead of sacrificing a lamb.

But what about these verses?

Galatians 3:23-25 (KJV)

23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

 

Galatians 3:24 (KJV)

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Acts 6:14 (KJV)

14 For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.

 

The Law of Moses was only meant to be temporary until Christ could come to be the sacrificial lamb. Because of His sacrifice, we have forgiveness of sins. Here is a great site I highly recommend.

So if we’re not bound by the Law of Moses, how are we saved?

Romans 10:17 (KJV)

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Luke 7:50 (KJV)

50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

 

Ah, I see it now. So we’re not bound by the Law of Moses because salvation comes from faith. As previously covered, you have to believe in Jesus (that he was crucified, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead, and that He is the only begotten Son of God). Jesus came and made everything so much easier. Instead of remembering 613 laws that you COULD NOT break because you would never be fully forgiven, now you just have to remember that simple thing, and on top of that you can now be forgiven of sins.

Romans 10:13(KJV)

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Begotten

John 3:16 (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

What does “begotten” mean? This is perhaps one of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible, after Genesis 1:1 and Psalms 23. Yet most people don’t even know what that one word means. I didn’t know until a minute ago (which led me to writing this post). In fact, the word is so overlooked that it’s removed from the NIV, the version a majority of Americans are using. Unfortunately.

According to Google, the word means, “A past participle of beget.” Click on “beget” and you get “(typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction.”

Okay, so that just means Jesus is his son. why do we need such a fancy word to explain that? Heck, the word “son” is the very next word after “begotten”. That’s redundant!

Now hold on a second, previous paragraph. That word wouldn’t be there unless there was a reason for it being there. Let’s look deeper. What is that word in Greek?

μονογενῆ (or monogenes). which means, “single of its kind“.

I think we can agree that there never has been and never will be anyone like Jesus. Therefore, He truly is God’s only begotten Son. The evil NIV tries to downplay Him by making the verse “one and only Son”, which devalues the original text. That’s why that one word is so important. By saying Jesus is God’s “one and only Son”, you’re putting doubt into people’s mind that Jesus is in fact God. Because if He’s His Son, and he was born 2,000 years ago, yet God is eternal, how can Jesus be God? Insert the word “begotten” and you have your answer.

One word makes a difference between understanding and being mislead.

 

Baptism

John 3:5 (KJV)

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

I keep hearing people saying that you don’t have to be baptized to be saved. All you have to do is “believe” and you’ll go to Heaven. Even this one guy at my church keeps arguing with the pastor about it. Claims it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that you have to go be baptized to be saved.
“Jesus died for all sins. You’re saved already!”.

Well look at the verse I opened this with. Jesus says you can not enter the Kingdom of God without being baptized. What about this?

Mark 16:16 (KJV)

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

…wow, that seems pretty straightforward. He even puts it in a certain order. Believe…baptize….saved. I don’t know how you can take that out of context.

What about the sinner’s prayer? If that’s not biblical, why do millions do it and claim to be saved? Short answer: They’re not. Long answer.

False Prophets

Matthew 7:15 (KJV)

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

I decided to do this because I came so close to falling for a false prophet. I came across something in my research called the Jonah Code. It sounded intriguing, so I clicked on it, It was a video by some guy named Michael Rood. Never heard of him before, but he was talking about how Christians have been studying the Bible wrong. We’ve been using our Western way of thinking to interpret the Bible. We need to go back to a Hebrew way of thinking to fully understand the Bible. It made sense. But the only thing is that in order for you to find out what the Jonah Code was, you’d have to buy his DVD.

I liked his way of thinking, so I decided to see if I could find the text of the DVD. Like, maybe someone bought it and typed a blog about it or something. Or maybe Michael Rood had a blog where he talked about it. The point is, I was looking for the Jonah Code elsewhere. I was getting excited, though. Here’s a guy who was teaching about delving deeper into scripture to find their true meaning. This is exactly what I want.

Unfortunately, while I was looking for Jonah Code elsewhere, I found several Christian sites that outed him as a false teacher. In fact, he’s part of a cult called The Way, which has pagan roots. Not only that, but he even confessed to being a “paid professional false prophet“. Of course, you have to pay $20 for his confession.

The Bible warns us to beware of false prophets, as the opening verse of this posts says. There are countless false prophets everywhere. If I wasn’t careful, I could have fallen for Rood’s lies. Of course, he eventually confessed to wearing sheep’s clothing, but most false prophets don’t come clean and end up tricking millions.

In Matthew 24:3-5,10-11 (the very chapter that talks about the Fig Tree), Jesus warns that in the last days there will be many false prophets coming in his name, and to not be deceived.

So be careful to research that awesome new preacher you found. Make sure that he’s teaching out of the Bible and that what he’s saying can fully be backed up

Destruction of Gaza

Zephaniah 2:4-5 (KJV)

For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

Hey, wait a second. Was that Bible scripture or today’s headline? That just said that Gaza will be destroyed! That no one will survive it’s destruction!

What was that one part? “Ashkelon a desolation“? What’s Ashkelon and has there been any destruction there? Well, yes! There has! Just three days ago, in fact. It also mentions Ashdod  being driven out. Well, not even a month ago, both places were named together in a deadline about attacks and sirens. Seems Ashkelon is getting a lot of the missiles from Gaza.

I’ve been studying Gaza’s fate during the Last Days and the scripture about it reads like the headlines.

Isaiah 14:29 (KJV)

29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

How would Isaiah know that missiles would someday be a thing unless God told him.

Isaiah 17:1 (KJV)

17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Well lookie here.

I know I keep saying this, but these Bible verses read like headlines today. Shakespeareanized headlines.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJV)

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

 

Gaza death toll tops 500 as calls for ceasefire fall on deaf ears

 

Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Zechariah 14:2 (KJV)

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

 

That always confused me. How could all nations come against Israel. What would cause that. I mean, I knew the surrounding nations want to destroy itt, but not all nations. It didn’t make any sense. Before July 2014.

Israel has broken international law by striking Gaza. Israel hate is now the IN thing. While Israel did break international law, it was the law of man, not the Law of God. So if you feel tempted to join in the mocking and hatred of Israel, just remember God’s promise to Abraham…

Genesis 12:3 (KJV)

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

Biblical Translations

 

3 John 1:4 (KJV)

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

 

One of the biggest controversies splitting modern Christians is the debate over which English translation of the Bible is the most accurate. I’m going to just say right now that it’s the King James Version. No sense making that be the twist ending of this post, because it wouldn’t be much of a twist. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been using that version since the beginning of this series. My goal here is to prove that it’s the correct version and why other, more modern versions are actually evil.

What? The Bible is evil? When it changes the Word of God to fit an agenda, then yes, it’s evil. Let’s start with the New International Version, which is the most popular modern version. What do the translators of the NIV have to say?

“Even the best literal translation can’t follow the original form all the time. And even the best meaning-based translation can’t capture every detail of meaning found in the original.”

That was the translators themselves (not some anti-NIV website) stating that it’s not possible to translate the Bible so that the original meaning is there. So by there own admission, their version isn’t complete or authoritative.

Michael Marlowe of Bible Researcher has this to say:

“In June of 2011 the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) published a critique of the 2011 NIV, which describes and criticizes the gender-neutralizing alterations of the revision. The critique is carefully written, and I recommend it highly. It should be studied by those who are considering using this version. The critique rightly emphasizes the fact that the revision is designed “to water down or omit details of meaning that modern culture finds offensive.” This is the crux of the matter: the theoretical position taken by the NIV revisers, that the language of the version must be made inoffensive to the sensitivities of feminism. That is what makes the revision unacceptable to conservatives.”

Romans 9:33 (KJV)

33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

The Bible will offend people. By changing things to make it inoffensive, you’re changing the word of God, which is forbidden.

Interpreting the Bible is very important to understanding it. This page is a clear example of people who read the Bible and misinterpreted it. I’m going to run through real fast and refute their claims.

The site says: “1- Notice in Luke 24:1, the women came to the tomb with medicine and found Jesus gone.  If he was already dead, they would have no reason to bring this to dead Jesus.  But Jesus was alive and was receiving medical treatment.”

Luke 24:1 (KJV)

24 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

Spices are not medicines. Jesus was a Jew, remember? Here’s a Jewish website explaining Jewish burial customs. they use spices instead of flowers.

The site says: “2- Also, notice in John 20:15, Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was a gardener, after he healed and rose back up.”

Here, context is key, so I included the verse before and the verse after:

John 20:14-16 (KJV)

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

She wasn’t looking at Him and didn’t even realize it was Jesus.

 

The site says: “3- And in John 20:17, Jesus was still in pain, he told Mary Magdalene “touch me not!”.”

John 20:17 (KJV)

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Basically, “Don’t waste any time, but go tell people that I have risen.”

The site says: 4- And in John 20:19-29, Jesus showed his original body to the disciples, and they checked it. Jesus Christ: Never actually died. He has always been alive in the tomb receiving medical treatment. He was never buried underground, or in a coffin. He was laid on the floor, alive.”

These spiritually blind people were falsely preaching that Jesus was alive in the tomb, merely getting medical treatment, and they used modern traditions to back up their claims. It was customary of the time to bury people in a tomb (back in those days it was more like a cave than what we consider a tomb these days. They were saying that because there was no coffin, and because Jesus physically appeared to His Disciples, he never died. they were denying the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. that’s what satan wants the world to do.

To really understand the Word of God, and to avoid corrupt teaching like the one I just presented, you need a correct translation of the Bible. But how can I be sure that the King James Bible is the one true English version? As always, I will back up my claims.

But lucky for me, Jesus-Is-Savior.com already thoroughly did this for me. That link is a list of other links proving that the King James Version is the authoritative version of the Bible. And here is a list of verses deleted from the NIV.

I know most people reading this will probably be thinking, “But the King James version is written in Shakespearean and is impossible to understand. NIV and modern translations are written in plain English”. I know you’re thinking that because I thought the same way my entire life until recently. I used the NIV my whole life, always being told I should use the KJV. I’m dyslexic, so I always used that as my excuse for not reading the hard-to-read version. But eventually, last week, I did the research for myself and was shocked to find out how many changes modern versions made. Modern translations of the Bible literally attack God’s Word by changing things around, removing words or verses, and by trying hard not to offend anyone. King James Version offends people, because it makes them realize they’re living in sin. it doesn’t shy away from the heavy stuff.

And as for being hard to read, once I saw the truth, I started trying to read the KJV more, and now, a week later, it’s not a problem for me. I’m dyslexic and I can understand it. If I come across something i don’t understand, I merely research it until I understand it. There is no excuse for not understanding God’s Word.