Gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Three gifts fit for a king – the King.
I’m gonna blow right past gold and frankincense to myrrh. Myrrh was used to embalm the dead, believe it or not. Jesus’ death on cross was foreshadowed with the gift of myrrh at his birth. Myrrh can be literally thought of as the cosmic “kiss of death,” and the Wise Men were probably in on the whole thing. My guess is that Daniel put them up to it. See article “Jesus Not Born Dec 25th” http://wp.me/p158HG-nY for my detailed hypothesis.
Before Jesus came to earth, there was the first worldly king – Nimrod – which I have mentioned several times before. Get used to Nimrod’s name showing up when we investigate the origins of Christmas because his idolatrous kingdom is the tap root of the whole kit-n-kaboodle.
The fact of Jesus’ virgin birth is too precious to cheapen by assimilating it with the pagan traditions of yesteryear. This type of mixture is Satan’s formula, not Christ’s. There’s a godly truth that Jesus’ death was foreshadowed by a gift from the Magi, but the focus of this article is the cosmic Christmas “kiss of death,” which is a twisted counterfeit to a righteous real. Let’s explore our old friend Nim (i.e. Nimrod) to hopefully get a clearer picture about the roots of Babylon, and the various mysteries that flow from its idolatrous fountain.
BTW – What did Lucifer see before he fell? He lived in eternity with God, outside of time and space. Lucifer must have been able to see into time and space for many false marks that mimic the birth of the Messiah can be tracked throughout paganism centuries before Christ came to earth.
There has been a battle between good and evil since Adam and Eve’s fall. During our stay on earth, every person is the object of a struggle between the forces of holiness and evil. Evil’s hold over Nimrod is quite apparent. Probably the most well-known story about him deals with his demise. Nimrod’s body was chopped up into pieces, and sent throughout the land as a warning to anyone who would follow in Nimrod’s footsteps.
Much of what I relate in this section comes from several sources, but I want to acknowledge the incredible work of the late Reverend Alexander Hislop entitled: The Two Babylons. It is a challenging, yet very rewarding, study on Babylon in the world and in the church. Please refer to The Two Babylons for a much more extensive study on the following subject. I have rewritten those parts of The Two Babylons that I feel was necessary to understand the Babylonian (pagan) roots of Christmas… so stick with me as we partake of this small slice of history of Babylon and beyond.
“According to an ancient Jewish tradition, it was Noah’s righteous son Shem, who slew Nimrod and scattered his body parts throughout the land of Shinar.” Shem was one of the eight people on Noah’s ark from whom “the nations spread out over the earth after the flood” (Genesis 10:32). Abraham was a direct descendant of Shem. Shem was 390 years old when Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran (Genesis 11:10-26). This was nine generations after the Flood. Shem was still alive. Shem’s lifespan was for a full half of a millennium – 500 years – with the first 98 of those years being before the Flood.
Scripture is silent as to how Nimrod actually died, but in the following account you will see that the primitive Egyptian Hercules overcoming giants remarkably coincides with the death of Osiris, which also maps back to Nimrod being killed by Shem. As a side note, the ordinary way in which the favorite Egyptian divinity Osiris was mystically represented was in the form of a young bull or calf – the Apis calf – from which the Golden Calf of the Israelites was borrowed. Please refer to “North Pole Going South?”http://wp.me/p158HG-kH .
The Golden Calf seems to be the anchoring knot that allows Christmas and Babylon to be woven together. Osiris in Egypt and Nimrod in Babylon are one and the same, with some slight cultural differences and mutations added to the mix. Osiris was celebrated as the strong chief of the buildings. This strong chief of the buildings was originally worshipped in Egypt with every physical characteristic of Nimrod. Nimrod, as the son of Cush, was a black man. There was a tradition in Egypt, recorded by Plutarch, that “Osiris was black,” which, in a land where the general complexion was dusky, must have implied something more than ordinary in its darkness.” Also, we find that Osiris was arrayed in a leopard’s skin or spotted dress – an indispensable part of the sacred robes of his high priest – which identifies Osiris with Nimrod. Nimrod was recorded to have worn bull’s horns and a leopard skin.
Let’s take a look at Shem, and the ancient tale of the Egyptian Hercules. One of the names of the primitive Hercules in Egypt was Sem. This most ancient Egyptian Hercules was known as having “by the power of the gods” (i.e. the Spirit of the LORD God Almighty) fought against and overcome giants. The pagans later gave Hercules erroneous homage as the grand deliverer or Messiah, and stigmatized Hercules’ adversary as the giants who rebelled against heaven. The real giants alluded to in the primitive Egyptian story of Hercules were Nimrod and his party, who actually rebelled against heaven. The “giants” were just the “mighty ones” of whom Nimrod was leader.
If Sem or Shem was the primitive Hercules, who overcame the giants not by mere physical force, but by “the power of God” (the influence of the Holy Spirit); it entirely agrees with his character. Moreover, it remarkably agrees with the Egyptian account of the death of Osiris. The Egyptians say that the grand enemy of their god did not overcome him with open violence, but he obtained power to put Osiris (i.e. Nimrod) to death from seventy-two of the leading men of Egypt. Seventy-two represented the Egyptian judicial system of the time. It was just the number of the judges (both civil and sacred) who, according to Egyptian law, were required to determine what was to be the punishment of one found guilty of such a high offense. In determining such a case, two tribunals were necessary. First, there were thirty ordinary judges, who had the power of life and death; then there was a tribunal – over and above – consisting of forty-two judges. The forty-two determined whether a body should be buried or not when anyone was condemned to die. In Egypt, every one had to pass the ordeal of this forty-two judge tribunal after death. As burial was refused Osiris, both tribunals would be concerned; and thus, there would be exactly seventy-two persons that condemned him to die, and to be cut into pieces.
The great opponent of the idolatrous system convinced these judges as to the enormity of Osiris’ transgression. Both Egyptian tribunals gave up Osiris to an awful death and to ignominy after it as a terror to anyone who might tread in his steps afterwards. They cut Osiris’ dead body into pieces, and sent the dismembered parts to the different cities of the kingdom.
This story parallels the Levite’s concubine story in Judges 19:29. He cut her dead body into pieces, and then sent a severed part to each of the twelve tribes. It is also similar to a step taken by Saul when he chopped two yoke of oxen asunder, and sent them throughout all the coasts of his kingdom (1 Samuel 11:7). Commentators admit that both the Levite and Saul acted on a patriarchal custom where vengeance would be dealt to those who failed to come to the gathering when they were summoned in such a way. Saul fearfully declares vengeance in so many words when the parts of the slaughtered oxen were sent among the tribes: “Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” In like manner, when the dismembered parts of Osiris were sent among the cities by the seventy-two supreme judges of the kingdom (“conspirators” according to the Mysteries), it was equivalent to a solemn declaration in their name that whosoever should do as Osiris had done, so should it be done to him – he would also be cut to pieces.
When the idolatrous system arose again, but in secret as the “Mysteries of Egypt,” the leader of the Egyptian tribunals was stigmatized as Typho – the Evil One. Egyptian expert Wilkinson admits that while different individuals have bore this hated name in Egypt, one of the most noted names by which Typho was called, was Seth. Shem seems to have been known in Egypt as Typho not only under the name of Seth, but also under his own name. The names Seth and Shem are alike both signifying “the appointed one.”
Egypt is known as the “land of Ham” in the Bible. Mizraim is the also the scriptural name of the land of Egypt being derived from the name of Ham’s son (Genesis 10:6). According to this Egyptian story in the “land of Ham,” Ham’s brother Shem persuaded the judges (tribunal courts) to kill Nimrod – Ham’s apostate grandson. Ham’s lack of honor towards his father (Genesis 9:22) caused not only his son Canaan to be cursed, but also made his descendents more susceptible to sin. Perhaps that is a root to the reason why “Egypt” is scripturally equated with worldliness and the deeds of the flesh, like idolatry, witchcraft, et cetera.But still, both Shem and Ham were actual eyewitnesses to the Flood and the forging of the Noahiac Covenant (Genesis 6:9-9:19).
Consider this: History teaches that an absolute monarch governed Babylonia, which means that the king was active as legislator, judge, administrator, and warlord. So… if Nimrod was an absolute monarch, how did “Egypt” get to not only judge the Babylonian king, but also execute vengeance against such a mighty one? I have a hypothesis. At Babel, all nations were one nation under God and indivisible – until the rebellion. What if? Could it be possible that the seventy-two “Egyptian” judges were actually something like a world court? Could seventy of the tribunal representatives have come from the seventy nations documented as having scattered from Babel and the remaining two judges were Shem and Ham? It’s just a theory. There is the problem with getting the people with different languages to understand one another. But all these nations would have understood who was responsible for the scattering of the nations. They could have wanted to see justice served for this egregious error. Justice facilitated through the righteous leader of then-known civilized world – Shem.
As an example as how the various Mysteries throughout the earth flow from Babylon, we can follow the death of Nimrod, which is also the Egyptian Osiris, into Greek Mythology. The myth that makes Adonis perish by the tusks of a wild boar is unraveled when one understands that a “tusk” is regarded as a horn according to the symbolism of idolatry. The boar’s tusks were the symbol of spiritual power. Nimrod wore bull’s horns as a symbol of his physical power; therefore, a “tusk” or a “horn in the mouth” means the power in the mouth. In other words, it’s the power of persuasion – the very power with which Sem, the primitive Hercules was endowed – this is how Adonis (equivalent to Nimrod) perished. What a beautiful illustration of the persuasive power of the Holy Spirit, which enabled Shem, and those on his side, to withstand the tide of evil when it was rushing in upon the world like a flood.
I can site example after example to show you how all the world’s Mysteries have come from Babylon. Today, God is calling Gideon’s army. He is calling those who will withstand this current tide of evil rushing in upon our world in our day, and we must go to the root of the problem, which the Bible earmarks as the corrupt system of Babylon.
THE MOCK KING
Temporary subversion of order was one of the themes of the midwinter festival that carried over from Babylon and beyond. For years after the Church assimilated the pagan winter solstice festivities (i.e., primordial Christmas), a man acting as the Lord of Misrule presided over the revels of Christmas.
The Church needs to understand that it was the custom in Babylon for masters to be subject to their servants, and one of them ruled the house clothed in purple garments. This Mock King was dressed in royal robes, allowed to enjoy the real king’s concubines, and after reigning for five days was stripped, scourged, and killed. It’s not merely a coincidence that a purple-robed mock king was called the “Lord of Misrule” in the Dark Ages. As mentioned before, the Lord of Misrule presided over the carnival Christmas in Christian countries. Prior to the 1820s, the carnival Christmas was the norm in America too. We can find remnants of drunkenness and promiscuity in the United States, even in our current domesticated Christmas. I recently asked a man who owns a liquor store: “What day do you sell the most alcohol?” He told me: “Christmas Eve.” Hislop reveals that: “The wassailing bowl of Christmas had its precise counterpart in the ‘drunken festival’ of Babylon; and many of the other observances still kept up among ourselves at Christmas came from the very same quarter.” See “Wassailing Revival” http://wp.me/p158HG-i4 .
Masters became slaves, and slaves became masters with one being crowned king – the Mock King. This tradition was practiced during the Roman Saturnalia, the immediate predecessor of the Christmas season. See “Where Christmas Comes From – Part 2” wp.me/p158HG-2m . “A record of one such celebration has survived: In 303 A.D. a young conscript named Dasius had the misfortune of being picked as the king of the Saturnalia by soldiers of the Roman legion stationed in a distant province. As such he was to be provided with all the trappings of royalty… finally, at the conclusion of the festival, he was to be sacrificed to Saturnus [i.e. Saturn]. But Dasius happened to be a Christian and therefore refused the honor, with some dire consequences.” He was promptly martyred.
It would have been natural for Roman participants at a crucifixion to expect a prisoner from a distant province to be made into a mock king by Roman soldiers, and be killed in the end. Listen to these words penned by the Greek historian Dio Chrysostom about the Persian festival Sacaea: They take one of the prisoners condemned to death and make him sit on a royal throne; they dress him in royal robes… but in the end they undress him and hang him. A crucifixion was generally described as a hanging. The Sacaea midwinter festival was a counterpart to the Roman Saturnalia. The Saturnalia was a direct descendant of the merged Egyptian and Persian mother-child / sun traditions, which both came from Babylon. It formed the basis for the festival dedicated to the ancient god of seed (i.e. agriculture) and time – Saturn. Alexander Hislop repeatedly reveals that: Saturn is simply another name for Satan. (Please refer to “Spirit of Christmas” http://wp.me/p158HG-nb .)
All four gospels give us an account of Jesus being beaten and mocked by Roman soldiers while in Pilate’s custody. Could it be that the real mock king – Satan – wanted to mock the King of kings? From the book of Mark we know that the mockery of Jesus took place in the open courtyard of the praetorium.
The Roman soldiers had brought Jesus into an area where people had gathered. They had put a purple robe and a crown on Jesus, which was the traditional practice for crowning the Lord of Misrule too. As we know Jesus crown consisted of thorns, not gold. After the Roman soldiers forced the brutal crown on Jesus’ head, the Bible says that they saluted Him saying: “Long live the king of the Jews!” before spitting on him. The purple, royal, seamless robe must have been taken off of Jesus before the scouring; else no one would have wanted to cast lots for such a fine garment. Therefore, the incident of the drawing of lots belongs with the mockery scene, which perfectly corresponds to how the king of the Saturnalia was chosen by drawing lots.
Just as Satan instigated an inversion of order by making Jesus Christ of Nazareth the mock king before Jesus went to the cross, he is trying to perpetuate the same tom-foolery today. Satan is trying to pass off the pagan sun child born at Christmastime as God incarnate. He has, so far, greatly succeeded in perpetuating and disseminating this bate-and-switch. We have bought, and we passionately defend, the great lie first spread through Nimrod’s wife Semiramis (See “YULE LOVE – Repeating Childhood” http://wp.me/p158HG-iX ). Even a causal glance at the facts of Jesus’ birth reveals that he was not born in December. Shepherds do not watch their flock in the Holy Land at this time of year; and the wise men did not visit Jesus at a manger, but as a toddler at a house. Yes, it has been a long held tradition to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth at this season, but it’s a man-made tradition that started out as an effort to link paganism and Christianity.
The theme of death flows through the various customs associated with the ancient winter solstice festival. This makes sense for Nimrod’s death is the root of this entire farce, and the lord of death – Satan – is its promulgator and promoter.
We have seen how Nimrod’s death is commemorated in the Yule Log ceremony. As an evergreen tree, he springs up into new life (as Tammuz) from a dead tree stump, which was chopped up and burnt.(See “YULE LOVE – Repeating Childhood” http://wp.me/p158HG-iX ).
During this same festive season, we also see death promoted in the gladiator extravaganzas of Rome. “Augustus decreed that gladiator fights should be held every year with fixed dates in December and March. Shows were to take place from 2 to 8 December and then from 17 to 23 December during the celebration of Saturnalia.” “The ancient Romans believed they were performing a service to the dead by putting on these shows. Originally Roman funerals would have involved a much more cold-hearted kind of human sacrifice. …Festus a second century writer, who says quite simply: … ‘It was the custom to sacrifice prisoners at the gravesites of brave warriors; when the cruelty of this habit became known, they switched to gladiator fights beside the grave.” “The earliest Roman gladiator fights were part of elaborate funeral rites for important people.” This could possibly be a mutation of Nimrod’s sacrifice, and the sacrifices required for his death.
Saturnalia was said to be a re-enactment of the happy age when Saturnus reigned the earth as its first king. Take your pick. In the natural realm, the earth’s first king was the mighty one Nimrod, in the spiritual realm this equates to Satan (i.e. Saturn). Gladiators fought to the death in Saturnalia funeral games. Today, the ancestor of the worship of Saturn has death as its fruit too.
The Christmas season is known as the heart attack season in hospitals. It is also known for having the highest suicide risk of the year.  Statistically, springtime has the highest suicide rate, but the greatest time for suicide risk is still the winter holiday season. Mental health professionals have been on their toes for years now in an effort to lessen suicides and depression during Christmas. Some of Christmas’ bad fruit can be associated with bruising, like: getting worn down, getting sick or getting in debt. But some of the bad fruit is much more destructive — heart attacks and suicide — which minimally warrants a more serious inspection of our Christian Christmas.
Just yesterday some volunteer firemen were gun downed on Christmas Eve and the recent Newtown massacre of kindergarteners sadly displays the ungodly “Christmas Kiss of Death” too. I’ve watched for years and observed a pattern of bizarre and disturbing holiday happenings. From a 54-year-old Virginia man killing his wife during an argument over the taking down of Christmas lights to a 34-year-old New York Walmart worker being trampled to death by rabid shoppers to a 4-year-old Alabama boy being tied up three days before Christmas and being forced to watch his Christmas be torn to pieces as his parents had a sawed-off shotgun jammed into their faces. What’s going? Death and out-of-control behavior are tragically and simply part of Christmas’ DNA that comes from Babylon.
Copyright Dec. 25, 2012 – Author: Robin Main.
The information in this article and more details can be found in Chapter 3 “Babylon and Beyond” in my book: SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up (available on amazon http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353692179&sr=1-1&keywords=SANTA_TIZING).
 Re-translated in some instances, due to what I felt was the cumbersome nature of language of the 1800s.
 The Pagan-Christian Connection EXPOSED – Truth vs Tradition: The heavyweight Battle of the Ages by Michael J. Rood
 The Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop, Chapter II, Section II, Sub-Section II, The Child in Egypt
 The Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop, Chapter II, Section II, Sub-Section V, The Deification of the Child: It is admitted by Wilkinson that the most ancient Hercules, and truly primitive one, was he who was known in Egypt as having, “by the power of the gods” (i.e., by the SPIRIT) fought against and overcome the Giants. … Now, no doubt, the title and character of Hercules were afterwards given by the Pagans to him whom they worshipped as the grand deliverer or Messiah, just as the adversaries of the Pagan divinities came to be stigmatized as the “Giants” who rebelled against Heaven. But let the reader only reflect who were the real Giants that rebelled against Heaven. They were Nimrod and his party; for the “Giants” were just the “Mighty ones,” of whom Nimrod was the leader. Who, then, was most likely to head the opposition to the apostasy from the primitive worship? If Shem was at that time alive, as beyond question he was, who so likely as he? In exact accordance with this deduction, we find that one of the names of the primitive Hercules in Egypt was “Sem.” If “Sem,” then, was the primitive Hercules, who overcame the Giants, and that not by mere physical force, but by “the power of God,” or the influence of the Holy Spirit, that entirely agrees with his character; and more than that, it remarkably agrees with the Egyptian account of the death of Osiris.
 Ibid. “Wilkinson admits that different individuals at different times bore this hated name in Egypt. One of the most noted names by which Typho, or the Evil One, was called, was Seth (EPIPHANIUS, Adv. Hoeres). Now Seth and Shem are synonymous, both alike signifying “The appointed one.” As Shem was a younger son of Noah, being “the brother of Japhet the elder” (Gen 10:21), and as the pre-eminence was divinely destined to him, the name Shem, “the appointed one,” had doubtless been given him by Divine direction, either at his birth or afterwards, to mark him out as Seth had been previously marked out as the “child of promise.” Shem, however, seems to have been known in Egypt as Typho, not only under the name of Seth, but under his own name; for Wilkinson tells us that Typho was characterized by a name that signified “to destroy and render desert.” (Egyptians) Now the name of Shem also in one of its meanings signifies “to desolate” or lay waste. So Shem, the appointed one, was by his enemies made Shem, the Desolator or Destroyer–i.e., the Devil.”
 The Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop, Chapter II, Section II, Sub-Section V, The Deification of the Child
 The Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop, Chapter II, Section II, Sub-Section V, The Deification of the Child
 The Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop, Chapter 3 – Festivals, Section I – Christmas and Lady-day
 The Golden Bough by James George Frazier, preface, p. vi
 The Two Babylons by Rev. Alexander Hislop, Chapter 3 – Festivals, Section I – Christmas and Lady-day
 Oration IV. 66. Dio Chrysostom
 The Two Babylons by Reverend Alexander Hislop, Chapter II, Section II, Sub-Section II, The Child In Egypt
 praitw,rion Mark 15:16 (Latin loanword: praetorium) the praetorium, governor’s official residence Mt 27:27; Mk 15:16; Jn 18:28, 33; 19:9; Ac 23:35. This may also be the meaning in Phil 1:13, but here praetorian guard is also probable.
 The Gladiators, History’s Most Deadly Sport by Fik Meijer, p. 34-35
 Coming from Nimrod perhaps?
 The Gladiators, History’s Most Deadly Sport by Fik Meijer, p. 17
 Ibid, p. 16