I have as of late received a bunch of comments claiming that the decoration of Christmas trees is not a Babylonian practice and instead was a custom invented in Germany in the middle ages. This is hogwash and so I will present some of the evidence to prove my point.
Starting off however, you must understand that if your heart is hardened, you will come up with every excuse and rationalization to prove the evidence wrong and justify your own actions. For those with the spirit to search out the truth, they will be the ones who benefit the most from this information.
So to begin, if anyone doubts the validity of the decorated fir trees being a Babylonian tradition, simply go to google and search for: “Babylonian Fertility Fir Trees” and read the overwhelming historical and literary references concerning the use of fir trees in ancient Babylon. Even pine cones during this time were set up as symbols of fertility.
Next consider the evidence of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah. You have to understand that Isaiah and Jeremiah were almost contemporaries in their time. They existed only 100 years or less from each other. They warned their countrymen of the coming judgment that history tells us would end with captivity. Guess where the captivity would be for the southern part of the kingdom? Yup. Babylon!
Jeremiah 10:1-5 is directly referring to the Babylonian pagan practice of decorating a tree that has been cut down and set up as a symbol. What symbol? Well we know for a fact just by doing your previous research on google that people to the east of Jerusalem (Babylonians) used the fir tree as a symbol of fertility.
Then in Isaiah 14:7-8 we see in context its talking about the wraith of the LORD and once the wicked are laid down, even the FIR trees begin to rejoice! Why? It says because no longer are workman coming to cut them down. Its pretty simple for someone raised with a little deductive reasoning skills to see what is being talked about here are fir trees being cut down for pagan worship rituals. I went to public school and even I figured it out.
Remember that both Isaiah and Jeremiah existed in Israel during almost the same time before the nation was taken into captivity by the king and armies of Babylon. Babylon already had influence over the people as the Bible says over and over again that their captivity was a result of the Israelites disobedience and their worship of idols made of wood/stone and for not keeping the Sabbatical years.
So in closing, there is plenty of Biblical evidence and tons more historical evidence that fir trees were cut and used in rituals concerning fertility in Babylon. It makes perfect sense actually. The fir tree is green all year round. If you wanted to make a symbol of fertility during a time when everything else growing around you is dead or dying, the fir tree would be an option. It’s really not that hard to wrap your head around that possibility. However, unlike Jehovah’s Witnesses who have figured that part out, christian denominations including cults like the JW’s still continue to ignore the feast days of the Lord that layout very simply how we are to worship and celebrate the Creator during the year.
Nowhere in the NT do we see any evidence of Christmas celebrations or Easter for that matter, from the disciples and Paul. They continually make reference to the Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles as laid out in the Torah in Lev. 23.
If you want to celebrate the Birth Of the Messiah, how about during the feast of Tabernacles (Sept./Oct.) when most Biblical scholars say is a more accurate time frame?
If you want to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of our Messiah, how about during Passover when Jesus/Yeshua said “Do this in remembrance of me.” instead of calling it Easter(Ishtar, Asteroth, Astarte) and filling the holiday with pagan practices also found in ancient Babylon and pagan Rome?
Its time we got back to Scripture and started reading from the FRONT OF THE BOOK before claiming to know and interpret the back of the book. When you read the beginning, the end makes a whole lot more sense.
Lev. 18:30 – Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs(traditions) that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.
Mark 7:7-8 – And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men…