A Study of Jeremiah 10:2-5
“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.” (Jeremiah 10:2-5)
Upright – Hebrew: “Miqshah” – rounded work,; curls and stressed (a season seen on a Christmas tree) moulded by hammering.
“And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.” (1st Kings 16:33)
Grove – Hebrew: “Asherah” – Astarte; Phoenician (Sidonian) goddess; upright or straight; a tree.
The “Christmas Tree” finds it’s beginning at Babylon as the Ashtaroth (the female moon deity represented as a tree). Upon the expulsion of this sun and moon (Baal and groves) worship from Babylon, the “seat of Satan” relocated at Pergamos. Attalus III died and left his Chaldean system of magic and superstition to Rome by will and testament. Upon organizing the Romanist “church”, Constantine not only implemented the Chaldean system of Sun and Moon worship into his “church”, he adapted their annual 7 day festival of drunken revelry and riotous immorality. This festival, called The Saturnalia, was given the name of Christmas within the “church”. The Astarte (grove – Ashtaroth – Venus) or “Christmas Tree” was an integral part of this festival.
From The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop:
The Christmas Tree now so common among-us, was equally common in pagan Rome and pagan Egypt. In Egypt, that tree was the Palm Tree; in Rome it was the “fir”. The mother of Adanos, the sun god and great medatorial divinity, was mystically said to have changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son.
If the mother was the tree, the son must have been recognized as “Man the Branch” (a corruption of Zechariah’s prophecy concerning Christ, the branch of God – Zechariah 6:12). This accounts for the putting of the Yule-log into the fire on Christmas Eve and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning. As Zero – Ashta, “The seed of woman,” which name also signified “born of the fire” (the fire god), he has to enter the fire on “Mother night” (December 24th in the ancient world), that he may be born the next day (December 25th) out of it, as the “Branch of God”, or the Tree that brings all divine gifts to me.
Thus, we see on Christmas morning the gifts under and around the tree as his gifts to his worshipers. December 25th was known far and wide throughout the pagan world as the exact birthday of Adonis the tree god (Allah) of Babylon. This Venus-Tree worship along with her consort Baal (the sun) corrupted Israel invoking the wrath of God for their idolatry. This goddess of the groves was imported from Babylon (Iraq) into Israel upon the marriage of Ahab, king of Northern Israel, to Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal, a priest of the Ashtoreth of Babylon (1st Kings 16:31). God’s judgement for such wickedness has been to purge Israel with sword, famine, pestilence and the beast (Jeremiah 29:17-19). Jesus was born of a virgin. He was God in the flesh. He died and shed his blood as an atonement for sin that all who believe in him will have eternal life. However, Christmas (the Saturnalia) and The Christmas Tree (Venus – the groves) have nothing to do with his birth.
Long before the Lord Jesus was born, evergreens played a large part in festivals during the winter months in the lives of pagans. They would decorate their shrines and their homes because their greenness showed that they were living at a time when all of the other plants appeared dead.
In the northern countries where it was very cold, people would hang evergreens in their home for the fairy people or spirits. It was considered that the woodland spirits would live in the green foliage and, because it was warm inside, the spirits would not die of cold.
In Italy, where it was much warmer, the Romans too would decorate their dwelling places with evergreens. They did this in honour of Saturn (Remember, Christmas is the Saturnalia), who was believed to be the god of all things that grew. During the winter festival, evergreens were the only plants that appeared to be alive.
Mistletoe, ivy and holly had a special place in old pagan worship too, for not only were they green, but they produced berries during the winter months. The Romanist “church” continued this tradition and carried on decorating with evergreens, as they looked for “Christian” meanings in these plants.