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Today's Quick Thought:
Where did the Christmas Tree come From?

Now Nimrod, the king of babylon, his son was named after the god of Tammuz.

 

Tammuz then, along with his queen, Semiramis, both identified with AND worshiped, this Babylonian sun god that he was named after! 

The sun god of Tammuz!

 

Tammuz, was worshipped during the winter solstice. 

 

Around Dec 21 or 22, the days start to get shorter. 

Then after the solstice passes, the days begin to get longer again.  

 

Now as Tammuz, the son of Nimrod and his queen, Semiramis, who identified with this Babylonian son god of Tammuz, they viewed the winter solstice as Tammuz the sun god dying and then being reborn/resurected.  

 

Now get this, they celebrated Tammuz, by taking a yule log, and we’ve all seen Yule logs burning in videos and such. 

You remember the term yule tide carols??

Well the the Chaldean word for infant is yule.

 

So when they would burn the yule log in the fire place, that symbolized the premature death of Tammuz, OR an infant!

 

And then the next day, the dead infant or yule log, would be replaced by a trimmed tree as though it had been resurrected from the dead!   

Sound familiar ???

 

https://khouse.org/enews_article/2003/679/

 

Ok, this also involves the wife of baal/zeus/satan; her name is Ishtar/Venous, the goddess of unbridled sexuality.

 

Same thing!

In the Ishtar and Tammuz myth, the pagan god Tammuz, dies young and his birth is honored on his birthday which coincided with the Winter Solstice. 

 

This was celebrated around December 21st. Part of the religious ritual involved cutting down a young evergreen tree as a way of commemorating the premature death of Tammuz. 

 

Along with this, the Babylonians would also burn a Yala (Yule) log, called “the log of the son.” 

Yule is that Chaldean word for “infant”. 

 

This Yala(Yule) log, or “infant log” was burned in the fire to symbolize the premature death of Tammuz. (Trying to relate to Christ dying at an early age!)

The next day the evergreen tree would be decorated with silver and gold. The log that was burned was then,  now alive again as the Tammuz tree. 

 

The Old Testament book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 10:3-4) also describes how the birth of Tammuz was celebrated in ancient Babylon:

 

Jeremiah 10:3-4

“..for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax; They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”

 

Ishtar, is at times also depicted with symbols of fertility, such as the “date palm” tree. More on that in a moment, but first we need to look at: 


Ashurnasirpal II:

Ahsurnarispal II, was king ofAssyria from 883 to 859 BC, only 24 years! 

His harshness, to put it very, very mildly, prompted a revolt that he crushed decisively in a pitched, two-day battle. 

In his monument inscription, while recalling this massacre he says this: 

 

“Their men young and old I took prisoners. Of some I cut off their feet and hands; of others I cut off the ears noses and lips; of the young men's ears I made a heap; of the old men's heads I made a minaret (or a tall slender tower). 

I exposed their heads as a trophy in front of their city. The male children and the female children I burned in flames; the city I destroyed, and consumed with fire.”

 

The best example of what an evergreen “palm tree of life” depicting the god Tammuz looks like,  is taken from the very throne room of Ashurnasirpal II!

It shows the “Tree of Life” affixed and appearing to be decorated in much the same way that Jeremiah (Jeremiah 10:3-4) described.

 

In other words the King was showing himself, as the resurrected divine son of the gods bringing fertility to the land. 

 

Ashurnasirpal II, was also the ‘high priest” in his worship of Ishtar and Tammuz. 

Now if we consider the Ishtar and Tammuz myth, and the sacred marriage between Ishtar and Tammuz, that was re-enacted by the king/high priest and high priestess during the Assyrian-Babylonian New Year festival, can it be, that the symbol in the Assyrian palace, known as the “Tree of Life”, is none other than the god of fertility himself, Tammuz?

 

The Assyrian King would therefore be acting as the son of the gods on earth and is literally the god of fertility; Tammuz. 

 

This is made apparent in another panel, from the bed chamber in palace of Ashurnasirpal II, in which a winged King is shown holding a raised stalk of wheat in his right hand and a kid (baby goat) in his left hand. 

 

If it depicts the King as the born-again Tammuz, who besides being a youthful shepherd, was also the god of crops and fertility, if it turns out to be the case, then the very same “Tree of Life” depicted on the bas relief in the palace of Ashurnasirpal II not only symbolizes Tammuz, but is also used by the Western world today to celebrate Christmas; The Christmas Tree.

 

And get this!;

There is a depiction of this date palm tree as the “sacred tree” of Ishtar, in Brooklyn: 

 

“The sacred tree is one of the oldest themes in ancient Near Eastern art. Scholars suggest that the sacred tree symbolized life, while others interpret it as a symbolic representation of the King.

Early depictions of the sacred tree were naturalistic. Later, artists used forms that are more ornamental than real. This depiction of the Assyrian kings depicts the Sacred Tree as a motif rather than a natural tree.

The palmette at the top of the tree has been interpreted to represent the frond or a large, divided leaf of a date palm. The date palm is associated with the goddess Ishtar, a fertility deity and goddess of the date harvest.”

 

https://joyofmuseums.com/most-popular/tour-of-mesopotamian-art/tree-of-life/

F I N D  S A L V A T I O N

We are freely justified by his grace!!                                                       

Romans 3:23-24 King James Version (KJV)

“23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”

 

Sin came by one man, Adam and Grace came by one man, Jesus Christ! We can’t undo the curse of sin, only Jesus can do that! And He did! On the Cross of Calvary!! The Lord willingly shed His Blood on the Cross and therefore taking the punishment that we so definitely deserved!! And now, His Grace abounds!! All that is needed is for us to believe!!!

 

Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV)

“9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

 

So then, who can be saved? ALL who call upon the name of our Lord!

Romans 10:13 King James Version (KJV)

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

All who believe that Jesus is Lord and repent of their sin shall be saved!!

Jesus is the only way to escape the horrible guilt of sin!!

No matter how well you live, your sin debt is still alive and well unless you accept Jesus Christ as Savior! He and only He can free you and justify you!!

Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary for YOU!!!

 

The debt has already been paid for you and all you need to do is be sorry for your sins and believe that He is the Son of God!

Believe that He died for your sins on the Cross and that He arose from the dead just three days later.

Pray now and invite Him into your heart!

Tell Him you believe and ask Him to forgive you and be YOUR Savior.

 

Please, don’t wait, do it now while you still can!

As long as there is breath in your body, you can call on Jesus and He WILL forgive you.

Amen and Amen!!!

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God bless you!!

CP

E V E N T S

M Y  T E S T I M O N Y

"O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭105:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I have heart disease, that I was quickly reminded of, when I tried to help bring a sofa up a flight of stairs. Chest pain and shortness of breath swiftly caused me to sit and rest. After a few minutes I was feeling better but still had a little chest tightness that eventually eased.

I’ve previously had a failed open heart surgery in which one artery was not bypassed. The good news, is that a small heart attack may be beneficial, taking away the issue of stable angina. The bad news, is that would HURT lol. The sad news is that, I continue to have chest pain with exertion and another heart attack is going to happen at some point. That is, unless the Lord totally heals my heart. 

Anyway, After four heart attacks and one on the way, I had to quit my job, sell the house and moved into the RV. I didn’t get disability until two years later. If it had not been for God working through his children in Florida, we would have been on the street! They are beautiful people who love the Lord and they were a huge blessing to my wife and I.

Since then, and after a lot of prayer and after God allowed the disability to come through, He miraculously, allowed us to buy a home, with NO DOWN PAYMENT! 

And with DECREASED INTEREST. And just like God, it’s much better than the one we had to give up.

And!, ALL of the expenses are much less than before!

The wife now has a newer vehicle!! Plus, I was able to keep my truck through all of this!

The best news is, I’m still able to minister with my music. God’s people are always willing to carry in equipment when I’m alone. Other times my wife, Ruby, does most of the work. In most cases, Ruby will have all the equipment torn down AND loaded! All while I’m still shaking hands and saying goodbye to folks at the product table! She’s such a hard worker and I’m so blessed with a wonderful wife! I love you baby!

So yes! Indeed: “O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭105:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

God bless!
Curt