The Testimony of Joseph AmaHera RiverWind, First nation’s saint from North America.
“Well-meaning Christians would call me pagan because I am Native American and I would point out the hypocrisy of their pagan practices in the church. This alone kept me away for a long time until one day I completely surrendered my heart to Yeshua and the will of our Heavenly Father in my life. In my walk with The Creator, I had to make a decision after reading The Bible, studying and researching. As native people, my wife and I gladly gave up ancient native traditions and practices that were contrary to what The Word commands. If we can do it so can you! Be set apart, consecrated unto Him by living a life of holiness to the best of your ability.
These native practices will die with us and will not be passed down to another generation. We gladly laid those things at the altar in order to walk in obedience. To love God and obey His commandments is not legalism, its love. He brought me out of Egypt and saved me, the last thing I am going to do is go back to Egypt like the Israelites wanted to do.
1 John 2:3
By this, we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.
1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome,
In Ancient Egypt, they decorated trees during the winter solstice and placed a star of Amun-rah or a golden-winged scarab on the top of it. This was a very well known practice that the Hebrews would have seen during captivity as well as the decorating of houses with green palms which some consider being an origin point for this practice.
The first picture below is a relief carving at Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire, depicting Mithra and an evergreen tree used for worship around 1200 B.C.
This is one of many counterfeit “Messiahs” found throughout ancient history until the real one was born; Yeshua of Nazareth. The anti-Messiah spirit has been at work for ages and will continue to operate until the Messiah Son of David returns and put a stop to all of this nonsense. Don’t be deceived.
If we research more we find this tradition goes further back where the earliest account, the root, can be found. According to legend; after Nimrod’s death (c. 2167 BC), Semiramis promoted the belief that he was a god. She claimed that she saw a full-grown evergreen tree spring out of the roots of a dead tree stump. On the anniversary of his birth, she said, Nimrod (the god) would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts under it during the winter solstice in December.
I did not learn this from facebook books meme. My graduate studies were from a Baptist University and Seminary and I am currently working on a second Masters and Phd in Biblical Archaeology which cements these truths even more according to my research. My theology textbooks taught all of these ancient pagan traditions that are in the church today. Nowhere does YHVH tell us to worship Him in this manner and as a matter of fact, He completely condemns it according to the Bible. Many educated pastors come out of seminary and ignore The Word.
Why? I asked my Baptist Professor one day. He told me because Christmas and Easter bring in the largest amount of tithes. Please don’t judge all Baptists by this one mans response but we have heard this many times over from preachers and teachers from different denominations. When we teach at conferences about the pagan holidays that defy God’s Word I use seminary textbooks as my references.
Not memes or peoples justified opinions for disobedience to The Word of God. Historical facts, archaeological facts, biblical facts, and even secular writings all point to the same conclusion: pagan worship amalgamated into a new evergreen Roman religion that used Judaism as its foundations and paganism as its decorations.
YHVH doesn’t change and He will NEVER share His glory with any other god and neither should we as Believers.
Isaiah 42:8 I am YHVH: that is My name: and My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.”