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Hanukkah Verses Christmas

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

Mosaic of Maccabee Revolt: Faithful Jews cleanse the temple of pagan defilement and restore the worship of the one true God.

More and more born-again believers in Jesus Christ [Messiah] are now celebrating Hanukkah each year instead of Christmas. They have discarded the pagan practice of observing “Christ-Mass” and begun to observe Hanukkah instead in a New Testament context. For more information on the fallacy of Christmas observance, read our article: “Was Jesus really born on December 25th.”?

Hanukkah’s historical origin.

The Hanukkah holiday we celebrate this week originally commemorated the defilement of the Jewish temple in 167 B.C. by the Roman ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes when he attacked Jerusalem, purposely sacrificed a pig (and other abominable creatures to the Jews) on the temple altar, and forced everyone to worship Zeus, his pagan god.

A small number of faithful and heroic Jews, known as the Maccabees, fought back and regained control of their temple from the Roman invasion. Immediately they cleansed the temple and restored the worship of the one true God, Yahovah.

The miracle associated with Hanukkah occurred when the Jewish priests only had enough oil for the Candelabrum to give them one day of light. But they prayed in faith, and God miraculously made the oil last for eight days until more oil could be produced. Thus, the significance of the eight days of Hanukkah where one new candle is lit everyday. The ninth candle is called the “Shammash” (Hebrew: Servant), used to light all the other candles.

New Testament meaning of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah should remind us that our bodies should be cleansed daily of any spiritual defilement because we are the personal dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Let us live in such a way as to honor and please God with our bodies. When you commit sin, you must confess it quickly and ask God to forgive you and cleanse you once again from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

– Luis Josephus


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Celebrating Passover Verses Easter

Jesus the Holy Lamb of God that was sacrificed for us on Passover

Jesus the Holy Lamb of God that was sacrificed for us on Passover

Some of you have asked “Why don’t we celebrate Easter*, attend sunrise services, honor the bunny rabbit or decorate colorful Easter eggs?” The answer is simple: These practices are not to be found in the Bible! Therefore, as faithful Christians we must be careful not to observe traditions that are not Scriptural nor holidays that have pagan origins (such as Easter, Valentine /Cupid Day, Halloween, or Christmas).

However, we do observe the biblical holiday of Passover.

This year on Saturday April 7th, Real Jesus Ministries will be celebrating our annual Passover Feast. If you would like to attend, contact us to make reservations. Our Passover Feast will begin with prayer, a special Passover meal (Seder)  and a solemn communion service at sundown the evening before, followed by a unique worship event the following day.

The LORD gave the Passover Feast to us, His people, (both Jews and Gentiles) to remind us of the great sacrifice that Jesus Christ [the Messiah] made on our behalf as the Holy Lamb of God who was sacrificed for us and took away our sins. The LORD specified that it was to be a perpetual feast to be observed for all generations (Exodus 12:14).


* The name “Easter” is never mentioned in the original New Testament Scriptures. It was mistranslated in the King James (English) Bible in Acts 12:4, but it should have been translated “Pesach”, the Biblical Passover Feast instituted by God. It was during the annual Passover celebration that Jesus was killed at Jerusalem in which Acts 12:4 describes – not the pagan holiday normally associated with the term “Easter”.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

Email us for more information on attending our Passover Feast: RealJesusMinistries@gmail.com

For further study, order our booklet, The Seven Biblical Feasts.

For a complete 2012 Calendar of the Seven Biblical Feasts, click here.


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When was Jesus actually born?

Questions & Answers

Questions & Answers

The Bible doesn’t give us an exact date, but He could not have been born in December. Most likely Jesus was born in September. The Christmas holiday celebrated annually on December 25th was an invention of the Roman Catholic Church around the fourth century A.D. and has no biblical support whatsoever. Furthermore, Jesus only commanded us to memorialize His sacrificial death – not His birth. December 25th was originally the celebration of the pagan sun god’s birthday which the Roman church deceptively changed to Christ’s birthday instead.

Later in history, the Protestant Church continued this unholy invention of the Roman Catholic Church and “Christ-Mass”, or “Christmas” became an established holiday to this day. If you study the history of Christmas further you’ll also be shocked to discover that the decoration of Christmas trees with silver and gold ornaments, mistletoe, Santa Claus, elves, reindeer, and many other such customs all have sinister origins and have no place in the Christian Church.

Since Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel, the days are too cold in December for shepherds to be out in the fields at night keeping watch over their flocks.

“…and she [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son [Jesus]. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” – Luke 2:7-8

Hanukkah, the Feast of Lights, began at Sundown on December 7th of this year. Although not one of the original Seven Feasts instituted by Yahovah God, it is a holiday which my family and I prefer to celebrate as a substitute for Christmas. It has no pagan connection and gifts are also exchanged after (or during) the eight days of Hanukkah. As born-again Christians, my family and grandchildren prefer observing Hanukkah better than celebrating Christmas, since we are not participating in any pagan traditions that will offend God.

For further study of the pagan origins of Christmas, click here to order our free booklet, “The Seven Biblical Feasts.”

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus


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