However, anyone who has ever read the Old Testament has learned that the Israelitesmingled with the people of Canaan and learned their customs. They took the heathen customsand mingled them with the sacred things of God. Even before they entered into the land ofCanaan, when Moses went up Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, the Israelitesfell into idolatry . This may also be seen when Joshua died, Judges 2:8-10. After Joshua died, we read in Judges 2:11-14 the following: "And the children of Israel did evil in the sightof the Lord, and served Baalim. And they forsook the Lord God of their Fathers, whichbrought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people thatwere round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the Lord was hotagainst Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he soldthem into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer standbefore their enemies." The problem of the pagan influences penetrating into the ranks of Israel was because theleaders of Israel allowed pagan customs, little by little, to creep in among the sacred things ofGod. In Ezekiel 22:26 we read: "Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mineholy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profaned, neither have theyshewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from mySabbaths, and I am profaned among them." It was the mingling of pagan philosophies within the sacred ordinances and commandmentsof our Lord that led Israel to finally abandon the worship of the True God, and bow down andworship images that were symbols of the cosmic gods of Astrology. And so is it today. Thewhole world has been intoxicated with "the wine of her fornication" which means, deceivedby the seducing religion and doctrines of the astrological religion of Sun-worship. You might ask how that could be. Well, in the book Beware Its Coming - The Antichrist 666, published by W.F.G. Inc., we read: "In the legend of the Tauric Goddess Diana, it is said that every stranger who landed on hershore was sacrificed on her altar. Have you ever wondered what the Christmas Tree has to dowith the Birth of Christ? Or the ornaments you place on the tree, or the meaning of the word,'YULETIDE?' Or where the tradition of the mistletoe came from and how it became a symbolof Christmas? Reader, they have nothing whatsoever to do with the birth of Jesus, but aresome of the traditions observed to honor the birth of pagan godchild Tammuz. There is noScriptural evidence that supports the Birth of Christ as being December 25th; but history saysDecember 25th was kept thousands of years before the Birth of Christ, in honor of the paganMessiah. Another name for Tammuz, the pagan god-child, was 'Baal-bereth,' which means: 'Lord of the Fir-Tree.'