Even while growing up as a little kid many years ago, somewhere in the northern parts of this country, I was already aware of the dangers that came with the ember months.
I could recall how during the ember months in a certain year, people were said to have turned into fowl, goats, yams, etc after collecting money from strangers, so there was apprehension everywhere. People became more cautious as a result during that period, and even at primary school, we were being advised to be very careful and avoid having any interaction with strangers.
We were told during school assembly of a man who came to the school with a car moving around the school premises to see if he could possibly lure any school kids. He tried to lure some but when he couldn’t succeed and realized that people had noticed his suspicious movement, he quickly turned his car around and sped off.
Now that was over thirty years ago when things and living conditions were much better in this country, yet the hearts of men were still so evil, how much more now when things were much worse and difficult?
Therefore it’s no surprise that the dangerous nature of the so-called “ember” months has multiplied several times overtime, that people have to be even more careful during those months, especially in December.
But what is it actually about the ember months that make them more dangerous than the others?
I believe what makes them exceedingly dangerous and most criminal months of the calendar year, is because those are the months of the year where covetousness was usually at its highest. And covetousness and crime are like 5 and 6, they go hand in hand, so more criminal activities are expected when people became more covetous, hence the tenth law in the ten commandments of Bible being, “thou shall not covet…”.
Ironically, the Christmas celebrations at the end of the year and during this period is majorly responsible for the rise in covetousness in people , because even many who weren’t Christians have been observed anticipating the Christmas celebrations, and making serious efforts to ensure they had enough money to spend during that period.
Hence even those who don’t care about Jesus or the purpose of His birth, would yet be planning to buy Christmas clothes, organizing Christmas parties and carnivals, putting Christmas lights around their buildings, making Christmas hairstyles, to eat Christmas rice and chicken, and so on.
Even the world’s businesses ensure they’re not left out of the spending spree of the Christmas period, as this is the time of year the most sales were made in every calendar year, so they have been observed attempting to capitalize on this with discount offers during this period.
Also added to the Christmas hype, is that it happens at the end of the year, so many want to also end the year on a high.
However the flip side is the extent some of them go to do so, because that’s what is responsible for the rise of crimes, diabolic activities, ritual killings, during the ember months which makes it to be the most dangerous period of the calendar year, and also the period most sins were committed during the year, especially during the Christmas celebrations.
Moreover, Christians were not left out of the rise of decadence and sinning during this period, as that is the period of the year they let their guards down the most and are mostly distracted, as they are usually in a celebratory mood, so it’s the time they’re mostly inclined to fall into sin.
This is the reason Jesus warned His servants against being carried away with such celebrations at any time, so that they wouldn’t be taken unawares by His return.
Luke 21:34-35 (KJV)
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
So if Christ were to return during this period of the year, especially during the Christmas celebrations, the chances were that, the amount of Christians that would be found wanting would be higher than in any other time of the year.
Hence Christians need to heed the warning of Jesus, and be on their guard even more so during any Christmas season, so they wouldn’t find themselves being taken unawares.