‘By hearing, you will hear and shall not understand,
and seeing, you will see and shall not perceive” Isaiah 6:9
In the course of conversation, there have been many times where I have uttered the phrase “isnt it obvious?” Likewise, there are many cultural references to the “obvious” to include a ‘Mr.’ and a ‘Captain’ of the obvious world. Yet God Himself tells us through the prophet Isaiah that ‘we’, in-fact, as humans,… are not very bright. AND that there is a perceived intelligence we possess that is in conflict with God.
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Paul was talking about the contemporary church (of 60 CE) who had been witness to the risen Savior! Here is where we should visit briefly the words of Churchill… “Those without the knowledge of History are most certainly destined to repeat it.” He was referring to the Germans but it fits well here also. We can parallel this instantly to the situation with Moses and the exodus. Moses wasn’t gone long and the people fashioned a golden calf just like they had learned in Egypt.
Deuteronomy 32:1 “Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together around Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us gods which will go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
Why, dear “Christian”, WHY do you continue to do the exact same thing her in 2021? Don’t think it happens today? Somehow do you, modern day man, believe that you are smarter? Let’s put that to the test.
“The Pope is of great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws… The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth.”(Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Ribliotheca, Papa, art. 2, translated)
I’m no expert on blasphemy, yet, I’d call that one a high tight fastball right into blasphemy.
Blasphemy is an insult that shows contempt, disrespect, or lack of reverence concerning a deity, a sacred object, or something considered inviolable. Some religions consider blasphemy to be a religious crime. ~Wikipedia
Since we have identified two serious realities, first the concept of idolatry has been created by men and the second concept – this alternate “religion” has been ruthlessly forced upon mankind beginning in the era of Paul – thus making it too far removed from modern man to “see”.
“The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed…the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority.” (Catholic Canon and Tradition, p. 263)
Wait WHAT??!! A direct quote from God… YHVH…. the Creator of all things… Exodus 20:8
“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.”
The Sabbath is mentioned over 150 times in scripture and the sun-day none; Except where they purposefully translated it as such, from the Latin Vulgate!
To the “but Jesus died” crowd….. Hold that comment… we will see if that is really the issue here concerning the Sabbath.
Exodus 31:13 “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying, “You must surely keep My Sabbaths, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”
Exodus 31:16 Therefore the children of Israel must keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.
Leviticus 16:31 “It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute forever.”
So now let us look at it from the perspective of Jesus Christ …in His first appearance…. what were the people doing? AGAIN we see the direct quote from God, in the manifestation of Yeshua (Jesus in the Greek) in Mark 7:8 “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men
What does it look like three decades after the resurrection? Paul tells us in Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil (complete ruin) you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
We are constantly under attack from the enemy and he will use anything possible to throw the human race off its destined course. This battle has been around a lot longer than you, it has seen more battle tactics than any general in history and there is a reason God calls us sheep, sheep are gullible. That is why he wants to be our Psalm 23 Shepherd. He takes on the curse of the worm in Psalms 22 (the sacrifice) to be our Shepherd leader into Truth. “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE” or … THE way that is TRUTH which leads to ETERNAL life…
If the modern day “Christian” has followed this far into the material, I have to ask….. are you beginning to see the disconnect? That ‘religion’ and ‘organized faith’ are NOT what God is looking for. That God already had a “way” of doing things and that these religious leaders wanted to control and manipulate these sheep seeking a shepherd?
Isaiah 49:22 “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.”
Why would God do that? Why would God go out of his way to search out the ‘other’ nations? And AGAIN ….I ask the ‘organized religious’ or the ‘Christian’…. do you understand Jeremiah 31:33? …read it carefully… “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the House of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts,(mind) and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Who is the covenant for? House of Israel correct! Are you a part of the House (Family) of Israel (Jacob)? Yes or no? This is where that concept, or LAW of Adoption comes into play. Aiming right at the ‘Christian’ once again, you claim the ‘Law’ was “nailed to the cross” and no longer applies to people of faith…. weeeelllll hold on a minute. Because it is the Law of Adoption that makes us eligible for salvation in the first place!
Leviticus 24:22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the Lord your God.
Exodus 12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
Both of these verses explain the Law of Adoption. In just the same manner as an earthly adoption, the child in brought into the family home and then given the family name. For most of my life that has been the case, however in recent years, many are not carrying this connection forward. In the case of the “church” this separates us from the Fathers identity and makes us hard to distinguish which or whom is a true family member….
Make no mistake, YHVH want s a family that walks and talks and behaves like children a father would claim joy over. It would be a relationship worthy of praise…. “I’m so glad, I’m a part, of the family of God…” sang the Gaithers? The next verse “From the door of an orphanage
to the house of the King…” this implies leadership just like the Shepherd.
If I am adopted, if I am a believing member of an established promise….. then I have to separate myself from everything else and learn the ways of the leader/shepherd of my home.
Look at the time period between creation and the time of Yeshua Messiah.. Ezekiel prophesied to the world the very same thing! God sent Ezekiel to the sheep, I mean people, because they were off track. They were following the wrong teachings…
What God wanted:
Ezekiel 11:20 “That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
What God got:
Ezekiel 22:26 “Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.”
Now ask yourself…. does the age old excuse “but God knows what’s in my heart” really hold water? No…. what God knows is this … Matthew 15:8 “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” What ‘Christians” of today have in their heart is not the The Way, the Truth and the Life…. it is the way of the Church of Rome. AND God knew it was coming…..
Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.“
We have seen the truth of scripture…. the Sabbath is part of our covenant with God and it is to stand forever. Who changed it? Was it the death of Christ? That is the claim of the Roman Church. Read their statement again…. “The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed…the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority.” (Catholic Canon and Tradition, p. 263)
“Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; —she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” (Rev. Stephan Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, On the Obedience Due to the Church, chap. 2, p. 174. (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, archbishop of New York)
Are you kidding me? “obedience due” to whom? Certainly not God…..
“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ. The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.” (Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris’ Ecclesiastical Dictionary)
God knew this was coming…..
“And he shall speak great words against the most High, (blasphemy) and shall wear out the saints of the most High, (Inquisitions) and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”
AND IN THE EXACT SAME MANNER AS EZEKIEL… God told Daniel prior to him delivering the warning….
Daniel 2:20-21” Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And He changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”
It is God – not a rope-a-dope pope – that controls the world.
CH-Easter (keester) …..this made-up word has found its way into the vernacular of the Christian realm with comedic overtones. It is used to describe those that only show up to the brick & mortar church on the two big “religious” events of the year Christmas and Easter. It is a derogatory term. It suggests the twice a year attendees are false witnesses. The part unseen by the “faithful”…. the brick & mortar is facilitating the occult with a high holy day for Idolatry.
The feast of Passover and the subsequent feasts ordained by God were not the only power and authority usurped by the Church of Rome. Roman Catholics assert that the idea of Christ’s deity was ultimately confirmed by the Bishop of Rome, and that it was this confirmation that gave the council its influence and authority.
In support of this, they cite the position of early fathers and their expression of the need for all churches to agree with Rome. This stands in direct opposition to the Holy Bible and the direct words of Jesus Christ.
The First Council of Nicaea was a council of Catholic bishops convened in Nicaea in Bithynia by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. This first ecumenical council was the first effort to attain consensus in the church through an assembly attempting to represent all of Christendom.
Constantine pursued a falsified religious system based on Mithraism, or a Babylonian mysteries religion, and subsequently cloaked them in the symbols of the followers of Jesus Christ. The idea was to replace the God given and Torah ordained feasts with the feasts, practices and traditions of the pagan religions and demon worship.
Derived from the Greek, “ecumenical”, means “worldwide” but generally is assumed to be limited to the known inhabited Earth, and at this time in history is synonymous with the Roman Empire. This worldly council stated: “We also send you the good news of the settlement concerning the holy pasch, Passover, namely that in answer to your prayers this question also has been resolved. All the brethren in the East who have hitherto followed the Jewish practice will henceforth observe the custom of the Romans and of yourselves and of all of us who from ancient times have kept Easter together with you.”
In pagan cultures all celebrations and rituals are the direct worship of the sun gods Apollo, Zeus, Jupiter and many others. These names all represent Nimrod who is the embodiment of Satan.
The most widely accepted origin of the term “Easter” is that it is derived from the name of a goddess, Ēostre, in whose honor feasts were celebrated in the month of April. Ēostre is known as the ‘goddess of the dawn’ and is given additional linguistic support in that she is designated the ‘daughter of heaven’. Thus continues the Roman Catholic theme of ritualistic necromancy (worship of the dead) as religious liturgy.
The origin of the goddess Ēostre is found in the Akkadian goddess Ishtar. Ishtar was the goddess of love, war, fertility, and sexuality. Like Ishtar, the Greek Aphrodite and the Aramean Northwestern Semitic Astarte, likewise Inaana, Lillith, and Ashtaroth all were love goddesses and the pagan counterpart to Nimrod.
The goddess Ashtaroth is specifically denounced as evil by God in Judges 2:11-13 “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim: And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.”
These perversions of the truth began in Rome and continued to be reinforced by the global Romanization of civil and religious cities and states for more than 1200 years. The split from Roman Catholicism by Martin Luther was only a minute distraction from the depths of the distortion Roman culture had already promulgated upon those that professed the name of Jesus.
The 1200 years of conditioning and the extreme distance from the life of Jesus had already seeded deeply the maligned intent of Constantine and the Council of Nicea.
Their desire to elevate themselves, both in civic and religious life, had already been long forgotten while the pagan rituals they instilled in the followers of Christ had become a regular way of life.
It is time for all believers to seek out the truths of scripture and listen to the commands of God. God asks us to be a holy nation, separating ourselves from the ways of the wicked. God tells us we cannot serve God and man and yet that is exactly what we are doing when we follow the Roman/ Constantine/ Pagan ritual of Easter.
In mixing the religious ideology of pagan deities with the God of Creation the Romans have beguiled the believers for centuries. How do we know this is the methodology of the beast. Lets dig in the Old Testament, a place unknown to the “nailed to the cross” crowd.
The men of renown are inscribed for us in a number of secular documents. The so-called Babylonian Creation Story, “Enūma eliš “ (Tablet VI, lines 39-44), narrates how Marduk assigned 300 Anunna gods for duty in the heavens, and the same number for duty in the netherworld, giving a total of 600 Anunna gods. The chief god being Anu hence the call for Anunna gods, these are all the gods of the Vatican.
In Genesis we read “And Cush begat Nimrod (we shall rebel): he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter (eager to take prey and set snares) before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel (to confuse or mix), and Erech (to lengthen, prolong or live with), and Accad (to subtly strengthen), and Calneh (fortress of Anu), in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh (abode of Ninus, fish goddess), and the city Rehoboth (avenue or path), and Calah (completion and strength), (Asshur is simply the Assyrian name for Nimrod; Nimrod being a Babylonian name.) And Resen (bridle control) between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.”
So reading this back, right to left as the Hebrew write, we can see it was Nimrods goal to: Bridle or control mankind completely with his path to the home and fortress of Anu by subtly strengthening a prolonged mixing or confusion of religion.
Consider this: Anu, the Sumerian god known as “Lord of the Constellations, Spirits and Demons” [i.e. Satan] was said to have fathered more than 50 different gods and goddesses of the ancient world. These ancient names of Enlil, Naama, Ishtar and so on, would become the gods and goddesses of the Greeks and Romans. Zeus, Apollos, Diana are all the exact same demons. Nimrod and his wife Semiramis are known by each of the 70 different languages just by a different name.
The offspring of the men of renown become the Nephilim tribes known as the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
According to Hélène Adeline Guerber and others, the origin of Sinterklaas and his helpers have been linked to the Wild Hunt of Odin (Wodan, Woden, Wuotan). Riding the white horse Sleipnir he flew through the air as the leader of the Wild Hunt. His helpers are known as Zwarte Piet or Krampus, these are the origins of the Christmas elf.
Zwarte Piet, Krampus or ‘Black Peter’ are the subject of controversy, originally represented as an enslaved devil, forced to assist his captor. Krampus occasionally appears with a sack or a basket strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning (the link to Poseidon), eating, or transport to Hell.
According to Hebrew scholars Jesus would have been conceived supernaturally in Mary on December 25th and born in late September/early October during the Feast of Tabernacles. Satan has all his false gods, to include Odin (Mithra, Zeus, Apollos, etc.), reportedly being born on December 25th, in a manner consistent to his depraved desire to be ‘one up’ on YHVH.
Whether we call these demonic beings by the name Odin, Horus, Nimrod or Gilgamesh, they represent a vile, filthy, man claiming himself to be “2/3 god and 1/3 man.” Numerically speaking we see immediately the significance of the description, that being, that .666 is representative of two-thirds. Gilgamesh/Nimrod/Satan set up tyranny, he opposed YHVH and did his utmost to get people to forsake Him and His design for mankind.
Tree worship was common among the pagan civilizations. The “tree of paradise” of medieval mystery plays that were given on the 24th of December. In such plays, a tree decorated with apples (to represent the forbidden fruit) and the apples were eventually replaced by round objects such as shiny red balls.
The people of God have been enticed by the religious and societal leaders to mingle the faith in YHVH with the pagan acts of the heathens. This is not the first time and will certainly not be the last. In 305 A.D. we see the beginnings of the Byzantine religious system influencing the Judeo-Messianic movement started by the Disciples and Apostles.
While Constantine was considered to be a convert to this movement, he actually devised a well sought plan to mix his own faith in Mithras with the Judeo-Messianic followers and form a completely new religion in the Roman Catholic Church. Roman denotes the origin, while the word Catholic means universal, and the church was now a building not a body of believers. It would be this foundation that would solidify the existence of the “Child Mass” in the mixing of the profane with story of Jesus’ birth.
Getting back to the tree worship we can see in 2 Kings 17:16 “And they abandoned all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made for themselves metal images of two calves; and they made an Asherah and worshiped all the host of heaven (zodiac) and served Baal. (Satan)”
An Asherah pole is a sacred tree or pole that stood near Canaanite religious locations to honor the Ugaritic fertility mother-goddess Asherah. In the sixth chapter of the Book of Judges, God is recorded as instructing the Israelite judge Gideon to cut down an Asherah pole that was next to an altar to Baal. The wood was to be used for a burnt offering, in equal portions these offering would be both human children and animals.
Jeremiah 32:35 “They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.”
According to Steven Hijmans of the University of Alberta, “It is cosmic symbolism … which inspired the Church leadership in Rome to elect the southern solstice, December 25th, as the birthday of Christ. Reminder: in part two of this series “Satan has all his false gods, to include Odin (Mithra, Zeus, Apollos, etc.), reportedly being born on December 25th, in a manner consistent to his depraved desire to be ‘one up’ on YHVH.” This is the cosmic symbolism Hijmans refers to.
Syncretism (/ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm/) is the combining of different beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism involves the merging or assimilation of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths.
“It is interesting to note how often our Church has availed herself of practices which were in common use among pagans…Thus it is true, in a certain sense, that Catholic rites and ceremonies are a reproduction of those of pagan creeds.” (The Externals of the Catholic Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals and Devotions, by John F. Sullivan, p 156, published by P.J. Kennedy, NY, 1942)
“It has often been charged… that Catholicism is overlaid with many pagan incrustations. Catholicism is ready to accept that accusation – and even to make it her boast… the great god Pan is not really dead, he is baptized.” (The Story of Catholicism p 37)
This does not stand in alliance to the Scriptures…. revisiting our opening passage Romans 1:21-23 and pick up where it left off … verses 24-32
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
The Roman Church selected December 25 date to appropriate festivities held by the Romans in honor of the Sun god Sol Invictus. This feast, Saturnalia, was established by Aurelian in 274. Sun god worship always represented the male deity of the controlling empire. Under the Greeks this would have been Zeus, the Macedonians beheld Poseidon and so on.
Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn, with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, in the Roman Forum, and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms: gambling, banquets and fornication was not only permitted but encouraged. Those with means sacrificed a suckling pig, a traditional offering to an earth deity Gaia.
The Romans were well known for assimilation of societies into their reign and as a token of fellowship they would assimilate the gods of the conquered territory into their pantheon of gods. With the breaking away of Protestantism we see the vast majority continue to follow the syncretized festival of the “Child Mass”.
“The Bible was not intended to be a textbook of
Christian religion.” (Catholic Facts, p. 50)
How many are thinking …”I am so glad that I am not Catholic.” ….dont be so fast to throw that stone…. The Fourth Lateran Council, in 1215, called the Church “the mother of all the faithful.” In his 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII spoke of the Church as “the common Mother of us all.”
The Dominus Iesus declaration, which has been written by a close aide of Pope John Paul II, says that the Roman Catholic church is the “mother” of all Christian denominations and that it is incorrect to refer to the Church of England and other Protestant churches as “sister” organizations on a par with Rome.
While it all looks like there is a definitive split in ideology there are many tentacles of paganism that came along with the Protesters of Rome. The claim to their influence is evident in the false worship that has lingered through to the keester keepers AND the modern day evangelical-nondenominational-afraid.to.offend-candycoated-nonscriptural church.
Deuteronomy 12:30 “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods?”
So now back to the “nailed” crowd….. do you see anything in there that could possibly be nailed to the cross? Certainly not…. first of all these celebrations we not God ordained to begin with…. and no one has stopped doing them! FACT.
Now then, what exactly was Paul saying? Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Whos handwriting? Gods own handwriting?
Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” The part there about the ‘sons of Jacob’ is a direct reference to ‘the House of Israel’. Genesis 32:28 “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel:”
Doesnt sound like God is going to end what He says to be true. Do you think Yeshua Messiah is going to do anything inconsistent with his power?
Hebrews 1:2-3 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”
Jesus even tells the entire world that his only job is to save those same ‘sons of Jacob’. Matthew 10:6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” and again in Matthew 15:24 “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Have we connected all the dots? These handwritten ordinances were the creation of the Talmud and the Halacha. These were the over-bearing and non-biblical requirements of the Pharisees. This was their version of power and authority usurped from God in the same manner as Catholicism. Yeshua Messiah calls this out in front of all the people:
Matthew 15:2-6 “Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he [Yeshua] answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.“
Why do the people not see this? I believe it is because they have been manipulated to believe otherwise. The Pharisees (the church), the Romans (the government), and the Devil ALL WANT CONTROL OF GODS PEOPLE!
God tells these control freaks their destiny in Revelation 2:6. “But this thou hast, that thou hatest (hate, persecute) the deeds (work, actions) of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”
Nicolaitans, a sect that adheres to subjugating (i.e. dominating and ruling over) a people while outwardly professing to be the benefactors of society. This group is linked to the followers or practices of Balaam, getting people to worship Ba’al [Satan] through deception.)
*(Nikos = conquered / Laos = people/ Ton =the)
*The meaning is to have the leadership of the church gain a victory over the laity until they are compelled to submit to the dominion of men who have become that thing which God hates, false forms of worship. They lead lives of unrestrained indulgence professing that deeds done in the flesh had no bearing on the afterlife as men would not have fleshly bodies. Clement of Alexandria put forward a defense of Nicolas (in Stromata ii. 20, iii. 4) which Eusebius accepts and repeats (in Historia Ecclesiastica iii. 29). This is the origin of the canonized St. Nicholas.
Then in verse nine it is really brought home …. “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are sons of Israel,[the church, religion claims] and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” and verse eleven reaffirms the covenant.. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” as stated earlier in Malachi 3:6.
I will be the first to admit, I coasted along in the religious world for more than 3 decades and I had a dangerously arrogant concept of Messiah and the Covenant of YHVH. Went so far as to become an ordained minister and the depths of the seminary teachings. I got the same messages spoon-fed from a corporation that every other preacher has access via monthly download. These canned messages were scripted by the authoritarians of the denomination, who were miraculously, the same said teachers and seminarians. Sound like Nicolaitans to you?
Revelation 9:12 should scare the daylights out of you, it does me! “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works,” What is that two edged sword?
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
This week I asked a question on social media. This question was placed in a comment to an advertisement appearing in my timeline for a church and their Ishtar celebration. You come to me with your nonsense then you get what you get… hefty questions!
I ask what the meaning of the Hebrew Wedding and what doe sit have to do with the modern church? What the Law of the Divorced Woman had to do with the modern church? and a few choice others that I knew for a fact were never covered in seminary. One rather enthusiastic response came from the church of more than 500…. and she gleefully commented ..”I will ask the pastor to respond to you as soon as I can”.
Then is some information for you there…. first is that she does not know the answer. This is sad to me. Why is this not a part of teaching today? It is immensely important to our faith. Go find the three part posting on the Hebrew Wedding on this blog site. It is in video format too and it teaches this concept of our redemption and the return of the Savior!
I had to remind her of 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We need to know it inside and out as we will be measured by it [Yeshua].
It makes me think of the phrase “give them just enough rope to hang themselves”. Are we going to be like Adam? Take note as you read this next verse that the “woman” in scripture always refers to the “church”…. Adams says “but it be the woman that thou givest me that hath beguiled me”… Are we free to cast blame on misguided teachers or our own diligence in the study of the word? Timothy was told to be without excuse.
Matthew 5:17-19 “Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to teach. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Torah, till all be revealed. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.“
Every example of the Kingdom of Heaven that Yeshua uses in the parables refers to a principle in the Torah! That is why Paul calls it a schoolmaster. It is word-picture stories to help a person retain a spiritual principle. That is also why Paul explained: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” and why he chastised the people with: Hebrews 5:12 “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”
Are you beginning to see the obvious Mr. Christian? Despite having inherited lies …. Jeremiah 16:19 “O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.”
We still have a personal responsibility to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” according to Philippians 2:12.
I pray for the people that they may overcome and endure to the end.
Matthew 10:22 “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
John 6:27 “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”
This is the Covenant to the Sons of Israel, the House of Israel of the coming Kingdom of Heaven…. paid for by the Blood of the Passover Lamb signifying Torah. Why would you need a High Priest if there were no command. The command is found in Torah.
Hebrews 2:17 “Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 4:14 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”
There are an endless supply of references to Christ and the role of the High Priest. The only one without sin. That is what qualifies him to be our example and as such we must submit and follow His example. He lived the Torah without error. No one in Christianity talks about that. What would Jesus Do? Live Torah!
Paul affirms over and over his own adherence to the Torah. Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the Torah through faith? God forbid: yea, we teach the Torah.” and as an evidence of this Paul joins his friend Timothy, a half Hebrew and half Greek, to be circumcised AFTER the death and resurrection of Christ. [Acts 16]
If Paul was such a battle seasoned apostle he would not have taken Timothy out of fear of the Pharisees. The only reason would have been to openly attest to their belief in YHVH. The same is said of baptism. He believed the scriptures to the point of complete surrender. Remember Paul had not written the letters to the church as of Acts 16 events were the event that got him arrested. Then he wrote afterwards. So the only bible they had was the Torah!
Look at Acts 16:4-5 “And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.”
Revelation 3:18 warns us “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
Do you have the eyes to see?