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Passover 2

Garden of Gethsemane

The Unattractive Servant

As The Passover Lamb looks into the Gethsemane skies, the Lord’s peace offering is fully aware that His body was made for the atonement for the sins of the world. Our Lord enters the garden where He often prays with His faithful companions.
Luke 22:39 And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed Him. When He arrived at the place [called Gethsemane], He said to them, “Pray continually that you may not fall into temptation.”

The Bible Dictionary Definition for Temptation

3986. πειρασμός peirasmós; gen. peirasmoú, masc. noun from peirázō (G3985), to make trial of, try, tempt. Trial, temptation, a putting to the test, spoken of persons only. When God is the agent, peirasmós is for the purpose of proving someone, never for the purpose of causing him to fall. If it is the devil who tempts, then it is for the purpose of causing one to fall.
(I) Generally, trial of one’s character (1 Pet. 4:12, “to try [or prove] you”). By implication, trial of one’s virtue, temptation, solicitation to sin, especially from Satan (Luke 4:13; 1 Tim… Complete Word Study Bible Dictionary

The Bible speaks of Jesus’ disciples, but there is another group of faithful attendants present that is rarely appreciated.
Bible students don’t say much about Christ’s secondary comrades, but King David identified with them in Psalms 52:8.

First of all, these companions are very unattractive and not much to look at; however, their beauty is their tenacity in which their faithfulness is only surpassed by that of Adonai, God of Israel. For example, they were in the garden every time Jesus prayed.

The unattractive servants
King David says in Psalms 52:8

Psalms 52:8
But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.
I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
I will praise you forever, O God,
for what you have done.
I will trust in your good name
in the presence of your faithful people.

According to the Easton’s Bible Dictionary
The oldest olive-trees in the country are those which are enclosed in the Garden of Gethsemane. I don’t believe Easton’s Dictionary committee is saying that these are the same olive trees where The Messiah prayed. But where do these trees get a source of vitality that extends their lives?

The two “witnesses” mentioned in Rev 11:4 are spoken of as “two olive trees standing before the God of the earth.” (Comp. Zech 4:3 11-14.)

When we try to understand the sacred loyalty of God while comparing His devotion to the human species, there is little to associate with His trustworthiness as we have with the mysterious olive tree. This character of an olive tree becomes more apparent when the reader understands that the Messiah is the one who anoints, furthermore, before there is an anointing there has to be a crushing of the olive in the olive press.

 

The Tender Plant

A tender plant
Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

The Hebrew word for “was bruised” is “daka” the Lord’s will to crush the Servant. God pours out His wrath against sin while at the same time, offering a covenant for peace.

H1792. דָּכָא dāḵā’: A verb meaning to crush, to beat down, to bruise, to oppress. The Hebrew word is often used in a poetic or figurative sense. Eliphaz spoke of those who lived in houses of clay, whose foundations were crushed easily (Job 4:19). The psalmist prayed that the king would crush an oppressor (Ps. 72:4) and accused the wicked of crushing the Lord’s people (Ps. 94:5). The wise man exhorted others not to crush the needy in court (Prov. 22:22). Isaiah said that it was the Lord’s will to crush the Servant (Isa. 53:10…)

When the sinner sees this anointed King, who left His Throne in Heaven to be made humble, scorned and despised; the lost will come to His aid and thank Him for His grace and treat this King with love and respect. This act of God leaves little room for Satan’s excuse for rebellious and arrogant behavior amongst angels and people who reject the Lamb of God.

The Hare

Eoster Easter Eastre Ostara Equinox Moon Goddess Germanic gods and goddesses Teutonic gods and goddesses Anglo-Saxon gods and goddesses.

 

The Hare

(Heb. ‘arnebeth) was prohibited as food according to the Mosaic law (Lev 11:6 Deut 14:7, “because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof.” The habit of this animal is to grind its teeth and move its jaw as if it actually chewed the cud. But, like the cony (q.v.), it is not a ruminant with four stomachs, but a rodent like a squirrel, rat, etc. Moses speaks of it according to appearance. It is interdicted because, though apparently chewing the cud, it did not divide the hoof.
There are two species in Syria, (1) the Lepus Syriacus or Syrian hare, which is like the English hare; and (2) the Lepus Sinaiticus, or hare of the desert. No rabbits are found in Syria.

In the Lutheran translation of the Bible, the Hebrew word “arneweth” is translated as ‘hare’. This seems to be the correct translation. The Hebrew word “arneweth” is connected with the Arcadian word “annabu”, which means “jumper”. Besides this, we find in the Latin Vulgate the word ‘hare’ translated as the name of the species “lepus”. In the Talmud, we can find more evidence that “arneweth” is a hare. The orthodox Jews always translated “arneweth” as a hare. And finally we find confirmation in the Jerusalem Bible-Zoo that the “arneweth” is a hare.

There are two kinds of hare in the Holy Land – lepus syriacus and lepus aegtiacus. There are only small differences between these two kinds of hare and rabbits. A hare is born with open eyes and a full coat of fur; and a hare also has a different tail than the rabbit. However, their feeding habits are similar.
The Bible also uses the Hebrew word “gera” to describe a hare. In most English Bible translations the expression “cheweth the cud” is used. According to the Talmud the hare is a ruminant (Hul.59a). The Targum considers the hare to be “an animal that chews the cud.” (B.Kam 28b).

The hare does not have a stomach with three or four chambers, as is typical for all animals that chew the cud, however, it chews the cellulose food twice, so that the nutrients which were not consumed the first time will be digested. The stomach of the hare is different to that of cattle which have three or four chambers, however, it functions in a similar manner.
The hare excretes two different kinds of droppings. In addition to normal excrement, it passes another kind of “pellet” called Caecotroph, which the hare eats again. This type of dropping is usually passed during the night or in the early hours of the morning; an average person would not get to see this procedure. As soon as the Caecotroph is thoroughly chewed and swallowed it is collected in the stomach to be digested a second time.

The Caecotroph is produced in the Caecum (intestine) and is rich in Vitamin B, especially Vitamin B1. This is important for the hare’s nourishment. The hare does not just chew the food twice, but as in ruminating cloven-hoofed animals, bacteria breaks down the cellulose. The Bible, therefore, makes no mistake in stating that the hare chews the cud, as this is now scientifically proven.

In Leviticus 11:6 it was forbidden to eat hare. This commandment was probably given because blood parasites could be transferred through the handling of hare carcasses. This hygiene rule was far ahead of its time.
Translated from the German: “Der Hase”
https://www.cai.org/bible-studies/harelord

Halloween III

Halloween is over according to the Western Calendar, but we can still learn about the holiday just by researching its origin online and in the

Bible. According to the book of Isaiah, the cult where people would go to the graveyard to conjure up spirits was a significant part of the rituals of honoring the dead. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and the Son of God had to engage these same spiritual forces as did the prophet Moses.
Many unfortunate people have experienced close-up encounters with the darker side of these pagan feasts to idol gods and came under the control of demon spirits similar to the man in whom Jesus delivered in the graveyard. If this poor gentleman was tampering with the occult, like many others, he may have found out that he could no longer control those malevolent spirits and needed help to break free from spiritual bondage. Many people who once tampered with witchcraft, but now have found faith in Christ share incredible testimonies about God’s deliverance from demonic influences. All of the Gospels taught how Jesus exercised absolute authority over unclean spirits. Even the book of Acts and the epistles speak to the Believing Body of Christ about the absolute power that the Name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) has over unclean spirits, and Believers are supposed to carry on this ministry of compassion.

Jesus didn’t say we should go around looking for spiritual warfare. Nevertheless, there are times when deliverance is necessary, even for some believers.

Whereas many in the Church today want to be better children of the Kingdom, it is inevitable that carnal-minded Christians may engage in the activity that contradicts their spiritual growth.
It’s feasible to assume ancient worshipers of Israel didn’t understand the contagious characteristics of pagan practices where their disobedience to the Lord left them open to unimaginative spirit contamination.

The question may arise, just how bad is the offense of magic, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, or enchantments? Well, the 9th Chapter of the book of Revelations reveals the place of imprisonment where these occult spirits reside. After being released from that realm of darkness, then these demons will show their real nature.

(NLT Study Bible Text,)
1 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. 2 When he opened it, smoke poured out as

though from a huge furnace, and the sunlight and air turned dark from the smoke.
3 Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given the power to sting like scorpions.
Revelation 9:1-3
And many who are alive at this time will still trust in their spirit guides navigate them through this invasion from Hell.
(NLT Study Bible Text,)
20 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.

They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk! 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Revelation 9:20-21

Inquisitive people need to understand that malevolent spirits are in a place of torment and they may offer spiritual enlightenment for a season, but they are locked away until the day of Judgement.
The only relief for them is to escape by human intervention. So, demons are more than a little eager to attach themselves to any person who is fascinated with hermetic incantations. Hermes is the God of the essential elements of the earth, wind, fire, and water.
The Hermetics website offers teachings on Hermetic philosopher lectures and supplies such as pentagrams, tarot cards, hexagrams, sexual sorcery, and sacred geometry.

How did the Messiah deal with this Cult?
The culture of worshiping the dead was a significant part of the Egyptian belief system. The ancient Egyptians believed in the reconstitution of mummies living in the afterlife and using the personal belongings buried along with them. Ba’al worship had a strong foothold in Egypt since the construction of Aaron’s golden calf was made at the request of the people.

Honoring The Dead
The ancients thought that worshiping the Lord of the Dead would settle a deal for a cushiony position with the pagan gods in the afterlife.
Conjuring the dead or presenting one’s self as a medium is dangerous and forbidden in Scripture. Fallen Angels are in torment, exiled to a realm of torture. As disembodied spirits, these demons seeks a human Medium or an individual who is in a rebellious state with God to escape from that spiritual reformatory.
When a spirit encounters a host (an unredeemed human body), it assumes ownership. The only way an evil spirit exits its host is through a person’s sincere repentance and with prayer in the Almighty Name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth).

(Amplified Bible – AMP)
Adonai said to a Rebellious People.
1 “I let Myself be sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I let Myself be found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’
To the nation [Israel] which did not call on My Name.
2 “I have spread out My hands all the day long to a rebellious and stubborn people,
Who walk in the way that is not good, [following] after their own thoughts and intentions,
3 The people who continually provoke Me to My face,
Sacrificing [to idols] in gardens and making offerings with incense on bricks [instead of at the designated altar];
4 Who sit among the graves [trying to conjure up evil spirits] and spend the night in the secret places [where spirits are thought to dwell]; Isaiah 64:12 – 65:4

In other words, the people believed that their worship of the occult would yield favors for them in the afterlife.

In the Scriptures below, we can see how Adonai felt about pagans who cut a deal with the Devil because they believed in eternal life without death.
(NLT)
15 You boast, “We have struck a bargain to cheat death
and have made a deal to dodge the grave.
The coming destruction can never touch us,
for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.”
16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,
a firm and tested stone.
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
Whoever believes need never be shaken.
17 I will test you with the measuring line of justice
and the plumb line of righteousness.
Since your refuge is made of lies,
a hailstorm will knock it down.
Since it is made of deception,
a flood will sweep it away.
18 I will cancel the bargain you made to cheat death,
and I will overturn your deal to dodge the grave.
When the terrible enemy sweeps through,
you will be trampled into the ground.
19 Again and again that flood will come,
Isaiah 28:15-19

New Testament (Amplified Bible – AMP)
The Gerasene Demoniac
1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, 3 and the man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with chains. 4 For he had often been bound with shackles [for the feet] and with chains, and he tore apart the chains and broke the shackles into pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue and tame him. 5 Night and day he was constantly screaming and shrieking among the tombs and on the mountains, and cutting himself with [sharp] stones. 6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him [in homage]; 7 and screaming with a loud voice, he said, “What business do we have in common with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore you by God [swear to me], do not torment me!” 8 For Jesus had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 And he began begging Him repeatedly not to send them out of the region.

I find it quite impressive that the spirit demonstrated knowledge of its geographic physical surroundings. Also, this agonizing evil entity was aware of the complex compartments of misery.
And he began begging Him repeatedly not to send them out of the region. This grouping of spirits had an interest in the area where they inhabited. Perhaps, the human behavior in that province was conducive to the makeup of this spirit grouping.
The most important takeaway here is demonic spirits need particular human behavior that is contrary to God’s Word, at which time they may take over a person’s will, just like someone finding a lost dog without a collar.

The Bible says more about paganism than the subject of witchcraft, probably because there are several ways an individual might cross the path of an occultic incident accidentally, such as with the feast of Samhain. For example, when many churches changed the name of the “autumn solstice festival,” by supplanting its original name or Christianizing it to make it acceptable, the pagan kingdom expanded and scattered to new territories because of a lack of knowledge.

sup·plant[səˈplant]
VERB
supplanting (present participle)
supersede and replace:
“another discovery could supplant the original finding”
synonyms: replace · supersede · displace · take over from · substitute for · override · oust · usurp · overthrow · remove · topple · unseat · depose · dethrone · succeed · come after · fill someone’s shoes/boots

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Similar festivals are held at the same time of year in other Celtic lands; for example the Brythonic Calan Gaeaf, Kalan Gwav, and Kalan Goañv.

History of the Pagan Samhain Sabbat – ThoughtCo
https://www.thoughtco.com/about-samhain-history-2562713

Samhain is celebrated October 31, the same night as Halloween. However, this Sabbat has roots that go back a long time.

The History of Halloween or Samhain, Day of the Dead
https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-halloween-or-samhain-1992402

The fantasy and folklore of All Hallows Night, even an event like Halloween or Samhain has inventors working on its behalf.
From Samhain To All Saints’ Day: The Spooky History Of …

Just like a person’s unknowingly use of witchcraft, some people might come across a pagan artifact and out of ignorance bring it into their homes, such as a Quija Board.
I have personally been asked to pray in homes where spiritual contamination existed because occult materials were in their houses.

25 You shall burn the carved and sculpted images of their gods in the fire. You shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, so that you will not be ensnared by it [in a deadly trap], for it is an abomination (repulsive) to the Lord your God. 26 You shall not bring an abomination (idol) into your house, and like it come under the ban (doomed to destruction); you shall utterly detest and you shall utterly hate it, for it is something banned.
Deuteronomy 7:25-26

(Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
The “witch of En-dor” (1 Sam. 28) was a necromancer, i.e., one who feigned to hold converse with the dead. The damsel with “a spirit of divination” (Acts 16:16) was possessed by an evil spirit, or, as the words are literally rendered, “having a spirit, a Pithon.” The reference is to the heathen god Apollo, who was regarded as the god of prophecy.
The spirit of Python is the source of witchcraft and divination. Divination, the art of obtaining secret knowledge, especially of the future, is a pagan counterpart of prophecy. Python spirit is a diviner, false prophet, a giver of false prophecy.
Spirit of Python – The Lord my Banner
www.thelordmybanner.com/spirit-of-python

(Complete Word Study Bible)
43 — When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Matthew 12:43-45

(Complete Word Study Bible)
Corinth was an essential cosmopolitan city located in the Roman province of Achaia (the southern part of modern-day Greece) on a large isthmus about fifty miles west of Athens. It was situated along a major trade route and had a thriving economy. For this reason, large numbers of sailors and merchants from every nation flocked to the city of Corinth. During the first century, it was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire and by the end of the second century it had become one of richest cities in the world.
Corinth was a strategic center of influence for the gospel since those travelers who heard the gospel there could carry it to all parts of the world. The city of Corinth, however, was one of the wickedest cities in ancient times. Immorality, unscrupulous business dealings, and pagan practices abounded. Of the scores of heathen religions that were practiced in the city, the most well-known were the worship of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. The temple of Aphrodite stood on the most prominent point in the city, a hill called Acrocorinth, and housed one thousand “temple prostitutes.”
Paul was able to establish a church in Corinth during his eighteen-month residence there (about a.d. 52-53)

 

 

 

 

Easter goddess II

Easter goddess II

Easter goddess II;  I have to be very careful of what I am about to say, so I will choose my words with caution in order to protect the very precious Christians in Pakistan. Pakistan is a country where pockets of faithful believers in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus Christ) worship daily.

We were resting after our Resurrection Day service when the phone rang with some disturbing news about women and children killed at an Easter celebration in Pakistan. My heart was immediately saddened by the news. How could anybody do such a thing? Then, I remembered about Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. There are some countries in the world where blasphemy laws are part of a government’s religion. When a nation is run by a particular doctrine, any other beliefs or preaching could result in an arrest. For instance, some of our evangelistic team members were arrested in Mexico and they were charged with “attempting to save men’s souls from a burning Hell.” How is this possible? One reason is because the nation of Mexico is under the state’s religion, Catholicism. Certain laws are related to this religion. Therefore, it was against the law for them to leave the Virgin Mary out of a religious conversation. It seemed like the missionaries were trying to get people to depart from Catholicism.

As the world recovers from the shock and dismay over the women and children’s deaths, details about the religious régime of Pakistan and the existing blasphemy laws might share some insights into why this may have happened. In Pakistan, it would be offensive to some Islamic groups for people to have a public celebration of Easter.

Pakistan inherited these laws when it came into existence after the partition of India in 1947.

What do the blasphemy laws say?

The law enacted by the British made it a crime to disturb a religious assembly, trespass on burial grounds, insult religious beliefs and intentionally destroy or defile a place or an object of worship. The maximum punishment under these laws ranges from one year to 10 years in jail, with or without a fine.

During the 1980s the blasphemy laws were expanded. In 1980, making derogatory remarks against Islamic personages was made an offence, carrying a maximum punishment of three years in jail. Between 1980 and 1986, a number of clauses were added to the laws by the military government of General Zia-ul Haq. He wanted to “Islamicise” them and also legally to separate the Ahmadi community, declared non-Muslim in 1973, from the main body of Pakistan’s overwhelmingly Muslim population.

Someone looking through the lens of a fundamentalist group that believes in territorial pureness, would consider the worship of Easter is a sizable violation of Islamic law.

Mask Men
Mask Men in Pakistan

While in Pakistan sharing the Word of God, we traveled with body guards, an interpreter, and a medical doctor. One particular night just before the start of worship, the doctor leaned over and very nervously whispered to me that a fundamentalist group was sitting in the rear of the tent where we were ministering. They were there to investigate what I was teaching their people. Let’s be honest, to teach any form of blasphemy was a death sentence or at the least, imprisonment.

The doctor said, “Let me read your Scripture for tonight. I showed him 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

NLT 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.  6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.  7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.                          (2Co 1:3-7 NLT)

 The message is about a faithful God who heals hurting people. God rescues them from their sorrows and then empowers them to comfort others.

I assured the doctor that I would not offend the Islam religion nor their prophets. I came only to encourage the Christian believers.

tente berbereAs we left the tent, (which reminded me of something from Moses’ days), our masked visitors bowed their heads and stepped back to let us leave. Thank You Lord Adonai!

One must understand that belief enters through the eyes and ears. Many times, belief is the result of accepting or assuming that something is true. For this same reason Adonai, God of the Jews called for the sanctification of His people.

Pagan and cult teachings have invisible, supernatural assistants that set up strongholds to influence what the hearer believes. Whenever pagan propaganda is accepted, it’s similar to mixing faith with the doctrines of devils. Unfortunately, it is inevitable that the kingdom of darkness prevails. Let us examine this in the book of Jeremiah.

Golden CalfIn the Bible, Ba’al is depicted as the golden calf. One of the Hebraic names for Ba’al is (), “boshet,” “the shameful thing”. His wife, Ashtoreth is portrayed as Mother Nature or the Queen of Heaven. She sets out to intercept worship and devotion that rightfully belongs to God. Easter is not an innocent fairy tale. It involves temple prostitution and is a mixture of worship to the Canaanite gods and worship to the Israelites’ God. goddess6Because some churches are unaware of the effects of this occult worship, it can interfere with God’s plan of salvation.  People will begin to see Mother Earth (another title for Easter) as a deity. Therefore, the battle between God and Satan for the souls of men continues through the book of Revelations and it will continue until the end of this dispensation and Jesus returns.

Easter goddess II: Children sacrificed

baal
Old images of Baal worship.

 

18 No wonder I am so angry! Watch how the children gather wood and the fathers build sacrificial fires. See how the women knead dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. And they pour out liquid offerings to their other idol gods!

19 Am I the one they are hurting?” asks the LORD. “Most of all, they hurt themselves, to their own shame.” (Jer 7:18-19 NLT)

13 “I saw that the prophets of Samaria were terribly evil, for they prophesied in the name of Baal and led my people of Israel into sin.

14 But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse! They commit adultery and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil so that no one turns away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were.” (Jer 23:13-14 NLT)

moloch

We see this again in 1 Samuel 7:3-4 (NLT) but in these verses we see that the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and repented.

3 Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”

4 So the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the LORD.  (1Sa 7:3-4 NLT)

Why should we make changes?

Because so many preachers are still proclaiming Easter as part of our Christian belief, it affects the attitudes and views of our young people. Many of our children will be confronted with enemies of the cross and sadly, they will be unable to defend their faith. Satan knows if he is allowed to co-exist, he will eventually push away God’s message of faithfulness and sanctification from the believer’s heart.

Easter, by the older Canaanite proper name is Esotery, or Ashtoreth and is considered demonology in curtain regions of the world, such as Israel.

art abstract background with egg
Eastergoddess

Easter Sunday follows the Spring Equinoxes’ and is not aligned with the Jewish days of Pesach (the Lamb of God). This is why Easter always move from year to year, whereas the Jewish holiday, Passover is conducted on the evening of the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar throughout the world. During the Passover celebration, a roasted egg is one of the items on the table at the Seder meal. The roasted egg represents the destruction of the Jewish Temple. In contrast, the egg in the Ashtoreth story is when an egg falls into the Euphrates river and Esotery emerges from the egg.

Who is affected by the laws?

Data provided by National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) shows a total of 633 Muslims, 494 Ahmedis, 187 Christians and 21 Hindus have been accused under various clauses of the blasphemy law since 1987.

Dangers and evils of Ba’al worship

The noxious elements in Ba’al-worship were not simply the degradation of Yhwh and the enthronement in his place of a baseless superstition. The chief evil arose from the fact that the Ba’als were more than mere religious fantasies. They were made the symbols of the reproductive powers of nature, and thus their worship ministered to sexual indulgences, which it at the same time legalized and encouraged. Further, there was placed side by side with the Ba’al a corresponding female symbol, the Ashtoreth (Babyl. “Ashtar”) and the relation between the two deities was set forth as the example and the motive of unbridled sensuality. The evil became all the worse when in the popular view Yhwh himself was regarded as one of the Ba’als and the chief of them (Hosea ii. 16). It was in northern Israel, where agriculture was more followed than in the southern kingdom, that Ba’al-Worship was most insidious and virulent.

Nevertheless, there is hope for America because of faithful men and women. God assures us in Romans 11:4 that He has many others who have not bowed to Ba’al. Prayerfully, once the understanding of this mistranslation, Easter (Acts 12:4) is shared from the pulpits people will no longer give homage to the image of Ashtoreth. The people of the Most High will get serious about obeying the one and only true God. As a result, God will grant us His grace and restore favor upon His people.

3 Then Samuel said to all the people of Israel, “If you are really serious about wanting to return to the LORD, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the LORD; then he will rescue you from the Philistines.”

4 So the Israelites got rid of their images of Baal and Ashtoreth and worshiped only the LORD.

5 Then Samuel told them, “Gather all of Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you.”

6 So they gathered at Mizpah and, in a great ceremony, drew water from a well and poured it out before the LORD. They also went without food all day and confessed that they had sinned against the LORD. (It was at Mizpah that Samuel became Israel’s judge.) (1Sa 7:3-6 NLT)

2 No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning. Do you realize what the Scriptures say about this? Elijah the prophet complained to God about the people of Israel and said,

3 “LORD, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”

4 And do you remember God’s reply? He said, “No, I have 7,000 others who have never bowed down to Baal!”

Easter goddess II   5 It is the same today, for a few of the people of Israel have remained faithful because of God’s grace– his undeserved kindness in choosing them.  6 And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is– free and undeserved.  7 So this is the situation: Most of the people of Israel have not found the favor of God they are looking for so earnestly. A few have– the ones God has chosen– but the hearts of the rest were hardened.                                                                                                                              (Rom 11:2-7 NLT)                                                                                              

 

The Law 2

The Law 2

Thank you your response on the subject of Jewish law. I appreciate your observation that the Jewish law is complicated. It is not only complicated, but the law is often misunderstood by the present church. During the expansion of the church, fathers of Christianity followed a path much different from that of the Jews. As a result, the original concepts of word meanings, such as “the law” or “works,” were not only changed, but the people’s association with it were changed as well. The term was frowned upon and not used.

Early church fathers thought that Jews believed in salvation by means of works and not by faith alone.  According to scholars, Dr. Roy Blizzard, Dr. Ron Moseley, and Dr. Marvin Wilson, this misunderstanding was because of translation errors.  Dr. Wilson edited and contributed marginal notes to the New International Translation Bible (NIV).

Greek culture caused many of the ancient Hebrew writings to be lost.  Also, because of anti-Semitism, much of the Jewish culture, the Jewishness of Jesus and the relevance of the ancient Hebrew writings were no longer taught or practiced.  When the church and the Jewish counterparts grew further apart from one another, the church became a totally separate belief system.

Just like the Jews were saved by faith, the law had its purpose. Abel, Noah, Daniel, Abraham, David, and others had faith in God and prayed for His compassion.

18 Open your ears, my God, and listen! Open your eyes and look at our devastation. Look at the city called by your name! We pray our prayers for help to you, not because of any righteous acts of ours but because of your great compassion. (Dan 9:18 CEB)

6 Abram trusted the LORD, and the LORD recognized Abram’s high moral character. (Gen 15:6 CEB)

 1So what are we going to say? Are we going to find that Abraham is our ancestor on the basis of genealogy?

 2 Because if Abraham was made righteous because of his actions, he would have had a reason to brag, but not in front of God.

 3 What does the scripture say? Abraham had faith in God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.

 4 Workers’ salaries aren’t credited to them on the basis of an employer’s grace but rather on the basis of what they deserve.

8 Happy are those whose sin isn’t counted against them by the Lord.

 9 Is this state of happiness only for the circumcised or is it also for those who aren’t circumcised? We say, “Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” (Rom 4:1-9 CEB)

The concept of the New Covenant appears in the Bible hundreds of years before the writings of the New Testament. The first covenant was to tutor Israel in walking upright before God. The new covenant (New Testament) would continue as a tutor in the life of the believer. The following verses from the book of Jeremiah explains both covenants:

31 The time is coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.

 32 It won’t be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant with me even though I was their husband, declares the LORD. (Jer 31:31-32 CEB)

What is the relevance of the Law for Israel or the church today?

torahFirst of all, the church was never under the Law. At the time of the Church, Paul said that the burden of Torah (Law) was not to be placed on new converts.

 

26 These people have devoted their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 27 Therefore, we are sending Judas and Silas. They will confirm what we have written.

 28 The Holy Spirit has led us to the decision that no burden should be placed on you other than these essentials:

 29 refuse food offered to idols, blood, the meat from strangled animals, and sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid such things. Farewell. (Act 15:26-29 CEB)

To help with this concept, it would be more appropriate for us to say Torah or book of instructions instead of using the word, law.  This book of instructions will guide you into a life of Godliness that is above reproach.

The Complete Jewish Bible states:

CJB  The Messiah redeemed us from the curse pronounced in the Torah by becoming cursed on our behalf; for the Tanakh says, “Everyone who hangs from a stake comes under a curse.”

 The Law was not cursed, however, there were consequence for lawlessness.

13 The blood will be your sign on the houses where you live. Whenever I see the blood, I’ll pass over you. No plague will destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

 14 “This day will be a day of remembering for you. You will observe it as a festival to the LORD. You will observe it in every generation as a regulation for all time. (Exo 12:13-14 CEB)

 CJB  12:14 This will be a day for you to remember and celebrate as a festival to ADONAI; from generation to generation you are to celebrate it by a perpetual regulation. (Exo 12:14 CJB)

 KJV 12:14  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. (Exo 12:14 KJV)

Fotolia_76895619_XS-(1)An example of one of the most frequent translation errors is found in the book of Acts. The term, Easter was a horrible insertion of a female pagan goddess named ester, who was associated with the Spring feast. The New King James Bible has recently removed this mistranslation from Acts 12:4

  KJG  12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (Act 12:4 KJG)

The New King James:                                                                                                       4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. (Act 12:4 NKJ)

 CEB 12:4  He put Peter in prison, handing him over to four squads of soldiers, sixteen in all, who guarded him. He planned to charge him publicly after the Passover.

CJB 12:4    So when Herod seized him, he threw him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each, with the intention of bringing him to public trial after Pesach (Hebrew for Passover).

The Jews were commanded to remember when God took them by the hand and brought them out of Egypt. Unfortunately, this Passover season there will be some who worship the German goddess, Easter. The eggs and the bunny rabbit are all dedicated to a pagan goddess. But, Jesus says to teach the Torah.

17 “Don’t even begin to think that I have come to do away with the Law and the Prophets. I haven’t come to do away with them but to fulfill them.

 18 I say to you very seriously that as long as heaven and earth exist, neither the smallest letter nor even the smallest stroke of a pen will be erased from the Law until everything there becomes a reality.

 19 Therefore, whoever ignores one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called the lowest in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps these commands and teaches people to keep them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:17-19 CEB)

CEB 1  My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because we know that we teachers will be judged more strictly.

 2 We all make mistakes often, but those who don’t make mistakes with their words have reached full maturity. Like a bridled horse, they can control themselves entirely. (Jam 3:1-2 CEB)