Friday, December 17, 2010
Well, I quit drawing. I hated those 5 pointed stars as I could never get them even. They were lop-sided, crooked, un-balanced. But she scared me to death, so I simply quit drawing stars!
Today, I find it quite interesting that my natural instinct was to draw a "Star of David". And now I understand the real reason that teacher didn't want me drawing it. The year was about 1958, 10 years after Israel was formed. She surely knew that Israel was using a 6 pointed star on their flag. She surely knew that the Jews in the holocaust had to wear a yellow 6 pointed star on their clothes. She most likely didn't want "that" star anywhere in her classroom.
Anyone can research the Star of David and learn that much of it's use in early times was probably in paganism. But it is also known as the Seal of Solomon and we know that he used it as an emblem in architecture in his buildings.
The term "Star of David" does not appear in scripture. Or does it? Remember the story of David and Goliath? In that time period, about 1000 BC, it was common to make military shields using 2 triangles, inverted, layered one on top of the other. A "Star of David" protected him.
In Hebrew, it is called a Magen David, which means Shield of David.
It has only been associated as a symbol of Judaism in the last 200 years or so.
Simply put, it is a hexagram. Nothing more. Nothing less. As a human being, you can apply whatever meaning you want to it...pagan, Jewish, Christian, protection, mysticism.....it is up to you. A satanist may claim that a hexagram is a powerful tool to invoke Satan. A Christain may claim that it is the Sheild of David, it will protect you from Satan. There are those who claim the inverted triangles represent a sexual union.
So, what came first? The original intent? The satanic counterfiet? What if this was the shape of the shield carried by David in the Old Testament? Or what if it refers directly to God, who shielded David in battle?
Ever look at a snowflake? They all have 6 points. They all can form a Star of David. I have always seen a connection between snowflakes and the Star of David. To say the Star of David is a pagan symbol....does that then mean snowflakes are pagan symbols?
Israel has made a decision to use the Star of David on her flag. Is 62:1 shows us that a burning torch represents Israel's salvation. The word is not lamp, or flame, or burning bush, it is "burning torch" - something bright enough to light the way. So those who claim that the image of a burning bush should be on Israel's flag are incorrect as well.
As long as Israel flies the Star of David on her flag, I will use the symbol in my art, in my jewelry, in my adornments at home because for me, personally, it means that I stand with Israel, I support the Jews, I honor them as God's chosen people.
But I also claim the Star of David as my shield, my protection.
The Hebrew letter dalet, looks like a triangle and stands for the name, David, which means beloved.
God gave the rainbow to Noah as a promise, but that symbol has been hijacked by the gays. Was the hexagram given to God's people and then hijacked by others?
It is important to understand that the 5 pointed star together with a crescent moon have been internationally recognized as a symbol of the faith of Islam. It is featured on the flags of several muslim countries and other entities Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bosniaks, Malaysia, Mauritania, Pakistan, Turkey, Tunisia, Comoros, Cyrenaica, Hyderaad, Tatarstan, Uyghur, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan....Singapore, Janjira, Nation of Islam, Portsmouth UK, Alpha Theta Sigma, Shriners of North America, Red Cross, the badge of the New Orleans police department...and so much more. First used about 1453. Those symbols have always been used by pagans to worship sun, moon and sky gods. Think one might want to stay clear of organizations and other entities that use a 5-pointed star and/or the crescent moon. The 5-pointed star used alone has been called the "star of islam." Consider what it now means if you put that star on top of your christmas tree, or adorn it on the outside of your home. While a specific image may not have meaning to you, be aware of what the worldwide meaning and useage is.
I think Jehovah was leading my hand when I stopped drawing 5-pointed stars as a child.
Today, most of the world associates the Star of David with the Jewish people and with Israel. If you want to be associated with Israel, would that happen if you wear a cross? a 5-pointed star? a fleur-de-lies? a sword? Probably not.
There is yet one more use of the Star of David. It is the symbol representing the rebirth of the nation of Israel.....that G-d promised would happen. When the rabbi's (you probably still call them wise men) saw the star, Matt 2:10 says they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. That star in the sky alerted them to the coming of the Messiah. In the same way, the star in Israel's flag (the Star of David) announces the coming of the Messiah - because Israel had to become a state before He can come.
To me, for my own personal use, it is simply my sign that the Messiah is coming - my remembrance to study hard, to know the scriptures, to look for prophecy being fulfilled. And it shows the rest of the world that I identify with Israel, that no matter where I am, I stand with Israel.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
We all got Fs and our parents were called to school.
I asked the teacher what difference it made? She said there were 2 things. One, I needed to learn to simply follow the rules. And two, I needed to write my own answers because once in awhile it might be different from someone else and everyone might learn something from what I wrote.
I learned a few things that day. Never cheat. It's just not worth it! Write what you think - it really isn't always the best thing to write what you think others want you to write.
She was a teacher. She took the time to answer my questions. Good or bad, right or wrong....she was a teacher.
I usually learned something new just about every day in school. Now remember, I've said that I went to Sunday School, church, evening church, Wednesday prayer meeting, Thursday Bible study, weekend youth group and every evening when there was a revival we were at the church.
Did I learn something new every time? Hardly! Why? Because none of my questions ever got answered? No, because my "pastor" was not a teacher and therefore, not called to the ministry. It was merely an income for him, a "job". Is your pastor a shepherd and teacher? How can you know?
First, the word "pastor" is nowhere in scripture. It is a translation of a word that means "shepherd".
Eph 4:11 says in the consistent translation:
And he himself gave
on-the-one-hand THE apostles,
on-the-other-hand THE prophets,
on-the-other-hand THE bringers-of-good-news,
on-the-other-hand THE shepherds and teachers.
I love the consistent translation because you can SEE what is there and what isn't there. In Greek, the word "the" is "tous". And in the Greek text, the word "tous" is there!
So what is different about each line and each noun above?
There is NO article "THE" before "teachers" in the last line.
This would mean that shepherds and teachers are one in the same. A shepherd has to teach and a teacher has to shepherd. They are one and the same person.
I am not a Jehovah's Witness, but their Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scripture has:
And he gave
the indeed apostles,
the but prophets
the but evangelizers
the but shepherds and teachers
At least they have left the word "the" in the interlinear.
An online Greek interlinear has:
And same gives
the indeed apostles
the yet prophets
the yet well-messengers
the yet shepherds and teachers
The King James translated the word "shepherd" to pastor. While there are 3 interlinears that show the word is shepherd, the KJ changed the word to pastor. And all 3 interlinears show that the article "THE" is missing before the word "teacher".
So in the KJ, it reads:
And he gave
and some, prophets;
and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers;
Why did the KJ leave OUT the article? What good is an article? It is a pointer. IF you studied English in high school, you will know that "the" is a definite article that points to the noun that follows it. For example, "let's read the book" means a specific book. "let's read a book" means any book. And what sense does it make to leave it out: "let's read book"?????
I believe that the apostles put every single word into the Greek text by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. What right does a human man have to remove it? How can anyone claim that the King James version of the Bible is the "inspired" or "only" version? (OK, that's a whole new "if-ism"!)
Back to this "if". If a shepherd and teacher are one and the same, then if your pastor (shepherd) is not a teacher, then he was never called to the ministry.
90% of the pastors are NOT teaching today. Thus they were never called to the ministry. What are the chances that you attend a "church" with a pastor who was not called to the ministry? Pretty good I imagine!
Now, you may think your pastor is teaching. But pay attention.
Does he leave the pulpit when a guest pastor is there? (I think he would be wanting to know what someone else is teaching, don't you?) Probably not a teacher.
Does he answer your questions with scripture references.....or with words that will attempt to make you feel good? If he doesn't answer with scripture, he's probably not a teacher.
Do you attend one of those places where the pastor seems to be more interested in numbers - who can get the biggest attendance by getting the people riled up, excited, "all shook up"? If you are just there to get excited, you probably are NOT learning much of anything. He's probably not a teacher.
Ask to attend a staff meeting. Listen to what they are doing to gain attendance. Might change how you think about your "church".
Consider Eph 4:14 where it states in the KJ:
That we, henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
If you attend one of those places where they work hard to get you all excited, then you are like a child, being led around....and I think it is Satan who is deceiving you. He (Satan) certainly doesn't want you to learn anything about what the Bible really has to say. He'd much rather have you all excited, singing, crying, jumping up and down, waving your hands.....BUT
what did you learn?
Did the shepherd (pastor) TEACH you anything? Anything that is actually in the Bible? Anything other than how to make it through the next week?
Oh, and not just church, you should be learning in Sunday School as well. You should learn every time you step foot into the place.
If your shepherd (pastor) is a teacher, then I would think that he/she would be teaching you scripture. And not a translation of what someone else thought scripture said. I think they would get to the Greek and Hebrew texts and show you the real meaning of each and every word that was in the original text. It is truly an amazing study!
The sad truth is that 90% of the "pastors" were never called to the ministry. They never had a teacher who was a shepherd and they never learned what the scripture really has to say. It is a job to them.
I know a pastor who flys to Las Vegas to drink and gamble but says "don't tell anyone". He has over 15,000 people in his "church".
I know a pastor who says he understands what I am saying with my if-isms, but that the people who listen to him would never believe him, so he won't "teach" it. He maybe has 200 people in his "church".
I know a pastor who is gay and believes he is a "holy" man. Again, a "church" of about 3000.
I know a pastor who can get you so riled up you will be in tears and walk out thinking you just experienced the most moving, fulfilling day of your entire life - but he never said one word about the Bible. His "church" has about 2000.
I know a pastor who will let everyone get up and say anything they want and then he will read for 10 minutes from a daily devotional. He has a "church" of about 50.
I don't attend "church" today because I'm pretty certain none in my area have shepherds (pastors) who are teachers. And I think most are filled with Satan and his deception. (again, another If-ism)
And not a single one of them (pastors) will ever teach you anything that is actually in scritpure.
If your pastor is not a shepherd, if your pastor is not a teacher, if your paster was never called to the ministry, how do you ever expect to learn anything?
I once read a quote that said, "My mind is made up, don't confuse me with the facts!" Is that you? Your mind is made up and you don't really want to know what scripture has to say? You "think" you know all the facts and there is nothing else you need to learn?
So if you know all that, perhaps you can answer my question - why did the translators of almost every Bible out there leave out the article and change the word shepherd to pastor and NOT tell us that a shepherd has to be a teacher and a teacher has to be a shepherd and that if they are not, they were not called to the ministry and if you attend a "church" where you do not learn what scripture really has to say, then you are most likely being deceived as it clearly states in Eph 4:14?
OK, you don't really have to send me an answer. I already know it is Satan's way of deceiving you. Just food for thought with another one of my "ifs".
So, now, IF you know that your "church" or your "pastor" are not teaching you what scripture really states, WHY are you still attending there? For years, I told myself I simply went to church to fulfil a social need, or to sing in the choir, to teach my sons. What a cop-out that was! I went because Satan had me in his lure and I couldn't get out. That "preacher" made me feel good about myself. He made me walk away elated. But I certainly was NOT learning anything about scripture.
13 years later, I am finally on a path where I am actually studying scripture. I am LEARNING what it says. I am sorting out the mistakes, errors and ommissions of the King James and other translations. I am excited and elated and uplifted daily because I am learning something new every single time I study. The "choir" is now my song to Jehovah. My socialization is with others who truly study scripture in it's original format (Greek and Hebrew). My writing here - an effort to leave a legacy to my sons. So that they may come to know Jehovah Jesus Messiah the way I do. Praise Jehovah!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Well, in my young mind, I could hardly fathom that G-d was asleep. But over the years, various other preachers would say similar things. Not that G-d was necessarily asleep, but that He would not do anything until the Messiah returned. Or that He was “leaving earth alone”.
One day recently, I was visiting mom and there was some natural disaster that had just happened – I can’t remember which one – and mom said “G-d is only shaking His little finger at us….just wait until He shakes His whole fist!”
And that single statement hit me and stuck with me (Mom is just so smart!) It got me to wondering…..what will happen if He shakes His whole hand at us? And how many times has He shaken His little finger at us?
PS 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executed
PS 109:27 That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
Matthew 10:29, if a small sparrow falls to the ground, God knows. The Lord goes on to say, ". . . the very hairs of your head are all numbered." (Matt. 10:30) Nothing takes the Lord by surprise. The smallest event does not escape His Omnipresent eye. Zechariah 4:10 says, "For who hath despised the day of small things?
I went online and decided to see if there are correlations between events that destroy us…and our treatment of Israel. Not “us” as individuals, but “us” as a nation. Here’s what I found:
10/30/91 Oslo Accord signed – land for peace
10/31/91 The Perfect Storm – a storm stronger than any in recorded history hit the coast off of Gloucester MA. Waves 100 ft high. Destroyed Bush’s Maine home. Then the storm tracked down the east coast, the opposite direction of hurricanes.
8/23/92 Land for Peace talks took place in Washington DC
8/23/92 Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida with $30B in losses
1/16/94 President Clinton and Syria President Hafez Assad met to discuss Israel giving the Golan Heights to Syria.
1/17/94 6.9 earthquake in Southern California (Northridge)– 2ndworst natural disaster to ever hit America up to that time. $30B in damages.
3/2/97 Clinton invited Yasser Arafat to the White House to discuss Jerusalem’s status. As Arafat was flying there, a series of tornados ripped across 7 states…the worst damage to Arkansas, Clinton’s home state. The worst flooding ever in the Ohio River.
1/21/98 Benjamin Netanyahu summoned to the White House to discuss land for peace.
1/21/98 Clinton/Lewinski scandal became headlines
9/27/98 Sec of State Madeleine Albright met with Yasser Arafat to discuss Israel giving away land
9/27/98 Hurricane George slammed the Gulf Coast with 175 mph gusts and caused $1B in damage. It stalled until Arafat left.
5/3/1999 4:45 pm CST in America was May 4th in Israel. Clinton had arranged for Yasser Arafat to declare an independent state.
5/3/1999 The most powerful tornadoes to ever hit the USA struck. Winds up to 316 mph and several F-4 and F-5 tornadoes struck simultaneously. Billions of dollars in damage, whole cities leveled.
9/13/99 US forced Israel to meet with Yasser Arafat’s deputies to work out the final status details of Israel giving land away.
9/13/99 Hurricane Floyd grew in ONE DAY to a cat 5 hurricane
9/16/99 Hurricane Floyd hit North Carolina and caused the 2nd greatest evacuation in America’s history.
9/16/99 Hurricane Dennis hit land the same day
6/8/01 Bush sent CIA director George Tenet to the Middle East to further broker a land for peace settlement
6/8/01 Tropical storm Allison destroyed 25,000 homes & businesses & 50,000 vehicles in Houston alone. Meteorologists state that this was the worst tropical storm in history and dumped as much rain in 10 days as is normally released for the entire US on 1 year.
8/25 – 9/10/01 US, Arab and Israel prepared the most comprehensive “peace plan” ever.
9/10/01 US Army devised a plan for enforcing a major Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.
9/11/01 twin towers destroyed. $50B cost
8/17/05 - 8/23/05 Israel’s disengagement evacuation and eviction from the Gaza Strip, mandated by the US
8/23/2005 Tropical Depression 12 formed and quickly became Hurricane Katrina.
Ariel Sharon saw the largest eviction of Jews in Israel’s history
President Bush saw the largest natural disaster and displacement of people in the US history
9000 Israelis were evicted by their government
1,000,000 Americans were evicted by Hurricane Katrina
Apr 12, 2010 Holocaust Memorial Day
Apr 14, 2010 England announced they are banning the image of "kotel" (Western Wall) in relation to Israel.
Apr 15, 2010 Volcano errupted in Ireland, blanketing all of Europe with ash
4/19/10 Obama announces the US will not automatically stand behind Israel in the UN security council
4/20/2010 BP oil Rig Explosion & Spill
I know there are many other events. Big and small. I could probably connect every single earthquake or tornado to something our leaders said against Israel. I started to look at stock market dips and it seems that each one of them can also be tied to less than 24 hours after our government has said or done something against Israel.
So, if all of these are just G-d shaking His “little” finger at us, what can we expect to happen should He shake his entire hand at us?
What will it take for each of us to step back and look at history and understand that G-d is not asleep. He is not waiting for the Messiah to return. He is active, oh! Ever so active, in every single moment of our lives. He is listening to our every move. If He knows when a small sparrow falls to the ground, He surely knows when we write or speak or act against Israel.
May Jehovah protect and shelter me when He shakes His whole hand at America.
Gen 12: 2-3
I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse”
May our leaders bow to the ground and pray to Jehovah that He will bless Israel - in order that we might be blessed as well
6/25/10: Obama tells Saudi Arabia King that he wants a Palestinian homeland
6/25/10: Dow Jones fell 326 points hitting an 8 month low
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players......
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
When I was a child, I remember an evangelist saying we were living in the Philadelphia church. I honestly thought the man was crazy because I was living in Indiana at that time!!! Preachers just have no idea what kids hear, do they?
But that was the late 50s, and I think he was on the verge of being both right and wrong. If we can put approximate dates to each of the 7 churches - periods of time in history....he was on the cusp for sure.
Periods of church history:
1. Ephesus (desireable) Pentecost to 100AD
Good works, rejection of false teachings
2. Smyrna (myrrh – embalming the dead) 100AD- 313 AD – persecuted
major persuctions of the church under 10 different Roman Emperors:
1. Nero AD54
2. Domitian AD 81
3. Trajan, AD 98
4. Adrian, AD 117
5. Septimus Severus, AD 193
6. Maximum, AD 235
7. Decius, AD 249
8. Valerian, AD 254
9. Aurelian, AD 270
10. Diocletian, AD 284
3. Pergamos 313AD – 460AD. Thoroughly married. Paganism married with the church
Constantine was converted and declared that Christianity would be the State Religion. Incorporation of Pagan rituals into religious rituals in order to get more converts.
4. Thyatira 460 AD – 1517 AD – corrupt
Growing power of the Roman Papacy. Mass became obligatory.
5. Sardis 1517 AD – 1750 AD – reformation
Major translations of the Bible, major splits in various religions. Martin Luther, John Calvin…..
6. Philadelphia 1750 AD – 1950/70 - missions
World wide evangelism. Revivals. Religious cults.
7. Laodicea -1950/70 - ? - personal rights
It's all about what your own personal rights are...the rights of this group or that, the rights of one sector of a population against another. We are definitely living in this period today!
Monday, May 31, 2010
Jn 3:16 - we all know it so I won't quote it here. Didn't you have these questions?
1. How can G-d LOVE the world and allow guys I went to high school with be killed in VietNam?
2. How could HE let little children in China starve? (Well, Grandma always did say to eat all my food because there were starving children in China!)
3. How could He have killed every single living person on the planet except for 8 people during the flood? Seriously, didn't He love the entire world?
4. Why would He have given us all these different languages at the tower of Babel and made everyone go live somewhere else?
So I never quite understood that verse. OK....I never actually BELIEVED that verse - in the context that I never believed God loved every single person who ever lived on earth!!!
Unless you start to define the word "world". Could it have different meanings?
Does the word "world" perhaps mean something like "age" or "period" or "time"?
In Greek....ok, was the word translated 100% correctly into English.....or is the word "world" simply the "best possible" translation and it doesn't mean world as we know it today? I think we can all agree that the King's English of the 1500s is quite a bit different from our English today. Even today, words that we know and understand in the US have a completely different meaning in England and they are the same word.
Was there a world from Adam to the flood that G-d destroyed. We know that He covered the earth with water for 40 days and everyone perished. Did He love those people? If He loved them, why the flood to destroy them? I think we can pretty much agree that He did not "love" the "world" before the flood.
A second "world" from the flood to the tower of Babel that He again destroyed by dispersing it all over the earth?
A third "world" from Babel to perhaps the present day and this "world" is His covenant with Abraham reaching down through the Jews.....and that He has allowed Satan to contol the rest of the "world"?
Not only do you need to define "world" - you need to define "love" - which is actually the word "cherish" which is different than love. I can really understand it if it is translated this way:
Jehovah cherished the "people of the earth that HE made HIS covenant with" and came to earth as the promised Messiah of the Jews and if you believe that........
I don't think G-d loves the whole world at all. He couldn't possibly love all the horror that is among us these days. But if I understand this correctly, then He still does love the Jews - His chosen people. And Satan has control over the rest of the "world". And yes, we can be "saved" and grafted in.....but for the moment...I just want to clarify that G-d does NOT love the entire inhabited earth. He doesn't love you if you are a sinner. He doesn't love you if you practice sinful things. This verse does not cover those individuals. He doesn't love anyone....He cherished His people (the Jews) so much.....and that I have no problem believing and understanding at all.
Isn't it amazing how we have gotten things so twisted up with these corrupt translations? Ah! Was and is Satan behind all this mis-translation? Is that yet another way he is trying to be like the most High?
Was it Satan's plan to change the calander as well and thus take us away from the proper dates of the Messiah's birth and death?
and while we're on the subject of translating "words" and what the really mean.....
Christ is a transliteration of the Greek word Christos which actually should be translated Messiah.
So then should anti-christ actually be "anti-Messiah"?
How can you know something if you don't know what that something is? How can we know who Christ is if we should be learning who the Messiah is?
And no, I no longer believe what the preachers have been preaching for centuries. You cannot take scripture and take it out of context and apply it to today's living and make Jn 3:16 mean that God loves you. We have to put it back into context, study history, study Hebrew and Greek, and really understand what it meant.
God so cherished the Jews, His chosen people, that He sent His only begotten Son, the Messiah......
and if we understand fully that His chosen people are the Jews
and that the world is full of anti-semetism because Satan has been working for centuries to make himself equal to G-d
and that the churches of the world today are mostly run as Satan's way of controlling the entire world because there's not one of them left that teach the truth about what's in the Bible - they all celebrate Christmas and Easter....
well, it does answer those childhood questions I had.
G-d does not love the world as I know it, He cherishes the Jews.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
So the question today is - If Jesus died on a cross as in 2 pieces of wood crossed over each other....or did he die hanging from a single pole. Something never depicted in photographs. And why worry about the difference at all?
The Imperial Bible-Dictionary says: "The Greek word for cross, stau•ros′, properly signified a stake, an upright pole, or piece of paling, on which anything might be hung, or which might be used in impaling [fencing in] a piece of ground. . . . Even amongst the Romans the crux (from which our cross is derived) appears to have been originally an upright pole" [Imperial Bible Dictionary, edited by P. Fairbairn (London, 1874), Vol. I, p. 376].
Consider this. If you are hanging from a pole, your hands are above your head - your rib cage tightens, and makes it hard to breath. Blood slows down. There is less oxygen in the body.
Dieing on a pole would have been a much slower process than dieing on a cross.
Why is it important? I believe that if He died on a pole....and you wear a cross as a pendant or have a cross in a church, then you are in danger of using a form of an idol in worship. If you worship a cross - and that is not what He died on at all - then it would be idol worship. I walk into an assembly and see a cross, I walk out.
Finally, you can google this and learn that the cross was a symbol used in pagan religions as early as 1500 years before Jehovah Jesus Messiah was on earth. It is, yet again, something else that was pagan that was brought into the "church" in order to get the pagans to join in the worship. It was not even used in the "church" until 200 years after the death of the Messiah. The cross was not used in early paintings until the over 600 years after His death. And then it looked like the letter "T" - not as a cross would look today.
The marking of a cross upon the forehead and the chest is regarded as a talisman against the powers of demons. A pagan practice.
But more important that that, I feel that Satan (the Adversary) has been working for centuries to alter scripture, add pagan items into scripture in order to lead true believers away from Jehovah and into the "kingdom" of Satan.
All my life, the cross was used in every church service I attended. But if there's a hint of it being a pagan item, of it representing idol worship, then for me, it would be wrong to continue to use it.
Something to think about.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
But let not this one thing be escaping YOUR notice, cherished ones, that one day beside Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years as day one.
Year 1 - 1000 is day 1
Year 1001 - 2000 is day 2
Year 2001 - 3000 is day 3
Year 3001 - 4000 is day 4
Year 4001 - 5000 is day 5
Year 5001 - 6000 is day 6
Year 6001 - 7000 is the sabbath, the day of rest for the earth.
In the Jewish calendar this is year 5770. Thirty years left before the earth's sabbath begins?
But as with each day in a calendar year, sunset comes at a differnt minute, so really, it could come sooner than 30 years or be more than 30 years.
If you don't follow the Hebrew calendar, how will you know?
If you don't understand that sunset is the "dawn" of a new day using a lunar calendar, how will you know?
And if you don't know that the Sabbath is a day of rest, how will you know?
What if there are 30 years left until Israel rules the world? What would you do different?
Maybe today is a good day to start making those changes!
February 14th: Established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. In ancient Rome, Lupercalia was observed on Feb 13 thru 15. It was an archaic rite connected to fertility. The church decided to celebrate Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to Christianize celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia.
Nimrod was the baal or sun god of the ancient pagans. Born on 1/6, winter solstice. 40 days after that, his mother was to present herself for purifications. That would be 2/15.
Lupercalia: Called the “hunter of wolves”.
Who was Saint Valentine:
Valentine of Rome, martyred about AD269
Valentine of Terni, martyred sometime after AD 197.
No romantic elements are present in the original early medieval biographies of either of these martyrs. Saint Valentine was not linked to romance until the 14th century. In 1969, the Roman Catholic Calendar was revised and the feastday of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed for the following reason: “Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is knowon of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14”
Did not start until 1847 when Esther Howland developed a successful business with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. Hallmark pushed that over the top starting c 1975. Today, one billion valentines are sent each year.
Candy: Not part of the traditions until the 1800s
Cupid: another name for the child Nimrod, meaning “desire”. The Book of Daniel calls him “the desire of women”. The son of Cush the Ethiopian. Later substituted with a “fair Cupid” of European tradition.
You can google each one of these and see that they are traditions steeped in paganism. Jesus did not celebrate it. Most of our own ancestors before the 1800s did not celebrate it. Yet it has become one of the biggest commercial holidays ever.
Wikipeda defines idolatry as worship of any cult image, idea or object, as opposed to the worship of a monotheistic God.
The word “worship” is derived from the Old English words meaning “worth-ship” – giving worth to something. So if you give “worth” to Valentine’s Day, you are worshiping the event.
The word “idea” means – whatever is before the mind when one thinks. Very often, ideas are construed as representational images; ie. Images of some object.
So, if you give worth to the thought of Valentines, it is idolatry.
Look at Ex 20:4 –
“Thou shalt not make unto the any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, orthat is in the water underthe earth; thous shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generaton of them that hate me and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
The word “graven” means “strongly fixed”. I always thought it meant carved, shaped, formed.
What if…..this verse means that we are not to have any strongly fixed idea or give worth to anything not in direct reference to Jehovah?
What if we celebrate these pagan holidays, then will Jehovah visit the iniquity of the fathers upon our children, grandchildren great and great great grandchildren?
I have been studying the words repent, and regret this week.
Metamelomai – regret. Judas regretted his decision to betray Jesus. The only thing he could do was exactly what he did do – return the money.
Metanoeo – repent – you can repent from the way you are living, but you cannot repent from a deed done.
So, I regret that I have spent much of my life celebrating pagan holidays and I am repenting and changing my ways – I will no longer give these events any worth.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I always had this question as a kid that absolutely no one could explain to me. If the Bible said to keep the SEVENTH day (Saturday) as a day of rest…..why/how/when did “we” make the first day of the week, Sunday, a day of rest??? And at the age of 58….I STILL don’t “get”it. Ok, yes, I understand about the evolution of our calendar based on switching from moon to a sun based system, and from a sunset to a sunrise based system. But why?
We can look back in history and know that the Romans started this. They established the Julian calendar which we kept until the 15th century when we started the Gregorian calendar. That was Pope Paul III – once again, a Roman Catholic. It would take another 200 years for this calendar to be widely accepted and wasn’t introduced in Russia until 1918!!!
The Hebrews have always kept the same calendar, and it is based on the Torah which are the first 5 chapters of the Bible. Today’s calender is overlaid onto a Gregorian calendar so you can easily understand the dates.
They still KEEP the seventh day as a holy one, as a day of rest. It starts Friday at sunset and ends Saturday at sunset.
Here are the criteria for the Hebrew calendar – which I consider to be Jehovah’s calendar:
1. It was lunisolar –basedon the moon phase and the time of the solar year
a. 12 lunar months of 29 or 30 days each
b. Num 10:10 shows the importance of lunar months
2. Each month starts with a new moon
3. Each day starts at sunset
a. Genesis “there was evening and there was morning”
4. The next day starts at the next sunset
a. No time zones
b. No standard time deviations
5. There are 7 days in a week.
6. It was observational. The beginning of each month was determined by the high court based on testimony of witnesses who had observed a new crescent moon.
a. The timing is now done mathematically
7. There is an 11 day difference between 12 lunar months and 1 solar year, soothe Hebrew calendarisadjusted about every 2-3 years.
8. It starts with Adams birth.
Nisan (Aviv) 30 days
Lyar 29 days
Sivan 30 days
Tammuz 29 days
Av 30 days
Elul 29 days
Tishrei 30 days
Cheshvan 29 or 30 days
Kislev 29or 30 days
Tvet 29 days
Shevat 30 days
Adar 29 days
Adar 1 (30 days) added after Shevat and the regular Adar becomes Adar II
Days of the Week (each day begins at sunset the evening before)
Yom Rishon 1st day Sunday
Yom Sheni 2nd day Monday
Yom Shlishi 3rd day Tuesday
Yom Revi 4th day Wednesday
Yom Chamishi 5th day Thursday
Yom Shishi 6th day Friday
Yom Shabbat 7th Day Saturday – rest da
EX 13:4 Aviv (Nisan), Ex 12:2, is the first month of the year
EX 23:16: seasonofthe fall Festival of Booths is called the end of the year
Biblical references to months: (all are Canaanintenames)
Aviv: first month - spring-ripening of barley
Ziv second month- light
1 Kings 6:37
Ethanim seventh month – strong
Bul – eighth month
1 Kings 6:38
Because there were no calendars or clocks, they watched the skies to determinine which festival to keep. These are the 3 High Holy Days.
Pesach – Passover – 7 days with and 8th day – 15 Nisan
Lev 23:4 Passover begins on the 14th day of Nisan.
Lev 23:5 Feast of unleavened bread begins on the 15th and lasts 7 days
The first day is holy, no work is done
Shavuot – Feast of Weeks – 50 days after the day after Passover
Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – 7 day festival with 8th day – last great day of the year.
What if this is Jehovah’s calendar? If we study and learn this calendar, we can then understand events, times, places of the past….as well as prophecy in the future.
So, of course, in using a Gregorian calendar, the Roman Catholics can quite easily point out that Jesus was resurrected on Sunday.
1. This calendear did not exist when Jesus was here on earth.
2. Jesus was Jewish and would have observed a Hebrew calendar
a. He kept the Sabbath – Luke 4:16
3. On the Hebrew calendar, Jesus arose at sunset on 11 Nisan, Saturday. It was day 4 of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, also the Feast of First Fruits began at 1 moment after sunset.
4.Remember that the term “dawn” of a “new day” would physically be at dusk on a Hebrew calendar as their day begins at sunset.
5. Jesus rose at “dawn” which was sunset on Saturday.
6. Anything that takes scripture and makes it read that Jesus rose on a Sunday morning thus becomes a deception –something that Jesus warned against.
Time and again, scripture tells us to keep the Sabbath. The seventh. Nowhere does it tell us to keep the first. And before you begin to quote scripture, re-read the above and look at that scripture from a Hebrew standpoint. After all. ALL of scripture was written by Hebrews, to them, about them. There was absolutely, positively, without question….not a single solitary church in existence at the time it was written!!!
Eight times scripture refers to the first day of the week:
1. Matthew 28:1: "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher."
In the consistent New Testament, this reads: But late of-the-Sabbaths, with-the getting-light-on with-reference-to day one, of-the-Sabbaths, Mary the Magdalene came and the other Mary to-observe the grave.
a. It was a Hebrew Sabbath – our Saturday. The consistent New Testament takes the meaning of the original Greek word and places it in scripture. So that Greek word literally meant “Sabbath”.
2. Mark 16:2: "And very early in the morning THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun."
CNT: And very early in-the-morning, of-the day one of-the Sabbaths they-are-coming upon the tomb, as the sun was having-risen.
a. Same as 1. A. above
3. Mark 16:9: "Now when Jesus was risen, early the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils.
CNT: But having-stood-again in-the-morning on-first day of-the-Sabbath he-appeared first to-Mary the Magdalene, from who he-had cast-out seven little demons.
a. Once again, a Sabbath.
4. Luke 24:1: "Now UPON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing their spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
CNT: On-the-other-hand on-the day one of-the Sabbaths, of-deep daybreak, they-came upon the sepulcher, bringing spices which thet-prepared, and certain ones together-with them.
a. On a Sabbath
5. John 20:1. "THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher."
CNT: But on the day one of-the Sabbaths Mary the Magdalene is-coming in-the-morning, while being still dark, with-reference-to the tomb, and she-is-looking-at the stone having-en-and-still-removed out-of the tomb.
a. On a Sabbath.
6. John 20:19: "Then the same day at evening, being THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."
CNT: Therefore as it was being evening on that day, namely-the day one of-the Sabbaths, and as the doors were having been-shut-and-still-shut were-in-which the disciples were having-been-and-still-were-gathered-together, because-of the fear of-the Jews, the Jesus came and stood into the midst, and he-is-saying to-them: Peace to-YOU..
a. On a Sabbath
7. Acts 20:7: "And upon THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together."
CNT: But in the first of-the Sabbaths, as we were having-been-and-still-were-gathered-together to-break bread, the Paul was-discoursing with-the, being-about to-be-being-out on-the next-day, and-additionally he-was-prolonging the word as-far-as midnight
a. On a Sabbath
8. 1 Corinthians 16:2: "Upon the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.
CNT: According-to number one of-Sabbaths let each of-YOU be-putting beside himself, storing something which if he-might-be-being-prospered, in-order-that not at-the-time-that I-might-come, then, there-might-be-coming-to-pass collections.
a. Again – Sabbath
I also went to a Greek interlinear and while I do not know Greek....you can easily read that the word is "sabbath" in the Greek.
What if Greek word really does mean Sabbath – Saturday, which began right at sunset on Friday. Then we should not be observing it on a Sunday morning for sure!!!
Andif the Hebrew calendar is the one that Jesus Messiah observed while He was here on earth, then we should do no less than observe it ourselves!
The magi was a rabbi?
I grew up believing that there were 3 wise men who came to see the baby Jesus. That it happened sometime between birth and age 3. That they had names. That they brought him Frankincense, Gold and Myrh. That they were dressed like kings. They wore crowns and robes, adorned with jewels. You’ve seen the pictures just like I did as a kid.
But I had so many questions about all that. How could 3 people get the attention of King Herod?
Did King Herod die before they arrived?
If you simply read Matthew, Chpt 2, there are all kinds of what-ifs.
“there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem”
1. where does it tell us there were just 3 of them?
2. How did “wise men” turn into “3 kings of Orient” in the hymn?
a. The Orient would be “south east” of Jerusalem!
3. They went to Jerusalem….Jesus was born in Bethlehem
“we have seen his star in the east…”
4. they came from the east. But they saw his star “in” the east?
“when Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him”
5. 3 men got the attention of the King and “all” Jerusalem. Remember, there were hundreds of thousands of Israelites in Jerusalem when Jesus Messiah was born – all there for the census and the Feast of Tabernacles.
“and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, til it came and stood over where the young child was”
6. the star MOVED! So why do all the Christmas pagaents have it stationary over the stable???
“and when they were come into the house”
7. how did the stable get turned into a house?
“Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee nto Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him”
Herod died less than a month after Jesus Messiah was born. So that means these wise men had to be there before then!
“he took the young child and his mother by night and departed into Egypt”
8. Why at night?
“and was there until the death of Herod”
9. So, were they in Egypt less than 30 days?
So many “what if’s”
1. What if the star first appeared when Jesus was conceived at Hanukkah, BCE5?
a. Plenty of time for the wise men to travel – a full 9 months
2. What if the wise men came from Babylon?
a. It is directly east of Jerusalem
b. It was a Jewish center
1) 600 years earlier, Hebrews took Babylon captive
2) more ethnic Hebrews were in Babylon alone, than in all of Israel
3)Babylon was a Rabbinical headquarters and had numerous Hebrew seminaries.
4) It was a magnet for devout and ethnic Hebrews
5) Babylon’s royal treasure house still possessed the objects looted from the Jerusalem temple more than 500 years earlier.
6) Babylon’s rabbis werethe source of Jerusalem’s new copies of the Holy scripture scrolls
7) Babylon had been the source of the Talmud
Remember, the prophecy was a long, forgotten, unanticipated one. At least 600 years old? Who would even know what a star in the sky was for? Only learned men, great scholars, men who studied the Hebrew scrolls would know this prophecy and be actively looking for it.
3. What if there were hundreds in the group? Dozens of Rabbis, Hebrew seminary students, devout and faithful Hebrews. Many already making their pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the High Holy days of Sukkot. Being devout Hebrews, they would have longed to go to Jerusalem forthis event.
4. What if they all (hundreds?) arrive in Jerusalem on the first night of Sukkot, the beginning of the 7 day long Feast of Tabernacles, the first night of which is an Annual High Sabbath, a High Holdy Day, in the fall of BCE4. October 4 on our calendar.
They arrive at the same time Joseph and Mary arrive….right at sundown.
Jesus Messiah is born a little later that night. In a temporary tabernacle, a sukkah and placed in a food crib (because he is the Bread of Life.
5. It is doubtful that 3 wise men would get the attention of King Herod. But hundreds and hundreds of Hebrew Rabbis and scholars, a unified mob….highly respected Babylonian Hebrew rabbis….all asking where the new born King was….yes, that might just get Herod’s attention!!! Plus the attention of ALL of Jerusalem!
6. What if scripture is true and the star really did move? It was a guiding light? It then stood still directly over the Messiah? It did not rise. It did not set. It did not move across the sky. It was not a comet, alignment of planets, etc. What if no one else saw it? Jesus Messiah only spoke to Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus, while the others heard a voice, but did not hear a meaningful conversation. What if it wasThe Angel of The Lord?
7. What if the group of Rabbis departed Jerusalem and arrived in Bethlehem (4 miles away) the very next evening after the Messiah’s birth? The “Pilgrimage” Sabbath had ended, many Hebrews had departed and lodgings were now available indoors, so the baby Jesus had been moved inside a house. What if Joseph took the family and departed forEgypt very late that same 2nd night and never returned to Bethlehem? From birth to departure, Jesus spent no more than 36 hours in Bethlehem.
8. What if Epiphany is simply a Roman Catholic myth?
9. What if Mary is NOT supposed to be worshiped? Scripture tells us that the wise men ONLY bowed to and worshiped the newborn Messiah!!! How did the Catholics evolve that into worshiping Mary?
10. What if Joseph took his family to the nearest part of Egypt? Just outside the reach of Herod. Perhaps to current day Gaza or Sinai? Not Cairo. Not the Nile River.
11. What if Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day – it is a special Sabbath. It would only make sense that a Hebrew King be circumcised and named on a Sabbath.
12. What if King Herod did die within 3 weeks of Jesus Messiah’s birth? We know that he died late October BCE4? Jesus returned from Egypt less than a month after His birth. They went to Nazareth, avoided Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
13. According to Hebrew law, a woman was unable to enter a temple until 40 days after birth. At that time she was ritually cleansed and eligible to enter the temple. He would have been presented at the Hebrew Temple in Jerusalem to officially record his birth and to dedicate Him to God.
14. What if you know the scriptures? Then you will come to know that Christmas carols are merely folklore based on Roman Catholic myths and fables. No 3 kings. No orient!
What if the Magi was a Rabbi?