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EASTER: THE MOTHER GODDESS - “QUEEN OF HEAVEN”
“If you abide in My Word . . .” When we leave behind the teachings of men (old wine) that have been poured into our new wineskin (heart), and begin fresh from what Scripture instructs us to do, we can receive the “new wine” which Yahusha puts into us after He makes us a new wineskin to receive the Truth. We are not to go hunt-down others who already understand, but rather we are told to go and teach all those “nations” (foreigners to the Covenant) everything He had commanded Israel to obey. Some teachers say that our obedience is not pleasing to Yahuah, but He tells us that to obey is better than sacrifice (1 Sam 12:22). Yahusha’s sheep hear His Voice when He calls.
The worship of the heavenly bodies began in Sumer, originating in a governmental religion began by Nimrod, and perpetuated by his mother/ wife, Shemiramis. This “Babylonian” Culture has migrated throughout the entire Earth due to the “great division” of languages at Babel during the life of Peleg (whose name means “division”). The Pagans used many forms to represent the deities they worshipped, like fish, rabbits, bulls, trees, wreaths, lilies, eggs, crosses, or obelisks/steeples. Pagans concealed the interpretation of their religious practices behind these symbolic objects. Rabbits symbolized luck, fertility, sexuality, and the moon to Pagans. Eggs and fish were also signs of fertility, as is the custom of throwing rice at a wedding ceremony. The sun-god and his consort (Mother Earth) were known as Baal and Asherah in some ancient cultures. The Earth mother was worshipped as Asherah, Astarte, Artemis, Athena, Isis, Gaia, Nana, Austron, Ostara, Eastre, Easter, Aphrodite, Eostre, Astoreth, Ishtar, Diana, Ninurta, Cres, Nut, Venus, Indrani, Devaki, Tanit, and others. This idol was named Asherah in the Hebrew Scriptures, and her worship continued as we see recorded in the book of Acts, chapter 19. She is still worshipped today by Wiccans, and other Earth Mother cults. The Vernal Equinox pointed to the impregnation of the Earth Mother, and the Winter Solstice pointed to the birth of Baal, the nativity of the sun deity, reflecting the human gestation cycle of nine months.
“For the weapons we fight with are not fleshly, but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing strongholds, overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah” 2Co10:4,5
The secret name,
“we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age . . . . .
The Crescent moon: Ancient Symbol Of
GREAT MOTHER OF WHORES “Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” Rev 18:4
- against spiritual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies.” Eph 6:12
It was all about fertility and sex.
ISRAEL: BRANCHES YAHUSHA: ROOT
MENORAH - 7 LAMPSTANDS SYMBOL OF TORAH; LIGHT OF THE WORLD
The seven “times” or festivals of Yahuah at the left are the Redemption Plan for Israel. They are the “shadows of things to come”, and are about Yahusha as Redeemer. The RCC replaced them with “7 sacraments” - which are useless to save us.
TRICKED BY TRADITIONS OF MEN? How many other things seen in popular and religious culture have origins from Mystery Babylon? Believe it, you have only scratched the surface here; and you will weep bitterly when you read the book:
ASHERAH, ISHTAR, EASTER, DEMETER, OSTARA, GAIA, LIBERTAS EOSTRE, VENUS, DIANA, FLORA, APHRODITE, ASTARTE, AUSTRON, ATHENA
THE GREAT MOTHER, QUEEN OF HEAVEN, MYSTERY BABYLON, MOTHER OF HARLOTS
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The “cup” filled with abominations held in the woman’s hand are the stumbling blocks and strongholds. The Truth will set you free of them.”
ARE THE PHILISTINES UPON YOU? PUT ON YAHUSHA INSTEAD.
Goliath of Gath was a very religious person, evidenced by the fact that he cursed Da’ud by his own Pagan deities. The Philistine is depicted above holding his “ASHERAH basket”, because he most likely observed “Easter” in every way we see it done today. The use of baskets, rabbits, eggs, and the very name itself are perfectly preserved, and originate from idolatry. These practices influenced Israel, causing them to be dispersed among the nations a number of times. All of Israel is still in captivity because they have not yet repented of these practices for over 2700 years. You may be one of their seed, so let’s see if you have ears to hear the call to be restored - to Torah (the Covenant). To learn the “ways” of the heathen is a breach of the Covenant, even if those “ways” are re-directed toward a form of worshipping the one, true Creator, Yahuah (yod-hay-uau-hay): hwhy (Sinai Hebrew script for the Name). The proof that we are to not learn or mix Pagan ways is at Dt. 12:28-32:
IDOLATRY IS MIXING (ADULTERATING) WITH THE PROFANE “When Yahuah your Elohim* does cut off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their elohim, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their elohim? And let me do so too.’ Do not do so to Yahuah your Elohim, for every abomination which Yahuah hates they have done to their elohim, for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their elohim. All the words I am commanding you, guard to do it – do not add to it nor take away from it.” Dt. 12:29-32 Idolatry is primarily the practice of rituals intended to honor false deities. For a Pagan, certain special days were held in high regard since the darkened minds of Pagans worshipped the creation (nature) rather than the Creator. They worshipped nature through the sexual symbolism seen in many fertility objects - literal “sex objects”, such as eggs, rabbits, fish, trees, wreaths, and other items. These had special meanings for them, as well as the time of year they were used. In the winter, the solstice was considered the “nativity” of the sun deity, and symbols were employed to convey fertility. A wreath symbolized a womb, and the tree a phallus. The ornaments were testes, and the tinsel was semen. As these practices became inculturated by crafty men of the past, many symbols and rituals were syncretized together and took on new meanings to camouflage them, hiding what they really were. Mixing and blending in this way is “adulterating” the pure with the profane. In Scripture, Easter is ASHERAH. Jezebel served this deity, and Rev 2:20 states that her teachings seduced Yahusha’s people. To the Norse, Eostre was a goddess of the dawn, and several symbols were used to represent her. The moon was an important symbol for her, as were rabbits, eggs, fish, and the flower of the lily. ALSO, RESEARCH CONE OF POWER Sunrise “services” were thought to be the time of the sun impregnating Mother Earth, which we see the priesthood of Yahuah indulged in as they observed “Easter morning”: “And He brought me into the inner court of the House of Yahuah, and there, at the door of the Temple of Yahuah, between the porch and the altar, were about twentyfive men with their backs toward the Temple of Yahuah and their faces toward the east, and they were bowing themselves eastward to the sun.” Eze 8:16 The 25 men represented the 24 courses of priests plus the High Priest. Israel had learned the customs of the nations, and they particularly enjoyed the sensuality of “pornea”, which was Pagan worship performed with “cult prostitutes” at their ASHERIM**. BASKETS EGGS, LILIES RABBITS FISH
MOTHER OF HARLOTS, EASTER, DECLARES: “I SIT AS A QUEEN”
Mother of Harlots. This booklet is part of a restoration movement to the Covenant, and there is no person or organization an individual needs to go to in order to be “restored”. Go to Yahusha, enter the Covenant, and through His Covenant you will have a relationship with Him. By this same Covenant you will find you are in a relationship with many others who have joined to Him. How can two walk together, unless they be in agreement? Obey and teach the Ten Commandments to all those around you; this is our Commission. All must be immersed calling on the Name of Yahusha for salvation and the remission of their sins. This immersion is the birth of a new creation: an Israelite, in the Covenant. The former Gentile person no longer lives. THE RESURRECTION SCENE - A meditation on why the head cloth was folded by itself, instead of simply found discarded on the floor of the empty tomb (Yn. 20:7): The body of Yahusha had been completely wrapped three days before, and laid in a new tomb. Now, the weekly Sabbath was coming to an end as the sun’s limb dipped below the horizon. In the first moments of the resurrection, something marvelous and unique was occurring. Yahusha was not simply coming back to life in a mortal body as Elazar (Lazarus) did, but He became a “new” Firstborn creation; a new Immortal Being was brought into existence, and He is now alive forevermore. No human eye was present to witness this historical, unparalleled event, but there were most likely malakim (angels, messengers) present as Yahusha became immortal. As a king would not dress or undress himself, the King of kings most likely had assistants, malakim, attending Him as He arose from the sleep of the dead. A truly Perfected Being, the living Body of the Creator of all things seen and unseen, was brought forth. The messenger that received the head wrapping from Yahusha most likely folded the item neatly; and would have wondered how such an honor could have been possible. The messengers attending Yahusha’s resurrection would perform in the most strict manner of servitude, worship, dedication, and love for their King. In all of time, there was never a moment like it, and they probably felt unworthy to be there, as would any of us. It has become the central event in all of human history, and our hope rests 100% in the reality of it. If Yahusha is not raised, our faith is in vain, and we are still in our sins. But, HE LIVES! (Read 1Co 15:12-26). “The last enemy to be brought to naught is death.” The person who wrote these words met Yahusha as he was on his way to arrest the Natsarim in Damascus. The Romans worshipped Asherah in the name “LIBERTAS”, as she was known as the “goddess” of freedom in this name. Pagan deities were given various names, and each “appellation” would apply to a specific attribute the worshippers sought from them. The specific name used would be directly applied to what was being pursued or requested by the worshipper, so the epithet was the objective or trade name for the object of desire. For love, the Romans called her VENUS. To the Greeks, Asherah was Athena, the goddess of war. As Aphrodite, she was the goddess of love. For a Christian to observe EASTER, they have to be swooning under the spell of a very strong delusion - a stronghold. No dogs will be allowed in the New Yerushalayim. You’ll need to be in the Covenant. To begin, acknowledge you have failed in obeying (the Ten Words), repent (turn back) to them, and promise Yahusha you will live by them - He will write them upon your heart. Then you will love them. This is what is meant by “receiving” a love for the Truth. Unless you repent, you will perish. He can change you. DON’T BOTHER TO HUNT FOR ANY EGGS.
ASHERAH IS THE ONE JEZEBEL WORSHIPPED, TODAY DEPICTED AS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
EOSTRE is shown here with the moon behind her, and rabbits at her feet. She is spreading flora and bringing life to the world. “FLORA” is an alternate name used for her. At Ephesus, she was known as DIANA (Acts 19). **ASHERIM:
PLURAL OF ASHERAH
* ELOHIM: Hebrew root, EL means “strength”. ELOHIM literally means “ONE OF STRENGTHS”
SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME: The Festivals given at Lev. 23, Dt. 16
EASTER POISONED THE LIVING WATERS - IT IS WORMWOOD, THE TEACHINGS OF JEZEBEL
road will seal their doom unless they repent and follow the road less traveled, the WAY of TORAH. TORAH is the Hebrew word for instruction, and most often is used to refer to the COVENANT between Yahuah and Israel. It is the Covenant that brings former Gentiles “near” to Yahuah, to become “fellow citizens of the commonwealth of Israel”. Carefully meditate on the text surrounding Ephesians 2:8-13, knowing it refers to the “works” of men’s hands (circumcision). It was thought that adult male circumcision was required for salvation. The works of mens’ hands is contrasted with the workmanship of Yahusha, Who circumcises our hearts. The “works” of circumcision does not save anyone, and that’s all the text is speaking of; the Covenant is renewed in us through the workmanship of Yahusha. Read Ps. 80 - it speaks of this restoration to His Name and His Covenant. The seven moedim (appointments) through the year are “shadows” (of things to come), and they illustrate the grand plan of redemption by Yahusha. Entering the Covenant (at the time we are immersed in the Name of Yahusha), Gentiles cease to be Gentiles, and become adopted sons and daughters -- they are Israelites now. They are partakers in the Covenant, have fellowship with Yahuah, and one another. Israel is one body, united through the same Covenant. “Observing” is not the same as offering the “Passover sacrifice”, since the Passover sacrifice is a slaughtering of a lamb at Pesach that may only be done at Yerushalayim. Still, some people perform this slaughtering; they buy or have a lamb, slaughter it, and roast it whole. Indeed, this is not appropriate. Even if we were in Yerushalayim, the “sacrifice” has been made, once for all time. The former slaughtering of lambs only “pointed” to Yahusha’s final sacrifice. They were “shadows” of things to come. Now, we observe (remember, recognize) His death at Pesach, in remembrance of Him, as He made it a point for us to do so. Wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in His Name, He said He is there. We might be anywhere on Earth to observe this remembrance of His death, since we “worship” Him in “Spirit and Truth”, as He explained to the Samaritan woman at Yn. Chapter 4. The question has been asked, “is it proper for a Gentile to observe Passover?”, since only “nativeborn” Israelites may do so. Passover (Pesach) is the memorial of Yahusha’s death, and is for all those who have entered into His Covenant. What is meant by “examining” ourselves relates to our “abiding” in His Covenant. It has never been about who WE are, but rather about our relationship to Him through His Covenant. So, we see that Eph. 2:8-13 describes how we were once “far off”, and “strangers”, we are “brought near” through the Covenant. All Israel is in His Covenant, and we Natsarim are sealed in the Covenant with Yahusha’s blood. No guile is in our mouth.
Goliath said several interesting things, and among them we see that he asked if he was a “DOG”: (AND YES, HE WAS INDEED, A DOG) “And the Philistine said to Da’ud, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed Da’ud by his elohim.” 1Sa 17:43 In contrast to the way Goliath was taught to live, Israel is a group of people doing Yahuah’s Commandments. Goliath and his kind are VERY religious, but are referred to as “DOGS”, and practice falsehood. Notice these words: “Blessed are those doing His commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city. “But outside are the dogs and sorcerors, and fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood.” Rev 22:14,15 Yahusha (the Messiah of Israel) referred to a Pagan Canaanite woman as a DOG: “But she came and was bowing to Him, saying, “Master, help me!” And He answering, said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” But she said, “Yea Master, for even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” And Yahushua answering, said to her, “O woman, your belief is great! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.” Mt 15:25-28 The woman knew she was a “dog”. Those not in the Covenant are dogs. Peter (Kepha) spoke of Pagan practices, and how people tended to return to them as a DOG to its own vomit: “For them the proverb has proved true, ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “A washed sow returns to her rolling in the mud.’” 2Pe 2:22
Based on all indications found in Scripture, everyone that ignores the Covenant offered by the Mediator (Yahushua) is without hope, and He considers them to be “DOGS” until they repent and accept His Covenant upon their hearts (Heb. 8). Israel is being restored to the Covenant in the lands of their dispersion (Dt. 4:30, Dt. 30:1-20), and at Yahusha’s return they will be re-gathered. This event will be the fulfillment and focus of all prophetic history. In Scripture, we see that “dogs” are Pagans, because of 2 things: 1. They do Pagan stuff. Ex 31, Dt 12, Jer 10, Mt 7:6, 15:26, Php 3:2, 2Pet 2:22, Rv 22:15 2. They are not in any Covenant with Yahuah. This booklet is a shofar blast, and it will awaken many of you to the Truth. You have been in a dream-state, and like Neo in the movie Matrix, you will be made aware of what is really happening around you. A powerful stronghold (false teaching, fortress of reasoning) is about to be exposed by Truth. Easter remains one of the most powerful strongholds to overcome. People think “EASTER” concerns the resurrection day of Yahusha, the Messiah of Israel. (Yahushua is an alternate spelling). The true origin of EASTER is Pagan, being the name of the Earth Mother. It was a fertility feast, and the Pagans engaged in “pornea” with their temple prostitutes. The “Rites of Spring” were sexual activities that represented the pattern seen in nature. The rays of the sun were believed to “impregnate” the Earth Mother, and nine months later this “mother” would give birth to the sun at the winter solstice, now observed as “Christmas” (Natalis Sol Invictus), originally Saturnalia. “EASTER” mixed into the faith, and the original symbols were preserved perfectly, but new meanings camouflaged the witchcraft. This Pagan mixture was blended together with the Messiah of Israel at the Council of Nicaea (325-326 CE) by the Roman emperor Constantine I, who established the “universal” (Latin, catholic) date to observe “EASTER”, and camouflaged it with the new meaning we see today. Ishtar’s emblem was the flower of the lily (fleur-de-lis). Many of the Babylonian religious customs are seen imprinted on the Christian, Islamic, and Hindu practices and symbols.
JEZEBEL MEANING “VIRGIN OF BAAL” WAS CAST DOWN AND EATEN BY DOGS - 2Ki 9:33-37
MARANATHA - another stronghold (false reasoning) example
The short phrase, “anathema maranatha” was meant as a negative pronouncement, almost a curse, upon anyone that did not love Yahushua. A newer meaning for “maranatha” crept into the “church” several hundred years ago. It essentially is Aramaic (Maran – atha), that is, "master comes". Taken together, the phrase actually means “forbidden; Master comes!” Here is the way it used to express the fact that all those who declare they do not love Yahushua are “off-limits” to us. (The familiar KJV with concordance numbers is used for illustration purposes, so you can do more detailed research. The false terms, name, and titles are corrected) 1Co 16:22:
“If any man1536 love5368 not3756 the3588 (Master)2962 (Yahushua)2424 (haMashiach),5547 let him be2277 anathema331 maranatha.3134 ”
The word “anathema” is equivalent to the Hebrew word “HEREM”, and means off-limits, or forbidden. This word is used for the “harem” of a king, a group of concubines guarded by a cohort of eunuchs. Maranatha is the component of the phrase that means judgment is coming to execute vengeance. “Maranatha” in this case should not be isolated from the word used before it, “anathema”, to be properly understood in context. CHRISTMAS, SUN-DAY, EATING SWINEFLESH, AND IGNORING THE FESTIVALS OF YAHUAH - are all strongholds of false teaching. The idea of “Gentiles” replacing Israel is known as “replacement theology”, and this is the root and foundation of the early Christian (Catholic) magisterium, led by Constantine and the “church fathers”. The break we now call “the Reformation” was just a small beginning step, but it did not restore the Covenant to those being called out of the
BAAL & ASHERAH: KING & QUEEN OF HEAVEN -
SUN & MOON WERE THE “EYES OF HEAVEN”
COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE!
Circumambulation and the use of bells in steeples are a couple of examples. Idols, statues, Asherah trees, wreaths, painted eggs in baskets, hot-cross buns (cakes baked for the Queen of Heaven, Asherah), prayer beads, scapulars, holy water, etc., are forbidden: "Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction." Deut 7:26 Yahuah distinctly warned Israel to not erect an Asherah next to His altar, nor bring a "detestable thing" into your house. Even though YOU may not remember what it represented long ago, Yahuah hasn't forgotten at all. He does not change. He dispersed the northern tribes of Israel into the nations, and they have lived as Pagans for 2700+ years. They left Yahuah's Covenant, but they have held fast to the ways of Asherah. Read Ez. 4; the house of Israel would be in captivity for 390 years; but because they still did not return to Torah, the penalty became 7-fold, or 2730 years (Lev. 26). When this “olive tree” shows signs of blossoming again, Yahusha is coming. “ASHER" is a Hebrew term meaning "happy", and is a word used as a proper noun, the father of the tribe of Asher (alef-shin-resh). This term was modified, and became the word ASHERAH, a proper name used by Pagans for the female consort of Baal (Celtic Bel). Baal/Asherah worship is clearly seen during the time of "Elijah" (ElYahu), when 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah assembled at Mt. Carmel, and ElYahu (Elijah) challenged them to decide whether Yahuah is Elohim, or Baal (and his consort, Asherah). Jezebel (Isabel), an 8th century BCE Sidonian princess married to Ahab (king of northern Israel), taught her witchcraft to the House of Israel. Now, we can go to any Wal-Mart store and see the results of her teachings. Her teachings are still resounding in the echo-chambers of the seminaries and Christian churches. Every time a preacher utters the word “Easter”, this witchcraft is present, poisoning the true worship. It is part of the filth in the cup of the Harlot riding the beast, and in this cup are her teachings which keep the nations drunk and in a deep stupor. Awaken, you sleepers! (A calamity is coming - Read Ez. 7:6-27). ASHERAH - EASTER BASKETS, and the promotion of the Queen of Heaven, Shemiramis Long ago in the land of Sumer, the Pagan Babylonians believed that a great egg fell from the skies, landing in the river Euphrates. The egg was moved to the bank by fish and floated among the reeds (basket material), and out of this egg came the Great Mother, Ishtar. The reeds have been woven into baskets with egg-shaped cavities and handles to remind everyone of this event, and this practice has been carefully preserved for the Rites of Spring we see mass merchandised all around us, as we see the other aspects (trees and wreaths) at other times of the year. The adversary misled mankind with various fertility rites, and receives "worship" through these rites (such as the Rites of Spring). Easter egg-hunts and sun-rise services were practiced by Pagans. Yahuah doesn't provide us with all the details of the heathen rites, but we know generally from Scripture they performed certain rituals in forests or "groves". The word "Asherah" is often translated as grove. Scripture mentions how the Israelites would bring "Asherim" and put them near His Hekal (Temple), behavior which we see inherited as the "Christmas Tree". Most probably the trees used were date palms. Modern witchcraft and Satanism follow most closely to the worship of Asherah. The name is most likely directly related to Ishtar, and Artemis, worshipped by modern day witches as well as the ancient Ephesians (Acts 19:28). Although the original concept of Asherim (EASTER) worship has remained hidden from the general public, I feel that the acceptance of the solstice tree is drawn directly from the Pagan worship, transformed for public consumption. We should know it is forbidden to worship Yahuah in any false or perverted manner. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, so we know that anything we practice that originated in Paganism is rebellion, and therefore witchcraft. Our programming (strongholds, opinions) often blocks us from seeing, or even receiving, the Truth. Many have a problem receiving the true Name of the Messiah of Israel. They can hear it, and see it written on a page, but they won’t receive it. Yahusha mentioned this very matter as He dictated to Yahuchanon on Patmos: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I shall give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I shall give him a white stone, and on the stone a renewed Name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” Rev 2:17 The hidden manna represents the Torah (instructions) which men’s religious traditions have hidden from the average person seeking the Truth. The Torah is the Truth. Those that have “eaten” of the hidden manna are then able to “receive” His renewed Name, “Yahushua” (meaning: YAH - is our - salvation).
An old Yiddish saying says, “The Messiah you’re expecting will never come. The Messiah that’s coming you’ve never expected.” After being led astray by preaching against “legalism” (lawful living), what will people do when they face the REAL Messiah of Israel Who taught us, “If you love Me, keep My Commandments”? THE WAY OF TORAH From the beginning, those of the “WAY” have been “walking” on the narrow, straight “PATH”, and we read about such men as Enoch, Noach, and Abrahim who “walked” before Yahuah according to a certain “WAY”. Walking in the way always meant a singular thing: to obey Torah, the instructions of Yahuah. Psalms and Proverbs are filled with examples, but take a look at how Yahuah longs for His Torah to be in our hearts in His Words here: “For this command which I am commanding you today, it is not too hard for you, nor is it far off. “It is not in the heavens, to say, ‘Who shall ascend into the heavens for us, and bring it to us, and cause us to hear it, so that we do it?’ “Nor is it beyond the sea, to say, ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and cause us to hear it, so that we do it?’ “For the Word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart – to do it. “See, I have set before you today life and good, and death and evil, in that I am commanding you today to love Yahuah your Elohim, to walk in His ways, and to guard His commands, and His laws, and His right-rulings. And you shall live and increase, and Yahuah your Elohim shall bless you in the land which you go to possess.” Deu/Debarim 30:11-16 The Natsarim were referred to as being of “the WAY”, and were easily discovered because they used the Personal Name of Yahuah, while others would not. Shaul was dispatched to arrest them and bring them bound to Yerushalayim, so their utterance of the Name in the presence of the Sanhedrin would cause them to be condemned for “blasphemy”: “But Sha’ul, still breathing threats and murder against the taught ones of the Master, having come to the high priest, asked from him letters to the congregations of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, to bring them bound to Yerushalayim.” Act 9:1,2 The Hebrew word for “WAY” is #1870, DEREK, and means path, road, and figuratively a mode of living. It is the “straight and narrow”. We get our English word “direct” from this Hebrew root word. The Hebrew language uses physical substances in the world and brings their attributes into a “figurative” expression of thought. A “nostril” might be literal, but often it conveys the figurative meaning of rage, or disapproval. A “path” or “way” can lead to destruction, or to Life everlasting. Yahuah will have the last word; He calls us to walk on the “old paths”, and listen to the voice behind us when we turn to the right or left. He reminds us constantly of our stubborn rebellion, but in the following two verses we see that the breach will one day be repaired, and from among us there will be people that will rebuild the waste places, and restore the streets to dwell in: “Thus said Yahuah, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves. But they said, ‘We do not walk in it.’” Jer/YirmeYahu 6:16 “And those from among you shall build the old waste places. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations. And you would be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. If you do turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My set-apart day, and shall call the Sabbath ‘a delight,’ the set-apart day of Yahuah ‘esteemed,’ and shall esteem it, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in Yahuah. And I shall cause you to ride on the heights of the earth, and feed you with the inheritance of Ya’aqob your father. For the mouth of Yahuah has spoken!” Isa/YeshaYahu 58:12-14 Yahusha is the Repairer and the Restorer, and we are His ambassadors. He is working through those that abide in His WAY, the Torah. What will become of those who do not walk in the Torah? Help us restore the Covenant to the lost sheep, who are perishing and without hope until the Mediator of the Covenant restores them. We are nearing the end of days, and those on the wide
THE “WAVING” BARLEY SHEAF WAS A SYMBOL - A SHADOW - IT REPRESENTED YAHUSHUA’S RESURRECTION
JEZEBEL (IZABEL) LITERALLY MEANS “VIRGIN OF BAAL”
Woden’s Day (Wednesday) at sunset began night #1 (the next sunrise began the day #1) Thor’s Day (Thursday) at sunset began night #2 (the next sunrise began the day #2) Frigga Daeg (Friday) at sunset began night #3 (the next sunrise began the day #3) -- total: 3 days and 3 nights. At sunset as the weekly Shabbath drew to a close, Yahusha rose from the dead. The discovery of His resurrection was not until the following morning when Miryam of Migdal arrived on the first day of the week and found the stone had been removed, and the body was missing. This morning on the 1st day of the week was very special, since Yahusha (as Kohen haGadol) would ascend before the Father (Yahuah) as the “Wave Sheaf offering”. This is why He would not allow Miryam to touch Him, because He had not yet presented Himself as the Wave-Sheaf offering. His resurrected body WAS this “First-Fruits” offering, what the barley sheaf had represented; it was being fulfilled, and what was casting the “shadow” (the barley sheaf) was revealed. Today, Passover is ignored. Yahusha instituted the memorial of His death with His talmidim, then was killed, and 3 days and 3 nights later was His resurrection. Often, His resurrection is celebrated BEFORE Passover arrives (and instead of Passover). And that is not odd to anyone? The timing of these things indicates that Yahusha and the 12 were observing Passover at the beginning of the 14th day of the moon, and it was a Tyr’s* Daeg (Tuesday) evening/night. The confusion is caused by the fact that the Roman days begin at midnight, instead of the proper time, at sunset. Counting to 3 has been difficult for Christians because their teachers have been mixing Jezebel’s witchcraft with the Truth. They have a “form” of piousness, but deny its authority over them; they have no Passover, festival of Matsah, Shabouth, Yom Teruah, Yom Kaphar, or Sukkoth - the “shadows” of redemption-things to come. By referencing everything around “Sun-day”, they miss the foundation because they did not build on it in the first place. They built their “matrix” patterned after sun-worshippers, and abandoned the festivals of Israel. Yahusha’s only bride (wife) is Israel. Without the Covenant, there can be no Israelite.* “Casuistry” (deceptive reasoning) is the basis of Jesuit teachings - deceptive, but made to sound reasonable. Passover is a memorial of Yahusha's death. (Once each year, not each “Sun-day”) First-Fruits is a memorial of Yahusha’s resurrection. The three days and three nights in the tomb are the sign of Yonah, proving by this sign He is the Mashiach. The resurrected body of Yahusha is the offering of "First-Fruits", also known as the "Wave-sheaf offering", and this is why it happened the "morrow after the Shabbath", or what Christians call "Sun-day" morning. The resurrection was being "rehearsed" by the High Priests of Israel each time they cut the "First-Fruits" of barley and waved it before Yahuah. Yahusha made it a reality, bringing an end to ceremonial offerings, and becoming our Kohen haGadol (High Priest). “In the first month, on the fourteenth day (ABIB 14) of the month, between the evenings, is the Passover to Yahuah. And on the fifteenth day (ABIB 15) of this month is the Festival of Unleavened Bread to Yahuah – seven days you eat unleavened bread. . . . , ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the First-Fruits of your harvest to the priest. And he shall wave the sheaf before Yahuah, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it . . . , “And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to Yahuah.” Lev. / Wayyiqra 23:5-16 Teaching that the “wave-sheaf offering” is done on ABIB 16 is an error, because on ABIB 16 Yahushua was in the tomb, fulfilling the sign of Yonah. It is also false teaching to say that Yahuah is not pleased when we obey His instructions. Obedience is the highest form of worship we can offer Him: “And Samuel said, ‘Has Yahuah as great a delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahuah? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” 1Sa 15:22 *Tyr’s Daeg: Literally declares the day to be Tyr’s, a Pagan deity. *WHAT WILL BECOME OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT IN THE COVENANT? THE COVENANT IS THE RELATIONSHIP.
The Britannica Encyclopedia (1934) states: "EASTER (es'ter): Ostara, or Eastre, was the goddess of Spring in the religion of the ancient Angles and Saxons. Every April a festival was celebrated in her honor. With the beginnings of Christianity, the old gods were put aside. From then on the festival was celebrated in honor of the resurrection of Christ, but was still known as Easter after the old goddess." THE RESURRECTION - AN EVENT UNEQUALED IN HUMAN HISTORY Yahusha resurrected after 3 days and 3 nights in the tomb. It was an ascendance to a higher plane of life, and He is the first being to do so. He was conceived in a virgin by the Ruach haQodesh (set-apart Spirit); from His mouth, Yahuah spoke directly to His creatures; He then offered Himself as a propitiation for the sins of the world through His blood, establishing the Covenant sealed in His blood instead of the insufficient blood of animals; He raised in a new immortal body, the First-Fruits of many to come, and “waved” before the Throne of the Universe as our High Priest and King. He had declared that only one “sign” would be given as proof of His Messianic status: the “sign of Yonah”. As the Redeemer of Israel, Yahusha was fulfilling every detail of a “redemption plan” that Israel had been rehearsing since their arrival in the promised land. The redemption plan was concealed and kept secret from both the sages and the demonic principalities (1 Co 2), but now those given the Spirit of Yahusha are able to discern the mind of Messiah, and know His deep secrets, hidden from past generations. The redemption plan of Yahusha was hidden in the 7 annual festivals given to Israel, which are “SHADOWS” - yet the things casting these shadows were carefully eliminated from Christianity’s practices, and replaced with formerly Pagan practices. Practicing “falsehood” will keep many from entering the gates of the New Yerushalayim: “But outside are the dogs and those who enchant with drugs, and those who whore, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood.” Rev 22:15 These SHADOWS of the redemption plan may only be “judged” (distinguished, determined) by the Body of Messiah, the Natsarim*: “Let no one therefore judge you in eating or in drinking, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or Sabbaths – which are a shadow of what is to come – FOR the Body of the Messiah.” Col 2:16,17 (These shadows are FOR the body, ISRAEL). The word “Respect” used here means to appreciate or recognize. Only the Natsarim (those who have Yahusha’s Spirit) may determine and recognize the meaning of these “shadows”, which there are 7: Passover, Matsah, First-Fruits, Shabuoth, Yom Teruah, Yom Kaphar, and Sukkoth. These 7 prophetic secrets were replaced with 7 sacraments, which the RCC falsely promoted as the redemption plan of “Christos Mithras”, sacraments the religion of Mithraism already had. Essentially, the true redemption plan was hi-jacked and replaced with a lie, so that everyone following the lie would be condemned, and be found to be “idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood.” A great deal of Pagan behavior came through the Sidonian queen Jezebel (Isabel) who was married to Ahab in northern Israel (8th century BCE). EliYah slaughtered the priests of Baal and Asherah that sat at her table (1Kings 18). Much darkness entered the world from her activities. If there is any darkness in our faith, certainly the imprints of former Pagan customs would qualify as this darkness, until the real darkness comes along. We are told to EXPOSE the darkness at Eph 5:5-14: "For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person -such a man is an idolater - has any inheritance in the kingdom of (Mashiach) and of (Elohim). Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things (Elohim's) wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
*NATSARIM: BRANCHES, WATCHMEN - THE ORIGINAL TERM FOR US, ACTS 24:5, JER. 31:6
JEZEBEL - SEE 1 KINGS CHAPS 16, 18, 19, 21; 2 KINGS 9; REV 2:20, 18:4
COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE! (COME OUT OF JEZEBEL - REV 2:20, 18:4)
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the (Master). Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the (Master). Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible.” The Torah produces love, and exposes darkness for what it really is. BAAL & ASHERAH COMPETE WITH YAHUAH: (BAAL is the Hebrew word meaning “LORD”) “So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. When he saw Elijah, he said to him, ‘Is that you, you troubler of Israel?’ ‘I have not made trouble for Israel,’ Elijah replied. ‘But you and your father's family have. You have abandoned Yahuah’s commands and have followed the Baals. Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table.’ So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If Yahuah is Elohim, follow Him; but if Baal (LORD) is Elohim, follow him." 1 Kings 18:16-21 “Hear what Yahuah says to you, O house of Israel. This is what Yahuah says: ‘Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm, nor can they do any good.’" Jer/YirmeYahu 10:1-5 "Yahuah your Elohim will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their elohim, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their elohim? We will do the same.’ You must not worship Yahuah your Elohim in their way, because in worshiping their elohim, they do all kinds of detestable things Yahuah hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their elohim." Dt 12:29-32 (Photo below shows Moloch, the idol being described here). Because there are practices within Christianity that originated from Pagan worship, and although it is “about” the Messiah of Israel, it is not the same faith originally delivered to the saints, nor is it anything like the “way” taught and followed by the Messiah, then or now.
At Acts 12:4, the KJV translators have mishandled the Hebrew word Pesach (Greek Pascha), and inserted the word Easter: Act 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 (3957) to bring him forth, to the people.” The concordance number for the word “PASCHA” is 3957. This word is used 29 times in the Messianic Writings, and in each case it is translated as “PASSOVER”, not Easter. The KJV is the only version that contains the word “EASTER” in this verse, and translators acknowledge it is an error. There are still many who cling to this error, and they continue to write articles to defend it. They refuse to receive a love for the Truth, and so they are sent a working of error (delusion): “For the secret of lawlessness is already at work – only until he who now restrains comes out of the midst. And then the lawless one shall be revealed, whom the Master shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth and bring to naught with the manifestation of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved. And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood, in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth, but have delighted in the unrighteousness.” (2Th 2:7-12). Rev. 2 calls such things the “depths of Satan”, or hidden tricks, and makes specific mention of “Izebel” and her teachings. Read Ps. 80 “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” - Sir Walter Scott
PASSOVER or EASTER?
JEZEBEL TAUGHT ISRAEL THE PAGAN WAYS (1Ki 16)
THE RESURRECTION: FIRST-FRUITS THE FIRST OF THE EARLY HARVEST OF MANKIND
At Lv 23 and Dt 16 we see the redemption plan for all Israel laid out before us. Within these 7 appointed times, we see deliverance from sin, the Passover offering, the Resurrection to life (FirstFruits), the Last Trump (Yom Teruah), Judgment Day (Yom Kaphar), and the Wedding Supper of the Lamb (Sukkoth, Booths, and Last Great Day). The events that transpired around the time of Passover and the empty tomb have never been properly understood by Christianity. Most theologians miss the obvious truth concerning how Yahusha ha’Mashiach was in the heart of the Earth for “three days and three nights” because they force the concept of preparation day to only refer to their Roman/Celtic Friday*. In this, they overlook the annual Sabbath days. When understood within the religion/halacha of Israel, instead of Christianity, this “preparation day” referred to at Mt. 27:62, Mk. 15:42, Lk. 23:54, and Yn. 19:31 applies to the day before the mo’ed (appointed time) of Matsah, which arrives on the fifteenth day of the first moon, called Passover. The 14th day is the “preparation day” for the feast of Unleavened Bread, or Matsah. ABIB 15 - (ABIB means grain, and is the name of the first moon of the year after winter ends) This 15th day of the first moon after the spring equinox is an annual Shabbath (rest day), so the 14th of every first moon is always termed a “preparation day”. The Greek text captures the idea of the approaching day as a “High Shabbath” in the word “MEGAS” (G3173), Yn. 19:31. It has nothing to do with the SHABUA (week) of 7 days; the 15th day is determined only by the moon. The “stronghold” (opinion, reasoning) about the term “preparation day” being only a “Friday” is simply a long-lived error. Because the feasts of Yahuah are set according to the moon, the day of the week is irrelevant. We know through research that the day of Yahushua’s impalement was on the 4th day of the week, several hours after sunrise (this would be the Roman/Celtic day called “Woden’s Day”, or Wednesday). Catholicism teaches His death was on a “GOOD FRIDAY”. Carefully counting the days and nights from the time Yahusha was entombed, we find the following chain of events. On the “day” portion of the 14th of Abib, the two men Nakdimon (Nicodemus) and Yosef (Joseph) took Yahusha’s body from the tree near the close of the day, just prior to sunset, because the approaching sunset signaled the arrival of the first day of Matsah (Unleavened Bread) ABIB 15, a “high” day of rest: *FRIDAY (FREYA’S-DAY):
THEY AGREE THIS IS THE SCRIPTURAL “PREPARATION DAY” FOR SABBATH EACH WEEK
“If you stay in My Word, you are truly My taught ones, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Yn. 8:31,32 By studying Scripture, we find Yahuah’s Torah (His “Word”). Living (abiding) in this Word, we can overcome the strongholds (false reasonings that imprison our minds with false doctrines). Yahusha guides us in Truth to overcome the deceptions, and He sets us free by showing us the Way of Truth, Torah.
Emperor Constantine I blended occult holidays which were widely practiced around his empire by decree. He had already established the Edict of Constantine in 321 CE, declaring that the venerable “Day of the Sun” was to be observed under penalty of death. This effectively transferred “all duties” formerly applied to the true Sabbath day of Yahuah to be moved to the “Sun-day” (Day of the Sun).
ABOMINATION OF THE AMMONITES
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