Broken By The Good Fight

Broken By The Good Fight

This is for someone in the Valley of Decision Tonight. Choosing to wait it out, wrangle it out, or walk away. 

It is better to be “broken” by the good fight, than to be “prosperous” from the walking away. Or to say it another way….

True Shalom is found in overcoming suffering to continue the mission, while worldly “happiness” is found in simply avoiding the battles. One is “soul full” while the other is “spirit full”, but they are often confused in the churches.

“A Knight Still in shining armor is a man who has yet to have his metal truly tested” and who wants to be in the foxhole of the holy life WITH that guy? Who wants to be LED by that guy? Who wants to BE that guy?

Choose This Day whom you shall Become!

Selah and Shalom To Your Hearts

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Dangers in Gathering Tares

 Dangers in Gathering Tares



The Danger in being a truth seeker is the possibility of throwing the wheat out with the tares, as both wheat and tares have to reach a certain point in their season (not ours) before you can clearly tell the difference.

Should be a sobering thought when you remember that the King of Kings owns the field and we may have marked for the fire, seed that He planted Himself, all in our pride and impatience and demands for conformity to our own growth.

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“Your Righteousness Must Surpass That of the Pharisees” Huh?

Matthew 5:20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Wow! That sounds like a pretty tall order doesn’t it.

What did that phrase mean to the people who originally heard it from the mouth of the Messiah Himself??

There are a few possible meanings, and as in all Hebraic interpration, there can be double, triple, and even quadruple meanings such as the Sod and Parashot Interpretations, the Literal and the Figurative.

To understand any of these we must understand the Hebrew word “Tsedekah”, since many scholars concur that Matthew was probably actually written in Aramaic or Hebrew, and the audience Yeshua addressed were all speakers of Aramaic or Hebrew and He was speaking to them in Aramaic or Hebrew. NOT GREEK. The audience also had a very Hebraic, and not Greek mindset,as did the Scriptures that Yeshua quoted and built His ministry on.

The Greek mindset of “Tsedekah” is to be declared in a court of justice “not guilty” of ever breaking the Law. Just as in 1st John 3:4 “sin is Lawlessnes, in fact, anyone who breaks the Law of G-d (Torah) sins”.
The Greek mindset of “Nomos” is like the Roman “Lex”, a set of rules like congress would make. While the Hebrew “Torah” is G-d’s guiding an instruction on how to live a blessed life, like a parent would teach a child and all who become His children are taught by His Torah (Numbers 15, Romans 10 and 11, Isaiah 56/58, Psalm 119, Revelations 12),Matthew 5:17-19)and redeemed from the curses of breaking His Law by His Son Yeshua, the KINSman redeemer (when we become G-d’s children, Yeshua becomes our Kinsman). In the Greek sense, the Righteousness of Christ we take on is how our Righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees, because Yeshua never broke G-d’s Law and never taught anyone else to break it either. Making Him the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven according to Matthew 5:17-19.

In the Hebrew mindset and the Hebrew Scriptures, “Tsedekah” is often translated as “Righteousness”, which in the time of the prophets meant a heart condition of being submitted to G-d’s authority and purpose and being delivered or saved from one’s own nature which is selfishness and self-will.

By the time Yeshua walked the earth with the Disciples, the Pharisees had twisted the meaning of the word. To them Tsedekah referred not to what G-d had done in a person, but the frequency of times a person did 3 specific things for G-d (which is called Legalism or being “under the Law”-righteousness by your own effort). They also twisted the meaning of the word “Torah” to be not just G-d’s written instruction in Genesis through Deuteronomy, but the Torah plus their ORAL Traditions created by the Rabbis. As well as adding 32 traditions around G-d’s 7 very simply commands about the Sabbath.

If a person failed to do these 3 things, or didn’t do them often enough, they failed to be righteous in the eyes of the Pharisees. In the modern church, these three 3 are
A. Come to Church every week at least once.
B. Give that particular Church %10 of your income
C. Don’t break any Church traditions such abstain from cursing, drinking, smoking and gambling.

To the Pharisees of old, these 3 things were

A. Fasting
B. Prayer
C. Almsgiving

Fasting: The Pharisees fasted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and if you didn’t fast on the days their traditions said, then you weren’t fasting and G-d would punish you, or if you didn’t fast at least 2 days a week as their tradition demanded then you would miss the blessing (just like in the South, where lighting may strike you if you miss church one week).
The Pharisees asked Yeshua why His disciples weren’t “Fasting” just because His Disciples didn’t fast the way the Pharisees taught. They also got pretty worked up when the Disciples ate clean meats without giving their hands the ceremonial washing the Pharisees demanded, which required one person to sprinkle water over your hands from a pitcher while you said a certain prayer called the “Barucha”. If you didn’t wash your hands with the proper ceremony, and often from the proper jugs (the same kind with ceremonial hand washing water that Yeshua turned to wine in Canaa) then you might as well be eating bat wings with hotsauce to the Pharisees. The Talmud even says that “he who eats with unwashed hands is as he who has killed a man.

Yeshua taught that as long as one’s food was “Broma/Brosis” that is Greek for Levitically clean food, then the food is clean if one gave their hands the Pharasaic washing ceremony or not.

Prayer: The Pharisees were also very big on prayer. Not really praying from the heart, but praying certain prayers that had been memorized during the 2 year probationary period and thereby allowing a Pharisees to be heard when he prayed aloud and distinguished from the Am Ha’Aretz (people of the dirt) as all non-Pharisees were called by. They also demanded that one wrap a leather box around the hand with a scripture in it, and make the “Shin” letter with their fingers. It was quite a show.

While Yeshua taught that one should go into their prayer closet (Tallit, as closets didn’t exist for a few more centuries) and prayer out of humility.

Almsgiving: The Pharisees were also very big on giving money, in public. Most synagogues have a “pushke” , a small wooden box with a slit on the top that tithes go in once someone enters the door, that is guarded by only one or two persons. The Pharisees didn’t seem to think that this was enough of an audience, so they would loudly announce or blow trumpets to have someone else to announce, their contribution. Legalizing it by the silver trumpets that were suppose to be sounded over the WHOLE TITHE once EVERYONE had contributed. Many churches have the pastor do this today by announcing who gave the biggest offering.

The Pharisees also had a practice called “Corban/Korban” which was dedicating a certain portion of their income above the tithe to G-d. Since this was a big public deal to them, they went all out. Often times, taking the money that would have been spent to provide for an aging parent and sending it as a “Love Offering” or “Seed Offering” to the ancient TBN preacher to be a “gold partner” in order to please G-d, instead of using it to take care of the poor, orphan, fatherless, and widow, as G-d’s Word commanded.

While Yeshua commanded that the right hand shouldn’t know what the left is doing. He also chided the Pharisees for their practice of Corban, and for ignoring the weightier things of the Law. He praised them for tithing their dill, mint, cummin, thier money and produce and spices-all forms of income. He rebuked them however, for ignoring the “Weightier things” of the Law, like Justice and Mercy.

Here is where we get into exceeding the Righteousness of the Pharisees.

The Pharisees tried to make their own righteousness by showing the man made efforts of creating the OUTWARD appearance of a changed heart, without the changing of the heart. Only G-d can change the heart. Their outward obedience was a good thing but done with wrong motives. Just as their keeping the ‘Least of these Commandments” was great, but they should have “Done the former without neglecting the latter.” They tithed but had no charity. They prayed but without humility. They set themselves apart but not for G-d, but for their own ego, to be different from the “People of the dirt” instead of to be conformed to the “image of Christ”. They fasted from food, but not from the desires and pride of the flesh, they cleaned the leaven from their homes without doing so from their hearts (As 1st Corinthians 5:7 warns about).

Yeshua said that the Tsedekah of a person must be the Tsedekah that G-d gives (a changed heart willing to obey and submit to Him instead of self) the broad sense of Tsedekah. Instead of just the narrow and self-righteous Tsedekah of the Pharisees.

The Tsedekah of Yeshua Required:
A person must give Alms but not out of showmanship and a display of wealth or pride, but out of love for the suffering.
A person must pray not out of showmanship but out of humility and a desperate longing for the voice of G-d, the voice of the Beloved (Kol Dodi) in Song of Songs (Sharim Ha Sharim).
And a person must fast not only from food, but also from the leaven (sin) in one’s own life.
The power for this kind of Tsedekah can only come from G-d while the imitation can come from man’s efforts (legalism) and the outer observance can be forced on people out of fear of not pleasing G-d (legalism), a true Tsedekah-combining of both outerward and inward obedience, cannot be duplicated by the power of mortal man. Man may change some actions while people are looking, but only G-d can change the heart while people aren’t looking.

Yeshua’s “Fulfillment of the Torah”, a Hebrew phrase meaning to provide a “CORRECT EXPLANATION of HOW to keep the Torah as G-d intended” or Greek for “to Fill to the Full the meaning of”, was an affront to the Pharisees who had “Abolished the Torah”, a Hebrew phrase meaning to provide an “INCORRECT EXPLANATION of HOW to keep the Torah, in a way that G-d never intended”.

Neither Yeshua or the Pharisees thought that no one should keep the Torah anymore, the issue was HOW to keep it. By the leading of the Spirit as to the application in everyday life, or the traditions of the Rabbis who said by being a Rabbi, they could replace the Spirit (hence, let no man call you Rabbi-Pastor-Pope), not the title, but the place of replacing the Spirit of Christ, which is to become an Anti-Christ (replacement Christ-one who replaces/imitates the Annointing).

The Fulfillment of the Torah by Yeshua said:

A. It is LAWFUL to do GOOD on the Sabbath in G-d’s eyes.
B. Unrighteous and sustained murderous anger is part of murder in G-d’s eyes.
C. Looking with lust is part of adultery in G-d’s eyes.
D. Corban cannot replace honoring one’s parents, honoring one’s parents is the greater/heavier Command.
E. When G-d said “Love your neighbor” in Leviticus 19, He wasn’t just talking about Israelites or fellow Pharisees.
F. You can’t just separate from your wife if she makes you mad, even if you are paying her expenses.

In other words, don’t ask “What is permissable” instead ask “What is best?” and thereby you will fulfill much of the Law (live it as G-d intended),. Remembering that the purpose of every Command is an explanation of HOW to Love G-d and your neighbor also helps find the proper Fulfillmnent and carry out the Commands in specific life situations, for example, of the Big Ten, numbers 1-4 concern loving G-d while 5-10 concern loving people, the other 600 or so are just more detailed explanations for people in certain occupations as situations, and instructions on setting up a good government instead of a tyranny. The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy (speaking G-d’s Word) and will “fulfill” the Torah, sometimes through the Spirit inside, and sometimes through the written Word, and sometimes through other people. He has even used a donkey. The Spirit or anyone who claims to led by the Spirit, cannot contradict G-d’s Written Word however and requires 2-3 witnesses from Scripture.

Recommended Reading:
“Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus” by David Bivin and Roy Blizzard
“Yeshua, a Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church” by Dr Ron Mosely
“They Loved the Torah, a Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church” by Friedrichs
and “King of the Jews” by Lancaster

You can also download a free copy of the book “Does the Law of G-d Still Apply?” by Jason Caissie at
http://www.biblelaw101.com

Did the Disciples Break Bread on the First Day of the Week or the First of the Sabbaths?

Did the Disciples Break Bread on the First of the Week/s as was their Custom? Well, Yes ofcourse and No absolutely Not!
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“Now on the first DAY of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. Acts 20:7

Why did I capitalize “Day” in this verse?
If you look you the verse in King James Version or the New King James Version, you will notice the word “Day” in italics for the same reason that I have it capitalized. The reason being that the word “Day” doesn’t exist in the verse in Greek!

Now in verses 5 and 6 we find the word “Day” clearly.

Acts 5-6 “These went on and were waiting for us at Troas. 6. But we sailed away from Phillipi after the days (Hemeras) of Unleavened Bread, and in five days (Hemeron Pente) we came to them at Troas, where we stayed for seven days (Hemeras Epta).

But in the only verse in the NT that seems to indicate the Disciples kept a Sabbath other than the one G-d Commanded (Acts 20:7), the word “Day” in “First DAY of the week” is mysteriously missing??

The verse actually says in Greek, the “First of the Sabbaton” that is, the “First of the Sabbaths!”.

So, “Now on the first of the Sabbaths, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. Acts 20:7

This is ofcourse the story of the young man who passed out when Paul spoke until midnight after the speech he gave because he intended to leave the next morning.

So now we have three possible chronologies,
A. Believers met on any and every Sunday and this began as a daytime meeting, and it was thier custom to meet every week on Sunday. The day the Romans used to worship the Emperor as the son of the sun-god made flesh. Pontifex Maximus (high priest) and the reincarnation of Mithras. They would ofcourse be missing the blessing G-d promised on ALL GENTILES SPECIFICALLY that keep His Sabbaths in Isaiah 56 and 58, and the blessing Jesus promised for keeping even the seemingly least of the Commands in Matthew 5:17-19.

Despite the complete lack of the word “Day” in “First Day of the Week”.
Luke intended the Roman meaning of days and nights and is saying that Paul began speaking on a Sunday morning and preached until midnight with at least 12 hours straight of preaching, and then intended to wake up the next morning and go on an arduous journey on Monday morning.

This would be despite G-d commanding Sunday be used as a common working day, and Paul having a regular job which would require Him thereby working on it and since Paul also had the custom of preaching Christ to the Jews in the synagogue every Sabbath, Paul would have a two day weekend from tent making.

B. Since the chapter states clearly they were keeping the Feasts of Unleavened Bread, this was the first of the 7 weekly Sabbaths (First of the Sabbaths) that occur between Firstfruits and Pentecost/Shavuot. This meeting took place at Sunset on Saturday on the first weekly Sabbath after Unleavened Bread and went on to Sunday, which began after sunset. During this time today, many believers “count the Omer” which is a way of counting each of the 50 days between Unleavened Bread and Pentecost. Believers from different cities were gathered for Passover as it was commanded for all believers to meet in Jerusalem for Passover, and they hung out together every year after the Feasts since they had traveled all that way and don’t see each other very often.

The Greek says “First of the Sabbaths” because the earlier verses say the Disciples were keeping the Feasts of Unleavened Bread, as Paul commanded the Gentile Churches to do in 1st Corinthians 5:7.
This would mean that the Disciples were in the habit of breaking bread together during the Feast of Matzah (Unleavened Bread). The “First of the Sabbaths’ would refer to the 7 Sabbaths between the first weekly Sabbath after Passover, and the 7th last weekly Sabbath which falls the day before Pentecost/Shavuot. Pentecost/Shavuot is always on a Sunday because G-s said “the day AFTER THE SABBATH.”

What further validates the possibility of this being the First of the Sabbaths counted up to Pentecost/Shavuot is that not only does the chapter tell us that the Disciples were gathered during the Holy Days of Unleavened Bread in verse 6, but in verse 16 Paul skipped Ephesus because He was in a rush to get to Jerusalem for Pentecost/Shavuot. One of the 3 yearly feasts that all believers were instructed to go to Jerusalem to attend.

Here is the chronology,
Passover (sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday the year of the Resurrection)-time of crucifixion
First Day of Unleavened Bread (sunset Thursday to sunset Wednesday the year of the Resurrection)-Yeshua in the ground, broken, pierced, stiped body like the bread without leaven (sin) and wrapped in linen and hidden.
Weekly Sabbath(sunset Friday to sunset Saturday)-rested in grave and rose at sunset
Feast of Firstfruits (sunset Saturday to sunset Sunday every year)-Mary met Him gathering grain sheafs (omers) for Firstfruits, and thought He was the gardener. Matthew 28:1
Weekly Sabbath#1 (First of the Sabbaths, after Unleavened Bread, as the Greek says).
Weekly Sabbath#2
Weekly Sabbath#3
Weekly Sabbath#4
Weekly Sabbath#5
Weekly Sabbath#6
Weekly Sabbath#7
Pentecost (Shavuot) 50 Days after Unleavened Bread.
Measured by “counting the Omer”, 7 Sabbaths, plus one day.

C. This meeting started at an ordinary sunset Saturday/weekly Sabbath during the meal called Havdallah which ends the Sabbath every week. In the Bible, the “First Day of the Week” begins at Sunset on Saturday, just as the 2nd day of the week would begin at sunset on Sunday.

Since Paul was in the habit of preaching at the synagogues on Sabbath, and many G-d Fearers (Torah keeping Gentiles) and Messianic Jews (Jews that believed in Jesus) met in homes after Sabbath services, then it is much more likely that Paul is meeting a group of believers after Synagogue Services for the traditional meal that breaks the Sabbath called Havdallah. Days in the Bible begin and end at sunset.

This Havdallah meal was eaten as the sun went down and often lasted several hours, during this meal it was common for a guest speaker to speak and for everyone to discuss and debate the Scripture for hours at a time. It is not unlikely that Paul spoke from sunset to midnight as He was a respected Rabbi proclaiming the Messiah in nearly every chapter of the Torah and Tanach! Most likely during the breaking of the bread showing that like the Matzah bread, Jesus was pierced, striped, broken, and sinless.

One verse is very shaky ground to stand on when using it to completely make null and void the 4th Commandment, dismiss a direct blessing promise from G-d in Isaiah, and call something a burden, yoke of bondage, and a curse, when G-d has repeatedly called it a blessing.

Especially when the Biblical burden of proof is 2-3 witnesses, and only one seems to exist, at least in English. In Greek, it doesn’t seem to exist at all.

For more information on this particular topic,
download your free copy of Jason Caissie’s “Does the Law of G-d Still Apply?” at http://www.Biblelaw101.com
Also check out
The Torah Blessing” by Larry Huch, with praises by Marcus Lamb, CEO of DayStar Television Network
And “Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts” by Dr. Richard Booker
Also Maria Merola’s Ministry http://www.doubleportioninheritance.com

Who were the “Foolish Galatians” Jews or Celts from France?

What were those Foolish Galatians RETURNING Too? The Biblical Passover which they never kept before, OR the Celtic Fertility Cult of Ostara/Eostre (also known as Easter) as they were Celts from ancient France! Can you “return” to something you never kept? Are people “BeWitched” by the Commands of G-d but “set free” by Ancient Wiccan customs?

This is a short history of the Galatians while they still lived in Celtic Europe and kept “Ostara” or as we call it, “Easter.”

This Month in Celtic History
by Stephen Paul DeVillo
August 2002

http://www.celticleague.org/history_8-02.html

YOU FOOLISH GALATIANS

This month we’ll depart from our usual format of expanding upon an entry from the Celtic Calendar and instead address a subject that a lot of people have been asking about, namely the ancient Celtic realm of Galatia.

The name of the place is related to the names of several other lands occupied by Celtic people: Gaul, Galicia in Iberia, and Galicia in Central Europe. The Romans termed the inhabitants of Galatia the “Galli” and referred to the place as “the Gaul of the East.” Classical Galicia covered the area in central Turkey known nowadays as the Anatolian Plateau. Today the heartland of the Turkish nation, the area had an ancient history long before the Celts, being the home grounds of the Hittites, as well as the home of a succession of other peoples such as the Lydians and the Phygrians.

The Celtic settlement of Galatia was the unintended achievement of a warlord we might call Prince Terrible. In 280 BC a Celtic invasion of Greece was led by a warrior named Brennus (which may have meant “Prince”) who was also referred to by the Celtic word “Prausus” (Terrible). The Celtic onslaught stormed through Greece and succeeded in sacking Delphi, only to meet defeat shortly afterwards, with Brennus dying by his own hand. The thwarted and leaderless Celts then accepted an offer by King Nicomedes of Bithynia to cross over from Greece into Asia Minor to help him out in a dynastic quarrel. Some seventeen Celtic chieftains brought their people out of Greece. Grouped into two grand divisions, there were some 20,000 Celts in all. Having secured him on his throne, Nicomedes allowed the Celts to settle on the Anatolian Plateau, henceforth to be known as Galatia.

Faithful to the Celtic love of triads, the Galatians sorted themselves out into three main parts. The central part of Galatia belonged to a tribe known as the Tectosages, who established a capitol at Ancyra (Celtic “anchor”), today the Turkish capitol of Ankara. Westward lay the lands of the Tolistbobolii, with their main town at Pressinus, and to the East were the Trocmi whose main town was Tavium.

Like other Celts, the Galatians shied away from establishing a strong central government. Instead each of the three tribes sent four tetarachs and 100 senators to a grand national council held annually at Drynemeton, near Ancyra.

As the Hittites did before them, the Galatians found their plateau an excellent launching pad for raids on neighboring countries, notably Syria and Pergamum. The famous nude statue of “the Dying Gaul” is actually a Roman copy of a Greek original from about this time that depicted a Celtic Galatian warrior. Galatian adventurism was only contained with the help of the Romans around 232BC. Discouraged by Roman power from attacking their neighbors, restless Galatian warriors hired themselves out as mercenaries instead.

But as Rome increased its power in the eastern Mediterranean, it grew more impatient with these Celtic troublemakers. After the battle of Magnesia in 180BC, in which Galatian mercenaries fought the Romans on the side of the losing Syrians, the Romans invaded Galatia in 179BC and forced it to submit to Rome.

As a client state of Rome, the Galatians managed to continue their Celtic tradition of fighting on the losing side in causes not their own. They backed the Roman General Pompey in his struggle against Julius Caesar in the Roman Civil War, and then they backed Mark Anthony against Octavian (Augustus Caesar) in the civil war that followed Julius Caesar’s assassination. Belatedly sensing which way the wind was blowing, the last Galatian king Amyntas tried to fix things at the last minute by switching sides on the eve of the decisive naval battle of Actium (which we remember Richard Burton losing in the movie “Cleopatra”).

The switch proved timely. The victorious Octavian confirmed Amyntas on his throne as king of Galatia, but when Amyntas mysteriously died in an ambush six years later Octavian (now the emperor Augustus Caesar) terminated his kingdon and proclaimed Galatia a Roman province.

About 75 years after this, Galatia again entered history through the Epistle of Paul in which the apostle admonished them as “you foolish Galatians” (Galatians 3:1). But were those foolish Galatians the Celtic Galatians? Scholars disagree about the precise locations of the “churches of Galatia” referred to in the Acts of the Apostles and to which Paul addressed his epistle. The problem is that the Roman province of Galatia contained areas not part of the original Celtic homeland. Today many scholars think these Christian churches were located on lands south of the Anatolian Plateau that were only added to Galatia when Roman administrators re-drew the boundaries of the province.

Nevertheless Celtic culture and language in Galatia seems to have persisted into the last years of the Roman Empire. Centuries after Paul’s epistle, the linguist and Bible translator St. Jerome briefly stopped over in Ancyra and noted that the natives of the region spoke a Gaulish language. Be that as it may, it seems that the Celtic nature of Galatia had all but faded away by the time the Turks swept in and established their Ottoman Empire.

Still, like many other Celtic countries, the lost realm of Galatia can boast its own distinct animal. Joining the Breton ermine, plus the Manx, Cymric, Kellas and Cornish Rex cats, along with the Wolfhound, Corgi, and Scotty dogs in the ranks of Celtic mascots is the Kangal dog. Today considered the native Turkish dog, the golden-haired Kan-gal (“dog of the Galatians”) is native to the area northeast of Ankara and is believed to have been introduced by the original Celtic settlers of Galatia.

Next month we’ll resume with stories drawn from the over 1000 historical entries in the 2003 Celtic Calendar, an historical and mythological calendar now available from the Celtic League American Branch.

The Apostle Paul’s Bible School for Gentiles

The Book of Romans

The book of Romans seems to be Paul’s instructions for the blending of Jews and Gentiles in pagan cities around the world. One of the first issues he deals with is the ingrafting of the Gentiles to Israel via the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, in the same way that Gentiles were grafted into Israel during the Exodus from Egypt. In showing that Gentiles were grafted in, this would place the Gentiles under the same Law and the same Messiah as the Jews just as Numbers 15 instructs. This would also settle the question of whether Gentiles should follow the Torah.
Another problem however would still remain which Paul would have to deal with over and over, the problem of how CULTURALLY JEWISH these grafted in Gentiles had to be. This cultural adaptation is also a modern problem for American missionaries who often blur the line between making someone a Christian and making them an American, judging them to be inseparable.
One of these issues was that unlike their Jewish brothers, the Gentiles would eat meat of uncertain origin in the meat market. Just like in New York today, many observant Jews will not eat meat from a butcher they do not know well or a butcher that does not keep Torah. In Rome the issue was not just an issue of sanitation and draining the blood from meat as prescribed in Leviticus 11 and Acts 15, but also an issue of idolatry as many bulls were sacrificed to Mithras every Sunday and then the leftovers from the temple of Mithras were sold as t-bone steaks on Mondays and at the “Carne Vals” The Gentile believers had become accustomed to buying meat from anyone and everyone and this offended the Jews, as many of the Jews took the meat issue so seriously that they simply became vegetarians fearing the demonic influences that could have power over them if they accidentally ate sacrificed meat.

Therefore Paul gives this instruction to settle the culture war:
Romans 14
1 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.
3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.
The word translated “all things” or sometimes “all meats” does not refer to any meat, but only to Levitically clean meat.
Strong’s 1033. broma bro’-mah from the base of 977; food (literally or figuratively), especially (ceremonially) articles allowed by the Jewish law:–meat, victuals.
Strong’s 1034. brosimos bro’-sim-os; eatable by Jewish Law:–meat
The other cultural issue that Paul had to tackle was that Jewish believers were determined to make Gentile converts keep not only the commanded Holy Days (Moadim) that G-d commanded in Leviticus 23 and Paul commanded other Gentile Churches to keep, but also certain Jewish traditional holidays that were not commanded by G-d to be kept such as Purim and Chanukah. A modern equivalent would be American Christians trying to force new Asian believers to celebrate Thanksgiving and the 4th of July and shunning them for not doing so, and doubting their conversion. Even when the Gentiles kept the Holy Days, they would still be new to the Holy Days and not know the Halakah (protocol) around the Holy Days that the Pharisees had invented over the years such as the many procedures regarding Passover.
1st Corinthians

In 1st Corinthians we find Paul once again instructing Gentiles to keep the Holy Days, but without requiring them to keep Jewish traditions about the Holy Days. Paul instructed even the believers who were Gentiles coming straight out of paganism to keep the Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits instead of Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Ishtar Sunday. In the Book of Acts in chapter 15 he recommends that the Gentiles should be instructed to not do the 4 things that would prohibit Gentiles from taking part in many of the Holy Day celebrations at synagogues so they could learn “For Moses and the Prophets are taught in the Synagogue every Sabbath.” This would include the promise in Isaiah56/58 that all Gentiles who keep the Sabbath would be blessed as well as the instructions that the Law is for Israelites and the foreigner (Gentile) among them.

1st Corinthians 5: Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Let us therefore celebrate the festival,not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matzah)
Unleavened Bread began the day after Passover. For a week the people were to not eat any bread with leaven (representative of sin) but only unleavened Bread (a sinless life). This bread was known as Matzah, the same kind of bread as the “Face Bread” that David ate and yet was held sinless (priesthood of all believers) and is the same bread that Messiah ate saying “This is my Body.” The people also had to remove even the tiniest amounts of leaven from their homes (both physical homes and their lives, households) before unleavened bread began. Paul instructed the believers who were Gentiles coming straight out of paganism to keep Unleavened Bread.

1st Corinthians 5: Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Let us therefore celebrate the festival,not with the old leaven,the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Feast of Firstfruits (Bekurim)
After Passover one waits until the day AFTER the weekly Sabbath for the Feast of Firstfruits to begin. Firstfruits would therefore began Sunset Saturday after Passover. In the Bible days begin and end at sunset, so the Greek phrase “The beginning of the First Day of the Week” would actually be sunset on Saturday, also known as Havdallah. Havdallah is the time between Sabbath ending and Sunday beginning. Believers would often gather for hours and hours after synagogue services to talk about the Scriptures and the Messiah since the Torah and Prophets was taught in the Synagogues but not yet Messiah. They would also hear guest speakers from different cities. These meetings would extent long into the night from Saturday evening all the way into Sunday (after sunset on Saturday).

After the meal they would then often take up collections because any money given at the Synagogues would go into the temple and not to help other believers in different cities. Many also refrained from handling any business affairs on Sabbath. The Sabbath was taken so seriously by those who followed Messiah that they waited until after it was over to go finish burying Him. “Early on the first day of the week” but He had already risen.
Mark 28:1 records decades after the Resurrection “After the Sabbath was over, on the first day of the Week they went” Showing that the Disciples still considered them two different days, and Sunday had not special title.

Part of Firstfruits was the offering of the first of the Barley harvest to G-d. The first of the barley had to be tithed before anyone could partake of the harvest (just as the Firstfruits of the dead had to be offered before anyone could partake of the Spiritual harvest in heaven.)

1st Corinthians 15:20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead,the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

It seems that Mary mistook Messiah for the gardener because after He was raised from the tomb to be the Firstfruits of the dead, He was standing in all white near the grave site with a large bundle of barley for the sacrifice blocking his face and covering most of his body.

John 20:15
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Thereby we find Paul using the brand new believers in Corinth in regards to living by the Torah instead of their former traditions of paganism, such as men wearing the head coverings of women and women shaving their heads and baring their backs like prostitutes were apt to do.
In Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthians, 2nd Corinthians 6:14 he warns against 3 things: blending the worship of Christ and Baal, blending light and darkness, and blending righteousness and Torahlessness. This would further cement his instruction to the Corinthians in his first letter regarding the Feasts of using Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits to honor Christ by forbidding them from using the spring pagan holidays of Babylon. These included the mourning for Tammuz (the son of Baal also called Mithras) for 40 days (as mentioned in Ezekiel 8) and eating ham (symbolizing the pig that killed him at 40 years of age) and the painting of eggs for Ishtar/Easter (the wife of Baal, also known as Semiramis and Ashtoreth the “Queen of Heaven” in Jeremiah).

Celebrating the Daath, Burial, and Resurrection

Celebrating The Crucifixion, Sinless Life, and Resurrection of Messiah: Critical Questions
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Ask yourself Four 4 Questions.

A. Does G-d want us to celebrate the sacrifice, sinless life, and resurrection of the Messiah? if the answer is “yes” keep reading.

B.Would He give us a way of doing so that is pleasing to Him in the Bible? If “yes”, keep reading.

C. If He foresaw people in the future commonly celebrating these things in a way that did NOT please Him would He not warn us not to do so? If yes to the preceding questions, would we not be able to find the answers in the Bible?

D. Final Question.Where can we find this in the Bible?

So G-d wants us to celebrate the sacrifice of the Messiah for our sins as the sinless Passover Lamb
He also wants us to remember the sinless life of Messiah, a life without the Leaven of sin.
He also wants us to celebrate the Resurrection of the Messiah to be the FirstFruits of dead.

So G-d also has a certain way that He wants us to remember the sacrifice of Messiah, our Passover Lamb.
He also has a way that we should celebrate and immulate the sinless life of Messiah.
He also has a particular way that He wants us to remember the Messiah as the Firstfruits of the Dead.

So G-d also foresaw people in the future celebrating the death, burial, and resurrection that did NOT please Him, and He would therefore warn them about these particular customs.

Finally, WHERE in the Bible can we find commands to celebrate Messiah as the Passover Lamb, example of a Sinless Life, and Offering as the Firstfruits of the dead??? Where can we find HOW He wants us to carry out these commands?? and WHAT customs did He NOT want us to use when celebrating the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah???

Let us begin by looking at the Spring Holy Days, all of which reveal the First Coming of the Messiah:

The Passover (Pesach)

When the Israelites left Egypt we find the first Passover which began 14 days into the new year. The Passover was first celebrated on the night that G-d was bringing the death angel to Egypt in order to destroy the firstborn of Eygpt (sin equals death). While the Egyptians suffered the loss of their firstborn child, the Israelites were spared this fate by sacrificing the Passover Lamb upright on a crucifixion stake (type of Cross) with what is known as the “Crown of Shame” (its intestines, not yet thorns) its head. They had to eat the entire body of the lamb that night and put the blood (of the Lamb representing the sinless Passover Lamb provided by G-d)on the door of their homes, just as they would later be ordered to put the Commands of G-d on their doorposts and on the borders of their nations on giant stones. When they left Egypt (The Land of Sin) there was not an illness (physical) amongst all several million Israelites and the foreigners with Him who had come to believe in the Messiah.

Later the Passover Lamb would have to be raised in a specially watched over flock and reviewed by the High Priest before it could be sacrificed outside of the city to be substitute for the people. It was also at a practice Passover meal (Common for Rabbis to have to train their disciples for the real one the next night) that Messiah said “DO THIS in Rememberance of Me.” They were eating Passover when He said this, not painting Easter Eggs. It was also at the finish of Passover that the High Priest would say “It Is Finished” meaning that the sins of the people (Breaking of G-ds Law according to 1st John 3:4) was forgiven.

Paul instructed even the believers who were Gentiles coming straight out of paganism to keep the Passover.

1st Corinthians 5: Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Let us therefore celebrate the festival,not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matzah)
Unleavened Bread began the day after Passover. For a week the people were to not eat any bread with leaven (representative of sin) but only unleavened Bread (a sinless life). This bread was known as Matzah, the same kind of bread as the “Face Bread” that David ate and yet was held sinless (priesthood of all believers) and is the same bread that Messiah ate saying “This is my Body.” The people also had to remove even the tiniest amounts of leaven from their homes (both physical homes and their lives, households) before unleavened bread began. Paul instructed the believers who were Gentiles coming straight out of paganism to keep Unleavened Bread.

1st Corinthians 5: Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Let us therefore celebrate the festival,not with the old leaven,the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The Feast of Firstfruits (Bekurim)
After Passover one waits until the day AFTER the weekly Sabbath for the Feast of Firstfruits to begin. Firstfruits would therefore began Sunset Saturday after Passover. In the Bible days begin and end at sunset, so the Greek phrase “The beginning of the First Day of the Week” would actually be sunset on Saturday, also known as Havdallah. Havdallah is the time between Sabbath ending and Sunday beginning. Believers would often gather for hours and hours after synagogue services to talk about the Scriptures and the Messiah since the Torah and Prophets was taught in the Synagogues but not yet Messiah. They would also hear guest speakers from different cities. These meetings would extent long into the night from Saturday evening all the way into Sunday (after sunset on Saturday).

After the meal they would then often take up collections because any money given at the Synagogues would go into the temple and not to help other believers in different cities. Many also refrained from handling any business affairs on Sabbath. The Sabbath was taken so seriously by those who followed Messiah that they waited until after it was over to go finish burying Him!! “Early on the first day of the week” but He had already risen.
Mark 28:1 records decades after the Resurrection “After the Sabbath was over, on the first day of the Week they went” Showing that the Disciples still considered them two different days, and Sunday had not special title.

Part of Firstfruits was the offering of the first of the Barley harvest to G-d. The first of the barley had to be tithed before anyone could partake of the harvest (just as the Firstfruits of the dead had to be offered before anyone could partake of the Spiritual harvest in heaven.)

1st Corinthians 15:20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead,the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

It seems that Miriam mistook Messiah for the gardener because after He was raised from the tomb to be the Firstfruits of the dead, He was standing in all white near the grave site with a large bundle of barley for the sacrifice blocking his face and covering most of his body.

John 20:15
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

The Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot)
Pentecost (Shavuot) also was a celebratory feast, it was measured by counting 7 Sabbaths from the Passover and then adding one 1 day (making it fall on a Sunday, 50 days after Passover). The verse that is translated that the disciples broke bread on the “First day of the Week” doesn’t actually say “First Day of the Week” in Greek, it says “First Sabbaton of the Sabbaton” showing that the Disciples were counting the Sabbaths from Passover to Shavuot/Pentecost, as was their custom to gather for the Spring Feast Days and have meals together. They were counting the weeks/Sabbaths, until Shavuot together. Even if the verse said the “First Day of the WeeK” since they were attending synagogue services all day on Sabbath, this “First day of the Week” meeting, would be after sunset on Saturday (when Sunday began). This is why Paul preached on until daybreak, and the Gentiles asked him to come back to the Synagogue the NEXT SABBATH and not a Church the next day, because their was no Church on Sundays. G-d had commanded Rest on the Sabbath, and Work the other 6 days of the Week.

Acts 20:7
On the first day of the week (week of the weeks, Sabbaton of the Sabbaton), when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight (not sunrise to midnight, but after synagogue Sabbath through sunset and onto midnight).

Given that they were to gather in Jerusalem for Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost), and Sukkot (Tabernacles) it would only make sense to stay in Jerusalem for Pentecost since it is 50 days after Passover, especially in an age when a return trip home would take weeks, only to do it all over again as soon as you got there to go back for Pentecost.

The Torah (G-d’s written general instructions for living a Blessed Life) was given on the first Shavuot. The believers gathered for the Shavuot in the Book of Acts were gathering for the Feast as they had done their entire lives, and many of them were born before the Messiah came to earth. They came to celebrate the giving of G-d’s Law which is a blessing if we keep it according to G-d’s Word. At this Festival, many came to know the Torah made flesh, and the one who “fulfilled” or properly explained how to keep G-d’s Law in The Way He intended. They also were filled with His Spirit, the Spirit of Messiah which is the Spirit of Prophecy. Thereby giving them the ability to worship in Spirit and Truth (Ruach and Torah. John 4:24

Let us also look at Mardi Gras, Lent, and Easter in the Bible:

So what is all of thiis “Easter” stuff about? and can the celebration of Easter be found in the Bible?

Easter as a Christian celebration is only found once in the Bible, and then in the King James as a mistranslation of Paschal, which actually means Passover and not Easter.

Easter is an English transliteration of a Babylonian goddess named who was called by the following names in the Bible (depending on the language of the people worshiping her): Semiramis, Asherah, Ashtoreth and “The Queen of Heaven.” In other cultures she was known by the following names: Aphrodite (Greece), Venus (Rome), Astarte (Persia), Kali (India), Ostara (Celts) and Eostre (Ancient Germans).

Semiramis was her human name, she was the wife of King Nimrod of Babylon who built the tower of Babel. After her death she was said to have become Ishtar the “Queen of Heaven” and the “Whore of Babylon” just as Nimrod became the sun-god “Baal” after his death, also known as the “Mighty Hunter” and the “Desire of Women”.

Ishtar also supposedly fell from heaven in a giant moon egg that fell from the sky into the river Euphrates along with a humanoid rabbit on a set date after the Spring Equinox as it was celebrated every year. She was the original playboy bunny as she was worshipped with ritual prostitution which was said to cure the “diseases of Venus” or Venereal Diseases, and her adoration made a woman an “Aphroditiac” or Aphrodesiac. Her symbol was the Rabbit/Playboy Bunny and Ishtar/Easter Egg. Queen Jezebel (Daughter of Baal, in Punic) had over 200 of her priests brought into Jerusalem when she married Ahab. Her worship was performed in groves called “Asherahs” after one of her names, which is “Ashtoreth.” Her eggs were painted red with sacrificial blood and used to decorate pine trees that represented her husband erect penis and his death, burial, and rebirth every December 25th. Her son Tammuz was said to have been killed by a pig on his 40th birthday, so every year worshipers would were his symbol on their head in ash and mourn for 40 days, followed by eating ham (a pig) on Ishtar Sunday at sunrise.

Questions to Ask About Easter?

Why would ANYONE wish to replace G-d’s Commanded Holy Days which teach us about Christ, and Remember His Death, Burial, and Resurrection, with a holiday that celebrated pornography, prostitution, and adultery?

Who would wish to change the Holy Days to replace them with pagan customs?
Daniel 7:25:
25 He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals (Holy Days)and Laws (Torah), and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time (1260 years or 1260 days).

2 Thessalonians 2:3
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come,unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness [Some manuscripts sin] is revealed, the son of destruction.

Can we decorate with Easter Eggs and Bunnies?

Isaiah 57:8
8 You have put pagan symbols
on your doorposts and behind your doors.
You have left me
and climbed into bed with these detestable gods.
You have committed yourselves to them.
You love to look at their naked bodies.

2nd Corinthians 6:14 “What fellowship can Christ have with Baal?

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkne
ss for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

“a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:17-18)

Does G-d wish for us to use pagan customs to Worship Him?
Are we allowed to take away from His Commands as we see fit?

“Deu 12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
Deu 12:29 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
Deu 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Deu 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
Deu 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. “”

Can we make clean what G-d has declared to be unclean?

Job 14:4
” Who can make the clean out of the unclean?” No Human.
Isaiah 5 “Woe to those who call clean what is unclean”

Can the Writings of Paul make Pagan Holidays okay, even if they violate G-d’s Law?

2nd Peter 3:14-16
Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction,as they do the other Scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
(I Kings 18:21)

6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
(Hosea 4:6)

20But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
(1 Cor 10:20)

14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
(2 Cor 6:14-18)

29When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
30Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
31Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
(Deut. 12:29-31)

*Malachi 2:3
Behold, I will rebuke your descendants
And spread refuse on your faces,
The refuse of your solemn feasts;
And one will take you away with it.

Isaiah 42:8
I am the LORD, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.

Malachi 2:3
Behold, I will rebuke your descendants
And spread refuse on your faces,
The refuse of your solemn feasts;
And one will take you away with it.

Isaiah 42:8
I am the LORD, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.

2nd Commandment

Exodus 20:4-6

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

“Make no mention of the name of other gods (i.e., Easter?), neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.” (Exodus 23:13)

Take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods…” (Deuteronomy 12:30, 31)

“For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?” (II Corinthians 6:14-16)

Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he? (I Corinthians 10:18-22)

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24)

“Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

The 14th if Nisan is the night that Passover was to be kept on. Easter is a completely different date, and rarely if ever falls on Passover. Easter has historically been calculated as the first Sunday after the Vernal Equinox (Sun-day since it honors the wife of the sun god, and vernal equinox because its a solar calendar). The Bible uses a lunar calendar and measures from Sabbath to Sabbath, not Sunday to Sunday. The only Holy Day (Moadim) that always falls on Sunday is Shavuot (Pentecost in Hebrew), which is figured by counting 7 Sabbaths from the other spring Holy Days, and taking the day after the 7th Sabbath. Since it is the day after the Sabbath, it is a a Sunday. Just as Mark 28:1 records decades after the Resurrection “After the Sabbath was over, on the first day of the Week they went”

Biblical Days also begin and end at Sunset, not midnight! So Sabbath begins as sunset Friday and ends at Sunset Saturday. The Bible records that Yeshua rose “EARLY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK.” Since this was written by a Jew and for Jews about a Jew, and probably originally in Hebrew/Aramaic, we know that Christ rose as soon as the sun went down on Saturday afternoon, when He finished resting on the Sabbath. His Disciples and Mother had been resting on it too, because they waited until the Sabbath was over to go finish burying Him. Passover had begun on Wednesday and was a High Sabbath (Holy Day), but the weekly Sabbath always falls on Friday at sunset. So Passover was from sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday, then sunset Thursday to sunset Friday was the First Day of the Feast of Matzah (Unleavened Bread), and sunset Friday to sunset Saturday was the weekly Sabbath, so for 3 days and 3 nights He was in the tomb (the Sign of Jonah), and rose on Saturday at sunset (beginning of the first day of the week). Since you can’t finish preparing a body in the dark, they waited until the sun rose on Sunday to finish the job but He was already risen the night before.

When we see the word “Sabbaton” in Greek, or “Sabbaths” it refers to the weekly Sabbath and Holy Days, and Rabbi Sha’ul instructed the Galatians to not return to the pagan holidays they kept before they knew G-d. He also instructed the Corinthians to keep the Feast of UnLeavened Bread not just by removing the leaven from their homes, but also the sin from their lives. In addition, he instructed yet another Gentile Church to NOT LET ANYONE JUDGE THEM for keeping the Holy Days that G-d Commanded. He also instructed them to “abstain from the pollution of idols” asking “What fellowship can Christ have with Baal?”

In Hebrew the Holy Days are “Moadim” and mentioned in Genesis when G-d gave the moon and stars so that man could know the “seasons”. The “Seasons” here are “Moadim” or Holy Days in the Fall and Spring. Yeshua later commented on this later by saying that the “heavens and earth” must first pass away before the Law of G-d can be altered in the slightest way. This was in part physical because as long as their are the moon and stars in the sky, we must keep the Holy Days. In Zechariah 14 we are told that even after Messiah Returns, we will be keeping the Feast of Tabernacles and in Isaiah 56, all Gentiles who keep the Sabbaths are promised a blessing, Forever..
Was it at His last Passover on earth that Christ said “Do THIS in Remembrance of Me?” OR was it at an Easter Egg Hunt?????
The Passover Lamb was crucified (impaled) on an execution stake, and then its intestines, called the “Crown of Shame” was placed on its head every Passover.

Clarifying the Seemingly Anti-Torah verses of Paul (2nd Peter 3:16)

For too long the scriptures of Rabbi Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) have been mistranslated or misunderstood. Here is a summarized explanation of a few of Paul’s declarations that have been misunderstood, mistranslated, or just wrongly interpreted.

1. Doesn’t this verse show that the Law of Moses was fading away? KJV 2 Cor. 3:13 “And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished”

Answer: No. The accurate translation is: “that the children of Yisrael would not keep looking, for that was a useless [katargeo] goal [telos].” In other words, there was nothing for Yisrael to gain by staring at Moses’ “shining face” because their hearts were hardened.

The next verses Paul declares that Yisrael could not fully understand what the “old testament” was saying because of the spiritual veil over their hearts. He says that when one comes to know Messiah they then can better understand the Tanakh. His lesson has nothing to do with the Law [Torah] being taken away.

2. Doesn’t this verse show that the Law of Commandments was abolished by Yeshua? KJV Eph 2:15 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace.”

Answer: No. The accurate translation is: “(When Yeshua was here) in physical form, he made useless [katargeo] the antagonism (between the two) caused by the opinions of men [dogma] concerning the Law of Commandments, so then through him one new man was made from the two.

Dogma means “opinions of men” put forth as ordinances. It is never used for G-d’s Word in the New Testament. It is this dogma that causes the enmity between Jew and Gentile. Yeshua came to put away that enmity and bring into existence one new man that agreed through Him on the Commandments of YHVH.

Note: Katargeo is the Greek word which the KJV translates as abolished, but means “made useless.” It is used in KJV 2 Tim 1:10 “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” However, we know death is not now abolished, but rather is made useless, or ineffective.

3. Didn’t Paul say the Law was nailed to Yeshua’s cross? KJV Col 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”

Answer: No. The accurate translation is: “(He) wiped away the documented opinions of men that were against us and adversely affecting us, and took them from our midst, (in a form) nailing them to His execution stake.

For this to refer to the Law of G-d, which is holy, righteous and good, would mean that the things of G-d are actually evil. Whatever was nailed to Yeshua’s stake either has to be seen as evil and deserving of destruction, or as innocent and resurrected again with Yeshua. Therefore “the handwriting of ordinances” clearly refers to the false pretensions of men. (But if someone persists, then say, “Okay, if you believe the Law was nailed to the cross, then the Law of G-d was also resurrected with Messiah, and lives forever.)

In this context, concerning the opinions of men, Paul said in KJV Col 2: 16, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath.” Therefore, Paul was warning about the opinions of men concerning these things. He was NOT giving permission to transgress or dismiss them.

4. Didn’t Paul say we are not to obey the Old Testament commandments anymore? As in, KJV Col 2:20,21 “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances.” (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?”

Answer: No. Once again, Paul is talking about dogma, the opinions of men, when the word ordinances is used here. And he repeats that notion in the phrase “commandments and doctrines of men.” Paul is NOT talking about G-d’s Word! G-d’s Law is not the “rudiments of the world,” neither does it cause one to “perish with the using.”

In the next verse, Col 2:23, Paul shows the intent of his instruction, which is to head off the invention of more man made opinion about how we should act. “Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh.”

5. Doesn’t the book of Hebrews say that the Old Covenant of Moses is taken away? KJV Hebrew 10:8,9 “When he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”

Answer: No, it is transformed. The Former Covenant sacrifices of animals are no longer necessary because of the better sacrifice of Yeshua in His New Covenant. But the demands of a blood covenant in the Law is not taken away, therefore the Law of the Former Covenant is not taken away. We are required to have a blood covenant for sin now as formerly, and that commandment comes from the Former Covenant.

Also, it is in this same general passage that the writer of Hebrews quotes the Old Testament in verse 16, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says YHVH, I will put my Law [Torah] into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” Therefore, the sacrifice of Yeshua works to transfer even more effectively the Law of G-d into the devoted ones.

6. Paul said that we could eat whatever we want, so there is no more Kosher, right? KJV 1 Tim 4:1-5 “…giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils… forbidding to marry, and to abstain from food, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

Answer: No. Kosher Law is still G-d’s Law, and Paul is actually confirming it here. Paul is warning against doctrines of demons, which say you can’t have certain foods which G-d has made clear by His Word that it is good for food. Every creature is good and not to be refused IF it is made holy by the Word of G-d and prayer (thanksgiving). The Word of G-d has spoken on what is holy and not holy. That is what Kosher means, because it comes from the same root as kodesh, meaning holy.

7. But didn’t Paul say it is up to us to decide what things we should eat and what day we should keep? KJV Romans 14:5,6 “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”

Answer: No. The context of this passage was a dispute over whether one may eat food that MAY or MAY NOT have been offered to idols. In those days food that was offered to idols was usually put out for sale to people on a certain day of the week. It could or could not have been offered to idols. Therefore, some believers would not buy food and eat it on those days (no refrigerators) just to make sure. However, some believers did, because they reasoned that since they didn’t know for sure it was offered, it was not wrong. The instruction here does not address either Kosher or Sabbath day observance. It addresses the dispute over whether marketplace food, because of idolatry, should be purchased and eaten on a certain day of the week. It shows how sensitive the believers were to the possibility of food offered to idols. How much more sensitive should we be to what we eat, as to whether or not it is approved by the Word of G-d.

So, Paul is not the problem with these things, but looking at his words from an incomplete perspective is the problem, and promotes anti-Torah behavior.

Copyright 1997- 2008 David M. Hargis. Reprinted by permission only.

What Does “Bless Your Enemies” Mean?

When Yah-shua(Jesus) said “Bless your enemies” He was probably referring to the common Hebrew Blessing “Shalom Aleichem” which means “Divine Peace be In You” or “May you find peace with G-d”. This is both greeting, blessing, and praying for your enemies, as well as praying for their salvation and speaking life into their soul.

Any blessings other than Shalom Aleichem that we could pray for someone would simply help them to destroy themselves and others in quicker manner. What would a violent person do with more energy? A greedy person do with more wealth? A tyrant do with more power?

The blessing of Peace with G-d (Shalom) is the only thing that truly blesses, because without this essential thing in someone’s life, all others blessings they will use to curse themselves and others. The lack of Shalom in their life, is probably the very thing that made this person your enemy in the first place.

Ofcourse, small acts of kindness such as giving your enemy a canteen of water when he is dying of thirst in the desert will pour the shame of burning coals on his head, as well as show the goodness of your cause in the public eye and in history (look at how Salhadin was honored in history for his leniency towards captured Crusaders).

“Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith” by Anne Spangler is a work I recommend book, despite its anti-nomian (Lawless, against the Law) bias.

Is the Torah (G-d’s Law) for Gentiles Too? Or Just For Jews?

Is the Torah (Law of G-d) for Gentiles too, or do only Jews eat of the Tree of Life??

Excellent books on this topic include “Does the Law of G-d Still Apply?” by Jason Caissie and “Beyond Salvation” by Rabbi Adam J. Bernay

In the Book of Acts we find many Gentiles attending synagogue services. One of these gentiles was a “devout and G-d Fearing man” named Cornelius. Cornelius was a Roman Centurion, described as being “G-d Fearing”, or more precisely, a “G-d Fearer.” G-d Fearer was a specific term for gentiles that kept the Torah but did not become converts to Judaism by undergoing ADULT circumcision (since they were not circumcised on the 8th day of life as the Torah prescribes because they grew up in non-Torah keeping homes). The G-d Fearers also failed to undergo precise conversion ceremonies and the keeping of traditions invented by the Pharisees and the Jewish community, such as the wearing of Kippahs, keeping traditional (not Commanded) holidays like Channukah and Purim, and ceremonies such as the handwashing ceremony demanded by the Pharisees in Mark 7.

G-d Fearers were allowed to enter the OUTER court of the Temple where the money changers were, and to attend synagogue services to learn more about the Torah because they kept the 4 commandments that Rabbi Sha’ul (Paul) prescribed to BEGIN the Gentiles with, and they also kept the rest of the Torah. G-d Fearers however did not have the full rights and privileges in the synagogues and the temple as did natural born Jews and proselytes to Judaism. For example, G-d Fearers could not enter the INNER Court of the Temple, in fact, any uncircumcised man who entered the Inner Court was executed along with the one who brought the uncircumcised man into the Inner Court. This is one way in which Jewish leaders tried to have Paul put to death, by charging that he brought Timothy into the Inner Court (not knowing that Paul had gotten Timothy circumcised).

The debate we encounter in the Book of Acts is concerning what to do with those who believed in Yeshua that were not already G-d Fearers (Torah observant Gentiles) but were pagan Gentiles, such as those in Corinth (as Paul warns them about blending Christian worship with Paganism in 2nd Corinthians 6:14) and Galatia (as Paul warns them about returning to the pagan solar holidays they kept BEFORE they knew G-d, ).

The Council decided that since Moses (The Torah) is taught in the Synagogues every Sabbath, the new believers that are just leaving paganism should only be instructed in the 4 points of Torah that would bar them from entering the synagogues and outer court of the temple on the Sabbath to hear the rest of what they should learn. Once they were keeping these 4 Commands of Torah, then they could attend services with the G-d Fearing Gentiles and learn the rest of the Torah.

The Sabbath for Jews and Gentiles is still defined as the 7th Day in Matthew 28:1, and Sunday simply the first day of the week (this Gospel was written decades after the writings of Paul and the Book of Acts).

These 4 Commands of Torah were not all inclusive, as they make no mention of not murdering, not stealing, or other commands that obviously also apply to Gentiles. There is also no mention of having a weekly fellowship or tithing. If these are the only 4 commands for Gentiles, or the 7 Laws of Noah are the only 7 Laws, then the Church has completely overstepped its bounds of authority by teaching Gentiles Christians to fellowship and pay tithes.

Acts 15:19 19Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to G-d, 20but should write to them to abstain from

1. the things polluted by idols, (such as pagan holidays and pagan worship customs and pagan symbols)
2. and from sexual immorality (as defined in the Torah)
3, and from what has been strangled ( strangling a bull was part of Mithras worship, the Persian name of Baal whose highest holidays were December 25th and Sundays)
4. and from blood (part of the Levitical Diet in Leviticus 11).

Acts 15:21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”

So that was what the Jerusalem Council decided for Gentiles coming directly from paganism into believing in Yeshua. They should start out with the 4 Laws so they be allowed in the door to fellowship and to learn, and over time they would learn and practice the rest of G-d’s Laws for living (a process called sanctification). While gentiles must learn to keep all of G-d’s Laws as they mature from milk (4 Laws Paul instructed plus the 10 Commandments) to meat (the whole counsel of G-d), a process called Sancitification, they need not follow Jewish Customs such as adult circumcision, handwashing ceremonies, bar-Mitzahs, wearing Kippah’s, and having meat and dairy on separate plates.

The customs of the Jews which the Pharisees demanded for salvation (Justification) and holiness (Sanctification), were necessary for neither of these things. In fact, the Apostle Peter was rebuked by Paul for teaching the Gentiles to practice the tradition of the Pharisees, which was not allowing Jews and Gentiles to eat at the same table. A practice they picked up in Egypt, when Egyptians refused to eat at the same table as shepherds, especially Hebrew slaves. In forcing Gentile believers to practice Jewish Customs not found in G-d’s Law, Peter was acting as a Judaizer (someone who preaches that one must first become a Jew in order to become a follower of the Jewish Messiah, and that non-Jews must practice Jewish customs and traditions in order to be saved).

We have seen what the Council of Jerusalem said, but what did G-d Himself instruct? What did Yeshua (Jesus) say? What did the other Apostles such as Peter and John say on the matter, and finally, what did Paul himself say in his other letters to Gentile Churches such as Corinth?

Yeshua Himself promised a blessing on ALL people (Gentiles included) who practice and keep even the least Commands of Torah).

Matthew 5:19:
19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

G-d Himself promised a blessing on ALL Gentiles specifically that keep the Sabbath as Holy (defined as not buying, selling, or making anyone else work according to the 4th Commandment. This command explicity Commands that no gentiles can be made to work on the 7th Day, in fact, Sunday must be used as a common working day for both Jew and Gentile.

Exodus 20:10

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Isaiah 56
1Thus says the LORD:”Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come,
and my deliverance be revealed.
2Blessed is the man who does this,
and the son of man who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it,
and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

3Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say,
“The LORD will surely separate me from his people”;
and let not the eunuch say,
“Behold, I am a dry tree.”
4For thus says the LORD:”To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me
and hold fast my covenant,
5 I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.

6″And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
7these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”
8The Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”

He also says in Isaiah 2:2–3 that Gentiles will come to Mt. Zion to learn the Torah

and that Gentiles will all keep the Holy Days of Leviticus 23 when Yeshua (Jesus returns)
Isaiah 66:23, and specifically the Feast of Tabernacles, in fact, Gentiles who refuse to keep the Feast of Tabernacles won’t get rain Zechariah 14. (not typed out for the sake of brevity).

The Apostle Paul told the Gentile Churches not to blend the worship of Yeshua with the Customs of Baal worship (such as December 25th, Sunday Sabbath, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Lent, and Halloween), and that Righteousness and Torahlessness were two opposite and contrary ideas.

Galatians 4:8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by G-d, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.

The Galatians had BEFORE THEY KNEW G-D been enslaved by things which claimed to be gods but were not, these were things Paul called “Weak and Miserable things OF THE WORLD”, quite the opposite of the Torah which he tells Timothy is “the Commandment is Holy, Righteous, and Good”. The Galatians in thier worship of these false gods had kept special days, and months, and years (such as the Winter Solstice-December 25th, Spring Equinox-Easter, and special years such as the Chinese do with the year of the dragon, monkey, goat or whatever). Just as the Romans did, they had a special festival for every single day, month, and season, and year! Like the “Ides of March” and other periods that held good or bad luck, like Friday the 13th or the “X-ms” season today. The GAUL-ATIANS were also from GAUL a Celtic province that had revolted against Rome and thereby had been banished to Turkey. They carried the Celtic holidays of Ostara (Easter) and Yule (December 25th) with them, and tried to keep them after becoming Christians.

2nd Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with LAWLESSNESS (Torahlessness)? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15What accord has Christ with BELIAL?Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
17Thereforego out from their midst,
and be separate(Holy) from them, says the Lord,
and TOUCH NO UNCLEAN THING;
then I will welcome you,
18and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

Just as the Prophet Daniel, in 2nd Thessalonians Paul warns about the man (anti-Christ) who teaches believers to not follow G-d’s Law in 2nd Thessalonians, just as Daniel warns about the man (anti-Christ) who seeks to replace G-d’s Sabbath and Holy Days, and the rest of the Torah, with man made traditions (Daniel 7:25).

The Apostle Peter warns about certain false teachers who twist the words of Paul to teach Lawlessness (Torahlessness) to the unlearned, such as gentile believers just coming out of paganism.

2nd Peter 2:16 15And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters.There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction,as they do the other Scriptures. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

John the Apostle defined sin as breaking the Torah, whether one is Jew or Gentile.

1st John 3:4
Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness

Paul warned about Jewish Myths circulating in his day, one was that Yeshua (Jesus) was the product of Mary being raped by a Roman soldier named Pantera, another was that the Disciples hid the body, another was the that Torah is just for Gentiles.

Titus 1:14:
14not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.

There is a Jewish myth circulating to this day that the Torah was only for the Jews and the Gentiles only had 7 Laws to keep (meaning the 10 Commandments didn’t apply to the Gentiles either). This was later extended by some to say that Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah for the Gentiles (since he supposedly did away with the Torah) and the Jews would have another Messiah later (one that keeps the Torah).

The Bible says that we are to have the SAME LAW for Jew and Gentile
and there is the SAME MESSIAH for Jew and Gentile, we are ONE in Messiah, One Body in Messiah cannot live by 2 sets of Laws (one set for Jews and one set for Gentiles), just as there cannot be one Messiah for Jewish believers and another for the Gentiles.

Finally, why do we find Satan attacking believers in Revelations that have the testimony of Jesus Christ AND keep the Commands of G-d (Torah)?? Does Satan only attack Jewish beleivers in the last days and leave the Gentiles alone so that only the Jewish believers are persecuted? OR, does he attack Gentile believers as well because they are keeping G-d’s Law as opposed to his teaching of Lawlessness!

Revelations 12:17Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring,on those who keep the commandments of God and hold tthe testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.