The Pot Roast Story

The Pot Roast Story

A mother was preparing a pot roast for her family’s meal while her young daughter helped. Knowing her daughter was very curious, the mother explained each step. As she was preparing to put the pot roast in the oven, the mother explained, “Now we cut the ends off of each side of the meat.” As young children often do, the daughter asked, “Why?” The mother thought for a moment and replied, “Because that’s the way it’s done. That’s how your grandma did it and that’s how I do it.”

Not satisfied with this answer, the young girl asked if she could call her grandma. The young girl called and asked, “Grandma, why do you cut the ends off the pot roast?” Her grandma thought for a moment and said, “Because that’s the way it’s done. That’s how my mom did it and that’s how I do it.”

Still not satisfied, the young girl called her great grandma, who was now living in a nursing home. “Great grandma,” she said, “Why do you cut the ends off the pot roast?” 

Her great grandma said, “When I was a young mother, we had a very small oven. The pot roast wouldn’t fit in the oven if I didn’t cut the ends off.”

The most damaging phrase in the language is: ‘It’s always been done that way.’


The Famous ‘Social Experiment’: 5 Monkeys and a Ladder

The most damaging phrase in the language is: ‘It’s always been done that way.’ 

The Famous ‘Social Experiment’: 5 Monkeys and a Ladder

A group of scientists placed five monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on top.

Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water.

After a while, every time a monkey would start up the ladder, the others would pull it down and beat it up.

After a time, no monkey would dare try climbing the ladder, no matter how great the temptation.

The scientists then decided to replace one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was start to climb the ladder. Immediately, the others pulled him down and beat him up.

After several beatings, the new monkey learned never to go up the ladder, even though there was no evident reason not to, aside from the beatings.

The second monkey was substituted and the same occurred. The first monkey participated in the beating of the second monkey. A third monkey was changed and the same was repeated. The fourth monkey was changed, resulting in the same, before the fifth was finally replaced as well.

What was left was a group of five monkeys that – without ever having received a cold shower – continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder.

If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they beat up on all those who attempted to climb the ladder, their most likely answer would be “I don’t know. It’s just how things are done around here.”

Does that sound at all familiar?


“IF” IS A BIG TWO LETTER WORD

“IF” IS A BIG TWO LETTER WORD

Merriam-Webster Definition of “If” 

a : in the event that

b : allowing that

c : on the assumption that

d : on condition that

Scriptural References of “If”

JOHN 14:1 IF ye love me, keep my commandments.

JOHN 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, IF a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

JOHN 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, ADONAI; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

JOHN 15:1 IF a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

JOHN 15:7 IF ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

MATTHEW 6:15 But IF ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

MATTHEW 17:20 And YAHUSHA said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, IF ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

ROMANS 10:9 That IF thou shalt confess with thy mouth Yahusha, and shalt believe in thine heart that ELOHIYM hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:2 By which also ye are saved, IF ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

2 CHRONICLES 7:14 IF my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

EXODUS 19:5 Now therefore, IF ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

DEUTERONOMY 7:1 Wherefore it shall come to pass, IF ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that YAHUAH thy ELOHIYM shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:

DEUTERONOMY 11:13-15 And it shall come to pass, IF ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the YAHUAH your ELOHIYM, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.

DEUTERONOMY 11: 26-28 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, IF ye obey the commandments of the YAHUAH your ELOHIYM, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of YAHUAH your ELOHIYM, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other elohiyms, which ye have not known.

ISAIAH 1:18-19 Come now, and let us reason together, saith YAHUAH: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. IF ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

Spring Marks The New Year.

Spring Marks The New Year.

Not January 1st, of the Roman Calendar nor the Fall Jewish Holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

The Enoch calendar is seasonal/solar. Note, the British Empire used March 25 as the beginning of their new year prior to the 1752 treaty with Rome. Why? Shades of the Saxons? Issac’s Sons?

The moon is never considered in its course in the yearly cycle.

The calendar consists of a 364 day year, divided into seven day weeks, twelve months of thirty days each except for one extra day in the last month of each quarter . The calendar accommodates the 365.24 days of the present time. 

The 4 seasons are Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

When the 364 count has been accomplished as instructed by Enoch and Jubilees.

The first day of Spring, is the New Year, day one of the 364 day count on the observed daytime event, tekfuah. Enoch, Chapter 72;

“In this way he rises in the  first month in the great portal,  which  is the fourth [those six portals in the cast]. And in that fourth portal from which the sun rises in the first month are twelve window-openings, from which proceed a flame when they are opened in their season. When the sun rises in the heaven, he comes forth through that fourth portal thirty, mornings in succession, and sets accurately in the fourth portal in the west of the heaven.”

We must recognize that the year was possibly 364 day’s in the Creation Epic. It is postulated by some, that due to the Fallen Ones evil deeds, recorded in Genesis chapter 6 and the flood, earth slowed to take up a 365.24 day orbit.

Creator YAHUAH states unequivocally, these are His days and also to “Remember The Sabbath”, not A Sabbath! What day is The Sabbath and who’s week will it register on, Roman, Jewish or Enoch’s? 

Source:

https://biblehub.com/exodus/12-2.htm

The Truth about the Trinity

The Truth about the Trinity 

Because it has been taught and believed as “gospel” for centuries, unearthing the actual roots of the Trinity doctrine can be unsettling for many. Yet, unless beliefs are examined and at times challenged, we may find ourselves in a lifetime of error and never know it. Here are the facts about an ancient doctrine that long predates the New Testament – about a doctrine that was borrowed from mystery religion with no foundation in the sacred Scriptures! 

A fundamental teaching and “test” doctrine of both Catholic and Protestant groups [or, “Churchianity”] is the Trinity. The Trinity tenet is probably best expressed by the Trinitarian Bible Society of London, England as “…the belief in the Godhead of the Father and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Three co-equal and co-eternal Persons in One Living and True God … in unity of this Godhead there be Three Persons, of one substance, power and eternity the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.” 

“Spirit” is misconstrued as the superstitious “ghost” in 1611 King James wording. The term “ghost” is an erroneous translation of the Greek pneuma, which is better translated as “spirit.” There is no word in the Greek language for “ghost.” The closest Greek word, phantasma, occurs twice (Matt. 14:26; Mark 6:49, translated spirit) which means “apparition, specter, phantom,” but is never used to describe the RUACH HAQODESH (Set-Apart Spirit). 

Churchianity teaches that this special Power, this Spirit that emanates from the Father and is shared by the Son, is a person called the Holy Spirit, which together with the Father and Son makes up a Trinity.

Trinity Missing from the New Testament 

Under the subject of Trinity, the Encyclopaedia Britannica (15th edition, 1974, vol. 10, p. 126, Micropedia) makes this eye-opening statement, “Neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament, nor did [YAHUSHA*] and His followers intend to contradict the Shema of the Old Testament: ‘Hear, O Yashar’el: [YAHUAH*] our [ELOHIYM] is One.’” (Deut. 6:4).

The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia gives this surprising admission: “The term ‘Trinity’ is not a Biblical term, and we are not using Biblical language when we define what is expressed by it…In point of fact, the doctrine of the Trinity is purely a revealed doctrine. That is to say, it embodies a truth which has never been discovered, and is indiscoverable, by natural reason.” (Trinity, vol.5, p. 3012). 

The Britannica adds: “The doctrine developed gradually over several centuries and through many controversies… . The Council of Nicaea, in 325, stated the crucial formula for that doctrine in its confession that the ‘Son is of the same substance…as the Father,’ even though it said very little about the Holy Spirit…By the end of the 4th century…the doctrine of the Trinity took substantially the form it has maintained ever since.” 

The New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967, vol. 14, p. 299, acknowledges: “The formulation ‘one G-d in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century….Among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective.” 

The issue came to a flash point at the general church Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E., called by Constantine. Two church leaders in Alexandria – Arius and Athanasius – had been in open dispute over whether the Father and Son were equal. 

Eusebius, the father of ecclesiastical history, early in the conference offered a compromise resolution that described the relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Supporters of Athanasius realized that the compromise would destroy the doctrine of the Trinity, and was essentially a vote for Arius, who maintained that the Father was superior in some ways. 

Emperor Constantine stepped in, rejecting the compromise of Eusebius. But the Trinity idea did not become doctrine until the year 379 when Roman Emperor Theodosius established Christianity as the state religion. Hence, the Roman Catholic Church, and its doctrine of a Triune deity, was born. 

Trinity Discounted Early On 

In the early years following the resurrection of the Messiah, the Trinity doctrine was not accepted by a number of educated, sincere Scripture-believers. One source informs us about a Michael Servetus, a Spanish physician, who “…was unable to accept traditional formulas defining G-d as ‘Father, Son and Holy [Spirit]’ – one G-d expressed through three personalities. He put his doubts into print and stirred up a furor of indignation. The New Testament nowhere conveys the doctrinal formula as such; it was shaped by church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries…agents of Protestant leaders took Servetus to Champel the next day and burned him at the stake until his body was totally reduced to ashes.” p. 65, Strange Facts About the Bible, Webb Garrison. 

Erasmus is noted for his editing of the Greek New Testament, a work of exemplary scholarship. “In preparing the first edition of his Greek New Testament in 1516, the Dutch scholar used the best and oldest manuscripts available to him. For purposes of scholarship he compared Latin and Greek versions by printing them in parallel columns. Ancient copies did not include at 1John 5:7 a reference to the Trinity, standard in medieval copies of the Latin Vulgate. Guided by the principle that the oldest copies of a work are likely to be closer to the original than later copies, Erasmus omitted from the Greek side of His New Testament the allusion familiar to readers of the Latin Bible. The use of parallel columns made the omission immediately obvious,” p. 258, Strange Facts about the Bible. 

A Babylonian Survival 

As these authorities have revealed, the Trinity doctrine is not based upon the clear teachings of the Scriptures, but is fashioned piecemeal from selected verses that are said to allude to a Trinity. 

The simple fact is the doctrine of a Trinity was not initially taught by the early church. The teaching was contrived to replicate the trinitarian beliefs of incoming pagan converts. Abundantly common in pagan religions is the concept of a trinity. Early converts from paganism generally had worshiped a triad of deities. (see pp. 10-11) 

In his book, The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop traces the origin of the Trinity idea to the mother of all pagan concepts, Babylon. Summing up a lengthy study of historical evidence, Hislop concludes: “Will any one after this say that the Roman Catholic Church must still be called Christian, because it holds the doctrine of the Trinity? So did the Pagan Babylonians, so did the Egyptians, so do the Hindus at this hour, in the very sense in which Rome does.” (p. 90). 

From the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics (Trinity, p. 458) we read, “Although the notion of a divine Triad or Trinity is characteristic of the Christian religion, it is by no means peculiar to it. In Indian religion we meet with the trinitarian group of Brahma, Siva, and Vishnu; and in Egyptian religion with the trinitarian group of Osiris, Isis, and Horus, constituting a divine family, like the Father, Mother and Son in mediaeval Christian pictures.” 

The Trinity doctrine incorporated a pagan concept embraced long before Christianity by ancient heathens of foreign lands. On page 595 of The Story of Civilization (vol. III), noted historian Will Durant provides these revelations, “Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it… The Greek language, having reigned for centuries over philosophy, became the vehicle of Christian literature and ritual; the Greek mysteries passed down into the impressive mystery of the Mass. Other pagan cultures contributed to the syncretist result. From Egypt came the ideas of a divine Trinity.” 

The pagan emperor Constantine favored Christianity because of his mother’s influence. To avert a developing schism among Christians in his realm, he called for a council to unite all Christendom into one religion. 

To forestall the growing acceptance of Arianism, the “Nicene Creed” was developed which is even today a part of the liturgy of Catholic, Lutheran and other churches. The first Nicene Creed did not establish or affirm a Trinity. Only later revisions added the concept of a Trinity. 

“Oneness” Concept Influential 

Another teaching that was gaining ground about that time was “Monarchianism,” in which all three (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) constitute only one essence as well as one person. We know this teaching today under the term “Oneness,” which is taught by various Pentecostal churches.

The Oneness teaching goes back at least to the third century where its chief exponent, Sabellius, proposed that the Father was the Creator, who became the Son at Bethlehem, and then became the Holy Spirit when the Son ascended. 

This teaching would have us believe that the Messiah YAHUSHA prayed to Himself when on earth, and that YAHUSHA raised Himself from the dead. But the Scripture says the Father raised (Greek = anistemi) Him up. (see Acts 2:24; 2:30; 2:32; 3:15; 3:26; 13:30; 13:37) 

Sabellianism teaches that all three are one in person, successively assuming the role of Father, Son and presently acting as the (Holy) Set-Apart Spirit. This doctrine no doubt influenced the Trinity concept as disseminated today. 

Scripture Reinterpreted for the Sake of Trinitarianism 

The doctrine of the Trinity began as part of the Nicene Creed of 325, which was altered and amended over the years. To accommodate the pagan converts who worshiped a Trinity, the teachings of the Scriptures were reinterpreted to harmonize with established pagan beliefs. 

Hislop’s Two Babylon’s explains these: “In the unity of that only G-d of the Babylonians, there were three persons and to symbolize that doctrine of the Trinity, they employed, as the discoveries of Layard prove, the equilateral triangle, just as it is well known the Romish Church does at this day.” A footnote points out that the Egyptians also used the triangle as a symbol of their triform divinity. (p. 16) 

The Trinitarian concept gained acceptance as the Jewish converts were overwhelmed by the growing number of heathen who were taken into the church, bringing with them pagan doctrines nowhere found in the Scriptures. Pagan converts could more easily identify with Christianity and become a part of it by simply changing the names of their deities. Those who worshiped a Trinity could find one in Christianity. 

Yashar’el was notably different from virtually all other religions in that they worshiped one Mighty One. The Babylonians, Egyptians, Canaanites, Zorastrians, Hindus and others worshiped a triad of major deities in a worship YAHUAH expressly abhorred. In the very first of the Ten Commandments He thundered that we are to have no other deities before Him. 

Christianity began to accept many pagan doctrines, only the names were changed to appear “Christian” (for example, the pagan Roman Saturnalia became Christmas; Assyrian fertility worship of the goddess Ishtar was brought over to create the Easter {“Ishtar”} celebration; Semiramis, the “Queen of Heaven” worshiped by the Babylonians, was transformed into the Madonna worshiped by many today {“Madonna” means “my lord” from Latin mea + domina}; pagan sun worship became manifest in the Christian halo, etc.).” 

The Roman Catholic church states: “The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion…Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: ‘the Father is G- d, the Son is G-d, and the Holy Spirit is G-d, and yet there are not three G-ds but one G-d.’ In this Trinity…the Persons are co-eternal and co-equal: all alike are uncreated and omnipotent.” 

The Catholic Encyclopedia. 

The Trinity is considered to be “one G-d in three persons” with each believed to be without beginning, having existed for eternity and are all equal, each being not lesser or greater than the others. Members of the National Council of Churches all espouse a belief in the Trinity. 

Scripture clearly shows that YAHUAH is the supreme Mighty One in the heavens. There is no one equal to Him. 

Paul wrote: “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of the Messiah is YAHUAH,” 1Corinthians 11:3. 

He said in Ephesians that there is one “Father of all, who is above all,” 4:6. The Savior Himself said, “My Father is greater than I,” John 14:28. 

“Elohiym” Means Plural – More Than One- Not “Three” Many recognize that the Trinity teaching is confusing and in the words of the Encyclopedia

Americana is “beyond the grasp of human reason.”The Scriptures clearly teaches a plurality in the Old Testament, for the Book of Genesis begins with “In the beginning G-d [Hebrew ELOHIYM] created…” The word Elohiym is from the Hebrew Eloah with the “im” suffix denoting the plural. Elohiym is a Hebrew collective noun, masculine in gender. It has the same plural concept as words like family, group, school, board, and council. Each of these collective nouns takes a singular verb. We say the family is home. The group is small. The school is on vacation. These collective nouns are all composed of at least two individuals or perhaps more. But the collective noun usually takes a singular verb. We are not told the exact number making up a family, group, or school. So it is with the Hebrew word Elohiym. 

Genesis 1:2 reads: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of ELOHIYM moved upon the face of the waters.” (Gen. 1:2) 

Trinitarians seize upon the word Elohiym, then finding that it means a plurality – more than one – they immediately conclude it must mean three, a Trinity! 

Spirit Is a Force 

Spirit is translated from the Hebrew ruach and occurs 389 times in the Old Testament. It is rendered spirit 237 times in the King James Version. The Companion Bible says that the basic idea running through all the passages is “invisible force.” In whatever sense the word ruach is used, it means an unseen force except by its manifestations. It can be compared to a physical force like magnetism, gravity, and in our modern age, electricity and radioactivity. The Scriptures likens spirit to wind. 

In the New Testament Greek text spirit is pneuma and carries the same meaning—in Greek it means to breathe. (“Pneumatic” tires are filled with air; “pneumonia” affects the lungs—the air- exchanging organs.) Both words have as their basic meaning, “breath,” but the sense extends beyond that primary meaning. Spirit is from the Latin spirare (translation of the Hebrew ruach, which means to breathe). Spirare is found in the word “respiration,” which is the process of breathing. 

Is it any wonder that following His resurrection, YAHUSHA gave the RUACH HAQIDESH (Set-Apart Spirit) to His disciples when “He breathed on them,” John 20:22? Heavenly power came from His nostrils, not a person! Both ruach and pneuma mean “wind.” They can also mean the invisible, vital force in living creatures, or a dominant feeling, attitude or disposition. Spirit can refer to the invisible world, including YAHUAH and His angelic creatures as well as the evil, satanic realm. It can also refer to YAHUAH’s holy, active, or life-giving force or power. 

All of these meanings have the sense of an active vitality that is invisible to human eyes. We cannot see spirit just as we cannot “see” wind, gravity, radio waves, electricity, or magnetism. But we can see what it does, the results of its activity. We can often see the effects of the special power of YAHUAH’s Set-Apart Spirit, too. 

Early Fathers Knew the Essence of the RUACH HAQODESH (Set-Apart Spirit).

Many of the early “fathers,” including Justin Martyr of the second century, taught that the RUACH HAQODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) was an “influence or mode of operation of the Deity.” Hippolytus ascribed no personality to the RUACH HAQODESH (Set-Apart Spirit). In the creation, the RUACH (Spirit) of YAHUAH, or YAHUAH’s Power, went forth from Him and accomplished His will. 

The RUACH HAQODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) was the power, the force, the vitality emanating from ELOHIYM that moved and acted upon the face of the waters. The RUACH (Spirit) was not a separate person moving on the waters. 

“Proof” Texts to Support Trinity 

An attempt to “prove” a Trinity is 1John 5:7. However, newer Scripture translations have corrected this spurious verse. The Catholic Jerusalem Bible says in a footnote to 1John 5:7, “Not in any of the early Greek manuscripts, or any of the early translations, or in the best manuscripts of the Vulgate itself.” This bogus text reads: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 

The Companion Bible states that this verse was not found in any Greek manuscripts before the 16th century but was first seen in the margins of some of the Latin copies; from there it crept into the text. Modern translations do not include this verse in the main body of their text but may have a footnote stating that this verse is spurious. It is plainly a forgery inserted by some Trinitarian zealot during the Dark Ages. 

Matthew 28:19 is often used to promote the false Trinity, which reads as follows: 

“Go therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy [Spirit]:” (Matt. 28:19). Abundant evidence exists that this verse was also not in the original texts (Jerusalem Bible is one such source). 

There are four Scriptures in the Old Testament where plural personal pronouns are used in referring to ELOHIYM. The Trinitarians say these prove a Trinity, although the word Trinity itself does not appear in any of these verses: 

“And ELOHIYM said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” (Gen. 1:26)

“And YAHUAH ELOHIYM said, Behold, the man is become as one of US, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:” (Gen. 3:22) 

“Go to, let US go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” (Gen. 11:7) 

“Also I heard the voice of YAHUAH, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for US? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me.” (Isa. 6:8) 

There is nothing in these verses that would lead us to accept the doctrine of a Trinity. The use of these plural pronouns (us, we, our) in referring to deity only shows plural Mighty Ones. 

YAHUSHA told Phillip, “He that has seen Me has seen the Father,” John 14:9. Other verses demonstrate that YAHUSHA is the very image of the Heavenly ABBA Father, that He is the express image of His person (Heb.1:3, Col. 1:15, 2Cor. 4:4). He is the other half of this plural majesty in the heavens. 

The appearance of the Set-Apart Spirit is likened to a dove, Matthew 3:16. Genesis 1:27 clearly says man is to be made “in the image of ELOHIYM.” If the Set-Apart Spirit is a third person of a Trinity, man would also look like a bird in some aspect or appear in the image of a feathered dove! 

Grammatical Gender Mistaken for the Literal 

Another so-called “proof” often presented to show that the Set-Apart Spirit is a sentient being is that the personal pronouns He, Him or His often refer to the Spirit in the English Scriptures. 

John 14:17 is misused to force a personality aspect on the RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit): “[Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees HIM not, neither knows HIM: but you know HIM; for HE dwells with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17). 

The use of the personal pronoun WHOM in this text is unwarranted, reflecting simply the translator’s prejudice. Which better renders the Greek neuter form. The Greek pronoun is auto, and refers back to Comforter (Greek = Parakletos), which is a noun of masculine gender, and apparently the reason translators provided the “Him” and “He” pronouns. 

Understand that nouns in most European languages have gender. To English-speaking peoples this is a rather peculiar characteristic of their languages. For example, in German “plate” is masculine. In French “knife” is masculine and “fork” feminine. It would be as logical to insist that “plate” and “knife” are persons—because of masculine usage in German and French—as it would be to claim that the comforter is a person because Parakletos (comforter) is masculine in Greek. Pronouns must agree in number, case, and gender. 

English is not nearly so sophisticated in its grammar. 

The Greek word for spirit (pneuma) is neuter in gender and properly should be translated it. Some translations do not follow the the King James in referring to the Spirit as He but more properly as it. These Scriptures are the Diaglott (a literal translation from the Greek), Rotherham, Literal Concordant, and Goodspeed, among others. Pronouns referring to spirit are also neuter. But those referring to the Father and the Son are masculine. 

In contrast to the Greek, Hebrew nouns have no neuter gender. In Hebrew, nouns are either masculine or feminine. Therefore, while ruach (spirit) is masculine in gender, according to rules of Hebrew grammar, the religion of Judaism does NOT look upon ruach as a person, but as a POWER or FORCE. 

Personification Doesn’t Make a Person 

It is not uncommon for the Scriptures to personify objects or events by giving human characteristics or living attributes to them. Paul says in Romans 5:14, “Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses…” Death metaphorically sits upon a throne, ruling as a king. 

Paul gives sin the attributes of a person in writing, “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. (Romans 7:11) Are we to understand that sin deceived and slew Paul? Hardly! Paul did the sinning. He broke YAHUAH’s law and was then condemned to death. Paul is using a figure of speech, giving sin a personality. 

Similarly, Paul personifies the Greek word agape (translated charity, love), giving it physical attributes as well: 

“Charity suffers long, [and] is kind; charity envies not; charity vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Charity never fails: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.” (1 Cor. 13:4-8) 

Paul knows that love is not a person, but by giving agape love personality he is able to show the great power and influence love can exert in our lives. The animation of a thing in the Scripture does not make it a person. 

The Scriptures is rich in figures of speech, metaphors, and similes. Note the following examples of personification in the Scriptures where inanimate objects are given living attributes: 

“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed [each other]” (Ps. 85:10) 

“Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven” (Ps. 85:11) 

“Let the floods clap [their] hands: let the hills be joyful together” Ps. 98:8) 

“Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when YAHUAH of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.” (Isa. 24:23) 

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” (Isa. 35:1) 

“Sing, O you heavens; for YAHUAH has done [it]: shout, you lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for YAHUAH has redeemed Jacob, and glorified Himself in Yashar’el.” (Isa. 44:23)

“For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands.” (Isa. 55:12) 

“And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in HIS strength.” (Rev. 1:16) Does using the pronoun “his” make the sun a person? 

“You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost HIS savour, wherewith shall it be salted…” (Mat. 5:13) Is salt a man? 

The RUACH HAQODESH’s (Set-Apart Spirit) Nonperson, Inanimate Attributes 

The invisible power or force which flows from YAHUAH is unseen, and is often treated as a material substance. The Spirit is POURED out, Isaiah 32:15, 44:3, Acts 2:17); SHED (Titus 3:5- 6, Acts 2:33); BREATHED (John 20:22); and it FILLED people (Acts 2:2-4, Ephesians 5:18). YAHUSHA Himself was ANOINTED with the Spirit (Acts 10:38) and men were BAPTIZED with it (Matt. 3:11). 

Is it possible for a person to be “poured out” on other people? If the Spirit is properly recognized as a force or energy, then the correct sense of the Spirit’s empowering the people to abide by YAHUAH’s law is understood, especially if they are filled with that Spirit poured out on them. 

We read that YAHUAH anointed YAHUSHA of Nazareth with the Set-Apart Spirit in Acts 10:38. This act is incomprehensible if we accept the pagan teaching that the Set-Apart Spirit is a person equal to the Father and the Son. Why and how could this co-equal, in-power person be poured upon the Son who was equal in power? 

If we properly understand the Spirit to be force or energy, (power) poured upon the Son, saturating Him as with oil, then we truly grasp the Scriptural meaning of “spirit” and see why YAUSHA is called the Messiah, YAHUAH’s “anointed” (anointed means to rub with oil). 

“Trinity” and Pagan Baal Worship 

Proving that a doctrine is not from the Scripture is more difficult when it has been taught as truth for centuries. The liturgies and creeds as well as repetitious songs (like “Holy, Holy, Holy, L-rd G-d Almighty”), heard and sung since childhood, have engrained the Trinity concept in minds and hearts. False concepts become accepted as bedrock truth if never analyzed or challenged. But brought before the piercing light of Scripture, the truth becomes crystal clear to the open-minded and sincere Scripture student. 

The concept of trinity does appear in the Old Testament and it should be noted that it involves the worship of the pagan deity Baal: 

“And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of ELOHIYM bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people that they may eat.” (2 Kings 4:42) 

The Hebrew shalishsa, meaning “three”, is connected with the trinitarian Baal! Baal was influential in agriculture, where the trinity of earth, sun, and water were worshiped. 

Set-Apart Spirit Symbolizes YAHUAH’s Attributes 

The Set-Apart Spirit is an invisible, holy, flowing energy coming from the Heavenly Father and shared by His Son, YAHUSHA. This Spirit, force or power accomplishes their will. 

At times YAHUAH refers to His Spirit as a power, an attitude, a pervading force, a powerful vitality, a dynamic influence that comes from Him. His Spirit, emanating from Himself, helps us reach a standard of righteousness and so influences behavior that at times it is seen as almost a living vitality, as evident from the following verses: 

“And Yauwah said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” (Gen. 6:3) 

“But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Set-Apart Spirit, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land?” (Acts 5:3) 

“The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of ELOHIYM.” (Rom. 8:16) 

Those who don’t understand this metaphoric usage, as simply an extension of YAHUAH Himself, leap to the conclusion that He is talking of another Being.

The New Schaff-Herzog Religious Encyclopedia explains that although Scripture uses terms like grieved in reference to the Set-Apart Spirit, the terminology should not be taken for a separate Person. “A similar concept underlies the Johannine terms teaching, reproving, and declaring, as applied to the personal Paraclete. Nevertheless, to interpret these passages as implying a person distinct from G-d and Chr-st, whose Spirit he is called, is not warranted.” (Trinity, Doctrine of, p. 19) 

Scriptural Synopsis of Set-Apart Spirit Facts 

Not all the following statements have been explained fully within this brief study, yet are important to consider in regard to a Trinity doctrine supposedly supported by the Scriptures: 

* The Greek philosopher Plato and the Alexandrine Platonists are the source of the modern trinity doctrine. 

Author Alvan Lamson elaborates on the doctrine of the Trinity and sums up what history shows about the Trinity on page 34 of The Church of the First Three Centuries: “… we must look, not to the Jewish Scriptures, nor to the teachings of [Yahshua] and his apostles, but to Philo [the Jewish philosopher of the first century C.E.] and the Alexandrine Platonists. In consistency with this view, we maintain that the doctrine of the Trinity was of gradual and comparatively late formation; that it had its origin in a source entirely foreign from that of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures; that it grew up, and was in grafted on Christianity, through the hands of the Platonizing Fathers…” 

* The apostate church about the fourth century accepted the Trinity, which was then passed on to her daughters. Acceptance of a Triune deity was influenced by the polytheistic (“having many deities”) worship everywhere extant among heathen peoples. 

* Neither the term Trinity nor its doctrine is found in either the Old or New Testaments. 

* The (Holy) Set-Apart Spirit (erroneous “Ghost”) is not a person. 

* Ruach (Hebrew) and pneuma (Greek) are the Hebrew and Greek from which we get RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) in our Scriptures. They have as their root meaning “wind or breath” in both the Hebrew and Greek. 

* The RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) is that invisible force or energy flowing from the Father and Son. It might be likened to the rays of the sun that give us light and heat. The rays are not the sun, but are the power from the sun. 

* Personal pronouns referring to the Set-Apart Spirit do not make it a person any more than YAHUSHA’s telling Peter to put the sword back into “HIS” place makes the sword a male person (Mat. 26:52). 

* The RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) can be “shed” (Acts 2:33), “poured” (Acts 2:17), “breathed” (John 20:22), “stirred up” (2Tim. 1:6), “quenched” (1Thes. 5:19), “renewed” (2Cor. 4:16)—all of which are literally incompatible with a person or being. 

* The Father and Son converse with each other, but do not talk to the Spirit. 

* Nowhere is the Spirit prayed to. If the RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) were a person, then the RUACH HA’QODESH would be YAHUSHA’s father and not YAHUAH.

Notice how YAHUSHA was conceived in the flesh: “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the YAHUAH appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Set-Apart Spirit” (Matt. 1:20). 

Yet YAHUSHA called YAHUAH His Father, not the RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit). He was conceived by and through the power of YAHUAH—making YAHUAH His Father. 

* Scripture never calls the RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) the “third person.” 

* Salutations found in the first verse or two of the Epistles by Paul, Peter, and John mention Father and Son, but not Spirit. 

In his Epistles Paul greets the brethren in the name of YAHUAH and YAHUSHA. Never in the opening of his letters does Paul ever greet anyone “in the Name of the RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart (Holy) Spirit).” Not a person, the RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) has no name as do YAHUAH and YAHUSHA. For example, Ephesians 1:2 reads, “Grace [be] to you, and peace, from YAHUAH our Father, and from the Savior YAHUSHA the Messiah. 

* The Scriptural meaning of being “one” means being in accord, harmony, of like mind, united in goals. Not being one personage. 

* ELOHIYM, used for the Heavenly Majesty, is a collective noun, and does not specifically mean “three.” It simply means more than one, a plurality. 

* Examples given in the Scriptures show the Father on a throne: Ezekiel 1:26; Daniel 7:9; Acts 7:55-56; Rev. 4:2; 5:1,7; 20:11, etc. The RUACH HA’QODESH (Set-Apart Spirit) is not given a throne (but indwells us, as it did Stephen, Acts 7:55). 

Let His RUACH (Spirit) Power Transform Your Life 

As sincere believers in YAHUAH, it is up to us to be in harmony with His will and allow the supernal power of His Spirit to motivate our actions, permeate our thoughts and elevate our desires for good. As we mature in the Messiah, we overcome our selfish, carnal, worldly desires and strive to walk in that higher, heavenly realm, allowing His Spirit to guide us. 

“According as His Divine Power has given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and righteousness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Pet. 1:3-4) 

May you find the peace that passes all understanding as you submit to Almighty YAHUAH ELOHIYM and begin living for Him.

The Truth About NEW YEAR’S!

The Truth About NEW YEAR’S!

How did the celebration of New Year’s Eve begin? 

Why is the beginning of a year placed in the middle of a dead winter? 

And where did the many customs surrounding it originate?

MOST people carelessly assume that celebrating New Year’s Eve is a Christian custom.

But did the practice of “waiting the old year out” really come from the Scriptures?

Is January 1 the true beginning of a new year? 

Who has the AUTHORITY to determine when a new year begins?

New Year’s is one of the oldest and most universal of all pagan TRADITIONS! 

The custom of celebrating it has remained essentially unchanged for 4,000 years!

“There is scarcely a people, ancient or modern, savage or civilized,” writes Theodor H. Gaster, in his definitive book “New Year”, “which has not observed it … in one form or another. Yet no other festival has been celebrated on so many different dates or in so many seemingly different ways.”

In ancient Babylon, New Year’s festivals were closely bound to the pagan feast called “Christmas” today. The little-known connection of New Year’s with Christmas is made clear in, “The PLAIN TRUTH About CHRISTMAS!”

When and how did New Year’s celebrations originate? Who began the custom?

Notice the proof of history.

“Mesopotamia,” writes Earl W. Count, “is the very ancient Mother of Civilization. Christmas began there, OVER FOUR THOUSAND YEARS AGO, as the festival which renewed the world for another year. The ‘twelve days’ of Christmas; the bright fires and probably the Yule log; the giving of presents; the carnivals with their floats, their merrymakings and clownings, the mummers who sing and play from house to house; the feastings; the church processions with their lights and song — all these and more began there centuries before Christ was born. And they celebrated THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW YEAR!” (“4000 Years of Christmas”, pp. 20-21.)

That is how it began. The celebration of New Year’s began in ancient Babylonia in Mesopotamia. It was a pagan custom of ancient sun-worship 2000 years before the birth of YAHUSHA.

The celebration of New Year’s is never once commanded in the Scriptures. YAHUSHA and the apostles never observed it. Moses forbade it!

Don’t say “it doesn’t matter.” It does matter to YAHUAH whether we adopt the customs of the heathen. Your Scriptures says, “Learn not the way of the heathen” (Jeremiah 10:2).

The New Year’s festivities that had originated in Babylon found their way to Greece and finally to Rome. The Romans called it “Saturnalia” — in honor of Saturn. Among them it was extremely popular — a time of revelings, drinking bouts, orgies — finally ending in HUMAN SACRIFICE!

“The first day of the Saturnalia shifted during the lifetime of Rome … it began around the middle of December … and continued until January first. In its midst was December twenty-fifth, the day, as the Romans calculated, when the sun was at its lowest ebb ….” (E. W. Count’s “4000 Years of Christmas”, page 28.)

It was Julius Caesar, Emperor of pagan Rome, who instituted the New Year’s festival on January first. In 46 B. C., Caesar adopted the Julian calendar. He transferred to the first of January ALL of the licentious customs surrounding the Roman Saturnalia!

Accepted by “Church Fathers”

But how did such a thoroughly pagan day ever insinuate itself into our modern “Christian” calendar?

Read the answer from church history — about 375 A.D. This is the period Emperor Constantine imposed “Christianity” on the Roman world.

“There were many immigrants into the ranks of the Christians by this time,” writes Earl W. Count. “The Church Fathers discovered to their alarm that they were also facing an invasion of pagan customs. The habit of Saturnalia was too strong to be left behind. At first the Church forbade it, but in vain” (page 31).

Rather than resist the influence of pagan customs, the Catholic Church fathers compromised!

“The Church finally succeeded in taking the merriment, the greenery, the lights, and the gifts from Saturn and giving them to the Babe of Bethlehem …. The pagan Romans became Christians — but the Saturnalia remained!” (E.W. Count, page 31.)

Modern Christians have gone A STEP FURTHER!

Rather than present a gift to YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH on the day they falsely assume to be His birthday, the world is busily trading presents among themselves! Messiah has been not only forgotten at Christmas time, but is not so much as toasted amidst the partying of New Year’s Eve!

During the Middle Ages many of the ancient Roman customs were maintained and augmented by the incoming heathen rites of the Teutonic peoples. It was during this period that the customary yule log and mistletoe were added to the popular New Year’s festivities. The yule log is a carry-over from the bonfires of sun-worship, and mistletoe is a parasite used in Druid rites as a symbol of sex-worship!

As Teutonic customs were added, the date of New Year’s celebrations was temporarily changed to March 25, to coincide with the Germanic spring rites of fertility.

Finally Pope Gregory re-instituted the ancient pagan Roman date of January first. He imposed it on the whole Western world in 1582 when his Gregorian calendar “reforms” were accepted. All Roman Catholic countries accepted this change AT ONCE! Sweden, Germany, Denmark and England, the strongholds of Druid customs, finally acquiesced to Rome in the 1700’s!

Today, New Year’s Eve has become a time for people to wallow in excesses of liquor! The modern attitude seems to be, “have a wild time on New Year’s Eve, and turn over a new leaf on New Year’s Day!”

New Year’s resolutions are empty and meaningless, usually trifling matters of jest! Few people make a lasting change.

Most people seem to have convinced themselves that YAHUAH (G-d) is out of the picture for good. That YAHUAH (G-d) is not concerned with their modern revelings, drunken parties, promiscuous behavior!

What does YAHUAH have to say about New Year’s? Does He condone observing a pagan festival? practicing pagan customs in the name of Messiah?

Excessive drug use has become common at New Year’s Eve events.

YAHUAH Labels New Year’s “PAGAN”!

YAHUAH Almighty does not compromise! Notice the Eternal’s stern warning to Israel as they conquered the pagan nations of the promised land:

“Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou INQUIRE NOT AFTER THEIR elohiym’s, saying ‘How did these nations serve their elohiym’s? even so will I do likewise.’ THOU SHALT NOT DO SO UNTO THE ETERNAL THY ELOHIYM: for EVERY ABOMINATION to the Eternal, WHICH HE HATETH, have they done to their elohiym’s ….” (Deut. 12:30-31.)

What were the customs YAHUAH hates and condemns in Deuteronomy? What are those pagan rites that are an ABOMINATION to Him?

These very rites and customs practiced in ancient Canaan and Syria included the NEW YEAR’S FESTIVALS! From the ancient Canaanites the Greeks learned the same rites.

Theodor H. Gaster writes concerning the familiar “New Year’s babe”:

“Actually the New Year babe is FAR OLDER than he looks. In ancient Greece, it was customary at the great festival of Dionysus to parade a babe cradled in a winnowing basket. This was taken to symbolize the annual (or periodic) rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility!” (New Year.)

Who was this Dionysus?

None other than Bacchus — the god of wine! In his honor the Greeks held a festival called the “Festival of the Wine-Press” at the time which corresponds to our months of January-February!

Today more alcoholic beverages are consumed during the “holiday season” than at any other time of the year! New Year’s Eve is noted for its licentious, wild, and wanton partying. People are deceived by riotous pagan holiday spirits — for the most part emanating from liquor bottles — all the while calling it “Christian”!

“Father Time”

Another symbol of New Year’s celebrations is equally pagan! It is the familiar figure of a white-haired man carrying a scythe. What does he represent? The ancient Greek god Cronos. It is from the name “Cronos” we derive our “chronograph” which measures time.

Among the Greek gods, Cronos originally cut a swath of HUMAN SACRIFICE with his sharpened scythe! The “silent reaper” anciently “reaped” little children in horrible episodes of mythical CANNIBALISM! This Greek rite of human sacrifice was adopted by ancient Rome, where human sacrifice was practiced at least until 300 A. D.

No wonder YAHUAH Almighty warns the pagan New Year’s celebration is AN ABOMINATION to Him! See Deuteronomy 12:31.

Strange as it seems, the professing Christian world praises and practices customs and days of pagan origin — thinly cloaking them in “Christian” sounding names! You too, may have accepted these vain traditions of men, never realizing they are PAGAN TO THE CORE!

“In VAIN do they worship me,” said YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH, “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men!”

YAHUSAH said it is possible to WORSHIP YAHUAH — to venerate the NAME of Messiah — and still do it ALL IN VAIN!

“Full well YE REJECT THE COMMANDMENT OF YAHUAH, that ye may keep your own tradition,” He continued, “… making the Word of YAHUAH of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered!” (Mark 7:7, 9, 13.)

Many people will confess, when forced to, the pagan origin of these days. But they stubbornly REFUSE to stop observing them! YAHUAH is their Judge!

Don’t you make this mistake!

When Does YAHUAH Begin the New Year?

Remember! It is YAHUAH Almighty who created the Universe. He set the heavenly bodies in their courses at Creation. It is by His “master-clock” that time is determined.

The earth’s rotation regulates the length of a day — the lunar phases indicate the length of a month. And the orbit of the earth around the sun dictates the length of a year!

But ONLY YAHUAH has the AUTHORITY to set the date of the beginning of the new year!

YAHUAH’s sacred calendar year begins in the spring — not in the middle of a dead winter! 

Notice Exodus 12:1-2, “And the Eternal spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR TO YOU.”

The first month of YAHUAH’s sacred calendar is called, in the Scriptures, “Abib”. It means the month of “green ears.” Later, the Jews called it “Nisan” — a Babylonian word.

It was in the month of Abib that Israel came out of Egyptian captivity under Moses (Ex. 34:18). The Hebrew month Abib overlaps the months of March-April on the pagan Roman calendar in use today.

YAHUAH placed the beginning of the sacred year in the early spring to mark the beginning of the seasonal harvests. The two annual harvests in Palestine foreshadowed YAHUAH’s Plan for the twofold SPIRITUAL harvest of souls to be born into His Kingdom.

Your Scriptures speaks of a great false religious system which will “think to change times and laws” (Dan. 7:25). This system has deliberately thought to change the beginning of YAHUAH’s calendar year in an attempt to hide YAHUAH’s Plan for the salvation of mankind! But man has no authority to change YAHUAH’s “master-clock.”

Satan, however, has cleverly deceived the world into believing the new year begins on January first!

Why National Captivity?

The very same pagan practices YAHUAH condemns in the Old Testament are being perpetuated in our modern world today!

The very same festivals of paganism adopted by ancient Israel have become an integral part of this modern society!

Read, in II Kings 17:15-18, the reason why YAHUAH Almighty took ancient Israel into captivity: “And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom YAHUAH had charged them, that they should not do like them!”

What was the result of Israel following the customs of the heathen nations around them?

“Therefore YAHUAH was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight …. and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight …. SO WAS ISRAEL CARRIED AWAY OUT OF THEIR OWN LAND TO ASSYRIA UNTO THIS DAY!” (II Kings 17:18, 20, and 23.)

Israel NEVER returned as a nation to the land of Palestine!

Israel was lost! Its true identity was concealed until modern times! Now there is proof that the lost ten tribes of ancient Israel migrated to Northwestern Europe. The chief peoples among them have become the United States and British Commonwealth today!

Do you suppose YAHUAH has changed His mind about compromising with paganism?

“For I am YAHUAH, I CHANGE NOT!” warns the Eternal in Malachi 3:6. This same reminder is repeated in Hebrews 13:8.

Speaking to the modern nations of Israel today, Almighty YAHUAH says, “As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Eternal YAHUAH; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols and thereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but POLLUTE YE MY HOLY NAME NO MORE with your gifts and with your idols” (Ezek. 20:39).

In other words, YAHUAH is saying, “Be pagan if you insist; but quit calling it Set-Apart.”

YAHUAH continues to warn modern Israel against the holidays of paganism, in Hosea 2:11:

“I will also cause all her mirth to cease, HER feast days {days THE PEOPLE chose}, HER new moons {marking the beginning of the pagan New Year}, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.” Notice that these were Israel’s feast days — those Israel had acquired from the pagan nations around them — NOT those YAHUAH had originally instituted through His Scriptures! “And I will visit upon her the DAYS OF BAALIM, wherein she burned incense to them …” (verse 13)!

The very same punishment awaits any nation today that forsakes YAHUAH’s law as revealed in His Set-Apart Scriptures, and turns to the customs of pagan nations — observing pagan days of worship!

Does it make any difference if YOU continue observing pagan customs — like New Year’s? IT CERTAINLY DOES! YAHUAH says so!

What You Should Do

YAHUAH Almighty prophesies a final revival of Babylonian religion in great power just before He cuts short man’s misrule of this earth. Read His warning in Revelation 18:

“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he said mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the Great is fallen, is fallen.

“Her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues!

New Year’s celebration began in Babylon 4,000 years ago. It is practiced today by almost every people on the face of the earth. Satan the Devil has indeed deceived the whole world! (Rev. 12:9.)

But YAHUAH Almighty has sent His ministers to warn this world — to cry aloud, and spare not, and SHOW HIS PEOPLE THEIR SINS (Isa. 58:1). Punishment will not be forever withheld!

May YAHUAH help you to HEED THIS WARNING, and FORSAKE THE PAGAN PRACTICES of this modern world!

It is our fervent hope that “The Truth About New Years!”, presented to you as a ministry of love, without money and without price, will bring those truly seeking YAHUAH abundant blessings.

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Birthday Celebrations Should We Be Partaking In Them????

Birthday Celebrations. Should we be partaking in them????

The first accounting of a birthday celebration is found in Genesis. Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, a self serving-godless man celebrated his birthday by executing his chief baker (Gen. 40:1-23). YAHUAH gave Joseph special understanding of a dream by Pharaoh’s butler and baker, that the baker would lose his life three days after Joseph interpreted the dream. Joseph understood that Pharaoh would use this occasion—his own birthday party—to put his baker to death. As the dream had foretold, the baker was hung at the party.

In the second account, the New Testament figure Herod reluctantly ordered the beheading of John the Baptist (Matt. 14:3-11). Notice verse six: “But when Herod’s birthday was kept…” During the dancing and merry-making at his birthday party, Herod got carried away & eventually made a promise that he did not want to keep. As a result, a great servant of YAHUAH lost his life.

The final account is found in the book of Job. The Scripture says that Job’s seven sons “went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them” (Job 1:4). These parties were obviously not centered around any kind of celebration related to YAHUAH, or Job would not have worried that his children may have sinned during these celebration feasts. He was not exactly sure what was going on in their minds, but the very celebration of their birthdays triggered great concern in him (1:5). Apparently, during the birthday party of Job’s oldest son, YAHUAH allowed Satan to kill all 10 of Job’s children through what appears to be a tornado (vs. 6-13, 18-19).

Further proof that these birthday celebrations displeased YAHUAH is found in Job 3. Take time to read the entire chapter carefully. Job spends much time cursing every aspect of the day of his birth. The loss of all of his children, due to a birthday celebration, stunned and sobered him. His words make plain that there is nothing good about the day of a man’s birth. He openly cursed the day he was born. This will be shown to have greater meaning later in this article.

Some who are familiar with these accounts attempt to explain them away by saying that there is no statement contained within them that directly prohibits birthday celebrations. They also ignore Job’s comments described in the previous paragraph. It is true that the above scriptures do not contain a direct condemnation of birthdays starting with the phrase “Thou shalt not…” or something similar. But consider for a moment the central lesson of each of these accounts. They represent the only three birthday parties described in the entire Scripture. Absolute disaster occurred on each occasion! If YAH felt birthday celebrations were something positive and good, why wouldn’t He have recorded one other account where something either good or positive happened? Yet, there is no such account. What About the Birthdays of Well-known Scriptural Figures?

Surely the Scripture records the birth dates of its most important figures. Does YAH not want those who serve Him to recognize these most important birthdays? Let’s search for the birth dates of some of YAH’s greatest servants.

YAHUAH does not even record the exact day His Son was born. And nowhere in the Scriptures can you find examples of Messiah’s disciples or the New Testament Assembly celebrating His birthday. However, YAH does tell us the exact month and day when His Son died (Ex. 12; Lev. 23:4-5; Num. 9:1-5; Matt. 26:1-2;John 18:28; I Cor. 5:7). He expects all true Believers to observe that day annually, in the same month, on the same date (I Cor. 5:7-8).

Think for a moment! Every year, millions of professing Christians celebrate the supposed birthday of their Messiah. Yet they do not properly observe the day that He died, which YAHUAH clearly identifies and records in great detail in His Word. He commands His followers to observe this memorial annually. Messiah warned about such misguided professing Believers, saying, “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of YAHUAH, you hold the tradition of men” (Mark 7:6-8). Each year, during the Christmas and Easter seasons, Messiah’s warning is proven right!

How YAHUAH Views Your Birthday

We have now established that the Scripture records negative examples of birthday celebrations, while it is silent on celebrating, or even identifying, the birthdays of all of Yah’s faithful servants—including YAHUSHA.

But what does the Scripture specifically say about your day of birth?

Most people think that the day of one’s birth is special. Celebrating it certainly does seem and feel like the right thing to do. Yet, Solomon was inspired to write, “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth” (Ecc. 7:1).

Like Job, Jeremiah also cursed the day of his own birth: “Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed…Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?” (Jer. 20:14, 18).

If the day of our death is better than the day of our birth, and some of YAH’s greatest servants said that their birth date was far from being a special day, then how special can this day be? According to Scripture, it is not a time to express joy, sing and expect gifts, simply because one is born into the world on a specific date.

Abraham is referred to three times in the Scriptures as YAHUAH Elohim’s “friend” (II Chron. 20:7; Isa. 41:8; Jms. 2:23). He is also called “the father of us all” (Rom. 4:16). Many verses demonstrate that he will play a very important role when the kingdom of YAH is established on Earth at YAHUSHA’s Second Coming. However, the Scripture does not record the birth date of this truly great servant of YAH.

Moses was referred to as the meekest man on the face of the earth (Num. 12:3). Many verses describe this Scriptural figure and virtually everyone is familiar with him. The Scripture does not tell us when he was born either.

The famous King David is called “a man after My [YAH’s] own heart” (Acts 13:21-22). Much of the Scripture describes the life of this man. YAHUAH used him to record a great many of the Psalms. When the kingdom of YAH is established on Earth, prophecy records that he will rule the tribes of Israel (Ezek. 34:23-31), called there the house of Israel. Surely the Scripture records the date that this towering figure was born. It does not!

There is not one verse of Scripture describing anyone celebrating the births of these righteous men. In fact, the Scripture is silent on the exact dates of the births of all YAH’s faithful servants—Jacob, Sarah, Noah, Abel, Samuel, Job, Esther, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Peter, Paul, James, & the rest of the apostles. Even the birth date of our Messiah was NOT told in the Scripture.

Origin of Birthdays

Then where did birthday celebrations come from? The astonishing answer is from the pagan practice of astrology! Thousands of years ago, when men looked up into the night sky and charted the stars, they invented calendars and calculated the birth dates, to the very hour, of kings, rulers and their successors. These ancient pagan astrologers meticulously examined horoscopes and birthday omens because they believed that the fate of the rich and powerful might affect an entire society. Even to this day, men have been putting their trust in horoscopes instead of YAHUAH.

In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs ordered businesses to close on their birthdays and gave enormous feasts for hundreds of servants. In ancient Greece, wealthy males joined birthday clubs composed exclusively of men who shared their birth date. Once a month, the club celebrated with a feast. When a member died, he left money to help pay for future parties. In Persia, noblemen observed their birthdays by barbecuing an ox, a camel and a donkey and serving hundreds of small cakes to the celebrants.

In ancient Rome, the emperor gave huge parties in honor of his own birthday, which included parades, circuses, and gladiatorial combat. The celebration of days was so important to the average Roman citizen that the Roman calendar designated a majority of days for some form of celebration—including many birthdays of gods and famous men.

The Roman calendar, with its emphasis on continual celebration, has had great influence on modern society. Consider the following quote about the origin of the Roman calendar:

“Our [Roman] calendar is not Scriptural in origin. It descends directly from the Egyptians, who originated the 12 month year, 365 day system. A pagan Egyptian scientist, Sosigenes, suggested this plan to the pagan Emperor Julius Caesar, who directed that it go into effect throughout the Roman Empire in 45 B.C. As adopted it indicated its pagan origin by the names of the months—called after Janus, Maia, Juno, etc. The days were not named but numbered on a complicated system involving Ides, Nones, and Calends. It was not until 321 A.D. that the seven-day week feature was added, when the Emperor Constantine (supposedly) adopted Christianity. Oddly enough for his weekdays he chose pagan names which are still used” (Journal of Calendar Reform, Sept. 1953, p. 128).

Modern birthday parties and celebrations by children take their form mainly from Germany, where the birthday child received gifts, chose a menu, and received a candle-ringed butter or jam cake. The book, The Lore of Birthdays, by Ralph and Adelin Linton, gives a brief look at the history of birthday celebrations: “The Greeks believed that everyone had a protective spirit or daemon who attended his birth and watched over him in life. This spirit had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born.”

The book continues: “The Romans also subscribed to this idea…This notion was carried down in human belief and is reflected in the guardian angel, the fairy godmother and the patron saint…The custom of lighted candles on the cakes started with the Greeks…honey cakes round as the moon and lit with tapers were placed on the temple altars of [the god Artemis]…Birthday candles, in folk belief, are endowed with special magic for granting wishes…Lighted tapers and sacrificial fires have had a special mystic significance ever since man first set up altars to his gods. The birthday candles are thus an honor and tribute to the birthday child and bring good fortune.”

Saying “happy birthday” to friends and loved ones was society’s superstitious way of protecting them from evil spirits. Birthday thumps, bumps, pinches, etc., were said to bring luck and send away evil spirits. Party snappers, horns and other noisemakers were also intended to scare off bad-luck spirits.

It should now be clear that birthdays are not only Unscriptural but also they are PAGAN!

Why It Matters to YAHUAH

Why does YAHUAH care whether or not you celebrate birthdays? After all, it is a chance for you to give presents to someone and make him or her feel good. What could be wrong with this?

Here is what YAHUAH commands: “Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the heathen are dismayed by them. For the customs of the people are vain” (Jer. 10:2, 3).

After YAHUAH freed Israel from slavery, He clearly instructed them, “After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein you dwelt, shall you not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, where I bring you, shall you not do: neither shall you walk in their ordinances” (Lev. 18:3). YAHUAH commanded that they not defile themselves with the practices and customs of the surrounding nations (vs. 24-29). “Therefore shall you keep My ordinance, that you commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that you defile not yourselves therein: I am YAHUAH your EL” (vs. 30).

This is an emphatic command from YAHUAH. He does not want His servants dabbling in the customs of this world.

But what about those who reach age 80, 90 or 100 years old—should we ignore altogether the many years of life experiences they have gained? No. In our current society, where senior citizens are routinely ignored and considered to be a burden, it is certainly permissible to acknowledge someone who has reached a considerable number of years. Someone who has lived through two world wars, the Great Depression, the Atomic Age, the creation of the modern nation of Israel, the Cold War, men walking on the moon, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Kennedy assassination, civil rights marches, race riots, the rise and collapse of the Berlin wall, and the worldwide growth of the Internet, has reached an age where special honor should naturally be conferred upon them.

Proverbs 16:31 states, “The hoary [white or gray] head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” People who have lived to great age, sometimes reflected by pure white hair, often have great wisdom and experience to share with younger generations. Simple acknowledgment that they have reached age 70, 80, 90 or 100 shows them honor and appreciation. It is not wrong to acknowledge that one has reached a milestone in a long life.

What we have described above is far different than celebrating birthdays with all of the usual pagan traditions! Celebrating the day of one’s birth, as though it were a special occasion, is wrong. It violates YAHUAH’s command. It keeps people selfishly focused on their temporary, physical lives, when YAHUAH’s purpose is to give mankind eternal life in His Family. True Followers of YAHUSHA The Messiah should be focused on how their lives are preparing them for ruler ship on this Earth at the Return of Messiah.

Realize that YAHUAH hates all pagan customs and traditions—birthday celebrations are not an exception! 

I just happened to stumble across this- I never knew this particular info before-the fact that satanists {pagans} consider ones birthday to be a high holy day to them is disturbing to me. 

If we continue to partake in these traditions we are doing the same thing christians do by partaking in easter – Christmas etc. by saying “that’s not what it means to me”. 

You do whatever you want your not going to answer to me for it I’m just passing along some info to consider. 

When are we going to remove all the spots & wrinkles on our wedding gown???

Birthday Origins & History with Biblical references

Birthday Origins & History with Biblical references

THE ORIGINS OF BIRTHDAYS:

Birthdays have an ancient origin stemming from magic and paganism, similar to the origins of Christmas and Halloween. This belief in spirits is the reason for many, if not all, of the traditional birthday customs that are practiced today.  It was feared that evil spirits were particularly attracted to people on their birthdays. To protect them from harm, friends and family would to come be with the birthday person and bring good thoughts and wishes. Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits. This is how birthday parties began. 

QUICK HISTORY:

The custom of celebrating one’s birth was considered a pagan practice during the first and second centuries A.D. Because astrology was closely linked with the date of one’s birth, many early church fathers rejected the notion of honoring birthdays because astrology was condemned in the bible (Isaiah 47:13)

After the fourth century, celebrating one’s birth became a common practice, due largely in part to the Romans, who having practiced this custom for thousands of years, began to embrace Christianity.

 The calendar we use today is not the same calendar that was used by the Hebrews.

Our birthday according the Georgian calendar is in fact our astrology date, because it does not fall on the same date as the Hebrew calendar every year. This is proven by the simple fact that every year the Hebrew feast days do not fall on the same day. When we acknowledge our birthday according to the Georgian calendar, we are letting people know our astrology date & not our actual birthday.  

What does the bible say?

Deuteronomy 18:9 

When thou art come into the land which YHWH thy Elohim giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto YHWH: and because of these abominations YHWH thy Elohim doth drive them out from before thee.

13 Thou shalt be perfect with YHWH thy Elohim.

14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, YHWH thy Elohim hath not suffered thee so to do.

Isaiah 47:13-14

You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, And the monthly prognosticators Stand up and save you From what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves From the power of the flame. 

The word Birthday is mentioned 2x’s in the Bible.

On both occasion, it was a Gentile celebration in which an negative event occurred.

PHARAOH’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION…

Genesis 40:20-22

Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. But he hanged the chief baker.

HEROD’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION…

 Matthew 14:

3 For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.

4 For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.6 But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

8 And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.

9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

10 And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.11 And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.12 And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Yahushua .

Ecclesiastes 7:1 

A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

We do not honor the Heavenly Father by celebrating birthday’s.  Especially that of his son, which is YAHUSHA.  It is no surprise that his birthday & many other’s such as Abraham, Moses, Samuel, John the Baptist were not mentioned.  It was never a custom to celebrate the birth of anyone.

Celebration Birthdays was a learned customs of the Pagans, which YHWH forbad us to follow…Learn not the ways of the Nations

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How Did Birthday Traditions Start?

How Did Birthday Traditions Start?

To children of all ages, a birthday is a reason to celebrate. But why? What are the reasons for many of our birthday celebrations?

• Why do we celebrate birthdays?

The idea of celebrating the date of your birth is a pagan tradition. In fact, many Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays historically, because of that link to paganism.

Pagans thought that evil spirits lurked on days of major changes, like the day you turn a year older.

The ancient Greeks believed that each person had a spirit that attended his or her birth, and kept watch. That spirit “had a mystic relation with the God on whose birthday the individual was born,” says the book The Lore of Birthdays.

• Why do we blow out candles on our birthday?

The candles were a response to the evil spirits. They showed up to communicate with the gods. A light, in the darkness.

The Germans are credited with starting the kids birthday tradition in the 1700s. They put candles on tortes for “kinderfeste,” one for each year of life, along with some extras to signify upcoming years.

• Why do we sing “Happy Birthday To You?”

It’s the most recognizable song in the English language, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, and it started as a song for school kids.

In 1893, two Kentucky schoolteachers, Patty and Mildred Hill wrote “Good Morning To All.” The tune was published in a book for schoolteachers.

It’s unclear who changed the words to “Happy Birthday To You,” but in 1933, that song was in an Irving Berlin musical. One of the Hill’s sisters sued, arguing that they held the copyright to the song. They won the case, and the courts have ruled that copyright still holds today.

In fact, some believe the song is under copyright until 2030. The owner of the copyright splits proceeds with the Hill’s estate, reportedly $2 million a year.

• What’s the most common birth date?

Oct. 5 is considered to be the most common birthday in the United States. The reason is pretty obvious: go back 9 months, and you’ll find a conception date of New Year’s Eve.

May 22 is considered to be the least common birthday in the United States.

“And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.

“And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 

“Because her sins have piled up to reach the heaven, and Elohim has remembered her unrighteousnesses. 

“Render to her as she indeed did render, and repay her double according to her works. In the cup which she has mixed, mix for her double. 

“As much as she esteemed herself and lived riotously, so much torture and grief give to her, because in her heart she says, ‘I sit as sovereigness, and I am not a widow, and I do not see mourning at all.’ 

“Because of this her plagues shall come in one day: death and mourning and scarcity of food. And she shall be burned up with fire, because YAHUAH Elohim who judges her is mighty. 

“And the sovereigns of the earth who committed whoring and lived riotously with her shall weep and mourn over her, when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance for fear of her torture, saying, ‘Woe! Woe, the great city Baḇel, the mighty city, because your judgment has come in one hour!’ 

“And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their merchandise any more – merchandise of gold and silver, and precious stone and pearls, and fine linen and purple, and silk and scarlet, and all citron wood, and every object of ivory, and every object of most precious wood and bronze and iron and marble, and cinnamon and incense, and fragrant oil and frankincense, and wine and oil, and fine flour and wheat, and cattle and sheep, and horses and carriages, and bodies and lives of men. 

“And the fruit that your being longed for has gone from you. And all your riches and splendour are lost to you, and you shall find them no more, not at all. 

“The merchants of these, those who became rich by her, shall stand at a distance for fear of her torture, weeping and mourning, and saying, ‘Woe! Woe, the great city that was dressed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! For in one hour such great riches was laid waste.’ And every shipmaster, and every passenger, and sailors, and as many as work the sea for their living, stood at a distance, and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’ 

“And they threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and mourning, and saying, ‘Woe! Woe, the great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she was laid waste.’ 

“Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you set-apart emissaries and prophets, for Elohim has completely avenged you on her!” 

And one mighty messenger picked up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “With such a rush the great city Baḇel shall be thrown down, and shall not be found any more at all.”

Ḥazon (Revelation) 18:4-21 TS2009