The Believer’s Civil Duty: The True Meaning of Romans 13
Romans 13 is widely used to deceive Christians into obeying unrighteous laws and giving support to tyrannical governments. Such interpretations, however, actually contradict Scripture. YAHUAH has never commanded anyone to obey human law in violation of divine law.
William Shakespeare was inarguably the greatest writer the English language has ever had. He contributed more phrases and sayings to the language than any other individual before or since. In the four hundred years since his death, his writings have so influenced the common tongue that people quote him without even realizing they are.
One of Shakespeare’s phrases that is widely paraphrased is: “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” The devil quoting Scripture is one of the most successful ways he deceives. A lie is only as strong as the amount of truth with which it is entwined. Combining lies with Scripture is an extremely effective way to deceive the sincere of heart.
When the devil tempted the Saviour in the Wilderness, he quoted Psalm 91:11-12. YAHUSHA was not deceived, however, because in quoting Scripture, Lucifer had left out a key phrase, thus twisting the meaning of the text. This is how the devil quotes Scripture! It is either misquoted or an incorrect interpretation is given to it.
It is important for believers to be alert to this devilish device for it is being widely used by governments and organized religion to garner support and conformity to unbiblical practices.
Scripture warns of a worldwide entity at the end of time that shall exercise despotic power over all. Believers have long stood as a bulwark against the encroachments of evil. Therefore, the devil has sought a way to beguile them into remaining passive in the face of wrong. At the same time, he twists and justifies their inaction as obedience to Yah. He has found the perfect solution through a misinterpretation and mistranslation of Romans 13:1-7:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of YAHUAH: the powers that be are ordained of Yah.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of YAHUAH: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of YAHUAH to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of YAHUAH, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are Yah’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
Without a doubt, the Monarch of the Universe is the King of kings and Master of masters. “He removes kings and sets up kings.”
(Daniel 2:21) Because “YAHUAH is the judge, He puts down one and exalts another.” (Psalm 75:7) Thus, all earthly authorities are in power by permission of YAHUAH. However, this does not mean that they are servants of the Most High and should be obeyed as such. Most earthly powers work to advance Satan’s kingdom, not YAHUAH’s. Therefore, it is only when their laws or regulations are in harmony with the divine law that it is the believer’s duty to submit to them.
It is a misinterpretation to use Romans 13 to force compliance with unrighteous laws. Scripture is full of examples where men of Yah risked their lives defying human law in order to stay faithful to the divine law.
When a vain king erected a golden image on the plain of Dura and commanded all to bow down and worship it, the three worthies risked their lives to remain faithful to YAHUAH. They boldly declared: “Let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your elohiym (gods), nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” (See Daniel 3.)
Several decades later, Daniel faced a similar situation. When a law was passed regulating worship, Daniel calmly went about his business without altering his normal practices in any way. The cost for his actions was high: “They brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions.” (Daniel 6:16) The government had overstepped it’s authority when it made a decree that no one could pray to any elohiym (god) save the king for a month. Daniel knew this. So, although he was very highly placed in the government, he remained faithful to the divine law rather than comply with the human law.
Daniel’s act of defiance against human law met with approval of YAHUAH. When the king opened the lion’s den and asked if Daniel were still alive, Daniel’s reply clearly establishes the principle that obedience to the divine law always takes precedence over obedience to human law. “O king, live forever! My ELOAH sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” (Daniel 6:21, 22)
My ELOAH. Daniel was establishing that his ELOHIYM was superior to the king’s elohiym (gods) and, as the ELOHIYM of elohiym, obedience to His decrees took precedence over every human law. It is a principle of righteousness that the law of YAHUAH is never to be broken in order to obey human laws.
The story of Peter and John before the Sanhedrin is another excellent example establishing that the law of YAHUAH takes precedence over earthly decrees. Indeed, when the commands of men defy the law of YAHUAH, man is to be defied and the Most High obeyed. After Peter had healed a lame man, the priests had him and John arrested.
When they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of YAHUSHA. (Acts 4:15-18)
The disciples’ inspired answer establishes the principle all should follow when faced with human laws that stand opposition to the divine law: “But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of YAHUAH to listen to you more than to YAHUAH, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19, 20)
This story is interesting for another reason: it was the religious authorities of the nation demanding compliance with their rules and regulations. Scripture is clear: regardless of the authority of the earthly power, the believer’s first responsibility is to YAHUAH. The only earthly laws to be obeyed are those that do not contradict the divine law. Throughout time, millions more have given their lives for resisting unrighteous authority and staying loyal to YAHUAH.
The New International Version (NIV) is a translation of the Bible that is frequently used by those who would twist Scripture to suit their own purposes. It is easy to see why when Romans 13 is studied.
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which YAHUAH has established. The authorities that exist have been established by ELOHIYM. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what YAHUAH has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. . . . (Romans 13:1-2)
What the King James Version translates as “higher powers” the NIV translates as “governing authorities.” The word thus translated is exousia (#1849). While it does contain the meaning of power and authority, it also contains the meanings of privilege, freedom, mastery, and liberty. Human beings were invested with authority by the Creator – the power to choose for oneself what one will do. When the word “liberty” is inserted into the passage, a different meaning comes through:
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher liberty. For there is no liberty but of YAHUAH: the liberties that be are ordained of YAHUAH. Whosoever therefore resisteth [opposes] the liberty, resisteth [opposes] the ordinance of YAHUAH: and they that resist [set one’s self against] shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the liberty? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.” (Romans 13: 1-3)
It is extremely important for believers of the final generation to have a correct understanding of Romans 13 because it is the misuse of this passage that is already being used to enforce compliance to tyrannical earthly powers. In the near future, this same passage will be used to uphold the counterfeit Sabbath. Compromising ministers will urge their members to submit to this law that breaks the law of YAHUAH. A misunderstanding of Romans 13 will lead YAHUAH’s professed people to comply with man-made laws. In doing this, they will receive the dreaded mark of the beast.
It is both incorrect and morally wrong to use Romans 13 to support governmental laws that are in opposition to the divine law. YAHUAH has given no man, no power in heaven or earth, the authority to negate His law.
Martin Niemöller understood this extremely important principle of righteousness. He was a committed Christian pastor living under the atheistic regime of Nazi Germany. At that time, many Christian churches conformed to Nazi demands and they based this capitulation on Romans 13. Niemöller, a Lutheran theologian, understood the danger of placing human authority above divine authority. He vehemently opposed the Nazification of all Protestant churches and was a sharp critic of Nazi policies. This courageous man of YAHUAH was arrested and imprisoned in various concentration camps from 1937 to 1945.
Later, he expressed his bitter regret for not speaking up and doing more to help the victims of the Nazi regime, stating:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Scripture does not teach blind obedience to earthly powers. In contrast, it teaches that all who love truth and holiness have both a duty and an obligation to resist wrong. This is the very opposite of the incorrect interpretation of Romans 13.
Edmund Burke was a man who understood this well. He was an author, statesman, political theorist and philosopher. A quote frequently attributed to him states clearly: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
It is a solemn duty to stand for truth. It is a sacred obligation to resist evil in all its forms. Governments, powers and authorities hold their positions through permission of the Almighty. Their authority is delegated authority. As such, they are, themselves, answerable to the Creator. Just as soon as they presume to form requirements and make laws that defy the divine law, in that instant, they violate the authority given them by the divine Lawgiver.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 summarizes the duty of man: “Let us hear the end of all: fear ELOHIYM and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (1599 Geneva Bible) The soul’s primary responsibility is to the Creator. This is always a standing obligation. Earthly governing authorities are to be obeyed only when they are in conformity to the divine law. This is the whole duty of man.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear ELOHIYM, and guard את eth-his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
A new god was proclaimed and “officially” ratified by Constantine. Acta Concilii Nicaeni, 1618.
It has often been said that “truth is stranger than fiction,” and this has never been truer than as it relates to this weighty subject of the man-made creation of “Jesus Christ.” It appears that in A.D. 325, a new god was conceived within the black and white marble halls of Roman Catholicism. As you will soon discover, the name “Jesus Christ” was apparently amalgamated from a long list of pagan god hopefuls. While this name has been revered as set-apart above all others for nearly 1,700 years by the naive, serving to unite the universal Roman Empire, yet, it’s checkered past reveals its illegitimate beginnings. Who would have guessed that our Savior’s name, THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES has been overwritten throughout the entire Brit Hadasha (NT) Scriptural text, as a Roman fabricated counterfeit? Might this holocaust of truth be instigated from the pit of hell to thwart YAHUAH’S obedient followers from their quest to worship Him their true ETERNAL FATHER AND SON? For Scripture declares a profound truth:
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other NAME under the shamayim (heavens), given among men, by which we must be saved. P’yilut Hashaliachim (Acts) 4:12
If the true name of our Redeemer, Lamb, Kohen (Priest), and King, is not “Jesus Christ,” then what is His name so it may be fully restored, and that we may worship Him in the Ruach (Yahuah’s Presence) and in truth?
Who is Jesus Christ?
Shockingly, the Ten Commandments and the Creator’s Calendar, with all its set-apart worship days were not the only things altered by mankind in Scripture. Ancient Hebrew kohenim (priests) and scribes removed and replaced the true name of the Almighty Father, YAHUAH יהוה with terms attributed to Baal, such as “Adonis,” “the Lord,” and “God,” over 7,000 times. They claim this was done because the set-apart name was far too revered for mankind to utter. And they further attest, if mankind never actually says the name “YAHUAH,” then they will never break the third command, by taking His name in vain.
This is a poor excuse to never call upon the true name of the Eternal Father, especially when He asks us to, and even requires this of His righteous and obedient followers. This is no different than the man who says don’t share the Good News with me, because after you do I will be under pressure and accountable to become a believer. For at least 2,000 years the Israelites have chosen to disobey the Torah by not calling upon the name of our Father YAHUAH. By default, by not taking His name and calling on His name, they have willingly disassociated from Him, the one true Elohim.
This name cover-up was then enlarged upon years later in A.D. 325, when Constantine put his hands in the cookie jar and removed the most delectable morsel of all from the Brit Hadasha (NT) and replaced it with something of his very own creation. But why would he do this? How can this be? What is the evidence this has occurred?
“Jesus” is supposed to be the Anglicized equivalent of the Greek “Iesous,” but really, if it is, it is troubling to say the least. The English name “Jesus” stems etymologically from “Jupiter-Zeus” the chief god of the ancient Greek Olympus – the coded occult appellation evolving from “J-Zeus”. . . “J-sus”. . . “Je-sus,” to “Jesus”. . . Some authorities, who have spent their entire lives studying the origins of names, believe that “Jesus” actually means— “Hail Zeus!” For Iesous in Greek is “Hail Zeus.” That is, “Ie” translates as “Hail” and “sous” or “sus” is Zeus. Dictionary of Christian Lore and Legend, J.C.J. Melford, 1983, p. 126.
Constantine’s intention at Nicea was to create an entirely new god for his empire who would unite all religious factions under one deity. Presbyters were asked to debate and decide who their god would be. Delegates argued among themselves, expressing personal motives for inclusion of particular writings that promoted the finer traits of their own special deity. Throughout the meeting, howling factions were immersed in heated debates, and the names of 53 gods were tabled for discussion. “As of yet, no god had been selected by the council, and so they balloted in order to determine that matter. . . For one year and five months the balloting lasted. . .” God’s Book of Eskra, Prof. S.L. MacGuire’s translation, Salisbury, 1922, chapter xlviii, paragraphs 36, 41. [Roman Catholic mix of legend and history]
At the end of that time, Constantine returned to the gathering to discover that the presbyters had not agreed on a new deity, but had balloted down to a short list of five prospects: Caesar, Crishna [Krishna], Mithra, Horus, and Zeus [Roman Jupiter]. Historia Ecclesiastica, Eusebius, c. 325.
Constantine was the ruling spirit at Nicaea and he ultimately decided upon a new god for them. To involve British factions, he ruled that the name of the Druid god, “Hesus,” be joined with the Eastern Savior-god, Krishna (Krishna is Sanskrit for Christ), and thus “Hesus Krishna” [Jesus Christ] would be the official name of the New Roman god. A vote was taken and it was with a majority show of hands (161 votes to 157) that both [man-made] divinities become one god. Following long-standing heathen custom, Constantine used the official gathering and the Roman apotheosis decree to legally deify two deities as one, and did so by democratic consent. A new god was proclaimed and “officially” ratified by Constantine. Acta Concilii Nicaeni, 1618.
In light of the historical record above, it becomes difficult at best to deny that “Jesus Christ” is a fictional name, proactively fashioned to replace the true name of the Messiah. Apparently, this new fabricated name was applied throughout the pages of the Scripture’s Brit Hadasha (NT), radically altering every reference of YAHUSHA יהושׁע (H#3091) the Messiah to “Hail Zeus-Krishna” (Jesus Christ). Deceptively, the reference to Christ was never a Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word Messiah, but rather, it specifically comes from the name of a pagan god, Christna, most commonly spelled Krishna.
If your heart is sinking about now because you can’t imagine such a thing could be true, then take this to the Eternal Father in prayer. He will give you assurance as He guides you to a deeper knowledge of truth. This is so important to Him that He and His Son’s name be restored, as it defines who His obedient followers are who are seeking Him with all their hearts in preparation for His Second Coming.
The Birth of Christianity
Shockingly, the birth of what is known today as CHRISTIANITY did not exist until Constantine united his empire under the name of his newly fabricated god “Jesus Christ.” Thus, Constantine presented the man-made god, Jesus Christ, to be worshiped the world over, and it was this fictitious name that was clandestinely applied to the very pages of Scripture replacing truth for error. Who said the Scriptures remain pure and undefiled? Should we not be wise to discern what else has been changed, manipulated, or removed? The discovery of this grand deception should cause all to study deeper into the mines of truth as for buried treasure that we may find lustrous gold— pure, precious, and undefiled.
Simply, no one was a “Christian” prior to A.D. 325. All the churches that claim to be Christian today are merely daughters of the universal Roman Catholic stylized system of false worship of “Hail Zeus-Christna,” with their own sanctified spin and variation on doctrinal beliefs. Prior to that year all of the Messiah’s obedient early believers referred to themselves as the Natsarim (Nazarenes), or were called the Quartodecimen (Fourteeners), my personal favorite, who kept Passover by counting to the 14th day from the full New Month, as their very name reveals.
This quote below clears up many of the differences between three separate religious groups from A.D. 31 to A.D. 325. These are the Jews, the Natsarim (followers of the Messiah), and the Christians, who follow Constantine’s Jesus Christ. Although, this translation of the Greek original utilized the incorrect name “Jesus,” it was in correlation with the correct term “Messiah,” instead of “Christ.” While a step in the right direction, the use of the name “Jesus” is still not correct according to what is revealed within the quote itself. This is because “Jesus Christ” is the inseparable name manufactured in Rome, while Yahusha the Messiah, who came in the name of His Father and was the original name of the personage who laid down His life upon the cross/stake for the sins of mankind. Thus, His followers never conceived of calling themselves “Christians.”
“But these sectarians… did not call themselves Christians – but “Nazarenes” [Natsarim] . . . However they are simply complete Jews. They use not only the New Testament, but the Old Testament as well, as the Jews do… They have no different ideas, but confess everything exactly as the Law proclaims it and in the Jewish fashion – except for their belief in Messiah, if you please! For they acknowledge both the resurrection of the dead and the divine creation of all things, and declare that God [Alahim] is one, and that His son is Jesus [Yahusha] the Messiah. They are trained to a nicety in Hebrew. For among them the entire Law (Torah), the Prophets (Nevi-im), and the… Writings (Ketuvim)… are read in Hebrew, as they surely are by the Jews. They are different from the Jews, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with Jews because they have come to faith in Messiah; but since they are still fettered by the Law – circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest – they are not in accord with Christians . . . they are nothing but Jews… They have the Gospel according to Matthew in its entirety in Hebrew. For it is clear that they still preserve this, in the Hebrew alphabet, as it was originally written.” Epiphanius; Panarion 29:9:4, A.D. 374.
All Christianized (Hail Zeus-Christna) churches have accepted the names of pagan entities to receive their worship. Add to this that the rhythm of their worship is according to the rhythm of the pagan planetary gods, marking the days of their calendar’s continuous weekly cycle. Their pagan holidays have replaced all the Scriptures prophetic set-apart Feast Days and Sabbaths that identify YAHUSHA יהושׁע as the true Messiah of the promise.
Among these religious organizations there seems to be an utter lack of interest in reform or a deep desire to learn the truth that they may harmonize their worship rhythms with that of their Creator, and honor His true names. This is not entirely unlike the Catholic Church in the days of Martin Luther. One by one, and for their own particular reasons, each Christianized church since then, clings with tenacity to their beloved, yet, fabricated system of beliefs that are often more in harmony with Catholicism than with Scripture and the Most High Eternal Father and Son, whom they claim to worship.
These discrepancies go unrecognized and unresolved as they are what fallen mankind deems as familiar traditions, and what is repeated over and over from week to week from the pulpits where tithes and offerings are received in return for more propaganda. Time, repetition, and the club mentality keep good folks locked into the peer pressure of whatever is popularly taught within their own organization, providing a sense of belonging, but a false security, nonetheless.
The Christianized churches continue to utilize the fabricated terms to replace YAHUAH יהוה with “the Lord,” and perpetuate the contrived tradition of replacing YAHUSHA יהושׁע, the Messiah, with “Jesus Christ” (Hail Zeus-Christna). As a result, both the rhythm of worship and who is worshipped no longer resemble the worship required by the Creator, as it is defined in the Tanakh (OT). For they have bartered and traded in the markets of men the true for the false, in order to worship and serve a counterfeit god of their own creation. It was the prince of darkness who once claimed that he was deserving to be like the Most High and determined to take for himself the worship belonging only to Elohim, the Creator:
For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into the shamayim, I will exalt my throne above the stars of Elohim; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation [mo’ed, prophetic appointed fixed time], in the sides of the north [path of the sun, moon, and stars]: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. YeshaYAHU (Isaiah) 14:13-14
This is the point at which the heart that loves the truth should overrule the need to cling to long held traditions that have turned out to be false. If not, the following verse reveals another truth that may be hard to swallow as its implications are eternal.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being kohen for me. Because you have forgotten the law of your Elohim, I also will forget your children. HosheYAH (Hosea) 4:6
Another important point to consider is that the set-apart name of the Eternal YAHUAH יהוה (YHUH) and His Son, YAHUSHA יהושׁע, were never spelled with a “J,” or pronounced as Jehovah, because there is no “J” or its phonetic equivalent in the Hebrew tongue. Rather, this was an invention as recently as 400 years ago. The 1611 KJV spells the Messiah’s name as Isous, which you can see for yourself online. The Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) would do well to change their names, as the use of these falsified names announce to the world the first of their many false teachings.
Obedient and True Witness
The Brit Chadasha (NT) bears witness to the greatest story ever told of the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies by the promised Messiah who was to come and lay down His life for all mankind, that in turn they may be restored, but only under the cloak of the Messiah’s righteousness that they may stand in the presence of the Father.
For unto us a child was born and unto us a SON was given, and government shall be upon His shoulders. YeshaYAHU (Isaiah) 9:6.
We can have total confidence that YAHUSHA יהושׁע, the Messiah was real, for the very reason that He came right on time according to the Passover Feast day on the astro-luni-solar calendar indicator. He alone is the Alpha and Omega (Aleph and Tav ), the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He alone was the word , and the word became flesh and dwelt among us. Indeed, He has come in real time, day for a day, to fulfill the first half of the mo’ed Feast time prophecies. We can trust in verity that YAHUSHA, the Messiah is coming again, very soon, to fulfill in like manner the fall Feast Days, each on their set-apart and appointed day.
Our Messiah, YAHUSHA יהושׁע came in the name of His Father YAHUAH יהוה (YHUH), with a single letter “sh” שׁ added to His name. But additionally, the Messiah’s name “YAHUSHA” describes exactly how He saves. For the “sha” spelled שׂה is the Hebrew word for LAMB. Together, with the “s” שׁ the name YAHUAH becomes the word YAHUSHA, which literally means “YAHUAH saves by way of the LAMB.” Thus, it is that the true Messiah bearing the name of His Eternal Father saves mankind as He alone is the promised LAMB sacrificed for the sins of the world. His very name in Hebrew transmits LIGHT, TRUTH, CONFIDENT EXPECTATION, AND ETERNAL LIFE to all who call upon it.
In contrast, the terms “Jesus Christ,” along with “the Lord,” and “God,” carry no meaning in Hebrew nor do they emit any inherent life giving qualities in any language or in any capacity. They are mere witty inventions of men, utterly dead and powerless unto salvation and life beyond the grave. Yet, in YAHUAH’S great love and compassion, He continues to wink in times of ignorance (P’yilut Hashaliachim Acts 17:30) and has in the past accepted our worship even when it is to the counterfeit deities.
Perhaps you think this is preposterous and not the actual truth for the mere reason you were not taught this in Third Grade. Perhaps this makes you angry to discover you’ve been lied to? You should be. You should be madder than hell! Might you be angry enough to study this out and ask YAHUAH, through the blood of YAHUSHA the Messiah, to forgive your lack of understanding? We have all been deceived and need to be led back into His truth by His Ruach (Yahuah’s Presence).
If your organization or church teaches you to pray to Jesus Christ and the Lord God, and supports Christmas and/or Easter, all the while frowning on our Eternal YAHUAH’S set-apart days, Sabbaths and set-apart Feast Days of Scripture, then you are in a false religious organization. Each of these are bent on keeping you dumbed down and lacking in the knowledge of the truth unto salvation, and the power bestowed in the true set-apart names, all the while accepting your consistent giving. This reminds me of the verse describing the seven churches who take hold of Yahusha the Messiah, yet wanting to be filled with their own bread (doctrines of their choosing) and be clothed with anything except His robes of righteousness, all the while wanting to be called by His Name.
And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. Isaiah 4:1
Now that this story has already played out, we can see that even though these seven churches claimed they wanted to be called by His name to take away their reproach, this too, they changed from Yahusha the Messiah to Jesus the Christ, calling themselves Christians, a name of their own devising.
Why Does it Matter What We Call the Father and Son?
You may be thinking, why does it really matter what I call the Eternal or His Son, as He knows who I seek to worship? Do the Father and Son really care if I continue using the Roman manufactured names?
1. He has asked that we call Him by His name, His true NAME, not by a title or the name of a fictional god, or super hero of antiquity.
“And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of YAHUAH.” Bereshit (Genesis) 4:26
“. . . And there Abram called on the name of YAHUAH. Bereshit (Genesis) 13:4
And YAHUAH spoke unto Moses saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way the children of YAHshrael (Israel) shall say to them: YAHUAH barak (bless) you and keep you; YAHUAH make His face shine on you, and be compassionate to you; YAHUAH lift up His countenance upon you, and give you shalom (peace).” So they shall put MY NAME on the children of YAHshrael, and I will barak (bless) them.” B’midvar (Numbers) 6:22-27
“Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name YAHUAH, and they shall be afraid of you.” Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28:10
“ELiYAHU (Elijah) declared: “Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of YAHUAH and the Elohim (god) who answers by fire, He is Elohim (God).” So all the people answered and said, ‘It is well spoken.’” Melechim Aleph (1 Kings) 18:24
“Rave you in His qadosh name. Let them rejoice that seek YAHUAH.” Davari HaYAmim – Aleph (1 Chronicles) 16:10
“Therefore My people shall know My name in that day, for I am the One who is speaking. See, it is I.” YeshaYAHU (Isaiah) 52:6
“Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O YAHUAH.” Tehillim (Psalms) 83:16
“Mosheh (Moses) and Aharon were among His Kohen (Priests), and Shemu’EL (Samuel) was among those calling upon His Name. They called upon YAHUAH, and He answered them.” Tehillim (Psalms 99:6
“Give thanks to YAHUAH! Call upon His Name. Make known His deed among the peoples.” Tehillim (Psalms 105:1
“Then I called upon the Name of YAHUAH, “O YAHUAH, I pray to You, deliver my life!” Tehillim (Psalms) 116:4
“I bring you a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and call upon the Name of YAHUAH.” Tehillim (Psalms) 116:17
“So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear YAHUAH, and who meditate on His name.” MalachiYAH (Malachi) 3:16
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of YAHUSHA the Messiah, giving thanks to YAHUAH the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17
2. We are not to take His name vainly or arbitrarily, but with purpose and honor.
“You shall not take the name of YAHUAH your Elohim in vain, for YAHUAH will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Shemot (Exodus) 20:7
“But David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the Name of YAHUAH of hosts, the Elohim of the armies of YAHishraEL (Israel), whom you have reproached.’” Aleph ShemuEL (1 Samuel) 17:45
“He that builds His exalted station in the shamayim (heavens), and has founded His firmament above the earth; He that calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the face of the earth: YAHUAH is His Name.” Amos 9:6
“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Hagilu Natan Elohim (Revelation) 3:8
“YAHUSHA answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.’” YAHchanan (John) 10:25
3. In praise, worship, and song we are to love and magnify YAHUAH and YAHUSHA’S names.
“Save us, O YAHUAH our Elohim, and gather us from among the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your set-apart name, to triumph in Your praise.” Tehillim (Psalms) 106:47
“Give unto YAHUAH the honor due to His name; worship YAHUAH in the beauty of sacredness.” Tehillim (Psalms) 29:2
“And in that day you shall say, “Praise YAHUAH! Call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the peoples; make mention that His Name is exalted.” YeshaYAHU (Isaiah) 12:4
“Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to YAHUAH, to serve Him, and to love the name of YAHUAH, to be His servants— everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant.” YeshaYAHU (Isaiah) 56:6
“I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” Tehillim (Psalms) 9:2
“. . . giving thanks always for all things to YAHUAH the Father in the name of our Messiah, YAHUSHA . . . Ephesians 5:20
4. We shall be called by His true name, and not the name “Christians.”
“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will prosper them.” Numbers 6:27
“I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name [Jesus Christ], him ye will receive.” YAHchanan (John) 5:43 (Jesus Christ is the other name spoken of.)
“They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.” Hagilu Natan Elohim (Revelation) 22:4
5. There is power unto Salvation only in the names of the Father Yahuah and the Son, Yahusha.
“Save me, O YAHUAH, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength.” Tehillim (Psalms) 54:1
“And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of YAHUAH shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as YAHUAH has said, among the remnant whom YAHUAH calls. YAH’EL (Joel) 2:32
Referring to YAHUSHA the Messiah, “There is no other name under the shamayim whereby we must be saved.” P’yilut Hashaliachim (Acts) 4:12
6. His Name is eternal and will be magnified and lifted up forever.
“I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.” Tehillim (Psalms) 45:17
“For all people walk each in the name of his god, but we will walk in the name of YAHUAH our Elohim, forever and ever.” MiykaYAHU (Micah) 4:5
“And I have declared unto them your Name, and will declare it that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” YAHchanan (John) 17:26
“YAHUSHA the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Mashiach YAHUdim (Hebrews) 13:8
“Therefore YAHUAH also has highly exalted Him [YAHUSHA the Messiah] and given Him the name which is above every name. . .” Philippians 2:9
7. The qadosh (set-apart) Name shall be restored.
“For then I shall return unto the peoples a clean language, so that they all call on the Name of YAHUAH, to serve Him with one shoulder.” TsphanYAHU (Zephaniah) 3:9
“And I shall bring a third part into the fire, and I will refine them as silver is refined. And I will try them as gold is tried. They shall call on My Name, and I will hear them: I will say, ‘These are my people.’ And they shall say, ‘YAHUAH is my Elohim.” TsphanYAHU (Zephaniah) 13:9
“So I will make my qadosh Name known in the midst of my people YAHisraEL; and I will not let them pollute my qadosh Name any more. Then the nations shall know that I AM YAHUAH. YAHchezq’EL (Ezekiel) 39:7
A paradigm shift is necessary, but in name only, for our Savior, YAHUSHA the Messiah, did walk this earth. Together with His Father, YAHUAH and YAHUSHA created all things, and 4,000 years later the creative Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (YAHchanan John1:1). Indeed, He called the twelve and patiently instructed them in righteousness. His arms were outstretched to heal the sick and feed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes. He willingly laid down His life sacrificially for all mankind, as a demonstration of His ETERNAL LOVE FOR HIS CHILDREN. His Father’s will He followed in joy and in pain. He took our shame to give HONOR to His Father and restore us in honor back to Him. Defeating death, He rose again in power and exaltation, and His magnificent work on behalf of mankind continues today in His sanctified temple courts above. Soon, He will declare, “IT IS FINISHED,” ending forever His kohen (priestly) work of forgiveness in response to the prayers of His followers, by laying down the smoking censer. He will return again the second time to complete the prophetic mechanism called the plan of salvation, worked out in real time according to His set-apart timeline of the seven set-apart appointed Feast Days, encompassing this past 2,000 years.
Our salvation is assured as we can discern the truth from error by His Ruach (Yahuah’s Presence) revealing this to us no matter how long we have been entrenched in believing a lie, and no matter whether you are ninety or nine. It is only in finding truth that the heart that desires it above houses, land, or money, will humble themselves and seek YAHUAH’S face for forgiveness. For there is no tradition on the face of this earth, no matter how deeply seated, that is worth losing our salvation over. No one said it would be easy either. For every new truth we come to accept, by its very design of cause and effect, we must give up a previously held belief, and this can be downright painful at times. Yahusha our Messiah says . . .
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My seat of power, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His seat of power. Hagilu Natan Elohim (Revelation) 3:18
No one who seeks an everlasting home beyond the pearly gates will be left untouched by the controversy over truth and error. All have been naked, yet all must be clothed with YAHUSHA’S RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is the formula from the beginning in Eden, when the first lamb (שׂה-sha) was slain. It’s white blood stained woolen skins were placed by the Creator upon our first parents as the promise of the eternal robes of righteousness that will one day be rewarded to the forgiven and restored obedient followers (Genesis 3:21). All have sinned, but YAHUSHA our Messiah (lamb), has made provision for each person who humbly asks. The choice is yours. We are entering into the refining time as each of us releases our grip on all the things of this world that are not pure gold, tried, and proven to be of eternal weight.
YAHUAH prosper you and guard you;YAHUAH make His face shine upon you, and show favor to you; YAHUAH lift up His face upon you, and give you assurance.Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Israel, And I Myself shall honor them.
B’midvar (Numbers) 6:24-27
Each of us have the choice to be grafted in and receive His Name on our foreheads. Pray that this name will be YAHUSHA יהושׁע! For the plan of salvation is only baked in to the correct name YAHUSHA. Literally declaring to the whole world that the ETERNAL YAHUAH SAVED YOU AND ME BY WAY OF HIS LAMB (שׂה-sha), insuring His promises are trustworthy.
The Council of Nicea – The Council that created Jesus Christ
The origin of the “Savior” – Later becoming the person worshipped today as Jesus Christ
Ptolemy 1 Meryamun Setepenre (c.a. 367-283 B.C.E- Before Common Era) (aka Soter) (“Soter” means savior) became the first European pharaoh of Egypt through military force led by Alexander the Greek (a.k.a Alexander the Great). When Ptolemy became pharaoh of Egypt, he wanted the Egyptians to consecrate him as a god. He wanted to be called a god because that was the title all of the pharaohs of Egypt were called prior to him. However, the people of Egypt refused to call him a god because they knew the only reason he became a pharaoh was through force, so in “305 BC -Ptolemy took the title of Pharaoh, taking the Egyptian name Meryamun Setepenre, which means “Beloved of Amun (Amun means God) Chosen of Ra(Ra means God)”, and because of the Egyptians refusal to acknowledge him as a God, he began killing the people of Egypt, which caused the Egyptian priests at Memphis to give into his request by agreeing to consecrate him to priesthood, in order to save their own lives.
The key words in the above passage to keep in mind during your reading:
Meryamun, Setepenre, Soter, which are words that were used to create the fictitious character of JESUS CHRIST in AD by Roman Emperor Constantine (Meryamun, Setepenre, Soter were used in B.C). The images of Ptolemy below, which are similar to the images that are depicted as “Jesus” today, were forced upon the Africans and were ordered to be worshipped by the people of Rome. Let us continue to A.D.
Serapis Christus Greco Roman c.a 135 B.C.E. The marble image in the London museum is the image they use of Christ (Jesus) today. Christus was also the nickname for Serapis.
What is Serapis? (Origin of JESUS CHRIST)
Ptolemy’s rule was to create a deity that would be worshipped by both the Egyptians and the Greeks. He created “Serapis “, the made up Graeco-Egyptian god that was invented in the 3rd century B.C., portrayed as Greek in appearance, but with Egyptian accessories, representing both wealth and resurrection.
“Egypt, which you commended to me my dearest Servianus, I have found to be wholly fickle and inconsistent and continually wafted about by every breath of fame. The worshippers of Serapis here are called Christians and those who are devoted to the god Serapis (I find) call themselves Bishops of Christ. Hadrian to Servianus 134 AD.”
Constantine and Arius
Constantine the Greek (a.k.a Constantine the Great) Roman Emperor from 306 to 337, is known for being the first Roman emperor to be converted to Christianity which strangely enough, Arius of Libya (256-356 AD) born of African descent centuries after Ptolemy 1, had a problem with the Roman empire teaching the Africans and the people of Rome to worship a statue and celebrating death.
He was considered a heretic, a professed believer (of YAHUAH), who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church (what the religious authorities usually controlled by government deem as the truth). Because he started attracting so many followers due to his teachings that were contrary to the Romans, Constantine called the council by summoning all the bishops to discredit Arius, The Council of Nicaea.
During the time when this meeting was called upon, there was no mention of Jesus Christ at all; no man had ever existed by the name JESUS Christ, and an important fact is that this all took place Anno Domino (AD) (which Christians claim means after the death of Christ) but in Latin means ‘in the year of the lord’. The name Jesus Christ didn’t exist before the meeting was called (read the statements made during that timeframe). It was only after this that they presented to the people the name JESUS CHRIST.
What Lord are they referring to? Kings have always been referred to as Lords or gods.
If Jesus Christ didn’t exist during the time this meeting took place nor ever heard of whom are people worshipping today? Serapis Christus?
Nicean Creed – Jesus Christ is born
Nicean creed which became the statement of the Christian faith was written decreed and sanctified by 318 Roman Catholic bishops at the council in 325 AD (some believe this transformation took place “Council of Chalcedon” 451AD).
“We believe in one God the Father all-powerful of all things both seen and unseen one Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God the only begotten from the father, that is from the substance of the father, god from god, light from light, true god from true god, begotten not made, consubstantial with the father, through whom all things came to be both those in heaven and those in earth for us humans and for out salvation he came down and became incarnate became human suffered and rose up on the third day went up into the heavens is coming to judge the living and the dead and in the holy spirit” (The origin of the Trinity)
The authorities shut Arius down and threatened him with death to keep his mouth shut. They positioned the creed during the time when people started becoming aware of the lies and deception, and ordered all books to be burned; destroying all ancient writings, “no evidence no argument”, and the outcome was the transformation from Serapis Christus, which means Christ the Savior, to Jesus Christ by edict of Emperor Constantine in 325 AD.
Christians, do your research. There was a man that walked the earth in the land known as YAHUSHA The Nazarene that guided His people back to righteousness, but, this man was not JESUS CHRIST. You see no mention of any man in Nazareth named JESUS mentioned during the meetings in Rome, or of a woman named Mary (the virgin) giving birth to a child named Jesus.
This would explain why there is so much emphasis put on JESUS CHRIST in the bible, which further explains why YAHUAH all of a sudden had to have a “son” (sun of YAHUAH was turned to the son of God by Europeans, which is why every picture of Jesus has the sun behind his head. (Sun Ra, Sun of Ra (God)).
The man we acknowledge as YAHUSHA of Nazareth was born in 4 BC; all of the above took place before that date.
“The only thing necessary for falsehood to triumph is for good men and good women to remain silent”
This is a warning against the coming national Sunday law which will affect your paycheck and put innocent people in jail.
The issue already went to Congress as the “Blair Amendment,” and almost got passed. It’s coming back.
What you are about to learn will shock you.
The nation trembles. Passenger jets explode into buildings. Mountains of fire, steel, smoke; and terrified, struggling people, fall to the street together as sky-scrapers crumble in the dust. Thousands perish. America is at war. A new kind of war fills our minds with pictures of strange faces, balls of fire, women screaming. Dust-filled people – like mummies – running from the cloud; jam the bridges.
“We’re at war,” the President said. The world will never be the same. Will terrorism, like some giant octopus engulf the world? Or will World War Three end it all!
We’re going to go now on an incredible journey behind the scenes and take a shocking glimpse. Something’s happening in our country. Something strange. Have you noticed the trends?
“Thirty-eight people looking out their windows in a quiet; respectable neighborhood of New York City, watched a murder that took a full half hour to commit, and did nothing about it!
“Thirty-eight people watched Catherine Genovese being stabbed again and again in front of her home, and didn’t care. They just leaned out their windows as if watching the late show, waited till it was over, and went back to bed!”
Since America was attacked, are things different now? Get ready for a shock. You’re going to go behind the scenes, and see awesome things that are happening – leading to a great crisis in our land.
It all starts on a stark, rocky island. Into the horizon stretches the vast expanse of the murky deep. One lone figure rests on a barren ledge of sheer rock. His name, John the Revelator. What he sees is fantastic! Strange beasts. Clashing armies. Nations rising.
It’s no surprise that the greatest nation on earth should be mentioned in prophecy. What John sees portends events shaping up in the United States that most definitely will affect you!
Watch closely now as the scene unfolds.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Revelation 13:11. A “beast” in prophecy represents a “kingdom.” Daniel 7:23
When a beast comes up out of the “sea,” it is represented in a prophecy as rising amid “many peoples and multitudes.” (a highly populated area). Revelation 17:15. To come out of the “earth” is just the opposite. So here we have a nation that is springing up out of a wilderness are. Instead of overthrowing other powers to establish itself, this nation would rise in territory previously unoccupied. It would be a country that’s discovered, not conquered. Differing from the often blood soaked nations of Europe, it would spring up quietly, peacefully, “like a lamb.”
Can you guess what nation of the New World arose into power, giving promise of strength and greatness, that would fit this description? Sure! The United States.
It sprang up like a plant from the ground. A prominent author of the past century speaks of “the mystery of her coming forth from vacancy,” and adds, “like a silent seed we grew into an empire.”
“‘And he had two horns like a lamb.’
The lamb-like horns indicate youth, gentleness, and represent civil and religious freedom. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution reflect these noble views. Because of these very principles, our nation became great. The oppressed and persecuted from all lands have looked to the U.S. with hope.”
But the beast with the lamb-like horns “spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed; And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” Revelation 13:12, 13
Keep your eyes open. As the drama unfolds, you will see miracles of a most amazing nature!
“…saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword and did live.” Revelation 13:12-14.
Can you imagine the U.S. doing anything like that?! How could it possibly happen?
The lamb-like horns and then the dragon voice present a change of personality. A real change! The speaking of this country as a “dragon” denotes the use of force. This principle, as we shall see, was used by the Leopard-like beast (the first beast) of Revelation 13, which enforced religious observances by law! Such action by the U.S. government would be directly contrary to its grand principles of religious freedom. The Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
“Speak as a dragon” – our nation? Do you hear it stirring? Have you noticed attitudes becoming more intolerant and angry lately? Angry at crime? Angry at political, religious and social corruption?
In view of the horrifying trends of the time, it’s understandable why the nation is to “speak” that way. In one year, Americans spent $4 billion of pornography. Divorce affects tens of millions of homes, wrecking lives – and breaking hearts.
Mass murders, neglect of the aged, abuse of women and even of babies, sicken the heart. Men possessed, are taking the lives of men, women, and little children.
Millions of Americans, hooked on marijuana, “crack”, heroin, and other chemicals, peer at the world through differing degrees of “goony eyes”, and further appall society with their resultant behavior and crimes.
A recent report to the Federal Communication Commission states “Between the ages of 5 and 14 the average American child witnesses the violent destruction of thirteen thousand human beings on television” (4) A U.S. Senate subcommittee revealed that in one decade violence witnessed on T.V. skyrocketed and delinquency in real life grew nearly 200%!
Video movies too horrible to mention fill the living rooms and minds of young and old.
Prostitutes, homosexuals, and drug addicts, share AIDS and ARC (AIDS Related Complex) with the innocent. The poor sufferers give groans of despair as they perish in ever greater numbers. A group of them, LIFE Magazine reported, lying on the floor in a circle, and summoning some of their last remaining strength – laughed in sequence.
In the words of one commentator, “Surely America stumbles headlong toward the final precipice. Tripped on the downward road of immorality, it plunges with ever-increasing momentum toward the point of no return.”
Crime doubles every ten years. What about the economy?
The country is broke. It has gotten so far in debt that many wonder what will happen next. Many retired couples have either lost their food stamps and medic cards, or have had to divorce and live our of wedlock to keep them.
Political and religious corruption have caused even the constitution to come under attack! People are angry. The nation is angry. The shifting of values and anger of the times (in speedy fulfillment of prophecy) are echoed in words blurted out by a Jesuit priest, “I just don’t understand the reverence which everybody here seems to pay to the ‘Americun Constitushun.’ I want to hear some American get up and shout, Give us justice. Give us decency. And to . . . with the American Constitution.”
Is it any wonder that our nation will “speak as a dragon?” Little wonder that ministers across that land, in an effort to abort national doom, move millions to political action. The feeling is that something must be done. Leaders of the “electronic church” launched a campaign to arouse 50 million Christians! There’s a tremendous drive on to unite forces for the common good.
Pat Robertson, the preacher who founded the 700 Club, and who himself aspired to the very top of the political ladder, said, “Unless Christians desire a nation and a world reordered to the humanistic/hedonistic model, it is absolutely vital that we take control of the U.S. government away from the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.” He speaks of turning to G-d “to galvanize Christians to political action”
U.S. News & World Report declared, “A political holy war without precedent is in full swing in this country.”
The feeling is being spread that only if our nation comes back to G-d can we improve our sorry state of affairs. Leaders are saying that this can be accomplished if Christians unite. “Robert Grant, leader of Christian Voice urged: “If Christians unite, we can do anything. We can pass any law or any amendment. And that’s exactly what we intend to do.” On nation-wide T.V. he declared: “We can do anything, we can amend the Constitution. We can elect a president. We can change or make any law in the land. And it behooves us to do it. If we have to live under law, as well we should, we should live under moral and Godly law.” This is not the opinion of just one man.
In reply the executive director, H. Edward Rowe, wrote, ‘Legislation and proclamations by Presidents to urge it – yes!”
The dynamics make us wonder little that nation-wide papers and media messages plea to the masses that “It is the responsibility of government to decree the establishment of the national observance of Sunday.” And that, “There will be no relief from mounting economic disaster until a national Sunday law is strictly enforced.”!
It’s not surprising that in a hearing of the South Carolina legislature, demands by State Representative Anderson himself for a Sunday law to improve the state of society brought uproarious applause. Who can wonder that the United States President has revealed his willingness to do what no other U.S. president has been able to do – support legislation which would help collapse the separation of church and state!
“…and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him.” Revelation 13:11,12
We haven’t seen anything yet! Be prepared to learn some shocking facts. Here’s the big question now – who’s the first beast?
Now – who is the “beast?” What power:
1) Received its “seat” and authority from Rome. Revelation 13:4.
2) Rules the world for 1260 years (from 538 A.D. – 1798 A.D.).
3) Then received a “deadly wound” which later heals. Revelation 13:3.
4) Is both a political and a religious power, which is worshipped. Revelation 13:4.
5) Tampered with YAHUAH’s law. Daniel 7:25.
6) Has a leader who claims to be ELOHIYM on the earth and to be able to forgive sins. (which is blasphemy) Revelation 13:1.
7) Is a mother church (daughters have come out of her). Revelation 17:5.
8) Made war with the saints. Revelation 13:7.
9) Is a world power which is wondered at. Revelation 13:3,4.
10) Has “a man” at the head of it with the number of his name being 666. Revelation 13:18.
11) Has a dreaded “mark” which, if received, will cause a person to be cast into the lake of fire and lose eternal life. Revelation 14:9,10.
By now most of the people have guessed that it’s the Papacy. They’re correct. It’s the only power on the face of the earth that fits all of the Scriptural characteristics for it. But what about 666?
The Beast Described
Let’s take a close look at this thing to make sure there’s no mistake.
“And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Revelation 13:2.
Emperor Justinian “gave” Rome to the Pope when he decreed that the Pope should be over all the Christian churches of the earth, and established the Papacy in 538 A.D., when the Emperor’s general Belisarius drove the Ostrogoths from Rome.
Rome gave him his “seat.” Scriptural prophecy predicted it hundreds of years before it happened!
From 538 A.D. the Papacy ruled for exactly 1260 years, until 1798 when something incredible happened. The Pope was taken prisoner! Napoleon’s general, Berthier, captured the Pope and took him to France!
A deadly wound. The Papacy had reigned exactly 1260 years. Could it have just been coincidence? Why did Berthier do it?
Napoleon wanted to rule the world. The Papacy stood in his way. I wonder if they knew that they were fulfilling prophecy in spite of themselves!
“… and his deadly wound was healed; and all the world wondered after the beast.” Revelation 13:3.
“In 1929, the Italian government recognized Vatican City as an independent state. Once again, the Pope was king. On March 9, 1929, he said, ‘The peoples of the entire world are with us.’ The San Francisco Chronicle published an account of the pact-signing on the front page of its newspaper. It actually read like this, ‘Mussolini and Gaspari Sign Historic Pact . . . Heal Wound of Many Years.’ That is fantastic! The Bible prophesied that its wound would be healed and the newspaper confirmed it in the exact same words.”
Though this great organization was not officially established till 538 A.D., the Apostle Paul saw forces at work that were preparing the way. What was going on back there that he could have seen? Here’s what happened.
After YAHUSHA went back to heaven, the early Assembly grew rapidly under the blessing of the RUACH HAQODESH. YAHUSHA had predicted the treatment that His people were to receive.
“They shall deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you; and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Matthew 24:9.
That was literally fulfilled. Look at this amazing account.
“Their execution was made into a game,” wrote Tacitus, describing the persecutions under Nero. “They were covered with the skins of wild animals and torn to pieces by dogs. They were hung on crosses. They were burned, wrapped in flammable material and set on fire, to illuminate the night.
“To escape death, they had but to repudiate Messiah and sacrifice to the emperor.” Some did, but many more were tortured to death rather than deny their Adonai.
“Paganism foresaw that should the Besorah (gospel) triumph, her temples and altars would be swept away; therefore she summoned her forces to destroy Followers of Messiah. Qodseshiym (Set-Apart Ones) were stripped of their possessions and driven from their homes. Great numbers sealed their testimony with their blood. Noble and slave, rich and poor, learned and ignorant, were alike slain without mercy.
“Beneath the hills outside the city of Rome, long galleries had been tunneled through earth and rock; the dark and intricate network of passages extended for miles beyond the city walls. In these underground retreats the followers of Messiah buried their dead; and here also, when suspected, they found a home. Many were ‘tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection’ Hebrews 11:35. They rejoiced that they were accounted worthy to suffer for the truth, and songs of triumph ascended from the midst of the crackling flames.”
Satan couldn’t wipe them out. For years emperors Nero and Diocletian slaughtered them by the thousands.
“You may kill us, torture us, condemn us,” said one Qosdeshiym (Set-Apart One) to his persecutors, “your injustice is the proof that we are innocent.” Tertullian, Apology, para. 50.
Until 313 A.D. it was against the law to be a Netseriym. Such a person was an automatic criminal. But the followers of YAHUSHA spread everywhere.
Satan could see that he had to change his tactics. He would come up with a better scheme. What could the devil think of to do better than killing them?
Make things easy – and infiltrate! Like a wise general he would corrupt the church from the inside.
Watch what happens.
A great shout goes up in the empire. Emperor Constantine has become a Christian! The Christians are euphoric.
No more being torn apart by dogs and lions, or used as dupes to be cut down in cold blood, or human torches to light up the arena for the gladiators. Now Christianity is the state religion! Things are going great. Or so it seems.
But little by little, as everyone relaxes and quits worrying about being tortured to death, something happens.
Gradually the leaders, for the sake of popularity and gain, let down the standards to make it easier for the pagans to come into the Assembly. But this brings in errors and pagan customs.
Not at all surprised by Satan’s scheme to corrupt His Congregation – from within, YAHUAH gives us fair warning. Listen to Paul’s shocking words.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (of YAHUAH) shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called YAH, or that is worshipped; so that he as YAH sitteth in the temple of YAHUAH, shewing himself that he is .” “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:” II Thessalonians 2:1- 4,7. Oh yes. He saw it coming! The mysterious work of corruption rapidly progressed after the death of the last Apostle.
Question: What happened?
After persecution ceased, Satan’s great device was to control the leaders of the Congregation. If he could inflate their ego; make them money hungry, the whole body would be affected. A popularity contest would be on to get as many heathen to accept Christianity as possible. The wealth and prestige of the Assembly would grow. Who cares if you have to change the Scripture somewhat to get them! Just introduce some of the heathen customs and rites into the Followers of Messiah, give them Christian names, and the heathen will flock in.
Of all horrors – that’s just what happened!
The Apostles had gone throughout the empire establishing Congreations in many cities. As time went by, smaller Assemblies were built in the surrounding country sides. The large centers were in Jerusalem, Rome, and Alexandria, Egypt. Rome finally emerged on top.
The next step in the plot was for church leaders to get control of the state to help enforce their decrees. They achieved this beyond their wildest dreams. The epitome of this came when in 538 A.D. the entire city of Rome was handed over to the Pope – the Bishop of Rome. For the next 1260 years, church leaders reigned with full civil authority. All just as predicted in prophecy!
But look at this shocker.
It says that the beast has “the name of blasphemy.” Revelation 13:1. “It became one of the leading doctrines of the church that its visible head is invested with supreme authority over bishops and pastors in all parts of the world. More than this, he took the very name of God! He was addressed as “Lord God the Pope” and declared to be “infallible.” (For documentation see Appendix 3). He demands the worship of all men.
Can you imagine Christians killing Netseriym?! A horrible thought.
Get this, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:” Revelation 13:7. “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of YAHUSHA: and when I saw her I wondered with great admiration.” Revelation 17:6.
What a picture! No wonder John was so amazed. A stack of books could hardly contain the accounts of the 50 million Netseriym put to death as “heretics.” For possessing a Cepher (The Book), for believing that people ought to be free to worship YAHUAH according to their own conscience; for these and many other “crimes” men, women, and little children were tortured to death.
History comes through loud and clear that whole villages and towns were wiped off the map for not conforming to the state church and her leader.
“Dignitaries of the church studied, under Satan their master, to invent means to cause the greatest possible torture and not end the life of the victim. In many cases the infernal process was repeated to the utmost limit of human endurance, until nature gave up the struggle, and the sufferer hailed death as a sweet release ” Such was the fate of those who opposed the church of Rome. If given opportunity in the U.S. she would do the same today against “heretics.” Her boast is that she never changes. The rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, H.M.A. Baudrillart, revealed the attitude of the church and her leaders toward persecution.
“When confronted with heresy,” he said, “she does not content herself with persuasion, arguments of an intellectual and moral order appear to her insufficient, and, she has recourse to force, to corporal punishment, to torture.”
The very existence of this people, holding the faith of the ancient Assembly, was a constant testimony to Rome’s apostasy, and excited the most bitter hatred and persecution. Their refusal to surrender the Scriptures was an offense that Rome could not tolerate. She determined to blot them from the earth.
Pope innocent VIII ordered – “That malicious and abominable sect of malignants,” if they “refuse to abjure, to be crushed like venomous snakes.”!
No charge could be brought against their moral character. Their grand offense was that they would not worship YAHUAH according to the will of the Pope. For this crime every humiliation, insult, and torture that men or devils could invent was heaped upon them.
They were hunted to death; yet their blood watered the seed sown, and it failed not of yielding fruit. Scattered over many lands . . . it will be carried forward to the close of time by those who also are willing to suffer all things “for the word of YAHUAH, and for the testimony of YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH.” Revelation 1:9.
Keep in mind that these atrocities happened long before we were born. But the warning against receiving the “mark of the beast” is certainly for us today. Soon, you’ll know what the beast’s “mark” is!
As we’ve learned, this power would “think to change times and laws.” Daniel 7:25.
How could it possibly do that?
Since the heathen were used to worshiping images, the church ripped out the second commandment which forbids image worship. They placed images in the churches! But instead of images of heathen gods, they simply used images of dead saints! The people were taught that these were merely to help increase their learning and devotion. But the result was far different.
It says that he would “think to change times and laws.”
Look at this shocking statement from an official decretal – “The Pope has power to change times, to abrogate (change) laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ.” Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop.
When I first read that statement my mouth fell open. I was amazed that the official statement of the Papacy was nearly a word for word quote from the Bible! Instead of leaving only nine commandments, they cut the tenth one in two, so there would still be ten.
Satan had caused the second commandment to be ripped out. But he wasn’t finished. The leaders changed the fourth one also!
The change of the fourth commandment was attempted gradually over a period of time so as not to arouse anyone. But the change is a masterpiece of Satan’s work.
Get ready for a shock.
The following mind-boggling statements were made by church authorities and are documented.
“Question – Have you any other way of proving that the church (Roman Catholic) has power to institute festivals of precept?
“Answer – Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no scriptural authority.”
Doctrinal Catechism. by Stephen Keenan,pg. 174. That’s incredible!
“The Catholic church,” declared Cardinal Gibbons, “by virtue of her divine mission changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.”
Again the question is asked to them: “Question – Which is the Sabbath day? “Answer – Saturday is the Sabbath day.
“Question – Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
“Answer – We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, pg. 50, 3rd ed.
Do church authorities acknowledge that there is no command in the Scriptures for the sanctification of Sunday?
They do! Look at this.
The Catholic Cardinal Gibbons, in Faith of Our Fathers. pg. 111, said, “You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.”
You see, in the Council of Trent (1545 A.D.), the church leaders ruled that “tradition” is of as great authority as the Bible! They believed that God had given them the authority to change the Bible any way they pleased. By “tradition” they meant human teachings.
YAHUSHA said, “But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:9.
Just as they had brought images into the church to make it easier for the pagans to come in, they changed the Sabbath of the Scripture for the same reason.
How did it all start?
The sun was the main god of the heathen even back as far as ancient Babylon. Since they worshiped the sun on Sunday, the compromising church leaders could see that if they changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, it would accomplish several things. Number one – it would separate them from the Jews who were hated by many of the Romans and who, along with YAHUSHA, (Luke 4:16), had been worshiping on Saturday from the beginning (and still do today). Number two – it would make it much easier for the pagans to come into the church if the Christians met on the same day that the pagan world did.
It worked well. Pagans flocked in by the thousands. Satan’s plan of compromise was doing its baleful work. The change was attempted gradually but many of the true hearted, loyal Netseriym were alarmed. They came to the leaders and wanted to know why they had dared tamper with the law of Almighty YAHUAH! The church leaders knew this would happen – and they had an answer ready. It’s a masterpiece. If a person doesn’t know the Scripture well it sounds good.
The people were told that they were worshiping on Sunday now because YAHUSHA rose from the dead on that day.
There’s not even one verse in the Scripture that tells us to do this, but that’s what they were told. Isn’t it amazing! Maybe you’ve even heard that yourself!
When Emperor Constantine became a Christian, Christianity became the state religion you remember. As thousands of sun-worshipers flocked into the church, it wasn’t long before they had a dominating influence. Most of his top officials had been sun-worshipers. Because the Roman government was getting shaky, Constantine consulted with his aides and with the church officials in Rome.
“What shall we do? How can we unite and stabilize the government?”
The counsel of the church leaders was timely.
“Pass a Sunday law. Force everyone to cease work and honor Sunday.”
That was it! It would satisfy the sun-worshiping pagans, and unite pagans, Christians, and the Roman empire as never before.
The year is 321 A.D. Constantine, yielding to the suggestion of church leaders passes the first Sunday law! Here it is, straight out of the record:
”Let all the judges and town people, and the occupation of all trades rest on the venerable day of the sun” Edict of March 7, 321 A.D. Corpus Juris Civilis Cod., lib. 3, tit. 12, Lex. 3.
The Netseriym who would not compromise and dishonor YAHUAH found themselves in a dilemma. Satan had worked things around so that you were forced to honor the pagan “day of the sun” or pay the penalty. Even after the Emperor’s Sunday law, many Netseriym continued to honor and keep holy the seventh- day Sabbath that their Saviour had kept. YAHUAH knew what was going on and had predicted that the man of sin would “think to change times and laws.” Satan was about to pull off a world-wide hoax.
Scriptures were forbidden by the priests. As the years went by, the new generations (without Bibles) would forget all about the Sabbath of the ADONIA.
Not only that – from time to time, great church councils were held. In nearly every one, the Sabbath which YAHUAH had given as a memorial of His creation of the world was pressed down and Sunday was exalted. The pagan festival finally came to be regarded as the “Lord’s day” (by Pope Sylvester, 314-337 A.D.) and the church leaders pronounced the Scriptural Sabbath a relic of the Jews, and those who honored it, in obedience to the fourth commandment of YAHUAH, were pronounced to be “accursed.”
To rip out the commandment right in the center, put in Sun- day worship as a counterfeit, take the Scriptures away, and command the whole world to accept it – this was the king of all swindles!
You see, Satan hates the fourth commandment more than all others because it is the only one that tells who YAHUAH really is – the Creator of “Heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.” Exodus 20:11. You could worship any god and keep the other nine (not kill, steal, etc.) but to keep the fourth commandment you must worship the Creator of the Universe Who Himself rested on the seventh day and commanded His people to do the same – in a love relationship with Himself.
As the centuries went by, the people, with no Scriptures forgot about YAHUAH’s Sabbath, and Sunday worship became firmly established. Many even today are ignorant on the subject.
In modern times, leaders who know what they are talking about will admit that men changed the Sabbath and not YAHUAH. Look at these startling statements from Protestant leaders:
Methodist – “The reason we observe the first day instead of the seventh is based on no positive command. One will search the Scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the seventh day to the first.” Clovis G. Chappell, Ten Rules For Living. pg. 61
Baptist – Harold Lindsell, former editor of Christianity Today. said, “There is nothing in Scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.” Christianity Today, November 5, 1976.
Episcopal – “The Bible commandment says on the seventh day thou shalt rest. That is Saturday. Nowhere in the Bible is it laid down that worship should be done on Sunday.” Philip Carrington, Toronto Daily Star, October 26, 1949.
Our Catholic friends know how the change came about. They say, “We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea, transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, Third edition, pg. 50.
The Catholic Press said, “Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observation can be defended only on Catholic principles … From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.
YAHUAH speaks of the seventh day 126 times in the Old Testament and 62 times in the New. The first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in the New Testament. A Catholic priest offered $1000 to anyone who could find one Scripture verse to indicate that Sunday is now holy and should be observed instead of the seventh day. No one responded. I have done the same, but received no response.
Satan has palmed off the biggest counterfeit in the history of man.
Look at this shocker – The Catholic authorities proclaim: “The Bible says, ‘Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.’ The Catholic Church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church!” Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, Mo., as taken from History of the Sabbath. pg. 802.
Amazing! No wonder the Scripture says: “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life.” Revelation 13:4,8.
Some ministers, who don’t have one Scripture text to show will say, “Don’t worry about God’s commandments, just worship God every day, or pick one day in seven.” Some highly educated ministers have even said, “Don’t worry about following the Bible, it’s out of date. You just live a good life, and everything will be all right.” Many ministers when asked why they meet on Sunday instead of the seventh day, will honestly say, “I know that Saturday is the seventh day Sabbath and the Scripture hasn’t changed it but if I were to tell the people that, I’d lose my job!”
But it was fear of losing his job and getting in trouble that caused Pilate to do what he did. Remember? When the people shouted, “If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend,” (John 19:12), Pilate was scared. If the people turned against him for letting YAHUSHA go, no telling what might happen. It would cost him his job! The record says, “And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered YAHUSHA, when he had scourged Him, to be crucified.” Mark 15:15.
Again I say – no marvel that the world wonders after and worships the beast – no marvel! To save their jobs or to save their necks people compromise.
I praise YAHUAH that many thousands who are learning these truths are honest enough to come back to the Scriptures and follow YAHUSHA all the way home. YAHUAH makes it so plain – even a child can understand.
Only those who love our Heavenly Father and His dear Son with all their hearts, will stand through the last days and not worship the beast or receive his “mark” By the way – the dreaded “mark of the beast” – what is it? Get ready for a shock.
Believe it or not, the Scriptures foretells that the atrocities of the dark ages are to be repeated! Society is being manipulated to the degree that in the near future, to receive the “mark of the beast” will be the popular thing to do! “And all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” Revelation 13:3,4. Those who dare oppose this law will be seen as “rejects of society.” About the worst thing you can say about a person now days is to call him a member of a “cult” or a “sect.” Those who oppose the mark of the beast, will be seen as “cultists” of the worst kind. They’ll be worked with by the authorities. When fines and all manner of economic boycott have failed, then they will be sentenced to death. Revelation 13:15-17.
Men, women, and children from all walks of life will be fleeing for their lives and hiding in the most desolate areas, or, if caught, cast into jails to await the penalty. The war, strife, and terrible calamities of nature will be blamed on them. Like their Saviour, and millions of martyrs before them, they’ll be rejected by loved ones, mocked, and looked upon as the “poor fools who have brought all this trouble on us.”
As those loyal to YAHUAH are brought to court for their faith, the issues about YAHUAH’s true Sabbath will spread around the world. The truth of YAHUAH’s fourth commandment will be seen in contrast with the counterfeit day which the image of the beast is trying to enforce by law. Notwithstanding the strife, pleasure seeking, and chaos of this world, all will be led to receive either the “seal of YAHUAH” or the “mark of the beast.”
The global conflict has prepared the way for the coming of Messiah and His mighty host of angels during the last of the plagues.
You’ve learned some of Satan’s tactics and how he will swindle the world into accepting his greatest hoax. You’ve learned how to escape receiving the mark of the beast and something of YAHUAH’s great love and mercy in giving us the warning. Now you see that the corrupt woman of Revelation 17 named “Babylon,” is the great body of fallen Christianity which has become a mixture of truth and sun- worshiping practices from ancient Babylon. You can see that in Revelation 18:4, when YAHUAH says, “Come out of her My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues,” He’s calling you. It’s a love call. It’s YAHUAH’s last call to all born-again believers to separate themselves from organizations, no matter how friendly and kind the members may be, which are not obeying YAHUSHA fully and keeping all of YAHUAH’s commandments.
Very soon, all will have made their choice for the “seal of YAHUAH” or the “mark of the beast.” It’s not just a matter of two days, it’s a matter worship, of loyalty – either to YAHUAH, or to the beast power. Now – while YAHUSHA is pleading His blood for us in the Most Holy Place in heaven – now, when “the hour of His judgement is come” Rev. 14:7 – before our probation is closed forever, before every case is decided for life or death – even now, He is inviting us to surrender all to Him and have life and peace. Soon it will be too late.
Because the lovely YAHUSHA shed His precious blood for me on the Tree of Calvary, I choose, by the grace of YAHUAH, to follow Him all the way, keep all of His commandments, including His seventh-day Sabbath, and receive the “seal of the living ELOHIYM.” How about you? Will you choose to be true to Him too? I want to live with Him when He soon comes, don’t you? He says, “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14.
Many nowadays are getting a hunger and thirst for truth. The honest are not content any more with a watered down mixture. They want the pure truth. Errors from the pulpit don’t just fly over their heads any more. I sincerely believe that you are an honest seeker for truth, otherwise you would never have read this far in seeking to know YAHUAH’s will.
May YAHUAH richly bless you and your family as you continue to study His marvelous word! “The grace of our ADONIA YAHUSHA HAMASHIACH be with you all. Amein.”
MANY CHURCH LEADERS and politicians are unified on the hotly debated issue of legislating Sunday as a day of rest.
Today, great efforts are being made to gain influence in
the executive and legislative circles of the United States federal government in order to enact laws for the observance of Sunday as a national day of rest.
The thrust is not overtly religious but is couched in a concern for the welfare of the American family. This activity is being duplicated in other parts of the world as well under the same pretense.
It is ironic to see this kind of legislation being promoted when you consider what has been said by the leaders of the Christian churches at different times in history. Considering this, it is also ironic to see what was the practice of Christians throughout history.
In even stronger words, Pope John Paul II has asked for more strident measures be taken to insure a day of rest is observed, and to inflict punishment on those who would transgress.
Of course, the day that he wants kept is Sunday, regardless of your persuasion.
“In Europe, the Sunday Law issue is expected to be contentious as Pope John Paul II continues to press for mandatory Sunday closing laws” (Church & State, May, 1992).
As recently as July, 1998, the Pope, in his Apostolic Letter, Dies Domini, was quoted as saying that a violator should be “punished as a heretic” (Detroit News, July 7, 1998).
Currently, the Vatican is asking the “civil authorities” to cooperate with the Church in legislation of Sunday as the nation’s day of rest.
“The civil authorities should be urged to cooperate with the church in maintaining and strengthening this public worship of God, and to support with their own authority the regulations set down by the church’s pastors. For it is only in this way that the faithful will understand why it is Sunday and not the Sabbath day that we now keep holy” (Roman Catechism, 1985, emphasis supplied).
Someone Admits to Changing God’s Law
In a recent Catholic church newsletter, it stated, “Perhaps the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century [actually in happened in the fourth century].
The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The Day of the Lord’ [Dies Domini] was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power.…
People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become Sabbath Keepers, and keep Saturday holy.” Saint Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.
No Scriptural Support
Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles.…
From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.”—Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, 1900.
Mark of Authority
“Sunday is our mark of authority.…The church is above the Bible, and this transference of sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” The Catholic Record, London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.
“Question: Which day is the Sabbath?”
“Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath.”
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?”
“Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, by Peter Geiermann, 50.
What Do You Think?
Do you need to be forced to keep Sunday in a way contrary to what you believe?
Should you be punished for your conscientious regard or disregard for that day?
Is this something the Federal government should legislate?
All of this was foreseen many years ago by the men who wrote the Scriptures.
Beloved Friends, Our Beliefs and Ideas have Consequences!
Standing for Scriptural Truth comes with a price.
Not only will you lose friends and family relationships you will also be Rejected Vehemently by the Secular and Religious World.
People can even lose their jobs and means of making a living when Owners and Management Heads of these Corporations we call the Government learn of Your Stand for Righteous Living according to The Torah and The Scriptures. You will be treated poorly and rejected by all. Even imprisonment and death.
The time has come to where they have made it illegal to hold Home Scripture Studies in many places across America. That will include Shabbat Gatherings in your own Home. The Noahide Laws will soon be enforced. It will soon be illegal for Truth Seekers to Observe the Sabbath and the Feasts of YAHUAH and will be prohibited and a criminal offense to even speak or spell the Name of YAHUAH or YAHUSHA.
They will even use anything you have shared on any Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Internet to gather personal information about you to build a Profile on you and creating Trend Data how you tend to think and respond to different scenarios if poised in such a situation and hold it against you because you do not go with the mainstream way of thinking.
It is simply gathering Data for the PreCog Police or in simple terms the Thought Police to come and arrest us that are Truth Seekers and Truth Talkers. They want us silenced.
The Closer we get to Him the more Narrow The Path…
The Fewer the Companions…
Till We Stand Alone with Him… Our YAHUAH ELOHIYM!
Weigh the Cost – Pay the Price – Be Set-Apart
For whether we live, we live unto YAHUAH; and whether we die, we die unto YAHUAH: whether we live therefore, or die, we are YAHUAH’S.
ROMAIYM (ROMANS) 14:8
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his staff daily, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
LUQAS (LUKE) 9:23-24
If The World Accepts You Then There’s A Clear Sign That You Still Belong To It.
This is what Our Master, YAHUSHA, told us would happen when Following Him: You Shall Be Hated Of All Men For My Name’s Sake
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of YAHUAH.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
MATTITHYAHU (MATTHEW) 5:10-12
But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the other people.
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
For it is not ye that speak, but the RUACH of your Father which speaks in you.
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.
But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for amein I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Yisrael, till the Son of Adam is come.
MATTITHYAHU (MATTHEW) 10:17-23
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABEL THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the qodeshiym, and with the blood of the martyrs of YAHUSHA: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
CHIZAYON (REVELATION) 17:4-6
Don’t worry when relatives and friends distance themselves or laugh and make fun of you about this Truth.
Skipping Church? Facial Recognition Software Could Be Tracking You
Could Big Brother be coming to a church near you? One software company is now providing churches with facial recognition software to better track who shows up at their worship services.
Manually tracking attendance is a chore for some churches, especially large ones that have multiple services and entrances. Now a company called Churchix provides facial recognition software, which captures someone’s face through a photo or video and then identifies it by comparing it with those in a database of photos. Now used by Facebook and dating apps and at traffic stoplights, the software is becoming more common in every day interactions.
Moshe Greenshpan, founder & CEO of the Israeli facial recognition company Skakash, said its subsidiary Face-Six’s clients include airports, law enforcement agencies and casinos. After an international church asked the company for a similar service, they decided to launch Churchix, a company designed to help churches specifically, in February.
Greenshpan said about 40 churches have signed on, including eight in the United States, although he declined to name any of them. He also declined to say how much the churches pay for the software. He said the churches that use the software range in membership from 100 to 3,000.
A church will upload a database of photos of its members, and they usually use security cameras they already have in place to match the video with existing photos. Churches could use it to track regular attendance or see who’s missing.
“It’s simple to see if a member isn’t attending three or four events. Then they can give the member a call and say something like, ‘See you on Sunday,’” Greenshpan said.
It could also be used as a tool for the church to ask for donations, Greenshpan said. “If they see a member who is regularly attending events, they could feel more comfortable giving them a call and asking for a donation,” he said. Or it can blacklist someone who might have caused trouble in the past, such a disruptive visitor.
Greenshpan said he usually sees two kinds of responses to the idea of facial recognition software in churches. Most churches already keep track of attendance in some way, so some church officials are enthusiastic when they discover an automated system. But many members, Greenshpan said, feel their privacy might be compromised. He advises churches to ask members to register so the software is transparent, but most churches using Churchix are using the software without the knowledge of their members, he said.
“We think facial recognition is going to be normal,” Greenshpan said. “And as the technology improves, it’s becoming cheaper.”
Most churches have some database to keep track of their members, said Scott Thumma, director of the Hartford Institute on Religion, who focuses on megachurch research. When he asked congregations of all sizes and religious traditions in 2005, 72 percent of churches used some software to track membership engagement.
When Thumma asked the same question in a national survey of megachurches in 2005, 99 percent of megachurches said they have a computerized database that holds the names and addresses of members or attendees, compared with 95 percent of churches that had a congregational Web site. Many of the member databases include photos, Thumma said.
Thumma said he hasn’t come across any megachurches that use facial recognition software, but most have security cameras and people who are trained to get a sense of how many people are in the church. Part of the appeal of a megachurch is that you can walk in without people noticing, he said.
“I don’t think that kind of facial recognition software would play well at all with members because it strikes as ‘Big Brother,’” Thumma said. “While God sees everything, we’re not sure we want our pastor to be omniscient.”
Two of the challenges facing many megachurches is finding ways to create accountability, a sense of belonging or responsibility to a church, and creating a sense of intimacy so that the church understands individual needs and how people are progressing in their faith. Most megachurches, Thumma said, would probably prefer not to invade privacy by using the software at worship services and instead create smaller groups and ministries to get to know parishioners and their habits.
“The larger the crowd, the easier it is to have the permeable boundary, you can slip in and more or less be anonymous,” Thumma said. “For the staff, it’s always a challenge because you don’t want your people just to remain spectators.”
Most churches that have databases track whether members are in small groups, youth groups, ministries and other areas of the church. Church officials train people who are in charge of Sunday school classes or a homeless ministry to track who shows up. The information is often added to a larger database so people aren’t just mentally keeping track of church engagement.
“If a congregation doesn’t have those kinds of often technologically-advanced tools, how do they know if the 5,000 or 10,000 people who show up are doing more than just coming for a Sunday morning show?” Thumma said. “You can’t cull the spiritual maturity of hundreds of people in your head.”
As technology changes so quickly, what once might have seemed strange will become normal. In the 1990s, the idea of church marketing, or targeting specific people through outreach or advertisements, was seen as strange but now is quite common, said Kent Shaffer, founder of Openchurch.com, a Web site that encourages digital Christian collaboration. Giving Facebook your personal information or seeing personalized Google advertisements was initially seen as an invasion of privacy but is now accepted.
Still, Shaffer said that facial recognition software will face specific challenges among churchgoers.
“With the concept of facial recognition software is an underlying subconscious hunch that this is wrong because it’s an inauthentic substitute for one-on-one relationships,” Shaffer said. “Imagine, ‘And then the apostles walked into the assembly, and their faces were scanned.’ It seems like it misses the authenticity.”
Public opinion, however, shifts pretty quickly as people adapt to new ways of life, like watching a pastor give a sermon on a big screen.
“What once seemed shocking will gradually seem normal,” he said. “Ultimately, we’re going to see this type of technology become far more prominent.”
ProjectNOLA, an independent, nonprofit crime camera network, has been seeking — and has begun to find — financial support for a plan that would place such cameras on more than 100 places of worship… (Source)
Project NOLA’s first phase is to spend $1 million dollars on surveillance cameras in places of worship.
A key component of the partnership’s $1 million first phase is a plan to expand the nearly nine-year-old ProjectNOLA camera network.
Every place of worship to have surveillance cameras
Big Brother wants surveillance cameras in every place of worship.
Equipping every church in New Orleans with a surveillance camera is one of the goals of the NOLA Partnership for Public Safety and Peace. (Source)
Just think about that for a moment, soon every place of worship will have surveillance cameras. Even Orwell’s book 1984 wasn’t that grim.
Who needs God’s all-seeing eye, when the police can do it for him in real-time?
Law enforcement will spy on worshipers in real-time
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The above video shows how law enforcement has been using Project NOLA to spy on citizens in real-time since 2011.
Church surveillance cameras, combined with license plate readers, will give Big Brother unimaginable real-time spying capabilities.
It appears that Project NOLA is mirrored after DHS’s ‘See Something Say Something’ program that encourages businesses and homeowners to spy on one another.
As I mentioned two months ago, Project NOLA has been so successful that it appears DHS has copied it and renamed it “Virtual Block Watch” (VBW).
Virtual Block Watch is law enforcement’s latest national surveillance program that encourages the public to use surveillance cameras to spy on one another.
Nothing says police state quite like Project NOLA making $200,000 annually on surveillance camera maintenance fees.
What do Project NOLA and VBW have in common?
First off, Project NOLA was designed by former police officer Bryan LaGarde who charged homeowners and businesses $346.00 dollars for a “crime camera kit.”
A surveillance network designed by a police officer? Nothing suspicious about that, right?
As we look around at the Police State being built across the world, combined with enhanced mind control techniques, it is easy to draw direct parallels with books like 1984 and Brave New World. It’s almost as if these books formed a clear blueprint for anyone seeking control over large populations.
With the quickening pace of technological advancement it is no surprise to see “ideas” become reality quicker than ever before. Philip K. Dick explored the concept of pre-crime in his short story “The Minority Report” in 1956, but it wasn’t until Steven Spielberg offered it on the big screen as Minority Reportin 2002 that the audience got a true look at a potential day-to-day existence under corporate and government data management and control.
We are now at the point where “Minority Report” is being used as a sound description of current technological applications, even in mainstream news, which means that the future is actually the present. Below you will find 10 signs that we have now entered the world depicted in fiction.
The latest news from Chicago only adds to this list, as police are moving beyond simply possessing the technology and are now putting it into effect.
Chicago’s “Heat List” is an index of approximately 400 people who have been identified by a computer algorithm as being future threats to commit violent crime. Without having actually committed a crime, some of those on the list are beginning to get visits from Chicago police warning them that they are already being watched:
When the Chicago Police Department sent one of its commanders to Robert McDaniel’s home last summer, the 22-year-old high school dropout was surprised. Though he lived in a neighborhood well-known for bloodshed on its streets, he hadn’t committed a crime or interacted with a police officer recently. And he didn’t have a violent criminal record, nor any gun violations. In August, he incredulously told the Chicago Tribune, “I haven’t done nothing that the next kid growing up hadn’t done.” Yet, there stood the female police commander at his front door with a stern message: if you commit any crimes, there will be major consequences. We’re watching you.
Chicago is apparently considering this to be part of “policing in the 21st century.” A report from The Verge explains how Chicago has taken the lead in predictive behavior police tech:
In 2009, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) made millions of dollars in grants available for any police department with a burgeoning predictive program. Police all over the country applied to tap into those NIJ dollars. The big winner was Chicago; its combination of headline-making homicide rates and already established data- and tech-focused policing made it a perfect fit. The CPD received more than $2 million to test two phases of its experimental program.
Though it took awhile to get started in earnest (staff turnover and internal politics in 2011 and 2012 stalled the project), last year the CPD’s predictive program picked up steam. One man behind that progress was Miles Wernick.
Wernick is the Motorola professor and director of the Medical Imaging Research Center at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. He says he’s been doing predictive analysis work since the 1980s, when he worked with the US military to recognize potential targets in the battlefield. From there he proceeded to medical imaging. A lot of his current work focuses on analysing data and brain scans to make automated diagnoses of dementias in elderly patients — not exactly police work.
These paragraphs encapsulate two of the major warnings that the alternative media has been shouting for years: namely that military tech always trickles down into local law enforcement; and, secondly, that Big Data initiatives which are heralded by the establishment as solutions in the computing and medical fields have a range of privacy-killing additional applications that affect people far beyond the initially stated reach.
Also highlighted are the same concerns that are cropping up in the area of NSA spying – association is an assumption of tendency toward eventual guilt. Miles Wernick goes on to say:
“It’s not just shooting somebody, or being shot,” he says. “It has to do with the person’s relationships to other violent people.”
This is in line with what Andrew Papachristos, a Yale sociologist and Chicago native, calls a social networking theory. When it comes to violence, Papachristos recently told Chicago Magazine, “It’s not just about your friends and who you’re hanging out with, it’s actually the structure of these networks that matter.”
So while Wernick acknowledges that sometimes people such as Robert McDaniel — who haven’t been convicted of a violent crime — may find themselves in the wrong social networks, their presence on the list is not random.
A commander of the program stated it even more simply:
If you end up on that list, there’s a reason you’re there.
This indicates a fundamental shift in the way policing will be done in the future of America. Until now, we have been reporting on this type of technology and have been forced to speculate about its coming implementation. Well, now there is no doubt. And lest anyone believe that this is just an outcropping of Chicago’s notoriously Police State-happy mentality, Police Commander Jonathan Lewin matter-of-factly states the following:
This [program] will become a national best practice. This will inform police departments around the country and around the world on how best to utilize predictive policing to solve problems. This is about saving lives. [emphasis added]
Whether or not it will actually save lives is debatable. Has the No-Fly List saved lives? Have any of the other of the many lists one can be added to these days actually saved any lives? These lists are secretive and have become nearly impossible to independently verify as to how someone got on the list, if they deserve to be there; and, if not, how to get off the list … or if the lists are effective.
The Verge article linked below highlights the potential racial profiling of such policies – and indeed this has happened in the case of New York’s own low-tech Stop-and-Frisk policy.
So the verdict is out on saving lives. But one thing is for certain: the arrival of the high-tech Police State is certainly not about saving freedom, nor is it about preserving a Constitution designed to protect us from a Minority Report society.
Individual pieces of news often get lost or forgotten rather easily in today’s fast-paced news cycle, so let’s look at an aggregate of 10 mainstream news items that offer a comprehensive picture of where we are and where we are likely to be headed both from a government surveillance standpoint, as well as targeted advertising.
1. They’re watching … Japanese electronics company NEC develops ‘Minority Report’ style billboard, The Telegraph, 3/10/2010: “Engineers have developed the billboard, similar to one used in the Tom Cruise blockbuster, that uses built in cameras to instantly identify a shopper’s age and gender as they walk past. The facial-recognition system, called the Next Generation Digital Signage Solution, then offers consumers a product it thinks is suited to their demographic.”
3. The Long Eye of the Law: So Who’s Ready for a ‘Minority Report’-Style Future?Motherboard, 3/20/2013: On Monday, Japanese tech developers Fujitsu announced they had created . . . a bit of technology that can measure a person’s pulse using a camera or a computer webcam, just by analyzing that person’s face . . . It’s Minority Report-style technology, to be sure—another in a burgeoning list of tech-driven ways police could prevent crimes before they happen.”
6. Gesture Through News Minority Report-Style With New York Times’ Leap Motion App, Fast Company, 7/18/2013: Rather than having to flick through headlines on a touch-screen device or scroll through articles using a mouse — how antiquated! — the company’s new app allows readers to navigate through stories by motioning their hands in mid-air, with Leap Motion sensors interpreting the signals . . . The New York Times has also suggested it will give the company an opportunity to implement new advertising capabilities ‘that [will] allow brands to connect with readers using motion-controlled ad units.’”
9. Minority Report-style Advertising Coming to NYC, 247Sports, 8/8/2013: “Recycling bins data mine your smartphone when you are in proximity to tailor ads when you walk by the screen and stuff. Already in London, looking to expand to NYC and other World cities soon.”
10. Google Submits Patent For Minority Report Style Eye Tracking Device, Prison Planet, 8/15/2013: “The patent filing describes a “head mounted device”, for example hi-tech glasses, that would have the ability to track eye movement, effectively monitoring reactions to external stimuli, including changes in emotion.” From The Verge: “Google could be betting that advertisers will pay to know whether consumers are actually looking at their billboards, magazine spreads, and online ads.”
From the patent application, which was filed in May 2011:
The ways that we are tracked, traced, and databased are increasing every day. Some of it is arriving without our agreement and is being utilized by private corporations and governments without our explicit approval, as the recent revelations of data spying have exposed. If we have learned one thing it is that information is knowledge and knowledge is power. The power of data collection in the hands of those who wish to exert more control is not likely to halt. And all indications show that it is not enough to have logged and charted where we have been; the surveillance state wants to know where we are going.
However, we ought to be aware that much of our data is willingly being given via social media and the gadgets we choose to buy. As technology continues to march forward at an exponential rate, we might do well to consider how much of this we are comfortable buying into. And if we must, should we be seeking ways to subvert the information stream?