Escape the 2nd Death by the Testimony of Jesus Christ and Bible Prophecy
Would you celebrate your husband’s birthday on your boyfriend’s anniversary?
Or is it okay to kiss your wife’s girlfriend as long as you call her by your wife’s name? What if you just called your wife "the wife" all the time? Do you think that would help the relationship become the best it could be?
Certainly most people would think that this is inappropriate. But I think in a figurative sense this is exactly what God's people often do, especially those who call themselves Christians. Please let me explain, while you also prayerfully consider it may be time for a Sacred-Cow BBQ.
Holiday is a hybrid word made up of two words: Holy + Day = Holiday. Holy simply means set apart, sacredness, or separate. A holi-day is a sacred day. So then if you set apart a sacred day related to your god for worship, then you have created or followed a holiday.
So it is safe to say then that whatever happens on this Holy Day of Worship should reflect what you think of your god. This is how you worship god! Unless of course you don't have a god, or don't care that your Holy Days reflect the spirit and truth of what you believe.
As we continue, if you can't handle the Word Lesson, then please just scroll down until you find a sentence that says "Our Father's Holy Days", though I suggest going through the exercise because it is enlightening. The section on Our Father's Holy Days is amazing, and about Prophecy, and really is the core essence of what The Prophecy Machine is all about...A POWERFUL MESSAGE EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD KNOW! After all, it is THE GOSPEL MESSAGE....hmmmmm?
In the ancient languages the specific general context of worship is "to bow down", which is a physical sign of reverence. However, bowing is not something that Westerners in America are familiar with, as we culturally don't do much bowing. So to truly understand what we typically do as American Christians, we have to focus more on the meaning of the English term "worship".
Worship, like holiday, is a hybrid word made up of two words. Worth + Ship. In a very literal sense the word worship means "value-quality" and at the root, the words means to "turn-into-shape". Whatever you do when you worship is how you literally shape yourself in terms of what you think of your god, or how you think you should shape yourself before your god.
So how do you "shape yourself to present yourself of value" to your god. Those actions are a reflection of your heart and mind. It really is that simple.
We should most definitely also understand that there are several points of view to consider, about what a holiday means to the parties involved, thus to draw perspective. There is "what it means to you", what it "means to someone else", what it "means historically like in the origin", and then there is "what it means to God". If we place "what it means to me" above "what it means to God" then who and what are we really worshipping? Hence the Sacred Cow! or in more Scriptural terms, hence the Golden Calf! I suggest you place false worship in the fire and send it out to the draught-house.
I say this because over many years I have heard a couple things repeated by Christians over and over, and out of this a common thread has appeared. In any conversation where a Christian is challenged by another Christian concerning their worship practices that don't match the Scripture, they usually respond with one of these three phrases, apart, or mixed together:
That's Not What it Means to Me
One Man Esteems One Day Above Another (quoting Romans 14.5)
Or they Break Out Passionately with the Dirty Word "Legalism"
If you translate all three of these standard responses into one thought, what they all really mean collectively is "I just want to do what I want, or, I don't want to do what The Father and the Son really taught!" Now that's fair enough, but my response would be why don't you just be honest and say so, rather than putting up a false front, especially if you are going to misquote Scripture to justify your actions. Let's just call "it" what "it" is.
In order to try to establish some peaceful approach to this topic, let's just begin with a question “Which Blessings Do You Want?”
I think in this is our common ground on how we can connect in the true faith of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 19.10 says that “the brothers are servants and have the testimony of Jesus Christ: Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy”.
Whatever Jesus' testimony is defines what we should be honoring. What do you think "the spirit of prophecy" is that is Jesus' testimony?
In Luke 4.18-19 Jesus quotes the beginning of Isaiah 61 concerning “the acceptable year of the LORD, which has to do with the appointed times of the Father", which ultimately culminates in the "Day of Vengeance of YHWH" at the end just before eternity ensues.
It is interesting in Luke 4.19, Jesus shuts the scroll and stops reading just before the Day of Vengeance. Why? This is a matter of the second half of the harvest and the end of time, known as the "ingathering".
The ingathering has Not happened yet, which is the time of Tabernacles.
These appointed times are filled with so much wisdom and beauty concerning the spectacular story of the Gospel message.
There is no other story like "The Kingdom of God" and the "Coming of Heaven on Earth".
These are the Father’s Holy Days outlined in Leviticus 23; corroborated by other passages like Exodus 23 and Deuteronomy 16, which is immediately followed by the prophecy of the Kings in Deuteronomy 17.
This is important to understand concerning the promised blessings, and also what is a Good King. 2 Kings 22 and 23 gives us a great example of what a Good King is and does.
If there is ever one passage in the Old Testament that beautifully outlines the story of the Gospel and the testimony of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and the Coming Kingdom of God, it is a passage like Leviticus 23.
This story has the context that God (YHWH Elohim) will Passover us by the blood of the lamb, so they we may get the sin out which happens during the week of Unleavened Bread. As a result of this we may be a kind of First Fruits that happens in the midst of the sin-removal week (the resurrection of Jesus), that we may be filled with the Holy Spirit on the 50th day at the completion of 7 weeks (Pentecost, Shabuwa).
This is the 1st season of the Prophetic Harvest. This has been fulfilled and is in a continuing process of fulfillment as people choose to repent and follow Jesus Christ. The “shadows” are present tense, and are to be cherished rather than mocked; not cast aside as unnecessary or unholy, or isolated to something that is exclusively Jewish, since there are 12 tribes and the Jews are just one of those tribes.
These have clearly not been abolished, as Jesus himself said: And he said to them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide [it] among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come [Luke 22.15-18].
This is so, because in the Acceptable Year of YHWH is a pattern of restart; right after Tabernacles the cycle of appointed times returns right back to Passover. The knowledge of this is built into the Chodeshim of the Sun, Moon, and Stars.
In this SECOND half to the Prophetic Harvest ,that is yet to be fulfilled in the story, is the second coming of Christ. These are also a major part of the appointed times of the Gospel: first a Trumpet will sound (the last trumpet), followed by a Day of Atonement where the sheep will be separated from the goats, and then in Tabernacles our Father God and Jesus Christ will come dwell with us.
This is the blessing I want for me and my family, and others: to dwell with God and our Messiah Savior.
But Christians have been taught mostly that there is something wrong with this. And so I have heard over and again for many years, that if I enjoy these Holy Days of the Father which start in a Sabbath and lead to all the Sabbaths, even all the way into Eternity, that I am somehow putting myself back under the law. They say this is trying to earn "Salvation by Works".
That is NOT a blessing to hear this, and makes me sad, because I think that people that believe that way are missing out on a great part of the most beautiful story in HIS-story.
For me it’s that simple. I want the blessings of the story of the Gospel message which is fully contained within the Father’s appointed times. This begins in Genesis 1.14-16, built into Creation and concluding in the Ministry of Jesus Christ, which is still happening.
It’s not over yet…prophecy is still happening.
Now let us turn our focus back to "the tradition of men" and "satanism", that is to say whatever is adversarial to the Words of God written in the Scripture. And we will point out something simple to verify: Birthdays are only celebrated in Scripture in relationship to Pharaoh and Herod, and "possibly" Job, and each time something really bad happened!
And it came to pass the third day, [which was] Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. [Genesis 40:20 KJV] But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. [Matthew 14:6 KJV] And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief [estates] of Galilee; [Mark 6:21 KJV]
The first account is in Genesis. Pharaoh executed his chief baker on his Birthday [Gen. 40].
When Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded [it] to be given [her]. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. [Matthew 14, also Mark 6]
Also Job’s seven sons “went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them”.
The literal of what is said in that last verse is "feasted man's day", so it means some other day besides one of God's Holy Days, and might mean birthday? We know this because Job was concerned that his children may have sinned during these celebrations.The celebration of their "own day" caused him to make sacrifices. During this "man's day" celebration of Job’s eldest son, God allowed Satan to kill all 10 of Job’s children with a Great Wind? [Job 1]
Now if you understand that the beginning of the scroll of Job is the oldest writing we have concerning Scripture, some 4,000 years ago, and that this was written long before the Law was given, and that Job was a righteous man, why do we not hear Pastors and Bible Teachers expounding upon the idea that God might be angered by those who celebrate their own days?
The Father's Holy Days still matter no matter what you think.
If you have to worship the God of the Bible on Ihstar-Ashtaroth (Easter, Fertility Worship) and Saturnalia-Mithra-Kronia (Christmas, Merry-Making, Unrestrained Revelry), then you might want to ask yourself "What am I worshipping"? And why is it so important I do it this way?
Interestingly, Pastors & Bible Teachers are adamant that the Sabbath is the "only" Commandment of the 10 Commandments that is not is not upheld in the New Testament!
But the Fourth Commandment is in the New Testament: Remember to keep the Sabbath day, keep it holy, work six days, but seventh day is the Sabbath of YHWH, no work for you or anyone within your gates (tied to Passover in Deuteronomy 5:15).
Luke 4:15-16 [Luk 1:26,27; Luke 2:39,51; Mat 2:23; Mat 13:54; Mar 6:1; Luk 4:15; Luke 2:42; John 18:20; Act 17:2; Act 13:14-16] Hebrews 4:4-9 [Heb 4:1,3; Heb 3:11; Isa 11:10; Isa 57:2; Isa 60:19,20; Rev 7:14-17; Rev 21:4; Heb 11:25; Psa 47:9; Mat 1:21; Tit 2:14; 1Pe 2:10] Acts 13:13-14 [Act 13:5; Act 16:13; Act 17:2; Act 18:4; Act 19:8] And Acts 13:42-49 perfect opportunities for Paul to say NO—SUNDAY!, Act 13:44 [Act 10:33; Act 28:28; Eze 3:6; Mat 11:21; Mat 19:30] Acts 16:11-13 [Act 13:14,42; Act 17:2; Act 18:4; Act 20:7] Acts 17:1-7 [Luk 4:16; John 18:20; Act 17:10,17; Act 9:20; Act 13:5; Act 14:1; Act 18:4; Act 19:8; Act 24:25; Act 28:23; 1Sa 12:7; Isa 1:18; Heb 7-10 (and to 11 ) Pro 1:5; Pro 9:9; Jer 2:21; John 1:45-49; Act 2:41; Act 10:33; Act 11:1; Job 23:12; Pro 2:1-5; Pro 8:10; Mat 13:23; 1Th 1:6; 1Th 2:13; 2Th 2:10; Jas 1:21; 1Pe 2:2; Psa 1:2,3; Psa 119:97,100,148; Isa 8:20; Isa 34:16; Luk 16:29; Luke 24:44; John 3:21; John 5:39; 2Ti 3:15-17; 1Pe 1:10-12; 2Pe 1:19-21; 1Jo 4:5,6] Acts 18:1-4 [Act 20:34,35; 1Co 4:12; 1Co 9:6-12; 2Co 11:9; 1Th 2:9; 2Th 3:8,9; Act 13:14; 42-44.; Act 14:1; Act 17:1-3,11,17; Act 19:8; Luk 4:16; Act 18:13; Act 13:43; Act 19:26; Act 26:28; Act 28:23; Gen 9:27; 2Ch 32:11; Luk 16:31; 2Co 5:11 and to verse 11 [Act 14:3; Act 19:10; Act 20:31] …19 [Act 18:4; Act 17:2,3] (18 months is 78 Weeks 78 Sabbaths while he worked the other days as a tentmaker); Acts 19:8-10 [Act 13:14,46; Act 14:1; Act 26:22,23; Act 19:9; Act 1:3; Act 9:20-22; Act 17:1-3,17; Act 18:4,19; Act 28:23; Jde 1:3; Act 14:4; Act 17:4; Act 18:7,8; Mat 15:14; Mat 16:4; Luke 12:51-53; 1Ti 6:5; 2Ti 3:5; Act 20:31; Pro 8:34; Mat 26:55; 2Ti 4:2] Acts 20:1-7 (also reference Acts 2:41-47…to Acts 3:1…still Pentecost from Acts 2:1 vs 15 3rd hour Acts 3:1 ninth hour at 3pm to Temple for prayer); [John 20:1,19,26; 1Co 16:2; Rev 1:10; Act 20:11; Act 2:42,46] Matthew 15:3-6 [Mat 7:3-5; Mar 7:6-8,13; Col 2:8,23; Tit 1:14; Psa 119:126,139; Jer 8:8; Hos 4:6; Mal 2:7-9; Mar 7:13; Rom 3:31] Matthew 19:17 [Lev 18:5; Eze 20:11,12; Luk 10:26-28; Rom 10:5; Gal 3:11-13]
All of these verses uphold the value of Exodus 20:8-11 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15, yet modern Bible Teachers are arrogantly teaching that Jesus Broke the Sabbath, and this is how the Sabbath has been done away with!
Let's plug this idea all into a Christmas conversation with a Christian, so you can get some real life feeling to what I am trying to saying.I will use "me" for what I might say and "you" for the other party, which is whoever you want you to be.
Me: Do you know what Christmas means?
You: Yes it's Jesus Birthday.
Me: Actually it's not, but what I meant was do you know what the word Christmas means?
You: Well yeah it's a holiday about Jesus Christ.
Me: Actually it means Christ's dismissal.
You: LOL Say what?
Me: Christmas is a hybrid word that means "Christ's Dismissal" or "to let go of Christ".
You: Well that's not what it means to me?
Me: I understand. I am just trying to share with you that Christmas has an interesting Anti-Christ origin that I think Christains should be aware of.
You: Sounds like you're Anti-Christ if you don't like Christmas!
Me: No I am with Jesus which is why I don't worship Jesus with words like Merry Christ-Mæsse
You: Sorry. Anybody that refuses to celebrate Jesus birthday has to be Anti-Christ.
Me: Did Jesus tell us to celebrate his birthday?
You: The three wise men celebrated his birthday.
Me: Actually the Bible doesn't say there were "three" wise men.
You: Man you're legalistic.
Me: You mean because I said what the Bible says over a tradition of men?
You: Yeah don't you know we are not under the law? We're saved by grace.
Me: I didn't even mention salvation.
You: Yeah well one man esteems one day over another so don't judge.
Me: I just wanted to know if you knew what Christmas means.
You: I told you it's the day my Savior was born. You should check it out and maybe get saved too.
Usually when I am having one of these conversations, it's because someone said Merry Christmas to me, or they are trying to press their Christmas rituals. I just won't say Merry Christmas back to them because "what it means to me" is what it actually means, and it's not good.
This tends to cause an interesting reaction. People expect Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas repeated back, otherwise you are socially unacceptable, and they usually immediately think I am anti-christ.
For now I will skip the issue that Christmas is definitely not the day of Jesus birthday, And frankly any Bible Teacher or Pastor that doesn't know that in this information age is ignorant of glaring facts.
So let's just stick with the words that are being used to "worship Jesus". Merry is by itself one word, and Christ-Mas is a hybrid word made up of two late Old English words: Cristes Mæsse. Christ which is Cristes (means anointed or messiah) and Mass, which means dismissal.
In a Catholic eucharist service the final words of the prayer are ite, missa est, "Go, (the prayer) has been sent," or "Go, it is the dismissal".
Merry Christmas is really three words: Merry + Christ (Messiah, Mashiach in Hebrew) + Mass
If we put the original meanings of these words together via Hebrew translated to English, as they were written in the Scripture originally, we get meanings like this:
Bitter Christ Burden
Rebellious Anointed Burden
Beast Christ Dismissal
Fatling Messiah Death
Sacrifice Christ Dismissal
You: Say what?
Me: For real...yes!
Let's have a look:
H4805 מְרִי mᵉrîy, mer-ee'; from H4784; bitterness, i.e. (figuratively) rebellion; concretely, bitter, or rebellious:—bitter, (most) rebel(-lion, -lious).
H4806 מְרִיא mᵉrîyʼ, mer-ee'; from H4754 in the sense of grossness, through the idea of domineering (compare H4756); stall-fed; often (as noun) a beeve:—fat (fed) beast (cattle, -ling).
Χριστός Christós, khris-tos'; from G5548 anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus:—Christ.
H4899 מָשִׁיחַ mâshîyach, maw-shee'-akh; from H4886; anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically, the Messiah:—anointed, Messiah.
H4853 מַשָּׂא massâʼ, mas-saw'; from H5375; a burden; specifically, tribute, or (abstractly) porterage; figuratively, an utterance, chiefly a doom, especially singing; mental, desire:—burden, carry away, prophecy...ALSO ironically H4854 Son of Ishmael is Massa.
If We Just Go with Regular Etymology, and Skip the Hebrew:
Pleasureable Christ Dismissal
Short-Lived Christ Sending
Middle English mirie, from Old English myrge "pleasing, agreeable, pleasant, sweet, exciting feelings of enjoyment and gladness" also as an adverb, "pleasantly, melodiously," from Proto-Germanic *murgijaz, which probably originally meant "short-lasting," The only exact cognate for meaning outside English was Middle Dutch mergelijc "joyful." The connection to "pleasure" likely was via the notion of "making time fly, that which makes the time seem to pass "quickly, pastime," literally "a short time;" Old Norse skemta "to amuse, entertain, amuse oneself."
I definitely understand that you don't think that this is what the words Merry Christ Mass mean to you. However, I am curious if you have ever considered what they might mean to Our Father in Heaven?