Short Story of a man called Steve.
This is a story about a boy called Steve. His parents died when he was young and at the age of 9 years old he moved from one foster parent to the next. He was a tough kid, never shed a tear and refused to. It was for the weak. He looked for peace, true peace and love but couldn’t find it. At the age of 12 he read a book by called Money, and said, “This is the most important thing in this life”, he dedicated the next 10 years of his life pursuing more money through education. At the age of 29 he invented a highly resistant to weather car paint. This was revolutionary and had many car buyers competing for his patent. At the age of 31 he was a Billionaire – He bought anything his heart desired - houses, cars and had big parties. One day after his party, sitting on his porch overlooking his fields his heart was still heavy. He thought that money was the key to life but yet he felt empty. So, he decided to visit the neighborhood where he grew up as an observer. He down dressed and bought an old broken car. He already received many letters from people who he grew up with begging for money and didn’t want them to recognize him as he drove through the streets. One evening just before sunset as he took a drive through the streets, he stopped outside one of the houses. He noticed a family sitting around a table to eat. They had nothing really on the table yet they bowed their head to pray, when done they started eating. They seemed happy. Was money really the key to peace? He had lots of it and everything seemed so fake. His friends fake, the women he knew were fake, even the stuff he had was …. Bla - fake, just stuff in a toy chest.
Getting ready for a shower, he noticed a red swollen mark under his armpit. He never noticed this before. He called the doctor who quickly had him go for the best doctors and examinations that money could buy. The doctors confirmed his fear – Lymphoma Cancer. Fear set in and Steve didn’t know who to turn to, his money couldn’t help him. As he started his 2nd round of Chemo – he thought, if he could he would give all my money to be healthy again. So, health was more important than money. But why wasn’t he satisfied when he had the health. In one of the Chemo sessions as he sat in the waiting area, a Christian came up to him gave him a New Testament which Steve put into his pocket. The man proceeded to tell Steve about Yeshua, God’s love for him and that surrendering to Yeshua is the answer to true peace. Just then Steve snapped and swore at the Christian, telling him to bug someone else and this was a fairy tale. After Steve had completed the 2nd round of Chemo and further testing, the doctor called Steve into his office and told him that he had less than 1 year to live. Steve went home, switched off the phone, moped around and isolated himself from friends and family. One morning, after 10months, he decided to leave the house and walk to the nearby park. On the way, a deep red rose caught his eye. He studied this rose, he couldn’t make this rich textural colour in all of his paint shops. It was beautiful, just then a bee flew out, his wings glistening from the sun. He looked at all the flowers and trees on the way to the park. He forgot that he was sick because he enjoyed the very moment. As he stood at the park pondering on why he felt good, he realised that enjoying the moment, the time was precious. And if he savoured all the time in moments, he would have been more fulfilled. So enjoying the moment was more important than Health, was more important than Money. He sat down on a nearby park bench and couldn’t help thinking, if he lived every day and moment to the fullest, he would still die. The future of the unknown troubled his heart. He picked a flower and put it into his jacket pocket. It brushed against a book. He pulled the book, it was the Bible the young man gave him. He flipped open and started reading. The title read “Yeshua in Heaven waiting for you John 14” and proceeded.
Was this a coincidence that he arrived on the very same passage that called out “Let not your heart be troubled” He read further “Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Was this true, was there a place beyond death. He turned to a bookmarked page the young man had obviously placed – John 3. The scripture was highlighted “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” And continued to read until evening. He went down on his knees and repented for rejecting God and His Son. He confessed that He surrendered his life to Yeshua and needed his help. At that moment peace and joy filled his heart that he couldn’t explain. He got up saying Hope in the Eternal, is greater than the moment, is greater than health and greater than money. Walking home thinking on the events of the day, he looked up and spoke to God as his Heavenly father. Tears rolled down his cheeks as he realised there was some greater than hope – it was knowing and receiving the love of God. The final 2 months Steve was full of life and his joy infected the people around him. Steve had the key to life – was a grateful relationship with God as His Heavenly Father, all because of Yeshua sacrifice.
Christians are to keep the Sabbath but not the Festivals because we can't. And adding to the law is Sin. Deut. 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
CAN WE KEEP THE PASSOVER OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM (YAHRUSHALOM)?
Shalom to the House of Ysrayl, the 12 tribes scattered worldwide. It is that time of year for us Hebrews, the month of Abib, and with it our new year is approaching. With the coming of the new year begins Yah’s festivals or "feast days." This time of year is a true delight to many Israelites the world over.
The first of those set apart days is called "the Passover," which is followed by the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This article will focus on the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, along with the Feast of Weeks and Tabernacles.
I thought this initially to be a divisive topic. However, it occurred to me that this subject is not at all controversial, that it deals simply with the obedience of a people to their Mighty One. It was our disobedience to Yah that put us in the situation we are in today. Rightly so, it will be our obedience that will free us from it.
Obedience is the key to understanding this article. Once we were brought into the truth of who we are, of who Yah is, of who Yahoshua is, we realized it was necessary to let go of a lot of things that were contrary to the Word of Yah. In so doing, we open our hearts to being obedient to our Father. TO OBEY IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE:
I SAMUEL 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath YAH as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of YAH? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Ysrayl is still a stiff-necked, hardheaded people who delight individually and collectively in doing its own will.
For example, one topic of discussion among Israelites around this time of year is how to calculate the correct date for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Scriptures tell us how to do so, but many of us do not follow this mandate. Instead, we choose our own timeframes. One camp of Israelites is keeping Passover on one date, another group is keeping it on a different date; one group celebrates it one way, another group in a different manner. Why is there so much confusion? Yah is not the author of confusion.
The issue we should be discussing is this: WHETHER WE ARE TO KEEP PASSOVER IN THIS LAND AND IN ANY LAND TO WHICH WE HAVE BEEN SCATTERED – IN OTHER WORDS, CAN WE PROPERLY KEEP YAH’S FEASTS OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM?
Even today Ysrayl refuses to submit to Yah, to look to His Word and see what He has to say. This is the primary reason so much confusion arises.
What I intend to show you from Scripture is that not only can we not keep the Passover outside of Jerusalem, but we also cannot truly keep the Passover without the Levitical priests and the temple, that any Passover observed absent any of Yah’s mandates is, in fact, not a feast to honor Him; rather, it is a sacrifice to devils. If there exists a true controversy surrounding our annual Feasts, here it is, my Brothers and Sisters.
Once this information is given to you, you must decide what you will do with it. It is my duty to show you what Yah has shown to me and the understanding he has given to me. I pray that He do so with every Israelite who reads this article. Please read on and learn what Scripture tells us.
I have made many attempts over the years at keeping the feast days. As I reflect, however, I realize my tremendous ignorance. Having no idea of what I was doing and being unable to find the answers necessary for correcting my error, I stopped keeping the Feasts and firmly believe Yah has turned my heart in this direction.
Before I continue, allow me to remind you of something very critical: THOSE WHO ARE A PART OF THE BODY OF MESSIAH, THE REDEEMED AND RANSOMED OF YAH, WILL BE THOSE WHO FULLY OBEY YAH’S VOICE, THOSE WHO PROFESS THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM, WHICH IS TOTAL OBEDIENCE TO YAH’S WILL.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of our obedience to Yah. Once the Scriptures are presented and you see what Yah has to say about our trying to keep His set apart days without following Him, your obedience will become your decision.
The Passover was an event ordained by Yah for the children of Israel to commemorate our FREEDOM from Egyptian bondage (read Exodus (Shemoth) 12).
The Passover is not a feast day. The Passover is the event of sacrificing the lamb or goat and preparing it for the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As you might know, the Passover is not a high Sabbath day; the first and last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are high Sabbath days. A "high Sabbath" is a Sabbath day other than our weekly Sabbath.
Yah says the Passover lamb or goat used must be of the first year (a year old) and be without spot or blemish. To sacrifice an all white lamb or goat for Passover, this means there must not be one black, red or yellow hair or one cut or bruise found on the sacrifice; otherwise it cannot be used for the Passover.
EXODUS 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
The Passover of Exodus 12 was done in the wilderness as the Israelites were freed from bondage. However, Yah told them that once they enter the land, they could only keep the Passover at the place He chose to place His name. This applies to not only the Passover, but also to our burnt offerings, food tithes, vows, etc. All these things are to be done in the place YAH chose to place His name.
Deuteronomy 12:26 Only your set apart things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which YAH shall choose:
27 And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of YAH: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of YAH, and thou shalt eat the flesh.
We could not take our sacrifices and burnt offerings to a place of our choosing, but only to the place where Yah shall place His name. These things had to be done according to the will of Yah.
Deuteronomy 12:5 But unto the place which YAH shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
7 And there ye shall eat before YAH, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein YAH hath blessed thee.
8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
Yah tells us not to do what is right in our own eyes. This disobedient practice is echoed in our time, as we can see with those who attempt to keep the feasts. They are doing what is right in their own eyes. Yah is laying out the plan to Israel as to how these things are to be done. We must do them either His way, or NO WAY AT ALL.
9 For yea are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which YAH giveth you.
10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which YAH giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
11 Then there shall be a place which YAH shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto YAH:
Notice Yah continually tells us to bring these things to the place He shall choose to place His name. WHERE IS THAT PLACE? SCRIPTURE WILL TELL US.
13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:
14 But in the place which YAH shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
YAH HAS GIVEN US A COMMANDMENT TO NOT OFFER OUR BURNT OFFERINGS IN ANY PLACE WE SEE BUT IN THE PLACE HE CHOOSES. PAY ATTENTION BECAUSE HE SAYS THE EXACT SAME THING ABOUT THE PASSOVER SACRIFICE.
17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:
18 But thou must eat them before YAH in the place which YAH shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before YAH in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.
AGAIN WE SEE WE CANNOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN OUR OWN EYES. WE MUST BE OBEDIENT TO THE COMMANDMENTS OF YAH.
IF HE SAYS YOU CANNOT DO THIS AS YOU SEE FIT, IN THE PLACE YOU DESIGNATE, THEN YOU CANNOT DO IT.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE DISOBEDIENT TO YAH AND TO TRANSGRESS HIS LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS, THEN YOU ARE SINNING (I JOHN 3:4; I SAMUEL 15:24). HEBREWS 10:26 SAYS IF WE WILLFULLY SIN, AFTER KNOWING THE TRUTH, THERE REMAINS NO MORE SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION – THIS CONCEPT GOES DEEPER.
Let see what Yah says about those who are disobedient to His commandments, those that do what they want to do and not do as He says.
Book of Enoch by RH Charles (Audio). The Book of Enoch written prior to 300 BC, it is an ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, although modern scholars estimate the older sections (mainly in the Book of the Watchers) to date from about 300 BC, and the latest part (Book of Parables) probably to the first century BC
Background on the Book of Enoch (wikipedia extract).
Judaism: Although evidently widely knownduring the development of the Hebrew Bible canon,1 Enoch was excluded from both the formal canon of the Tanakh andthe typical canon of the Septuagint and therefore, also from the writings knowntoday as the Deuterocanon.One possible reasonfor Jewish rejection of the book might be the textual nature of several earlysections of the book that make use of material from the Torah; for example,1 En 1 is a midrash of Deuteronomy 33.The content, particularly detailed descriptions of fallen angels,would also be a reason for rejection from the Hebrew canon at thisperiod – as illustrated by the comments of Trypho the Jew when debatingwith Justin Martyr on this subject. Trypho:"The utterances of God are holy, but your expositions are merecontrivances, as is plain from what has been explained by you; nay, evenblasphemies, for you assert that angels sinned and revolted from God."(Dialogue 79)
Christianity: By the 4th century, the Book of Enochwas mostly excluded from Christian canons, and it is now regarded as scripture byonly the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Eritrean Orthodox Church.
References in the New Testament: Enoch is referred to as a historicalperson and prophet, and quoted, in Jude 1:14–15:
And Enoch also, theseventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh withten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convict all thatare ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodlycommitted, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spokenagainst him.
Compare this with Enoch 1:9,translated from the Ethiopic (found also in Qumran scroll 4Q204=4QEnochc ar, col I16–18).
And behold! Hecometh with ten thousands of His Saints To execute judgment upon all, And todestroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works of theirungodliness which they have ungodly committed, And of all the hard things whichungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
Compare this also with what may bethe original source of 1 En 1:9 in Deuteronomy 33:2:
The Lord came fromSinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he camefrom the ten thousands of Saints, with flaming fire at his right hand.
Under the heading of canonicity, itis not enough to merely demonstrate that something is quoted. Instead, it isnecessary to demonstrate the nature of the quotation. In the case of theJude 14 quotation of 1 Enoch 1:9, it would be difficult to argue that Judedoes not quote Enoch as an historical prophet since he cites Enoch by name.However, there remains a question as to whether the author of Jude attributedthe quotation believing the source to be the historical Enoch before the floodor a midrash ofDeut 33:2–3. The Greek text might seem unusual in stating that "Enochthe Seventh from Adam" prophesied "to" (dative case)not "of" (genitive case) the men, however, this might indicate theGreek meaning “against them” - the dative τούτοις as a dativus incommodi(dative of disadvantage).
Peter H. Davids points to Dead SeaScrolls evidence but leaves it open as to whether Jude viewed 1 Enoch ascanon, deuterocanon, or otherwise: "Did Jude, then, consider thisscripture to be like Genesis or Isaiah? Certainly he did consider it authoritative,a true word from God. We cannot tell whether he ranked it alongside otherprophetic books such as Isaiah and Jeremiah. What we do know is, first, thatother Jewish groups, most notably those living in Qumran near the Dead Sea,also used and valued 1 Enoch, but we do not find it grouped with thescriptural scrolls."
The attribution "Enoch theSeventh from Adam" is apparently itself a section heading taken from1 Enoch (1 En 60:8, Jude 1:14a) and not from Genesis
Also, it has been alleged that 1 Peter, (in 1Peter 3:19–20)and 2 Peter (in 2Peter 2:4–5)make reference to some Enochian material.
Reception: The Book of Enoch was considered asscripture in the Epistle of Barnabas (16:4) and by many ofthe early Church Fathers, such as Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus and Tertullian, who wrotec. 200 that the Book of Enoch had been rejected by the Jews because itcontained prophecies pertaining to Christ. However,later Fathers denied the canonicity of the book, and some even considered theEpistle of Jude uncanonical because it refers to an "apocryphal"work.
On the best articles on Halloween's origin. 4 students of the history share their brief findings and thoughts on Halloween.Origin and Meaning of HALLOWEEN.After searching the origin of Halloween, historical meaning behind Halloween and the Halloween of today, I have found various viewpoints on the subject. But even though there are slightly different view points there is a common message throughout it. Here are four statements from people in different walks of life really sum it up. All of them have studied this topic extensively (refer to main stream reference material - like Encyclopedia Britannica for a surface reference. It ties back to their statements). One is from an Agnostic, the other from a certified Witch and the other from a Christian. Can I go participate? What are the repercussions if I do? Bottom line, Is it good or bad for me and my family? The world paints a pretty picture of Halloween, it looks harmless, but is it? There are many that claim to have the starting point but many of their stories vary from one another. So in searching for the truth I used the first principle of law, i.e. the truth will be revealed by looking at what is constant in all the messages. The people I chose come from completely different personal backgrounds in order to aid an unbiased viewpoint. This is what I have found: The views vary but even though it varies there is one thing that is consistent - An Evil spiritual thread woven throughout all the rituals disguised under the banner of “Fun”, in order to trick people into it. No matter which way it is dress up it is centered on 2 fundamentals - invoking Fear in others (not from God) and coming from or driven by Evil. The worst of it is we as parents encourage our Children to participate. Many of these rituals and playful events like, “Trick or Treat” is still performed today. It is a pagan festival that will not be celebrated in the 1000 years reign with Christ. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord (Eph 5:8-10). Celebrating a pagan festival (it is not a superimposed Christian Holiday like Christmas) is not acceptable no matter how much fun it is. Christians know the answer deep down but do they want to obey.Actual Extracts from 4 types of studients of Halloween: Agnostic, a Witch, and 2 Christians. 1. HALLOWEEN from an Agnostic.The word itself, "Halloween," actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1, "All Hollows Day" (or "All Saints Day"), is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (sow-en), the Celtic New year. One story says that, on that day, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living. The thrust of the practices also changed over time to become more ritualized. As belief in spirit possession waned, the practice of dressing up like hobgoblins, ghosts, and witches took on a more ceremonial role. The Jack-o-lantern custom probably comes from Irish folklore. As the tale is told, a man named Jack, who was notorious as a drunkard and trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree. Jack then carved an image of a cross in the tree's trunk, trapping the devil up the tree. Jack made a deal with the devil that if he would never tempt him again he would promise to let him down the tree. According to the folk tale, after Jack died, he was denied entrance to Heaven because of his evil ways, but he was also denied access to Hell because he had tricked the devil. Instead, the devil gave him a single ember to light his way through the frigid darkness. The ember was placed inside a hollowed-out turnip to keep it glowing longer. The Irish used turnips as their "Jack's lanterns" originally. But when the immigrants came to America, they found that pumpkins were far more plentiful than turnips. So the Jack-O-Lantern in America was a hollowed-out pumpkin, lit with an ember. 2. HALLOWEEN from a WitchIn recent years, there have been a number of pamphlets put out by various Christian organizations dealing with the origins of modern day Halloween customs. Being a Witch myself, and a student of the ancient Celts, from whom we get this holiday, I have found these pamphlets woefully inaccurate and poorly researched. In an effort to correct some of this erroneous information, I have spent several months researching the religious life of the ancient Celtic peoples and the survivals of that religious life in modern day times. Listed below are some of the most commonly asked questions concerning the origins and customs of Halloween. Where does Halloween come from? Our modern celebration of Halloween is a descendent of the ancient Celtic fire festival called "Samhain". What about the aspects of "evil" that we associate with the night today? The fairies, however, were often considered hostile and dangerous to humans because they were seen as being resentful of men taking over their lands. On this night, they would sometimes trick humans into becoming lost in the fairy mounds, where they would be trapped forever. After the coming of the Christians to the Celtic lands, certain of the folk saw the fairies as those angels who had sided neither with God or with Lucifer in their dispute, and thus, were condemned to walk the earth until judgment day. Many followers of various pagan religions, such as Druids and Wiccans observe this day as a religious festival.What about "trick or treat"? During the course of these hijinks, many of the people would imitate the fairies and go from house to house begging for treats. Failure to supply the treats would usually result in practical jokes being visited on the owner of the house. Since the fairies were abroad on this night, an offering of food or milk was frequently left for them on the steps of the house, so the homeowner could gain the blessings of the "good folk" for the coming year. Many of the households would also leave out a "dumb supper" for the spirits of the departed. The folks who were abroad in the night imitating the fairies would sometimes carry turnips carved to represent faces. This is the origin of our modern Jack-o-lantern. Was this a religious festival? Yes. Celtic religion was very closely tied to the Earth. Their great legends are concerned with momentous happenings which took place around the time of Samhain. Many of the great battles and legends of kings center on this night. Many of the legends concern the promotion of fertility of the earth and the insurance of the continuance of the lives of the people through the dark winter season. What about sacrifices? Animals were certainly killed at this time of year. Most certainly, some of these would have been done in a ritualistic manner for the use of the priesthood. Were humans sacrificed? Scholars are sharply divided on this account, with about half believing that it took place and half doubting its authenticity. 3. HALLOWEEN from a Christian.What is Halloween not? It is not Satan's birthday nor is it a good celebration. What is Halloween? It is a pagan festival started in the British Isles with the Druids. And Satanists most solemn ceremony of the year. It is the celebrating of the spiritual forces of darkness. The ancient Celtic festival called Samhain is considered by many to be a predecessor of our contemporary Halloween. Samhain was the New Year's Day of the Celts and was celebrated on November 1st (5th Century BC). It was also known as the “day of the dead”, a time when it was believed that the souls of those who had died during the year were allowed access to the land of the dead. It was related to the season, when the crops and the animals were to be brought in from the distant fields. It was also the night of the wandering dead, the practice of leaving offerings of food and drink to masked and costumed revelers, and the lighting of bonfires, continued to be practiced on October 31, known as the Eve of All Saints, the Eve of All Hallows, or Hallow Even. It is the glossing of the name Hallow Even that has given us the name Hallow e'en. Come evening, evil spirits were everywhere. Charms and spells were said to have more power on the eve of Samhain than any other time. The spirits of Samhain, once thought to be wild and powerful, and also evil. People maintained that the spiritual beings people had experienced during that day were real, and later on the Church said it was the manifestations of the Devil, the Prince of Liars, who misled people toward the worship of false idols. Thus, the customs associated with Halloween included representations of ghosts and human skeletons--symbols of the dead--and of the devil and other malevolent, evil creatures, witches etc.. People went on expecting the arrival of ghosts on Oct. 31st. Halloween was brought to the US in 1840 by Irish immigrants.In exchange for the victim, they left a Jack-O-Lantern with a lighted candle made of human fat. Which was supposed to prevent those inside the home from death demons that night. When some unfortunate person couldn't meet the demands of the Druids then it was time for the trick. A symbolic hex was drawn on the front door for later that evening. That night evil spirits would visit the homes that have the symbolic hex. Some people in the home were killed or tormented. Does this festival sound good to you?Why do people keep Halloween going? Kids love Halloween because it is both fun and scary, and of course free can
Sabbath benefits those Christians who keep it today. Christians robbing Christians of the Sabbath. Provoking debate: The answer is obvious but we need to remove our traditional glasses - Thanks to Jim Staley and Chris Rosebrough pointing it out. 12 Points to consider1.
God told Adam to tend the Garden and it is
only logical that He blessed that day for Adam to rest every 7days per Exo
20:11. God set it apart and put a
special blessing on that day (not every day).
If this is before the fall, how much more after (Gen. 2:2). Adam and Eve were not Jews.
God kept it, He is in Christians therefore we
are to keep it (Gen. 2:2).
Jesus my Lord kept it and called out that He
is the Lord of the Sabbath. He can only
be Lord of something that exists. If He removed
it then He is not Lord of it (Matt. 12:8). Think about it.
Jesus didn’t remove the Sabbath, He kept it,
He affirmed it by saying we are to do good on the Sabbath (Mark 1:21; 3:4; Matt 12:12; Luke
said that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Notice Jesus didn’t say the Sabbath was for
the Jews but said it was for man. We want
all of God’s benefits (Gen 2:2; Is. 56:2, 6-7; 58:13-14; Mark 2:27-28; Matt.
4:4). Yes in Christ we are blessed but we appropriate the blessings by the
things we do. It is called
obedience. If someone didn’t need the
benefits it was Jesus and His disciples, yet they all kept it as well as the
women who were with Jesus (Luk 23:56).
It is quite simple to me – If we were walking with Jesus in Jerusalem, we
would imitate Christ and would have kept it.
That’s why we are baptized as an adult and ignore infant baptism (Matt.
12:12; Mar 1:21; Luk 4:16; John 7:22-23; Mat 28:1; Mar 16:1; Luk 23:56).
Jesus didn’t get rid of the commandments but
empowered us to keep them – He is with us (Matt. 5:17-22). Rom. 3:31 – Paul upholds the law “Do we then make void the law through
faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” It is faith in
Him, and His faith residing in Christians that empowers them to keep the law
automatically – do good works (Eph. 2:10).
The Sabbath was before Sinai (Gen. 2:2), God
taught them to observe the Sabbath (because they forgot about it) when
collecting manna (Ex.
16:28-30). Then again God
re-iterated it at mount Sinai, then wrote it down and placed it in the 4th
position (Exo 20:8-11; Isa 56:2, 6-7; 58:13-14). The miracles of the manna that God did, prove that the
Sabbath is of primary importance to Him.
Few people realize that the Sabbath is a gift
from God. God knows what we need and we appreciate Him helping us. The Lord said that He gave them the Sabbath. “For
this is the love of God,
that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John
5:3). If it is burdensome to keep his
commandments then my heart is not right before God.
be kept in the millennium when Christ reigns, proving He hasn't changed it (Is.
scriptures like Rom 14:5-6; Col.
2:14-16; Heb. 4; Gal. 4:8-10 are grossly misinterpreted. Either they are doing what is right in their
own eyes like it has been happening from the beginning or they don’t understand
the difference between the law of commandments, ordinances, Old Testament, New
Testament, the Sabbaths and the Sabbath, not using the scripture prior to
Matthew to interpret scripture in NT (2 Tim. 3:16). Simply Rom. 14:5-6 (nothing about the Sabbath but
doubtful things like fasting days, own special days etc.); Col. 2:14-16 & Gal. 4:8-10 (nothing to
do with the Sabbath (7th day) but Sabbaths involved in Festivals);
Heb. 4 (not replacing the Sabbath but talking about their unbelief in what God
said about His Son, just like they didn’t go into the promised land, nor obeyed
in keeping the Sabbath. If anything it
is for keeping the Sabbath). If there
are heaps of scriptures saying one thing and one or two verses saying something
totally different could it be that it isn’t the one or two verses that are the
problem but the understanding.
Paul embraced the Sabbath
by teaching the new Gentile converts that came to the Synagogue on the Sabbath
(Act 13: 14-15, 42-44; 17:2-3; 18:1-4). Sometimes as long as 18months (Acts
18:11). He attended a prayer meeting on
the Sabbath day, when no synagogue was available (Acts 16:13).
And Jesus came and spoke
unto them, saying, ‘All authority in heaven and in earth has been given to
Me. Therefore, go and make disciples in all nations, baptizing them into
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. TEACHING THEM
TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU: and lo, I am with you
always, even until the completion of the age” (Mat. 28:18-20). Jesus is also the Word of God (John 1:1).
Like He said, “Sabbath made for man (not Jews)” It is to benefit us and do GOOD
on the Sabbath. Who teaches against the Sabbath is going against Jesus Himself.
It reminds me of Saul’s refusal to do what God said so
Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and
sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is
better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion
is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and
idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has
rejected you from being king." Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have
sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words,
because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please
pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the LORD." But
Samuel said to Saul, "I will not return with you, for you have rejected
the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over
Israel." (1Sa 15:22-26).