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What is Preparation Day?

IMG_0292The preparation day for the Sabbath is commanded just as surely as the Sabbath is. It does not have the same weight, as it were, because it is not part of "the big Ten" but it is certainly a valid attachment to the fourth commandment.

This is a particularly tricky concept for us, living in this time because it is possible for us to justify doing things on the Sabbath on the grounds that it is so easy now. Technology has come up with all kinds of automatic equipment to do things. We can flip a switch, and the machine is not "working." But what did God have in mind? Just remember that the Sabbath is the test Commandment! The test is to show whether we live by faith, that is, whether we believe God's Word.

God knows the end from the beginning, does He not? He surely knew that men would develop machines to cook and preserve food. Why did He establish the preparation principle? The issue is not merely the labor or the muscular energy expended. It is "the whole package" that God is concerned about. The bigger question is, "Why are we doing this?" What is our motivation and what purpose is being accomplished?

Why do we need this kind of training? God wants to train us so that we do not make bad judgments. He is preparing kings and priests for His Family (Revelation 5:10) for the WorldTomorrow. Are we not prepared when Sabbath comes around because we have managed our week badly? Are we unprepared for the Sabbath because we are involved in things the other six days—and maybe especially on the preparation day—so that preparation is impossible? What kind of adjustments do we need to make?

It might be good to remember that the preparation day begins on Thursday night (as we look at it today), and it can provide time to prepare. God's intent is that we keep the Sabbath free from distractions that keep us from properly using it. The primary use of the day is to fellowship with Him.

John W. Ritenbaugh
The Fourth Commandment (Part 5)

Also there is a preparation Day for Passover (In fact ANY Holy Day is a "Sabbath", but there Passover is Really important

All four gospel writers mention that Jesus was tried, convicted, crucified, and buried on a preparation day. Without any further clarification, one would assume that they meant a Friday, the weekly preparation day before the Sabbath. But can other days be considered preparation days as well?

Yes, indeed! God Himself gave the instructions about the use of the preparation day to the Israelites before they reached Mount Sinai (Exodus 16:23). The Jews later considered this to be so important that they made sure each of the holy days, which are also Sabbaths, was preceded by a preparation day. Since the holy days can fall on any day of the week, the preparation day can fall on any day of the week as well.

This is very relevant to the Passover. Not only is the Passover a festival in its own right, it also functions as the preparation day for a holy day, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. According to the calculated Hebrew Calendar, Passover can fall on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Sabbath.

Clearly, our Savior was crucified on THE JEWISH Passover day (Matthew 26:2)...(Not God's Passover Day, which Jesus observed a Day earlier as the Jewish Calendar is not God's Calendar!)  Thus, it was on one of these days of the week that Jesus was killed and buried.

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
'After Three Days'

 


Today is the Second Moon of the Year

By Bob Barney

New month

 I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today.  It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God.  To read more about God's Calendar click here .  There is a mistake that those who follow a Jewish calendar has made, and that refers to the word for new moon.  That is a mistranslation, as the proper rendering should be NEW MONTH, as I did in The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible.

The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance simply means "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh does not mean "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.

Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360 day rotation around the sun, and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons where on the new months. The calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation to the present one of 29.5 days.

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The ancients noticed that the months were no longer 30 days and the years were not 360 days, but now over 365. A calendar needed to be made to reflect this. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, one Moses was very familiar with, which had 12 - 30 day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar (see illustration on left).God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well. The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon! Yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.

This marks the last month in God's calendar, and unlike what we do today, although the month is still only 30 days long, there will be 6 extra days left over at the end of this month that just don't count!   Why?

The answer is that the world used to have a rotation of only 360 days, and not the 365 1/4 days that is present today.  The earth's rotation around the sun has slowed down, and to fix this error each year at the end of the 12th month, extra days are added before the 1st month of the year starts.  The 1st month starts on the Spring equinox, and the calendar must stay in perfect harmony.   The extra "no days" was the simple answer. The Egyptians did the same thing!

Can you prove this biblically?   NO, but you can prove that the year is only 360 days long!  Read Revelation for the answer...

A lot of people wonder about the 42 months spoken of in the book of Revelation (11:2; 13:5).   Chapters 11-13 of Revelation contain five references to various periods of time, which I will quote in the order of their appearance in the inspired text. “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months” (11:2). “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth” (11:3). “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (12:6). “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (12:14). “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (13:5).

You will notice that in these three chapters, we have the following three temporal terms: 1,260 days, mentioned twice (11:3; 12:6); 42 months, also mentioned twice (11:2; 13:5); a time, times and half a time, mentioned once (12:14).

Let us look carefully at these three temporal periods. First, if we reckon that there are 30 days in a month, how many days are there in 42 months? The answer is 1,260 days! Second, 42 months are how many years? Since there are 12 months in a year, 42 months are 3 ½ years, which is the equivalent of “a time [1], and times [2], and half a time [½]” (12:14), for 1 + 2 + ½ = 3 ½. Thus these three time periods are the same! The 1,260 days are equivalent to 42 months, which are equivalent to 3 ½ years or times.

Is there any indication in Revelation 11-13 that these three time periods are the same and coextensive? Yes. First, in Revelation 11, the 42 months are mentioned in verse 2 and the very next verse refers to the 1,260 days (3). Second, in Revelation 12, the woman or church in her place in the wilderness is fed for 1,260 days (6) and, in a parallel statement, we are informed that the woman in her place in the wilderness is “nourished for a time, and times, and half at time,” that is, 3 ½ times or 3 ½ years (14).

In Revelation 12, the woman brings forth a male who is to rule the nations, Jesus Christ, who ascends to His throne in heaven (5). What happens the woman upon Christ’s ascension to, and reign from, heaven? “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (6). Thus the 1,260 days start upon Christ’s ascension and session at God’s right hand.

Moreover, with Christ’s ascension to His throne, Satan is cast out of heaven (9-10, 13) and persecutes the woman for 3 ½ times or years (13-14). Clearly, the 1,260 days and the 3 ½ years or times start at the same time, namely, with Christ’s enthronement in heaven.

So, if you believe the Bible, God's calendar is plain.  It is comprised of 12--30day months, or 360 days!  Obviously, 5 1/4 days are NOT COUNTED in this calendar!

Happy NEW MONTH!

 

During this month, believe it or not (on the 14th) is a little known holy day called the SECOND PASSOVER!   READ FOR YOURSELVES

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+9&version=NLT


Today is First Fruits

Bob Barney

First Fruits
In Leviticus 23, God gave us His holy days to follow.   The days God chose for us to observe had to do with prophecy and His plan for our salvation.  One cannot understand the mind of God, and God's plan by following pagan days like Halloween, Christmas and Easter.  The Plain Truth is that those days are actually forbidden by God to observe!  God gave these holy days to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  From that moment on, the Tabernacle was constructed and the feasts observed exactly according to the instructions of the Lord, by the true believers.

It is the third feast, First Fruits, which happens today.   Passover week ends which remembers the death of Jesus. First Fruits is much more important, as it represents the day when Christ rose to the Father and became God again. This Feast, Unleavened Bread, demonstrates the time when Jesus was actually BORN AGAIN from mortal to immortal!  Yes the Bible says that Jesus was Born Again, a term that simply means going from a dead mortal body to a resurrected spiritual body.  Paul writes: "And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created by Him and for Him."

Christ is the first born of those who will follow Him on the last great day, a day when all Christians will "hear His voice" and be raised from the dead, ON THE LAST DAY (The Day Christ returns).

Many Christians mistakenly believe that First Fruits, is Easter, an ancient pagan fertility rite  Easter is simply a Babylonian festival with a Biblical holy convocation.

So then, in His Last week as a human, the LORD celebrated the first three feasts, each in the appropriate manner. He was crucified on Passover DAY, answering to the Blood of the Lamb, which had gotten the chosen people out of slavery to begin with; He was buried on Unleavened Bread (“This bread is my body”) — a case of a dead man arranging his own burial at the appropriate time. And He was raised to the Father and became Spirit again on First Fruits, as a demonstration of the future resurrection of the church. That wasn’t the end of the Lord’s ministry on earth, even though we assume He was inactive after that. As a matter of fact, He continued, regarding His promise to the disciples in John 14, to send the Holy Spirit. The fourth feast, Pentecost, occurs 50 days after First Fruits (Lev. 23:15–16), and on that very day, the Holy Spirit attended the Pentecost festivities at the Temple site “like a rushing, mighty wind.” Pentecost represents the summer harvest, a larger harvest than First Fruits, but not so large as the fall crops, and the Holy Spirit harvested 3,000 people (Acts 2:41). On the occasion when the Law came, Israel had made a golden calf, and by God’s direction, 3,000 were killed (Ex. 32:28). And now, on Pentecost, the same number were returned to the Chosen People, “The letter kills, the Spirit gives life.”

The "Word" of John 1:1 is a divine Person, not a philosophical abstraction. In the incarnation, the invisible God became visible in Christ; deity was clothed with humanity (Matthew 17:2). God is in Christ: visible, audible, approachable, knowable, and available. All that God is, Christ is.

Jesus is LORD of Creation
The description "first-born of all creation" speaks of Christ’s preexistence. He is not a creature but the eternal Creator (John 1:10). God created the world through Christ and redeemed the world through Christ (Hebrews 1:2-4). Jesus is the "I AM" of the Old Testament, Yahweh, the God who appeared to Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob and Moses. David's Lord!

 

Happy FirstFruits in 50 Days. PENTECOST-- The Birthday of the New Testament Church of God

 


Today is the Last Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread - What it means for Christians

article by Vince Szymkowiak

Central to our understanding of the biblical Feast of Unleavened Bread is the realization that the resurrected Jesus Christ lives His life in every individual Christian.   Today ends Passover and Unleavened Bread- Tomorrow is FirstFruits!

What Does the Feast of Unleavened Bread Mean for Christians?
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Growing numbers of Christians around the world are discovering and celebrating the biblical festivals outlined in Leviticus 23. By looking at the symbolism associated with these days, they are coming to view them in light of the life and mission of Jesus Christ.

After all, Jesus Christ Himself commenced the acting out of the plan of salvation by becoming our sacrificial Passover lamb. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 5:7, "For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us" (compare Isaiah 53:7-9 ; 1 Peter 1:18-19 ). Furthermore, Jesus started His Church on another of these festivals, the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2). He must have considered them important.

During the spring of the year (April 3-9th in the northern hemisphere), immediately after Passover and before the Feast of Pentecost, falls another biblical feast—the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6-8 ; Exodus 12:17-18 ). Here we'll take a brief look at the greatest event to have ever taken place during this feast—and what it means for Christians today.

The greatest among several great events>>>>>>>

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Why does the Catholic Church use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)- Day 6 of Unleavened Bread

In this Article:   Why does the Catholic Church use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)

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Many wonder why we say Christians should follow the Days of Unleavened Bread, because the very idea seems foreign to them, yet most Catholics know this feast----- as holy communion! Although the Catholic Church stopped following the Holy Days instituted by Christ himself, the fully admit to the meaning of unleavened bread:

From a catholic source:

Why does the Catholic Church
use unleavened bread for the Eucharist (host)

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian faith, east and west. Therefore, it is not surprising that Orthodox Christians would feel strongly about the levened Eucharist that they have recieved since Childhood and that their Church has used from antiquity. They may feel as Cardinal Cerularius did in 1050 A.D., that no Eucharist that uses unleavened bread is a true Eucharist. He took his army into the Latin Churches in Constantinople and threw the consecrated hosts into the streets.

Most Popes of the past few hundred years, have felt that his subsequent excommunication was not the best move for east-west relations, but there is no doubt that he was in complete odds with the faith of the Early Eastern Fathers, all of whom recognized the validity of the unleavened host. Cerularius died alone and alienated from the Church, both east and west.

The reason why Catholics celebrate an unleavened Eucharist is very simple. We just never changed it from the day of the last supper. We have no problem with the Eastern tradition of levened Eucharist, and its validity, and we have no desire for the east to change. But we also have no desire to change our unleavened host.

If the unleavened Eucharist is invalid, then no Eucharist ever offered in the Western Church, or in Armenia, or the Last Supper itself, (which was a Passover feast, where only unleven bread was available) was ever a true Eucharist.

 

From yet another source:

Why Use Unleavened Bread for Communion?

 
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Leaven is a substance that causes fermentation and spoilage, “Figuratively, an influence that, spreading silently and strongly, changes conditions and opinions” (World Book Dictionary). Literally, when leaven is added to a wholesome substance like bread dough or fruit juices and left unchecked the end result is a sour, smelly product which generally is unfit for any valued purpose. It is a fitting type of what sin does to our individual lives and to our church life when left unchecked or untended.
Leaven is used in both the Old and New Testaments as a type of evil which contaminates and spoils that which is good. It is to be questioned whether it is ever used in any other sense in the Scriptures.
The one reference where Bible scholars sometimes give leaven another application is Matthew 13:33. Here it is felt by some that the leaven “hid in three measures of meal” symbolizes the Good Gospel and the way the Gospel spreads and influences the world for good. But the Gospel message is never spread by hiding it. The very opposite is true. A light placed under a bushel gives no light to the surrounding area, and a hidden witness is no witness at all. This is the very way, however, that the devil works. His agents are the ones who by “cunning craftiness ... lie in wait to deceive” (Eph 4:14), and “who privily shall bring in damnable heresies” (untruths that if believed will damn the soul, 2Pe 2:1). Furthermore, if the meal represents the evil society of the world and the leaven represents the good Gospel permeating the bad meal “till the whole was leaven” we should expect to see the world getting better and better until the whole world is under Gospel control. Again, the very opposite is true. The influence of, and the appeals of “this present evil world” with all its moral corruption has almost completed its leavening process on the professed people of God. When the few remaining “good and faithful” servants of our Lord Jesus Christ are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, the then worldwide professing church left in this world will be a totally corrupted church. The creeping, contaminating effect of the leaven of wickedness will have completed its beguiling influence on the professed “kingdom of heaven” under the direction of the end time Beast’s Minister of Religion, the false prophet of Revelation 13.


1 Corinthians 5 is one of the many New Testament messages which rather vividly identifies leaven as a type of evil. The church at Corinth was knowingly tolerating gross moral wickedness within her fellowship. The Apostle Paul demanded the excommunication of “that wicked person” based on the argument that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” In allowing this evil to go uncorrected their whole professed Corinthian church would become corrupt - the same thing that Jesus taught in the parable of Matthew 13:33. A purging out of the leaven of wickedness was an absolute necessity for the continued spiritual health of the church. Here it is enjoined upon the church to “keep the feast, not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1Co 5:8).ed bread and the sacrifice of a lamb without blemish as being types of “Christ our Passover who is sacrificed for us” (1Co 5:7). The typology here is most beautiful. Even though in His earth life, He “was made in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom 8:3), “In Him was no sin and in Him dwelt all the fullness of the perfection and holiness of the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9). In ultimate perfection He “offered Himself to God without spot” to be our Passover Lamb to save us from death. He was indeed the true antitype of the “without blemish” Old Testament sacrificial lamb and the unleavened bread of the Passover feast. Anyone using leavened bread during the seven day Passover feast would have broken the type and would have done so under penalty of being cut off from the people of God (Ex 12:15,19).  Read the rest>>>

 


The Feast of Unleavened Bread for Christians- Day 5

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Is the Feast of Unleavened Bread mentioned in the Bible for Christians too? The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a 7-day feast that is kicked off the evening of Passover. This is a Biblically-commanded Feast of the Lord. But even though this feast first appears in the Old Testament to the Israelites, did you know that it’s actually a feast that was foreshadowing and celebrating Jesus as Messiah?

In this post I’d like to explore that a little more. How does this Old Testament feast apply to modern day Christians? Is it Biblical to observe it? Is it Biblical to NOT observe it?

Let’s dive into these questions so you can come out with a greater understanding of what God’s desire is for you and your family in regards to the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

The First Feast of Unleavened Bread

In Exodus 12:15-20,39 we find the very first Feast of Unleavened Bread. This happens directly after the first Passover. In Exodus 12:17 God tells the children of Israel why they are observing this feast:

“And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.” – Exodus 12:17

So God is telling them that they are to observe this feast because He has delivered them from Egypt.

You might ask yourself, why? Why do they have to do this because God brought them out of Egypt? Where is the connection?

Well, Egypt, like Babylon, can be used as a metaphor for the world, or sin and bondage to sin. This article does a good job of explaining this. But as that article notes, you can also read Hebrews 3:14-4:11 for a Biblical example of Paul using Egypt as a metaphor for life before salvation in Christ.

We will get into this concept more in a little bit too.

Read the entire article here 


7 Reasons Christians Should Celebrate Unleavened Bread Today

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Last Night Was Passover - TODAY STARTS the FEAST of Unleavened Bread!

In 1 Corinthians 5:8, Paul says these often-overlooked words, “Let us celebrate The Feast.” What Feast is Paul referring to? Based on the context, Paul’s referent is the week-long Feast of Unleavened Bread; however, the kind of “purging of leaven” Paul is addressing here in 1 Cor 5 goes beyond that of the removal of the physical leaven of bread alone. Does the fact that Paul is addressing the deeper significance and meaning behind this special Appointed Time now “mean” an invalidation of the literal removal of leaven and the memorial (and testimonial) observances commanded in Scripture to teach our children the Gospel of God in the Passover? Or, is a believer’s observance of Unleavened Bread today part of a Greater Exodus story; a story God designed and commanded to be a memorial and testimonial act designed to specifically teach sound biblical doctrines and mature the believing community according to “the Greater Exodus” story inherent in the Gospel of God in Christ?   MORE


New theory on date of Last Supper

First published Passover 2019

Forward by BOB BARNEY:  They have the wrong year, but do have the right theory! Finally, a bunch of people INCLUDING THE POPE now agrees with me!!!

image from www.new2torah.comSir Colin's book, The Mystery of the Last Supper, out this week, uses astronomy to re-create calendars, plus detail drawn from texts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls to propose a timeline for Jesus's final days.

''The claim I make is that we're misinterpreting some parts of the Gospels because we don't understand sufficiently life in the first century AD,'' he said.

Sir Colin argues that Jesus celebrated Passover early using the pre-exilic calendar, dating from before the Jewish exile to Babylon, but still used by some marginal groups in society at the time. It would have been understood by early Christians as operating alongside the official Jewish calendar, he said.

Pope Benedict XVI spoke of a similar theory in 2007, when he said Jesus probably celebrated the meal with his disciples according to the Qumran calendar, at least a day before mainstream observances.

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Passover, America, Coronavirus and GOD. America Rejects God Powers Completely

For the First Time in the Nations History- Americans are barred from going to Church

Forced to wear Masks -vaccine may be mandatory..

Bill of Rights are completely abolished and trashed. No right to assembly, or religion

As God promised us- we would be enslaved if we refused to follow His Laws!

By Bob Barney

ConsitutionA patient is in critical condition, near death. A family waits in fear. Will their loved one live or die?  The doctor comes out to speak to them. "I'm afraid," the doctor tells them solemnly, "we've done all we can do... It's up to God now."  

The family shrieks in fear, "Oh NO! Doctor," the cry in unison, "isn't there something else you can do."

Let's face it, in this modern world of ours most of us simply don't believe in a God of healing, but we do put our faith and trust in modern medicene. Doctors have replaced our priests and medicine has replaced God's power. Americans only believe in a God of convenience.  A Linus' blanket type of God, that is somewhat like a fairytale, but when push comes to God, we take men's expertise over God's power.

I trust nobody in either medicine or government over God.  What we are told by these High Priest of the false God of medicine changes from year to year. Doctors in the 1950's told people to smoke menthol cigarettes if they had a sore throat or a chest cold.  Today we know better.  The fact is what these "experts" really are in many instances, bought and paid advertisers for big Pharma. Also,I trust nobody in government - including President Trump. Trust no man completely.  The apostle Paul said "Follow me, as I follow Christ."  Paul didn't want any of us to follow men over God.

Today we are seeing what OUR GENERATION used to warn people about. A deep state government takeover- you know the same deep state that took us to Viet Nam, Impeached Trump, tested Syphilis on black Americans, released germs in San Francisco to see what would happen, and introduced a virus in The New York City subway system to track movements of people and the disease. YES this all happened, but some of us now want BIG GOVT to save us. I trust God- and not man and especially ANY MAN that wants to take away my god given rights.

Today's so-called plague is a great example.  For years we have heard the rant and ravings of conservative speakers and cohorts yell at us "it's time we put God back in our schools and government."  Yet when a crisis comes, these same so-called God loving Christians tell us to stay away from Church. Irony maybe?  We as a people have never allowed our faith and right to worship God to be abolished at anytime.  We were a people at one time that trusted God could save us from anything.  Not anymore. The religious leaders and the so-called conservatives have aligned themselves with the fake media and the deep state to push for the trashing of American democracy.

The same people who worried about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama taking away our freedoms, our right to bare arms, freedom of assembly and pushing us into a global world order, are now proposing the very same thing!  All of a sudden, these people are willing to give up the right to assemble, the right to practice our faith in the church of our choice, and the right of free movement.  They have run out of toilet paper I guess, and decided to use the Bill of Rights as their temporary stash!  The United Kingdom President Boris Johnson is now claiming that the only hope for the world is a world government! I thought he won because he was against the EU and world governments.   In an article, the Washington Post headline:The coronavirus will end conservative dogma about big government forever.  There are no libertarians in foxholes, it turns out. And Republicans won’t be able to unwind their endorsements of deficit spending.

The headline says it all. In a matter of a few months, Americans have adopted every principle of the globalist agenda, and we are not going back.  Individualism is gone forever, and the elite now know that they can take control anytime they wish, in the blinking of an eye. GOD IS DEAD, or so they think.

I have been warning for years that America is destined to be enslaved at the hands of a dictator from Europe who will control a large new world order. That's the Beast of Revelation, the last book of the Bible.  Although I understood this prophecy, I frankly could not comprehend how it would happen.  I admit, to my human mind, it seemed impossible that Americans would change their belief-structure overnight.  But they have.  Fear, panic and the loss of faith has made this transformation happen very quickly.

We are acting as our ancestors did in the time of Moses, when after being freed from slavery, the people wanted safety over hardship. Enslavement over freedom.  Man's rule over God's rule. Egypt over Moses.  It's a time found in the books of Exodus, and Deuteronomy.  The time of the first Passover for the nation of Israel.

What is the Passover?

Burning_bushIt's a shame that modern Christians follow pagan holidays instead of the Holy Days God commands us to follow.  It is this reason alone, that we simply do not understand the power of God, and have the lack of faith that we obviously have today!  When the nation of Israel (the identity of Israel will surprise most) were slaves in Egypt, God told an unbelieving Moses that He would use Moses to free the people, from the most powerful nation in the world at the time.  It's a great story.  Moses tried everything he could to 'get out' of doing his job. Moses simply, like most of us today, had no faith in God's power.

"Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.

 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Most today do not know that the God speaking here is Jesus. "I am" is Jesus' personal name.  To prove that by the way, go to John 8; when the Jews were demanding just who he claimed to be, He answered: "Very truly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I AM!”  The Jews knew exactly who Jesus was claiming to be, so "At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds."   They wanted him dead for His claiming to be the God of Moses, Abraham and Jacob.

The Passover was a time not unlike today.  Great plagues caused by God were destroying the Egyptians.  They were on a crisis lockdown, not unlike what we are facing today.  Moses reluctantly went back to Egypt to face who he thought was the most powerful ruler on earth (Moses didn't yet trust God at all).  The pharaoh told Moses, "I know not your God."  The Israelites suffered even more and started to doubt Moses. Moses doubted God.. “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me?  Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

Yes Moses didn't believe, as many do not today.  This very fact seems to dismay God, who says over and over in the Bible, "Is there anything too hard for the LORD to do?" God just can't understand our disbelief. After all God knows His own power!  We don't.  

The important lesson to learn here is that in the midst of all these plagues, only the the Egyptians suffered, not the Israelites. God's awesome power protected the Israelites from every sickness, plague and disease! They were to come together and congregate as a CHURCH trusting in God!  I guess Moses was lucky that the Pharaoh didn't order the people not to mass together in churches as governors and our president are doing today.

God ordered His people to trust Him and to come together in prayer, as a church, a congregation under HIS power.  God is the God who heals us.  God says "It is better to take refuge in the LORD (Jesus) than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in you leaders."

If you listen carefully to Me, the LORD your God and do what is right in My eyes, if you pay attention to My commands and keep all My decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.

What we are seeing today is a nation spiting in the face of God and choosing the power of modern medicine and doctors over the power of God, just like we do when the doctors says "it's in God's hands now" and we become despondent over the news being given to us by the doctor.

I'm not saying that it's not prudent to protect oneself from disease by practicing God's plan to stay healthy. Chapter on chapter in the Bible is solely concerning how we should practice sound health policies. What foods we should and should not eat. Washing and taking baths, washing hands, and yes separating the sick from the masses!  God tells us to isolate sick people, not healthy ones -- but in everything trust in Him to heal us.

Yes if you choose to believe that your church is not able to protect you, then you also have concluded that your church is not under God's power. My advice is either you or your church needs to find the real God.  If your pastor refuses to close his church, then you probably found a true representative of God, whether he follows Sundays to worship, or God's day, the Sabbath.  

It's time to learn the Plain Truth about God, Passover, and Healing.

God's Passover starts on this tonight, at the end of the day when night falls, and continues on the next day (Friday this year) where God's people are to assemble together, thank God for our blessings, and yes our health.

 

Here are some quotes from GOD  I hope they can bring you strength and hope and conquer your fears:

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

James 1:6-8 . But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Psalm 23:4  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

James 5:14. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

2 Kings 20:5 Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord.’

2 Corinthians 7:14. Then if my people who are called by my name (Israel- or America and the British commonwealth) will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

Finally Remember:  I am the Lord, who heals you.

Friends, believe in the power of God, and stand firmly with God and do not allow fear to control you, or your leaders to use fear to enslave you!  Remember, a better life is coming, where there is no sickness, no disease and no death. Strive for that eternal life, and not this temporal one.

 

God Bless

 

First published in 2020 updated for today


Jesus, apostles observed Passover, not 'Easter'

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Passover is not just a Jewish holiday, says a new video series by a Christian teacher of Hebraic roots.

It is one of the "Feasts of the Lord" in the Bible, all of which have special meaning and significance for all believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The feasts were commemorated by Jesus and His apostles – and continued to be observed by Jesus' followers in the first century even after His death and resurrection.

 

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Today is the REAL New Years's Day- What you need to know.

By Bob Barney

New year

Exodus 12:2 "This month is to be the first month of the year for you. 

 I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today.  It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God.  To read more about God's Calendar click here .  There is a mistake that those who follow a Jewish calendar has made, and that refers to the word for new moon.  That is a mistranslation, as the proper rendering should be NEW MONTH, as I did in The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible.

When Roman Emperor Julius Caesar declared January 1 as the world’s New Year’s day based on a pagan god named Janus, from which we get our month January. Specifically, Janus was two-faced, a fitting metaphor of the flip-flopping that marked New Year’s day through the centuries.    The emperor thought his deity would be the suitable portal to the new year, as one of his faces looked forward to a new year, the other backward. That’s the sanitized version of New Years. The messy and convoluted history of the January 1 New Year’s observance reveals chronological confusion amid political intrigue, race hatred, and fuzzy math—all in an attempt to improve upon the Biblical calendar as inspired by our Creator.

The Bible however makes it clear that the New Year starts at sunrise in the spring, and is the month that Passover must fall.  “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first
month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household” (Ex. 12:1-3).

Notice the Lord tells Moses that the month of Passover (Nisan) is to be “the first month of your year.” The passage is so clear that no one debates what is being said.

In God's real calendar, not the one followed by Jews and many seventh day observers, a New Month is NOT necessarily and most likely does not occur on a "New Moon."  It falls on a solar event, namely the equinox in the spring.

The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance simply means "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh does not mean "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.

Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360 day rotation around the sun, and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons where on the new months. The calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation to the present one of 29.5 days.

Calendar.1

The ancients noticed that the months were no longer 30 days and the years were not 360 days, but now over 365. A calendar needed to be made to reflect this. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, one Moses was very familiar with, which had 12 - 30 day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar (see illustration on left).God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well. The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon! Yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.

This marks the last month in God's calendar, and unlike what we do today, although the month is still only 30 days long, there will be 6 extra days left over at the end of this month that just don't count!   Why?

The answer is that the world used to have a rotation of only 360 days, and not the 365 1/4 days that is present today.  The earth's rotation around the sun has slowed down, and to fix this error each year at the end of the 12th month, extra days are added before the 1st month of the year starts.  The 1st month starts on the Spring equinox, and the calendar must stay in perfect harmony.   The extra "no days" was the simple answer. The Egyptians did the same thing!

Can you prove this biblically?   NO, but you can prove that the year is only 360 days long!  Read Revelation for the answer...

A lot of people wonder about the 42 months spoken of in the book of Revelation (11:2; 13:5).   Chapters 11-13 of Revelation contain five references to various periods of time, which I will quote in the order of their appearance in the inspired text. “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months” (11:2). “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth” (11:3). “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (12:6). “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (12:14). “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months” (13:5).

You will notice that in these three chapters, we have the following three temporal terms: 1,260 days, mentioned twice (11:3; 12:6); 42 months, also mentioned twice (11:2; 13:5); a time, times and half a time, mentioned once (12:14).

Let us look carefully at these three temporal periods. First, if we reckon that there are 30 days in a month, how many days are there in 42 months? The answer is 1,260 days! Second, 42 months are how many years? Since there are 12 months in a year, 42 months are 3 ½ years, which is the equivalent of “a time [1], and times [2], and half a time [½]” (12:14), for 1 + 2 + ½ = 3 ½. Thus these three time periods are the same! The 1,260 days are equivalent to 42 months, which are equivalent to 3 ½ years or times.

Is there any indication in Revelation 11-13 that these three time periods are the same and coextensive? Yes. First, in Revelation 11, the 42 months are mentioned in verse 2 and the very next verse refers to the 1,260 days (3). Second, in Revelation 12, the woman or church in her place in the wilderness is fed for 1,260 days (6) and, in a parallel statement, we are informed that the woman in her place in the wilderness is “nourished for a time, and times, and half at time,” that is, 3 ½ times or 3 ½ years (14).

In Revelation 12, the woman brings forth a male who is to rule the nations, Jesus Christ, who ascends to His throne in heaven (5). What happens the woman upon Christ’s ascension to, and reign from, heaven? “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (6). Thus the 1,260 days start upon Christ’s ascension and session at God’s right hand.

Moreover, with Christ’s ascension to His throne, Satan is cast out of heaven (9-10, 13) and persecutes the woman for 3 ½ times or years (13-14). Clearly, the 1,260 days and the 3 ½ years or times start at the same time, namely, with Christ’s enthronement in heaven.

So, if you believe the Bible, God's calendar is plain.  It is comprised of 12--30day months, or 360 days!  Obviously, 5 1/4 days are NOT COUNTED in this calendar!

Happy NEW YEAR!


It's the New Month, and THE NEW YEAR.

By Bob Barney

NewYear

Tomorrow is the Start of the first month of the Year and a countdown to Passover

 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,  "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year"

 I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today.  It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God.  To read more about God's Calendar click here .  There is a mistake that those who follow a Jewish calendar has made, and that refers to the word for new moon.  That is a mistranslation, as the proper rendering should be NEW MONTH, as I did in The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible.

The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance simply means "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh does not mean "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.

Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360 day rotation around the sun, and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons where on the new months. The calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation to the present one of 29.5 days.

Calendar.1

The ancients noticed that the months were no longer 30 days and the years were not 360 days, but now over 365. A calendar needed to be made to reflect this. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, one Moses was very familiar with, which had 12 - 30 day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar (see illustration on left).God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well. The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon! Yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.

Evidence of God’s calendar beginning in the Spring is found in the Roman calendar itself and is actually hidden in plain sight.  The Roman calendar has most of its months named after pagan gods or Roman emperors; for example: January honors Janus, the god of beginnings/endings and gateways, and August honors Caesar Augustus). However, only the first 8 months are named this way (January to August).  The last 4 months do not have specific names, but just generic names signifying what the number of month it is: September = 7th month; October = 8th month; November = 9th month; December = 10th month.  When we count backwards from the 7th month of September to when the 1st month must be, we find that it is in March – the Spring.  The existence of the numbered months still in today’s Roman calendar is a leftover from God’s calendar which begins in the Spring.  In the Bible, just as only the 7th day of the week is named while all others are numbered, the only month that is named is the 1st month while all others are numbered (note that the modern Hebrew calendar names the months based from their Babylonian captivity).  So we can clearly see that the first calendar – God’s calendar, began in the Spring and was overlaid with the Roman calendar which began in January, the middle of winter. (source)

God declares that the month of the Abib is the first month of the year, occurring on March 20th.  The month of the Abib sets the course of God’s sacred calendar with the beginning of His holy feast days which are special appointed times for the children of God to observe.  These holy feast days outline the salvation plan of God with the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus as the central focus in all of them.  Abib is when we observe Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread

Happy NEW MONTH & NEW YEAR!


The 12th and last Month in God's Year

By Bob Barney

Today is the 12th "New Month" Day of the year, and I find only 2 mentions of this month in the Bible.  The Bible translates the beginning of each months, as New Moon festivals, because at one time, before the flood, new moons started the new months. This isn't true today, so the best translation would be New Month Festivals....  

 I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today.  It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God.  To read more about God's Calendar click here .  There is a mistake that those who follow a Jewish calendar has made, and that refers to the word for new moon.  That is a mistranslation, as the proper rendering should be NEW MONTH, as I did in The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible.

The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance simply means "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh does not mean "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.

Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360 day rotation around the sun, and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons where on the new months. The calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation to the present one of 29.5 days.

Calendar.1

The ancients noticed that the months were no longer 30 days and the years were not 360 days, but now over 365. A calendar needed to be made to reflect this. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, one Moses was very familiar with, which had 12 - 30 day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar (see illustration on left).God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well. The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon! Yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.

At the end of this month 5-6 extra days are added AND NOT COUNTED, as the New Year always is on the Spring Equinox or March 21st.


Today starts the 11th Month in God's Year

By Bob Barney

Today is the 11th "New Month" Day of the year, and I find only 2 mentions of this month in the Bible. It's Jewish name is pagan. From Wikipedia: Shevat (Hebrew: שְׁבָט, Standard Šəvat Tiberian Šəvāṭ ; from Akkadian Šabātu) is the fifth month of the civil year starting in Tishre (or Tishri) and the eleventh month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar starting in Nisan. It is a month of 30 days. Shevat usually occurs in January–February on the Gregorian calendar. The name of the month was taken from the Akkadian language during the Babylonian Captivity. The assumed Akkadian origin of the month is Šabātu meaning strike that refers to the heavy rains of the season. In Jewish sources the month is first mentioned by this name in the bible book of prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 1).

the Bible translates the beginning of each months, as New Moon festivals, because at one time, before the flood, new moons started the new months. This isn't true today, so the best translation would be New Month Festivals....  This month is the

 I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today.  It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God.  To read more about God's Calendar click here .  There is a mistake that those who follow a Jewish calendar has made, and that refers to the word for new moon.  That is a mistranslation, as the proper rendering should be NEW MONTH, as I did in The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible.

The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance simply means "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh does not mean "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.

Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360 day rotation around the sun, and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons where on the new months. The calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation to the present one of 29.5 days.

Calendar.1

The ancients noticed that the months were no longer 30 days and the years were not 360 days, but now over 365. A calendar needed to be made to reflect this. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, one Moses was very familiar with, which had 12 - 30 day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar (see illustration on left).God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well. The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon! Yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.

 


Today is the 10th Month in God's Calendar

By Bob Barney

Today is the 10th "New Month" Day of the year,  and the Jewish (not Biblical) festival of Hanukkah starts on the second day of this month. The only biblical reference to a well-known winter holiday that Jesus celebrated, a holiday many will celebrate this month. Although not an ordained feast of the Lord, it was followed by Jesus. (John 10:22–3)

Bible's translate the beginning of each months, as New Moon festivals, because at one time, before the flood, new moons started the new months. This isn't true today, so the best translation would be New Month Festivals....  This month is the

 I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today.  It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God.  To read more about God's Calendar click here .  There is a mistake that those who follow a Jewish calendar has made, and that refers to the word for new moon.  That is a mistranslation, as the proper rendering should be NEW MONTH, as I did in The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible.

The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance simply means "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh does not mean "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.

Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360 day rotation around the sun, and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons where on the new months. The calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation to the present one of 29.5 days.

Calendar.1

The ancients noticed that the months were no longer 30 days and the years were not 360 days, but now over 365. A calendar needed to be made to reflect this. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, one Moses was very familiar with, which had 12 - 30 day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar (see illustration on left).God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well. The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon! Yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.

 Bible Verses about Month 

Zechariah 8:19
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘The fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth months will become joy, gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.’

Esther 2:16
So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus to his royal palace in the tenth month which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

Jeremiah 39:1
Now when Jerusalem was captured in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came to Jerusalem and laid siege to it;

Genesis 8:5
The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.

Ezra 10:16
But the exiles did so. And Ezra the priest selected men who were heads of fathers’ households for each of their father’s households, all of them by name. So they convened on the first day of the tenth month to investigate the matter.

Ezekiel 33:21
Now in the twelfth year of our exile, on the fifth of the tenth month, the refugees from Jerusalem came to me, saying, “The city has been taken.”

2 Kings 25:1
Now in the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, camped against it and built a siege wall all around it.

Jeremiah 52:4
Now it came about in the ninth year of his reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, camped against it and built a siege wall all around it.

Ezekiel 24:1
And the word of the Lord came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth of the month, saying,

Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Month-10


What was the Star of Magi that they followed and when was Jesus Really Born?

THE MAGI:

By Bob Barney

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea when Herod was king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who is born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him." When Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

 Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born.nThey said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written through the prophet,  'You Bethlehem, land of Judah, Are in no way least among the princes of Judah: For out of you shall come forth a governor, Who shall shepherd my people, Israel'". Micah 5:2

Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and worship him."

 They, having heard the king, went on their way; and all at once they saw that the star, which they followed from the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.  They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Notice these wise men (and we do not know the number) came to a house to visit the baby Jesus, not to the manger. They were not present when he was born, but came upward to 2 years later! Notice that in verse 16, Herod orders all children two years and under to be killed!

Starofbethlehem

The wise men (Magi) were probably scientists and came presumably from Babylon, but possibly from Assyria or Chaldea. Scientists of this day were also considered religious figures as the ancients rightly knew that science and God go together, unlike today. When Daniel was in captivity in Babylon, he eventually became the leader and the teacher of a group known as Magi... It can be assumed, since Daniel knew the future, he instructed his students to look for signs of the coming Messiah.

At about the sixth century Catholic tradition changed the Magi into Kings and their number was fixed at three because of the threefold nature of their gifts gold, frankincense and myrrh (but six Kings in the eastern tradition), yet the Bible nowhere mentions their number. It could have been two, three, four or forty!

The star was not very bright and obvious to everybody, but must have held astrological significance. Also it must have been a fairly long lasting phenomenon. Possibly Daniel knew what this astrological phenomenon would occur!

It was only in medieval times that the star got to be depicted as very bright and with a tail, suggesting a comet or a meteorite, but again, the Bible makes no such statement! In fact, there is a possibility that the “star” was actually an angel, as the Bible refers to angels as “stars!”

Still we may wonder what has caused the story and what information on the dating of the birth of Christ it may contain.

After many years of research, I have come to the conclusion that the star was actually the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, something, by the way, is going to happen this December 21st2020.

We know from the Bible that Jesus was born during the reign of King Herod. Herod died sometime around a lunar eclipse seen from Jericho and around passover time, so probably eclipse of March 12, 4 BC. We also know it was during the time of the census, which Augustus proclaimed in 8 BC! Reasonably, Christ was born between this years....

The famed German astronomer Johannes Kepler  observed the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 1603-04, which caused him to calculate back in time and to suggest that the one in 7 BC was the star of Bethlehem. I believe he was right. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was one of the great mathematical minds of human history. As Arthur Koestler wrote in The Sleepwalkers, “Kepler and Galileo were the two giants on whose shoulders Newton stood.”

In the ancient world planets were symbols. Jupiter was the planet of Kings, Saturn was the planet of the the priestly class, and happening in the constellation of Pisces, representative of the Jewish people. So this meant to the Daniel taught Magi, was a King of the Jews was to be born and this King would be the priestly Messiah!

The Conjunction occurred 3 times over the course of a year. The year was probably 6 BC, but some argue 7 BC. Both years would fit...It occurred over a period of time---which would cover the period of Christ's conception and the Magi's journey to Bethlehem, as recounted in Matthew 2:9–10.The first was May 29th which is Pentecost and probably the day John the Baptists was born. The next conjuncture was at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles and Atonement. THIS IS WHEN JESUS WAS BORN! Remember the Magi did NOT visit Jesus in the manager! That is paganism! The Bible clearly shows they visited Jesus in a HOUSE! Herod himself, when meeting the Magi, ordered all male children in Bethlehem to be murdered up to 2 years old, showing you that the Magi knew the child was no longer an infant in a manger! The third conjuncture happened in December (like this year) around the 21st, when they found the baby Jesus in a home! He was either 3 months old, or possibly 15 months old, depending on possible calendar error.

It is clear the Christ was not born in December. The flocks were still in the field, and in December in Israel, flocks are in barns. Luke 2:8 provides the first indication, as flocks were still in the fields at night. The flocks were brought in for the winter season of mid-October to mid-March.

The next proof is the fact that Jesus was born six months after John the Baptist (Luke 1:24-2636). When was John the Baptist born? May 29th! Because Zacharias’ (his Father) he priestly functions during the 7th Month Feast of Tabernacles, which starts Sept 29th, when he was told he would have a child, and nine months later would be as late as May 29th, when the same “STAR” appeared, but more likely during Passover times as he was six months older than Jesus. Therefore, Christ’s birth had to be in early autumn or during the feast

Christ was probably born on either the Day of Atonement or during the Feast of Tabernacles (First or Last Great Day?). The Magi got to the house much later, during December, leading to the false Christmas manager scene we see today during the pagan XMAS celebration. Christ was not born December 25th, but tradition holds it the Lucifer (Satan) was created on that day! Think about that.

 The next great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be on the day of the solstice: December 21, 2020. Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions happen every 20 years; the last one was in the year 2000, but wasn't visible during the daytime. The 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226! On December 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will be only 0.1 degree apart. Some say the pair will look like an “elongated star” on that date. Will they? We’ll have to look and see! They’ll surely be an appealing and mind-expanding sight. This extra-close Jupiter-Saturn conjunction won’t be matched again until the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of March 15, 2080.

What you will probably see this solstice will be what the Magi's saw over 2000 years ago on the same day! A “star” leading to the baby Jesus. Not Jesus' birthday, but their visit!


Today is the 9th Month in God's Calendar

By Bob Barney

Today is a special "New Month" Day, Bible's translate the beginning of each months, as New Moon festivals, because at one time, before the flood, new moons started the new months. This isn't true today, so the best translation would be New Month Festivals....  This month is the 9th Month of the year, known in the Bible as the month Chislev.

 I often mention that God's calendar is NOT like any other calendar on earth today.  It is not the Roman calendar that we follow, or the equally pagan Jewish calendar that many churches believe is the calendar of God.  To read more about God's Calendar click here .  There is a mistake that those who follow a Jewish calendar has made, and that refers to the word for new moon.  That is a mistranslation, as the proper rendering should be NEW MONTH, as I did in The Plain Truth's Red Letter Bible.

The Hebrew word 'chodesh', which is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance simply means "new" or to "rebuild." Chodesh does not mean "new moon". It means 'new' with an implication that a month is about to begin again.

Originally, when the earth had a perfect 360 day rotation around the sun, and the moon's journey around the earth was exactly 30 days (today it is 29.5 days), new moons where on the new months. The calendar was in balance. However, probably after the flood, the weight of water slowed the earth rotational spin (this is NOT mentioned in the Bible) to 365.25 days a year and the moon's rotation to the present one of 29.5 days.

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The ancients noticed that the months were no longer 30 days and the years were not 360 days, but now over 365. A calendar needed to be made to reflect this. Egypt made the first perfect calendar, one Moses was very familiar with, which had 12 - 30 day months and then 5 days at the end of the year that did not count. This is also seen in Enoch's calendar (see illustration on left).God's calendar was like the Egyptian one except that year no longer started on the first day of summer, but on the first day of spring. Springtime is the birth of the new year in nature, as morning is the start of the day as well. The term for new moon became "new month" as the new moons and new months no longer matched up. This is not hard to conceive as the English word for month comes from moon! Yet our months have nothing to do with new moons! The same applies to God's calendar.

Verses about the 9th Month,

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.Now it happened in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capitol,

Jeremiah 36:9
Now in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem proclaimed a fast before the Lord.

Jeremiah 36:22

Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning in the brazier before him.

Zechariah 7:1

In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev.

Ezra 10:9

So all the men of Judah and Benjamin assembled at Jerusalem within the three days. It was the ninth month on the twentieth of the month, and all the people sat in the open square before the house of God, trembling because of this matter and the heavy rain.

 

also:

9th Month in Jewish history and tradition (myth?)

 


God's Calendar for November

Calendar for November 2020 (United States)

NOV2020

SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

01

God's Mo and Day-8:17

02

8:18

3

8:19

4

8:20

5

8:21

6

8:22

7

8:23

             

8

God's Mo and Day-8:24

9

8:25

10

8:26

11

8:27

12

8:28

13

8:29

14

8:30

             

15

9th

Month

Day 1

16

9:2

17

9:3

18

9:4

19

9:5

20

9:6

21

9:7

             

22

God's Mo and Day-9:8

23

9:9

24

9:10

25

9:11

26

9:12

27

9:13

28

9:14

             

29

God's Mo and Day-9:15

30

9:16

         
             
           

 

             
 
Phases of the Moon: 8:3Q 15:N 21:1Q 30:F

 


It's no accident children are drawn to Satanism

Halloween is not harmless, and the messages Satan is giving to your children is dangerous

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But too many Americans are dismissing any Christian walk at all and turning to experimental and sensational “spirituality,” the kind that allows humans to do pretty much whatever they wish. They assume this is the road to happiness.

Of course, believers know it’s the road to destruction.

It’s a Halloween trick on a cosmic scale. As more Americans than ever – including youth – are turning to astrology, trances, witchcraft, paganism and even Satanism, there’s a very real probability that the spiritual door to the occult opened for many people within supposedly Christian congregations with these elements of apostate belief:

  • Worship of “gods” alongside Christ – Allah, Buddha, etc.
  • Praying to female goddesses – Sophia, Kali, Isis – to reflect “equality”
  • Seeking altered consciousness (a trance or meditative state)
  • Praying to the dead or conducting a séance
  • Practicing astrology
  • Deviant sexuality

All these sinful practices open one’s spirit to rebellion where Satan and his demons deceive and entice. As 2 Corinthians 11:14 tell us, “… Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” But it’s a lie leading to hell.

Recent reports point to self-declared Christian “witches” along with a dramatic rise in the number of witchcraft adherents. Christian faith in some circles is never weighed as a serious option.

Witchcraft is being normalized and glamorized to young girls through media like Teen Vogue. This fall, a revived “Sabrina” series is debuting on Netflix, and this time, it’s not a comedy but a gruesome drama with story lines that include Satanism. And “Charmed” is back as well, with a plot that’s a diabolical stew of occult rituals along with feminist politics – and of course, the requisite sexual perversion. One of the characters is a lesbian.


Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2018/10/its-no-accident-children-are-drawn-to-satanism/#8xfqkBvYDdtsIDyQ.99


HALLOWE'EN IS PAGAN!

The Sigil of Baphomet: emblem of the Church of...The Sigil of Baphomet: emblem of the Church of Satan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Garner Ted Armstrong

HALLOWE'EN, commonly spelled without the apostrophe today, is utterly PAGAN! All its symbols and customs stem from ancient heathen mythology. Why should any Christ-centered, Bible-believing person revel in ghoulish death? What place have witches, goblins, demons, skeletons, "Jack o' Lanterns," black cats, and the worship of "Samhain, the Lord of the Dead," in a Christian society? Millions use "Halloween," as it is commonly misspelled today, as an excuse for wild revelry. Little do they know that it is the ghoulish "New Year" for Satanists!

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Are you a slave to custom? Do you blindly accept whatever "society" imposes upon you, blissfully ignorant of the origin and meaning of commonly observed customs?

Each October, like so many dupes or slaves, hundreds of thousands of shopkeepers and clerks labor to install their usual "Halloween decorations" each October.Each autumn, thousands of markets, drugstores, department stores and millions of houses and lawns become scenes of "jack-o'-lanterns," witches, broomsticks, black cats, leering skeletons, weird, bleeding skulls, knives, daggers, spears and swords, bloody masks, fake spider webs and other symbols of the devil and his demons, and macabre death.

 

 

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