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Today Begins 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.

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 (March-April 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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SHOULD CHRISTIANS OBSERVE EASTER OR THE PASSOVER?

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Editor's Note: Last Night (April 2) night is Passover. It is a Christian holy day. Today is PASSOVER DAY and The Feast of Unleavened Bread.   The following by Garner Ted Armstrong explains.... Although the article is wrong on the REAL DATE of PASSOVER and when the DAY BEGINS, the message of the holy day comes thru!

Easter is the greatest of all "Christian" observances, closely followed by Christmas. It supposedly celebrates the resurrection of Christ. WHY, then, did Paul command the Gentile Christians to "show the Lord's DEATH" till He come? Jesus Christ Himself celebrated His famous "Last Supper," with His disciples, proclaiming that a bit of unleavened bread represented His body; that a sip of wine represented His shed blood. This was in commemoration of His DEATH for the sins of all mankind. Why is there no command anywhere in the Bible to celebrate His resurrection? Why did not the apostles celebrate it? Is the "Passover" only "Jewish," and therefore not Christian? Should Christians observe Easter? Does the Bible command Easter observance? You will be astonished at the answers! Here, from the pages of your own Bible is the PLAIN TRUTH about EASTER and the Passover!

by Garner Ted Armstrong   [printer-friendly]     [pdf format]

Easter3 You were born into a "ready-made" world. You had no voice in how it is structured; its customs, traditions, religions, or politics. It took you about two years to learn the language of your parents; about six years to learn your own indigenous alphabet; about seven or eight years to learn to read simple sentences, and to begin to write.

However, from your earliest years, long before you learned to read or write; long before you learned what "research" or "study" was, you heard about the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and watched, no doubt, hundreds of cartoons and kiddy shows on television. From your earliest years on this earth, your parents were inculcating into your mind the traditions, customs, fables, superstitions and assumptions of their own upbringing.

The point is, you first learned of "Easter," or other religious customs through your parents or guardians. You did not research history, carefully weigh the facts, and make a reasoned decision to observe "Easter."

Millions of adults in the western world of professing Christianity have memories of those sleepy mornings when, all excited to be dragged from bed at perhaps 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., they were dressed in frilly little frocks or a new little boy's suit, complete with clip-on bow tie; white patent-leather shoes, greens and yellows—the colors of spring—and trundled off in the family car to an open air coliseum, or perhaps to a hilltop, to join with hundreds or thousands of others in an "Easter Sunrise Service."

You didn't know what "Easter" was. Only that it sounded a little like a point on the compass. Of course, the sun rose in the East. Maybe that was it? Or was it merely the opposite of "Wester"? Most likely, if you are like millions of others, you never became curious enough to go to a major encyclopedia and look up the term. We tend to take our environment for granted.

Have you ever looked into the history and origins of Easter?

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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

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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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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Was Jesus Christ crucified on a Friday?

Did He really die on Good Friday and come back to life on Easter Sunday? Jesus Christ said He would be in the grave for three days and three nights. How can you count that from Good Friday afternoon to Easter Sunday morning?

image from www.ucg.orgIn Matthew 12:38, some of the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign to prove He was the Messiah. But Jesus told them that the only sign He would give was that of the prophet Jonah: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).

But how can we fit “three days and three nights” between a Friday-afternoon crucifixion and a Sunday-morning resurrection? This traditional view allows for Jesus to have been entombed for only a day and a half.

Learn more about  The Chronology of Jesus Christ’s Death, Burial and Resurrection  . 

Some believe that Christ’s “three days and three nights” statement does not require a literal span of 72 hours, reasoning that a part of a day can be reckoned as a whole day. Thus, since Jesus died in the afternoon, they think the remainder of Friday constituted the first day, Saturday the second and part of Sunday the third. However, only two nights—Friday night and Saturday night—are accounted for in this explanation. Something is obviously wrong with the traditional view regarding when Christ was in the tomb.

Jonah 1:17, to which Christ referred, states specifically that “Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” We have no basis for thinking that Jesus meant only two nights and one day, plus parts of two days. If Jesus were in the tomb only from late Friday afternoon to early Sunday morning, then the sign He gave that He was the prophesied Messiah was not fulfilled.

Let’s carefully examine the details from the Gospels. When we do, we uncover the real story of how Jesus’ words were fulfilled precisely.

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Tonight is the real Passover - Tomorrow the feast!

By Robert R Barney

Just that you know, because most don't, tonight is the Passover in God's Calendar. Tonight will be the Passover meal, followed by seven days of unleavened bread. Tomorrow will be the "HIGH DAY" starting at dawn. The Bible clearly points that "Christ is our Passover" and that we are to "keep the feast" (Blue Letter Bible it folks, you will find it!). Unfortunately, most Passover following Christians churches MISTAKENLY follow the Jewish calendar and have the wrong date of Passover and every other one of God's Holidays. Now you know the real date!

 The reference below is a good read on Christians and Passover, but they too follow the wrong date.

 Should Christians Follow the Passover????? Passover-2

 For a Real Scholarly Article on the real Calendar date:CLICK HERE  WARNING BORING!! But good...

 

Editor's Note: In a nutshell, the real Calendar given to Moses was SOLAR based on fixing the new year on the spring equinox. Moses was raised as an Egyptian, which also followed the SOLAR and not a Lunar-Solar Year. The Hebrew Calendar given to Moses by God was the same as the Egyptian, but starting with a different month. The year started on the spring equinox (March 20-21) instead of the summer solstice (The Egyptian new year about June 21). The Bible shows beyond any shadow of a doubt that God's calendar only has 12--- 30-day months (that's only 360 days, the true year BEFORE the Flood of Noah) and that 5 1/4 days of each year are simply NOT COUNTED!

 

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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

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

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 NO 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 days, 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 Thursday, 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


THE WORLD'S DEADLIEST RELIGION - Liberalism

Journalists who condemn you as “racist” for referring to the Chinese or Wuhancoronavirus. Men who swear they are women. A presidential primary contest between a perpetually enraged old communist and a corrupt, excruciatingly senile politician who lies constantly. Giddy legislators high-fiving each other after legalizing abortion at 40 weeks – which is to say, legalizing infanticide. A political party obsessed with eliminating America’s borders, protecting criminals and dismantling law enforcement.

Normal decent Americans increasingly describe today’s Democratic Party – and the far-left worldview that has possessed it – using terms like “madness,” “delusion” and “derangement.”

But there’s a much deeper, more illuminating and ultimately more useful way to look at what is cryptically known as “the left.”

Leftism is a religion.

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This is not the end of the world, according to Christians who study the end of the world

And they are RIGHT!

Are We in the Last Days (Prelim 1985)01Chuck Pierce’s son was concerned, like a lot of other people looking out on a world of ransacked grocery stores and canceled sports seasons and eerie lines of people standing six feet apart from one another. So he asked his dad: “Is this the end of the world?”

It sure might feel apocalyptic. But not if you ask Christian writers and pastors who have spent years focusing their message on the Book of Revelation — the New Testament’s final book. It lays out a lurid, poetic vision of the End Times, in which many evangelical leaders interpret it to mean that Jesus will return to Earth, believers will be raptured to heaven and those left behind will suffer seven dreadful years of calamities. Most of these Revelation-focused prophesiers don’t see coronavirus as heralding the Second Coming and the end of life on Earth as we know it. 

“If a person were just completely ignorant about what the Bible says about the End Times, they may think this right now: This is it,” said Jeff Kinley, a writer of books on biblical prophecy who lives in Harrison, Ark.

Kinley said he understands why Americans might see this time of fast-encroaching disease, isolation from loved ones and crashing stock markets as apocalyptic. Americans are primed to believe the end of the world might arrive any day now. In 2010, 41 percent told Pew Research Center that they expected Jesus to return by 2050.

Kinley pointed to Revelation 6:8, which forecasts deaths all over the globe “by sword, famine and plague,” and Jesus’ words about the events before the end times in Luke 21:11: “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.”

“I think he’s referring to a future time,” Kinley said. “I don’t think this is an actual fulfillment of that.” 

The Bible is very specific about what will happen before the End Times, Kinley says, and those events haven’t all unfolded yet. For one major thing, the ancient temple in Jerusalem is supposed to be rebuilt first.

Gary Ray, a writer for the prophecy website Unsealed, agreed: He and his fellow evangelical End-Times writers are focused on what is happening with holy sites in Israel, not disease. “The key focus that we have in our minds is Israel. That’s God’s prophetic clock. As things progress in that country, we get closer to when the rapture of the church will occur, and then the tribulation,” he said.

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St. Patrick kept the sabbath

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St. Patrick kept Saturday as the sabbath.  During the first century the Roman Empire did not extend into Scotland and Ireland.  The Roman Empire made several attempts to conquer Scotland to no avail.  The Romans eventually build a wall between Scotland and England called Adrian Wall.  Remnants of that wall are still present today.  Therefore the beliefs of the early Catholic Church did not get infiltrated into Scotland and Ireland until must later in History.  Below are 4 Historical references proving that Saturday not Sunday was kept as the day of worship in Ireland and Scotland.  Read More>>>>>>

 

St Patrick's day- Yet another Pagan Holiday!

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From Reversespins.com Note from Bob Barney: Isn't it strange how everything we do is awash in paganism? We can't follow God's holidays, but somehow we can find every way to observe a bunch of witch doctors holidays-- and then call it Christian!

SecretSun, March 17 is the day generally believed to be the death of St. Patrick, the British-born missionary who is credited with converting Ireland to Christianity. And as I wrote in one of my first posts on this blog:


In Egyptian mythology, Osiris was killed on the 17th day of Athyr, the third month of the ancient calendar.


3/17 is also the date of a Masonically-created holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. The story has it that the holiday was established by high level Freemason, George Washington, allegedly to reward Irish soldiers in the Continental Army. But “St. Paddy’s” has traditionally been a very minor Saint’s day in Ireland. Considering that the day has become America’s defacto Bacchanal (which takes us back to Osiris) it’s worth noting some of the parallels of this day with Solar mythology.


Osiris was believed to be the source of barley, which was used for brewing beer in Egypt.


• It’s customary to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and Osiris was known as the “Green Man”


• The root word of Patrick is pater, the Latin word meaning father. Osiris is the father in the Egyptian Trinity.


Since then, I've been looking into the curious origin of this holiday and have found out some very interesting facts...

https://www.hinduhumanrights.info/how-a-pagan-celebrates-st-patricks-day/


Friday the 13th Unlucky? Think Again!

English: The greater coat of arms of the Unite...English: The greater coat of arms of the United States of America, as seen on the Great Seal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

also read our message board: Do You Fear Friday the 13th?

By Bob Barney:

      We have learned since our earliest reflections that the number thirteen is unlucky. Many buildings do not have a thirteenth floor, and many people are scared to death when thirteen falls on a Friday- known as Friday the 13th. Horror movies have capitalized on the notion, this fear, that many of us feel concerning this ominous date.  Some historians believe that the fear of Friday the 13th came into being because they believe that Christ died on a Friday, the thirteenth of the month. Christ did not die on a Friday, and he certainly didn't die on the 13th of the month!  However, that is another story... For now, I want to propose another concept. That concept is that the number "13" is a lucky number! So lucky, that Satan has tried his best to obscure the true meaning of that number ever since God first gave it as a blessing - Yes a blessing! Originally, there were 12 tribes, or nations of Israel, we will see in the article below that God blessed one son more than the rest, and made him the thirteenth nation! That nation was destined by God to be the greatest nation to ever be on this earth until the return of Jesus Christ. Read on and discover that the thirteenth tribe of Israel, has indeed fulfilled Bible prophecy and has become the greatest nation that ever was, and will ever be until Christ's returns.

The Number “13” and the Identity of “Ephraim”!

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Evolution Is Religion--Not Science

BY HENRY M. MORRIS, PH.D.  | 

image from business.baylor.eduEvolutionists claim that evolution is a scientific fact, but they almost always lose scientific debates with creationist scientists. Accordingly, most evolutionists now decline opportunities for scientific debates, preferring instead to make unilateral attacks on creationists.

Scientists should refuse formal debates because they do more harm than good, but scientists still need to counter the creationist message.3

The question is, just why do they need to counter the creationist message? Why are they so adamantly committed to anti-creationism?

The fact is that evolutionists believe in evolution because they want to. It is their desire at all costs to explain the origin of everything without a Creator. Evolutionism is thus intrinsically an atheistic religion. Some may prefer to call it humanism, and New Age evolutionists may place it in the context of some form of pantheism, but they all amount to the same thing. Whether atheism or humanism (or even pantheism), the purpose is to eliminate a personal God from any active role in the origin of the universe and all its components, including man.

The core of the humanistic philosophy is naturalism—the proposition that the natural world proceeds according to its own internal dynamics, without divine or supernatural control or guidance, and that we human beings are creations of that process. It is instructive to recall that the philosophers of the early humanistic movement debated as to which term more adequately described their position: humanism or naturalism. The two concepts are complementary and inseparable.4

Since both naturalism and humanism exclude God from science or any other active function in the creation or maintenance of life and the universe in general, it is very obvious that their position is nothing but atheism. And atheism, no less than theism, is a religion! Even doctrinaire-atheistic evolutionist Richard Dawkins admits that atheism cannot be proven to be true.     Of course we can't prove that there isn't a God.5

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Sound Science and the Bible Do They Conflict?

School children today are routinely taught that we live in an expanding universe that is around 14 billion years old. This perspective is so widespread that it’s strange to realize that it represented a dramatic upheaval in the fields of physics and astronomy about 100 years ago!

Just 150 years ago, the idea of evolution was popularized in Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, and, along with it, the underpinning of a fully secular explanation for the origin and diversity of life on earth. Subsequent developments in the fields of microbiology, genetics and biochemistry have been incorporated into the theory of evolution, but not without revealing an overwhelming degree of complexity and diversity that brings the viability of the theory itself into serious question.

Additionally, the modern academic reckoning of the age of the universe puts a hard limit on the amount of time available for the supposed natural processes of evolution to occur, and no well-established findings have explained this glaring discrepancy. 

Taken altogether, the last 150 years of scientific discovery undeniably point to a Creator—and not just any Creator! These advancements confirm certain biblical statements about God’s creation of both the universe and the life we see.

However, this has not lessened objections and denial by secular thinkers, which has ironically resulted in ever-more outlandish and improbable explanations rooted not in scientific fact, but in philosophical approaches that deny even the possibility of a divine Creator!

In the ongoing struggle for sound science, why does it seem that the great minds of humanity today cannot come to terms with the existence of God? 

Observation and expanding horizons..... MORE


The Sabbath in History and Prophecy

Imagine yourself opening a Bible for the very first time. You begin to read. And as you do, you read where God says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).

You also read where Christ and His disciples kept the Sabbath day, and you see that it says Jesus is the “Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:28).

All of us understand the stresses and strains of this life. Keeping God’s Sabbath is a missing element in successful living.

What do you do? Do you follow Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath?

This is exactly what some people have done when faced with the clear teaching of Scripture. It’s what followers of Christ will be doing when He returns.

In her book The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time, author Judith Shulevitz makes an interesting observation: “Whenever people begin reading the Book [the Bible], they start keeping the Sabbath. And when they keep the Sabbath they read the Book” (2010, p. 2).

That’s exactly what happened to a group of believers in Transylvania in the1500-1600s. Faced with what the Bible itself says about the Sabbath day, they realized they had no choice but to obey God by keeping the Sabbath as He commanded.

The Bible on the hinge of history  Read the rest here


The Jewish Calendar IS NOT God's calendar

 Bob Barney

Many years ago, after reading the Bible and the many commentaries I began to realize that those Christians (and Jews) who follow the evening day (this means that these people maintain the God's day begins at sundown and not sunrise, as it actually does), and that follow the lunar months had drawn wrong conclusions. The fact that the Bible never decries an evening beginning of the day, or a 13 month lunar solar calendar could not be overlooked. When I first came to these conclusions, I was greeted with outright ridicule. The Bible is clear that God's year has only 360 days, 12 months of 30 days each. The real Calendar given to Moses was SOLAR based on fixing the new year on the spring equinox. Moses was raised as an Egyptian, which also followed the SOLAR and not a Lunar-Solar Year. The Hebrew Calendar given to Moses by God was the same as the Egyptian, but starting with a different month. The year started on the spring equinox (March 20-21) instead of the summer solstice (The Egyptian new year about June 21). The Bible shows beyond any shadow of a doubt that God's calendar only has 12--- 30-day months (that's only 360 days, the true year BEFORE the Flood of Noah) and that 5 1/4 days of each year are simply NOT COUNTED!

Revelation 11:2a-3b?They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. ...And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days

Divide 1,260 days by 42 months and you will get a 30-day month. Twelve months of 30 days equals 360-days in a year. What is the meaning of this divine number in contrast with the fact that we know the time required for the earth to circle the sun is approximately 365.25 days?

When 1,260 Days = a time, times and half a time In the Book of Revelation

Revelation 12:6?The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days

Revelation 12:14?The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach

In verse 6 above, the time given is 1,260 days. But in verse 14, the time given is described as a time, times and half a time. This is most often interpreted as 3 and one-half years or 42 months. So verses 6 and 14 as noted above yield a 30-day month. Twelve months of 30 days equals 360-days in a prophetic year.

Many today do not believe in the flood, but the evidence of the great flood of Noah is found everywhere and no place better than the calendar, any calendar!  Before the flood, the earth was formed perfectly and the calendar was also perfect! The pre-flood humans followed a 360 day, twelve month calendar with each month have exactly thirty days! After the flood however, all hell broke out for mankind trying to keep the old "perfect" calendar. The earth had trillions of tons of extra water weight and sloed down! 5 1/4 days slower to be exact! Ever since, man has tried to make the calendar perfect again, but we cannot! The moon now circles the earth in only 29.5 days, so lunar months are no longer accurate (a lunar year is only 356 days long) Post flood mankind worked on calendars for generations. The Egyptians finally decided on a fix for the calendar that is actually more accurate than the calendar we follow today! Even with our modern calendar, we lose a day every four years (leap year) and we almost never know how many days are in many months (28, 29, 30 or 31????) The Egytian and Moses' calendar had 12-30 day months EVERY YEAR and 5 and 1/4 "no days". This calendar never needed adjustment! Passover, and all Holy Days (except the weekly Sabbath fell on the same date each year!)

 In Moses' calendar that "fixed date" is the spring equinox to make sure Passover always fell on the same solar day! Proof of a 12 month 30 day month year? Revelation says that 1260 days ARE 3-1/2 years OR 42 months! Do the math! It is PLAIN and simple. The Bible answers all of it's own mysteries. Proof that Jesus did not follow the Jewish Calendar? His Passover was 1 Day BEFORE the Jewish Passover! Nobody ever notices that fact..... Even the Armstrong's can't figure out the holydays because they never understood that the calendar Christ was following was the one that Moses followed and NOT the one the Jews were following then.

Here is a rabbi, coming to some of the same conclusions – those who follow the lunar calendar are actually following the Babylonian Calendar!

New moon takes the bull by the horns

By Ilan Ben Zion

 

Magnificent 8th century stone monument at Israel Museum preserves link between ancient Aramean god and Jewish calendar

image from cdn.timesofisrael.comIt’s easy to walk past the gray-brown slab of basalt in the Israel Museum’s archaeology wing and pay it no heed. (I confess to have done so numerous times; the silver amulets bearing ancient renditions of the priestly blessing garner far more attention.) But etched into the monumental stele’s pocked surface is a mysterious figure central to understanding the significance of the lunar god in ancient Canaan and the origins of the Jewish veneration of the new moon. The nearly four-foot-tall volcanic stone is marked with a striking bull-headed figure whose powerful gaze bores through the viewer. Its horns bend inward like the sliver of a day-old moon.

According to the biblical account, King David married Maachah, the daughter of King Talmai of Geshur, forging a political alliance between Israel and its stronger neighbor. In 732 BCE, Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser III embarked on a campaign of conquest and destruction in Canaan. Bethsaida, like many cities in the southern Levant, was put to the sword. The stele was smashed and cast down in ruin.

So the god depicted on the stele was an incarnation of Baal? It’s not as clearcut as that, Arie admits. The bull’s head on the Bethsaida stele is surmounted by horns forming a clearly defined crescent moon, suggesting it may represent a lunar deity.

Although the storm god reigned supreme among the Arameans, as the Syrian kingdom fell under Assyrian influence, the moon god — particularly the new moon — found increased significance in the Aramean and Israelite pantheons, Swiss Near East expert Othmar Keel said.

Keel enumerated over 100 depictions of the Near Eastern god represented by the crescent moon affixed atop a pole in his exhaustive work “Goddesses and Trees, New Moon and Yahweh.” Nearly exact copies of the Bethsaida stele have been found at sites in Syria and southern Turkey — a staff topped by a bull’s head whose horns form the crescent moon.

The significance of the cryptic bull-headed moon god looming in Israel Museum’s galleries remains a subject of heated scholarly debate — not everyone is convinced of Keel’s thesis — but vestiges of its worship may persevere in modern Judaism. Whether true or not, the lunar calendar and celebration of the new moon in today’s liturgy harks back to the age preserved in the Bethsaida stele.   Read the complete article HERE

 

Jesus 'declared He's God of Old Testament'

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An American pastor and author who has produced his own translation of the New Testament based on the Aramaic text claims Jesus openly declared numerous times that He is the Creator God of the OLD Testament.

Aramaic is the ancient language believed by many scholars to be the language Jesus Himself mainly spoke in the first century, as depicted in Mel Gibson’s popular 2004 film, “The Passion of the Christ.”

“With all the Aramaic references to the name of the Deity,” says Rev. David Bauscher of Cambridge. N.Y., “the [Aramaic] New Testament not only teaches that Yeshua (Jesus) is divine, but it names Him as the Lord Jehovah of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who created Heaven and Earth, appeared to Abraham and appeared and gave the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, and it so names Him over 80 times.”

His latest work is titled, “The Aramaic New Testament in Plain English,” with details provided at his website, AramaicNT.com.

Bauscher is a former high-school science teacher proficient in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, and has been teaching the Bible since 1976. He is also the father of 12 homeschooled children.

Rev. David Bauscher, right, and his wife, May, in Port Stewart, Northern Ireland, in 2007.

He admits most Bible scholars believe the original New Testament was written in Greek, or almost all books were initially written in Greek.

But Bauscher contends there’s more evidence indicating the 27 books comprising the New Testament were actually written in Aramaic before they were translated into Greek, as is thought by many Assyrian and Syrian Christians.

“I was convinced, after two years of intensive research, that the complete Peshitta New Testament (as embodied in the 1905 Syriac Peshitta New Testament edition) was the original inspired text delivered to the apostles and evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,” he told WND.

The name “Peshitta” in Aramaic means “straight” – in other words, the original and pure New Testament.

“The American people at least deserve to read a direct English translation of the original Aramaic words of Jesus and the apostles into English, as opposed to all the translations from Greek, which I have demonstrated is itself a translation of the Aramaic original,” said Bauscher.

“We also deserve to know that the original was not Greek, but Aramaic, should we desire to study the original language and text for ourselves, not to mention that we deserve a rightly educated clergy, who know the historical and cultural realities of first-century Israel and the original Scriptures. There is widespread misinformation and false propaganda being disseminated in Christian churches concerning this matter.”

Though translations of from the Aramaic text have been done before, one major difference is Bauscher’s rendering of a key phrase that he says points to the divine identity of Jesus.

While many versions from the Greek have Jesus simply saying, “I am,” Bauscher has published it from the Aramaic to read, “I am the Living God.”

For example, his version of Mark 14:61-64 reads as follows, using the original name Yeshua to refer to Jesus:

But he was silent, and he did not answer him anything. And again, The High Priest asked him and said, “Are you The Messiah, The Son of The Blessed One?”

But Yeshua said to him, “I AM THE LIVING GOD, and you shall behold The Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of Heaven.”

But The High Priest ripped his tunic and he said, “Why now do we need witnesses?”

“Behold, you have heard the blasphemy from his own mouth. How does it appear to you?” But they all judged that he deserved death.

Another example of Jesus stating He is, in fact, God, is found in the 18th chapter of the Gospel of John, where the apostle Judas, referred to as Yehuda in this translation, helps Jesus get arrested:

Bauscher's translation of John 18:3-6 has Jesus saying, "I AM THE LIVING GOD" as He's being arrested.

And the famous first words from John are rendered as: “In the origin The Word had been existing and That Word had been existing with God and That Word was himself God.”

The New King James Version of John 1:1 states it as: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Jesus is also referred to as God and not just the Son of God in other translations of the Bible based upon the Greek.

For instance, Hebrews 1:8, speaking of God the Father, indicates: “But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.”

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DEFEATING DISEASE: HOW THE BIBLE CAN HELP

World leaders are realizing that medicines, money, research and legislation cannot by themselves win the battle against disease. As we face global plagues and deadly new diseases, can we find in the Bible a prescription for true health?

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The history of the human race is the story of an endless struggle against disease. We declare war on cancer and heart disease—yet they remain leading causes of death. Mammoth efforts were expended to eradicate malaria—a disease that helped topple the Roman Empire—yet it is returning with a vengeance. Citizens of the world are urged to fight against AIDS—yet this new disease is ravaging nations and destroying lives around the globe. Billions of dollars are spent annually in the battle against disease, but the problems continue to grow. Is there something we have failed to see?

As a new millennium dawns, leaders in government and the medical community are beginning to realize that medicines, money, research and legislation alone cannot win the battle against disease. Winning the battle will require utilizing every tool available—and learning more effective ways to address problems. The situation we face on a global scale is serious. Old plagues once thought conquered are reemerging. Deadly new diseases are appearing. Health systems in many nations are deteriorating under the strain of burgeoning populations and limited financial resources. While the cry of "health for all" appears a noble and attainable goal, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, director-general of the World Health Organization, acknowledges that "it remains elusive"—an illusion that keeps slipping over the horizon (Foreign Policy, Jan-Feb 2002, p. 25).

Perhaps it is time to ask: Why have we failed to win the battle against disease? Have real solutions been ignored? Can religion play a fundamental role in this crucial struggle? Did a loving and all-wise Creator reveal fundamental concepts that would revolutionize our approach to health? Does the Bible contain practical principles that could effectively eliminate the incredible burden of sickness that plagues the world?

A GLOBAL CURSE.  Read the rest here

 


Utah law would decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults

FILE: Kody Brown, left, from TV's reality show "Sister Wives," marches during a protest at the state Capitol, in Salt Lake City. 

FILE: Kody Brown, left, from TV's reality show "Sister Wives," marches during a protest at the state Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (AP)

(FOX NEWS) -- Utah lawmakers on Monday unanimously approved a bill that would decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, despite arguments from opponents who said the law could potentially embolden abusers.

Despite polygamy being made a felony in Utah some 85 years ago, its practitioners still number in the thousands. Republican Senator Deidre Henderson, who proposed removing the threat of jail time for polygamists, said efforts to curb the practice have been largely ineffectual and, in some cases, have made matters worse.

"The law is a failure. It hasn't stopped polygamy at all and it's actually enabled abuse to occur and remain unchecked," Henderson said. Her proposal to make bigamy an infraction rather than a felony has gathered significant support, despite resistance from former members of polygamous groups.

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Does the New Testament Abolish Meat Restrictions? Clean vs Unclean


Christian who escaped Muslim Pakistan warns of 'sword of Damocles'

War on Christianity Continues in near total silence from the world

Asia Bibi, falsely accused of blasphemy

A Christian woman who escaped the "near-total enforcement of Shariah" in Islamic Pakistan warns that the Christians who remain face a constant "sword of Damocles."

Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan on a false charge of blasphemy, issued the warning in an interview she gave to the Tribune India.

Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch said the "persecution of Asia Bibi was a particularly ugly chapter in the history of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and its enforcement of Shariah blasphemy laws."    MORE


At what point must science admit existence of God?

image from www.wnd.com“O, Almighty God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee!” wrote astronomer Johannes Kepler, 1619, “The Harmonies of the World.”

Johannes Kepler was born Dec. 27, 1571. An attack of smallpox when he was four years old left Johannes Kepler with crippled hands and poor eyesight. Overcoming those handicaps, Kepler took up the study of science.

The person most responsible for advancing the scientific method was Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Sir Francis Bacon, who helped found the Royal Society of London, wrote: “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.”

In his work “Essays: Of Goodness,” Sir Francis Bacon wrote: “There never was found, in any age of the world, either philosophy, or sect, or religion, or law, or discipline, which did so highly exalt the good of the community, and increase private and particular good as the holy Christian faith. Hence, it clearly appears that it was one and the same God that gave the Christian law to men, who gave the laws of nature to the creatures.”

In his treatise titled “Of Atheism,” Sir Francis Bacon declared: “A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.”

A contemporary of Johannes Kepler was Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), who made the first practical use of the telescope. Galileo Galilei stated: “I am inclined to think that the authority of Holy Scripture is intended to convince men of those truths which are necessary for their salvation, which, being far above man’s understanding, can not be made credible by any learning, or any other means than revelation by the Holy Spirit.”


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Where and How Did We Get the Bible?

Where did the Bible come from? Who authored it? How did we get it? Is it complete?


Book Many sincerely wonder: Do we have the entire Bible? Some feel that we cannot know. Is there any way to prove this?

The answer to both questions is “yes!”

Consider for a moment. Are you able to preserve important financial papers that you need to keep? Can families preserve treasured photographs, protected in an album? Are companies able to preserve records vital to their existence? Can the National Archives protect important documents and artifacts from America’s history? Is the Internet capable of preserving virtually EVERYTHING?

The answer to all these questions is “Of course!”

 

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