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The battle for the Levant--the land of Canaan --the Holy Land.

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that God’s covenant with Abraham will be literally fulfilled on earth today, and that the descendants of Ishmael will become a mighty people who will accept Y’shuah as their Saviour, and proclaim his love and grace to this sin-cursed world.  This spiritual transformation from a religion of terror to one of peace seems as impossible as was the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, who was transformed from a persecutor and murderer to becoming a saint, and a persecuted apostle of the Lamb.  But before the work of salvation is closed on this earth, the people of the Qur’an will have had the privilege of not only hearing the everlasting gospel of salvation in Y’shuah, but they too will also share in teach it to their fellowmen as the sinners only door of hope to have real peace with YHWH, as did the apostle Paul to his fellowmen.

Whenever the Almighty, YHWH, has a great work to do on earth, the enemy of souls steps in and seeks to thwart its accomplishment.  This has been especially true throughout the history of the Hebrew people in the Old Testament, and it is still true in our world today.  When Daniel was in Babylon, you will recall that the angel Gabriel was frustrated on his mission in coming to unfold things to him which are “noted in the scripture of truth” (Dan. 10: 21), but instead was frustrated by the devil, as he was engaged in a struggle, contending with “the prince of the kingdom of Persia” (Dan. 10: 13), who withstood him for three full weeks—the very measure of time during which Daniel was fasting for a divine break-thru (Dan. 10: 1-3), as he petitioned the throne of God for an answer.

The seed of Abraham are, in the last days, to receive of the covenant promises made by YHWH to Abraham and his posterity, and right now when these promises are to be realized, the enemy of righteousness is at work again, seeking to frustrate their fulfillment, and destroy a people destined for divine favor.  But as surely as he failed in the days of Daniel, Esther and Joseph, thanks to Michael our Prince, he will fail today as well.  The titanic battle between Jews and Muslims will be over, and even the desperately wicked group known as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), also known as ISIS and IS, will study war no more, but give up their weapons of warfare for the Good Shepherd’s Rod and Staff which restores and comforts the sin-benighted soul.

The two principal groups which are responsible for the destabilizing political and military crises in our world today are the Jews, and the Muslims, both descendants from the seed of Abraham.  And as surely as Ishmael vexed Isaac in their family’s home in Canaan—the Levant, so also it is today. The old family squabble is today tipping over into the formations of the next world war!  That war will be fought in the Middle East, a war in which the great nations of the earth will be engaged, and the United States and her allies will suffer a stinging military defeat!  It is an uncontested fact were it not for the return of the Jews to the land of Israel in 1948, the current war on Terror would never have been, and it is equally true that 95% of the global conflicts today are sponsored by agents from the Islamic faith.

Both these descendants of Abraham (the Muslim and the Jew) are in apostasy, and both will be humbled to repentance from their dead works to serving the true and living God, YHWH.  Further, the God of Abraham, YHWH, will have a seed of Abraham fitted to meeting the conditions of receiving all the promises, and they shall receive it in due season; they are the His goodly remnant, even the 144,000 saints who will one day soon, stand without fault before the throne of God. (Rev. 14: 1-5).

The rise of Zionism and the rise of the Islamic State are both instruments of the Devil, and are designed to take possession of the Promised Land on their own terms. But God will drive both of them from the Holy Land and give it to a righteous nation who will obey the truth.  He will also cause both seeds of Abraham, Muslims and Jews to receive the everlasting gospel, and they will both humble themselves to the God of Jacob, YHWH.

This powerful statement is worthy of our contemplation: “God has a people upon the earth who in faith and holy hope are tracing down the roll of fast-fulfilling prophecy, and are seeking to purify their souls by obeying the truth, that they may not be found without the wedding garment when Christ shall appear.”[1]

There are “fast-fulfilling” prophecies occurring around us daily, but unless we have been receiving “meat in due season,” (Matt. 24:45), we shall be disqualified from gaining an appreciation of these vitally important truths earmarking the events which stand as waymarks for the kingdom.

The Prophecy of Ishmael

After Sarai drove Hagar from her home, she was roaming in the desert, pregnant and homeless, when she had an encounter with the God of Abraham:

“7 And the angel of the LORD found her [Hagar] by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? And whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. 10   And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. {Ishmael: that is, God shall hear} 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. [They will dwell in hostile tight-knit tribes].” Gen. 16: 7-12.

So even before his birth Ish-ma-el was named, and promised be to a great nation.  This was the pronouncement of blessing offered Hagar from the angel of YHWH— Y’shuah (Jesus Christ).  Further, the prophecy of Ish-ma-el is that “his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him;” meaning his posterity will be a warlike people, not being able to agree among themselves, nor will they be able to agree with their neighbors!  They will be as ruthless and savage as “wild animals!”  Let’s examine verse twelve in parallel versions:

“He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.” Gen. 16: 12, NIV. This man will be like a wild donkey. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; he will live at odds with all his brothers.” Gen. 16: 12 HCSB He will be as free and wild as an untamed donkey. He will fight with everyone, and everyone will fight with him. He will have conflicts with all his relatives.” Gen. 16: 12, GWT

Young’s Literal Translation calls Ismael “a wild-ass man,” which in our modern vernacular would literally declare him to being “a wild-ass of a man!”  How’s that for special effects! In the popular culture of today, when a male person is being described as totally lawlessness and vile, a phrase such a “bad-ass boy” is used to describe him, and such is the expression of the Bible regarding Ishmael.  In the fullness of time though, Ishmael’s descendants become known as the desert nomads, who today comprise the Arab peoples of the Middle East, all of whom were polytheistic idol worshippers, and who would in time, with the advent of Mohammed in the early 7th century A.D., adopt the him as Allah’s last prophet, and Islam as the only true way of obedience to their god.  Allah, was declared to be the greatest of the gods, and was intended to replace all the other gods, for he stood supreme among them, and thus began the process of religious cleansing among the descendants of Ishmael, with many converts deciding their fate at the tip of the sword.  Today, when we hear the expression “Allah Akbar,” it means that “Allah is greater!” but many people assume that it means “God is great!”  The difference is important to note, because “great” does not set up a comparative, however “greater” does.  To recognize Allah as the grater of the gods, tells us much, that among the pantheon of gods in Arabia, Allah was regarded as the “greater,” and by extension “the greatest”!  Explore the origins of Allah here: The pagan origin of the word, “Allah”.[2]

The worship of Allah was the development of a sort of master religion with the inclusion of a master deity, and those who would not submit to this lordship would die at the tip of the sword.  In time, Ishmael, as he grew to become a man, became of all men, an archer—one who lived by his bow and his sword. “And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.” Ge 21:20.

What’s the work of an archer?  They muster wars!  “8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.” Ps. 46: 8, 9.  So the Archer shoots his bow and plunders with the spear (or sword). “Like an archer who wounds at random, so is the one who hires a fool or hires any passer-by.” Prov. 26: 10, NET. We see here that the archer also wounds at random.  Do you know of a religion today which wounds others at random? This is the behavior of an Archer—“he wounds at random.”  This is predictably one of the behaviors to be seen in the descendants of Ishmael—wounding others at random!

The worship of Allah amongst the Arabs was practiced in ages past, before the rise of Mohammad, and he was only one of the pantheon of gods worshipped by the descendants of Ishmael.

“But history establishes beyond the shadow of doubt that even the pagan Arabs, before Muhammad’s time, knew their chief god by the name of Allah and even, in a sense, proclaimed his unity…Among the pagan Arabs this term denoted the chief god of their pantheon, the Kaaba, with its three hundred and sixty idols.”[3]

“In pre-Islamic days, called the Days of Ignorance, the religious background of the Arabs was pagan, and basically animistic. Through wells, trees, stones, caves, springs, and other natural objects man could make contact with the deity… At Mekka, Allah was the chief of the gods and the special deity of the Quraish, the prophet’s tribe. Allah had three daughters: Al Uzzah (Venus) most revered of all and pleased with human sacrifice; Manah, the goddess of destiny, and Al Lat, the goddess of vegetable life. Hubal and more than 300 others made up the pantheon. The central shrine at Mekka was the Kaaba, a cube like stone structure which still stands though many times rebuilt. Imbedded in one corner is the black stone, probably a meteorite, the kissing of which is now an essential part of the pilgrimage.”[4]

“The cult of a deity termed simply “the god” (al-ilah) was known throughout southern Syria and northern Arabia in the days before Islam—Muhammad’s father was named ‘Abd Allah (“Servant of Allah”)–and was obviously of central importance in Mecca, where the building called the Ka’bah was indisputably his house. Indeed, the Muslims shahadah attests to precisely that point: the Quraysh, the paramount tribe of Mecca, were being called on by Muhammad to repudiate the very existence of all the other gods save this one. It seems equally certain that Allah was not merely a god in Mecca but was widely regarded as the “high god,” the chief and head of the Meccan pantheon, whether this was the result, as has been argued, of a natural progression toward henotheism or of the growing influence of Jews and Christians in the Arabian Peninsula…Thus Allah was neither an unknown nor an unimportant deity to the Quraysh when Muhammad began preaching his worship at Mecca.”[5]

So the evidence is clear that Allah, the god of Islam, is not YHWH of the Torah, no more than the Ishmael was the child of promise, or Islam equals peace.  These statements are not generated to project disdain for the descendants of Ishmael, but to underscore the truth that the simple meaning of a word, such as peace, should not color our vision to believe that we are indeed entering into a system of divine peace. The story is told of the old woman and the monkey:  Once there was an old woman who delighted to buy and eat wet sugar!  While returning from one of her wet sugar shopping trips, she slid on a banana peel, ostensibly cast aside by a monkey, and she fell resulting in the spilling of her delicacy—wet sugar. As the aged woman regained her composure and began scooping up the spilled wet sugar, she lamented “trouble, trouble, pure trouble!”  This she would repeat with each handful she scooped up.  The monkey looking on from a distance, noticed that the woman was not only scooping up her spilled merchandise, but also licked the sweet sugar syrup dripping from her fingers, all the while whispering, “trouble, trouble, pure trouble!”  Joining the recovery process, the monkey dipped his paws in the wet sugar and tasted it.  Delighted by its sweetness, he too started licking his chops all the while muttering with delight, “trouble, trouble, pure trouble!”

After the recovery process was completed, thinking that the name of the sweet syrupy product was “trouble,” the monkey enthusiastically turned to the old woman and asked, “Where may I buy some of this trouble?”  After a fleeting thought, the woman sent the foolish monkey to a certain farmer’s house; she instructed him to carry a stated sum of money and tell the farmer he is here to buy a bag of trouble!  The farmer told the trouble-seeking monkey to wait a while, as he went and fetched the bag of trouble. Filled with jubilation in his heart, and the anticipation of feasting on this bag of trouble all by himself powered the monkey’s stride as he sought out a safe and cool spot where he would open his bag of trouble and eat to his delight!  As he bounded with his bag of trouble, with each stride he took, the gleeful beast shouted, “trouble, trouble, pure trouble!” Finding the shade of a thorny tree, he reasoned that this is as good a place as any, so he sat down with his bag of trouble, and smiled as he untied the knot and chuckled one more time, “trouble, trouble, pure trouble!” The bag was now fully untied and to his dismay the monkey was staring in the eyes of a flesh-shredding Rottweiler dog.  Having only the thorny tree as his escape path, he quickly bounded up its prickly trunk being tortured with pain form the piercing thorns!  He indeed found trouble!

The moral of this story is clear, wet sugar to the old woman was known as trouble to the monkey, but neither of them was settled on the actual meaning of their words.  The same is true today, the meaning of peace, to the Westerner, for example, is not the same peace defined by the Muslim.  “Islam, a name given by Allah to this religion (Quran 5:4), is an Arabic word which literally means obedience and peace. ISLAM is derived from the Arabic root ‘SALEMA’: peace, purity, submission and obedience.”[6]

The “submission” and “obedience” components of Salema, are more often than not, carried out at the tip of the sword, and this is not what many thought they were consenting to when they sought to be submitted to the will of Allah. Similarly, the word “God” to the Westerner means YHWH—the Creator of the universe, and the father of Y’shuah (‘Issa, or Jesus), his only begotten son, whereas the same word “God” to the Muslim means Allah—the great god, who has no son!  Now both words are identical, but are enshrined with two diametrically opposite meanings.

Of YHWH, the Bible teaches: “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” Eph. 1: 3, 4.  This passage is clear that the Great God, YHWH, is also the Father of Jesus Christ (Y’shuah Ha-Mashiach).

We learn here that not only is YHWH the father of Y’shuah, but that Y’shuah existed “before the foundation of the world.” This is not the case with any of the prophets recognized in Islam, including ‘Issa (Y’shuah).

“4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?” Prov. 30: 4.  Similar to the questions posed to Job (see chap 38: 4-10), the Eternal challenges mankind to identify “his name” and “His son’s name,” also.  But since Allah does not have son, he is immediately and eternally ruled out of the discussion.

From the official website of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I share this belief among all followers of the Qur’an” “According to Islam, all prophets are human beings and none bear superhuman characteristics. Wherever some miracles are attributed to prophets, which are understood to indicate their superhuman character, the categorical and clear statements of the Quran reject such a notion. Raising of the dead is one of such miracles attributed to certain prophets. Although similar descriptions are found in many divine scriptures or religious books, according to the Quran they are not meant to be taken literally, but have a metaphorical connotation. For instance, it is attributed to Jesus (as) that he raised the dead into a new life. But the Holy Quran speaks of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) in the same terms, with the same words being applied to his miracle of spiritual revival.”[7]

The same authority on Islam informs us along the rite of resurrection accordingly: “No prophet is granted an exceptionally long term of life which makes him distinctly different and above the brotherhood of prophets to which he belongs. Nor is any prophet mentioned as having risen bodily to remote recesses of the universe. Wherever there is such mention, it is spiritual ascent which is meant, not bodily ascent, which the Quran categorically declares is against the character of prophets.”[8]

The above statements while acknowledging “Jesus” (Y’shuah) as a prophet, simultaneously reject His divinity, deity, and pre-historic existence from the foundations of the earth. Here in even more vivid details on the unity of God, they declare that “As briefly mentioned before, Islam’s doctrine of Unity is absolute and unsplittable; it has no room for adding to the Godhead in any form. He has neither a father nor a mother, nor has He a spouse. For Him to give birth to sons and daughters is inconceivable.”[9]

The above statement makes invalid Proverbs 30: 4, which explicitly teaches that God (YHWH) has a son, a concept considered foreign and “inconceivable” in Islam!

While on the one hand, Ishmael is represented as a “wild-ass man,” Isaac is oppositely depicted as a lamb!  It is sufficient to note that on Mount Moriah, the same mountain on which Y’shuah was crucified, when questioned about the sacrificial lamb by Isaac, Abraham responded in hopes of the Messianic Lamb, which Isaac prefigured—“God will provide himself a lamb.” (Gen. 22: 8) There is so much in the theology of this phrase, for it tells us that YHWH would Himself both provide and be the lamb.  What?  God Himself becoming the Lamb!  Let’s first read the passage:

“7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” Gen. 22; 7-10.

Observe carefully that Isaac’s question was concerning “the lamb,” and that lamb was later found in the thicket, entangled by his horns.  Behold a lamb appeared where formerly there was none! (Remember the case of Ishmael—a well appeared where formerly there was none.) Because Isaac was the recognized “lamb”, Abraham proceeded in the sacrificial ceremony in faith that the life Giver (YHWH) would restore life to his only legitimate son, his only legal child up to this point in his life.  The rest of the story is rather telling: “13  And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram [male sheep] caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh [YHWH-Yireh]: as it is said to this day, in the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” Gen. 22: 13, 14.

Hence in Isaac’s place was presented a literal lamb which typified Y’shuah, the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world.  And on the spot where Isaac was to have been offered on the altar of sacrifice, some three thousand years later, on Mount Moriah, the spotless Lamb of God—Y’shuah—yielded up his life blood on behalf of sinners, so that the death of one might atone for the sins of all, the whole world.  The very manners of obedience manifested by Isaac as Abraham bound him and placed him on the altar, is indicative of his mild-mannered character—he was not a warlike man, and also reflects the character of Y’shuah, who like a sheep resisted not, when he offered his life a ransom for the sins of the world!  The opposite is true of Hagar’s son, Ishmael.  Of Y’shuah the Bible said, “6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”  Isa. 53: 6, 7.  He, Y’shuah, “opened not his mouth” in protest and resistance of the abuses being heaped upon Him by sinners, even as the gentle Isaac, resisted not his aged father, on that memorable day on Moriah’s summit.

Further, we are told that Isaac was laid bound on a wooden altar, even as Christ was nailed by his hands and feet to a wooden cross—the antitypical wooden alter.  The magnanimity of YHWH displayed in the spotless Lamb of God revealed more closely in the story of Isaac’s rescue, in this phrase, “and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns.” (Gen. 22: 13).  The thicket represents the entangled branches of trees—thorns and thistles.  Why by his horns in the thorns?  The horns of an animal are on its head. “17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head.” Mark. 15: 17.  The mystery of it all is that a crown of thorns—thistles and prickles—was made for a crown, and thus was his head caught, as it were, in the thorns.  Abraham was correct, YHWH provided Himself as Isaac’s sacrificial substitute.  Then Abraham would call the name of that place where the mystery lamb (ram) was found—YHWH my provider—the One who provided the Lamb!  And so “in this mount [Moriah] it [the provided Lamb] shall be seen, and it has been seen, that Y’shuah—the Lamb of YHWH, was offered up in Isaac’s place, for the sins of the world, on Moriah’s dreary ascent. Realize that the words “provide” and “provider” were used exclusively in relation to the donating or giving of the lamb, and so enriches the thought that YHWH-Yireh (Jehovah-Jireh) speaks with specificity to the truth that the Lamb was provided by YHWH. YHWH my provider then, really means YHWH my Lamb, and so in this mountain of Moriah, it shall be seen. It was seen in actuality on a somber Sabbath eve in 31 AD, when the marauding crowd gathered for one final time, to heap on Him their indignation for claiming to be the Son of God, making Himself equal with the Father, and he was crucified on that mount.

YHWH’S Covenant to Abraham–The “GOD” of Abraham’s Posterity

A promise is a promise, and the greatest Promise Keeper is YHWH, the creator of the universe and all that therein is.  He made an oath by Himself, and a promise to Abraham and his seed that He will give them the land of Canaan for an eternal possession, and though today it is not yet materialized, nonetheless on the authority of the divine Promise Keeper, we can rest assured that it will be done, before the consummation of the age, and prior to the Second Coming of Y’shuah in power and great glory.

“1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan {the Levant}, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” ” Gen. 17: 1-8.

This promise is summarized in the Psalms, so let’s examine it there: “8 He hath remembered his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. 9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; 10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: 11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance.” Ps. 105: 8-11.

Note carefully that “a thousand generations” have not yet elapsed since this oath was decreed to Abraham!  A thousand generations, by biblical standards will consume some 42,000 years (Read Matt, 1: 17). And even if we use the theory that a generation is either 40 years or 70 years, we have not yet consumed that much time since the giving of this divine oath, nor even since the fall of Adam and eve, for that matter.  In other words, there is more time available for the fulfillment of this promise, than are available years remaining for the existence of this earth. This also validates the fact that heaven and earth will more easily pass away, than for one jot or one tittle be excluded from fulfillment in the words of our God. (Matt. 5: 18).

Knowing that Israel is Abraham’s seed, and by a natural consequence would become an heir to the promise (Gal. 3: 29), YHWH decreed that Ishmael too will be blessed, and become a great nation, and receive of the blessings of Abraham’s posterity. “18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! 19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.” Gen. 17: 18-21.

The covenant being established with Isaac by no means disallow Ishmael from the blessing, just that Ishmael will have to accede to the worship of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—YHWH.  This is true of the Gentiles who are grafted in, that they become grafted children of Abraham’s and thus earn full entitlement to the all the covenant promises made by YHWH to him.  So even before Ishmael was circumcised, YHWH made a declaration to Abraham, which teaches the truth that Abraham invested the knowledge of the Omnipotent One in the life of all his seeds, and all who dwelt within his gates.

“17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19  For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” Gen. 18: 17-19.  Ishmael was a seed of Abraham, and he was obedient to the God of Abraham, for a while.  And even in their apostasy, the seed of Abraham through Ishmael did not reject, for example the weekly Sabbath, which we recognize as occurring on Saturday.  It should not surprise us that the people of Ishmael’s descendants not only kept the weekly Sabbath, but also practiced the health principles outlined in the Torah.

“O ye unto whom the Scripture hath been given! Believe in what We have revealed confirming that which ye possess, before we destroy countenances so as to confound them, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath breakers (of old time), The commandment of Allah is always executed. Lo! Allah forgiveth not that a partner should be ascribed unto Him. He forgiveth (all) save that to whom He will. Whoso ascribeth partners to Allah, he hath indeed invented a tremendous sin.” (Qur’an4:47, 48)

“And we caused the Mount to tower above them at (the taking of) their covenant: and We bade them: Enter the gate, prostrate! And we bade them: Transgress not the Sabbath! And We took from them a firm covenant.” (Qur’an 4:154)

For a comprehensive study on the Sabbath in the Qur’an, read this document.[10] The evidence is clear that at their earliest times, the people of the Islamic faith acknowledged the sanctity of the Sabbath, a signature piece, and the physical identification mark of true worship which was preserved though the lineage of Shem, from which Abraham descended.

YHWH Affirms Ishmael as Abraham’s Seed—an Heir to the Covenant Promise!

Although Ishmael was born to Abraham’s Egyptian concubine, Hagar, he was still Abraham’s seed, and thus a beneficiary to the blessings of Abraham. “12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. 13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.” Gen. 21: 12-13.

Because, and only because Ishmael is the seed of Abraham, he too is entitled to all the blessings and benefits of the covenant—to receive the land of Promise. But as with Isaac, they must all receive that covenant by “faith,” through living up to the terms and conditions of the promise—becoming righteous in Y’shuah. Remember that even Abraham was required to meet this standard:

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. {perfect: or, upright, or, sincere, righteous}” Gen. 17:1. Abraham obtained by righteousness which cometh only by faith in the Lamb, because he believed GOD and took Him at his Words. “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness…13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith…16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” Rom. 4: 3, 13, 17-22.

So Abraham became the father of all who will be saved—the righteous, and thus earned “heir of the world.” It is rather laughable today, when we see the Skinheads and other Arian Nation groups preaching hatred against the seed of Abraham, principally the Jews, but had they known their history, and the theology of the Scriptures, they’d discover, much to their chagrin that they too bear the seed of Abraham in their veins. The diaspora of Abraham’s seed was to inoculate the world with the pollen of Shemitic (Semitic) genes in every nation, kindred, tongue and people, such that all who will enter through the pearly gates, will be of the seed of Shem—the one credited for men once again calling on the name of YHWH. The righteous seed of the woman (Eve). Look at the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, and see this to be true:

“10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.” Rev. 21: 10-12. Very conspicuously absent from this list of tribes, is a gate or tribe for the Gentiles. The message is clear, if we will be saved at all, we must obtain the faith of Abraham through the Lamb, Y’shuah the Holy One of Israel! This doctrine was preached by Y’shuah to the prostitute woman by the well in Samaria: “21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” John 4: 21, 22.

There are many today observing all sorts of pagan customs yet calling themselves Christians, or followers of the Way of Messiah, while they resent the religion given to the Jews! Christ who died for the sins of the world, taught that the blessing of Abraham extends to lost mankind and as such “salvation is of the Jews.” This is not teaching that to be “Jewish” means we will be automatically saved! Rather it is teaching that the doctrine of YHWH’s salvation flows like a stream from Abraham’s genealogy to the rest of the world, and thus in Abraham all the families of the earth will be blessed with the knowledge of YHWH.

Ishmael Drinks From The “Well”

As Ishmael grew up and became a young lad in Abraham’s household, he being the elder of the two, sought to be the greater, and thus became a constant thorn in Isaac’s side, much to the disgust of Sarai. And when her patience was exhausted, in rage she drove for a second time, Hagar and her son Ishmael form her home, to become desert wanderers.   But because Ishmael was a seed of Abraham’s, he was not allowed by heaven to perish, and thus earned divine favor.

“15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? Fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. 19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.” Gen. 21: 15-20

Though he was not the child of promise, yet we are told that “God was with the lad,” Ishmael, (20), He “heard his voice,” (17) and promised to make of him “a great nation” (18). This is the blessing of Abraham! And wonder of wonders, where previously there was not water, there arose a wadi, a pool or a well, in the sun-parched desert! This was a miracle, and an act of divine intervention to the saving of Ishmael’s life, and thus the succession of his posterity—the twelve princes whom would emanate from his loins. Isaac’s life was spared by divine intervention, when there appeared a ram caught in the thicket, where before there was none, and Ishmael’s fife was also spared by divine intervention, when there appeared a pool in the desert, where before there was none! Both seeds of Abraham were blessed by YHWH, and saved by Him, although their descendants would in time become the focal point of religious hate and tribal conflicts to dye the world in a sea of blood!

The Wells Of Salvation

“And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.”

This “well” is symbolic of the Scriptures—the “wells of salvation.” Ishmael drank water from this “well” and his life was spared. The Ishmaleites are to drink from the well again! This well was as miraculously provided to Hagar, as was the “ram in the thicket” to Abraham. In both instances his children’s lives were preserved through divine intervention. The lesson is clear, YHWH has a great plan for both boys, their posterity shall inherit the blessings of Abraham—they shall hear the everlasting gospel, and come in humility to worship YHWH the provider of the Lamb—Abraham’s God!

In order to have lived, Ishmael had to have drunk water from the well in the desert. This act of divine favor was granted him as an illustration to us that in order to live, we must all drink water from the wells of salvation, as Ismael did. And since Ishmael drank from the well, it became a model for his descendants that they too will in time also drink water from the wells of salvation.  Thus saith the Holy One of Israel: “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isa 12:3.

“They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.” Isa 49:10.

“10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4: 10-14.

“3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: 4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.” Isa. 44: 3-4.

What the world needs today is not water from the broken cisterns of Babylon, but the pure life-giving water from the wells of salvation—the truth of YHWH as it is in His son, and thus shall we become Abraham’s seed and heirs to the promise!

Ish-ma-el and Isaac Were Divinely Named For Greatness

“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. {Ishmael: that is, God shall hear}.” Gen. 16: 11.

“And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.” Gen. 17: 19.

As with Abraham, so with his two children, they all, as a family, had their names given from above. There were occasions in which both children could have died, but the divine Provider stepped in to the rescue, and preserved their posterity till this day. That preservation is for the glory and honor of His glorious Name.

Ishmael was born to an Egyptian mother, and also married an Egyptian woman, and Esau married one of his (Ishmael’s) daughters. Thus the seed of Abraham extends to the Egyptians and Edomites. In Part 3 of this series we will look deeper into the truth of Ishmael’s posterity, and their roles in our world today, but for now, I conclude with this truth:

“19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. 21 And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. 22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them. 23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. 24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” Isa. 19: 19-25.

The Egyptians here are the seed of Ishmael also, and as such they are Abraham’s seed. The truth of the hour teaches that the Egyptians—Muslims, or Ishmael’s offspring— will be converted to Y’shuah, and build an alter of true worship in the land of the Pharaohs, as well as in greater Arabia, and this will be a sign and a witness to the rest of Ishmael’s seed. For then shall the Almighty open their eyes to the “Saviour,” Y’shuah (‘Issa), whom He has sent, and he will be known as the redeemer to Ishmael’s descendants. That glorious day is hastening upon us. Shalom in MessiahΩ

By Garrick Augustus, November 7, 2014

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[1] EG White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, p. 307.

[2] http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-allah-pre-islamic-origin.htm

[3] The Moslem Doctrine of God, Samuel M. Zwemer 1905, p 24-25

[4] Meet the Arab, John Van Ess, 1943, p. 29

[5]The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, ed. John L. Esposito, 1995, p 76-77

[6] https://www.alislam.org/islam/

[7] https://www.alislam.org/books/study-of-islam/prophets.html

[8] Ibid.

[9] https://www.alislam.org/books/study-of-islam/unity.html

[10] http://www.ccg.org/english/s/P274.html –“The Sabbath in the Qur’an”

This Blog has been moved to: https://sdaprophecies.com/; SS Lesson #12–Christ’s Church and the Law

SS Lesson #12–Christ’s Church and the Law

This article is a study of the law of God from Eden to Eden, that is Eden lost to Eden restored. The aim is to determine if this law has been changed in the transfer from Adam to the Remnant people of God. This transfer is likened to the baton in a relay, and we note with candor, that the same baton handed at the start of the race must be delivered at the finishing post, in order to determine a successful race and ultimate winner. Similarly, in this spiritual race for salvation, we aim to prove that the same law which was handed down to Adam prior to sin’s tarnishing the human race, must be discovered in the final consummation of all things.  The Sabbath School Lesson Study Guide is here: http://ssnet.org/lessons/14b/less12.html

From Adam to Noah:

Central to the directive given Adam is the “command” from YHWH, to have “no other gods before him,” ( ) by loving “YHWH his God with all his heart, soul and might.” ( ) This relationship of love was intended to bond Adam to his God as “one,” and bond Adam to his wife as “one.” It is to this oneness which Y’shuah speaks when he said, “father let them be ONE, even as you and I are ONE.”( John 17: 21). It is impressive that the centrality of the “two commandments on which hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt. 22: 40) were handed down and revealed to Adam while in Eden. In a sense, we can honestly say that God introduced Adam and Eve to both the “moral” and “ceremonial” law, ere  sin was known in the family tree of man! This is an important concept which I’ll develop below.

Special note if interest:  The Bible nowhere teach the concept of “moral” vs. “ceremonial” laws, and I treat this later as an invention of Roman Catholicism.  Therefore whenever I shall use these terms, it is purely from an almost satirical nature, to show how incomplete this unbiblical concept really is with respect to the totality of the Torah.

The Ceremonial Law Before Sin?

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” Gen. 1: 14.

When we realize that there were no Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter seasons, respectively, as we now do since the flood (Gen. 8:22), nor were there rainy season and dry (drought) season (Gen. 2: 5), we will better appreciate the truth that these “seasons” in Eden served for the sacred festivals, divinely appointed times—in Hebrew, moedims—during which man was to appear before his maker, in harmony with the rest of the unfallen worlds, in harmonious worship to their King. It should also be noted that, in Eden, there were no planting season and harvest season, for the tree of life “bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month” (Rev. 22: 2), it reinforces the conclusion that the “seasons” in Gen. 1: 14, are purely spiritual, or sacred, in nature, bespeaking the annual and lunar festivals.

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,’” Gen. 1: 14, NIV.

The NIV actually correctly translates the Hebrew “moed” to be “sacred times,” for that is truly what they were, and before sin, we see that these sacred “days and years” were already recognized and established in the punctuation of time, prior to the corruptions caused by sin, in the family of Adam!

That these sacred times of the so-called “ceremonial law” will also be observed in the New Earth, the Bible further testifies through Isaiah that, “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isa. 66: 23.

Note carefully that nowhere in the so-called “moral law” is the New Moon called for, although the Sabbath is there mentioned, yet in the so-called “ceremonial law,” which most Christian Denominations including the SDA, teach has been nailed to the Cross with Christ, we find the “new moon,” which marks the new month so as to calibrate to the annual festivals. For example Passover is on the 14th of day of the first month (new moon), while the Day of Atonement is on the 10th day of the seventh new moon (month), and Tabernacles, accordingly commences on the 15th day of the seventh new moon (read Lev. 23: 5-40). Therefore, central to understanding when the appointed times are, is to know the timing of the “new moon” in the Divine calendar, and this knowledge was taught to Adam prior to the fall. It should not surprise us then, to find out that it was at the time of the evening sacrifice, in “the cool of the day,” that YHWH appeared for His appointment with Adam and Eve:

“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” Gen. 3: 8.

The phrase “cool of the day,” is an idiomatic expression used in reference to the evening tide, when the sun’s heat is not as intense as at the meridian, or noontide heat. Hence, it was at the time, which after sin, is called “the time of the evening sacrifice.” (1 Ki. 18: 29). The truth towers forth in clarity of all the associated facts gathered above, that the notion of the so-called ceremonial law was a truth early known to the sinless pair in Eden, devoid of the sacrifices. When sin came into the human experience, the Creator supplemented sacrifices as a means of symbolically atoning for man’s sins, till the perfect Sacrifice should come, in the person of His Son, Y’shuah. Even the weekly Sabbath, which in Eden had not known sacrifices, would be tainted with the blood of animals in a double sacrifice on that day.

“And on the Sabbath day two lambs of the first year without spot, and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and the drink offering thereof: This is the burnt offering of every Sabbath, beside the continual burnt offering, and his drink offering.” Num. 28: 9, 10.

So we see, and for some in the Adventist faith, it will be the first time realizing that the weekly Sabbath was not exempt from its share of double sacrifices, to which Christ would later comment, “have ye not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?” Matt. 12: 5. Christ was here teaching that on the Sabbath days, the priests profaned the Sabbath by conducting a double-duty sacrifice on that day, yet they were counted as “blameless” in God’s sight. The Sabbath, therefore, had more bloodshed committed on it than had the weekly days, yet this was in keeping with the commandments of YHWH. The sacrifices therefore, are no reason to accept or reject a holy day, it only requires YHWH’s declaration on any given day, and that alone makes it holy.

From Noah to Abraham

With this knowledge then, it will not frustrate us to learn that Noah knew the difference between “clean” versus “unclean” animals (Gen. 7: 2, 3), Abraham was “circumcised” (Gen. 17:10), knew the importance of “tithes” (Gen. 14: 20), and worshipped with “unleavened bread” (Gen. 19: 3) long before the law was repeated at Sinai. In other words, the so-called ceremonial law was in force thousands of years before Moses, and God used him to simply write down the tenets of the Torah, which in prior ages had been known by the patriarchs, and orally handed down from one generation to the next.

From Abraham to Moses

The Quarterly suggests that, “The Bible gives no criteria for God’s call of Abraham.”—Tuesday, June 17, 2014. This is not accurate, but having missed the point as to why the “sons of God” were so named, it caused them to equally miss the point regarding the call of Abraham. Let’s now open our spiritual eyes and see more clearly:

Seth’s lineage was known as the “sons of God.” The Bible record is clear, “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.” Gen. 4: 26. Seth’s descendants are the ones who called upon YHWH, and were therefore known as the Sons of Elohim (God). Noah was a descendant of Seth, thereby making him one of “the sons of God.” The righteous lineage was transferred to Shem, and so Shem’s descendants after the flood carried the title “sons of God.” Abraham is from the line of Shem, which also make him one of “the sons of God.” Just as there is a goodly remnant throughout all ages who have kept the truth, like the athletes in a relay passing the baton, we can see a clear line of transition points of the baton of truth, from one generation to the next. It is also important to note that the baton does not get changed in this relay of life, and the student of the Scriptures must assess the baton from Eden and closely compare it at each change point to see if it has been tampered with, for at the end of the race, we must have the same baton handed off at the start of the race!

I shall now quote from an earlier article I wrote this year:

That Which Was “Handed Down” To The Saints

Since the Christian Church is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, [with] Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone,” (Eph. 2: 20), the question must now be asked: what is it that they have collectively “handed down to the saints” once and for all time?  Did they leave for us, Christmas Day, New Years, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Parents Day (Mother’s & Father’s), All Saints Day, Thanksgiving Day, Sunday as the Sabbath, among other church-appointed and globally recognized holidays? Though many Christians are loath to doing so, I believe the candid reader can honestly state without equivocation, that none of the above-mentioned days of Christian import have been “handed down” to us by the prophets, Jesus Christ or the apostles themselves.  This being true, we must here ask other pertinent questions:  From whence came these church holidays or holy days? And more importantly, in terms of holy days, which are the ones that were “handed down” to us by the three principals mentioned in Eph. 2: 20?  The correct answer to these questions will lead us on the path of rediscovery, a rediscovery which will be as real to us as was the doctrine of Justification by Faith to the early Protestants of the 16th century.

The Apostle Paul has often likened the Christian’s life to the relays of the Greco-Roman Olympiads of his days, and has left on record, these inspiring words: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Heb. 12:1.

In the Olympics, one of the most emotional parts of the games is the relays, the science of which is the effective passing of the baton from one athlete to another.  Those who master this feat in human athleticism and ultimately win their respective games, must have a number of things correct:  (1) They must correctly transfer the baton from the exhausted athlete to the one standing in wait, (2) the waiting athlete must carry to the finish line the same baton that was “handed down,” or delivered at the start of the race, (3) the transferred baton must be carried with a sense of urgency and duty while the athlete endures the grueling competition from the fast-stepping thuds of their challengers for the prize, and (4), it is utterly pointless for an athlete, even with Bolt-like speed, to break the finish line without the baton in hand, and expect to win the prize!  Such an athlete would be disqualified for that race.

My objective here is not to give the mechanics of good baton transfers in a competitive athletic relay, but to learn from this man-made sport the value of the sacred treasure with which we have been entrusted, and commanded to earnestly contend for, as we faithfully transmit it from one generation to the next.

There are today many Christian apologists who will lisp Jude 1:3, and present themselves as the defenders of the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints, yet they break with impunity God’s holy commandments, “and teach men so,” (Matt. 5: 19!), and expect for their wilful transgression to be specially honored of Christ, and called “great in the kingdom of heaven!”  It is high time then for us to examine the baton of purported truth we see in the Christian world today, and determine if it is the same baton of truth which was “handed down” by the three principals in this life-enduring relay.  To do this, we must examine the record of what they taught and practiced, and compare it against what we have today.  If there is a “different baton” of truth today, we must take one more step—determine where, when and by whom the change has occurred.—Happy Mother’s Day, Garrick Augustus, May 8, 2014.

The Quarterly’s attempt to excoriate Abraham for his cowardice in the face of threats to his personal safety is to miss the mark completely. Here it states, “He does not appear to have had the righteous profile of Noah. In fact, soon after the call he proved himself to be cowardly and deceptive (Gen. 12:11-13), violating God’s law.” –Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Noah the drunkard, who was so intoxicated that he fall asleep naked, exposing himself to the his children, and thus world?

20And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. 22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without… 24And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.” Gen. 9: 20-24.

The phrase “done unto him,” is wrapped in mystery and wonder, as to suggest that Ham had more than merely a sight at his father’s nakedness, but must have gone beyond the pale of merely looking to carrying out some displeasing act against his father. We will better know of these details in glory, if it is of any importance then. Suffice it to say, that Ham did not “honor” his father as required in the 5th commandment, but treated him with disrespect. I bring this out to show that it is a cheap shot to compare Abraham with the “righteous” Noah, for none is righteous, no not one! Jesus Christ, the only sinless One, came to save sinners, of whom I am chief, and the story of the Bible is the story of sinners, it is the story of how the loving YHWH stooped down to rescue mankind from the bottomless pit of degradation and sin into the glorious liberty of his eternal kingdom. O, what a mighty God we serve!

From Moses to Jesus

“Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.” Deut. 7: 11.

It is of interest to do a baton check at this juncture. We find Moses handing off “the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments” to Israel. This was formerly given to Abraham: “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Gen. 26: 5. So far we see that the baton of truth has not been switched, and we can have confidence that that which was given by YHWH to Adam, has been safely transferred down to Moses, unabridged. We are also confident that since Moses’s teachings reached to the time of Christ, that the same baton was available to Him, the original Law Giver, and it must be of interest to us to determine if He has changed the baton at his exchange point to His Apostles and the Early Church.

From Jesus To The Remnant

The Bible is clear that Jesus practiced the whole law, not just the Ten Commandments, as many Adventists suppose. As a matter of custom through divine obligation He not only kept the law, but taught men so. When challenged about the great commandment, Jesus Christ (Y’shuah) responded thusly:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matt. 22: 38-40.

It is profound that Christ saw “all the law” summarized in these two commandments which were not quoted from the Ten Commandments (so-called Moral Law), but from the full body of the law, the so-called ceremonial law! What does this mean to us today as Christians, and more so as Adventist Christians professing to be the remnant? A lot!

Baton Check!

When Was This Baton Of Truth Changed?

With the above catalogue of divinely appointed holy days, which were “handed down” to us by the Founder of our faith, clearly identified, we must now consult church history to see when this order had been changed, and if He authorized it.  The evidence is clear that somewhere along the path of time, since the death of the faithful Apostles, the sacred baton of truth has been switched on us, and a new baton has been extended to the church in its place! The Christian Church was set apart as the trustees to whom was bequeathed this sacred trust—the divine baton of truth, to be kept unsullied from the encroachments of heathenism, the superstitions of paganism or the denegation of modernism.  Till her glorious presentation on the grand coronation day for all saints (2 Tim. 4: 8), the saints are to walk in the light of “the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 14: 12).  But alas! Those commandments have been changed and otherwise tampered with by an interloper, who is no more pious than were the Scribes and Pharisees of Christ’s days!

This new baton, which many who are ignorant hold as “the original”, operates at the exclusion and absolute negation of YHWH’s Holy Days!  We know this to be true simply on account of the fact that this verily might be the first time the reader has confronted these divine requirements, which have been laid down by the Almighty One in the Scriptures, given for all true worshippers to observe.  And since these divinely appointed Holy Days are very unfamiliar to Christians in general, and have been relegated by theologians as “Jewish feasts” in particular, we must again ask the question: By Whom, Where and When were these holy assemblies removed from the liturgical calendar of the Christian church?  I believe I have found the answer, and will now share it with you, in hopes that it will not simply give you an intellectual ascent to the confession of truth, but a heart surrender to the Author of Truth.  Here is the record:

April 26, 1902

Dear Friend: Your note was forwarded to me here where I reside at present. …I still offer $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me, from the Bible alone, that I am bound under pain of grievous sin to keep Sunday holy. We keep Sunday in obedience to the law of the Catholic Church. The Church made this law long after the Bible was written; hence the law is not in the Bible. The Catholic Church abolished not only the Sabbath, but all the Jewish Festivals.

Those who deny the authority of the Catholic Church and obey only the Bible must answer correctly the following: 1. Where does the Bible teach that we must keep Sunday holy; 2. Where does it teach that we must keep Sunday once a week and not once a year like Christmas; 3. Where does it teach that we must keep Easter always on the 1st Sunday after the full moon of the Vernal Equinox; 4. In Lev 23 you find 7 holy days binding as strictly as the Sabbath. Where does the Bible say that they are abolished? … Here also you obey the Catholic Church and not the Bible.”

Signed, T. Enright CSSR. The Mission Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Detroit, Michigan. [Italics and emphasis added.]

So, we see in this letter how Cardinal Enright has correctly informed us that it was the Roman Catholic Church (his own denomination), “long after the Bible was written,” that has been the responsible party for these changes in the Christian Church’s worship calendar.  In other words, the Church of Rome has deliberately changed the baton that was “handed down” by the fathers to the Saints for future ages!  Prophesy has actually placed us on alert that such a day would have come.  Speaking of Papal Rome, the Lord through Daniel declared: “He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.” Dan. 7: 25, NLT.  In light of this prophecy, it is worth repeating a line from the Cardinal’s letter, juxtaposed with the prophetic pen of Inspiration:

“The Catholic Church abolished not only the Sabbath, but all the Jewish Festivals.” “He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws.”

Do you see how the “he,” of Dan 7: 25 accurately forecasts the mission of the Roman Catholic Church, who has accepted responsibility for having “abolished” what is today represented as “Jewish Festivals”? The evidence is clear also, that what is today pawned off as the original baton of truth, handed down by the three principals in Eph. 2: 20, is a false baton, one that was “changed,” and when we get to the finishing line we shall be disqualified by the Master, on the grounds of having ran a bogus relay, so to speak.  In more accurate Biblical language, this is how the Founder of our Faith sees it:

“(11) And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: (12) and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.” Matt. 22: 11, 12, KJV.

The servant was rendered “speechless” because he knew his master’s will and failed to do it—he wilfully refused to correctly attire for the sumptuous wedding feast.  There is another wedding festival to which we are invited, and Christ is calling you today, he is calling me today to start our wedding festival dress rehearsals, and in our obedience to His Torah, we will have honored all His requirements.

“(21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (24) Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.” Matt. 7: 21-24, KJV.

Since we are saved unto good works, let us be obedient to all that he has taught us in Lev. 23, and teach men so, for said He, “ye shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

On the question of whose authority changed the holy appointed festivals which were handed down to the Church by the three principals in Eph. 2: 20, here is the Roman Catholic Philosopher and patron saint, Saint Thomas Aquinas:

  • “As to the Sabbath, which was a sign recalling the first creation, its place is taken by the Lord’s Day, which recalls the beginning of the new creature in the Resurrection of Christ. In like manner other solemnities of the Old Law are supplanted by new solemnities because the blessings vouchsafed to that people foreshadowed the favours granted us by Christ. Hence the feast of the Passover gave place to the feast of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection; the feast of Pentecost when the Old Law was given, to the feast of Pentecost on which was given the Law of the living spirit; the feast of the New Moon, to the feast of the Blessed Virgin, when appeared the first rays of the sun, that is Christ, by the fullness of grace; the feast of Trumpets, to the feasts of the Apostles; the feast of Expiation [Day of Atonement], to the feasts of Martyrs and Confessors; the feast of Tabernacles, to the feast of the Church Dedication; the feast of the Assembly and Collection, to the feast of the Angels, or else to the feasts of All Saints.”—Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Question 103, Of The Duration Of The Ceremonial Precepts, Article 3. [Added]; Also found in The “Summa Theologica” of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume 6, pp. 233-234; also at: Google Books.

Saint Thomas’ theology, you see, is a direct repudiation against, and replacement of, the divinely appointed holy convocations called forth in Lev. 23.  In obedience to that command, I dutifully urge you to take pause and contemplate all that we have discussed up to this point, and make a Joshua-like commitment to yourself and to the Most High, YHWH: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Jos 24:15.—Happy Mother’s Day, Garrick Augustus, May 8, 2014.

Further Study And Considerations (Friday):

“And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of Godand have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev. 12: 17, NKJV

When we Adventists read the phrase “the commandments of God,” we automatically conclude that they have reference only to the Ten Commandments, but a closer study of the word “commandments” from the Greek will help to remove the blinders.

This word “commandments” is the Greek Entolē (pronounced en-to-lae), and is defined as,an order, command, charge, precept, injunction; that which is prescribed to one by reason of his office; a commandment; a prescribed rule in accordance with which a thing is done; a precept relating to lineage, of the Mosaic precept concerning the priesthood; ethically used of the commandments in the Mosaic law or Jewish tradition.”—Strong’s Greek Dictionary.

This is word is used in various places of the New Testament to speak broadly of the law without specifically denoting the Ten Commandments, such as: (Matt. 22: 38, 40; 1 Cor. 14: 37; Eph. 2: 15; Heb. 9: 19). The searcher for truth will discover in the above mentioned verses, as well as other passages, that the word “commandment” in Rev. 12: 17 is not exclusive to the ten, but inclusive of the Torah, the so-called “Jewish law,” for even Christ used this word and applied it to the whole law, when he was challenged about the “great commandment.”

Further, in the Revelation, we are also admonished concerning “the saints”, in conflict with the Beast, and the Scriptures declare: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev. 14: 12. This is the same Greek word used in Rev. 12: 17, as discussed above.

In the handing over of the baton of truth to the Apostles and vicariously to the Early Church, Christ was clear in that which he passed on, that it was unchanged from Moses’s time and before: “19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matt. 28: 19-20.

Christ therefore, at His coming, when He sees that the flock is being fed “meat in due season,” (Matt. 24: 45), will definitely be expecting his “faithful servant” to be teaching the flock “all things” he “commanded.” What are some of those things He has commanded us to observe and teach?

  • Love to God and Love to Man (Matt. 22: 35-40). This contains all the statutes, judgments and commandments of YHWH
  • Passover (Luke 22: 13-20)
  • Humility—washing one another’s feet (John 13: 1-22)

I shall close with another quotation from an earlier article I published on this topic:

Today, you and I have the opportunity, and yea, the high calling to change the Church and the World for Y’shuah’s sake. As a denomination, we did this with the Sabbath, at a time when the general Christian world called the first day of the week the Sabbath. We can start now, with the rediscovery of the original baton of truth, by giving heed to all his commandments and appointed times so clearly outlined for us in Leviticus 23. Let us start this tradition today, “and teach men so.” How wonderful to the cause of truth and righteousness if the World Church should today embrace the totality of the Torah in its theology and practice! There are some shocking beneficial results which will follow, among these will be a revival and reformation of true worship, a respectful name for Christianity, a revival of primitive godliness, the evangelization of the world, and the ushering of the Messiah’s Kingdom of glory. The days are coming, and yea, they are at the doors when this prophecy will be fulfilled:

“Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.” Nahum 1: 15.

Let us hasten that glad day, by His grace—the day when Judah keeps her solemn feasts, the day when “the wicked,” the tares, are no longer comingled with the righteous, the day when YHWH’s kingdom is restored! O Christian, perform your vows and “keep His solemn feasts!”—Happy Mother’s Day, Garrick Augustus, May 8, 2014.

This Blog has been moved to: https://sdaprophecies.com/; PROPHETS ARE NOT VERBALLY INSPIRED, NOR ARE THEY INFALLIBLE OR INERRANT

This article is but a small snippet form a larger document found at the EG White Estate (http://www.whiteestate.org/issues/herm-pri.html ).  I have placed it here because so many of our people in the Seventh-day Adventist Church believe “every word” written by Ellen G. White were so directed by God, causing them to take an “all or nothing” approach to her printed works, for they are as inspired as the Bible. Such teachings as the veneration of the Christmas Tree, the sweeping approval given to the book Thoughts on Daniel and The Revelation, by Uriah Smith, which has had 38 cardinal errors corrected after this “inspired” approval, and the notion that Old Jerusalem never would be built up again, must be gauged by the honest and responsible counsel given by our theologians in the extract below.

Before reading that extract, I call the reader’s attention to an interesting letter from Elder Arthur L. White, Ellen White’s son (Grandson), back in 1934, pertaining to comments she allegedly made regarding the book, Thoughts on Daniel And The Revelation, by SDA elder and Bible expositor,Uriah Smith:

“Among our older workers there are a number who have thought that Mrs. White had written words to the effect that she had seen in vision an angel standing by the side of Elder Uriah Smith helping him as he wrote the book above referred to.  However, a careful search of her manuscript files has failed to disclose such a statement among her writings, and we believe that there is no such statement in print…. Elder A.C. Bordeau, some years ago made the following statement:

” ‘Many years ago, when the late Elder Uriah Smith was writing “Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation,” while Elder James White and Ellen G. White were at my house in Enosburg, Vt., they received by mail a roll of printed proof-sheets on “Thoughts on Revelation” that Brother Smith had sent to them.  Brother White read portions of these to the company, and expressed much pleasure  and satisfaction because they were so concisely and clearly written.  Then Sister White stated what she had been shown, as follows: —

” ‘ “The Lord is inspiring Brother Smith — leading  his mind by His Spirit, and an angel is guiding his hand in writing these ‘Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation.’ ”

” ‘I was present when these words were spoken.

” ‘(Signed) A.C. Bordeau.’ ”

“In estimating the accuracy of the words attributed to Mrs. White by Elder Bordeau,” continues Elder Arthur White, in regard to Elder Bordeau’s statement, “one must bear in mind that a number of years had elapsed between the incident related and its recital.  We cannot consistently believe that she intended to convey the idea that Elder Smith was inspired to such a degree that his writings were inerrant.

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“Elder W. C. White testifies that he was present when Elder Smith was persuaded to make thirty-eight correctionsin the earlier edition [This is the edition which was highly favored by EGW] of Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, but the knowledge of this does not at all diminish his enthusiasm in behalf of the sale of this wonderful book.” [added]

Given the wide circulation of this book, our church was moved to write a statement clarifying the above-challenged assumption that the book was “inspired”: https://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/1945/01/thoughts-on-daniel-and-the-revelation

My own studies provided me this treasure trove on authentic Ellen White approvals of the book, and they came very near to saying the book is inspired. Take the following statement for example:

“The grand instruction contained in Daniel and Revelation has been eagerly perused by many in Australia. This book has been the means of bringing many precious souls to a knowledge of the truth. Everything that can be done should be done to circulate Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation. I know of no other bookthat can take the place of this one. It is God’s helping hand.” 21MR 444.3 ; [1901]

This “inspired” statement must be understood in the framework of the available light shining at that time, and even our beloved Ellen G. White was completely ignorant of the truths of many of the prophecies expounded on in elder Smith’s “thoughts.” She saw these “thoughts” to be unparalleled in clarity, yet we now know that there are major errors in that book, which have miserably failed the test of time! My point is simply this, the “all or nothing” approach to Ellen White’s writings, will cause us to stumble at the plain teachings of the Bible, simply because she went to her grave being unenlightened on those parts of the Scriptures which the Holy Spirit had kept shut (see Dan. 12: 4, 9) for the time then present.–GA

***********************************************************************************”I was led to conclude and most firmly believe that every word that you ever spoke in public or private, that every letter you wrote under any and all circumstances, was as inspired as the ten commandments. I held that view with absolute tenacity against innumerable objections raised to it by many who were occupying prominent positions in the [Adventist] cause,” wrote Dr. David Paulson to Ellen White on April 19, 1906. Deeply concerned over the nature of Ellen White’s inspiration, Paulson wondered whether he should continue to hold such a rigid view. In the process he raised the question of verbal inspiration and the related issues of infallibility and inerrancy. Since a correct understanding of such issues is of crucial importance in reading Ellen White and/or the Bible, we will examine each of them in this section.

Mrs. White replied to Paulson on June 14, 1906. “My brother,” she penned, “you have studied my writings diligently, and you have never found that I have made any such claims [to verbal inspiration], neither will you find that the pioneers in our cause ever made such claims” for her writings. She went on to illustrate inspiration in her writings by referring to the inspiration of the Bible writers. Even though God had inspired the Biblical truths, they were “expressed in the words of men.” She saw the Bible as representing “a union of the divine and the human.” Thus “the testimony is conveyed through the imperfect expression of human language, yet it is the testimony of God” (Selected Messages, book 1, pp. 24-26).

Such sentiments represent Ellen White’s consistent witness across time. “The Bible,” she wrote in 1886, “is written by inspired men, but it is not God’s mode of thought and expression. It is that of humanity. God, as a writer, is not represented. . . . The writers of the Bible were God’s penmen, not His pen. . . .

“It is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but the men that were inspired. Inspiration acts not on the man’s words or his expressions but on the man himself, who, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, is imbued with thoughts. But the words receive the impress of the individual mind. The divine mind is diffused. The divine mind and will is combined with the human mind and will; thus the utterances of the man are the word of God” (ibid., p. 21).

We see the problematic nature of the issue of verbal inspiration illustrated in the life of D. M. Canright, at one time a leading minister in the denomination, but its foremost critic between 1887 and 1919. Canright bitterly opposed Ellen White. His 1919 book against her asserted that “every line she wrote, whether in articles, letters, testimonies or books, she claimed was dictated to her by the Holy Ghost, and hence must be infallible” (Life of Mrs. E. G. White, p. 9). We have seen above that Ellen White herself took just the opposite position, but that didn’t stop the damage being done by those with a false theory of inspiration.

Before we go any further, perhaps we should define our terms. Webster’s New World Dictionary describes “infallible” as “1. incapable of error; never wrong. 2. not liable to fail, go wrong, make a mistake, etc.” It renders “inerrant” as “not erring, making no mistakes.” It is essentially those definitions that many people import into the realm of the Bible and Ellen White’s writings.

As to infallibility, Mrs. White plainly writes, “I never claimed it; God alone is infallible.” Again she stated that “God and heaven alone are infallible” (Selected Messages, book 1, p. 37). While she claimed that “God’s Word is infallible” (ibid., p. 416), we will see below that she did not mean that the Bible (or her writings) were free from error at all points.

To the contrary, in the introduction to The Great Controversy she sets forth her position quite concisely: “The Holy Scriptures are to be accepted as an authoritative, infallible revelation of His will” (p. vii). That is, she did not claim that the work of God’s prophets is infallible in all its details, but that it is infallible in terms of revealing God’s will to men and women. In a similar statement Ellen White commented that “His Word . . . is plain on every point essential to the salvation of the soul” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 706).

W. C. White treats the same issue when he observes: “Where she has followed the description of historians or the exposition of Adventist writers, I believe that God has given her discernment to use that which is correct and in harmony with truth regarding all matters essential to salvation. If it should be found by faithful study that she has followed some expositions of prophecy which in some detail regarding dates we cannot harmonize with our understanding of secular history, it does not influence my confidence in her writings as a whole any more than my confidence in the Bible is influenced by the fact that I cannot harmonize many of the statements regarding chronology” (Selected Messages, book 3, pp. 449, 450; italics supplied).

In summary, it appears that Mrs. White’s use of the term infallibility has to do with the Bible being completely trustworthy as a guide to salvation. She doesn’t mix that idea with the concept that the Bible or her writings are free from all possible errors of a factual nature.

Thus the faithful reader’s belief is not shaken if he or she discovers that Matthew attributed a Messianic prophecy, written centuries before Christ’s birth, to Jeremiah when it was actually Zechariah who inferred that Christ would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (see Matt. 27:9, 10; Zech. 11:12, 13). Nor will one be dismayed over the fact that 1 Samuel 16:10, 11 lists David as the eighth son of Jesse, but 1 Chronicles 2:15 refers to him as the seventh. Neither will faith be affected because the prophet Nathan wholeheartedly approved of King David’s building of the Temple but the next day had to backtrack and tell David that God didn’t want him to build it (see 2 Sam. 7; 1 Chron. 17). Prophets make mistakes.

The same kind of factual errors can be discovered in Ellen White’s writings as are found in the Bible. The writings of God’s prophets are infallible as a guide to salvation, but they are not inerrant or without error. Part of the lesson is that we need to read for the central lessons of Scripture and Ellen White rather than the details.

What is important to remember at this point is that those who struggle over such problems as inerrancy and absolute infallibility are fighting a human-made problem. It is not anything that God ever claimed for the Bible or Ellen White ever claimed for the Bible or her writings. Inspiration for her had to do with the “practical purposes” (Selected Messages, book 1, p. 19) of human and divine relationships in the plan of salvation. We need to let God speak to us in His mode, rather than to superimpose our rules over God’s prophets and then reject them if they don’t live up to our expectations of what we think God should have done. Such an approach is a human invention that places our own authority over the Word of God. It makes us the judges of God and His Word. But such a position is not Biblical; nor is it according to the way Ellen White has counseled the church. We need to read God’s Word and Mrs. White’s writings for the purpose for which He gave them and not let our modern concerns and definitions of purpose and accuracy come between us and His prophets.

***********************************************************************************Any other usage of these writings will leave room for much apologetics.

Shalom in Messiah,

 

Garrick

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This Blog has been moved to: https://sdaprophecies.com/; Seventh-day Adventist Church Says Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh Does Not Represent Church!

Seventh-day Adventist Church Says Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh Does Not Represent Church!

Garrick Augustus, May 25, 2014 (Revised)

My heart is further saddened today, as my research has shown that the parent organization of the Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church, where Dr. Eric Walsh serves as the associate pastor, has disavowed and essentially disowned him!  I have been following this topic, because the decisions made on this case, can affect the life and livelihood of many Seventh-day Adventist Christians who work in the public arena.

Read my previous blog on this topic here: https://gaugustus336.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/pastor-dr-walsh-lost-the-job-offer-because-he-preaches-the-bible/

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is considered the world’s bastion of hope for religious liberty.  Our church has dedicated a large part of its mission, for over a century, to advocate on behalf of the religious liberties of her parishioners, as well as the liberties of others, not of her faith.  Whenever church members get caught in difficult places on the job, the Office of Religious Liberty is contacted, and generally, they have been able to defuse the situation to the mutual benefit of the employer and employee.  But in the case of Dr. Eric Wash, our church has literally thrown him under the oncoming train!  Let’s analyze the press release issued by the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SCC), also located here: http://www.scribd.com  (You owe it to yourself to click on the link and read this document prepared on denominational letter head).

Can you really imagine that the above statement (press release) came from a people who profess to hold the Bible as their only rule of faith and duty!  What does this tell us of our chances of getting legal representation by our Church when confronted and bullied on the job for our faith?  Is this a friend or a foe? is the question we ought to be asking ourselves.

My Friends, this is not the movement which began in 1844, and organized in 1863; what we now have is an ecumenical movement bearing the same historic name given by its founders, but not holding to much of their historic teachings!  Even as recently as October, 2012, the General Conference (GC) went on record regarding  the question of human sexuality, and made this definitive statement, which also supports the theology of Dr. Eric Wash on the charge for which he being assailed:

“Seventh‑day Adventists believe that sexual intimacy belongs only within the marital relationship of a man and a woman. This was the design established by God at creation. The Scriptures declare: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (Gen 2:24, NIV). Throughout Scripture this heterosexual pattern is affirmed. The Bible makes no accommodation for homosexual activity or relationships.  Sexual acts outside the circle of a heterosexual marriage are forbidden (Lev 18:5-2326Lev 20:7‑21; Rom 1:24‑27; 1 Cor 6:9‑11). Jesus Christ reaffirmed the divine creation intent: “‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?” So they are no longer two, but one'” (Matt 19:4‑6, NIV). For these reasons Seventh-day Adventists are opposed to homosexual practices and relationships.” — http://www.adventist.org (Emphasis with italics are mine.)

In spite of this position statement by the General Conference (GC), the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, on May 6th, 2014, issued a press release in the wake of the uproar surrounding Dr. Walsh’s 8-year old sermons, excerpts of which are quoted below:

“Dr. Walsh serves the congregation of the Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church as an associate pastor on a part-time basis. However, he does not hold ministerial credentials from the Adventist Church, does not speak on behalf of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, and as far we know, does not represent his views as anything other than his own.…The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that all people, regardless of race, gender, age, creed, and sexual orientation, are children of God, whom he loves equally. As a Christian community we are called to reflect and spread this love to all of His children.” — http://www.scribd.com

Clearly, the GC and SCC are not speaking the same message; they are not singing the same song, and they are certainly not reading from the same proverbial sheet of music!  In light of this fact, the question is clear: will the real Seventh-day Adventists please stand up!  Will the real Christians in the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination please stand up!  Will the real Christians around the world, who hold to the Protestant creed of Sola Scriptura (the Bible and the Bible only is our rule of faith and doctrine) please stand up!

I urge you today to join with me and send your petitions to: Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, The North Georgia Health District Human Resources Director, the respective Counties (Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield) Boards of Supervisors, asking them to do the honorable thing, in compliance with their standing policy on unlawful discrimination practices, and give Dr. Wash the job he is fully qualified to lead, and has been issued an offer letter to hold.

Here is their policy statement, most recently updated in 2010, and posted on their website:

“The County Board of Health (CBH) is an equal opportunity employer and promotes an employment environment free from all aspects of unlawful discrimination.

POLICY: The CBH and its employees are subject to the provisions of federal law prohibiting unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, race, or religion. CBH is also subject to the provisions of the Fair Employment Practices Act as administered by the Commission on Equal Opportunity.

“It is the policy of the CBH to administer a personnel management program in compliance with the equal employment opportunity laws, rules, and regulations cited above. The CBH is committed to employment practices which afford opportunities for employment and advancement based upon merit and job-related criteria.” –  http://www.nghd.org  (italics with emphasis are mine).

Conspicuously absent from this policy is the phrase “sexual orientation,” yet a local media outlet reports that “The Health Initiative, an LGBT activist group in Georgia, sent a letter to Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald on Thursday asking her not to hire Walsh.” — http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news

What were their supporting grounds for retracting the offer letter of employment? His Biblical views on a range of topics—his religion, with biblical beliefs on homosexuality being the leading offender!  It was not the Evolutionary Scientists, nor the Muslims, nor even the Roman Catholics that petitioned the Commissioner, rather it was someone from an LGBT activist group!  Apparently they now have the authority to hire and fire the Public Health Director on behalf of The North Georgia Health District.

There are certain guarantees in the US constitution, and freedom from religious intolerance is one of them.  Here is the first amendment to our Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – http://www.ushistory.org

The United States is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and the office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clearly states the following, regarding religious discrimination: “Religious discrimination involves treating a person (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs.” http://www.eeoc.gov (Emphasis with italics are mine)

To protect other Christians in the workplace, I am personally appealing to Dr. Walsh to take up his case with the EEOC.  You may go here to start the proceedings: http://www.eeoc.gov  Your case exhibits all the characteristics of unlawful discrimination based on your religious beliefs—a protected right for every American citizen and resident alien of the United States.  Even terrorists who are within the domicile of the USA, are also accorded these inalienable rights.  Please be aware that there is a statute of limitations (6-months) during which to file, so get the ball rolling now, because time is of the essence.  While you petition the EEOC, the rest of us will be vigilant in the closet of prayer to our Redeemer and King.  Be aware that yours is a precedent-setting case, which can have far-reaching in America, and around the world where same-sex marriage laws have been adopted.

My outrage, however, is not with the LGBT group, because they are avowed and sincere sinners, and sinners will always do what sinners do best— they commit sins with impunity and reckless abandon.  My real outrage is with the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, who have essentially disowned a child of theirs at a time when he needs their motherly love and protection the most!

At this point, it is important for you to see Dr. Wash’s summary bio, posted at the Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church where he is the legitimate Associate Pastor:

“He [Dr. Walsh] is currently the Director/Health Officer for the City of Pasadena Health Department in Pasadena, CA, as well as being the immediate former President of the California Academy of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Walsh is on staff at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in the Family Medicine Department and lectures for multiple programs at Loma Linda University. He is also an adjunct Professor at the University of California Irvine.

“Dr. Walsh served under the current and previous White House Administrations on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He has served on committees with the Centers for Disease Control and has worked with many grass roots organizations in Southern California to improve the health of at-risk populations.

“He is also an associate Pastor, here at the Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church in Altadena, CA.  Dr. Walsh is a much sought-after speaker with his ministry taking him all over the world. He is dedicated to serving the Lord through his preaching and medical ministries.” – http://altadenasda.org

With this proud bio of the Associate Pastor for this church, no one from the SCC distanced themselves from him, when he preached and converts were won to the faith coming with their lucrative tithes and offerings, he was considered “one of us.”  But now, that the rebels against YHWH’s laws have raised their voices for his social and economic destruction, the church leaders scurried for hiding, like frightened mice before the prowling cat, and offered Dr. Wash to the marauding crowd as the sacrificial lamb, instead of standing with him in honor of truth and righteousness.  This is an insult to the cause of truth and a slap in God’s face.  Looking down the pathway of time He declared, “(14)  And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. (15)  Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.” Isa. 59: 14, 15.

The above verses are self-explanatory and needs no further elucidation.  Here further, is what the Bible says: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” Isa. 49: 15.

The Bible uses a “woman” to symbolize a Church system (Jer. 6: 2), a pure woman (Rev. 12: 1) represents the true church (body of true worshipers), and a vile lascivious woman (Rev. 17: 3- 5) represents an apostate church (body of false believers).  This woman in Isaiah, in this connection, is a symbol of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who does not “have compassion on the son of her womb!”  Yet, the divine promise is that we should expect more of this to go on: “yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.”

Friend, Christ has engraved your name in the palms of his hands, and he did this when he hung on Calvary’s cross for your sins and mine.  When he looks in his hands, he sees your face there and mine. Truly did He say, “I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls (faces) are continually before me.” Isa. 49: 16.

In the backdrop of what you’ve just read, now look at what the local media in Pasadena is saying about the SCC’s decision against Dr. Walsh: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com  (Please read this news)

It is important to see the timeline:  Dr. Walsh was offered the Job on or about May 8th.  On May 14th he tendered his resignation with his current employers, and based on various villainous media reports against his Biblical and orthodox Christian beliefs, on May 16th, the offer was rescinded, two days after he had resigned from his current job!  There is no remorse in the media for his financial survival, instead, they are all gloating that he has lost the job in GA, and is essentially now unemployed!  The bigger problem, however, is to see that his enemies were strengthened by the SCC’s decision in distancing itself from the dear Pastor, on May 6th.  The press release of theirs gave the enemies of truth the “green light,” to think that the Legal Department from the GC will cast a blind eye as well, and will not draw them in Court over this despicably unethical and discriminatory act.  In other words, by their own actions, the SCC has aided and abetted to, and provided material support for the enemies of our faith, thereby causing injury to Dr. Walsh, resulting in his being out of his job today!

Where does this leave us as Christians, and most of all as Seventh-day Adventists?  This is a troubling question, and must not be lightly treated, for discrimination against one is discrimination against all.  And while Dr. Walsh might be well-connected, and will survive this season with limited financial scars, that will not necessarily be the same for everyone else who does not have his credentials, and this can hasten a season of great economic and social distress for us!  If you are a Bible-believing Christian, even if you’re from a different faith than the SDA’s, don’t think for a moment that you are safe.  You are also the target of this illegal and evil rage.  Remember the story of Esther?  Hayman was not interested solely in destroying Mordecai, rather he wanted to annihilate the entire population of Jewish people who dwelt in the Persian Empire!  Similarly today, the LGBT political agenda of intolerance, like Hayman’s gallows, is primarily directed towards those who hold the Bible as their only rule of faith and doctrine, because they know it condemns their lascivious lifestyle.  If you think I am the little boy crying “wolf!” think again, and reflect on this news clip below:

“If Dr. Eric Walsh loses his position as the city’s public health department director because of his beliefs, it will set a precedent to rewrite job applications and change hiring standards for city officials, for anyone seeking management jobs and any position of influence, and possibly for anyone seeking a job.” – http://www.examiner.com

This is why you must do your part and contact The North Georgia Health District immediately, and petition them on behalf of Dr. Walsh.  You will not just be helping Dr. Walsh out, but you may be securing your present or future job!  If this precedent is allowed to go unchallenged, this will be a sad day for the descendants of the Puritans who came to these shores in search of religious tolerance, and instead have heaped unto themselves and their children religious bigotry!

As a student of prophecy, I will tell you where this is leading; it will lead to the “never again!” statement from a vexatious electorate and policy makers.  How, you may ask?  Currently there are 17 States which have legalized same gender marriages, with two in appeals, which by all indications will be won, and raise the number of states to 19.  When that number reaches 34, or 2/3 of the States in the union, then the Federal Government can and will step in to federalize this statute, thereby making it the law of the land.  At some time in the future, when polygamous marriages are also endorsed, and marrying one’s pet, or next of kin, etc. with the baleful biological and sociological changes, it will be moved to uproot this evil.  The historians will remember a time when things were different, and when the changes became evident, and citizens will lobby their elected official to repeal this “same gender” marital arrangement.  This will be an ultra-conservative Christian right-wing movement.  They will have control of the Congress and the White House, and they will vow—“never again!”  Never again, shall we cave in to this experiment in human sexuality!  Never again will we allow unbridled freedoms!  Never again will we allow people to break God’s commandments with impunity, hence we must enforce morality!  And this will be the dangerous swing of the morality pendulum, which will smite everyone who does not “worship” in conformance with congressional decrees.

This might sound like fictional tales to you, but it’s already written in the Bible for nearly 2000 years now, let’s take a read:

11 Then I saw a second beast [USA], coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb [Republicanism and Protestantism], but it spoke like a dragon [Satan]. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast [Papacy of the inquisitorial ages] on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [papal image], whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image [this is how the Papal beast will be worshiped] in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath [life—actionable to make laws] to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause [by force of law and will] all who refused to worship the image to be killed16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads.” Rev. 13: 11-16, NIV. [Brackets were added by me].

I don’t have time and space to develop this subject, but if you tune into my Bible Study on Sabbath afternoons at 5: 30 pm EST, these Signs of the Times topics are reviewed with great details. Join the Bible Conference here: 805-399-1000, PIN: 121929#

From the passage above, you will notice that the central focus of this beast’s tyranny, is on the grounds of “worship.”  Don’t be deceived that America and the world, for that matter will continue unabated in their secular, lawless and unchristian cultures.  This will give rise to a highly reformative Christian orthodoxy, one which will be forced upon all people on the pain of economic isolation and death.

Let me leave these warning counsels with you:

11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” Rom. 13: 11-14, ASV.

Yours for a closer walk with the King, that you may be a transforming blessing.

Shalom in Messiah,

Garrick

This Blog has been moved to: https://sdaprophecies.com/; Adventist Pastor, DR Walsh Lost The Job Offer Because He Preaches The Bible

My Fellow Israelite:

Recently, I brought to your attention the case of Dr. Walsh, a Seventh-day Adventist Pastor/ Physician, who is the current Public Health Director for the City of Pasadena, CA.  It is with sadness that I share the news that Dr. Walsh’s job offer letter was rescinded by his future employers simply on the grounds of his Theology!

Dr. Walsh is a Black Scientist & Theologian, and the location where he has been recently offered a job has the Whitest population in that State — North Georgia.  According to the news release: “The North Georgia Health District covers Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties.” — http://onlineathens.com

All these Northern GA Counties have white populations ranging from 62.2% to 96.1%, and this demographic chose to hire a black man as their region’s Public Health Director, showing that his race was not a factor!  But prejudice and discrimination of a baser sort is now standing in his way—His religious convictions against the homosexual, same-sex marriage agenda!  They have stalked him from Pasadena CA to Atlanta GA, and he is being hounded and treated like a pedophile for his beliefs! And there are many people and movements who are rejoicing at this!  Let’s pray for the pastor, and strengthen our resolves, because it is coming to a home and a church near you, your home or mine could very easily be the next target very soon!

I did a search on the demographics of Northern GA Counties where Dr. Walsh would have served: Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties.  My aim was to see if his race had anything to do with their decision, and then even more to see if the demographic he would have been serving had any bearing on the decision made to rescind his job offer letter.  Here is what the public records show:

County Population in 2012 % Whites
White Non-Hispanic Alone
% LGBTQ
Cherokee 221,315 81.30% 0
Fannin 23,492 96.10% 0
Gilmer 28,190 88.60% 0
Murray  39,392 85.00% 0
Pickens 29,268 94.50% 0
Whitfield 103,359 62.20% 0
Total 405,624 *84.62% 0

* This percentage is a weighted average of all six counties.

How stunning to learn that the community he would have served has an average White, non-Hispanic population of 85%, with a LGBTQ population of 0%.  This record is very telling that his race had nothing to do with the decision, because he had to have personally sat through the interview, and upon assessing all competing candidates, for this top-notch job among an employee body of 6,000, is a testimony in itself to his impeccable qualifications for the job!  Observe that there are no citizens from the LGBTQ community in the area of his service.

This is reverse discrimination, now we are seeing false employment restrictions set in place, to bully Christians from expressing their convictions.  At last check, no one from the LGBT community is being oppressed or denied employment for their orientation, but the same cannot be said for the many cases we see afloat, attacking Christians from their equal right to free speech!

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” Isa. 54: 17

It is my hope and prayer that the truth of this evil be revealed and exposed for the thinking public to realize that this fine doctor is being marginalized and denied access to employment because of his religious convictions, in an era of “equal opportunity employment!”  Let’s not hold grudges, but learn our lesson, and learn it well, that this is only the tip of a larger iceberg. One which will restrict our buying and selling privileges on pain of death (Rev. 13: 15), except we agree to “worship” in conformance with the mark (image) of the beast system.

Shalom in Messiah,

Garrick

This Blog has been moved to: https://sdaprophecies.com/; Please Pray for Pastor (Dr) Walsh Right Now–His New Job is On The Line!

There are forces at work seeking to take away the source of income form Pastor (Dr) Walsh because of sermons he preached exalting YHWH’s Law and exposing homosexuality as sin. He is being hounded now wherever he goes. Read the News here: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-eric-walsh-georgia-ln-20140514-story.html?track=rss

I call this the first phase of our religious persecution. This is an economic persecution as well, which can ultimately force him from “buying or selling.” Let us pray and gain courage for what’s around the pike. The persecution of Pastor (Dr) Walsh it totally unconstitutional, but no one in that circus seems to be recognizing this.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Shalom in Messiah,

Garrick

This Blog has been moved to: https://sdaprophecies.com/; The “Ceremonial Law” And “Jewish Feasts”

Written April 7, 2014

One week from today (April 7), on April 14th, will be the biblical Passover, but most Christians are not aware of this season, indeed, they are busy closing out “lent” and preparing for the pagan festival of Easter.  It is disappointing to know too, that many in the communion of Seventh-day Adventists will pass the season of Passover unnoticed, and this attitude of ignoring holy time within our church has been handed down to us by our religious ancestors, and maintained by our theological overlords.  My aim for writing this essay is in response to the current Sabbath School Lesson’s unscriptural teaching that “the biblical feasts” were terminated at the cross, and therefore have no practical relevance to Christians today.  I propose therefore, to demonstrate from Scripture and History the following points:

  • Spiritual blindness on the part of the Jews has morphed into spiritual blindness on the part of Christians, and in particular Seventh-day Adventists.
  • Christians should critically examine dogma which have survived the passage of time, but not supported by the teachings of the Scriptures.
  • The festivals which were celebrated by the Hebrew people, are not “Jewish” but divine.
  • The “Ceremonial Law” concept is of Roman Catholic origins, with the distinct objective of erasing the Sabbath and the associated festivals of YHWH from the biblical calendar.
  • Call for a revival and reformation of primitive godliness—a return to our historical Hebrew-Christian roots which was handed down by Christ (Y’shuah) to the Apostles, and who have dutifully charged us to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 1: 3).

Spiritual Blindness

The lessons which our Heavenly Father sought to teach the Hebrew people, were by and large overlooked by them on account of their theological overlords who taught them otherwise, and for this reason the Gospel Prophet laments: “O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isa. 3:12.

With this knowledge, we must, today, challenge ourselves with the question as to whether or not we are being lead or mislead by our theologians on certain components of truth touching the Torah.  As seekers after truth and righteousness, we ought not to remain in a state of ignorance, but must be duly informed on the historical and spiritual foundations of our faith.  The Lord said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hos. 4:6.

We see that to reject knowledge is tantamount to “forgetting the Law of God;” hence, a necessary concomitant of truth is “knowledge,” because revealed truth can be traced through the pages of recorded history to confirm or discredit the claims of theologians and dogmatists.  This method of examining doctrinal positions has been repeatedly used by our Saviour to teach his antagonists, when he walked as a man among men. (See Matt. 21: 41; Matt. 22: 41-45).

Dogma Which Have Survived The Passage of Time

Within the theology of Christianity, there are some erroneous doctrines which were developed by “the Church Fathers,” and have survived the passage of time, extending down to our day, and because of their age, have been pawned off as truth.  But we must be aware that age will never turn an error into truth, neither will it turn the truth into error, because truth is as eternal as its Author, and only becomes more lustrous with the passage of time.  Christ had to contend with this group in His days and rightly said of them, “in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Mk. 7: 7.

It is understandably difficult for a congregation or denomination to separate itself from the views of its founders, because they were the ones used of YHWH to start the particular church or spiritual movement.  But truth is not dependent on the changing attitudes of men, but on the Holy Scriptures, and the unchanging mind of God (Mal. 3: 6).  Thus we are counseled by the Holy Spirit, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isa. 8: 20.

I know how we Adventists have historically viewed the above passage, but I’d challenge you to take a step backwards and ask the question:  What was the testimony in Isaiah’s days and before, against which they tested doctrines?  Did they have the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy—Ellen White’s writings?  The obvious answer is no.  So then, to what was Isaiah pointing?  Let’s see: “(21) And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. (22) And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.” Ex. 25: 21, 22.

In brief then, the testimony represents the Word of YHWH “given” to Moses—The Torah, revealed in the statutes, judgments and commandments. “Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them.” Deut. 6: 1.  So the testimony to which Isaiah refers constitutes the writings of the prophets beginning with Moses.  And this method was employed by Y’shuah when he taught His disciples on the dreary Emmaus road: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27.  Moses being the earthly scribe, is called the lawgiver, and is synonymously used to represent the law. By extension of this view, the passage is now more clearly stated: “And beginning at the Law (Moses) and all the prophets (Spirit of Prophecy), He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures.”

It should be immediately clear to us that “Moses and all the prophets” constitute “all the Scriptures!”  This was Christ’s method of teaching truth, and it ought to be ours as well.  Having said this, I am in no wise disregarding the latter-day prophetic writings of our day, but respecting the fact that such writings must be understood in the light of “all the Scriptures,” and at no time should be used to countermand them. When this method is followed, none can honestly condemn Seventh-day Adventists for making Ellen White’s writings an authority above the Bible, as has been the common practice, but to regard her writings as inspirational with deeper insights in some areas of Scripture.

The leading method of discovering truth, however, is through the law and the prophets: “And he said unto him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:31.  This passage teaches that “Moses and the prophets” writings must be respected in order to advance go greater light.  Conversely, rejecting Moses and the prophets, will only lead to error and confusion. David penned this melody, and left it on record for us to sing with him: “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” Ps. 19:7.

Isaiah would later declare “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.” Isa. 8:16.  The testimony is closely related to “the law,” the commandments of God, and thus David again exclaims, “Quicken me after thy loving kindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.” Ps. 119:88.

In light of what we have just learnt from the Scriptures, let’s now examine the Sabbath School Lesson to see if it complies with “the law and the testimony:”

“Though instituted by Jesus, the ceremonial system was meant to function only as a type, a symbol of a future reality-the coming of Jesus and His death and High Priestly ministry. Once He completed His work on earth, this old system-along with its sacrifices and rituals and feasts-no longer was needed (see Heb. 9:9-12). Though we no longer keep the ceremonial law today, by studying it we can garner insights into the plan of salvation.” — Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide (Quarterly), April 1st, 2014; http://www.ssnet.org/lessons/14b/less01.html

I have read Heb. 9: 9-12 in many versions of the Bible, and nowhere does the word “feasts” appear!  I shall produce only five respected translations of verse ten in the above-mentioned passage, as it is the central focus used to teach that the “feasts” were abolished at the cross of Calvary, when the so-called “ceremonial system” came to its end.

  • New International Version: “They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings–external regulations applying until the time of the new order.” Heb. 9: 10.
  • English Standard Version: “but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.” Heb. 9: 10.
  • New American Standard Bible: “since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.” Heb. 9: 10.
  • Aramaic Bible in Plain English: “Except in food and drink only, and in various washings, which are ordinances of the flesh that are established until the time of reformation.” Heb. 9: 10.
  • GOD’S WORD® Translation: “These gifts and sacrifices were meant to be food, drink, and items used in various purification ceremonies. These ceremonies were required for the body until God would establish a new way of doing things.” Heb. 9: 10.

 

We look in vain to find the slightest mention of the word “feasts,” in these various renderings of the passage cited in the Adult Quarterly, and behold it is not!  We must, therefore, ask the question: why did the authors of the Sabbath-School Lesson take the liberty of condemning that which the Bible did not?  Is it to maintain status quo, and continue the philosophy and doctrines taught by the authority and “commandments of men, or was it to reveal new light which we have not yet seen?”  The reader can clearly attest that when examined under the illuminating lenses of the “law and the testimony,” we immediately see “no light” in the termination of YHWH’s “feasts,” as the Sabbath School Lesson alludes.

Let’s examine more closely the statement from the Adult Lesson: “the ceremonial system was meant to function only as a type, a symbol of a future reality-the coming of Jesus and His death and High Priestly ministry.”  Note carefully that the ceremonial system foreshadowed the “High Priestly ministry” of Christ, an event which by our own church doctrines, came after the cross!  See Sabbath School Bible Study Guide (Adult Quarterly) 4th Quarter, 2013; http://ssnet.org/study-guides/lesson-archives/2010-2019/the-sanctuary-2013d/

From that lesson I quote: “Christ appears in the heavenly sanctuary in the presence of God “for us” (Heb. 9:24), and He is making intercession for us (Heb. 7:25). Thank God that we have a divine Representative to appear in the judgment in our place.”—Ibid., The Great High Priest, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2013.

Since His “High Priestly” ministry commenced “in the heavenly sanctuary,” it would be unrealistic for Christ to have an antitypical work to perform in heaven, with regard to these typical services, while His followers on earth ignore the antitypical significance of them.  Here’s the lesson again: “Once He completed His work on earth [at the Cross], this old system-along with its sacrifices and rituals and feasts-no longer was needed (see Heb. 9:9-12).”  Did you find the word “feasts” mentioned in any part of the book of Hebrews, chapter 9 included?  The answer is no.  We must therefore, conclude that the Lesson erred, and over-reached its bounds to teach for doctrines the commandments of men.  It is a simple fact that since Christ (Y’shuah) has an antitypical work to perform in the heavenly sanctuary touching events which were revealed in the earthly, His followers on earth would likewise have a corresponding duty to “follow the Lamb” as he carries out His official mediatorial work in the presence of God for us.

When this truth is understood, then we will better appreciate His teachings and instructions to us:

“(14) And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. (15)  And he said unto them, with desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: (16) for I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof [Passover], until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. (17) And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: (18) for I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. (19) And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Luke 22: 14-19.

At His last earthly meal with His disciples, Christ perpetuated the Passover among His followers, commanding them (us) to “do” Passover in “in remembrance of” Him—in remembrance of his death for sinners, having been crucified as the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world.  This truth also gives a future hope to His believers, pointing them to the time when “the kingdom of God shall come.” (v. 18).  Hence Passover places the Christian between two significant events in the life of Christ, his death on Calvary’s cross, and his coming in the future “kingdom of God,” when Passover, by His definition will be “fulfilled.”  Those who today teach that Passover was “fulfilled” at the Cross, or at any time  in the past, while Christ walked as a man among men, are teaching for doctrines “the commandments of men.”  Christ has said it will be “fulfilled” in the future kingdom of God, therefore let us believe him and follow his “command” to “do,” or “keep” Passover “in remembrance of [Him]”.  The apostle Paul, who met Christ years later, and while teaching the Greeks in Corinth, admonished them to “keep the feast” of Passover (1 Cor. 5: 8).

Be mindful too, that Christ did not use the word “communion” in His address while admonishing the disciples on that solemn occasion, as many Christian theologians today have been wresting the Scriptures to teach, rather he calls it “Passover.”  Let us not now “add to” the Words of our Saviour, for he will not take kindly to that: “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” Deut. 4:2; also read Rev. 22: 17, 18!

Are The Festivals of “Jewish” or “Divine” Origin?

Many Christians call the festivals “Jewish feasts,” as though they were conceived by Moses, or the Israelites, but a careful reading of the Scriptures immediately dismisses this notion, and squarely establishes the truth that these are YHWH’s festivals:

“(1) And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, (2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.” Lev. 23: 1, 2.

Observe that the Bible did not say, “this, (singular) is my feast,” rather it emphatically spoke in the plural declaring, “these are my feasts.” God could not have been clearer in identifying these festivals as His, thus He resoundingly declares of them, “these are my feasts.”  The Lord (YHWH) went on to itemizing eight “feasts” namely:

  1. The Seventh-day or weekly Sabbath
  2. The Passover
  3. Feast of unleavened bread
  4. Wave Sheaf—first of the first fruits
  5. Pentecost—the feast of weeks (first fruits)
  6. Trumpets—Rosh-Hashanah
  7. Day of Atonement—Yom-Kippur
  8. Tabernacles—Feast of booths

With this declaration, it forever settles the claim of possession (ownership), and places the existence of the feasts in the heart of our Heavenly Father, instead of a cultural tradition of Jewish origin.

“Of course, the biblical feasts were done away with long ago at least as far as Christians are concerned. They all met their fulfillment in Christ. However, we can learn a great deal through studying them and the messages that they contain, because all of them teach lessons about God’s saving grace and power to deliver.” Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide (Quarterly), April 7th, 2014;http://www.ssnet.org/lessons/14b/less02.html

This remark is similar to what the Sabbath-breakers in Christendom teach, that the Sabbath has been done away with, as far as Christians are concerned, but important “lessons” can be drawn from its precepts.  We must first validate whether or not “the biblical feasts were done away with.”  This is a rather easy puzzle to solve given Christ’s commandment above,  that we must “do” or “keep” the Passover in remembrance of His death and future coming kingdom of Glory (Luke 22: 18, 19), so that when He comes he will resume Passover with us (Lu 12:37). “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” Matt. 24: 46. This, my friends, is “meat in due season” (Matt. 24: 45), receive of it, and be “blessed.”

There is no way on earth that “important lessons” can be gleaned from the biblical feasts when year after year they are ignored and discredited by our church leaders!  How can one learn a lesson from the heavenly Sanctuary if one never understands the function and services of the earthly?  No more then, can we learn lessons from the feasts which we have theologically “nailed to the cross,” some two-thousand years ago.

The above remark from the Adult Bible Study Guide, is neither true to the words of Christ, nor to the records of sacred history, for they both militate against the abolition of the “biblical feasts.”  Let us now call forth the witnesses of history:

  • “In  the  second  century  of  our  era  there  were  many  churches  in  Asia which  kept  the  fourteenth  day  (Passover).  They were called Quartodecimans, which means the keepers of the fourteenth day of the lunar month.  Among  the  observers  of  the  quartodeciman  festival  are counted  Polycarp …it  is  (also)  incontrovertibly  clear  that  the quartodeciman Christians celebrated Passover. The name and the date of the festival are the same as in the Israelite calendar.”—The Encyclopedia Britannica, Passover.

 

o   This historical data shows early Christianity, nearly 200 years after the cross still observing the biblical festivals, including Passover.  As Adventists, we do hold and strongly believe that we are the spiritual descendants of the Waldenses (Quatrodecimans)—the early keepers and preservers of the Law of God.  Below is Ellen White’s description of them:

o   “The Waldenses were among the first of the peoples of Europe to obtain a translation of the Holy Scriptures. Hundreds of years before the Reformation they possessed the Bible in manuscript in their native tongue. They had the truth unadulterated, and this rendered them the special objects of hatred and persecution. They declared the Church of Rome to be the apostate Babylon of the Apocalypse, and at the peril of their lives they stood up to resist her corruptions… Through ages of darkness and apostasy there were Waldenses who denied the supremacy of Rome, who rejected image worship as idolatry, and who kept the true Sabbath.”— The Great Controversy, p. 66.

 

  • “The  first  Christians  being  mostly  Jews,  continued  to  celebrate  the Passover in remembrance of the death of Christ, the true Passover; and this  was  continued  among  those  who  from  among  the  Gentiles  had turned  to  Christ.  Accordingly,  the  celebration  was  always  on  the Passover  day,—the  fourteenth  of  the  first  month.  Rome,  however,  and from  her  all  the  West,  adopted  the  day  of  the  sun  as  the  day  of  this celebration. …The rule of Rome was that the celebration must always be on a Sunday—the Sunday nearest to the fourteenth day of the first month of the Jewish year. And if the fourteenth day of that month should itself be  a  Sunday,  then  the  celebration  was  not  to  be  held  on  that  day,  but upon the next Sunday. One reason of this was not only to be as like the heathen as possible, but to be as unlike the Jews as possible; this in order not  only  to  facilitate  the  ‘conversion’  of  the  heathen  by  conforming  to their customs, but also by pandering to their spirit of contempt and hatred of  the  Jews.  It  was  upon  this  point  that  the  bishop  of  Rome  made  his first open attempt at absolutism.”  The Great Empires of Bible Prophecy, A.T. Jones, p. 383.

 

o   This statement is clear that even the converted “Gentiles” to Christianity also practiced and kept the Passover, based on apostolic teachings.  This was now some 300 years after the cross, that the proselytes to Christianity, after the death of the early disciples and Apostles, were still teaching and practicing the divinely appointed festivals.  This fact should give us pause to ask the question: When did the Christian church stop keeping these holy times, and by whose authority?  My research has pointed the answer to a single source—ROME!

As “in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established” (Matt. 18: 16), it  is now left as an assignment to the reader to find other witnesses whose testimony either corroborate or deny the evidence thus far presented.  From what we have examined up to this point, with the weight of evidence resting in the mouth of Y’shuah, it is clear from both Scripture and history that he has not authorized the abrogation or termination of the biblical feasts.  How Christianity descended to this point is clearly attested to by the ancient records that Rome is the point guard for this change.

The “Ceremonial Law” Concept: Biblical, Christian or Catholic, Which?

Most Christians are not aware that the terminology “ceremonial law” is not taught in the Bible, and so are not aware that this is a doctrine of distinctively Roman Catholic origins, coming courtesy of the world-famed theologian and philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • Roman Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas explained that there are three types of biblical precepts: moral, ceremonial, and judicial. He holds that moral precepts are permanent, having held even before the Law was given, since they are part of the law of nature;[6]ceremonial precepts, which deal with forms of worshipping God and ritual cleanness; and judicial precepts (such as those in Exodus 21[7]) came into existence only with the Law of Moses,[8] and were only temporary. The ceremonial commands were ‘ordained to the Divine worship for that particular time and to the foreshadowing of Christ‘.[9] Accordingly, upon the coming of Christ they ceased to bind, [10] and to observe them now would, Aquinas thought, be equivalent to declaring falsely that Christ has not yet come, for Christians a mortal sin.[11]”–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_the_Old_Covenant

I have shared with you before that the Bible does teach that the Torah is broken in three distinctive components—(1) Statutes, (2) Judgments and (3) Commandments.  Rome teaches differently, she holds “that there are three types of biblical precepts: (1) moral, (2) ceremonial, and (3) judicial.” It is right here that modern Christianity has fallen off the wagon of truth, and starts to teach Romanized doctrines, such as “the ceremonial law,” a term, idea, and expression altogether foreign to the Holy Scriptures of truth.  Ellen White has used this terminology in her works, and has been extremely careful in her definition, as shown below:

  • “The Jews refused to accept Christ as the Messiah, and they cannot see that their ceremonies are meaningless, that the sacrifices and offerings have lost their significance.”–Selected Messages, Bk1, p. 239.
  • “As  He  now  ate  the  Passover  with  His  disciples,  He  put  an  end  to  the sacrifices which for four thousand years had been offered.”— E.G. White Comments, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 1139.
  • “He (Paul) also gave due honor to the ceremonial law, showing that Christ was the one who instituted the whole system of sacrificial service.”—Review and Herald, November 25, 1890.

Note carefully that in all instances Ellen White explained that it was the sacrificial service which was done away with at the cross, in harmony with the abundance of proof amassed from the scriptures, not the feasts.  For example, here is the prophet Daniel declaring that, “he [Messiah] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” Dan. 9: 27.  Sacrifice and oblation do not equate to “sacrifice and feast days,” as some have been wresting the Scriptures to teach.

Even our fundamental beliefs, as Adventists, has shown the limited usage of the term “ceremonial law” to be restrictive to only the sacrificial system:  “When Christ died, He fulfilled the prophetic symbolism of the sacrificial system. Type met antitype, and the ceremonial law came to an end.”  Seventh-day Adventists Believe…27. p. 243.

The evidence is conclusive that it was not Christ—the Law Giver—who dissected the Torah into the tripartite “moral, ceremonial and judicial” components, but instead Rome.  And this she did in an effort to forever remove from the law, our allegiance to the YHWH’s festivals pertaining to worship on a day of the week, month or year.  Here’s St. Aquinas again, expounding on his fully-developed replacement theology:

  • “As to the Sabbath, which was a sign recalling the first creation, its place is taken by the Lord’s Day, which recalls the beginning of the new creature in the Resurrection of Christ.  In  like  manner  other solemnities  of  the  Old  Law  are  supplanted  by  new  solemnities because  the  blessings  vouchsafed  to  that  people  foreshadowed the favours granted us by Christ. Hence the feast of the Passover gave place to the feast of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection; the feast  of  Pentecost  when  the  Old  Law  was  given,  to  the  feast  of Pentecost on which was given the Law of the living spirit; the feast of  the  New  Moon,  to  the  feast  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  when appeared the first rays of the sun, that is Christ, by the fullness of grace;  the  feast  of  Trumpets,  to  the  feasts  of  the  Apostles;  the feast  of  Expiation [Day of Atonement],  to  the  feasts  of  Martyrs  and  Confessors;  the feast  of  Tabernacles,  to  the  feast  of  the  Church  Dedication;  the feast of the Assembly and Collection, to the feast of the Angels, or else to the feasts of All Saints.” Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Question CIII, Of The Duration Of The Ceremonial Precepts, Article 3. [Added]

Do you now see the logical conclusion of St. Thomas’ theology?  It was a total replacement of all the divinely appointed festivals and observances of YHWH as proclaimed in Lev. 23.  Those who hold that the festivals were nailed to the cross, are ignorantly proclaiming an age-old doctrine of the Roman Catholic church, in defiance against God’s clear commands to Moses, in the giving of His law.

Have you thought for a moment that the obligatory “tithes and offerings,” are a part of the so-called “ceremonial law?”  Here’s the punch line: if the “ceremonial law” is truly done away with, you may, from this day forward, cease and desist from returning a faithful tithe and offering to your local church, and feel no special guilt for doing so.  This would be the fastest and surest way of driving the Seventh-day Adventist church into financial bankruptcy! The General Conference will quickly lose all  obligatory financial support since it can be shown that the system of tithes and offerings were not included in the  ten  commandments (moral law),  but  were  placed  in  the  so-called  the ceremonial law, “book of Moses”—the statutes—Heb, 7:5; Deut. 14: 22-23, 28-29. (Please read these verses.)

At last check, the vow we Adventists take at the time of baptism, to abstain from unclean meats, and alcohol, etc., is not found in the ten commandments—the “Moral Law,” but instead are in the so-called “ceremonial law,” which we teach has long been nailed to the cross.   Yet we triumphantly baptize our members on condition of their “test of faith,” regarding obligatory tithing and dietary restrictions—both being items found solely in what we characterize as “the ceremonial law.”  If this is confusing to you, don’t feel surprised, because it is utter confusion for our theologians to make a test of membership in the baptismal vow on principles which our very message teach have been nailed to the cross some 2,000 years ago!

While on this note, I might also remind you that the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination lays claim to October 22nd, 1844, as her spiritual birthdate, the Day of Atonement (Yom-Kippur) of that year.  What she does not realize is that in order for there to be 2,300 days of atonement counted off from 457 BC, someone had to have been keeping track of those events, and since Jesus, on the very day when the High Priest on earth would have officiated in the Holy of Holies, actually entered on His High Priestly mediatorial work in the Heavenly sanctuary, even while there was no earthly temple at Jerusalem for over 1800 years.  This speaks volumes against the festivals’ having been done away with at the cross.  Further, it shows that time has not stopped in 1844, at the end of 2,300 years, but that those annual events continue to punctuate the passage of time.  How unfair would it be of our all-knowing Almighty God, in predicating the understanding of a prophecy to an event which had long been abolished some 18 centuries earlier!  That is tantamount to the Traffic Cops of United States issuing speeding citations to motorists for driving on the Freeways at 65 mph, after the 55 mph law had been revoked!  That would be “confusion,” of which he is not the “author”.

Had our spiritual ancestors understood the relevance of the festivals in the Christian diaspora, they might never have made some of the terrible miscalculations and pronouncements they made back then.  Prophecy saw that they were to be bitterly disappointed, and warned of it (Rev. 10: 8-11), but we can all agree that it was most unbiblical for the early Adventists (Millerites) to predict the day of Christ’s return, in the face of so many plain Scripture passages to the contrary, (Matt. 24:36; 25: 13; Mk. 13: 32). Ignorance of the feasts is not bliss!

“The  closing  words  of  Malachi  are  a  prophecy regarding  the  work that should be done  preparatory to the first and the second advent of Christ. This prophecy is introduced with the admonition, ‘Remember ye  the  law  of  Moses  my  servant,  which  I  commanded  unto  him  in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.”—EG White, The Southern Watchman, March 21, 1905.

Observe that in the above statement, the closing book of the Old Testament had no mention of “ceremonial law,” but instead showed the three major divisions thereof: “commandments, statutes and judgments.”  So Ellen White agrees with the rest of the Bible writers that “preparatory” to Christ’s Second Advent, the divine statutes, judgments and commandments are to again receive renewed attention, even through the Elijah’s message of today.  It should not surprise you to see the abundance of new light derived from these holy times.

Revival and Reformation of “Primitive Godliness”

The redemptive features of YHWH’s festivals are far-reaching, and I shall summarize them below:

  1. The Seventh-day or weekly Sabbath: points to the rest (1,000 years) our earth will have from the burden of sin, and the rest we will have with Christ in eternity.
  2. The Passover: Points to the opening of earth’s harvest; to the saints’ deliverance from the kingdoms of this world into the glorious kingdom of our God and Saviour—Y’shuah.  It also shows the simultaneous destruction of those who have not been “sealed” by the blood of the Lamb.
  3. Feast of unleavened bread: Points to our total consecration to Christ, and our lives being unleavened—without sin—thereby attaining to the character of the 144,000 who stood “without fault before the throne of God,” living sinless lives in mortal flesh, prior to the Second Advent.
  4. Wave Sheaf—first of the first fruits: Points to our being reconciled with the Father, separated for his service—being his divine vanguard, and be prepared for the baptism of His Holy Spirit
  5. Pentecost—the feast of weeks: ­Points to the Second Pentecostal outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit in Latter Rain Power on his 144,000 “first fruits” saints.
  6. Trumpets—Rosh-Hashanah: Points to the last judgment warning message, the Judgment on the Living to a lost and dying world.
  7. Day of Atonement—Yom-Kippur: Points to the day of Christ’s cleansing sin and sinners from the camp of the saints, as also revealed in Ezek. 9—separation of the wheat from the tares in the books of heaven and in the church on earth (1 Pet. 4: 17).
  8. Tabernacles—Feast of booths: Points to the birth of Christ on the 15th day of the 7th Hebrew month in a booth (manger) under the stars; to the travail of the saints during the time of trouble (dwelling in booths), and to the completion of earth’s harvest, emblematized by the great multitude’s having “palm branches” (Rev. 7: 9) in their hands.

“And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles(booths), as in the days of the solemn feast.” Hos. 12:9.  The fact that we are to “yet” dwell in tabernacles as in the days of the solemn feast, is clear evidence that tabernacles has not lost its effectiveness.  True, we do not slay the sacrificial animal, as in the day of the solemn feast, but we do celebrate the holy time.  The weekly Sabbath was also used as a day of sacrifice (Num. 28: 9-10), but with the sacrifice having “ceased” at the Cross, we do not throw away the day with the sacrifice (baby with the bath water), but instead keep the holy day and dispense with the earthly sacrificial offering, for Christ our Passover has already been sacrificed for us (1 Cor. 5:7), fulfilling once and for all, the sacrificial lamb requirement in all the festivals.

“That  God  who  reads  the  hearts  of  everyone,  will  bring  to  light hidden  things  of  darkness  where  they  are  often  least  suspected,  that stumbling blocks which have hindered the progress of  truth  may be removed,  and  God  have  a  clean  and  holy  people  to  declare  His statutes and judgments.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 1, p. 332.

May we all strive with all the power God has given us to be among the “clean and holy people” whom He will seal “to declare His statutes and judgments” to a lost and dying world.  What a glorious day that will be!

“Before the final visitation of God’s judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The  Spirit  and  power  of God will be poured out upon His children…Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed  at  this  time  to  prepare  a  people  for  the  Lord’s  second coming.” E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 464.

In  the  time  of  the  end  every  divine  institution is  to  be  restored.  The breach made in the law, at the time the Sabbath was changed by man, is to be repaired.”  Prophets and Kings, p. 678.

 

Here’s Rome’s Challenge to You

June 1, 1905

Dear Friend,

I have offered and still offer $1000 to anyone who can prove to me  from  the  Bible  alone  that  I  am  bound,  under  grievous  sin  to keep Sunday holy. It was the Catholic Church which made the law obliging us to keep Sunday holy. The church made this law long after the Bible was written. Hence said law is not in the Bible. Christ, our Lord empowered his church to make laws binding in conscience. He said to his apostles and their lawful successors in the  priesthood “Whatsoever  you  shall  bind  on  earth  shall  be binding  in  heaven.”  Matthew 16:19.  Matthew 18:17.  Luke 16:19.

The  Catholic  Church  abolished  not  only  the  Sabbath,  but  all  the other Jewish festivals. Pray and study. I shall be always glad to help you as long as you honestly study the truth.

Respectfully,

T. Enright, C.S.S.R.; St. Alphonsus (Rock) Church, St. Louis, MO.

 

I wish to only note that at the time the weekly Sabbath was changed by Rome, they had made other changes too—they “abolished not only the Sabbath but all the other Jewish festivals.”  This is by their own admission.  At this point I recommend a re-read of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica doctrine, on what has been replaced, quoted on p. 7 of this document.

Start A New Tradition This Year

Now that you’ve seen, maybe for the first time, that God has not cast away his “holy times,” why not seek out a Christian fellowship this year where you can participate in the Passover experience.  It’s better to be on YHWH’s calendar, at His appointed Passover season, rather than on the beast’s calendar at his appointed Easter time!  Passover this year is from April 14th thru the 21st.

There is a time coming known among present-truth believers as “the solemn assembly” (Joel 2: 15), but this event cannot be called except we know the biblically appointed time of such a solemn event.  And we know for sure that the Most High will never respect the calendar which Rome, under Satan’s inspiration, has handed off to the world, but instead the calendar which He has given to Moses (Ex. 12: 2) to impart to us.  On that calendar are the “solemn assemblies,” but when we have artificially “nailed them to the cross,” and erased them from our memories, we will, like the five foolish virgins, end up like the Millerites, in a soul-sickening disappointment! Let’s glorify our Saviour through obedience to all His holy appointed times.

 

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This Blog has been moved to: https://sdaprophecies.com/; Happy Mother’s Day!

It is now “mother’s day,” and right now there are 276 Nigerian girls who have been abducted nearly a month ago (April 14) by militia men from the Boko Haram terrorist network in Africa.  Truly our prayers go up on behalf of the girls and their parents!  It is a crime of our times on a global scale wherein children are exploited, and girls in particular, have become the bargaining chips for the international sex trade and human trafficking.  Today the world celebrates motherhood and all that it stands for, nurturing, caring, sacrificing, sharing, and the ultimate delivery of a child to society who one day might very well “rule the world,” borrowed from the age-old truism that “the hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.”  But today also, there are many parents in Nigeria grieving at the loss of their children, children who were simply seeking an education to improve their chances of having a more rewarding future than that which many of their ancestors have known.

My aim in writing this article is not so much to discuss the political nature of these missing girls, but instead seeking to draw attention to the explosive cultural acceptance and global reach of Parent’s day among an host of other special days, such as New Years, Valentine’s, Easter, Veterans, Mother’s, Father’s, Independence, Columbus, Thanksgiving and Christmas, to mention some of the more familiar ones, at the exclusion of God’s holy appointed days.  I will demonstrate that the most High, YHWH, also has His special days, and while our human-invented and highly commercialized days, cited above, have attracted global attention and acceptance, His Holy Days are simultaneously ignored, denigrated as legalism and broadly condemned by Christianity—the very stewards of righteousness who were collectively commanded by the Holy Spirit to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” Jude 1: 3 NASB.

In this regard then, I want us to examine that which was “once for all handed down,” or delivered to the saints, who thereby became the repositories and divine protectors of the sacred trust which “was once for all time” bequeathed unto the saints.

To avoid any misunderstandings, let me be clear: I believe we should honor our parents and our spouses, our children, and our friends (neighbors), in a meaningful and tangible way, and whenever the opportunity avails itself, we should use it to build our social and spiritual bonds.  What I am projecting however, is the penchant for Christians, in general, to avoid God’s holy commands in preference for church-appointed holidays.  Ancient Israel had other commemoratives than the ones ordained in the Torah, and heaven was well-pleased with this.  Even Christ, when He walked as a man among men, participated in one of these non-Torah-appointed festivals—“the feast of the dedication” (Hanukkah)—John 10: 22.  So yes, let’s recognize thanksgiving and Parent’s days, but let us never forget God’s Holy Days.

The Motive Behind These Days

We must be aware of the principal motivation behind these man-made, special days, that there is a central mission at hand, which is to prop up, and give special notice to Sunday as a day to be revered and commemorated among all earth’s inhabitants.  To be clear, Christians are given an explicit command to “honor” their parents, not just on one day of the year, but on an ongoing basis.  We are given a high moral standard in the fifth commandment, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you.” Ex. 20: 12, WEB.

This is a commandment with promise of long life, to those who so honor their parents.  Most readers ignore, however, the last part of this verse—“the land” which YHWH offers.  While the focus of this article is not the kingdom of glory, it must be broadly stated here that the promise of “long life” is attached to having a life in the kingdom of God—“the land” which the Almighty proffers to the righteous nation—the saints who faithfully keep his commandments.

“Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.” Prov. 20; 20, AKJV.  More literally stated, the passage now reads, “Whoever dishonorshis father or his mother, his lamp [life] shall be put out in obscure darkness.”  We now see that the honoring of our parents is a salvific and redemptive command, offering either eternal life or eternal death, depending on how we treat its implementation in our lives.

We know that our parents feel special when they are called upon with notice from their children on Mother’s day, for the women, and Father’s day for the men, and more of this should go on, not just on an annual basis, to satisfy the greed of the commercial world, but on an on-going and regular basis, to satisfy the requirements of YHWH’s commandments.  As Christians, we have a higher moral obligation to demonstrate to the world that we are Christians by our love—“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:35.

From what we have seen here, there is explicit directive in the Bible, to give special recognition to our parents, in season, and out of season, to demonstrate our horizontal relationship—love to humanity.   In these Ten Commandments too, is another requirement of special remembrance, a requirement which most Christians who profess to teach the “handed down” faith, willfully choose to ignore and forget.  This command comprises the vertical relationship in our spiritual journey—love to Deity.

I want to call special attention here to the Sabbath, for our handling of the question of parents honoring is no less obligatory than our Saviour’s command to “remember” and honor Him on His holy day.  In the face of the special days to honor parents and the saints, humanity has, as it were, lost sight of God’s holy Sabbath day—the golden clasp of creation and redemption, and Satan would have it thus.

8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Ex. 20: 8-11, NASB.

It should be noted that this command opens with the word “remember,” or conversely “do not forget.”  So in a more practical way, the great YHWH is directing us accordingly: “Do not forget the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”  It is right here where most of Christianity falls down and appeal to the traditions of men, rather than the explicit commandments of God.  I have earlier stated that this commandment—the fourth, has both creative and redemptive applications to it.

The creative connotation is explicitly stated in the passage, “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day.” (Ex. 20: 11, first part).  In as much as we honor our parents when we give respect to them, and have special seasons of recognition to their nurturing us and sacrificing on our behalf, we in like manner “honor” our God when we respect his holiness in directing our lives, when we respect His right to have a day for himself in which he chooses to share with us!  This concept seems radical to most of the protestant world, and is labeled as heterodox or legalism, while parents’ days and saints’ days are considered orthodox and antinomianism—without law.

The Sabbath also has redemptive appeals, from the very tenor of the command, “therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Ex. 20: 11, last part).  The Sabbath is blessed by YHWH and declared holy by Him, and thus extends holiness to those who truly honor Him in this simple act of loving obedience.  Of this memorable day which clasps and seals the work of creation, the Bible record is clear: “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.” (Gen. 2: 3, first part.).  In God’s Word Translation, this verse is more emphatically stated, “Then God blessed the seventh day and set it apart as holy.” The Sabbath, then is a “set apart” day for a “set apart” people—a sanctified people!

The Sabbath, being a day of “rest,” also portends the rest we have in Christ from our travail in a world of sin.  It was to this “rest” He spoke, when He declared “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11: 29, ERV).  This “rest” is the rest of redemption, the rest we have when we are complete in Christ.  To this “rest,” the Bible also enjoins upon us the sobering command:    “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Heb. 4:11.

As with the 5th commandment which proffers a blessing to those who honor their parents, likewise the 4th commandment extends a blessing to the obedient child of God: “Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.” Isa. 56: 2.

A more modern translation renders this verse thusly: “Blessed are all those who are careful to do this. Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest and keep themselves from doing wrong.” NLT.

Friend, do you want to really receive divine favor and blessing?  The answer is simple—honor YHWH’s laws, and depart from evil.  We honor his law by exercising simple godlike obedience, and we depart from evil by having that law written in our hearts—the hallmark of the new covenant!  Here is what David said:

8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. 9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Ps. 119: 8-11.

So the secret to keeping ourselves from doing wrong, is to hide YHWH’s commandments in our hearts.  Jesus Christ himself being the “Word of God”—the divine Logos  (John 1: 1, 2), the truth breaks forth more clearly that we hide God’s Word in our hearts, by allowing the divine Logos—Y’shuah, to come within our hearts and live out His holy life in us, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.  When Christ lived on earth, he kept the Sabbath “as His custom was” (Luke 4: 16), and when He comes and lives in us, He will likewise lead us to obeying all his commands, for they “are not grievous” (1 John 5: 3), or burdensome.

13 If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” Isa. 58: 13-14, NIV.  It certainly is not a mark of legalism to be obedient to our Creator, is it?

 

That Which Was “Handed Down” To The Saints

Since the Christian Church is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, [with] Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone,” (Eph. 2: 20), the question must now be asked: what is it that they have collectively “handed down to the saints” once and for all time?  Did they leave for us, Christmas Day, New Years, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Parents Day (Mother’s & Father’s), All Saints Day, Thanksgiving Day, Sunday as the Sabbath, among other church-appointed and globally recognized holidays? Though many Christians are loath to doing so, I believe the candid reader can honestly state without equivocation, that none of the above-mentioned days of Christian import have been “handed down” to us by the prophets, Jesus Christ or the apostles themselves.  This being true, we must here ask other pertinent questions:  From whence came these church holidays or holy days? And more importantly, in terms of holy days, which are the ones that were “handed down” to us by the three principals mentioned in Eph. 2: 20?  The correct answer to these questions will lead us on the path of rediscovery, a rediscovery which will be as real to us as was the doctrine of Justification by Faith to the early Protestants of the 16th century.

The Apostle Paul has often likened the Christian’s life to the relays of the Greco-Roman Olympiads of his days, and has left on record, these inspiring words: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Heb. 12:1.Image

In the Olympics, one of the most emotional parts of the games is the relays, the science of which is the effective passing of the baton from one athlete to another.  Those who master this feat in human athleticism and ultimately win their respective games, must have a number of things correct:  (1) They must correctly transfer the baton from the exhausted athlete to the one standing in wait, (2) the waiting athlete must carry to the finish line the same baton that was “handed down,” or delivered at the start of the race, (3) the transferred baton must be carried with a sense of urgency and duty while the athlete endures the grueling competition from the fast-stepping thuds of their challengers for the prize, and (4), it is utterly pointless for an athlete, even with Bolt-like speed, to break the finish line without the baton in hand, and expect to win the prize!  Such an athlete would be disqualified for that race.

My objective here is not to give the mechanics of good baton transfers in a competitive athletic relay, but to learn from this man-made sport the value of the sacred treasure with which we have been entrusted, and commanded to earnestly contend for, as we faithfully transmit it from one generation to the next.

There are today many Christian apologists who will lisp Jude 1: 3, and present themselves as the defenders of the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints, yet they break with impunity God’s holy commandments, “and teach men so,” (Matt. 5: 19!), and expect for their wilful transgression to be specially honored of Christ, and called “great in the kingdom of heaven!”  It is high time then for us to examine the baton of purported truth we see in the Christian world today, and determine if it is the same baton of truth which was “handed down” by the three principals in this life-enduring relay.  To do this, we must examine the record of what they taught and practiced, and compare it against what we have today.  If there is a “different baton” of truth today, we must take one more step—determine where, when and by whom the change has occurred.

In Leviticus 23, there are some important “convocations” listed by our Creator, of which He takes ownership, and commands us to commemorate to His name’s honor and glory. These He transmitted to the Prophets, and when Jesus Christ came, He too observed them, and taught them to His disciples.  For His parting message to them, He gave the following commissioning words for all times, till “the end” of the age:

“(19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Matt. 28: 19, 20.

Of interest here, is the observance ofall things” whichHe has commanded us to “observe” and “teach.”  Did they include all the special church appointed and highly commercialized days we now see afoot, or do they contain God’s Holy Days that are now largely forgotten by the church and the masses? Let us see the record:

The Holy Days In Lev. 23

  1. The Festival of Sabbath: “(2) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. (3)  Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. (4) These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
  2. The Festival of Passover: “(5) In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover.”
  3. The Festival of Unleavened Bread: “(6) And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. (7) In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein… (8) in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.”
  4. The Festival of Wave Sheaf: “(10) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: (11) And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.”
  5. The Festival of Weeks, or The Feast of Pentecost: “(15) And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: (16) Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; … (21) And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.”
  6. The Festival of Trumpets: “(24) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, in the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. (25) Ye shall do no servile work therein.”
  7. The Day of Atonement: “(27) Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. (28) And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.”
  8. The Feast of Tabernacles: “(34) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, the fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. (35)  On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein…on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you… it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. (37) These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations…everything upon his day. (39) Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath… (41)  And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.”

When Was This Baton Of Truth Changed?

With the above catalogue of divinely appointed holy days, which were “handed down” to us by the Founder of our faith, clearly identified, we must now consult church history to see when this order had been changed, and if He authorized it.  The evidence is clear that somewhere along the path of time, since the death of the faithful Apostles, the sacred baton of truth has been switched on us, and a new baton has been extended to the church in its place! The Christian Church was set apart as the trustees to whom was bequeathed this sacred trust—the divine baton of truth, to be kept unsullied from the encroachments of heathenism, the superstitions of paganism or the denegation of modernism.  Till her glorious presentation on the grand coronation day for all saints (2 Tim. 4: 8), the saints are to walk in the light of “the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 14: 12).  But alas! Those commandments have been changed and otherwise tampered with by an interloper, who is no more pious than were the Scribes and Pharisees of Christ’s days!

This new baton, which many who are ignorant hold as “the original”, operates at the exclusion and absolute negation of YHWH’s Holy Days!  We know this to be true simply on account of the fact that this verily might be the first time the reader has confronted these divine requirements, which have been laid down by the Almighty One in the Scriptures, given for all true worshippers to observe.  And since these divinely appointed Holy Days are very unfamiliar to Christians in general, and have been relegated by theologians as “Jewish feasts” in particular, we must again ask the question: By Whom, Where and When were these holy assemblies removed from the liturgical calendar of the Christian church?  I believe I have found the answer, and will now share it with you, in hopes that it will not simply give you an intellectual ascent to the confession of truth, but a heart surrender to the Author of Truth.  Here is the record:

April 26, 1902

Dear Friend: Your note was forwarded to me here where I reside at present. …I still offer $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me, from the Bible alone, that I am bound under pain of grievous sin to keep Sunday holy. We keep Sunday in obedience to the law of the Catholic Church. The Church made this law long after the Bible was written; hence the law is not in the Bible. The Catholic Church abolished not only the Sabbath, but all the Jewish Festivals.

Those who deny the authority of the Catholic Church and obey only the Bible must answer correctly the following: 1. Where does the Bible teach that we must keep Sunday holy; 2. Where does it teach that we must keep Sunday once a week and not once a year like Christmas; 3. Where does it teach that we must keep Easter always on the 1st Sunday after the full moon of the Vernal Equinox; 4. In Lev 23 you find 7 holy days binding as strictly as the Sabbath. Where does the Bible say that they are abolished? … Here also you obey the Catholic Church and not the Bible.”

Signed, T. Enright CSSR. The Mission Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Detroit, Michigan. [Italics and emphasis added.]

So, we see in this letter how Cardinal Enright has correctly informed us that it was the Roman Catholic Church (his own denomination), “long after the Bible was written,” that has been the responsible party for these changes in the Christian Church’s worship calendar.  In other words, the Church of Rome has deliberately changed the baton that was “handed down” by the fathers to the Saints for future ages!  Prophesy has actually placed us on alert that such a day would have come.  Speaking of Papal Rome, the Lord through Daniel declared: “He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.” Dan. 7: 25, NLT.  In light of this prophecy, it is worth repeating a line from the Cardinal’s letter, juxtaposed with the prophetic pen of Inspiration:

“The Catholic Church abolished not only the Sabbath, but all the Jewish Festivals.” “He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws.”

 

Do you see how the “he,” of Dan 7: 25 accurately forecasts the mission of the Roman Catholic Church, who has accepted responsibility for having “abolished” what is today represented as “Jewish Festivals”? The evidence is clear also, that what is today pawned off as the original baton of truth, handed down by the three principals in Eph. 2: 20, is a false baton, one that was “changed,” and when we get to the finishing line we shall be disqualified by the Master, on the grounds of having ran a bogus relay, so to speak.  In more accurate Biblical language, this is how the Founder of our Faith sees it:

“(11) And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: (12) and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.” Matt. 22: 11, 12, KJV.

The servant was rendered “speechless” because he knew his master’s will and failed to do it—he wilfully refused to correctly attire for the sumptuous wedding feast.  There is another wedding festival to which we are invited, and Christ is calling you today, he is calling me today to start our wedding festival dress rehearsals, and in our obedience to His Torah, we will have honored all His requirements.

“(21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (24) Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.” Matt. 7: 21-24, KJV.

Since we are saved unto good works, let us be obedient to all that he has taught us in Lev. 23, and teach men so, for said He, “ye shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

On the question of whose authority changed the holy appointed festivals which were handed down to the Church by the three principals in Eph. 2: 20, here is the Roman Catholic Philosopher and patron saint, Saint Thomas Aquinas:

“As to the Sabbath, which was a sign recalling the first creation, its place is taken by the Lord’s Day, which recalls the beginning of the new creature in the Resurrection of Christ.  In  like  manner  other solemnities  of  the  Old  Law  are  supplanted  by  new  solemnities because  the  blessings  vouchsafed  to  that  people  foreshadowed the favours granted us by Christ. Hence the feast of the Passover gave place to the feast of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection; the feast  of  Pentecost  when  the  Old  Law  was  given,  to  the  feast  of Pentecost on which was given the Law of the living spirit; the feast of  the  New  Moon,  to  the  feast  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  when appeared the first rays of the sun, that is Christ, by the fullness of grace;  the  feast  of  Trumpets,  to  the  feasts  of  the  Apostles;  the feast  of  Expiation [Day of Atonement],  to  the  feasts  of  Martyrs  and  Confessors;  the feast  of  Tabernacles,  to  the  feast  of  the  Church  Dedication;  the feast of the Assembly and Collection, to the feast of the Angels, or else to the feasts of All Saints.”—Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Question 103, Of The Duration Of The Ceremonial Precepts, Article 3. [Added]; Also found in The “Summa Theologica” of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume 6, pp. 233-234; also at: Google Books

Saint Thomas’ theology, you see, is a direct repudiation against and replacement of, the divinely appointed holy convocations called forth in Lev. 23.  In obedience to that command, I dutifully urge you to take pause and contemplate all that we have discussed up to this point, and make a Joshua-like commitment to yourself and to the Most High, YHWH: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Jos 24:15.

There is a lot of competition going around these days, and the seekers of attention are self, at the exclusion of the Creator—the God of heaven and earth—YHWH.  At its core, sin is defined as self-worship, by our installing another Deity between us other than YHWH, thereby making a god out of ourselves in rivalry to Him.  And this principle has led an entire generation in disobedience to His commandments, statutes and judgments.

Today, you and I have the opportunity, and yea, the high calling to change the Church and the World for Y’shuah’s sake.  As a denomination, we did this with the Sabbath, at a time when the general Christian world called the first day of the week the Sabbath.  We can start now, with the rediscovery of the original baton of truth, by giving heed to all his commandments and appointed times so clearly outlined for us in Leviticus 23.  Let us start this tradition today, “and teach men so.”  How wonderful to the cause of truth and righteousness if the World Church should today embrace the totality of the Torah in its theology and practice!  There are some shocking beneficial results which will follow, among these will be a revival and reformation of true worship, a respectful name for Christianity, a revival of primitive godliness, the evangelization of the world, and the ushering of the Messiah’s Kingdom of glory.  The days are coming, and yea, they are at the doors when this prophecy will be fulfilled:

“Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.” Nahum 1: 15.

Let us hasten that glad day, by His grace—the day when Judah keeps her solemn feasts, the day when “the wicked,” the tares, are no longer comingled with the righteous, the day when YHWH’s kingdom is restored!  O Christian, perform your vows and “keep His solemn feasts!”

 

 


 


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