BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS How much does Yahuah like them?
FALSE PROPHETS MASQUERADING AS MESSENGERS OF LIGHT, COUNTERFEIT FEASTS – PEOPLE AND TRADITIONS CAN AND HAVE DECEIVED US WITH SCHEMES DESIGNED TO TRICK US. SATAN TRANSFORMS INTO A MESSENGER OF LIGHT, AND HIS WORKERS ALSO DO THIS; WHAT ARE THEY PROMOTING?
People imagine “sin” lurking in men’s hearts over many issues. Some even believe that celebrating Hanukkah
might be “adding” to Torah, and therefore sin. In all Scripture, Hanukkah is mentioned
once (if one ignores Maccabees I & II), at Yn. 10:22. So, Hanukkah is found in Scripture,
yet “Christmas” is not. If a person shuns Christmas, and begins to celebrate Hanukkah, it will
more often than not have consequences for them. Relatives and friends will shun or persecute them
for it, thinking they have become influenced by radical ideas.
People say “I believe in (Elohim)”, and feel that’s enough to help them out. It would help out if they also “believed in SATAN”. SATAN is a true believer too – this being KNOWS the Truth, but would never act on it – but instead promotes counterfeit schemes to deceive everyone. Have the teachings of demons embedded themselves into our familiar customs at all? If we objectively look for Satan’s handiwork, is it possible to find it imprinted on any “human traditions” (opinions of habit)? This fallen being which Scripture calls ha shatan (the adversary) is neither male nor female, but is among the most powerful, intelligent, and beautiful of all created spirit beings — and has existed since long before the Earth was formed. “He” really is “older than dirt”, or the sun, moon, and stars. Know the schemes of your enemy, and you will be better prepared to identify when you are being deceived. Although there are many who directly and consciously choose to worship this being, it doesn’t please “diabolos” nearly as much as being able to deceive the intelligent people of this world who are really intending to do what is right. Their hearts are good and pure, but they can be deceived very easily, so diabolos “masquerades” as a messenger of “Light” for them. The Latin word “Lucifer” means light-bearer. The people who willingly choose to serve him are really worthless to him, and mean very little. They are often weak-minded and misinformed individuals, with little education or life experience (such as those who might join the “Church of Elvis”, or join a cult to follow a Guru, or read Tarot cards and study their “horoscope” in the newspaper). But, the “elect” are the target of Satan’s schemes, because they are YHWH’s wife. Deut. 12:30,31 forbids us to learn the Pagan’s ways, or to worship YHWH in the Pagan way. “Way” would be the process, scheme, model, method, pattern, or design of the Pagan ways. If we “adopt” a Pagan pattern or try to clean it up, we violate Deut. 12:30,31. It is like putting lipstick on a pig, thinking we have changed the situation by cleaning it up. Peter told us we must avoid becoming entangled again in Paganism in exactly these terms:
“A dog returns to his own vomit” and “A washed sow returns to her wallowing in the mud.” 2 Peter 2:22
A MASTER OF CEREMONY Who is the master of ceremony in this world? A being having no name, but is known by many pronouns – from Greek: diabolos, the devil; from Hebrew: ha shatan, the adversary. Brief definition of term: “ceremony” is from the Latin, caerimonia, for religious rite, custom, or set of acts established by social convention. Our “opinions of habit” may have been inherited from Pagan patterns – let’s stay alert for that as we research them. Blending the faith with Pagan customs has been called revisionism, syncretism, and “missionary adaptation”. So, the true faith once delivered to the saints has become a “hybrid” faith, having absorbed traditions which are lies and things of no profit (Jer. 16).
The objective of Satan’s game: to divert our obedience away from serving the true Creator of the universe, and influence us to do things his way instead. In other words, by following Satan’s practices, we areobeying HIM. He knows that we will not serve him consciously, so he tricks us by means of schemes, devices, or snares. He attracts us to what looks good, then convinces us that it is what we should be doing. He is a gifted entertainer, and a master of ceremonies! We must become aware of the “wiles” and schemes that have been set in human traditions that are offensive to Yahuah. Many things we have accepted to be innocent are not innocent; look at the “Christmas Tree” custom from Yahuah’s perspective: ASHERIM (click for link).
Long ago, after the flood, there were relatively few humans on the Earth. The three sons of Noach had separated somewhat, and formed 3 clans or 3 large families. These eventually became the three races of mankind (mongoloid, negroid, and caucazoid). The children of Ham and Yapheth went into the region called Sumer, while the children of Shem were some distance away to the southwest. The mountains of Ararat are in the area now called Turkey, so all mankind can claim to be Turkish! (Turkish American, Turkish African, Turkish Russian . . . . .). (smile)
Rulers arose in the midst of these clans, but from the clan of Ham a son of Kush came to power by means of intimidation and fear. He was a tyrant “hunter” and is given credit for becoming the first KING on the Earth. His name was NIMROD. The name Nimrod can be interpreted as “rebel”. Genesis 10 tells us the beginning of his reign was Babel, Erek, Akkad, and Kalneh in the land of Shinar. Going to Ashshur he built Neneweh, Rehoboth Ir, and Kelah. Genesis chapters 10 and 11 describe the origins of all the powerful influences we see on Earth today — governmental, economic, and religious (these are the 3 “kingdoms” possessing authority over the whole Earth). Like the “way of Cain”, Nimrod invented his own method for worship, thus rebelling against YHWH.
We can track “Satan’s Seat” across the Earth over time by studying Scripture. He brought the populations together to serve him by designing a religious order or process that remains in perfect condition today. He used creation itself as a vehicle to make men follow his patterns. The cycle of the seasons, and the signs (constellations, solstices, equinoxes) and lights in the heavens became his snare for mankind. The calendar used by western civilization today represents the foundation upon which everything we think and do rests. In general, this “measurement” or “numbering” of time became the background for Astrology, Satan’s original religious order. Our enemy is not flesh and blood — but a spiritual being in control of the powers of this dark world.
THE ROLE OF THE SUN
Satan invented sun-worship. In the northern hemisphere, where all people lived at first after the Noachic Flood, the sun rises on the eastern horizon at its most northern point at the Summer Solstice (Sol-stice means “sun-stop”). At the winter Solstice, it is at its lowest point south, and was believed to be dying. For roughly 4,000 years, people have celebrated the “re-birth” of the SUN at the winter solstice. The principle object of worship in the ancient world was the sun (among those who were ignorant of the true Creator). Behind all Pagan deity worship stands Satan himself. He accepts honor in whatever name we wish to call him; Baal, Moloch, Marduk, Venus, Odin, Krishna, Aphrodite, Ishtar, Zeus, Amon-Ra, Mithras, Ahura-Mazda, Dagon — male or female, it matters not. The most important day in the life of a witch or sorceror is their annual birthday. This is because the celebration of the sun’s birthday was the winter solstice, which was what we call December 25th today. Originally, common people did not observe their personal birthday; the earliest birthday observances were reserved for the Pagan deities (all of these are Satan). Later, Kings observed their birthdays, as we see Pharaoh doing in the book of Genesis. Much later, common people began the practice, but only among Pagans, since that is the origin of birthday celebrations (consult the book of JOB and you’ll see how each of his children had a party in their house “on their day”. For roughly 4,000 years, the SOLSTICE has been — by proxy — the day of Satan’s birthday celebration (because he is the designer of the original astrological religious pattern, and deceived mankind to cause them to worship the sun).Deut. 12:30, 31 clearly forbids the worship of YHWH after Pagan ways/methods/patterns. Many believe “All Hallowed’s E’ven” (Halloween) is the birthday of Satan; but it wears no disguise as Christmas does. The deceiver uses insidious trickery to overcome us by means of traditions he’s sown into our cultures.
RE-VISIONISM (“looking back”, with changes)
As a master of ceremonies, Satan disguised his religious deception by what scholars call “revisionism” over time. Here is what the dictionary says about revisionism:
“revisionism: n. 1. A policy of modification or change, especially of a political or religious doctrine.” (“doctrine” is Latin for “teaching” — doctor means teacher)
History shows that the Roman State religion was one of sun-worship (Mithraism) at first, then Constantine enforced a blended form of Christianity and Mithraism on the empire. He out-lawed the true Sabbath, and enforced Sun-day worship under penalty of death. He established Catholicism (Latin meaning: Universalism) by setting the dates for observing the weekly “sabbath” as Sun-day, and Easter for the empire. (Easter was already one of several vital Pagan observances, originally “Ishtar”, commemorating the impregnation of the Earth-Mother nine months prior to the winter solstice!). Who designed sun-worship? The father of lies. Are any lies told around Christmas time?
In the year 525, Dionysus Exiguus (Dennis the Little) came to Rome from Scythia. He was a “monk” of some sort, which all Pagan religions seem to have — but such a term is not found in Scripture as playing a role in true worship. Coming upon the time of the Solstice festival celebrating the birthday of the sun, he witnessed all Rome in revelry. Wreaths of greenery were hung on the doors of homes as emblems of the sun. Every good sun-worshipper had a round wreath on the door of their home. Everyone exchanged gifts, and drunken partying was everywhere. The color RED was also symbolic for the sun, bringing to mind HEAT. In ancient Babylon, gifts were placed on trees of the grove as offerings to Tammuz / Nimrod on the winter solstice. Nimrod was associated with greenery, and was worshipped as the sun idol after he was slain. The “Christmas trees” represented Nimrod to the ancient sun-worshippers (Jer. 10:2-5), and sunrise worship services involving “branches” were even found in Ezek. 8:17, where the priests turned toward the sun with their backs to YHWH”s Temple. The wreaths were emblems of Nimrod, and suggested the round solar shape. Learning that these practices in Rome were in honor of the ancient sun idol, Dionysus Exiguus was shocked and dismayed. Reasoning that it was to be impossible to stand in the way of the frenzied fervor, he sought to “revise” the meaning for it by claiming it to be the celebration of the birth of the Messiah, not the Pagan sun idol, Mithras (Satan) — thus justifying it by adopting this satanic ceremony into “Christianity” (violating Deut. 12:30,31). He invented the concept of “B.C. & A.D.” The apologists call it “inculturation” when we steal a page out of Satan’s book and take it as our own. When we peel back the mask or layers which conceal these truths, most people don’t want to look at the pure truth straight in the eye. They are disturbed by the “attack” and only want to go back to their slumber of deception. So, they often accuse the messenger as being from a “cult”, or hateful, critical, and judgmental.
When we exchange DARKNESS for LIGHT, we can expect eventual woe. The “wiles” of the devil are directed at the children, because he knows that if you train up a child in the way he should go — he will not depart from it when he is old. “Oh, but its only for the children” they will tell you. The devices, schemes, snares, and wiles of diabolos have most people of the Earth obeying him. “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves servants for obedience, you are servant of the one whom you OBEY, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?” Romans 6:16
Revising, camouflaging, masking, concealing: this is the process our enemy employs to deceive us. Can we overcome the deceit, or will we drift along with the broad road to destruction? Awaken — You are dreaming a Babylonian nightmare. There is no mask to peel away from what is True and right; there is no Pagan underpinning to the Truth — it is clean and pure from its origins.
“Christmas” is a Catholic term, part Greek, part Latin. Mixing again. We are not permitted to MIX Paganism with our faith. “Christ” is Greek for anointed, and “mas” is Latin for depart. “Christos” also is originally a Pagan term, so look at the article on this at www.fossilizedcustoms.com/christian.html when you can. The Roman “MASS” is another inherited satanic practice from the worship of Mithras (the sun idol again), which was associated with the passover meal called “the last supper”. Again, revising things to appear Scriptural, Satan combined (mixed) elements of both religious perspectives to conceal what he was really up to. Revisionism — modifying religious teachings to fit into a new scheme — is Satan’s best method to deceive mankind. He can make our conscience feel pure and clean as long as he can give us a good reason for something, like he did the first woman. He’s still whispering lies to us from the “Christmas tree”, and the leaders of Christianity are promoting them to the public. Excusing them is not what we are commanded to do; we are to EXPOSE them for what they really are (Eph. 5:11-13).
Mr. “HO-HO-HO” HO-HO-HO” is another related factor to this cultural event. He’s like a hero without a name of his own, an elfish creature linked to a man named “Nicholas”. “OLD NICK” is a euphemism for Satan. The story of a “Nicholas” in Holland during the 3rd century who was generous to children is unsubstantiated by anything but relatively recent lore, but Christian he could not have been. Christianity made no inroads into the Norse areas until Patrick during the 8th century. The name “Santa Claus” came from the name “saint Nicholas” as it was pronounced by the Dutch, and taken down as “SAINTNI-CHOLAS” by English people attempting to spell this name. The color RED was brought in to Santa’s costume by the COCA-COLA company’s marketing department in the 1930’s, but it is coincidentally the “seasonal color” inherited from the sun-worshipping Pagans. He flies horned beasts (by sorcery?) through the air at night, and enters homes by means of the fireplace — the ancient Pagans’ most sacred spot in their homes. Who might Santa really be? SATAN & SANTA employ the same letters, and are in perfect order right before your eyes, and all you have to do is move the “N”. He’s horning into the celebration, but what does he have to do with this time of year, even from the Pagan perspective? (Occultists often use anagrams to conceal what they are referring to). Identifying who he is, and whose birthday December 25th really is, should link up to some conclusions in your mind. He is Nimrod, Baal, Moloch, Zeus, Venus, etc., —– and these are all really one deceiving being: SATAN.
Christmas? Yes, it’s a birthday observance; It’s SATAN’S BIRTHDAY
— Our Messiah has nothing to do with it, and never has —
Regardless of what Christian teachers may tell you, Christmas was NOT a part of what the early United States of America stood for. The first 13 American Colonies all had laws against this satanic observance, and their faith in the Messiah was the basis for it. One would be fined and/or imprisoned for observing Christmas, because the early American settlers understood that this practice was one of popery’s strongest promotions, and that it’s origins were PAGAN (therefore satanic). (Popery is tyrannical Nimrodism, and this can be proven to anyone from the book by Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons. Remember the account of George Washington “crossing the Delaware”? This was the day of the first successful battle in favor of the Colonies, against the Anglican / Catholic British. The enemy army was encamped across the Delaware, and George attacked with his men early in the morning and won the battle — on CHRISTMAS DAY. The enemy had been celebrating all night, and were in a stupor. The surprise attack caught them off guard, big time.
So, when you hear a Christian talk-show host or a preacher whining about how sad it is that “Christmas” is so secularized — or that Christians are being deprived of their rights by not being allowed to put up a decoration on public property — or have a public school play celebrating the birth of “Jesus” (Yahushua ha Mashiach) at this time of year, remember whose birthday it really is, and try to let them know. Not many are bold enough to come out and tell them, but one day the whole Earth will know the Truth, and the Truth will set them free. Traditions come and go; the Truth will never change. If people choose something as “qodesh” (set-apart), they’ve added to the Torah. What they’ve chosen to be special doesn’t have any bearing whatsoever on what YHWH has established as special to Him. And, He has established observances, which most of mankind chooses to be worthless and “old”. Yet, what mankind does honor only reminds YHWH of what He had warned them NOT to observe, even if intended for Him (Dt. 12:28-32).
The burning in our bones to help others “awaken” to the Truth is our Messiah working within us.
People resist the Truth at first, but if we help them wrestle with it patiently, it is marvelous to see them awaken.
It’s important to understand that their struggle is really with their programming from their youth, and it’s not
simply our failure, nor their rebellion. I’m impressed with the way it was put by the 12th century Jewish “Rambam”, Maimonides. He wrote:
“Men like the opinions to which they have been accustomed from their youth; they defend them,
and shun contrary views; and this is one of the things that prevents men from finding truth, for they cling to the opinion of habit.”
Maimonides – Guide For The Perplexed I found this at the Jewish Virtual Library:
Maimonides / Rambam: (1135-1204)
Maimonides’s full name was Moses ben Maimon; in Hebrew he is known by the acronym of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Rambam. He was born in Spain shortly before the fanatical Muslim Almohades came to power there. To avoid persecution by the Muslim sect — which was wont to offer Jews and Christians the choice of conversion to Islam or death — Maimonides fled with his family, first to Morocco, later to Israel, and finally to Egypt.
The following letter is a response to a fellow believer who shared the Satan’s Birthday article above with the wife of an Orthodox priest. She wrote back to him defending Christmas, and felt that most of my article was filled with nothing but lies. The names have been deleted, but you may find some use for this reply to both of them concerning how to gain a better perspective of the conflicts which rage between traditions and Scriptural Truth. People struggle to defend what should not be defended; the hammer of YHWH’s Word can defend itself.
Dear Brother (name deleted) and Sister (name deleted),
I’m replying to you both in this one letter! I received your letter, Brother (deleted), telling me you had received a response from (deleted) concerning the article Satan’s Birthday. Sister (name deleted), you mentioned in your letter to Brother (name deleted), (which he asked me to respond to you from) that I may have not known “Satan” was never “born”. In my article I mentioned that this ancient Babylonian Solstice observance was only a “proxy” form of observing this being’s “birthday”. I hope you didn’t really think I was saying the creature was born. Sister (deleted), as I interpret your viewpoint about Christmas, it’s OK for us to observe this formerly Pagan ritual birthday of the sun idol, because it’s now revised in meaning, and applies itself to the true worship of Yahushua, the Mashiach of Israel, and is no longer associated with its origins. Researching the origins of birthdays themselves, they come from Babylonian Astrology, not the guidelines of Scripture. The person led by “tradition” is in the majority, and believes by simply re-naming Saturnalia“Christ’s Mass”, and reinterpreting the symbolic ideas surrounding this solstice festival, we can consider the Paganism purged and rejected, and the formerly Pagan-founded ritual is applied to the observance of the birth of Mashiach, which cleanses the idolatry completely. Amazingly, it was just that simple to do this for every detail of Paganism — this is why Scripture refers to this kind of devious, scheming, misleading behavior as “masquerading”, inheriting lies, strong delusion, washing a pig, returning to vomit, etc.,. If we only take the viewpoint of human tradition, and never question what we have inherited through human designs, we will never see things of the world from the viewpoint of YHWH.
Concerning the lies and falsehood we have inherited, Jer. 16:19 tells us: “In the day of distress the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the Earth and say, ‘Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.'” The verses following this tell us that upon these folks realizing Who He really is, by His hand and might, they shall know that His NAME is YHWH. So, people today worship what they know not what, with great enthusiasm, fervor, and zeal; and are in great ignorance as they do so. What if there was no “Christmas”, Sun-day, or Easter? Would the lack of these things ever be considered what the prophet quoted above was referring to?
Most importantly, I would like to point out that we can interpret history differently, but Scripture is what we must use to correct, rebuke, and train. If you or I cite a letter written in the 9th century by a mere man who wrote about someone who lived hundreds of years before and thousands of miles away, how does that really prove a point? We can disagree on the Dutchman, Nicholas; the Catholics teach he was a “saint”, died on December 6th, and was an “elder” (bishop), yet this lad died at the ripe old age of 17. Who cares if its all true, or entirely false? It is not related to anything remotely pertinent to our faith, or spiritual work while in our flesh. Revelation tells us that the dragon has deceived the whole world — how? In my article, I cited Eph. 5:11-13 as it applies to how we are to “expose” the darkness; Jer. 10:2-5 as it applies to the use of the tree in worship (it was a Pagan altar); Ezek. 8:17 as it applies to the sunrise services conducted at “Easter”; Deut. 12:30,31 as it applies to not learning the ways of the Pagans, nor worshipping YHWH in those patterns; and 2 Pet. 2:22 as it clearly warns us to avoid returning to the former Paganism we are delivered from, which Peter likens to a “dog returning to its vomit”. If we clean up a pig (a Pagan festival), it’s still what it is in YHWH’s eyes. Patronizing or condoning traditions which clearly originated in Satanic patterns go against the Spirit we have been given, and the words of life we live by. Idolatry is likened to adultery/harlotry in YHWH’s eyes, and Gentiles engrafting into Israel are to refrain from idolatry (Acts 15). What I would hope to see accomplished by this debate is that YHWH be True, even if all of us turn out to be liars, or deceived in our thinking. I am not trying to win, or make Lew White come out on top — I only speak what I am given to say, and teach the Torah of YHWH as we all are to do. YHWH’s children speak His Words. I am not offended if you believe Constantine had nothing to do with changing the Sabbath to Sun-day, and I am convinced he did. That is simply a difference of opinion of what is fact. If what the article contains goes against any Scripturally-based teachings or values, I would like to be corrected by Scripture if possible. If possible, try to defend Christmas, Sunday, Easter, Holy Water, steeples, bells, wreaths, or the tree using Scripture – and I will stand corrected by the highest of all authorities. If there are Scriptures which condone the adoption of formerly Pagan rituals as long as their purpose is revised, and in the end souls of men are saved through doing so, then we can all return to our “Mother”, the Roman Catholic Curia and Pope rulership. The Roman—Eastern Orthodox schism can be healed again, and all the protestants can once again be re-united with the teachings and authority of Rome.
It is important to emphasize that I am not judging people, but the doctrines of demons which have replaced our Scriptural guidelines. As sheep, we can be deceived very easily without the leadership of our Shepherd. We need to ignore the voices calling to us, and listen only to His Voice. As Sheep, all we require to be deceived is to hear a good excuse. If we are living in the mind of the flesh, our hearts are open to following after whatever the world wants to shovel, because we may be living with a mind set on the flesh, not the Spirit. We are the servants of the one whom we obey (Rom. 6:16); if we have been deceived by human traditions, and not searched-out the origins of what we do and why we do them, we are like blind men. We must test all things. We are doubly deceived if we encounter the Truth, and reject a love for it when we hear it, because then YHWH sends forth the strong delusion that we believe the lie (2 Thess. 2:5-12). The “Truth” is YHWH’s Word, His Torah/Covenant, the 10 Commandments. If Christmas, Sunday, and Easter are not delusions, but rather are found in Scripture, then bring the evidence forth. Worshipping what we do not know can be zealous and sincere, but sincerely wrong and riddled with error. It can also be an abomination, as was the golden calf. Nor can we dream-up our own form of worship, hoping YHWH will look favorably on what we are doing – this is what Cain did, remember? The ultimate insult to YHWH is adopting a device or behavior which has a Pagan origin, and diverting/revising it toward the worship of YHWH. This would be an abomination — but only in His eyes, not ours (if we can’t see it from His point-of-view). Even adding to His Word and performing something He never asked us to do for Him can lead to death, as we see the in the example from the “strange fire” offered by Aharon’s sons. But transforming a formerly Pagan pattern into a camouflaged man-made device has to be even worse. Many times, the root of our problem stems from simple ignorance — and YHWH’s people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge. We are guided into “paths of righteousness”, FOR HIS NAME’S SAKE (Ps. 23).
Briefly, I will try to help direct you to some Scriptures to study which opens our understanding of why Father YHWH withheld the knowledge of His Name from the people of Earth. Israel, Father YHWH’s wife/bride, serves as the priesthood to the whole Earth, and the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge. Returning to Pagan practices, the Israelites grew apart from YHWH more and more, as we see Christianity did through the adoption of Pagan elements over the centuries by “revisionism” (changing the reason behind the act).
If we are YHWH’s people, He says we will know His Name (Is. 52.6). If we are not engrafted into Israel, we are not His people, His chosen ones. There is no promise or covenant with anyone outside of Israel, and Gentiles must engraft to partake of the promises and Covenant (Romans 11).
Through stammering lips and a foreign tongue, Israel will eventually learn and the battle for who they serve will turn (Is. 28). He guides us into paths of righteousness “for His Name’s sake” (Ps. 23). Jeremiah (YirmeYahu) 23:27 tells us that the association with Baal (LORD) worship caused the people to “forget” YHWH’s Name. Many of the prophets were persecuted for using the Name. Zeph. 3:9 tells us we will call on the Name eventually, after our lips are purified. Ezk. 39 states YHWH will make His Name known.
If you have access to an exhaustive concordance, you can do a wonderful study on the Name by looking at the many Scriptural references where the words Name, lips, and call are used by the translators. Essentially, it is my opinion that YHWH removed His Name from the lips of people because they were headed “back to Egypt” by being drawn into Pagan practices. Literally, “making an alliance with Pharaoh” by adopting a Pagan element is the same as satanism, so YHWH would remove His Name from those lips. As we draw closer to Him, YHWH reveals Himself in ever-increasing measure. Finally, He revealed Himself to us through His Son, Yahushua ha’Mashiach of Natsrith.
Sister (deleted), we all stumble in many matters; but we serve the same Mashiach. Our need to rush to point out perceived errors must be tempered with sincere love for one another, not motivated by selfish ambition. We have to accept correction with humility, but this correction needs to come from “the Word”, as we are told at 2 Tim 4. Arguing over how we are to conduct ourselves with human reasoning is probably a dangerous and pointless endeavor. After carefully scanning your letter and accompanying article, I found not one Scripture referred to; but this is not to criticize, but to remind you about the importance of keeping on the correct path for proper methods in correction, but more importantly to establish correct doctrine. I’m not out to win an argument or hurt your feelings, only to establish the Truth. I would never accuse you of lying, but rather having opinions which are very popular, and quite different from mine. May we all serve Yahushua in ever-increasing unity of faith, resulting in obedience He finds acceptable.
“The Word” is the Torah, or Commandments of YHWH. The REVELATION of YHWH to mankind is His Truth, the Torah, the “Word” which He gave us. Yahushua is the LIVING WORD, the Torah come-to-life in our hearts to guide us. OBEY HIS WORD. THE TORAH IS CALLED THE “TEN WORDS” (IN HEBREW: ESERT HADEBARIM), THE COVENANT OF LOVE.
Our receiving a love for YHWH’s Torah, and having it written on our hearts and minds, IS the New Covenant – Hebrews 10:16, 2 Cor. 3:3. That explains why we love the Commandments — Yahushua wrote (circumcised) them on our hearts. Our immersion into His Name is the outward sign that He has circumcised our hearts – Col. 2:11-13.
A sister asked the following questions regarding Asherim:
Having read and re–read The Scriptures over seven times….. I have read about the Asherah hundreds of times.
1. What is an asherah?
Lew’s answer: The adversary misled mankind with various fertility rites, and received “worship” through these rites. Yahuah doesn’t
provide us with the details of the heathen rites, but we know generally from Scripture they performed their rituals in forests or “groves“.
He mentions how the Israelites would bring “Asherim” and put them near His Hekal (Temple), behavior which we see inherited
as the “Christmas Tree”. Most probably the trees used were date palms. Modern witchcraft and Satanism in general follow most
closely to the worship of Asherah. The name is most likely directly related to Ishtar. Stumps of trees found in groves were used
as the altars of Asherah, which may be directly related to the fallen Nimrod, cut down by Shem (as tradition informs us).
2. What does she look like?
3. Where can I find pictures of her?
4. Why is it so difficult to do research on an asherah?
Yahuah has not wanted His people to study this demonic worship, yet it persists today. In fact, it is the most popular fad among teens
and young adults today. The reason it is not very easy to learn about is mostly because it is “occult” (hidden); it has been so since
the patterns of worshipping the adversary went “underground” after the execution of Nimrod. They had once practiced their
rebellion openly, but then withdrew into secrecy to hide their worship behind symbolism, which could only be interpreted correctly by those
initiated in the occult. One dominant pattern found in occultic behavior is the matrilinear (mother-goddess) ideal. Rebellion against Yahuah is accentuated by this matrilinear focus, as opposed to the patrilinear – so we see the moon being used to represent the female astrologically.
Lew’ continues: Although the original form of Asherim worship has remained hidden from the general public, I feel that the acceptance of the solstice tree is drawn directly from the Pagan worship, rendered for public consumption. The Asherim were considered altars, where animals and humans were ritually sacrificed. This altar was often a tree stump, with the trunk snapped-off, leaving jagged spike-like splinters. The Christmas tree phenomenon is also a type of altar, where gifts and offerings are placed. (Easter is a word derived from Ishtar, and Astoreth. Tree worship is the most prominent feature, however the serpent gets involved also. It seems that the adversary has the tree and the serpent seared into “his” mind indelibly. A serpent around a stump is one of the symbols we find used in ancient Pagan religions. The Tree of Life (ets chayim) and the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil may be the sources this fallen being is borrowing from in the design of the false worship. But we know it is forbidden to worship Yahuah in any false or perverted manner. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and we certainly know that any involvement with Asherah is witchcraft.
“For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person-such a man is an idolater -has any inheritance in the kingdom of (Mashiach) and of (Elohim). Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things (Eloah’s) wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the (Master). Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the(Master). Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret . But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. Eph 5:5-14See more complete article by clicking on this word: Asherah
synagogue of Satan: synagogue is a Greek word, meaning “house of study”. Satan (Hebrew shatan) means “adversary” and is the accuser of Israel; this is a real, fallen messenger opposed to YHWH, and is ruling the entire Earth in all religious, political, and mercantile areas. Putting it together, the synagogue of Satan would be any “house of study” which teaches lawlessness or revised commandments. If we can prove that there is a difference between what is written in YHWH’s Word (His Commandments) and what is practiced within a group that claims to worship YHWH, then we have identified a synagogue of Satan. “Jews” is the word seen in translation at Rev. 2:9, from the Hebrew word “Yahudim”, and means “worshippers of Yah”. Claiming to worship Yah, but not teaching and practicing His Commandments, shows us who is of this synagogue of Satan. So, it’s not the “Jews” that the text refers to with this phrase, “synagogue of Satan” at all; but rather those who push aside the Commandments of YHWH, and cry “legalism!”
Lew White, Strawberry Islands Messianic Publishing, 2303 Watterson Trail suite 102, Louisville, KY 40299
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