Stay Away from Indoctrination and Dogma

"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;" (Ephesians 4:14 NASB).

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Supreme Court is Not God's Statute on Gay Marriage!

President Barack Obama greets Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.,
and Anthony McLeod Kennedy (born July 23, 1936) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 
WASHINGTON -- Most court-watchers expect Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's thoughts on gay and lesbian rights to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide and serve as the capstone of Kennedy's otherwise moderate-to-conservative judicial career.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote likely will decide the issue, has steadfastly stood up for the civil rights of gays and lesbians against laws he said lacked a legitimate purpose.

On an April 23 conference call with conservative pastors arranged by the Family Research Council (FRC), the group’s president, Tony Perkins, commented to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is also an ordained Southern Baptist minister, “What we’re finding in the wake of this redefinition of marriage is a direct assault on religious freedom. That very ability to preach the gospel is at stake in this debate.”

In response, Huckabee said, “It very much is. And let me be very practical in how this plays out if something doesn’t change. If the courts rule that people have a civil right -- not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage -- then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor, who believes in Biblical marriage, who says, ‘I can’t perform that wedding,’ will now be breaking the law.”

On April 28, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, asked, “is it conceivable that a minister who is authorized by the State to conduct marriage can decline to marry two men if indeed this Court holds that they have a constitutional right to marry?” If gay marriage were just a state-level law, you could make exceptions for ministers of different faiths, said Scalia, “but if it’s a constitutional requirement, I don’t see how you can.”

During oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice Samuel Alito raised a revealing question to attorney Mary Bonauto, who was arguing in favor of same-sex marriage before the justices. Bonauto argued before the court that homosexuals are being denied their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process under the law by not being permitted to marry in all the states.

Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. (born April 1, 1950) is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Alito turned the tables on Mary Bonauto, asking if the court rules in her clients’ favor and overturns state laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman, how can others who believe they are not being treated equally by the current definition realistically be denied. He offered the example of polygamy.

"If two people of the same sex have the right to marry, why can’t four people be legally married in America?" That was the question posed Tuesday by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito during oral arguments presented before the court on whether the Constitution grants a right to same-sex marriage.

Would there be any ground for denying them a license?” Alito asked lawyer Mary L. Bonauto, who argued on behalf of same-sex marriage. “Let’s say they’re all consenting adults, highly educated,” Alito said. “They’re all lawyers.” THE POINT IS THAT: Once you change the definition of marriage, where does it stop? It doesn’t just stop with people of the same sex getting married.

Bonauto responded that the law could keep the definition as being only between two people, because there is usually some form of coercion in polygamist relationships. Mary Bonauto in arguing in favor of same-sex marriage may be naive and deliberately overlooking the fact that many homosexual relationships develop out of coercion from one older adult—taking advantage of the lack of sexual identity, self-esteem, loneliness and poor self-image of a younger person...


When I was thirteen (13) years old, I felt unloved and unattractive, and when an older male friend of my family came onto me in my home, I let him sodomize me. From age 13 to age 22, I never told anyone that I consented and let another male kiss me and then sodomize me. It hurt, smelt and I felt degraded and ashamed during the incident and tried to pull away, but the older man held me tighter and coerced me to let him finish. When he was done, I quickly put my clothes on and left the room feeling disgusting!

For years after being sodomized, I thought the incident made me gay, and tried to regain my masculinity with women. Each time that I was turned down from dating by a woman that I found attractive, it somehow resonated in my mind that I must be gay.

In my late teens and early twenties, I became addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, gambling and fornication as a way to cope with the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical void in my life. I eventually developed Self-defeating Personality Disorder—a pervasive pattern of self-defeating behavior, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts. The person may often avoid or undermine pleasurable experiences, be drawn to situations or relationships in which they will suffer, and prevent others from helping them.

When the same guy tried to have homosexual relations with me again when I was 15, I grabbed a knife and warned him...Today, 33 years later, he still has a huge scar on his hand where I sliced him like Peter (John 18:10). I ended up a lustful fornicator nonetheless, and chose relationships with women for the next 15 years that were spiritually, mentally, and emotionally unhealthy.

Today, I feel qualified to speak and write on many subjects dealing with the flesh, because of the fact that I experimented with homosexuality at age 13 and spent years in therapy dealing with sexual depravity and diverse lusts... 

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black
“Creepy,” “strange” and “way too old” are some of the myriad adjectives and phrases used to describe British Olympic diver Tom Daley’s acknowledgement he is in a relationship with a man — Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black—who is two decades older.

I could have taken all these psychologically traumatic incidents in my life to heart, and years of sexual identity crisis and reserved myself to further engage in a homosexual lifestyle—that would have probably led to a desire for a same-sex union now in the 21st century...

However, I innately knew that the God of my understanding, and His son, Jesus Christ, desired a life for me not plagued with immorality and depravity.

After a 13 year marriage, stepson and three daughters between my ex-wife and I, The Lord called me back to Himself and I repented and rededicated my life to Jesus Christ in March 2009. From the time I left my marriage on October 16, 2008, I knew that I needed years of professional outside help and support groups to start to recover from my depraved lifestyle.... Today, I am clean and sober over 4 years and mentally, emotionally and Spiritually healthy enough to help my two adult "declared" lesbian daughters and others with the Truth of God and His love and call to repentance (CLICK HERE: Romans 1:17-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; James 5:13-16; 1 John 1:9).

I teach my daughters that I love them and God loves them; however He is displeased with their lifestyle and does not want robots to blindly follow His statutes.

Some United Methodist, Presbyterian and First Baptist "Open and Affirmingchurches wrongly teach men and women that God finds same-sex marriage between two consenting adults acceptable. I attended a lecture last June (during National Gay Pride Week) at a church and talked with many congregants of First United Methodist Church in Schenectady, New York, who thought that Romans 1:16-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 is speaking about gang rape and predatory sex

It was not until I was handed a handbook on my way out of the United Methodist Church, titled, "Homosexuality and the Bible," that I realized where these misconstrued teachings about homosexuality were coming from.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, an inter-faith peace organization, published the handbook. In the handbook by Walter Wink, he writes on page 13, "When the Bible mentions homosexual behavior at all, it clearly condemns it. I freely grant that. The issue is precisely whether that Biblical judgment is correct." The handbook makes a lot of arguments for homosexuality on the grounds that Jesus supposedly never taught about homosexuality, and falsely teaches people that the Holy Bible is not the Divine Word of God.

Where the exhaustive handbook makes another grave error is not mentioning the fact that Jesus taught that marriage is between a man and woman (Matthew 19:3-9).

Matthew 19:3-6 (NLT)
3 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’[a]” 5 And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’[b] 6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

Footnotes:
[bold emphasis added]

The handbook, "Homosexuality and the Bible," by Walter Wink denies the fact that ALL Scripture is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and confuses the Biblical teaching on homosexuality.

Furthermore, Jesus not only taught about marriage between a man and a woman, He also taught about avoiding adultery and divorce (Matthew 5:27-32; 19:3-6); and admonished living together unmarried (John 4:16-19)... We can look to Jesus Christ's example with the "Woman at the Well" for other creative ways to rebuke sexual sin in the Name of the Lord, and correct false teachings gently...John 4:16-19 • New Living Translation (NLT); 16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet."

WORSHIP OF FALSE gODS THROUGH IMMORALITY AND HOMOSEXUALITY



Philadelphia LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) "Pride" community groups will come together on National "Gay Pride," on June 14, 2015, just short of the 50th Anniversary of the "Gay Rights" picket, that took place in 1965.

Romans 1:19-23 • New Living Translation (NLT)
19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

Romans 1:24-27 • New Living Translation (NLT)
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

The following history is taken in part from Back To Stonewall:

On July 4, 1965, and for the next four years, gay rights activists gathered outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia carrying picket signs and demanding legislation that would secure the rights of LGBT Americans. Activists conceived the event following an April 17, 1965 picket at the White House led by members of the New York City and Washington, D.C. chapters of the Mattachine Society, Philadelphia’s Janus Society and the New York chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The groups operated under the collective name East Coast Homophile Organizations (ECHO).

The Daughters of Bilitis, also called the DOB or the Daughters, was the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States.  The name of the newfound club was chosen in its second meeting. Bilitis is the name given to a fictional lesbian contemporary of Sappho, by the French poet Pierre Louÿs in his 1894 work "The Songs of Bilitis," in which Bilitis lived on the Isle of Lesbos alongside Sappho—whose poetry centers on passion and love for the same sex. The word lesbian derives from the name of the island where Sappho's was born, Lesbos, while her name is also the origin of the word sapphic; neither word was applied to female homosexuality until the 19th century. In the ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, and thereby of gates, doors, doorways, passages and endings. The false god, Janus, is usually depicted as having two faces—and presiding over the beginning and ending of conflict—which has appealed to those who struggled with following the Holy Bible's teachings or continue living a homosexual lifestyle.

Last summer, I dropped my two teenage oldest daughters off to a Gay Pride Parade in Upstate, New York, and was shocked not at the "Drag Queens," but more importantly the Exhibitionism of exposed body parts of the parade entertainers and organizers.


Exhibitionism is the act of exposing in a public or semi-public context those parts of one's body that are not normally exposed – for example, the breasts, genitals or buttocks. The practice may arise from a desire or compulsion to expose themselves in such a manner to groups of friends or acquaintances, or to strangers for their amusement, sexual satisfaction or to shock the bystander by making a "public statement. 

Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade boys "grind"
In law, the act of exhibitionism may be called indecent exposure, exposing one's person, or other expressions—and this is what I have witnessed at Gay Pride parades in recent years.

Evangelists like myself know it is important to Correct Gently with Our Testimony, and leave the Message and Warning up to the reader and listener to do their own search for the Truth! 

We live in a world whereby people do not want to talk about the issues that plague our nations—and new laws restrict pastors of churches from teaching the hard sayings of the Bible (Romans 1:17-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NLT). The Supreme Court is now ready to decide the issue of same sex marriage, and some groups accuse Christians of being unloving and guilty of discrimination. As a result, we now live in a world where the motto is "let the good times roll," and everyday is "Mardi Gras!"

Today, ministers can be arrested in some countries for addressing issues on homosexuality and teaching the Truth of the Holy Bible. As a result, so many churches have become afraid to speak the Truth, and have allowed the government(s) to "Censor" the Message of God's Word.

Romans 8:5 • New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-21 • New Living Translation (NLT)

Living by the Spirit’s Power
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

GOD LOVES US AND GAVE US FREE WILL TO FOLLOW HIS STATUTES OR NOT...HE DOES NOT WANT ROBOTS!  

The role of the evangelist is to correct gently and rebuke and reprove false teachings with all long suffering, mercy, pity, sympathy and empathy. You cannot empathize with people unless you too have experienced the same things that keep people from becoming the obedient child of God that the Lord originally planned for His creation.

The Apostle Paul had many challenges to his evangelizing efforts. In Acts chapter 9, we find that the Apostle Paul needed to be concealed and lowered in a basket to escape those religious leaders who were in charge and who wanted to kill him. In Romans, Paul writes to the Gentiles about Salvation coming to the Jews first and the depravity of sexual sin amongst the Gentiles. 

Paul writes more about sexual sin in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 in the form of those who; worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—and writes that; NONE of these kind of people will inherit the Kingdom of God... He warns people not to fool themselves by thinking that any of us can practice sexual sin and dishonest living and inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6;9-11).  

The Apostle Paul continues to write:

1 Corinthians 9:27 • New Living Translation (NLT)

"27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified." 

In 2 Corinthians 6:3-13, Paul writes about the persecution that he and the other evangelists endured for teaching the Truth of God's Word versus the ways of the world. Paul defended his ministry and evangelizing in 2 Corinthians 11, especially verses 3 through 4 and 12 through 15. Paul writes about Satan masquerading as Auras of light and appearing as other "celestial beings" and the devil's ministers masquerading as the "successors of apostles of Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:12-15). The Apostle Paul was accused of being worldly and carnal. Many theologians believe that because the Apostle Paul abstained from marriage and sex (1 Corinthians 7), and that he admitted that he had thorns in his flesh (2 Corinthians 12), that he was carnal.



The Apostle Paul's writings made him very unpopular amongst many people and many of the "Pillars" of the early "Christian church."  In Galatians chapter 2, Paul writes about how he went to the Council of Jerusalem 14 years after Christ resurrected, and rebuked the impostors in the early church (Galatians 2). Looking closer at Romans 1:17-32; Romans 7:15-25; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 7---and Paul's admission of a thorn in his flesh in 2 Corinthians 12, we find that Jesus can heal us of any obsession and compulsion that we suffer with in the flesh.


Do Not let shows like Modern Family desensitize you to condoning homosexuality, same-sex marriage and two married couples of the same sex raising children in society.

WHEN TO RESIST UNGODLY LAWS OF THE GOVERNMENT

Some people would argue that Romans 13 and Titus 3:1 ["Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good"] means that Evangelical Christians and Ministers should submit to same-sex marriage laws.

What is important to remember about Titus chapter 3 and Romans 13, is that when the authorities follow what is God's Statutes, then they are doing good... Romans 13:3-4 (NLT) "3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong." However, we can look to the book of Daniel for instruction on when it is appropriate to defy the law. Submitting to the government's ungodly laws is not "doing good" in the sight of The Lord!

When the government in Babylon enacted laws that defied God's Statutes, the prophet Daniel-as well as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refused to obey the ungodly laws (Daniel chapter 1-6). Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were sent into a blazing fiery furnace because of their stand to exclusively serve their God alone (Daniel 3). The story of Daniel in the lions' den in chapter 6 is similar to the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3—and parallels between the two chapters, include; the trials suffered, the jealousy of conspirators, rescue by an angel, accusers meeting the same fate they had intended for the protagonists, and the fact that the king praises God and issues a royal decree protecting the worship and statutes of the Lord (Daniel 3:28-30, 6:19-28).

God has called His creation to not follow the world... 

1 John 2:16-17 • New Living Translation (NLT)
16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

2 Peter 3:3-9 • New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”

5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.


8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

The Holy Bible informs us, "“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25)...This message is to Jews and Gentiles to go to a Bible-based church each week to edify one another as we await the return of the only person who said that He is both God and Man. Jesus conquered death that we might have new life after we die, and He wants us to fellowship with other "believers" regularly—and worship God, the Father, in Spirit and in Truth!

PLEASE GET IN TO A BIBLE-BASED CHURCH

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer: "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).


Whether it is the use of the word, "love" as a "hush word" to indoctrinate people not to address depravity in societyor a new national law enacted by the United States Supreme CourtGod's law and statutes of the Holy Bible will always supersede mankind's secular laws. 

Matthew 19:4 (NLT)

4 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’” 5 And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ 6 Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Salvation Came First to the Jews, and then the Gentile Nations!


The prophet Zechariah prophesied that the time would come when the Hebrew (Jewish) people would no longer need to practice the four (4) seasonal fasts and mourning for the Temple, because their sorrow would be changed to joy!

Zechariah 8:19 • New Living Translation (NLT)

19 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The traditional fasts and times of mourning you have kept in early summer, midsummer, autumn, and winter[a] are now ended. They will become festivals of joy and celebration for the people of Judah. So love Truth and peace.

Footnotes:
8:19 Hebrew in the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth months. The fourth month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of June and July. The fifth month usually occurs within the months of July and August. The seventh month usually occurs within the months of September and October. The tenth month usually occurs within the months of December and January.

The Three Pilgrimage Festivals, known as the Shalosh Regalim (שלוש רגלים), are three major festivals that God's people are to celebrate each year — Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Weeks), and Sukkōt (Tents or Booths) — when the Israelites living in the Kingdom of Judah would make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem, as commanded by the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament).

Exodus 23:14-16 • New Living Translation (NLT)

Three Annual Festivals
14 “Each year you must celebrate three festivals in my honor. 15 First, celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast, just as I commanded you. Celebrate this festival annually at the appointed time in early spring, in the month of Abib,[a] for that is the anniversary of your departure from Egypt. No one may appear before me without an offering.
16 “Second, celebrate the Festival of Harvest,[b] when you bring me the first crops of your harvest.
“Finally, celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest[c] at the end of the harvest season, when you have harvested all the crops from your fields

Footnotes:
23:15 Hebrew appointed time in the month of Abib. This first month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of March and April.
23:16a Or Festival of Weeks. This was later called the Festival of Pentecost (see Acts 2:1). It is celebrated today as Shavuot (or Shabuoth).
23:16b Or Festival of Ingathering. This was later called the Festival of Shelters or Festival of Tabernacles (see Leviticus 23:33-36). It is celebrated today as Sukkot (or Succoth).

Today, Jews and Christians can celebrate these Three Annual Festivals together in solidarity by attending service together, Torah study, reading customary Scripture, sharing festive meals and dance, and exchanging gifts!  "First Fruits" in modern times reflect the 10% tithe (Genesis 14:18-20; Malachi 3:10-12; 2 Corinthians 9:3-7; Hebrews 7:1-10) of your earnings! The Final Harvest also reflects your tithe of your year end earnings—and notice the Festival of Shelters aka Festival of  Tabernacles, takes place after tax season—when most people get an IRS Tax Refund (LOL!).


Malachi 3:10-12 • New Living Translation (NLT)
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.[a] Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Footnotes:
3:11 Hebrew from the devourer.

EASTER AND CHRISTMAS ARE PAGAN HOLI-DAYS: In Acts 12:4, “Easter” is referring to the syncretized pagan festivals—"sun worship," "fertility" and "animal rituals, nature worship," etc., that the Herodians practiced.

Mark 3:6 • New Living Translation (NLT) 
"6 At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod [the Herodians] to plot how to kill Jesus."

There is an opinion that "Herod the Great" after the execution of Mariamne I, would use her to fulfill animalistic desires [Antiquities, Book XVII, Chapter 5:2; S. Geiger, in "Oẓar Neḥmad", iii. 1] In the Talmud this sort of action is called a "deed of Herod." [Babylonian Talmud; Sanhedrin 66b]

THE JEWS DID NOT KILL JESUS: Christ said, " 17 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded” (John 10:17-18 New Living Translation).

The Apostles never celebrated the Feast of Ēostre (Ostara/Ēastre/Ēostre/Ôstara), and Germanic month bearing her name (Northumbrian: Ēosturmōnaþ; West Saxon: Ēastermōnaþ; Old High German: Ôstarmânoth)—the namesake of the festival of Easter. Constantine the Great separated the celebration of the Roman Empire pagan festival “Easter” from the Jewish Passover. Ēostre is attested solely by Bede in his 8th-century work "The Reckoning of Time," where Bede states that during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent of April), pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Eostre's honor.

PASSOVER AND THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD ARE CELEBRATIONS FOR ALL GENERATIONS

Exodus 12:14-16 (NLT)
14 “This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time. 15 For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast. On the first day of the festival, remove every trace of yeast from your homes. Anyone who eats bread made with yeast during the seven days of the festival will be cut off from the community of Israel. 16 On the first day of the festival and again on the seventh day, all the people must observe an official day for holy assembly. No work of any kind may be done on these days except in the preparation of food.

The Apostle Paul taught the Gentiles about avoiding sin, and wickedness and he taught the Gentiles to keep the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread...

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (KJV)
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GO TO ANY CHURCH AS A “CHRISTIAN.” IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT A “CHRISTIAN CHURCH” TEACH THE TRUTH OF GOD THAT IS WHOLLY CONTAINED IN THE HOLY BIBLE.

After the destruction of the Herod's Temple in AD 70 by the Romans, the actual pilgrimage is no longer obligatory upon Jews, and no longer takes place on a national scale. During synagogue services the related passages describing the holiday being observed are read aloud from a Torah scroll on the Bimah (platform) used at the center of the synagogue services. During the Jewish holidays in modern-day Israel, many Jews living in or near Jerusalem make an effort to attend prayer services at the Western Wall "emulating" the ancient "pilgrimages" in some small fashion.


Exodus 12:1-2 • New Living Translation (NLT)

The First Passover
12 While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: 2 “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you.

The Jewish "Civil New Year" is "Rosh Hashanah," but it does not appear in the Torah. Leviticus 23:24 refers to the festival of the first day of the seventh month as "Zikhron Teru'ah" ("a memorial with the blowing of horns"); it is also referred to in the same part of Leviticus as 'שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן' (shabbat shabbaton) or penultimate Sabbath or meditative rest day, and a "holy day to God."

Leviticus 23:24 • Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
24 “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar.

Today, Jews and some Christians celebrate "Passover" on the 14th of Nisan to commemorate the time when the angel of death passed over, and then celebrate the first of the 3 annual feastsPassover begins the Jewish New Year, and The Feast of Unleavened Bread starts on the 15th of Nisan.


Passover is one night, whereas The Feast of Unleavened Bread lasts for seven days with the first and last days being major holidays. A seder is conducted on Passover, and the first and last days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In the intermediate days necessary work can be performed, but no breads made with yeast or yeast may be present in the home during Passover and the Feast.

Exodus 12:14-20 • New Living Translation (NLT)

14 “This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time. 15 For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast. On the first day of the festival, remove every trace of yeast from your homes. Anyone who eats bread made with yeast during the seven days of the festival will be cut off from the community of Israel. 16 On the first day of the festival and again on the seventh day, all the people must observe an official day for holy assembly. No work of any kind may be done on these days except in the preparation of food.

17 “Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation to generation. 18 The bread you eat must be made without yeast from the evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the twenty-first day of that month. 19 During those seven days, there must be no trace of yeast in your homes. Anyone who eats anything made with yeast during this week will be cut off from the community of Israel. These regulations apply both to the foreigners living among you and to the native-born Israelites. 20 During those days you must not eat anything made with yeast. Wherever you live, eat only bread made without yeast.”

This year, the Feast of Unleavened Bread took place on Saturday April 4, 2015 and extended through the 11th.


Shavuot in Ashkenazi usage; and Shavuʿoth in Sephardi and Mizrahi Hebrew (Hebrew: שבועות‎, literally "Weeks"), is known as the Feast of Weeks in English and as Pentecost (Πεντηκοστή) in Ancient Greek. The Jewish holiday occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June). Shavuot is unlike other Jewish holidays in that it has no prescribed mitzvot (Torah commandments) other than traditional festival observances of meals and merriment; and the traditional holiday observances of special prayer services and abstention from work. However, it is also characterized by many minhagim (customs). These customs, largely observed in Ashkenazic communities, are:
• אקדמות – Akdamut, the reading of a liturgical poem during Shavuot morning synagogue services
• חלב – Chalav (milk), the consumption of dairy products like milk and cheese
• רות – Ruth, the reading of the Book of Ruth at morning services (outside Israel: on the second day)
• ירק – Yerek, the decoration of homes and synagogues with greenery
• תורה – Torah, engaging in all-night Torah study.


Sukkōt, Succot or Sukkos (סוכות or סֻכּוֹת sukkōt or sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a Biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (varies from late September to late October).

Sukkōt is an eight-day holiday, with the first day celebrated as a full festival with special prayer services and holiday meals. The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah ("Great Hoshana", referring to the tradition that worshipers in the synagogue walk around the perimeter of the sanctuary during morning services) and has a special observance of its own. Outside Israel, the first and last two days are celebrated as full festivals. The Hebrew word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah, "boothor "tabernacle," which is a walled structure covered with s'chach (plant material such as overgrowth or palm leaves). The sukkah is intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which, according to the Torah, the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah and many people sleep there as well. A sukkah is also the name of the temporary dwelling in which agricultural workers would live during harvesting.

The four annual Jewish fasts for the Temple ended...

Zechariah's prophesy (Zechariah 8:19) was fulfilled by the rebuilding of the Temple and the reintroduction of the celebration of Passover and The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Ezra 6). Today, the Temple of God is within the Lord's faithful "Believers" (1 Corinthians 3:16). 

So celebrate the three Annual Festivals to the Lord!

After allSalvation came first to the Jews and then the Gentile nationsand we are not ashamed of this Good News (Acts 2:5-8; c.f. Romans 1:16).

Acts 2:5-8  New Living Translation (NLT)

5 At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. 6 When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.

7 They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8 and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!

Romans 1:16-17 • New Living Translation (NLT)

16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.[a] 17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”[b]

Footnotes:
1:16 Greek also the Greek.
1:17 Or “The righteous will live by faith.” Hab 2:4.

Jesus said in John chapter 3 that you must choose of your own Free Will and mature decision to become "born again" of Spirit and Water—which is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and water Baptism of the "Believer." But Nicodemus did not understand Christ (John 3 ). Water Baptism is the outward act of a "Believer" to show their decision to allow God to make an inner transformation in their life! God poured out His Spirit for all generations at Pentecost (see Acts 2).

Jesus told his disciples to wait at Jerusalem until they received the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:1-30; c.f. Acts 1).

John 14:1-29 • New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus, the Way to the Father
14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.[c] From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

9 Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
15 “If you love me, obey[d] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[e] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.[f] 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”

23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me. 25 I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. 26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. 28 Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. 29 I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.

Footnotes:
14:2a Or There are many rooms in my Father’s house.
14:2b Or If this were not so, I would have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you. Some manuscripts read If this were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.
14:7 Some manuscripts read If you have really known me, you will know who my Father is.
14:15 Other manuscripts read you will obey; still others read you should obey.
14:16 Or Comforter, or Encourager, or Counselor. Greek reads Paraclete; also in 14:26.
14:17 Some manuscripts read and is in you.

Jesus' prayer for his disciples (John 17) and prayer for all future believers in John 17:20-26 was answered by the Father! The Tabernacle of God is now available to all mankind who choose to receive the free, unmerited Gift of Salvation from sin and death. The question remains as to whether the prophesy of Hebrew 8:11 has been fulfilled, which is: "And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, 'You should know the LORD.' For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already."

Romans 1:17-32 informs us about the situation of the present world and how many people are deceiving themselves and deceiving others to think up foolish ideas about God. These people have decided of their own Free Will to live perverse lifestyles—often exemplified by diverse lusts of the flesh, lust of the eyes and gay pride of life (1 John 2:15-17), such as  LGBTQ! Therefore God has left these people to their own depraved minds to live wicked lifestyles!

1 John 2:15-17 • New Living Translation (NLT)

Do Not Love This World
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 

Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput and Pope Francis
Where there is hope for the Roman Catholic Church is amongst the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who are resisting Pope Francis on the same sex marriage debate. Charles Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia and Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the bishops' "religious liberty" committee—who are outspoken opponents of LGBT rights, noted the massive cultural shift taking place on marriage equality in the Roman Catholic Church, but advised his brother bishops not to give up fighting against it. Instead, he said, they must retrench: "being discouraged would be the worst thing that we could do." READ: Romans 1:16-32 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have an ongoing effort to resist Pope Francis and prevent the acceptance of legalized same-sex marriage in the Roman Catholic Church.

God does not want robots (see Romans 1:18-32), He wants us all to live by His statutes, or continue in our own futile efforts that lead to destruction, collateral damage and death.



Romans 1:18-27 • New Living Translation (NLT)

God’s Anger at Sin
18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.[a] 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.

Footnotes:
1:18 Or who, by their wickedness, prevent the truth from being known.

God gave us Free Will to follow His Statutes or follow our own sinful and depraved nature! 

Romans 10:11-16 reads: "11 As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame." 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, 13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" 16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our message?"

The Holy Scriptures warn us in 2 Peter 3:3-9 that: "3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

The Holy Bible informs us, "“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25)...This message is to Jews and Gentiles to go to a Bible-based church each week to edify one another as we await the return of the only person who said that He is both God and Man. Jesus conquered death that we might have new life after we die, and He wants us to fellowship with other "believers" regularly—and worship God, the Father, in Spirit and in Truth!

PLEASE GET IN TO A BIBLE-BASED CHURCH

If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer: "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).

Ephesians 4:11-16 • New Living Translation (NLT)

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.


Godspeed, love and Truth,

Brother David Johnson, XU

2 Corinthians 11:12-15 • New Living Translation (NLT)

12 But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours. 13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ignorance is Not Bliss... It will strangle you and your kids!



The "Monday" after "Easter" is known in the food industry as “Easter Monday.” It is a day when many food distributors are closed and restaurants will not receive any food or supplies. When I was an executive chef, the company I worked for had 348 foodservice accounts in the Philadelphia region—and our main food distributor was closed on “Easter Monday.”

How does all this relate to “Easter Monday?”

As a “Watchman” (Ezekiel 33) living in the Philadelphia area, I was inspired by the “Great Spirit” that finds favor with the “City of Brotherly Love” (Rev. 3:7-13) to wait until after "Easter" to release this important “message” of Truth and warning!

"GOOD FRIDAY" IS A MYTH AND LIE!

Jesus did not die on “Good Friday!” If Jesus died on “Good Friday” as the Roman Catholic Church has taught, that would have only been one (1) or two (2) nights that Christ was in the “belly of the earth” before His Resurrection on Passover[*]
Matthew 12:38-40 • New Living Translation (NLT)
The Sign of Jonah
38 One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.”
39 But Jesus replied, “Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.
Jesus had to have died on Wednesday Not “Good Friday” for the ‘Son of Man to be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.’
We must look to the first hand account as recorded in the Holy Bible about Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
John the Evangelist, James and Peter were Jesus’ “homeboys,” and first hand witnesses and journalists (Matthew 17:1-4, Mark 9:1-5; Luke 9:28-33). "30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in Him you will have life by the power of His name" (John 20:30-31 NLT).
John the Evangelist was inspired by God to write the Gospel of John, 1st John, 2nd John, 3rd John and the book of Revelation. John the Evangelist records the truth about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the Word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw" (Revelation 1:1-2 NLT).
The “Preparation Day” or “Days for Preparation” for Passover, actually begin almost a month before Passover, just after The Festival of Purim.
Esther 3:7 • New Living Translation (NLT)

THE HISTORY OF PURIM

7 So in the month of April,[a] during the twelfth year of King Xerxes’ reign, lots were cast in Haman’s presence (the lots were called purim) to determine the best day and month to take action. And the day selected was March 7, nearly a year later.[b] 8 Then Haman approached King Xerxes and said, “There is a certain race of people scattered through all the provinces of your empire who keep themselves separate from everyone else. Their laws are different from those of any other people, and they refuse to obey the laws of the king. So it is not in the king’s interest to let them live.
Footnotes:
3:7a Hebrew in the first month, the month of Nisan. This month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred within the months of April and May 474 B.c.; also see note on 2:16.
3:7b As in 3:13, which reads the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar; Hebrew reads in the twelfth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. The date selected was March 7, 473 B.C.; also see note on the Book of Esther chapter 2, verse 16.
Esther 9:18-22 • New Living Translation (NLT)
18 (The Jews at Susa killed their enemies on March 7 and again on March 8, then rested on March 9,[a] making that their day of feasting and gladness.) 19 So to this day, rural Jews living in remote villages celebrate an annual festival and holiday on the appointed day in late winter,[b] when they rejoice and send gifts of food to each other.
The Festival of Purim

20 Mordecai recorded these events and sent letters to the Jews near and far, throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes, 21 calling on them to celebrate an annual festival on these two days.[c] 22 He told them to celebrate these days with feasting and gladness and by giving gifts of food to each other and presents to the poor. This would commemorate a time when the Jews gained relief from their enemies, when their sorrow was turned into gladness and their mourning into joy.
Footnotes:
9:18 Hebrew killed their enemies on the thirteenth day and the fourteenth day, and then rested on the fifteenth day, of the Hebrew month of Adar.
9:19 Hebrew on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar. This day of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurs in February or March.
9:21 Hebrew on the fourteenth and fifteenth days of Adar, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar.
It is a common misconception that Queen Esther's Fast took place on Passover (Nisan 14), and that the Jews in Jerusalem did not eat the Passover meal—and fasted also on the first two days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15, and 16 in 474 B.C.). At best, only the Jews who did not return from Persian captivity took part in the "Fast of Esther." The Jews who had returned from captivity began celebrating the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread with the rebuilding of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem (see Ezra, chapter 1 through 6, especially the Book of Ezra chapter 6, verses 13 through 22).
Zechariah 8:19 • New Living Translation (NLT)
19 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The traditional fasts and times of mourning you have kept in early summer, midsummer, autumn, and winter[a] are now ended. They will become festivals of joy and celebration for the people of Judah. So love truth and peace.
Footnotes:
8:19 Hebrew in the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth months. The fourth month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of June and July. The fifth month usually occurs within the months of July and August. The seventh month usually occurs within the months of September and October. The tenth month usually occurs within the months of December and January.
The Jewish observance of the Lord’s command for the “Preparation Day” or “Days for Preparation” for Passover to ritually clean the house of all yeast products is so no leavened breads may be eaten during the seven days of Passover (Exodus 12:15). Moreover, the lamb was to be slaughtered on the 14th day of Nisan at Twilight and fully eaten (Exodus 12:6-11)—not the day before or after. Many biblical scholars, especially the Catholic Church, try to make the argument that John’s Gospel is referring to the “Day of Preparation” as the day before the High Sabbath (Saturday) Jewish Passover. However, John’s Gospel shows that Jesus Christ was born to replace the “sacrificial Passover lamb,” and arrived at Bethany six (6) days before the Passover, when Christ was anointed (see John 12 NLT). The Jews of Jesus’ time had many “Preparation Days” before Passover.
*NOTE: JESUS' ACCUSERS WERE ALREADY PREPARING THEMSELVES BEFORE THE PASSOVER BY SEPARATING THEMSELVES FROM THE PLACES OF GENTILES AND THE SECULAR WORLD… READ: John 18:28-29 (NLT) “His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them,”
JESUS ANOINTED AT BETHANY SIX NIGHTS BEFORE JEWISH PASSOVER
John 12:1-2 • New Living Translation (NLT) 1 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A DINNER WAS PREPARED IN JESUS’ HONOR. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate[a] with him.
 DAY THREE BEFORE THE JEWISH PASSOVER
John 19:28-30 • New Living Translation (NLT) THE DEATH OF JESUS '28 Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit. 
Footnotes: John 19:28; see Psalm 22:15-18; and Psalm 69:21.
[* 1 OF 3 NIGHTS OF JESUS’ DEATH AND PREACHING TO THE DEAD] 
1 Peter 3:18-22 • New Living Translation (NLT)

CHRIST’S PREACHING TO THE DEAD

'18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. 19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.'
1 Peter 4:6 • New King James Version (NKJV)
CHRIST’S PREACHING TO THE DEAD
6 For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Matthew 12:40 (NLT) 40 For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 
John 19:31-35 • New Living Translation (NLT)
31 It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35 (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also may continue to believe.[a])
Footnotes:
19:35 Some manuscripts read that you also may believe.

Ephesians 4:5-16 • New Living Translation (NLT)

5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all,
who is over all, in all, and living through all.
7 However, He has given each one of us a special gift[a] through the generosity of Christ. 8 That is why the Scriptures say,
“When He ascended to the heights,
He led a crowd of captives
and gave gifts to His people.”[b]
9 Notice that it says “He ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.[c] 10 And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that He might fill the entire universe with Himself.
11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 
12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Footnotes:
4:7 Greek a grace.
4:8 Psalm 68:18.
4:9 Some manuscripts read to the lower parts of the earth.
"Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival" (Luke 2:41 NLT). "It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem" (John 2:13).

*JESUS RESURRECTED ON SATURDAY OF THE JEWISH PASSOVER

NOTE: Twilight is the period of the evening between daylight and darkness, and this is the time that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb that Jesus' body was laid in and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. JESUS DIEDWEDNESDAY AND RESURRECTED THREE DAYS LATER ON SATURDAY OF THE JEWISH HIGH SABBATH PASSOVER.
The significance of Jesus resurrecting on the Jewish Passover was to demonstrate that Jesus Christ conquered death and defeated the "angel of death" (see Exodus 12 about the Jewish Passover from the 10th day of Nisan to the 14th day).
"Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights" (Jonah 1:17), and was released on the third night. Jesus was in the belly of the earth for three days and three nights and was released in the evening (the same time that the angel of death came over Egypt on the first Passover—see Exodus 12). 
The Apostles never celebrated the Feast of Ēostre (Ostara/Ēastre/Ēostre/Ôstara), and Germanic month bearing her name (Northumbrian: Ēosturmōnaþ; West Saxon: Ēastermōnaþ; Old High German: Ôstarmânoth)—the namesake of the festival of Easter. Constantine the Great separated the celebration of the Roman Empire pagan festival “Easter” from the Jewish Passover. Ēostre is attested solely by Bede in his 8th-century work "The Reckoning of Time," where Bede states that during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent of April), pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Eostre's honor.

PASSOVER AND THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD ARE CELEBRATIONS FOR ALL GENERATIONS

Exodus 12:14-16 (NLT)
14 “This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time. 15 For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast. On the first day of the festival, remove every trace of yeast from your homes. Anyone who eats bread made with yeast during the seven days of the festival will be cut off from the community of Israel. 16 On the first day of the festival and again on the seventh day, all the people must observe an official day for holy assembly. No work of any kind may be done on these days except in the preparation of food.
The Apostle Paul taught the Gentiles about avoiding sin, and wickedness and he taught the Gentiles to keep the Passover...
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (KJV)
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GO TO ANY CHURCH AS A “CHRISTIAN.” IT IS MOST IMPORTANT THAT A “CHRISTIAN CHURCH” TEACH THE TRUTH OF GOD THAT IS WHOLLY CONTAINED IN THE WORD OF GOD—THE HOLY BIBLE.
Only going to church on Christmas and "Easter Sunday" is a dead work without true faith. Jesus taught the "Woman at the Well" about the importance of worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4)...
John 4:21-24 (NLT)
21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about Him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way.

24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in Truth.”

In the same manner, faith without good deeds is dead..."You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God [Deuteronomy 6:4]. "Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror" (James 2:19). We must seek to help the poor and needy and guide our children, loved ones and friends compassionately to the simplicity and Truthwhich is Jesus Christ. We can practice good deeds by asking ourselves WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)?
Once we know What Would Jesus Do (WWJD), we can better serve others and live a "Purpose Driven Life" by doing it....
James 1:27-27 (NLT)
27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
2 Timothy 2:15 • King James Version (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 • New King James Version (NKJV)

Preach the Word


4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Under Constantine the Great, the Church of Rome became adulterated further with pagan practices—and these Traditions continue to be practiced by the Roman Catholic Church today. This is why John the Evangelist was inspired by God to write about “The Great Prostitute” of all ‘prostiute’ daughter religions:
Revelation 17:1-5 • New Living Translation (NLT)
The Great Prostitute
17 One of the seven angels who had poured out the seven bowls came over and spoke to me. “Come with me,” he said, “and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute, who rules over many waters.
2 The kings of the world have committed adultery with her, and the people who belong to this world have been made drunk by the wine of her immorality.”
3 So the angel took me in the Spirit into the wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, and blasphemies against God were written all over it. 4 The woman wore purple and scarlet clothing and beautiful jewelry made of gold and precious gems and pearls. In her hand she held a gold goblet full of obscenities and the impurities of her immorality. 5 A mysterious name was written on her forehead: “Babylon the Great, Mother of All Prostitutes and Obscenities in the World.”
God knew that ROME (and later the Church of Rome) would eventually come along as the “fourth kingdom of the world” after the Babylonian, Medes/Persians and Greeks to further adulterate His Word.
The Holy Bible and Jesus as the Living Son of God, are the Word of God (John 1:1; John 1:14; see King James Version 1 John 5:7; Revelation 19:13), who conquered death after celebrating the Passover of the “angel of death.” IRON represents ROME in the Holy Bible (see Daniel 7).
Daniel 7:7 (NLT)
7 Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast—terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns.
Christians and Jews are suppose to celebrate the Passover as a FEAST FOR ALL TIMES each year. "This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation, you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all time" (Exodus 12:14 NLT; see Exodus 12:12-18, 23:14-16).
During the time of the prophet Jeremiah, people worshipped the "Queen of Heaven," today known as the “Virgin Mary.”

The “Mother Child Cult” is an ancient religion stemming from Babylon.

aura |ˈôrə| noun ( pl. auras ) [ usu. in sing. ] the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place: the ceremony retains an aura of mystery. • a supposed emanation surrounding the body of a living creature, viewed by mystics, spiritualists.

JESUS DID NOT TEACH PEOPLE TO GIVE ADORATION TO HIS MOTHER, MARY…

Matthew 12:47-50 (New Living Translation • NLT)
47 Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to speak to you.”[a] 48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 49 Then He pointed to His disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers. 50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”
Footnotes: a. 12:47 Some manuscripts do not include verse 47. Compare Mark 3:32 and Luke 8:20.
Luke 11:27-28 (NLT)
27 As He was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!” 28 Jesus replied, “But even more BLESSED are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
*** read the Holy Bible about the “Queen of Heaven” (see Jeremiah 7:18; Jeremiah 44:1-19; Jeremiah 44:25).
THE PROPHETS JEREMIAH AND EZEKIEL PROPHESIED AT THE SAME TIME(Jeremiah: 627-587 BC; Ezekiel: around 592-571 BC).
Jeremiah 7:18 • New Living Translation (NLT)
18 No wonder I am so angry! Watch how the children gather wood and the fathers build sacrificial fires. See how the women knead dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. And they pour out liquid offerings to their other idol gods!

Today, Jews celebrate the Passover with a seder ceremonial dinner, which begins the 7 day "Feast of Unleavened Bread," from the 14th day of Nisan to the 21st.

Pope Francis' adoration and worship of Semiramis aka Ishtar, etc.
"Ishtar" (a form of "Astarte") may sound similar to "Easter," but the two words are not etymologically related. Astarte is "עשׁתּרות (ashtarot)" in Hebrew. This name is derived from the word "עשׁתּרה (‛ashterâh)" which means "increase" or "flock" (Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions). "עשׁתּרה (‛ashterâh)" is translated as "flocks" four times in the KJV. Hence, the name "Astarte" or "Ishtar" is a Semitic word related to animal fertility. This makes sense because Astarte was regarded as a goddess of fertility.
Ashtaroth is the plural form of the word ashterâh. The Egyptian bull, Apis, was considered to represent the re-birth of the ancient god, Osiris. Reverence of this figure dates to the early dynasties and persisted into late times; he was considered an 'intermediary' between the gods and man. A sun-disk was represented between his horns. HATHOR, daughter goddess of the sun-god Re or Ra, also was represented with a solar disk between her horns; she was thought to be the mother of the Pharoah, the source of his divinity. In Palestine Hathor was seen as equivalent to Astarte, or Ashtaroth. Hathor is taken strictly to mean 'house of HORUS' (the All-Seeing Eye and "falcon god," protector of the Pharaohs or rulers, and is associated with the sycamore [probably the 'sycamore fig'], but was widely known in the ancient Mediterranean world as a 'sky-god'.
KING SOLOMON (reign circa 970 to 931 BC) in marrying the Egyptian Pharaoh's daughter and having many wives—built SHRINES for and burnt incense to these false gods (1 Kings 11). Solomon's heart was turned away from God, and the king reintroduced these pagan gods and worship to the Israelites.
1 Kings 11:1 (NKJV)

Solomon’s Heart Turns from the Lord

11 But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— 
"Ishtar," commemorated the resurrection of one of the Pagan gods that they called "Tammuz," who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon-goddess and the sun-god. The "Queen of Heaven" aka Semiramis, told the worshippers that when Tammuz was killed by the wild pig (the syncretism of animal fertility with sun and nature worship), some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz. Semiramis, the "Queen of Heaven," proclaimed a forty (40) day (LENT) period of time of sorrow and fasting each year prior to the anniversary of the death of Tammuz (see Ezekiel 8:14).
The Roman Catholic image of the feet of "Our Lady of Guadalupe" [Virgin Mary] represents the ancient Babylonian religion of Semiramis and Tammuz—as well as the Aztec "moon goddess" and animal ritual 'horns' taken from the ancient Babylonian religion. This "moon goddess" became the adulteration of the "moon god" Allah and his three daughters, also represented today in the religion of Islam and their Muslim scimitar (sword)—as well as on the top of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem—the head symbol of Freemasonry (Ancient Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine). Roman Catholicism and Islam are a syncretized religion of sun and moon false gods—mixed with ancient Assyrian Freemasonry, which flourished under King Solomon. Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine are represented today in Prince Hall Freemasonry and Sufism (which is influenced by other faiths, such as Buddhism, and reached its peak in the 13th century AD). There are many Sufi orders, the best known being the dervishes.

"VENUS, QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND LUCIFER"

The dictionary defines the word, "Lucifer" as another name for Satan [by association with the ‘son of the morning’ (Isaiah 14:12), believed by Christian interpreters to be a reference to Satan.]—literary the planet Venus when it rises in the morning.
Ezekiel 8:16 (NKJV)
16 So He brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east. 
HERE'S A HYPERLINK TO A PDF DOCUMENT AND PROOF SUPPORTED BY THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.. http://www.flipsnack.com/tasteofsj/ignorance-strangles-your-kids.html 
THE WORD "EASTER" IS MENTIONED IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE ONLY ONCE...Acts 12:1-4 • King James Version (KJV) "1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people." HOWEVER, BEFORE YOU DISCOUNT THE KING JAMES BIBLE 1611 VERSIONEXAMINE THE WORD "EASTER" IN ACTS 12:4...
HEROD AND THE HERODIANS CELEBRATED THE SYNCRETISM OF THE FESTIVAL OF EASTER (SUN WORSHIP TO THE EAST) AND THE OTHER PAGAN HOLI-DAYS...Herod the king was the grandson of "Herod the Great," who built the Third Jewish Temple. This Temple was no different than King Solomon's Jewish Temple—both were plagued with Pagan worship of false gods...
1 Kings 11:4-7 • New Living Translation (NLT)
4 In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God, as his father, David, had been. 5 Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech,[a] the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight; he refused to follow the Lord completely, as his father, David, had done. 7 On the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem,[b] he even built a pagan shrine for Chemosh, the detestable god of Moab, and another for Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites.

"Herod the Great" was of Arab (Nabataean; an ancient Arabian people who from 312 BC, formed an independent kingdom with its capital at Petra (now in Jordan) and Edomite (Idumean) descent. He married Mariamne I, the Hasmonean (Maccabean) princess to try and legitimize a Jew-ish lineage for the Herodians.

Deuteronomy 23:7 forbid the Jews from hating the Edomites and Egyptians. However, Christians and Jews are suppose to celebrate the Passover as a FEAST FOR ALL TIMES each year, instead of the holi-day of “Easter” (see Exodus 12:12-14, 23:14-16). "EASTER" ("Ostern" in German) is a Germanic word derived from the word "east" ("Ost" in German). Today, "east" refers to the direction from which the sun rises. The direction of east goes by that name because the Saxon word "east" meant "dawn", "sunrise" or "morning." In Acts 12:4, “Easter” is referring to the syncretized pagan festivals—"sun worship," "fertility" and "animal rituals, nature worship," etc., that the Herodians practiced.
Mark 3:6 • New Living Translation (NLT) "6 At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod [the Herodians] to plot how to kill Jesus."
There is an opinion that "Herod the Great" after the execution of Mariamne I, would use her to fulfill animalistic desires [Antiquities, Book XVII, Chapter 5:2; S. Geiger, in "Oẓar Neḥmad", iii. 1] In the Talmud this sort of action is called a "deed of Herod." [Babylonian Talmud; Sanhedrin 66b]
Emperor "Constantine the Great" changed the date of the pagan holi-day "Easter" and separated it from the Jewish Passover, because he hated the Jews supposedly for killing Jesus. But Jesus said, "No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded” (John 10:18).The dying of eggs is an ancient Babylon ritual symbol of “Mother-child / animal fertility” (Semiramis and Tammuz and the wild boar).
The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, Section 966 (666); 969 (666)promotes the Antichrist doctrine of the Mother-Child Cult of Semiramis and Tammuz—disguised as Mary, and declares her the "Queen of Heaven." This writing is Not meant to offend Roman Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans, on the contrary it is meant to help set the captives mentally and spiritually free!
Mark 7:6-7 (NLT)
6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,
‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
7 Their worship is a farce,
for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’[a]
Footnotes:
7:7 Isa 29:13 (Greek version). 
The three (3) world monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) all come from the patriarch Abraham. However, Jesus Christ Himself clarified the authority of His teaching over Abraham’s limited and human understanding of the Truth… John 8:31-32 • New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus and Abraham:
31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Some people do not like that I make the point that Christians have more in common with Jews than Muslims. However, I say this because history shows that the Catholic Church created the religion of Islam to destroy Bible-believing Jews and Christians. We are in SPIRITUAL WAR—read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 and Ephesians 6:10-18 and Jude 1 (about "Contending for the Faith").

INSTEAD OF PAGAN “EASTER,” THE THREE FESTIVALS OF GOD WE ARE TO CELEBRATE ARE:

Exodus 23:14-16 • New Living Translation (NLT)
Three Annual Festivals
14 “Each year you must celebrate three festivals in my honor. 15 First, celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast, just as I commanded you. Celebrate this festival annually at the appointed time in early spring, in the month of Abib,[a] for that is the anniversary of your departure from Egypt. No one may appear before me without an offering.
16 “Second, celebrate the Festival of Harvest,[b] when you bring me the first crops of your harvest.
“Finally, celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest[c] at the end of the harvest season, when you have harvested all the crops from your fields
Footnotes:
23:15 Hebrew appointed time in the month of Abib. This first month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar usually occurs within the months of March and April.
23:16a Or Festival of Weeks. This was later called the Festival of Pentecost (see Acts 2:1). It is celebrated today as Shavuot (or Shabuoth).
23:16b Or Festival of Ingathering. This was later called the Festival of Shelters or Festival of Tabernacles (see Levitcus 23:33-36). It is celebrated today as Sukkot (or Succoth).
Millions of people do Not heed the Word of God and only got to church at “Easter” and “Christmas.” These unsuspecting people do not realize that they are cutting off their soul from the necessary “spiritual food” and “supply” of information of the Truth about Jesus, worship and regular Christian fellowship that they need...
AND if they are parentsthey are also strangling the soul of their children—and cutting off the essential supply of “spiritual” nourishment their children need to grow in the knowledge of Jesus and "Contending for the Faith of “In God We Trust” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:1-5 and Jude 1).
The dictionary describes the word, ‘soul’ as:
1 the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.
PHRASES:

bare one's soul see bare. the life and soul of the party see life. lost soul a soul that is damned. • chiefly humorous a person who seems unable to cope with everyday life. sell one's soul ( to the devil ) see sell. upon my soul dated an exclamation of surprise.

Here I have selected the phrase, “lost soul a soul that is damned” to describe the lack of spiritual, moral and social responsibility in not nurturing your soul, the soul of your children (for those who are parents), and the souls of others by refusing to meet together weekly or regularly to honor the body of Christ.

I rebuke in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ the manmade religious lies, Tradition(s) and pagan rituals of the "Counterfeit Christian Roman Catholic Church."

THE BIBLE CALLS FOR PEOPLE TO LEAVE THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH THAT CLAIMS MARY IS THE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH AND CONTINUES TO GIVE US THE GIFTS (PLURAL) OF SALVATION (Catechism Section 969).[sic]
Revelation 18:4 (NKJV)
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
The Holy Bible informs us, "“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25)...This message is to Jews and Gentiles to go to church each week to edify one another as we await the return of the only person who said that He is both God and Man. Jesus conquered death that we might have new life after we die, and He wants us to fellowship with other "believers" regularly—and worship God, the Father, in Spirit and in Truth!
Please accept the Gift of Salvation, Jesus, as your personal Savior—and get into a Bible based church, where you can receive "spiritual" food and supply!"
THE BIBLE CALLS FOR PEOPLE TO LEAVE THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH THAT CLAIMS MARY IS THE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH AND CONTINUES TO GIVE US THE GIFTS (PLURAL) OF SALVATION (Catechism Section 969).[sic]
Revelation 18:4 (NKJV)
4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
The Holy Bible informs us, "“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25)...This message is to Jews and Gentiles to go to church each week to edify one another as we await the return of the only person who said that He is both God and Man. Jesus conquered death that we might have new life after we die, and He wants us to fellowship with other "believers" regularly—and worship God, the Father, in Spirit and in Truth!
If you have not formally accepted Jesus Christ, please accept the Gift of Salvation by saying this short prayer: "Dear Jesus, I repent of my sins and the original sin of mankind, please come into my heart and change me to trust in you and build my personal relationship with you by studying your word and applying it to my life to the best of my ability. Thank you for dying on the cross for the remission of sin. Thank you for conquering death with your resurrection. I accept you Jesus as my Lord and Savior, please lead me and guide me. Amen!"

If you have said that short prayer, I welcome you to the True Body of Christ (not a sect, Protestant or Catholic denomination or Eastern religion).



READ: Revelation 18:4-7, and Food for Thought and Chew You Won't Find in the News at: http://tastesjnews.blogspot.com