To: In Home churches of God, God’s 6th month Elul 29, 5,780. 9/18/2020
Today at sunset begins the Christian Sabbath and fourth annual Sabbath, ‘Trumpets’ – ‘Rosh Hashana’ on the Jewish calendar its year 5,781. God’s gifted Holy Spirit of truth is the Christian’s gifted teacher, thus taught by God; that spirit convicts, leads, and inspires one’s turning - repentance. That result is a gifted down payment on eternal life. The annual Sabbath ‘Trumpets’ is about this victory through Jesus, the resurrection; blowing trumpets is a call to battle, victory and worship.
(1Thess 4:13-18; Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe that God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep as Christians. For we tell you this by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.)
Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church at chapter 15, explains; regardless of how long dead tombs will open and the dead in Christ will rise first. First resurrection, is when people are resurrected to spiritual life, these aren’t subject to a second death. Jesus’ good news is also about, ‘the age old mystery now revealed’ which is, God’s spirit living in people, making them at one with God the Father and God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The called are gifted to believe IN Jesus, His deeds, coming and to emulate His life. It’s gifted eternal life through Jesus’ imputed faith.
Heavenly Father: please be mindful of each called believer You’ve led to follow Jesus. Strengthen each with courage, persevering minds to study in groups when possible, live quiet obedient lives and separate from the world. We ask in the nature of Jesus that time be shortened and Your Way soon be established. Amen.
If we tell an unbelieving citizen of the world that Satan has made himself their god; most would be offended, except those who purposely worship him. Consider from where, worldly traditions, demonic worship, practices originate and who’s the author.
Satan’s characteristics are described in the Holy Scriptures and Jesus said, He witnessed his falling like lightning from the heavens. See Luke 10:18. In Jesus’ revelations to His apostle John, He revealed and had John write of a previous conflict.
(Rev 12:7-9; Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, the dragon and his angels fought back; but the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels. So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him.)
Jesus declared Satan to be the god of this world, one deceiving the whole world, He’s including divided religions and every individual that doesn’t look to Him for knowledge of right, wrong, good and evil. That’d be people living the way that seems right and evolved with the world. Sodom and Gomorra evolved from demonic deceptions, Abraham’s nephew ‘Lot’ moved there because of its appeal. It was a city moving back to the time before the flood. Then, like in this latter age Satan and his followers were manifesting themselves as angels of light, deceiving the world with many evolving religions. Jesus inspired Paul to reveal.
(2Cor 11:12-15; And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a chance to be regarded as our equals in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ; and no wonder for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.) Satan and those he influences used every opportunity to camouflage God’s truth.
Our Lord’s brother ‘Jude’ wrote of the apostate taking place; he intended to write about the common salvation of Jesus’ followers, but was spiritually compelled to write otherwise; seeing Satan’s influence on practices that were causing pagan acceptance over God’s Way. It may have been early for Jude to have witnessed a pagan calendar that named days of week after pagan gods and months after demonically led rulers of the people, but that too was coming to distort truth.
The Roman calendar names the first day Sunday, literally meaning, day of the sun. Second day Monday, literally meaning, day of the moon. Third day Tuesday, for the war god Tiu or Tyr. Fourth day Wednesday, Wooden or Odin- chief god. Fifth day Thursday, Thor, the god of thunder. Sixth day Friday, Frigg, the pagan god Orin’s wife, and what an abomination to name God’s seventh day, Sabbath, after the Roman agriculture god, Saturn, whose festival in Rome led to saturnalia - wild partying.
No intelligent person can deny the origin of the Roman calendar, nor the reason professing Christians named days after pagan gods. It was a demonically led idea to bring pagans into an apostate Christianity. Jesus’ apostles; all but John was apparently killed for teaching Jesus’ Way against the tide of such apostate, which was and will always be anti-Christian until Jesus’ return. Considers Paul’s encounter while teaching against pagan idol worship.
(Acts 19:23-27; At that time a great disturbance took place concerning The Way. For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought a great deal of business to the craftsmen. He gathered these together, along with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that our prosperity comes from this business. And you see and hear that this Paul has persuaded and turned away a large crowd, not only in Ephesus but in practically all of the province of Asia, by saying that gods made by hands are not gods at all. There is danger not only that this business of ours will come into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be regarded as nothing, and she whom all the province of Asia and the world worship will suffer the loss of her greatness.)
(Acts 19:28-41; When they heard this they became enraged and began to shout, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians! The city was filled with the uproar, and the crowd rushed to the theater together, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, the Macedonians who were Paul’s traveling companions. But when Paul wanted to enter the public assembly, the disciples would not let him. Even some of the provincial authorities who were his friends sent a message to him, urging him not to venture into the theater. So then some were shouting one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had met together. Some of the crowd concluded it was about Alexander because the Jews had pushed him to the front. Alexander, gesturing with his hand, was wanting to make a defense before the public assembly. But when they recognized that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, Great is Artemis of the Ephesians for about two hours. After the city secretary quieted the crowd, he said, Men of Ephesus, what person is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the keeper of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image that fell from heaven?
So because these facts are indisputable, you must keep quiet and not do anything reckless. For you have brought these men here who are neither temple robbers nor blasphemers of our goddess. If then Demetrius and the craftsmen who are with him have a complaint against someone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls; let them bring charges against one another there. But if you want anything in addition, it will have to be settled in a legal assembly. For we are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no cause we can give to explain this disorderly gathering.” After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.)
After Paul wrote the Thessalonians about Jesus’ return and the resurrection in chapter 5, he acknowledges that we don’t know the time. It’s apparent in most of the apostles’ letters that they each thought it possible that Jesus would return in their life time. However in this latter age knowledge has increased as Jesus promised. The six day work week and the seventh being for rest and worship is strong indication that Jesus’ and God the Father planned Jesus’ return after six thousand years. It’s no mistake on God’s part that He uses the number seven to indicate completion and that His plans are unalterable. Consider proofs; (Matt 1:17; So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, fourteen generations.) God preplanned that four of seven annual Sabbaths are in His seventh month with each foreshadowing His plans. God knew and planned the circumstance we face in this latter age, saying through Matthew; (Matt 24:10-14; Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.) As always prayerfully study the whole.