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When God is revealed He’s loved, as manifested to be in the Holy Scriptures. No room for doctrinal debates regarding His characteristics and loving purposes. He’s revealed in Hebrews 1, John 1:1-5, and Colossians 1:15-20, as the Re-Creator, Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Mediator, Savior, the Resurrection and coming King of Kings. He came and grew in the flesh as promised to the prophets, Moses and David, revealing His Father and as the Light replacing darkness. That Light ‘Jesus’ is the first born from flesh to spirit, and heads His Church family. Teach Jesus different from this revelation is spiritual adultery.
God is purposely allowing Satan and his followers to deceive the whole world in this age, ‘demonstrating people are incapable in and of themselves to rule themselves.’ That people are naïve followers of their self serving imaginations. Jesus was not mincing words when He said. “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the Elect.” Matt 24:24) Jesus is saying, ‘only His chosen will not be deceived by Satan and his followers.’
Jesus’ followers are spiritually led to despise every tradition and worldly concept that distorts or camouflages His truth. Years after God called Believers, and His church established, Jesus’ brother, ‘Jude’ saw the demonic apostate taking place. Its camouflaged assumptions of professing Christianity, administered by those with credentials, charisma, to distort the way of truth, by introducing mixtures of paganism with Judaism. (Study Jude.) About that same time, Jesus’ apostle Paul was experiencing the same and warned God’s church of deceivers beginning to force their brand of Christendom on people with the help of Emperor Constantine and other governmental authorities.
Denominations are still deceived by the devil, deceiving naïve people to teach what seems right to their inherited from Adam fleshly nature. That same apostate mixture Jude wrote that. These are willingly ignorant with agendas attracting pagan star gazing, winter equinox worship, selling the idea that Jesus was born on or near the winter equinox to please the sun worshipers. These sold naive religious people on the pagan lie that Jesus died on the sixth day of the week, and was resurrected on the first day. (For many years and in many lands people were forced to celebrate, a good Friday death and a Sunday resurrection.) This history is no longer hid as knowledge of events increased with Jesus explicitly saying, “He’d be in the heart of the earth, three days and three nights, the only sign to be given.”
(Matt 12:38-42; Then some of the experts in the law along with some Pharisees answered him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” But He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The people of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented when Jonah preached to them – and now, something greater than Jonah is here! The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon – and now, something greater than Solomon is here!”)
People of Nineveh, and the queen of the south believed IN our Creator and demonstrating it by submitting to Godly wisdom, no hostility toward God as did these experts in the law along with some Pharisees in Jesus’ day, and professing Christians in our day. Today a majority practically ignore the Passover season, ‘God’s first and second set aside annual Sabbaths.’ Instead set aside abominable to God practices, ignorant of the fact that their practices in this age mimic what God had Ezekiel say to Israel.
(Ezekiel 8:6-11; He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing – the great abominations that the people of Israel are practicing here, to drive Me far from My sanctuary? But you will see greater abominations than these!” He brought me to the entrance of the court, and as I watched, I noticed a hole in the wall. He said to me, “Son of man, dig into the wall.” So I dug into the wall and discovered a doorway. He said to me, “Go in and see the evil abominations they are practicing here.” So I went in and looked. I noticed every figure of creeping thing and beast – detestable images – and every idol of the house of Israel, engraved on the wall all around. Seventy men from the elders of the house of Israel, (with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan standing among them) were standing in front of them, each with a censer in his hand, and fragrant vapors from a cloud of incense were swirling upward.” (Know any using smoking incense today?)
(Ezek 8:12-14; He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in the chamber of his idolatrous images? For they think, ‘The Lord does not see us! The Lord has abandoned the land!’” He said to me, “You will see them practicing even greater abominations!” Then He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the Lord’s house. I noticed women sitting there weeping for Tammuz.)
The worship of Tammuz included the observation of the annual death and descent into the netherworld of the god Dumuzi. The practice was observed by women in the ancient Near East over a period of centuries.
(Ezek 8:15-16; He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? You will see even greater abominations than these!” Then he brought me to the inner court of the Lord’s house. Right there at the entrance to the Lord’s temple, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the Lord’s temple, facing east – they were worshiping the sun toward the east!) (Easter sunrise worship anyone?)
(Ezik 8:17-18; He said to me, “Do you see, son of man? Is it a trivial thing that the house of Judah commits these abominations they are practicing here? For they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me to anger still further. Look, they are putting the branch to their nose! Therefore I will act with fury! My eye will not pity them nor will I spare them. When they have shouted in My ears, I will not listen to them.”)
But many professing Christians say, that’s old testament, we have a new covenant.
Unless God our Father shorten time for the Elect’s sake; people of Judea particularly and perhaps others are going to be over run by forces demanding submission.
(Matt 24:15-16; So when you see the abomination of desolation – spoken about by Daniel the prophet – standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.)
This abomination seems to be a, demonic push to have people conform to a particular worship. Jesus added, (Woe to those who are pregnant and those nursing babies in those days! Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a Sabbath.) Matt 24:19-20)
Jesus’ reference to the abomination of desolation is from Dan 9:27. Some believe the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy was the actions of Antiochus IV (or a representative) in 167 B.C.. Jesus’ Words indicate that Antiochus was not the final fulfillment, but there’s still another fulfillment yet to come. Some argue that this was realized in A.D. 70, while others claim that it refers specifically to Antichrist and will not be fully realized until the period of the great tribulation at the end of the age as indicated in Mark 13:14, 19, 24 & Rev 3:10)
The point; “idols, images and pagan traditions are nothing to followers of Jesus.” However we are spiritually led to speak against all things that distort, camouflage God’s truth and cause people to unwittingly be tools in Satan’s arsenals. People instigating the apostate Jude wrote about, “are willingly ignorant or ignore Jeremiah‘s prophecy.”
(Jeremiah 10:1-10; You people of Israel, listen to what the Lord has to say to you. The Lord says, “Do not start following pagan religious practices. Do not be in awe of signs that occur in the sky even though the nations hold them in awe. For the religion of these people is worthless. They cut down a tree in the forest, and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold. He uses hammer and nails to fasten it together so that it will not fall over. Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. They cannot talk. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot hurt you. And they do not have any power to help you.” I ‘Jeremiah’ said, “There is no one like You, Lord. You are great. And you are renowned for Your power. Everyone should revere You, O King of all nations, because you deserve to be revered. For there is no one like You among any of the wise people of the nations nor among any of their kings. The people of those nations are both stupid and foolish. Instruction from a wooden idol is worthless! Hammered-out silver is brought from Tarshish and gold is brought from Uphaz to cover those idols. They are the handiwork of carpenters and goldsmiths. They are clothed in blue and purple clothes. They are all made by skillful workers. The Lord is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King. When He shows His anger the earth shakes. None of the nations can stand up to His fury.”
Today’s spiritual Israelites are the only people understanding these things and it’s our responsibility to tell the world.
(Jer 10:11-15; You people of Israel should tell those nations this: ‘These gods did not make heaven and earth. They will disappear from the earth and from under the heavens.’ The Lord is the one who by His power made the earth. He is the one who by His wisdom established the world. And by His understanding He spread out the skies. When His voice thunders, the heavenly ocean roars. He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons. He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain. He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it. All these idolaters will prove to be stupid and ignorant. Every goldsmith will be disgraced by the idol he made. For the image he forges is merely a sham. There is no breath in any of those idols. They are worthless, mere objects to be mocked. When the time comes to punish them, they will be destroyed.
(Jer 10:16; The Lord, who is the inheritance of Jacob’s descendants, is not like them. He is the one who created everything. And the people of Israel are those He claims as His own. He is known as the Lord who rules over all.)
Mixing paganism with Judaism and calling it Christian isn’t following Jesus. We can’t name one Easter or Christmas tradition that isn’t founded on old pagan worship practices. A Judgment day is coming, hopefully many practicing paganism will have opportunity to repent. (See Rev 21:8)