"Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it" ― Leo Tolstoy, A Confession
"Being confident you are right is not the same as being right" ― Steven D. Levitt, Think Like a Freak
The real story of the Scriptures is far from what is taught in most churches, denominations and doctrines. But it is what is taught that the majority of people believe. Does anyone really think that the apostate get rich quick commercial businesses thinly disguised as pagan/christian denominations really are what the Scriptures are leading us to? Consider the words of the Messiah when talking to the pharisees in Matthew 23:13
Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the reign of the heavens before men, for you do not go in, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you eat up widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers. Because of this you shall receive greater judgment. 15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you go about the land and the sea to win one convert, and when he is won, you make him a son of Gehenna twofold more than yourselves
Incorrect translations of the original Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, the bias expressed by individual church doctrine and misguided teachers that interpret Scriptures give incorrect meaning to the published Scriptures(false doctrine).
The merging of the Scriptures with pagan practices, pagan deity worship and witchcraft have delivered a false religious system. It is a thinly disguised system of pagan worship. This false pagan system follows pagan false deity worship, pagan deity festivals and while it all sounds good, do not teach the worship of the Father as the Father set out in the Scriptures. In other words, many churches teach what is a lie.
How many mega and super churches do we see that do not lift a finger to teach the true pagan free Word that is set out in the Scriptures. How many of these organisations operate as a business and extract money from their members for commercial use, and not for assisting the poor and needy? Remember also the words of Luke 13:23
Luke 13:23 and someone said to Him, “Master, are there few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I say to you, shall seek to enter in and shall not be able. 25 “When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Master, Master, open for us,’ and He shall answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you shall begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 “But He shall say, ‘I say to you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of unrighteousness.’
Many churches teachings and practices are so contradictory and different from the Scriptures. Signs of pagan sun deity worship are in cultures around the world including in the West. These are apparent in symbols on products, websites, corporations, tee shirts, the various beliefs and doctrine of denominations, and especially, in church pagan rituals and emblems. Tough message, but please, do some research on symbols that you see within denominations and churches and you will see that these relate to false deities and magic.
Many people are so trapped in deception that they cannot, and do not, desire to see the truth. Their mind is closed to anything outside of what a particular church doctrine is due to significant membership coercion. If you are a member of a church or denomination, try telling the teacher/elders that you are seeking the truth using original Hebrew and Greek documents and accurate translations, and you will find yourself outside of that denomination very quickly.
S-a-t-a-n has fooled most denominations hiding the truth by forcing poorly informed teaching, mis-translations and introducing pagan worship on believers. He has set in place what seems perfectly believable counterfeits. He makes something look believable that is not actually the truth but is close enough to appear to be the truth, and if you do not study with an open mind, you will not see the small signs that indicate that you are being deceived. Coupled with coercion (you cannot belong to this church unless you follow this particular belief) he guides peoples understanding so that their mind becomes closed to the true message of the Scriptures. The battle is for your soul. Remember the strong warning we are given in 2 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, 10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved. 11 And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood
The biggest weapon of the devil is deception, the second biggest is apathy. Through deception, s-a-t-a-n can capture focus in one direction caused a misdirection of a church’s focus, and through apathy, believers will not care in the clear instructions given to us in the Scriptures.
The early church studied and followed the Old Testament, as the New Testament did not exist until it was written. The Old Testament was the Scriptures that the Messiah and the disciples referred to. So do not be seduced by the harlot referred to in Revelations. In reality the harlot is a spirit that pervades many different churches, denominations, and even individuals. She has been active since the days of the early church, hiding and bending the truth, and is especially so in our modern days. It is important to know who the harlot is and what significance she has for us. Revelation 17 sets this out that she is false teaching and mixed pagan/Scripture teaching and belief.
If you have seen the film "Matrix" you will be familiar with the concept of people living in an artificial reality, not being able to see the truth as it so well hidden from their consciousness, and not knowing that they cannot see the truth. Their minds and consciousness are controlled within the artificial reality. When someone awakes and can see reason to question, or they find the truth, they are quickly removed. The lies that people are taught create a "veil" to their understanding, that is, education effectively prevents people from seeing and seeking the truth set out in the Scriptures. Unless you question the basis of your faith, and open yourself to the Father, you will remain unaware and in an artificial reality.
As an example of deception
Sunday is the day of the sun (hence the name), and was considered by Mithraist a sacred day of rest. Sunday observance is of pagan origin and has absolutely nothing to do with the Scriptures... December 25th was celebrated as the birth of the sun, given birth by the 'Queen of Heaven'... The observance of December 25 is of pagan origin and has absolutely no Biblical authority." (refer to the page "CHRISTMAS - pagan festival). Sunday was 'Christianized' several hundred years after the Messiah. The seventh day of the week, Saturday, is the sabbath. During the first century AD, Judeans, Christians, and even the whole known world observed the seventh day sabbath. Observing and worshiping on Sunday instead of the Sabbath is one of the many lies taught within churches, misleading believers.
The Father has provided a list of Feasts (refer to "Should we keep the Feasts") that He has determined should be celebrated by all believers in remembrance of what The Father has done throughout history for the salvation plan of mankind. It is very interesting that the early church fathers such as Tertullian were very adamant about not celebrating pagan holidays or associating themselves in any manner with such festivals or customs. This certainly begs the question as to why 25 December and e-a-s-t-e-r fit into church denominations and doctrine. Keeping these pagan festivals is another of the many lies misleading believers and normalising worship to pagan deities.
the rapture - there is no Scriptural evidence to support a rapture, and the term did not exist with the early believers, it is a relatively recent doctrine. The theory of the rapture may have first come from a “prophetic vision” or by John Darby in 1830 and was popularized in the Scofield Reference Bible from 1909. Prior to 1830, no church or denomination taught it. It is just another example of incorporated error in denominations with no Scriptural authority.
the Messiah was born on 25 December - a highly pagan date and totally non-Scriptural. This just cannot be true, as the Scriptures set out the Messiahs birth date, refer to "CHRISTMAS - pagan festival"
the Messiah was crucified on e-a-s-t-e-r Friday - a highly pagan date and totally non-Scriptural. This just cannot be true, as the Scriptures set out the Messiahs crucifixion date at Passover, refer to "EASTER - pagan festival"
the New Testament is a new covenant, and not a renewed covenant - well the original Scripture texts say it is a renewed covenant
lots of different church denominations all with their own special interpretations - you can pick the church to suit your lifestyle, including entertainment venues bordering on being the best nightclubs......
"once saved always saved" - that is not what the Scriptures say
mis-translations, teaching in error, merging of paganism into worship (including music)
the pagan sun worship is built into what churches teach, pagan and magic symbols are usually contained within churches and their doctrines and documents.
Lies can be very hard to recognise. The harlot presents her wine in a golden cup (Revelation 17:4) which is the Word of the Father. Words, phrases, doctrine taught look and sound believable because of errors in translations of the Scriptures. This is a common trick of s-a-t-a-n and his servants and to ensure people are misled, rather than understanding the Scriptures.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself masquerades as a messenger of light!
Unless your mind is open to the Scriptures, you will not understand the true meaning set behind them. The Scriptures refer to the secrets of the Father, and these are set out in the Scriptures for believers. But unless your mind is opened by the Father, you will not understand the Scriptures until the sounding of the seventh messenger. For instance have a look at the attached verses
Mark 4:11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the secret of the reign of Elohim, but to those who are outside, all are done in parables,
Romans 16:25 And to Him who is able to establish you according to my Good News and the preaching of Yahusha Messiah, according to the revelation of the secret which was kept silent since times of old,
Revelation 10:7 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh messenger, when he is about to sound, the secret of Elohim shall also be ended, as He declared to His servants the prophets.
Many churches teach that you can have "both the world and the Father" or "once saved always saved" or "you are saved by grace" or "you do not need to worship the Father in the manner he has set out" or "don't bother with the Old Testament as it is replaced with the New Testament". The harlot uses the Scriptures and quotes many verses and expressions that sound very good and correct. But underneath all of that glittering gold there is a murky current of deception designed to steer people away from the Fathers true path and prevent people from developing a relationship with the Father in their lives. The Messiah noted this in the Gospel of Matthew
Matthew 7:15 “But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves.
Matthew 7:22 “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ 23 “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness
The Messiah was saying in this verse, there are people who thought they were doing his work, but instead they were working lawlessness. At that time, lawlessness meant not following the Scriptures.
It becomes harder for people to recognise true Scriptural living when teaching includes so many half-truths and pretty words. This is why the harlot is not manifest in just one denomination but she reaches out to many. The more denominations and interpretations that there is, then the harder it is to understand the true message in the Scriptures. People pick and choose their denominations and doctrine as people would choose an entertainment venue - pick one to suit the desired lifestyle, and not align their lifestyle with the Fathers Word set out in the Scriptures. Giving people so much choice and creating division between denominations is the best way for s-a-t-a-n to ensure that people are brain washed into a false sense of security.
Do not be deceived. Do not blend worship of the Father with the pagan rituals, pagan festivals and witchcraft that exist in so many denominations.
When reading the Scriptures, you should think about the context in which the Scriptures were written through the lens of knowledge and meanings that existed at the time the Scriptures were written. Current culture, knowledge, meanings given to words, or current values or actions cannot be applied. Failing to account for the context in which the Scriptures were written leads to error and confusion. We have seen many examples of faulty interpretation being used to support false teaching.
Sadly, many people struggle to fill in the resulting gaps and do not develop the relationship they should have with the Father. They misunderstand some of the most important events in the Scriptures. These important events include worshiping the Father in the manner he instructed, the Messiahs death and resurrection. Understanding of the Fathers Salvation plant set out in the Feasts is no exception, but is the most widely twisted message in the Scriptures.
We need to learn to live in a manner that respects the presence of the Father in order to worship the Father in the manner he has instructed. Parts of the Law (such as sacrifices for the atonement of sin) are fulfilled in the first coming of the Messiah and His sacrifice, but the call to be set-apart from the world and obey the Torah still stands.
Many people ask if we should study and obey the Torah as the Messiah did, we believe that the answer is "yes", although we must be clear exactly what this means, especially with the teaching of the New Testament. The Messiahs death and resurrection fulfilled the ceremonial and sacrificial sections of the Torah, but the Ten Commandments remain as do the Autumn Feasts (the gathering of the harvest) which are yet to be fulfilled - we should remember them as they teach us what is yet to come.
The Messiah said
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete."
Now does that sound like the Torah no longer applies - from this statement the Messiah is saying that the Torah applies and his first coming did not abolish the Torah. Understanding exactly what the Messiah meant by this statement (and therefore understanding his view of the Torah) defies a short answer. If the question is "if a believer should follow the interpretation of the law developed under Judaism and become a Jew", then we think that believers are not subject to any authority that rejects the true Messiah. But if the question is "if a believer should follow the Torah now" then the Messiah is saying that the Torah applies to us.
Some churches will teach that the Torah only applies to the Hebrews. The Ten Commandments and the Torah were "nailed to the Messiahs cross" and no longer are to be obeyed by believers! This is totally unscriptural and is incorrect, if you have been taught this and believe this, then you have been deceived. We need to honour all of the Commandments which includes honouring the Sabbath.
The Messiah very clearly stated in Matthew 5:17 that he did not come to abolish (i.e. "do away with") the Law (or "Torah") but to fulfill (or "keep") them. The Messiah taught his followers to obey all the commandments given by the Father to Moses, including the very "least" of them. If they were "done away with"the Messiah would not have taught them.
Some churches will argue that when the Messiah said to obey all his commandments (in Matthew 5) he was referring to his "new" teaching which is recorded in the New Testament gospels. But this is just a shabby attempt to ignore the Torah. The whole of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 through 7) is the teaching of the Messiah to the disciples. Every example of proper behavior the Messiah instructs is taken from the Torah. The Messiah did not "do away with" the Torah, but, in fact, he intensified its application to his disciples. For example, His spiritual explanation of the commandment, "Do not murder," is that you should not even hate your brother. And the deeper meaning of "Do not commit adultery" is to not even look at a woman with illicit thoughts!
So it is clear from Scripture that the New Testament does not either replace or speak against the Torah or revoke the original Covenant. It builds on the Torah and it renews the Covenant noting that part of the salvation plan is fulfilled. To understand this, you need to get very early Greek manuscripts and translate them accurately so that you are not swayed by mis-translations deliberate or otherwise.
The Torah is more than just the Law of Moses. It contains the Ten Commandments, it tells us about the Hebrew fathers,it gives us the prophecy of our salvation path, the covenants, and the character of the Father. It tells who the Father is, His Name, and His promises to all of us. It tells us how to come before the Father in worship, and teaches us his path. It is the basis of our faith in the Messiah.
The Apostles, Paul and the early believers made it clear that they followed the Torah. Take for instance Paul taking part in a purification ceremony in Acts 21:22-24. Why would Paul do that if he believed that the Torah had been replaced? The truth is, the New testament does not say that the Torah has been replaced, this is just another common deception.
Acts 21:24 “Take them and be cleansed with them, and pay their expenses so that they shave their heads. And all shall know that what they have been informed about you is not so, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Torah.
Peter even quotes Leviticus 11:44 and 19:2 when he encourages us to be set-apart in all our behavior (1 Peter 1:15–16).
1 Peter 1:15 instead, as the One who called you is set-apart, so you also should become set-apart in all behaviour, 16 because it has been written, “Be set-apart, for I am set-apart.”
The Spring Feasts set out the Messiahs death and resurrection. The Autumn Feasts, the harvest, set out the in-gathering of souls. If you want to understand the Fathers Salvation Plan, you need to understand the Feasts which means understanding the Torah.
While a study of “Judaism” and the Torah in particular is not essential to read the New Testament, if we don’t take the time and effort to clearly understand the Torah, History and Prophets, we are liable to misinterpret the words of the New Testament, and not fully understand the Fathers Salvation Plan. We cannot take word for word now, as meanings have changed. The Old Testament needs to be translated with an understanding of the customs and meanings that existed at the time.
If you want to follow the Messiah, and live as the Messiah did, you need to follow all of the Ten Commandments (you cannot be selective and decide to just ignore the Sabbath) and the relevant parts of the Torah that have not been fulfilled or completed. This includes not blending paganism into your worship or into your life.
This message goes totally against the majority of denominations teaching and their doctrine. That teaching blends paganism and witchcraft with only certain elements of the Scriptures which are taught in isolation, and using bible translations that have been misinterpreted to follow a particular denominations doctrine.
Our minds are trained not to see the truth of the Father. We cannot ever hope to understand how things really do work in the spiritual world that surrounds us as we are educated not to see it - but we all need to take a first step in faith. Many miracles that the Messiah performed required a person to take a step in faith to be healed. Will you take a step in faith and open your mind?
We all have a free choice of what we want to believe. Some people believe that they are saved by grace, but their lives and minds are not set-apart from the world and paganism. They are living like the worldly people around them. We have to be smarter than that and live by what the Scripture teaches. The Messiah defeated our enemy with Scriptures, he did not use his own words but the Fathers words from the Scriptures. Study it, live it, breath it with every breath. Live the way that the Messiah lived and follow his example and teaching and be set apart from the world. We need to resolve to no longer live according to the sinful lusts and desires of our flesh. We must no longer commit what we know to be sin willfully and consciously. We must be prepared give up all elements of paganism, and that may mean leaving a denomination.
Charles Spurgeon said - If your creed and Scripture do not agree, cut your creed to pieces, but make it agree with this book. If there be anything in the church to which you belong which is contrary to the inspired Word, leave that church. That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which Yahuah abhors.
We need to clearly and immediately obey the call in Revelation 18:4
Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
You will only understand all of that by studying the Scriptures with an open mind, and allowing the Set-Apart Spirit to teach you.