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FROM THE EDITOR
Part II by Jerry Healan
Messiah, Torah and Me,
Part III by Matthew Armstrong
Is On The Cross?
by Jerry Healan
Made In The Image Of Man
by Elder Dave Ganton
From Our Readers
This issue is our Jan.—Feb. issue. The modern-day world, of
course, follows the Caesarean-Papist dictates of calendar observance. Julius and
Augustus Caesar formulated the calendar that begins with the month of January
adding the month of July for Julius and August for Augustus. Pope Gregory
refined it in his day, which now gives it the name Gregorian Calendar. But there
is no real rhyme nor reason for the year to begin in the month of January in the
“dead” of winter. Originally, Rome’s calendar began in the spring, in
March or April, around the equinox. Spring is when things are springing to life
after the death sleep of winter. Yahweh’s sacred calendar also began in the
March-April time frame.
The first month of Yahweh’s sacred calendar began with the new
moon of Abib (green ears) or Nisan. And that is another misnomer (I am speaking
of Caesar’s calendar). The English word “month” comes from the word
“moon.” A month is supposed to be a lunation or a cycle of the moon. A
lunation is the time that it takes for the moon to go through one complete
cycle, from one new moon to the next new moon or a period of about 29-1/2 days.
The same situation applies in Hebrew terminology. The Hebrew words for moon and
month are from the same source.
But Caesar deceived the world by designating months that have no
relationship to the moon at all, and great is that deception. Yahweh’s
calendar is most significant and important because it determines the annual
feast days or holy days. These annual feast or holy days are extremely important
because they remind us of His great plan and purpose for the ushering in of His
kingdom and salvation. If we fail to observe them, then we are not reminded and
we forget. We get more involved with just living in this world, making a living,
accumulating wealth and possessions in a life that is perishing with the using.
How many people have accumulated much through their efforts only to wake up one
morning and find themselves penniless and impoverished? Neither does the
accumulation of wealth and possessions deliver us from death or from judgment in
the life to come. While we can live well and comfortably in this life, that
wealth and those possessions have nothing to do with preparing us for the real
future which is beyond the grave. The observance of Yahweh’s calendar and ways
does prepare us for that future, however.
Caesar’s calendar is extremely deceptive, as stated. It even
begins with deception. The first month is the month of January which is named
after the two-faced Roman god Janus. To be two-faced means to be deceptive. Look
it up in your own dictionary. Janus was the god of doorways. He was represented
with two bearded faces which were looking in opposite directions. He held a
staff in one hand and keys in the other. This, of course, places him in
opposition with Yahshua. Yahshua told His disciples that He was the door (Jn.
10) and he informed John and the Philadelphian Assembly that He had the key of
David with which He is able to open and shut (Rev. 3).
Caesar causes the world to become steeped in the worship of his
gods through the dates of his own calendar. Most people don’t realize that he
was declared to be “Pontifex Maximus,” or the high priest of the Roman
religion and all religions of all people that the Romans conquered. January
begins the observance of “Carnival” (Mardi Gras) which leads into Lent
(forty days of so-called fasting) and then Easter. During this time
Valentine’s day also occurs. Valentine’s day represents the approach of
males and females to each other which leads to Easter or the ancient pagan
fertility rite. Nine months later (the period of gestation, of course) a child
is born. This culminates with the infamous night of December 24th called holy or
mother night and Christmas day. (Order our booklet entitled Holidays or Holydays
for more information.) None of it has to do with the worship of the true Elohim
Yahweh nor His Son, the Messiah Yahshua. Caesar’s calendar also sanctifies
Sunday rather than the Sabbath even though the Sabbath is in its rightful place
as the “seventh” day of the week.
Yahweh placed the sun, moon and stars in the heaven to be for signs
and seasons. We, in this assembly, utilize the visible new moon crescent in
order to determine the beginning of the months. There is plenty of historical
data to prove this. But, interestingly, the crescent moon of the first month
(Abib or Nisan) looks like a bowl sitting horizontally. In other words, a bowl
or cup that has the ability to hold something. But the crescent of the new moon
of the seventh month, which is the final month of Yahweh’s sacred calendar,
appears vertically, like a backward “C. This makes it look like the bowl is
pouring out its contents and surely and truly it is.
For Yahweh’s people who follow Him and His commanded ways, it is
a bowl full of blessings at the first which is gradually tipped throughout the
Spring and Summer months, in essence, pouring those blessing out upon His
people. The seventh month represents the period of time when His blessings have
been completely poured out on His people. But for those who don’t follow His
ways, it represents wrath because His wrath will be poured out on the
disbelievers and those who follow the pernicious ways of the abominable harlot
that leads the world into false idolatrous worship, ergo, the inheritor of the
Roman title “Pontifex Maximus” and her false, deceptive, pagan religious
While we are presently bound to Caesar’s calendar concerning the
civil government, historical dating, etc., we don’t have to be bound to his
false, deceitful religious observances. We can turn, forsake the falsehood and
deception, embrace Yahweh’s calendar, and serve and worship Him, observe His
appointed days (the Sabbath, annual holy days, etc.) and learn of Him.
“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahshua the Messiah
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,”
(Acts 2:38) urges the Apostle Peter and we at this assembly encourage the same.
BOOK OF ZECHARIAH REVEALS
By Jerry Healan
THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER
Much of Zechariah chapter 11 is
pinpointed to be speaking of Yahshua’s day, for verses 12-13 speak
of the 30 pieces (shekels) of silver of which Yahshua was estimated to be
Verses 12-13 read, “And I said unto them, ‘If ye think good, give me
my price; and if not, forbear.’ So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And Yahweh said unto me, ‘Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them.’ And I took the thirty
pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of Yahweh.”
It is no coincidence that Judas Iscariot bargained for the betrayal of
Yahshua and was paid thirty pieces of silver, “Then one of the twelve, called
Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, ‘What will ye
give me, and I will deliver Him unto you?’ And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver,” Mt.
After the betrayal, the rest of the prophecy was fulfilled, “Then
Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented
himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and
elders, saying, ‘I have sinned in that I have betrayed, the innocent blood.’
And they said, ‘What is that to us? See thou to that.’ And he cast down the pieces of silver in the Temple, and departed,
and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and
said, ‘It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the
price of blood.’ And they took counsel, and bought with them the
potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, ‘The field of
blood’, unto this day,” Mt. 27:3-7.
Matthew 27:9-10 continues with the spoken, but not written words of the
prophet Jeremiah, “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the
prophet, saying, ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, (the price of Him
That was valued, Whom they of the children of Israel did value); And gave them
for the potter’s field, as Yahweh appointed me.”
One of the interesting things about this estimation is that according to
Yahweh’s law in the book of Leviticus, if a female made a singular vow for or
unto Yahweh the estimation for her was to be thirty shekels according to the
shekel of the sanctuary (27:1-4). Israel was Yahweh’s bride by the marriage
covenant or vow taken at Mount Sinai (Ex. 24:3-7). The people had not been
faithful to the vow or covenant made and the price had to be paid.
Once the price had been paid, the Messiah put to death, buried and
resurrected, a new work was begun by the disciples of Yahshua, for the rulers of
that time had not been faithful in administering Yahweh’s covenant. Yahweh states that he would cut off three shepherds in one
month (Zech. 11:8). But the real meaning of this statement has been hidden. The
three shepherds were the leaders of the Pharisees, Sadduccees, and Scribes. The
statement “in one month” is translated in the Hebrew Interlinear Bible as, “in month one.” This should have been translated in month one
having reference to the first month of the year, Abib, which is when Yahshua
suffered and paid the penalty, thus qualifying to be instituted as the High
Priest and King over Israel (Heb. 4:14; 5:10) and therefore cutting off the three
shepherd groups, the scribes, Pharisees and Sadduccees from their capacity of leadership over
Zechariah 11:8 reveals the hostility that existed between Yahshua and the
rulers over the people at that time, for it says, “Three shepherds also I cut
off in one month (month one); and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me. The rulers of
the people sought to attribute Yahshua’s wondrous miracles to Beelzebub, the
prince of devils, while Yahshua continually condemned them calling them the
children of the devil.
Zechariah 11 reveals that after the cutting off of the shepherds and the
paying of the estimated price of thirty pieces of silver, Yahweh would cut
asunder the staff called Bands. The people of Judah were overthrown and cast out
of the land by the Roman armies before many of the generation that had witnessed
Yahshua’s ministry had expired. Yahweh then proclaims that he would set up the
foolish, idol shepherd.
ANALYZING ZECH. 11:15-17
Yahweh commanded Zechariah to take the instruments of a foolish shepherd (v. 15). The word foolish also means
worthless, impious, perverse. These words describe the instruments or implements
of the foolish shepherd. His implements of worship are worthless. They are
impious or unrighteous. They are perverse. Peter warned the people of his day to
save themselves from that untoward (perverse) generation (Acts 2:40).
In verse 17, the idol shepherd was shown as one who leaves the flock. Who was this perverse idol shepherd? The Encyclopedia Britannica, Fourteenth Edition, Volume 21, pp. 776-777
has this to say about one named Tammuz: “Sumerian,
Babylonian and Assyrian God, who died and rose annually with dying and reviving
vegetation, originally Dumu-zi, ‘the son who rises, goes forth (from the
nether world),” but generally interpreted “faithful son.’....In astrology
Tammuz was identified with Aries (Note: Aries always falls in the first month of the Hebrew calendar, the
month of Abib, in which Passover and the days of Unleavened Bread are observed.
Easter also falls in this period of time.); in the magic rituals he is symbolized by a white kid, and he is also connected with the ram,
which led to his astral identification. Under the title Sibzianna, ‘faithful shepherd of heaven,’ he was identified with Orion....He was held to be a god of healing, bestower of health, and one who,
like all other deities, had power over the demons. It is obvious that a cult
which is based upon the death and resurrection of a propitiating god, and upon the love of a divine mother who wails for her son, has direct
connection with the facts and the theological views based upon them, which gave birth to
Christianity. But the form of the cult which apparently most directly affected the
origins of Christianity is that in which Marduk of Baylon was
identified with Tammuz. At the Nisan of new year festival at Babylon, Bel (Marduk) was said to have been imprisoned in the lower world, and a priestess
weeps at his sepulchre. A malefactor was slain with Bel and they descend together to the land of darkness. Beltis, his wife, descends to hell to seek him, and Bel’s garments are given Ishtar (mother of Tammuz). Bel was laid in a
sepulchre, from which he soon comes forth. This Marduk transformation
of the national Tammuz cult is only
another effort of the priesthood of the capital to enlarge the worship and
importance of the local cult. It obtained nowhere else in Babylonia and Assyria,
and may be regarded as a true interpretation of what transpired regularly in the
Tammuz cult itself. That the
cult had direct influence upon the origins of Christianity cannot be denied, and the Greek
cult of Adonis owes its essential content to the Sumerian Tammuz....He is described as the
shepherd who left his flocks, as the shepherds sat in the fields wailing for Tammuz.” (Emphasis mine).
Isn’t it interesting that Tammuz is considered to the the Faithful Shepherd on the one hand, yet he left his flocks on the other hand.
Yahweh appeared to the prophet Ezekiel and carried him to Jerusalem where
He began to show him all the abominations being committed by the people of
the land (Ez. 8:1-12).
Then Yahweh said, “Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater
abominations that they do.’ Then He brought me to the door of the gate of
Yahweh’s house which was toward the north; and behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said He unto me, ‘Hast thou seen
this, O son of man? Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations
than these.’ And He brought me into the inner court of Yahweh’s house, and,
behold, at the door of the temple of Yahweh, between the porch and the altar,
were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of Yahweh,
and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then He said unto me, ‘Hast thou seen
this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit
the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with
violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch
to their (should be My) nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: Mine eye shall
not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in Mine ears with a
loud voice, yet will I not hear them,’” Ez. 8:13-18.
The people were weeping for and worshipping Tammuz, the son of Ishtar.
The word “East” in Hebrew also means “the sunrising.” The people of
Judah were observing Easter (Ishtar) sunrise services which is associated with
the annual rising of Tammuz or Bel (a false, pagan messiah) from the underworld.
Look at the false paganistic gods associated with and equivalent to
Tammuz and Ishtar as enumerated in the Britannica article: Adonis, Bel, Beltis,
Marduk and Orion.
Ishtar was the mother of Tammuz. Just who is Ishtar? The Encyclopedia Britannica, 14th Edition, Vol.12, p. 707 reveals, “ISHTAR, the name of the chief goddess of Babylonia and Assyria, the counterpart
of the Phoenician Astarte (q.v.). The earliest written form of the
name is Ash-dar, an Accadian rendering of the older
Sumerian deity identified with the Sumerian virgin mother-goddess, who is always
associated with the planet Venus. For this
reason Ashdar, Ishtar, is undoubtedly the same deity as the south Arabian Athtar, god of the planet Venus. At all events it is now generally recognized that the name is Semitic
in its origin. Where the name originated is likewise uncertain, but the
indications point to *Erech, where we find
the worship of a great Sumerian mother-goddess having no
association with a male counterpart flourishing in the oldest period of
Babylonian history. She appears under various names, among which are Nana, Innanna, Nina and Anunit. As early as the days of Khammurabi we find these various names which
represented originally different goddesses, though all manifest as the chief trait the life-giving power united in Ishtar. Even when the
older names are employed it is always the great mother-goddess who is meant.
Ishtar is the one goddess in the pantheon who retains her independent position
despite and throughout all changes that the Babylonian-Assyrian religion
NOTE: Erech was built by Nimrod, the first great despot and city builder after
the flood. (Gen. 10:10)
Alexander Hislop writes, “Then look at Easter. What means the term
Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people of
Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian
monuments, is Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was very early introduced into Britain,
along with the Druids, ‘the
priests of the groves,’” The Two Babylons, p. 103.
Ishtar, Easter is the queen of heaven, a virgin-mother goddess. She was also known as the great mother of the gods.
What does Yahweh say about this queen of heaven? “Seest thou not what
they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children
gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough,
to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour
out drink offerings unto other elohim, that they may provoke Me to anger. Do
they provoke Me to anger? saith Yahweh: do they not provoke themselves to the
confusion of their own faces?” Jer. 7:17-19.
Jeremiah was furthermore inspired to warn, “The word that came to
Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell
at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,
‘Thus saith Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil
that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and,
behold, this day they are a desolation,
and no man dwelleth therein, Because of their wickedness which they have committed to
provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other elohim, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers. Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the
prophets, rising early and sending them, saying,
‘Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.’ But they
hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other elohim. Wherefore my fury and mine anger was
poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of
Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at
this day. Therefore now thus saith
Yahweh, the Elohim of hosts, the Elohim of Israel; ‘Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child
and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain; In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense
unto other elohim in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a
reproach among all the nations of the earth? Have ye forgotten the wickedness of
your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of
their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which
they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem? They
are not humbled even unto this day,
neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set
before you and before your fathers.’ Therefore thus saith Yahweh of hosts, the
Elohim of Israel; ‘Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut
off all Judah. And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces
to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by
the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by
the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach. For I will punish them that
dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the
famine, and by the pestilence: So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are
gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they
should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return
to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.’ Then all the
men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other elohim, and all
the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in
the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, ‘As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of Yahweh, we will not
hearken unto thee. But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of
our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour
out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in
the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we
left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out
drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by
the famine. And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out
drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink
offerings unto her, without our men?’ Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men,
and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying, ‘The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and
in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes,
and the people of the land, did not Yahweh remember them, and came it not into his mind? So that Yahweh could no longer bear, because of the evil of your
doings, and because of the abominations
which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and
an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day. Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against Yahweh, and have not
obeyed the voice of Yahweh, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in
his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.’
Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, ‘Hear the
word of Yahweh, all Judah that are in the land of
Egypt: Thus saith Yahweh of hosts, the Elohim of Israel, saying; ‘Ye and your
wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying,
‘We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings
unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.’
Therefore hear ye the word of Yahweh, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt;
‘Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith Yahweh, that my name shall no
more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying,
‘Yahweh ELOHIM liveth.’ Behold,
I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that
are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine,
until there be an end of them,’” Jer. 44:1-27.
The end result is that today’s Christianity, even as the Jews described
here, have erred concerning the faith and introduced Easter sunrise services
which, in truth, is the worship of Ishtar, the queen of heaven, and her son
Tammuz. These are the implements of an idol shepherd. They are an abomination to Yahweh and those who persist in this false
abominable worship will suffer the same fate that the Jews did in Jeremiah’s
THE TRUTH ABOUT EASTER
Encyclopedia Britannica has this to say
about the observance of Easter, “The annual festival observed throughout
Christendom in commemoration of the resurrection of J-sus Chr-st. The name
Easter, like the names of the days of the week, is a survival from the old Teutonic mythology. According to Bede (De Temp. Rat. c. XV.) it is derived from Eostre, or Ostâra, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring, to whom the
month answering to our April, and called Eostur-monath, was
dedicated. This month, Bede says, was the same as the mensis Paschalis, ‘when the old festival was observed with the gladness of a new
The root pasch, from which so
many other names for Easter are derived, is from the Hebrew pisach (Passover) from the verb form ‘he passed over.’
There is no indication of
the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings
of the apostolic Fathers. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from
the minds of the first Chr-stians, who continued to observe the Jewish festivals, though in a
new spirit, as commemorations of events which those festivals had foreshadowed.
Thus the Passover, with a new conception added to it of Chr-st as the true
Paschal Lamb and the first fruits from the dead, continued to be observed, and
became the Chr-stian Easter.” (14th Edition, Vol. 7, pp 858-859)
The International Bible
Standard Encyclopedia says, “EASTER (AV Acts 12:4). An anachronistic mistranslation of the Gk. páscha (RSV, NEB, ‘Passover’), in which
the AV followed such earlier versions as Tyndale and Coverdale. The Acts passage
refers to the seven-day Passover festival (including the Feast of Unleavened
Bread). It is reasonably certain that the NT contains no reference to a yearly celebration of the resurrection of Chr-st.
I. Origin of the Term.–The term
Easter was derived from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Eostre,’ the name of the goddess of
spring. In her honor sacrifices were offered at the time of the vernal equinox. By the 8th cent. the term came to be applied to the anniversary of Chr-st’s
resurrection.” (Vol. Two, p. 6)
Do the importance of these statements sink into your mind? None of the
apostolic Fathers wrote about nor did they observe Easter.
The original true followers and believers of Yahshua continued to observe the
festivals of Yahweh as commanded in Leviticus 23, which were foreshadows of
things to come.
OTHER INSTRUMENTS OF AN IDOL SHEPHERD
December 25 is an instrument of the foolish, idol shepherd. It is an
easily proven fact that Yahshua, the TRUE MESSIAH, was not born anywhere near
the time of December 25th. Luke says that there were shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch over their flock by night, LK. 2:8. The winter was too
severe for shepherds to tend their flocks by night. They would shut up their
flocks at night in pens and corrals from October-November through April-May. The
true facts prove that Yahshua was actually born between April-May through
October-November, the exact opposite time of the year that is presently
Anne Ross and Don Robins wrote, “Most of the great calendar feasts of
the Celtic year were later placed under the protection of the church! Imbole was
assigned to St. Brigit, Lughnasa became Lammas, the First Fruits festival
(Pentecost); Samain was changed to All Saints Day (Halloween), and the solstice feasts of midsummer and midwinter became St. John’s Day and Christmas respectively,” The Life and Death of a Druid Prince, p. 35.
Alexander Hislop reveals that December 25th was the day appointed for the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven (The Two Babylons, p. 90). He also reveals that it was observed by the Romans as Natalis Invicti Solis, the birth-day of the unconquered sun. (Ibid, p. 97)
Raymond Capt wrote, “When Chr-stianity reached Britain, Druidism (Note:
which is pagan Baal worship) merged with it.” (Stonehenge and Druidism, p. 80)
When Christmas, December 25th, is celebrated as the birth day of Yahshua,
it is a lie. A lie is opposite to the truth. December 25th falls in the opposite
time of the year than when Yahshua was actually born. Yahshua said, “Elohim is
Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth!” Jn. 4:24). It is NOT POSSIBLE to
worship Yahweh through a lie. He loves the truth. Lies deceive and kill.
Sunday worship is another instrument of the false messiah or the idol
shepherd. Sunday, or the day of the unconquered sun (solis invicti) was never commanded to be the day of worship by Yahweh.
Yahweh originally blessed and sanctified (set aside as holy) the seventh
day (Gen. 2:1-3). Yahweh instituted the observance of the seventh day Sabbath
into the 10 commandments at Sinai (Ex. 20:8-11).
An in-depth study of all Scripture, both Old and New Testaments will
reveal that there is no Biblical authority to change the day of worship from the
Sabbath to Sunday.
Here is what the Catholics declare concerning Sunday worship (emphasis
will be ours):
· “Sunday is a
Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on
Catholic principles...From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single
passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of
the week to the first.” —The Catholic Press, Sydney,
Australia, August, 1900.
in discarding the authority of the (Roman Catholic) Church, has no good reasons
for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday as the Sabbath.”
—John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January,
· “It is well
to remind the Presbyterians, Babtists, Methodist, and all other Christians, that
the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who
observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” —Priest Brady, in an address, reported in Elizabeth, N.J. “News,” March 18,
· “Ques. - Have
you any other way of proving that the (Catholic) Church has power to institute
Festivals of precept (to command holy days)?”
“Ans. - Had
she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern
religionists agree with her: she could not have substituted the observance of
Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh
day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” —Stephan Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, page 176.
Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic
Church made the change...But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize
that...in observing the Sunday, they are accepting the
authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope.” —Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950.
Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship G-d on the Sabbath day.
In keeping the Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” —Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter, February 10, 1920.
· “It was the
Catholic Church which, by the authority of J-sus Chr-st, has transferred this
rest (from the Bible Sabbath) to the Sunday...Thus the observance of Sunday by
the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority
of the (Catholic) Church.” —Monsignor Louis
Segur, Plain Talk about the
Protestantism of Today, page 213.
· “We observe
Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity
from Saturday to Sunday.”—Peter Geiermann,
CSSR, A Doctrinal Cathechism, 1957 edition, page 50.
Here is what
the Protestants have to say concerning Sunday worship:
· Baptist: “There was and is a command to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will however be readily said, and with
some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the
first day of the week, with all its duties, privileges and sanctions. Earnestly
desiring information on this subject, which I have studied for many years, I
ask, where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New
Testament—absolutely not. There is no Scriptural evidence of the change of the
Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week.” —Dr. E. T. Hiscox, author of the Baptist Manual.
· Baptist: “The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the
Sabbath...There is no Scriptural authority for so doing, nor of course, any
Scriptural obligation.” —The Watchman.
· Baptist: “To me it seems unaccountable that J-sus, during three years’
discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath
question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its
false (Jewish traditional) glosses, never alluded to any transference of the
day; also, that during the forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing
was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, which was given to bring
to their remembrance all things whatsoever that He had said unto them, deal with
this question. Nor yet did the inspired apostles, in preaching the gospel,
founding churches, counseling and instructing those founded, discuss or approach
“Of course I
quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Chr-stian history as a
religious day, as we learn from the Chr-stian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of Paganism, and
christened with the name of the sun-god, then adopted and sanctified by the
Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism.” —Dr. E. T. Hiscox, report of his sermon at the Baptist Minister’s
Convention, in New York Examiner, November 6, 1893.
· Southern Baptist: “The sacred name of the Seventh day is Sabbath. This fact is too
clear to require argument (Exodus 20:10 quoted)...On this point the plain
teaching of the Word has been admitted in all ages...Not once did the disciples
apply the Sabbath law to the first day of the week—that folly was left for a
later age, nor did they pretend that the first day supplanted the seventh.”
—Joseph Judson Taylor, The Sabbath Question, pages 14-17,
· Congregationalist: “It is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend
Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath...The Sabbath
was founded on specific, divine command. We can plead no such
command for the observance of Sunday...There is not a single line in the New
Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed
sanctity of Sunday.” —Dr. R. W. Dale,
The Ten Commandments, pages 106-107.
· Lutheran Free Church: “For when there could not be produced one solitary place in the Holy
Scriptures which testified that either the L-rd Himself or the apostles had
ordered such a transfer of the Sabbath to Sunday, then it was not easy to answer
the question: Who has transferred the Sabbath, and who has had the right to do it?”
—George Sverdrup, A New Day.
· Protestant Episcopal: “The day is now changed from the seventh to the first day...but as we meet with no Scriptural direction for the change, we may
conclude it was done by the authority of the church.” —Explanation of Cathechism.
· Presbyterian: “There is no word, no hint in the New Testament about
abstaining from work on Sunday. The observance of Ash Wednesday, or Lent, stands exactly on the same
footing as the observance of Sunday. Into the rest of Sunday no
Divine Law enters.” —Canon Eyton, in The Ten Commandments.
· Anglican: “And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the
first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day.” —Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Cathechism, pages 334,
· Disciples of Chr-st: “There is no direct Scriptural authority for
designating the first day ‘the L-rd’s Day.’” —Dr. D. H. Lucas, Christian Oracle, January,
· Methodist: “It is true that there is no positive command for infant baptism. Nor is there any for keeping holy the first day of the week. Many believe
that Chr-st changed the Sabbath. But, from His own words, we see that He came
for no such purpose. Those who believe that J-sus changed the Sabbath base it
only on a supposition.” —Amos Binney, Theological Compendium, pages 180-181.
· Episcopalian: “We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from
Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy, catholic apostolic church
of Chr-st.” —Bishop Symour, Why We Keep Sunday.
· American Congregationalists: “The current notion that Chr-st and His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament.” —Dr. Layman Abbot, in the Chr-stian Union, June 26, 1890.
· Christian Church: “Now there is no testimony in all the oracles of heaven that
the Sabbath is changed, or that the L-rd’s Day came in the room of it.” —Alexander Campbell, in The Reporter, October 8,
The admission of so many witnesses concerning Sunday worship versus the
Sabbath should be eye-opening to any who read these testimonies. Sunday worship
is an extract from paganism, idolatry, heathenism. It was never commanded to be
observed by Yahweh. The seventh day Sabbath was commanded by Him. Sunday worship
is an instrument of the idol shepherd.
instrument through which Hesus or Yesu or Esus was worshipped was the mistletoe.
Mr. Capt writes, "Because mistletoe grew upon the oak, it became
sacred to the Druids and was held symbolic of
the coming Deliverer or "Branch."
Mistletoe was known as the "All Heal," A title which bears a
strange resemblance to the words of Malachi's concerning the "Sun" who
should "rise with healing in His wings." (Mal. 4:2). This
"Branch" was not only foretold by the prophets of ancient Israel but
was sung also by the poets of classic antiquity. Virgil mentions "the
golden branch," and Homer speaks of the "golden rod" or
"branch." A parallel can be seen in the writings of three of the Old
Testament prophets - Isaiah (11:1), Jeremiah (23:5; 33:15) and Zechariah (3:8;
6:12) - referring to the coming Messiah as "the
Branch,"....."Hesus" or Yesu was the Supreme God whom they
worshipped as the great "All-Heal" and they believed in Him as the
"Saviour" of the world." (p.p. 78-79).
Alexander Hislop also has this to say about
the mistletoe in his book entitled "The Two Babylons," "Let the reader
look at the singular practice still kept up in the South on Christmaseve, of
kissing under the mistletoe bough. That mistletoe bough in the Druidic
superstition, which, as we have seen, was derived from Babylon, was a
representation of the Messiah, "The man the branch." The
mistletoe was regarded as a divine branch - a branch that came from heaven, and grew upon a tree that sprang out of the earth. Thus
by the engrafting of the celestial branch into
the earthly tree, heaven and earth, that sin had severed, were joined together,
and thus the mistletoe bough became
the token of Divine reconciliation to man, the kiss being the well-known token
of pardon and reconciliation," (p.p. 98-99).
All of this sounds so right, so true because
Yahshua is "The Man the Branch." He
did come down from heaven. He is the
One Who heals us of all our infirmities. He is the
Saviour, Deliverer, the Mediator, the One Who
reconciles us to Yahweh.
The mistletoe, however, proves to be an
implement, an instrument of a foolish (worthless) shepherd for it is
spread by bird dung. It is a parasite. Its berries are poisonous! Yahshua
is clean, holy, pure undefiled. There is nothing clean about dung. Dung
The mistletoe, a parasite, lives off of its
host, sucking, robbing the tree of the life-giving sap that flows to its
branches. It will eventually kill the natural tree branch taking its place as an
unnatural branch. Yahshua does not
live off of us as a parasite. We, rather, must live off of, by Him. We must eat
and drink of Him if we are to live forever.
The mistletoe is poisonous. Yahshua is
life-giver, not life-taker. His doctrines are for light, life, love truth,
peace, joy unspeakable. The engrafting of the mistletoe kills. The engrafting of
Yahshua through the Holy Spirit imparts life.
An holy "kiss" from Yahshua does impart reconciliation, but a
"kiss" under the mistletoe is for adultery, idolatry and death!
IS NOT an instrument given to Israel by Yahweh for the purpose of worship in
truth. It is an idea or dream of the
false prophets (Jer. 23:25-27) concocted through
philosophy, vain deceit in the mind of man under Satan's sway, who hates Yahweh and stands ready to corrupt and pollute
everything that is holy, precious and clean.
IV THE CROSS
One of the major images of Baal worship was
the cross. We have read Mr. Capt's report on how the Druids would select an oak
tree having two branches forming a cross. They would then consecrate the cross
by cutting characters for they word "Hesus," spelled "Yesu,"
upon the right branch. "Taranus" was carved in the middle and "Belenus"
on the left branch. Over them all
was the word "Than" meaning God (p. 78).
Alexander Hislop says, "The cross was
originally no Christian emblem at all, but was the mystic Tau of the Chaldeans
and Egyptians - the true original form of the letter T - the initial of
Tammuz." (p. 197). Hislop also says, "But when it is
considered that the Buddist, like the Babylonian cross, was the recognized
emblem of Tammuz, who was known as the mistletoe branch, or "All-Heal"
then it is easy to see how the "sacred initial" should be represented
as covered with leaves, and how Rome in adopting it, should call it the
"Medicine which preserves the healthful, heals the sick, and does what mere
human power alone could never do." (The Two Babylons, p. 201). The Tau was the sacred symbol of
Osiris of Egypt, Budda of China, the deity of rain to the Mexican Indians,
Tammuz of Babylon, etc. Tammuz was also known as Marduk and Bel to the
Babylonians. Bel is the Baal of the Phoenicians or Sidonians of Canaan.
Encyclopedia Britannica, 14 th Edition has this to say about Tammuz;
He was the Sumerian, Babylonian and
are many titles of the youthful god, loved by his sister, the earth and heaven
goddess, Innini (Ishtar), who descends yearly into Aralu (under-world) at the
time of his death to bring him back to earth in her bosom.
liturgical wailings for Tammuz during the period of his
sojourn in aralu are numerous and describe every aspect of the theological
doctrines concerning him. (article "Tammuz," Vol. 21, p.p. 776-777).
What we have just read here is the
description of what is observed today as "Lent," the fasting, wailing
period of 40 days culminating in Easter sunrise services in which Ishtar has
descended into the dark nether world (the period before sunrise) and brings the
dead deity back to life (symbolized by the sunrise itself).
Yahweh strongly condemns this worship in the
book of Ezekiel, chapter 8, "Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see
greater abominations that they do.' Then He brought me to the door of the gate
of Yahweh's house which was toward the north; and behold, there sat women
weeping for Tammuz. (Lent). And He brought me into the inner court of Yahweh's
house, and behold, at the door of the temple of Yahweh, between the porch and
the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of
Yahweh, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the
east. (Easter [Ishtar] sun-rise services). Then
He said unto me, `Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the
house of Judah that they commit the abomina tions which they commit here? for
they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to
anger: and lo, they put the branch to My nose," v.v. 14-18. (Note: The KJV
renders "their nose" but Bullinger states that the primitive text read
The cross, a branch of a tree to the Druids
(Israel), represented Tammuz in Babylonian worship while to the Druids "Yesu"
(Jesus) was represented. The cross
representing Jesus, would symbolize him as the "BRANCH."
It also must be the image of jealousy spoken of in Ez. 8:3-5.
IS ON THE CROSS?
day Christian world has been led to not only revere the cross, but to make
pictures, images, etc. of the Savior on the cross. But just who is really being
depicted on the it?
It is obvious according to the Scriptures that Yahshua was hung on
a tree which probably was in the form of a cross. The Greek word for cross is
“stauros.” Stauros is defined as, from the base of 2476; a stake or post (as set
upright), i.e. (specially), a
pole or cross (as an instrument of capital punishment). Because of the words
“stake” or “post,” some have been led to deny that Yahshua was hung on a
cross, since the cross was originally an Egyptian symbol for life called an
“ankh.” It was also a symbol utilized by the ancient worshippers of Tammuz.
(See accompanying figures.)
The common teaching
among the assemblies and some churches is that Yahshua was hung on an upright
stake or pole with his arms stretched upward above his head, not out on a
crossbar. However, we must remember that a crossbar of sorts was attached to the
pole or tree by Pilate who wrote in Hebrew, Greek and Latin “Yahshua of
Nazareth the King of the Jews.”
is a mineral that exists in nature called “starolite.” The word
“starolite” comes from a combination of two Greek words “stauros” and “lithos.” It means “stone cross.” (Please see the
accompanying figure.) Thus, the very name attached to this mineral reveals that
“stauros” does mean “cross.”
item is that Yahshua came to finish a work that was begun by Moses and the
Israelites, but failed in its perfect application and completion. When Yahshua
hung on the tree, just before He died, He declared, “It is finished,” Jn.
19:30. Yahshua completed the work that the Father gave to Him for He prayed,
“I have glorified Thee on the earth; I have finished the work which Thou
gavest Me to do,” Jn. 17:4.
When Yahshua appeared
to John as written in the book of Revelation, Yahshua declared that He was the
“Aleph and Tau.” (Rev. 21:6). The Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew
alphabet while the Tau is the last letter. This represents Yahshua as the first
and last, the beginning and ending. The “tau” in the original ancient Hebrew
alphabet looked like an “X” or also a “+” (cross). Thus, Yahshua hanging on a cross (tau) would have
represented the finishing of a work as well as the bringing to an end one system
in order that a new system could arise.
According to the
Scriptures, it is evident that the covenant that Yahweh made with Israel through
Moses had failed and was being brought to an end. Yahshua was the only man who
was able to fulfill it in its entirety to Yahweh’s satisfaction. Yahshua’s
fulfillment of the covenant caused the way to be made for a New Covenant based
on better promises (Jer. 31:31-34, Heb. 8).
It is also obvious
from the accounts in the evangels that in Yahshua’s night of agony, the whole
group was very tired for Yahshua would go away to pray privately and when He did
so and return, He would find the disciples asleep. He was taken into custody by
the Jewish authorities who questioned, mocked and beat Him. When the morning
came, they took Him to Pilate who sent Him first to Herod. Herod’s soldiers
mocked and beat Him and returned Him to Pilate. Pilate, seeking to please the
people, committed Yahshua to his soldiers who also scourged, mocked and beat
Him. He was then led out to Golgotha to His execution. Yahshua had to have been
beyond the point of exhaustion.
When finished with the
beatings, mockings, etc., they led Him away to crucify Him. Matthew writes,
“And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they
compelled to bear His cross,” 27:32.
According to “A History of Heresy” by David Christie-Murray, the Gnostics taught, “…that Jesus
was not crucified but that Simon of Cyrene, who was compelled to carry the
cross, was transfigured into the likeness of Christ and was crucified instead.
Jesus was given the appearance of Simon and, standing by, laughed at the
mistaken Romans and Jews.” (p. 25)
In his book “Realm Of The Holy Grail” Laurence Gardner not only focuses on this same account of Simon
and Jesus, but reveals that the belief among the royalty of Europe, especially
those descended from the Merovingian line, was that Jesus and Mary Magdalene
married and had children, and they
were their descendants. Thus, the throne and the kingdom of heaven belonged to
Whether you want to
believe this or not, the fact of the matter is that when Constantine the Great
entered into the body of believers in the fourth century, he, being the emperor
of the Roman Empire (the great and dreadful and terrible beast of Daniel 7), and
Pontifex Maximus over all paganism, also became Pontifex Maximus over this
newfound faith now called Christianity. The body of believers would now follow
the dictates of the princes, rulers and leaders of this world.
Once the royalty and
leaders gained control over the faith, they enforced their belief on all of
their subjects. These were the actions of Constantine the Great who declared
Sunday to be the day of worship rather than the Sabbath and also enforced Easter
and Christmas observance rather than the annual holy day cycle instituted by
Yahweh. If anyone believed or taught differently than what the emperors, kings,
etc., believed and taught, they were branded an heretic and were persecuted,
tortured and in many cases, put to death. Take, for instance, Roger William’s
(founder of Providence, Rhode Island) friend Dr. Alexander Leighton, a Puritan.
Because of Dr. Leighton’s Puritanical faith, King Charles I banished him to
life imprisonment, imposed a heavy fine, defrocked him, had him publicly
whipped, cut off his ears, split his nose on both sides and branded SS (for
“Sower of Sedition) on his face. (Libronix Digital Library System)
Yahweh decrees, “It
is better to trust in Yahweh than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in Yahweh than to put
confidence in princes,” Psa. 118:8-9. He also declared, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take
counsel together, against Yahweh, and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their
cords from us,” Psa. 2:2-3.
Remember also that it
was King James who had the modern day English Bible made available to the
public, but who also had the true names of the Heavenly Father Yahweh and His
beloved and Anointed Son Yahshua replaced with the terms “the LORD,”
“God,” “Jesus,” etc.
Therefore, it is no
small wonder that they would replace Yahshua on the cross with one Simon of
Cyrene later changing his name to that of Jesus which is equivalent to the
Druidic and Greek deity Hesus/Iesous.
Matthew 27:32, Mark
15:21 and Luke 23:36 are not only narratives of the physical event that took
place, but they are parables, hidden mysteries for the Bible student to search
out and discover. Yahshua came speaking in parables in order to keep the true
meanings of things of the kingdom of heaven hidden from all but His own
disciples (Mt. 13:10-17).
Also, in the book of
Proverbs 25:2 we read, “It is the glory of Elohim to conceal a thing: but the
honor of kings is to search out the matter.”
There are things about
this proverb that the eye simply doesn’t pick up on when reading this verse in
the English. The Hebrew language reveals things somewhat differently. For
instance, the word “glory,” when written in reference to Elohim is
translated from the Hebrew word “kabowd.” However, this same word,
“kabowd” is also utilized in reference to kings, but is translated as
“honor.” In other words, the reading is, “It is the glory (kabowd) of
Elohim to conceal a thing: but the honor (kabowd) of kings is to search out the
matter.” Notice that the Hebrew language would attribute the same word to
Elohim or kings (kabowd/glory), but the English will give “glory” to Elohim,
but only “honor” to kings.
The same situation
applies to another Hebrew word utilized in this verse. The words “thing” and
“matter” are both translated from the Hebrew word “dabar.” To clarify,
let’s add the Hebrew word to the verse, “It is the glory (kabowd) of Elohim
to conceal a thing (dabar): but the honor (kabowd) of kings is to search out the matter (dabar).
Hebrew word “dabar” is the very word that is utilized for the word
“word.” In Psa. 33:4 and 6 we read, “For the Word (dabar) of Yahweh is right; and all His works are done in truth....By the
Word (dabar) of Yahweh were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the
breath of His mouth.”
Therefore, in Prov. 25:2 it would be correct to render it thusly,
“It is the glory of Elohim to conceal the (or
His) Word: but the glory of kings is
to search out the Word.”
In other words, Yahweh
conceals things in His word. It is His glory, honor and privilege to do so. But
those who will be kings should search into His word to find out those hidden
things. It is to their glory and honor to do so.
But what about the
kings, princes and leaders of this present world? Paul writes, “But we speak
the wisdom of Yahweh in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which Yahweh ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Sovereign of glory,” 1 Cor.
Look at that verse
again! Paul verifies Prov. 25:2 by saying that Yahweh has hidden His wisdom in a
mystery! We can even determine that the present day kings, princes and leaders
aren’t even true kings, princes and leaders in Yahweh’s eyes because they
aren’t searching Yahweh’s word for the wisdom that is hidden there. Yes,
they do have their own particular glory (kabowd), but it isn’t the glory of
The true kings are
those who search the word (dabar) of Yahweh. But even then there are conditions
for Paul continues, “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit
of man which is in him? Even so the things (words/dabarim?) of Yahweh knoweth no
man, but the Spirit of Yahweh,” v. 11. Wasn’t it by the word (dabar) of
Yahweh that the heavens were made? (Psa. 33:6). “And all the host of them by
the breath (ruach/spirit) of His mouth?” (Ibid).
Therefore Paul says,
“...even so the things of Yahweh knoweth no man, but the Spirit of Yahweh. Now
we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of
Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but
which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things (dabar
- im?) with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of
the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned,” vv. 11-14.
Now, let’s look at
this name Simon of Cyrene. In the Greek it is Simon Kurenaios. Let’s
compare another name found in Scripture, “And it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be
2 (And this taxing was
first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.),” Lk. 2:1-2.
Notice this name and
the Greek definition for it in the Greek Lexicon of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Kurenios, of Latin origin; Cyrenius (i.e. Quirinus), a Roman.
Cyrene, Kurenaios and
Kurenios would all be derivatives of the same Latin word “Quirinus!” The
Roman governor Cyrenius/Quirinus was named after a Roman deity of the name
Quirinus! The Encyclopedia Britannica, 14th Edition, Volume 18, p. 856 has
this to say about Quirinus, “Quirinus was the third (after Jupiter and Mars)
of the purely Roman gods. The name Quirinus is adjectival in form, and it would
seem to mean ‘he of quirium,’ a word generally taken since Niebuhr to signify a very ancient
Sabine settlement which united with the Palatine community to form the original
Rome; but it may well mean ‘assembly’, and therefore the god may be ‘he of
the assembly or assembled host.’ The identification, in the last century of
the republic, of Quirinus with the defied Romulus has greatly obscured his real
nature, but we know he resembled Mars (q.v.), had a flamen, the third in rank of
the greater flamines, and a college of Salii. His temple lay on the Collis Quirinalis, and his festival, the Quirinalia was on Feb. 17. Associated with
him in cult were a goddess, Hora, and certain minor deities, the Virites Quirini.”
The same encyclopedia
identifies Romulus as the god Quirinus in an article about him (Vol. 19). He had
a twin brother named Remus. They were the sons of Mars by the Vestal Rhea Silvia
or Ilia, daughter of Numitor, who had been dispossessed of the throne of Alba by
his younger brother Amulius. They were placed in a trough and cast into the
Tiber by their grand-uncle. The trough grounded in the marshes where Rome
afterwards stood, under the wild fig tree (Ficus Ruminalis), which was still holy in later days. They were suckled by a
she-wolf, fed by a woodpecker, etc. They became leaders of a warlike band of
shepherds. Later a quarrel broke out between them and Romulus slew Remus. (pp.
Mars and his sacred beast, the wolf, are introduced on account of
the great importance of this cult. The localities described are ancient sacred
places; the Lupercal, near the ficus
ruminalis, was naturally explained as the
she-wolf’s den. (IBID)
day was originally the Lupercalia. It is now observed on Feb. 14th rather than
According to the article, the story is of Greek influence. But do
you notice the similarities to Biblical passages? Moses was set adrift in an ark
made by his mother in order to save his life. The twins, Romulus and Remus, were
set adrift in a trough. The brothers quarreled with Romulus slaying Remus. This
fits the pattern of Cain and Abel.
Romulus reigned Rome
until he disappeared in a storm. He was thereafter worshipped as a god under the
name Quirinus. The name Romulus (= Romanus, cp. The forms Siculus and Sicanus) means simply ‘Roman’.” (IBID)
The Romans were the
ones who crucified Yahshua. They removed His cross from His shoulders and placed
it upon Simon Kurenaios! The kings, emperors, rulers, etc. secretly taught that
the Savior wasn’t the one who perished on the cross, but rather Simon
Kurenaios. They were in the process of casting Yahweh and His Anointed behind
and replacing them with their own deities and brand of worship!
“Thus saith the
Yahweh Elohim of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna,
which is over the house, and say,
16 What hast thou here?
and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he
that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for
himself in a rock?
17 Behold, Yahweh will
carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.
18 He will surely
violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou
die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house.
19 And I will drive
thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.
20 And it shall come to
pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:
21 And I will clothe
him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy
government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
22 And the key of the
house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall
shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.
24 And they shall hang
upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all
vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of
25 In that day, saith Yahweh of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed,
and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for Yahweh hath spoken it,” 22:15-25.
Now we need to analyze
these verses. This Shebna is treasurer over the house. Which house? The Hebrew
word for house is “bayith” which is also translated as “temple.” Which
aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil
2 As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have
tasted that Yahweh is gracious.
4 ¶ To whom coming, as
unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of Elohim, and
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a
spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Yahweh by Yahshua
6 Wherefore also it is
contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect,
precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore
which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone
which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of
stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being
disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into
his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past
were not a people, but are now the people of Yahweh: which had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy,” 1 Pet. 2:1-10.
In today’s world,
those who trust in, rely on, worship and serve Yahweh through Yahshua the Savior
are the stones which are built into the temple. Therefore, the treasurer, the
head over the house or temple is the One Who is the true Savior. Now, there are
those who are built into a great house or temple of worship in today’s world
whose treasurer is Jesus Christ. The followers, the stones of the temple are
Let’s notice another
item that is declared here. Yahweh says He is going to remove Shebna and replace
him with Eliakim the son of Hilkiah. He says that the nail that is fastened in a
sure place will be removed, cut down and fall and that He will fasten Eliakim as
a nail in a sure place.
The Hebrew word for
“nail” is “yathed” which has to do with a nail, peg or STAKE! Notice
that it says this Shebna has hewn out a sepulchre as he that has hewn out a
sepulchre on high (Isa. 22:16). The Hebrew word for “on high” is “marowm (mwrm)!” Many
times when the Hebrew letter “mem” (m) is the first letter of the word, it carries the idea of the words
“from,” “of,” etc. In this case the translators have utilized it to mean
the word “on.” However, the rest of the Hebrew word is translated as
“high” but the letters are mwr (rowm or Rome)! The name of the city Rome means “high place!”
Again, it was
Constantine the Great who feigned repentance, entered the corrupted remnants of
New Testament believers and once received, took over declaring himself as its
Pontifex Maximus (high priest). Constantine was the head of the Roman Empire,
the fourth kingdom of Daniel chapter 2 and the fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7.
He was a great prince of this world, but even though he understood the mysteries
of paganism, being also Pontifex Maximus over all paganism, he couldn’t
understand the mysteries of the true Messiah Yahshua, the mysteries of Yahweh
for those mysteries are only revealed to those who have the Holy Spirit of
Notice that Yahweh
declares to Shebna He will place his (Shebna’s) government into the hands of
Eliakim. This is what the Encyclopedia
Britannica 14th Edition declares of Constantine,
“It has been said by Stanley that Constantine was entitled to be called
‘Great’ in virtue rather of what he did than of what he was; and it is true
that neither his intellectual nor his moral qualities were such as to earn the
title. His claim to greatness rests mainly on the fact that he divined the future which lay before
Christianity, and determined
to enlist it in the service of his empire, and also
on his achievement in completing the work begun by Aurelian and Diocletian, by
which the quasi-constitutional monarchy or ‘principate’ of Augustus was
transformed into the naked absolutism sometimes called the ‘dominate’.”
(Vol. 6, pp. 298-299)
John the Baptist and
Yahshua began to declare the overthrow of this world’s kings, leaders and
governmental systems in favor of the government of the coming kingdom of heaven.
After Yahshua was resurrected He commissioned His 12 disciples as apostles and
sent them throughout the world to proclaim the good news of the coming kingdom
of heaven. This newfound faith began to grow by leaps and bounds. But those in
power hated the message and the messengers. They were first persecuted by the
Jewish leaders who were jealously guarding their own power and control over
their own people. The Pharisees and Sadducees (especially the Pharisees) were
exalted to Moses’ seat (Mt. 23). John and Yahshua prophesied of their demise.
They lashed out in bitterness and hatred against them and their followers. They
are the ones who instigated Yahshua’s death and the subsequent persecutions
against the apostles and followers of Yahshua.
The Roman leaders and
emperors looked upon the upheaval taking place in Judaism with amusement and as
only being a Jewish problem until many of their own soldiers and followers began
to convert to this newfound way of life and faith in the mighty Elohim of the
Hebrews, His Son and their governmental power and control. Now their power and
influence was being threatened. They began to wage war against Yahshua’s
This author has identified Augustus Caesar as the little horn of
Daniel chapter seven. He began a dynasty that held sway and power over the Roman
Empire. The power of the Caesars included both civil and ecclesiastical control.
Those of his dynasty made war against the saints and prevailed against them. The
Romans battled the saints with swords and spears. The saints battled with the
power and words of the Spirit. In the physical world, the Romans prevailed
against the saints, but in the spiritual realm the saints were winning the
battle because the more severe the persecutions, the greater the numbers grew.
Then came Constantine.
This author has identified him as the little horn of Daniel chapter eight.
Constantine, according to man’s history, repented and embraced the new faith.
It looked like the saints had gained the victory, but the enemy had the mind of
the ancient Greeks who battled against the city of Troy and couldn’t overcome
them until they feigned defeat and left a horse dedicated to the Trojan’s
victory filled with Greek soldiers. The Trojans had a huge drinking orgy, which
while they were sleeping it off, the Greeks descended from the belly of the
horse, opened the gates of the city to the rest of the Greek army and Troy
ceased to exist.
the history of the wars and persecutions against the faith. He appeared to have
conceded victory to them, feigned repentance, entered into their midst and then
took control over them. The results on the New Testament Assembly were just as
disastrous as the results against Troy.
this newfound faith in the service of his empire. His empire was the great and
dreadful fourth beast of Daniel chapter seven, the Roman Empire. He flattered
the Christian leaders by exempting them from taxes and service in the army. He
placed them in governmental offices. The Roman beast had become the kingdom of
heaven on earth. Christ was the KING and is still proclaimed as the KING. But
the real king was hidden behind all of the religious pomp. The real king was
Caesar. Caesar and all of the subsequent kings of the earth dictated what the
believers would believe and do. The European Christian kings sent their armies
throughout the world to subdue it and bring it under their power.
The kings, rulers and
leaders of the world have taken the true Savior down from the cross and replaced
Him with a Greek, Latin, Druidic savior. This current savior that the world
depicts on the cross, stake, nail, peg is identified as Shebna in Isaiah. He is
currently served under the name Jesus Christ. He will soon be taken down from
that stake and the true Savior will be restored to His glory and honor. The
government will be taken from Shebna (Jesus Christ) and transferred to the One
to Whom it belongs, Yahshua the Messiah, the true Son of Elohim. May Yahweh
speed that day!
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