Yes, you did in fact read that correctly. Our family no longer celebrates Christmas or any pagan holiday for that matter and this series of posts will explain why. No, we have not become Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah Witness or any other religion that we typically think of that does not celebrate holidays. We are still what the world would call Protestant Christian, but as we are learning we prefer to drop the titles and just say we are simply followers of Messiah (Jesus), the Savior and Redeemer of the world. We are in search of the pure gospel found in the Scriptures, not defiled by the evil one and/or man and aim to pattern our life after the example left by the apostles and the New Testament church. So, hold on to your hats and if you really are in search of the truth and desire to worship Elohim the way He commands us to, you will take the time to read all that will be shared here about the holiday known as Christmas. You will find what I have learned from research/study and what Elohim has to say about it through His Word. Continue reading
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In Part II we will discover that December 25th was actually the birthday of many pagan gods throughout the centuries beginning with Nimrod. Also we’ll see how the first time December 25th was ever celebrated as ‘Christmas’ and the birth of Messiah was in the 4th century when Constantine simply declared it be so. When he merged the already pagan celebration “Saturnalia” (celebration of other gods, Saturn, the sun/Nimrod, etc) with so called “Christianity”.
About 2,200 years before the birth of Messiah, Noah’s great grandson, Nimrod along with his wife Semiramis, built the Tower of Babel (Genesis 10:10, 11:9) and the Babylonian Empire which combined their pagan religion with their form of government. They worshiped the stars, sun, and the moon, and they sacrificed their babies to Moloch (satan). Nimrod in an attempt to become “God” declared himself the god of the sun and Semiramis was the goddess of the moon (also known as the “Queen of Heaven”) and the people of the Babylonian Empire worshiped them as such. The story goes that Noah’s son Shem was so angry about this, that he had Nimrod killed and his body parts were delivered to different provinces within Babylon as a warning to those who worshiped Moloch. Continue reading
I would just like to reiterate again, these posts are very brief summaries of the pagan roots of Christmas. I encourage you to watch the videos provided in these posts and visit the links as well. If you really desire to know the truth about the holiday we know as Christmas you will dig and study for yourself. The information contained in these posts are simply a starting point for your research. I pray you continue your study and allow the Holy Spirit to grant sight to your eyes concerning these truths.
So, how does the Elohim (God) of the universe, Creator of all feel about using pagan and man ways to worship Him and His Son, Messiah (that is what Christmas is all about right?)
In Deuteronomy 12, Elohim is warning His people about false gods.
…take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods”
Elohim cast the Canaanites out of the Promised Land because of their pagan idolatrous practices. They worshiped Ba’al, or Nimrod, Tammuz, the sun god, the pagan Messiah, the god of wine and revelry. They worshiped the evergreen tree, and used it as a symbol of their god. They observed December 25, in worship of the waning sun, and their sun-god divinity. This whole religious system stemmed from ancient Babylon, the root of all heresy and apostasy. Continue reading
This post will consist of 2 parts. Part 2 coming soon!
To all of my Essential oil loving friends (I am one too). I encourage you to really look into the companies that you promote, support and have become aligned with as a distributor. The one I am touching on in this post specifically is Young Living, simply because it is the company I have done the most research on.
First, let me say up front that I personally use Essential oils and I believe that the oils in and of themselves are NOT a bad thing and I believe the plants/herbs/flowers they are extracted from were created by the one true Creator of all things. But as followers of Messiah we MUST use discernment and recognize when elements of other religions/beliefs, in this case New Age/Witchcraft aspects are flowing through the companies and products we sell, support and use. I know one of the biggest things that trips us up is that Young Living claims to be a ‘Christian’ company, but friends I am not sure how one reading the literature and descriptions of the individual oils cannot see the New Age slant coming through. It seems this is becoming even more prevalent as more Christians align themselves with this Multi-Level Marketing Company. Continue reading
* This post is a brief summary on this dangerous deception. Please click the links in red throughout this post and at the end to learn more.
I can remember like it was yesterday, I was in the 6th grade and was terrified to go to sleep. I had seen a movie on TV about the end of the world & the ‘rapture’ and as a child I was so afraid I would get “left behind”. The whole idea of Messiah coming back secretly to gather His church, taking us to Heaven while we watched the utter destruction of the earth and all of those who had not accepted Him below never really sat well with me, BUT….it is what we were taught was Biblical truth. It is what my mom believed and probably her mom and even her mom. The Pre-Tribulation rapture “theory” is what the majority of Christian’s seem to believe is true. Even those who are not believers in Messiah would probably tell you what is predicted to happen based on the popular “Left Behind” series of books and movies. Because we have become so lukewarm and apostasy abounds, even in the “Christian” community we tend not question anything our Pastor teaches us, we don’t study for ourselves. Sure, we may read a few scriptures but do we really dig in and study to show ourselves approved unto The Father? In most cases, I have found that unless I am willing to accept what I believe may be completely false and re-learn what the Bible REALLY has to say, I will continue to live my life in complete deception from the evil one. And let’s face it, that is how most of Christianity lives today. Continue reading
* Note – I use the covenant names of The Father and The Son in this post. For a study on the true names click here. Also, I have used 2 different Bible versions throughout this post as noted. To learn more about the ISR98 Bible version used click here.
I originally started this blog post with the title “When you find yourself without a church home” but, that is no longer a fully accurate statement for my family…not after all we’ve been shown by the Holy Spirit. At this point in our walk with Yahuah, it’s a choice not just happenstance. I will discuss the details of those revelations in a separate post I am working on simply called “Why we came out of the church”. But, for this post I specifically want to address the scripture most widely known and misused within “Christianity” regarding church attendance, Hebrews 10:25.
This verse has caused much grief personally as I have at several points in my life, found myself not attending church regularly or even at all. Whether it was because of life circumstances, not finding one that felt like “Home”, re-location or various other reasons, I was always reminded of this verse and out of my own guilt, attempted to find a church home in order to be a “good Christian”. Let’s face it, this verse seems to be thrown around quite often in the Christian community when we learn of a brother/sister who is not attending church regularly and we feel the need to admonish them with “Thus Sayeth the Lord”. I admit now that even though I’ve reacted in the flesh as a result of reading and hearing this verse, I always had a ‘nudge’ in my spirit. If this verse is in fact to be taken as commonly interpreted, it poses a conflict with other scriptures as it creates a yoke of slavery/bondage which is something Messiah clearly destroyed for those who follow Him. “In the freedom which Messiah has made us free, stand firm, then, and do not again be held with a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 ISR 98 Continue reading
It’s mid Sept and everything is turning up halloween (not worthy of capitalization). As I walk down the aisles at Walmart, my stomach turns as I see the evil masks, the children’s t-shirts displaying witches and goblins. Creepy skulls and skeletons in my face at every turn. Yes, I used to take part as well as my kids just as most of us have at some point. But it has been quite a few years since I was strongly convicted of the SATANIC origins of Halloween and how in honoring God, our family would have no part of it! I know because I was there, as Christian’s we falsely think that if our kids dress up in “good”, “cute”, “nice” or even “Biblical” costumes that we aren’t condoning this evil day that has it’s roots in human sacrifice and satanic rituals. The the following information Continue reading
I’m just gonna be real, having a blank calendar causes all sorts of issues for me. I feel lost and although difficult to admit, often times unimportant. Having blank space on my calendar actually causes me anxiety and I am not quite sure what to do with myself during those times. You see, my nature is that of a list maker, a planner and as strange as it may seem I work best in the midst of chaos. I actually tend to function highly in stressful situations and reality is something inside me thrives on the craziness that a jam-packed calendar produces. Sure, a free night or weekend is most welcomed here and there…but what I am talking about is when you are in a season where God will not allow you to fill your calendar for months and in my case over a year, no matter how desperately you desire to. Continue reading
You will see in my posts that I do not use the title God/Lord for The Father or the name Jesus for The Son. First let me state that I am NOT a part of the Hebrew Roots/Sacred Name movement or any other cult, denomination or sect that tends to go to extremes and place themselves in bondage by practicing something that resembles Judaism. I am simply a disciple of Messiah who desires to worship Him in spirit and in TRUTH. I am on a continuous journey, searching to understand more of the pure gospel, without the perversion of those that want nothing more than to blot out His name and lead us down a path of pagan and Babylonian religion. I continue to ask The Father to lead me, through His Spirit to the truth daily and He is forever faithful to teach me. It is also important that I say up front, I am in NO way saying that if you were saved by calling on the name “Jesus” (as I was) that you are not truly saved for The Messiah knows your heart and your relationship with Him is what is imperative. We are all at different places in our journey for truth and many have come before us who were great men and women of Elohim who used the name they knew, which was Jesus. Knowing and using the true covenant names is a personal conviction of mine now that the Holy Spirit has shown me truth. Please pray to The Father for what He would have you do to honor Himself and His son, Messiah.
For years I have known that the Son of the Most High’s name could not truly be “Jesus” as that is an English name and common sense would say that when He walked this earth, his family, friends and disciples did not call Him by that name, for He was a Hebrew from the tribe of Yahudah/Judah. Continue reading
Not My Own –
Here am I, send me
An empty vessel,
To use for your purpose & your plan
No selfish desires, no scheme of man
Everything I have belongs to you,
I desire nothing but your will to do
All that I am and all I want to be
You accomplished upon that tree
As blood ran down your sinless face
You suffered and died to take my place
May you be glorified in me
I pray it’s only you they see
My life is yours, please have your way
No matter what the world may say
I yearn to see the way you do
To love like you, no matter who
To believe, to pray, to forgive, to wail
Knowing without your Holy Spirit, I will fail
My life on earth is not my own
I’ve exchanged it for a heavenly home
Because you died so I may live
My breath, my all…to you I give
© Misty Black