In Communion with God

Communion or fellowship is the act of sharing: it is the condition of things held in common with others. God’s desire for humanity is that they can share with Him, His divine nature.
From the creation of Man God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness,” so God created man in His own image. In the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:26, 27).
Unfortunately, the fellowship became tainted because of sin, and man became separated from God (Isaiah 59:1- 2; Rom. 3: 23).
But because of the great love with which He loved us, It pleased the Father to bruise His only begotten Son by whom all things were created, and in whom all things consist, to put Him to grief, by making His soul an offering for sin, so that the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. (Eph. 2:4; Isa. 53:10-11; Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:15-17).
And now, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these, He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them we may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires”(2 Pet.1:3-4).
However, for man to have communion or fellowship with God the Father, four (4) things are of paramount importance. They form the prerequisites for communion with God, and the medium by which we share the life of God.
Now the four prerequisites are:-
1. Reconciliation.
To renew the relationship man had with God before the fall of man. A huge sacrifice had to be made to pay the wages of sin, which is death. God in His manifold wisdom and love for humanity, sent His Son in the form of sinful flesh, on account of sin, so as to condemn sin in the flesh, knowing that His death was sufficient to pay for all humanity’s sins, and reconciled them to Himself.(2 Cor. 5:14-15, Heb. 2:14-15; Rom. 8:1-4).
God reconciled humanity to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing or reckoning their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19).
We then have both the ministry and the word of reconciliation.
The ministry of reconciliation is, “The act of service by which we are reconciled to God.” The actual sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, and the actual partaking of the bread and wine which Christ left to represent His broken body, and His shed blood. According to the Apostle Paul, “I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion (fellowship) of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many, are one body; for we all partake of that one bread” (1 Cor. 10:15-17).
It is the ministry or service of reconciliation that reconciles and unites the body of Christ which is the church as one.
And this communion or fellowship of the saints is also with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:3).
The word of reconciliation is the word Jesus spoke to His disciples saying, “I tell you the truth, unless you can eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is real food, and My blood is real drink. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him” (John 6:53-56).
And so the night before He was crucified, He took Bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it all of you. This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26: 26-28).
On Christ’s behalf, we implore you to be reconciled to God, because God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).

2. Acceptance of Jesus Christ and believing in Him

Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
There is a practical application to this saying, and Jesus Christ is the one and only Mediator between God and man. He was taken from among men, and appointed as High Priest to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins (Hebrews 2:5, 5:1; 8:3).
It is stated quite categorically that, if we say that we have no sin, or have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word and truth have no place in our lives. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8, 10).

Our boldness and confidence to enter the Most Holy Place is only by:-
a. The blood of Christ, His life, in the form of the wine.
b. His body, the new and living way, in the form of the Unleavened Bread
c. Christ Himself, the word, the truth, officiating as the Great High Priest over the house of God.

Then and only then can we draw near to God with a sincere heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience” (Hebrews 10:19-22).
The crux of the matter is, God is light; in Him there is no darkness (sin) at all, and if we claim to have fellowship/communion with Him yet walk in the darkness (sin), we lie and do not live by the truth.”
Therefore, before coming to God sin has to be confessed, forgiven, and cleansed. And it is only by the blood of Jesus His Son that we are purified from all sin. (1 John 1:7, 9; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1;14; Matt.: 26: 28).

3. Obedience.
Obedience to God is paramount. Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” Again He said, “If you love Me keep My commandments” (John 14:23, 15).
Now the test by which we know that we love God is by keeping His commandments. For, “He who says, “I know Him” and does not keep His commandments is a liar and the The truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-5).
It is also important to note that The Holy Spirit, our Teacher and Helper is given only to those who obey Him. (Acts 5:32).

4. Holiness.
We are admonished by the Apostle Paul saying, “Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14).
To have communion with God, one has to separate him/herself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. Righteousness has absolutely no fellowship with lawlessness, light has no communion with darkness, Christ has no harmony with Belial (useless things without worth); and the temple of God which is our human body has no agreement with idols” (2 Cor. 6:14-18).
The good and exhilarating news is that, Jesus Christ has made all the provisions for man to have communion with the Father through the cup of the New Covenant. Alienation or separation from the life of God, is as a result of “Ignorance, and hardening of the heart. (Eph. 4:18).
But truly, in the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.I therefore urge everyone to have daily communion with God, and offer the Lord the food for His offerings at the times He has appointed, because our calling is a holy calling.
With love in Jesus’ name.
Lucius Joseph

The World’s Condemnation (part two)

The second important aspect of a kingdom after the territory has been selected is the King. Now the King of the kingdom of light is Jesus Christ, whose kingship began from birth, as it is written; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Remember that, as soon as Jesus Christ was born, the wise men from the East who saw His star and traveled to visit Him, on entering to Jerusalem asked, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. When they met Him as a young child with His parents in a house, they fell down and worshiped Him, and presented Him gifts; gold in honor of a king; frankincense in honor of His divinity as God; and myrrh in honor of His humanness as man (Matthew 2:11).

On one occasion the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the kingdom of God come? He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘see here!’ Or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 20:21)

During His trial before Pilate, he asked Him, “Are you the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him and said, “Are you speaking for yourself on this, or did others tell you this about Me? Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me. What have you done? Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here,”
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are you a King then? Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a King. For this cause, I was born and for this cause, I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:35-37).

The birth of Jesus Christ inaugurated the kingdom of light to the world. He was the [representative of the] kingdom of God that was in the midst of the people. Every fifteenth day of the seventh month according to the Jewish sacred calendar, a feast called “The Feast of Tabernacles” is celebrated in honor of the King, and the Lord of hosts. This festival falls on the full moon during the end of September, or early October and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. On the Eighth day of this festival, another festival is celebrated commemorating the circumcision of Jesus Christ. (Leviticus 23:33-36, 39; Zechariah 14:116-19).

Jesus Christ, the King of the kingdom of light, made no attempt to support or be part of the kingdom of darkness. During one Passover season after Jesus Christ fed five thousand people with five barley loaves and two small fishes, some people when they saw the signs that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the prophet who is to come into the world.” Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king He departed again to a mountain by Himself alone” (John 6: 14-15).

The signs which Jesus Christ did by feeding over five thousand (5,000) people with five barley loaves and two small fishes, were to prove to the people that He was indeed the One whom the Father sent to establish the kingdom of light, for He said to the people, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled” (John 6:26).
The irony of truth is, the works of God which we are required to do is to believe in every aspect of Him (Jesus Christ) whom God the Father sent, which include eight (8) very significant things.
Copyright © 2016 by Lucius Joseph
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The World’s Condemnation

World’s Condemnation

In the discussion with Nicodemus regarding the new birth, Jesus said to him, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John.3:19).

The light which came into the world, and was not embraced by the world is the “Kingdom of Light.”

There are essentially five (5) things which constitute a kingdom (viz.)

1. A Territory
2. KING
3. RULERS
4. SUBJECTS
5. LAWS

1. THE TERRITORY

The territory for the kingdom of light is the earth which is now being ruled by Satan and his demonic forces. It is stated that, “The whole world is under the sway of the wicked one” (1John.5:19). Satan, who is the ruler of the kingdom of darkness has given the fourth beast, the fourth world ruling kingdom on earth, which is the Roman Empire, his power, his throne and great authority (Revelation.13:2).

As soon as Jesus Christ Who is the heir of the kingdom of light was born, Satan tried to destroy Him. When the wise men from the east came to Jerusalem saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared, and he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child, and when you have found him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also,” but when Herod saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.

But Jesus Christ was not among the dead children, because as soon as the wise men departed, “An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him”. When Joseph arose from his dream, he took the young child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod. (Matthew 2:22-3, 7-8, 13-5).

At the end of Christ’s forty days fasting in the wilderness, Satan established his claim of ruler-ship and authority of the earth, which was not refuted by Jesus Christ. The devil having taken Jesus to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time said to Him, “All this authority I will give you, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I will give it to whomever I wish,” Therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours” (Luke 4:5-7).
Satan attempted again to destroy the life of Jesus by taking Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You,’ “and in their hands they shall bear You up, lest you dash Your feet against a stone” (Luke 4:9-11).

Please note carefully, that instead of Jesus Christ refuting Satan’s claim of authority over the kingdoms of the earth, Jesus said to His disciples, “I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince [ruler] of this world is coming. He has no hold on Me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me, come now; let us leave” (John 14:30-31).

Jesus Christ the Heir and ruler of the earth came to His own (territory) and His own (people) did not receive Him. In the parable of the wicked Vinedresser it is clearly stated that the vineyard [earth] has been leased to vinedressers, who have repeatedly beaten, ill-treated, and shamefully sent away empty-handed, all servants sent by the owner of the vineyard to receive some fruit from the vineyard during vintage time.

Then the owner of the vineyard said, “What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ “But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours,’ “So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
“He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others” (Luke 20:13-16).
The world has been under the control of four (4) successive world powers, prophetically known as the four (4) Beasts. Namely:-
1. The Chaldean or Babylonian Empire (began in 709 BC until 506 BC)
2. The Persian Empire 529 BC
3. Grecian-Macedonian Empire (Golden age) 461-431 BC
4. The Roman Empire (200 BC) became divided in AD 395, West collapsed in AD 476, and the East in 1453
The Roman Catholic church under Pope Gregory the great in 590, set to create a Christian world Holy Roman Empire, which lasted until 1806.
Now according to the Prophet Daniel, “Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings [kingdoms] which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever” (Daniel 2:36-45; 7:17-18).
But the question is, are the saints of the most High positioning themselves to take over the kingdom! Or do they love darkness (lies) rather than the light (truth) because their deeds are evil?
The huge dilemma is men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. For example, it is the fourth beast (the Roman Empire with the whore (the false church) that has changed times and laws, thus having people to begin a new day in darkness instead of in the light of day, having people to rest, and worship the sun god on the first day of the week, instead of the Creator of heaven and earth, Who ordained the seventh day Sabbath as the day of rest and worship. They are the ones who have disregarded the new moon as the beginning of months, and has totally disregarded the instructions the Lord gave to Moses and Aaron saying; “This month (which is the first New Moon in Spring) shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12:2).
The sad thing however is, people are insensitive to these changes and consider them to be trivial and insignificant matters, but truly, these times of ignorance God has overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.

Copyright © 2016 by Lucius Joseph
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When is the first day of the year

When is the first day of the Year! Depending on whom this question is addressed, you will definitely receive different answers, but I would like to specifically address this question to all those who profess to be believers in Jesus Christ, the Lord and Creator of the universe.

Therefore, to all who profess to believe in Jesus Christ, the only Begotten Son of God, is Sunday 1st January 2017 the first day of the year to you? Consider the fact that the first thing any true believer should know and believe about Jesus Christ is that, He is the Lord God of the Old Testament by whom all things were created.

The worse indictment that has been labeled on the Christian community by Jesus Christ Himself is that of vain worship. For this is what He said to the Scribes and Pharisees, “Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you saying: ‘ These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9; Mark 7:6-9).
Let us all therefore with open minds consider the following scriptures which states quite unequivocally that;-
• “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men”…” And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-4, 14).

• He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:15-18).
• “For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1Corinthians 8:5-6).

• “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Remember, this name was given to Jesus Christ eight (8) days after His birth when was circumcised (Philippians 2:9-11; Luke 2:21).

• “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Now, if we all believe and truly understand all what is mentioned above concerning Jesus Christ, and truly believe that He is the head of the church, and that in all things He may have the preeminence, the superiority above all others, why then do we give others the preeminence over Him?

The majority of those who claimed to believe in Jesus Christ, unfortunately, do not regard Him as being Lord, for the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12:2).
So when is the first month of the year according to the Lord, who created the heavens, the earth, the seas and all that are in them? The first month of the year according the Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth is the month on which the Lord’s Passover falls.
For thus says the Lord; “On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household…Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight” (Exodus 12:3, 5, 6).

Now this ordinance which the Lord gave to the children of Israel is an everlasting one, for thus says the Lord; “So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance…And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever” (Exodus 12:14; 24).

Now please bear in mind that, what the children of Israel were observing was only the copy and shadow of the reality, but today, we have the reality, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself a ransom for all on the exact date of the Passover which is on the fourteenth (14th) day of the first month of the year, which corresponds to fourteen days beginning with the first new moon in Spring, and normally falls between the end of March or early April in the Roman or Gregorian calendar.

The sad and unfortunate thing is that, the majority of those professing to believe in Jesus Christ consider these things to be trivial and insignificant, but according to Jesus Christ, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).

And what has eluded the eyes of the many who profess to be believers, but seeing absolutely nothing wrong in giving the preeminence, the honor and the glory to another Deity is the fact that they have not truly perceived the profoundness and magnitude of what is taking place behind the scene.

The irony of truth and the facts of the matter is that, there are only two masters, we can either love one and hate the other, or be loyal to one and despise the other. There are only two kingdoms and we can either be a citizen of the kingdom of light, or be a citizen of the kingdom of darkness. There is either the truth which is Jesus Christ or the lie which is Satan; one is either a slave of righteousness or a slave of sin, there are no middle grounds.

So then, where did we get the idea that a day begins in the night instead of sunrise! That Sunday, the first day of the week is the Sabbath instead of Saturday the seventh day! That a new month can begin at any time without the inclusion of the moon, despite the fact that the word month actually originated from the moon! That a new year can start in the middle of winter, again without the inclusion of the moon, instead of the first new moon in spring! That the month September which name originated from number seven is now the ninth month, October, which originated from the word “Octagon” meaning eight, is now the tenth month, and December which originated from number ten is now the twelve month?

The root cause of this dilemma of vain worship is the quest for Satan the father of lies and prince of darkness, to dominate over light and truth which represents the kingdom of God. It is Satan’s quest to be worshiped just as God is worshiped. So what seems to the majority of professing believers as trivial and insignificant is more profound and significant than they realized.

The irony of truth is all the above mentioned changes were established by the fourth beast which is the Roman Empire, to whom Satan has given his power, his throne and great authority. Therefore, when we reject the basic principles established by the kingdom of light and adopt the principles established by the kingdom of darkness, we are giving Satan the preeminence over our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

By giving the principles established by beast the preeminence over the principles established by the Lord, whether knowingly or unknowingly, we are automatically worshiping the dragon who gave his power, his throne and great authority to the beast, because ignorant of the law is no excuse. (Revelation 13:4).

Therefore, the Lord’s admonition to His people is, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4).
The question is will we all take heed, the choice is ours.
Copyright © 2016 by Lucius Joseph
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Birth of Jesus Christ has never been a secret (continued)

The birth of John Baptiste is a very important source of information which can help us determine and verify the exact and precise time of Christ’s birth.
• The birth of John Baptiste
The scriptures state quite explicitly that John Baptist was six months older than Jesus Christ, because when the angel visited Mary he said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren” (Luke 1:35-36).
The scriptures further confirmed that, “Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:39-42).
Indicating that Mary was already pregnant when she visited Elizabeth and one can safely assumed that from the time Mary said to the angel “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word,” she became conceived. Therefore, if we can determine and verify when John Baptiste was born, we simple have to add six months to that time to arrive at the time of Christ’s birth, so let us begin the journey by following the basic principles of child birth.

The scriptures state quite explicitly that there was a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth” (Luke 1:5).
According to the scriptures there were twenty four (24) divisions of priest who were to perform their official duties at the altar. “This was the schedule of their service for coming into the house of the LORD according to their ordinance by the hand of Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him” (1Chronicles 24:19).
These divisions came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, with the first division performing his services beginning with the first month of the year. Now since there were twenty four divisions (24) it means that two divisions performed their services every month, and since Zacharias was of the division of Abijah whose division was the eighth, it means that Zacharias official service at the altar when he was visited by the Angel was between the fifteenth and sixteenth week of the year which coincided with the two last weeks of the fourth month.
Now the scriptures confirmed that “As soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house. Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people” (Luke 1:23-25).
After those days of his official service, when his wife Elizabeth was conceived, brings us to the fifth month of the year. Now if Elizabeth was conceived during the fifth month of the year, she would have given birth to John Baptiste during the first month of the following year, and having been six months older than Jesus Christ, He would have to be born during the seventh month of the year. What is so mysterious or impossible for anyone to understand?
Unfortunately, people who profess to be believers in Jesus Christ choose to ignore all these trove of evidence which points to the exact time of Christ’s birth, and rather cleave to the customs and traditions of men that have absolutely nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. What a dilemma of vain worship! A situation which Jesus Christ vehemently spoke against: But truly, these times of ignorance God has overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.

Reasons why Christians should not be celebrating Christmas (part 5)

The fifth reason why Christians should not be celebrating Christmas it is because the date of Christ’s birth has never been a secret.

It is well documented in scripture that Jesus Christ was born as the king of kings and Lord of lords, because we are told that; “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:1-2, 11).
The presentation of gold was to honor Him as King, the frankincense was to honor Him as God, and the myrrh was to honor Him as man.

During His earthly trial, Jesus Christ was brought before Pilate who, “called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him and said, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Then Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom was of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” therefore said Pilate to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:33-37).

Therefore, my humble question is when did Jesus Christ receive the title of King of kings and Lord of lords? Was it not at His birth! Please consider the words of the wise men when they entered Jerusalem seeking for Jesus, and Jesus Christ’s answer to Pilate. The wise men asked, “where is He who has been born King of the Jews? And Christ’s answer to Pilate was, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born and for this cause I have come into the world.”

My humble question again is, if Christ was born as the King of the Jews, and He said plainly that it is for this reason He was born and came into the world, if there is a festival that is ordained specifically to honor the King of kings and Lord of lords, who does this festival honors? And what is the rationale for celebrating this festival?

There is a feast of the Lord which honors and commemorates the King of kings and Lord of lords, as prophesied by the prophet Isaiah who wrote; “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

This festival is so indispensable that in the future, every nation will be required to come and worship the King, and those who refuse to worship the King will be severely punished, for it is written; “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.’
“And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth that do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. In that day “HOLINESS TO THE LORD” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar” (Zechariah 14:16-20).
Now there is a definite date, and time of the year for this celebration and commemoration, for it is written; “The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles seven days to the Lord. On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it” (Leviticus 23: 34-36).

My humble question again is what is the rationale for celebrating this annual festival in the past, now, and in the future? The rationale for celebrating this festival in the past according to the scriptures was for the children of Israel to dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites were to dwell in booths (temporary dwellings) so that their generations may know that the Lord made the children of Israel dwell in booths when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. This was a shadow and copy of the reality.

Today, we have the reality, the body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as our permanent dwelling which He received at birth.

In the future, the rationale for this celebration will be to honor Jesus Christ as the King of kings and Lord of Lords an honor which He received from birth.

The Eighth day of this festival is also very significant because it was on this eighth day that He was circumcised and God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, the title King of kings, and Lord of Lords which is associated with the feast of Tabernacles were given to Jesus eight days after His birth at His circumcision. For it is written: “And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb” (Philippians 2:9-11; Luke 2:21).
To be continued.

Reasons why Christians should not be celebrating Christmas (part 4)

The fourth reason why true Christians should not be observing Christmas it is because, Whosoever worships God must worship Him in spirit and truth.
The scripture states quite emphatically, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:22-24).
Now with regards to the celebration of Christmas, there is absolutely no evidence, no veracity, or proof that Jesus Christ having anything to do with this festival, and the worse indictment that has been indicted against believers is that of worshiping God according to the customs and traditions of men.
For thus says the Lord; “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘ This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men … the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition” (Mark 7:6-9).
It is no secret that the main character that is depicted in the celebration of Christmas is Santa Claus, and despite whatever good that may have been said or written about Santa Claus as to its origin, the irony of truth is, the name of Jesus Christ ought not to be associated with such a festival.

For “Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42: 6-9).

It is absolutely clear that, the Lord does not share His glory with another, and since the main characters that are portrayed in the celebration of Christmas are foreign gods such as Santa Claus, Saturnalia, a holiday in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture, Juvenalia, a feast honoring the children of Rome, Mithra, the god of the unconquerable sun who was believed to be an infant god, born of a rock, and whose birthday was the most sacred of the year for the Romans, so how can Jesus Christ the Lord, who does not share His glory with no other be a part and parcel of such a celebration?
For it is written “Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God” (Deuteronomy 4:23-24).

Since it is stated quite distinctly saying, “(for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God)”, and the Lord clearly said; “These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.” Now since Christmas is not one of the Lord’s feasts, it is a clear indication that there is no veracity in associating this festival with Jesus Christ our Lord.
The worse dilemma is, professing Christians have blatantly rejected the festivals which the Lord have appointed and ordained as His festivals, and have tenaciously cleaved to those instituted by the customs and traditions of men. What an abomination?

To this the Lord says; “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” Says the LORD. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats. When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, to trample My courts?
Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies — I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:11-15).
It is high time that professing Christians learn to ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name, which is accomplished by observing His festivals at the appointed time, because every festival of the Lord commemorates the event which transpired on that particular day, on behalf of humanity. Furthermore, these times of ignorance God has overlooked, and now commands all men everywhere to repent.
To be continued.

Reasons why Christians should not observe Christmas (part 3)

The third important reason why Christians should not be observing Christmas it is because the Christmas festival was introduced to Christianity by the fourth beast of the prophet Daniel’s end time prophecy.

The fourth beast according to the prophet Daniel’s prophecy is the Roman Empire. Because according to history, the four great beasts or kings/kingdoms which Daniel saw in the vision were as follows:-
1. The Chaldean/Babylonian Empire (605-506 B.C)
2. The Persian Empire (529.B.C)
3. The Grecian/Macedonian Empire (Golden age) 461-431 B.C.
4. The Roman Empire with its seven revivals (200 B.C.

History reveals that the amalgamation or the merging of Christmas with Christianity was implemented by the fourth beast of Daniel’s prophecy because: “The first mention of the celebration of Christmas occurred in A.D. 336 in an early Roman calendar, which indicates December 25 as the day of observance.”
The vision which the prophet Daniel saw regarding the last four governing kingdoms of this world is stated as follows; “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.”
The vision was later interpreted to Daniel and he said; “I, Daniel, was grieved in my spirit within my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near to one of those who stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: ‘Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth” (Daniel 7:2-3; 15-17).
Remember, the prophet Daniel lived during the reign of the first beast, because in another vision, Daniel said to the ruler of the first kingdom who was Nebuchadnezzar saying; “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; — you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others” (Daniel 2:37-40).

At the time the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, he wrote this concerning this fourth kingdom and said; “Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name” (Revelation 13:1).
Now the angel who revealed the mystery of the beast (kingdom), and the woman (false church) who controls it said to the apostle John, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman (false church) and of the beast (the Roman Empire) that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit (Satan’s kingdom) and go to perdition (spiritual ruin, damnation). And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.’
“Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains (nations) on which the woman (false church) sits. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition (Spiritual ruin, damnation)” (Revelation 17:7-11).

Now the remarkable or distinguish characteristics of this fourth beast is that it bears the characteristics of the other three previous beasts, for it is written; “Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon (Satan) gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. (Revelation 13:2-4)

The sad reality is, inasmuch as it is the fourth beast (the Roman Empire) to whom Satan the dragon has given his power, his throne, and great authority that amalgamated Christmas to Christianity, whoever observes this festival unfortunately, worship and honors Satan, for it is written; “And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And the whole world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:3-4).

It is the same kingdom to whom Satan has given his power, his throne and great authority that has changed times and laws, for it is written; “The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all other kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces. The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings. He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law” (Daniel 7:23-25).

Consider this for a moment; is it by coincidence, or is it by natural design that our bodies crave for sleep and rest in the night and wake up fresh in the morning to begin a new day? Now since a day has two (2) periods, a period of light which is called day, and a period of darkness which is called night. Now since twelve O’clock in the day is called midday and twelve O’clock in the night is called midnight, how logical and sensible it is to say and believe that a new day begins at sunset or midnight?

Again, is it by coincidence, or is it by natural design that the word month originated from the moon and it is the moon that regulates the tides and waves of the ocean, the geysers of a volcano, sowing and harvesting time, and a woman’s menstrual period? Therefore, if all these things are not by coincidence but by natural design, why have we turned away from this system? And who changed them?

Consider again, was it by coincidence that the word September, October, and December were originally derived from the word seven, eight, and ten! So why is it that they are now recognized as the ninth, tenth and twelve month respectively! What is the rationale! Who altered them?

All these changes including the changing of the seventh day Sabbath (Saturday), to the first day of the week (Sunday), which is in honor of the day of the sun, were implemented by the beast, to whom Satan has given his throne, his power and great authority, so as to divert our worship, honor and praise from the Eternal God our Creator, and to worship Satan instead.

Unfortunately, the majority of people who professed to be Christians, all these changes seem to them trivial and insignificant, not realizing and understanding the profoundness, the motive and rationale for all those changes, which all relate to the question of whom we worship and obey.

Reasons why Christians should not observe Christmas (part 2)

2. Christmas has a pagan origin

In this regard, the Lord, who is Jesus Christ, and the same yesterday, today and forever warned His people concerning the worshiping of false gods and said; “When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, 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 they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. Whatever I command you be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12: 29-32).
We are further instructed saying; “Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile; for one cuts a tree from the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not topple. They are upright, like a palm tree, and they cannot speak; they must be carried, because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, nor can they do any good” (Jeremiah 10:1-5).
We have also been warned saying; “that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s Table and of the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” (1Corinthians 10: 20-22).
The irony of truth is, coming before God at a time which He has not appointed is profanity and an abomination. For thus says the Lord; “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me? I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats.’
“When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courts? Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense (prayer) is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies — I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. Your New Moons (beginning of months) and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:11-15).

The Lord echoed similar sentiment to the prophet Amos regarding the children of Israel by saying; “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor your sacred assemblies. Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments. But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:21-24).
The Lord has ordained specific times on which His people should appear before Him to worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness and to rejoice before Him. For thus says the Lord; “These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times” (Leviticus 23:2, 4).

The Lord went on to specify each one of them by name, and the date of celebration, incidentally, Christmas is not one of them and therefore, it is an abomination to the Lord.
To be continued.

Five reasons why Christians should not be celebrating Christmas

Here are five reasons why true Christians should not be celebrating Christmas.

1. Christmas does not give honor and glory to Jesus Christ

Since the rationale for celebrating Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Lord, our Savior, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who was not born on this day, the celebration therefore does not give honor and glory to Him, but instead gives honor and glory to another being with whom this day is associated.

Jesus Christ who is the Lord, before He became the Son of man gave instructions to Moses saying; “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image … any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:2-7).

Now since the Lord our God describes Himself as a jealous God, obviously, He would not be pleased to have His name associated with another deity, for thus He says; “Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst.
But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifice to their gods, and one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice, and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods” (Exodus 34: 12-16).
It is high time for those professing to be Christians realize that Satan in vying to be worship just as God is worshiped, and therefore, has a counterfeit or substitute to everything God has ordained for man to worship and glorify Him.

Long before man was created, and Satan had not yet fallen, and was known as Lucifer, son of the morning, his heartfelt desire was to be like God, for this is what he said in his heart, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars (angels) of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation (the position of supreme authority) on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14).

Now, having been brought down to the lowest depths of the Pit (Sheol), did not abort Satan’s ambition and desire to be worshiped as God. He tried to tempt Jesus Christ, the very Lord God who created the heavens and earth, and all that are in them, including Satan himself, to worship him. For during Christ’s fasting in the wilderness, Satan took Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours” (Luke 4:5-7).
Jesus’ reply to him was, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.”

Consider this for a moment, if Satan attempted to have the very One who created him to bow down to him and worship him, how much more do you think he will attempt to have puny human beings who were created lower than the angels to worship him! The crux of the matter is, Satan is God’s adversary and he will do anything to cause man to disobey, dishonor, and reject God’s authority and become his servants.
Disobeying the laws of God and the natural laws of nature is not as trivial and insignificant as people make them appear to be, it is a matter of who receives the honor the glory and the praise. In every aspect of life there is a basic principle for Godly living which God has instituted by which man should live.
To be continued

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