Put God first (part 2)

b. Be renewed in the spirit of the mind

The apostle Paul said; “Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more” (Ephesians 4:14-19).

Those who put God first in their lives however, did not come to know Christ that way. Assuming that they have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus, they will put off their old nature which belongs to their former way of life, and which is corrupted through deceitful lusts, and they will be renewed in the spirit of their minds, and will put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

They will put God first by not conforming themselves to this world, but rather be transformed by the renewal of their minds, in order that they may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. They will set their minds on things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. They will put to death all what that is earthly in them, because the unrighteous, the immoral, idolaters, adulterers, sexual perverts, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, and robbers will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Putting God first is to strive to enter by the narrow door; for many I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the house holder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, open to us.’ He will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from. Then you will begin to say. ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But He will say ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from; depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity! There you will weep and gnash your teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out. And men will come from East and west, and from North and South, and sit at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last” (Luke 13:24-31)

Anyone who breaks one of the least of God’s commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commandments will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

One important thing we all need to realize is that, most of the things we have been taught and grew up believing have been introduced to our religious, political, social and education system by the kingdom of darkness which is diametrically contrary to the principles of Godly living established by the kingdom of light.

We therefore are to be recognizance of the fact that the first transformation that takes place at conversion is a transfer from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, and so we have been admonished by the apostle Paul saying: “Be filled with the knowledge of God´s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that we may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long-suffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1: 9-14).
Long before, the prophet Daniel prophesied of the time when the fourth beast which refers to the Roman Empire will change times and laws. For thus he wrote; “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. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time” (Daniel 7:23-25).

Now according to the apostle John this beast with the seven heads and ten horns, which represents the Roman Empire, Satan the dragon has given it his power, his throne, and great authority. For thus he 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. 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 gave him his power, his throne, and great authority” (Revelation 13:1-2).

Therefore, the majority of things that we have been taught by the system, originated from the kingdom of darkness. For example:-

• How can a new day begin at mid-night, when the first thing God created when He ordained time was light! For thus He said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.
The sun was created to herald a new day, for thus says the Lord, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also” (Genesis 1:14-16).

Is it coincidental that our bodies were designed to rest and recuperate in the night and be rejuvenated in the morning! Or is it by natural design? Is it also coincidental that 12 O´clock in the day is called mid-day, and twelve O´clock in the night is called mid night! If they are not coincidental how the middle of the night can be the beginning of a new day?

And how do we reconcile the time of Christ´s death on the cross to be three O´clock in the evening, when the time was the ninth hour of the day?

• Why a new month in this system has nothing to do with the moon and the moon has nothing to do with the month despite the fact that the word moon originated from the moon!
Now, when 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.” What sign or evidence they had to distinguish the first day of the month? Incidentally, this day was also the first day of the year.

• When does a new year begin according to the kingdom of light? Is it not at the time the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you?” So why today a new year begins in the dead of winter and not in spring?
Is it coincidental the word September originated from the number seven, October originated from the number eight and December originated from the number ten! So how is it today that September is regarded as the ninth month, October as the tenth month and December as the twelve month! Who made those changes?

These are all part and parcel of the renewal that has to take place in the spirit of our minds so as to put on the new man who was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, we have been warned saying, “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).

Put God First

Put God First

Put God first is a sentiment that has certainly been embraced by most, if not all professing Christians, but exactly how to apply it differs from one individual to another. It is therefore imperative that we first learn to put things in true and proper perspective.

The worse thing anyone can do is to spend his/her time (life), resources, even destroying very important relationships pursuing what is believed to be of such great importance to God, and ends up to be all in vain.

As a matter of fact, the worse indictment that has been labeled on those who profess to know God is that of vain worship, and this is duly supported by Jesus Christ who said to the Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your own traditions” (Mark 7:6-9).

Jesus also cautions His followers by saying; “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you; depart from Me, you evildoers” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Therefore the things one needs to do in order to put God first in his/her life are:-

a. Put things in true and real perspective

It is not just a matter of putting God first at all cost whether it is according to His will or not, but rather seek first His will, and put things in true real perspective.

God has ordained a plan for man even before the foundation of the world, for it is stated clearly in the scriptures, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God – not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8).

We are both the material, and co-workers with Christ whom God is using to accomplish His plan for man. The apostle Paul tells us; “For we are God’s fellow workers; we are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.’

“Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, his work will be shown for what it is; for the Day will disclose it because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

It is therefore unwise and insensible on the part of anyone who will not try to put things in true perspective and just simply follow the trend despite the serious warning given by Jesus Christ saying; “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

The apostle Peter echoed a similar sentiment when he says; “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Sovereign Lord who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute” (2 Peter 2:1-2).

Since it is the many and not the few that are being led astray, one should not become insensitive and naive to the babble of confusions that plague the Christian religion, and simply take for granted everything that is said and done in the name of God. For thus says the word of wisdom; “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?” (Proverbs 1:22).

One cannot afford to be complacent; the stake is too high to have the wrong perspective of God’s order of things, which can cause one to build his/her thesis on the wrong premise. The prize at stake here is enormous. It is not simply granting one access into a kingdom as citizens, but rather being heirs, rulers of a kingdom, and having a glorified body, which varies in glory. For just as there is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, and star differs from star in glory, so will it be with the resurrection of the dead.

So let us be certain that we have things in right perspective and build our thesis on the right premise, otherwise our labor and toil can all be in vain.It is truly by grace that we have been saved, but our reward is based according to our works.

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.

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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.

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