Another area of huge deceiption is that of religious festivals.for example the Annual Sabbaths
The Lord’s annual Sabbaths is also another major concern as to why Christians do not recognize these festivals when the Lord Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever stated quite clearly saying; “The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.” And His directives are; “You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 23:4; 26:2).
Bear in mind also the apostle Paul’s admonition to the Romans saying; “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your name.” And again he says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!” And again: “Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!” (Romans 15:5-11).
Therefore, I beg to ask the question, where did the idea of Christians having different religious festivals that are different to that of the Jews! When the admonition given to the Gentiles is to “Rejoice with the people of God”?
With regards to salvation for the Gentiles, the Lord says: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
“Do not let the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD Speak, saying, “The LORD has utterly separated me from His people”; nor let the eunuch say, “Here I am, a dry tree.” For thus says the LORD: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant, even to them I will give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants — Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant —Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer” (Isaiah 56:1-7).
In the future, severe punishment will be mete on all nations that will not celebrate the festivals of the Lord, 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 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” (Zechariah 14:16-19).
So the crux of the matter is, why do people who call Jesus Christ ‘Lord, Lord,’ do not do the things which He say? They do not do them because they are deceived in believing that they do not have to do them, but would rather follow the customs and traditions of men. They would rather celebrate the customs and traditions of Christmas instead of celebrating the feast of Tabernacles.
• Reckoning of months and years
The reckoning of months and years is another area where the whole world has been deceived. The world has blatantly rejected God’s way of reckoning time and has substituted man’s way, now since there are only two ruling or governing powers which control the universe, it is a clear indication that the one whose laws and principles are upheld and implemented is considered to be better and wiser than the one whose laws and principles have been rejected.
Especially considering the fact that the system which has been blatantly rejected preceded the one that has been embraced, thus saying in effect that man’s way of reckoning time and years is better than the one God has ordained, and thus inadvertently giving the glory, the honor and the praise which is due to the Lord, to man’s system, and subsequently to the devil who gave his power, his throne and authority to the Fourth beast which is the Roman Empire who changed the times and law.
From the beginning of the recreation of the world, the Creator said, “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” (Genesis 1:14).
The sun is ordained to regulate the day, the moon to regulate the month and the seasons, in fact, the origin of the word month is from the moon, and so every new moon is the beginning of a new month, as the Lord instructed Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying; “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12:2).
So how do we know that the new moon is the first day of the month? And which month that is the first month of the year? We know when is the first day of the month, and the first month of the year because the Lord further instructed Moses and Aaron saying, “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.” 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 12:3-6).
The fourteenth day of the first month of the year is the Lord’ Passover which is ordained as a memorial and a feast to the LORD throughout the generations of God`s people, and be kept as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. This fourteenth day of the first month of the year always falls on the first Full Moon in spring which is between the end of March and beginning of April in the Roman calendar.
An important observation is the fact that God`s Sabbaths are perpetual for thus says the Lord, “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon (month) to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD. And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me: For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched: They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh” (Isaiah 66:22-24).
What amazes me is the fact that Jesus Christ in His prayer to the Father on behalf of His disciples prayed and said, “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world” (John 17:14-18).
And the fact that the Father has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light has delivered us from the power of darkness, and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, and despite the forewarning which says to; “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,” nevertheless, the majority of those who profess to believe in Jesus Christ, they rather subject themselves to the customs and traditions of men rather than submitting themselves to the authority of God, what a deception! What a dilemma of vain worship.
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Another area of huge deceiption is that of religious festivals.for example the Annual Sabbaths
Satan’s subtle way of deceiving the whole world is by having the fourth beast to change times and laws.
2. Change of times
One of the ways which Satan has succeeded in deceiving the whole world is by giving his power, his throne and great authority to the fourth beast, which is the Roman Empire as predicted by the apostle John who wrote saying, “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 (Satan) gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon (Satan) 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 13:1-4).
Note carefully that the predictions says that all the world marveled and followed the beast, and because they all followed the beast, they are automatically worshiping the dragon (Satan) who gave his power and authority to the beast. Now to those who may not be familiar with the biblical term “Beast” in the book of revelation, this is what it signifies, “Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth.” And, “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” (Daniel 7:17, 23).
History has proven that the four beasts are synonymous to the image which the king Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream and later interpreted by Daniel who said to him; “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay” (Daniel 2:31-33).
Then Daniel further said to the king, “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all — 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. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay” (Daniel 2:37-43).
So then, according to history, the first beast or kingdom represented by the head of gold was the Chaldean or Babylonian Empire ruled by king Nebuchadnezzar, around 605-506 BC, then came the second beast or kingdom which was the Persian Empire around 509 BC, then the third beast was the Grecian Empire, known as the golden age around 461-431 BC, and the fourth beast or kingdom was the Roman Empire, around 200 BC, and became divided in 395 AD, with the West collapsing in AD 476, and the East around 1453.
Therefore, according to biblical history the Roman Empire is the beast or kingdom to whom Satan the dragon has given his power, his throne, and great authority, and inadvertently the whole world is worshiping 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?” and these are some of the ways the whole world has been deceived in worshiping the beast and the dragon.
• Beginning of a new day
It is stated quite clearly that, when God re-created the earth for man’s existence, that the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. The earth at this point was in complete oblivion, time was not in existence, then, the Lord God 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” (Genesis 1:3-5).
Therefore, the advent of time began with the light which God called day, and God further endorsed this rule by saying, “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. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:14-18).
When Jesus the Lord God who created the heavens and the earth walked on the earth as the Son of Man He said, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him” (John 11:9-10).
From the creation of time we see that a complete day consist of two periods, a period of light which is called day, and a period of darkness, which is called night, therefore, how logical, sensible, practical and truthful it is to believe that, the period between midnight and six O’clock in the morning be referred to as morning and the beginning of a new day! Where did this idea originate? And how did we all come to accept and adopt this rule?
The way the world reckons time today is not the way time was originally reckoned: For example, on the Jesus Christ’s was crucified, it is stated that, “from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45-46).
So what time exactly is the sixth to the ninth hour the day? The sixth to the ninth hour of the day is from twelve O’clock to three O’clock in the afternoon. Today under the delusive system from the sixth to the ninth hour is between 6 am to 9 am. So the question is which one that is right?
There is also another biblical example of how time should be correctly reckoned. It was on the day of Pentecost when the crowed marveled saying, “we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine” (Acts 2:11-13).
But the apostle Peter, standing up with the eleven apostles, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day” (Acts 2:14-15).
So again I beg to ask the question, what time is the third hour of the day? According to the time which God ordained for man to follow, the third hour of the day is nine O’clock in the morning.
It is amazing to see how a world with such brilliant minds accepting and endorsing such a plane, hideous lie, this could not have been feasible except that the majority of the people of this world have been deceived; remember, a deceived person is one who has been led to believe a lie as truth, and so the one who has deceived the whole world is the great dragon, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, he has deceives the whole world, and the beast to whom he has given his power, throne and great authority has been promulgating his lies.
Disciples of Jesus Christ have been forewarned by Him saying; “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5).
The sad state of affairs is that a deceive person does not know that he/she is deceived, because they have made to believe as true, something that is totally false or misleading, and to compound the whole issue, the falsehood is being taught to us by the very majority who come saying that Jesus is the Christ.
This may come as a big surprise to many who are professing Christianity, but the Christian religion is the chief culprit in deceiving the masses. They are those who supposedly bearing the name of Christ calling themselves Christians, but their teachings are contrary to sound doctrines, and unfortunately, the majority of people have embraced these falsehoods as blind sheep that are being led to the slaughter, like dead fishes flowing with the tide, but remember, it takes a live fish to swim against the tide.
What then are the falsehoods that the Christian religion teaches that are deceiving the people who sincerely and genuinely desire to follow Jesus Christ? The things which the Christian religion teaches that caused many to be deceived, may seem rather trivial and inconsequential especially to those who do not know or understand the root cause of the problem. But those who are bold enough and are willing to swim against the tide will be able to comprehend the profoundness and the magnitude of this deception which I am about to explain.
To understand the profoundness of this deception one will have to begin from the very beginning and understand that there is a rivalry in the spiritual realm which is the root cause of all the lies, subtleties and deceptions that are affecting the whole world presumable in the name of Christ.
The first and foremost thing one should be mindful of, is the fact that there are two masters, as we have been duly admonished by Jesus Christ saying; “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).
Therefore, whatever we are doing, we must be cognizance of the fact that whatever we do we either do it to serve God or the devil. Also, there are two spiritual kingdoms, one is the kingdom of light under the ruler-ship of Jesus Christ, and there is the kingdom of darkness under the ruler-ship of the ruler of the kingdom of darkness, who is the devil. Our citizenship and loyalty therefore can either be to that of the kingdom of darkness, or to the kingdom of light.
The sad reality however, is that we were all born in the kingdom of darkness, and it is only when one accepts Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior, that God the Father to whom we are to give thanks, qualifies us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He then delivers us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:12-13),
So the big question is, how did this rivalry between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light come about! And what are the subtle deceptions that have blanketed the whole world which most people seem to be unaware of, or viewing them as merely trivial and inconsequential matters?
1. How did the rivalry come about
This rivalry came about because of Satan’s rebellion against the authority of God. In a discussion with Job the Lord said to him, “Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:3-7).
When God laid the foundations of the earth it was so beautiful that all the sons of God sang together and shouted for joy, but later we found that, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2).
So what could have caused the earth that was so beautifully created and formed to be inhabited, to be in such a chaotic state? For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: ” I am the LORD, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:18).
The known reason why the earth became without form, and void; and darkness covered the face of the deep was as the result of Lucifer`s rebellion who was the light bringer, and due to his rebellion lost his splendor and became darkness. As it is written, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘ I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:12-14).
In the book of Ezekiel, a lamentation was given to the prophet Ezekiel to the king of Tyre who was a personification of Satan the devil saying: “Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.’
“You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.’
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings that they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; Therefore, I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you: All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror and shall be no more forever” (Ezekiel 28:11-19).
For one to be able to grasp the profoundness of the deception that hovers over the whole world, it is imperative that one understands the main objective or the rationale behind Satan’s downfall which is to be worshiped just as God is worshiped. 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 on the farthest sides of the north (where the throne of God is); I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”
So then despite his downfall, how does Satan seek to receive the glory, the worship and the honor that is due to God for himself? He does that through subtle deceptions by changing times and law which the Lord has ordained for His honor and glory.
To be continued