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How deceived are we (part 4)

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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