Which should we celebrate?
Does it matter to you which we celebrate, does it matter to Father? You better believe it does matter to our Creator which we celebrate, and therefore, it better matter to you as well. Which is Biblical, or more better put,—since the bible is only a translation of the Manuscripts—which is in Father's Word?
With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: "Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your Understanding of Your Word, we seek Your Knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen."
If you are a Christian, then it better matter to you which you celebrate; as, there is only one correct Holy Day between the two. And, don't say, well, "Passover is for the 'Jews'." It is Father Who established the Holy Day and it was a man who changed it. Yet, sadly, many Christians, when you try and give them the truth concerning Father's Holy day become very angry in defending what they have been taught by man and have never actually read Father's Word or researched their man-made traditions. Man-made traditions get made by not following Father's Word line-by-line, verse-by-verse and chapter-by-chapter; but, instead, by listening to a preacher who himself doesn't truly know or understand Father's Word, evangalize it. What's the difference? When you read Father's Word and use a good Concordance such as the Strong's Concordance and a good Bible Dictionary such as the Smith's Bible Dictionary, you can then come to Father's interpretation of His Word. And, it is His Word; so, we must come to His interpretation. Does this mean that the scholars who wrote these reference tools--the Smith's Bible Dictionary and the Strong's Concordance of the Bible--were infallible? No, as they died approximately 100 years ago, and, we have gained knowledge since their returning Home to Father. Does it mean that I believe myself to be more intelligent or scholarly than they? Again, I say "no;" as, I learn from them by the use of their reference tools. They may have made some errors; but, that doesn't mean we completely discount what they found and compiled for us to use.
If you don't use good tools and know who your scribe is, then you come to a man's interpretation or even worse. What do I mean by knowing who your scribe is? Let's look at Father's Word and Him telling us about the scribes. We find Him telling us about them in I Chronicles 2:55. Before we read the verse, let me first set-up what is being discussed in I Chronicles 2. The first few chapters of I Chronicles details the genealogy of the Adamic seed-line; the line through which Father will be born in the flesh. In I Chronicles 2 begins the lineage of Jacob, whom, Father renamed Israel. At the end of this chapter we come to verse v2:55 which reads I Chronicles 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab. -> Are any of the peoples mentioned here Israelites? The answer is a resounding, "no," and Father knew it and He is trying to show us. So, let's look first at the word "scribe" to see what Father is trying to show us; and, then, we'll trace who these are that He is trying to show us. The word "scribe" taken from the Strong's Concordance is Hebrew word number H5608 - ספר, - sâphar, pronounced - saw-far', and means: A primitive root; properly to score with a mark as a tally or record, that is, (by implication) to inscribe, and also to enumerate; intensively to recount, that is, celebrate: - commune, (ac-) count, declare, number, + penknife, reckon, scribe, shew forth, speak, talk, tell (out), writer., in other words, a scribe is someone who keeps count of things; or, one who writes—as in Father’s Word. So, what Father was trying to show us in this verse then, is, that, these who were now writing or inscribing His Word, were not of Israel, again, He knew it and was trying to show us. So who were they? We'll take them one-by-one starting with the first mentioned: the Tirathites - according to the Strong's H8654 - תּרעתי, - tir ‛âthıy, pronounced - teer-aw-thee', and means: Patrial from an unused name meaning gate; a Tirathite or inhabitant of an unknown Tirah: - Tirathite.. From the Smith’s Bible Dictionary – the Tirathites - one of the three families of scribes residing at Jabez, (I Chronicles 2:55) the others being the Shimeathites and Sucathites. "The passage is hopelessly obscure.". No, the passage is not hopelessly obscure as; we just have to read it with understanding and the “eyes to see.” The Tirathites were part of a group of peoples who had deceived Joshua and the elders—after Moses returned Home to Father—by lying to them as to who they were, and thereby causing the Israelites to make a covenant with them. This covenant was that they would not kill them—as Father had instructed them to do—but, instead, they made them the "bearers of wood" and "drawers of water" for the altar of YHVH. This can be read of in detail and in-depth in Joshua 9. What they did was, they, put these non-Israelites in charge of the things of YHVH, a big "no-no" as it was not allowed by Father. Like as Cain and his offspring purposely named their offspring similar sounding names to the Adamic seed-line in order to confuse us, this is what these Tirathites have done. Tirah sounds like Abram's (Abraham) father's name Terah, so, these Tirahthites are trying to make it sound like they are the descendants of Adamic Seed-line when in fact they are not. Same with the Shimeathites — H8101 - שׁמעתי, - shim ‛âthıy, pronounced - shim-aw-thee', and means: Patronymic from H8093; a Shimathite (collectively) or descendant of Shimah: - Shimeathites. — and Suchathites — H7756 - שׂוּכתי, - śûkâthıy, pronounced - soo-kaw-thee', and means: Probably patronymic from a name corresponding to H7754 (feminine); a Sukathite or descendant of an unknown Israelite named Sukah: - Suchathite., there were no Israelites named either Shimah or Sukah, this is part of their trying to be obscure. II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: -> The happenings in here in I Chronicles 2:55 further back-up II Timothy in that Father did know what was going on and testing us to see if we caught what was going on.
Anyway,—lest we stray too far, let's get back on track—we know the controversy is between our Father (our Creator) and one of His creation — satan. It was—as prophesied by Father in Genesis 3:15—satan's children who crucified Jesus.
Let's look at the two and discover the difference. We'll start with reading what the Passover is and when and why Father established it.
Yes, there is a time to do topical studies; but, the majority of your learning at Beth-El should be by studying (notice I didn't say 'reading') Father's Word line-by-line, verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, after all, that is what He wants. Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy (love,) and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. What are some of the traditions of man we can derive if we don't follow chapter-by-chapter? How about these two: (1) What was the most important part of Jesus' life? His death. Why? Because it was and is His death that gives us Life. Jesus was and IS the Lamb of God, The Perfect Sacrifice. It is His Blood that covers our sins. It was His death, not His resurrection that saves us. Therefore we should celebrate Passover (and no, it is NOT a Holy day just for the Hebrews or "Jews") and NOT easter (which is a pagan celebration celebrating the spring fertility by worshipping ishtar; the fertility goddess) every spring. And yes, they ARE celebrated on different days (Father set the date: see Exodus 12:6, Exodus 12:18, and see also Leviticus 23:1-5) and Father SAID we should observe the PASSOVER.
Exodus 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, -> Father YHVH is about to command Moses and Aaron to direct the Children of Israel how to prepare for their leaving the land of Egypt and their 400 year bondage to the Egyptians.
Exodus 12:2 "This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. -> As we can see, it is Father Who is setting the date, time and schedule, I mean after all, He did create ALL things, so it IS His right to do so. It is now the time of the Spring Vernal Equinox and He is telling Moses and Aaron that the beginning of the Calendar New Year for the Israelites will now be the month of Abib (green ears) and later changed to Nisan.
Exodus 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, 'In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: -> Here in this verse Father is directing Moses to tell the Children of Israel that on the tenth day of the month they were to select the lamb that they would use in their sacrifice during the Passover. It was thought that it would take approximately ten people to consume a lamb, so as well see, they had to ensure that there would be no waste.
They were to start preparing their lamb on the tenth day of the month, four days prior to their consumption of it. Why four? In Biblical Numerics four is the number of the Earth — "Created Works." On earth we have the four directions on the compass, the four winds, the four seasons and so on. This lamb being prepared for the sacrifice then, "four" days prior, is for the sins that are committed during this earth age, not the one prior, nor the one to come (Christ's Millennium).
Exodus 12:4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. -> If a family didn't have enough people within that family to completely consume their lamb; then, they were to get with the family next door and share it with them, so that there would be no waste. Why wouldn't Father YHVH want you to waste any portion of this lamb? Remember it was\is His Passover, His sacrifice and His Lamb and you don't ever want to waste any part of the Lamb of God, that would be an abomination to Father.
Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: -> Notice that their sacrifice could be taken from either the sheep or the goats; but, it had to be a male of the first year (first fruits) and without blemish — we can see the "type" for Christ within this lamb.
How do we partake of the Passover sacrifice today? By the taking of the unleavened broken bread or cracker — Body of Christ, and of the wine — Blood of Christ. All Christians, unless for medical reasons, should partake of the wine and not juice. For further explanation of this, see my study "Wine or Swine."
Exodus 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation shall kill it in the evening. -> Moses is directing that the Israelites keep their lamb until at even time (dawn) on the fourteenth day of the first month, then shall they slay their sacrificial lamb. All members of the family were to be present during the slaying of their sacrifice, it wasn't to be hid even from the children. Likewise today, we should be explaining to our children the "Who," "What," "Why," and "When" of our Creator's death in the flesh for our sins.
As for the "who," — do you know and understand just who it was that crucified Christ on that cross? In Father's Word (Matthew 27, Mark 15, and John 19) it was "the Jews." But, was it really those of the House of Judah — "Jews?" No, it was not. It was they who identified themselves with the House of Judah but were not BY BIRTH of the House of Judah, these had mixed themselves in with the people of the House of Judah in order to fulfill their father's (lower case "f") plan. We can read of who these peoples were in II Kings 2:55, Ezra 8:15-17, and Nehemiah 3, 7, 10 and 11.
The "why" is the reason they wanted to kill Christ. They, like their father — satan (see Matthew 13, Matthew 23 and John 8:44) thought that if they killed Christ, then satan would disrupt Father's plan of salvation, and that since Christ would now be dead, satan would also defeat Father's Word and Plan, and he would then win in his controversy with Father ELOHIM. What they didn't know was that it was Father's Plan to come in the flesh in order to die for the sins of all His children, and in satan's offspring then fulfilling "their father's" plan they actually fulfilled Father's Plan.
Exodus 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. -> After the Israelites had slain their sacrificial lamb, they were to take hyssop and dip it into the blood of the lamb and then put it on the door post of the house that they were living in, they were then to go into that house and await for the death angel to "passover" their house.
Today we put the blood of the Lamb upon the door posts of our hearts — we have to voluntarily give our hearts to Christ because He covered our sins with His blood. We partake of the lamb today by partaking the cup and the unleavened cracker when we take communion.
Then we take the oil of our people, the "Virgin Olive Oil" and we anoint ourselves and our houses with that oil. We anoint ourselves to help prevent sickness both physically and spiritually, we anoint our homes to help prevent sickness (negativity, evilness and perverseness) from entering into our homes and lives either through the Internet, television or the mail.
Exodus 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. [12:9] Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. -> God was directing that their sacrificial lamb was to be eaten after being roasted over a fire, not boiled in water or fried in oil. They were to eat it with unleavened bread (Father YHVH was showing them that they wouldn't have the time that it took for the leaven to rise to make the bread and leaven is also symbolical of sin,) and bitter herbs (the bitter herbs was to remind the children of Israel of the bitter treatment they received at the hands of the Egyptians for the past 400 years).
The were to eat as much of their sacrifice as possible leaving none to be discarded in the trash, for that would have been an abomination to Father, whatever they could not eat would then have to be completely burnt in the fire the next morning.
Exodus 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. -> This portion of the lamb that is left had to be completely destroyed and consumed in the fire. As we can read in Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire. -> in the New Testament, our loving Father is also a consuming fire and sadly at the end of Christ's 1,000 year millennial reign, that is exactly what He will have to do to some of His children — destroy them in the Lake of Fire.
Exodus 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in you hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover. -> They were to be prepared, having everything completed and their clothes on their backs for the leaving of their bondage to the Egyptians and the land of Egypt.
These were the instructions that Father gave to Moses and Aaron to give to the Israelites. Now, let's go to verse v12:21 and read about the Israelites following Father's commandments concerning they're slaying and eating of His Passover. As we'll see, there'll be no hunting of eggs, no bunnies (an unclean animal Father will direct not to eat) and no orgies, all symbolic of fertility and the celebrating of the goddess ishtar, involved in this — His Passover.
Let's now Continue to verse v12:21:
Exodus 12:21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, "Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. -> This is now the 14th day after the Spring Vernal Equinox and Moses has gathered all the elders of the tribes of Israel and is directing them that they are to slay their lamb before evening and have it ready to be eaten this night, for in the morning, they'll be leaving Egypt.
Exodus 12:22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. -> They were to take this plant that the top was like a brush, and dip it into a basin in which they had saved the blood of their slain lamb, and then put some of that blood upon the top of the door posts and the two side posts, and then take all of their family inside the house and wait until morning before going outside their house, by that time Father's death angel would have passed over their house and they would be safe to go outside.
Exodus 12:23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. -> Father is going to send His death angel this night to passover all the land of Egypt taking all the first born in the land of Egypt. Before we go any further, let's look at some of the reasons why YHVH was going to do this. Genesis 15:13 And He said unto Abram, know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, (and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them) four hundred years; [15:14] And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. -> OK let's see why else, Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt will I execute judgment: I am the LORD. -> Father was showing all the world that He judges all false gods, and now, let's look one more place, Exodus 14:4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD." And they did so. -> So, Father was executing His judgment on the Egyptians and their gods in order that the Egyptians and all the world would know that He and He alone is God. So then, all the Israelites were to put this blood of the lamb upon their door posts and He would passover them and keep them in safety, and any who would come under the blood of the lamb, even any of the Egyptians.
Exodus 12:24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and thy sons forever. -> The Israelites,—and us living even to this day—were to continue to observe His Passover throughout all their generations (offspring, posterity and\or ages of time). Father's Passover IS the High Sabbath of all Christianity and to belittle it and demean it by following after heathen customs and practices is an abomination to our Father. Which would you rather do, please man by following him or please our Loving Father by listening to what He is teaching us. Let's see what Jesus taught in the New Testament: Matthew 26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto Him, "Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the passover? -> Jesus' disciples knew that they were to observe and keep the Passover and they knew also that Jesus observed the Passover, and so they asked Him where He would like to celebrate it. Matthew 26:18 And He said, "Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, 'The Master saith, 'My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with My disciples.' ' " [26:19] And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. -> He answers—and notice this is already pre-arranged—and tells them to go to a certain man's house and tell him that Jesus' time to be crucified is about to come to pass, and He will celebrate the Passover at the man's house. The disciples didn't find this unusual nor did they question Jesus, they did as they were told. We too should be so obedient.
Exodus 12:25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as He hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. -> No matter what land they were in, or where Father YHVH moved them, they were to observe and keep His Passover every year. Think of this, YHVH had them perform His Passover in Egypt; while wandering in the Wilderness for those forty years; when they entered in to the Promised Land—the land of Canaan—and even when He had the House of Israel captured by the Assyrians and then later scattered and then the House of Judah when He had them captured by the babylonians.
Exodus 12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children say unto you, 'What mean ye this service?' -> There is going to come a time in the future when your children are going to ask you why you are observing the Passover? and it is then that you shall reply "because it is the LORD'S Passover. There is even going to come a time when every other Christian who is observing "easter" while you observe the LORD'S Passover that they will ask you why you are observing the Passover and not "easter" and you shall say to them, "It is the LORD'S Passover, we have no right to change it, to rename it, to change the date we are to celebrate it, nor to change from serving our Father to serving false gods and idols like ishtar.
Exodus 12:27 That ye shall say, "It is the sacrifice of the LORD's Passover, Who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when He smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.' " And the people bowed the head and worshipped. -> Father knew that there was going to come a day when His children would forsake Him, it had happened in the past during satan's rebellion in the first earth age, so it was no surprise to Him that is was going to happen again, and He wanted these children — the seedline through which He Himself would come in the flesh, to keep this and pass it down to their children, in order to show the rest of His children — all the other races, how to serve and worship Him.
Exodus 12:28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did. -> After receiving their instructions from Father YHVH, the children of Israel did as they were told, and they also worshiped Father.
The apostle Paul stated in I Corinthians 5:6-8 that Jesus became our Passover, can you show me in Father's Word where Jesus became our "easter"? The answer is "No you cannot, because it is NOT in Father's Word that Jesus became our easter. We celebrate our sins being covered by the Blood of The LAMB, not by His resurrection.
(2) What about "sunrise services"? What did\does our Father think about these? Let's turn to the Book of Ezekiel and find out.
Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me. -> Let's take this slow. Where is Ezekiel? He and the elders of the House of Judah—the tribes have now been separated by Father and the House of Israel has, over two hundred years ago, been captured by the Assyrians and have even been scattered up over the Caucus Mountains—so, here sits Ezekiel and the elders of the House of Judah — tribes of Judah, Benjamin and parts of Levi and Manasseh, and they are sitting in his house in Telabib, that is to say Babylon, hence his use of Father's Title "the Lord GOD"—in the Hebrew, this is Adonai YHVH (see Dr. Bullinger's Companion Bible Appendix 4, VIII (2), and II). This Title is characteristic of the prophesies of Ezekiel. Ezekiel knows that he is in exile; therefore, this his use of this Title is to remind him that Father YHVH is still the sovereign LORD over all the Earth, though at this time Israel is "Lo-Ammi = Not My People."—. It is the sixth year of Judah's captivity, in the sixth month and the fifth day of the month, boy, we were pretty close to seeing (666) here. Father is trying to show us something important here so sharpen up for me.
Ezekiel 8:2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of His loins even downward, fire; and from His loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber. -> As Ezekiel was sitting there with the elders and the high priest, an angel—messenger from God—came to Ezekiel. The word "Fire" as used here in the King James Version 1611 Bible, in the Strong's Concordance, is Hebrew word number H784, - אשׁ, - esh, pronounced - aysh and means: A primitive word; fire (literally or figuratively): burning, fiery fire, flaming, hot.; but, in the Septuagint the word is "man" or H376 - אישׁ - iysh, pronounced - eesh, and means: Contracted for H582 (or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant); a man as an individual or a male person.; so, what Ezekiel saw was an angel, and the angel that Ezekiel is describing has the features of a man, and the amber color he is seeing is that "glow" or the shekina glory of one who has been close to Father YHVH which we see whenever we look at the paintings of old. Think also of when Moses came down off on Mount Sinai and had that glow about him in Exodus 34:29-35 and had to put a vail over his face because the people were afraid to look upon him.
Ezekiel 8:3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. -> This angel brought Ezekiel to Jerusalem, to the temple, right to the Gate that looks toward the north, it is this gate where our Heavenly Father sits in His Temple in Heaven, we are seeing prophesy here so stay focused for me. The earthly temple is a "type" and an "ensample" of what it is going to be like in heaven, and if you'll notice, Father's Word declares that the image of jealousy which provokes to jealousy is at the door that looketh to the north — Father's Door. And who is this image of jealousy? None other than satan himself as can be read in Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! [14:13] For thou hast said in thine heart, 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, (here it is) in the sides of the North: -> This is what satan wanted in the first earth age, and it is still what he wants, and is what the controversy between Father and he is all about. [14:14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the MOST HIGH. -> We can read of this further in Ezekiel 28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, [28:2] "Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, 'Thus saith the Lord GOD; 'Because thine heart is lifted up, thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; (Revelation 17:15 tells us that the "seas" are peoples [generalized — meaning all the races], and multitudes [class of people], and nations [gentiles or non-Israelites] and tongues [languages — meaning all the people of the earth]) yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: -> let's go one more place, in the New Testament, to II Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, (what day is Paul talking about here? The Day of The LORD, Christ's one thousand year millennial reign, which is BEFORE the Great White Throne Judgment and the Eternity) except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin (satan who fell and brought in all the sin in the First Earth Age and again in this Earth (flesh) Age) be revealed, the son of perdition; -> satan is THE ONLY ONE in Father's Word BY NAME who is to die the second death — the death of the soul! [2:4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. -> Showing himself and all the world, in other words, causing the world to think he is Christ when in fact he is NOT Christ. This will be at the end of this Flesh Age, and Father allows it because it is a test BY FATHER to see who has really read and Studied His Word with UNDERSTANDING.
Ezekiel 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain. -> What was the vision that Ezekiel saw in the plain? Go back to Ezekiel 1 and read about the vehicles Father used to bring His throne to this age for Ezekiel to see. Now remember from the previous verse that Ezekiel was brought in the visions to Jerusalem, and he is seeing that — The God of Israel — YHVH — Father, is already there.
Ezekiel 8:5 Then said He unto me, "Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north." So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry. -> As Ezekiel looked at the north gate, there was—as prophesied—satan showing himself as God. Keep in mind this is prophesy and a FUTURE event to Ezekiel but will happen in our generation when satan in his role as antichrist will establish his throne in Jerusalem and show the world that he is Christ — this is at the sixth Seal, sixth Trump, and the sixth Vial, BEFORE Christ returns at the Seventh Seal, Seventh Trump, and Seventh Vial.
Ezekiel 8:6 He said furthermore unto me, "Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from My sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations." -> Remember, this is Father showing Ezekiel the future, the time when satan in his role of anti-christ is sitting in Jerusalem playing christ, and the whole world is whoring after him thinking he is Christ. It is what he always wanted, and he thinks that if he can get the world to follow after him; then, he will win the controversy and overthrow Father's plan; but, even though he knows Father's Word better than most Christians, he forgets that Christ returns After him; thereby, ending this flesh age and ushering in His Millennial Age when and where satan and his spirit will be bound in chains and cast into the bottomless pit unable to deceive the spiritually dead for that one thousand years.
Ezekiel 8:7 And He brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. -> Just like satan and man's doctrines, unless we look closely and examine them, the errors in them would go unnoticed.
Ezekiel 8:8 Then said He unto me, "Son of man, dig now in the wall:" and when I digged in the wall, behold a door. -> There was Ezekiel digging in the wall of YHVH's Temple and while digging, he found this hidden door. This is exactly how satan operates, in secrecy. On the outside it all looks so good, so right; but, when you start to dig in and investigate it, it is then that you start finding the abominable hidden things which ensnares people into his religious systems and ways. Things like the practicing of hunting of eggs in the worship of ishtar, and the "flying to who knows where," known as the "rapture," being taught in Father's House, prosperity doctrines and other such denominational dogma.
Ezekiel 8:9 And He said unto me, "Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here." -> Idol worship such as prosperity doctrines, "prayers-by-mail" all done in Father's name in order to fleece the elderly out of the retirement monies.
Ezekiel 8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. -> Pictures of church's with signs in the front yard declaring "In case of rapture there'll be no service today." Doctrines declaring that "God's Word isn't the authority on homosexuality." What are some of the other idols "man" worships today? How about budah, goats and other such detestable things.
Ezekiel 8:11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. -> These seventy Elders were the descendants of the those that Father YHVH told Moses to select to assist him in judging the house of Israel back in Numbers 11:16, and this thick cloud from the incense was supposed to be the prayers of all of God's righteous ascending up to Him.
Ezekiel 8:12 Then said He unto me, "Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, 'The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.'" -> YHVH is telling Ezekiel to look and see the priests preying on and having sex with little boys and girls, homosexual marriage ceremonies being performed, and even some of the priests themselves being homosexuals, and they say, "Father doesn't care, He doesn't see what is happening on the earth or in His House." They fool themselves and are setting themselves up for destruction in the Lake of Fire. As a minimum, they'll be severely disciplined during Christ's Millennial age, for they'll no longer be the priests but will be the ones receiving the teaching and disciplining.
Ezekiel 8:13 He said unto me, "Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do." -> Once these priests that have preyed on the children are found out, what do they do? The church protects them and then puts them in positions so that the public cannot exercise proper punishment on the acting the whole time like YHVH doesn't see them and won't Himself punish them.
Ezekiel 8:14 Then He brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. -> Tammuz was an idol personifying vegetable and animal life (God's creation, - NOT The Creator), which was worshiped in Phoenicia and Babylonia.
Ezekiel 8:15 Then said He unto me, "Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these." -> Father knew what was happening in His House and it wasn't anything good, - it had NOTHING to do with Him and He wanted NOTHING to do with it.
This next verse is why we came here:
Ezekiel 8:16 (this is the holiest of holies and ONLY the high priest was supposed to be here however, the priesthood had already been corrupted, taken over by the nethinims) And He brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped (here it is) the sun toward the east. -> They were holding "sunrise services," worshipping His creation, NOT The Creator, and it hurts His feelings and makes Him angry.
The number of the priests - 25, represents the "high priest" and the number of each priest for each course of the year as delineated in II Chronicles 24.
Father knew that they would do this and warned Moses and the Israelites as far back as when the were at the base of Mount Sinai and we can read of it in Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. it was adopted in by Asa in II Chronicles 14:5 but then later abolished by Josiah in II Kings 23:5 and 11.
Ezekiel 8:17 Then said He unto me, "Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. -> This branch is an "asherah" - a piece of wood cut and formed to the shape of a man's penis. It represented their form of worship that they did in the "groves" where they held their orgies. And symbolically, what did they then do with this branch? To Father, they were rubbing it right under his nose.
In the original manuscripts this reads "and they put the branch to "MY" nostrils." It reads differently here in the King James and other versions as well, why? Because the Sopherim - Scribes of the word - the kenites nethinims - those who were NOT of the House of Israel or of the House of Judah - changed the way it reads, why? Because they felt it too derogatory a term and they wanted to hide what Father really felt about it.
Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in Mine ears with loud voice, yet will I not hear them." -> Can you NOW feel our Father's feelings on this and hear the anger of our Father's voice?! WORSHIP HIM, NOT His creation.
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