The Believers alternative to Easter (Ishtar?)

The Believer’s alternative to Easter (Ishtar?)

‘Alternative to Easter?’  You may ask, “why should there be an alternative?”  Well, to keep a festival celebrating the death and resurrection of Yahshua (Jesus) has got to be right, but the name it is given, and some of the teaching associated with it is completely wrong and it has pagan origins as most people most likely will realise.

Some of the practises, too, are unscriptural and not to be entertained considering their origins. The Easter Eggs, the chocolate treats, the Easter Bunny, the three days and three nights fitting between Friday and Sunday, ‘Maunday Thursday’ ‘Good?’ Friday?’ and even Resurrection Sunday morning, are flawed big time… Please bear with me as I explain…

Yes, there has got to be an alternative, if we are not to support pagan practises in our worship of Yahshua (Jesus) the Risen One, the Son of Yahweh (God). He is desiring to ‘clean’ up our act. We need to be ready, walking in truth when He returns for His Congregation (Church). The Holy Spirit has been given to us to ‘lead us into all truth’ Joh 16:13  “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: “ He is desiring us to strip away ‘pagan-ity’ from our lives and worship, but are we listening to Him?

The alternative is so obvious it is almost ridiculous that we do not already celebrate it. The perfect alternative and true festival is the Festival of Passover. We read it everywhere in the Scriptures, and especially in the Gospels and again, mainly around the death and resurrection of Yahshua (Jesus) which perfectly mirrors the message of His death and resurrection. Paul himself said to the Corinthian (Gentiles?) believers 1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

“What form should it take?” Are we to observe the Jewish traditions? As New Covenant believers, we are able to add a new dimension to the Feast. That dimension being Yahshua (Jesus) our Saviour. We are able to bring our own experience alongside that of the Israelites, as the ‘circumcized of heart’ in observing the wonderful freedom our Deliverer Yahshua has procured for us. As we see the definite parallels in the Passover Meal to our own understanding of Yahshua being our Deliverer, we are able to partake with joy, knowing that He has also delivered us from bondage, and set us free. Not as a substitute for the normal Passover meal but as an addition to it. We can liken the bitter herbs, unleavened bread, salt water etc. to our own experience in Salvation…

It is time to put things back into Biblical order. It is time to see that as ‘knowledge increases’ in the earth we need to return to the Scriptures and put off our pagan practices and fleshly pursuits around the most important Festival of the ‘Christian’ calendar. The Holy Spirit is desiring to lead us into all truth, but are we listening, or are we so ‘hooked up’ to our flesh and warped teachings which have crept into the church that we are deaf to His pleading and blind to His leading?

The practices of Easter, the ‘cosiness’ of it all are mostly from the worship of Ishtar, the Goddess of Fertility, (hence the eggs… do your own research…) Do we believers in the King of Kings desire to include her in our worship and in the celebrations of the life-changing, world-changing, eternal truths of the death and resurrection of our beloved Saviour?

 We don’t need these practices.  The true Feast, the Feast of Passover is brim full of wonderful parallels and exciting ‘things to do’ to commemorate and remember Yahshua’s magnificent sacrifice for our sins, gaining us Eternal Life and saving us from the ‘Second Death’ mentioned so many times in the New Testament scriptures. (Rev 2:11, 20:6, 20:14, 21:8 “But the fearful….all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.”)

The Parallels – of which there are many, but to mention just a few:

  1. As the people (Israelites) cried out because of their affliction in Egypt, and their cruel taskmasters, so we cried out because of sin in our lives and our cruel taskmaster (the adversary of our souls).
  2. Yahweh (God) heard the cry of the Israelites in their bondage and desire for freedom. So Yahweh heard the cry of our hearts to be free, to have victory over our trials and tribulations, problems and heartaches caused by sin.
  3. Because of the cry of the Israelites, Yahweh sent them a deliverer, Moses to lead them out of bondage to the freedom of the Promised Land. So Yahweh sent Yahshua the greatest of all deliverers to set us free from our bondages, and lead us into the Promised Land, Eternal Life and freedom in the future from the second death.
  4. In the same way that Yahweh asked Moses to deal with Pharaoh to free the Israelites He asked Yahshua to come to earth to set us free from our Pharaoh the adversary. The only difference is, that Moses was a reluctant deliverer, but Yahshua declared, “Here am I, send Me!” as the scriptures suggest. (Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. ) 

5.The Israelites were instructed to bring a lamb of the first year on the 10th day of the first month, keep him until the 14th day and kill him. In the same way, Yahshua rode into Jerusalem and presented Himself on the 10th day of the first month. On the 14th day He too was hanged on a tree and died.

  1. The blood of the Passover lamb was to be smeared on the doorposts and lintels of their houses. This would be the sign to the Angel of death not to kill their firstborn. The parallel in our lives, is, that when Yahshua was crucified His blood flowed down, and when we apply His blood to our lives to cleanse us from sin then we too are saved from death, the second death, the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.

Another point of interest:  The ‘Good’ Friday – Resurrection Sunday issue.

There are clearly not three days and three nights between ‘Good’ Friday and ‘Easter’ Sunday. This is a fallacy.

The Sabbath spoken about in the Gospels was in fact the Biblical Feast Sabbath, which, in that year fell on Wednesday evening to Thursday evening (‘The evening and the morning were the first day…’ Genesis) Yahshua was crucified on the Eve of the Biblical Sabbath, Wednesday afternoon. They rushed to get Him in the tomb because the Sabbath was drawing on.

He was then in the tomb  Wednesday to Thursday late afternoon, one day and one night, Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon, two days and two nights, and then Friday afternoon to late Saturday afternoon, three days and three nights exactly.

Miriam went to the tomb before it came light between evening Saturday and daylight on   Sunday sometime to find Him already gone! ( Mat 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

Joh 20:1  The first of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and saw the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Mar 16:1  And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.)

Now we know why He was gone when they arrived when it was still dark, as He came out from the grave late Saturday afternoon towards evening ‘evening and morning were the first day…’  So He rose late Saturday afternoon, as Sabbath was ‘going out’ so to speak, before the first day began to dawn.

The truth is there if we seek it, and I am sure that the One Who desires us to know all truth in sending His holy Spirit to lead us into it, would desire for us not only to know the whole truth of the matter, but to turn away from pagan practises and distorted calendars and embrace the truth and walk in it. Are YOU challenged? I hope so, I used to be a staunch ‘Good Friday, Easter Sunday person’ until the holy Spirit began to deal with me and lead me into truth on this issue. I was challenged, and He has continued to lead into all truth. We are not wholly there, but we are following….! Yahweh bless you as you also seek to ‘Walk in all Truth’

 

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“None of these diseases shall come upon you!”

What if we could eliminate sickness and disease? We know that Yahshua Himself healed many during His Ministry, and that we too, through Yahweh’s intervention through prayer and faith, and sometimes even through fasting, are able to bring this healing to others, but what if we could prevent disease in the first place?

I include a couple of scriptures which declare (to the believer) that as believers and partakers of the New Covenant, we are able to do just that, as we follow the conditions our loving heavenly Father has given us to help us to avoid opening ourselves to them….

Deu 7:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if you hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD your God shall … love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also …
Deu 7:15 And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, upon you….
Exo 15:26 And said, If you wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD your God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that heals you.

It is not Yahweh’s will that we should die before our time, so we need to seek to know His Commandments and do them. He knows what opens us up to disease, so has kindly given us the answers and ‘preventative medicine’ so to speak, so that we can remain free from disease.

This is an enormous subject, and I have given a few pointers on our website where it is dealt with more fully. (http://www.restoreallisrael.com/healing.html) For as well as seeking to walk in His ways in order for us to remain free, He has given us the ability in the risen Messiah to pray that generational sin also can be dealt with, for it may be not our breaking of His Commandments which may bring disease, but it may be that the sin lay in our forebears, our parents, grandparents and even further back in time.

I am convinced that it is His will for us to find the answers in our day to sickness and disease, and that the answers lie in Him, simply because He loves us. Let us ‘examine ourselves’ and help each other along the way that we may be disease free, and live a normal life-span in which to glorify Him.

May Yahweh bless you in your reading, and your seeking healing and health for you and your families.

 

The Truth about Christmas

 

The truth about Christmas? How many really desire to know the truth about this well-loved and enjoyed festival?

I know that when we were challenged by the Holy Spirit about the issue, it took a great deal of faith to change a lifetime habit, and further, to explain to our friends and families our change of stance on the subject.

We risk sharp comments, we risk ‘unfriending,’ we risk being thought of as ‘strange’ or ‘odd.’ Sometimes we could go so far as to say we risk family dissension and even break up so strongly are we tied to tradition and carnal enjoyment.

However, the holy Spirit was given to us to ‘lead us into all truth’. Are we willing, as believers to take those risks in order to follow the Master?

Please take time to read our article on the subject   If the link doesn’t work, just copy and paste the following in your browser:

https://www.restoreallisrael.com/christmas

and to allow the holy Spirit to show you just how pagan the actual roots are. He desires us to be separated unto Him. Are you willing to take that risk in order to please your Father?

 

 

“Chag Sameach! Yom Teruah…”

“Chag Sameach! Yom Teruah!”  (Festive joy, Day of blowing, blasting on trumpets)

Have a wonderful day of celebration, the Day of Trumpets is here!

Lev. 23:24 “Speak to the children of Israel saying, “In the seventh month in the first day of the month (Heb: echad, first, one i.e. New Moon) shall you have a Sabbath,  (Heb: shabbathon, special holiday, rest) a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy (Heb: qodesh, separateness, sacredness) convocation” (Heb miqra, sacred assembly, reading, public meeting)

Today is a very special celebration, a day of rejoicing, of joy and gladness…it is literally a day of blowing trumpets (curved horns) to announce the beginning of the special 7th. month of the Hebrew calendar.

The seventh month is full of hope, expectation, thanksgiving and the intrigue  of three holy Festivals of Elohim, 1. Day of Trumpets, 2. Day of Atonement, and 3. the grand Feast of Tabernacles, (celebrating the ingathering of the harvest.)

The Day of Trumpets is a celebration of Yahshua’s victory on our behalf and a picture that looks forward to the time of Yahshua’s return, a time of joy and celebration, looking forward to Yahshua’s seven thousandth year, a 1000 year reign, a Sabbath, Yahshua’s fellowship and reign with His people on earth. This is called the Second Coming when we who are alive will be changed in the twinkling of an eye and will be like Him, and with Him for His 1000 year reign on earth.

You may ask, if you are a Gentile, “Why should I keep the Feasts?” Well, you are right, there is no commandment to the Gentiles re. the Feasts, but one day everyone shall keep them, at least one of them,

Zec 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

And they are of course, are Feasts of Yahweh, not man…

Lev 23:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 

So, to all who are celebrating, I say again…

“Chag Semeach! Yom Teruah, Yom Tov!”

(Festive joy, Day of blowing, (blasting on trumpets) Wonderful day!)

Disclaimer: The dangers of Replacement Theology

Recently we conducted an exhaustive study on the restoration of the whole House of Israel.   During this time we published a c.d. with songs about that restoration, and about the love of the Father for Israel.

Not realizing the implications,  we called the c.d. after the title of one of the songs “The Two Sticks”.   However, since the release of the c.d. there has developed a teaching among the Hebraic Roots Movement encouraging Gentile believers to believe that they are in fact the House of Israel returning.   We in no way adhere to this doctrine and wish it to be known.

People teaching this belief are, knowingly or not,  discrediting natural Israel and could be in danger of teaching Replacement Theology.

We wish to make it known that we believe in the restoring of natural Israel and that in Hosea 3:5 “Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days” and many, many other scriptures Yahweh is talking about the natural children of Abraham, the rest of the tribes who were scattered.

Yahweh has in no wise forgotten or forsaken them and has planned for their restoration. He was, is and always will be faithful to His Covenant with them, even though for a time they have been estranged.

We believe that should there be any of the ‘Lost Tribes’ in Christianity today, those individuals being in the Body of Messiah are made one with both Gentiles and Jews who are believing in Yahshua the Messiah and Saviour of the world. The One Who gave Himself for all humanity. Being one with others is simply that i.e. Gal 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Heb. Yahshua).” 

 

 

Two Sticks story and song link to U-Tube

We are excited about our new C.D. which contains lots of songs about the restoration of the whole House of Israel. Recently we were able to sing the title song with a dance which Peter taught at my cousins ‘Fest’ on Anglesey along with all the other talented ‘offerings!’

Peter first told the much abbreviated story of the history and re-gathering of the twelve tribes of Israel as spoken about in Hosea, Jeremiah and many other books of the Bible, before teaching his choreographed dance. It was a very special occasion, much to be remembered. If you would like to see the story and dance, we have uploaded it to U-Tube. The link is: The Two Sticks

We hope you enjoy the song – and the dance!