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From the very beginning God, our creator, wanted all of His creation to follow His directions or what we call Torah, the first five books of God’s word that were given to Moses.
Numbers 15:15-17 (CJB)
15 For this community there will be the same law for you as for the foreigner living with you; this is a permanent regulation through all your generations; the foreigner is to be treated the same way before Adonai as yourselves. 16 The same Torah and standard of judgment will apply to both you and the foreigner living with you.’”
Here is an example of what happens when we do not follow God’s directions. So when God told Adam and Eve not to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge, God was very serious about this direction. However; God gave His human creation “free will” meaning they had the ability to decide what they were going to do. God punished both Adam and Eve according to their gender. Read Genesis 3 to see the details. Please find time to read the first five books of the words God gave Moses.
Here is what the Messiah tells us about Torah in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke:
Matthew 5:18 (CJB)
18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened.
Luke 16:17 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the Torah to become void.
Note: The Messiah is telling us in these two verses that Torah means the same today as when God gave these words to Moses, nothing has changed in Torah.
Now let us look at a problem we have had for over sixteen hundred years
Errors of the Church
First a few Verses from God’s Torah and other verses
Leviticus 26:30 I will destroy your high places, cut down your pillars for sun-worship, and throw your carcasses on the carcasses of your idols; and I will detest you.
Deuteronomy 4:19 For the same reason, do not look up at the sky, at the sun, moon, stars and everything in the sky, and be drawn away to worship and serve them; Adonai your God has allotted these to all the peoples under the entire sky.
Deuteronomy 17:3 by going and serving other gods and worshipping them, the sun, the moon, or anything in the sky — something I have forbidden —
Isaiah 17:7-9 (CJB)
7 On that day, a person will heed his Maker
and turn his eyes toward the Holy One of Isra’el.
8 He will pay no heed to the altars
made with his own hands,
he will not turn toward what his fingers made,
the sacred poles and standing-stones for sun-worship.
9 When that day comes, his strong cities,
which others abandoned when Isra’el advanced,
will be like abandoned woods and forests;
they will be laid waste.
Matthew 7:1-3 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
7 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 For the way you judge others is how you will be judged — the measure with which you measure out will be used to measure to you. 3 Why do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye but not notice the log in your own eye?
Note: Where there is no Biblical connection the outside source will be noted, unless it is common knowledge.
Before the birth of the Messiah the Romans were pagan and their primary god was the sun god who during this period of history most people groups also worshipped. When the sun appeared to give us longer days the people celebrated. This worship then became a tradition of man not a command of God among most people groups. To this day the churches continue to practice certain pagan customs which are against God’s directions.
Deuteronomy 17:3 by going and serving other gods and worshipping them, the sun, the moon, or anything in the sky — something I have forbidden –
Then came the Roman Emperor Aurelian, who is known for promoting the worship of the ‘god of the Unconquered Sun’, creating an official priesthood as well as building a temple to the sun god. Aurelian ’s proclamation happened in the year 274 CE on December 25, a day still worshiped today with a name change to “The birth of the Messiah”. The pagans continued to worship their sun god, the biggest celebration of the year. Then after Constantine changed the Roman Empire to a Christian Empire which after approximately 336 CE/AD instead of calling it Sol Invictus they called it christ mas which later became christmas, meaning the birth of the Messiah. As far as worshipping the sun the date for the sun god kind of makes sense since the winter solstice normally happens on the 21 of December and after four days man could tell that the days were getting longer thus giving man a reason to celebrate that longer and warmer days are ahead. The Romans were very pagan for hundreds of years before the time of the pagan temple for Sol Invictus until Constantine came to power. Then it appears that the Romans continued to keep the day as worship of Sol Invictus until they changed it to celebrating the birth of the Messiah after the temple for the sun god was built; however, our Creator tells us that the Messiah will be born, using God’s calendar in the 7th month (Tishri) on the 15th day during the Sh’mittah year or year of release. Then we have humans who really confuse things by following the influence of the adversary and adopting different calendars and not using God’s calendar with Aviv (Abib) being the first month.
Let us examine one of the more important appointed times of God. The chapter is Leviticus 23. Just like the seven day week with the first six days being for work and the seventh day rest, God also gave us His plan for a seven year cycle to celebrate Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles in most English translations. The first six years in the cycle are meant to be used to prosper and grow in all things including our relationship with our creator. The seventh year is called a sh’mittah year or year of release, read Deuteronomy chapter 15 to have a better idea of what is sh’mittah. Leviticus 23, verses 33-38 tells how the first six years of the cycle are to be celebrated. Then verses 39-44 how to celebrate during the seventh year. If you look very close at the two sections you can see the differences. One very obvious way I found was that the first day of Sukkot is a day of complete rest which happens on a Sabbath and the eight day, Shmini Atzeres also happens on a Sabbath and is part of the Sukkot celebration. Sukkot last seven days followed by Shmini Atzeres which completes the celebration of Sukkot. I have found that the years between Sh’mittahs for the most part are consistent but there are times when the years between Sh’mittahs are not consistent. Both good and bad things happen during a Sh’mittah year. An example of a Bad thing happening during a sh’mittah year in recent times, the last 120 years, most involve major financial lost, like stock market crashes, etc. and a good thing would be the birth of the Messiah during the Hebrew Biblical year 3756, the seventh month on the fifteenth day. The verses above show how God feels about sun worship.
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