The average time it takes for the fertilized egg of a human to attach to the uterine wall during CONCEPTION…
Sure, just coincidence.
But, it is Yeshua’s CONCEPTION that makes Him Messiah, the Son of God.
It is during this FESTIVAL, “KHANUKAH”, “DEDICATION”, that Yeshua, the Son of God, said this:
“My own sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
“Why to the one whom The Father consecrated and SENT to the world, do you say, ‘You blaspheme,’ just because I said to you, ‘I am The Son of God’?” John 10
People have actually considered me blasphemous for asserting Yeshua is the Son of God.
And, for saying that He was not born at Christmas. When the truth is, most people actually know, deep down in their hearts, that He was not.
These same folks say, “We must worship him in SPIRIT and in truth”, emphasizing the “Spirit” part, in order to decry any form of order in worship. Yet, they totally deny the TRUTH part, by celebrating His birth on the day most pagan trinities gave birth to their sun-gods.
“YOUR WORD IS TRUTH”. ~Yeshua, John 17
I do not condemn people for celebrating xmas and easter; but, I will testify concerning the TRUTH of The WORD, even if it leaves me alone in the faith. God gave us set times to worship Him, plain as day. The Jews of Yeshua’s day did not need to be instructed about that. The Gentiles came into Jewish context and culture to worship Yeshua. It took YEARS, but only a few on the grander scale, for that to change, when anti-semitism began to take root. Finally, it took the government overtaking the ‘church’ and forcing out the Jewish believers and those who were faithful to The Way, and then KILLING THEM, in order to institute later doctrine and practice, robbing the people of all BIBLICAL facets of worship, and imposing the mixture of sun-worship with Son Worship. The history proves it.
Protestants began to see these things, when they started reading the Bible, after the invention of the printing press and brave men like Wycliffe and Tyndale, and others, who translated The Word into their common language. But, soon after, some of those protestants began to kill OTHER protestants, just like the Catholics had done for centuries, because people pointed out the obvious.
I used to love Christmas; I wrote a song about it, after missing my first one when I was in the Navy on a Submarine. But, shortly after that, on my third patrol, I cried out to God and asked what His Son would say to me if He were standing in my bunk room; I read Matthew 5, and HIS WORD showed me that I was not living according to the Scriptures. I vowed to change that on that very day.
The first churches I went to after returning from patrol all were rife with misinterpretations, blatantly ignoring THE WORD. The Baptist churches, what I grew up in, were denying the power of the Spirit; the “spirit filled” churches were denying any kind of order; the more I looked, the more I saw all of them were ignoring plainspoken truth of HIS WORD: they have all compromised with evolution somehow, they’ve all capitulated to sin, not holding anyone to righteousness, and at the same time condemning anyone who does not hold to their pet doctrines and condemn their pet sins, most of which are unbiblical views.
The Word of God is actually very plain; it gets confused by manmade doctrines and bad translations. Some of those bad translations are deliberate, and some just ‘inherited’, where people do not look closer because they have preconceptions. But, even with the better translations, like King James and New American Standard, I came to realize that GOD NEVER MOVED HIS Sabbath; GOD never said to keep Easter; GOD never sanctioned xmas and Santa Claus [who is only about 125 years old], GOD never instructed us to keep ‘halloween’; NEVER MIND all the baggage that comes with those holidays, that is also obvious to even the most casual observer.
Several times I saw over this last Khanukah, whose timing coincided with the other this year, people standing in the midst of the commercialism and secularism of ‘christmas’ saying things like “keep christ in xmas”, and ‘remember why we do this’….and I thought, ‘He was never in it: there is no “Messiah” in christmas; it’s a catholic mass…. HE WAS BORN IN THE FALL.. we already celebrated His BIBLICAL BIRTH… He was CONCEIVED at Khanukah….’ And they are not aware that He called Himself the “LIGHT OF THE WORLD” during Sukkot, when “The Light of the World” is lit in the Temple, which the Shepherds would have seen on the night of His birth, in the fall!
And during Khanukah, He said the things we are reading in our weekly portion this week from the NT:
“My own sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
I follow Him.. NOT the popes, who created xmas. It is the sacrifice of the baby jesus. It is quite literally, “christ mass”, where the “mass” is the offering up of a body, in the case of ‘midnight mass’, it is the infant.
I follow HIM. Not Clement Clarke Moore, who created modern ideas of the American xmas in the mid 1800s; or Francis Pharcellus Church of the New York newspaper “The Sun” who helped invent today’s Santa.
Yes, I loath the pagan elements of it, because I’ve learned where the ornaments originated, what the tree was actually used for, involving infanticide, what the related easter eggs were actually used for [the same], or where the ‘Yule log’ is from, and the disgusting practices of Saturnalia and Mithra theology that the original ‘pope’ used to birth the holiday in the early 4th century, setting its date. This is the same, Jew-hating roman ruler that said, “Let us NO LONGER worship WITH that odious people, the Jews…” when HE changed the SABBATH. And shortly thereafter, the new state church began KILLING anyone for keeping the Sabbath or the Passover, or doing anything that looked remotely ‘Jewish’, when in fact they were, Jews and Gentiles, KEEPING HIS WORD: FOLLOWING THE VOICE OF THE ONE SHEPHERD.
The Eight Nights of Khanukah were kept to celebrate victory over that same kind of spirit: a spirit that keeps GOD’s PEOPLE from worshipping Him at HIS TIMES, forcing them to worship THEIR god in His place, call God by another name, and ignore His VOICE.
Yeshua is equal to God in every way but the throne itself: His are the 10 commandments. HE is the ‘Adon of the Sabbath’.
His voice is THE WORD OF GOD.
I will do my best to do as He instructs, and to help anyone else who wishes to do the same…
“And I pray to Elohim that our testing will find nothing wrong with you; but that you may be found doing good things, even though we may appear as though we were rejected. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but for THE TRUTH.”