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What is Christianity? Where did it originate? Is there a difference between Christianity, The Church, and the true “Body of Christ”?

The first believers in Yeshua, today more commonly known as Jesus, were called “Followers of the Way”; and they were Jews living in Judea. In other nations, variations of the Babylonian religion of the sun god had for centuries become established as the foundation of belief. It was upon the foundation of Babylonian religion that virtually all nations and people would build their beliefs and systems. In different cultures and among different peoples and nations, this ancient religion would evolve, mutating into various versions, adding, subtracting, and interjecting different ideas, often substituting different names for the same deities, idols, and gods. In Rome up until the time Christianity became the official state religion, “Sol Invictus Mithras” — “The Unconquered Sun Mithra” was worshiped. This religion disappears around the 4th Century A.D. Is this time frame coincidental? Or, did the practice of idolatry even disappear? Contrary to common belief, Rome did not convert to Christianity. It would be more correct to say it was Christianity that was converted into being Roman. By incorporation of the Gospel with existing beliefs and practices, Roman idolatry was given a face lift, maybe more like a face transplant. Thousands of Christians whose Christianity was at odds with Rome’s version were put to death by Constantine. Was that very Christian? This would become the rule for hundreds of years to follow.

It was a brilliant plan by Satan to incorporate the truth of Yeshua into his lie. It would become the lie whereby Christianity would become characterized for hundreds of years, even until today. But Satan made one fatal mistake. By incorporating some truth into his idolatrous Babylonian religion, he provided for its demise. Indeed, for there is something within the truth that is so powerful, it fights to restore itself to the fullness of truth. Even in the midst of lies, truth cries aloud to be heard and to come out. There are those who hear truth’s voice for it tugs at their hearts and they cannot escape its pull. Truth draws these people continually unto the fullness thereof. Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, truth is restored. This is how we have come to arrive where we are today. And the restoration of Truth is not finished. The Truth was spread around the whole world within a lie and has been fighting its way out of that lie ever since — often at the price of the lives of those who dared declare it. No, the restorationists were not perfect, but they were moved by the Spirit, and those who would follow after would bring truth, each one, little by little, closer to home. As it was foretold by the prophet Joel:

Tell ye your children of it,
And let your children tell their children,
And their children another generation.

That which the palmer-worm hath left hath the locust eaten; And that which the locust hath left hath the canker-worm eaten; And that which the canker-worm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

Awake, ye drunkards, and weep,
And wail, all ye drinkers of wine,
Because of the sweet wine,
For it is cut off from your mouth.

But in chapter 2, Joel proclaims the restoration of the truth.

“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, The canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm. . .”

The Bible is a Jewish book, both parts. It must be restored and understood in its Jewish context if it is to be understood by anyone. There are over 40,000 different Christian denominations and sects. What has not been corrupted or devoured, all or in part, by 40,000 armies of palmer-worms, locust, canker-worms, and caterpillars? Doctrines left in tact by one have been perverted by another. Yet, even within those institutions there have been those who came to know Him through faith in Him, in spite of many false doctrines — to whom He says, “Come out from among them my people. . . “

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The full knowledge of the truth is like unto a great puzzle. All truths are puzzle pieces. The Scriptures serve as the picture on the box top that aids us in putting the puzzle pieces of truth together. But in our case much of the picture is obscure. Yeshua is the Center Piece, and with him, come all the pieces that connect to the peripheral pieces in the Hebrew Bible. Generally, when beginning an enormous puzzle with many pieces, work begins with the peripheral pieces. It is true also in this case. There are four corners, which even among a multitude of pieces, are readily identifiable. Once all four corners are set, the work proceeds connecting the pieces that form the most outer edge, and from there the work begins to converge inward to the center. But in our case, the work on the puzzle stopped; and the caretakers who began the work ceased. The prophets went silent. The puzzle was abandoned and left with a large hole right in the middle.

The silence lasted over 400 years, until one day, a voice began crying in the wilderness; and then the Center Piece appeared. But many did not accept the Center Piece. Nonetheless, a few did recognize Him, and they began working to connect other pieces to Him. They were persecuted and killed, still, the work continued. Thereafter, others came also with other pieces and box top pictures of their own. Working recklessly they began forcing pieces together adding in their own strange pieces, while taking other true pieces away. They disregarded the four corners and outlying pieces and created a picture of their own.

One day a great ruler came. Beholding the puzzle, it became desirable to him and he took it from those who had it and declared it his own. He too had other pieces and pictures of strange puzzles which he put into the puzzle and declared “This is the true puzzle. All people shall believe and worship it”. Thereafter the two parts of the puzzle became irreconcilable. For the children of those who had given them the first part, held to it; while the others who came later held to the newer part. As the two caretakers grew further apart and enmity increased, they both devised means whereby to make certain that the two parts would never be joined together. There was even greater division than ever before, and it was accepted by all, there were two separate puzzles, and two entirely different pictures. The first part of the outer pieces was seen as a picture of beautiful landscaped gardens, walls, gates, walkways, fountains and waters. The more recent corrupted part also was viewed separately. It was accepted that the picture was that of a very impressive house built atop the landscape, and thus, replaced the landscape as the true picture.

After no small passage of time, others came along also, who beholding both puzzles, were amazed at how many pieces appeared to connect the two parts into being one of the same. They began working fervently to throw out the strange pieces, and to find the missing pieces that connected the two parts. But they too were persecuted and killed as those before them who had made the same declarations. Much more time would pass, but piece by piece, the puzzle was coming together. And indeed, it was becoming clearer with each new piece that the two parts are separate parts of one puzzle. For when the center pieces were placed in the middle of the outer pieces, the beautiful landscaped gardens, walls, gates, fountains and waters surrounded the House; and all walkways converged into one that lead up to the Door. And then, looking closely into the fountain waters in the outlying pieces, it was realized; there is a reflection of the House that has been there all along.

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The Mystery of God revealed in Creation

When Lucifer became lifted up with pride, he said in his 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, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”. He then set about, spreading accusations and gathering others unto his rebellion against God. It was the first communistic message of class-warfare and equality. Heaven was corrupted by evil. But God is holy. And evil cannot dwell in his presence. For this reason, a place set apart from Heaven was prepared for the Devil and his angles — a holding cell. Although God could have justly destroyed Lucifer and his followers utterly and eternally, he did not.  But why? May it have been that the many accusations Lucifer had hurled at God needed to be answered before he was destroyed?  Was there a means whereby those angels whom God had created could know if there was any truth in what Lucifer had declared?  Might it be wondered if all should indeed be equal?  Would the question remain if it were possible that the All Mighty had set himself up unfairly above all?  Would the remaining angels who fell not, serve God out of terror rather than love? To resolve all questions and doubts, there was need for a trial. But first, before Judgment Day, all the evidence must be gathered; for who goes to trial without evidence? And not only so, but there were other co-conspirators to the rebellion, yet to be born, who would later join the ranks of evil. They too must be rounded up before the Final Judgment, to make an end of all evil, once and for ever.

Creation: The gathering of evidence

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

At this point, the fullness of all knowledge exists as an invisible and remains exclusively the knowledge of God. God, in his willingness to make things known to his living creations, creates images of expression to bring the invisible truths into the realm of their understanding.  Ignorance is expressed as Darkness, while true knowledge is expressed by Light. Lucifer being cast out is henceforth referred to as Satan(adversary), and expressed by darkness. God speaks his Word, “Let there be Light”, It is the Day. “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness”.  Remember, the sun, moon, stars, all heavenly luminaries are not yet created until the Forth Day.  Notwithstanding, God, on the First Day, creates Light in the Darkness. He exposes Darkness, He judges Darkness. Lucifer and his followers are indicted, arrested, incarcerated, and held in “chains of darkness” awaiting trial. It is therefore, we can find in the very first verses of Scripture, that God reveals his mystery unto us.  For the purpose of his creation from the the beginning to the end, is that those things that are not seen, may be seen by those things that are; and thus, ignorance is dispelled by knowledge, Darkness by Light, and falsehoods by The Word of God. The Light has come; darkness is divided out. The evidence of truth is being made manifest in our world, and it is recorded.  Next up, God divides the Heavenly realm above, from the worldly realm where Satan is in holding until the Final Judgment of all things. Satan has been cast out of the Heavenly realm. God has His Heavenly turf back!

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. “And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day”

Again, remember in Scripture there is metaphoric usage.  Waters often are used to demonstrate, Word and Spirit.   However, particularity in Revelations, there is also usage as “many peoples” and “many spirits”, or voices of many. In light of the latter usage, might we consider that the Heavenly spirits were divided from all other spirits that are not Heavenly? Is this division between God’s Kingdom above and the realms below? For there is an impenetrable barrier fixed between the Most Holy Place and all others that no one can crossover but he that is sent? — those sent being God’s Messengers and servants, and the Mediator between heaven and earth who lived in both, died in one, and is risen again to live in both through those who are redeemed. All this not to say that all things written are only spiritual; but rather, the physical creation is patterned after the spiritual, which is the eternal.

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It is troubling that many people dismiss great signs and wonders as nothing. But a herd mentality can be just as bad when something seems to make sense and people swallow the whole, hook, line, and sinker. Sometimes you can take theories and find things in them that resound with scripture. But just because something has some truth, it doesn’t mean it is all true. The best understanding often comes from taking truths you find in a theory away from the theory, and begin a search for the other truths that go with them. It is a careful spiritual process that takes patience and time.

Some say blood moons are ominous warning of war, bloodshed, and famine. Others are saying they are a good sign for Israel, but a bad sign for the nations. And then another group says, forget it, it means nothing. I was ask the last group; does a rainbow also mean nothing?

I believe absolutely God does everything for a purpose. I don’t think blood moons were created just to make us say, “Cool!, Awesome!” They are a sign, and they are saying something.

Here is one thing that keeps coming back to me about blood moons. I wonder it but I hesitate to write it because there are so many interpretations. However, I will write it as something to ponder, not as “The Divine Interpretation”. The moon in the bible is an often used symbol for: a woman, The Bride, God’s chosen. At night, the light in darkness in the absence of the sun is the moon, which, having no light of its own, reflects the light of the greater light upon the world. Likewise, Yeshua reflects his light upon his chosen, to give Light to the world in his absence.

The last total solar eclipse which took place, took place directly over the North Pole. As of now, no nation owns the North Pole; under international law the area is under administration of the “International Seabed Authority”. Thus being the area is international, is the total eclipse of the sun a warning to all the nations? Is it a sign of an absence of God? Only destruction can follow if God withholds his Light and mercy.

I can be more brief about the blood moons if indeed we understand the Bride metaphor and the moon as a feminine “help mate” of the “Light Of The World” to bring Light at night– Remember Yeshua’s words:

“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

What is the light of our world? The sun. We are not to worship the sun as pagans do; but it is a sign, and along with the moon, together they are teachers wherein lies truth that when reveled, we can understand and worship God with greater understanding. The Sun is the Greater Light, and the moon the lesser “help mate” — a symbol of the Groom and Bride. If the total solar eclipse over the North Pole was a sign of Judgement upon all nations, what then is the significance of the blood moon? —- and not merely a blood moon, but a super blood moon appearing over Jerusalem on Sukkot(the Feast of Tabernacles)? I will leave you with a verse to ponder regarding this mystery:

Exodus 12:13 “. . . and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. . .”

In that light, a super blood moon appearing over Jerusalem on the Feast of Tabernacles would be of the greatest significance to his people.

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