KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
A short message to those coming to this website. What will be revealed on this site is different from other Christian websites on the internet. As you read on, you will discover why this site is different from other Christian media outlets existing today. To those seeking the Kingdom of God, this website will reveal things taught by Jesus that have been overshadowed by traditions introduced into Christianity since the church inception on Pentecost.
Over two thousand years ago, Jesus's apostles asked him about conditions at the end of the world. The response by Jesus should be very discouraging to those seeking the Kingdom of God.
Matt. 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible , they shall deveive the very elect.”
This website was created for one purpose, to reveal the false doctrines and deceptions that Jesus prophesied would be introduced into the church and deceive all but God's elect. To those striving to be one of God's elect, and are confused by the thousands of doctrines and divisions in the churches and ministries today, this website is for you. Jesus taught many truths that are being hid from the world today; this website will fill that void, so please be prepared because what you are going to read here is not taught from the pulpit. To follow these truths of Lord Jesus and his apostles will lead to life. To follow traditions brought into the church by false teachers and false prophets will lead to death.
The reader will be shown the strait gate that enters into life.
The reader will be shown the delusion that will lead many to believe a lie.
The reader will be shown the heresies that have entered the church by the sleight of men.
PART 1- THE STRAIT GATE THAT LEADS TO LIFE
Matt.7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for WIDE is the gate and broad is the way that LEADETH UNTO DESTRUCTION and many go thereat. Because STRAIT is the gate and narrow is the way that LEADETH UNTO LIFE and few there be that find it. ” In simple, easy to understand scripture, Jesus will open up the strait gate so those that are striving to be his elect may enter onto the narrow way to life.
God used angels, prophets and Lord Jesus to reveal the information and instructions he wanted to pass on to mankind, but not all. There was one thing he did not reveal to mankind by angels or prophets, he wrote with his own hand, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.
Exodus 31:18 “He gave Moses, when he made an end of communing with him upon Mt. Sinai, two tables of testimony of stone written with the finger of God.” These are the Ten Commandments that Jesus kept and taught. John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my father's commandments and abide in his love.” The commandments Jesus kept are listed here.
1. Thou shalt have no other God before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow thyself down to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God is a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children until the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4 Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, six days thou shalt labor and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant nor thy cattle nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Wherefore the Lord BLESSED the Sabbath day and HALLOWED it.
5 Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
6 Thou shalt not kill.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.
Duet. 4:13 He declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to preform, even ten commandments and he wrote them on two tables of stone.” Now Jesus will reveal the key that opens the strait gate that we may enter onto the narrow way TO LIFE.
Matt. 19:16-19 “And behold, one came and said unto him. Good Master, what good thing shall I do that I may have ETERNAL LIFE? And he said unto him. Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God: but if thou will ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. He saith unto him, which? Jesus said, thou shalt do no murder. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honor thy father and thy mother: and, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Jesus just gave this rich young man the direction to the narrow way to life. Not only did he open the gate for this rich man, he also opened it up for all if we will just walk through.
“ IF THOU WILT ENTER INTO LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.”
Jesus preached the Kingdom of God and we will be judged by his word. John 12:48 “He that rejecteth me and receiveth not my words hath one that judgeth him. The words that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” Jesus and his apostles will confirm the commandments written by the finger of God are the way to life and the Kingdom of Heaven.
JESUS: Matt. 5:19 “ Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever will do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven .”
APOSTLE PAUL: Eph. 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for that is right, Honor thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with promise and
thou mayest live long on the earth.” 1 Cor. 7:19 “Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God.”
APOSTLE JOHN: 1John 5:3-4 “For this is the love of God that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 2:3 “And hereby we know that we know him if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. ”
Of the many different beliefs, religious organizations and doctrines, almost all, except very few, believe the commandments written with the finger of God is the moral law and should be obeyed. Three of the oldest Churches in existence, the Catholic, Lutheran and Baptist churches, all have the Ten Commandments in their catechisms or statement of beliefs, however, do they keep God's commandments? The answer is definitely, NO. The Catholic and Lutheran churches omit God's 2 nd and 4 th commandments and add their own third commandment “Keep holy the Lord's Day”, and walk over God's 4 th commandment, the seventh day Sabbath as if it doesn't exist. Most churches that came into existence since the sixteenth century follow the earlier churches example and do not mention the seventh day when they teach the Ten Commandments. The apostle James issues this warning to those groups that do not keep God's 4 th commandment.
James 2:10-11 “For whosoever will keep the whole law, yet offend in one point, is guilty of all. For he that sayeth do not commit adultery, also saith do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.”
Please do not get the idea that one should join a church that keep God's Ten Commandments and God's seventh day Sabbath, absolutely not. A name written on a church's membership roll is of no value at all. The Lamb's Book of Life is the only place a name must be written and it will be written by Jesus and not by man. If one believes, repents and is baptized, Jesus will add them to his church, there is nothing to join.
The book of Romans chapter 6, will confirm what happens when we believe, repent and baptized, we do not join a church, we are added to the church, the body of Christ.
Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day were added to them about three thousand souls.”
Acts 2:47 “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
Acts 5:14 “And believers were the more added to the Lord.”
Acts 11:24 “And much people were added to the Lord.”
These passages and other scriptures, reveal when we are added to the church, we are added to the Lord.
Eph. 5:29-30 “For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourisheth it and cherisheth it even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones.”
If we have been added to the body of Christ, and Christ has written our name in the Book of Life, why would we want our name written on any other church's membership roll? Especially if that church wasn't in existence until the sixteenth century, and is walking down the broad way that leads to death. We are in the church already. If we meet together we are in the body of Christ. If we walk alone as some will do, we are still in the body of Christ for Jesus has left us this promise, “ I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Heb. 13:5. Nothing is going to separate us from the Body of Christ, his church.
Christianity today is much different than it was during the early years of the apostles. Churches were not separated by hundreds of different doctrines and catechisms; they were separated only by distances. Much more could be written concerning traditions observed by churches and various ministries today, but that would be for another topic. The most important revelation about religion today is the realization that not a single church existing today, with the exception of the church in Rome, was in existence until the sixteenth century. The Church at Rome ruled supreme from the reign of Roman Emperor Constantine 325 until the inception of the Lutheran Church in 1522. Any teaching that varied from their doctrine was considered a heresy; any individual or group teaching any doctrine at variance with the Roman Church's doctrine, was prosecuted even unto death if necessary. History of the “Inquisition” will reveal what happened to God's saints through that terrible period of persecutions. Even through those Dark and Middle Ages, before the existence of any protestant church, Jesus was adding saints to his church as he prophesied.
Matt. 16:18 NIV “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church AND THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT OVERCOME IT.” And this prophesy of Jesus still stands today and will remain until his return to gather up his saints.
Matt. 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together IN MY NAME, THERE I AM IN THE MIDST OF THEM.”
We cannot be deceived if we believe Christ when he commanded “If thou will enter into life, keep the commandments.” We cannot be deceived if we understand we are added to the church, the spiritual body of Christ, when we are baptized, not joined into the church at Rome or a Protestant denomination. Christ's church is not a building or organization where people meet a couple times a week on Sunday or Sabbath. Jesus's elect are in his body, his Spiritual Church daily, wherever they are.
To those in Christ, every day is the Lord's Day because he created every day and we can esteem any day or every day unto the Lord. However, God blessed and made only one day holy, and that is the seventh day, the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. The Sabbath is God's day, that is why it is so important and God wants us to hallow it as he commanded.
Exodus 20:11 “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day and hallowed it .” If we will believe the teaching of God and Lord Jesus, not false doctrine of the many that come in his name, we will know the strait gate that leads to life and the wide gate that leads to death. Unfortunately, most believe in the Ten Commandments but only a few obey them. Following the command from the Church at Rome is more important in the world today than the commandments of God.
History of The Roman Council of Laodicea, A.D. 364
“ Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, resting rather on the first day of the week.”
This final truth from Jesus explains it all.
Mark 2:27-28 “The Sabbath was made for man , not man for the Sabbath: therefore the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath .” By Jesus's own words “THE LORD'S DAY.”
PART 2- DELUSION: BELIEVING A LIE
2 Thess. 2: 10-12 “And with all deceivableness and unrighteousness in them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie that they might all be damned who believe not the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.”
How strong a warning from God. Most Christians have never heard that scripture quoted from the pulpit even though it leads to death. There is a reason this delusion from God is not revealed from the pulpit; most that profess to be minister of Christ are also under that delusion.
Matt. 24:5 “For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ, and deceive many.”
Here are some examples.
The Lords Day-Baptist Faith Message, article 8.
“ The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It recognizes the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be enjoyed in exercise for worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and refraining from worldly amusement.”
Billy Graham Evangelic Association.
“On Saturday, Jesus laid in the grave. but on Sunday everything came to life, what a day. A day to worship , a day Jesus showed us what to do on this special day.
Catechism of The Catholic Church.
“We all gather on the day of the sun for it is the day after the Jewish Sabbath and the day Christ arose from the dead.”
All Catholics and millions of Protestants believe Christ was crucified on Friday afternoon and arose on Sunday morning, thus, “Good Friday” and “Easter Sunday” are important days observed by most Christians today. Those believing that Christ was crucified on Friday evening and arose on Sunday morning are under God's delusion and are BELIEVING A LIE. Why is it a lie? Because it is not the truth. The truth is what Jesus
said, not tradition taught by false teachers.
Matt: 12:39-40 “But he answered and saith unto them, and evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and no sigh will be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: for as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whales belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
We can either believe the truth of Jesus that he was three days and three nights in the heart of the earth, or we can believe the delusion that he was in the earth one day, and parts of two days, 72 hours or 24 + ? hours.
Why is it believed that he was crucified on Friday and arose on the first day of the week, Sunday?
Luke 23:54 “And that day was preparation and the Sabbath drew on.”
Luke 24: 1-(6) “Now upon the first day of the week , very early in the morning they came to the sepulchre bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.”
“He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee?”
Matt. 28:1-(6) “In the end of the Sabbath, as it begin to dawn toward the first day of the week came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.” “He is not here; for he has risen as he said. Come see the place where the Lord lay.”
All of these scriptures are true. Christ was crucified on a preparation day and had already risen on the first day of the week when they arrived at the tomb. Scriptures do not name the day of Jesus's crucifixion, only that it was preparation day, but does name the day he had already risen, the first day of the week. To begin spiritual understanding, we must review how God defines a day.
Genesis 1:5 “And God called the light day and the darkness he called night: and the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Genesis 1:8 “And the evening and the morning were the second day.”
Genesis 1:13 “And the evening and the morning were the third day.”
There should be no misunderstanding of God's definition of a day. Each day has an evening and a morning, a light and a darkness the same as we have today. However, In the dispensation of Christ, days began as God laid them out, they began in the evening at sundown and not at midnight as observed today.
Lev. 23:32 “In the ninth day of the month at even, from even to even ye shall celebrate your Sabbath.”
The proponents of “Good Friday” and “Sunday resurrection” assumed that days began as they do today, the days started at midnight, not in the evening. Thus, Christ was in the tomb, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night, three full darkness of night, however, there is only one full day of light, Saturday. The false teachers that want one to believe the “Good Friday” crucifixion and the “Easter Sunday” resurrection will make the false premise that any part of a day is considered a whole day. Once again, another lie to support a false doctrine. God said each day had an evening and a morning, darkness and light, a night and day. Jesus also said three days and three nights. Our choice is to believe God and Jesus or tradition taught by false teachers going down the broad road to destruction.
It is rather simple to explain the day Christ was crucified when we understand the day of preparation and the days began in the evening, the darkness of night, starting with the Passover meal with his apostles.
Matt. 26:19-20 “And the disciples did as Jesus appointed them: they made ready the Passover. Now when even was come, he sat down with the twelve.”
Matt. 26:31 “Then Jesus saith unto them, all of you will be offended because of me this
night.” Continue to read from Matthew 26:31 and the story continues unbroken. He is arrested and taken before the high priest that night; in the morning he is taken before Pontius Pilate, mocked and beaten and then taken to be crucified and buried just before sunset the same day. When was the Passover supper and what was the following day? God will tell us.
Leviticus 23:5-6-7 “In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's Passover. On the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord. Seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation, YE SHALL DO NO SEVILE WORK THEREIN.”
Numbers 28:16-17-18 “And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the Lord. In the fifteenth day of this month is the feast. In the first day there shall be a holy convocation, YE SHALL DO NO SERVILE WORK THEREIN.”
On the day after the Passover meal, God gave them a day of rest, a Sabbath, with no work to be done. Now Jesus will clear up any doubt about the Sabbath following his crucifixion. So there will be no doubt, three different translations of the scripture will be consulted. Each translation was made in different dispensations of time and each went back to original languages. The Geneva Bible was completed in 1560 and was the Bible the Pilgrims used on their voyage to America. The King James translation replaced the Geneva Bible in 1611 and the New International version was published in the last century.
Geneva Bible: Mark 16:1 “ When the Sabbath had passed , Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought sweet ointments that they might come and embalm him.”
King James Bible: Mark 16:1 “ And when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James had bought sweet spices so they might come and anoint him.”
New International Version: Mark 16:1 “ When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices so they might come and anoint Jesus's body.”
It is impossible for God to lie. These spices were bought and prepared after the Sabbath had passed. . If they had been bought and prepared after the seventh day Sabbath had passed, they would have to been bought and prepared on the first day of the week. That would be impossible as they arrived at the tomb on the first day of the week in the morning while it was still dark, and he had already risen.
John 20:1. “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, while it was yet dark , unto the sepulchre.” The spices were bought on the sixth day of the week, as they bought and prepared the spices then RESTED THE SEVENTH DAY ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENT. Look at this absolute truth.
Luke 23:55-56 “And these women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after and beheld the sepulchre and how his body was laid. And they returned and prepared spices and ointments and RESTED THE SEVENTH DAY ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDMENT.”
This is conclusive evidence there were two Sabbaths the week Jesus was crucified. The ladies bought and prepared the spices after the first Sabbath passed, Mark 16:1. Then rested the seventh day Sabbath after they prepared the spices and ointments. They then returned to the sepulchre the first day of the week to discover he had already risen. Each day of rest had a preparation day to avoid work on the Sabbath. The Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection does not allow for two Sabbaths of rest and a day for buying and preparing spices; A TOTAL OF THREE FULL DAYS. Another proof the Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection is a false teaching.
When it is understood that God's days started at the evening, the beginning of darkness, then we can trace the days back to the day of preparation when Jesus was crucified. God's days had no names, only numbers, so God's way of numbering days will be used.
Mary Magdalene came to the sepulcher while it was still dark early in the morning on the 1 st day of the week and he had alredy risen. Therefore, Christ was not in the sepulchre a full day the 1 st day of the week; only the darkness, not the light as God defined a day. The last full day that Christ was in the grave had to be the 7 th day, the last day of the week. If the 7 th day was the last full day of darkness and light, the three full days were the 5 th , 6 th and 7 th . With the 5 th day being the first full day, Jesus was crucified in the evening just before the 5 th day started, thus, the 4 th day of the week was the preparation day.
The Preparation day on the 4 th day began the night they ate the Passover meal. The rest of the preparation day Jesus was taken before Pilate to be tried and scourged. After the crucifixion he was buried just before sunset, the start of the 5 th day, the Passover Sabbath. After the Passover Sabbath, they bought and prepared the spices and ointments on the 6 th day. Then they rested the 7 th day according to the commandments. Using the names of the days as we now know them, the sequences of the days of the crucifixion of Jesus are as follows.
Jesus was placed in the grave just before sunset on the fourth day of the week, Wednesday; he was in the grave the three full days of Thursday, the Passover Sabbath. Friday, the day they bought and prepared the spices and ointments, and Saturday, the seventh day Sabbath. He arose on Saturday at the same hour he was buried on Wednesday, just before sunset the start of the first day of the week where he had already risen. Three days and three nights, 72 hours just as he prophesied. The 7 th day is exactly THREE DAYS FROM THE 4 TH DAY. Thus Jesus fulfill his prophesy when the Pharisees asked him for a sign he was the Christ.
Mstt. 12:40 “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Now an investigation of the scriptures that are used to justify the delusion of Christ arising on the first day of the week.
Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus had risen on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”
Notice where the translators placed the comma in this scripture. The Greek from which this was translated did not use punctuation marks. The individuals translating this from Greek also believed that the first day of the week resurrection was true and misplaced the comma. When the comma is placed in the proper place, it agrees with what Jesus prophesied.
Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus had risen , early the first day of the week he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” The Geneva Bible used by the Pilgrims place a comma in the correct location in that quote. Unfortunately, the Geneva Bible is not in use today. Another scripture to justify Christ arising on the first day of the week is in the gospel of Luke when two men were talking on the first day of the week.
Luke 24:21 “But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and besides all this, today is the third day since these things were done.” It should be noted that Sunday is the third day from Thursday, not Friday. All these things happened on Thursday pertaining to the crucifixion of Christ.
Matt. 27:62-66 “Now the next day following the day of preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate. Saying sir, we remember that deceiver said while he was yet alive, after three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day. Pilate saith unto them, ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as you can. So they went and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone and setting a watch.” These things were done concerning the crucifixion on the third day prior to the first day of the week. If there is ever any scripture that contradicts the prophesies of Jesus, search the scripture, the answer is always there.
If there is still doubt, the apostle John will give final proof that the preparation day was not the preparation day of the seventh day Sabbath.
John 19:13-14 “When Pilate heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called Pavement, but in the Hebrew Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the Passover about the sixth hour.”
John 19:31 “The Jews therefore, because it was the Preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day for that Sabbath was a high day , besought Pilate that their legs might be broken and they might be taken away.” That Sabbath was a special Sabbath. Ask any Jew and he will confirm that a High day is a festival celebrated yearly.
Wikipedia-The Free Encyclopedia.
“ The high Sabbaths are annual biblical festivals recorded in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy.”
The Bible lists these festivals and the verses showing each Sabbath of rest for each festival. The NIV Bible translations lists these festivals more clearly.
1 Passover and Unleavened Bread: Lev. 23:8
2 First Fruits Lev: 23:11
3 Feast of Weeks: Lev. 23:21
4 Feast of Trumpets: Lev. 23:24
5 Day of Atonement: Lev. 23:28
6 Feast of Tabernacles: Lev.23:35
Christ's prophesy of spending three days and three nights in the earth has fallen on deaf ears of most of those who profess Christianity. The delusion of Christ's crucifixion on Friday and his arising on the first day of the week, has led to the first day of the week being the Sabbath, the Lord's Day and the special day to meet and worship God, traditions not taught by Jesus. The delusion of believing a lie, because it cannot be proven by the highest authority, the word of God.
PART 3—THE DAMNABLE HERESIES
2 Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
Through the dark and middle ages damnable heresies were being added into the church. The only church in existence was the Roman Catholic Church until the year 1522 when Martin Luther established the first protesting church. Thus, the name “protestant” came into existence. All through the years, these heresies have been carried forward and are the devils best kept secret from those seeking the Kingdom of God. A religious heresy is defined as “A doctrine or practice that is at variance with truth established beliefs.”
Why is such a warning by the apostle Peter being overlooked by those professing to be teachers of the Holy Scripture? Shouldn't the sheep be warned not to participate in a false doctrine or heresy that has been brought into the church? There is a reason that these heresies are kept a secret. These heresies are so intergraded into Christianity today; most had rather follow these heretical traditions than the Living God. As the reader will soon see.
Jeremiah 10:2-4 “Thus saith the Lord, LEARN NOT THE WAY OF THE HEATHEN and be not dismayed at the signs in heaven, for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the custom of the people are vain: FOR ONE CUTTETH A TREE OUT OF THE FOREST, the work of the hands of the workman with an ax. THEY DECK IT WITH SILVER AND GOLD; they fasten it with nails that it move not.”
Does that sound familiar? It should. A decorated tree is one of the foundations of a religion full of traditions. A tree decorated with ornaments of gold and silver will be found in almost every Christian home or Church at Christmas time. To observe this pagan tradition brought into the church is in direct disobedience to God: learn not the way of the heathen, and it is blasphemy when attached to the name of Christ as his birth.
The very name “Christmas” is a deception. The original Roman Catholic term “Christes Mass” was corrupted into the name “Christmas” to make it more palatable and more easily adopted into the churches. Even the date for Christmas was set by the church at Rome; and all Protestants follow her example.
Colliers Encyclopedia “Christmas” Vol. 6, Page 493
“After the triumph of Constantine, the church at Rome assigned the date of December 25 th as the date of celebration. By the end of the fourth century, the whole Christian world was celebrating Christmas on that date; with the exception of the Eastern churches. The choice of December 25 th was influenced by the fact on that date, the Romans celebrated “Mithra”, the feast of the sun god. The tradition of giving gifts and cards came from the ancient Roman custom called Strenae, during the Saturnalia when Roman citizens gave “good luck” gifts of fruit, pastry or gold to their friends. The Saturnalia is an ancient Roman festival of “ Saturn” which was a period of general merrymaking.”
World Book Encyclopedia. Volume 3, page 415.
“ People in Scandinavia once worshipped trees. When they became Christians, they made the evergreen tree part of their celebrations. In ancient times, the Romans exchanged green tree branches for good luck. The English took this custom over for Christmas. Today the colorful Poinsettia is used as evergreen to decorate homes. The custom of burning the Juul, (pronounced yool) came from the Norse and Anglo Saxon. They burned a huge oak log once a year to honor “ Thor, god of thunder.” After the Norse became Christians, they made the yule log an important part of their Christmas celebration. The Scandinavians adopted the word Yule to mean Christmas.”
“Mistletoe that decorates many homes in America, Canada, South America and Europe at Christmas time is also of pagan origin. Ancient Celtic priests, called Druids, gave people sprigs of the plant for charms. People today often hang this plant over doorways. Anyone standing under it must give a kiss to the first one catching them.”
World Book Encyclopedia, Volume 3, page 415.
“ Santa is distinctly American symbol. Many of the habits now connected with him actually came from earlier symbolic characters. For example, the belief that Santa Claus enters the house through the chimney developed from an old Norse legend. The Norse believed that the goddess “Hertha” appeared in the fireplace and brought good luck to the home.”
Of all the traditions of Christmas, the mythical old man “ Santa Claus” is the most devious and deceptive. Santa is the jolly old man that knows if children have been naughty or nice. Children are taught to make their wishes (prayers) known to Santa for gifts they wish him to bring on Christmas. Stockings are hung throughout homes for Santa to fill. Because of this heresy, children are more interest in Santa than they are of God during the Christmas festival. Santa knows who is naughty or nice, not God. Make their wishes known to Santa, not God. Santa gives them the gifts, not God. Truly the pleasures of this pagan festival and the love for Santa are more important in today's worship than the blood of Lord Jesus.
The gods Thor, Mithra, Saturn and the goddess Hertha Are not the only pagan deities that found their way into a religion full of heresies. Following those pagan deities into the Church, the pagan Goddess “Eastre” entered religion by her Christian name “Easter”
Linebaugh library, Easter, page 54
“The word “Easter” evolved from “Eostre”, goddess of fertility, spring and dawn. Ancient Saxons brought the festival to the British Isles, calling it “Eastre”. Early missionaries in the second century folded these rituals into a story about the resurrection of Christ, and “Eastre” eventually became Easter.”
“As missionaries spread Christianity across Europe and Asia, the egg became a symbol of the resurrection. Ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks all dyed eggs and ate them in spring festivals. The Anglo Saxons worshipped the goddess “Eostre” through their early symbol, the rabbit. The Easter bunny and the exchanging of eggs were centuries old before Christians celebrated Easter.”
History of Easter: Thomas A.Pence, Historian, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.
“Around the second century, the missionaries traveled among the Teutonic tribes along the north of Rome. Whenever possible, they converted the tribes of Northern Europe; realizing the time of the resurrection of Christ coincided with the Teutonic spring celebration, which emphasized the triumph of life over death. Christian “Easter” gradually absorbed the traditional symbols of Easter bunny and Easter eggs to harmonize with Christian doctrine.”
One of the most honored practices conducted today is the Easter Sunrise Service. On Easter Sunday morning, members of some congregations pray and sing Easter hymns as they wait for Sunrise on Easter Sunday morning. Facing the east at the rising of the sun, signifying the rising of Christ on Sunday. This too is a pagan custom. Even some in ancient Israel followed this custom and were condemned by God.
Ezekiel 8:15-16 (18) “Then saith he unto me, Hast thou seen this O son of man? Turn thee yet again and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. 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 the sun toward the east. Therefore, I will also deal in fury: mine eyes shall not spare, neither will I have pity, and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.”
The date of this pagan inspired Easter heresy was set by the same Roman Church that authorized the date of the Christmas festival; and all Protestants follow her example.
Roman Emperor Constantine convened the Roman Council of Nicaea, A.D. 325
“The date set for Easter is the Sunday following the pascal full moon, which is the full moon that falls on, or after the vernal Equinox between March 22 nd and April 23 rd .”
Protestants and non-Christians alike participate in this heresy on the date determined by their mother church at Rome.
Another heresy adopted into Christianity by the church at Rome is the festival of “Halloween.” Halloween is not a religious day to be observed by Protestants, but a holy evening by the Roman Church. The term “Hallowed Eve” for Catholics was corrupted into the name “Halloween” as observed by most professing Christianity. All Hallows Eve is observed on October 31 st because November 1 st is All Saints Day observed by the Catholic Church. All Saints Day was to honor all saints who did not have a special day to honor them. It is a holy day of obligation when Catholics are required to attend Mass and refrain from unnecessary work.
World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 9. Page 25-26
“Many superstitions and symbols are connected with Halloween. The Irish have a tale about the origin of jack-o-lantern. A man named Jack that could not enter heaven or hell so walked the earth with his lantern until Judgment Day. The Druids, priests of ancient Gaul and Britain, believed that ghosts, spirits, fairies and witches came out to harm people.
They thought cats were sacred, were once human beings but were changed for punishment for evil deeds. From these Druid beliefs came the present day use of witches, ghosts and cats in Halloween festivities. The custom of using leaves, pumpkins and cornstalks decorations come from the Druids.”
Every Hallowed Eve on October 31 st , children wear colorful uniform of devils. false faces of witches, ghosts, skeleton, etc., as they go from house to house “trick or treating.” The Halloween tradition of trick or treating is common among Christians and non-Christians alike.
The three heresies afore mentioned are small compared to one of the greatest heresies and deception ever conceived by Satan to change the truth of God into a lie and completely change the whole face of Christianity, The deception that the first day of the week is the Sabbath, Lord's Day or day for special worship. The first day of the week is the most hallowed day in modern Christianity. Yet JESUS NEVER ONCE MENTIONED THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK IN HIS PREACHING THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Although this heresy is worldwide and preached as truth by the many false teachers that Jesus said would come in his name leading many down the broad way to destruction, IT IS NOT, IT HAS NOT, IT CANNOT AND WILL NOT EVER BE PROVEN BY GOD'S WORD. IT IS A LIE.
It is the lie that was revealed when this website explaining the “Good Friday” crucifixion and the “Easter Sunday” resurrection. All Catholics and most Protestants believe Sunday is the Sabbath, Lord's Day and day for special worship because Christ arose on Sunday, not because Scriptures teach it.
The same as the heresies of Christmas, Easter and Halloween, the worship of the Day of the Sun, Sunday, also originated with the Roman Church,
Constantine, Emperor of Rome: History of Christianity, Vol. 111. Page 380
“On the venerable day of the Sun, let the people in the cities rest and all workshops be closed.”
Catechism of The Roman Catholic Church:
“The church celebrates the day of Christ's resurrection on the eighth day, Sunday, which is rightly called the Lord's Day.”
History of the Roman Council of Laodicea, A.D. 364
“Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, resting rather on the first day of the week.”
The Catholic Mirror, Official Organ of Cardinal Gibbons, Sept.23, 1893
“ The Catholic Church, for one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.
The Catholic Our Sunday Visitor, Faith of Millions, page 137
“The Bible does not contain all the teachings of the Christian religion, nor does it formulate all the duties of its members. Take for example the matter of Sunday observance, the attendance of divine service and abstention of unnecessary work on that day, a matter upon which our Protestant neighbors have for many years laid great interest. Let me address myself in a friendly spirit to my dear Protestant reader. You believe the Bible alone is a safe guide in religious matters. You also believe one of the fundamental duties enjoined upon you by your Christian faith is that of Sunday observance. But where does the Bible speak of such an obligation? I have read the Bible from the first verse of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation, and have found no record of the sanctifying of Sunday. The day mentioned in the bible is not the Sunday, the first day of the week, but the Saturday, the last day of the week. It was the Apostolic church, which acting by virtue of that authority conferred upon her by Christ, CHANGED THE OBSERVANCE TO SUNDAY in honor of the day Christ arose from the dead, and to signify we are no longer under the old law of the Jews, but under the new law of Christ. In observing Sunday as you do, it is apparent that you really acknowledge the insufficiency of the Bible as a rule of faith and religious conduct, proclaiming the need of a divinely teaching authority, which in theory you deny.”
Ever heresy listed here are doctrines established by the Roman Church; the whole world and the hundreds of different Protestant denominations that came into existence since the sixteenth century follow her as faithful daughters follow their mother. And God calls to those entangled in her web of deception and deceit.
Rev. 18:4 “COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE THAT YE BE NOT PARTAKER OF HER SINS, AND THAT YE RECEIVE NOT OF HER PLAGUES.”
Christ was the foundation of his Spiritual Church.
Eph 2:19-20 “ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the household of God. and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, JESUS HIMSELF BEING THE CHIEF CORNER STONE.”
The teachings of Rome are the foundations and cornerstone of the Catholic and the Protestant churches. To reject Christmas, Easter, and Sun Day worship, is to reject the very foundation that the apostate Catholic and Protestant churches are built on.
As stated earlier, these heresies are so important in Christianity today, it is almost impossible to reject them, therefore, most will continue down the broad way that leads to death rather than the narrow road to life.
11 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lust shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn their ears away from the truth AND SHALL BE TURNED INTO FABLES.
False prophets. false teachers, heresies and fables have all entered the church since Jesus established his church over two thousand years ago. Jesus prayed to God that his saints would all be one.
John 17:20-21 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me
through their word. That they all be one; as thou Father, art in me, as I in thee that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Christ prayed for his church to be one. Christ did not pray for the hundreds of different catechisms, beliefs and doctrines that exists among Churches and ministries today. Are the churches today one? Do they meet together? Do they have the same doctrines or catechisms? Do they celebrate the Lord's Supper together? Are their ministers educated in the same seminaries? The answer is a definite, no. These are not what Christ prayed for. The apostle Paul's prophesy correctly described “churches” as they exist today.
1 Cor. 3: 3 “ For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
We should heed this warning from Jesus if we follow traditions taught by men and not truth taught by Jesus.
Matt. 7:22-23 “ MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name hath cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
The heresies above are centuries old, but another heresy brought into the church more recently is the “pre tribulation rapture” of the church. It is believed by many Christians, and preached by many ministers, that at a certain point in time, the born again Christians will be taken up from the earth by Jesus into heaven. This is the teaching of “the rapture.” The word “rapture” used by the teachers of the pre tribulation heresy is not found in the scripture, but the word rapture is taken from the Latin verb “rapier” which means to “carry off” or “catch up.”
The pre tribulation rapture doctrine as preached by many “prophets” is a time when Jesus will appear in the clouds and “rapture” up true believers into heaven. The unsaved will be left on earth to go through a period of terrible tribulations. The tribulations are described as terrible plagues and hardships that the unsaved will suffer for a period of seven years. The pre tribulation rapture is a “secret” rapture and the unsaved left on earth will wonder where their love ones have gone.
Is it possible to know for certain there will be a gathering up of the saints? The answer is yes. Is it important to know if the pre tribulation rapture is true or another heresy brought into the church? The answer again is yes. How terrible it would be believing we would be raptured up and not go through the end of the age plagues, and suddenly we were aware that we have been deceived; and find ourselves in the holocaust.
The Pre tribulation rapture is not Christ's second coming because he does not set his feet on the ground. He only appears in the clouds and “raptures” his saints up and carries them into heaven. A bestselling book and a movie titled “Left Behind” describes this secret rapture when suddenly many disappear without warning. The unsaved will be left wondering how a person could suddenly disappear.
To prove the “ rapture” , Its teachers refer to the Apostle Paul's letter to the Thessalonians.
1 Thess. 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout , with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Review the scripture quoted above. They do not tell if this was pre or post tribulations. They do not tell if it was secret or non-secret.
With the shout of Jesus and the blast of a trumpet, it would appear that Christ would want the whole world to know he was coming.
To prove this was a “ pre tribulation rapture,” its teachers refer to the Apostle Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians.
2 Thess. 2: 3-4-6-7-8 (5 omitted) “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. And now ye know what witholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”
Review the scriptures above. These imply that the Holy Spirit must be taken away before the wicked (antichrist) is revealed. Since the saved (the church) are the ones with the Holy
Spirit, they will be raptured to heaven, then the wicked one (antichrist) that cause the tribulations will be revealed.
There are other examples pre tribulation adherents refer to as examples that the elect will not suffer through the tribulations. The examples are Noah and Lot. God saved Noah when he destroyed the world with a flood. God saved Lot when he destroyed Sodom by a fire just like he will save the church from the tribulations. Of course, God did not rapture them to heaven, he provided safety for them here on earth. Perhaps there are other examples to prove a rapture of the saints before the tribulations, but they are so confusing; using certain verses to imply certain meanings, going in circles that it's hard to understand even if one is familiar with the scriptures.
Leaving the various examples that the proponents of the pre tribulation heresy try to explain a rapture of the saints, Jesus will use his actual word to prove the pre tribulation rapture false. He will not make up a word such as “rapture,” he will use what he actually said when he “gathered” up the saints.
In Matthew chapter 24, the apostles asked Jesus about the end of the world and his second coming. Jesus's first example was “for many shall come in my name and deceive many.” Matt. 24:5. Jesus gave them many signs; wars, many being killed and other things to happen at the end, and then he gave this prophesy to his apostles.
Matt. 24:21-22 “ FOR THEN SHALL BE GREAT TRIBULATIONS, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be , And except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved; but for the elect's sake those days should be shortened.”
Matt. 24:29-30-31 “ IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, AND THEY SHALL SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, AND THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
Jesus is telling his apostles the same thing as Paul told the Thessalonians, “appearing in the clouds of heaven and the great sound of the trumpet.” to “gather” up his elect. Notice Jesus said this was after the tribulations . His feet did not touch the ground here either. There is no pre tribulation gathering up of the saints according to this prophesy of Jesus.
The prophet Daniel, many years before Christ came, prophesied exactly what Jesus told his apostles about the tribulations and resurrection. Both the saved and the unsaved are resurrected and rewarded at the same time, after the tribulations .
Daniel 12:1-2 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, that great prince which standeth for the children of the people: AND THERE SHALL BE A TIME OF TROUBLE, SINCE AS NEVER WAS SINCE THERE WAS A NATION even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, SOME TO EVERLASTING LIFE AND SOME TO EVERLASTING SHAME.”
Daniel prophesied that both the ones to everlasting life and the ones to everlasting shame will be rewarded after the tribulations. A parable Jesus gave and explained to his apostles is another example there will be no resurrection of the saints before his second coming.
Matt. 13:24-30 “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, wilt thou then that we go gather them up? But he said nay, lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let them BOTH GROW TOGETHER UNTIL THE HARVEST and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Once again, the good and bad destroyed and rewarded at the same time. There are many examples that there will be no pre tribulation rapture of the elect before the tribulations, Matt. 25:31-32 and Revelation 11:15-18 are perfect examples, but the final nail that seals the door on the pre tribulation rapture was given by Jesus through the apostle John in the book of Revelation. Jesus will prove not a single saint that slept was resurrected before the tribulations as the pre tribulation teachers would have us believe. The following prophesy of Jesus happens after Jesus comes, the beast (antichrist) and false prophet are tossed into the lake of fire, Rev. 19:20. Satan is chained and the thousand year reign of Jesus and his elect begins.
Rev. 20: 1 through 6 “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: AND I SAW THE SOULS OF THEM THAT WERE BEHEADED for the witness of Jesus and the word of God, and which HAD NOT WORSHIPPED THE BEAST NEITHER HIS IMAGE, NEITHER HAD RECEIVED HIS MARK UPON THEIR FOREHEADS OR IN THEIR HANDS and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. THIS IS THE FIRST RESURRECTION. Blessed and holy is he that hath part IN THIS FIRST RESURRECTION on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years.”
Even a simple mind should understand that these in the FIRST RESURRECTION went through the tribulations because some had been beheaded and all had not worshipped the beast (anti christ) nor received his mark in their forehead or hand. If this was the FIRST RESURRECTION, there could not have been a previous resurrection as Satan would have the world believe . So it is. No resurrection until Jesus comes to “gather” up and reign with his saints.
If all those truly seeking the kingdom of God would only follow these four simple teaching of Jesus, they would not follow the broad way that leads to death, only the narrow road to life.
1, If thou would enter into, life keep the commandments.
Rev. 22:14 “ Blessed are they that do his commandments that they might have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
2. Do not follow the delusion that is a lie, the Good Friday-crucifixion and the Easter Sunday resurrection, follow Jesus.
Matt. 12:40 “ For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whales belly: so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
3. Do not obey the heresies, commandments and doctrines handed down from Rome, obey the prophesy of the living Savior, Lord Jesus.
Matt. 15:9 “ But in vain do they worship me, teaching for commandments the doctrines of men.”
4. When we believe, repent and are baptized, Jesus adds us to his church, the body of Christ, not added to a Catholic or Protestant denomination.
Eph. 5:30 “for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”
Now we understand as we leave this website: Matt.20:16 “for many be called, but few chosen.” The rejection of God's commandments, and the heresies and false doctrines that have so infected the worlds religion, only a flicker of light remains.
Jesus leaves those who are obedient to his word with this promise.
“ In my Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also.” John 14:2-3
Even so, come Lord Jesus
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