Bible Believers' Newsletter 1104
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; we are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word.
Please welcome fellow subscriber J. Richard Niemela who contributes some valid "Comments regarding the Passover Observance" in Christ's Church. Jesus demanded of the scribes and Pharisees, "Why do you transgress the commandment of God by your tradition" (Matthew 15:3)? Organized religion is not of God: it is not of faith but bound by manmade traditions that lack two or three Scriptural witnesses to establish standing before the Throne.
The members of Christ's Church were nearly all Jewish converts until the Thyatira Church Age of AD606. The Outer Court was Luther's age as we start in the Body of the Gentile Church. There is something else you ought to know: the seven Churches addressed by John are in Asia Minor and were all Gentile Churches. He does not speak to the Church at Jerusalem which was mostly Jewish with perhaps a few Gentiles. The reason being that God had turned from Israel to us Gentiles: thus the whole of the Church Ages is God dealing with the Gentiles, and calling out a Gentile Bride to Himself. That makes the Church Ages and "The Fullness of the Gentiles" one and the same thing (Acts 13:44-48; Romans 11:1-8; Romans 11:25-29).
Ephesians 2:20, "And we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets" who never celebrated Israel's feast of Passover after Calvary, because it was fulfilled! "For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us" (I Corinthians 5:7).
Our Church has never celebrated the pagan Roman Catholic festival of Easter which is not Scriptural. Paul called these Jewish feasts and holy days "the weak and beggarly elements whereunto you desire again to be in bondage." He typed such churches with Hagar and present-day Jerusalem in contrast to Christ's Church—"Jerusalem that is above, which is free" (Galatians 4:1-31). Having brought us into the unity of the faith for the manifestation of the Sons of God and the translation, the S_O_N-Light should have loosed us from Roman traditions and ripened all the greenness from Christ's end-time Bride. You might say, "Branham Tabernacle celebrated Easter." Yes, it was a Pentecostal Church; Christ was still interceding for ignorance of the fullness of the Word and Brother Branham was a Pentecostal saint, however his ministry has restored us to the faith once delivered unto the apostolic saints who did not observe Jewish traditions (Malachi 4:6b; Jude 3).
Brother Branham said, "Every day in the year ought to be an Easter. Every day should be a thrill day of the resurrection. But you know what, they have mixed up the message of Easter . . . therefore the Easter is just propaganda. But to the believer that knows day by day they live in an Easter, because He has risen from the dead and He is alive forevermore in the hearts, making Himself known to His Church day by day. "These signs shall follow them that believe" (61-0424, The Greatest News Flash in History).
The Roman Catholic church is an impersonation of the Jew's temple worship. It was organized by "the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and are not and do lie, but are the synagogue of Satan" (Revelation 2:9; 3:9). Their objective to this day is, to destroy the faith. Rome's worship is a hybrid of pagan Babylonian religion and Jewish ordinances like the Passover which was reintroduced under the name Easter or "Ishtar" which is Astarte, the Queen of Heaven (Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17-25). She is the deified wife and also the mother of Nimrod or Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14). While I am aware that most churches in the circle of the Message celebrate Israel's Passover, it was fulfilled almost two thousand years ago.
The one thing every man fears is the unknown . . . at this very moment across every nation unbelieving men are relinquishing individual rights for the guarantee of well-being granted by Lucifer's Judaeo-Roman one world government. But "the mystery of God is finished" (Revelation 10:7): "Good Friday" is come, and the United States is behind Australia, India, Africa and Europe on the International Date Line.
Readers and subscribers to our FREE weekly Church Newsletter have been advised on several occasions to have three month's nonperishable food in store. National leaders are all seeking to solve debt by creating more debt which can only result in making a bad situation worse: this is the goal of Rome and her usurious partners in the crime of global hegemony (Daniel 9:27). Please read your Newsletters prayerfully, and carefully.
,br> We also ask that you greet longtime contributing author John Kaminski whose self-explanatory title is "The Bill Gates Death Tattoo." As for current news, our focus is upon Rome, the City of London, and the 'red herring' COVID-19.
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
Why one cannot 'catch' a Coronavirus
April 1, 2020 — Download this video before YouTube takes this copy down. Tom Barnett's video received 200,000views in 48 hours. That's why it was removed! Here is Tom's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyru... If you can't download from YouTube, click here to download a copy from my file share. If you have problems, email me at email@example.com and I'll email you a different link. Also available here on my Bitchute channel Full story: youtube.com
Comments: Who is "winning" and who is "losing." The "transnational corona crisis" is fabricated on a bedrock of unreliable evidence.
US Doctor: How can one make a vaccine for something never proven to exist? The lockdown was required by statistical epidemiologists not by infectious diseases doctors youtube.
Witness the FRAUD: US COVID-19 hospitals and quarantine stations are deserted. Full story: youtube.com.
Michel Chossudovsky explained what's vital for everyone to know:
"The unspoken truth is that the novel (COVID-19) coronavirus provides a pretext to powerful financial interests and corrupt politicians to trigger the entire World into a spiral of mass unemployment, bankruptcy, extreme poverty and despair."
"This is the true picture of what is happening. 'Planet Lockdown' is an encroachment on civil liberties. Entire national economies are in jeopardy. In some countries martial law has been declared."
"This crisis is unprecedented in World history. It is destabilizing and destroying people's lives Worldwide. It's a 'War against Humanity.'"
"While it is presented to World public opinion as a WHO global health emergency, what is really at stake are the mechanisms of 'economic warfare' sustained by fear and intimidation, with devastating consequences."
Waiting for the earthquake.
Corona Pandemic: The Perfect Scapegoat for the Financial & 'Everything Bubble' Market Crash (The Great Depression 2.0)
April 1, 2020 — "The economic and social impacts far exceed those attributed to the coronavirus."
The financial collapse is inevitable as the Federal Reserve can't keep printing money and create more bubbles that at some point definitely will pop, the Covid-19 pandemic provides the global elites with the perfect scapegoat where it will be blamed (and it is already) for all the economic and financial crisis, for the massive layoffs, and the economic depression. The timing could not be more perfect—the 'Black Swan' event needed to cover up all the fraudulent schemes in how our world operates. In the meantime it also provides the distraction needed to blind the masses so they can't realize and understand what is going on and what has been done to them all this time, of the fraud and plundering done by the banks, corporations and our global elites as the people are busy handling the pandemic and are afraid for their lives.
Corona virus pandemic will also be used to further the global elites' agenda while plundering the middle and poor class and more massive transfer of wealth that is ongoing, because for the global elites it is "Never let a good crisis go to waste".
Not only that the virus pandemic provides the right excuse, scapegoat and cover up for the economic and financial crash which is going to be worse than the 2008 "Great Recession," it also severely attacked China and Iran, two countries USA perceives as enemies. It also caused huge numbers of deaths in Italy, the first and only EU country to sign China's Belt and Road Initiative. With the mysterious origin of the corona virus the Covid-19 pandemic is "Killing Several Birds with One Stone" strategy?
It seems the Cold War is not yet over. From the no winner of the US-China Trade War, it seems to step up to a Biological War if the corona virus is deliberately unleashed to attack a country or certain countries. But like any other bio warfare, it can spread and result in collateral damage as the virus spread almost all over the world and more than half the world population is now under confinement.
While most of the world is fighting the virus pandemic, the battle for world hegemony continues as the global superpower will do everything it can to stay at the top and attack any country it considers a threat or enemy. At the core it is about United States maintaining its hegemony as the world top power and maintaining its currency as the world reserve currency . . . Full story: indonesiamerdeka.org
Putting the Puzzle Together
April 1, 2020 — One of the most important interviews on the Internet just got even more important, because of the pandemic, now the jigsaw of the plan for the future is almost complete, and the head architects are surely the Rockefeller Family.
First here's a brief version of the post summed up quickly:
Decades ago a highly credible investigator, Norman Dodd, discovered that the tax-exempt foundations e.g. Rockefeller Foundation etc, wanted to make changes to society, and their tool of choice (at that time) was war. The tax-exempt foundations said they would continue to use war until they had other effective methods for making major societal changes.
Ten years ago, a high-level Rockefeller document described details of other methods for influencing how the world evolves, one such scenario which was suggested in the document was a pandemic.
What societal changes do the Rockefellers desire? A former Rockefeller family friend blew the whistle on the plans the Rockefellers had for the future. He was told they want everyone chipped for tracking and to buy/sell. If they don't like you they will turn off your chip to make it incredibly difficult for you to function in society.
Conclusion: The Rockefellers no longer rely on war to make changes in the world; they now have other tools at their disposal, such as pandemics. Their goal is take away our freedoms; if we want them back we'll be forced to receive vaccines to gain a digital certificate of movement which allows us to be tracked on 5G control grids. Over time it will be placed onto a chip, which will be hard to avoid. By then society will be cashless, making life without a chip a struggle, almost impossible.
Chief suspects for causing this pandemic, the Rockefeller family and their many proxies.
Longer version with more detail:
This interview with the late Norman Dodd was already viewed as one of the most important on the Internet. If you haven't seen it before, you really must add it to your list. Dodd was the chief investigator of the Reece Committee, his job was to look into the tax-exempt foundations e.g. Rockefeller Foundation, and to find out what they were actually up to. In the interview he explains that the foundations are really there to make changes in the world, and that the only way they know how to make changes is through war, so their job is really to start wars. Since war was the only effective method they knew for making major changes, they would continue to use it until they had other equivalently effective methods.
10 years ago the Rockefeller Foundation released a scenario document, Page 18, where they looked into different scenarios which could influence the way in which our world evolves, one of the scenarios analyzed was a pandemic. So what we're seeing here is that over the decades the Rockefeller Foundation has moved on, they no longer rely on war as a tool to make changes, now they have new tools at their disposal, like pandemics, making them the chief suspects as to who has placed the world into the current pandemic scenario.
Now, you may be wondering what kinds of changes the Rockefellers want to make to society, well one of their former friends blew the whistle in a video of similar importance to the Norman Dodd interview. Aaron Russo was a filmmaker and a close friend with one of the Rockefellers. Aaron was told their secret plans for the world, which included everyone being micro-chipped in a cashless society, where one requires an implanted micro-chip for buying and selling. If TPTB didn't like what you were doing they could switch off your chip, making it almost impossible for you to function in society.
So, as Bill Gates (who is allied with the Rockefellers) recently admitted on Reddit the plan is for people to have digital certificates of movement, Germany is calling them antibody certificates. It's very easy to see how these digital certificates of movement, initially on your smart phone, will eventually be installed on implanted micro-chips, in case you lose your phone and for your convenience, they will say. You won't be allowed in society without one, as they will claim you may spread a virus, for you to be allowed out in public they will force you to have this, which also means receiving the vaccines and whatever ingredients eugenics enthusiasts Gates and the Rockefellers decide to put in them.
Last but not least, the 5G control grid which is being rapidly rolled out is there to track your movement by connecting with the digital certificate/chip; this is why 5G is being prioritized despite there being so much public resistance and unknown health risks. While 4G was similar, it is nowhere near as fast and cannot make as many connections; with 5G they can track us in real time. Full story: reddit.com
Comment: The Report from Iron Mountain. Search Norman Dodd and "Report from Iron Mountain" which we have covered extensively over the years on Church Website.
Fifty Christians Hacked to Death by Fulani Jihadists in March & Ten in first Two Days of April
April 4, 2020 — In January and February 2020, no fewer than 350 Christians were hacked to death in the country, out of which, the Jihadist Fulani militants accounted for not less than 250 deaths. In all, not less than 410 Christian lives have been lost in Nigeria to Jihadist Fulani terrorists in the past 93 days . . . Full story: thenigerianvoice.com
Comment: Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto, expressed his disgust with the government: The Nigerian government is "using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam, which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence." Yet these are just a few of many Christian killings that hardly even make it to social media.
UK, NZ Banks forced to Scrap Dividends. Could Australia be Next?
April 3, 2020 — Shares in UK banks have fallen sharply after regulators forced them to cancel dividends for 2019 and 2020 in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), an arm of the Bank of England which oversees UK banks and building societies, wrote to seven "systemically important UK deposit-takers" asking them to suspend dividends payments and share buybacks until the end of 2020, and cancel the payment of any outstanding 2019 dividends . . .
New Zealand's central bank has also directed its banks to cease paying dividends or redeeming capital notes. The RBNZ also announced Australia's big four banks won't be able to receive dividends from their Kiwi subsidiaries during the coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions take effect immediately and remain in place until further notice . . . Full story: morningstar.com.au
The Bill Gates Death Tattoo
By John Kaminski© 2017 all rights reserved
It's not a double play, not a triple play, but a quadruple play.
One, the government created the disease in a lab, which it later had to close because slipshod practices created leaks of lethal substances. Two, they then sent it to China during war games they were playing. Three, they created the pandemic through media hysteria though the death rate was no greater than a "typical" flu. And four, the coup de grace, they created the mega death toll by administering poison vaccines, without which people would not be prevented from accessing their own money.
A quadruple play for the total control of everyone's mind and the permanent end of individuality—the highest aspiration of the human species: soon to be known as the Bill Gates Death Tattoo. All the while installing 5G in all the schools in America: guaranteeing an astronomical toll of disease and death as well as the desired population reduction numbers sought by the filthy rich against the unwashed masses. If you think this is crazy, I suggest you check out what is happening right now at your local high school, as the cops prevent you from asking about all those white trucks tinkering with the antennas adjacent to the school.
It's just the flu, stupid. And the flu is not contagious. So why are we cowering in our homes when the death rate is so low, less than for "ordinary" flu.
Society has been ruined by the population's refusal to confront media lies. Cowardice, a preternatural desire to "fit in" and failure to think critically has brought world society crumbling down like the house of cards it was. The fake money system had to crash one day because it is fake and today is that day.
Ultimately, this is all a variation of George Bush's "you have to keep repeating the propaganda until it sinks in." The population believes the Twin Towers fell because of guys in caves in Afghanistan. And now the public, unable to think for itself, is sucking in to the false advice that social distancing makes sense, when in fact it prevents coming to the conclusion that we are being swindled out of our freedom.
Night after night the fake media has preempted the evening news with its demonic vaudeville act of so called experts.
In fact social distancing is the way to cultural suicide, soon to be followed by species suicide.
It isn't the Coronavirus that is going to kill us. It is the government's Pavlovian response to the Coronavirus that is going to kill us. That is already killing is.
But is it really a death toll? Or is it a fake news death toll? The formidable amount of footage of placid hospital emergency rooms belies the hysterical accounts of Covid-19 deaths. Candid comments of nurses reveal that the epidemic is not really happening as they say it is, while those simpering wimp reporters on TV constantly remind us to stay in our homes and keep washing our hands while the whole world goes to hell.
Report of deaths from all causes being categorized as pandemic deaths are growing every day.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced on March 18, 2020 during a "Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' session" that he is working on a new, invisible "quantum dot tattoo" implant that will track who has been tested for COVID-19 and who has been vaccinated against it, reported Jim Fetzer on a Saved Magazine article that was sourced from BioHackInfo.Com.
According to the last source, "The quantum-dot tattoos involve applying dissolvable sugar-based microneedles that contain a vaccine and fluorescent copper-based 'quantum dots' embedded inside biocompatible, micron-scale capsules. After the microneedles dissolve under the skin, they leave the encapsulated quantum dots whose patterns can be read to identify the vaccine that was administered."
Gates was responding to a question on how businesses will be able to operate while maintaining social distancing, and said that, "Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it."
The 'digital certificates' Gates was referring to are human-implantable 'QUANTUM-DOT TATTOOS' that researchers at MIT and Rice University are working on as a way to hold vaccination records. The quantum-dot tattoos will likely be supplemented with Bill Gates' other undertaking called ID2020, which is an ambitious project by Microsoft to solve the problem of over 1 billion people who live without an officially recognized identity.
As for ID2020, to see it through, Microsoft has formed an alliance with four other companies, namely; Accenture, IDEO, Gavi, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The project is supported by the United Nations and has been incorporated into the UN's Sustainable Development Goals initiative.
Many Christians and Muslims are opposed to the idea of micro-chipping and any form of body-invasive identification technology.
The so-called Coronavirus Epidemic is Gates' perfect opportunity to microchip the world as the public becomes more indoctrinated to the elite's plan to contain the epidemic.
Religious people of many creeds fear microchips too closely resemble the Mark of the Beast references in their religious books.
In the Book of Revelation 13:15-18 in the Bible, anyone who does not have this "mark" is not allowed to buy or sell anything.
Last year in November, a Denmark-based tech company which had contracts to produce microchip implants for the Danish Government and the US Navy, had to cancel the launch of its supposedly "revolutionary" Internet-of-Things powered microchip implant after Christian activists attacked its offices in Copenhagen.
The Covid-19 vaccine is already under research and development and experts say it will likely be available in about 18 months. Will this mean forced vaccinations or perpetually "sheltering in place" for those who refuse the coronavirus vaccine?
In a more recent development, Gates has called for a worldwide shutdown of society. This seems to be already happening.
Any resemblance to the mark of the beast in all this is not coincidental. [It is ignorance: the mark in the forehead signifies acceptance of Rome's dogma, while the mark in the hand indicates serving or obeying Rome's will; for almost a thousand years after the false church was organized at the First Nicaea Council in AD325 the same mark that was forced upon genuine Christians],
This is as good as micro-chipping in vaccines, even better. People will lose their access to money if they don't have it.
It all comes back to the concrete manufacture of alienation mentioned by Guy Debord in 1968, which is the result of the destruction of religion and the elimination of the family structure.
The most important thing humans have to protect is the relationship of a mother to her child. That has been largely destroyed by a combination of luring women into preferring careers instead of raising families and convincing men that a permanent state of tumescence, or sexual rapture, is the preferred condition of their existence. This combination of mind control is the one thing most responsible for the death of the family and the imposition of Communism around the world.
Like freedom of the individual, once the family is disparaged and eliminated it can never be recovered. And with each passing day of social distancing it disappears a little bit further into the troubled memory of humankind.
Comments regarding the Passover Observance
By J. Richard Niemela
The issue of the Passover observance was a ritual demanded of ancient Israelites, as a reminder of by Whom and How they were saved out of the Egyptian slavery—and Why! It clearly appears as an order within the several texts of the Old Testament, particularly in Exodus 12:14 and 17. The words therein, calling it a ". . . feast by ordinance, forever." Yet this Old Testament demand for its observance must be understood also as coming from the Masoretic Texts, which are seldom noted by our Shepherds as the basis of our Old Testament—that Talmudic Jews re-wrote the Hebrew language Bible that was then translated into other languages as if it was the original Hebrew language Bible!
Since we know that the Ordinances, the ritual of worship and ceremonies and feasts were removed by Jesus' sacrifice, we should understand that the demand word, "forever" in two verses of Exodus 12 were edited by the Masoretes by adding the word "forever" in lieu of until "the end of the age," or the old Covenant.
But, my point here is to advise that some of the specific wording of the Old Testament texts were purposely corrupted by the Masorete translators, and some of those words which refer to the Passover experienced such accommodation. So, to assume that such instructions are absolutely mandatory, as Law today, is to step across the aisle into a legalism no longer necessary.
But, that is not to say that celebrating such an historic and significant event is not acceptable, or justified: it just does not improve one's soul or advance one into the Gospel of the Kingdom, or Salvation. In the Septuagint, the earliest of Old Testament texts, it implies that this observance by the Israelites would be kept, "unto the age." Dr. Gordon Ginn, a Greek scholar, noted:
"This is a literal translation from the Greek Old Testament. If we accepted the translations of the Hebrew Masoretic Text, it would read, 'forever.' It was intended to be a long time but was to be discontinued when Christ came and ratified the New Covenant" (The Final Apostasy, by Gordon Ginn, p. 18).
Recall that the Masoretic texts of our Old Testament were not put into "modern" Hebrew (a 'new' Hebrew at that) until the Jewish scholars began their work on the Old Testament around AD400: a work in progress until the Old Testament was first published by the Catholic Church in AD916. During that long period of time, the Masoretes (Talmudic Jews) had sufficient time to modify and adjust the many words of the Old Testament. Which they certainly did! Omitting almost one third of the Septuagint, modifying verses and omitting others—consider what Dr. Ginn notes here: "While it is historically a fact that those men reworked the Old Testament, it will come as a shock to many Christians just how clever they were in their attempt to obscure prophetic foreknowledge about Jesus Christ."
The facts of the Masoretic wordsmithing and deviations are disguised and cloaked by pressure from today's Talmudists, but accommodated as well, by the Catholic Church because they too, were, and still are, equally guilty of many changes induced by their own Translators . . . for their own purpose . . . primarily to instill a "fear" into their parishioners to induce them to rely on the Church and the Priests for salvation . . . Not!!
Also, you must understand that the source or basis for the work of these Masoretes, came primarily from the Greek language Bible, the Septuagint or LXX (72 contributors), but as few of the original Old Hebrew texts and scrolls that were used to create the Greek Septuagint in 285B were no longer then available . . . (Many of the original Hebrew texts/scrolls having been lost when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in AD70).
Having to resort to the Greek Septuagint did not sit well with these Jews, as its texts were not favorable to Jewish interests and they lost many arguments with the new and growing Christians because of the words contained therein . . . As a consequence, the Jews sought a Hebrew Bible (Hebrew had become a dead language by then) for use by Jews, who by that time, were really following the Talmud and its Judaism, as ancient Hebrewism was abandoned during their 70 year captivity in Babylon. Their Talmud took precedence over the Torah—and still does! (This was confirmed by Steven S. Wise, chief Rabbi of the United States, "the return from Babylon, and the adoption of the Babylonian Talmud, marks the end of Hebrewism, and the beginning of Judaism").
The Jews, returning from Babylon, created a new nation but were destined to be the Prophet Daniel's "Chartered 70 week Jewish nation" and were ordained to last that period of time (490 years) and were to supply the background and surroundings for the coming of Messiah (Daniel 9:24-27).
It is interesting to note that 490 years to the day, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem. The legitimate mission of this chartered Jewish nation thus ended. Jesus confirmed this fact, stating: "The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you . . . (Matthew 21:43) I digressed a bit there, but, that is another topic, for another time.
[These are in fact 490 weeks of 360-day years, 69 weeks were fulfilled when the Israelites murdered their Messiah, and the Lord turned from dealing with Israel as a nation to whomsoever of Adam's race would receive Him in the Gentile dispensation; this will terminate shortly and the Lord will turn back to the Israel nation in the Land of the Covenant by the ministry of the two Hebrew prophets of Zechariah 4:17, Matthew 24:31, and Revelation 11:3-12.
Christians for the most part are oblivious to the correspondence between covenantal relationship with the Eternal and custodianship of the canon of Scripture. The Old Covenant was a covenant of marriage, made between the Eternal and the nation Israel. Non-Israelites had no part in the covenant.
The two parties entered into covenant at Mount Sinai, following the redemption of Israel from the bondage of Egypt. The relationship continued despite the subsequent division of the nation into two kingdoms. We learn from the writings of the prophets that, following the division, the Eternal viewed Israel as a pair of sisters, simultaneously taken in marriage under identical covenantal relationships.
Under the covenant, custodianship of the canon of Scripture resided with the Levitical priesthood, Deuteronomy 17:18; 31:9-11. The Levites were given no inheritance in the land, rather they were scattered as ministers throughout the tribes of Israel. Inasmuch as the canon of Old Covenant Scripture consists of the marriage contract between the Eternal and Israel, together with a chronicle of the relationship, it is unthinkable that custodianship of the canon should ever pass outside of Israel.
The covenantal relationship between the Eternal and the Northern Kingdom (which bore the name Israel) came to an end circa 721BC. The relationship was terminated by divorce, Jeremiah 3:8, "And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had put her away and given her a writ of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also." The reason for divorce was idolatry, which, in the relationship between the Eternal and Israel, is tantamount to adultery. When the Eternal divorced the Northern Kingdom, the Levites residing in the Southern Kingdom (known as Judah) were left as the only legitimate custodians of the canon of Scripture, Romans 3:1-2.
Although some Christians are aware that the Northern Kingdom lost covenantal relationship with the Eternal, very few are aware that the covenantal relationship enjoyed by the Southern Kingdom also eventually came to an end. This is because few Christians understand that it is Christ Jesus; rather than God the Father, who is the God and husband of Israel. The covenantal relationship of marriage is dissolved by the death of either party to the covenant, Romans 7:2. With the death by crucifixion of Christ Jesus, Judah was left a widow. She lost not only her covenantal relationship with the Eternal, but also custodianship of the canon of Scripture.
The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews notes that the prophecy of the New Covenant, Jeremiah 31:31-34, was also a notice of impending dissolution of the Old Covenant. "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people: and they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that He said, A new covenant, He has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away" (Hebrews 8:10-13).
Many contemporary readers, teachers, and commentators consider the statement, "Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away," to be prophetic of a still-future event. Quite to the contrary, the writer of Hebrews is pointing out the fact that it was on the very day in which Jeremiah uttered the prophecy that the Old Covenant decayed, waxed old, and was ready to vanish away. That is, when the Eternal announced through Jeremiah the coming New Covenant, he thereby made the Old Covenant obsolescent. The New Covenant was instituted by the death Christ Jesus, who was the covenant sacrifice (Hebrews 9:15-17). The moment Jesus died, the New Covenant came into effect, and the Old Covenant vanished away.
With the resurrection of Christ Jesus, there was a change of priesthood. The Levitical priesthood came to an end upon dissolution of the Old Covenant. In its place, a new priesthood was instituted—a priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, (Hebrews 7:11-12; 13:10). The Melchizedek priesthood is composed of those of Adam's race who have entered a new covenantal relationship with the Eternal, under the terms of which they all are made priests (I Peter 2:5; 9-10, Revelation 1:6, Revelation 5:10).
It is the Melchizedek priesthood which received custodianship of the canon of Scripture. Moreover, the Melchizedek priesthood became custodian of the entire canon of Scripture, both Old Covenant and New.
In Romans 3:1-2, the apostle Paul is simply recognizing the fact that, upon divorce of the Northern Kingdom, the Southern Kingdom (Judah) became sole custodian of the canon of Old Covenant Scripture. The passage in no way implies that custodianship of the canon remained with Judah following the death of Christ Jesus, neither that unregenerate Jews were at any time custodians of the canon (The Faith Once Delivered, by Russell L. Harris, Vol. 2, 6)]
The facts about the Greek language Septuagint must be told, as they do impact the ongoing arguments even today, between Christians and Jews. The Septuagint or LXX was compiled almost 300 years before the time of Christ, as Greek was the language of the day in the known world, and Hebrew was practically extinct. As a consequence, when Jesus came, it was the Bible that He quoted from and was used by His disciples as well: So, this point, in the minds of all, certainly should qualify the Septuagint as having been "authenticated"!
I have no quarrel with the reference made to Exodus 12:42, as it is correct as written, however, the citing of Exodus 12:48-49 carry an editorial conclusion that is not valid. In parentheses you noted (not just Jews), the implication being that everyone was welcome to participate in the original Passover observance . . .
Lets look at that text: "And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof" (verse 48).
There are two references that deny that point of yours, (not just Jews). The First, being the "Type" of stranger that is referenced, for it alludes here, only to a Kinsman Stranger, a Gehr, (#1616 in Strongs Concordance) and not any of the other, 4+ different types or categories of strangers that the Hebrew language depicts . . . some of whom are absolutely forbidden association, particularly at the feasts and ceremonies, but especially, marriage or being put in charge, "thou shalt not put one over thee, who is not thy brother." The second reference is to the uncircumcised, and that point should not need much exposition, as the text is clear and refutes your comment.
You are correct in defining the Feasts of Yahweh as not being "Jewish" feasts, although they do claim them as Jewish in origin, as they also falsely call Abraham a Jew. The name Jew did not appear in the Bible until the latter part of the 18th century—thousands of years after Abraham's time, and then it was a Masoretic extrapolation from Judean or Judahite . . . But, by making the association between Jew and the ancient Israelites as synonymous, they also made it appear as if Israel, Judah and the Jew were and still are, represented by today's Jews . . . A massive hoax of monstrous proportions.
Now, I would imagine that some will make reference to Jesus observing Passover, but the time of the changeover had not yet come . . . That being the New Covenant when He became our Passover for us, being slain even at the proper time for its celebration. I would point you to your own chapter in Exodus, 12:5-6, "Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the Congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening."
Did not that happen? Then, consider I Corinthians 5:7-8, "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; 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".
In that earlier reference to the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel, note what is written in Acts 2:22-24, It tells us Who that sacrifice was and who it was that, ". . . by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God has taken, and by wicked hands has crucified and slain."
Now having said that, we should consider this point as well. Does holding to the ancient observance remove as well, the significance of His sacrifice, that of His Blood, and make the old event an equivalent? Not likely. Rather, as something that must be considered as not necessary, the old ceremony and its rituals should not become a legal approach to our faith and salvation . . . We have another, far more appropriate avenue that leads to acceptance into the Kingdom.
"He is our Passover for us." nl1104.htm
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.