THE BIBLE FOR PRAGMATISTS…

“The Holy Bible” is a selection of books written by different authors, taken from HEBREW SCRIPTURES. This blog is a practical summary of what the authors of these books thought of this world; – from its Creation to its End.

First of all, please understand that Hebrew and Greek are VERY different languages to English. The Holy Bible we read in the Western world was translated from these 2 languages. If English is your primary language, you are likely to be quite rigid in your comprehension and application of words, and thus – you are faced with many translation errors when reading these ancient Scriptures. For example – a Hebrew word can have several different meanings dependant on the context and position within a sentence… In Greek, where the words; ‘eros’, ‘phileo’, ‘storge’ and ‘agape’ all have distinctly different meanings; – the English of the Bible translates all 4 words as, ‘love’.

My paradigm, cosmology and world-view is formed largely from what the Hebrew Israelite people wrote many, many years ago…

The Elohim (or God) of the Hebrew Israelites named “YHWH” or Yehovah, (the Creator of all things) created the earth. It was once formless and void but YHWH changed all that.

He created a man we call ‘Adam’ and a woman we call ‘Eve’. These were images of YHWH Himself. NO OTHER CREATURE bore YHWH’s image. These two human beings were the walking, talking, living embodiments of YHWH’s glory. Let us remember what an ‘image’ does… An image glorifies that which it is ‘imaging’. Think of statues, paintings etc; – they are not the real thing but they seek to represent and/or embellish the things that they reflect.

YHWH made a garden called EDEN. This was a special location on the earth in which He placed Adam and his wife to live. It was a kind-of “Crossover Space” between “YHWH’s Space” (Heaven) and “Man’s Space” (earth). It was what we would call “heaven on earth”.

This “Crossover Space” was the ORIGINAL PLAN for mankind… God & man dwelling in the same space forever. If you are a “Holy Bible” reader you will find this “Crossover Space” or ‘Heaven’ at the beginning of the narrative in Genesis and also at the end of the Biblical narrative in Revelation.

EVERYTHING that happens in the Bible after the fall of man, documents YHWH attempting to restore this dual existence with mankind; – and Satan (or “the Adversary”) trying to stop this from happening by many (and any) means necessary.

YHWH is perfect. Our minds as humans are so far away from perfection that we cannot even imagine what ‘perfect’ actually is. YHWH chooses to dwell (reside and live) in perfect places only.

A cunning, crafty creature called the serpent tested the faith of Adam’s wife (later named Eve). The serpent led her to doubt the words and instructions of YHWH and she sinned. She – in turn led her husband Adam, to also sin. Adam and Eve disobeyed YHWH by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. They had not had any children at this point. They were banished from this “Crossover Space” into the wider earth, which was a considerably rougher terrain – now cursed to make their job of tending to it, subduing it, eating from it and sustaining their lives a hard task.

Everything (literally EVERYTHING) that we read about in Hebrew Scripture (or see in life) from there on in, is an on-going attempt by YHWH to restore ‘heaven on earth’; along with continuous attempts by the Adversary (or Satan, or Opposer) to disrupt this plan from taking place.

In A Nutshell:

  • A band of angels named the Watchers went beyond their station and fathered hybrid children (Nephilim) with human women. This created a bloodthirsty war between the different classes of these creatures and mankind got caught in the crossfire. These Watchers taught mankind (and their Nephilim hybrid sons) things about the earth and stars that they were not instructed to tell them. These were things like the understanding of herbs and their uses, the art of seduction and make-up, how to extract metal from the earth and forge weaponry, how to read signs in the stars and worship them and much more… The earth was full of bloodshed and all manner of sin and disorder. This era is known in the Bible as ‘the days of Noah’.

  • YHWH regrets that He created mankind and is disgusted by their sinful ways. He decided to flood the earth, saving only 8 human beings. This served as a ‘soft reset’ but did not reinstate the “Crossover Space”. It did not bring heaven to earth. Soon enough – sin was back on earth, this time with the aid of the now disembodied spirits of the Nephilim who are tormented, longing for bodies in which to walk and dominate the earth again. These are described in Scripture as ‘evil spirits’ or ‘demons’.

 

  • YHWH makes a promise to a man named Abram (later renamed Abraham). Abram has great faith and he follows YHWH’s instructions, taking Him at His word. YHWH promises to restore the earth by using Abram’s family/bloodline. He promises him that he will have more descendants than he is able to count in the night sky.

IT IS ABRAHAM’S FAMILY (Hebrew Israelites) THAT WRITE THE SCRIPTURES FROM WHICH WE GET – “THE HOLY BIBLE”.

 

  • These Hebrew Israelites kept an account of their lives. After their enslavement in Egypt, they went into a direct Covenant with YHWH. This is found in Exodus 20-24 and it’s where you will see the 10 Commandments. This was another MAJOR attempt by YHWH to bring about the “Crossover Space” or ‘heaven on earth’ through the Israelites. They were to be a ‘royal-priesthood’. They were to be a peculiar nation, set-apart from the rest of the peoples of the earth. They were to rule in righteousness and be a beacon of hope, wisdom and goodness for all to see. They were meant to be ambassadors of YHWH. They would have truly glorified their God – just as any good ‘image’ does; – but alas, they sinned repeatedly and continuously.

 

  • The Israelites could not keep their end of the Covenant. They broke it time and time again despite YHWH putting in contingencies like Sacrificial Laws, sin offerings and Atonement festivals. They were enslaved time and time again as a result throughout history and to this day – still suffer under the curses prescribed for their disobedience in DEUTERONOMY 28.

  • Prophecy is a MASSIVE-yet-understated part of Hebrew Scripture. It was prophesied by several writers of their books; that one day – the New Covenant would replace the Covenant they went into at Mount Sinai. One such reference is in JEREMIAH 31:31-34.

 

  • A Messiah was prophesied to come and do the mighty work of saving His people from death and the grave due to the hopeless situation that they were in because of their rebelliousness. He would replace the Old Covenant with a New One. This Covenant would be open to ALL nations; – no longer would Israel have exclusive rights to YHWH.

This Saviour was Yeshua Hammashiach aka JESUS the ‘Christ’.

The book of HEBREWS does an excellent job of explaining exactly what Yeshua did and why He had to do it. On the run up to Yeshua’s execution/Sacrifice – He taught His disciples how to pray – starting the prayer with the same sentiment that John ends the book of Revelation with in chapter 21 –

“…Thy kingdom COME, Thy will be done ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN…”

The ultimate “Crossover Space” comes down out of “YHWH’s Space” in REVELATION 21. John calls it New Jerusalem. Before this, we see glimpses of these spaces throughout Scripture – they are usually called ‘the tabernacle’, ‘the sanctuary’, ‘the tent of meeting’ or the temple. It is in these spaces that both YHWH and mankind coexist – briefly.

 

This is why the metaphor of our bodies being the temple of YHWH would have been quite startling and avante garde for Yeshua’s Jewish audience. The tabernacle or temple was a holy place that only a priest could enter. Only the highest priest on duty could enter the ‘Most Holy Place’ and live; – even then, the priest’s life depended on his ceremonial cleanliness.

 

Yeshua turned this doctrine on its head by tearing the veil of the temple/sanctuary (this separates the holy from the ‘Most-Holy’ place) – allowing anyone other than priests to approach the ‘Mercy Seat’ (throne of YHWH)… Also – by saying that the temple is now within us and that YHWH is to reside inside of each of us; – this put the responsibility on each individual to ensure that their hearts were pure and clean – fitting for YHWH to descend down into.

To conclude – we have a few things yet to happen in terms of the narrative according to the Hebrews. REMEMBER – YHWH’s end-game is to restore that “Crossover Space” down here on earth.

FORGET the old notion of us flying away into ‘Heaven’ to live with God forever. Hebrew Scripture does not say that.

We are human beings…

EARTHLINGS. 

According to Scripture – YHWH created a special place just for us!

He called it ‘earth’.

HALLELUJAH!!!

 

ONLY. ONE. MIIKZ.

 

CHRISTIANITY VS BEING A CHRISTIAN

UH-OH…

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So you call yourself a ‘Christian’ do you?

Here we go… I knew it wouldn’t be long before I spoke on religion in some way, shape or form. Since my blog on ‘Eostre’ – I have had many personal messages asking me to expand on this topic. Now although making people uncomfortable with my writing is not my aim; – I still have a mandate to speak on things that are on my chest. That said, this subject area is a rabbit hole that sucks you in and spits you out in the middle of a vast religious, cultural minefield. The only escape from such a place is to close your eyes as hard as you can, hoping to wake from it; – or by clicking your heels together thrice while saying, ‘There’s no place like home’, over & over, lol

Nah, all jokes aside – I really would need more than the mere 1300 words I try to limit these articles to… Even if I wrote a thesis on the subject, I may not come to a definitive conclusion on such a monster of a topic. SO – I’ll try to keep it brief.

(that’s approx 190 words gone!)

Let’s start by defining the two – then we can tackle them both individually.

BEING A CHRISTIAN/CHRISTIAN LIVING…

Assuming we are all reading from the King James Version of the Bible; ‘Jesus, the Christ’ travelled around the land teaching people how to live according to the Commandments that Moses received from YEHOVAH (the ‘LORD GOD’ of the Bible) and passed on to the Israelites. He untwisted the fallacies that had befallen His people via the erroneous teachings of the Pharisees – Israel’s  ruling class at the time. His real Hebrew name was Yehoshua or Yeshua. He was of Israelite descent, from the tribe of Judah. We get the word ‘Jew’ from this. According to the Bible, Jews are descended from the Israelite tribe named JUDAH. ‘Jew’ is a shorthand word for the people descended from this tribe.

A ‘Crucifix’ – symbol of Christianity.

Yeshua (aka Jesus in Latin) performed miracles, healed people’s bodies and minds, and even cast out evil spirits (exorcisms). Following His crucifixion and resurrection, his remaining 11 apostles (plus Paul and a few others) travelled the land, teaching the people as Yeshua did – continuing His work and ‘spreading the Gospel’. 

Yeshua was a Jew. His apostles including Paul were Jews. But they were also Christians. They were ‘Christians’ because they were followers and advocates of the Christ’s (Yeshua’s) teachings. By definition, they were Jews by blood and Christian by faith. It was not Yeshua’s intention to make a new religion. It is believed that His coming was prophesied to the Jews long ago. He is believed to be the prophesied Messiah who came to set right, the way His people were living; because they were way off from the original plan and Covenant they had made with their God; Yehovah – many years before.

 

CHRISTIANITY…

‘Christianity’ is a term derived from two root words, ‘Christ’ and ‘Christian’. Believe it or not, the word Christian only appears in the Bible 3 times. It was  used by two apostles: Luke (Acts 11:26 & 26:28) and Peter (1 Peter 4:16).

The word Christianity never appears in the Bible. Christianity is a religion instituted by the Romans – specifically the emperor named Constantine The Great. The story goes like this…

(long story but stay with me…)

Twin brothers Romulus & Remus suckled by Lupercal – a she-wolf. Romulus is said to be the founder of Rome.

 

Constantine was the son of a Roman military officer named Constantius. Constantius rose to become emperor of a quadrant of Rome. Upon his death in 306AD, his troops proclaimed his son Constantine as emperor in his stead. However, there was another claim for this position by the emperor of another, larger quadrant of Rome; his name was Maxentius.

For 6 years, the dispute between Constantine and Maxentius remained unresolved. Finally in 312AD, Constantine marched on Rome and met Maxentius’ army at the Milvian Bridge. According to Roman historian Zosimus, Constantine’s army was considerably smaller than Maxentius’ army (approximately half the number of troops).

Constantine was a pagan. The state-wide Roman religion was Paganism which is an amalgamation of the religious beliefs and practices of the people who Rome conquered. This made it polytheistic in nature. As Rome conquered the world, the enveloped nations all added their flavour to Roman life; – this composite culture was a mosaic comprised of different foods, music, philosophies and of course, religions. It is worth noting at this point that Jews and Judaeo-Christians both already co-existed at this time. The Christians were seen as a small but growing sect of people whose numbers started off being comprised of mainly Jews.

(THE IMPORTANT BIT…) 

According to Eusebius of Caesarea and other sources, Constantine had a vision before going into battle with Maxentius in 312AD. He saw a vision of a cross made of light, with words above it. The words were: ‘in hoc sign vinces’ – ‘in this sign, you will conquer’. So, like any good pagan Roman would, Constantine took heed to this omen and ordered his troops to put a Christian symbol known as the Chi-Rho on their shields before going into battle. Against the odds, Constantine won the battle – taking over Maxentius’ territories. He later went on to become the first emperor of all the territories of Rome. He attributed this victory to the God of the Christians, IGNORING the usual celebratory sacrifices and traditions that came with victory in battle for Romans. Instead, he went straight into the imperial palace – with his thoughts alone. What follows is the steady process of how Christian living was replaced with ‘Christianity’…

‘Chi-Rho’ above Roman battle-flag

The next year, in 313AD Constantine and the emperor of the other half of the Roman Empire – Licinius issued an edict called the Edict of Milan. This law gave all the people of the Roman empire the freedom to worship whoever they pleased. Christians and Jews had been persecuted severely prior to this, so this neutrality of the State was felt the most by these groups. Freedom to worship Yehovah and thank Yeshua for His sacrifice included the usual prayers, singing and observing the Sabbath. (Bear in mind ‘Christianity’ didn’t officially exist at this time but there was a growing number of people that called themselves Christians) The property and monies confiscated from the Christians was returned to them by order of this edict. This allowed the Christian message to spread unhindered amongst the people.

On March 7th 321AD – Constantine issued the first ‘Sunday Law’. This effectively outlawed Sabbath-keeping as Christians and Jews knew it. Constantine called himself a Christian, so this ‘rest from work’ was actually a dark replacement for the true Sabbath which was instituted by Yehovah at Creation. This rest from work was in line with the Roman Julian calendar and their 7-day, perpetually cycling week. The Jews and the Christians were fully aware of the implications of this law and most of them refused to replace their practices with this Roman-instilled dark replica of the Sabbath; unless under threat of death; – and die, some of them well did.  It replaced the one obvious marker that the Hebrew people were known by – the Sabbath. As Sun-day worship and Sun-day rest became more popular; the Julian calendar gained strength as the ancient Hebrew calendar lost observance and support.

In 324AD, Licinius and Constantine battled and Constantine became the sole emperor of the entire Roman Empire. He called himself a Christian and throughout the years, Constantine’s Christian attitude and ideas were reflected by the laws made, favours granted and general support given to the Christians. This included tax rebates, special allowances, the design and construction of Church buildings and favour when granting governmental and official advisory positions to Christians.

But ‘Christianity’ still hadn’t had its official birth; – not the one that would see it to where it is today…

Roman god ‘Jupiter’ – king of the gods and god of the sky & thunder.

Constantine died in the year 337AD. Despite his profession to be of Christian faith and the numerous steps he had taken to legitimise and enlarge his beliefs; – much of the Roman Empire was not Christian. This included not only government officials, but the general population also. The Edict of Milan was in place and it meant that anyone could freely worship who/whatever they chose without fear of persecution. Traditional Sabbath observance was made illegal and this effectively meant that the original Christians could not worship Yehovah the way they believed they should. At this point, you were not breaking the law if you were not a Christian – unless you kept the true Sabbath. Christian, Jew or otherwise; – if you observed the traditional Sabbath and ignored the Empire-wide law to rest on the ‘venerable day of the Sun’ – you were committing an illegal offence.

Roman god ‘Saturn’ – god of agriculture, time and death.

Some people continued to hold on to their beliefs, some more-so than others. The nationally recognised festivals, sacrifices, customs and traditions were held fast to a large portion of the people throughout the Empire. Romans – including some converts to ‘Christianity’ still kept up with the major festivals such as SaturnaliaLupercalia and Eostre etc. At this point in time, to be a non-Christian was not a crime. Even Constantine himself, was not considered a devout Christian by today’s standards. His personal theology seemed to evolve during his time as Emperor. He raised his children in ‘Christianity’ and had Christian clergy as personal advisors; however he held on to the title, Pontifex Maximus until his death. Another example of his ‘duality’ would be the appearance of the Christian cross on Roman coins, while having the Roman god; ‘Mars Conservatoron there simultaneously.

Roman coin during Constantine’s reign as Emperor.

One of the things Constantine did to spread his faith among the people, was to give certain favours once they professed to being a Christian in Christianity. One such favour was tax relief. If you were not a convert to Christianity, you were taxed heavier than if you were; this paid for the building of Constantinople – the city that he built in his name in place of its predecessor, Byzantium. Constantine, ‘the first Christian Emperor’ also actively encouraged, advocated and taught the people to despise their old beliefs, their many gods, their temples and the idols & images they held. This led to a slowing of funds and thus, maintenance of the pagan temples and other religious buildings declined. Devout pagan and other religious communities died off; – instead Roman Catholic ‘Christian’ churches began to grow in number and with it – so did Church funds. Slowly, the old temples were not up-kept and gradually died off until Constantine began tearing them down – building Churches in their place.

Roman god ‘Mars’ – god of war.

It was not until 380AD when the 3 emperors of Rome, Theodosius I, Gratian and Valentinian I gave the monumental Edict of Thessalonica.

CHRISTIANITY would now not only have legitimacy (which it already had from the Edict of Milan), but much heavier weight on the world stage by virtue of the sheer size and extent of Rome’s territories. This Edict made ‘Christianity’ the official, national Roman religion across the Empire. Anything else was heresy.

So you see – social norms, a thoroughly mixed plethora of people and an absorbed, assimilated and Hellenised culture are all elements that have influenced the religion of ‘Christianity’ we see today. Now one may argue that they are Christian and that ‘Christianity’ doesn’t mean that to them. Here’s a question – does your opinion change the meaning of a word? If I use the word ‘NI**ER’ – does it change its meaning if I am Nigerian, English or Chinese? The origin of the religion first named (and currently known) as ‘CHRISTIANITY’ has not changed.

‘Christianity’ had a pagan birth and has lived a pagan life. It has evolved over centuries but its roots will never change. I believe that Yehovah is sovereign and is drawing those that love Him away from organised religion and closer to Himself.

‘CHRISTIANITY’ is a far-cry from what Yeshua, Paul and the Apostles originally taught; – as described in the Bible.

Here’s some rhetoric for you… Are you a Christian, or is Christianity your religion??

END OF PART 1.

ONLY. ONE. MIIKZ.

VOTE VIOLENCE!

Wait – WHAT?!

Apparently the pen is mightier than the sword… But is it??

In recent weeks, the media headlines have been strewn with reports of violence throughout the country – particularly London. The strain of violence that was being highlighted is knife crime. According to Sky News on Fri. 19th May 2017 – 30 people had been stabbed to death in London, this year so far. Last year at the same time, 23 people had lost their lives in London in this heinous manner; that’s around a 30% rise since 2016.

 

So while it’s true that these murders are on the rise from last year; – has media coverage intensified prortionately this year?

I must say, that after loosely following Donald Trump’s campaign and his rise to the Presidency – it appears that the media coverage of Police killings of African-Americans played a role in his rise to the Oval office. He always promised to ‘make America great again’ didn’t he? Well where are those Police officers now? Are they killing less? Have the Police officers in question been arrested for murder? Perhaps they’re currently under investigation? Did the cops suddenly stop killing African Americans overnight?

Trayvon Martin, 17 RIP

If you tune in to alternative news sources such as RT.com, AlternativeNews.com or even Al-Jazeera or WikiLeaks; – you will find that African Americans are still being killed by Law Enforcement in America. The difference is that now, this issue does not fit the agenda that mainstream news networks are currently covering. You will not see/hear about these killings unless you monitor Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media platforms. WHY??? Could it be that there is no campaign trail for political candidates to capitalise on? Hmmm…

Let us not underestimate the sheer power and unstoppable brute force of the media. Newspapers, websites and tell-lie-vision alone are media powerhouses that can (potentially) single-handedly control your opinion on things that you know nothing about and have no real tangible link to. Think about it… Is there really chaos in the streets of Venezuela right now? Did North Korea really launch a test missile on May 14th 2017? What about Bin Laden? Is he really dead? Or Ebola – as of 22nd May 2017 the contagion is up 800%. How do you know? How do you know ANY of these things are happening around the world? The answer to that question is simple – YOU DON’T. But you think you do. You have faith in the media – I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing or a good thing. It’s just a thing; – and such a thing is worth noting.

Genuine Nazi propaganda… ‘HITLER – Our Last Hope’

As much as I don’t want to admit it – I am heavily influenced by what I see/hear. Additionally, when different news companies, businesses or individuals that I respect (or not) share a belief; – and I observe the same story repeated overover & over again from different sources – it adds weight to it. This is how speculation quickly becomes ‘fact’ in our minds. Case in point: Nazi Germany in WWII.

On the night of 22nd May 2017 there was a terrorist attack by way of a suicide bombing in Manchester at a concert. We are told that this was claimed by ISIS and killed 22 people, injuring dozens more. QUESTION – was this really an organic terrorist attack?? When I say ‘organic’ I mean – was it really a force that serves its own agenda separate from the government? Was it really ISIS? Who are ISIS really? Who’s agenda does this awful attack serve? What are the implications of this attack on politics, legislation and Policing in the UK? Soldiers now roam the streets of major cities in the UK. The next step would be martial law and curfew. WOW.

No disrespect is directed at any genuine victims of this awful attack. Whatever the agenda and whatever the means – if innocent people, mainly children were killed/injured in this attack; – lives have been changed forever.

Answer me this – why did the Police allegedly run an anti-terrorist drill in Manchester just weeks before this attack? SEE ARTICLE

I’m just waiting for a political party to step up and offer a rousing solution to all of this as part of their campaign. At this time – any bold move will surely garnish the votes necessary to secure a win at the UK’s general election on June 8th 2017. Personally – my money’s on the Labour party despite their poor standings in the polls as of now (25th May). We shall see.

It’s getting very serious guys. Imagine we all stopped paying attention to the media… We stopped watching the news or reading newspapers. We stopped visiting websites and stopped contributing to ‘Snaps’ or FaceBook timelines and InstaVids… We just stopped. If someone commits an act of terrorism or a gang strikes in a local neighbourhood, we may not hear about it unless we were unfortunate enough to be there – or a close family member or friend tells us. We would be oblivious to world events but at the same time – there would be no stage for evil to grab the world’s attention.

This may not taste nice but it’s still food for thought.

‘…If you don’t read the newspaper, you are un-informed; if you do read the newspaper, you are mis-informed… Mark Twain said it better than me.

ONLY. ONE. MIIKZ.

 

 

HAPPY EOSTRE!!!

 

No – it’s not a typo. For my dedicated readers and critics, please always correct me if you see any typos (pet peeve, lol). 

It’s Easter weekend. Yaaaaaay! Did you eat fish on Friday? Did you go on a painted egg treasure hunt? How about those cute little chocolate bunnies? Bite the head off of any of those? (the Malteasers mini-bunny tastes amazing!)

I didn’t really do much to be honest. I did have a wonderful dinner with my family but didn’t really do much else tradition-wise. I’m cool with that. I’m sitting here writing this because, once again – I’m here thinking about what we do and WHY we do what we do.

It’s a family tradition to not eat any meat or poultry on Good Friday. We go to Church on Sunday where we partake of the ‘Lord’s Supper’ (or Communion service), followed by a mini-banquet with the family in the afternoon. It can be much like a mini-Christmas dinner, type of affair. Being around family and friends and eating in merriment is a wonderful thing… But why do we do it? Where did my family get this tradition from at this time of year?

As far as the story in Christianity goes, Jesus was crucified and died on Good Friday; and miraculously rose from the dead two days later, on the Sunday. Now this is where we have  a contradiction in popular belief between what is written in the Bible and what “Christianity” teaches.

In Matthew 12:40 – Jesus spoke of His death and said that He would be in the ‘heart of the earth’ for 3 days and 3 nights, just like Jonah was in the belly of the whale for the same amount of time. If He died on Friday, Saturday makes ONE day, – and His body was missing when they checked the tomb at dawn on  the Sunday. Now I’m no mathematician but either Jesus made a mistake in saying He was going to take 3 days and 3 nights; or maybe He did His thing, captured the keys of Death and Hell in an expedient manner; and finished up ahead of schedule…?

Hmmm… Let’s go back to exactly what was happening at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion…

The Jews had an important religious observance (festival) called Passover. It was at this time of year that it all went down. Jesus was crucified on ‘Preparation Day’ of this festival (John 19:31). I can see how confusion might have entered into Christianity and is sustained today among modern Christians. This is assuming there is no hidden, insidious deception at play.

Mark 15:37-42 also details the event, adding that Jesus was murdered on the ‘day before the Sabbath’. Now we know that according to Jewish custom and the Bible – the weekly Sabbath is the seventh day of the week – Saturday. So if Jesus was crucified on the day before the Sabbath, that would make it a Friday. Continuing on from this, Mary Magdalene visits Jesus’ tomb on the first day of the week (Sunday) according to John 20:1 and finds the tombstone rolled away from the mouth of the grave. Make sense thus far? Good Friday, Holy Saturday, then Ascension Sunday = 3 days. This adds up; – right??

 

OK, good… Now here’s a spanner in the works for you – the ‘Sabbath’ Mark wrote of was not the weekly Sabbath. It was the Sabbath of the Passover.

I’m trying not to get all preachy and Bible-bash you here, lol… I’m just pointing out that once again, – we have a modern situation where we do things because we just go along with whatever, for whatever reason. Maybe you trust the judgement of the millions of people that you join in keeping these customs… Maybe you can’t be bothered to study for yourself… Or maybe it just feels downright good and you have a great time with family & friends!

If you want to know the truth according to The Good Book – continue reading. If not – skip this blog and wait till next weeks’ entry. No offence taken!

In the Bible (the book that Christianity is supposedly based on), we see in Leviticus 23 where the LORD God gives quite comprehensive and detailed instructions of festivals and religious ‘high days’ that the Israelites were commanded to keep. The Jews of Jesus’ day were in-keeping with these same practices; this is how we know what was going on culturally at the time. You see, a ‘Sabbath’ was not restricted to one day a week. Sabbath days were days set aside for the Chosen people of God to not do any ‘servile work’ (manual labour). They were to rest; – this is where we get the phrase, ‘Sunday is the day of rest’ from. (It’s not Sunday by the way, lol) So there was the original, weekly Sabbath to be kept every Saturday (seventh day of every week), then there were these other Sabbaths to be kept in accordance with the various festivals and high days. A List Of Different Festivals & Their Accompanying Sabbaths.

Here – we see where the Passover is originally instructed (Lev. 23:5-7). The Preparation was the day before the Passover’s Sabbathnot the usual weekly Sabbath (see John 19:31 above). How else could Mary Magdalene rush to Jesus’ tomb on the 2nd day (at the crack of dawn, while it was still dark) and Jesus be already gone – pyjamas all folded neatly?? Jesus Himself said, He would be dead for three days and three nights. There is no room for rhetoric or easy-speech here. He mentions the days and the nights, making His point a matter of fact rather than idiomatic slang.

So HOW does it work out? How can Jesus be right – and the account of what actually happened also be right??? I’ll tell you how; and it may not be easy to accept…

JESUS DID NOT DIE ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Sometimes it’s hard for us as fully grown, intelligent adults to accept changes to the templates that have been set in our minds, because when re-evaluating; we have to separate our pre-existing knowledge bias, from the base evidence. So try to wipe the slate clean for a moment OK? Imagine you know nothing of this Easter period. Simply reading the Bible for the first time like a child would with no bias – it becomes plain to see. I offer you this timeline…

 

TUESDAY NIGHT/WEDNESDAY = ‘The Preparation’ day before the Passover. (Mark 15:42). Jesus had supper with His disciples on Tuesday evening. After dinner He goes for a walk with them to the Mount of Olives and prays earnestly in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is night time by the time Jesus is betrayed by Judas and handed over to the Jewish officials to be judged by them for blasphemy. Just before the Jews take Him to Pontius Pilate the Roman governor, Peter denies knowing Jesus 3 times and then a cockerel crows, indicating the sunrise (Wednesday morning) He is then taken to the Roman officials so they can get Him executed by Roman hands, claiming that it would not be Lawful for them to kill Him themselves. Pontius Pilate reluctantly sentences Jesus to death and He is whipped, then tortured en route to the location where they crucify Him. Jesus died on the Cross at 12 noon during a solar eclipse (which lasted for 3 hours). He hurriedly gets buried in a tomb that evening so that His body is not on display during Passover (the following day). Also that evening, a Roman soldier gets stationed at the tomb to prevent zealous grave robbers from stealing Jesus’ body. Night 1…

THURSDAY = Passover. A Sabbath. No work to be done. Roman soldier still stationed at the tomb. Day 1… Night 2…

FRIDAY = The Feast Of Unleavened Bread. Also a Sabbath. No work to be done. Roman soldier still stationed at Jesus’ tomb. Day 2… Night 3…

SATURDAY = The seventh day and end of the week. The weekly, regular Sabbath. Day 3… Night 4!

SUNDAY = Mary Magdalene visits Jesus’ tomb first thing in the morning (during the darkness of dawn) to find it empty.

JESUS DID WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO. Mark 8:31 John 2:19-21 Matthew 12:40 He was in the earth for 3 days & 3 nights before rising from the dead!!! We can only assume that He arose before the night was up. All we know is that Mary checked the tomb at dawn on Sunday morning. Who knows what she would have found if she went earlier, during the weekly Sabbath before the 4th night had passed…?

We have to unlearn things and renew our minds in order to get to the truth sometimes… For example – did you know that according to the Bible, the Jewish concept of time is not like ours?

 

A whole day begins at sunset and lasts until the sun rises and sets again. We see this in the Genesis account of the creation of the earth – the evening and then the morning are the markers of the days; in that order. So you have evening, and then morning… Then allllllll of that daylight throughout the day until it gets to evening again (sunset) belongs in the same block (or unit or measure of time). Then we begin again – evening then morning; – the second day, third day, fourth day and so on. (Genesis 1:5) See also The Jewish Day.

 

So what has Eostre (Easter) got to do with ANY of this? Where does the name even originate from? It clearly has no association with any of the Jewish festivals happening at this time of the year. Is it pagan? Is it rooted in ancient Egyptian sun-worship and the fertility-goddess Ishtar? Perhaps it is more about the Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility, ‘Eostre’ and her bunny-lover? Who knows?

Shouldn’t Christians be focused on Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for all humanity? At the least – should they not follow what He did according to His customs? They definitely shouldn’t be aligning with other, foreign gods and traditions. This is not ‘…fleeing the very appearance of evil…’ When we say, ‘Happy Easter!’ – what are we really saying?

This is just another indicator that ‘Christianity’ is not what we’ve been led to believe it is, and does not follow the teachings of the Bible as closely as we assume it does.

To Be Continued…

ONLY. ONE. MIIKZ.