Woe Unto Us, For Judah’s Scepter Has Departed And The Messiah Has Not Appeared!



I have recognized that for some odd reason Christians usually hesitate to write material on Jews, possibly in fear of offending them. Nevertheless, God has burdened me to write this and a few spiritual attacks from the enemy has delayed me from doing so. If you are Jewish and reading this, please do not think that I write this out of hate, I only do this out of love and my desire to expose the truth. Ever since I was a child, I asked myself the question why do Jews reject Jesus – I have done my research – but I find the reasons for doing so are severely lacking in my opinion, so in this article I will provide the first of several undeniable pieces of evidence which proves that Jesus is the Messiah.


What I am about to share with you is perhaps one of the most powerful proofs that Jesus is in fact the Messiah, a proof which many Jews may have never even heard. In the Book of Genesis chapter 49, we read about Jacob  blessing each of his sons – most Jews are familiar with this story, some Christians are not. When Jacob arrived at the blessing for Judah he made this remark which also turns out to be an amazing prophecy (Genesis 49:1):

Genesis 49:8-11
Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

jacob blessing his sons

From Genesis 49:10 we learn that two things were to occur immediately after the arrival of the Messiah or Shiloh: 


1) The Departure of the scepter of Judah or its identity: “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah…”
2) The Suppression of Judicial Power: “…nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come.”


First of all, the “sceptre” that we see in the prophecy, according to the Rabbis, was a “tribal staff” or “tribal identity,” this granted the Jews the power to render justice on those who broke the Mosaic Law and exact capital punishment on the guilty or “jus gladii” – a legal term which simply means “to seek the death punishment for a crime.” As such, this prophecy actually gives us a time limit for the arrival of the Messiah, so the Messiah would only arrive just before the Jews lost this special authority. Please keep in mind that this prophecy also eliminates anyone else from claiming to be the Messiah after these two above requirements have been satisfied.

From 606-537 B.C., Judah was made captive by the Babylonians for 70 years, which is commonly known as the Babylonian captivity. Judah had lost their national sovereignty but had retained its identity as a judge that can demand punishment (McDowell, 1979), this is confirmed within the Book of Ezra, where we learn that they had judges and individuals in place to uphold the law (Ezra 7:25, 26). Even while under the oppression of the Medo-Persians, Greeks and Roman Empire for the next 500 centuries, Judah had never lost its identity.

It was only until the very first quarter of the 1st century A.D., that something interesting happened – and I am not even referring to Jesus! Josephus, a 1st century Jewish historian, tells us in chapter 13 of his book “Antiquities of the Jews XVII” and within “The Jewish War,” that around the year 6 A.D. or 7 A.D., the son of king Herod, Herod Archelaus, was dethroned and exiled to Vienna, a city of Gaul. Herod Archelaus was then quickly replaced by a Roman Procurator named Caponius by Caesar Augustus. 

I am sure that a Jew reading this would tell me, “Genesis 49:10 was not directed to the Messiah, and that this interpretation is one of many misinterpretations of scripture made by Christians,” – I must say that this is not only my opinion, but it is that of many Ancient Rabbis and trusted Hebrew literature. Within the Targum Yerushalmi, a well respected Hebrew translation and commentary on the Torah, we see this same interpretation of this verse,

“Kings shall not cease from the house of Judah…until the time of the coming of the King Messiah…to whom all the dominions of the earth shall become subservient.” – pg. 8 of Levy (1974)


With respect to the above quote, Herod Archelaus and his father, Herod the Great, were nominal Jews. Herod the Great, in particular was named “King of the Jews” by Augustus, therefore both son and father were the last Jewish kings before leadership was handed over to the Gentiles (Richardson, 1999). Within the Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b, Rabbi Johanan said,

“The world was created…for the sake of the Messiah, what is this Messiah’s name? The school of Rabbi Shila said: His name is Shiloh, for it is written, until Shiloh come.'”


As such we see that the first requirement was indeed satisfied, but what about the second requirement? Is there any confirmation that Jews did indeed lose the power to uphold the law and serve capital punishment? Yes, according to Levy (1974), with this change in leadership the right to take the life of a law-breaker was stripped from the Sanhedrin and given to Rome. This was the custom of Rome whenever it seized absolute control  as Tacitus, a Roman historian, once said, “The Romans reserved to themselves the right of the sword, and neglected all else (McDowell, 1979).” Even the Jerusalem Talmud confirms that this indeed happened:

“A little more than forty years before the destruction of the Temple, the power of pronouncing capital sentences was taken away from the Jews.” – Jerusalem Talmud, Sanhedrin, folio 24


The following source is also quite telling, we find it within chapter 9 of Josephus’ book, Antiquities of the Jews Book XX,

“After the death of the procurator Festus, when Albinus was about to succeed him , the high priest Ananias considered it a favorable opportunity to assembly the Sanhedrin. He therefore caused James the Brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, and several others, to appear before this hastily assembled council, and pronounced upon them the sentence of death by stoning. All the wise men and strict observers of the law who were at Jerusalem expressed their disapprobation of this act…Some even went to Albinus himself, who had departed to Alexandria, to bring this breach of the law under his observation, and to inform him that Ananius had acted illegally in assembling the Sanhedrin without the Roman authority.”


This passage above not only gives us a clear confirmation that the Jews had lost the power to exact punishment but it even goes further to confirm that Jesus and James, His half-brother, were genuine historical figures! James was recorded to have been killed no later than 69 A.D. so this at least limits the departure of judicial power to no time after than that date. Of course, the informed Christian and Jew may know that the Bible actually provides additional confirmation for the quote from the Jerusalem Talmud, that the judicial power to serve capital punishment had already departed just before Jesus’ trial. We all know that the Jews needed to go to Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, in order to get permission to execute Jesus for his “blasphemies” as the gospels tells us (John 10:30-33):

John 18:28
Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.
Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?
They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.
Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:


In spite of all this, one of the most significant parts of this prophecy was the events that unfolded once the Jewish leadership recognized that the scepter had departed and the Messiah did not appear to have arrived. It was such a sorrowful affair that was recorded in Chapter 4, folio 37 of the Babylonian Talmund and by Augustin Lemann in his book, “Jesus Before the Sanhedrin,” which reports a comment made by Rabbi Rachmon:

“When the members of the Sanhedrin found themselves deprived of their right over life and death, a general consternation took possession of them: they covered their heads with ashes, and their bodies with sackcloth, exclaiming: ‘Woe unto us for the scepter has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come.'”
rabbis in sack cloth and ashes


Little did the Jewish leaders know that while they were mourning  on the streets of Jerusalem, that the Messiah was already a young man growing up in a carpenter’s shop in Nazareth by the name of Jesus. What is the conclusion here? Jesus must have been the Messiah without a shadow of doubt! The prophecy of Genesis 29:10 is remarkably specific and limits the Messiah’s arrival to just before the departure of the scepter of Judah and the Jewish power to set capital punishment – so specific that anyone who will claim or has claimed to be Messiah after these events would instantly fail this particular prophecy. I would imagine that Jews who still dare to reject Jesus, in spite of this article, would be quite open to the idea that God’s Law can become null or that His word can become void a false accusation which Jews often brand Biblical Christianity with. Please remember to take a look at the video which opens this article, because it powerfully explores the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and the Messiah:

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Isaiah 55:10, 11
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.


~Planet Zion


References:

n.d. Babylonian Talmud. Sanhedrin 98b.

Eastman, Mark, and Chuck Missler. 1995. The Creator Beyond Time and Space. Costa Mesa, California: Word for Today.

Flavius, Josephus. 93–94 AD. Antiquities of the Jews Book – XX.

n.d. Jerusalem Talmud folio 24. Sanhedrin .

Josephus, Flavius. 93-94 A.D. Antiquities of the Jews – Book XVII. Chapter 13.

—. 75 A.D. The Jewish War Book 2. Chapter 8.

Lemann, Augustin. 1886. Jesus before the Sanhedrin. (Translated by Julius Magath).

Levy, Samson H. 1974. The Messiah: An Aramaic Interpretation: The Messianic Exegesis of the Targum. pg. 2, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion.

McDowell, Josh. 1979. In Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell, 168. San Bernadino, California: Here’s Life Publishers.

Richardson, Peter. 1999. Herod: King of the Jews and Friend of the Romans. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

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Christianity vs. Hinduism Debate Dave Hunt vs. Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay



The above video is a debate held at All Saints Catholic High School, Ontario, Canada. The moderator is Michael Coren, an author, public speaker, TV talk show host and radio host. The late Dave Hunt was a Christian apologist, speaker, and world renown author. Dr. Doobay is one of the top leaders and philanthropists in the South Asian community in Canada. He was born in Guyana and is the founder of Voice of the Vedas stationed in Canada. Dr. Doobay makes a lot of claims and points in this debate, I promise to explore several of them in future posts, but for now I would like to discuss his points on Karma and Reincarnation:


1) Karma and Good Works
2) Reincarnation and Past Life Regression


 


1) Karma and Good Works

Many believe that the law of Karma can be supported by the Bible, this is far from the truth. There are several instances in the scriptures where the Bible actually brutally assaults any notion that Karma is real. The Law of Karma basically says that when one does good, the same is rewarded with good done unto him or her, on the other hand, when one does evil the same has evil done unto him or her. The Bible actually presents several scriptures that pokes holes through the law of Karma like Psalms 126:5 which presents contradictory ideas:

Psalms 126:5
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Luke 16:19, 20, 25
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

The same is painted in the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man above, where the rich and wicked man lived a life of excess and happiness while Lazarus who was righteous and good, lived a life of poverty and sickness, even though this was merely a story it is still diametrically opposed to the concept of Karma. One of the greatest arguments against the law of Karma is presented through Jesus life here on Earth. Christians and even Hindus will agree that Jesus Christ was a righteous, good teacher and spiritual leader and as such, should have stored up only good Karma. Shouldn’t He? Well why did He die? Here we have a perfect human being who died one of the most bloodiest deaths imaginable, crucifixion is so brutal that a new English word was invented to convey the agony, the word “excruciating.” Surely the definition of Karma can never explain the reasons for His death and even Dr. Doobay, in this debate could not provide any reasonable answer to this dilemma. Thankfully for us Jesus during His life gave us a glimpse into how this was possible:

John 9:2, 3
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

John 9:2,3 occurred just before Jesus had cured the blind man of His sight. When questioned by His disciples as to the origins of the man’s blindness, we learn that the Jews of that day held the position that evil was only brought upon others through their own sins and the sins of their forefathers, but Jesus reveals that it was God who allowed this to happen for the greater good and demonstration of His power. Note well, that Jesus in a sense admits that evil can come upon others through sin, however, He explains that it may indeed be allowed by God Himself. This answer given in John 9:3, is the precise answer as to why Jesus, this perfect man, was allowed to die in such a way, it was God using Jesus as a means to demonstrate His power and love for us. This brings me to my next point on how God can influence good and allow evil in our lives but it must be made clear that God is not the author of evil in our lives:

James 1:13-15
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

As the scripture above and John 9:2 points out that oftentimes the bad things in life is the direct result of sin and iniquity in our lives; not due to some kind of impersonal force or self propelled law called Karma which Hinduism would like us to believe. God does not punish the innocent but He does punish the guilty for their sins:

Job 4:8, 9
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
Proverbs 22:8, 9
He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

We learn from the last two verses that there is a direct correlation between iniquity and the just punishment of God. So, the Bible does not paint the idea of Karma that rewards evil with evil and good with good, rather it says clearly that it is God that is at the heart of it all and as the judge of the universe, it is Him who rewards us accordingly. Another thing that further divorces the idea of the law of Karma, is God’s forgiveness. In spite of evil being performed once an individual shows genuine repentance it is possible for the punishment of that evil to be completely overlooked by God:

Ezekiel 18:20, 21
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Karma does not show any mercy when punishing or rewarding others, once evil is done it is rewarded with evil no matter what, however, the God of the Bible teaches us that evil that is committed can be repented of and exchanged with mercy, which is of course against the amoral workings of Karma. Even well meaning Christians may fall victim to the belief that the Bible supports the law of Karma by quoting Galatians 6:7:
Agriculture concept, wheat in hands and green field

Galatians 6:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Then, they proceed to say that this verse is proof that the Bible supports Karma, when it does not. Galatians 6:7, is taken out of context here, it is only when one reads it along the following verse, verse 8, that we can grasp the true meaning of the verse:

Galatians 6:8
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

So, you may realize now that Galatians 6 verses 7 and 8 speak on the spiritual matters, it uses the term “flesh” the same word defined by Paul in Galatians 5:19-21 as being the works of sin and iniquity.  It speaks on the matter of God rewarding sin with punishment and righteousness with eternal life in the same way that Job 4:8-9, Proverbs 22:8-9 and Ezekiel 18:20-21 does; it does not support the idea of an impersonal law that rewards good deeds with good and evil with evil in this life. Another verse which is often taken out of context is the one that became the basis of what we know as the “Golden Rule” which is Matthew 7:12, “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.” However, I will show you now that this is not another biblical support for Karma at all and reading the verses before Matthew 7:12 will clarify this:

Matthew 7:9-12
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

So, the Golden Rule, is not a proof of the law of Karma, it is simply a law given by God for us to learn to be more like Him. Jesus encourages us to love each other and do good for the express purpose of pleasing and emulating our Heavenly Father; He never encourages us in Matthew 7:9-12 to do good with the expectation of receiving good in turn, never does He say this and this is reflected by His own words in Luke 6:35, 36:

Luke 6:35, 36
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Biblical Christianity teaches us that we are not saved by good works, salvation is a gift given to us by God:

Ephesians 2:8, 9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

It is should be clear to you now that the Bible truly never supports any notion of Karma whatsoever. If you had read this entire point you would learn that it never does support it but consistently goes against it. Therefore, Karma is completely incompatible with the Bible in every way and a Christian can never hope to reconcile this view in eastern mysticism with his or her biblical beliefs.

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2) Reincarnation and Past Life Regression

I will just jump now into what the Bible has to say concerning reincarnation. The Bible, almost by design, seems to consistently oppose the very idea of reincarnation in every way as if it actually anticipated the rise of this idea. Paul had this to say concerning the matter:

Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Some debate that the above verse does not teach against reincarnation but it does, the verses just before and after this verse disposes the claims that Jesus Christ was the reincarnation of Buddha or Vishnu or some other famous spiritual leader:

Hebrews 9:26, 28
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

And as to what this “judgment” in Hebrews 9:27 is, 2 Peter 2:9 explains it as being either sent to Heaven or being reserved for punishment in Hell, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” 2 Timothy 4:18 also helps us understand that this “judgment” can indeed be interpreted as either a reward for the righteous and punishment for the wicked, “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Even the apocryphal books of 2 Esdras and the Wisdom of Solomon both follow this very consistent theme that the accepted canon of the Bible agrees on:

2 Esdras 14:34, 35
Therefore if so be that ye will subdue your own understanding, and reform your hearts, ye shall be kept alive and after death ye shall obtain mercy.
For after death shall the judgment come, when we shall live again: and then shall the names of the righteous be manifest, and the works of the ungodly shall be declared.

heaven or hell

Wisdom of Solomon 15:17
For being mortal, he worketh a dead thing (idols) with wicked hands: for he himself is better than the things which he worshippeth: whereas he lived once, but they (idols) never.

Wisdom of Solomon 16:14
A man indeed killeth through his malice: and the spirit, when it is gone forth, returneth not; neither the soul received up cometh again.

Even if one completely denies the message echoed through Hebrews 9:27, there are several other verses of the Bible which all oppose the idea of reincarnation. This can clearly be said of Job 14:10-12, which uses imagery to help convey the idea that every man has only one life to live:

Job 14:10-12
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

Jesus Christ, who claimed to be God and thus knew better, denied the idea of reincarnation of the soul in Luke 23:43 when He talked to the good thief on the cross, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Note well that He says today “you will be with me in paradise,” He does not say that the thief and Himself would be reincarnated into other bodies that day. And ironically 2 Esdras 14:9 also seems to support this exact statement made by Jesus, “For thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou shalt remain with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the times be ended.” So, it seems that Jesus, who is well respected in many Hindu and New Age circles, does not support reincarnation at all. The informed New Ager or Hindu may no doubt object by claiming that Jesus taught reincarnation and they often use John 3:3 to support this claim:

John 3:3
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

But this is not true, Jesus actually elaborates what He said in John 3:3 in John 3:5, 6: “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Jesus is the one who gives us rivers of living water as John 4:14 points to,  “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” so Jesus is the source of this “water” which He mentions in John 3:5. This “Spirit” that Jesus points to is the baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit of the Heavenly Father which was prophesied in Ezekiel 36:27, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” So, Jesus explains that being born again is only done through the indwelling of Himself and His Heavenly Father in the individual. This interpretation is confirmed when one reads the following verse “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him (John 14:23).”

Some also present the argument that John the Baptist was actually the reincarnation of the Prophet Elijah, but this is simply not true. They often turn to Luke 1:17, which says, “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias (Elijah), to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Because John the Baptist had the spirit and power of Elias or Elijah it does not mean that he was Elijah’s reincarnation, not at all. In 2 Kings 2:9 we learn that Elisha was given the “spirit of Elijah” even though both Elijah and Elisha was still alive and well, “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” I explore this particular debate about John the baptist in greater detail in another article here.

The Bible never seems to support reincarnation but it supports the resurrection. Reincarnation and the resurrection are two opposite doctrines; they both logically can never be true, because resurrection needs the human soul and if at death the soul finds a new body for reincarnation, then resurrection is impossible and the opposite is true. After all Jesus and the many other people who were dead and was resurrected in the Bible were all resurrected within their same bodies; not reincarnated into other bodies. In any case the Bible further points out that the souls of the righteous are in Heaven even as we speak, exactly as Jesus suggested to the good thief in Luke 23:43:

Revelation 6:9-11
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

jesus and his saints in heaven
The above verses raises two fundamental points that there is a finite number of souls that God has created on this Earth and that each soul are clearly unique from each other. This is the same line of thinking that is echoed in the apocryphal book of 2 Esdras, a book which is allegedly written by the Old Testament prophet Ezra:

2 Esdras 4:35-37
Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things in their chambers, saying, How long shall I hope on this fashion? when cometh the fruit of the floor of our reward?
And unto these things Uriel the archangel gave them answer, and said, Even when the number of seeds is filled in you: for he hath weighed the world in the balance.
By measure hath he measured the times; and by number hath he numbered the times; and he doth not move nor stir them, until the said measure be fulfilled.

Some New Agers and Hindus make the claim that Early Christianity especially members of the Gnostic church who used some of the Apocrypha books believed in the idea of reincarnation but this may not necessarily be the case at all! One of the books that they may have used was 2nd Esdras, which consistently paints this theme that even the Gnostics may have held on to a resurrection view as opposed to a reincarnation view:

2 Esdras 5:41-48
And I said, Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them that be reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have been before me, or we that be now, or they that shall come after us?
And he said unto me, I will liken my judgment unto a ring: like as there is no slackness of the last, even so there is no swiftness of the first.
So I answered and said, Couldest thou not make those that have been made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that thou mightest shew thy judgment the sooner?
Then answered he me, and said, The creature may not haste above the maker; neither may the world hold them at once that shall be created therein.
And I said, As thou hast said unto thy servant, that thou, which givest life to all, hast given life at ONCE to the creature that thou hast created, and the creature bare it: even so it (the Earth) might now also bear them that now be present at once.
And he said unto me, Ask the womb of a woman, and say unto her, If thou bringest forth children, why dost thou it not together, but one after another? pray her therefore to bring forth ten children at once.
And I said, She cannot: but must do it by distance of time.
Then said he unto me, Even so have I given the womb of the earth to those that be sown in it in their times.

So, even these books which have not been proven to be inspired by God all do confirm with the rest of the accepted canon that reincarnation is simply not true! I must put this disclaimer out there that I am not necessarily endorsing the apocryphal books at all. Some may object with another claim that reincarnation has been scientifically proven, even if it was, the evidence for it is very negligible. “Science” in the Oxford dictionary, is defined as “The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” Science studies the “structure” and “behaviour” of phenomena in the physical world. So, do not be deceived by those who claim that science has conclusively proven the supernatural (non-physical) experiences circulating the reincarnation debate. Dave Hunt, founder of The Berean Call (TBC), in this short video below explains that even though some of the cases of past life regression may seem credible, they are very unreliable:


We cannot place our complete trust in personal experiences and the testimonies of past life regression as it opens one up to embrace deceptions. There is such a thing as absolute truth and through the application of absolute truth we can distinguish lies from reality. The Bible warns us that:

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Sir John Eccles who received his Nobel Prize for research on the brain, described the brain as “a machine that a ghost can operate,” so it is entirely possible that the spiritual experiences that one may have could be implanted by the demonic spirits of this world during hypnosis and altered states of consciousness. As such we certainly can never reliably confirm reincarnation by these means. As I said earlier reincarnation and resurrection are diametrically opposed to each other and both can never be true at the same time. It is important to note that resurrection has been proven by thousands of confirmed cases throughout the world. Either reincarnation is true or resurrection is true but the evidence supporting resurrection seem to have a lot more scientific merit because one can scientifically observe the life signs of those who died via vital signs monitors and through secondhand means of verification like death certificates. I strongly encourage you to do research on the resurrection cases that have been documented throughout the world and you will learn that there seems to be mountain of evidence supporting the resurrection which makes the reincarnation allegations look like an anthill. Try this simple rough test right now, Google “reincarnation testimonies” or just “reincarnation” and then ” resurrection testimonies” or just “resurrection” and you will see the number of results and will know that there is some truth here.

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~Planet Zion

Do All Paths Lead To God?



Are there many ways to God? Oprah Winfrey certainly thinks so, on her television show, she responded to a Christian guest with this, “One of the mistakes humans make – is believing that there is only one way…and many paths to what you call God…there couldn’t possible be just one way!” Well what does the Bible have to say about this? My video above explains what the Bible thinks on this matter. I will cover a few points that were not mentioned or were just narrowly touched by the video:



1) All Religions Are The Same
2) Christianity is just another revelation from God
3) Christians are narrow-minded to think that Jesus is the Only Way


 

1) All Religions Are The Same

The Bible differs from many of the world’s religions on this point.  First of all the Bible condemns acts of violence in the name of religion:


Matthew 5:43-44
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

John 18:36
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.


The above verses right away eliminate the idea that God approves of violence, sets up Islam and many other violent religions to be diametrically opposed to Biblical Christianity. The Bible goes on to further suggest the features of true religion in the verses below:


James 1:26, 27
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Micah 6:8
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?


So from the verses above we learn the following elements of pure religion in God’s eyes- control of one’s words and actions, honesty, concern for the sick and destitute, forgiveness, humility and  finally abstinence from ungodly behavior. Satanism at its core endorses pride, selfishness and sin above all else and fails in every aspect of pure religion outlined above. On the other hand, Hinduism, upholds a few of the elements but teaches that the sick and destitute are reincarnated into those conditions due to bad Karma and to help them would actually be a sin, which actually explains why India is in the state of financial instability as it is now. The Bible also makes mention that there is only one God, while Hinduism and Buddhism suggests that there are many:


1 Corinthians 8:5, 6
For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Isaiah 42:8
I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

man at crossroads
It is clear that there are fundamental differences between Biblical Christianity and the world’s religions. Yet there is a popular saying that persists in spite of these differences: “all religions are fundamentally the same and only superficially different,” but now I hope you understand that  it would seem that “all religions are superficially the same and fundamentally different.”

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2) Christianity is just another revelation from God


This argument is often presented by those of the Islamic and the Bahá’í Faith.  With respect to Islam, the claim is that the Qur’an is the final revelation delivered by God to mankind through its prophet Muhammad (Surah 29:46; Surah 4:47). In another article I show in great detail how Allah is not the same as the God of the Bible, so this idea that the Qur’an is the final revelation to follow the Bible is already not at a good start. There are simply too many serious issues when one attempts to connect Islam as a revelation from the True Living God like the fact that Islam teaches that Jesus is not God (Surah 4:172; Surah 5:73; Surah 9:30), that Jesus never died or was ever crucified (Surah 4:158) and that He was not the Son of God when there is historical, biblical and archaeological evidence that says otherwise.

On the other side of the spectrum, we have the  Bahá’í Faith which basically tells us that all religions are revealed by the same God. The Bahá’í Faith was heralded by a John the Baptist type figure in 1844, called Báb, whose name means “Gate,” in Persia now called Iran.  It was Bahá’u’lláh, whose name means “Glory of God,” a Messiah type figure, clarified the revelations of Báb, organized the message of the new faith and from there, the  Bahá’í Faith was born. The  Bahá’í Faith teaches that Bahá’u’lláh’s arrival fulfilled the prophesied Second Coming of Jesus Christ and that he is the messiah-type figure that all the world’s religions are expecting. The Bahá’í Faith also dictates that the world religions were all revelations sent by God, that God reveals Himself every few centuries by sending prophets called “Manifestations of God” to usher in a new religion and that the last few revelations from God to the world reflects His nature more clearly than older ones. This finally brings me to my point, if such is the case then why does the god of the Bahá’í Faith revealed himself in such contradictory ways over the history of mankind? Like the curious fact that Hinduism and Buddhism embraces polytheism when the god of the Bahá’í Faith is a monotheistic god. In any case, the Bible makes it clear to us that the words of the God of the Bible never changes:


Psalms 119:160
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Luke 21:33
Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.


If such is the case as the two verses above show, then the god of the Bahá’í Faith would have concluded all revelations with Christianity shouldn’t he? This doctrine of the Bahá’í Faith makes the all-knowing Creator of the universe appear to be schizophrenic with multiple personalities. The Bible prophesies the very opposite of “progressive revelation” in the Last Days, it warns us that there will be rampant growing deceptions, that there will be many false Christs, and that the world will plunge into a great deception:


2 Timothy 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Matthew 24:24
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;


I think it is strange that the god of the Bahá’í Faith revealed Christianity, a faith alleged to have been designed by this god, that warns its followers to reject any future “revelations” from other religions and to reject people who claim to bear another message or gospel from the true living God:


Galatians 1:6-9
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have received, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.


The inconsistencies with the Bahá’í Faith does not end there, not by a long shot! The world headquarters for this religion is the Bahá’í World Centre, located at Mt. Carmel in Israel. Informed Christians who hears the words “Mt. Carmel” should be alarmed, as this was the very same site that the Bible prophet, Elijah, faced the false prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:17-46. The world headquarters also overlooks the valley of Megiddo where the war of Armageddon is fated to occur. The Battle of Armageddon is a final war, prophesied in the Bible (Revelation 16:14), where the entire world gathers itself united as one to fight against the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns to this Earth in the Second Coming, and I am deliberately telling you this, because one of the Bahá’í Faith’s goals is to gather all the world’s religions under one single religion. As you now understand it is quite suspicious that the Bahá’í Faith’s world headquarters is built overlooking that future battlefield:


Revelation 16:14
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.


The Bahá’í Faith further shows itself as being, quite possibly as one of the latest stratagems of Satan since its new members require identification cards and identification numbers from the religion, which eerily foreshadows the Mark of the Beast mentioned in Revelation 13:16-18. To enter the  Bahá’í Faith you need to actually be interviewed, which is completely against the God of the Bible who wills that all be saved and come to the truth unopposed (1 Timothy 2:3, 4). The Bible teaches that the world will indeed come together under one banner of peace exactly as the Bahá’í Faith plans to do, however, the Bible teaches that this peace and unity will be short lived (Daniel 8:25) and the united movement will be destroyed just like the first attempt of the world’s people to unite under a one world government and one world religion at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. After all, the Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

bahai peace and NWO

1 Thessalonians 5:2, 3
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

There are many other erroneous facts that most certainly does not help the argument for progressive revelation, for more information on the secrets on the  Bahá’í Faith you may read a few of the posts by this blogger and the folks at Jesus Is Savior. In light of all this, to a genuine truth seeker, it is difficult to even contrive that the God of the Bible is the same as the god of the Bahá’í Faith and like me you may consider that this movement may very well be the prophesied one world religion that the Book of Revelation warns Christians about.

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3) Christians are narrow-minded to think that Jesus is the Only Way


This is misplaced because it is not Christians who say that Jesus is the only way to God; it is the Bible that makes this claim. But before I get into the Bible’s claim that the path outlined by it is the only way to God, I would like to explain the concepts of Absolute Truth and Relativism.

What is absolute truth? A certain person defines it in this way: “it is inflexible reality: fixed, invariable, unalterable facts.” Now let’s look quickly at the definition for relativism which is defined as: “truth, morality and knowledge that are relevant only to a certain culture, society and historical period,” in other words, it is not absolute truth. A simple example of absolute truth is 2 + 2 = 4. Now, what if everyone in the entire world gathers together and say, “Let’s make 2 + 2 = 5 instead!” And everyone celebrates this change by shouting, “Hooray! 2 + 2 = 5, cool we all finally agreed on something!”  Even if everyone agrees does it make that decision correct? Of course not! 2 + 2 = 4 and will always be 4. No matter how hard the world would like to make it 5, that is relativism, it still does not change the fact that 4 is the mathematically correct answer.

Just as absolute truth governs the rules of mathematics, it governs the laws of physics like gravity – what goes up must always come down, absolute truth governs everything. By this simple proof we see that absolute truth is fixed throughout the physical universe, now shouldn’t it also be true in the spiritual realm. The God of the Bible claims to be the father of all spirits and rules within the spiritual realm (Hebrews 12:9), then who else should we turn to for absolute spiritual truth for He is a God of Truth (Psalms 43:3; Psalms 25:5). God verifies Himself through fulfilled prophecies (Isaiah 46:9, 10) mentioned here in this article and through proven scientific facts shown in my article here, which eliminates the notion of the Bible being written by mere men but by an all-knowing and all-powerful God who is outside of the limitations of time. Since God is consistently correct in stating scientific facts and fulfilled prophecy then it must follow that He must also be correct about the rest of the content of His book, the Bible. Jesus who claimed to be this God of Truth makes the following statements:


Matthew 7:13, 14
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.


In the above verse Jesus informs us that there are actually two paths- a wide gate that leads into destruction and a narrow gate that leads to eternal life and God. Christianity is the only religion in the world that states this, even Judaism and Islam teaches that all paths eventually lead to God (Surah 11:123). I hope you understand now that it is incorrect to say that the Bible is narrow-minded, as it highlight two destinations, not one. The question now is how to travel on this narrow road or path to the true God? Jesus once again answers this question for us in the following verses:


John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 10:9
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

highway_exit_signs
The God of Truth knows all absolute truth, He has always been correct when predicting the future through prophecy and has used scientific insights that only He would have known (as men never had the technology to verify them in the past until now), now this same God tells us that Jesus is the way to Him. We are faced with two simple decisions now are we to accept this or reject this message? Truth is absolute, even if we reject truth, it will always remains true, remember my analogy, 2 + 2 will always be 4, no matter how much one would like it to be 5. Now this question may pop up in the heads of Hindus, Muslims and even those of the Bahá’í Faith: well what about the previous revelations and religions that existed before Christianity began? Are they true or are they examples of man-made relativism? Jesus once again gives us the answers here:


John 10:7, 8, 10
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.


So, Jesus indicates to us that all the religious systems and their founders that came before Him did not arrive to deliver absolute truth, but to deliver relativism, which would mislead others into death and destruction as it is not based on absolute spiritual truth. The God of the Bible further discourages us from even adopting any of the practices of these religions like yoga and many others:


Deuteronomy 12:30-32
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

1 John 4:5-8
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

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I would like you now, if you are not Christian or even if you are Christian, to dedicate or rededicate your life to Christ. You may learn more on how to find this narrow road that Jesus tells us to travel in this article, Salvation is a free gift that God gives us all.

~ Planet Zion

Hell is Real!



The above video is the testimony of a man who God has allowed to briefly experience Hell. Whether or not you believe his testimony, the Bible does indicate that Hell is a very real place, with real fires and torments.


Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Mark 9:43-44
And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Isaiah 32:22-24
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
I will heap mischiefs upon them (wicked); I will spend mine arrows upon them.
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.


The Bible consistently hints or directly talks of Hell as if it is a literal place. The word “hell” appears 54 times in the Bible that does not count the other terms associated with it like “grave,” “pit” and “Gehenna.” Jesus talked on hell several times and even talked of it in the form of a parable, the parable of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31:
lazarus and the rich man

Luke 16:19-31
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.


So from the parable we learn that Hell is a place of torment (“being in torments”), Hell is a place of thirst (“cool my tongue”), Hell has literal fire (“tormented in this flame”), Hell is separate from Heaven or Paradise and one can not cross to and from it (“there is a great gulf fixed”), in Hell one retains his or her memories of life (“I have five brethren”), and Heaven or Paradise is a place of comfort (“now he is comforted”). Many may easily debate as to whether this parable was describing a literal place or not, well I have a few questions to ask you: Why did Jesus see it necessary to indicate that the man was thirsty and in ongoing torment if this was just a fictional story? Why did Jesus see it fit to emphasize that the prophets or God’s Word has the answer to avoid such a place, if it was only figurative? Why would Jesus go on to even include the desperation of Lazarus (who by the way had all his faculties) to warn his other brothers from entering Hell? The most important of all questions may be why would Jesus use a parable or metaphor to describe another metaphor? As even some Christian denominations believe that when the person dies the soul enters a “dreamless sleep” state until the resurrection.

The simple answer to these questions is that Hell is a very literal place! I believe the whole idea is even more damning, pun intended, when one looks at Jesus’ words to the thief on the cross:


Luke 23:43
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.


I would like to ask you this question: Why would Jesus tell the thief that they will both be in Paradise soon? Now, Jesus is sinless and was certainly no liar (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5), Jesus did not lie to the thief, so he obviously was speaking the truth. The Book of Revelations even hints to us that there are human souls living right now with Jesus in Heaven, we know of the 24 elders in Revelation 4:4, “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.” Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:8 also suggests this as well, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” Even the apocryphal book of 2nd Esdras in 2 Esdras 14:9 also seems to support this exact statement made by Jesus in Luke 23:43, “For thou shalt be taken away from all, and from henceforth thou shalt remain with my Son, and with such as be like thee, until the times be ended.” The inference here in Luke 23:43 and the other scriptures is that Paradise is a literal place, since Paradise is a literal place then likewise “Abraham’s bosom,” which is the Paradise of the parable above is also a literal place, then shouldn’t it also follow that Hell is literal as well?
24 elders
Some may wonder whether or not it is biblical for God to allow people to experience these out of body experiences and visions of Heaven and Hell. It is biblical, in fact, Paul in 2 Corinthians Chapter 12 verses 3 and 4 describes of a man witnessing a literal Paradise. In the book of Psalms there is a group of interesting verses which indicate that David may have even experienced Hell or at least was prophesying the Messiah’s decent into Hell after His death:


Psalms 86:13-17
For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast helped me, and comforted me.


Hell is a terrible place that God has prepared for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41), thankfully it is a place that we do not need to go to. All you need to do is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Repent of your sins, turn to God, and ask for God’s Holy Spirit to remove the power of sin over your life. Now is the time to make your choice while you have this one life to live. Will it be Heaven or Hell?:


Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:


Please make the right choice! Choose Life; choose Jesus; choose God! Amen!


2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Deuteronomy 30:19
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:


~Planet Zion

The Cross Hidden in the Old Testament



Above in this video Dr. Chuck Missler shows what might be one of the most amazing appearances of the Cross of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. The Cross appears hidden within the Book of Numbers Chapter 2, centuries before the punishment of the crucifixion was even invented!

Numbers 24:5
How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!

John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.


The verses below contain descriptions of the four beings around God’s throne which Dr. Chuck Missler mentions in the above video:


Ezekiel 1:10-11
As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

Isaiah 6:1-3
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Revelation 4:6-8
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

four living creatures

If you are wondering about the profiles for the Gospels that Chuck mentions, they may be interpreted as follows:

1) Matthew presents Jesus as the Messiah, the King and begins with Abraham’s genealogy and presents Jesus as the “Lion” of the Tribe of Judah.

2) Mark presents Jesus as a servant, the one who will bear the sins of the world. A servant’s genealogy is considered to have no importance and hence none is given by Mark. Therefore he describes Jesus in a way to the “Ox” of Ephraim.

3) Luke presents Jesus as the Son of Man, an Old Testament term for the Messiah found in Daniel 7:13-14, starts off with His genealogy through Adam and focuses on Jesus’ humanity. Likewise Jesus here is described in the form of the “Man” of Reuben.

4) Finally, John expresses Jesus as the Son of God, focuses on the miracles of Jesus and Jesus’ deity. John has no genealogy because God has no beginning. Hence, John’s gospel reveals Jesus as the “Eagle” of Dan.

Now, when we combine the Gospels we see that all of them describe Jesus from four different perspectives with Jesus at the very heart of the four Gospels, identical to the arrangement of the four beings around God’s throne in Heaven. I hope this message blessed you!

~Planet Zion

Prophecy of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri and the Messiah’s Return

 

 


These videos cover the amazing prophecy of the late Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, concerning Jesus’ return and Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli Prime Minister. Some Christians may believe that God would not reveal Himself to a Kabbalist, I remind you of Saul before he became Paul on the Road to Damascus. We must look at the fruits of this prophecy, many Jews may be saved through Rabbi Kaduri who declared Jesus to be the Messiah:

1 Timothy 2:3-4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

paul on the road to damascus
Please share this with all you know. God bless you!

~Planet Zion

Witnesses of Jehovah Film



The film above exposes all the falsehoods, false prophecies and dark secrets of the Jehovah’s Witness Religion. 
The Bible teaches us that in the last days there will be an increase of false prophets, false teachers and doctrines that will mislead many -not only a revival of God’s truth as the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe:

Matthew 7:15-18
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

The Jehovah’s Witness religion’s history is riddled with unfulfilled prophecies, false date setting and deceptions that are not in line with God. The false prophecies in particular outlined by this film clearly prove that the prophets of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are not speaking on God’s behalf. The Bible teaches that God never changes:

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Isaiah 55:11
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Yet the prophecies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses always changes. It is obvious that the false prophecies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses are nothing more than the theories, philosophies and conjectures of men:

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Yes, the Bible tells us that there will be a rise in false prophets, but that is not all, the End Times will be characterized by a rise of “damnable heresies” and people will deny the Lord Jesus Christ:

1 John 2:22
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
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 (Jesus) that brought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

How can people deny Christ? Simply by attacking His nature – His divine nature. The Jehovah’s Witness’ bible, the New World Translation, has been changed in several verses with the intent of removing or diminishing the verses that support Jesus’ divinity:


1) Jesus is one with His Father
2) Jesus was not a created being
3) Salvation is reserved to God alone
4) Only God Can Judge and Forgive Sins
5) There can be only one Alpha and Omega!
6) Trinity is a valid doctrine in the Bible


 


1) Jesus is one with His Father

Isaiah 63:16
Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

Who is the “LORD,” this “father,” and this “redeemer?” This is obviously God, correct! Well if Jesus Christ was just archangel Michael then why does Isaiah describes him as being “the Mighty God” below?:

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The Prophet Isaiah points that the Messiah is God. This idea is only reinforced when one compares Isaiah 9:6 with what Jesus Himself says:

Matthew 23:9
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is you Father, which is in heaven.

Jesus said call no man your father, yet Isaiah 9:6 clearly describes Jesus as “The Everlasting Father?” How can this be? The only explanation is that Jesus had to be one with our Heavenly Father. In fact Jesus Himself declared this quite often and angered the spiritual leaders of His day:

John 10:30-33
I and my Father are one.
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

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2) Jesus was not a created being
The punishment for sin is described as eternal separation from God, death and destruction:

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

If the penalty for sin is eternal separation and death as the Bible says, then how can Jesus be with His Father now in heaven if He paid this price? The simple answer is this: To pay the price of an infinite penalty such as the sins of the entire world (for past, present and future sinners), it will require the death of an infinite being; God Himself. A created being, like the other Jesus Christ of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, can never pay such a penalty. This simple logic shatters any idea of Jesus being a mere created and finite being:

John 1:1-3, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Micah 5:2
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

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3) Salvation is reserved to God alone
The Bible consistently describes God as being our Savior and Redeemer:

Isaiah 47:4
As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 44:6
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

In fact God Himself goes on to say this:

Isaiah 48:11
For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

Now let us examine the following scriptures carefully:

Isaiah 59:16
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore HIS ARM brought SALVATION unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
Isaiah 63:5
And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore MINE OWN ARM brought SALVATION unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the RIGHT HAND of my righteousness.

The three scriptures above maintain the theme that God’s “arm” or “hand” literally brings salvation. In the scriptures it also implies a distinction between the “hand” from God yet it still remains one with God. I will go as far to say that this “hand” or “arm” is the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the one who is the Savior. Jesus actually describes Himself as being “one” with His Father in the same sense:

John 17:21
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Jesus is indeed one with God the Father. Just as a cat can only give birth to another cat, the same is true for God His Son, Jesus Christ, is nothing less than God.

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4) Only God Can Judge and Forgive Sins
Only God has the authority to forgive sins no one else. Not even a created being has this power:

Micah 7:18-19
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retains not his anger for ever, because he delights in mercy.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Isaiah 33:22
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
Jeremiah 17:10
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Yet for some odd reason Jesus in the New Testament can forgive sins and the Bible goes as far to say that Jesus will judge all of mankind one day:

Luke 5:20-21
And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
And the scribes and Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Matthew 16:27
For the Son of man (Jesus) shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

I have a question. If Jesus is just only a man or a mighty angel, how can he judge all mankind from past, present and future of their works? He must be all knowing to be able to judge fairly. Only God is all knowing, therefore Jesus must be God!

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5) There can be only one Alpha and Omega!
The New World Translation has been changed quite a lot to eliminate Jesus deity, but as a former Jehovah’s Witness myself, I personally stumbled upon this point in that Bible translation and from then I began questioning the Jehovah’s Witnesses teachings. Jesus, near the opening of the Book of Revelation describes Himself as:

Revelation 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord (Jesus), which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

But then God Almighty; Our Heavenly Father who sits on the throne says near the end of the Book of Revelation says:

Revelation 21:6-7
And he (the Father) said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

There can’t be two individuals claiming to be the “Alpha and Omega” that is a title which is restricted to only one being: God Almighty. This fact is further supported by the words of Prophet Isaiah in the scripture below which describes God as more than one being (plural) yet united as one “Alpha and Omega” or “First and Last”:

Isaiah 44:6
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

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6) Trinity is a valid doctrine in the Bible
God Almighty Himself tells us that for any judgement to be made there must be at least two or three witnesses:

Deuteronomy 19:15
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

This is no different for God, our Judge and Ruler. The Bible says that He exists in three beings yet act as one God much like a tribunal of three judges:

1 John 5:7
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Matthew 28:19
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Many of you reading this may wonder: If Jesus is God well why did He never openly say that He is God? Well He did openly say that He is God several times in a way that was relevant to the context of His time on Earth. In fact, this was the very reason why He was crucified by the Pharisees, because He claimed to be God quite often in the scriptures. Jesus claimed to be God, by claiming to be the voice of the burning bush in Exodus 3:14, the Pharisees, who knew the scriptures well, tried to kill Him because they realized that He was blaspheming by claiming to be God:

John 8:58-59
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.
Then took they (Pharisees) up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Exodus 3:14
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

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If you have any more questions concerning the New World Translation versus King James Bible debate on the divinity of Jesus Christ, you may learn more here. I hope that many eyes even those  who are not Jehovah’s witnesses or Christians will be opened to the reality that the Bible claims that Jesus is God. If this blessed you, please share this with every Jehovah’s Witness you know. May the Lord continue to strengthen you and reveal Himself to you through the scriptures. After all, Jesus said:

John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
John 17:3
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
John 14:1
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.


~Planet Zion

Is Christianity A Pagan Religion?


The video above is a documentary originally entitled: “Zeitgeist Refuted Final Cut.” It was directed and written by Elliott Nesch of Holy Bible Prophecy Ministry to debunk all the lies and false claims of “Zeitgeist: The Movie” which was created by Peter Joseph. “Zeitgeist: The Movie” was a blatant attack against Christianity and tried desperately to create links between Christianity and Pagan Religions. It also attempted to challenge the historicity of Jesus Christ, His death, resurrection, miracles, disciples and several other pivotal doctrines and teachings of Christianity, despite the archaeological and historical evidence that proves otherwise.


The Bible warns us to never keep at heart the philosophies of men, because this idea of Christianity being a revived pagan religion is a conjecture that is shrouded in lies and deception:
david icke does not believe in a literal Jesus Christ

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Psalms 1:1
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.


I will admit that there seems to be similarities but the Bible indicates that these similarities are planted by Satan our enemy into the many false religions in order to suppress the truth of Christianity:


John 10:7-10
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

JZ Knight New Age Channeler of the being called Ramtha

1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop, called Vissarion who claim to be Jesus

Matthew 24:24
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;


Elliott Nesch did an excellent job of exposing the New Age, Theosophy and the Freemasonry influences that engineered this movie. If you wish you may view more of his videos or support him at his official ministry website:

http://www.holybibleprophecy.org/

If you are still unsatisfied with this refutation against these false claims in Zeitgeist, then please watch this amazing playlist that I have compiled from various experts who just rip this nonsense apart into pieces right here. If you have any comments and questions concerning this video feel free to leave them in the comment section and look at the video below which features Dr. Mark Foreman, a Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Liberty University, who thoroughly debunks the Zeitgeist movie. God bless!

~Planet Zion

The Gospel Message Hidden Within The Genealogy of Adam



The video above is a must see bible study on the Gospel message that is tucked away within the names of the first 10 men of Adam’s genealogy. I encourage you all to please share this message to all your loved ones and especially your unbelieving friends and family.  People may believe it is strange that God would choose to hide these messages in the Bible. I will gladly reassure you that it is absolutely biblical for Him to work in this way, in fact, Jesus encourages us all to look for these things:


John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

This is the Gospel Message hidden in Genesis 5:

Adam>Seth>Enosh>Kenan>Mahalalel>Jared>Enoch>Methuselah>Lamech>Noah

Man (is)>Appointed>Mortal>Sorrow; (but)>The Blessed God>Shall Come Down>Teaching>His Death Shall Bring>The Despairing>Comfort; Rest

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I do hope this video blesses you all! God Bless you!

~Planet Zion

Is the Sabbath Relevant for Christians? The Truth Will Shock You!

Please watch the amazing video above and the one below which covers the question about the Sabbath and its connections to Jesus Christ and relevance to us all. One of the greatest misconceptions in Christianity is that Jesus came and abolished the Law and the Sabbath but this was actually never the case:

Matthew 5:17-19
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill it.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

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 shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
This is perhaps one of the greatest misconceptions that is embraced by many of those who profess to be Christians. If we do indeed call ourselves Christ followers then we should by all means remember the fourth commandment. If we truly love the Lord with all our hearts we would indeed obey Him as Jesus says:

John 14:15
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:21
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

woman praying

The Bible tells us that God has blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy (Genesis 2:3) also we understand that whatever God blesses He can never reverse (Numbers 23:10), therefore this also applies to the Sabbath day, a day which He has blessed. We must understand that Sabbath day has never been abolished, it is still in effect, in fact, in Exodus 20:8, God tells us to “remember” the Sabbath day which is strange since not one of the other commandments were introduced to us in this way. I personally believe that God may have deliberately used the word “remember” as a warning to discourage us from forgetting it, as God knew that in the distant future, some of His servants would not “remember” the Sabbath day.
Jesus Himself celebrated the Sabbath, here on earth as He attended the synagogues quite often on the Sabbath days (Luke 4:16; Mark 1:21). Jesus, when discussing on the Sabbath, argued that it was a day to do good works (Matthew 12:11, 12) not once did He say it was abolished, He was merely attacking the “legalistic” burden that the Jewish religious leaders had made the Sabbath day become.
Jesus Christ’s followers did indeed keep the Sabbath, the women who visited the tomb were delayed by the Sabbath before they went to anoint Jesus’ body after His death:

Luke 23:56
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

John, His disciple, acknowledged the Sabbath day (Revelation 1:10). Some may argue that the Sabbath was kept strictly by the Jews and for the Jews, not so fast! There are scriptures that indicates that even the Gentiles celebrated the Sabbath:

Acts 13:42
And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
Isaiah 56:6
Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

God  has never given rules as a means to burden His servants but for His servant’s benefit (1 John 5:3; Psalms 1:1, 2; 1 Kings 2:3). I use my Saturdays as a day to rest, relax, read the Bible more than the other days of the week and pray, worship more intently to God and refrain from any of my personal plans and focus on God. I can testify that ever since I started keeping the Sabbaths, God has always made me feel “recharged” and energized spiritually which confirms to me that the Sabbath day is indeed blessed. The Bible indicates that the Sabbath day starts from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday because the progression of each day, dictated by the Bible, is from evening to evening (Leviticus 23:32; Mark 1:32; Nehemiah 13:19; Exodus 12:18). The Bible also indicates to us that we are not to buy or sell on the Sabbath as well (Nehemiah 10:31).
Do not be mistaken, this is my humble opinion and what the Bible seems to show on the matter, if anyone does not wish to keep the Sabbath, I am not in any place to force them to as Paul says:

Colossians 2:16
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

And by that very verse no one is to judge me as well. Nevertheless, many bible teachers oppose Sabbath keeping and label it as an attempt “to mix old wine” in “new wine skin” or mix the old covenant with the new covenant (Matthew 9:17), but this is not true, this is a fruit of salvation (Titus 2:14):

Hebrews 6:9-12
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Keep note that we are by no means saved by keeping the Sabbath, we should keep it out of love and respect for our God after we are saved. A lot of the opposition against Sabbath keeping has been fueled by the opinions of man, the Bible makes it very clear that we are to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29; 1 Samuel 15:22; Romans 13:1). The anti-Sabbath-keeping movement is further damaged by the fact that the Bible tells us that we will all be celebrating the Sabbath as well as the Feast Days in the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ:

Isaiah 66:23
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

lion-and-lamb-wallpaper

So, what do you all think? Do you take Saturdays off in order to relax and focus more on God? Do you think that we all should never celebrate the Sabbath? I would like to know, explain why in the comments. God Bless you!

~Planet Zion