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May 6, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WAVESHEAF SUNDAY

 

FEAST OF WEEKS BEGINS:

 

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 6, 2018, the 49-day FEAST OF WEEKS begins with the WAVESHEAF OFFERING taken from the barley harvest:

 

“…When you enter the land which I [Yahweh] am going to give you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.

 

And he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh for you to be accepted; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.” (Lev. 23:10-11)

 

WAVESHEAF TAKEN FROM THE HARVEST OF RIPE GRAIN:

 

Note the Wavesheaf is not taken from green ears, but from the ripened grain of barley harvest….not green ears-falling during the days of unleavened bread: “…and REAP its harvest, THEN you shall bring a sheaf of….your harvest…” (Lev. 23:10)

 

“…Thrust in your sickle and reap: …for the harvest of the earth is RIPE.” (Rev. 14:15)

 

“…look on the fields; for they are white [not green] already to harvest.” (Jn. 4:35)

 

The harvest begins with the ripened grain of the barley harvest. (2 Sam. 21:9; Ruth 1:22)

 

[The 7-day Passover Feast in which unleavened bread is eaten takes place during the month of green ears (Deut. 16:1)].

 

MUST KEEP THE FEAST OF WEEKS:

 

“And you shall keep the Feast of Weeks unto Yahweh with a tribute of a freewill offering…as Yahweh your Elohim has blessed you…” (Deut. 16:10)

 

PROPER COUNT IS SEVEN WEEKS OF 49 DAYS:

 

“And you shall also count…from the day after the Sabbath….when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering;…seven complete Sabbaths. ” (Lev. 23:15)

 

April 29, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: THE SECOND PASSOVER, April 29, 2018

 

A SECOND CHANCE:

 

We do not always get a second chance at life’s great issues.

 

But there is one important event Yahweh decided MUST be given a second chance.

 

THAT EVENT IS PASSOVER

 

“The fourteenth day of the second month between the evenings they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs….according to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it.” (Num. 9:21)

 

TWO REASONS A SECOND PASSOVER IS ALLOWED:

 

(1). “,,,If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body,

 

OR

 

(2). “…be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the Passover to Yahweh.” (Num. 9:10)

 

WHY A SECOND CHANCE IS NEEDED:

 

PASSOVER IS THAT TIME WHEN WE GAIN ETERNAL LIFE!!!

 

“Whoso eats my flesh and drinks my blood, HAS ETERNAL LIFE; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Jn. 6:54)

 

“And as they were eating Yahshua took bread, and blessed it…and said, Take eat: THIS IS MY BODY…”

 

“And He took the cup,..gave thanks…saying, Drink you all of it:

 

FOR THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT.” (Jn. 26z;26-28)

 

April 16, 2018

 

NEW MOON, APRIL 16, 2018

 

2nd NEW MOON of the Year Announced by Blowing a Trumpet (Psa. 81:3):

 

MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN:

 

The New Moon is the Conjunction of the Sun and Moon in a “cosmic marriage.”

 

To consumate this marriage, an amazing event happens. It is what astronomers call “THE DIAMOND RING EFFECT” which occurs shortly before and after this “marriage”.

 

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SUN IS A MAN; MOON IS A WOMAN:

 

“…the Sun, Moon, and eleven stars made obeisance to me [Joseph, Earth]…shall I [Jacob, the FATHER] and your mother [the WIFE] ..bow down…?” (Gen. 37:9)

 

Notice Jacob understood the SUN represents the FATHER and HUSBAND, and the MOON represents the MOTHER and WIFE!

 

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SUN AND MOON MARRY AT DAWN:

 

“…Shaharaim…[Dual DAWN] begat of Hodesh [NEW MOON] his WIFE..” (1 Chron. 8:8-9)

 

The NEW MOON [Hodesh; the new bride] was one with the SUN, [the husband] at DAWN [Shaharaim]. The marriage, the conjunction, is of Sun and Moon at the dawn of the day.

 

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A DIAMOND RING sealed the marriage, the conjunction, at the Dawn of the day.

 

This is exactly what we do at marriage….the RING, the unending circle, seals the marriage.

 

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MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB WILL BE ON A NEW MOON (Rev. 19:9)

 

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ANALOGY:

 

The New Moon starts the month when the Moon is joined, conjuncted, with Sun at Dawn of the Day.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

The first day of the month begins at DAWN at the time when the Sun and Moon conjunct.

 

March 17, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHT: SIGNS OF THE TIMES

 

DO YOU KNOW THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES?

 

WHAT IS TODAY? WHAT IS TOMORROW?

 

TODAY, MARCH 17, IS THE 5TH SABBATH OF THE NEW YEAR.

 

TOMORROW, MARCH 18, 2018, IS THE FIRST NEW MOON OF THE YEAR.

 

“…you can discern the face of the sky; but can you not discern the SIGNS OF THE TIMES [“Festal seasons”; Gr]?” (Matt. 16:3)

 

The Jews could not, did not, correctly discern the signs of the Festivals (Gr. kairos- festal seasons]. Had they known the true SIGNS OF THE TIMES they would have known who He was!

 

Today too, if we cannot accurately determine the Feasts of Yahweh, then we really are not sanctified by Him and do not know Him, regardless of how we may or may not feel.

 

SIGNS FROM HEAVEN:

 

The weekly and annual Sabbaths are SIGNS from Heaven; knowing what Days are Holy. The ONLY SIGN given of sanctification. (Ex. 31:13; Ezk. 20:12, 20)

 

Likewise, the ONLY sign of Yahshua’s ministry, of His Messiahship, was the sign involving DAY and NIGHT; separating the two (See Gen. 1:4-5).

 

TOMORROW, MARCH 18, 2018, IS THE FIRST NEW MOON OF THE YEAR.

 

This all important New Moon begins the first month of the year when Yahweh’s Annual Holy Days begin. We have to know which New Moon is the first month of the year [Read: “The Beginning and End of the Biblical Year” and “Come Out of Babylon: Keep the Scriptural New Moon”; www.icyahweh.org]

 

Without the correct knowledge of Yahweh weekly Sabbath [Dawn-to-Dark],the Beginning and Ending of the Year, AND the New Moons, we cannot determine the Annual Holy Days, the SIGN of Yahweh’s sanctification.

 

Something to think about seriously.

 

March 15, 2018

 

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February 10, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WHO WILL BE LEFT BEHIND?

 

“Then said one to Him, Master, are there few that be saved? And He said to them,

 

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you will seek to enter in, and shall not be able,…

 

Then shall you begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in your presence, and you have taught in our streets.

 

But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not….depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.

 

There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of Yahweh, and you yourselves thrust out!

 

And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the Kingdom of Yahweh.”

 

(Luke 13:23-24,26-29)

 

February 3, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF…?

 

“Fear you not, for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your Elohim: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you: yes, I will uphold you…they that strive with you shall perish…” (Isa. 41:10-11)

 

“Fears are nothing more that states of mind.” (Napoleon Hill)

 

THREE FEARS CAUSING MOST OF OUR WORRIES

 

Fear of Poverty

Fear of Criticism

Fear of Ill Health

Symptoms of Fear of Poverty and (Evidence of:)

 

Indecision……….(sustained doubt)

Doubt……………(excuses, envy)

Worry……………(finding fault, self-consciousness)

Over caution……..(see negatives in every circumstance)

Procrastination…..(compromise rather than put up a stiff fight)

Symptoms of Fear of Criticism and (Evidence of:)

 

Self-consciousness……..(timidity in conversation)

Lack of poise………….(lack of voice control)

Inferiority complex…….(trying to impress others; imitating others)

Extravagance…………..(trying to “keep up with the Jones”)

Lack of initiative……..(slowness in making decisions)

Symptoms of Fear of Ill Health and (Evidence of:)

 

Hypochondria………….(habit of talking of illness, disease)

Self-coddling…………(wanting sympathy, feigning illness)

Intemperance………….(ignoring causes by use of drugs)

 

January 27, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: MYSTERY SOLVED

 

What Religion Generally Ignores: Timing is Everything

 

BIBLICAL CALENDAR RECOVERED!

 

Read our Book…

 

“The Beginning and End of the Biblical Year”

 

Yahweh preserved in the Bible sufficient details to recover His true Holy Days.

 

Centuries later the false perception continues, however, that the Bible is void of the structure of the Sacred Calendar.

 

Seriously, how could Yahweh command observance of His New Moons and Holy Days, but leave nothing in His Holy Word showing how He fixes those times?

 

This study shows the facts of Scripture and firm historical dating which reveal two cardinal points: the Beginning and End of the Biblical year.

 

Knowing these, the true Scriptural day and New Moons, we show how to determine Yahweh’s solar-lunar Holy Days…from the Bible; not tradition nor other calendar schemes from Babylon and elsewhere.

 

HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE CORRECT TIMES?

 

Yahweh’s Sabbaths are the sign of His people, those He has sanctified (Ex. 31:13; Ezk. 20:12, 20). Getting them right is crucial….for eternity.

 

How can we be sanctified without the knowledge of His Sabbaths? This information is essential to salvation, your salvation. Approach it with an open mind. Lay aside tradition and see what Yahweh’s Word says about His calendar.

 

January 20, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: What is the Truth?

 

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (Jn. 8:32)

 

“Sanctify them through your truth: your word is TRUTH.” (Jn. 17:17).

 

WHAT WORD?

 

“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that SANCTIFY them.” (Ezk. 20:12)

 

“I am Yahweh your Mighty One; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my SABBATHS; and they shall be a sign between Me and you…” (Ezk. 20:20)

 

January 17, 2018

 

What if your beliefs are not Biblical?

 

What important fact do most churches not teach?

 

Today is the 11th New Moon of the year.

 

Few churches teach the importance of the New Moons as days of worship…which they are (Isa. 66:23; Ezk. 46:3).

 

Why not?

 

The prophets clearly record the New Moon is a day of worship. They cannot add to the Law something not already there. (Deut. 12:32).

 

The New Testament also shows the New Moons are observed along with the Sabbath and Holy Days: “Let no man judge you [find fault]…in respect of an Holy Day, or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath day: Which ARE (present tense) a shadow of things to come [prophetic signs]…” (Col. 2:16,17)

 

January 13, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: DEAR SEEKER OF TRUTH

 

WHAT IS THE RELIGIOUS “ESTABLISHMENT” TRYING TO HIDE?

 

WHAT DO THEY NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW?

 

ANSWER: MOSES [THE LAW] AND THE PROPHETS: “…If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” [Lk. 16:31]

HOW DO THEY HIDE THE TRUTH? SIMPLE: THEY IGNORE IT.

WHY DO THEY NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW? BECAUSE MOSES AND THE PROPHETS REVEAL SIN AND ITS PRESENT AND FUTURE CONSEQUENCES. THIS CONTRADICTS WHAT THEY TEACH.

EXAMPLES:

 

MOSES:

 

(1). Tithing is on money (not hard to figure out why they cling to this one), when the Bible teaches tithing only on agricultural produce [Lev.27:30,32].

 

(2). The count to Pentecost starts within the Days of Unleavened Bread. But the Bible never mentions UB regarding the count [Lev. 23:10-17].

 

(3). The Sacred Names of Yahweh and Yahshua are replaceable by God, Lord, Jesus [Ex. 20:7; Matt. 21:9 {“Lord” = Yahweh; is a quote of Psa. 118:26; Jn. 12:28; 17:26].

 

(4). The Biblical seventh-day Sabbath was replaced by Sunday or by the Babylonian sunset-to-sunset Sabbath from Friday sunset-to-Saturday sunset [Dan.7:25; Lk.16:17].

 

(5). The Biblical Holy Days are done away or replaced by Easter and Christmas [Dan. 7:25; Lk. 16:17].

 

(6). Yahweh is love and does not judge us. But Yahweh says, “…if you despise my statutes…or judgments…that you will not do all my commandments, I…will do this to you; I will even appoint over you terror[ists] …sorrow of heart…you will be slain before your enemies…I will break the pride of your power…I will bring the land into desolation…” [Lev. 26:15-17,19,32]

 

THE PROPHETS: “…no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.” [2 Pet. 1:20)

 

(1). True believers are no longer bound by Old Testament Laws. But the prophet says, “…they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes [Deut. 5:1-21], but polluted my Sabbaths: for their heart went after idols…hallow my Sabbaths…” [Ezk. 20:16,20]

 

(2). Prophecy is basically Catholic-centered proclaiming the “ten horns” of prophecy are a resurrected “Holy Roman Empire” headed by ten EU nations. The Bible teaches the ten horns, who destroy the city of Babylon, [Rev.17:12,16], are Muslim nations [For proof see “Ten Horns Rising” in Insight magazine, www.icyahweh.org].

 

(3). The whore who rides the Beast [Rev.17:1-6] is the Roman Catholic Church, but the Bible says she is a city [Rev.17:18].

 

(4). The Messiah was crucified on Friday and resurrected on Sunday. But the Bible teaches He was crucified on Wednesday and resurrected late Saturday evening which equals three days and three nights [Matt. 12:40; Jonah 1:17].

 

(5). The future for converted believers is going to heaven, when the Bible says nothing of the kind [Jn. 3:13; Eccl. 9:5].

 

(6). The new covenant replaces the Old Testament law. However, the Bible says, “…the days come, says Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant… this shall be the covenant that I will make…says Yahweh…I will put my law in their inward parts, and write them in their hearts…” (Jer. 31:32,33; quoted by Paul: Heb.8:10).

 

The list does not stop there….

 

WHY NOT “LET THE OTHER SIDE BE HEARD, i.e. THE BIBLE?”

 

January 6, 2018

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: HOW HARD IS IT TO ACHIEVE ETERNAL LIFE?

 

“…Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? …if you will enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matt. 19:17-18)

 

“Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT.” (Matt. 7:13-14).

 

“Then said, Yahshua [“Jesus”; KJV] to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

 

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” [Matt. 16:24, 26]

 

ARE THE COMMANDMENTS NO LONGER BINDING?

 

“I AM YAHWEH, I CHANGE NOT…” (Mal. 3:6)

 

“It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the Law to fail.” (Lk. 16:17)

 

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor: But the Seventh Day is the Sabbath of Yahweh: in it you shall do no work…” (Ex. 20:8-10)

 

December 30, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: A Long and Winding Road must be Run with Patience.

 

THE PATIENCE OF THE SAINTS:

 

“Here is the patience of the saints:…here are they that keep the commandments of Yahweh and the faith of Yahshua.” (Rev.14:12)

 

“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:… I know your works, and charity, and service, and faith and your patience…the last to be more than the first.” (Rev. 2:19)

 

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:… Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Rev. 3:10)

 

“…knowing that tribulation works patience; and patience, experience; and experience, HOPE…” (Rom. 5:3-4)

 

AND FINALLY…IF WE

 

“…Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9)

 

December 23, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: TRUE FAITH, TRUE GOSPEL, TRUE CHURCH?

 

Can a church be the TRUE church without teaching the Laws of Scripture (first 5 books) which the prophets taught, which are the foundation of the church (Eph 2:20); without the “faith which was once delivered to the saints…;” without proclaiming the coming Kingdom of Yahweh founded on that Law?

 

Is there an actual “True” Church with the same doctrines of the original church the Messiah founded? He said “…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…” (Matt. 16:18).

 

That is, it will not die out. Did He mean it?

 

Its Head, the Messiah Yahshua, lives through the ages to see that it remains!

 

He said there would be one….today.

 

Perhaps just a remnant, a scattered flock, this “ecclesia”, will come preaching the very same gospel message He taught; will be an organized group dedicated to the foundational truths He laid down; having the same faith founded on the restored Law of Scripture.

 

And what are the central truths He came preaching that identifies that church? How we will recognize it?

 

TWO MESSAGES IDENTIFY IT:

 

(1). That church will be proclaiming the name of Yahweh: “I am come in my Father’s name…(John 10:25)…I kept them in your name (Jn. 17:12)…I have declared to them your name.
(Jn 17:26).”

 

The Father’s name is Yahweh: Matt. 21:9; Mk. 11:10; Lk. 13:35; Jn. 12:13. (These verses are quotes of Psa. 118:26: LORD = YAHWEH).”

 

(2). That church will have the sign of sanctification: Yahweh’s Law of His Holy Sabbaths:

 

“…I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that sanctifies them…hallow my Sabbaths: and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahweh your Mighty One.” (Ezk. 20:12,20; See also Ex. 31:13).

 

December 18, 2017

 

HAPPY NEW MOON!

 

Today, December 18, 2017, is the 10th month on Yahweh’s calendar. Somewhat interesting that it occurs in DECember.

You may recall that December was originally the tenth month of the year. This is the reason for the “DEC” prefix which means “ten.” This was before Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar inserted an extra month each to honor themselves: July and August. This pushed October to the 10th month (originally the 8th month; “OCT” is a prefix meaning “8”) and pushed December to the 12th month.

 

Paul refers to the New Moon observance in Col. 2:16,17 included with the Holy Days and Sabbath. Although the New Moons are times of worship, they are not Sabbaths.

 

On this day, the shofar is blown: Psa. 81:3: “Blow at New Moon a Shofar…”

 

The silver trumpets, the “chatsotserah”, were blown “…over your burnt offerings and over the saccrifices of you peace offerings…(Num. 10:10).” That is why we do not blow silver trumpets on the New Moons…no burnt offerings.

 

One requirement of New Moons observance, sometimes overlooked, is giving a freewill offering on that day (Isa.66:23, Hos. 2:11 and Ezk. 46:3 with Deut.12:6, Ezr.8:28). New Moon offerings can be money; a fact easily provable from Scripture.

 

Anyone who doubts this required freewill offering should read our study “Freewill Offerings on the New Moons” which shows the Biblical basis for New Moon offering. The term “freewill” does not mean it is optional, but the amount given is our call….as we have been blessed.

 

These offerings yield great benefits as any who have done so for any length of time will attest. Financial problems continue to plague us when we neglect giving to Yahweh. We cannot rob Yahweh without reaping the penalty (Mal. 3:8-12).

 

Of course Malachi mentions tithes in addition to offerings, but we must remember tithing is only on agricultural produce…not money [Read our booklet, “Biblical Tithing is NOT on Money.”].

 

It is not that Yahweh needs the offering [which can be money], but that we need the blessings!

 

Other requirements include having a time of worship [Isa.66:23; Ezk. 46:3], and having some kind of a special meal on this day as illustrated with the account of Saul and David (I Sam. 20:24-27).

 

All these start the month off in harmony with natural laws, and sets the right tone (no pun intended) for the days ahead each month. These are laws which make for success if followed and curses if neglected.

 

Too, blowing the shofar is a buffer against demon activity since they do not like loud noises. This is a particularly important benefit during this time of year, the so called Christmas season, when demon activity is ramped up.

 

Have a great month! Love, in Yahshua, Gary Miller

 

December 16, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: MORE SIGNS TO WATCH!

 

“And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars:…For nations shall rise against nation,…there shall be famine, and pestilences, …All these are the beginning of sorrows…
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many…” (Matt. 24:6-8, 11).

 

(1). “…famine, and pestilence…” Why are 20 Million People on the Brink of Famine in a ‘World of Plenty’? One word: War or recovering from war.

 

Examples: Somalia: Recovering from war now has over six million people in need of food assistance—more than half the country’s population.

 

South Sudan: 100,000 are affected by famine; one million more on the bring of famine.

 

Northern Nigeria: At least five million people face the risk of famine.

 

Yemen: 7 million facing starvation.

 

(2). “…and earthquakes in various places…”

 

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck southern Mexico on September 8, 2017, was the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in 85 years. Many of the areas were reduced to rubble. Italy felt an earthquake of a 6.6 magnitude, which was the most powerful earthquake to hit Italy since 1980.

 

Since 2003, nineteen giant earthquakes (8.0 or greater) have occurred. In the 40 years prior, there were only THREE of this magnitude!

 

(3) “…many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many…” There are some 45,000 Bible-professing groups proclaiming their gospel. Among them we find the “prosperity gospel [‘God wants you to be rich],” the gospel of love freed from the Laws of the Old Testament and tolerance for every lifestyle, the gospel of heaven’s gate at death…

 

Churches and their leaders become filthy rich in cash, real estate holdings, business investments, ranches, etc., by spreading “another gospel” (Gal. 1:6-8), in the name of one Jesus Christ. The Bible has become their “get rich quick” scheme.

 

December 9, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: Christmas Trees? In the Bible?

 

Surprising, but, yes they are! (Read ICY’s booklet: “Christmas: The Untold Story”; www.icyahweh.org)

 

Notice what the prophet of Yahweh, Jeremiah, recorded sometime between 586-538 B.C.E. as a direct command from the Creator of the Universe. He records this vivid description of what is now called a “Christmas tree”. Note too, this is the custom of the heathen:

 

“Learn not the ways of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain: For one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it [“deck the halls..”] with silver [“silver bells..it’s…”] and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree…Be not afraid of them…” (Jer. 10:1-5).

 

If Yahweh says, “Learn not the ways of the heathen…” we are not to learn or practice them—national holiday or not.

 

Other facts:

 

“…the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors, ‘Yule-day’ or the ‘Child’s day,’ and the night that preceded it, ‘Mother-night, ‘ long before they came in contact with Christianity…[this] sufficiently proves its real character. Far and wide in the realms of Paganism, this birthday observed…” (“The Two Babylons, Alexander Heslop, pp. 93-94).

 

Heslop further concludes:

 

“…within the Christian Church no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century, and that not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance…That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival is beyond doubt. The time of year, and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin…” (p. 93).

 

December 2, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: It is not in the Bible. The Evening-to-Evening Day is not there.

 

WHERE THE JEWS GOT A SUNSET-TO-SUNSET DAY:

 

Some Israelites’ adoption of the sunset-to-sunset day while in Babylonian captivity is an historical fact as shown by this frank admission from J. Z. Lauterbach:

 

“There can be no doubt that in pre-exilic times the Israelites reckoned…The day began with the dawn… [notice] in post-exilic times, however, …a change in the system of reckoning the day was made, and the day was reckoned as extending from the preceding to the following evening…”

 

The facts of history do not lie.

 

Read the article: “Explanation of Leviticus 23:32. The Evening-to-Evening Scripture” @ www.icyahweh.org

 

Reference: “When Does the Sabbath Begin?”, Rabbinical Essays, by Jacob Z. Lauterbach, Hebrew Union College Press Cincinnati, 1951; pp. 446-451

 

November 25, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WHAT IS AHEAD FOR SYRIA? SYRIA IN BIBLE PROPHECY

 

ISAIAH: More Destruction Ahead

 

The present capital is Damascus [considered world’s oldest city]:

 

“For the head of Syria is Damascus…” (Isa. 7:8).

 

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap…” (Isa. 17:1).

 

“The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria …” (Isa. 17:3).

 

AMOS: Damascus’ Defenses Fall

 

“Thus saith Yahweh [“the LORD”; KJV]: For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof…I will break also the bar of Damascus, [“shatter the defenses of;” Moffatt] and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, …and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir,” saith Yahweh [“the LORD”]. (Amos 1:3, 5).

 

In much earlier times King Tiglathpileser of Assyria carried the people of Damascus captive to Kir (II Kin. 16:9). Kir is a place subject to the Assyrians, “between the Euxine and Caspian seas, and formerly a city of the Medes…” It is also a place in Moab [modern Jordan].

 

PROPHECY REPEATS:

 

In modern times, these prophecies are once again being fulfilled as Syria struggles in a war that so far no one has won! Are we about to witness a final fulfillment, a cyclic completion, of the prophets’ words to Syria?

 

November 18, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: ARE NEW MOONS SABBATHS?

 

Sometimes it is claimed the monthly New Moons are Sabbaths in which no business or work is done the same as the weekly and annual Sabbaths. Is the 9th New Moon tomorrow (11-19-2017) a Sabbath?

 

THE LAW:

Conspicuously, the Law nowhere indicates each New Moon is a Sabbath. This in itself is definitive proof.

 

THE PROPHETS:

 

HOSEA:

 

Notice how Hosea separates New Moons and Sabbaths which are both feasts: “I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days: her New Moons, and her Sabbaths, and all her solemn Feasts.” (Hosea 2:11).

 

The plural in Hosea 2:11, “SabbathS” includes all Sabbaths which clearly does not include New Moons.

 

ELISHA:

 

Also, the prophet Elisha separates these two observances, “…Wherefore will you go to him today? It is neither New Moon nor Sabbath…(2 Ki. 3:23).”

 

He, like Hosea, does not include New Moons with Sabbaths. He did not say, “…It is neither New Moon Sabbath nor Sabbath..” If both were Sabbaths, why separate them?

 

EZEKIEL:

 

New Moons are special festivals which include worship: “…the people…shall worship at the door of this gate before Yahweh in the Sabbaths and in the New Moons.” (Ezk. 46:3; also Isa. 66:23), and blowing of trumpets (Num. 10:3; Psa. 81:3).

 

Here prophet Ezekiel, like Hosea and Elisha, separates the Sabbaths and New Moons. SabbathS would include ALL Sabbaths of which the regular monthly New Moons are clearly not a part.

 

CONCLUSION:

 

These references taken together leave no doubt the monthly New Moon (except for Shoutings/Trumpets) is not a Sabbath…unless a yearly Sabbath or weekly Sabbath happens to fall on a New Moon.

 

November 11, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: Too Big to Fail?

 

America shares with the ancient Roman Empire an obsessive love of pleasure, leisure, violence and sports.

 

The Rome of that bygone era was thought impregnable, nearly “eternal.”

 

Amid its opulence and power such thoughts of “a fall” were heretically beyond belief. But it happened.

 

What role did its religious climate play in that fall?

 

The erosion of its moral base and work ethic fostered by growing government intrusion into private life, accelerated Rome’s demise.

 

Is America, such a young republic, on the precipice of a similar fate in a much shorter time?

 

What role will religion play in America’s ultimate fate?

 

Rome was not “too big to fail,” are we?

 

November 2, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: Two Things We Need to Know

 

What do we need to know to protect our freedoms?

 

This: What are the Laws?

 

AND

 

Who is going to Enforce them?

 

It is obvious there is no Freedom without Law. There is no Law without Enforcement…consequences.

 

There are natural Laws acting without emotion, regardless of religious beliefs, race, wealth, poverty, political views or personalty type.

 

They are always enforced….always. If we are ignorant of them, makes no difference, the consequences act regardless.

 

The Bible is full of these Laws, but placing them under the category of religion, often seems to make them more or less arbitrary. They are not.

 

Unseen, but relentless, they act for us or against us….Our choice which consequence we get.

 

“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 you and your seed may Live.(Deut. 30:19)

 

“If you despise my statutes…or abhor my judgments….so that you will not do all my commandments…I also will do this to you: I will even appoint over you TERROR [ism]…” (Lev. 26:15-16)

 

October 13, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: HOPE

 

When we see the sad and tragic devastations in Texas, Florida, California…all that is left for many is one thing: HOPE

 

“For we are saved by HOPE:…if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

 

“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercessions for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

 

“And we know that all things work together for good to them who love Yahweh, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” [Rom. 8:24-26,28]

 

September 23, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: CATHOLIC CONFESSIONS

 

Follow this link to see what Catholics confess about the 7th Day Sabbath:

 

https://www.facebook.com/CtCoob/videos/825413927493226

 

“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy.

 

Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your Elohim: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is with your gates:…” (Ex. 20:8-10)

 

September 19, 2017

FEAST OF SHOUTINGS (TRUMPETS): 7th NEW MOON
(Sept. 20, 2017)
(Annual Holy Day)

 

“Blow at New Moon a Shofar…” (Psa. 81:3)

 

“In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets [shofars], an Holy Convocation. You shall do no servile work…” (Lev. 23:24-25)

 

“Let no man therefore judge you …in respect of an Holy Day, or of the New Moon…which are [not “were”] a shadow of things to come…” (Col. 2:16-17)

 

“As many as have sinned in the Law shall be judged by the Law…For not the hearers of the Law are just before Yahweh, but the doers of the Law shall be justified.” (Rom. 2:12)

 

“And the seventh angel sounded [a shofar: Rev. 8:2]; and there were great voices in heaven, saying,

 

The kingdoms of this world are become the Kingdoms of Yahweh and His Messiah, and He shall reign forever and forever.” (Rev. 11:15; Yahweh: “Lord”; Messiah: “Christ”; KJV)

 

September 16, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: WHAT WILL HAPPEN SEPTEMBER 23, 2017?

 

Do the following verses from Matt. 24 apply to that date….or does that date foretell another event of great significance?

 

“For just as the lightening comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.”

 

“…and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky…” (Matt. 24:27, 29-30)

 

Across the internet multiple YouTube videos are predicting the second coming of the Messiah or some ominous events will take place on September 23, 2017.

 

They are basing their predictions on the following:

 

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev. 12:1)

 

Their interpretation of this verse goes something like this:

 

(1). The woman represents the constellation Virgo- one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac used in astrology to predict personal traits and the future for persons born with this sign (August 23 to September 22).

 

(2). “…clothed with the sun..” is the sun entering Virgo Sept. 23, 2017.

 

(3). “…the moon under her feet…” is the New Moon crescent at the feet of Virgo Sept. 23, 2017.

 

(4). “…a crown of twelve stars…” is 9 stars of the constellation Leo which lies above Virgo’s head…PLUS the planets Mercury, Mars, and Venus which align just above Virgo’s head on Sept. 23, 2017.

 

(5). Also, the planet Jupiter enters Virgo Sept. 23, 2017, and stays 9 months (reference to Rev. 12:5’s record of the birth of a male baby.)

 

(6). September 23, 2017 is the Feast of Trumpets.

 

Those proclaiming this date as significant always leave themselves an out…saying something MAY or MAY NOT happen then.

 

WE ARE SAYING ALL THESE ARE PRIVATE INTERPRETATIONS OF REV. 12.1,5, and have no Scriptural grounds whatever! Therefore, we do NOT expect this date to have any special significance! The second coming of Yahshua, the Messiah, will not occur on September 23, 2017.

 

AND the Feast of (Shoutings) Trumpets is not September 23, 2017, but September 20 in some locations and September 21 in Jerusalem….

 

The apostle Peter said, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2 Pet. 1:20). We, ICY, believe Peter’s statement.

 

WATCH FOR THE NEXT ISSUE OF “INSIGHT” MAGAZINE (www.icyahweh.org) which contains specific information on REV. 12:1,5 identifying the woman and the stars in her crown…FROM THE BIBLE…not a private interpretation! (This information was presented in a power point at the 2015 Feast of Tabernacles.)

 

September 9, 2017

SABBATH THOUGHTS

 

“And Yahweh spoke…saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an
holy convocation.

 

You shall do no servile work…” (Lev. 23:24-25)

 

“And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing
the trumpets…” (Num 29:1)

 

“I am Yahweh your Elohim; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;

 

And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahweh your Elohim.” (Ezk. 20:19-20)

 

September 2, 2017

SABBATHS THOUGHTS: HELPING….AND HURTING…AND HOPING

 

“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope…” (Eccl. 9:4)

 

“Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to have pity…” (Psa. 69:20)

 

“For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come
nigh unto thee.” (Psa. 32:6)

 

August 26, 2017

SABBATH THOUGHTS: BABYLON IS RISING!

 

“The Second Coming of Babylon”: Read this book first published 27 years ago!

 

A World Capital, a great city-called a “woman” in prophecy, is about to make a meteoric rise to prominence and dominance on the world scene!

 

What is the name of this awakening giant, this center of opulence and world power? Where is it located?

 

This book reveals the clear, definite Biblical answers to these questions. No guessing. No speculation.

 

Too, this “woman” rides a 10-horned beast. Who are these “ten horns” of prophecy (Rev. 17:12, 14, 16)?

 

Read the actual NAMES of the ten-horns of prophecy unveiled right from your Bible.

 

Learn when-month and year-the woman will likely be destroyed.

 

“The Second Coming of Babylon,” is an urgent, stunning message for this end-time generation about, “…things which must shortly come to pass…” (Rev. 1:2).

 

Watch: “The Iraqi Dinar and Modern Babylon” on YouTube to see evidence of the prophecies in this book coming alive!

 

August 22, 2017

 

SIXTH NEW MOON OF THE YEAR: A SPECIAL ONE THIS TIME

 

Yesterday, August 21, 2017, the US had its most dramatic eclipse-covering the most states-since 1918 as a total eclipse swept across the face of America from coast-to-coast!

 

From our location, Pocahontas, AR, I made several photos as the eclipse progressed (see attachments). We were not in the path where a total eclipse could be seen, but our location experienced 95.7% maximum coverage.

 

The Biblical first day of the month for the US, however, is today, August 22, 2017 as the day moves around the globe.

 

Following on the cusp of a dramatic TOTAL ECLIPSE sets this sixth month apart from most!

 

The New Moons are important sentients in the heavens throughout the year, and are definitely shadows of things to come (Col. 2:16-17).

 

A reference in Matt. 24:29-30 strongly hints Yahshua will return following closely after what apparently is the description of a total solar eclipse. Read this remarkable account!

 

This sixth New Moon also tells us the Feast of Tabernacles is a month and a half away; just six weeks. I hope everyone has finalized or is finalizing plans to attend this important festival.

 

As chaos, “a therapy culture” of this generation, and rebellion against authority accelerate, so are end time prophecies coming to light as never before!

 

With this it becomes increasingly important that we maintain our focus in staying the course in keeping Yahweh’s planned Holy Days.

 

The New Moons are also one of those important times we must not overlook or devalue!

 

 

 August 19, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: TITHING…..ON MONEY? SURPRISING FACT!
THE BIBLE NOWHERE TEACHES TITHING ON MONEY….not once.
HERE ARE THE LAWS OF TITHING:

 

“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree is holy unto Yahweh.” (Lev. 27:30)

 

“And the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even whatsoever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto Yahweh.” (Lev. 27:32)

 

These verses do not say these tithes on produce and animals can be exchanged for money and then ten percent of the money given. That would be adding to the Law (Deut. 12:32).

 

Now. Sometimes the word translated “increase” in the King James version is used to mean anything beyond produce or animals such as your paycheck, or monetary profit, by quoting:

 

“Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of your seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.” (Deut. 14:22)

 

“…thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year…” (Deut. 14:28)

 

Or perhaps: “”When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase….” (Deut. 26:12)

 

The word “increase” in the KJV should be translated “produce, crop” (New World translation); “yield, produce, fruit” (Revised Standard Version); “produce, crop” (Moffatt translation)

 

Usually a favorite verse used to try to support tithing on money is:

 

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,…and prove me now herewith,….if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Mal. 3:10)

 

Money is mentioned numerous times in Scripture, but not once is any command given to tithe on it.

 

READ OUR BOOK: “BIBLICAL TITHING IS NOT ON MONEY” and YOU BE THE JUDGE. What does the Bible really say about tithing?

 

August 12, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS:  THEY ADMIT THE SABBATH IS STILL BINDING.
WHY DO THEY NOT OBSERVE IT?

 

“The Sabbath instituted in the beginning, and confirmed by Moses and the prophets, has never been abrogated…”  [“Bishop’s Pastoral” (Methodist Episcopal)]

 

NEW TESTAMENT:

 

“…and, as his custom was, he [Yahshua] went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up for to read.” (Lk. 4:16).

 

“…and…on the Sabbath day he [Yahshua] entered into the synagogue, and taught.”  (Mk. 1:21)

 

“And he [Yahshua] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.”  (Lk. 13:10)

 

“And he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.”  (Acts 18:4)

 

 

August 5, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS:   TIME AND PURPOSE

 

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 

“….a time to heal;…time to break down, and time to build up;

“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” (Eccl. 3:1, 3-4)

 

“A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Prv. 17:22)

 

“Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23)

 

“The Name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run into it and is safe.” (Prv. 18:10)

 

 

July 29, 2017

 

SABBATH THOUGHTS: BELIEVE

 

“And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” (Matt. 21:22)

 

“…and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.

 

Therefore I say to you, What things soever you desire, when you pray believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.” (Mark 11:23-24)

 

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” (Shakespeare)