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28 March 2013 / 18 Nisan 5773 / 3rd Day of the Omer

Updated: 21 Nisan 5773 / 31 March - 1 April 2013 / 6th Day of the Omer

First and Last Days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread

 

In remembrance of these Holy Days I would like to share this message

with the hope that it will draw you closer to God and His Truth!

 

Mark 16:9-20 (KJV) *

"Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils.

And she went and told them that had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And they when they had heard that He was alive and had been seen of her believed not.

After that He appeared in another form unto two of them as they walked and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

Afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart because they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen.

And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

So then after the LORD had spoken unto them He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

And they went forth and preached every where the LORD working with them and confirming the Word with signs following. Amen."

Mark 16:9-20 is truly the central doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it validates that Jesus Christ, has indeed "come in the flesh." However, the enemies of God, namely Brooke F. Westcott (1825-1903) and John A. Hort (1828-1892), would have us to believe otherwise, and they just deleted this passage from their Greek text "created" in 1881, which relied heavily on the "Vaticanus" and "Sinaiticus" Codex's.

Some would like to distance themselves from Mr.'s Westcott and Hort, due to their dubious past, but even so, the most popular text of today, the Nestles-Aland and U.B.S. (United Bible Society), vary little from the Westcott & Hort text, as they also use the "Vaticanus" and "Sinaiticus."

The Bible Controversy goes into much greater detail about this issue, and demonstrates how the publishers of "modern versions" of the Bible cast doubt upon this crucial passage that is the very foundation of true Christianity, due to their use, or I should say, misuse of footnotes.

II John 1:7-11 "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an anti-Christ. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

I question why would a faithful scholar, educator, or minister hold these "tainted manuscripts" in such high esteem, when it is so obvious they were tampered with, as evidenced by the missing "Mark" passage?!

Some have suggested that over zealous scribes took it upon themselves to add this passage to the text, but that is just outrageous! And if they really believe Mark 16:9-20 is so spurious why include it in their version?

Most publishers of the "modern versions" when handling the end of Mark have not been so bold to just delete this vital passage, but they make statements that cause a naive person to question its authenticity.

Note a few examples of footnotes used regarding the end of Mark:

NIV: "The most reliable early manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have Mark 16:9-20."

NASB: "Later mss (manuscripts) add vv 9-20"

NKJV: "Verses 9–20 are bracketed in NU-Text as not original. They are lacking in Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus, although nearly all other manuscripts of Mark contain them."

CJB: "Verses 16:9-20 are found in many ancient Greek manuscripts but not in the two oldest ones."

NET: "The Gospel of Mark ends at this point in some witnesses…, including two of the most respected mss…" [Emphasis mine.]

Another little test to know if your Bible is from "tainted manuscripts," just go to Matthew 5:22, and if the phrase "without a cause," has been deleted in regard to being angry with your brother, you can be certain it was compared with the corrupt Vaticanus and Sinaiticus Codex's.

Daniel Baird Wallace served as the senior New Testament editor for this New English Translation (NET), and considering his published statements he highly values those two counterfeit manuscripts. And based on his views and the opinions endorsed at their Bible Forum, it is apparent that Mr. Wallace and his partners also favor the Roman Catholic Church.

Notice this quote from the NET website: "The editors and translators of the NET Bible desire to make the NET Bible useful to Christians in all traditions..." Meaning the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches, who are the sole providers of the "Vaticanus" and "Sinaiticus" Codex's, touted as the "most respected, most reliable, and oldest  manuscripts," by modern "scholars," publishers, and false teachers.

The "Sinaiticus Codex" was found on Mount Sinai, in St. Catherine's Monastery, by Constantine Tischendorf when he was visiting in 1844. These severely mutilated "leaves" were in a basket ready to be burned.

The "Codex Vaticanus" supposedly just appeared in the Vatican Library catalogue one day, and was found to be in pristine unused condition, but by boasting that it is one of the "earliest manuscripts" only confirms that the Devil started tainting the Holy Scriptures very early on.

For that matter, Satan was attempting to destroy "true faith" in Jesus Christ while the Apostles were still on this earth, and no doubt he will continue his evil deeds until the Day he is cast into the Lake of Fire!

Acts 20:27-30 "For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."

It is important to note that Paul met the LORD after He resumed His place at the right hand of God, and he subsequently became a zealous defender of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and even pronounced a very serious admonition against anyone who would teach "another gospel."

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 preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."

The hierarchy of the Catholic Church do indeed preach "another gospel," but having been raised as a Catholic I never questioned their teachings. I used to believe, like most unsuspecting people, that Catholicism was just another Christian denomination, but after much study I came to realize that the Roman Catholic Church does not abide "in the doctrine of Christ."

As a child growing up in the Roman Catholic Church, it really bothered me when other kids would accuse me of worshipping Mary, and even though I never did, I have since discovered that the leadership of the Catholic Church does indeed advocate and participate in this idolatrous practice.

Actually, I had good memories of my time in Catholic grade school, and going to Mass every day, and singing in the choir; and even when my family and I quit going to the Catholic Church in the mid 80's, it was not because I saw the great evil behind their teachings and practices--its just that it was getting too hard, with three little girls under four years of age, to go to Mass and go to the Baptist Church every Sunday.

When I told the priest that my Husband and I decided that we would only be attending the Baptist Church, he was really taken aback, but I believe he sensed my sincerity and he didn't try to talk me out of it. I did not realize it back then but the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church deem all other churches as apostate or counterfeit, and contend that they are the only “true Church,” and everyone else needs to fall back under the authority of the “mother church,” and the Bishop of Rome-the Pope.

In the first year of Pope Benedict XVI's Pontificate, after the death of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, he promulgated on 28 June 2005, the "Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church," which are their teachings and beliefs as posted at the Vatican website for all to read.

"The first new universal catechism of the Catholic Church since the Council of Trent was released in French in 1992 and English in 1994;" and prior to that it was not a public document. The Latin edition, which is considered to be the "authoritative version," of their teachings was introduced on 9 September 1997 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, known as Pope Benedict XVI, while he was Bishop of Rome from 19 April 2005 until he unexpectedly resigned as the Pope on 28 February 2013.

It would seem that "The Church" is no longer trying to hide their views, and considering so many churches are embracing the Roman Church, even after their teachings and true intentions have been made public, and in spite of all the "clergy abuse scandals" that continue to be reported, is further proof that we are in the "Great Apostasy."

Moreover, this supposed openness of the Roman Catholic Church does not take away from the fact that the policy's that they promote does indeed under gird their great effort to keep God's people in the Dark.

In fact, it was Roman Catholic Church that tried to stop God's Word from being translated into English in the first place, but when that was unsuccessful, they sanctioned the arrest and even the murder of those who were responsible, and persecuted those who owned a Bible.

After the Roman Catholic leadership succumbed to the fact that they could not stop the overspreading of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Devil devised a plan to corrupt the original manuscripts through the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus, quite successfully I might add.

The evil seeds initially planted in the first "modern versions" of the Bible were not as plainly seen, but the translations today show such blatant disrespect for God's Word, and obviously all "fear of God" is gone!

Romans 3:13-18 "Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes."

The corruption of God's Holy Word due to the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus, IS THE CAUSE of much of the sickness and even death in the churches, and for those who defend the "modern versions" that are interlaced with the work of Westcott and Hort, I ask you, how much poison are you willing to swallow and share with others before you completely die?

I Am certain that Mary and the two other men that personally saw the LORD after He rose from the dead were very disappointed that Jesus' disciples did not believe their account. And if it was left up to the ministers of Satan, we would not even have their Testimony.

And despite all the conflicts surrounding when Jesus rose from the grave, there is absolutely no doubt as to when Jesus was crucified by the Romans, since God's Word clearly reveals that He gave His life during Passover.

On the night before Jesus died, He asked His disciples to remember Him and His great sacrifice when they partake of the Passover meal, but most "Christians" are not even taught to commemorate this important Holy Day, which by the way is also due to the corrupt teachings of the Roman Church.

I Corinthians 11:23-32 "For I have received of the LORD that which also I delivered unto you, That the LORD Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.

After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, [of Passover] ye do shew the LORD'S death till He come.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the LORD unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the LORD.

But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the LORD’S body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep (or have died).

For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the LORD, that we should not be condemned with the world."

Contrary to what the Roman Church determined long ago, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, is NOT contingent upon the first day of the week (Sunday), or by the timing of the moon, but Jesus rose from the grave three days and three nights after His death at Passover, according to the Scriptures.

The "traditions" of the Roman Catholic Church actually undermines the very foundation of the Christian faith by replacing the blessed event of the Resurrection of our LORD, with their own "holy days," and have thus made "the word of God of none effect" to "the faithful" followers of their doctrines.

Catholicism espouses many teachings opposed to the Holy Scriptures, and it has affected all of Christendom; and sadly, Christians throughout history, and even today, blindly follow after the doctrines and ordinances that were setup by Rome even though they absolutely defy God's Word!

Not only does the Catholic hierarchy exalt their beliefs and traditions above the Word of God, but they have shunned the observance of the Biblical Holy days from the beginning, unto this day. The "Roman Church" has cursed, persecuted, and in some cases have even murdered those who sought to honor God's Word, rather than comply with their unbiblical edicts!

Christ’s Mass Dismissal,” goes into further detail regarding the false teachings of Roman Catholic Church, and will show how they have tainted the "True" Church and diminished the significance of the Biblical Holy Days that the LORD God commanded His people to remember.

Satan knows the eternal value of the Appointed Feast Days, and that they center around Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Holy One whom God has sent, which is why the Wicked One has tried so hard to devalue, defile, or diminish God's Word altogether; and corrupt per-versions and paraphrases of the Bible, such as The Message which is promoted by Rick Warren and his "Purpose Driven Church," and other popular bible teachers, is evidence of the fact that the Devil vehemently hates God and His Holy Word.

2 Timothy 2:19-26 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The LORD knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the LORD out of a pure heart.

But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the LORD must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the Devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

Jesus came to take away our sin and the power of the Devil over our lives, but if a person willfully sins after they make a commitment to follow Christ, regardless of whether they acknowledge their actions as sinful, their heart will become more and more darkened and they will remain in Satan’s trap and under his evil influence as he leads them further into the Darkness, with the ultimate objective of leading many to Hell.

Jesus did not give His life in vain, and I cannot emphasize enough as to the great danger of walking in sin, not only due to its blinding affect, but because of the horrifying consequences for those who dismiss God and His Word.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 "Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the LORD Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels, 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; When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our Testimony among you was believed) in that day."

I have a wonderful Testimony from the LORD, but many times I feel like Mary when she tried to tell the disciples she had seen Jesus after He was risen; but even though the "True Light" of Christ within me is sometimes rejected, I pray that God will have mercy on those sincere ones who just dismiss it.

Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 5:22, "But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the Judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."

The "modern versions" teach that we are not supposed to "be angry" with our brother for any reason, but Jesus got angry when He walked this earth, and One Day Jesus Christ is coming back in JUDGMENT, and He will be a "swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the LORD of hosts."

Hebrews 10:26-31 "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the Covenant, wherewith He was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith the LORD.

And again, The LORD shall judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

God will hold us accountable as to how we respond to His beloved Son and His Holy Word, and it will be a Dreadful Day for those who had a part in corrupting God's Word with the intent of leading people astray.

The true Word of God will show us the Truth about our sinful state so we can see our need for repentance. It is only by the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, that we can be Holy as God requires in order to have a place in His glorious Kingdom, which is why we NEED the LORD.

The follow is another passage the publishers of the  "modern versions" of the Bible have absolutely corrupted, and One Day they will deeply regret it! Nonetheless, if you are one who truly loves God, may His pure Word bless your heart and cause you to love and appreciate the LORD even more!

 

 "And without controversy

great is the mystery of Godliness:

God was manifest in the flesh,

justified in the Spirit,

seen of angels,

preached unto the Gentiles,

believed on in the world,

received up into glory."

1 Timothy 3:16

KJV

 "Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth

upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen!"

Blessed are they who are called to HIS Supper!

And may we be among that number

on that Resurrection Day!

Amen!

  

 

Addendum

18 Nisan 5773 / 28 March 2013 / 3rd Day of the Omer

Updated: 21 Nisan 5773 / 1 April 2013 / 6th Day of the Omer

 

As I have continued to study the Word of God and other views about the LORD'S Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, I see there are varying opinions as to the timing of when Passover was celebrated, and when Jesus was crucified. Some say Passover is on the evening of 14 Nisan and others say it is on the evening of 15 Nisan. [I absolutely do not hold to the view that Jesus was crucified on a Friday and was resurrected two days later, as the Catholic Church has said.]

This year we celebrated Passover as 13 Nisan was ending and 14 Nisan was beginning on that evening, and after having read the following article from Media Spotlight, which sheds some more "Light" on the Resurrection of our LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ, it actually confirmed to me why I was led to honor the Passover on the Day that we did.

Nonetheless, one thing is very certain, God knows my heart and why I seek to honor Him and His Holy Days, and He is so faithful, even if I "miss the mark." He truly is a wonderful LORD and Saviour!

 

Facts & Fallacies of the Resurrection

by Albert James Dager

 

* Please note that since original texts do not contain comma's and were added by the KJV Editors, I have deleted most of them. You will find that the placement of a comma can and does at times change the whole meaning and intentions of The Author...

May you read the Word of God just as it is and with a heart to know and understand the Truth! Amen!

 

Final Edit: 3 April 2013 / 23 Nisan 5773 / 8th Day of the Omer

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