Monday, December 28, 2009

"Israel will be at war within twelve months unless God intervenes...."

I post Mike Evans writings from time to time. Here's another with an important message:

From Mike Evans the founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team

It's All About Control of Jerusalem

Dear John,

Dating all the way back to the Oslo Accords in 1993, the issue of control of Jerusalem has been a major sticking point to the so-called "peace process." The world continues to refuse to recognize that the Holy City is as my friend Prime Minister Begin called it "the eternal capital of the nation of Israel."

All of the machinations and schemes of the enemies of Israel are focused on gaining Jerusalem. This is behind the actions of Hamas, Hezbollah, the PLO, Fatah, and of course the Iranians. The most serious threat comes from the nuclear program that President Ahmadinejad is frantically pursuing.

That's why I flew to Israel again last week for my fifth trip this year--to deliver a prophetic word that God has placed in my heart. If we follow and heed His instruction to us, there will be a Second Chronicles 7:14 worldwide turning to Him. If we do not, the consequences will be heartbreaking.

Israel will be at war within twelve months unless God intervenes. It will be forced to attack Iran to stop its nuclear weapons program in self defense, and the world will condemn Israel. Thousands of missiles provided by Iran will rain down on innocent Jewish men, women and children. Thousands of suicide bombers will come--not with backpacks filled with nails and screws, but with dirty bombs that will kill hundreds of thousands.

God has spoken to me to urgently produce a major prayer special to mobilize millions of intercessors NOW. War does not have to happen. God can intervene and change the future...but we must do our part.

I gave a warning throughout the 1980s and 1990s. I raised my voice to cry out that the terrorists would come to America. On 9/11 we all watched in horror as those unheeded warnings came true. I'm telling you today that unless we act it will happen again...and when it does, the unspeakable horror will make 9/11 look like the good old days. The earliest days of 2010 are vital to the survival of Israel.

Thank you to the 291 who have already responded to this urgent request. According to the eternal promise of God in Genesis 12:3, I pronounce His blessing upon them and pray, "Blessed be those who care for the deliverance of Israel and bless the Chosen People."

I cannot air this special without your help. The liberal media does NOT want this message to get out. They will not extend credit to us. We must pay for the airtime on local stations in advance in order to communicate directly to the American people. I cannot do that unless you help right now. Only the truth can set us free and leave a legacy of hope and peace instead of a legacy of despair, death and destruction. But we must act!

And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews."

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:13&14

This is our moment. This is our "such a time as this." And we must respond if we expect to receive deliverance.

When you become a prophetic prayer sponsor, I will send you the DVD of this powerful television special as well as a copy of my newest book, Atomic Iran. If you already have a copy it makes a wonderful gift for a friend, family member or pastor.

When you send your gift of $100 or more, in addition to the DVD and the book, I will send you a copy of my prophetic message to the nation of Israel and my address to the Knesset

There is still time to avert this disaster, but only if we act immediately. I urge you to send your best gift today to help us air this powerful prayer special so that we can leave a legacy of hope and freedom instead of one of disaster and despair.

Your Ambassador to Jerusalem,

Dr. Michael Evans

Why Are We Here? Eternal Happiness and the Meaning of Life

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Why Are We Here?

Eternal Happiness and the Meaning of Life

By John of AllFaith 12.28.2009

Everything material, without exception, is at best temporary and limited. So if one is seeking eternal happiness one can take any and all material things off the list of possible ways to attain it. Eternal happiness can not be found there. Everything material is fleeting, be it positive or negative, at best. This being a given, eternal anything (happiness or anything else) can not be stored in any material container (be it in vaults, banks, philosophies, experiences, religions, doctrines, creeds etc.). Religions etc. point the Way to discovering It but can never contain It.

Eternal happiness is only to be found in eternal existence.

Happiness is a material thing. This is shown by the fact that happiness has an opposite: sadness. No dualistic material thing is eternal and hence there is no "eternal happiness" per se.

The problem is we lack a vocabulary (which is a material thing) to describe that which is truly spiritual and eternal.

"Eternal" means without beginning or end and so if one does not already possess this eternal happiness it is not eternal.

See the difficulty here? Sanskrit and Hebrew are far far superior to utilitarian English for considering such topics, but alas we are stuck with English for now. When studying the wisdom these scriptures reveal we must carefully understand the terms as revealed in those languages and overcome our linguistic limitations.

One can not "achieve" something that is eternal unless one has eternally possesses it.

The good news is that we have always possessed "eternal existence" which is composed of, as best we can conceive, "sat chit ananda" (eternity, knowledge and bliss). Therefore we are all eternally sat chit ananda vigraha (or beings of eternity, knowledge and bliss).

As Sri Krsna says:

Bhagavad Gita 2:12: Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings, nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.
2:13: As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul also passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.
2:14: O son of Kunti, sensory perceptions afflict one with cold, heat, pleasure and pain. They appear and disappear and are impermanent. Therefore endure them all O descendant of Bharata.
2:15: One who is never distressed, O best among men, and who remains unaltered [in the face of] suffering and pleasure and is patient, such a person is eligible for immortality.
2:16: Being does not come from the non-existent, nor does non-being arise from the eternal. This is the considered conclusion of those who see the truth. (my translation).

However we have temporarily laid our eternal nature aside in order to experience separation from the One God Who alone is Sat Chit Ananda Vigraha (we are of sat chit ananda vigraha however Ek Devata or the One God IS Sat Chit Ananda Vigraha). We have entered into what is comparable to a Dark Cloud of Unknowing. We have temporarily donned a form lesser than our true Self in order to learn and experience what we, as eternal Children of God, would not be possible to learn with the full awareness of our eternal nature. Consider: How could we as omniscient beings, the Children of the Most High, ever be deceived by Maya (illusion) and Avidya (ignorance)? We know better! And yet this is temporarily beneficial or desirable in ways hard to fathom as embodied beings.

The Sanatana Dharma Masters call this Dark Cloud Sa-guna Brahman.

Guna means qualities or attributes.

Nir-guna means devoid of or "no" qualities. It is not that there are no spiritual qualities but that there are no dualistic (material) qualities.

Sa-guna means possessing or "yes" qualities. Material nature is not eternal. It is temporary. Everything material has a beginning, a middle and an end, but Jiva Atman (the Self) has no beginning, middle or end. We are eternal beings, children of Ek Devata, the One God. As beings of Nir-guna we temporarily enter into the consciousness of Sa-guna Brahman. When we are ready, we return Home to Godhead, to the Nir-guna Brahman consciousness. The myriad yoga systems, religions and so on exist to guide us Homeward when we are ready to return. The irony is, as eternal beings we are already there! As Master Y'shua taught, 'The Kingdom of God is already in our midst' (Luke 17:21)!

It is no wonder we can not conceive of God in fullness, we can not even conceive of ourselves in fullness! Even our temporary material shells are a mystery to us on so many levels! Therefore the Psalmist urges us, "Arise Oh God!" and yet we slumber on unaware of our true natures and we "die like men, and fall like one of the princes" (Psalm 82).

How will we ever discover and reclaim our eternal natures? This is the goal of religion and the spiritual quest.

Because we are limited in our consciousness we use dualistic words like 'eternal" and "happiness" but "real reality" is so much greater than anything we can conceive. As the Christian Apostle said:

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

And again:

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Or as Sri Krsna reveals to Arjuna when displaying His Vishva-rupa or Universal Form, whatever we believe we know, whatever we conceive, whatever our studies have unearthed... God is more AND so are we! The Vishva-rupa or Universal Form is discussed in the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. To read this chapter in my translation go here:

For an insightful presentation of how to wisely interact with material existence consider reading Lao Tsu's Tao te Ching. I recommend the English translation of Gia Fu Feng and Jane English. It is widely available and can also be read on my Taoism site: Note that the Sage or wise person is cautious, like one crossing an icy river. While we exist here in material form we must tread carefully so as not to be consumed by the icy waters of illusion (maya) and ignorance (avidya).

We in the West are accustomed to thinking in absolutes, everything must be "right" or "wrong," "true" or "false," but in the spiritual realms no such duality exists. 1 + 1 sometimes equals 2 but it can just as easily equal any other number! This is very difficult to wrap ones head around after years of materialistic programing, but think of it this way:

  • We are unfathomable eternal beings, created in the very image of the Inconceivable One God: We have been so eternally past and will ever so continue into what we regard as the future.
  • We are temporarily occupying these material forms for eternal reasons and so we do well to be fully present within this moment in order to learn from these experiences and insights. And yet those who are wise will occupy their physical form with spiritual consciousness (Luke 19:13).
  • Eternity is not something future, we are living in eternity even now.
  • Physical embodiment is not a curse nor a prison, it is better thought of as a classroom, an opportunity for growth, personal development and service to the One.
  • As eternal beings we are now, as always, sat chit ananda vigraha (persons of eternity, knowledge and bliss): we are children of the Most High God!
  • Our task is to arise from self-imposed slumber when the time comes and to realize our True Nature as sons and daughters of the One God beyond all comprehension.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dry Bones, Santa and..... Ho! Ho! Ho!

I got a kick out of this dry bones. I hope you will as well:

Santa Claus (1996)

Dry Bones cartoon: Happy Hanukka  Merry Christmas.
The Origins of Christmas

If you haven't seen my new study "The Origins of Christmas" you might find it interested.

Its on my blogs and my website:

On my Website as a single piece:

On my John of AllFaith Multiply site beginning here (click NEXT at the bottom of each page for to continue the whole series):

On my Noahide Nazarene Blog site beginning here(click NEXT at the bottom of each page for to continue the whole series):

Jethro Tull - A Christmas Song

Merry Christmas


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Origins of Christmas Part 5 of 5

The Earth belongs to HaShem
"The Earth Belongs to HaShem and the Fullness Thereof."

The Origins of Christmas
Part Five

By Ben Ruach HaKodesh (John of AllFaith) 12.16.09

To read the entire study now, go to my Noahide Nazarene Website:

Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast

The appearance of Old Nick varied greatly for a long time. Sometimes he was shown as a stern Bishop (as Nicholas of Myra), sometimes as a busy elderly elf, sometimes as a fearsome incubus, and sometimes as a fur clad mountain man. Here's a few examples:

The Bavarian Illuminati had great plans for Old Nick (or more accurately he had great plans for them!) and so once they had his myth firmly established with Moor's poem, they unified Old Nick's public image through the art work of Bavarian illustrator Thomas Nast. By presenting the Pagan festival as the birthday of Y'shua the Nicolaitanes pulled in the Believers and the Vatican sanctified the Pagan festival. Then, once it was firmly planted within Nicean Christian culture, the Nicolaitanes methodically replaced the Nicean Jesus with their true god, Old Nick. The plan was ingeniousness and worked on many different levels: Their capitalist cum corporatist enterprises flourished, Christian children were taught to pray to Lucifer for what they wanted rather than to God (who alone we are to beseech as Believers) and the churches even promoted it as a holy rite!

AND If Santa Is Only A Myth...

Another Nicolaitane coup seldom considered by Believers is that once their kids learn that Santa is "only a myth" -- merely a beloved childhood fantasy -- they reasonably begin to assume that God, the other "imaginary friend who watches over us and keeps a list of whose been naughty and nice" is also not real. A guy in the mall speaks for Santa, a guy in the church speaks for Jesus... but at least Santa bring material goodies!

"My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil's best trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist!" -- Charles Pierre Baudelaire

As the secular governments gained control over public education and began dictating school curriculum teachers were forced to indoctrinate Christian children with anti-biblical Atheistic religion in the name of Science and secular enlightenment. Through Darwinism and other secular sciences the Elite supported the belief that God, like Santa, was only a myth that enlightened people naturally discarded as they became adult.

Santa -- Satan

And behind it all with demonic glee was Old Nick! Surely it is no coincidence that Santa, in English, an anagram of Satan!

Nast created the popular version of Santa Claus known today. He also added to the myth by giving Santa a home at the North Pole, a toy workshop filled with busy elves (reminiscent of the nature spirits honored by the Pagans), and his list of the good and bad children (in heretical imitation of the biblical Book of Life) to keep them in check and subject to the All Seeing Eye.

Coca-Cola Red

After Nast, all that remained was Santa's red outfit.

In 1931 the Coca Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a coke-drinking Santa (he also created Aunt Jemima and the Quaker Oats man).

Not surprisingly Kent, Muhtar (President and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company) and George A. David (chairman of Coca-Cola's Hellenic Bottling Co.) are also members of the Merovingian led Bilderberg Group of Global Elite. George A. David is also a member of the notorious Club of Rome. The Hellenic Coca Cola Bottling Co. is one of Europe's major soft drink companies. While we can not say for certain, as I discuss Here, it is worth noting that there is strong biblical evidence that Rex Mundi (the Antichrist) will arise from the Greek Isles. This globalist corporation insisted that Santa's fur-trimmed suit be presented in bright Coca Cola red. Perhaps it seems I'm stretching the point a bit here, however given the known ties binding Coca cola with the Illuminati (via their membership in Club Bilderberg and the Club of Rome), it is reasonable to question whether this might not suggest something darker -- a link between color of Santa's outfit to, for instance, an association with the the "Red Shield" (or "Rothschild" family of the Bavarian Illuminati).

Rudolph Joins the team

Rudolph, that "most famous reindeer of all," hitched his yoke to Old Nick's reindeer team about a hundred years after the original herd of eight flying deer was selected. Rudolph was created by Robert L. May, a copywriter at the Montgomery Ward department store in 1939 to bring in more customers. May created the myth that is now standard Christmas fare.

How Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Got His Start

Thus with the aid of a Bavarian artist and a Bilderberg member corporation (including the symbolic red shield of the Rothschild House) Santa became the real reason for the season replacing Jesus and undermining the God he served even more. Santa is a blend of Christian crusader, pagan god, and commercial idol.

And it all goes to enrich the global fascist Novus Ordo Seclorum, further undermine faith in the God of Israel, and help pave the way for the coming revelation of Rex Mundi.

Jethro Tull - A Christmas Song

Happy Holidays!

Celebrate with understanding.

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3,400 Shalls - Government Healthcare Takeover Debate

Healthcare was a major focus of the House of Representatives at the end of the year, with the House approving a bill that would force American families to surrender control of their health care to the federal bureaucracy.

In his opposing remarks, delivered on the floor of the Congress, Representative McClintock remarked:

"There's nothing optional about this law - the word "shall" appears 3,400 times in it - each time backed by the full force of the government.

You shall only get your health care through the government exchange.

You shall only select among the healthcare plans that the government czar has approved for you, whether they fit your family's needs or not.

You shall buy a government-approved plan and pay for every government-imposed mandate in it through higher premiums, lower wages or higher taxes - and you'll face steep fines and even federal prison if you decline to do so."

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Origins of Christmas Part 3 of 5

The Earth belongs to HaShem
"The Earth Belongs to HaShem and the Fullness Thereof."

The Origins of Christmas
Part Three

By Ben Ruach HaKodesh (John of AllFaith) 12.16.09

To read the entire study now, go to my Noahide Nazarene Website:

Santa Claus

The traditions of Saint Nick come from a few different places and have been combined into the popular image of Santa Claus.

"Saint" Nicholas

The "Nicolaitane Heresy" (referenced directly in the Book of Revelation and indirectly by Paul and others in the New Testament) is propagated by "Old Nick" or "the Stranger." Old Nick is another moniker of Lucifer.

"Saint" Nicholas with the Three Boys in the Pickling Tub,
South Netherlandish, ca. 1500. -- Metropolitan Museum of Art

Old Nick: God of the Merovingians

Nick or Old Nick is a well-known appellation of Lucifer and has been used as such for centuries. The name is related to (or may be derived from) the Dutch word Nikken or devil. The word Nikken stems from the Anglo-Saxon nac-an meaning "to slay". In the areas around Bavaria (home of the Bavarian Illuminati and seat of Merovingian power) there is a river spirit named "Neck," "Nikke," or "Nokke." This nature spirit/demon is of the same family of nature spirits as the Celtic Water Kelpie (supernatural water horses). These spirits are directly related to the Merman of Triton and elsewhere.

The Merovingian Global Elite trace their roots to Merovech (Meroveus or Merovius in Latin and M�rov�e in French), the founder of the Salian Frankish Merovingian dynasty. According to their traditions, Merovech was born of a sea god after his mother was raped by a "bestea Neptuni Quinotauri similis." Mero is the root word of mermaid (and mermen) and directly references their father as "Neck," "Nikke," or "Nokke": I.E. as Old Nick or Lucifer in the guise of a quinotaur, which is to say, a five-horned sea bull. According to many of the Dark Prophecies, Rex Mundi will arise from and lead the Merovingians and establish the New World Order (the Novus Ordo Seclorum). Hence, Old Nick is the actual god of the Merovingians and father of the Nicolaitane Heresy.

The Nicolaitane Heresy, by whatever name, is a movement that has been carefully concealed and developed within the heart of the Nicean Church by the Merovingian Elite from as early as the late Second Century CE. That movement established much of what today is accepted as standard Christian dogma. Babylon the Great ("that woman Jezebel") will be the organized, global structure that will arise from this centuries-long endeavor finally realized under the authority of Rex Mundi (the Antichrist). This is the true identity of Old Nick.

But of course, had this been revealed the mislead believers would have rebelled and so a nicer, more Catholic face was developed for public consumption.

Nicholas, Bishop of Myra and Lord of Bari

"Nicholas the Wonder worker" as he was known was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 CE and died December 5th or 6th, 346. He was said to be a very kind and generous man who often left secreted gifts for the poor with the aid of companions like Zwarte Piet (a black skinned servant), Knecht Ruprecht (a bearded farm hand), Krampus (an incubus-like horned creature), der Wilde Mann (an unhorned incubus known simply as "the wild man") and other non-biblical Pagan characters. People would leave their shoes out on their porches and Nicholas often left coins in them.

The Nicean Church developed his popular reputation as the public facade of Saint (santa) Nick (even though he was not formally declared a saint until the 19th century). By incorporating these images and traditions many Northern Europeans came into the universal Church. While Old Nick's demonic companions are largely unknown in the US, they are still widely honored in the Netherlands and elsewhere as nature-spirit assistants to Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas' name comes from the Dutch word Sinter and offers a hint of Old Nick's true identity. He emerges from the sintel or cinders of the mythical regions of Hell along with his demonic assistants.


Nicholas and the Nicolaitane Heresy

The Origins of Christmas Part 2 of 5

The Earth belongs to HaShem
"The Earth Belongs to HaShem and the Fullness Thereof."

The Origins of Christmas
Part Two

By Ben Ruach HaKodesh (John of AllFaith) 12.16.09

To read the entire study now, go to my Noahide Nazarene Website:

December 25th

As I explain in several studies on my Noahide Nazarene Website, following the Diaspora (70 CE) and the exile of the Jews from the Roman Province of Iudaea (Eretz Israel) many false doctrines arose within the Way Movement. Master Y'shua describes these false doctrines as the Nicolaitan Heresy in the second and third chapters of his Revelation. As I describe there, the Nicolaitan Heresy (also known as the the error of Balaam and the teaching of "that woman Jezebel" -- i.e. Babylon the Great) is the overlaying of Pagan beliefs and doctrines onto the Way taught by Master Y'shua. The rites of December 25th are among these added traditions of men (Col 2:8, II Thess. 2:15). Despite the unsuccessful attempts of Dionysius Exiguus and others to justify the date, the reason December 24th was chosen was to continue the traditions of Saturnalia and other Pagan winter solstice holiday traditions. There is no biblical support for this date.


The Roman celebration of Saturnalia ran from December 17-25.

Simply stated, during this week each community would pick someone to play the role of "Lord of Misrule." As I discuss elsewhere in some detail, it was common for Pagans to personify their gods in various ways. The most common of these was temple prostitution wherein the devotee engaged in sexual intercourse with the priest (qadesh) or priestess (qadeshah) in order to mystically and carnally merge with the deity. These temple surrogates are mentioned and condemned several places in the Bible as I discuss Here, for instance: "There shall be no Qadeshah of the daughters of Israel, nor a Qadesh of the sons of Israel... (Deuteronomy 23:17).

In the same way, the "Lord of Misrule" represented the spirit of darkness, lawlessness and abuse and took upon himself the excesses of the people. During the week this surrogate was given every imaginable luxury and excess; he was "King for the Week." Hedonism reigned supreme among the people and nothing was off limits. Having been overshadowed by the new Christ Mass celebrations many of the Saturnalia rites were later reborn as Brazil's Carnivaal or Mardi Gras. Not only the Lord of Saturnalia, but everyone engaged in these hedonistic celebrations. They roamed the streets naked or in costumes drunk singing raucous carols and looking for victims, sex partners, fellow revelers and so on.

Ginger Bread Men and Transubstantiation

As part of the Saturnalia rites the Pagans ate little biscuits, often shaped like human beings or animals (now known as Christmas cookies and ginger bread men). St. Nicholas Magazine (May 1875) recounts one of the surviving stories in the tale of the Gingerbread Boy. In brief, the wife in a childless couple was baking cookies one day and fashioned one in the shape of a boy. When she opened the oven a real boy (made out of gingerbread) jumped out and ran off. The woman, her husband, the farmhands, even the animals chased the boy but the boy would taunt them, saying:

I've run away from a little old woman,
A little old man,
A barn full of threshers,
A field full of mowers,
A cow and a pig,
And I can run away from you, I can!

Finally the fox joined in the chase and caught the boy:

Presently the gingerbread boy said, "Oh dear! I'm quarter gone!"
And then, "Oh, I'm half gone!"
And soon, "I'm three-quarters gone!"
And at last, "I'm all gone!"
and he never spoke again. (Read the whole story Here)

The Gingerbread Man tale has several versions but as far as we know none are the original. For more on the Gingerbread Man consult the SurLaLune Fairy Tales site. In 1890 for instance the story was updated by Joseph Jacobs as published as "Johnny-Cake" in his English Fairy Tales collection, but the story is clearly much older. Given what is known there should be no real doubt that originally the account held Pagan references to human sacrifice and a satirical memorial to one boy who sought unsuccessfully to escape (a similar chase of the victim is recounted in the Wickerman tales). This eating of the sacrificial boy may remind Catholics of their doctrine of Transubstantiation (the Papal doctrine whereby the Communion Host literally becomes the blood and flesh of Jesus to be consumed again and again -- in violation of Scripture: Heb 6:6).

During Saturnalia rape, incest, bestiality, most anything imaginable was allowed and even encouraged. The courts were closed and anything went.

But then on the 25th of December, the Lord of Misrule was publicly executed, indicating the passing of the Dark back to the Light, lawlessness to law, chaos to order. The people pretended that none of the abuses had taken place as they returned to comparatively civilized life in preparation for the New Year.

At first the followers of the Way were appalled by these acts but as the Universal Churchthe Way in 4th century, Saturnalia was incorporated and "Christianized" by the Roman Church and with it came ever more Pagan converts. replaced

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees (like the Tannenbaum or sacred fir tree) are specifically forbidden by the Torah and yet, as with Saturnalia, they were incorporated by the Nicolaitane Church to bring ever more Pagans -- like the Asheira cult -- under the dominion of the Roman Church. Of this forbidden practice we read:

In the KJV:

Jeremiah 10:1 "Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
10:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

In the NNB:

Jeremiah 10:1 Hear the word which YHVH speaks to you, house of Israel!
10:2 Thus says YHVH, "Don't learn the way of the nations, and don't be dismayed at the signs of the sky; for the nations are dismayed at them.
10:3 For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe. 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move.
10:5 They are like a palm tree, of turned work, and don't speak: they must be carried, because they can't go. Don't be afraid of them; for they can't do evil, neither is it in them to do good."

Traditions of the sacred tree are ancient. The pre-Christian Romans honored the evergreen pine to celebrate the spring festival of Arbor intrat. Each March 22 in honor of the Spring Equinox (Easter, Eostar, Ostara, Sham el Nessim, Higan, Nowruz etc) devotees of goddess Cybele cut down a pine tree and carried it to the Palatine temple for worship. The tree was wrapped in tinsel (bandages), wreathed with violets and decorated to mourn the death Attis, the self castrated son of Cybele who died beneath a pine tree. Three days later Attis was miraculously restored to life.

According to the poet Virgil the Romans decorated sacred trees with little masks of the fertility god Bacchus even as people today place ornaments on Christmas trees. It was believed that as the wind blew these ornaments around, Bacchus granted fertility to whatever the masks looked upon. Therefore trees around the fields, the stables and elsewhere were decorated. The Romans also believed that woodland fairies and nature spirits (like Christmas elves) lived in the branches of the decorated trees (possibly giving rise to the custom of leaving milk and cookies out on Christmas Eve).

The worshipers of Mithras Sol Invictus (the Roman Sun god worshiped by Constantine until the day of his death: for more on this see Here) also believed that the souls of the recently dead occupied the trees awaiting rebirth. Trees were decorated by these people to call forth the shimmering presence of the Sun (Sol Invictus). Mithraism was a major factor in the doctrinal foundation of the New Religion of the Universal Church and to them the Winter Solstice and Saturnalia marked one of the four Sacred holidays.

Mithras Sol Invictus
Born from the rock (petra genetrix), Marble, 180-192 AD.
From the area of S. Stefano Rotondo, Rome.

Pre-Muslim Egyptians also honored a sacred tree; in their case the palm tree. Their sacred tree also held promises resurrection and good fortune and, like the Christmas tree, was brought into their homes and decorated during the winter solstice. Likewise, the Sacred Groves of the Baal and Ashtaroth worshipers are repeatedly condemned in the Torah. The Christmas tree is merely the Nicean Christan expression of these ancient Pagan customs.


The mistletoe found on the sacred oak was considered especially sacred to the ancient Celtic Druids. On the sixth night of the moon Druid priests in white robes cut oak mistletoe with a golden sickle. They sacrifice white bulls while uttering prayers that the recipients of the mistletoe would prosper in all ways, including fertility and sexual prowess.

It is taught that the Norse god Balder was killed by the god Hoder using an arrow made of mistletoe while fighting for the pleasure of Lady Nanna. Mistletoe is a potent poison used by Druids and others that reaches deep within the soul according to the Will of Mage. Like so many other Pagan traditions this one was Christianized to draw in more Pagans and continue the ancient ways in a new form.

Mistletoe both empowers and gives license to sexual promiscuity, hence the Universal Church established the tradition of "kissing under the mistletoe" in preparation for the hedonism of Saturnalia. Even today it forms a frequent part of the Yule-tide observances and even many Christians place it on their door posts and exchange ritual kisses.


Santa Claus

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

In 2009 A Line Was Crossed!

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Genesis 12
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another AllExperts Q and A: What About Shabbat?

Another AllExperts Question and Answer: What About Shabbat?
It was asked in the Baptist section of the site.

Why do we fight for reinstating the ten commandments, when atheists & agnostics tear it down, but then neglect the 4th commandment? Isn't the 4th as valid as the other 9? If the commandments are to be written in our hearts, why do we select the 1st day to be observed, when the 4th commandment specifically mentioned the 7th day? Then again, if the day doesn't matter, why not select Friday, because there wouldn't be a resurrection without a death first, for the sacrificial death of our God is just as important as His resurrection?

My reply:

This is an Excellent Question!


The answer is that the Sabbath is the only day set aside in the Bible for worship and declared sacred and that was never repealed.

Seventh Day Baptists and a few other groups do honor the Shabbat as my family will be doing so in an hour or so. Shabbat begins today at 4:50 our time.

Here's a good website where you can select a nearby city for your Shabbat times:

Sunday was selected as the holy day for Christians because that was the day the Pagan world worshiped Sol Invictus, the Sun god and Rome wanted to unite all religions as one.

I have several studies on the Sabbath, how to observe it, how we lost it and how to regain it here if you are interested.

Shabbat Shalom!
~ John of AllFaith

AllFaith Flix: Shabbat Shalom for Christians?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

More on Sarah Palin, Israel, Afghanistan, Obama's dropping numbers, etc.

Palin on Bill O'Reilly

I'm still trying to get a handle on Sarah Palin.

In this interview (November 21, 2009) she says some things that sound good and some that cause me alarm.

At the 1:27 mark she talks briefly about Israel. Again, mixed blessings.
She says the US must let Israel know we support them and will stand with them, that we will not dictate to them about the settlements etc. Kudos...

But when O'Reilly gives here the hypothetical of Bibi Netanyahu calling and telling her, as president, that Israel is going to attack the Iranian nuke plants she says that "any kind of war strike is the very last option" and O'Reilly adds, 'so you say no to him, and then Bibi says you can stop them.' Note Palin's words carefully. She says, that is why the US must not allow things to get to that point.

What that means can be debated.

Does it mean she would then turn against Israel, that the US must recognize Israel's sovereignty but still manipulate them according to our agenda? That the US should hit Iran first? That the US should dictate to the region more directly? Just how committed is she to Israel...

AND I am still looking for a CURRENT and direct statement from Ms. Palin about the plans to divide Jerusalem and her view on that. Any links/sources on this would be most appreciated.

She also says the US must make Putin understand that the US is THE sole superpower in the world. There are lots of potential problems with that statement!

True leaders are followed because of their leadership qualities, their wisdom, their programs, not because people are intimidated by them. IF the US began showing true leadership and respect for other countries (and its own citizens) Russia and the other countries would be far more inclined to accept that role. Before 9-11 the US was largely respected. After 9-11 -- largely because of the decisions of Bush the-never-elected -- we are now universally mistrusted and commonly despised. We destroyed our reputation and only we can restore it.

The former Governor also called for an increase in the unjust US war against Afghanistan with a new surge etc. (which Obama is even now implementing) when what we need to do is get out of there and out of Iraq now and allow the people of those countries to determine the kind of government they will have. In this she sounds too much like Bush the-never-elected. The fact is that these wars were deliberately designed without an endpoint. if we "have to win" we can never leave because our intentions are diametrically opposed to the will of the citizens of these occupied countries.

I think I like Sarah Palin as a person and that we would have a lot in common if we ever met and talked around a kitchen table... but I'm still not convinced about her as President, especially regarding her views on Israel, the New World Order and the continuation of these unjustifiable wars.

As of today the Interloper's Gallup ratings have dropped to 47% (the biggest popularity rating drop at this point in any administration since Gallup began keeping records according to Sean Hannity) while Governor Palin's are raising. They are now in a statistical dead heat, she is at 46%.

Just a few scattered thoughts...
What are yours?

Monday, December 07, 2009

Pray for Peace,

From Mike Evans the founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team

Dear John,

Time is running out for Iran to avoid sanctions over its nuclear program, Reuters News Agency quoted White House spokesman Robert Gibbs as saying. He added that Tehran's deadline is still the end of the year for responding to international demands.

Iran has ignored a deal offered by the Western powers that would have Iran sending its low-enriched uranium abroad for processing into uranium for making fuel. Gibbs said it was "pretty clear" that the Iranians were backing out of that agreement. The White House comments came a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that his country will enrich uranium at a much higher level--a fresh rejection of an international plan to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

We are approaching a crisis point in dealing with Iran. I urgently ask you to join with me in prayer that this great evil will be halted and that Israel will be spared the incredible human and financial cost of having to go to war to stop it.

How sad it is that these rumblings of war come at what should be a time of peace! For many in Israel, especially the children, peace is only a distant dream.

I will never forget as a poor Jewish child in America what it was like to scavenge for food in dumpsters and never having enough to eat. This is the daily reality of life in Ashkelon for hundreds of children. They go to bed hungry many nights. They shiver in the winter because their parents cannot afford to heat their homes. They have no expectation of receiving presents this year for Chanukah. What should be a happy and joyous time is instead just another day to do without.

I will also never forget when my aunt took me to my first Chanukah party. I thought I had died and gone to Heaven! Seeing the gifts and all the food was a wonderful treat. And we can provide that same experience to the poor children of Ashkelon. The Jerusalem Prayer Team is helping a very special family host a Chanukah party just for these needy children.

On my last trip to Israel I met again with the Cohen family...a family that has suffered so much at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists...and yet who nevertheless live with joy instead of bitterness and are focused on helping others. Let me share their story with you. The children were blown up on their school bus.


Tehilla Cohen lost both her legs when her school bus was destroyed by a suicide bomber near her family's home in Israel. The devastating attack stole so much away from this precious young lady...and yet her spirit never wavered. When I heard this young lady's story, I knew we had to help.

So the Jerusalem Prayer Team furnished her with a special motorized wheelchair which allowed her to regain much of her independence of motion. After many surgeries and extensive physical therapy, she was able to return to school, and now has graduated and is preparing for college.

When I met with Tehilla, she asked me to thank the members of the Jerusalem Prayer Team who have helped her so much. And she asked for our help again--not for herself, but for the poor children who live in her community who are facing the upcoming Chanukah holiday without the hope of the presents that most children are expecting.

Thank you to the 105 Jerusalem Prayer Team members who have already responded as we work to reach our goal of 2000 sponsors to provide a truly meaningful Chanukah to these precious children.


Send Your Gift Today to Help These Poor Children:

Chanukah is a wonderful celebration of God's deliverance of His people and His miraculous provision of their needs. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday commemorates the freeing of Jerusalem from captivity and the cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem. When the invaders were driven away, only enough consecrated oil to light the candlestick for one day was found, but miraculously the lamps burned for eight full days until new oil could be made.

Chanukah starts this year on Saturday, December 12th. That means we have just five days left to provide the Chanukah party that will turn this into a season of hope. Send your gift today to make Chanukah a happy and joyous time for the children of Ashkelon and their families. They have suffered so much, enduring terrorist attacks and rockets fired into their schoolyards. They do without, going to bed hungry many nights.


Your gift will provide food and toys and clothing and games--the same things our children and grandchildren look forward to at Christmastime. We can do this together.

Jesus said we should let the little children come to Him...and that's what your gift today will do. We have a wonderful opportunity to show the people of Ashkelon that Christians love and care for them. They are besieged on every side, living every day with threats we can hardly imagine. They need the brightness of hope.

Rush your special Chanukah gift today and help make the Festival of Lights much brighter for these precious children.

Your Ambassador to Jerusalem,

Dr. Michael Evans

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Drybones: Bibi Verses the Iceman!

Bibi Versus The Iceman

Obama and Bibi Netanyahu as battling SuperHeros : Dry Bones cartoon.
I thought that I'd draw Obama and Bibi Netanyahu as battling SuperHeroes, but they came out looking like a pair of phony costumed TV wrestlers putting on a show!

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The Arab-Israeli conflict will end when the Arab states accept the existence of a Jewish State in the region as natural. Political correctness requires that we ignore this obvious truth and pretend that the problem is simply a border dispute between "Palestinians" and Israelis.