THE FORTY-YEAR PROBATION OVER ABORTION IS NOW ENDING: AND SO THE DOORS OF JUDGMENT OPEN OVER THE USA
by Craig Peters
(reprinted and posted without change with permission by the author)
On January 22, 1973, Roe vs. Wade was ratified by the Supreme Court.
On January 22, 2013, the forty-year probation over abortion will end and the judgment of יהוה will then have absolutely free reign over a nation which evidently has no impetus to repent.
a This document was originally published under the title, “An Open Commentary on the Sixties Generation: And a Lesson in Counting to Forty.” It remains largely unchanged since first being written and published in late 2000. In the Preface to some of those early editions, the author stated the following:
“The world around us is crumbling: Morals decline daily on a worldwide basis. Even nations which began as peoples seeking the Most High Creator are now turning their backs on Him altogether. Lawlessness now abounds even within many Christian circles. Homosexuality has become “acceptable,” and many denominations are even “ordaining” such sexual reprobates. In the face of these and many other rebellious abominations, the wrath of יהוה will soon be kindled.
Although His patience and slowness to anger are very great, hwhy will only tolerate a foreseen and finite limit over sin and rebellion. His patience will only endure for a very short season. This document is a warning to America and to the entire world that there is a price to be paid by all nations which exalt sin and lawlessness. This country has sown the wind of lawlessness, and it will soon reap the tornado-whirlwind of destruction unleashed by such rebellion”
… And in another section, that preface continued as follows: “This commentary was first written, printed, and distributed in November- December of 2000—a number of months before the 9/11 tragedy of 2001. The author does not take lightly the tragedy which ensued some 9 months later. However, it must pointed out that the warnings we announced were largely ignored across the USA. Even many Evangelical leaders ungratefully ignored our numerous pleas. So we emphasize once more: If this country continues to turn its back on the Most High, we will not be able to stand before our enemies.5 If our country continues its rage and madness 1 Even this Preface excerpt has been slightly edited. 2 Psalm 2:11-12, 119:126 3 Proverbs 14:34 4 Hosea 8:7, Proverbs 1:24-29, Amos 9:8 5 Leviticus 26:37 2 against the eternal Law of the Almighty 6—and if the present moral decline continues unchecked and without repentance—such tragedies will again befall us, yet they shall be exceedingly worse. If we think the destruction from foreign invaders is apocalyptic, what will we do when the wrath of יהוה Himself is known through the Sovereign Hand that unleashes tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanoes, famine, disease, and pestilence? America will not stand before this terrible onslaught and it is the entirety of such judgments over which the present document once more warns the nation. In this present work, we continue to sound forth such warnings without apology.” In the past, many have made the mistake of date-setting.
While that may be a shrewd business move (gleaning more tithe money from those who are both sincere and frightened), it is certainly not the way to feed the Messiah’s sheep. So let it be emphasized: the author of this commentary is making no predictions regarding January 22, 2013: January 22, 2013 may come and go and be the quietest day in the history of the world. Even so, at the precise day and hour when the 40-year probation ends over abortion, something final and significant will occur in the Courts of Heaven: A judgment will be decreed, and the USA will never be the same. יהוה does not change and His numbers do not lie. It should also be pointed out that the author of this work does not advocate violence: Through fasting and prayer, יהוה Himself will fight our battles; there is no need to blow up abortion clinics or to kill those who are caught in the throes of performing abortions. We see יהוה did a fine job of closing the 5 abortion clinics in New Orleans when He flooded the city! (Of course, in their quest to “rebuild” it is evident that no one took His queue!7) Our mission is to show love by praying for all men8 and trusting El Shaddai to ultimately fulfill His Word via Judgments from on High. In the remainder of this document, readers will find much of the original manuscript, along with a few slight editions and a few new considerations. At this point, all believers in the Messiah should be in fasting and prayer as we await whatever Judgment יהוה brings within whatever timetable He has foreseen. —1/5/2013
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6 Psalm 2:1-3, Jeremiah 50:38 7 Malachi 1:2-4 8 1Timothy 2:1-8 3
The Number 40: The Number of Testing, Probation, and Judgment The sixties generation: “God is Dead” … “Drugs, Sex, and Rock ‘n Roll” … and, “If It Feels Good, Do It!” These were the rebellious battle cries of ignorant, teenage bliss which rang out between the 1962-63 legislative removal of prayer and the Ten Commandments from public schools and the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision to legalize murder/abortion. Since that time millions of infants have been tragically obliterated from human history. But since they failed to learn it while growing up, the “God is Dead” generation is now learning how to count to 40 … the hard way. And it is about to get a lot harder.9 While it is tragic to say, many of the lawless rebels who came forth out of the sixties generation may soon regret having never learned to count as high as four tens before graduating: In the inspired Scriptures of the very Creator whose Existence they deny, forty is the number particularly related to testing, probation, and Heavenly Judgment: When the time period of forty has elapsed, something very significant occurs after the patience of יהוה has delayed judgment across the predetermined time span, waiting to see if any repentance and any change will be manifested in the hearts of men. Consider the inspired and historical examples we are given in the Scriptures:
• The prophet Mosheh/Moses was made to dwell 40 years in the wilderness of Sinai before his ultimate calling to lead forth Yisrael from Egypt10 …
• The rebellious children of Yisrael died in the wilderness over a 40 year period following their generation’s repeated disobedience towards hwhy in their rejection of the One who had miraculously delivered them from Egyptian bondage11 … • Nineveh was given 40 days to repent before hwhy destroyed their city.12 Nineveh, however, repented and the judgment was halted.
• But when Flood judgment did finally fall on the antediluvian world of Noach,13 the rain continued for 40 days and 40 nights.14 9 A pre-9/11 statement … as are the majority of statements made in this document excepting those made within the excerpts from the Preface or those which are otherwise indicated within the updates seen in those footnotes which have been added since the first publication in Dec-2000. 10 Acts 7:22-23, 7:29-34 11 Numbers 14:33-34; 32:13 (judgment) and Deuteronomy 8:2 (testing) 12 Jonah 3:4-5 13 The Hebrew transliteration of “Noah” 14 Genesis 7:4,12,17 4
• The Messiah fasted for 40 days in the wilderness and withstood the temptations of Satan across the duration of this significant period of testing.15
• And within 40 years after Israel rejected their Messiah and the Israeli leaders surrendered Him to heathen courts for sentencing and execution on a tree,16 the city of Yerushalayim/Jerusalem was destroyed in a terrible, ferocious, and merciless judgment filled with absolute terror and carnage.17
The point? By 1963, prayer and the Ten Commandments were removed from the public schools of the United States … and in less than 40 years the students attending those schools began blatantly and openly violating those very Commandments— including numerous incidents of deeply tragic disregard for the Sixth Commandment wherein some youth have now murdered their own classmates, schoolmates, and teachers with cruel, cold, and calloused detachment.18 So apart from national repentance, what yet remains to occur before the year 2013—the 40th year since the legislative sacrilege under consideration occurred?!19 The sixties generation failed to anticipate that “cause and effect” works in the spiritual realm just as well as it does in 15 eswhy being the Epitome of True Yisrael, His 40 days of flawless obedience in the wilderness stand in stark contrast to ancient Yisrael’s flagrant disobedience for 40 years on the same turf over the same issues. Luke 4:1-14 16 (about A.D. 30) 17 (about A.D. 70) 18 Exodus 20:13. The Columbine massacre was only one of many such incidents of blatant murder and carnage. Update 12/20/2012 Unfortunately, there are now many other such slayings to add to the list: carnage at universities, malls, movie theaters, and the now the 26 children and adults who just died in Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. 19 What came to pass around 10 months after this question was posed was the 9-1-1 tragedy—along with continued moral decay/decline both socially and legislatively! This country has still not learned its lesson!! Only recently the Ten Commandments were removed from the Alabama courthouse! All the while the Spirit of יהוה asks, “Where will this country be smitten again as it continues in its rebellion?”
Update 9/1/2005 We have now suffered a disaster far more devastating than 9/11. As hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans, Louisiana, local news reporters in Los Angeles were turning back the clock 40 years to hurricane Betsy. Betsy had hit that city four decades earlier, resulting in widespread flooding. At that time, many in New Orleans died of drowning, or suffocation, because they climbed to their attic to escape the rising water and were trapped under the roof with no means of exiting. Since the time of that disaster, many homes were equipped with hatchets in the attic to enable residents to escape onto the roof by chopping a hole from beneath. Many people did just that after the flooding caused by hurricane Katrina forced them into the attic and, then, onto the roof. Hurricane Katrina hit on 8/29/2005 and marked the end of a 40-year probation for the city of New Orleans—a city hosting 5 abortion clinics, the hub of large-scale, shrimp fishing, the perpetuator of the orgiastic Mardi Gras (from which came the idea for the show “Girls Gone Wild”), the promoter of widespread casinos and gambling, and the long-time host of “Southern Decadence”—an immoral, idolatrous show of lust in which drunken homosexuals openly engage in perverse, sexual conduct in the bars and streets of the French Quarter.
That such a thing was actually sanctioned, allowed, and welcomed by city officials, was certainly a major factor in the judgment which has now destroyed most of the city. The 2005, “Southern Decadence” gathering was actually scheduled to begin on 8/31/2005 and, we believe, the Hand of יהוה quite cancelled it as the hurricane roared through two days before said depravity commenced. For more information on Hurricane Betsy see: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Storm_pages/betsy1965/ http://www.usatoday.com/weather/resources/askjack/2003-10-09-hurricane-betsy_x.htm 5 the physical.
But how could they realize that? They had no Bible-based lessons to study as did the scores of other youth who had preceded them in previous generations; there were no moral absolutes; the already-shaky and flawed foundations had been removed. And as we are all witnessing, the surrogate, man-made philosophies of life and “morality”20 ever since suggested have failed to offer any lasting substructure for a thriving society and nation. On the contrary, the more fully foolish, human reasoning squelches the Eternal moral codes of the Scriptures, the more fully and quickly a society cracks and crumbles.
Then, at long last, a certain juncture is encountered and it only becomes a matter of time before the weight of Heavenly Judgment effortlessly breaks beyond repair what has theretofore weakened and decayed via moral degeneration. Then closes the stage curtain—never again to open—as the existence of the so-called “great” empire ends forever. It is ironic the liberal left—largely populated and led by many of the sixties sexters— absolutely refuses to “legislate morality” whilst they hypocritically promote laws embracing, condoning, and even encouraging immorality!21 And concerning their relation to the timeless code known as “The Ten Commandments,” it is interesting a lot of the sixties folk—and their illustrious leaders—can so easily count to Minus Ten, yet they seem quite incapable of counting to Plus Forty! And this will certainly be their ultimate downfall; for a judgment even more severe and more signal than the one reviewed thus far (i.e., murder in the public schools) is now looming on the horizon; and it is a Judgment which shall be the unavoidable fulfillment of the Creator’s immutable, unchanging and Eternal Law requiring “life for life”22 over the estimated 40 million23 babies which have been executed since abortion was legalized in 1973.
The 40-Year Probation is Now Ending: And Bloodguilt Brings Judgment 1973. Now, let’s see; do our readers’ minds race ahead to see the point before we ever make it? If only a few of our readers already see or sense where this is going before continuing, the writer is most gratified. We certainly wish that all Americans began learning how to count to 40! But these lessons in counting are becoming rather hard and deeply tragic: As those seemingly endless years to “40” roll by, increasingly more people are now reaping the fruit of their evil doings and rebellion while increasingly more lives are destroyed in the crossfire. And our next lesson in counting to 40 may 20 Which America embraced as it almost completely rejected the aforementioned, eternal Standard. 21 To more fully understand the original intent of the founding fathers, readers are directed to consider the video tape, “America’s Godly Heritage,” by Wallbuilders. The Wallbuilders url/website is: http://www.wallbuilders.com. 22 Deuteronomy 19:16-21 23 Ten years after the original publication of this document, this number is now likely to be significantly larger. Statistics indicate an abortion occurs once every 24 seconds. 6 well be the last: it may be “the count to end all counts,” and it may well mark the end of life as Americans know it. For the forty-year probation period over this more-than-dire issue of abortion finds its consummation in the year 2013.
But does America have even that long? Do we even have another week? Do we even have another day? Apart from a serious, national repentance which turns back the tragic, heathen, and inexcusable legislation allowing women/men to sacrifice the fruit of their body to the wiles of abortion clinics for the “advancement” of medical research and industry profiteering, what will fall upon our nation next in the way of Heavenly Judgment and Vindication?24 As the Protective, Providential Hand of the Most High is withdrawn, destruction will soon follow. If any time remains, it is but a little.25 Has the Sixties Generation learned too late to count to 40? If the alleged, anticipated Muslim terrorism is unleashed on this country with the vengeance and hatred so characteristic of the past, might it be that the Islamic, biological, anthrax attack26 shall be the dreadful calling to account never foreseen or anticipated by the rulers of this country who, graduating from the “sixties program,” subsequently spearheaded the incessant injunction of their lewd, lawless lifestyles right into the laws and educational systems of the land? 24 Since this question was posed: • 9/11 occurred (10 months later)
• New Orleans and surrounding regions were practically destroyed (5 years later) What will have to be added to the list next? 25 This update concerns the facts surrounding President Reagan’s funeral: Update: September 2004 Since the second printing of this article on 3/22/2004, another event has occurred which is most regrettable. It is an event, however, which we believe has further and remarkable significance over the demise of the United States and its pending doom as a nation. Our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, passed away on June 5, 2004. Not only was Mr. Reagan the 40th President, his burial wishes requested his interment occur precisely at sunset. No one could have staged this event or its timing, and we believe it numbers among the final warnings being afforded this nation as well as being a call to national repentance for those who still have ears to hear. Of course, we do not infer Mr. Regan necessarily believed any of the things about which we write in this article; we do not infer he related the judgment of this country to his sequence in the historical list of United States presidents, nor do we feel he was personally trying to infer anything about the country’s demise by the timing of his interment. Nevertheless, the One who directs the hearts of kings and leaders is ultimately responsible for the timing in which the former president was laid to rest.
Proverbs 21:1 Not many years remain before the year 2013, and as the sun set on our 40th President, we believe it is likewise setting on the nation of America. 26 Some believe the Moslems are actively smuggling nuclear devices into the country and plan to detonate them at some future point. In any case, the word of hwhy and His judgments shall be executed on every wicked, lawless, and unrepentant nation. Amos 9:8 With or without anthrax or nuclear warheads, the Almighty will judge this nation if it continues on its headlong plunge into the depths iniquity’s cesspool. 7
Oversight of oversights! Instead of being dead, the very One who they love to hate has set in motion Laws which are such an inexorable part of His Creation that, one way or another, they shall be fulfilled to the letter! If no one can be found who will stand for the ageless principles and decrees of His Torah, then hwhy El Shaddai, the Maker of heaven and earth, will arise with vengeance and execute them Himself!27 The lesson to be learned is that if we choose to disobey the Eternal Law of the Most High, He will soon intervene with judgments which see to it that His Law is kept all the same.28 An example of this is seen when Yisrael—who refused to give the tilled soil rest by observing the decreed land Sabbaths—was carried captive so their farmland was able to lie fallow for 70 years in their absence.29 If this happened to the chosen people of hwhy, does this proud, rebellious nation think it can in any way escape judgment? Hence, if capital punishment is not properly carried out against the wicked with complete justice as it should be,30 the Almighty will step in and fulfill His Law with Judgments from on High. When He arises to execute judgment against this nation for the sins of abortion, He will require “life for life:”31 if no one will do it for Him, יהוה will Himself reinstate Capital Punishment!32 And given the cruelty and violence of abortion and its perpetuators, a worse judgment than merely “life for life” appears to threaten millions upon millions: the possibility we shall pay double for this grossly inexcusable sin which has been allowed to prolong itself in the land—all in the name of unbridled, irresponsible, murderous, sexual lust!33
Thus, if the abortion estimates are anywhere close to being correct, at least 80,000,000 Americans may die from the Providential Judgment which shall surely fall on this nation as the Most High brings forth His retribution against those who have passed and perpetuated “laws” to justify practicing lawlessness. And yet, someone more knowledgeable than the author believes abortion estimates to be extremely low and the current number of 40,000,000 accounts for surgical procedures alone; if we were to include chemical abortions in this statistic, the number of infant deaths is claimed to be in the hundreds of millions. If this is the case, America seems to be facing a fearful expectation of judgment—an imminent, fiery Judgment which will consume the adversaries of יהוה who is enthroned on High.34 27 Isaiah 59:16, Revelation 5:2-7 28 Psalm 119:126, Isaiah 26:9 29 2Chronicles 36:15-21 30 And such justice never occurs when a nation is filled with unrighteousness, Isaiah 5:20-23, 10:1,2. 31 Deuteronomy 19:16-21 32 Genesis 9:4-6, Exodus 21:23, Deuteronomy 19:21, 30:19, Hebrews 10:28-41 33 Exodus 22:4,7,9, Isaiah 40:21 34 Psalm 97:3-4, Hebrews 10:26,27 8 It may be when we all stand in the Judgment Day—after enduring the terror of seeing millions of Americans die from anthrax (or still other unforeseen horrors from the Hand of relentless, inescapable Heavenly Wrath)—that a decree such as the following shall come forth from the Eternal Throne: “Through abortion, 100,000,000 innocent babies were slain by the hypocritical Americans—supposedly outraged at the holocaust in Nazi Germany whilst themselves initiating and perpetuating genocide on a far greater scale and magnitude. Thus, were 200,000,000 not-so-innocent Americans delivered to death at the hand of plague upon plague; the widespread judgment and destruction across the face of United States was precisely commensurate with the evil they embraced … condoned … ignored … and allowed. The doing of their own hands was done unto them.” Obadiah 1:15
Let there be no doubt: the One who extends to every soul His infinite love can only delay His wrath for so long. At long last, when His loving patience has endured all it can bear, the doors of mercy will be heard thundering closed. After such time, hwhy shall mete out justice and judgment in complete righteousness and with full, inescapable, and relentless vengeance.35 And what will the legislators and the sixties rebels say in this hour of Divine Vengeance? What will they say in the hour this country forever falls due to its own evils? (For even now—at this late and critical hour—many of our nation’s leaders still fail to be sobered by the awesome, weighty responsibility of ruling over others which ahs been bestowed upon them from the Most High!36) What will they say when the realization occurs that America has become like so many other “great” empires which have fallen never to rise again? What will they say when America has become a mere memory—existing only on paper and in history? Perhaps some of their number will lament: “Oh that we had learned to count to 40 the Bible way!” And a few of the wiser ones might even realize, “The Almighty wasn’t dead, it’s just that we were.”37 As we contemplate this great judgment, we must further take into account the additional, pending judgments of fire and brimstone upon the homosexuals and lesbians38 along with the other plagues of judgment against the advocates of idolatry, false worship/paganism, sorcery,39 murder, fornication, adultery and stealing.40 In their own right, the plagues of sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts shall be judgments no less terrible than the ones mentioned above as these sins are set forth and judged in 35 Revelation 6:12-17 36 Daniel 4:17, 25, 32; 5:21 37 Ephesians 2:1 38 Genesis 19:24,25, Psalm 11:6, Isaiah 24:4-6, Nahum 1:5,6, Revelation 8:5-7, 16:8,9 39 See Revelation 21:6 and 22:15. The Greek words used here are “pharmakeia” and “pharmakeus” … words related to and meaning “poisoning/poisoner” … clearly the Greek words from which we derive our word “pharmacy.” 40
Hosea 4:1-3 9 the Providential, penetrating light of Divine Vengeance—vengeance from which there shall be no escape. And none of this yet takes into account the widespread destruction from volcanoes (lava, lahars, and ash),41 tidal waves of fearsome magnitude,42 and earthquakes which shall devastate roads, bridges, cities and all related infrastructure.43 This writer could only shake his head with amazement and pity when hearing President Clinton speak of our great budget surplus in his final State of the Union Address; this minuscule and famous “surplus”—as well as our seemingly endless existence as a country—will be as ephemeral as vapor vanishing into the coldest, longest, and darkest windy night should the Courts of Heaven decree the earth is to once more shake mightily with destruction from on High.44
Which of our readers is yet unfamiliar with the New Madrid fault?45 Should the New Madrid fault precipitate an earthquake of 8.3 Richter magnitude—as it was estimated to have done on three occasions some 190 years ago, ringing church bells 1,000 miles away in Boston, making the Mississippi River flow backwards and shaking the entire continent46—all of middle America would become worse than a war zone: Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, Toledo, (and many others cities in between) would most likely be devastated beyond measure, repair, or recognition! And the major roads connecting these cities would be absolutely impassable! And what could then be said for the current budget surplus?47 Deceptively great as it seems, it would quickly become less than a pittance, a thing of naught, and it would not even be enough to assist just one of the above-named cities. Such judgment would literally be the end (or the beginning of the end) for the United States. And it would only take sixty, no, just forty, fateful seconds.48 We pray that if the sixties generation will not learn how to count to 40 then maybe the seventies generation … or the eighties … or the nineties will step forward. Since simple mathematics shows time is up in t minus one month and counting,49 one can only pray it is not too late! If it takes Judgments decreed from on High for some to come to the sober realization the Almighty Creator is alive and well, then we pray that in His 41 i.e., “pillars of smoke,” Acts 2:19. 42 Psalm 46:2,3, 98:7-9, Luke 21:25,26, Haggai 2:6, Revelation 8:8,9 43 Isaiah 2:19-21, Hebrews 1:10-12, Revelation 6:12-17 44 Isaiah 2:10-22 45
So-named for New Madrid, Missouri in the tri-state area of Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. 46 These three quakes occurred on December 16th, 1811, January 23rd, 1812 and February 4th, 1812; these are all estimated to have measured approximately 8.3 on the Richter scale! 47 (i.e., the one set forth by former President Clinton as an economical accomplishment) 48 To read eyewitness accounts of these New Madrid quakes—along with a few of their awesome effects on locations quite near some of these present-day cities—refer to the following: http://hsv.com/genlintr/newmadrd/index.htm On this web page, look under “Eyewitness Accounts of the 1811 and 1812 Earthquakes.” 49 When this article was first written, it said, … “t minus 13 years and counting.” Many times since then, it was “t minus x number of years and counting.” We are now down to a mere 30 days! 10 fierce wrath hwhy will remember mercy.50 For His wrath will soon be kindled apart from full and far-reaching national repentance. Let all inhabitants of the earth be warned and repent: Turn from lawlessness. Turn from violating the Ten Commandments which are but a condensed summary of the entire, eternal Torah!51 Turn from idolatry and coveting to worship the Creator who loves you and who is waiting to bless your life through His resurrected Son!52 Acts 3:26
Let all Americans be solemnly warned and let all take heed, for hwhy has spoken the ominous word through Amos, the prophet: “Behold, the eyes of the Sovereign hwhy are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth.” Amos 9:8 hwhy also shall roar out of Tsiyon, and utter His voice from Yerushalayim; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but hwhy will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Yisrael. Joel 3:16 May many people across the globe be warned and turn back to the Most High with all their hearts. May hwhy be the strength of all who seek Him in these final and extremely critical days.
t s r q u p e o n m l k y j x z w h d g b a Postscript
The above discussion regarding the ax of Divine Judgment now falling on this country is not taken lightly: the suffering which such things have brought and will bring upon millions is a staggering tragedy of horrendous, nightmare, and wrenching proportions. But that is the whole point in Divine Visitation: it must necessarily provide a final warning to allow for repentance as the tidal wave of destruction seen swelling on the horizon grows nearer, taller, more ominous, and more fearfully inescapable.
The current slaughtering of unborn lives is something far worse than the present and pending judgments now facing this nation: compared to the judgment now falling on this country, abortion has been an ongoing, staggering tragedy of immensely greater horror and of unbelievable, nightmare proportions! 50 Habakkuk 3:2 51 Psalm 105:8 , 119:89, Isaiah 40:7,8, Matthew 5:17-20, Acts 24:14, 1Peter 1:24,25, Revelation 22:14 (King James Version) 52 Acts 3:26 11 Yet so few have been sobered by or have acknowledged abortion as the worst carnage and genocide in all of human history! It is a detestable holocaust authored by a country which, consequently, borders on the verge of complete and irreparable doom, devastation, and demise! A just, loving Creator must and will arise and come down to end this outrage and require justice over the lawless murder of the unborn as well as the other evils which express blatant disregard for His Law … While I have many dear friends and family— all very much loved and respected—who are adherents of Evangelical and Catholic Christianity, the following must be said without apology:53 It cannot be overlooked that multitudes among Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christian persuasions are part and parcel of the American problem as they unwittingly promote the nearly 2000-year-old traditions of the Papacy.
For the Roman Catholic Church historically boasts of having changed the Seventh Day Sabbath to Sunday, thus dispensing with one of the Ten Commandments in open defiance of the Decalogue! Exodus 20:1-17 And they further scoff that the entire Protestant world bows down in obeisance (to the authority of the Pope/Roman Catholic Church) by observing a day of rest (i.e., Sunday) nowhere enjoined in the Scriptures! Sunday is a pagan day of worship never kept or taught by the Messiah of Yisrael! Ezekiel 8:15-18, Luke 2:32 Nor was it kept or taught by any of His apostles! Acts 24:14 eswhy is the Creator and “Sovereign of All”—including the Sabbath54—and since He never changes,55 the Sabbath (not Sunday) is still the day over which He presides as Sovereign; it is the Day in which He directs True Worship to hwhy.
So while this country had a commendable start based on the efforts of the founding fathers, it was certainly not a perfect one. And subsequent generations failed to build on the basic truths to which their forbears clung so as to progress spiritually. Thus, the degeneration which ever plagues those who become complacent56 is seen today having slowly permeated and putrefied every sector of this society since the Constitution was penned. And those Christian denominations who have all-the-while adhered to pagan rites under the guise of “religion” are, perhaps, just as guilty as the heathen lawyers who ratified abortion. Any individual, family, or nation refusing to seek, change, and progress based on the Eternal Scriptures, will ultimately be rejected. Jeremiah 6:28-30, Revelation 3:16,17 All true believers must realize the Constitution was not, and is not, and never will be Scripture—the ultimate authority in matters of human conduct. Mainstream Christianity57 adheres to supposedly religious observances—which have 53 And all should carefully note: no judgment and no condemnation are passed upon anyone as the mere facts of the matter are set forth for all to consider. 54 Acts 10:36, Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:27,28 55 Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8 56 Ezekiel 16:49, Amos 6:1 57 Including both Catholicism and most of it’s Protestant puppets. 12 clear, verifiable origins in pagan customs spawned from the demon worship of antiquity58—while rejecting and opposing the worship days commanded through the Scriptures. On this point, no open-minded individual can conclude anything less.
For the Messiah and His early followers59 observed the times and seasons of worship which were set apart from the very beginning of creation,60 while history shows that many of today’s supposedly religious observances have their origins in paganism and demon worship by which Satan has supplanted the Feasts of True Worship established from the beginning by hwhy. Genesis 1:1461 • The Passover: Although perpetuated by the Messiah Himself,62 this Day63 was replaced by Ishtar/Easter/Sun(rise) worship … pagan, bunny-and-egg fertility rites from centuries before the Savior ever walked the earth.
• The Feast of Tabernacles: A week-long time of rejoicing and giving thanks64 which was replaced by “Thanksgiving”—the exalted, worldly, food gorgy which elevates gluttony and, thereby, becomes the antithesis of true thanksgiving.
• Christmas: The Catholic ‘Christ Mass’ which originated in the heathen Saturnalia festival – a pagan rite of Sun worship established centuries before the Savior was born into this world and, thus, in no way connected with His birth in Bethlehem (which likely occurred in the fall of the year).
• Halloween: Outright, in-your-face, demon worship which is still blindly accepted today by many well-meaning, but ignorant Christians. A former, shaman witch doctor from South America visited the United States around Halloween and made a remark about all the masks which he saw in the stores; his words went something like this: “These are all those demons I used to worship when I was under spells and trances!”
• And “New Year’s Day” is not the first day of the year as reckoned by the Most High—Who, alone, has the right to establish times and seasons. The true New Year begins neither in the fall on Yom Ha’kippurim (the Day of Atonement)65 nor does it commence in the dead of winter!66 The New Year begins in the spring when all things are being regenerated and are returning to life with fresh, renewed beauty and vigor. Exodus 12:1,2
• Most every other holiday can also be traced backwards to its pagan and demonicallyinspired origins. 58 Pagan rites are inspired by the demon-driven worship of unclean spirits. 1Corinthians 10:19-21, Revelation 9:20 59 Including engrafted Gentiles! 60 Genesis 1:14, Revelation 14:6 61 The Hebrew for “seasons” is “mo-e-dim” and is the word used for “feasts” in Leviticus 23:2,4,37,44. 62 Luke 22:14-20 (and kept even by the first Gentile converts, 1Corinthians 5:7,8!) 63 (And the week of unleavened bread which it commences). 64 Deuteronomy 16:13-15 65 (as erroneous, Jewish tradition teaches) 66 (as erroneous paganism has established) 13 The apostle Paul warned the Gentile converts of Galatia against returning to their pagan days of worship—worldly heathen practices held before their conversion! Were they to do so, he declared his labor over them would have been in vain, Galatians 4:8- 11.
Returning to such false worship and deeds of the flesh, he warned, would jeopardize their reward/inheritance in the Kingdom of hwhy. Galatians 5:19-21. He would surely say the same today to so many Christians who engage in displeasing, heathen-derived observances which have a show of religion but which are merely “the ways of the nations”67 with no basis in the eternal truths of Scripture. Hence, it is time for all followers of the Messiah to stand forth in the light and obedience of a New Reformation—one which seeks and obeys the truth of Scripture while standing opposed to all religious, man-made, and oftentimes, pagan traditions— traditions which have been implemented by pagan influence in times far anterior to our own. Yet over the centuries, such traditions have become increasingly exalted and are now tenaciously defended as established, inviolable truth despite the fact they are covered with the filth and mire of apostasy. That the Scriptures readily attest to the eternal significance of the Law is immediately discernible if one remains unbiased long enough to put aside the contemporary traditions of man which have been fueled by centuries of ignorance among translators and perpetuated by the now quickly-fading facade of false doctrines which have suppressed the truth of this matter, Romans 1:18.
We stand in absolute and open defiance of Pope John Paul II’s, 1998 declaration regarding the “sanctity” of Sunday:68 No man … at any time … on any continent … has any authority … to nullify any Scripture mandate … much less the Fourth Commandment! Whether apostate traditions are touted by Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity, or even Judaism, if they nullify the Word of יהוה, they should be forever repudiated. Regarding a day of rest and worship, there is no sanctity to Sunday and absolutely no Scripture can be found which indicates the True Sabbath has ever been replaced by a day of false worship which sets forth the pagan rite of Sun worship. It is totally incongruous for the Catholic Church to stand against abortion—a murderous violation of the Sixth Commandment—and yet boast in its annals of having dispensed with the Fourth Commandment concerning Sabbath. One Protestant reformer observed, “Great, say they, is the power of the [Catholic] church since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments.” 67 Jeremiah 10:25,26 68
The Pope’s letter, “Dies Domini”—in which the “sanctity” of Sunday is falsely upheld by tradition and a deeply erroneous interpretation of Scripture—may be seen on the official Vatican Website at: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_05071998_dies-domini_en.html 14
The Roman Catholic Church should either embrace the Fourth Commandment, keep the Sabbath, and renounce the Sun-day, or else it should stop opposing violations of the Sixth Commandment, including abortion. If the Papacy boasts of having forsaken the Fourth Commandment with no sign on the horizon of any semblance of recanting,69 why bother wasting time and energy hypocritically advocating the Sixth Commandment—especially in light of the Roman Church’s past, murderous inquisitions against those Protestants who have dissented in opposition to Popery’s apostate, anti-Messianic (anti-Torah), heathen-based rites?!
We now provide a number of quotations from Catholic Church fathers which are outright admissions on their part (often in arrogance) that there was never any scriptural authority for having changed the Sabbath Day—the Day the Messiah taught and upheld—to the Sun-day:70 James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th edition, pg. 89.
“But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” 71 Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, 3rd edition, pg. 174. “Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept? “Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” John Laux, A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies (1936), Vol. 1, pg. 51.
“Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days.” 69 (much less changing so as to forsake their gross error!) 70 For additional quotes, see the following: http://www.biblesabbath.org/confessions.html 71 Italics mine; used to indicate reference to a book in Scripture. 15 Daniel Ferres, Editor, Manual of Christian Doctrine (1916), pg. 67. “Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days? “Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.” James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in a signed letter. “Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day – Saturday – for Sunday, the first day? I answer yes. Did Christ change the day? I answer no! 72 Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons” The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893.
“The Catholic Church, … by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.” Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, pg. 9, article, “To Tell You the Truth.” “For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is, the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.” Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957), pg. 50. “Question: Which is the Sabbath day? “Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day. “Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? “Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About (1927), pg. 136. “Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday … Now the Church … instituted, by God’s authority, Sunday as the day of worship. This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made. We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday.” 72 Italics mine. 16 Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society (1975), Chicago, Illinois. “Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts: 1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath.
The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man. 2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws. It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible.” T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884. “I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’
The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” Baptist, Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, in a paper read before a New York ministers’ conference, November 13, 1893; reported in the New York Examiner, November 16, 1893. “There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week … Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament, absolutely not. “To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question … never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated. 17 “Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history … But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!”73
Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and Church, Henry John Rose, translator (1843), pg. 186. “The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday.” John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday, pp. 15, 16. “But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel … These churches err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect.” Augsburg Confession of Faith, article 28; written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in, The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Henry Jacobs, editor (1911), pg. 63. “They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, as having been changed into the Lord’s Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!” 74
In closing, does not the last quote indicate something rather telling in light of the prophetic warning through Daniel that the anti-Messiah would “think to change the times and the law?”75 How are we to respond in light of the fact that the apostle Sha’ul referred to the anti-Messiah as “the lawless one?76 … and in light of the teachings of יהושע—our Torah-observant Messiah and Lawgiver77—who said not even “the least” of the Torah commandments would ever be abolished?78 73 We see the Sun-day legacy was not sacred in any way, even as this speaker so clearly inferred. Ezekiel 8:16 74 Italics mine. 75 Daniel 7:25 76 2 Thessalonians 2:8 77 Deuteronomy 33:2,3, Luke 10:39 78 Matthew 5:17-20 18 Regardless of how one may attempt to circumvent the issue, in the spiritual realm, true Law is light and love, while rebellion against that Law is darkness and hatred. Romans 8:7 All those who seek His Law of light and love with a whole heart will be immensely blessed. Ezra 7:9-10, Psalm 119:2, Matthew 6:33, Revelation 22:14
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Recommended Books for Further Study From Sabbath to Sunday, by Dr. Samuele Bacchiocci. The author of this work gives a detailed synopsis of the apostasy which resulted in the change in worship from the Sabbath Day to “the Venerable Day of the Sun.” Daniel 7:25. Ordering information may be obtained at: http://www.biblicalperspectives.com/books/sabbath_to_sunday/
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Is All Meat Meet to Eat? Available for downloading at no cost from the author’s websites: http://www.scribd.com/yhwh26echad13 http://www.yahuyahweh.org/iah This book begins by proving the Law of יהוה was never abolished in regard to clean and unclean animal flesh. The appendices then explain many relevant things about the continuation of the Seventh Day Sabbath and of Torah-based worship. The text even offers proof the Messiah anticipated believers would still be keeping the Sabbath across the many centuries following His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension! The One who declared Himself to be “the Lord/Sovereign of the Sabbath” has never changed. Matthew 12:8, Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6 t s r q u p e o n m l k y j x z w h d g b a