Month 10:20, Week 3:5 (Revee/Shavu'ot), Year:Day 5939:287 AM|
2Exodus 2/40, 4th Sh'mittah - Year 49/50
Global Judgment - Day #T-12
Gregorian Calendar Thursday 31 December 2015
New Year's Fate
Swept Along for Another Year?
A Day of Fate
New Year's Day, which in the Roman Gregorian calendar begins tomorrow, is a day of optimism for most of the world. People stay up to midnight, party, make New Year resolutions which they almost never keep, and trust in fate for a better year ahead. A great many people trust in fate without ever really thinking what it is they are trusting in. In their hearts, fate is resignation to destiny which no man can alter. Fatalism, which takes many forms, is the misguided belief that there's absolutely nothing we can do to change anything or anyone. We just have to let ourselves be swept up by events and hope for the best.
Unable to Change Circumstances
We may indeed be unable to change our circumstances at certain levels - we may not like the government, for instance, and unless you are willing to take the risk of fomenting and carrying through a revolution, things at the top of the pyramid of power are unlikely to change much...unless Yahweh intervenes. Understandably people get depressed when they see wickedness multiplying and the wicked getting away with their evil deeds. Yet the witness of the Bible is that there are seasons of reackoning and there are seasons of judgment. We are entering one such season now in which bastions of evil power, seemingly unassailable, will be seen visibly, by everyone, to topple. What they are replaced by will be determined by the spiritual state of the people themselves for either they can continue to allow wickedness in or they can make a stand, repent, say 'no more', and fight for righteousness in the land.
Consequences for Honouring Pagan Gods
Yahweh most certainly uses man-made seasons and festivities in order to pronounce and execute judgment. He did it during the Ten Plagues by 'honouring' ten of the Egyptian 'gods' embraced by the people with a divine response - see Gods of the Ten Plagues. At Christmas six days ago Yahweh pronounced judgment on the 'god' Saturn (Satan) and all those who embrace his high festival called Brumalia, Saturnalia, The Day of Jupiter Puer, Jul, Yule, Christmas, etc.. This judgment on those who honour the devil falls on atheists and believers alike at a time of judgment. This judgment also falls on the Saturday-worshippers, those who honour Saturn on his day (Saturn-day or Satyrday), not to mention those who honour Sol Invictus - the Unconquerable Sun - on Sundays. Please understand that there are always consquences for honouring the pagan gods, for everyone, and more so those who know what they are doing.
When Yahweh Judged a Liberal Interpretation of Worship
Please do not deceive yourselves. You may think observing these days in the name of the Biblical Elohim (God) is acceptable and innocent but Christians especially forget that Yahweh once harshly judged such an attitude back in the days of Moses when Aaron, in a moment of weakness under much pressure from a carnal, unbelieving nation, decided it would be alright to honour Yahweh by worshipping a symbol of Him, a golden Egyptian Apis bull (see Exodus 32). Now you all know what happened. Did Yahweh view this matter lightly? Was He as liberal as today's liberals (who yet claim to be conservatives) when they honour pagan deities' birthdays and ascribe them to Yah'shua (Jesus)?
A Right Royal Pain
People think I am a right royal pain in the backside for constantly saying these things. However, I have a prophetic calling on me and I would be foolish to resist it to appease some annoyed people. I had one charismatic friend the other day beg me to stop doing this as it was spoiling the season. But really, all I am saying, is that there are consequences for every choice we make, and major consequences for choices that blaspheme the Most High even when apparently nothing seems to happen for many years. Actually, things do happen, but believers refuse to connect the dots to their own sinning and pass the buck to other sinners, principally unbelievers who on their truly bring much wrath on themselves for their outright rebellion. However, they cannot take all the blame and judgment always starts at homes. Rebellious Christians need to be the first to start repenting.
Reaping and Sowing
There are numerous scriptures on reaping and sowing. What you send out comes back to you in some modified though related form. Even the pagans recognise this and call it karma:
"Those who sow trouble reap it" (Job 4:8, NIV).
"They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind" (Hos.8:7, NIV).
What we do does matter and we have such promises as these:
Seasons of Reaping
"Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing ahavah (love), and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek Yahweh, until He comes and showers righteousness on you" (Hos.10:12, NIV).
Some of our reaping is not until the next life, some is far down the road and is based on prophetic cycles, and some of it is immediate in the changes that take place in our mind, heart and health, but there is a definite relationship between actions and consequences.
Collective Sowing and Reaping
There is also collective sowing and reaping which are sometimes even harder to understand, especially when it comes to the harvesting of souls for the King and the Kingdom:
Universal Impacting of Our Choices
"Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal chayim (life), so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labour" (John 4:36-38, NIV).
No man is an island and what we do impacts everyone in some small way, near and far. The relatedness of people and living things is complex indeed. Again, the New Agers are right up to a point when it comes to interconnectedness - their sin is in worshipping the interconnecedness of people and living things as far and wide as the universe instead of the Creator of all these things.
Julius Caesar's 1 January
New Year's Day was created by Julius Caesar and honours the Roman god Janus, the two-faced deity who mythologically connects the past with the future. When we celebrate 1 January we are acknowledging Satan's rôle as controller of our destiny and the destiny of others, and he is more than happy to receive this honour and 'reward' his deceived followers with things they would rather not have.
Consequences of Sinning
We do not always see the compexity of the equation of sinning but every Bible-believing Christian and Messianic must at least acknowledge that everything we do has consequences because Yahweh says so. Now there may not be a 'god' called Janus (in charge of New Year) or Saturn (in charge of Christmas and the Saturday Sabbath) or Astatre (in charge of Easter) but you would be very naïve and foolish to conclude that honouring these non-existent deities was without consequence, because whenever we honour anyone other than Yahweh (save those He has commanded us to honour within a specific context, like honouring our parents), includuing ourselves (as Nebuchadnezzar and Herod did themselves) we are in reality honouring Satan and giving him worship. True, in ignorance, Yahweh is merciful but there are still consequences in the world. David sinned against Yahweh in violating Uriah's wife Bathsheba, and he wept many tears of bitterness; and though he was forgiven there were still consequences for his family, for his nation of Israel, and arguablty for the whole world.
The Idolatry of Fatalism and the Three Fates
Fatalism - apathetic resignation to some unknown complex of forces, named or unnamed - is still idolatry and it should come as no surprise to lear, therefore, that fatalism figures highly in contemporary pagan religions like Islam and Hunduism. The ancient Greeks worshipped the Three Fates who were credited with the supernatural ability to weave the fabric of men's lives over which men had no control and whose decisions could not be contradicted or changed. When Christians launch into the Roman New Year on 1 January they are throwing themselves, albeit unconsciously more often than not, into the hands of these Three Fates, a false all-female trinity if ever there was one.
The Built-In Torah
We are not allowed to do this and at the same time claim to be faithful Bible-believers. We are given the ability to make moral choices for which we are entirely responsible, no matter what our external circumstances might me, good or evil. It is these moral choices by which we are measured and rewarded or punished by a cosmic Torah (Law) set into the fabric of the universe by the Creator Himself. We can choose obedience to this Torah or rebellion, repeating good or evil in our lives. That is not to say that we are not also impacted by the good and bad choices of others as well because we are, nor is it to deny that part of the calling of a talmid (disciple) is to suffer for the Saviour. The picture just happens to be a little more involved and bigger than that painted by the fatalists of karma.
Not only are there immediate or delayed consequences for our actions but we are held accountable to a Higher Power - Yahweh - at all times. One day we will all have to appear before a Heavenly Court to determine our eternal status based on emunah (faith, trusting) and receive our assigned rewards for obedience. This links to the annual festival of Yom haKippurim, given to remind us that we dare not forget that we cannot get away with sin indefinitely and to persuade us to do something about that while there is still time to make teshuvah (repent) because contrary to the teachings of the pantheists and adherants of other pagan systems there is no reincarnation in which to have another go. When this life is over, the chance to do right and make right is over. Naturally, reincarnation is more appealing to the carnal and lazy but it isn't reality. Its belief is a death-sentence:
and he who clings onto that wickedness at death, not having received salvation and a remission of sins in Messiah, will inherit more trouble than he can dream of.
"He who sows wickedness reaps trouble" (Prov.22:8, NIV)
The Lazy Man's Gospel
Fatalism is a form of the lazy man's 'gospel', the man who wants something for nothing without any kind of personal responsibility or accountability. If things go wrong, he can blame 'fate' or (if he is a Muslim), Allah. I had a Muslim student in Oxford who parked his car on a double yellow line one day because he couldn't be bothered to search further afield. When I told him he would get a parking ticket if he did not move his car, his reply was, 'If Allah wills it, I will get a parking ticket' and left his car there. He got a parking ticket but was unphased. He saw it as kismet or fate over which he had no control.
Yahweh does not bless such a careless and indifferent attitude. Where an action is demanded by Heaven, mere talk receives no divine approbation:
Destiny of Enemies of the Cross
"Hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty" (Prov.14:23, NIV).
Such 'destiny' as exists is either that which we create by our doings or is in the larger sense the overall end of the present system of things and what happens inbetween in judgments brought about by failure to honour the Sh'mittah (Sabbatical Year) and especially the Yovel (Jubillee). Thus the final state or desitiny of enemies of the cross is "destruction" (Phil.3:18-19). Indeed Scripture lists "the fate (destiny, end) of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings" (Ps.49:13, NIV). The adulterer has embarked on a path of self-destruction (Prov.6:32) and adultery is more than violating someone's marriage covenant - it's getting into the metaphorical bed of the devil.
We Choose Our Own Fate
Yahweh is sovereign and in control, yes, but we have our free agency and choose our 'fate' by the choices we make in our mind, which we plant in our hearts and which we translate into deeds. There are no grounds for blaming Yahweh or some predetermined 'fate' (Jas.1:13-14) for the consequences of sinning for a "man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against Yahweh" (Prov.19:3, NIV).
The Plan of Salvation
Yahweh has an individualised plan for every life on earth and it is up to us to choose or reject it in whole or in part. This plan is also embedded in a spiritual matrix of universal emet (truth) and Torah (law), a plan of salvation for everyone, but if we refuse to avail ourselves of it, and we go off the spiritual rails, it is not because any 'Fates' have predestined our lives to go that way but because we have ourselves rebelled and made bad choices.
The Day of Janus vs. Aviv 1
This year 1 January 2016 is an ordinary day of the week, the 6th day of the 3rd week of the 10th month. As far as Yahweh is concerned, it represents nothing whatsoever and has nothing to do with the times and season which He has established and expects us to follow in His calendar. The world parties, consciously and mostly unconsciously, in honour of the two-faced god Janus who in reality is the two-faced fallen malak (angel) Satan, and in so doing sow seeds of further rebellion that will bounce back onto them to their cost in the form of spiritual penalties.
Abandon this last of the winter gods, do something Yahweh-honouring and have no part of the pagan partying. Rather, look forward to the true New Year that comes in the spring at Aviv 1 which this coming year will be on 7 April 2016 because that is going to be of huge importance to everyone. May Yahweh bless you for your faithfulness. Amen.
Comments from Readers
 "Many preachers, teachers, pastors don't know this truth ... [I/We] have to reach and correct them, so they will not be misled. Nicely done, thanks. yeshua HaMessiah bless you!" (DI, India, 4 January 2016)