It’s Time For The Truth Part 1

This teaching is for those who truly want truth.

Church History

Over the centuries our faith has changed, the gospel message has changed and even our Scriptures have changed and yet God never changes, He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So why do we think that we must change God or His Word?

You will find most of this documented in our series called, 

“The Sins of Our Forefathers”

https://judeochristianclarion.com/special-teachings/sins-of-our-forefathers-part-1/

We will see exactly how and why the truth was changed. To do that we must look at church history so we can see how we got to this place today.

The truth did not change all at once but over time. This was not evaluation, but mutiny. We see at the end of the First Century that the teachings of the Messiah were being preserved because the Apostles were teaching the people what they had learned from the Messiah. In fact, it was all written down and later put in a book called  “The Didache.” It was what we would call a Catechism book for new believers. But from the start we are warned in the Scriptures about the antichrist and many who had his thinking even back then (1 John 2:18).

 Peter tells us that Paul was being misunderstood. 

2 Peter 3:14-18 tells us this, “Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, (about the end times) be diligent to be found spotless and blameless by Him, at peace,  and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,  as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which there are some things that are hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.  You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unscrupulous people and lose your own firm commitment,  but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Messiah Yeshua. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 

(See our Bible Study on Paul.) https://judeochristianclarion.com/paul-bible-study/paul-bible-study/

Days of Darkness

In part four of our series on the “Sins of our Forefathers,” 

https://judeochristianclarion.com/special-teachings/sins-of-our-forefathers-part-4/

we read this: The early church writers traced all the Gnostic Christians from the 2-4 Centuries back to Simon Magus. These false Christians slipped into the church like a contagious and leperous disease teaching gnosticism in the manner of their forefather Simon Magus. Justin Martyr once said, “Simon Magus established a cult of followers who worshiped him like a god.” Even Peter confronted Simon Magus when he was in Rome.  After the death of James, Peter went back to Jerusalem, but legend has it that Yeshua spoke to Peter in Jerusalem and told him to  immediately leave and go to Rome to fight the enemy, the adversary of the Master and the brethren. https://judeochristianclarion.com/special-teachings/sins-of-our-forefathers-part-5-2/

There were many who came out of Alexandria, Clement for one. Alexandria, Egypt was one of the most important cities of the First Century. It was the center of learning anything Greek, science, literature, mysteries and Christianity. There was a theological school for the instruction of new Christians and this is where we find Clement. Clement was the first member of the Church of Alexandria who was a distinguished teacher. He united Greek Philosophical traditions with Christian doctrine and he valued spiritual mysteries.  Like Justin Martyr he developed a Christian Platonism, which were ideas from Plato and was well versed in pagan literature. We must stop and understand that God’s chosen people were the Jewish people. Yeshua went about preaching and teaching and doing good in Israel. The first recorded counsel was located in Jerusalem, Acts 15. Romans 3:1-2 says this “Then what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First, that they were entrusted with the actual words of God.” 

Romans 9:4b-5 also says this, “Who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and daughters, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Law, the temple service, and the promises;  whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Messiah according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.”

So we see first, we went from the Jewishness of Yeshua and His disciples to Greek philosophers. Let’s continue with Clement. Clement is best known for his famous pupil and successor Origen who was only eighteen when he became head of the school in 203 CE. 

Origen interpreted the Scriptures allegorically and showed himself to be a stoic, a neo-pythagorean and a platonist. He wrote  that the soul passes through successive stages before incarnation as a human and after death, eventually reaching God. He imagined even demons would be reunited with God. Origen taught the allegorical method of interpretation of the Scriptures which denies the literal meaning of God’s Word, as to say, “This is what God meant.” This way you can make it mean whatever you want it to mean. Many of Origen’s students became leading theologians of the early church. Clement also taught that the Jews were guilty of plotting to kill Chrisitans. Origen’s fame and influence was recognized throughout the Roman world, even by the Emperor. The Gentiles wanted to completely separate themselves from the Jews and to do this they had to have their own interpretation of God’s Word. This came with the method of interpreting the Bible allegorically, this was the Greek method of interpretation. The Bible is meant to be interpreted literally , unless it states otherwise, like Paul using Sarah and Hagar as an example, in Galatians 4:24, when Paul says,  “This is speaking allegorically, for these women are two covenants: one coming from Mount Sinai giving birth to children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.” It is important to know the background of the Scriptures to know when something may even be an idiom or a metaphor, or even irony, all of which are figurative language. 

Eusebius was a great admirer of Origen. He wrote the history of the first three centuries of the church and is considered the “Father of Church History.”  He taught that the promises and blessings in the Tanakh were for the Christians and that the curses were for the Jews. He declared the church was the “true Israel of God” that had replaced literal Israel in God’s covenants. It was this teaching that Hitler used to justify the Holocaust.  Eusebius became the bishop of Caesara and he became a very close friend and advisor to the Emperor Constantine. 

It Was Never the Same Again

Constantine I, also known as Constantine the Great, the Emperor of the Roman empire, changed Christianity forever. You can say that he was the biggest factor in the way we worship today.  Constantine became a Christian though he continued worshiping his sun god. His mother Helena was a Christian, and so Constantine declared that the whole Roman Empire would be Christian in the edict of Milan in the year 313. He now ruled over the  empire not only in its politics, but also in its religion, the church and the state together. The state and the church merged as one, as in a marriage and Constantine considered it to be the kingdom of God. It was considered to be the bride of Constantine, the combination of his military and political might and Origen’s allegorical interpretation of Scripture, made the way for Constantine to rule over every area of the church.  Most of the Roman Empire was pagan, and this made the way for paganism to flourish within the church, because these people now had to consider themselves Christians, even though they had no personal relationship with God. Constantine’s goal was to have a one world religion, but it did not turn out that way so Constantine had no choice but to  divide the empire into East and West and to this day we have the Catholic Church in the West and the Greek Orthodox Church in the East. This eventually led the way to the Byzantine Era and western Medieval culture and the Papal States. 

The Papal States also referred to as the Republic of Saint Peter tells us how Constantine had such an influence in church history even more so then the Messiah or even His disciples. When Constantine made the church a state church it was more about power than about Salvation. Beginning in the 8th Century the church went from teaching their doctrine to powerful political leaders. From 756 to 1870 the church was in control of central Italy and even part of France. As early as the 4th Century , the popes had acquired a considerable amount of land around Rome. It was called the Patrimony of St. Peter. In the 5th Century with the separation of the east and west, Pope  Gregory I had even more influence in Central Italy with the Byzantine Empire, and it increased as the people relied on the church for protection against barbarian invaders, like Attila the Hun. Church history is so vast that we cannot discuss all that went on throughout the years, but many popes came and went and many countries got involved and even for a time Rome shared its power with France. There was a period from 1378 to 1417, when there were two  rival popes, each with his own following, his own Sacred College of Cardinals, and his own administrative offices and for a while there were even three popes. I wonder if all three of them were infallible, and took the place of God here on earth? Of course, all of this put an end to Christian persecution by the Romans which was the only good thing to come from Constantine. He was now the Pontifex Maximus, the Great Priest. He was building cathedrals and churches. Many of his decisions were based on superstition, like if he did not do right by Christians that God would punish his empire. He made new teachings and laws which did not pertain to the Scriptures at all. His worship of the sun god influenced artists for centuries with their halos around their heads. But it still, to this day, affects each one of us. Constantine changed the day of worship from the 7th day Sabbath to Sunday, enacting that all courts of justice, and all people of all towns and places of work were all to rest on Sunday as the “Venerable day of the sun.” This goes back to ancient Babylon and their cult worship of the sun and continued all throughout history up to the Roman Empire and to the church today. So we have begun to see the gap grow wider between Yeshua’s teachings which were upheld by His disciples, and those who began bringing in pagan ideas. Like the Bible tells us that the antichrist would change times and dates, Constantine changed Passover to the pagan Eostre, the goddess of fertility.  The former pagans in England called April, or the month marking Jesus’s resurrection, “Ēosturmōnaþ” — Old English for the “Month of Ēostre,” or Easter, this is why we have the Easter bunny and eggs. He also created Christmas, (notice the colors of Christmas are the Roman colors of  green and red) to line up with the birth of the sun god and many other things that we hold dear in the church. From this point on there was one council after another and from these councils the Word of God all changed. Rome was the new headquarters, not Jerusalem. I suggest that you continue in our series, “The Sins of our Forefathers.” Everything is documented. But we must address 

“Sons of Our Forefathers” Part 12 https://judeochristianclarion.com/special-teachings/sins-of-our-forefathers-part-12-2/

All For One and One For All

2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the protestant reformation. But since the council called Vatican II the Catholic Church has been once again uniting all faiths together under the guise of peace. There was a statement of faith which over 1500 people signed who were theologians and college professors and prominent people in the church from all over the globe. In this series we have seen a few statements from the Ecumenical Councils of the past, so here are a few statements of faith from the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. THE REFORMING CATHOLIC CONFESSION WHAT WE, PROTESTANTS OF DIVERSE CHURCHES AND THEOLOGICAL TRADITIONS, SAY TOGETHER

A “Mere Protestant” Statement of Faith to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

“That the world is divided – by race, class, age, gender, nation, politics, and religion – is as obvious as it is tragic. That Protestants are divided is equally obvious and, given our Lord’s prayer for unity (“that they may be one” – John 17:11), even more grievous. While we regret the divisions that have followed in its wake, we acknowledge the need for the sixteenth-century Reformation, even as we recognize the hopeful possibilities of the present twenty-first century moment. Not every denominational or doctrinal difference is a division, certainly not an insurmountable one. We dare hope that the unity to which the Reformers aspired may be increasingly realized as today’s “mere” Protestants, like Richard Baxter’s and C. S. Lewis’s “mere Christians,” joyfully join together to bear united witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to its length, depth, breadth, and width – in a word, its catholicity. We therefore aim to celebrate the catholic impulse that lies at the heart of the earlier Reformation even as we hope and pray for ever greater displays of our substantial unity in years to come.” (You can read it in its entirety at https://reformingcatholicconfession.com/) This series is too long to put all of it in this special teaching but we do highly recommend that you take the time to read it all. But we will end with this from part thirteen. As we saw in part 12 at the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, that 1500+ people had signed an agreement with the Pope, which started back at  the Ecumenical Council in 1962 that the Lutheran Church, for the sake of unity, would now recognize the Pope’s purpose as it was given to the Apostle Peter to keep the Church united. But let us look at other things that have been going on to unite believers under one universal church. According to Wikipedia, The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, also known as the Abu Dhabi Declaration or Abu Dhabi agreement, is a joint statement signed by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on 4 February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. According to Vatican News, An Appeal for Peace was signed in Rome by Pope Francis and by leaders of world religions gathered at the International Prayer Meeting for Peace, “No one is saved alone – Peace and Fraternity.” According to CNA,  in October 2020 Pope Francis was joined by representatives of the world’s major religions in his appeal for peace in the Campidoglio Square, designed by Michelangelo. The Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, and Buddhist representatives each gave speeches, lit a candle in a candelabrum, and signed a scroll containing an “Appeal for Peace.” Candles were lit in the basilica as the Christians prayed together for peace in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and the Holy Land.”  

On the surface you may say,  “I see nothing wrong with any of this.” But that is what it is supposed to look like, but that is not the goal.  

Jeremiah 6:14 tells us, when they say “Peace peace but there is no peace.”  

 Also in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8, “Now as to the periods and times, brothers and sisters, you have no need of anything to be written to you.  For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord is coming just like a thief in the night.  While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” Then sudden destruction will come upon them like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, so that the day would overtake you like a thief;  for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;  so then, let’s not sleep as others do, but let’s be alert and sober.  For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk, get drunk at night.  But since we are of the day, let’s be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.”

Today we see that churches are not growing. People are just going from church to church trying to be fed but to no avail. Churches are more interested in what they call seeker friendly because so many pastors do not believe in what they are preaching. To find young people in our churches today is a scarcity. But there is a reason for all of this. Let’s take a closer look. After Yeshua’s victory on the cross, these last 2,000 years, we have seen an attempt by Satan to push forward his agenda, that goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Satan’s only goal is to have his own kingdom, and have people bow down to him and call him a god. The Book of Revelation speaks about two beasts who will come, one will be a world religious system. One will be a global government. God separated man at the Tower of Babel and what God had separated let no man reunite.  

Revelation 13 speaks about two beasts, the antichrist and the one who will lead the way.  Constantine wanted a one world religion and so did Adolph Hilter and so does the Catholic Church “Sins of Our Forefathers” Part 9

https://judeochristianclarion.com/podcast-teachings/the-sins-of-our-forefathers/the-sins-of-our-forefathers-part-9/

In our brochure, The History of Mystery Babylon we read about the beginnings of Humanism which go as far back as the Garden of Eden and as far forward as today. In our Bible study “In the Beginning,” Lesson 10, https://judeochristianclarion.com/bible-studies/in-the-beginning-bible-study/in-the-beginning-lesson-10/

We say this,  Today in the 21st century we now have a global Secular Humanist movement. Social media and the digital age has caused the Humanist movement to explode. Its creation resembles a semi-constitution, which enables those who participate to actively engage within the community. The understanding is that this religion (Secular Humanism) has been a powerful force in the world because it gives people a sense of contributing to something larger than themselves. However, the difference here is the shift from supporting a deity to supporting ourselves, based on our own common humanity. The model is as follows:

  1. God does not exist: human beings do.
  2. If we contribute to what actually exists, all of us will benefit.
  3. Helping others will allow others to help each other.
  4. Humanism is a self-preservation system as well as a system that moves us forward.

Today all restraints are off, and the Humanist feels empowered and free. Yes, we call it by many names, Wokeness, Marxistism, Racism and any other “ism.” But it all is the same Humanism. The global effort has begun to control governments and laws and even has affected modern day religious thought. The years of pushing their ideas in the world of academia and the media with Hollywood at its side, about this new age of “the Human Right” and “Social Justice” and basically this: “All for one and one for all.” Socialism and even Communism that they have been pushing for decades has begun to pay off.  Even if we realize it or not, Secular Humanism, or should I say the religion of Babylon, has played a part throughout history. We have seen the breakdown of every area of our lives. History has been repeating itself over and over again, but with greater influence as the population has exploded over the centuries. 

We see Paul’s words to Timothy (2 Timothy 3:1-4) about how the people will be in the end times is totally correct. Our walk with God has become cold.

 We see, in Revelation 2-3, Yeshua telling the 7 churches that they need to come back to their first love and do the things they did at first. He tells them they are holding on to the teachings of Baal and the Nicolatians (Humanism) and committing acts of immorality. They were tolerating the false prophetess Jezebel (Humanist teachings) who was leading them astray to commit immorality. Yeshua calls it Satanic teaching. He tells them that they are soiling their garments. They thought they were alive, but actually they were dead. Yeshua calls it all a lie. He tells them that they are lukewarm and that He will spit them out. They think that they are rich, but they are poor, miserable, and naked. He tells them that they need to repent. This was for the church then, and this is for the church now. So let us say, this is not something that we can take lightly.  The devil has deceived man and what better way to deceive man but through his beliefs.  As we hope that you have seen from this teaching that all throughout history the Christian faith has been changed. It no longer is the faith of Yeshua and His disciples. It no longer is the faith of our forefathers. It no longer is the faith of even Martin Luther, and the Reformation, and tomorrow it will not even look like it does today.  Today all religions are being brought together under the guise of peace, and everyone, once again has changed their doctrine, no matter if you are Baptist or Lutheran or even Catholic, no matter if you are Hindu or Buddhist, or Morman.  We have seen over the centuries religion and politics mixing as if Yeshua was an activist who got  involved in the Roman government in His day.  All these religions that signed a peace agreement do not preach the blood of Yeshua, nor do they even believe in Yeshua.  

God told His people this in Exodus 23:31-33, “I will set your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates River; for I will hand over the inhabitants of the land to you, and you will drive them out from you.  You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods.  They shall not live in your land, otherwise they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it is certain to be a snare to you.”

And yet we make peace agreements with them and we all begin to revise our beliefs again. There is always a new version of the Bible. Luther said, “The Scriptures Only!”  There are over 3,000 versions today.  I say, which version?  Here  is one example how they changed the Scriptures, and there are many examples.

We hope that you will continue reading on in part 2

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