Two weeks ago was New Year’s Day. The day before New Year’s Day is a day spent in celebration of the end of the old year and the beginning, or birth, of the new. But for how long has this been the situation? Has it been in existence for over 6000 years that New Year’s Day is on January 1st.
When I was in the eighth grade, I remember it very well; we were assigned to do a written report and in addition to our written report we had to also give a speech in front of our class about a certain topic. My topic had to do with the a few of the different calendars that were in existence in the world. I learned then, that this was a difficult subject for me to understand.
However, the teacher liked my report and had me give it at a special meeting of teachers; but it was just an elementary level report, but I had never thought about it before. I knew then that it was a lot more complicated than I could understand. And it still is.
Later, I learned, thanks to Christian Identity, that biblical ancient Israel had a very different calendar than we have now. Their new year had been, for over 3500 years, in the springtime. This explained some previously difficult scriptures that had to do with different calendars. For example, the day began in the Bible at the setting of the sun and not at one second after Midnight. This cleared up several scriptures right away.
Here is a scripture which tells us that Israel was to celebrate each new year in the spring:
Continuing on in the study of Deuteronomy ... Moses was giving the Israelites their history over the last 40 or so years. They had just completed the victory over Sihon, king of the Amorites, and destroyed him and his people. He then tells of the battle with king Og. He tells of seven things that happened:
The LORD God delivered king Og into the hands of Israel with all his people. God was the one who gave Israel their victory; it was not Israel on their own who defeated king Og. All people of the earth were not equal in the eyes of God. His covenant people were His elect. Other races were fit for destruction.
Israel smote Og until there was none remaining. Israel, under their God’s orders, committed genocide.
Israel took all his cities, being 60 walled cities, many villages, and unwalled towns.
Israel destroyed all of the individuals in Og’s kingdom—men, women, and children as Israel did the Amorites under king Sihon.
Israel took all the cattle, and the spoil of all the cities and villages as a spoil to themselves.
Israel took from these two kings (Sihon and Og) all the land along the river Jordan from the Arnon River on the south to mount Hermon on the north, which was beyond the Sea of Galilee.
Israel took all the cities of the plains, all of Gilead, and all of Bashan.
Israel gave all this land to half the tribe of Manasseh, all the tribe of Gad and all the tribe of Reuben.
We start off today’s sermon with Moses relating that the old generation would not go into the Promised Land. Everyone older than 20 years old was the old generation. Twenty years old is the age when a child becomes an adult, not at 18 years old. Our nation has fixed the age of adulthood at 18. They have the children leaving the home in which their parents are guardians and taking charge of their own lives, when they are still a teenager. Children, especially girls, leave their protective homes and are vulnerable to the dating game when they are living in dorms away from home. They are even in trouble when they are home because dating is not the Biblical way—courtship is. But that is another sermon.
Last Sunday we studied the introduction to the whole book of Deuteronomy, the first five verses. These five verses previewed the words that Moses spoke and wrote to all Israel just before his death and their entrance into the territory west of the Jordan River where the other Canaanite nations lived. This entire book was spoken by Moses 40 years and ten and one-half months after the Exodus of Israel from Egypt. And Moses was forty-five years older than I am right now—he was 120 years old! It was his birthday. And when he finished his speech (ended the book), he died.
The book of Deuteronomy is Moses’ farewell address to his people. What do you think he told the Israel people before he died? Moses had led the people into two mighty successful campaigns against Sihon and Og. They had annihilated all the strangers who lived on the eastern part of the Jordan River. This territory was given to 2½ tribes. The remaining 9½ tribes were to be given land not yet conquered. The land was on the other side of the river. Moses was to die that day, so he would have to tell them who their leader would be that they should follow after he was gone.
The book was written and spoken about 1645 B.C., in the plains of Moab by the Jordan River near Jericho, just before their miraculous entrance into Canaan. The name of the book, Deuteronomy, means Second Law, because it records the repetition of the 10 commandments. It contains the parting counsels of Moses to Israel in view of:
First, this week has seen over ¼ of a million-people evacuated from their homes in the western part of America. Where and why? It is in southern California near Los Angeles that wild fires, spread by high winds, up to 70 mph, are devastating neighborhoods, practically without any warning. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, with the threat of many more. A quote from a resident: “I have lived in this area for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this.” Guess what city Meghan Markle was reared in. We have raised the ire of our LORD God.
Second, President Trump agreed with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel that the United States will recognize Jerusalem, the main city of the three major religions, as the capital of Israel. Mr. Trump, officials said, would make clear that the United States is not taking a position on whether, or how, Jerusalem is divided between Israel and the Palestinians. He will also not take a position on who will control a disputed area of the Old City, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Haram al-Sharif to Muslims, which has been a flash point for tensions.
President Trump plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there, upending nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and potentially destroying his efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The very pro-Jewishness of our government should be very evident. They put fake-Israel first. Palestinians as well as many of our allies decry this position. We have raised the ire of our LORD God.
The last week of November saw Prince Harry of England announce his engagement to the biracial American actress, Meghan Markle. The 35-year-old actress has a white father and a black mother who were divorced when she was just 6-years-old. That would make Meghan a mongrel, but as the world says, she is biracial. Meghan herself is once divorced. Does anyone feel like they would like to tear their clothes and pull the hair off their head and beard?
But Meghan’s background is more than a white/black mixture. Her ancestry is an unusual combination of a Black/White/Protestant/Roman Catholic/Jewish blend with ancient beliefs of the Edomite/Samaritan religious systems. She was married to Jewish producer Trevor Engleson from 2011 to 2013. The pair had a Jewish wedding in Jamaica, complete with a “Jewish chair dance.”
Galilee to the North, Judah on the South and in the middle, was Samaria; three different areas of the former kingdom of Israel. And they were populated by very different individuals after Israel was deported because they broke God’s laws. The punishment, which they must have forgotten, was captivity by a foreign power; as the six tribes on Mt. Ebal read exactly what would happen to the Israel people if they disobeyed their God. The six tribes who read the curses consisted of the oldest and youngest sons of Leah: Reuben and Zebulon, and the two sons of Rachel’s handmaid and the two sons of the Leah’s handmaid. All the children of Rachel and four of the sons of Leah were assigned to read the blessings on Mt. Gerizim.
What a day that must have been. The Israelites were instructed to gather stones and put plaster over them. The Israelites were to write the laws of God on these stones that were located on either Mt. Gerizim or Mt. Ebal (there is confusion on which mountain, depending on what source you read). In addition, they were to build an altar unto the LORD their God, on which they were to offer burnt and peace offerings.
10)“And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel.
11) Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do His pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.”
Have you ever seen children of a mixed-race couple? Which race do they look like? The majority look like they are a blend of both races; they are what the Bible calls them: a “confusion of faces.” They have genes from both races, and they can usually be very confused as to what race they come from. The children are certainly not born in the image of either parent.
The Israelites had committed two main sins:
They hadn’t separated themselves from the people of the land, and
They hadn’t separated themselves from their strange wives.
Let’s go back into Chapter 9 and see if we can find what led up to the controversy in Chapter 10. Let us read verses 1-4:
This verse tells us of the objection of Cain to the LORD God of his punishment after he committed the murder of his brother Abel. The descendants of Cain were to be fugitives and vagabonds in the earth. Are they still that way? Are they still wandering all over the earth?
And what group of people would ever be described by the name of “Christ-killers”? Who would be charged with the guilt of plotting, instigating, and executing the murder of someone who they felt was an enemy; a person who was so dangerous to them that He had to be eliminated. What group of people are described in the Holy Scriptures as the ones making the following accusations against Jesus the Christ?
Compiled from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore
October 8, 2017
Scripture Reading: Genesis 25:34
What happened at this meal between the two men who were twins: Jacob and Esau? What did Esau do to despise his birthright? Did all that he accomplished that day was to eat some bread and drink some lentil soup that was prepared by his brother? How many individuals have done this in 6000 years? Who are the descendants of Jacob and Esau?
Was that all that Esau did? There must have been something else. But what difference does it make to today’s average Christian regarding what Esau did at that time?
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 4:40: “Thou shalt keep therefore His statutes, and His commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.”
This verse in Deuteronomy is at the heart of all the events that are happening in the lands of the Israel people today. God is judging His people. There are huge fires in California, Oregon and Washington; and there was a once in every five-hundred-years hurricane in Texas; and a massive monster hurricane in Florida that spread to Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky—and this was just in the last month. And there is another hurricane off the American coast swirling around in the Atlantic threatening the northeastern coast. When will His people repent?
The situation depicted in these few scriptures was when the chosen people of God, the people of His covenant, were in bondage to the Egyptians. Their numbers had increased by so much that the new Pharaoh feared the Israelites. But Israel, at this time, was in apostasy and rebellion and few even knew who the true God was.
Heard the groanings of His covenant people
Remembered His covenants (That was the part that was missing in the above verse: “… God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” )
Looked upon their sufferings
Had respect unto them
It was the covenant that He had made with Abraham and passed it along to Isaac and then to Jacob and his seed. That was the thing that He remembered. That was the difference between the Israelites and the Egyptians. The Israelites were God’s people and the other races were not the people of God. That is the reason that Israel was superior to the Egyptians—they were God’s people and the Egyptians were not. Israel was God’s covenant people and the Egyptians were not. All the other races worshipped other gods, only Israel worshipped the true God, i.e. the God of the Bible.
I can relate to the life of Ernst Zundel. Ernst tells his followers that he was a believer in many of the Jewish lies for most of his youth; me too. Then something happened that made him study one of the major incidents and he found that he was told a big, big lie. And after he testified that he didn’t believe that particular lie, he was persecuted.
Ernst Zundel died almost two weeks ago. Who was Ernst Zundel? He was a man who spent 7 years in jail for believing something that the Jews said was true. He didn’t run into a group of Jews in a rental automobile; He didn’t knock over any tombstones in a Jewish cemetery; He didn’t paint a swastika on a Jewish synagogue; He didn’t even punch a Jew in the nose. He just believed what they said was so outlandish that He refused to believe it. And He taught that it was wrong and showed the proof of his statements. He went to jail because He believed the truth and not a lie.
“Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and because they [Israelites] did this evil the Lord gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel.”
Israel, was now in its history, a theocracy. God was their King. The Israelites did not have a Congress and there was no one else in their Executive branch. All they had in their government, besides their king, was the Judicial branch. So, why would Israel ever be under the control of another people—a foreign people?
Now this verse tells us what was the reason that the Israelites fell under the authority of the king of Moab. It was because “the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD”, their King. And because the Israelites had done this evil, the LORD gave the “king of Moab power over Israel.”
This pattern repeated itself over and over in the history of the Bible.
Compiled from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore
June 25, 2017
Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 8:13-18
Ezekiel was shown some terrible religious abominations that the people of the Kingdom of Judah were committing against their God. The women were “weeping for Tammuz” and 25 men were having a sun rise service in the inner court of the temple. Then Ezekiel is asked a question: “Is it a light thing”? God then tells Ezekiel that He would deal in fury: “though they cry to Mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.”
What a judgment. The God of Judah was surely provoked greatly. He would not hear their cries that they made with their loud voices; He would not hear them.
Is this like what has happened in recent times to the descendants of the ancient Israelites? What about the United States right before the War Between the States? Had this happen once again? I believe that it had, and the judgment was what God said it would be. And it has increased more and more over the years.