The Mark of the Beast? On ME? NOW?
by Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
Note: In obedience to His commandments, we use the Creator’s original Self-given Hebrew name, YHVH (pronounced Ye-hu’-ah) instead of “the LORD”, and the original Hebrew name given by YHVH (Matthew 1:21) to the angel Gabriel, to be the name of our Lord, Yeshua, instead of “Jesus Christ”, which is merely the modern English version of the Latin alias assigned to him by his murderers. Details on request.
Scripture clearly establishes that there are two distinctly different senses, or meanings, of the phrase,“the mark of the Beast”. The first sense is the one most commonly used, that of a physical sign or mark that is to be placed on a person in some manner during the coming reign of the AntiChrist. But the second sense is far less discussed, and is surely even more important than the first. “The mark of the Beast” is also a spiritual mark that one has been disobedient to the Torah/Commandments of YHVH and of His Son, the Lord Yeshua. Their DISobedience to the commandments of God as written in the Scriptures is the distinguishing characteristic of followers of the Beast, by which he/it and his followers may be identified! It is what absolutely sets them apart from Torah-obedient disciples of our Lord Yeshua.
The First Warning . . .
The Apostle Yochanan/“John” tells us that the spirit of anti-Christ was already manifesting in the world in his own day, over 2,000 years ago:
1Jn 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
1Jn 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
This warning from John to the Church was aimed at exposing and opposing the teaching of some Gnostic converts to “the original faith which was once given to the saints” (Jude 3). The Gnostics were a school of Greek philosophy which held that the material world itself was irredeemably evil, and that only the spiritual world could be purely good. This led them to conclude that Yeshua of Nazareth (“Jesus Christ”) could not have existed in a real physical body and still been the Promised One of the Hebrew Scriptures. This in turn led them to teach that he manifested in the world as a man, but that what appeared to be his body was only that: just the appearance of a body.
John knew that this teaching was false, and that anyone who accepted this fake Yeshua, would be believing in a Savior who did not exist, an “instead of” (Greek “anti”) Christ/Messiah. And “instead of” or “in place of” is the actual meaning of the word “anti” in Greek, in addition to the meaning usually given it in English, “opposed to” or “against”. The equivalent word in Latin is “vicarius”, from which we get the English word “vicar”, one who supposedly rules the Body of Christ “in place of Jesus Christ”. In fact, NO ONE rules the Body of Christ in his exalted place, since he himself tells us that only he “is the vine and we are the branches” (John 15:5). This admits of no such substitution of authority, and all such claims should be recognized for what they are, attempts at usurpation of the unique authority of Messiah Yeshua.
So from this, we conclude that to the apostle John, “the spirit” of antiChrist is any teaching that seeks to get us to accept a false Messiah, and in so mistakenly believing, to be damned. If this were not the outcome, why would Satan go to such lengths to establish them? And there are indeed many “antiChrists” in the world today, as we will see.
And this is a fulfillment of the very first prophecy in the Bible (Genesis 3:15), that Satan would “wound the heel” of the Messiah, but that Messiah would “crush his head”. Satan is described symbolically as a snake throughout Scripture, but not necessarily because he had the physical appearance of one. Consider that, just as a poisonous snake kills its prey by injecting them with its poison, Satan and his evil spirits seek to inject Satan’s “poison”, the lie, into “the Body of Christ”, exactly as has happened. To whatever extent these lies are accepted as truths in the life of the believer, they will inevitably result in the individual’s obedience to them, and inevitably to his or her DISobedience to the corresponding commandments of YHVH Elohim and the Lord Yeshua. And Yeshua tells us explicitly that no one can serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24; Luke 6:13) Sooner or later all of us must “choose this day whom you will serve”, whether YHVH Elohim, or “other gods”. (Joshua 24:15)
How to Identify “Beast” Teachings?
As usual, our Father has not left us defenseless amid all of Satan’s DISinformation. We have the examples of prior anti-Christs in the Tanakh (“Old Testament”), exactly as predicted by the prophets Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, etc.
As long as “Christians” are only looking for a physical “Mark of the Beast” which is to come, they have no reason to consider whether they may already have it. If they did admit this possibility, they would then have to examine their own beliefs, and abandon any which were not in accord with the commandments of God (YHVH Elohim) and of our Lord Yeshua (pagan alias – “Jesus Christ”). But according to plain Scripture, the great majority of those who call themselves “Christians” already have the spiritual Mark of the Beast in fact.
The “Mark of the Beast” is primarily a spiritual “mark”, visible to the angels of YHVH, and is an unmistakable sign of the bearer’s rebelliousness against the commandments of YHVH. It perfectly parallels “the Mark of YHVH” which is a sign of the bearer’s obedience to those same commandments. “The Mark of the Beast” is only secondarily a future physical mark of some kind, by which individuals may be instantly identified by the the forces of the AntiChrist for purposes of commerce, etc.: barcodes, embedded RFID microchips, etc.
You say you’ve never heard about any “Mark of God/YHVH” in your church? Well, since the teachings of most so-called “Christian” denominations include required beliefs and actions which constitute acceptance of the Mark of the Beast, is it any wonder that it isn’t preached there?
According to Scripture, the Mark of YHVH (“the LORD” to “Christians”), is any of several “eternal signs (or marks) of the Covenant” between YHVH Elohim and the children of Israel! First of all is <Surprise, Surprise!> faithfully keeping the Commandments of YHVH, especially including the commanded Feasts and the seventh-day Sabbath!
Referring to the Commandments, YHVH says, “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” (Deuteronomy 6:8, but see entirety of Chapter 6) That is, we should continually remind ourselves to keep the commandments, not that we should follow the rabbinic Jewish practices of actually strapping things on our hands and between our eyes! Such practices give the appearance of piety (Colossians 2:23), but do nothing to change one’s heart (Acts 7:51). Yeshua called the Pharisees “Hypocrites!” for such practices.
Referring to the Feast of Unleavened Bread in Exodus 13:9, YHVH also says, “And it shall be to you AS a sign on your hand and AS a memorial between your eyes”, exactly as its counterfeit, the Mark of the Beast, is described in Revelation 13:16.
Exo 13:6 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to YHVH.
Exo 13:7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory.
Exo 13:8 You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what YHVH did for me when I came out of Egypt.’
Exo 13:9 And it shall be to you AS a sign on your hand and AS a memorial between your eyes, that the law Torah of YHVH may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand YHVH has brought you out of Egypt.
Exo 13:10 You shall therefore keep this statute at its appointed time from year to year.”
And the seventh-day Sabbath is another Mark of YHVH, that is, a sign of those who are obedient to all of His commandments:
Exo 31:13 “You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all (!) you shall keep My Sabbaths, for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, YHVH, sanctify you.”
Exo 31:14 You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you. Everyone who profanes it shall be put to death. Whoever does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Exo 31:15 Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to YHVH. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death.
Exo 31:16 Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever.
Exo 31:17 It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days YHVH made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’”
Exo 31:18 And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of Elohim.
And we should know by now that, in that renewed covenant in Yeshua’s blood, into which all commandment-keeping talmidim/disciples of the Lord Yeshua are surely grafted, we are “Abraham’s offspring and heirs according to the promise”:
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
But here is Satan’s Mark, also given on the right hand or on the forehead. Coincidence? Hardly.
Rev 13:11 Then I saw another (second) beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon (this is the Anti-Christ).
Rev 13:12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast (the revived Holy Roman Empire), whose mortal wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 It (the second beast, Anti-Christ) performs great signs (by the power of Satan, “the god of this world”- 2 Corinthians 4:4), even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,
Rev 13:14 and by the signs that he is allowed to work (by YHVH Elohim) in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on the earth (the lost, all unbelieving mankind), telling them to make (create) an image (a copy of) of the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived (the “Holy” Roman empire – this will be the New World Order’s universal religion, Roman Catholicism rebranded).
Rev 13:15 And he was allowed to give breath (life or power) to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak (issue commands) and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain (have the life-and-death authority to enforce its commands).
Rev 13:16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
Rev 13:17 so that no one should be able to buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Rev 13:18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
Another commanded Mark of YHVH is the wearing of tassels (Hebrew: tzitzit – Strong’s H6734) with a techelet/cerulean-blue thread, affixed to the four corners of our outer garment, to remind us to always keep ALL of the commandments of YHVH, and to identify us publicly as one who claims to keep them. (Numbers 15:37-41)
37 YHVH said to Moses,
38 “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner.
39 And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of YHVH, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after.
40 So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your Elohim.
41 I am YHVH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your Elohim: I am YHVH your Elohim.” Numbers 15:37-41
Although this commandment surely remains in full force and effect today for all who consider themselves disciples of “Jesus Christ” (Romans 11) whether they realize it or not, its absence as a teaching/ requirement in most of the “Body of Christ” today is a further indictment of that corrupted, inadequate, pagan religion. Wearing of the blue-threaded tzitzit also serves as a means of identifying those who claim to be obeying ALL of the commandments of YHVH, whether Jew or Gentile. It also offers a means of expanding one’s circle of fellowship with others of like mind, which is good for those who are doing it, and a tragic loss for those who are not.
Please note that, although many wear the tzitzit, rabbinic/Talmudic Jews today do NOT follow the commandment, since they have omitted the blue thread, solely on the authority of their rabbis! The blue dye was originally restricted by Rome to be worn only by very wealthy Romans, on pain of death. So, the rabbis “authorized” the Jews in Roman territory to continue to wear the tzitzit, but without the commanded blue thread! That being said, since no secular authority today is trying to so identify Jews, why have the rabbis not since restored it, seeing that it is a continuing direct violation of the written Torah, and no one has the authority “to add anything to it, or take anything away from it” – Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32 ? By so doing, have they not thus changed the wearing of the tzitzit from a Mark of YHVH into another Mark of the Beast? They surely have! It is a mark of DISobedience to the commandments of God, and a mark of obedience instead to THEM! Today!
In the Garden of Eden, Satan got Adam and Eve to sin by getting them to question what they knew God had said to them. Satan: “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1) Note that Eve had already lusted after the forbidden fruit (imagined benefits) of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in her heart. Satan just picked up on that, and used her weakness. She had “given him place” in her heart. This is what our Lord Yeshua meant in John 14:30 when he said that Satan “has nothing in me”, i.e., Yeshua had given him no excuse, no legal right, to tempt him.
As applied to the Body of Messiah today, most of those who call themselves “Christians” have no desire to keep all of the Commandments, no matter what YHVH Elohim commands throughout Scripture, and no matter that Lord Yeshua says that “if you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), and no matter that the apostle Yochanan (“John”) says that keeping the commandments should not be burdensome (1 John 5:3).
In this, most of “the Church of Jesus Christ” is already on “the broad path”, has already “given place” to Satan. They are therefore fair game for his deceptions, which come to you through false teachers and false “Christian denominations” galore! This is the spirit of AntiChrist, which the apostle Yochanan (“John”) tells us was already in the world when he was writing (1 John 4:3). The “spirit of AntiChrist” seeks to get people to question what God has said about keeping the commandments, and to ACT on those false beliefs, to their certain destruction.
So, are YOU joyously keeping all of the Commandments, from your heart, including the Seventh-day Sabbath, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and all of the other commanded feasts? Or have you accepted the teachings of your so-called “Christian” denomination which teaches (and requires!) that keeping the commanded feasts of YHVH, the dietary laws, all of the commandments, etc., is “no longer necessary”, since “we’re not under the Law, we’re under grace”? If you have, then you are already wearing the spiritual Mark of the Beast, whether or not you later refuse an implanted chip, or barcode, or whatever! You’re already marked! By your own choices!
You may say, “That stuff is only for the Jews! We have a new covenant in Jesus’ Blood that frees us from all that bondage!” Unfortunately for you, that supposed “new covenant” you’re placing all your faith in? It does not exist in the Bible! It was custom-designed just for you, by Satan. FYI, there are only two covenants between the Creator and mankind: the Noahic Covenant whereby YHVH Elohim promised to never again end all life on earth with a flood (Genesis 9:13); and the Sinai Covenant between YHVH Elohim and the Children of Israel.
FYI, all TRUE (commandment-keeping) disciples of Yeshua are grafted in to the Sinai Covenant (Romans 11:17-36), and, according to ALL Scripture, obedience to ALL of the requirements of that Covenant is absolutely required, if the believer is to make it into the coming Kingdom of God on earth! THE ONLY “new covenant” promised by YHVH Elohim in the Tanakh (Christian “Old Testament”) is actually a RENEWed Covenant between the Creator and Judah and Ephraim/Israel (Jeremiah 31:31), NOT between the Creator and any imaginary “Church of Jesus Christ” which does not have to obey the Commandments of YHVH!
31 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares YHVH, “when I will make a renewed (Hebrew chadesh, fresh – the same word is used to refer to the “new” moon, which is obviously not really a “new” moon, but the reappearance of the old one) covenant with the house of Israel (also known as Ephraim) and the house of Judah,
32 “not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband,” declares YHVH.
33 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days (after “the time of Jacob’s trouble” – Jeremiah 30:7 – the Tribulation),” declares YHVH: “I will put my law Torah within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their Elohim, and they shall be my people.”
It’s the same covenant, the same Torah/Law, only the location has been changed! We will be keeping it sincerely, from our hearts, and not just with our outward behavior, going through the motions of prescribed rituals and practices, “by the numbers” as it were. Moreover, according to Scripture, THIS renewed Covenant will surely not happen until the END of the Tribulation, and the start of the 1,000-year reign of Messiah Yeshua in Jerusalem (see all of Jeremiah 30, Isaiah 28: 14-22).
Isaiah 28:14 Therefore hear the word of YHVH, you scoffers (they scoff at the Torah of YHVH) , who rule this people in Jerusalem!
15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death*, and with Sheol (the place of the dead, the grave, not “hell”) we have an agreement, when the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
[*Note: The “covenant with death” is the same as “the covenant with the many” in Daniel 9:26-27:
“And the people of the prince who is to come (the AntiChrist) will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood (an invading army); even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. And he will make a firm covenant with the many [an Hebraic expression for goyim/gentiles, the non-Hebraic nations of the earth] for one week (shevua – seven), but in the middle of the week (shevua – seven) he (the AntiChrist) will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations (power of fallen angels) will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” (NASB)
16 therefore thus says the Lord YHVH, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone (Yeshua HaMashiach), of a sure foundation: Whoever believes (in him) will not be disturbed.
17 And I will make justice the boundary line, and righteousness the plumb line; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.
18 Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it passes through it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and by night; and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.
20 For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
21 For YHVH will rise up as on Mount Perazim*; as in the Valley of Gibeon* He will be roused; to do His deed – unusual is His deed! and to work His work – extraordinary is His work!
22 Now therefore do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard a decree of destruction from the Lord YHVH of hosts against the whole land.
[*Note: “Mount Perazim” and Valley of Gibeon” refers to the way in which David did battle with the Philistines, as recorded in 2 Samuel 5:20 and 1 Chronicles 14:11.]
In Matthew 7:13-23, our Lord Yeshua prophesied that THE GREAT MAJORITY of those who called him “Lord” – i.e., those who claimed that they were obeying him in ALL that he commanded, and who therefore believed that they were “saved” – would actually be on the broad path to destruction, primarily as a result of their following false teachers, exactly as we have described above. But our Lord commands his true followers, whom he prophesies (Matthew 14, below) will be very few, to:
13 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many (Greek polus – the great majority).
14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few (Greek oligos – a tiny number).
15 Beware of false teachers, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.
18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
21 Not everyone who merely calls me “Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. [And what IS “the will of my Father? Dare we suggest that it can only be His commandments as written in the Bible?]
22 On that day (Judgment Day) many (Greek polus – the great majority) will cry out to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?”
23 And then (on Judgment Day) will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of Torahlessness.” [Greek anomia – without law. There being no specific Greek word for the Hebrew word “Torah”, which actually means “teaching” or “instruction”, we here substitute Torahlessness for the original “lawlessness”. But Torah (Strong’s H8451) occurs 219 times in the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”) and it is translated by those same King James translators as “law(s)” in every one of those 219 times. From this, it is clear (to us, at least) that what our Lord Yeshua is promising is to reject all those who have failed to keep his Father’s commandments (whether knowingly or not – Leviticus 5:17), as they are written down for us, both in the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”) and in the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”). According to everything that is in the entire Bible, such rejection can only mean that those rejected will surely suffer, not the “loss” of “their” salvation, since they were never “saved” according to the Lord Yeshua, but annihilation in the Lake of Fire (though not eternal torment!).]
In one of the very last verses in the Hebrew Tanakh (Malachi 3:6), the Father tells us that He does not change. In one of the very first verses, He tells us that if we expect to continue in covenant relationship with Him, we are required to keep ALL of His commandments, and that our ignorance of those commandments is no excuse (Leviticus 5:17):
Now if a person sins and does any of the things which YHVH has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment.
And this same warning is repeated throughout all of the Hebrew Tanakh (“Old Testament”) and repeated by our Lord Yeshua and ALL of his disciples. And in some of the very first verses of the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”) , Luke 1:5-6, we are told that it is possible to do so!
Luk 1:5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
Luk 1:6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.
And this was before the Lord Yeshua was even born, much less suffered, died, resurrected, and ascended to the Father, and before the Father’s holy Spirit was poured out on Pentecost!
So don’t imagine that you or we or anyone else has any kind of a “free pass” concerning obedience to ALL of the Commandments of the Father and of the Son, based on UNscriptural denominational teachings, no matter how many other “sweet Christian people” may also be believing them! In fact, judging solely from our Lord’s teachings, the one thing that will guarantee that you will NOT make it into the Kingdom is just being in the majority of the “Body of Christ”! Remember, “the Body of Christ” is prophesied to include both “wheat and tares”, and “sheep and goats”, right until Judgment Day, at the end of his 1,000-year reign from Jerusalem! So, to whatever degree that one feels comforted by being surrounded by large numbers of other pew-sitters, regardless of what is being preached from the pulpit, or by whom, to that degree you are being deceived.
And, no, we’re NOT members of a cult, nor Seventh Day Adventists, nor of any other Catholic or Protestant “daughter whore” denomination (Revelation 17:5). Although we do not refer to ourselves as such, we confess to believing as did those called “Nazarenes” in the “New Testament”, as described by the so-called “church father” (Roman Catholic church) Epiphanius of Cæsaræa (c. 370AD):
“But these sectarians… did not call themselves Christians – but “Nazarenes,” … However they are simply complete Jews. They use not only the New Testament but the Old Testament as well, as the Jews do… They have no different ideas, but confess everything exactly as the Law proclaims it and in the Jewish fashion– except for their belief in Messiah, if you please! For they acknowledge both the resurrection of the dead and the divine creation of all things, and declare that God is one, and that his son is Jesus the Messiah. They are trained to a nicety in Hebrew. For among them the entire Law, the Prophets, and the… Writings… are read in Hebrew, as they surely are by the Jews. They are different from the Jews, and different from Christians, only in the following. They disagree with Jews because they have come to faith in Messiah; but since they are still fettered by the Law — circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest– they are not in accord with Christians…they are nothing but Jews…They have the Gospel according to Matthew in its entirety in Hebrew. For it is clear that they still preserve this, in the Hebrew alphabet, as it was originally written.” (Epiphanius; Panarion 29)
This was the result of the Roman emperor Constantine’s edicts (Chalcedon, Laodicæa, etc.) requiring that ALL subjects of Rome (which was most of the “civilized” world at that time) make the following public oaths, swearing to obey them on pain of crucifixion and death:
“I accept all customs, rites, legalisms, and feasts of the Romans, sacrifices, prayers, purifications with water, sanctifications by Pontifex Maximus (“Chief Bridge-builder”, referring to the union of church and state in his person, an official title of the Roman Emperor, later of the Roman Catholic pope), propitiations, and feasts, and the New Sabbath (Sun-day), all new chants and observances, and all the foods and drinks of the Romans. In other words, I absolutely accept everything Roman, every new law, rite and custom, of Rome, and the New Roman Religion.”
[So today’s “Christianity” is here SELF-DEFINED as THE “NEW” ROMAN religion!!]
“I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all the other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspirations, purifications, sanctifications, and propitiations, and fasts and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns and chants, and observances and synagogues, absolutely everything Jewish, every Law, rite and custom and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, or feasting with them, or secretly conversing and condemning the Christian religion instead of openly confuting them and condemning their vain faith, then let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me, as well as the legal punishments to which I acknowledge myself liable. And may I be an anathema (cursed and cut off) in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with Satan and the devils.” (Stefano Assemani, Acta Sanctorum Martyrum Orientalium et Occidentalium, Vol. 1, Rome 1748, page 105)
Question: How are MOST of today’s “Christians” not still obeying these anti-Christs?
In addition to publicly professing that he kept all (!) of the Law (Torah), the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”), also admitted to being a part of the very “sect” labeled by the Pharisees as “Nazarenes”, but which is referred to as “the Way”, in Acts 9:1-2:
But Sha’ul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
And again, in Acts 24:5-15, where the Pharisees are accusing Sha’ul of stirring up civil unrest with his preaching:
5 “For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, one who stirs up riots among all the Jews throughout the world and is a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes (what they called the disciples of Yeshua).
6 He even tried to profane the temple, but we seized him and we would have judged him according to our law.
7 But the chief captain Lysias came and with great violence took him out of our hands,
8 commanding his accusers to come before you. By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”
9 The Jews also joined in the charge, affirming that all these things were so.
10 And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense.
11 You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem,
12 and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city.
13 Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me.
14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law (Torah) and written in the Prophets,
15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.”
And for those who still believe that it is not possible to keep the Law/Torah, so why try, we invite your attention to the contrary testimony of the “New Testament”, as demonstrated in the descriptions of the parents of John the Baptist, in Luke 1:5-6:
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judæa, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Since this was before Yeshua was even born, years before he suffered, died, was resurrected and ascended, and before the holy Spirit of YHVH was poured out at Pentecost, this was in no way the result of anything but their heartfelt obedience to ALL of the commandments of God in the Hebrew scriptures (Tanakh)! So if it was possible for them to “walk in all the commandments and ordinances of YHVH, blameless”, how much more so for us, who are empowered to do so by the holy Spirit of YHVH? And are required to do so, not as a means of salvation, but in simple obedience, as befits the actions of a loving wife for her husband, as described in 1 John 2:3-7.
3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word (teaching) that you have heard.
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Authors of: Exposing Satan’s ‘Left Behind’ An exposé of the “Pre-Trib Rapture” myth, plus a handbook on how to escape the coming Great Tribulation – 400 pages, paperback or PDF.