“. . . For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Rev. 19:7

 

 

Getting Ready!

 

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What Will You Believe?

 
 

  

     Lord, we magnify You and are so Thankful to You!  Thank You for Your Word, Your Plans, Your Faithfulness, Your Goodness and Lord, we just Praise and Adore You!  Hello to everyone!  Dewayne and I were told by The Holy Spirit that we were in "Boot Camp" a few weeks ago.  And anyone who has been through a Military "Boot Camp" I'm sure would testify that it is a season of your Military career that is very hard, strenuous, disciplined and life changing.  "Boot Camp" is where you EMPTY YOUR WILL, for THE WILL OF ANOTHER.  It is where you learn to OBEY COMMANDS and are taught to hear, know and conform to your Commander's Voice, Word and Will, without questioning or reasoning it out for yourself by your own will.  One very specific "assignment" and "duty" that we are being taught in the most disciplined way is To Follow The Word of God.  And the second would be to Trust our Commander and Chief NO MATTER WHAT and to not lean on our own reasoning or our own way of thinking about things in life.  Again, NO MATTER WHAT.   
 
  

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     The Bible IS FULL of people that God commanded to do something or fulfill an assignment that required them to lay down their lives, wants, families, jobs, their ideas and beliefs and ways of life, to follow what God was telling them to do.  Following The Lord and His Word is not easy, BUT IT’S RIGHT.  One man that we will begin with this month is Gideon.  Most can relate to some facts about Gideon.  I’m sure that when you read his name you thought of a ram’s horn (shofar) or a trumpet.  But there is such a deeper meaning and message to us today when looking at the facts of Gideon.  In fact, I think you will be very surprised and challenged at what God has for us this Month!  Hallelujah!
 
 
     In the Chapters of 6 and 7 of Judges is where we want to focus on Gideon at.  Gideon is visited by The Angel of The Lord and given an assignment.  At first, Gideon has some doubts on whether he can do what is being asked of him and then he witnesses "a sign" and he realizes that he is being asked of God to complete a duty, a military duty of obedience.  Then that night Gideon hears God speak to him about what God wanted him to complete first.  
 
 
"That night the LORD said to Gideon, "Take the second bull from your father's herd, the one that is seven years old.  Pull down your father's altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole STANDING BESIDE IT. 26 Then build an altar to the LORD your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down." (Judges 6:25-26 (NLT))
 
 
 
 
 
     Then, the next morning when all the people of the town awoke and realized that the altar of Baal had been broken down and the Asherah pole beside it had been cut down and that a new altar had been built in their place they were furious!
 
 
"The people said to each other, "Who did this?" And after asking around and making a careful search, they learned that it was Gideon, the son of Joash. 30 "Bring out your son," the men of the town demanded of Joash. "He must die for destroying the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah pole." (Judges 6:29-30 (NLT)) 
 
  
 
     Now, let's look at something here.  "The people" that came out that next morning who were so upset that the altar of Baal had been destroyed and the Asherah pole had been cut down (and used for fire wood), were Israelites, God's Chosen People And they were enraged enough about this act of destroying their Baal altar and Asherah pole that they were going to kill the one who did it!  Why were God's People who God had told so many times not to worship idols and who He had told THE RIGHT WAY TO WORSHIP and WHO THEY WERE TO BE FOLLOWING, so furious over these being torn down?  They were so mad that they formed into a mob that was coming to kill Gideon!  And we have to remember, God told Gideon to do this!  So, this mob shows up at Joash's to kill his son!  
 
 
"But Joash shouted to the mob that confronted him, "Why are you defending Baal?  Will you argue his case? Whoever pleads his case will be put to death by morning! If Baal truly is a god, let him defend himself and destroy the one who broke down his altar!" 32 From then on Gideon was called Jerub-baal, which means "Let Baal defend himself," because he broke down Baal's altar." (Judges 6:31-32 (NLT))  
 
 
(We have to look at a few things and then we will come back to Gideon and this "mob" that is wanting to kill him
later in this Teaching.) 
 

Were Things Just Not Clear?


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     All we have to do is go throughout The Bible and we can clearly see that God DID NOT WANT His People to worship other idols or gods.  And we can see that there were many who warned God's People about this or actually, like Gideon, destroyed the Baal and Asherah poles or shrines.  We see Moses dealing with it, "But this is how you shall deal with them; you shall tear down their altars and smash to pieces their sacred pillars, and cut down their Asherim (symbols of the goddess Asherah), and burn their carved or sculpted images in the fire. 6 For you are a holy people [set apart] to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be a people for His own possession [that is, His very special treasure]." (Deuteronomy 7:5-6 (AMP))  
 
     Then we see right after Joshua leaves Earth and that generation dies, the Israelites turn from God and we see they went right back to worshiping the gods of Baal and Asherah.  "And they forsook the Lord and served Baal [the god worshiped by the Canaanites] and the Ashtaroth [female deities such as Ashtoreth and Asherah]. 14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and He gave them into the power of plunderers who robbed them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer stand before their foes." (Judges 2:13-14 (AMPCC))  Then we can read that God would raise up a Judge to oversee and help Israel.  "Whenever the LORD raised up a judge over Israel, he was with that judge and rescued the people from their enemies throughout the judge's lifetime. . . . 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. They went after other gods, serving and worshiping them. And they refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways." (Judges 2:18-19 (NLT)) 
  
 
     We see The Israelites (God's People) going right back to worshiping other gods again in Judges Chapter 3.  "The Israelites did evil in the LORD'S sight. They forgot about the LORD their God, and they served the images of Baal and the Asherah poles.  Then the LORD burned with anger against Israel, and he turned them over to King Cushan-risathaim of Aram-naharaim. And the Israelites served Cushan-rishathaim for eight years." Judges 3:7-8 (NLT)  Verse 7 in the Amplified Translation (AMP) says it like this, "And the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the [a]

Asheroth.  There is a "Footnote" with this Translation that explains to us, "Footnote - Judges 3:7 Various Canaanite goddesses of fertility and warfare."  And in Verse 7 of the (AMPC) Translation it states, "And the Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord and forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth." (AMPC)  NOTICE HOW MANY WAYS THIS ONE GODDESS' NAME IS SPELLED OR PRONOUNCED.  

   

     You will find God's People turning to Father God and then turning back to the gods of Baal and Asherah MANY times in Scripture.  Judges 10:6 (NLT), "Again the Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight. They served the images of Baal and Ashtoreth, . . . "  Then many years later we see God's People were worshiping Baal and Asherah again and then repented and turned back to Father God in 1 Samuel 1:10 (NIV), "They cried out to the LORD and said, "We have sinned; we have forsaken the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths. But now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve you."  Even King Solomon who started IN LOVE and HAD GREAT PASSION for God later turned to many gods, two of them being "Ashtoreth" and "Molech."  "For Solomon went after Ashtoreth, the [fertility] goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the horror (detestable idol) of the Ammonites." (1 Kings 11:5 (AMP))  "For Solomon has abandoned me and worshiped Astoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians; Chemosh, the god of Moab; and Molech, the god of the AmmonItes.  He has not followed my ways and done what is pleasing in my sight. He has not obeyed my decrees and regulations as David his father did." (1 Kings 11:33 (NLT))

 

 King Solomon being led astray into idolatry  

  
     And MANY years later we see another King that destroyed the evil things against God and reopened The Temple of God and that was King Hezekiah.  But then we see further on in time that his own son, Manasseh comes to rule as King and he did the opposite of his father for The People of God.  "Manasseh was twelve years old when he became king, and he reigned for fifty-five years in Jerusalem. 2 But he did evil in the sight of the LORD, like the repulsive acts of the [pagan] nations whom the LORD dispossessed before the sons (descendants) of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the [idolatrous] high places which his father Hezekiah had torn down; and he set up altars for the Baals and made the Asherim, and worshiped all the host of heaven [the sun, the moon, stars and planets] and served them." (2 Chronicles 33:1-3 (AMP)) 
   
     There are many more times that we could write about to show the continuing struggle that God's People had with wanting to worship and affiliate with the gods called Baal and Asherah.  But for the rest of this Teaching we want to look at some other things about these gods.  One of the details that we see over and over is that God's People worshiped them BOTH.  And the Baal altars and images and the Asherah poles and images were usually RIGHT BESIDE EACH OTHER OR WITH EACH OTHER.  Well, there's a good reason for that!  Let's look back in History and see WHY. 

  

 

Baal & Asherah – They Have

A History


   

     When one does research into the origins of the gods of Baal and Asherah, we find something amazing!  The starting point of these two gods is very, very ancient.  Let's look at Nimrod, who is the grandson of Noah (yes, Noah and the Ark.)  Nimrod's name means, "let us revolt" or rebel.


     "Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first to be a mighty man on the earth." Genesis 10:8 (AMPC))  "Mighty man" is Strong's Number 1368 gibbor (ghib-bore') also coming from Strong's Number 1397; which means powerful; by implication, warrior, tyrant, champion, chief, excel, giant, mighty man, strong man, valiant man.  In the March  2016 Monthly Teaching Letter from JCM we researched very deeply about the subject of Nephilim or giants (Men that had genes of man and fallen angels in them.)  The "sons of God" (fallen angels) had sexual intercourse with the women and they produced Nepilim or giants (Genesis 6:1-5.)  Nimrod was one of those giants.

 
 
 Nimrod and The Tower of Babel 
 
     Nimrod who was the overseer and King of many Cities of that day and was the leader in the building of the Tower of Babel, had a wife and her name was Queen Semiramis or could be spelled, Samirieas.  According to history, when Nimrod dies, his wife Semiramis announced to all that Nimrod was a god.  Nimrod became to all the people Sun god.  Semiramis then had a son, she claimed him to be Nimrod reborn.  She named him Nimrod Tammuz.  She proclaimed that Tammuz was the Promised Seed or Messiah that was prophesied about in Genesis 3:15!  "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (KJV)  The people were told that to get to this "Savior" Nimrod Tammuz, that they would have to pray THROUGH HER, Semiramis!  She was the mediator between man and Nimrod, come back to life, in Tammuz.  So, Tammuz was "the Sun god" and "god of Agriculture" and Semiramis was "Queen of Heaven, "the goddess of the Moon" and "goddess of Fertility."  According to the pagan story told by Semiramis, when Nimrod died he descended into the underworld, but the tears of Semiramis' weeping revises him back to life bringing forth vegetation in the Spring.  And when Tammuz and Semiriamis are worshiped, vegetation comes and fertility and reproduction comes to the people.  And a great celebration of them is done especially in the Spring.  
    
 

     Now, that’s a very short summary of much information.  I had to just hit the high points!  Let’s continue.  When the Tower of Babel happened and God scattered all the people of that day and sent them to other parts of the World, they took their worship and WHO they worshiped with them.  And remember, all the languages of all the people were not different yet!  At Babel is when all the different tongues of the World were done to the people in one instant by Father God!  So, Queen Semiramis or "the Queen of Heaven," "the goddess of the moon" and "the goddess of fertility" would also be called by different "tongues" now.  Some of her other names are "Asherah," "Asheroth," "Ashtaroth," "Asherim," "Ishtar," "Eostre," "Astarte," “Ostera,” "Eastre," "Osiris" and to the Ephesians she was named "Diana."  Nimrod Tammuz also was now called, "Sun god," "Fire god," "Horus," "Baal," "Baalim," "Janis," "Saturn," "Bel," "Osiris," "Bacchus," and "Molech."

 
 
 Image of Astarte
 
 

     So what we really need to see here is that throughout The Bible, ALL OF THESE GODS that God's People would worship when they would be in different Lands throughout different Times in History, they may have called the gods that they would worship different names, BUT IT WAS THE SAME INDIVIDUALS (just different names!)  God's People were worshiping, NIMROD, HIS WIFE (Semiramis,) and their son, Nimrod-Tammuz!  It all goes back to the Times of the Tower of Babel!  Let me show you!      

     Ezekiel is given a vision and in part of it he was taken to the inside of The Temple to see the perversion of God's People worshiping other gods.  "Then He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the LORD'S house; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for [e] Tammuz. 15 He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still greater repulsive acts than these [that they are committing]." 16 So He brought me to the inner court of the LORD'S house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the LORD, between the porch (vestibule, portico) and the [bronze] altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they were bowing down toward the east and worshiping the sun." (Ezekiel 8:14-16 (AMP))  There's a Footnote by the name Tammuz and it reads, [e] - 8:14 "A Babylonian god whose supposed death each summer caused the vegetation to wilt and die. In the spring he returned from the underworld bringing rain and new growth. His worship also involved fertility rituals."

 
     And in Jeremiah, "But rather we will certainly perform every word of the vows we have made; to burn sacrifices to the queen of heaven (Ishtar) and to pour out drink offerings to her, just as we ourselves and our forefathers, our kings and our princes did in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for [then] we had plenty of food and were prosperous and saw no misfortune. 18 But since we stopped burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine." 19 And said the wives, "When we were burning sacrifices to the queen of heaven and were pouring out drink offerings to her, was it without [the knowledge and approval of] our husbands that we made cakes [in the shape of a star] to represent her and pour out drink offerings to her?" (Jeremiah 44:17-19 ) AMP)). 
 
     There are many other places in Scripture where you see child sacrifices to the god Molech.  "She did not listen and heed the voice [of God]; She accepted no correction. She did not trust in the Lord [but trusted her own power]; She did not draw near to her God [but to the pagan gods of Baal or Molech]."  (Zephaniah 3:2 (AMP))  And in 2 Kings 21:6 (AMP), "He made his son pass through the fire and burned him [as an offering to Molech]; he practiced witchcraft and divination, and dealt with mediums and soothsayers. He did great evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger." 
 
 
 Molech
 
     And so many more places in The Word you and I can see the many names of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz!  You will often see in The Word Baal worship going on BESIDE Asherah, or Ishtra worship!  The reason that you see the worship of the two gods near each other is that they started off and were known to the worshipers to be in the beginning man and wife!  They're beside each other because that's how they began and the people knew their history together!  They go together!
 
 

Why Are You Defending?

 
 
     Now back to Gideon and the "mob" that is trying to kill him.  To remind you, Gideon is told by God, "That night the LORD said to Gideon, "Take the second bull from your father's herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father's altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole STANDING BESIDE IT. 26 Then build an altar to the LORD your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down." (Judges 6:25-26 (NLT))  Then, the next morning when all the people of the town awoke and realized that the altar of Baal had been broken down and the Asherah pole beside it had been cut down and that a new altar had been built in their place they were furious!  "The people said to each other, "Who did this?" And after asking around and making a careful search, they learned that it was Gideon, the son of Joash. 30 "Bring out your son, "the men of the town demanded of Joash. "He must die for destroying the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah pole." (Judges 6:29-30 (NLT))
 
     So, we next see the mob of killers coming to find Gideon and kill him over his actions of destroying the Baal altar and the Asherah pole and now that we know who this really is we can see how ludicrous this is because THIS WAS GOD'S PEOPLE WHO WERE TO BE WORSHIPING FATHER GOD ONLY!  So, we find the mob of killers coming to Gideon's father, Joash.
 
     "But Joash shouted to the mob that confronted him, "Why are you defending Baal? Will you argue his case? Whoever pleads his case will be put to death by morning! If Baal truly is a god, let him defend himself and destroy the one who broke down his altar!" 32 From then on Gideon was called Jerub-baal, which means "Let Baal defend himself," because he broke down Baal's altar." (Judges 6:31-32 (NLT)) 
 
Church, I must ask you the very same question that Gideon's father, Joash was yelling at the mob that was furious for someone took away something they practiced and believed in! 
 
 

Church, Why Are You Defending

Baal and Asherah or Ishtra?       
    
     
     You may be thinking, What in the Word do you mean?  Constantine, a Roman Leader that hated the Jews but said he would observe the sacrifice of Jesus, The Christ, but NOT WHEN JESUS DIED FOR US, decided to "re-name" The Feast of Passover that people observed Jesus' sacrifice to "Ishtra" or how we pronounce it, "Easter!"  And as you now know this is also the name of Queen Semiramis or "the Queen of Heaven," "the goddess of the Moon," and "the goddess of Fertility," "Asherah," "Ashtaroth," "Asherim," "Eostre," "Astarte," "Ostera," "Eastre," "Osiris" and to the Ephesians she was named "Diana."  "Ishtra," or "Easter" IS THE GODDESS OF FERTILITY!  And her "images" (as stated in The Word, people would use "images" of THINGS THAT ARE LIKE HER and BAAL, TO USE OR LOOK AT TO WORSHIP WITH,) one of her "images" would be rabbits and eggs that are used today!  Rabbits are known for their rapid reproduction and of course, eggs represent reproduction too!  This all came from the "root" of this "goddess of Fertility," "Ishtra" or "Easter!"
 
 

Why are you defending "Ishtra" or "Asherah" Church?  When God has given His Word on Who, When and How to worship our God!  Why would you, Church even speak the name of another god, “Easter” let alone speak it and celebrate that name in The House of God where we worship?  Why would you, Church do activities and exhibit “images” (eggs and rabbits) of another god “Easter” or “Ishtra” that for hundreds of years have been used to lure God’s People and mock Father God to His Face?  Why would you have “Easter,” which is also called “Ishtra” and also called ”Asherah” to identify what Jesus did for us at Passover?  Using a pagan goddess’s name to Title what Jesus did!  UNBELIEVABLE, CHURCH! 

 
 
 

      The devil has used these pagan gods on God's People LONG ENOUGH!  WE SHOULD BE OBSERVING WHAT JESUS DID FOR US AT PASSOVER!  Not, when "Easter" or "Ishtra" happens!  (On the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox at the closest date to the 21st of March.)  REMEMBER, "Ishtra," or "Easter," or "Ashera" is "the goddess of the Moon!"  

 

 Image by AndrzejStajer 
 
       Father has given us the Time to "celebrate" our Victory for what Jesus has done for us and it's during the Feast of Passover!  And Father has already set it on His Calendar every year.  Due to not doing The Feasts of God WHEN He says to and calling it what He says to, your TIMING IS COMPLETELY OFF TOO!  I have received advertisements here at the Ministry for "Pentecost Sunday" items to buy, or seen Churches advertise their "Pentecost Sunday" Services.  The Churches do these approximately 50 days from when they are celebrating "Easter," which is wrong in calling it another god's name and it's at the WRONG TIME!  Passover (not "Easter") was from 22 April 2016 through 30 April 2016.  Not on 27 March 2016 and called "Easter which again is from the goddess "Asherah" or "Ishtra" or one of her other names.  So, many have already recognized The Feast of Pentecost, which follows Passover, when Pentecost doesn't begin until Sundown on 11 June 2016!
 
     Church, I beseech and earnestly request from You . . . STOP DEFENDING WHAT IS NOT OF GOD!  Don't keep doing things in your Churches just because it has always been done that way!  It's Time for The Church and Body of Jesus Christ to get in alignment with Him!  We should never even utter the name of a pagan god, let alone entitle our Services and Celebration unto God by their identities!  Just like Gideon’s father cried out, Why are you defending Baal?  The same pagan names and “images” are being defended in our Churches and lives!  Church, it’s Time To Take A Stand For What Is Right and Truth!  Many people throughout The Word had to take Stands against Man’s Tradition!  It’s Now Our Time!  Follow God, not man!  Follow God, not the Culture and Customs of this day!  Stand for The Bible and His Times and Ways!  We Love You!
 

 

                                                 Keep Getting Ready, Jesus Is Coming!                                                                                        Jamie
   

 

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