12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in his chambers of imagery? for they say, Jehovah seeth us not; Jehovah hath forsaken the land. 13 He said also unto me, Thou shalt again see yet other great abominations which they do. 14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of Jehovah’s house which was toward the north; and behold, there sat the women weeping for Tammuz. 15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? thou shalt again see yet greater abominations than these. 16 And he brought me into the inner court of Jehovah’s house; and behold, at the door of the temple of Jehovah, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of Jehovah, and their faces toward the east; and they were worshipping the sun toward the east. 17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have turned again to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. 18 Therefore will I also deal in wrath; mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity; and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. (Eze 8:12-17 ASV)
The other day at work, a small group of us found ourselves engaged in a conversation about what we wanted to have for lunch. One of the individuals participating in our conversation declined to participate in the group lunch because she said that she had given up the specific food item of the group’s interest for Lent. The mention of Lent in this conversation led to my telling a silly story to the group of another co-worker who told me that he gives up the same food item each year for Lent; that being watermelon. The group broke out in laughter as it was apparent to all that watermelon was always out of season during Lent. Consequently, the group laid off further discussion about Lent when one member of the group reminded us that Lent must be respectfully treated as a personal commitment by participants and thus should not be discussed openly with such frivolity. Me, a Messianic Torah Observer, continued to snicker about the watermelon story and went about my business.
This story, although funny in certain aspects, has tremendous implications for the truth seeking Believer in Messiah and even the born again Christian. The first being, Lent remains a highly honored mainly Catholic observance despite a worldwide decline of faithful Catholic adherents. Secondly, those who honor the Lent season, although genuinely well-meaning are genuinely ignorant of the history and paganism associated with the observance of Lent.
I have mentioned in the past that my chosen profession is that of a Coroner Investigator. My duty is, without bias, to determine the cause and manner of death of those individuals who die in our county. Thus my staff goes about investigating these deaths, most of the time uncontested and unchallenged; other times they must endure significant badgering by highly biased family members, law enforcement and government officials, and even personal prejudices about specific cases. In other words, many times these challengers draw either personal or professional conclusions about the death in question and therefore they attempt to influence my investigators to see things their way. I, without fail, demand from my investigators findings that are based upon facts and that are devoid of any personal biases or agendas. The best of the best reports come replete with sound documentation to support the conclusions of the investigation.
This is my purpose here today: to share with you the fascinating yet disturbing story of one of the major religious celebrations on the planet that is taking place at the time of these postings. Much of the information that I wish to share with you, you may already know but some of the information may be new to you and thus provide you with one more piece of knowledge to aid you in your walk with Jesus Christ (i.e., Yeshua HaMashiah). I encourage you to listen to these podcasts or read these blog postings a couple times in order to assimilate the data, as there is a lot of information to absorb.
If you are a Believer in Messiah or even a “born-again Christian” who does not observe Lent, you may wonder why you should even care about Lent. Well, I believe we must care because Catholic-centric religious observances such as Lent are examples of a consistent thread of paganism that appears throughout the historical tapestry of Christendom. When we as adherents of a faith follow a tradition-be it Catholic or Protestant-more times than not the origins of that tradition is not as one would naturally perceive it to be–that is innocent and inspired by God (i.e., Yehovah). That pagan thread or that recurring pagan theme that is found in much of modern-day Christianity and Catholicism is nothing short of satan-worship and the rejection of the One True God, maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth-Yehovah. This recurring theme has been at times overt (i.e., satan worshipers of the 20th and 21st centuries who openly and pridefully worship satan) and at other times not as obvious to the masses (as seen in the observance of Lent). Certainly, fasting is a noble endeavor as it serves to deny the flesh that which it wants and thus turns the well-meaning soul towards a more focused relationship with the Creator. Fasting is indeed a Biblical principle that was practiced by the Apostolic Fathers and the Old Testament patriarchs. Yet, unless such a noble undertaking is sanctioned by the Eternal and is documented in His Word, the chances that such church sanctioned doctrines possess satanic undertones is indeed likely. In the case of Lent, the fasting that is practiced is typically an abstention of a food one favors for a period of 40-days. No such fasting command is found in the Christian Bible. Granted, the Master fasted for 40-days while being tempted of satan in the wilderness. Yet the Master’s fasting was a total fast, unlike the modified fasting that is characteristic of Lent. The Master’s fasting and associated testing in the wilderness resulted in Him qualifying to take possession of the title-deed to this world that was lost to satan by Adam in the Garden.
Time and time again, the origin of many of our religious traditions and practices is hidden beneath centuries of lost instruction and documentation; changes in the names of pagan deities; cultural and nationality changes over the centuries due to changes in the world’s power structures; outright efforts by church leaders over the centuries to cover-up and hide from its adherents the origins of certain traditions; and the lack of interest of church adherents to learn about their chosen faith and understand what God really expects from His chosen ones. Nevertheless, today, knowledge of one’s faith/religion is readily and freely available to most peoples of the earth. No longer will men have the excuse that they didn’t know any better or that they were deceived. If we enter in to the Faith—the true Faith once delivered—with a clean heart and a mind set on serving the Master, we are compelled to learn and acknowledge the truths about our Faith, regardless how it may conflict with our previous perceptions and understandings and personal desires. Furthermore, we are compelled to warn the nations of this world about the repercussions that will befall them if they refuse to follow the Laws and Commandments of the Almighty.
This is indeed a wake-up call to the nations and to the Christian denominations of the world: to turn from their evil ways and cease from observing their pagan-based traditions. There are traditions that the Father has passed on to His people and they are His appointed Feasts and times that He as said we must observe until the time that heaven and earth passes away:
Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah- not until everything that must happen has happened. (Mat 5:18 CJB)
Traditions such as Lent hold no spiritual nutrition for the would be Christian. If anything, traditions such as Lent that hide within its dark and troubling past the outright structured worship of satan will only lead to the utter destruction and eternal damnation of those who follow these observances. Do NOT dear friend, turn a deaf ear to the content of these postings. Instead, do your own research and satisfy your own mind and soul as to the sacredness or better, the lack of sacredness, of Lent.
Where to Start
So what must the Christian realize about the religious celebration or observance of Lent? Or for that matter, how must the seeker of truth, the true disciple of Jesus Christ (i.e., Yeshua HaMashiach), view and react to this very popular religious observance? Millions of people around the world observe Lent with genuine reverence. Year after year these faithful adherents enter into a period of fasting that traditionally last for 40-days. Most embark upon this personal journey without the slightest understanding of the significance or even the origin of this observance. Generally, the greatest proportion of adherents obey the traditions of the Christian Church (i.e., the Holy Roman Catholic Church and some of her offspring) or the teachings/instructions of her leaders, teachers, priests, and popes.
Still millions more around the world look upon Lent as mainly a Catholic observance that bears little to no relevance to their personal lives or even their religious lives. Some will respect the sanctity of Lent and simply see it as a beautiful or curious tradition. Some will see the observance of Lent as simply another Catholic invention that goes beyond the boundaries of grace and the doctrines of their denominations.
Then there are the remaining thousands upon thousands who understand or have a modicum of understanding as to what Lent is truly about and a precious few have insight into the eternal dangers associated with the observance of Lent.
What I want to do with this series is to have a frank discussion with you about Lent and then finish off with a discussion about Easter. I will share with you my research in to this religious observance; share with you my perspectives; share with you what thus saith the Lord of Host about Lent and Easter. My aim is that when all is said and done with this series, that someone out there will question this whole Lent thing and seek out better options for their personal relationship with God and even their eternal life.
Bottom line dear friends, God (i.e., Yehovah) has serious problems with Lent; so much so that there may be extreme consequences associated with continued practice of Lent by those who profess to know Jesus Christ as their savior. If God has a problem with Lent, then we as His redeemed and chosen, must also have a problem with Lent. My purpose is to not cast judgment upon individuals who practice or observe Lent, but to cast an all revealing light upon Lent and Easter and thus expose their direct ties to paganism and satanism.
Out next episode will focus on the Catholic worldview of Lent. Please join me and prepare to have your perceptions about Lent properly adjusted.
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