Blood Moons-Solar Eclipse-Jewish Feasts

Blood Moons-Solar Eclipse-Jewish Feasts. The is a great article that I found on Michael Gaither’s blog.  As you read the article, remember that God goes by his His calendar (Leviticus 23), not ours.

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What Does the Bible Say About Witchcraft?

Children are exposed to the occult through TV, films, books, friends, video games, and other influences.  It is often difficult for Christian parents to discern what is okay and what is not okay for their children to see or read.

There’s nothing new under the sun, and there’s nothing new about New Age spirituality.  The  difference between ancient times and now is the terminology.  For example, “consulting the dead” is now “channeling.”  An evil spirit or a “familiar spirit” is called a “spirit guide.”

Ouija boards are sold as toys.  People (and children) playing “the game” are participating as spirit mediums, often without realizing it.

What can parents do to protect their children from the occult?  In Exodus 33: 13, Moses asks God to teach him His ways.  Likewise, we should learn the ways of the Lord and teach them to our children.  Teach them the Ten Commandments.  Teach them “to love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength.”  Teach them to “love your neighbor as yourself.”  Read scripture to them.  Teach them the difference between the holy and the profane.  Show them the way of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Click on the links below for a list of Bible verses that deal with witchcraft.

http://www.openbible.info/topics/witchcraft

http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Witchcraft/

Say No to Tarot Cards, Ouija Boards, Spirit Mediums, Fortunetellers, Astrology, etc.

Many have been duped into thinking that it’s OK to read their horoscopes, call the psychic hotline, consult the dead (which are evil spirits mimicking the dead), etc.  Ouija boards are even sold in toy stores. I believe that most people have no idea that the Bible condemns these practices. To be honest, I didn’t know until thirty-five years ago when I asked a pastor about Ouija boards.  Deuteronomy 18: 9-13 spells it out.  (The following verses are from the King James Bible.) 9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter whith familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 for all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.  You might be wondering why God cares whether or not you participate in these activities.  To begin with, God wants a relationship with you through Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus). He loves you and wants you to understand that He alone is God.  When you need answers, go to Him, not a fraud or someone with a “familiar spirit,” which is an evil spirit.  If you disobey Him by following the practices of pagans, you open the door to the occult and come under demonic oppression. Why settle for a counterfeit when you can have the real thing?  God is supernatural.  Satan is a counterfeiter.  He (satan) can duplicate the supernatural to an extent in order to draw you away from the presence of God. Nothing can bring you peace, joy, and love like the presence of God. God wants to give you eternal life.  Satan and his associates want you to suffer with them in hell (misery loves company). If you have participated in occult activities, God will forgive you if you repent.  Repent (ask for forgiveness and turn away from sin), invite Jesus into your life, and you will never be the same.  You will experience the presence of God, abundance of life, and eternal life.  Don’t wait.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

The Word of the Lord Endureth Forever

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The voice said, Cry.  And he said, What shall I cry?  All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever (Isaiah 40: 6-8 KJV).

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.  And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you (I Peter 1: 24-25 KJV).

Where is the term “Ten Commandments” mentioned in the Torah?

The Ten Commandments are listed in Exodus 20: 1-17 and Deuteronomy 5: 6-21, but they are not referred as the Ten Commandments.

The words “Ten Commandments” appear in Exodus 35: 28 (NASB): And he [Moses] was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water.  And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

Sometimes the Ten Commandments are referred to as the Ten Words.

What is the First of the Ten Commandments?

FirstCommandment

What is the first of the Ten Commandments?  If you are a gentile, you will probably say, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”  If you have a Jewish background, you might say, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

The Ten Commandments are spelled out in Exodus 20: 1-17 and restated in Deuteronomy 5: 6-21.   Do you see the first and second commandment in the first six verses of Exodus 20 (KJV)?

1 AND God spake all these words, saying,

2 I am the LORD thy God, which have bought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me:

6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

2 Commandment

From a traditional Christian point of view, verse 2 is the prologue to the Ten Commandments, and verse 3 is the First Commandment.  Verses 4-6 state the Second Commandment.

From a Jewish point of view, verse 2 is the First Commandment, and verses 3-6 comprise the Second Commandment.

I don’t have a strong opinion as to whether verse 2 or verse 3 is the First Commandment.  Either works for me.  What do you think?’

* I collect vintage postcards.  These are part of a series on the Ten Commandments (Copyright 1908, By The Rose Co.).

Bible Verses about Eagles

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The Bible refers to the eagle many times.  Often the meaning is literal.  Sometimes metaphorical.  The first reference to eagles is in Leviticus. And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey, And the vulture, and the kite after his kind, Every raven after his find; And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after his kind, And the night owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle [golden vulture], And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat (Leviticus 11: 13-19).

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Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.  They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey (Job 9: 25, 26).

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And say thus saith the Lord God; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.  He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree (Ezekiel 17: 3-5).

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Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself (Exodus 19: 4).

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But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and mot be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (Isaiah 41: 31).

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent (Revelation 12: 14).

These scriptures are from the King James Bible.  For more verses about eagles, see http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Eagles/.

* (I don’t know what the eagle was eating when I took these pictures.  It wasn’t a fish because it had four legs–probably a squirrel or a rodent.)

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