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The Pentagram of Enneagram

“The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit-hayamim [last days] some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).

In the past few days I’ve been ‘enlightened’ to the Enneagram and its roots in the occult. This ‘enlightenment’ was to its actual existence. Now that I am learning about the enneagram, I find its timing interesting as Halloween approaches.

What wasn’t so amazing to learn is that Christians are using this ‘doctrine of demons’ to find their identity and define their personality. So much of modern Christianity has apostatized –– fallen away from the teachings of the apostles and its Hebrew/Jewish foundation.

Christendom has lost the idea of finding their identity in Yeshua and becoming a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). His followers are to be transformed into His image producing 9 fruits of the Spirit, not 9 personality traits. They seek, along with the world, to know more about their carnal self –– the very ‘self’ with which the serpent tempted Havah.

“For men will be lovers of self … holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power… captivat[ing] weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:1-7).

Many who profess being Christian still rationalize celebrating Halloween, the epitome of the demonic –– Satan’s highest holy day. So, it’s not difficult to comprehend how they can embrace more of occult and pagan practices. The Adversary ‘masquerades as an angel of light’ and so many love his light for their life. (1 Peter 5:8).

“He [Menasseh] made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger” (2 Corinthians 6:3).

Most Christians do not believe their disobedience to God’s Torah can ever provoke Him to anger because of His grace. Some even believe they can ‘redeem’ demonic activities, even those forbidden in Scripture, because of Jesus or the Holy Spirit.

Man can never make holy that which God has called an abomination whether it’s unclean foods, embracing the traditions of false gods or worship of ‘self.’ To believe this is only sugar-coating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil making it easier to swallow and leading to more deception. And then, there’s Halloween. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

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Jeremiah: Ishtar and God

This week’s Sabbath reading from the prophets was Jeremiah 7:21-8:3. I began reading the portion and wondered about the backstory so I began reading in Jeremiah 7:16.

“So you, [Yirmeyahu,] don’t pray for this people! Don’t cry, pray or intercede on their behalf with me; because I won’t listen to you. Don’t you see what they are doing in the cities of Y’hudah and in the streets of Yerushalayim?  The children gather the wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and, just to provoke me, they pour out drink offerings to other gods! Are they really provoking me,” asks Adonai, “or are they provoking themselves, to their own ruin?” (Jeremiah 7:16-19).

These words are actually an answer to prayer. In the past few days, I have been struggling with how to pray for a nation that no longer cares to hear what God has to say? How am I to pray for people that I know won’t repent because evil has been transformed into good? Is there even a prayer for a nation that considers righteousness wicked?

The answer God gave Jeremiah is “Don’t.” Don’t pray for them because He isn’t going to listen! For those who would argue that God hears every prayer, Adonai tells Jeremiah why He won’t listen and His words are for this exact day and time.

The people of God are worshiping the Queen of Heaven. The Queen of Heaven is Istar who is called Easter. The short story of the goddess Ishtar is that she had a son, Tammuz, who died by a wild boar attack. Those who worshiped the trinity of the mother Ishtar, the son Tammuz, and the father Nimrod mourned the death of the ‘son’ for a period of six weeks. That ‘mourning’ time is called Lent and, according to the prophet Ezekiel, is considered disgusting by Adonai.

“He brought me to the entrance of the north gate to Adonai’s house; and there before me were women weeping for Tammuz.  ‘Human being,’ he asked me, ‘have you seen this? You will see practices even more disgusting than these'” (Ezekiel 8:14).

The designated reading for today:

“Thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el: “You may as well eat the meat of your burnt offerings along with that of your sacrifices. For I didn’t speak to your ancestors or give them orders concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.  Rather, what I did order them was this: ‘Pay attention to what I say. Then I will be your God, and you will be my people. In everything, live according to the way that I order you, so that things will go well for you.’  But they neither listened nor paid attention, but lived according to their own plans, in the stubbornness of their evil hearts, thus going backward and not forward” (Jeremiah 7:21-24).

There are no burnt offerings today because there is no Temple standing in Jerusalem. When there is another Temple, the sacrifices will begin again. It is even possible that this year, 2020, there will be a Passover sacrifice at the Temple mount for the first time since its destruction nearly 2000 years ago.

The significant part of today’s reading is “Pay attention to what I say … living according to the way that I order you.” Because of stubborn hearts and the desire of people to live according to their own will, those who worship other gods and goddesses will continue to go backward. The Hebrew word for ‘backward’ refers to ‘turning away.’ The Hebrew word for ‘forward’ is lepanim and refers to ‘the face of Elohim.’ Rather than seeking the face of Adonai, they turn away and cling to their false gods and goddesses.

“Therefore, say to them, “This is the nation that has not listened to the voice of Adonai their God. They won’t take correction; faithfulness has perished; it has vanished from their mouths. Cut off your hair, and throw it away, take up a lament on the bare hills, for Adonai has rejected and abandoned the generation that rouses his anger'” Jeremiah 7:28-29).

Such a nation will not heed the voice of Adonai. They won’t be corrected for their worship of Ishtar and Tammuz. They like what they are doing and have justified the idolatry as honest worship. Their mouths no longer speak the Truth. For these people, one should not pray, but only feel sorrow for their impending death because they have been rejected and abandoned by Adonai.

“For the people of Y’hudah have done what is evil from my perspective,” says Adonai; “they have set up their detestable things in the house which bears my name, to defile it” (Jeremiah 7:30).

The weekly reading continues with Adonai saying the ‘houses’ that bear His name are defiled because of detestable things. Defiled with the Queen of Heaven, Ishtar. Defiled with mourning for Tammuz, Lent. This generation rouses His anger.

“For the time has come for the judgment to begin. It begins with the household of God; and if it starts with us, what will the outcome be for those who are disobeying God’s Good News?” (1 Peter 4:17).

Peter says that judgment begins with the ‘house’ of God because throughout the world, they have embraced the false gods and goddesses. As the fast of Tammuz comes to an end, the nations prepare for Ishtar by baking of cakes (hot cross buns), pouring out drink offerings, and preparing their ‘wild boar’ roasts. Adonai calls these things abominations and they will bring destruction.

We live in serious times. We need to be serious about God’s Word or suffer His anger.

“Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked” (John 3:19).

I entitled one book I have written Journey With Jeremiah because so much of what Adonai teaches me comes from the prophet Jeremiah; today was no different.

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The Healing Spa of Asklepios

Excerpt from the book, A Light in the Darkness, by Rick Renner.

“The city also had a healing center called the Asklepion, built in honor of Asklepios, the Greek serpent-god. In the first century, this was a cross between a hospital and a health spa, where patients could get everything from a mud bath to a major surgery. Even the emperors came all the way from Rome to be treated here, but this was no ordinary doctor’s visit.

“If you were a terminal patient, you were not allowed to go into the Asklepion,” says Renner. “These Asklepion priests didn’t want anyone hearing that someone had died in the Asklepion.  There was a huge sign just above the official entrance to the Asklepion that said, ‘Death is not permitted here.’ So the only way you were going to get in to begin with is if they knew you were going to live.

“Patients entered through an underground tunnel. Then they drank a sedative, and spent the night in the dormitories of the Asklepion, while non-poisonous snakes crawled around them all night. They were told that the serpent-god Asklepios would speak to them in their dreams and give them a diagnosis.

“It was believed that the snakes carried the healing power of Asklepios,” and if a snake slithered across you while you were sleeping at night, that was a divine sign that healing power was coming to you.”

The next morning, the patients told their “dreams” to the priests, who prescribed their treatments. Finally, the patients made clay sculptures of the body parts that needed healing and offered them to Asklepios.”

The Christmas Question

What are the roots of the Christmas season? Where did the traditions of Christmas originate? Why do wiccans and other pagans celebrate Christmas? Why does Santa Claus come down the chimney? Who is Krampus? Does God tell Christians to redeem the traditions of the world’s cultures? Is celebrating Christmas a sin for a follower of Messiah? How does someone who is redeemed from a life of sin respond to the love of God?

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