VOL.2 NO.1 ©1993INTERNET EDITION
IN THIS ISSUE:
Wake Up America
From The Mail Box
WAKE UP AMERICA
by Charles Kimbrough
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, before a joint session of congress, called December 7, 1941 a day that would live in infamy. I would like to say that January 20th, the date of the inauguration of WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, is a similar date.
This is a MAN WHO HAS AN AGENDA OF SOCIAL ACTION THAT IS TOTALLY UNPRECEDENTED IN AMERICAN HISTORY. Following all the inauguration hullabaloo, his first action was to pay off a campaign promise to the women's lib groups to give abortion advice to women and children at all government health offices. His second act was to start the process of opening up the military to gays and lesbians.
All the Joint Chiefs of staff and main leaders in Congress have counseled him against doing so. Even a six month delay in implementing his order does not change the fact of his feelings about the gay\lesbian lifestyle.
AMERICA IS NOW SICK AT THE HEAD!! THIS NEW PRESIDENT CLAIMS TO BE A CHRISTIAN. A CHOIR SINGING, BIBLE READING BAPTIST who at this writing has broken every campaign pledge to middle America. There will be no tax cut for the middle class. In fact they are now talking about an energy tax on oil consumption, and you can bet this isn't the last of the taxes. Rest assured that the spending will not decrease. As far as cutting the budget in half in four years, that's out the window too.
The first thing out of the box was to pay off a campaign promise to the women's lib organizations by signing an executive order opening up all the government funded clinics to give advice to women and young teen age girls about abortions.
During the campaign I heard him say a Biblical scholar told him that "life begins at birth". Thus, the so-called fetus when aborted, has no rights and therefore it is not murder. How sad!! I wonder what that scholar and Bill Clinton would say to Luke 1:41 where the still unborn John the Baptist jumped with joy in Elizabeth's womb at the sound of Mary and the still unborn Son of God in her womb? What about Jacob and Esau? God made a choice between them even before they were born. What about Jeremiah? What about the apostle Paul? Both were chosen before they were born.
Then came the pay off to the gay community, the executive order to allow gays to stay in the military. This will make the government openly promote this perverted life style. With this the new administration will cause further breakup of the family unit. The claim is that gays and lesbians are just an alternative life style that is God-given and protected by the Constitution. After all, don't we have the freedom of choice?
NEXT ON HIS AGENDA is securing the right of every child to sue its parents. This is championed by Hillary Clinton who just received an award for her work on childrens' rights. I WONDER IF THIS CHOIR-SINGING, BIBLE-READING BAPTIST HAS EVER READ THE STORY OF ABRAHAM AND LOT. Gen 18:20-21 "And the LORD said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I WILL GO DOWN NOW AND SEE WHETHER THEY have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I WILL KNOW."
Abraham was concerned about his nephew Lot. God had told Abraham what He was about to do to Sodom and Gomorrah. God was going to destroy that country because of their homosexual life styles. He (Abraham) wanted to protect his nephew Lot, so he began negotiating with God. Would God not destroy Sodom if there were fifty righteous people? 40? 30? 20? Even 10?
THEN CHAPTER 19 TELLS A STORY about a city that is so wicked with perversion; men having sex with men, all varieties. The word sodomy refers to unnatural sex, (which includes anal sex). Women were involved too, women with women. It was total perversion and they refused to give it up. It became the life style of all except Lot and his family. Gen 19:4-5 "NOW before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, `Where are the men who came to you tonight? BRING THEM OUT to us that we may KNOW THEM CARNALLY.'" The word KNOW means to have intercourse\sex with them.
Then Lot offered his two virgin daughters and begged them not to do so wickedly. Their answer was, "Stand back! Get out of the way, you who is a sojourner who keeps acting like a judge. Get out of the way or we will deal with you worse than with them." I WONDER IF THAT CHOIR-SINGING, BIBLE-READING BAPTIST REALLY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO SODOM AND GOMORRAH? He should know that God destroyed both Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone, and turned Lot's wife into a pillar of salt because she looked back, longingly. GEN 19:26.
The so-called Baptist who is now President ran on the platform of change. A new direction as he called it. America voted for that new direction. However, I do not believe all realized the extent of that change. Most thought that the changes would be in the economic area. As it has turned out, his social agenda is taking this country further down the path of total collapse of the family. That is, a father and mother and children living as God created them to be.
All of what is happening in the social agenda of this country is carrying out SATAN'S attempt to do away with God's laws. When is America going to wake up? When are we going to turn back to teaching the laws of God to our children, and have a family-centered life for all in this country? America will not follow God's way as long as the leaders are against it.
My grandfather, JAMES GUTHERY, WAS A BAPTIST DEACON who believed in the 10 Commandments. He would turn over in his grave if he could hear to what depths of perverted beliefs this so-called BAPTIST has sunken to. IT IS time for a real change. Not to be perverted like Sodom, but to come out of Sodom like Lot and his family did with GOD's help and guidance. It is time to pray for our leaders; pray not for them, but pray for GOD's intervention into each of their lives. Pray for God to grant them a new heart (which means a new mind). A mind like the very first century Christians had. A mind to follow God's laws. For, without that conversion, America is going down in flames.
HOW can we as a nation survive for long when the leader adopts and is performing the very abominable sins that God hates? The answer is we CAN NOT and WILL NOT.
(A free sermon tape on this subject titled, "Where Is The Church" is available).
by Mark Carr
This article is the first in a series that will appear in subsequent issues of the Sentinel. Each issue will contain an article covering the days that God has set apart as holy. They are all listed in Leviticus the 23rd chapter. When the series is completed all of the articles will be combined into a booklet and then published & made available.
Since almost all of our readers observe the Sabbath and the feast days, we will not attempt to present a case for observation. There are several publications that do a very good job of that already. Instead these articles will attempt to shed more light on the origin, intent and fulfillment of the holy days by Jesus.
I will, however, make this simple statement on the matter of observance. Only God has the authority to declare that something is holy, man cannot do this. For every day that God has set aside and declared holy, Satan has a counterfeit day that attempts to replace God's. The Devil is very successful with this and has fooled almost all of Christianity with this trickery. These days usually resemble the originals; after all, if you were going to counterfeit money you would at least make it green, wouldn't you?
That's what Satan does with God's holidays. The difference is that most of the counterfeits are connected with sun worship, a blasphemous form of honoring God.
The most obvious impostor is the substitution of Sunday for the weekly Sabbath. God declared and created the seventh day as the Sabbath. He has commanded mankind to observe it since creation and the garden of Eden.
Satan, through men, has corrupted this day and has replaced it with worship on the first day of the week. The "venerable day of the sun" Sunday. Jesus observed the seventh day Sabbath and all the holy days listed in Leviticus 23. As our articles will point out, He not only kept them when He was on the Earth, He kept them with His life, death and resurrection. Every one of the disciples observed these holy convocations AFTER the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ! This proves that they were not abolished. There is no record of any of the disciples ever keeping even one of the counterfeit days of Satan: Sunday, Easter, Lent, Halloween, Christmas, etc.
One of the reasons the weekly and annual Sabbaths were given to us was as an example or a teaching aide for understanding God's plan of salvation. They reveal God's plan for us and serve as a guide for identifying and understanding the Messiah.
Jesus was crucified on the preparation day for Passover; buried on the first day of Unleavened Bread; rested in the grave on the Sabbath; was resurrected and went before His Father as the first of the Firstfruits, on the day of the Wave Sheaf offering; (request our booklet "The Real Three Days and Three Nights"), and sent God's holy spirit on Pentecost.
These events are all recorded in history. So what do the remaining holy days picture? Christ's return on the feast of Trumpets; the binding of Satan for one thousand years on the day of Atonement; Jesus as our king of kings and Lord of Lord's for a 1,000 year millennial reign on earth pictured by the Feast of Tabernacles; and the great white throne judgment on the last great day of the Feast.
The Sabbaths not only picture the plan of salvation, they also illustrate something few people recognize. They depict how we are made and how we were born. They are so important to God that He patterned the human development and birth process after them. Lets look and see how they fit together.
With God's calendar, a month consists of approximately 28 days and begins with a new moon. A woman's menstrual cycle centers around 28 days and an average pregnancy lasts 280 days or ten Biblical months, the number of perfection. Now let's see how each phase of development coincides with the annual Sabbaths.
This is how the cycle of life begins. On the 14th day of the 1st month, the egg appears. Lev 23:5 "On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover." Fertilization must occur within 24 hours, or by the 15th day of the 1st month. Lev 23:6 "And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread."
The fertilized egg then travels down the fallopian tube into the uterus. This takes 2-7 days before it implants. Lev 23:10 "...you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. :11 `He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it." This is 2-7 days after the 1st day of Unleavened Bread.
The embryo slowly develops and grows, by the 50th day changing from an embryo to a human fetus. Lev 23:15 "And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. :16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath..."
By the 7th month on the 1st day the baby's hearing is fully developed. Is there a Sabbath where something is done that the people hear? Lev 23:24 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbathrest, a memorial of BLOWING of TRUMPETS, a holy convocation."
By the 10th day of the 7th month the blood changes. The hemoglobin is converted so it can carry oxygen throughout the circulation system. Lev 23:27 "Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD." Atonement, the blood festival where sins are cleansed through the high priest, (Jesus).
By the 15th day of the 7th month the lungs are developed. The baby would now live if it were born. This is the beginning of the safe delivery period. From this point on the child is living in a temporary dwelling that it will no longer need. Lev 23:34 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: `The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD."
Few babies are born at this point however. Just like few of mankind will enter the kingdom until the end of the millennium. But back to the 280 day cycle, how does it apply to the Bible. Is there something that takes place after 280 days? John 10:22 "Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. :23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon's porch." This makes up the 280 days. Although not given as a commanded assembly, Jesus did celebrate it. The Light of the world observed the festival of light.
Let's look and see what God has to say about these special times that He set aside and sanctified for us. Lev 23:2 ..."The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are MY FEASTS." Does everyone understand this? God says that the feasts are HIS, not the Jews, Israel's or anyone else's! They are created by Him and are for HIM! So what are these days that He is talking about? Lets take a look at the list:
To determine when we are to keep these holy days God gave us a calendar. It has seven days in a week and the seventh day (Saturday) is the Sabbath that Jesus observed.
The calendar also sets the months and determines the years by the sun and the moon. Just like Satan has attempted to change the Sabbath, he has also succeeded in changing the calendar. The "Jewish" calendar used today is not the same as the one given to us by God. Fortunately there is documentation on what changes have been made and when these took place. (For more information on this, request our free booklet "God's Calendar vs Roman-Jewish Calendar").
Today man uses a complicated calculated system for determining the calendar. God's calendar uses the sun and the moon as visual signs to determine when His holidays fall. He used the sun to determine the seasons; Spring, Summer, etc., and the moon to determine the day of the month. By doing this anyone in Jerusalem could look up in the sky on any night of the year and determine the date. It was a simple, accurate way for them to know when to observe the annual Sabbaths.
Let's take a look at the first holy day that God created. Like I said before, we will not present a technical case for observance here because that has been done before. Instead we will try and show how the Sabbath applies to Jesus and our lives.
There is an unbroken record of Jew's and early Christians that have observed the Sabbath every week up until today. Some people call Sunday the "Lord's day", but this is not accurate. Jesus said He was the "Lord of the Sabbath" (Mat 12:8) and this is Saturday. Therefore, if any day were to have His name attached to it, it would be the seventh, not the first.
For more information on how this was changed, look up Sabbath, Saturday, Sunday, sun worship and Constantine in an encyclopedia. An excellent book on this subject is "From Saturday to Sunday" by Samuel Bacchiocchi.
If you tell a non-Sabbath keeping Christian that Jesus wants us to observe all of the commandments including the 4th (John 14:15), it offends them. The Sabbath appears as a burden to someone who does not keep it. Just like telling a thief thou shall not steal, or an adulterer thou shall not commit adultery, the Sabbaths are looked upon as a burden and too much trouble without sufficient rewards to change their lifestyle. If you don't observe the commandments you don't understand the blessing and treasures contained in them (Mat 11:29-30).
It took a long time for me to understand that the reason God has always insisted on Sabbath observance was that it depicts what life in the kingdom will be like. If we can't live with the Sabbath one day a week, we will never be able to live with it for eternity (Heb 4:1-10). Because of this gift we can rest at least once a week spending time with God and our family. I know many people who don't have time for this because they never get a day off from the world. Instead of a burden, I feel the Sabbath is the greatest gift God has given us. He didn't rest on the seventh day because He was tired.
The Sabbath is really the test commandment. Whenever Israel began to fall into anarchy the Sabbath was the first thing they abandoned. This is why God said it would be a sign or a mark of a covenant. Eze 20:20 "hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God."
It is a little more than interesting that Satan has a mark for our foreheads or hands, (REV 13:16). What could cause us to receive it? Remember everything he has is a counterfeit of God's original. You obtain it by doing the opposite of what God commands.
God too has a mark for our foreheads and our hands. Deu 11:18 "Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes."
Ezekiel saw a vision of what men will be doing right before Jesus returns. They will be involved with sun worship in God's house. Eze 8:15 "Then He said to me, Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn again, you will see greater abominations than these. :16 So He brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east."
Read what God said He would do about this. (Also read Revelation 7:3). Eze 9:4 "and the LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it." :5 To the others He said in my hearing, "Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. :6 "Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the temple.
Why should Sabbath observance be a mark on your body? Because to keep or break this commandment you must use your mind and your hands.
Daniel prophesied that the Roman Catholic Church, the harlot who rides the beast (Rev 17:1-11) would attempt to change the one commandment that involves "times and laws", the Sabbath. Dan 7:25 "He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times and half a time."
Jesus said that the Sabbath would still be holy when he returned. Mat 24:3 "Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? :20 And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath."
The Bible tells us the Sabbath will be observed during the millennium. Isa 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me, says the LORD, So shall your descendants and your name remain. :23 And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me, says the LORD."
In spite of clear, convincing Biblical evidence, the world thinks that Jesus came to overturn or abolish God's law. They think that somehow because He was resurrected on Sunday that changed the Commandments. That is not what He said. Mat 5:17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. :18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled."
What about the disciples, did you know that they worshiped with Jewish and Gentile Christians every Sabbath? Act 17:2 "Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, :4 And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas."
Here again, years after the resurrection Paul faithfully observed the Sabbath. Act 18:4 "And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. :11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them."
A friend of mine asked me if you can be a Christian if you don't keep the Sabbath. I told him yes you can. There are people that love God but for some reason He has not revealed the Sabbath to them. Everyone will be given an opportunity to accept or reject God's plan. Only He decides when and how someone is called. The problem isn't not obeying in ignorance, it is refusing to obey when you know the truth. James 4:17 "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin."
So why do we observe the Sabbath? It is NOT so we can earn salvation, we all know and understand that. We observe the Sabbath because we love Jesus and He asks us to (John 14:15). God has always given us a choice: eat the forbidden fruit or don't, get on the ark or stay off, eat the manna or go hungry, keep the Sabbath or break it. Our lives are a process of choices. He wants us to obey Him (1 John 2:2-4). We can, however, refuse; He has always given us this choice. But the penalty is always the same. Deu 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live."
God wants every one of us to have eternal life with Him. That is the reason that Jesus was crucified. The choice is ours, we can keep His commandments (they exist for us not Him) and we can live...
In the next several issues we will carefully examine the other holy days one at a time & show how they all teach us about Jesus and His role as the Messiah.
by Clyde Holman
I never cease to be amazed at how shallow the mind of man is and how easily he is led astray. We have all listened to *** ********* proclaim how sad he is that the people in the *** don't realize that they are our brothers and sisters and that we likewise are theirs.
His lamentations are of course valid, but now we come to the sad part. When people leave *** and join *** they are welcomed as brothers. But when one leaves the *** they are no longer a brother or sister. You are less than nothing, someone not to talk to or fellowship with. You are no longer treated like a child of God, and no longer considered a part of His church.
Be careful people that Christ doesn't put you in the same category as the pharisees, telling you your a bunch of hypocrites. Those of us who have good minds, are willing to use them and have the character to stand for the truth in the face of all odds, understand that those great preachers who preach their great sermons about the shepherd and their lost sheep are nothing. They are pure hypocrites, they never try to find and bring back into the fold those who leave. They just forget them as though they were nothing or they never existed.
You can call these people christians if you wish, but my friends, I am afraid of them. What makes me hurt inside is how gullible a lot of people I love are. How they are falling into the same trap that many of them came out of.
All of us who have come out of the world and accepted God's truth repented, were baptized and received God's holy spirit. We keep His holy days and Sabbaths, we are all brothers and sisters. Those of you who think you have to follow a man, or be in some organization shunning your brethren because of the whim of some proclaimed minister, YOU ARE WRONG! Our brother Jesus, our heavenly Father and I truly feel sorry for you.
I do not agree with many doctrines taught by different ministers and organizations, but that does not mean we are not brothers. God reveals different truths to different people in order that the whole body will be edified. There are many things God has not allowed the *** ministers to understand because of their vanity and ego. When one thinks he knows everything and is God's gift to mankind, that is the end of his progress.
Only our brother Jesus Christ knows everything and please note His humility. He never strutted around like a peacock like most ministers do.
[EDITORS NOTE: When Clyde sent this letter to me, there were people and organizations named. I removed them because there are many churches and people this letter should be sent to. In other words, IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT!]
by Ida Mae White
We, as God's children, often find ourselves in difficult situations. Often God lets us get ourselves into these situations from which there seems to be no way of escape. If our foresight was as good as our hindsight, we would not have permitted ourselves to get into the difficulty in the first place.
What should be our attitude when we find ourselves in such circumstances? There is but one we can have-refuse to look at the circumstances around us! Our Heavenly Father seeks the highest good for each of us. We are students in his school of faith and there are lessons we must learn.
Where can we find this faith? In an hour of desperate need it will be born within us, when we are at the end of our rope. A very precious experience is given to a child of God it is to know there is no helper but God Himself.
When He has tried us we will come forth as gold.
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