Imposter Tour: Quick Pit-Stop – Tyler, Texas – 2014

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We finally found the group photo of when we were on our way to Jasey Davis and Carson Hughes’ wedding. On our way through Eastern Texas we stopped in Tyler, Texas for a quick last minute visit with the Visoca Family.

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They are a very nice family and we are eager to come back and visit with them at the Flea Market in Canton, Texas that they referred us to. See ya’ll in April

FUN FACT: Tyler, Texas is home of the Followers of Yah Billboard. In 2011 a fellow brother in Messiah paid for an entire year for a billboard on I-20 towards Dallas.

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Imposter Tour: Leaving San Antonio, Texas

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As we pulled out of San Antonio TX, we will sadly miss our old friends that we have been close to for about nine years. We had a wonderful time! We will also miss our new friends. We love you all.

In the hustle in bustle of everyday life, saving time by cutting corners whenever possible can be extremely beneficial. So when we get dirty laundry, sometimes going to the local laundry mat can save hours. I’ve seen it done, you can take an entire day of washing clothes at home, down to about two hours at the laundry mat. Isn’t that great?

2013523-harbord-mainNot only can washing your clothes at the laundry mat save time and be fun, but it is also a great place to meet new people. That is exactly what happened to us at a small San Antonio laundry mat. At first we were just having a small conversation with Eddy and his wife. He went on to tell us how this was his first time ever being at that laundry mat because it was in a bad part of town. Before to long the subject of our faith was brought up. By the time the laundry was done, Eddy and his wife were following us back to the campground we were staying at. We had such a wonderful time talking that night that we must have talked until about one in the morning. He took some of our movies, we prayed together and then we had to say our goodbyes. During our five weeks in San Antonio we kept in contact with Eddy. He wanted us to share his testimony of what Yahuwah had done for him with all you readers.

“I give thanks to Yahuwah and Yahushua and the Spirit because there was one time in my life where I was going through a tough time. I was fighting to break off of climax, I felt I was going to die and I felt like I betrayed Jesus, because back then I used to live by the name of Jesus. At this time I did not know His Name, till one night I met Danny and his wife Linda. They told me He still loved me. He could still use my life no matter what I did wrong. They showed me the Father’s love. They also presented to me the true Names of the Father and Son. They told me the Father’s name is Yahuwah and the Son’s name, who died for me on the stake is Yahushua. I believed and yes I began to study. In my studying, the Set Apart Spirit showed me confirmation that this is the Truth. I trusted in the Spirit of Yahuwah and Yahushua and I believed. Ever since that night my life has never been the same. Yahushua healed me with His precious blood by His great power. I was no longer sick from climax, my stomach did not hurt anymore. I was no longer vomiting. When He first healed me, He told me to live by His Name, His True Name. He told me not to forget about His Father Yahuwah. Since then, came great encounters with Him in my room, I’ve seen Him come and pray for me and my wife. I’ve even had great visions of what will come to past concerning great wars in our country. He’s revealed great things that I never really understood in His word. He told me I am His messenger sent from Heaven. He told me that He wants me to Spread His true Name and the Father’s Name. He went on to tell me not many will stand up for their names. I told Him I will Yahuwah, Yahushua. He told me to Spread His Name my Son. The people must know, and they will know because I will go forth in proclaiming His Name. Since I have come into the truth, He has blessed me with a job. We had no furniture, no table to eat with our children, we had nothing but a car for my wife to get to work and so our children can get to school. Yahushua has provided all these things for us and we have no needs. I have peace in my heart, love, joy, Freedom from Drugs, from hate, suicide, depression, now because of His true Name! Remember there is power in His name, there is Freedom, Peace, Love, Joy, Happiness all is found in His Name Yahushua. There’s power in the Father’s name Yahuwah also. How do I know, because I experienced it the Day I began to live by their true Names. Now the question is will you believe? Will you ever experience what I have, what my wife has, and what my children has? It’s up to you to believe, to trust and then you will see that all I’ve said is truth.”

Believe- Edward Alonzo and family

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Eddy and his family

(left to right) Eddie and Brother Danny

(left to right) Eddy and Brother Danny

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Battery was dead on our good camera so we had to use a different one.


HalleluYah!
That first night when we met, I still remember how Edward was constantly having to run to the bathroom. Before we left we prayed blessings upon Edward. and We prayed deliverance for him and his family also. We thank and praise Yahuwah for hearing our prayers. I speak a truth, there is indeed freedom from all forms of bondage in those who believe in Yahushua! Do not believe any of Satan’s lies. No matter how dark or bleak your life might be at this very moment Yahuwah, the Mighty One of Yisrael, can turn your life around. Seek Him and cry out to HIM…He loves you!

Do you see beloved ones how this works? Sow the seeds where ever and whenever you are able. You never know when you will be used to help call another out! Eddy has assured us that even though we are leaving this area what we started here, he will continue this work in the big city of San Antonio…HalleluYah! If you or someone you know suffers with an addiction and would like to talk to Edward just email us and we will connect you with him.

For I am thus reminded: For everyone who calls on the Name of YAHUWAH shall be saved.How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without one proclaiming? And how shall they proclaim if they are not sent? As it has been written, How pleasant are the feet of those who bring the Good News of peace, who bring the Good News of the good!(Romans 10:13-15)

Are you a Temple Builder? If not I say, “Rise up ol’e children of Yisrael, now is the time to proclaim.” Spread the Good News (The Besorah) now while it is still daylight as darkness is coming. Make full use of your ministry as outlined 2 Timothy 4:5. You do not need any special doctorate degree to be a Temple Builder. Just having the Ruach Ha Qodesh qualifies you to go forth and further the coming Kingdom! Do not believe those lies that you cannot do this…you can be a Temple Builder!

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Pit Stop: The Alamo

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If you’ve been following our blog this month you’ll see that we have been extremely busy. Not only have we been busy doing stuff, but we’ve also been just as busy posting what we’ve been doing here on the blog. For those who are patiently waiting for emails to be responded to, etc… thank you for your patience and please be patient a little longer. We will address your question, comment or concern according to its importance and in the order it was received. We are slowly working on catching up with the emails. They seem to never end and are always piling up. Until then, we went to the Alamo. Not knowing any history of the Alamo we coincidentally arrived the very same day the battle of the Alamo began, February 23rd, 1836. Here is our family picture in front of the Alamo.

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(left to right) Daniel, Danny, Linda, Felicia & Michael

The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound and was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. It is now a museum in the Alamo Plaza District of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. It was built by Spanish Franciscan priest Antonio de Olivares and Payaya Indians, and along with the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar and the Acequia Madre de Valero is the origin of the present city of San Antonio, Texas.

The compound, which originally comprised a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. In 1793, the mission was secularized and soon abandoned. Ten years later, it became a fortress housing the Mexican Army group the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras, who likely gave the mission the name “Alamo.”

Mexican soldiers held the mission until December 1835, when General Martin Perfecto de Cos surrendered it to the Texian Army following the siege of Bexar. A relatively small number of Texian soldiers then occupied the compound. Texian General Sam Houston believed the Texians did not have the manpower to hold the fort and ordered Colonel James Bowie to destroy it. Bowie chose to disregard those orders and instead worked with Colonel James C. Neill to fortify the mission. On February 23, 1836 Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna led a large force of Mexican soldiers into San Antonio de Bexar and promptly initiated a siege. The siege ended on March 6, when the Mexican army attacked the Alamo; by the end of the Battle of the Alamo all or almost all of the defenders were killed. When the Mexican army retreated from Texas at the end of the Texas Revolution, they tore down many of the Alamo walls and burned some of the buildings.

For the next five years, the Alamo was periodically used to garrison soldiers, both Texian and Mexican, but was ultimately abandoned. In 1849, several years after Texas was annexed to the United States, the US Army began renting the facility for use as a quartermaster’s depot. The US Army abandoned the mission in 1876 after nearby Fort Sam Houston was established. The Alamo chapel was sold to the state of Texas, which conducted occasional tours but made no effort to restore it. The remaining buildings were sold to a mercantile company which operated them as a wholesale grocery store. (Wikipedia)

As with St. Augustine, the Catholics came over here threatening the Native American Indians to convert to Catholicism or die. Most walk through the Alamo tours with so much excitement of “Oh yeah! Texas won!” We walked through there with the thoughts of all the people, men, women and children that died during the battle over the Alamo.

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Pit Stop: The San Antonio Zoo!

 

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Danny, Linda, Michael, Felicia & Daniel

Yep, we had a pit stop today and it was a lot of fun! We went to the San Antonio Zoo. It wasn’t as good as the Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. But as much fun as we had here, we are eager to go to the Cincinnati Zoo. Don’t worry, we’ll share the pictures of that pit stop too. Until then, check out what we saw at the Zoo in San Antonio, Texas.

bird01Here’s a bird, not sure what kind it was though. There was an aviary we could walk through and this bird was there on the fence looking over at us.

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An amazing bird, standing about four and a half feet tall with a wingspan of over seven feet wide and only weighing a little over ten pounds is the Secretary Bird. When we first saw it, the first thing that came to mind was an Egyptian statue of a half bird, half man. The reason for such long legs is to help the secretary bird hunt for its prey, snake. They swoop down, land near the snake and stomp on em with their long legs. Goodbye Snake! If only we could kill snakes that easy.

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This one wasn’t laughing when we were there. But this is the laughing hyena. It looks like a stuffed animal, so fake and unreal looking, huh?

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The Pink Flamingo. The Pink Flamingo can weigh up to seven or eight pounds with a height of four to five feet tall. Yes, we did see a couple in this particular flock that looked about four or five feet tall. They were much taller than the others. Do you know why these Flamingos are so pink? The shrimp and algae they eat give them their pink pigment. Their color is so pretty.

honeybearsunbearHere’s a wakeup call for everyone who thought the original “Winnie the Pooh Bear” was a golden light brown color. The Sun Bear, also known as the Honey Bear is not a violent bear. He’s the bear who’s always trying to take the honey from the bees’ nest. Bees, beehive and honey are important parts of the Sun Bears’ diet. Almost five feet tall, weighing nearly one-hundred and forty-five pounds, the Sun Bear’s long, curvy, pointed claws and almost one foot long tongue help during their honey hunt. He looks similar to a dog in the face.

tiger2There was a cute Leopard there.
While the Leopard is the smallest of the four big cats, it can run to speeds up to 36 mph.
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Some more flamingos in another exhibit.
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porcupineA Porcupine and Two Porcupines sleeping together. The picture on the left looks like a hamster or guinea pig in the face. Porcupines normally have soft fur but their body is also covered with 1,000 quills, (each 30 centimeters long) that shoot at their predators when they feel threatened. Did you know each quills that they lose another one grows back in its place? Neat, huh?
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rhino A Rhinoceros. Did you know, on the black market, a Rhino’s horn is worth just as much as gold? Sad but true. Rhinos poached in Africa and Southern Asia for their horns.
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lionA Lion. Ever wondered why male lions have manes? It has been scientifically tested that the size, color and thickness of a lions mane reveals his strength and age. and even health. Lions who are old have thinner manes. Lions who are sick have very little to no mane at all. Interesting, huh?
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cheetaThe Cheetah, with the ability to run up to 75mph can accelerate from 0-60 in as little as three seconds That is four times the acceleration of humans. Did you know the Cheetah can weigh up to 160lb!
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kangarooKangaroos, when standing up tall, are nearly six feet in height. Not only is that amazing, but they can jump as far as 30 feet in one stride! Not to mention, they can travel up to 30mph. There may be mobs in New York, but in Australia they call the Kangaroo herds ‘mobs’. These “Aussie” mobs are typically of about 50 or more. Newborn baby Kangaroos are called “Joeys” and are born only being one inch long! Pretty amazing, I’d say! No wonder they can fit in their Momma’s belly pouch.

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There were lots of different Alligators and Crocodiles.
The bottom one has a very interesting looking snout, doesn’t it?
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We got to see the official made in San Antonio TWO HEADED TURTLE!
Man-made engineering at its best.
At least they’re honest and tell us they made it here in San Antonio, Texas!
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Even though there were many more pictures, we can’t show them all to you.
Here is a video of the Hippos being fed:

We had a pit stop today and it was a lot of fun! We went to the San Antonio Zoo. Here is a video of the Zoo Keepers feeding the Hippos.

The Zoo Keepers place a colored shape in front of the glass. If the Hippos place their head directly in front of the colored shape, they get a treat and you can see the Hippos open their enormous mouth to catch the apple pieces. As you can see in the video, there are fish in the same tank as the Hippos. They all get along together. The fish will eat stuff from the Hippos teeth and skin and the Hippos do not eat the fish.

These two Hippos are mail and female. The male is in the window to the far left and the female is in the middle and right windows. They are both the same age, 39 years old. The female is on birth control because it is so hard to find homes for the baby Hippos.

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Imposter Tour #22: Traders Village – San Antonio, Texas

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You know we told you Orlando, Florida’s Flea World is America’s Largest Flea Market, but apparently, with over 100 acres, San Antonio, Texas’ Traders Village has been rated America’s #1 Flea Markets.
traders2tvTraders Village isn’t just one flea market either. This particular flea market has three in the state of Texas. It is a nice flea market. Don’t have to worry about the rain spoiling your parade here. Parade… yep, that’s right. This is more than just a flea market. It’s an amusement park with a train ride around the place too! Karaoke, petting zoo, yard sale, shopping mall, furniture store, pet store, clothing, belts, home décor, jewelry, food, campground and so much more. They may have something going for them here that Orlando’s Flea World doesn’t have. But there is one thing they don’t have going for them though and that is smelly and filthy public restrooms!

Anyways, we had a really good time here at Traders Village. Everyone had their shift sitting at the table giving away DVDs and we gave away lots! Here are a couple pictures:

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Sister Felicia, Brother Danny in his Texas cowboy hat and Sister Linda.

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Sister Felicia and Sister Linda, Yahuwah’s two miracle women! As you can see behind them, this is indeed a busy flea market! Here is another photo…

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We’ll be leaving San Antonio around the end of February, first of March. I think we have a flea market to go to next week, our last one for San Antonio. Texas.

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Where are we going next? We are going to be here in Texas until mid March 2014. Our hopes are to head down toward Corpus Christi and over to Houston, Texas. There is a Trader’s Village in Houston. You might just get to see us there. Our last stop for Texas is in Canton. There’s a big flea market there waiting for us! Maybe we can see you while we’re here, hurry, fill out the form below and let us know where you are!
It’s not too late to see ya’ll Texans before we leave! Want us to come see you for fellowship, to visit or show our movies in your congregation, or if you know of a popular flea market in your area?

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Imposter Tour #21: Eisenhauer Rd. Market

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Eisenhauer Rd. Market – San Antonio

Told you we weren’t done with San Antonio. Today we went to the Eisenhauer Rd. Market. Here are some pictures:

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Setting up

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All setup and ready.

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We weren’t the only ones busy setting up.
After the market opened people started coming.

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Not just one…

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Two…

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or three…

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but so many more! We gave away more DVDs here at this flea market than any other one this year so far. How awesome! HalleluYAH!

We’re still not done in San Antonio, Texas.
We’ll be leaving San Antonio around the end of February, first of March.

San Antonio, are we done with you yet? Nope, we have more flea markets in this city. Stay tuned cause there is more to come.

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Where are we going next? We are going to be here in Texas until mid March 2014. Want us to come see you for fellowship, to visit or show our movies in your congregation, or if you know of a popular flea market in your area?

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Imposter Tour #20: Flea Mart- San Antonio

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Flea Mart – San Antionio – Feb 2014

What a mad house! After waiting 20 minutes in traffic at the entrance to buy a parking spot, you better have even more fun finding a place to park! Once you got your car parked, finished dodging the driving vehicles coming and going in the parking lot, you have a whole other obstacle ahead of you! The shopping experience. While this extremely busy flea market was good for The Imposter Tour, it wasn’t a very good shopping experience when trying to make your way through from one shop to the other. It was loud and traffic jam after traffic jam. This flea market is so big, I think they have a problem with having a variety of shops. There must have been a Catholic relic and First Communion outfitter shop down every row. You sure can tell what’s popular in this part of Texas. Catholicism is on the rise!

As we mentioned before, the busy crowds were very good for The Imposter Tour and praise Yahuwah, He brought the ones He is calling into His Truth to our table to receive the free DVD(s) of their choice.

Here are some pictures:
IMG_7738Brother Danny using a borrowed ladder to tie up our banner.

IMG_7722Brother Danny setting up the TV. We have a new idea we’ve been doing now. To grab passerby’s attention, we have our movies playing on a TV. It has worked good so far.

IMG_7725Brother Michael setting up the DVDs on the table.

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The table is set

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And the crowds are rolling in!

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And we’re ready for them all! Since we are a Ministry and wasn’t selling anything they gave us a special spot in the front of the flea market near the concession area. This was beneficial because it was near the main entrance and everyone saw us sitting there in the eating area. Yahuwah has a purpose for everything. Normally, we pay for a booth, but we even got to stay in this spot at no charge!

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Brother Danny and Sister Linda standing behind the table.

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Brother Danny answering questions and talking about what each DVD is about. This particular couple took one of each, they were especially excited that “The Great Conspiracy” is in Spanish also.

We had a great time here at the Flea-Mart.

San Antonio, are we done with you yet? Nope, we have more flea markets in this city. Stay tuned cause there is more to come.

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Where are we going next? We are going to be here in Texas until mid March 2014. Want us to come see you for fellowship, to visit or show our movies in your congregation, or if you know of a popular flea market in your area?

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San Antonio Post Office Adventure

Michael went on an adventure during his trip to the San Antonio, Texas Post Office this past week. Yep, that’s right, we are right here in San Antonio, Texas. But only for a limited time. Are you in San Antonio, Texas? Do you want to fellowship or visit? Send us an email letting us know.

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Michael looks cold, and it was very cold! Around 30 degrees F. Michael set up all the packages next to the Alamo. Have you ever been to the Alamo. We haven’t until just now.

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This wasn’t just any ordinary post office here in San Antonio. It’s also a court house. Which only means one thing. Metal Detectors and Body Scanners!

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They don’t discriminate here, if you want to enter, you gotta go through the scanners. Here is Michael, which the packages sitting on the floor, placing his jacket in the tote just before walking through the scanner in front of him.

This isn’t our first trip to the post office. We’ll being seeing you again soon!

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Imposter Tour #19: The Wedding Feast

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With all the excitement of meeting and seeing new faces on our tour from state to state, the long road can become extremely lonely. Therefore, we here at the FOY ministry greatly enjoy a pit-stop every now and then. Our recent pit-stop would have us travel nearlykeylargotoolney 1,600 miles from Key Largo, Florida to Olney, Texas for a very special wedding. Leaving Key Largo meant we had to embrace the bitter cold arctic blast that the majority of states had been experiencing for weeks. As difficult as it was to trade in our flip flop’s, sun hats and lemonade sipping drinks for a wardrobe of ear muffs, gloves and winter coats, the tradeoff would be well worth it. Nothing compares to visiting old friends and making new ones.

All weddings are emotional in one way or another. But when Torah believing Messianic’s desire to wed and have their parent’s blessings, the entire ceremony is awesome. What makes our weddings so different, you ask?

Most of the customs surrounding the Messianic wedding has deep rooted spiritual meaning. The entire ceremony is quite fascinating actually. Here let me explain. Shot gun weddings do not exist within the Body of Mashiach neither does ‘justice of the peace’ ones. According to our tradition, marriage is viewed as a contract declared by Yahuwah between the man and woman. The goal is to create a lifelong relationship with marriage-certificate-blankYahuwah as the center. This is different compared to those that are living within the Babylon system. The majority of them have allowed the ‘state’ to be their center. Once the state has been made a partner, by the signing of a marriage license, they then have legal rights to anything that the partnership produces; such as children. Most of these marriages also do not acknowledge the importance of the parent’s blessings. Whereas, within our tradition, that is the first step in the marriage ceremony.

When a man is interested in a woman, he first prays and may even fast to see if she is his helpmate. After receiving confirmation he then goes to the young woman’s Father to ask for her hand in marriage. If there is no blessing from the Father then there is no Betrothal and the story ends. However, in the event her Father agrees… the journey begins.

The next step is the acceptance, if the woman wants to be his bride or not. After all, she will be spending the rest of her life with him. According to tradition, in front of witnesses, the man pours some wine or grape juice into a cup. wineHe then patiently waits to see if she will drink from it. If she accepted the marriage proposal she would drink from the cup. Their betrothed would now begin. Some betrothals can last as long as a year. The betrothal is binding and can only be broken through written divorce. The only way the betrothal could be broken by divorce is if the bride is found not a virgin.

The happy Bridegroom would then give her some object of value such as a ring, necklace or bracelet along with a Ketubah (marriage contract/covenant) listing promises to the Bride from the Bridegroom.

homeHe would then leave to go prepare a suitable place for them to live. He tells her, “I go and prepare a place for you and when I am ready I will return for you”. During his departure the Bride begins to get matters ready. The custom was that the Bridegroom could not return to his beloved until after he had his Father’s approval of the place he had prepared for her. In the event the Bridegroom was asked about when the wedding would be, he would declare, “only my Father knows!’

Hmmmm….are you beginning to see the importance of the wedding ceremony? I sure hope so. Let’s continue:

The wedding could not take place until after the Bridegroom’s Father declared, ‘The wedding chamber is now ready! Go forth and get your Bride!”

Since the Bride never knew which day or hour her Bridegroom would come get her, she would have to keep herself ready at all times. She kept a lamp lit while the bridesmaids kept oil on hand. Patiently, they would wait to hear for the sound of the Shofar. At the blast of the Shofar they knew the Bridegroom is coming to her!

After the wedding party arrives, the Bride and Groom goes into the wedding chamber. The best man or friend would wait outside to hear that the marriage had indeed been consummated. The stained blood bed sheets bore witness that this was her first sexual intercourse. This proved of her purity. The entire marriage feast lasted seven days with a marriage supper full of guests.

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Let us now put on our spiritual-glasses to see the deeper richer meaning found within the Marriage Ceremony.

 

During the Tanak (Old Testament) Yahuwah made a marriage covenant with His people (YeshaYahu/Isaiah 54:5-6). The Torah is the written marriage contract (Shemoth/Exodus 20:3) in other words our marriage vows. This contract was a blood covenant (Wayyiqra/Leviticus 17:11) with the Bride price consisting of the Passover Lamb (Shemoth/Exodus 12:13-14). The drinking of the cup of wine during the Passover meal was the sign of the woman (Bride/Yisrael) accepting the proposal and was publically announced in the wilderness (Shemoth/Exodus 19:7-8). The weekly Seventh Day Sabbath was the wedding chamber of how the children of Yisrael would spend time with their Yahuwah (Shemoth/Exodus 31:16; Wayyiqra/Leviticus 19:30; 23:3).

Sadly, the children of Yisrael broke the marriage vows (Torah) and thus were found whoring by serving false deities. Therefore, the marriage ended in a writ of divorcement (YirmeYahu/Jeremiah 3:8) as Yahuwah had to put her away for a time (Yehezqel/Ezekiel 16:60-63; YirmeYahu/Jeremiah 31:31-34). Yet He loved her so much that where there seemed to be no way… He made the way:

“And I shall take you as a bride unto Me forever, and take you as a bride unto Me in righteousness, and in right-ruling, and kindness and compassion. “And I shall take you as a bride unto Me in trustworthiness, and you shall know YAHUWAH. (Hosea 2:19-20)

Let us now connect these customs to Yahuwah’s magnificent plan for humanity as outlined within the marriage ceremony. Whenever a Yisra’elite man (Yahushua the Messiah) wanted to marry (the congregation), he would go to the maiden’s house with a ‘bride price (Yahushua gave his life for the Bride and thus was the Passover Lamb).

“On the next day Yoḥanan saw Yahushua coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!” Yohanan/John 1:29

He was declaring that Yahushua is the bride’s price. Yahuwah approved and accepted the ‘bride price’ as “He was pleased to crush Him“. (YeshaYahu/Isaiah 53:10).

If the bride price was accepted, a glass of wine would be poured (MattithYahu/Matthew 26:26-29). If the maiden drank, then they would be betrothed. The only way the betrothal could be broken was by divorce/ if the bride was found to be not a virgin (MattithYahu 1:18-19).Then the Bridegroom (Yahushua) would go off to build a place (the Millennium, New Jerusalem as outlined in Revelation 21) for His bride (Believers). Now let us consider the following verse:

“In My Father’s house are many staying places. And if not, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you might be too. “And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Yohannan (John) 14:2-4

Praise be to Yahuwah! Amazing! At that time, His taught ones did not understand what He was saying:

“T’oma/Thomas said to Him, “Master, we do not know where You are going, and how are we able to know the way?” Yohannan (John) 14:5

The Messiah was saying, that He was going to prepare a place for us! When the Father (Yahuwah) decides the marriage chamber (New Jerusalem) is indeed ready (Mark 13:32) as it was custom for the groom’s father to do, the Bridegroom (Yahushua) will come get the Bride (us Believers). The Bride (Believers) must prepare themselves to receive our Bridegroom, Yahushua (Revelation 19:7-8) as the parable of the ten virgins explains (MattithYahu/Matthew 25). This is why no man knows the day or the hour, like a thief in the night!

Are you waiting for the Bridegroom, Yahushua to come get you? Fill up the oil lamps! I say, let the Bride prepare herself, for when the hour does indeed come, she shall be ready!

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Clearly, these traditions or customs are just important today as they were generations ago. We are now the Bride of Messiah and can learn so much from the deeper meaning of these practices.

Considering all this, the FOY ministry was very happy to rejoice along with being witnesses in our dear friend’s wedding.

We were blessed with safe travels to go to the wedding of Jasey Davis and Carson Hughes. It was a beautiful wedding. We met lots of new friends, had great fellowship and a lot of fun. We also got to share our Ministry and the story of our Miracle Maiden, Felicia with our new friends. Here are some pictures of the wedding.

(left to right) Brother Michael, Sister Linda and Brother Danny the day before the wedding during setup.
(left to right) Brother Michael, Sister Linda and Brother Danny the day before the wedding during setup.
Mother-of-the-Bride, Jan Davis and Felicia setting up the names on the tables of who sits where.
Mother-of-the-Bride, Jan Davis and Felicia setting up the names on the tables of who sits where.
Almost ready for rehearsal!
Almost ready for rehearsal!
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Carson Hughes and Jasey Davis.
(The soon-to-be newly-weds)
“Are you ready for rehearsal”?
The Wedding Rehearsal, taping where everyone is to stand during the wedding.
The Wedding Rehearsal, taping where everyone is to stand during the wedding.
The groom being held by all his groomsmen.
The groom being held by all his groomsmen.

The beautiful Bride, Jasey Davis, during the photo shoot.
The beautiful Bride, Jasey Davis, during the photo shoot.
Sister Felicia, one of the Bride's Maids for the wedding.
Sister Felicia, one of the Bride’s Maids for the wedding.
(right to left) Brother Michael and Sister Linda. The day of the wedding. So excited!
(right to left) Brother Michael and Sister Linda. The day of the wedding. So excited!
(left to right) Sister Linda and Brother Daniel.
(left to right) Sister Linda and Brother Daniel.
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The Groom walking the Mother-of-the-Bride, Jan Davis, down the isle for the wedding ceremony.

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(left to right) Father-of-the-Bride, Chad Davis and Mother-of-the-Bride, Jan Davis, holding their 1 year old son, Yohanan Ben Brit Davis.
(left to right) Father-of-the-Bride, Chad Davis and Mother-of-the-Bride, Jan Davis, holding their 1 year old son, Yohanan Ben Brit (son of the covenant) Davis.
Exchanging the wedding Vows.
Exchanging the wedding Vows under the Huppah.
"You may now kiss the bride."
“You may now kiss the bride.”
Mr. and Mrs. Carson and Jasey Hughes.
Mr. and Mrs. Carson and Jasey Hughes.
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The Wedding Cake
Their first dance.
Their first dance.

Congratulations Jasey and Carson!

 

Do you want to learn more about Yahuwah’s Feast Days and the spiritual meaning behind them? Read our book online, “The Feast Days of Leviticus Chapter 23

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Imposter Tour – Fellowship in Key Largo – The Bird Sanctuary

When we travel, we try not to make too many plans. What? You say? “You don’t make plans?” That’s right. We let Yahuwah make the plans. Sometimes we try to make plans but our plans are not always His plans. That’s ok if our plans don’t go as expected because Yahuwah knows all and everything works out for the good in His eternal plan.

“And we know that all matters work together for good to those who love Elohim, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

That’s exactly what happened. We were driving down just before Key Largo, just getting into the Florida Keys. It was a few minutes to 7pm and Sister Linda said we should probably call around and see if there was a campground to stay at in Key Largo. We had a long day of traveling and were very ready to stop and end our road trip in Key Largo. The first campground we called was the Point of View RV Resort. They were just closing up, turning off the lights and walking out the door when we called. They had 3 spots to choose from and so we stayed there. If Sister Linda wouldn’t have said something about us calling the moment we did, we wouldn’t have gotten to stay there at the Point of View RV Resort. Yahuwah’s hand was in all of this. Driving these last nearly 5 years… from Ohio to Maine, Ohio to Montana, Idaho to Texas, Texas to North Carolina, North Carolina to Florida, Florida to Kansas, Kansas to Missouri, Missouri to Iowa, up to Michigan and back down to Florida we have never once just pulled into a campground with believers there. Well, never say never because this time we did. These believers were very different from us. And we believe Yahuwah brought us there to help them. We planted the seed and did some watering. It is now up to Yahuwah to either bring a second witness to what we were saying to them or teach them further. Please keep this family in your prayers. The Alfredo family. They are greatly deceived into following ALL the traditions of men, believing the Talmud is the original oral law, believe that no one is supposed to speak the Name of our Father Yahuwah, (no matter the pronunciation) and believe in the Noahide Laws. We gave them our movies and despite our differences, we had fun fellowshipping together, spending Shabbats together and we even went to Miami to the Jewish grocer and gift store. Here are some pictures of our fellowship with the Alfredo Family.

Sitting at the dinner/fellowship table at the Alfredo Family's campsite.

Sitting at the dinner/fellowship table at the Alfredo Family’s campsite.

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Singing Shabbat Shalom!

Singing, Dancing and Rejoicing! Oh HalleluYah!

Singing, Dancing and Rejoicing! Oh HalleluYah!

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More Fellowship

More Fellowship

Showing our Temple Model to everyone.

Showing our Temple Model to everyone.

We had a fun time!

We had a fun time!

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Brother Danny, Sister Linda and Brother Michael

 

The men. (left to right) Brother Danny, Brother Daniel, Alfredo holding his son, Jr, Alfredo's Dad and Brother Michael.
The men. (left to right) Brother Danny, Brother Daniel, Alfredo holding his son, Jr, Alfredo’s Dad and Brother Michael.

 

Since Michael plays the guitar, an older man overheard him and so they became good friends. We gave them our DVDs.

(left to right) Daniel, Ed & his wife Joyce, and Michael
(left to right) Daniel, Ed & his wife Joyce, and Michael

 

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Ed & his wife Joyce, a very nice couple.

 

Brother Danny Giving Ed our DVDs.
Brother Danny Giving Ed our DVDs.

 

Michael and Daniel also made some Christian friends. They all played the guitar together and even recorded some songs together too. They had so much fun together and were sad when their new friends left.

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Michael and his two music loving friends
Michael, his two music loving friends and grandpa like friend, Ed.

 

We did make plans to go to the wonderful Wildlife Bird Sanctuary. We went there when we were in Florida Spring 2011. Here are some pictures:

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There were mostly pelicans than anything there. Wild ones and capitve ones. The Wild Bird Center of the Florida Keys is a place where injured and endangered birds go to stay for the rest of their lives or just until they are healed up. This center is run by voluntary donations from visitors and members of the community.

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Brother Danny was the only one brave enough to pet one of the pelicans.

 

Here is a family photo with the ocean behind us at the Wild Bird Center.
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Imposter Tour #18: Orlando, Florida- Flea World- America’s Largest Flea Market!

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They say it’s America’s largest. It was a big flea market. Isn’t it funny how the flea market is named the ‘flea market’. While you may think the ‘flea market’ got its name from those pin sized parasites that may infest your pets depending on your location, history tells otherwise. In the book ‘Flea Markets in Europe’ published by Chartwell Books. In the Introduction of this book, the author writes, “In the time of Emperor Napoleon III, the imperial architect Haussmann made plans for the broad, straight boulevards with rows of square houses in the center of Paris, along which army divisions could march with much pompous noise. The plans forced many dealers in second-hand goods to flee their old dwellings; the alleys and slums were demolished. These dislodged merchants were, however, allowed to continue selling their wares undisturbed right in the north of Paris just outside of the former fort, in front of the gate Porte de Clignancourt. The gathering together of all these exiles from the slums of Paris was soon given the name Marche aux Puces“, meaning “flee market”, as in, the market where the exiles fleed and sold their goods. Whether the story is true or not, everybody loves a flea market.

We had a great time at Flea World. Despite the fact that we were only there for one day (January 10, 2014), Yahuwah used our humble table of free DVDs to share His truths to those seeking Him and His truths.

 

Brother Danny setting up the table.

Brother Danny setting up the table.

 

Brother Michael grabbing some DVDs to put on the table.

Brother Michael grabbing some DVDs to put on the table.

 

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Answering questions. Lots of people come up to us and ask lots of questions.

Answering questions. Lots of people come up to us and asked lots of questions.

Sister Linda and Felicia talking to a very enthusiastic woman about each of our DVDs. We were talking to her for about an hour.

Sister Linda and Sister Felicia talking to a very enthusiastic woman about each of our DVDs. We were talking to her for about an hour. She was very excited to have a copy of each one of our DVDs. While you may notice that Sister Linda is sitting in her transport chair she is not always in it. She walks around with it around until she needs to sit and then gets pushed. It’s a comfy chair to have around and so she just sat in is shorty before this photo was taken.

(left to right) Sister Linda, Brother Michael and Sister Felicia group photo.

(left to right) Sister Linda, Brother Michael and Sister Felicia, group photo.

Sister Linda and Brother Danny.

Sister Linda and Brother Danny.

We gave away many DVDs. We look forward to seeing you one day in our tour. Please send us an email to emailus@followersofYah.com and let us know where you are!

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Imposter Tour #17: Big Pine Key, Florida


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Point of View RV Resort (Key Largo, Florida)

Photo taken by D.R. McGuire at the point of view RV Resort.

Winter down here in the Florida Keys was good while it lasted. We tried to skip Winter, but it looks like when we leave Key Largo Florida that Winter is unavoidable! We certainly picked a good year to skip Winter because the entire country except southern Florida has been hit hard. Even Orlando wasn’t spared the cold weather. Tallahassee is in the single digits! Just last Winter L. McGuire wrote about the “Winterless Winter of 2011/2012“. I can’t wait to see what L. McGuire has in store for us in the next newsletter about the Winter of 2013/2014. As much as we love it here at the beautiful “Point of View RV Resort” in Key Largo, Florida; we are excited to head over to Texas. We have a wedding to attend to and can’t wait to visit with our dear friends, the Davis family. We stayed with the Davis family on their ranch in the Winter of 2010/2011. We had a great time!

Before we head on over to Texas, we can’t forget to tell you about our stay here in Key Largo. That’s right, the Imposter tour has been to the Florida Keys. We went to the Big Pine Key Flea Market all the way down to the Big Pine Key just past Marathon, Florida. Gave away about 20 DVDs. Even though the quantity of DVDs given away were small, they are there teaching whomever was led to freely receive one. Besides, the fact that the Florida Keys are so small of an area compared to any other city we’ve been to. Here are some pictures of our visit to the Big Pine Key Flea Market.

Time to put together the tent.

Time to put together the tent.

 

Fasten the canvas top...

Fasten the canvas top…

Push support poles out.

Push support poles out.

Double check...

Double check…

Can't forget the back wall...

Can’t forget the back wall…

Stake it down...

Stake it down…

Put up the banner...

Put up the banner…

Looks Great Michael! Excellent job!

Looks Great Michael! Excellent job!

Setting up the DVDs...

Setting up the DVDs…

 

All done!

All done! HALLELUYAH!

 

Our next stop… Orlando’s Flea World, America’s largest flea market! See ya there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The flock has not been spared!


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Sadly, the flock has not been spared. HaShatan has infiltrated among the weak. We here at the FOY ministry get downright mean and nasty emails from the so called Brethren! Some emails try to convince us we are sinning because of our movies. Others are simply infuriated because they can no longer deceive us into giving them more than one ISR Scriptures! What a blessing we were but because we refuse to allow one person to get six or seven ISR Scriptures for free, now all of a sudden we are damned in their eyes. Where is the love? This is unbelievable!  The FOY ministry is a very small group and we’ve been serving sidelinein the ministry for almost 15 years now. We will not be bullied or put down for our work. As previously stated, it is easy to be a bench sitter yelling on the side lines, step back I say and ponder on what are you personally doing to further the coming Kingdom? Either be a team player or get off the field! We are about to enter into the ninth inning! The Body of Mashiach needs to work together with the common agenda in lifting Yahushua up not tearing each other down.

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The Whooping Cough Outbreak


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Many old diseases seem to be on the rise. Some of which are much more powerful, spreading at astronomical speeds and deadlier than ever imagined. These super bugs are making a comeback with a vengeance leaving behind a trail of sickness and in some cases even death. One of these extremely dangerous diseases known as Pertussis (whooping cough) has swept through many states infecting thousands of people. This outbreak of whooping cough has not been this monstrous since 1947. In this day in age, how this deadly disease could spread so fast and easy is beyond comprehension.  We live in a world where anything and everything can easily be antibacterial wiped off. We have access to the strongest disinfecting cleansing cleaners known to man yet something so microscopic can bring entire families, streets, neighborhoods, cities even states bowing to its mercy!

Pertussis (whooping cough) is an extremely virulent disease. When a person first shows symptoms of Pertussis, they may feel like they have the sniffles or a cold. Thinking that is all they have, most continue on with the everyday hustle-in-bustle. They continue to go to public places not realizing they have indeed been infected with the Pertussis (whooping cough) until that dreadful cough begins. A person can be carrying this potential deadly disease and never even realize it. Those with weakened immune systems along with infants are extremely susceptible to this life threatening sickness. In the event an infant does survive, the recovery time is three months before the child is fully over this illness.

Most think of Pertussis as a virus yet when one has to be hospitalized the patient receives strong antibiotics to kill the whooping cough. Despite the strong dose of antibiotic treatment given, sadly much too many have died. Leaving many questions unanswered while the blame game begins. Fingers have been pointing in all directions. Some reports by health personal and scientist have made strong accusations against those parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated.

wc2   Main stream media has also passed the buck onto those who refuse to be vaccinated. Some reports have stated that the only way to prevent Pertussis from spreading is a community immunity rate of at least 93 percent.

According to the journal Pediatrics experts reported that unvaccinated children was the real culprit in the rapid spread of this current outbreak. Some are even speculating that measles may also be on the rise due to unvaccinated children. Some schools such as Empire High in Pima, AZ would not allow unvaccinated children to attend school related activities for at least three weeks. What is interesting to note is that even the children who received the vaccinations came sick, but with milder symptoms than those who were unvaccinated. Those with weakened immune systems, such as children under 6 months the disease can be fatal.

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To those of us who know the risks in getting any vaccinations, here they are stating that 93 to 95 percent of an entire community must be vaccinated to keep Pertussis from spreading. Has anyone looked into what is actually in the vaccine?

Most babies receive five doses of the DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis) by the time they are six months old. Ponder that with each Jap the odds of coming down with whooping cough increases.  The side effects from receiving this vaccines is also worrisome. Temperature can exceed 105, there can be possible collapsewith shock, convulsions, encephalopathy (brain damage) even in some cases SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) not to mention getting Pertussis, the whooping cough.

Because of this latest outbreak news reporters reported California health departments offered the pertussis vaccinations for parents at the birthing centers for their newborns. This wave of whooping cough has now sparked California State to make stricter laws for non-medical vaccine exemptions for children. In other words, if it is against your religious beliefs to put deadly vaccines into your child’s body it will now be even harder trying to get them exempt! This will go into effect next year sometime.

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Yet on the flip side reports have proven that those who actually get vaccinated are not only carriers of this deadly disease but can actually come down sick with Pertussis! I personally agree with those reports because when one puts a live virus or even bacterial into their bodies the opportunity of that organism to do what it was created to do is very highly likely. In Dr. James Howenstine report he states the following:

In 1975 Germany stopped requiring pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination. Today less than 10 % of German children are vaccinated against pertussis. The number of cases of pertussis has steadily decreased[3] even though far fewer children are receiving pertussis vaccine. 

In 1986 there were 1300 cases of pertussis in Kansas and 90 % of these cases occurred in children who had been adequately vaccinated. Similar vaccine failures have been reported from Nova Scotia where pertussis continues to be occurring despite universal vaccination. Pertussis remains endemic[4] in the Netherlands where for more than 20 years 96 % of children have received 3 pertussis shots by age 12 months. (source)

Considering Dr. Howenstine findings, the public should be asking since Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease why would one even need to get vaccinated when antibiotics can treat this sickness? When a person is infected with Pertussis, or  whooping cough the bacteria spreads by coughing and sneezing.

wc3   Vaccines are nothing to mess around with. These potions full of unthinkable ingredients are causing serious and debilitating illnesses including death to many people of all ages. A young man from Utah recently lost his life due to the flu shot that millions get every year. Chandler Webb who was going on a mission trip for his church received and the very next day he became extremely ill. A week later he went into a coma never to come back out! Tragic stories like this are become the norm with all the junk being put into these vaccines.

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The direct cause of his death was swelling of the brain. His mother said on Fox and Friends: “What attacked his brain happened so quickly within 15 hours,” Webb said on Fox and Friends.  “From one CT scan to the next, there was so much pressure and swelling on the brain that it crushed his brain stem.

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   How devastating this must be for the entire family, friends and loved one. I strongly suggest that if you desire to be jabbed then please look into all the possible side effects that can occur with any vaccine.

British scientists are working on the ‘holy grail’ of all flu vaccines. This universal flu vaccine would hopefully tackle all strains of the flu vaccine:

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The Letter J


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Written By L. McGuire with F. Martin

History reveals that the letter “J” did not exist about 500 years ago. One of the most asked questions of the century, “How can the Messiah’s Name be Jesus if the letter “J” did not exist 500 years ago?” “When did the letter “J” come into existence?” “Is it accurate to say the Messiah’s Name is indeed Jesus?”

We know the Messiah walked on earth about 2,000 years ago. If the letter and sound of “J” did not exist when the Messiah walked on this earth, what then was His Name? When did the letter and sound of “J” come into existence?

   In the English Alphabet, the letter “J” was originally used for the letter “I”. The first to distinguish the difference between the letter “J” and the letter “I” was in Gian Giorgio’s 1524 “Trissino’s Epistola del Trissino de le lettere nuwvamente aggiunte ne la lingua ialiana” (Trissino’s epistle about the letters recently added in the Italian language) “I” and “J” were originally the same letter but different shapes both equally the same letter. However, poets began to use it developing new sounds for “I” and “J”. According to the history of the English Alphabet, the official and original sound of the letter “J” was the sound of “Y” in “yet” or “yellow”. How-ever, the very first English-language book to make clear distinction between the sound of “I” and the sound of “J” was not written until 1634. It wasn’t until then, after the 1611 Bible was published, that the English language officially accepted the shape and sound of the letter “J” as “jay” and no longer the “yuh” “Y” sound.    There is not now nor was there ever an equivalent letter “J” in all the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Nor is there any Hebrew letter that carries even an approximate sound of the consonant letter “J”. Neither is there a letter “J” in the Greek alphabet.

   When you sing and praise, do you not speak Hallelujah? How do you pronounce it? Did you know, Wycliffe’s Bible, does not have it spelled Hallelujah, but rather “Alleluia” but it is pronounced Ha-le-loo-Yah. This is the reason we write it as “HalleluYah”. In Hebrew, it means Praise be to YAH!

   We received an email informing us that the letter “J” is found in Wycliffe’s Bible dating to the late 1300s. Wycliffe’s Bible was ONLY a translation of the New Testament AND was not from the original Hebrew and Aramaic, but of the Latin Vulgate. The 1611 KJV Bible was the original most known and accepted translation of the Bible. And this Bible has absolutely no letter “J” in it. The name Jesus is simply a combination of the Latin and Greek IESOUS. Please note the similarity between the Greek IESOUS and pagan deity of Zeus. As we have discussed, there isn’t even a letter or sound of “J” in the Greek Alpha-bet. While the historical references are foggy about when the initial and exact time the letter “J” sound came into existence in the English language, the window is sometime between the 1500-1600s. This current modern translation of what the world uses, “Jesus”, did not exist until roughly 500 years ago.

Notice the missing letter ‘J’ in the 1599 Geneva Translation title page Bible.  Also notice, there is also no letter “j” in the 1581 Geneva Translation Bible either.

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   If the letter “J”, its shape and sound is only about 500 years old, what was the Messiah’s Name? We must ask ourselves, how could He have been called Jesus if this version of His Name did not even exist two thousand years ago? What was His Name? Is that Name still usable during this current generation? We here at the F.O.Y. Ministry believe it is indeed usable.

   We know the Messiah did not speak English, nor did He speak Greek. What we should find fascinating is that we do know the language He spoke about 2,000 year ago. Turn with me to the great book of Acts:

“And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me, and saying, in the Hebrew language, “Sha’ul, Sha’ul, why do you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick against the prods.” And I said, “Who are you, Master?” And He said, “I am Yahushua, whom  you persecute.” Acts, 26: 14-15 (ISR)

  Clearly the Messiah spoke in a Hebrew language when Paul (Sha’ul) was stopped on the road to Damascus.

   HalleluYAH, the language the Messiah spoke and Paul (Shaul) heard was in the Set Apart Tongue, the Hebrew language. The Messiah spoke His Name in Hebrew not Greek. Did you know, the Name Yahushua actually tells us who saves: “Yahuwah Saves” (Psalms 68:4)

   Now we know there was no letter “J” in Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and Latin language! The Name above all Names could not begin with the letter “J” as this letter did not exist some 2,000 years ago. The letter ‘J’ is only 500 years old.

   We are told in Yohannan/John 5:43, “I am come in my Abba’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” We have been forewarned. Yet sadly, a great impersonator has indeed come in his own name.

These are the letters of YHWH (HWHY): YOD, HAY, WAW, HAY, read from right to left:

Father’s Name: YODHAYWAWHAY yah

Son’s Name YODHAYWAW-SHIN-AYIN shua

Yahudah’s Name YOD-HAY-WAW-dalet-HAY  yahudah

  Throughout Scriptures we find clues that reveal to us the Father’s Name. Leah’s fourth child’s name, Yahudah/Judah, in Hebrew is: YOD-HAY-WAW-DALETH-HAY. This name carries the Father’s Name, Yahudah. Drop the DALETH and we have the Father’s Name, Yahuwah. The Name Yahudah means, “Now I praise Yahuwah.” (Bereshith/Genesis 29:35) Many scholars of the Hebrew Scriptures acknowledge this as well, (Keil and Delitzch, Procksch, Lewy, Albright, Millard and Zorell). We also know that HIS people will bear His Name. That is why they were called Yahudim, not the corrupted Jews (remember there are no J’s in the Hebrew). They were also called, “Yahoo’s”. Many of the prophets also carried the Father’s Name. For instance:

YirmeYAHU (Jeremiah)                                     YeshaYAHU (Isaiah)

ObadYAH (Obadiah)                                            ZekarYAH (Zechariah)   

    The Messiah spoke Hebrew. In fact, the Messiah was indeed Hebrew. Was raised in a Yahudim home and was a Yahudim (Jewish). He even tells the Samaritan woman at the well that He is a Yahudim (Jew) in Yohanan/John 4:22. Just as there are clues for what Yahuwah’s Name is, there are also for the Son, Yahushua. In Shemoth/Exodus 23:21: “My Name is in Him.”

   Doesn’t it make you wonder who is this man everyone calls Jesus? How did he end up in the picture and why was the Messiah’s true Name forgotten? Remember, The Father’s Name is in the Son’s Name. If they hated the Father’s Name, they hated the Son’s Name also. The story doesn’t end here. For further studies on the Father and Son’s Name, we beseech you watch our movie The Great Conspiracy, along with They Have Despised My Name. To learn about the Father’s Name, read our book, HaShem (The Name), watch our short four minute video called HaShem (The Name). To learn about the Messiah’s Name, read The Name Above All Names.

   For your convenience, we have embedded our videos below.

 

The Great Conspiracy


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They Have Despised My Name


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Hanukkah – Truth or Tradition?


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hanukkahWritten By Craig Stevenson with F. Martin 

h3   Whenever anyone mentions the word ‘Hanukkah’, the immediate thought is centered around a Jewish feast that is celebrated around the time of Christmas. According to Jewish teaching, this feast must be observed from the 25th of the 9th month, which is known by its Babylonian name Kislev, for 8 days. While this has become possibly the most important time of the year for orthodox Jews, many who have come out of mainstream Christianity in order to walk in the Torah and learn their true Hebraic roots, find themselves being emotionally attached to this feast of Hanukkah, and look to Rabbinic sources to find out how they are to keep it. h2Should this feast be kept or not? Is this feast centered around traditional commands of men or is it Scripturally commanded for us to observe? I hope to dispel any doubts that some may have regarding this feast, and answer some questions on the origin of this feast and whether the adopted customs are to be observed or not.

 

h4   For most who have an idea of what Hanukkah is about, will most probably tell you that it centers around a miracle of how a small amount of oil lasted for 8 days in keeping the Menorah alight, at the time of the rededication of the temple, after the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks, and there is a tradition of lighting candles each night. What about this summary is true and what is tradition?

h8   In order to do that, it is always best to look at the writings we have available to us that describe the details of the events that center around this feast, which also became known as the festival of lights.

Firstly I want to look at the accounts as written in 1 and 2 Maccabees:

h6The historical event that culminated in what is known as Hanukkah, is clearly outlined in 1 & 2 Maccabees, which was recorded within a couple of decades after the events that took place. 1 & 2 Maccabees are parallel accounts, believed to have been written by two different authors, who describe similar events.h7

The story begins in 168 B.C.E (Before the Common Era), when the land of Yisra’ĕl was being ruled by the evil Seleucid Greek king Antiochus IV.

Antiochus IV believed that his empire would be more secure if all his subjects became more Greek. 168 B.C.E. He issued a decree that would force all his subjects to adopt the Greek culture and only worship the Greek gods. This process was called Hellenization (to make one Greek), and was primarily accepted by most who saw the Greek way being more advanced and culturally relevant. The Yehuḏim (Jews) of the time refused to submit to this Hellenization process and therefore Antiochus issued a series of laws that were designed to suppress Torah observance:

1 Maccabees 1:44-50 “And the king sent letters by messengers to Yerushalayim and the cities of Yehuḏah; he directed them to follow customs strange to the land, to forbid burnt offerings and sacrifices and drink offerings in the temple, to profane Sabbaths and feasts, to defile the temple and the set-apart people: Set up altars and sacred precincts and shrines for idols, to sacrifice swine and unclean animals, and to leave their sons uncircumcised. They were to make themselves abominable by everything unclean and profane, so that they should forget the Torah and change all the ordinances. And whoever does not obey the command of the king shall die.”

the-desecration-of-the-temple_by_Antiochus_IV   In order to carry this out, the first thing the Greeks did was capture the temple and sacrifice pigs on the Slaughter-Place to their pagan god Zeus. They then forced each Yehuḏi home set up an altar to the Greek sun-gods at their homes. Public altars were set up all over the city and Yehuḏi were forced to eat pigs that were sacrificed to Zeus.

torahburn   It was on the 15th day of the 9th month (Kislev) that the abomination of desolation was set up on the Slaughter-Place in the Temple. They then destroyed and burnt any Torah writings that were found and on the 25th day of the 9th month they sacrificed a pig on the Slaughter-Place of Elohim.

They hung the children and killed all who had circumcised them. Many Yehuḏi chose not to eat pig and profane the Covenant, and chose to rather be put to death instead of being Hellenized.

In those days there was a priest from a small town in Shomeron whose name was Matthias (Mattithyahu), son of Yoḥanan, who along with his sons tore their garments and lamented the invasion of the Greeks and the desolation of the Temple; and when the Greeks came to their town Matthias and his sons gathered with all the people of the town, and they openly refused to submit to the Greeks and would not forsake the Torah of Elohim, and called all who11mountains were zealous for the Torah and held fast the Covenant of Elohim in order to faithfully follow him. He and his sons then fled to the mountains, and they became outlaws.

The Greeks pursued many who had fled to the wilderness, and came to fight against them on a Sabbath and killed a thousand people, who refused to lift a stone on the Sabbath against the attacking Greeks. Matthias heard about this and mourned. Matthias and his sons then resolved to stand up and fight and went around breaking down all the abominable slaughter places that had been set up by the Greeks, and he recovered the Torah from the Greeks.

When it came for Matthias to die, he told his sons to be zealous for the Torah, and be ready to give their lives for the Covenant of their fathers, as he reminded them of the faith of Aḇraham, Yosĕph, Pineḥas, Yehoshua, Kaleb, Dwiḏ and Dani’ěl, encouraging them not to be afraid of sinful men.

He then made his son Yehuḏah Maccabaeus their captain, and commanded them to observe h5the Torah and avenge the wrong of their people. Yehuḏah Maccabee then rose up and became like a lion avenging his people, and grieved many kings. After 3 years of intense fighting against the Greeks, Yehuḏah Maccabee and his army defeated the Greeks and took back the Temple. After mourning and fasting over the defilement of the Temple they tore down the abominable slaughter-place to Zeus upon which pigs were slaughtered and proceeded to cleanse the Temple.


1 Maccabees 4:43-47
“and they cleansed the Temple and removed the defiled stones to an unclean place. They deliberated what to do about the slaughter-place of burnt offering, which had been profaned. And they thought it best to tear it down, lest it bring reproach upon them, for the Gentiles had defiled it. So they tore down the altar, and stored the stones in a convenient place on the temple hill until there should come a prophet to tell what to do with them. Then they took unhewn stones, as the law directs, and built a new slaughter-place like the former one.”

They built a new slaughter-place of unhewn stones as it stipulates in Shemoth/Exodus 20:24-26, and restored the true set-apart vessels for the service of the Temple:

1 Maccabees 4:48-51 “They also rebuilt the sanctuary and the interior of the temple, and consecrated the courts. They made new holy vessels, and brought the lamp stand, the altar of incense, and the table into the temple. Then they burned incense on the altar and lighted the lamps on the lamp stand, and these gave light in the temple. They placed the bread on the table and hung up the curtains. Thus they finished all the work they had undertaken.”

temple   After they had restored the Temple, it was time to dedicate it and make it fit and clean for service, and re-establish the sacrifices that had not been done for the 3 years that the Greeks had defiled the Temple.
This re-dedication of the Slaughter-Place took place on the 25th of the 9th month – 3 years to the day after the Greeks had defiled the Temple by offering a pig on the Slaughter-Place.


1 Maccabees 4:52-59
“Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, which is the month of Kislev, in the one hundred and forty-eighth year, they rose and offered sacrifice, as the Torah directs, on the new Slaughter-Place of burnt offering which they had built. Look at what time, and what day the heathen had profaned it, even in that it was dedicated with songs, and citterns, and harps, & cymbals. Then all the people fell upon their faces, worshipping and praising the Elohim of heaven, who had given them good success. So they celebrated the dedication of the Slaughter-Place for eight days, and offered burnt offerings with gladness; they offered a sacrifice of deliverance and praise. They decked front of the temple with crowns of gold; and with shields, and the gates, and the chambers they renewed and hanged doors upon them. Therefore there was great gladness among the people, for that the reproach of the heathen was put away. Then Yehuḏah and his brothers and all the assembly of Yisra’ĕl determined that every year at that season the days of dedication of the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days, beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month of Kislev.”

We also have a similar record being given in 2 Maccabees:

2 Maccabees 10:5-8 “It happened that on the same day on which the temple had been profaned by the foreigners, the purification of the temple took place, that is, on the twenty-fifth day of the same month, which was Kislev. And they celebrated it for eight days with rejoicing, remembering that not long before they had held the Feast of Tabernacles when, as they wandered in the mountains and caves, like beasts. Therefore they bore branches, and fair boughs and palms also, and sang Psalms unto Him, that had given them good success in cleansing His place. They decreed by public ordinance and vote that the whole nation of the Yehuḏim should observe these days every year.”

As we see these words contained in 1 & 2 Maccabees, we need to make a couple of observations that will help us discern between what happened historically and what is being celebrated as a tradition today.h12

One of the most notable things that we should see here, is the clear fact that no mention of oil and the miraculous supply of oil that supposedly caused the Menorah to burn for 8 days, nor the making of an 8 or 9 lampstand. The Lamps and lampstand is mentioned, yes, as well as the table of showbread and other utensils that were restored in order to perform the Scriptural requirements in the Temple service. What is very clear is that there is NO MAGICAL OIL!!!

These accounts contain the most detailed records of these events and with there being no mention of what many have been taught to believe, leaves us with a very big question of where this ‘traditional story’ of the miraculous supply of oil comes from, as being the central theme, according to tradition, of this modern day feast!

The whole reason for this great celebration and dedication that took place, was for the dedication of the Slaughter-Place, and the fact that they could enjoy this time of feasting and celebration like the Feast of Sukkoth (Tabernacles), which they had not been able to celebrate correctly for 3 years due to the Greek oppression and defilement of the Temple.

This celebration and ‘dedication’ had nothing to do with oil or its supposed miraculous supply, but rather had to do specifically with the ‘dedication of the Slaughter- place.

The Hebrew word for ‘dedication’ is חֲנֻכָּה anukkah – Strong’s H2598 both meaning, dedication, consecration, and corresponds to the Aramaic word חֲנֻכָּה anukkah – Strong’s 2597 which we find being used in the book of Dani’ěl.

These two words are collectively used 12 times in Scripture. The Aramaic word is used twice in Dani’ěl in the wicked kings call for the dedicating of his wicked image, and twice in Ezra when the Temple of Ělah was dedicated. The Hebrew word is used 8 times in Scripture – 5 times in direct reference to the offerings of dedication, and consecration brought for the slaughter place, and twice it is used for the dedication of the walls of Yerushalayim, that was done with great joy; and once it used as a title of a Tehillim/Psalm at the dedication of the House of Dawiḏ.

As we read above from 1 Maccabees 4:56, they celebrated the dedication of the Slaughter-Place for 8 days, and not the miraculous provision of oil, that many focus on today according to traditions that have been taught!

When we ask why the dedication lasted 8 days, we need to see how this was a joyful response at wanting to dedicate the Slaughter-Place and give thanks to Elohim, in celebrating this dedication the way they would celebrate sukkotSukkot/Tabernacles – as we clearly have read that they celebrated with palms, branches of trees etc., and did so with great rejoicing – for Sukkot is a commanded feast for rejoicing, which too lasts for 8 days (the command is to dwell in Booths for 7 days and on the 8th day have a closing ceremony).
We can see from Scripture that there is no set period that is repeated for the amount of time the Slaughter-Place was to be dedicated, as we see in:

Bemibar/Numbers 7:11 “And YAHUWAH said to Mosheh, “Let them bring their offering, one leader each day, for the dedication of the Slaughter-Place.”
The Slaughter-Place was dedicated for 12 days!
Bemi
bar/Numbers 7:84 “This was the dedication of the Slaughter-Place from the leaders of Yisra’ĕl, when it was anointed: twelve silver dishes, twelve silver bowls, twelve gold ladles.

At the dedication of the Slaughter-Place of the Temple we see in:

Dire haYamim Bet/2 Chronicles 7:9-10 And on the eighth day they held an assembly, for they performed the dedication of the Slaughter-Place seven days, and the festival seven days. And on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents, rejoicing and glad of heart for the goodness that YAHUWAH had done for Dawiḏ, and for Shelomoh, and for His people Yisra’ĕl.”
Shelomoh had performed the dedication for 7 days and then they held the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles) for 7 days, and after the 8th day of Sukkot (Tabernacles) he sent the people away to their tents. Please note, in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23:34 that Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) is commanded to begin on the fifteenth day of the seventh month and is to last 7 days and in Wayyiqra/Leviticus 23:26, there is an eighth day. The twenty-third day of the seventh month would have been the last of Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles).

Ezra 3:2-4 “And Yehoshua son of Yotsaḏa and his brothers the priests, and erubbaḇel son of She’alti’ěl and his brothers, arose and built the Slaughter-Place of the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Torah of Mosheh, the man of Elohim. So they set the Slaughter-Place on its stands, being afraid of the peoples of the lands. And they offered burnt offerings on it to YAHUWAH, both the morning and evening burnt offerings. And they performed the Festival of Booths, as it is written, and the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the right-ruling for each day”

Here in the 7th month they rebuilt the Slaughter-Place and performed sacrifices on it and kept Sukkot, even though they had not yet finished rebuilding the Temple! In this account we are told that the Slaughter- place was ‘set up ’ and not dedicated, as the Temple had not yet been completed and the proper dedication only took place a number of years later in:

Ezra 6:16-17 “Then the children of Yisra’ĕl, the priests and the Lěwites and the rest of the sons of the exile, did the dedication of this House of Ělah with joy, and offered at the dedication of this House of Ělah one hundred bulls, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs, and as a sin offering for all Yisra’ĕl twelve male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Yisra’ĕl.”

In Neḥemyah we have the account of the dedication of the walls taking place:

Neemyah/Nehemiah 12:27 “And at the dedication of the wall of Yerushalayim they sought out the Lěwites in all their places, to bring them to Yerushalayim to perform the dedication with gladness, and with thanksgivings, and with singing, cymbals, harps and lyres.”

In all of the 4 accounts of dedication we have in Scripture in regards to the Slaughter-Place or Temple or walls, we find that these dedications were not done according to a set number of days, or at a specific time. What we do see in Scripture, however, is a repeated picture of dedication or renewal of covenant often taking place in the 7th month, which pictures for us the fullness of YAHUWAH dwelling with His restored people!
According to Maccabees this feast of dedication was done with the intention to make up for the Feast of Sukkot which had not been properly kept.
questions   The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not this can stand as a mandated feast for us to follow? Should we, as Followers of Yah really be celebrating any holiday that YAHUWAH himself did not command us?

In The Torah we do have the instructions regarding those who are able to perform the Pěsach (Passover) in the second month, yet does this standard apply to other feasts?

Bemibar/Numbers 9:10-13 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘When any male of you or your generations is unclean for a being, or is far away on a journey, he shall still perform the Passover of YAHUWAH. ‘On the fourteenth day of the second month, between the evenings, they perform it – with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they eat it. ‘They do not leave of it until morning, and they do not break a bone of it. According to all the laws of the Passover they perform it. ‘But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and has failed to perform the Passover, that same being shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of YAHUWAH at its appointed time – that man bears his sin.”

The Maccabees had missed Sukkot, and in a manner of speaking they held a ‘second Sukkot’, which we can clearly see was done with great joy in celebrating a great win over the enemy.

questionsWhat we must ask ourselves is whether or not this can now be practiced today, as a second Sukkot! We see that this feast of dedication was identified with the Feast of Sukkot in:

2 Maccabees 1:9 And now see that you keep the Feast of Tabernacles in the month Kislev.”

The month of ‘Kislev’, as it was known from the Baḇylonian exile, as I have already mentioned, is the 9th month!

questions
Does this instruction from Yehuḏah Maccabee have the authority to change the Appointed Times of YAHUWAH?
The answer is absolutely NOT!!!

After this victory they wrote to the Yehuḏim in Mitsrayim and said in:

2 Maccabees 1:18 “Therefore whereas we are now purposed to keep the purification of the Temple upon the twenty fifth day of the month Kislev, we thought it necessary to notify you thereof, that ye also might keep it, as the of the feast tabernacles, and of the fire when Neḥemyah offered sacrifice, after that he had built the Temple, and the Slaughter-Place.”

Here we clearly see, once again, that this dedication was referred to being like the Feast of Sukkot/Tabernacles, and had nothing to do with a miraculous story of oil that lasted 8 days!
In the years that followed, when they were able to keep Sukkot in the correct month – that is the 7th month, the Yehuḏim continued to keep this feast of dedication and even referred to it as ‘2nd Sukkot’, or ‘Sukkot in the month islev’.
Did the Maccabees have a right to establish such a feast?
In Scripture we have an account of a wicked king who established his own timing of feasts, that were like the feast of the Yehuḏim:

Melaim Aleph/1 Kings 12:32-33 “And Yaroḇ’am performed a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival that was in Yehuḏah, and he offered on the altar. So he did at Bĕyth Ěl, slaughtering to the calves that he had made. And at Bĕyth Ěl he appointed the priests of the high places which he had made. And he made offerings on the altar which he had made at Bĕyth Ěl on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in the month which he had devised in his own heart. And he performed a festival for the children of Yisra’ĕl, and offered on the altar and burned incense.”

This was one of the sins of Yaroḇ’am that provoked YAHUWAH! Yaroḇ’am established his own feast just one month after Sukkot, while the Maccabees had their second Sukkot 2 months and 10 days after the Appointed Time, which has no Scriptural precedent for them to do this! We certainly recognize that this was the first time that they could actually perform a festival to YAHUWAH, after being under the wicked control of the Greeks. Justified or not, it is very clear that the 8 days celebration was a substitute for the feast that they had missed!

Does this establish a lawful precedent, or do we adhere to YAHUWAH’s Appointed calendar – I think that the answer is fairly obvious at this point.

jo  Josephus also records the events around this dedication in Book 12 chapter 7:

7 “(323) Now Yehuah celebrated the festival of the restoration of the sacrifices of the temple for eight days; and omitted no sort of pleasures thereon: but he feasted them upon very rich and splendid sacrifices; and he honored Elohim, and delighted them, by hymns and psalms. (324) Nay, they were so very glad at the revival of their customs, when after a long time of intermission, they unexpectedly had regained the freedom of their worship, that they made it a law for their posterity, that they should keep a festival, on account of the restoration of their temple worship, for eight days. (325) And from that time to this we celebrate this festival, and call it Lights.[Why do we call it lights?] I suppose the reason was, because this liberty beyond our hopes appeared to us; and that thence was the name given to that festival. (326) Yehuah also rebuilt the walls round about the city, and reared towers of great height against the incursions of enemies, and set guards therein. He also fortified the city Bethsura, that it might serve as a citadel against any distresses that might come from our enemies.

At the time of Josephus, this festival became known as the festival of lights, and what we can notice here is that Josephus says nothing about a miraculous oil that lasted 8 days, but rather says that this may have been called ‘lights’ because of the freedom that was brought to Yisra’ĕl after an oppressive time! By the style of his writing, we can see that he is not really sure why it was called lights!
The first time we see any record of Hanukkah having anything to do with a new kind of Menorah and the miraculous supply of oils is in 200 C.E. as contained in the Baḇylonian Talmud!!! Special Hanukkah lamps have their origin in the Baḇylonian Talmud too!!!

“The rabbis taught: The law of ‘Hanukah demands that every man should light one lamp for himself and his household. Those who seek to fulfil it well have a lamp lit for every member of the household. Those who seek to fulfil the law in the best possible manner should light according to Beth Shamai the first night eight flames, and every following night one flame less. And according to Beth Hillel the reverse–the first night one lamp, and be increased by one on each succeeding night. Said Rabba b. b. Hana in the name of R. Johanan: “There were two sages in Zidon; one did according to the decision of Shamai’s school, and gave the reason that the ‘Hanukah lamp is to be lit in the same manner as the sacrifices of the feast were offered, and the other according to the school of Hillel, with the reason that holy actions should show (emblemize) increase and not reduction. The rabbis taught: It is a merit to put the ‘Hanukah lamp on the outside door of the house; and he who lives in an attic puts it in a window that opens into the street. In time of danger, however, it is sufficient if the lights are on the table. Said Rabha: In the latter case another light is required to work by; but if there is a hearth-fire in the house, it is not necessary. However, if the man is of high standing (and not in the habit of working by the hearth-light) he must have another lamp.

What is ‘Hanukah? The rabbis taught: “On the twenty-fifth day of Kislev ‘Hanukah commences and lasts eight days, on which lamenting (in commemoration of the dead) and fasting are prohibited. When the Hellenists entered the sanctuary, they defiled all the oil that was found there. When the government of the House of Asmoneans prevailed and conquered them, oil was sought (to feed the holy lamp in the sanctuary) and only one vial was found with the seal of the high priest intact. The vial contained sufficient oil for one day only, but a miracle occurred, and it fed the holy lamp eight days in succession. These eight days were the following year established as days of good cheer, on which psalms of praise and acknowledgment (of G-d’s wonders) were to be recited.” (Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shabbat, page 21b) -reading on one can see the many burdensome laws and traditions of the Hanukah light.

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   When we consider this ‘festival of lights’, we can so easily be steered toward the influence of many pagan worship practices that are also referred to as being festivals of lights – Hindus celebrate Diwali (festival of lights) and much of modernized Christmas celebrations that are centered around lights, have their roots in ancient Roman pagan worship rites. There are even the many pagan influences of the specific practice of candle lighting! Birthdays, Halloween, Kabbalistic Worship of Candle light on the Sabbath, Witchcraft, Christmas tree candles, etc. Here is some quick information on the pagan practice and tradition of lighting candles.

-Sabbath Candle Lighting-
According to ask Moses.com,
kabbalahThis practice originated from Jewish Mysticism, known as Kabbalah.

AskMoses.com then continues, “Here’s where the magic happens! With the candle lit, the Jewish woman goes Kabbalistic. After drawing her hands inward three times to internalize the Shabbat Spirit, she then covoers her face with her hands and says the blessing…”

Baruch atta Ado-noy Elo-hai-nu Melech ha’olam asher kid-sha-nu b’mitz-vo-tav v’tzi-vanu li-had-leek ner shel Shabbat Kodesh.

[Blessed are You Lord, our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of the Holy Shabbat].

One might wonder, where is this command to light Shabbat candles before the Shabbat?

AskMoses.com claims “lighting Shabbat Candles were practiced by Sarah in the Bible in the book of Genesis. Yet, the link they provide is not the Bible at all but merely Rashi’s (a Talmud Rabbi’s) interpretation of Genesis.”

sclA young Jewish lady on YouTube instructs people on how to practice Shabbat candle lighing. She states: It is taught in Kabbalah that when we light Shabbat candles, we access the original light of creation to reveal the divine in all things and restore the original light that’s shown in the Garden of Eden.”

Video link: Unavailable for privacy reasons.

We cannot look over the superstitious ritual origins of lighting candles on the Shabbat also:

“The Commandment of Sabbath candles was given to the women of the holy people that they might kindle lights. The sages said that because Eve extinguished the light of the world and made the cosmos dark by her sin, [women] must kindle lights for the Sabbath. But this is the reason for it: Because the Shelter of Peace [ = the Shekhinah] rests on us during the Sabbath, on the [Sabbath-]souls, it is therefore proper for us to do below, in this form, as it is done above [within the G-dhead], to kindle the lights. Therefore, because the two souls shine on the Sabbath, they [women] must light two candles…. Therefore, by kindling the lambs for the holy Sabbath, we awaken great arousal in the upper world. And when the woman kindles the lights, it is fitting to her to kindle [them] with joy and with wholeheartedness, because it is in honor of the Shekhinah and in honor of the Sabbath and in honor of the extra [Sabbath] soul. Thus she will be privileged to have holy children…. And by this means she give her husband long life.”

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wc-Part of Witchcraft-
A former African witchdoctor who practiced witchcraft for over twenty years said that demons are attracted to the substance candles are made out of. Candles were a part of his witchcraft. It does not matter what color, shape, or smell they have. When lit, the smell of the candle also calls on another big time demon.

Let it also be noted the real reason for placing jolcandles in the jack-o-lantern on Halloween. Not only was it thought to ward off evil spirits, but it was the mark of the demons. According to the rituals of Halloween, if one had a pumpkin on their porch it was a sign for the demons that they have already came to that house and the wax in that candle was of the fat of the child that was sacrificed from that household!

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-Mentioned in the book of Baruch-
The sixth chapter of the book of Baruch discusses of the many idols and false g-ds of the heathens and how they adorn them. It even goes into great detail of the many candles that are lit for these idols:cc

“They light candles to them, and in great number, of which they cannot see one: but they are like beams in the house.” (Baruch 6:18)

Sounds similar to the many candles that can be found adorning the idols in the Roman Catholic Church.

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This modern adaptation of a feast, Hanukkah (and Purim) that became established at the command of man has, through the traditions of man, become festivals that do not reflect the work of Messiah, nor acknowledge that He is the perfect sacrifice and the true Light of the world!

Many Messianic believers today try to justify their keeping of Ḥanukkah by trying to say that YAHUSHUA Messiah celebrated this feast, through a skewed interpretation of a verse in:

Yoanan/John 10:22-23 “At that time the Ḥanukkah came to be in Yerushalayim, and it was winter. And YAHUSHUA was walking in the Set-apart Place, in the porch of Shelomoh.”

On the basis of these verses alone, many assume that YAHUSHUA Messiah was keeping a man-commanded feast, and they claim this because He was in the Temple at the time! Messiah declared Himself as the renewed temple:

Yoanan/John 2:19-22 “YAHUSHUA answered and said to them, “Destroy this Dwelling Place, and in three days I shall raise it.” Then the Yehuḏim said, “It took forty-six years to build this Dwelling Place, and You are going to raise it in three days?”

So, why would He celebrate the Feast of Dedication? He is the True Temple and condemned the old temple for destruction. So why would we honour the wrong temple? For that matter, why celebrate a temple that no longer exists and that Messiah condemned to destruction and replacement?

Should Ḥanukkah, a man-made holiday whose basis is given from one excerp within the Talmud and a fleeting, uncertain reference within scripture, be equivalent to an Appointed Time of YAHUWAH? Should Ḥanukkah hold any position in worship? Which are beneficial, YAHUWAH’s Word and His commands, or man’s traditions that are taught as teachings? Does Ḥanukkah depict YAHUWAH’s Salvation Plan, or teach believers about YAHUSHUA through the historical evidence we have? Are we to follow men in partaking of inherited rabbinical leaven?

While many may be emotionally offended at the presentation of this article, I simply want to highlight a sobering reality that we have inherited many vain traditions that have been established as being more relevant than the Word of Elohim, and it is time for the true worshippers of Elohim to worship in Spirit and Truth.

As you read through Yoanan/John 10 and see the words that YAHUSHUA Messiah spoke to the Pharisees and hypocrites at the temple, one does not have to look to far and see that He was not celebrating this feast with songs and praise, but rather He was clearly rebuking the religious hypocrites, who sought to stone Him for ‘making Himself Elohim’!

h9   While we certainly can see how the Maccabees had a great victory against the Greeks in a partial fulfilment of Dani’ěl’s prophecies, we also can bring to remembrance many great victories over the enemy that we see recorded in Scripture, and we are able to give thanks to Elohim who fights for us and gives us great examples for us to remind us of this fact, yet we must not add to or take away from His Word. Sadly this feast of lights has grown in depravity over the centuries and today it has become nothing more than a substitute for Christmas, and the customary celebrations of this feast are based on the traditions of man as taught through the Talmud, written and taught by those who deny YAHUSHUA Messiah!

This is NOT a Feast of YAHUWAH!

ANUKKAH – TRUTH OR TRADITION? Who are you listening to?

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To learn more about what Feasts we are indeed commanded to celebrate go here:

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Help Wanted in the Activity Center

foyactivityhelpDo you have children? Do you help in your local Assembly or Congregation’s children’s activities? Do you like to draw coloring pages, make word search puzzles, create crossword puzzles, write up Who Am I’s, and create quizzes ALL that are Scripture related.

If you have wanted to help in the Ministry now is your opportunity! We currently have a small collection of Activities in the FOY Activity Center. Since we are a small family of five, each of us have our part,  and things get busy here. The Activity Center is something that has blessed the Followers of Yah viewers around the world and we want to expand our collection of activities. If you are interested in helping us expand our Activity Collection please send us an email and we’ll get you started:

activity@FollowersofYah.com

 

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The Sunday Assembly


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Written by L. McGuire

c1    Satan’s pawns are working endlessly to get the final pieces in place in accepting the Universal worldwide Church of the coming Imposter. When the Noahide Laws(Rainbow Covenant/Universal Moral Laws) come into full force, all gentiles (goyim) will not be permitted to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath. This will be a global edict under penalty of death. Yet there will be a National Sunday Law (just like the blue laws) that will force all non-Jewish citizens to assemble together on Sunday. Due to the coming Sunday Law, businesses will be closed, forcing everyone to flock to their local mega-church. Inside these mega-churches are restaurants, shopping areas, game facilities [ie. bowling alleys and full size concert stages], with the capacity to accommodate hundreds, if not thousands of people. This is the reason as stated in previous FOY Publications that mega-churches are springing up everywhere! Most of these facilities have made a pack with the devil. Every single building, worship center, church and even congregation that holds the 501c tax exempt status are partners with the beastly government system. What this means is that they are not a free organization, but are pawns in the devil hands. It’s a give and take relationship. The beast gives the 501c organizations extra write offs along with tax breaks while at the same time take away the sovereignty of what can and cannot be taught within that given group. This is the reason why so many are in a spiritual famine (1 Samuel 3:1).

Most of these meeting places do not even have typical church names. They appear to be more secular for the main purpose of giving the illusion that the facility is a ‘church that don’t do church!”  Yet in reality these branches of the great whore will deceive masses amounts of people into accepting the coming Strong Delusion!

c2These people friendly ear tickling convention pep rallies have increased in popularity so much that now mega-churches for the unbelieving are on the rise! A new line of godless mega-churches has now been introduced on the world scene. Originating in Great Britain, having reached the shores of the USA.

c3   Going by the name “The Sunday Assembly”, atheists are rising up in a desperate desire to have community church. Growing like wildfire, people by the hundreds are flocking into the Sunday Assembly to listen to what they call an inspirational sermon along with songs such as ‘Lean on Me’.

c4   The two British founders (Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans) hope to raise enough funds to create dozen more of these Sunday Assemblies. Most of these atheists are wanting the community church without all the religious hype.
Everyone has the right to freely worship and gather as they see fit, despite our disapproval in their religious views. Yahuwah allows each of us to freely choose and we should also respect the same. However and more importantly what we see unfolding before our very eyes is possibly the last domino being put in place for the ultimate take over.

The coming Imposter is looking just for an assembly to rule with the underlining deception that this is not church when in reality this is part of Satan’s Bride.

c5   Under the coming New World Order which is proclaimed on the back of every single dollar bill, the pyramid top is not connected. The Illuminati have been patiently waiting to connect the two pieces. Another red flag to pay attention to is the logo for “The Sunday Assembly” happens to be in the shape of a pyramid. Also notice how SUNDAY has been written, S UN DAY. Could the letter ‘S’ represent Satan? Clearly, we can see UN DAY! As previously stated, the United Nations under the guise of ‘freedom from religion’ is actually an active team player in the final preparations for the coming Imposter!

c6    Quite a lot of Christians are upset over atheists having a church. The truth is though godless churches are nothing new. There are thousands of godless churches under the false pretense of being Christian in name only. Yet matters are indeed lining up for the entire world to receive the fallen star (Satan). Since Atheism is a religion I’m sure soon these atheist mega-churches will also become 501c tax exempt!

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I beseech each of you to step back and ponder on the greater matter at hand here. The name alone “Sunday Assembly” should be a big signal of the up and coming weekly holiday that the world is about to be put under.

Let us not forget that just a few months ago, Pope Francis stated that good Atheist can go to heaven and Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, of the Episcopal recently claimed that there is divinity in all people!

http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2013/07/30/bishop-katharine-seeing-the-divine-in-all-people/

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Both are false prophet’s tickling the ears with the new age mumbo jumbo same ole’ rederick that “you shall be gods”! Or as Benny Hinn would say, ‘little Christo’s!’ Totalitarianism is here beloved ones!

http://www.alnewscast.com/economy/atheist-mega-churches-take-root-across-us-world/

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The War on GMO


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gmowar Written by L. McGuire

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The war on GMO (genetic modified organism) continues. Seems the Frankenstein scientist are escalating their efforts in destroying mankind from within. They continue to slice and dice the blueprint of plant, animal and human DNA. Yahuwah created each living thing in precise detail.  Clearly, DNA is the blueprint for every living organism. Once this continuous chain of living organisms is interrupted including just the slightest disturbance with any type of alteration whatsoever there can be devastating consequences forever! Generations ago, the Creator, Yahuwah destroyed life with a great flood for the tampering of the genetics of living things along with the corruption of morality! The time is coming and will soon be here when He will have had enough of these Frankenstein scientist tampering with the DNA of all living things. It is imperative to fully comprehend that once a defective GMO gene has been released it cannot be recalled! The damage is done with no turning back or undoing the change.gmo2

Yet despite knowing full well the consequences of such modifications and the havoc that has been birthed from these Frankenstein creations, these demonic wannabe gods, continue to charter into the unknown. In their resent attempt to destroy and literally change the human DNA they have now come up with a few more disturbing so called food that is not fit for human consumption! The coming attacks will be full of propaganda targeting the health conscience, vegetarians along with the various humane societies.

If these mad scientists have it ‘their way’ they are going to created something that seems appealing to the eyes, marketed as being tasty and good, yet in reality this cooked up poison is going to literally change human DNA forever! Staying away from the Mickey D’s (McDonald’s) and other fast food junkie places is a start but you have got to go further by checking and reading all labels! GMO whole grain this and whole grain that was literally killing me. Millions of others are also slowly getting sicker by eating food that is not met for human consumption.

These Frankenstein scientist are in the process of creating a new healthier wheat and thus will try to promote this as a health food as outlined within the following article:

“From the OGTR website, it appears that these GM wheat varieties contain sections of DNA or genes from wheat, rice and some micro-organisms such as cauliflower mosaic virus, Escherichia coli and Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Moreover, it appears that the introduced DNA contains a promoter sequence from wheat and a reversed sequence from wheat, making it a chimera of sequences based on wheat. All these sequences combine to make a section of DNA in each GM wheat variety that has not been seen in nature before.” Expert Scientific Opinion on CSIRO GM Wheat Varieties

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Sounds yummy huh? Actually the article continues that in a nut shell what this genetic modified wheat can do is silence certain genes. This silencer will thus have a result in a slower release of glucose with an improved glycemic index and since some will survive through digestion the result will be a change within the large intestine! Not only is this quite dangerous but it can be downright deadly:

“The first important factor in assessing the risk of this wheat to human health is to consider whether the dsRNA produced by the wheat plant can survive digestion in the organism that eats it. Having survived digestion, the next factor to consider is whether the dsRNA can then enter the tissues of the organism and affect the expression of its genes. There is scientific evidence that this chain of events can indeed occur with dsRNA and the evidence for this is given in Prof Jack Heinemann’s report and also in his book (J Heinemann, 2009). In fact, employees from the world’s largest GM company, Monsanto, have written at least one paper about how to commercially exploit the fact that dsRNA survives digestion in insects, in their attempts to try to control insect pests of plants. That is, the plant is genetically engineered to produce a dsRNA, which insects ingest when they eat the plant; the dsRNA survives digestion in the insect and then silences genes in the insect to stunt its growth and kill it (Baum et al, 2007).” Expert Scientific Opinion on CSIRO GM Wheat Varieties

gmo2These crazy scientist have really gone the extra mile to try to manipulate the order of things created by Yahuwah. The report further states that there is indeed a great risk from the dsRNA GM wheat. It can literally enter into the tissues of those who consume the GM wheat and thus silence their genes! Once these genes have been silence this can thus be passed down to the next generation. Now that is shocking. But it gets worse beloved ones:

“Consequently, it is clear that there is an obvious risk to animals and people who eat these GM wheat varieties. That is, there is evidence that dsRNA from GM plants may survive digestion to enter the tissues of the body, where it may silence a gene in the host. Furthermore, there is evidence of a specific gene that may be silenced in the host – a similar gene to the one that is silenced on purpose in the GM wheat variety. There is also evidence that if this gene was silenced in animals and people, it could cause serious ill-health and even death. As this dsRNA does not appear in nature, there is no appropriate way to dismiss this scenario through reference to any non-GM food or by using assumption-based reasoning.” Expert Scientific Opinion on CSIRO GM Wheat Varieties

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gmo3As bad as all that is these Frankenstein scientists are not completely done yet, as they have a full menu lined up to totally disrupt the human DNA.
The world’s first lab-grown burger was recently ate in London! These cloned burgers are surely grapping the attention of vegetarians and humane societies from all over the world. How did they manage to grow a hamburger?

They simply took cells from a cow and by using stem cell engineering the mad scientist were able to create strips of muscle that they then formed to make a patty. One food expert claimed the meat tasted like the real deal. Those who worked on the project agree that the lab-grown meat will never taste as good as that from an animal. Taste doesn’t seem to be an issue since the lab-grown burgers are much more affordable in the long run and is considered ethical in protecting animal welfare. To make the burger more appealing red beet juice was added.

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gmo4Maybe one can washed down that lab-created hamburger and that new healthy wheat bun with a nice tall glass of transgender goat milk. Yep you heard me right! Transgender goats do actually exist in a research facility located in New Zealand about 15 to be exact. These ‘goys’ (part girl and part boy) have been genetically engineered in hopes of having human protein milk that can be sold in stores for human consumption. The article states that these transgender goats are pretty much like a female stuck in a male’s body with the full anatomy of a male. As outline in the article, “You shall be like Gods” mad scientists continue to go where they ought not to go. The mixing, slicing and dicing of the DNA angered the Creator back during the time of Noah (put the verse here in the book of Jasher you will have to look for previous article I wrote) that He had to destroy both human and beast with the flood. Only Noah was found to be righteous because his DNA had not been mixed. Knowing these things has not stopped the continue onslaught of genetically engineering.

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Their persistence in their hidden agenda is indeed paying off. Humanity is thus experiencing all sorts of health issues from eating GMO food. GMO food is harmful to whomever digest it. Clearly, they’ve tinkered with everything imaginable. Not only are these wannabe god’s getting bolder and braver but the entire GMO industry is more corrupt now then twenty years ago. To further expand on this, human proteins are being put directly into vaccines and into the food supply!

In other words once the line has been crossed there is no going back! Sadly the line has indeed been crossed when aborted fetuses started being used in vaccines. Not only is this cannibalism (please see Matters can’t get any worse) but this goes beyond the code of ethics.

Known as diploid cell vaccines these live fetal tissue vaccines must have a continue harvest to be used in immunizations such as rabies, polio, smallpox, hepatitis and chickenpox. These mad scientist are experimenting into putting embryo cells into other vaccines as well.

gmo5Not only are aborted live fetal tissue being used in vaccines but are also being put into food. These human proteins, as they are called, point blank is cannibalism. Human’s ingesting human proteins hidden in food is science gone terribly wrong! Feeding cow’s their own protein has created a devastating and deadly disease called ‘mad cow’. Feeding human’s human proteins will create something far more badly than ‘mad cow’.

An article on this very subject explains the various ways this is being done:

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GMO Bulls expressing human lactoferrin in their tissues, intended for human consumption.[iv] GMO Mice expressing a human granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor under control of a goat gene (goat alpha-S1-casein gene).[v]GMO Cattle milk expressing the human breastmilk proteins human α-lactalbumin (TC-LA), lactoferrin (TC-LF) or lysozyme (TC-LZ).[vi]GMO Pigs designed to express human α-galactosidase.[vii]GMO Chickens designed to express human urokinase-type plasminogen activator.[viii] GMO Chickens designed to express human parathormone.[ix]GMO Flies expressing human taste receptor genes.[x]GMO Silkworm cells expressing human glycoproteins.[xi]GMO Tomatoes expressing a human brain protein (humanβ-secretase).[xii]GMO Tobacco expressing human erythropoietin intended to be used to treat tissue injury.[xiii]GMO Tobacco expressing human interferon alpha intended for medical use.[xiv]GMO Yeast expressing human Apolipoprotein A-II intended for study.[xv]GMO Lettuce and chicory expressing human interferon alpha intended for medical use.[xvi]GMO Rapeseed expressing human interferon alpha intended for medical use.[xvii]GMO Rice expressing human serum albumin (blood protein) intended for medical purposes.[xviii]GMO Rice expressing human lactoferrin intended for medical use.[xix]GMO Rice expressing human CYP1A1 enzyme (found in placenta and liver) intended to help remediate pesticides in soil.[xx]GMO Rice expressing human amyloidβ-peptide ‘Alzheimer‘s brain protein‘ intended as an oral vaccine producing plant.[xxi]

I speak of these matters to warn all called out ones that indeed there is an underlying sinister scheme to change our DNA in an attempt to destroy us from within. Let us never forget that knowledge is powerful. And may we not be destroyed for a lack thereof (find verse about my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge). Comprehending that our bodies, are now the temple of Yahuwah it is extremely important for us to take care of these temples!

 

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Dying to be Thin


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Written by L. McGuire

   It seems every so many years people come up with different methods of losing weight. Years ago there was the tapeworm diet. Yeah we won’t even go there! There has even been the feeding tube diet. That is going the extreme.  There was the baby food diet trend that started in Hollywood that became very popular.

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As crazy as those diet fads were the newest fad called the cotton ball diet is becoming very popular amongst young girls. The diet which consist of eating cotton balls dipped in various juices such as orange juice to cause the person to feel full without gaining weight. Not only do I feel this is the worst diet fad out there but this one is extremely dangerous. Most are eating synthetic cotton balls full of bleach and other chemicals. They might as well cut a whole in their T-shirt and give it a dunk in some OJ then bon appetite! Besides suffering with malnutrition (which is not a good thing) or a heavy dose of poisonous chemicals in the intestinal tract, eating cotton balls could cause a potentially life threatening intestinal obstruction.

The truth is all eating disorders have an underlining deep rooted issue that needs to be dealt with. From my studies, the eating disorder is just a symptom of the underline cause of possible depression, loneliness, having no control of one’s life, rejection, a need for attention, etc.

If you or someone you know is suffering with any eating disorder please talk to someone! There are specialist out there that can help you. Even though I am not a specialist if you need someone to talk to, we here at the FOY ministry are always here for you. We are here to serve and minister to your needs!

To learn about the top 15 strange diet fads:

15 Most Bizarre Diets in History

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/15-most-bizarre-diets-in-history-106514


http://youtu.be/qGrB49ebQPs

 

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Soon dieters won’t need to gobble up cotton balls as I believe the next diet fad will be what Scientists in Singapore are creating what they call a “digital lollipop.” If you’re in the mood for something salty, bitter, sour or sweet without all the calories then the digital lollipop may be the next best thing! The article states that the lollipop uses electrical current to simulate the four sensations on the tongue.

 

 

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