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MITHRAISM, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, CHRISTIANITY AND ROMANISM (Part V)

November 27, 2020

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MITHRAISM, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, CHRISTIANITY AND ROMANISM (Part V)

“Richard Vertegen, after much research, writes of the heathen nations:

‘And it is also respectable that the most ancient Germans being Pagans, and having appropriated their first Day of the Week to the peculiar adoration of the Sun, whereof that Day doth yet in our English Tongue retain the name of Sunday.’ – ‘Restitution of Decayed Intelligence in Antiquities,’ p. 11. London: 1673.

“Speaking of the Saxons, he says: ‘First then unto the day dedicated unto the especial adoration of the Idol of the Sun, they gave the name of Sunday, as much as to say the Sun’s-day, or the day of the Sun. This Idol was placed in a Temple, and there adored and sacrificed into, for that they believed that the Sun in the Firmament did with or in this Idol correspond and co-operate. The manner and form whereof was according to this ensuing Picture.’ – Ibid, p. 74. (Capitalization as given in this ancient book).

“It is hardly fair to accuse the Roman Catholic Church of exchanging God’s holy Sabbath for a heathen festival WITHOUT giving her the opportunity to DENY or ACKNOWLEDGE this accusation; so we will let her now state the FACT in her own words, frankly. She says:

“The Church took the pagan philosophy and made it the buckler of faith against the heathen……She took the pagan Sunday and made it the Christian Sunday……There is, in truth, something royal, kingly about the sun, making it a fit emblem of Jesus, the Sun of Justice. Hence the Church in these countries would seem to have said, ‘Keep that old, pagan name. It shall remain consecrated, sanctified.’ And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus.’ – ‘Catholic World,’ March, 1894, p.809.” (From ‘Facts of Faith,’ Christian Edwardson. pp. 102, 103, Southern Pub. Asso. 1943.

The Bible Sabbath has a preparation day, Friday. The pagan Sunday which the Catholic Church changed its name to ‘Christian Sunday,’ does not have a preparation day. Hence, they cannot change the true Sabbath into their “preparation day.” It would be too obvious a change this late!
Let’s prepare for the Lord’s day tomorrow! Bless all, NMF  

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MITHRAISM, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, CHRISTIANITY AND ROMANISM (Part III)

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MITHRAISM, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, CHRISTIANITY AND ROMANISM (Part III)

Professor Gilbert Murray, M.A., D. Litt., L.L.D., F.B.A., Professor of Greek in Oxford University, says:

“Now, since Mithras was ‘The Sun, the Unconquered,’ and the Sun was ‘The Royal Star,’ the religion looked for a King whom it could serve as the representative of Mithras upon earth.

The Roman Emperor seemed to be clearly indicated as the true King. In sharp CONTRAST to Christianity, Mithraism recognized CAESAR as the bearer of the Divine Grace, and the votaries [worshippers] filled the legions of the CIVIL service [note that for it is part of how religious laws will be legislated soon, mingling church craft and statecraft].

It had so much acceptance that it was able to IMPOSE on the CHRISTIAN world its own SUN-DAY in place of the SABBATH, its Sun’s birthday, TWENTY-FIFTH DECEMBER, as the birthday of Jesus.’ – ‘History of Christianity in the Light of Modern Knowledge,’ Chap. III; cited in ‘Religion and Philosophy,’ pp. 73,74. NY, 1929.” (From Facts of Faith, Christian Edwardson, p. 100, Southern Publishing Asso., Nashville, TN, 1943.

Know the origin of things. It reveals why things are, and what they will be, in the light of prophecy. Bless all, NMF 

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THE HUMANITY OF JESUS

September 27, 2020

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THE HUMANITY OF JESUS

Whenever mortal sinners like you and me approach the subject of the Incarnation of Christ, we are warned to “take off your shoes from your feet for the ground in which you are standing is holy ground.” We would do well to take heed! Let all remember that “spiritual things can only be discerned spiritually.” The carnal mind disqualifies itself “for it is at enmity against God’s law.”

Now, please read Hebrews 2: 5-8 first. Then consider these:

“Christ is presented here as being ‘lower than the angels,’ though ‘crowned with glory and honor.’ He is shown to be VERY MAN, as truly as in the first chapter He is shown to be VERY GOD. His humanity enables Him to be the kind of High Priest [merciful and all-powerful Intercessor, Mediator, Advocate] men need.

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THE HELMET OF SALVATION FOR THE MIND

September 22, 2020

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THE HELMET OF SALVATION FOR THE MIND

“And the helmet of salvation.”

Eph. 6:17.

All that Goliath carelessly did was to move his heavy helmet, exposing his massive forehead: little David spotted that slight opening, swung his slingshot that he mastered using against wild beasts as he protected his flock. The smooth stone projectile found hit bullseye on Goliath’s forehead and tide of the war turned in victory for Israel’s army against the superior forces of their Philistine enemies. That’s how vulnerable even the strongest man is if his forehead, his mind is unprotected with the helmet of salvation in the daily battlefield of life.

“God bids us fill the mind with great thoughts, pure thoughts. He desires us to MEDITATE on His love and mercy, to STUDY His wonderful work in the great plan of redemption.

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ANGELS: DO WE REALLY KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DO?

September 6, 2020

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ANGELS: DO WE REALLY KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY DO?

“Who maketh His angels spirits.”

Heb. 1:7, KJV.

“The angels are God’s ministers. They are His servants, doing His will. As the wind and the waves obey His will, as the fire accomplishes His design, so God uses His angels as they are needed.”

“Some see in this verse a reference to the cherubim and the seraphim. ‘Spirits’ is the same word  elsewhere used for ‘winds,’ and of the cherubim it is written. ‘And He rose upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, He did fly upon the wings of the wind.’ Ps. 18:10.”

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THE CHRISTIAN’S PILGRIM, NOT PRINCELY LIFE ON EARTH

July 2 2020

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THE CHRISTIAN’S PILGRIM, NOT PRINCELY LIFE ON EARTH

“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through MUCH TRIBULATION enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22, KJV.

Like his Master and Savior’s life on earth: “The Christian’s life is a strangely mingled scene of sorrows and joys, disappointments and hopes, fears and confidence. There will be much dissatisfaction with self, as he views his own heart so deeply stirred, surged with passion that seems to bear all before it, and then follows remorse and sorrow and repentance, followed by peace and deep hidden joys, because he knows, as his faith grasps the promises that are revealed in God’s Word, that he has the FORGiVING LOVE OF A LONGSUFFERING SAVIOR. And that Savior, he seeks to bring INTO his life, WEAVE into his character.

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ACHAN’S SIN CAUSED DEFEAT OF ISRAEL’S ARMY IN CANAAN

June 16, 2020

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ACHAN’S SIN CAUSED DEFEAT OF ISRAEL’S ARMY IN CANAAN. (See Judges 7: 1-26 first).

“But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things….for Achan took of the accursed things, so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel.” Verse 1.

Achan means “trouble.” He is also called Achar. After their miraculous victory of taking down the massively-fortified city of Jericho, Joshua led the army to attack a small town called Ai. “The hearts of the people melted and became as water.” Joshua “rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the Lord until the eve tide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.”

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DO NOT POSTPONE OR NEGLECT TO PREPARE!

Friday Morning Manna

May 15, 2020
Nathaniel Fajardo                                                         

email: natfajardo777@yahoo.com
DO NOT POSTPONE OR NEGLECT TO PREPARE!

     “How shall we escape, if we neglect such a great salvation; which at first began to be spoken [declared] by the Lord, and was confirmed [attested] unto by them had heard Him.” Hebrews 2: 3, K.J.V.

“If you are right with God today, you are ready if Christ should come today.”- E.G. White, In Heavenly Places, p. 227

In verses 1 and 2 of our lead verse, the apostle wrote:  “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at ay time we should let them slip, for if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward (see verse 3 above).”