Monday, December 28, 2020

When Does God's New Year Begin?

A crowd gathered in New York City's Times Square at midnight during its annual "ball drop". (Attribution: Anthony Quintano)

Greetings Everyone! You, dearest friends in Bangladesh, Belgium, Malawi, Canada, France, and around the world – welcome to the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries, I’m your host Leonard V. Johnson.

Let me begin today by asking these questions – “How did the celebration of New Year’s ever begin!?” “Why is the beginning of a new year placed in the dead of winter!?” “Where did this custom originate!? Did it come from Almighty God!?”

THE majority of our peoples just assume that the celebration of New Year’s is a Christian custom. But did this practice of “watching the ball drop” come from God’s living word – the Holy Bible!? Who has the authority to say when a new year begins!?

Well, let us for this article – get to the heart of the answer!

In ancient Rome, the New Year’s festival was bound to a festival called Saturnalia - an ancient Roman festival and holiday in honor of the god Saturn, held on the 17th of December of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to the 23rd of December. Now, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the article “ChristMas … It’s Origin.”


In the book “4000 Years of Christmas: a gift from the ages” Earl W. Count writes: “Mesopotamia, is the very ancient Mother of Civilization. Christmas began there, over four thousand years ago, as the festival which renewed the world for another year. The ‘twelve days’ of Christmas; the bright fires and probably the Yule log; the giving of presents; the carnivals with their floats, their merrymakings, and clownings, the mummers who sing and play from house to house; the feastings; the church processions with their lights and song – all these and more began there centuries BEFORE Christ was born. And they celebrated the arrival of a new year!” 1

So, in a nutshell – that is how it began! The celebration of New Year’s actually began in ancient Babylon in Mesopotamia. And, it began as a pagan custom of worshiping the sun – 4000 years BEFORE the birth of Jesus Christ!

The celebration of New Year’s is NOT commanded in God’s living word. Our Lord Jesus Christ nor the original apostles NEVER observed it. And, the prophet Moses actually forbade it to be celebrated!

It’s IMPORTANT to properly understand, because Almighty God says, “’ Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; … For the customs of the peoples are futile; …’” – Jeremiah 10:2, 3, NKJV.

“The first day of Saturnalia shifted during the lifetime of Rome; at all events, it began around the middle of December, with the cry, ‘Io Saturnalia’ – Ho Saturnalia!’ – and continuing until January first. In its midst was December twenty-fifth, the day, as the Romans calculated, when the sun was at its lowest ebb, …” 2

It was actually Emperor Julius Caesar of Rome, who instituted the New Year’s festival on January 1st on 46 B.C. with the adoption of the Julian calendar. Yet, how did this pagan festival ever saturate itself into the modern Gregorian calendar!?

Well, here is the answer – from the very same book! The very history of this world’s Mother Church – from about A.D. 375. A period when Emperor Constantine the Great imposed “Christianity” upon the Roman world.

Io Saturnalia! To the pagan, the Saturnalia were fun. To the Christians, the Saturnalia were an abomination in homage to a disreputable god who had no existence anyway. … There were many immigrants into the ranks of the Christians by this time, but the Church Fathers [meaning, the Roman Catholic Church] discovered to their alarm that they were also facing an invasion of pagan customs. The habit of Saturnalia was too strong to be left behind. At first, the Church [meaning, the Roman Catholic Church] forbade it, but in vain.” 3

Modern-day Mardi Gras is a holdover from Saturnalia

So, rather than resist, they just integrated these pagan customs!

“The Church Fathers [again, meaning the Roman Catholic Church] now sought to point the festival toward the Christian Sun [sic] of Righteousness. … The Church finally succeeded in taking the merriment, the greenery, the lights, and the gifts from Saturn and giving them to the Babe of Bethlehem. … The pagan Romans became Christians – but the Saturnalia remained!” 4

But, modern so-called Christians have gone even further!

Instead of presenting presents to this “Babe of Bethlehem,” on the day that they incorrectly assume He was born, this world is busily exchanging gifts among themselves! Jesus Christ is not only forgotten at Christmas time – unless you count the Peanuts cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Charlie Brown asking if anyone knows what Christmas is all about; Linus says he does and recites the supposed meaning – the birthday of Jesus Christ – but is not so much as toasted among the partying of New Year’s Eve!

In October 1582 Pope Gregory XIIIth imposed the Gregorian calendar and reinstituted the pagan Roman date of January 1st. All Roman Catholic countries accepted this new calendar at once! Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and England – all the ancient Druid customs finally acquiesced in the 1700s!

But friends – what does Almighty God have to say about New Year’s!? Does He condone observing a pagan festival!? Or practicing pagan-originating customs in the name of Jesus Christ!?

Turn with me in your Bible to the Book of Deuteronomy the 12th chapter, God says –

Verse 29 – “’ When the LORD your God …’”

Now, does not this world’s so-called Christians consider Him to be their God!? And, if you think that this command was for only the Jews – think again! Be sure to read Minister Michael C. Garrett’s seven-part series “God’s Promises To Abraham.” A vital KEY to help unlock the identity of the American and British peoples!

“ … ‘cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, …’”

Verse 30 – “’ take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 31) You shall NOT worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.’”

Friends, these very customs and rites were indeed practiced in ancient Canaan, Syria, and Babylon, and ancient Rome – including a New Year’s festival!

When Does God Begin the New Year!?

Now, it was Almighty God who created the entire known universe! He set His heavenly bodies in motion creating a “master clock” in which true time is determined. Note: Just recently read a great article in which scientists from MIT have developed what they believe is the most accurate atomic clock ever constructed. Be sure to check it out! Recall, God says, “’ Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years.’” – Genesis 1:14 NKJV. So the earth’s rotation regulates the length of a day and the lunar phases dictate the length of a month. And the orbit of the earth around the sun – sorry Aristarchus of Samos – dictates the length of a year. However, only the very Creator of the universe has the authority to set the dates of the beginning of a new year! Not the likes of Pope Gregory XIIIth – who reduced the average year from 365.25 days to 365.2425!

God’s sacred calendar actually begins in the spring – not in the dead of winter!

Let us turn now to the Book of Exodus chapter 12

Verse 1 – “Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2) ‘This month [the month of Abib/Nisan (March-April)] shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR to you.’”

So, the very first month of God’s sacred calendar is called in His living word, Abib/Nisan. The definition of Abib from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is “head (of grain), already ripe, but still soft – green ears of corn.” Later, the Jews would call this month Nisan – the first month of the Canaanite calendar.

Friends, your very Bible speaks of a great false Church – a religious system – which would “intend to change times and law” – Daniel 7:25 NKJV. And, as we saw earlier – indeed they have! This world’s religious system – from which as I stated in the article “ChristMas … Its Origin,” originally came from Nimrod who is mentioned in Genesis 10:8-11. No man has the authority to change God’s “master clock.”

Satan the devil – the “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NKJV) – has very cleverly deceived this world into believing a new year begins on January 1st! The very name January is named after the Roman god Janus – a god of beginnings and transitions and, even to this day, is being venerated in modern movies like The Tourist, a rather innocuous movie starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp!

The very same pagan practices which God condemns in His living word are being perpetuated in our modern world – today! The very same festivals of paganism that were adopted by the house of Israel are today an integral part of our societies!

In the Book of 2nd Kings chapter 17, we read of the very reason why God allowed first the kingdom of Israel and second the kingdom of Judah to go into captivity –

Verse 13 – “Yet the LORD testified against Israel and against Judah, by all of His prophets, every seer, saying, ‘Turn from your evil ways, and KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.’”

Verse 15 – “And they rejected His statutes and His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He had testified against them; they followed idols, became idolaters, and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them that they should not do like them. 16) So they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, made for themselves a molded image and two calves, made a wooden image and worshiped all the host of heaven [meaning, the angels], and served Baal. 17) And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practicing witchcraft and sooth-saying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.”

Verse 18 – “Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.”

So, what was the result of the kingdom of Israel following the customs of the pagan nations around them!?

Verse 20 – “And the LORD rejected all the descendants of Israel, afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of plunderers, until He had cast them from His sight. … 23) until the LORD removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, …”

And friends, the kingdom of Israel has NEVER returned as a nation to the land of Palestine!

The kingdom of Israel – according to our Lord Jesus Christ was ‘lost’ (see Matthew 15:24)! They were, in essence, eventually assimilated upon their release and migration into Northwestern Europe. And, the chief peoples among them have become the United States of America and the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations (today and formerly). Again, if you haven’t already read our seven-part article “God’s Promises To Abraham” do so immediately.

Well, does the LORD our God change!?

No. He warns, “’ For I AM the LORD, I do not change.’” – Malachi 3:6 NKJV; see also Hebrews 13:8.

So, speaking to the modern nations of the house of Israel today, Almighty God says, “’ As for you, O house of Israel,’ thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Go, serve every one of you his idols – and hereafter – if you will not obey Me; but profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols.” – Ezekiel 20:39 NKJV.

In essence, God is saying, ‘If you want to engage in Christmas, New Year’s festivals, St. Valentines Day, Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day – and all the other pagan holidays and festivals, go right ahead; but don’t you dare say that I endorse it!’

Almighty God continues to WARN the modern-day nations of Israel against their holidays of paganism! Look at Hosea chapter 2

Verse 11 – “’ I will cause all her mirth to cease, Her feast days [the feasts which the people chose], Her New Moons [marking the beginning of a pagan New year], Her Sabbaths – All her appointed feasts.’”

Now, God isn’t speaking of His original instituted feast days – He’s speaking of those feasts that the people had acquired from the nations around them.

Verse 13 – “’ I will punish her For the days of the Baals [Bā’ălim; Baal (/ˈbeɪ.əl/), properly Baʿal, was a title and honorific meaning "lord" in the Northwest Semitic languages spoken in the Levant during antiquity. From its use among people, it came to be applied to gods] to which she burned incense. …’”

The very same punishment awaits any nation today which forsakes Almighty God’s law as revealed in His living word – the Holy Bible – and turns to the customs of other nations!

“Come Out From Among Them!”

New Year’s celebration truly began and originated from ancient Babylon under the ruler Nimrod – the very one who began to be “a mighty hunter [against] the LORD” cf. Genesis 10:8-9. Indeed, this grandson of Ham, who was a son of the patriarch Noah, was the true founder of the Babylonish system which has dominated the world ever since! Nimrod built the Tower of Babel in ancient Babylon. The very first post-diluvian kingdom was made by Nimrod, in Sumeria, Mesopotamia, where the main body of the human-race had set up camp. He overthrew the post-diluvian Semitic-line and established a Hamitic “monarchy,” as the world’s first king. 5 And, sadly, it is practiced by nearly everyone today on the face of the earth! Satan the devil has indeed deceived the whole world! – cf. Revelation 12:9.

It was indeed adopted by a very powerful and world-girdling church mentioned in bold letters in Revelation 17:5


In Revelation 18:3 we are told, “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication [spiritual fornication] with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” Including, of course, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth nations, Canada, Australia, New Zealand - and even including Judah (the nation known today as Israel)!

And we are WARNED by Almighty God –

Verse 4 – “And I heard another voice from heaven [the atmosphere] saying, ‘Come out of her [out of this modern-day Babylon and out of these worldly churches], my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”

But friends, Almighty God has sent His ministers to warn this world – to cry aloud and spare not, and to show His PEOPLE THEIR SINS! – cf. Isaiah 58:1.

Punishment will not be forever withheld! Be sure to read “’ Blow the Trumpet’!” – for I grieve in my spirit within my body, and this dream by night troubles me.

May God help you to HEED THIS WARNING, and forsake the pagan practices of this world! □


1) Count, W.E. and Count L.A., 4000 Years of Christmas: A Gift From the Ages, Ulysses Press, Berkeley, California, © 1997, pp. 24-25. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
2) Ibid, 33.
3) Ibid., 36.
4) Ibid., 36, 37, 38.
5) Hughes, D. Ancient Sumeria Nimrod’s Story, 2005. Retrieved 14 December 2020.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

ChristMas … Its Origin

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Greetings friends and warm hearts to the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries here in Tampa Bay, Florida along the Westcoast. I’m your host Leonard V. Johnson.

Well, here we are dear friends just on the threshold of another Christmas. Once again we are faced with this eight-decade-old question – “Where did Christmas come from!?” Now, I was concerned – because my wife celebrates this ‘Mass of Christ’ every year, and I voiced my grave concerns to Minister Guy C. LaMar, and here was his loving advice. And I share this with all of you:

“It’s not affecting your faith. You are working out your salvation. It’s through your dedication to God that even sanctifies her. Just enjoy your time with the people.

Don’t fall into the trap of allowing them to manipulate you into observing the vain traditions of paganism. Just be joyful – apply to the fruit of the Spirit. We, as called out ones, have to coincide with these people of the world and their worldliness. I’ve been in your situation. It’s her dealings, not yours. Our own selves are what we need to stay focused on serving God. As an employer once told me – “You take care of you and I’ll take care of me.”

We can not change how people think. God’s called you. Obviously not your wife. But think of this – Noah was probably all alone in this world in righteousness whereas his family wasn’t. Our treasures are by our deeds to be in the kingdom.

Just be a joyful host. Tell them, should they ask, that you don’t partake in paganism, but welcome all with open arms.

It’s not their time to know. But what is our goal!? To be a light for the world. Not a dark cloud.

I’ve gone to Xmas get-togethers of family and they knew my position. My joy was being with family. I didn’t care about their misguided ways because I knew it wasn’t in them to understand. God hasn’t picked them. But He did pick me. Jesus walked among sinners, He was around prostitutes. Did that change Him to sin!? Nope! Jesus is our example. Let’s follow Him. … God knows your heart. …”

Now, it might be redundant for some, but there may be others who do not know – “Where did Christmas come from!?” Did it come from God’s living word – the Holy Bible – or did it come out of paganism!?

Do you know how we obtained the “Christmas tree”!? Where did this Santa Claus originate!? And – a most important question – does Christmas actually celebrate the supposed birthday of Jesus Christ!? Was He actually born on December the 25th!?

Many of you will truly be surprised to learn the truth. Did the original apostles ever celebrate this holiday known as Christmas!? Does God’s living word tell you to celebrate Christmas!? Do you know that His living word does mention something concerning the decorating of trees!? It certainly does!

Friends, we were born into a world that is doing a lot of these very things – and most of us grew up doing them. In the home I grew up in – Christmas was not celebrated. Because my dad had actually learned of the true origin of Christmas and knew not to celebrate it. But, like I said – we were born into a world that celebrates this-worldly holiday. And as a baby, a great majority of our peoples found a Christmas tree in their home. And, as the greater majority of our peoples got older, they discovered presents under this Christmas tree. Well, that was really a pleasure – wasn’t it!? But why – why was there presents under a tree!? Maybe you asked. And you were given the answer that it is a supposed Christian holiday. And every once in a while – maybe from watching the Peanuts cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Charlie Brown asking if anyone knows what Christmas is all about; Linus says he does and recites the supposed meaning – the birthday of Jesus Christ. But outside of that cartoon, you don’t hear too much about that anymore. Instead, you certainly learn that it’s a commercial holiday – of buying lots of presents and of a great shopping spree. It’s a season to get presents, or to give presents and to exchange gifts.

But I ask – why!? Why do we do it!? Did it come out of the living word of the Eternal!? Did it come from the New Testament Church of God as our Lord Jesus Christ set it in the Church to do under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!? Well, as Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” Indeed, you will be surprised!

Truly, truly, the Protestant daughter churches actually got it from their Mother Church – the Roman Catholic Church! But where did the Catholics get it!?

Well, back in 1981, I wanted to know myself. And in their own encyclopedia, they give the answer – and they tell you the truth about it. They don’t hide it at all. They proclaim to the world such things as – where mistletoe came from, the holly wreath, the custom of exchanging gifts. Or, do you think this custom of gift exchanging came from the wise men giving gifts to a baby Jesus!? You’d be surprised. A great many people, every year, buy presents lavishly at the Christmas season with the belief that they are following the example of the “three” wise men giving gifts to a baby Jesus! Yet, without even realizing it, they are doing the exact opposite.

Friends, notice what the Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. XII, pages 153 to 155 has to say:

“Christmas, like the Saturnalia, has ever been a season of riotous indulgence, high feasting, and universal license; … The interchange of presents between friends is alike characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia; and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, …” 1

From the Pagans, and in fact, this custom of exchanging presents at Christmas time has NOT a trace of Christianity anywhere to be found!

Not Jesus Christ’s BIRTHDAY

Christmas is not the birthday of Christ our Lord because Jesus Christ was not born on December the 25th, or even at that time of the year. But whose birthday does it actually celebrate!? Do you know!? Well, in fact, it is actually an old festival that was in force and in effect as a celebrated custom back in the pagan world thousands of years before the birth of Jesus Christ.

Late December is actually the “rebirth of the Sun.” Indeed, we can prove that Jesus Christ's birth was in the fall of the year – cf. Luke 2:8. Jesus Christ was most likely born on the very first day of the Feast of Tabernacles – a celebration the Bible talks about!

In a nutshell – the celebration of this worldly holiday, in truth, began and originated from ancient Babylon under the ruler Nimrod – the very one who began to be “a mighty hunter [against] the LORD” cf. Genesis 10:8-9. Indeed, this grandson of Ham, who was a son of the patriarch Noah, was the true founder of the Babylonish system which has dominated the world ever since! Nimrod built the Tower of Babel in ancient Babylon. The very first post-diluvian kingdom was made by Nimrod, in Sumeria, Mesopotamia, where the main body of the human-race had set up camp. He overthrew the post-diluvian Semitic-line and established a Hamitic “monarchy,” as the world’s first king. 2

The very name Nimrod in Hebrew means “he rebelled.” He would go on to marry his own mother – Semiramis. After his untimely death, his wife/mother Semiramis propagated the doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She would later become the “Queen of Heaven,” and Nimrod, under various names, became the “divine son of heaven.” He would become the false Messiah, the son of Baal – the before mentioned Sun-god. In this Babylonish system – the “Mother and Child.”

Semiramis claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump symbolizing the new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his death, she also claimed that Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts.

“If there was one who was more deeply concerned in the tragic death of Nimrod than another, it was his wife Semiramis, who, from an originally humble position, had been raised to share with him the throne of Babylon. What in this emergency shall she do? Shall she quietly forego the pomp and pride to which she has been raised? No! … In life her husband had been honored as a hero; in death she will have him worshiped as a god, yea, as the woman’s promised Seed, ‘Zero-ashta,’ who was destined to bruise the serpent’s head, and who, in doing so, was to have his own heel bruised.” 3

Now I’m sure most people would say, “Well, I don’t see that it makes any difference.” And perhaps it doesn’t – to you. But there is going to come a time of reckoning my friends when we’re all going to stand before the judgment seat of the Eternal God. And a lot of people are going to begin to see that what they believed in was incorrect.

Now this thing about exchanging gifts and supposedly following the example of the “three” wise men. Let us look into your Bible – and I hope that your Bible is at least the New King James Version – and begin to see just what really did happen.

Matthew chapter 2

Verse 1 – “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, …” – that being Herod the Great (37-4) “ … behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2) saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? …’” – so notice they asked, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews”?

Did you notice, “after Jesus was born”!? So, He had already been born. So, this was after His birthday! So, these wise men didn’t even begin their journey until they had heard that He was born. And then they came. Jesus was born to be a KING!

Verse 11 – “And when they had come into the house, …” – notice it wasn’t a stable with a manger!? “ … they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. …” – notice that Jesus was already a ‘young Child’ possibly at least two-years-old. “ … And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Was there exchanging of presents back and forth among themselves and ignore our Master and Elder Brother – Jesus the Christ!? No. They presented their gifts to Him! Why!? Was it Christmas time!? Was it His birthday!? Not at all.

Well here is the answer! Let’s read it for ourselves in the Adam Clarke Commentary, Volume 5

“They presented unto him gifts - The people of the east never approach the presence of kings and great personages, without a present in their hands. This custom is often noticed in the Old Testament, and still prevails in the east, …” 4

There my friends is the answer. The wise men were not instituting some new custom for Christmas – because there was no Christmas being observed, nothing at all like that. Christmas actually means Christ-mass. It was not started until hundreds of years after the birth of Jesus Christ!

Oh yes, my friends, I’ll have to admit, it’s a wonderful spirit! But can’t we teach our children the T R U T H!? Can’t we give our children the kind of true happiness that they should have!? The kind of rearing they should have!? Without paganistic customs!?

What About the Christmas Tree!?

Now I had mentioned earlier - that His living word does mention something concerning the decorating of trees. Do you know where that is located!?

It’s in the Book of Jeremiah the 10th chapter

So, the LORD our God is truly speaking to the house of Israel.

Verse 1 – “Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. 2) Thus says the LORD: ‘Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, …’”

Recall, the Areopagus, or rather the hill of Mars in the apostle Paul’s day. Groups of respected local men charged with investigating spiritual or philosophical ideas met upon the Aeropaus to discuss Greek concepts of “the gods.” Many believed in Plato’s teachings. And as the Jamison Faussett and Brown Commentary says, “many thought events depended on the power of the stars, which some, as PLATO, thought to be endued with spirit and reason. … eclipses, comets, etc. …” 5 Today we can think of the horoscope that many people read daily.

“ … ‘For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. 3) For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. 4) They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple. 5) They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak; They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good.’”

Is God speaking of a “Christmas tree”!? Well, notice that these verses closely parallel that of Isaiah 41:7, Isaiah 44:9-17, and Isaiah 46:5-7. ‘For the customs of the peoples are futile,’ ‘Learn not the way of [the nations].’ It was more akin to the ancient Asherah Pole – which was a sacred tree (or pole) that stood near a Canaanite religious altar as a symbol of honor to the goddess Asherah – hence Semiramis. So, indeed, there are similarities between this world’s modern Christmas tree and what God is telling us through the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah. The Christmas tree is a symbol. The evergreen tree was a symbol of life and fertility and was a custom of – as I just mentioned, ancient Sumerians – as well as the ancient Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Chinese, as well as other ancient peoples. Even though today the greater majority of our peoples around the world do not worship a Christmas tree (unless one includes the seasonal singing of “O Tannenbaum” - “O fir tree,” or rather “O Christmas Tree”) – it was quite common in pagan Europe for trees to be worshiped – before the arrival of Christianity. The evergreen tree remained very popular in Germany as an ornament in a medieval play about Adam and Eve, known as the “Paradise Tree” – a fir tree hung with apples, that represented the Garden of Eden. The Germans set up a paradise tree in their homes on December 24th, the religious feast day of Adam and Eve. In the same room was the “Christmas pyramid,” a triangular construction of wood that had shelves to hold Christmas figurines and was decorated with evergreens, candles, and a star. By the 16th century, the Christmas pyramid and the paradise tree had merged, becoming the Christmas tree. 6

Also recall, the LORD God told Gideon (through an angel of the LORD) to “’ take your father’s young bull, … and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it.’” – Judges 6:25 NKJV. That ‘wooden image’ being an Asherah Pole.

And there you have it! Almighty God is condemning the carving of idols to worship!

What About Santa Claus!?

Here again – if one dares – all one needs to do is open an encyclopedia to see for themselves the truth.

Indeed, the very name “Santa Claus” is a corruption of the name “St. Nicholas,” “St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, a saint honored by the Greeks and Latins on the 6th of December ... A legend of his surreptitious bestowal of dowries on the three daughters of an impoverished citizen ... is said to have originated the old custom of giving presents in secret on the Eve of St. Nicholas [Dec. 6], subsequently transferred to Christmas day. Hence the association of Christmas with Santa Claus ....” 7

Believe it or not, the modern-day image of Santa Claus came thanks to Coca-Cola. Director of Coca-Cola Company’s Archives Department, Phil Mooney, in 2008 stated, “Actually, we do not claim the color of Santa’s coat, though it has worked out well for us since red is so closely related to Coca-Cola! But we did not come up with the idea of putting Santa in red clothes.” But, it’s safe to say that the modern images we associate with Santa Claus reached recognizable maturity by the 1860s and 1870s thanks to artists like Louis Sprang and Thomas Nast. 8

“Come Out From Among Them!”

So, in conclusion – Christmas came originally from pagans, and was indeed adopted by a very powerful and world-girdling church mentioned in bold letters in Revelation 17:5


In Revelation 18:3 we are told, “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication [spiritual fornication] with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” Including, of course, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth nations, Canada, Australia, New Zealand - and even including Judah (the nation known today as Israel)!

Verse 11 – “’ And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her [when she is destroyed], for no one buys their merchandise anymore.’” Every Catholic holiday – which is what Christmas actually is; the ‘Mass of Christ’ – is a commercial event, stimulating sales of merchandise! Christmas is the greatest selling season of the year!

And we are WARNED by Almighty God –

Verse 4 – “And I heard another voice from heaven [the atmosphere] saying, ‘Come out of her [out of this modern-day Babylon and out of these worldly churches], my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.”

“But what would my relatives and friends think of me!?” you ask.

Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us in Matthew 10

Verse 32 – “’ Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him [or her] I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33) But whoever denies Me [or, for that matter ‘won’t even speak or write My name’] before men, him [or her] I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.’

Verse 34 – “’ Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35) For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36) and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’

Verse 37 – “’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38) And he [or she] who does not take his cross [your life’s mission] and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.’

Christmas honors the Sun-god, called Baal-worship. As the prophet Elijah said to all the children of Israel – you too need to make a choice – “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” – 1 Kings 18:21 NKJV. □


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4) Clarke, A. Clarke’s Commentary Volume 5 Matthew-Acts, 1 Jan. 1966 -
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6) The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Christmas, 15 October 2020, Retrieved 17 December 2020.
7) The Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol 19, 11th Edition, Nicholas, St., 1910-11. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
8) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! “Did Coca-Cola Invent The Modern Image of Santa Claus?” 12 Dec. 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2020.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

'Blow the Trumpet'!

Greetings Everyone! Welcome to the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries here in Spring Hill, Florida on the West Coast. I’m your host Leonard V. Johnson.

Friends, back in 2015 I had a dream in the night in my head while on my bed, and behold, I saw a young Jewish family on a bright beautiful morning, in which all the males wore yarmulkes, taking pictures. Then as I lifted my eyes I saw a huge armada of spaceships in low earth orbit in which one very tall commander dressed in silver armor with six huge horns which wrapped around from the back of his head, his face shining like the sun in full strength, stood atop one of the ships looking through a pair of binoculars at the earth.

Now, I grieve in my spirit within my body, and this dream by night troubles me. I tell you this dream because of some of what the prophet Jeremiah had to say to the nation of Judah – his own country. What he saw and the condition it was in and what he knew God thought about what was occurring in their land and to the people. Friends, it was in a state of disrepair.

The prophet Jeremiah loved his country. The Lord GOD said concerning Jeremiah, “’ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’” – Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV.

And, Jeremiah said to the LORD God, “’ Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.’”

But the Lord GOD told him, “’ Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I AM with you to deliver you.’”

So, friends, like the prophet Jeremiah (and I am not saying that I am a prophet by no means) – but, I too have great reservations in proclaiming to you this dream by night. But look at what the LORD our God said to the prophet Jeremiah –

“’ Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10) See, I have this day set you over the nations …’” – so there are things which God tells Jeremiah in this chapter, “ …’ I have set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.’”

Let us today for this article look into the living word of the Eternal and help us glean an understanding of just what the Lord God meant here. God had given prophet Jeremiah a specific task that came with his calling.

The prophet Jeremiah began his ministry during the righteous reign of King Josiah when Judah was “great again.” And as Jeremiah watched the following five kings and the slow disintegration of his great nation, we can indeed associate this with the past five presidents of the United States of America – with George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack H. Obama, and Donald Trump.

I was called by Almighty God during the leadership of Ronald Reagan. A great many believe that his “Reaganomics” was a great success. He oversaw one of the largest peacetime economic booms in US history, and he introduced strict legislation for drug offenses, as well as the Strategic Defense Initiative. He is considered one of the most influential presidents in US history. And like prophet Jeremiah’s day, one by one and step by step this great nation has become worse and worse.

As I said – God had given prophet Jeremiah a specific task that came with his calling. One task was to ‘root out.’

Turn with me in your Bible to the Book of Matthew the 15th chapter.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said in verse 13 – “ … ‘Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14) Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind, both will fall into a ditch.’

So, this should give you an understanding of one thing the prophet Jeremiah was to do. For when you come across a ‘blind leader, LET THEM ALONE. They are blind and will lead their flock into a ditch!’ Recall Jesus told us how to recognize these ‘blind leaders’ – “’ You will know them by their fruits.’” We, as true Christians, are to ‘root out’ of our life these ‘blind leaders who are leading their flocks into a ditch.’ God Himself, indeed, will eventually uproot them and throw them into the fire!

Another task was ‘to pull down.’ But to pull down what!?

In the Book of 2nd Corinthians the 10th chapter, the apostle Paul says –

Verse 3 – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down strongholds, …”

We, as faithful servants of Christ, fight our battles differently now! We break down ‘strongholds’ and overcome issues and problems.

Verse 5 – “casting down [imagination, false thinking, or a more common term – fake religious news; and friends, I might add – conspiracy theories cf. Isaiah 8:12-13] and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

And another task was ‘to destroy.’

In the Book of Matthew, the 3rd chapter recall that John the Baptist said to the Pharisees and the Sadducees of his day, that “even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Now not only were these negative characteristics but also ‘to build and to plant.’ Indeed, the prophet Jeremiah’s own characteristics were absorbed into that of the LORD our God’s! From the Book of Jeremiah let’s look at some other verses which glean an understanding of what God meant here.

Jeremiah chapter 18

Verse 5 – “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 6) ‘O house of ISRAEL, can I not do with you as this potter?’ says the LORD. ‘Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! 7) The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, 8) IF that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. 9) And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, …’”

Verse 10 – “’ IF it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.’”

Jeremiah chapter 24

Verse 6 – “’ For I [the LORD] will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up.’”

So, Almighty God is actually speaking here of building and planting a nation and a kingdom! To plant a new people. A people who are actually obedient and faithful to God the Father and Jesus Christ! And you might ask the question – who are they!? And when will this happen!?

Going back to the 1st chapter of the Book of Jeremiah

Verse 11 – “Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a branch [or a shoot] of an almond tree.’”

Friends, the almond tree is the first deciduous nut tree to bloom in spring. It’s a type of symbol of God’s early execution of His purpose because notice what God says in verse 12 – “ …’ You have seen well, for I AM ready to perform [or, hasten] My word.’”

Verse 13 – “And the word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying, ‘What do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.’” – this is symbolic here of a raging war that is boiling!

Verse 14 – “Then the LORD said to me: ‘Out of the north calamity shall break forth On all the inhabitants of the land.’”

This seething pot is a depiction of a boiling pot of hot water – a depiction of a great army, a soon-coming war!

Verse 15 – “’ For behold, I am calling All the families of the kingdoms of the north,’ says the LORD; ‘They shall come and each one set his throne At the entrance of the gates of JERUSALEM, Against all its walls all around, …’” – and we can think of the ‘walls all around’ in the nation known today as Israel as her Iron Dome – it’s an air defense system. “ … ‘And against all the cities of JUDAH.’” – speaking of an invasion and utter destruction!

Verse 16 – “’ I will utter My judgments Against them concerning all their wickedness, Because they have forsaken Me, Burning incense to other gods, And worshiped the works of their own hands.’”

Indeed, as it was in antiquity when Judah was under subjugation of Roman rule, once again Judah (modern-day Israel) the people will have to decide if they will follow Almighty God or an edict ordering everyone (including Jews) to perform a sacrifice to other gods as well as to an end-time final European ‘beast power’ and a false prophet!

Verse 17 – “’ Therefore PREPARE YOURSELF and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them.’” – ‘so, don’t worry about their looks, their smirks, and of their attitudes.’

Now, this is another thing God bestowed upon the prophet Jeremiah –

Verse 18 – “’ For behold, I have made you this day A fortified city and an iron pillar [like a steel post!], And bronze walls against the whole land – Against the kings of Judah, Against its princes, Against its priests, And against the people of the land.’” – the whole nation will be unable to speak against the prophet Jeremiah.

Verse 19 – “’ They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I AM with you,’ says the LORD, ‘to deliver you.’”

So, you talk about a lot for a young man to know and to accept – surely it terrified him. It’s like what if an angel of the LORD came and said to you, ‘I want you to go to your nation, to the leaders of the land, and give them this message from Me!’? The doubts, the fears – ‘they’re not going to believe me! I am insignificant. I am unimportant. They’re going to think I’m crazy!’ It would be like in the 1977 movie “Oh, God!” in which Jerry was told that he was selected to be God’s messenger to the modern world. They called him a religious nut! You know what the outcome was going to be! But the prophet Jeremiah was to do it – anyway.

Well, is there any recourse for the people!?

Turn with me in your Bible back to the 18th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah. Earlier we read these very terms of ‘destroying, and plucking up, and of building and planting’ –

Here the LORD sent the prophet Jeremiah down to a potter’s house and he saw this potter creating a vessel and he didn’t like what he had made, so he made another. And the LORD said, “’ Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!’”

Verse 7 – “’ The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it.’” – just what does this mean!? Well, God explains.

Verse 8 – “’ IF that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent OF THE DISASTER that I thought to bring upon it.’” – so, this is what is meant, ‘to pluck up, to pull down, and destroy.’ It means that Almighty God is going to send vengeance upon that nation – to attack it and rip it apart!

Verse 9 – “’ And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it. 10) if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.’” – so, this is what is meant by ‘building and planting.’ It’s goodness which God plans to do towards a nation and a kingdom.

Turning back a few pages to chapter 2 of the Book of Jeremiah

Why was this grave judgment to come upon the nation of JUDAH!?

Verse 11 – “’ Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.’”

So, as God is saying here, as He said to other prophets – ‘look out into a nation and out into a kingdom and see, has Buddhists changed their god!? Have Islamists changed their god!? What about many of these third-world nations that believe in their false primitive gods!? They have been worshiping those gods for thousands of years – they haven’t changed their god. But, the house of ISRAEL has changed their God as well as that of the House of JUDAH! And what have they changed into their god!? The majority of our peoples are into a secular religion of the Far-Left – what is often called pseudo-socialism!

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Verse 12 – “’Be astonished, O heavens, at this, And be horribly afraid; Be very desolate,’ says the LORD. 13) ‘For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.’”

In other words – they have rejected Almighty God and have gone after a religion that is an empty cistern that holds no water. Friends, the very mention of Jesus Christ in our society today – including coaches kneeling down with their team in pre-game prayers to God – is frowned upon and could lead one to have criminal charges laid against them! IT’S ABOMINABLE WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR NATIONS – the United States of America, the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth nations, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, including, of course, JUDAH, which is modern-day Israel! In this 21st century world, we indeed do have (to name but a few): Economic and Television Socialism, Health Socialism, and Learning Not To Work Socialism.

This abominable agenda wants to eliminate Almighty God and Jesus Christ out of every aspect of our societies. They don’t want to have any Bible studies – or even the mention of a Holy Bible. Well, guess what, God is about to take His blessings off of the house of Israel and the house of Judah! Our nations – as a whole – are inviting Him to leave. You know, there was a CBS News report back in 2018, which reported a mom of a California shooting victim reportedly saying to the cameras, “I don’t want prayers… I want gun control!” Sadly, I believe this to be the sentiment of the population! – TODAY!

Down in verse 31 – “’ O generation, see the word of the LORD! Have I [the Lord GOD] been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of darkness? …’” – and this is what the nations today (as a whole) are saying to Almighty God “’ Why do My people say, ‘We are lords; We will come no more to You’?” – they are saying exactly what that mom of a California shooting victim reportedly stated, “We don’t need You!” But then the Lord GOD asks the question –

Verse 32 – “’ Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? …’” – meaning, can a bride forget that she has on a wedding gown!? “ … ‘Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.’”

Friends, try to think back – when was it that the majority of our peoples within our nations actually still loved, respected, worshiped, and obeyed the Lord GOD!? Like I said, I began to be called by Father God back when the leader of the United States of America was Ronald Reagan. According to a 2019 Pew Research Center poll, in the U.S., the decline of Christianity continues at a rapid pace. A general survey concluded that there is a decline of Christians and a growing religion of what they call – “nones.” I shudder to think what my grandmother, Lela Mae Johnson, would think of today’s society! My dad’s mother – a kind and sweet woman who died in 1998 and in whom I pray had found favor in the eyes of God to be within His family. Though she set in front of her television set at 76-years-old cheering wrestling giants the likes of André, Randy Savage, Dusty Rhodes, and shrieking at the likes of the Iron Sheik and Abdullah the Butcher – what would she think of what is on television today!? Of the ever-growing commercials and television programs that promote homosexuality, drag queens, transgenderism, lesbianism, and vampirism!?

Turning to the 3rd chapter of the Book of Jeremiah

Verse 1 - So the Lord GOD is asking a question – “ … ’If a man divorces his wife, and she goes from him to another man, can her ex-husband return to her again!?’” No! “’ Would not that land be greatly polluted?’ But you [My people] have played the harlot [a prostitute] with many lovers; Yet return to Me,’ says the LORD.”

Verse 6 – “The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: [very early in the prophet Jeremiah’s ministry] ‘Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? …’”

You know, at that time, they had the example of the kingdom of Israel to the north – they saw how the northern kingdom had fallen into disrepair and had fallen away from Almighty God and was rejecting Him. And they saw and witnessed the northern kingdom destroyed and taken captive! They had that example of what happens to a nation –

Verse 10 – “And yet for all this treacherous sister JUDAH has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,’ says the LORD.”

Verse 12 – “’ Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I AM merciful,’ says the LORD; ‘I will not remain angry forever.’”

The Lord GOD is asking them to repent – and within this dual prophecy, asking the scattered house of Israel TODAY to repent! Even though they are in the condition they are in!

Verse 13 – “’ Only acknowledge your iniquity [your sins], That you have transgressed against the LORD your God, …’”

Now, what does it mean to repent!? It truly means that you have to go before the LORD our God and confess every evil rotten deed you’ve done, said, or thought. You’ve got to lay it all out before Him and truly tell Him that you are sorry – not only personally but as a nation, a country, a province. We need to do this collectively before Almighty God!

Verse 14 – “’ Return, O backsliding children,’ says the LORD; ‘for I AM married to you. …’ 20) ‘Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, So have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel,’ says the LORD.”

Friends – these surely are tough words for a nation to hear. And they are tough for me to proclaim to my people! I’m sure that during this time of year our peoples would rather hear the incorrectly translated “ … ‘on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” – Luke 2:14 NKJV. That tends to lose much of the proper meaning – “’ Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased!’” – NLT. And as I earlier said, I have great reservations in relaying to you this dream of which I had. But I am commanded by God and our Lord Jesus Christ to relay this to the nations of people that desperately need to hear these words! I am very possibly a nobody, a small person in your eyes – why should you listen to me!? Well, you don’t have to listen to me – but, you best LISTEN TO GOD!

Turning now to the 4th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah

Verse 1 – “’ IF you will return, O Israel,’ says the LORD, ‘RETURN TO ME; And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, Then you shall not be [removed].’” – ‘you won’t be removed out of the land.’

Verse 2 – “’ And you shall swear, ‘The LORD lives,’ In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; The nations shall bless themselves in Him, And in Him they shall glory.’”

Verse 3 – “For thus says the LORD to the men [and women] of JUDAH and JERUSALEM: ‘Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns. 4) Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, And take away the foreskins OF YOUR HEARTS, You men [and women] of JUDAH and inhabitants of JERUSALEM, Lest My fury come forth like fire, And burn so that no one can quench it, Because of the evil of your doings.’”

So, friends, these are the beginning announcements of the judgments of God against JUDAH and JERUSALEM – but look at what verses 5 to 7 says –

Verse 5 – “Declare in JUDAH and proclaim in JERUSALEM, and say: ‘Blow the trumpet in the land; Cry, ‘Gather together,’ And say, ‘Assemble yourselves, And let us go into the fortified cities.’” – in other words, take up a defensive position – WAR IS COMING!

Verse 6 – “’ Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I [the LORD God] will bring disaster from the north, And great destruction.’”

And this next verse is truly what I want to point out here

Verse 7 – reading from the Authorized King James Version “’ The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; …’”

Almighty God is proclaiming His judgment and the utter destruction of JUDAH and that of JERUSALEM! And this destroyer appears to already be on his way!? It’s already coming! It’s only up to the people to stop it! Recall verse 1 – “’ IF you will return, O Israel,’ says the LORD, ‘RETURN TO ME; And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, Then you shall not be [removed].’

Indeed, you can read the rest of this chapter where this destroyer will come in with ‘chariots like a whirlwind. His horses swifter than eagles.’ And the people will say, ‘Woe to us, for we are plundered!’ It is because of what is happening to the people deep in their heart –

Verse 18 – “’ Your ways and your doings Have procured these things for you. This is your wickedness, Because it is bitter, Because it reaches to your heart.’”

The prophet Jeremiah laments over what he knows is about to happen –

Verse 19 – “O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, Because you have heard, O my soul, THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET, The alarm of war.”

This reminds me of the prophet Ezekiel, in which he saw a vision of God, which said to him, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.’ … 9) Now when I [prophet Ezekiel] looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10) Then He spread it before me; … 3:1) Moreover He said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, …” – Ezekiel 2:1, 9-10; 3:1. And when he looked upon the scroll there was writing on the inside and on the outside – covered with lamentations and mourning and woe. Friends, it was not a comforting bedtime story that the prophet Ezekiel was reading!

Often when you see the outcome of Almighty God’s living word, and you know what the outcome may indeed happen to a nation if they don’t repent – it can be quite disheartening.

Turning to the 5th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah. God told Jeremiah –

Verse 1 – “’ Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; See now and know; And seek in her open places If you can find a man [or a woman], If there is anyone who executes judgment, Who seeks the truth, And I will pardon her.’”

Now I have written several times - you remember Abraham’s plea!? “Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place.” And the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” And then Abraham said, “Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous?” And then, forty, and thirty, and then twenty, and finally ten. And the LORD said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten righteous people.” And we know the result. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, couldn’t even convince his own family to leave. It was only his wife and his two daughters who were still living at home who left Sodom. Those five cities on the plain of Jordan were allowed to be destroyed because there weren’t even ten righteous people in that city. And, brethren, let us not sell ourselves short – but we should wonder – is it that Almighty God is holding back the utter destruction of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth of Nations, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Judah (the little nation known today as Israel) respectively – because there are maybe ten in one-million righteous people within these nations!? It should make us wonder. Is that number depleting as time goes by!? In prayer to Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ – a thought crossed my mind – just before the blowing of the SEVENTH TRUMP very few saints of God will be left. There will come a time when the LORD our God cannot find ten righteous people! As ‘this generation’ continues many of these cities the cup of their iniquity becomes full. And the LORD God has no choice but to exact judgment upon that nation. It is something to ponder.

Friends, the things here in chapter 5 of the Book of Jeremiah which Almighty God spoke concerning: adultery – saying, “ … ‘assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses. … like well-fed lusty stallions; every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife.’” Concerning impiety – saying, “ … Your children have forsaken Me And sworn by those that are not gods. … they have lied about the LORD, And said, ‘It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, Nor shall we see sword of famine.’”

The greater majority of my people around the world just simply say, ‘you know, this prophecy business about the soon-coming fall of our great and powerful nation is nothing but hogwallop!’ ‘Don’t be preaching this to us – you’re nothing more than a modern-day Chicken Little who screams, “The sky is falling! – taking Scripture out of context!”’ Well, I once had told a good friend – his name is Chuck, nicknamed “Recon” because he had done two tours in Vietnam – that the United States of America, among other nations, was prophesied to fall! Along with the utter destruction of Jerusalem. And he very loudly retorted, “Do you even know how mighty and powerful the United States is!?” I said, “Yes I do. But God – if He executes judgment it doesn’t matter how mighty and powerful an Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard the nation might have. If God decides to bring down our nations, He can certainly do it!”

Verse 15 – “’ Behold, I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel,’ says the LORD. ‘It is a mighty nation, It is an ancient nation, A nation whose language you do not know, Nor can you understand what they say.’”

God also speaks of spiritual corruption.

Verse 23 – “’ But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; They have revolted and departed. 24) They do not say in their heart, ‘Let us now fear the LORD our God, …’” – they completely disregard the LORD our God.

God also speaks of civil corruption – which is indeed happening in our nations today!

Verse 31 – “’ The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. …’” – they like it when lies are told. They like it when deception is the message. “ … ‘But what will you do in the end?’”

Friends, in a Letter to our Friends on September 10, 2019, I wrote: “There may be some who do not want to hear about prophetic dreams, yet God says, ‘the teacher under the inspired mantle, let him speak My Word faithfully.’ There may be some criticism of me for revealing such a dream, but I do so only for the glory of God.”

Now, I didn’t want to only announce this grave WARNING message of the LORD our God today – but to also announce the GOOD NEWS of His address as well.

Turn with me to the 30th chapter of the Book of Jeremiah – the soon-coming wrath of God! A ‘time of Jacob’s trouble’ – the Day of the LORD!

Verse 3 – “’ For behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people ISRAEL and JUDAH,’ says the LORD. …” – and as I’ve been saying, being under subjugation to a “United States of Europe” – or whatever they will call themselves in this end-time – is a type of captivity. Also, notice that Israel and Judah are paired together! When the prophet Jeremiah was writing this, the northern kingdom had already been taken away captive, and Judah was yet to be captured.

Verse 6 – “’ Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor, And all faces turned pale? 7) Alas! For that day [the Day of the LORD] is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he [a remnant – what Jesus Christ calls His ‘elect’ cf. Matthew 24:21-22. “ …’ shall be saved out of it.”

Minister Michael C. Garrett explains:

“And it will be so bad, as we read in verse 22 – “’ And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; …’” – no human flesh. It’s going to get so traumatic with nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, biological weapons, famine, pestilences – diseases, that human life – human flesh – is in jeopardy of going extinct. “ … ‘but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.’

Now, I’ve always thought: Well, IF God resurrects His people – His spiritual people; the spiritual House of Israel – ON THE SEVENTH TRUMP, and we know that the Battle of Armageddon is about the Sixth of the Seven Last Plagues – the Day of the LORD, theoretically, everyone who should have been resurrected has already been resurrected, so, to whom was He referring!? I think most of the decades I’ve been around the Church, it was sort-of assumed, and I think incorrectly, that those ‘elect’s’ was somehow the Church members. But keep in mind, IF you properly understand the order of events, the Church members – the people who have God’s Spirit – will at that time have been resurrected already. So, who are the ‘elect’? Well, notice what it says in Isaiah 45:4 – “’ For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, …’” Who’s He saving the earth for!? … He’s saving the elect as in physical Israel. For the sake of the physical people of Israel those days will be shortened.”

And this is the point I want to make here. Recall, Jacob was Abraham’s grandson – and his name was changed to Israel. And he passed that name onto his two grandsons – Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob had crossed his arms and said, “let my name be named on them.” Now, the apostle Paul made it abundantly clear that those who had the faith of Abraham are Abraham’s seed and are recipients of the promises which were made by God – becoming spiritual Israel. But, friends – this is speaking to the physical nations of Israel today, like the two main tribes Ephraim and Manasseh – the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and her Commonwealth Nations. As well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

In Ezekiel 37:19 the LORD our God says, “’ Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them ONE STICK, and they will be ONE in My hand.’”

Let us here today look at some of that. Turn to the 31st chapter of the Book of Jeremiah

Verse 1 – “’ At the same time,’ says the LORD, ‘I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.’”

Verse 2 – “Thus says the LORD: ‘The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness – Israel, when I went to give him rest.’”

Verse 3 – “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; …’”

Verse 4 – “’ Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned … 5) You shall yet plant vines on the mountains of Samaria; …’” – recall we spoke earlier about ‘to build, and to plant’!?

Verse 8 – “’ Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, Among them the blind and the lame, The woman with child And the one who labors with child, TOGETHER; A great throng shall return there.’”

Verse 9 – “’ They shall come with weeping, …’” – And there indeed will be!

Friends, have you ever heard of the Höcker Album!? It is a collection of photographs believed to have been collected by Karl-Friedrich Höcker, a Nazi war criminal – who was once an officer of the SS (the Schutzstaffel – a paramilitary organization under the Nazi Party). The album contains over one hundred images of which the captions and the people featured quickly confirm the deplorable and atrocious conditions committed at Auschwitz-Birkenau prison and extermination camp from 1940 – 1945. When you look at the prisoners’ gaunt, sunken-eyed pale faces in the photos, your heart can’t help but feel sorrow and pain for them! I, of course, have seen the official U.S. Army Film of 1945 showing the liberation of the camp – of the barely living human skeletons too weak to move, the dead bodies stacked like cordwood, and of the weak men and women profusely thanking their liberators! It’s almost as if they cannot believe it’s happening to them! I believe that God’s remnant ‘elect’ will certainly be praisefully thanking their liberators. They are not going to believe that it’s actually happening to them!

“ … ‘And with supplications I will lead them. I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, In a straight way in which they shall not stumble; For I AM a Father to ISRAEL, And Ephraim is My firstborn.’”

These prophecies here indeed talk about a kingdom – that a resurrected King David would ultimately be king over all the house of Israel. Recall what the angel Gabriel had said to Mary – “you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord GOD will give Him the throne of His father David.” Now, did that kingly line end at the time of King Zedekiah as we read in the Chronicles of the kings of Israel and Judah!? The answer is no. We, of course, know the historical story of where the prophet Jeremiah (in the company of his scribe Baruch) took King Zedekiah's daughter, Tea Tephi, to Ireland where she founded a line of Davidic kings that has continued on down to this day. 1 And that that ‘overthrowing’ happened from the Middle East to Ireland, then to Scotland, then to England, where this kingly line is today. And friends, even if you don’t believe the annals of Ireland – and there are people who think it’s ridiculous. We, however, can prove that this Davidic line continued – from God’s very own living word!

As I mentioned in the sermon “One God One Mediator II” that the word “Shiloh” is etymologically “this obscure word is variously interpreted to mean ‘the sent’ (John 17:3), ‘the seed’ (Isa. 11:1), the ‘peaceable or prosperous one’ (Eph. 2:14) – i.e., the Messiah (Isa. 11:10; Rom. 15:12).” 2 Referring to the ‘Scepter.’ That this condition here of a Scepter and a Lawgiver existing – a kingly line would exist until the One comes – the One who the scepter belongs. And, we have known for several decades – Ezekiel the 21st chapter in which the Lord GOD says, “’ Overthrown, overthrown, I will make it overthrown! It shall be no longer, Until He comes whose right it is, And I will give it to Him.’” – to possess this scepter or this kingly seat. So, this is certainly talking about a time when Jesus Christ will come – at His second coming – and will establish a government here on this earth. And there are ample passages within His living word which proves this very thing! Cf – “And in that day [the Day of the LORD] His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east.” – Zechariah 14:4 NKJV. Also, “and [who will make] us kings [or rather, a kingdom] and priests to His God and Father, …” – Revelation 1:6 NKJV. A new government under new rulership!

So in closing dear friends, with much trepidation and reservation under the very work of the Lord our God, I give this dire message to the nations of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah.

This event recorded for us here within the pages of God’s living word is also reserved for our day – WARNING our nations of our sins and our own rejection of the LORD our God! It is written down for the purpose of WARNING us and our peoples that the exact perils will befall us unless we fall down before the LORD our God and repent, beseeching His mercy to turn from His fierce anger and wrath – which is ready to burst forth.

I implore you, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” – Acts 3:19 NIV. □


1) O’Donovan, J., LL.D., M.R.I.A., Annals: The Kingdom of Ireland, By The Four Masters, V. I, Hodges, Smith, and Co., Grafton. Street, 1856, pp. 31. PDF Retrieved 11 December 2020.
2 Jamieson, R., Fausset, A.R., Brown, D., Jamieson Fausset and Brown Commentary of the Whole Bible, Zondervan Publishing House, 1982, pp. 52.