Thursday, December 30, 2021
By Maria Merola אריאלhttps://www.paypal.com/paypalme/DPIMinistries
By Maria Merola אריאלhttps://www.paypal.com/paypalme/DPIMinistries
Friday, December 17, 2021
By Maria Merola אריאל
Celebrating Christ-Mass is violating the Towrah on many different levels. If you profess to be born-again by the blood of the Lamb, and are a follower of Messiah, (whether you call him Jesus, Yeshua, Yahusha, or Yahuwshuwa), it does not matter.
At any level, you are in violation of your marriage covenant with Messiah, if you continue to celebrate Christ-Mass, even after learning the truth about it’s origins.
What follows in this blog, are six major reasons why celebrating this false holiday violates the Marriage Covenant, that YaHuWaH Made with Yisra’el.
If you call yourself a Christian, or Messianic, or Natzariym, you are part of the Commonwealth of Yisra’el, according to Ephesians 5:11-19. Additionally, celebrating Christ-Mass violates the Renewed Marriage Covenant that Messiah made with his backslidden Bride (Yisra’el) at the Passover Meal, the night before he died. Therefore, you do not qualify to be under the New Covenant, if you continue to celebrate this satanic holiday, once you have been presented with the truth.
In 1981, I was first born-again by the blood of Messiah, and had repented of all my sins. However, I was not privy to this information about Christ-Mass. Before the Internet, many of us were beholden to what our Pastors taught in Church, and we did not have much access to information about the occult roots of so-called Christian holidays.
1 Hear you the word which YHWH speaks unto you, O house of Yisra’el:
By Maria Merola אריאל
I first began researching the birth of our Messiah in 2002, and have spent many years since that time compiling what I’ve learned into many articles, blogs, and ebooks.
Many of them dismissively say things like “The Bible does not tell us when the Messiah was born.” They are hoping this will get them off the hook, and they can plead ignorance about Christmas.
What follows is the response that I give when people assume the Bible does not tell us when our Messiah was born. The first thing I direct them to is the first chapter of Luke’s gospel.
The Courses of the Temple Priests
Zechariah’s course was the eighth course in the year, and since each course was two weeks, this would have been the sixteenth week in the year. From this, we can deduce that he was serving in the Hebrew month called “Sivan,” around the Feast of Weeks or (Shavuot/Pentecost).
John’s Birth During the Season of Passover
Counting forward 271 days from when Zechariah returned home from Temple duty, we can deduce that John was born around the season of Passover. To be exact, John was born 14 days before Passover on the 1st of Abib (Nisan). We know that John the Baptist came “In the spirit and power of Eliyahuw/Elijah” (Matthew 11:14), so it is fitting that he would be born around Passover.
John was referred to by our Messiah as “the Elijah who was to come” in Matthew 11:12-14. In Matthew 17:12-13, Yahuwshuwa told his disciples that John was “the Elijah who had already come.” The Jewish people already understood, that before the Messiah could come to earth (to set up the Tabernacle of David), the Spirit of Eliyahuw (Elijah) must come first, and restore all things. This is why at every Passover Seder, the “Elijah Cup” is part of the ceremony. It reminds us that before the Messiah can come, “Eliyahuw/Elijah” must come first (Malachi 4:5-6).
A Yom Kippur Circumcision
The Jewish people have nick-named the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) “Face-to-face,” for several prophetic reasons.
A Messianic prophecy foretold about how the Messiah would sprinkle his blood for the nations:
Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 52:15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
The blood of our Messiah was “sprinkled” in the Temple when he was circumcised, and this was a foreshadowing of him later on fulfilling the pattern of the Yom Kippur sacrificial goat:
Yahuwchanon (John) 1:29 “…… Behold the Lamb of Elohiym, which takes away the sin of the world.”
Yahuwshuwa was born on the first day of the 7th month of Tishri at sundown (just before it became the 2nd day of Tishri), therefore the 8-day count to his circumcision began on Tishri 2, taking us to Yom Kippur on Tishri 10!
Six Reasons Why Messiah Could Not Have Been Born on Sukkot
There are several other reasons why our Messiah could NOT have been born on the Feast of Tabernacles, and I will list them below.
Reason #1 The first, and most obvious reason is because Luke 2:3 tells us plainly, that “all” (meaning the Yisraelites) “Went to his own city to be taxed.”
Luqas (Luke) 2:
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Yahuwceph (Joseph) also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Miriyam (Mary) his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
*Note: Did you catch this? They were in Bethlehem, not in Jerusalem during the birth of our Messiah. Bethlehem is 6 miles away from Jerusalem, which is a 2-3 hour journey on a donkey. And why would Joseph be seeking a room at the Inn? If this was during Sukkot, he would have been in Jerusalem building a sukkah for them to dwell in. This means that they were not keeping the Feast of Tabernacles yet for two more weeks. Additionally, they laid the child in a manger---not in a sukkah.
Luke 2:7 says that the newborn Messiah was “Laid in a manger,” which is an animal stall or crib, feeding trough. If he was born in a sukkah as pictured above, the Greek word used in Luke 2:7 would have said he was “Laid in a skene,” or a tabernacle.
Of course, two weeks later, he would have dwelt in a sukkah with his parents, and there is no argument there. He definitely fulfilled the Feast of Tabernacles as a two-week old infant, and he was indeed “The WORD that became flesh and DWELT among us!” (John 1:14). As a matter of fact, the Greek word for “dwelt,” in John 1:14 is “skenoo,” which literally means “To dwell in a tent!”
This is the reason why many Messianic Jews assume that he was born on Sukkot, due to the meaning of this word “dwelt,” in John 1:14. And there is no argument on this point. He did indeed dwell among us as a two-week old newborn. It is obvious that all three fall feasts were the season of his nativity, just as all three spring feasts were the season of his death, burial, and resurrection.
Reason #5 The other problem with a Sukkot birth, is that it means he only fulfilled 4 out of 7 feasts at his first coming, leaving 3 feasts unfulfilled. With a Yom Teruah birth, it means he fulfilled all seven feasts at his first coming and he will fulfill all seven of them again at his second coming.
To learn more about how our Messiah fulfilled all seven feasts at his first coming, see the blog entitled: “What is the Testimony of Yahuwshuwa?”
Reason #6 In Luke 4, Yahuwshuwa began his ministry after his 40-day fast, when he went into the Synagogue and read the Isaiah 61 scroll. This was on Yom Kippur, because as the High Priest (Melchizedek) he declared “The Acceptable Year of YaHuWaH.” Only the High Priest could declare those words on Yom Kippur!
If he had been born on Sukkot, his 30th birthday would’ve still been five days away, and therefore, he did not qualify to “Declare the acceptable year!”
*Note: Some people would argue that our Messiah could not have acted as a High Priest while here on earth, because of this verse in Hebrews 8:4.
Ibriym (Hebrews) 8:4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the Towrah (law).
The above verse is not telling us that our Messiah failed to serve on earth as a High Priest. Reading the entire book of Hebrews in context, is the key to understanding this verse. This verse is telling us that that our Messiah did not qualify to be an earthly priest from the Sons of Aaron, because he was from the Tribe of Judah, not from the Tribe of Levi.
Ibriym (Hebrews) 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of Elohiym; abides a priest continually.
If our Messiah abides as a priest “continually,” meaning “eternally” (past, present and future), he did not cease to be a heavenly, eternal priest during his earthly ministry!
Elohiym is “omnipresent,” meaning in all places at once. His role as Melchizedek in heaven, did not cease just because he was here on earth. This is why he said “My kingdom is not of his world,” (John 18:36). Hebrews 8:4 is merely telling us that he was not acting in the capacity of an earthly priest from the Sons of Aaron. Hebrews 7:14 tells us that our Master is a priest who “sprang out of Judah!”
Our Messiah acted in the role of Melchizedek, (a heavenly High Priest) during his earthly ministry. However, he was not acting in the role of an earthly High Priest from the Sons of Aaron.
Overwhelming Evidence for a Feast of Trumpets Birth
At the beginning of my research back in 2002, the first thing I did was read this book by Dr. Ernest L. Martin “The Star that Astonished the World.”
Dr. Martin painstakingly goes into much detail pinpointing the exact day, year, and hour our Messiah was born, based on the constellations. I highly recommend that you read his book.
The entire book can be downloaded free at the link below:
Does the Math Add Up for a Yom Kippur Circumcision?
According to the testimony of Ernest L. Martin, the birth of Messiah took place at sundown on the Feast of Trumpets around 6-7 p.m. The Towrah tells us that on the ninth day of the seventh month of Tishri, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is to begin at evening:
9th of Tishri @ sundown becomes the 10th of Tishri, Yom Kippur begins (Leviticus 23:32).
I also want to recommend this PDF document as another witness to the birth of Messiah on the Feast of Trumpets:
Download the PDF file below at this link:
The Day that No Man Knows!
The reason why this feast is properly called “The Day that No Man Knows,” is because it is the only feast that is determined by the sighting of the first crescent moon by at least two credible witnesses. Sometimes, the moon is hidden behind cloud coverage, and cannot be sighted, therefore, it is quite unpredictable to determine ahead of time when the first sliver of the moon will appear. To learn more about this feast, see the blog entitled: Yom Teruah: “The Day That No Man Knows!”
This is why the Jewish people refer to Yom Teruah as “Rosh ha’Shanah,” the head of the year, because it is the birthday of humanity, when mankind was first created. In Exodus 12:2 & 13:4, (when YaHuWaH delivered Yisra’el out of Egypt), he established a spiritual New Year for us to remember his delivering us out of slavery. The New Year of our seven annual feasts would begin in the spring, fourteen days before Passover. Thus, there are two New Years:
1.) The first day of the seventh month of Ethanim/Tishri (1st Kings 8:2), which is our physical birth as the human race.
2.) The second New Year is in the first month, of Abib/Nisan, when our spiritual birth was established as the nation of Yisra’el, when we were brought out of slavery to sin.
As the pagan myth goes, the sun supposedly dies every year on December 21st. Since the Tower of Babel, the heathens have believed they must sacrifice infants on the altar to Moloch, so that the sun will be revived, and come back to life again on December 25th. This pagan myth was transferred onto the gospel story of our Messiah’s birth in order to justify continuing in the Roman celebration of Saturnalia. This is heathen celebration was continued in the Roman Empire, and celebrated as “The rebirth of the Sun,” or “Sol Invictus” (The Unconquerable Sun).