Thus saith the LORD or Christmas-Tree Jesus?

“So you must be very careful for yourselves, because you did not see any form on the day Yahweh spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire, so that you do not ruin yourselves and make for yourselves a divine image in a form of any image, a replica of male or female, a replica of any animal that is upon the earth, a replica of any winged bird that flies in the air, a replica of any creeping thing on the ground, a replica of any fish that is in the water below the earth. And do this so that you do not lift your eyes toward heaven and observe the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of the heaven, and be led astray and bow down to them and serve them, things that Yahweh your God has allotted to all of the peoples under all of the heaven.”

Deuteronomy 4:15-19

On the day Yahweh spoke to the twelve tribes and those traveling with them, He only gave them His words. There were no images. The only tangible substance we have of the Creator is His Words. Yahweh made it clear that we should never make any images or look to something more than His words. When “Thus saith the LORD” appears in scripture, we often fail to understand this is a royal decree that cannot change. Here is what Moses said as he gave an account of the day when Yahweh gave what we call the Ten Commandments, in an audible voice with smoke and fire.

Deu 5:22 “These words Yahweh spoke to your whole assembly at the mountain from the midst of the fire and the very thick cloud with a loud voice, and he did not add anything, and then he wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.
Deu 5:23 And then when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, and as the mountain was burning with fire, and and all the heads of your tribes and your elders approached me,
Deu 5:24 you said, ‘Look, Yahweh our God has shown us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice from the midst of the fire; this day we have seen that God can speak with a human being, yet he remains alive.
Deu 5:25 And so then why shall we die, for this great fire will consume us if we continue to hear the voice of Yahweh our God any longer, and so we shall die?
Deu 5:26 For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire as we have heard it and remained alive?
Deu 5:27 You go near and hear everything that Yahweh our God will say; and then you tell us all that Yahweh our God tells you, and we will listen, and we will do it.’
Deu 5:28 “And Yahweh heard the sound of your words when you spoke to me, and Yahweh said to me, ‘I have heard the sound of the words of this people that they have spoken to you; they are right with respect to all that they have spoken.
Deu 5:29 If only they had such a mind’; that is, to fear me and to keep all my commandments at all times, so that it will go well for them and for their children forever.

We call what Yahweh spoke at Mount Horeb the Ten Commandments; however, this is not entirely accurate. The Hebrew word used that is translated to commandments for the “Ten Commandments” is Strong’s H1697, meaning words or sayings. I see them as ten truths, much like what you would find in physics or math.

BDB Definition:
1) speech, word, speaking, thing
1a) speech
1b) saying, utterance
1c) word, words
1d) business, occupation, acts, matter, case, something, manner

The ten words tell us the reality of Yahweh’s idea of a balanced world. When these instructions are not followed, it is like jumping off of a cliff and expecting to defy gravity. The outcome is not good. The first is a statement that declares who He is.

Exo 20:1 And God spoke all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2 “I am Yahweh, your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of slaves.
Exo 20:3 “There shall be for you no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a divine image with any form that is in the heavens above or that is in the earth below or that is in the water below the earth.
Exo 20:5 You will not bow down to them, and you will not serve them, because I am Yahweh your God, a jealous God, punishing the guilt of the parents on the children on the third and on the fourth generations of those hating me,
Exo 20:6 and showing loyal love to thousands of generations of those loving me and of those keeping my commandments.

There are many places in scripture where the word of Yahweh is given to people. If a person takes time to study what Yahweh revealed to His prophets, much can be learned about how we are to conduct ourselves, and what will become of those who keep His words, compared to those who do not keep His words. Throughout history, and even now, there are people who have declared, “Yahweh said”, when Yahweh didn’t say any such thing.

Eze 13:1 And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
Eze 13:2 “Son of man, prophesy to the prophets of Israel who are prophesying, and you must say to those who are prophets out of their own imagination, ‘Hear the word of Yahweh!’
Eze 13:3 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Alas, for the foolish prophets who are going after their own spirit, and they did not see anything!
Eze 13:4 Your prophets have been like foxes among ruins.
Eze 13:5 You did not go up into the breaches and repair a wall for the house of Israel to stand firm in the battle on the day of Yahweh.
Eze 13:6 They saw falseness and a lying divination, the ones saying, ‘Declaration of Yahweh!’ and Yahweh did not send them, and they wait for the confirmation of their word.
Eze 13:7 Have you not seen a false vision and spoken a lying divination, and you said, ‘Declaration of Yahweh!’ but I myself did not speak.
Eze 13:8 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: ‘Because of your speaking falseness and because you envisioned a lie, therefore, look! I am against you!” declares the Lord Yahweh.
Eze 13:9 “And it will be my hand against the prophets who are seeing falseness and who are practicing lying divination. They will not be in the council of my people, and they will not be written down in the record book of the house of Israel, and into the land of Israel they will not come, and then you will know that I am the Lord Yahweh.
Eze 13:10 Because, yes, because they led my people astray, saying ‘Peace!’ And there is not peace. And when anyone builds a flimsy wall, look, they coat it with whitewash.
Eze 13:11 Say to those covering it with whitewash that it will fall; there will be a torrent of rain, and I will give stones of hail; they will fall! And a windstorm will burst forth!

Paul told Timothy that people would start following myths.

2Ti 4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
2Ti 4:4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

It is a very serious matter for a person to say “thus saith the Lord”, then go on to say what Yahweh has supposedly said. If you say “Yahweh said” and then proceed to give a word form your own imagination, it is a grievous error. It is especially bad when a person teaches other people that we no longer have to follow the instructions of Yahweh.

Jer 23:16 Thus says Yahweh of hosts, “You must not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They are deluding you with visions of their mind, They do not speak from the mouth of Yahweh.
Jer 23:17 They are continually saying to those who disregard the word of Yahweh, ‘Peace it will be to you,’ and to each one who walks in the stubbornness of his heart they say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’
Jer 23:18 For who has stood in the council of Yahweh, that he has seen and heard his word? Who has listened attentively to his word and heard it?
Jer 23:19 Look, the storm of Yahweh has gone forth in wrath, even a whirling tempest. It will whirl upon the head of the wicked.
Jer 23:20 The anger of Yahweh will not turn back until his doing and until his keeping the plans of his mind. In latter days you will look closely at it with understanding.
Jer 23:21 I have not sent the prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
Jer 23:22 But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have caused them to turn from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.
Jer 23:23 Am I a God from near,” declares Yahweh, “and not a God from far?
Jer 23:24 Or can a person hide himself in secret places and I cannot see him?” declares Yahweh. “Do I not fill up the heaven and the earth?” declares Yahweh.
Jer 23:25 “I have heard what the prophets who prophesy lies have said in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed! I have dreamed!’
Jer 23:26 How long will this be in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy lies, even the prophets of the deceitfulness of their hearts,
Jer 23:27 who plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell each one to his neighbor, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal?
Jer 23:28 The prophet who has with him a dream, let him tell the dream. But the prophet who has my word with him, let him speak my word faithfully. What is straw compared to wheat?” declares Yahweh.
Jer 23:29 “Is not my word like fire?” declares Yahweh, “and like a blacksmith’s hammer that breaks a rock into pieces?
Jer 23:30 “Therefore look, I am against the prophets,” declares Yahweh, “who steal my words each one from his neighbor.
Jer 23:31 Look, I am against the prophets,” declares Yahweh, “who take their tongues and declare as prophets, ‘Yahweh declares.’
Jer 23:32 Look, I am against those who prophesy dreams of lies,” declares Yahweh, “and tell them, and they caused my people to err through their lies, and in their recklessness, when I myself have not sent them nor commanded them, so they profit not this people at all,” declares Yahweh.

It is crystal clear that Yahweh, through the prophet Jeremiah, is addressing people, pastors and prophets that tell us to disregard the word of Yahweh. The Creator of the universe is against those who cause His people to go into error by saying “Yahweh says”, when Yahweh didn’t say, or to disregard the word of Yahweh. There is even a reference here that says we will understand in the latter days! Here we are in the latter days understanding. Unfortunately for many, they will not understand until it is too late.

How do the 40,000 denominations today make up their own rules and tell us to disregard the words of Yahweh? They tell us His words are not for us through replacement theology and dispensational theology. Such as: “that sabbath is for the Jews”, or “we made Sunday our special day”. They say this by way of traditions of men, just as Yahweh prophesied through Jeremiah. This list is long when all of the things Yahweh said to do and not to do is taken into consideration compared to what the traditions of men now allow and promote through error and the spirit of anti-Christ.

By saying Yahweh’s instructions are for someone else, it leaves the door open for all the instructions that do not come from Yahweh. This is similar to the serpent asking Eve, “did God indeed say?”.

2Co 11:3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
2Co 11:4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
2Co 11:5 Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.
2Co 11:6 Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

The irony is that Paul has been so twisted, I am viewed as the one preaching a different gospel by saying we need to follow Yahweh’s instructions. Somehow, we are supposed to believe that the living Word of Yahweh spoken to the prophets in flesh, Jesus, delivered a different gospel when He walked the Earth. We are supposed to believe that Jesus is the one that changed what Yahweh said.

Eze 22:23 And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
Eze 22:24 “Son of man, say to her, ‘You are a land not cleansed; it is not rained upon in the day of indignation.’
Eze 22:25 The conspiracy of its prophets in the midst of her is like a roaring lion that is tearing prey. They devour people, and they take wealth and treasure; they make its widows numerous in the midst of her.
Eze 22:26 Its priests treat my law violently, and they profane my holy objects; they do not distinguish between a holy object and what is unholy, or between the clean and the unclean. They do not teach the difference, and they hide their eyes from my Sabbaths, and so I am profaned in the midst of them.
Eze 22:27 Its officials are like wolves tearing prey in its midst, to pour out blood, to destroy people, to make dishonest gain.
Eze 22:28 And for them its prophets plaster whitewash; they are seeing falseness and are practicing divination for them by lying, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh,’ and Yahweh has not spoken.

We cannot claim Yahweh in flesh, Yeshua, also called Jesus, was guilty of doing what Yahweh said profaned Him. Ezekiel 22:26, “Its priests treat my law violently, and they profane my holy objects; they do not distinguish between a holy object and what is unholy, or between the clean and the unclean. They do not teach the difference, and they hide their eyes from my Sabbaths, and so I am profaned in the midst of them”. Does this make sense? Leaving Jesus aside, it makes perfect sense that the pastors and priests today are doing just what Ezekiel claimed; however, to say the Word in flesh, Yeshua, changed the Sabbath or somehow claimed the unclean were now clean, is in direct opposition to the Father.

Paul tells us Jesus is Yahweh in flesh. He could not make this following statement otherwise.

Php 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
Php 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Php 2:11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Yahweh already told us there is no other saviour besides Him. And Jesus tells us, John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.”

Isa 45:21 Declare and present your case, also let them consult together! Who made this known from former times, declared it from of old? Was it not I, Yahweh? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God besides me, and no savior besides me.
Isa 45:22 Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none besides me.
Isa 45:23 I have sworn by myself; a word that shall not return has gone forth from my mouth in righteousness: ‘Every knee shall kneel down to me; every tongue shall swear.’
Isa 45:24 ‘Only in Yahweh,’ one shall say to me, ‘are righteousness and strength.’ He shall come to him, and all those who were angry with him shall be ashamed.
Isa 45:25 In Yahweh all the offspring of Israel shall be in the right, and they shall boast.”

If Yahweh says there is no saviour besides Himself, and Yeshua, which means salvation, (Jesus), says He is one with the Father, Yahweh, then when we say Jesus is telling us to do something different than what the Father said, we are making Jesus a false god.

Deu 13:1 “If a prophet stands up in your midst or a dreamer of dreams and he gives to you a sign or wonder,
Deu 13:2 and the sign or the wonder comes about that he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (those whom you have not known), and let us serve them,’
Deu 13:3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or to that dreamer, for Yahweh your God is testing you to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all of your heart and with all of your inner self.
Deu 13:4 You shall go after Yahweh your God, and him you shall revere, and his commandment you shall keep, and to his voice you shall listen, and him you shall serve, and to him you shall hold fast.

This is exactly what has happened in the church throughout history. Men have made a Christmas-tree Jesus that is unrecognizable compared to Yahweh. The saviour that arose out of Greek and Roman philosophy has a different name, different feast days, a people with a different identity, a different Sabbath, and a different set of instructions than Yahweh. How can this be when Yahweh says there is no saviour besides Himself and Yeshua said He is one with the Father? John14:9 , Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Please do not misunderstand, I am not saying Yeshua claimed to represent something different than Yahweh. I am saying men have turned Him into a false god by claiming Him to be different than the Father. It is understandable the Greeks and Romans gave Jesus different feast days. The feast days now associated with Jesus are the same days the Greeks and Romans celebrated to their gods for centuries. The name “Jesus” is even one of the Greek god’s names. Iesous was the Greek god of healing. The new special weekly day, Sunday, honours the Greek and Roman sun gods. The celebrations of the winter solstice and spring festival of the goddess Easter are not what Yahweh commanded. It is all upside down. Many Christians think that the words written in the Old Testament and most of the New Testament do not apply to them due to erroneous dispensationalism theology. Is your saviour a misquoted and misunderstood Paul, or is it Yeshua, Yahweh’s Word in flesh? Yahweh warns His people about going after other gods. Is your God Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or another god? If your god doesn’t look like Yahweh, or tells you to do things contrary to what Yahweh said to do, you have a false god.

Deu 6:13 “You shall fear Yahweh your God, and you shall serve him, and by his name you shall swear.
Deu 6:14 You shall not go after other gods from the gods of the peoples who are all around you,
Deu 6:15 for Yahweh your God is a jealous god in your midst, so that the anger of Yahweh your God would be kindled, and he would destroy you from the face of the earth.

“Other gods” is from Strong’s H312, and means other or different. The term is “Eloheem Achreme”. The “eem” on the end makes the adjective plural.

BDB Definition:
1) another, other, following
1a) following, further
1b) other, different

When Yeshua prayed, He told us what we are to believe and who His followers are in Yahweh. Here is a short section of this prayer that John recorded. I encourage everyone to read the entire prayer. He tells us Yahweh’s word is truth, quoting directly from Psalm 119:160.

Joh 17:12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Joh 17:13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
Joh 17:14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Yeshua came in His Father’s name. Name also means fame and reputation.

Joh 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
Joh 5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Joh 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
Joh 5:46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.
Joh 5:47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Yeshua told us point blank if we do not believe the writings of Moses, we wouldn’t believe Him. Since many do not believe the writings of Moses, they have to make up a false saviour, with a different name, feast days, people group and Sabbath day. Listen to what both Yahweh and Yeshua say in unison. Do not turn Yeshua or Paul into an Eloheem Achreem.

Featured image from Unsplash, “He is our Lord the King”.

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