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Our Corrupted Compass

We take for granted that we can hop on a plane, drive a car, or sail a boat nowadays and go someplace hundreds or thousands of miles away with the confidence that we will find it without any trouble. The age of satellites, computers and GPS, a very hi-tech "compass," has ensured pinpoint accuracy when traversing the expanse of our globe. It’s almost inconceivable that a ship’s crew out of sight of land would end up lost, meandering around not knowing where they are or which bearing they need to make landfall, even in a storm. Despite these advances in scientific technology, we've lost our theological GPS along the way. As a result, we find ourselves in the midst of a tempest, a strengthening Cat 4 societal storm that threatens to crash our nations upon the rocky shores of rebellion and destruction. Is it possible to emerge from this, and once again find our safe harbour?

Over 700 years ago, sailing from point to point without knowledge of the prevailing winds for a particular time of the year, sailors could end up lost. All that changed with the advent of the compass. It allowed ships to sail in all seasons of the year, and away from sight of land. And it opened the way for huge increases in trade and commerce. For the first time, people could travel the seven seas with the relative confidence of not getting lost.

Compasses are vital for keeping us on our correct heading. A damaged compass, or a compass not shielded from metallic influence can give us faulty readings. When this occurs, we lose our true direction, heading off on the wrong course. We’d end up lost. We'd have no way to know for certain which way is north, south, east or west. According to the author of the book, The Riddle of the Compass, these four cardinal points are first mentioned in writing in the Biblical record.

They are in a prophecy concerning Jacob/Israel, father of the House of Israel, as well as the House of Judah, the Jews. “And he [Jacob] dreamed and behold, a ladder was set up on the Earth, and it’s top reached to heaven; and there the messengers of God were ascending and descending upon it. And behold, the LORD stood upon it and said, I am the LORD [Yehovah], God of Abraham your father and God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also, your descendants shall be as the dust of the Earth; you shall spread abroad to the west, and to the east, to the north and south; and in you and in all your seed all the families of the Earth shall be blessed.” [Gen. 28:12-14; see the Sneakers article, Continuing Benefits Of "White Privilege"].

While reading through this article, be aware that the reference to the LORD in the Old Testament is the same Jesus Christ in the New Testament. [See 1 Cor. 10:1-4; Mat. 15:24; also the Feature article, The Tie That Binds]. For no man has seen God the Father except Christ. [John 1:18] Christ is the LORD God of Israel. [See 2 King. 19:15]. He is the root of David in the Old Testament, but the offspring of David in the New Testament, [Rev. 22:16], the Alpha and Omega.

It’s noteworthy that the first written mention of the four major compass points referencing Earth is in connection with our ancestors, and reaches down to us today. [For those of you not familiar with our true Biblical heritage, we're not gentiles, read the Feature articles, The Tale Of Two Covenants, and We're Abraham's Seed And Heirs, Not Gentiles; also the Sneakers articles, This Old House and His Treasured Possession]. And regarding the extent of the blessings mentioned here by Yehovah to the House of Israel, the nations of "Western civilization" in the last days, spreading out in all directions and all the families of the Earth being blessed, read the Feature article, Is The US (And UK) In End-times Bible Prophecy?

Today, as the House of Israel, our theological-spiritual compass is out of whack. Our angle of declination is way off, and we don’t know which way is up, which is to say our inclination is messed up too. We aren’t following our correct heading, true geographic east, the truth of the word of God. “And behold, the glory of the God of Israel [Christ] appeared from the east. His voice was like the noise of many waters, and the Earth shined in his glory.” [Eze. 43:2, 4]. When Christ returns, he will set his feet upon the Mount of Olives, which is in the east, before Jerusalem. [Zec. 14:4]. Having lost our bearing, we are following the fallacious magnetic charm of the latter day god, Santa at the North Pole. The sixth beast in Revelation, 666 is called Babylon the Great. According to the JFB Commentary, the Babylonians believed the common meeting place of their gods was in the north. [See Isa. 14:12, 13]. And the serpent mentioned in Genesis 3:1, is the Hebrew word, nâchâsh. It is same word used in reference to the constellation of the serpent or dragon in the northern hemisphere's sky. [See Job 26:13].

Thus, having lost our direction, we are spiritually adrift, thrashing about in a theological tempest, out of sight of the truth because we have abandoned our heritage and covenant [our compass] with God to run after falsehoods and lies in this, the silly Santa Season. [See the Sneakers article, Got Milk?].

As we are in the Santa Season, let’s go through a prophecy in Jeremiah addressed specifically to us, the House of Israel, warning us not to get involved with a certain heathen practice, with which we are all too familiar. We’ll begin in verse 1.

Jeremiah 10:1- Hear the word that the LORD speaks to you, House of Israel.

This is very clear to whom it is addressed. It is addressed to the Christian nations by our LORD, Christ, who told us, “I am only sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” [Mat. 15:24].  Our LORD also said, " ... the House of Israel are my people." [Eze. 34:30]. And as the gospel says, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.” [Luke 1:68; see the Feature articles, And It's Still A Mystery and Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall as well as the other articles in the Gospel section]. And as the apostle Paul confirmed, "But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law [covenant made with Israel only, Exd. 19:5, 6, Tts. 2:14, 1 Pet. 2:9], that we might receive the adoption of sons." [Gal. 4:4, 5]. And as promised, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God ...." [1 John 3:2]. Our abandonment of this truth and our covenant with God over the past two millennia has led to our alliance with the cheery false prophet, Santa. And as we’ll read, our destination is very much a sack of coal rather than shiny presents under the tree.

Those who have redefined our Biblical identity have duped us. And it was set in motion by events that took place about 4000 years ago. [Read chapter six, The Genesis Birthright in The Blind Man’s Elephant, now a complimentary PDF download on the Home page, for a detailed accounting; also see the Feature article, Isa. 63: Big Brother, The Prophetic 21st Century Antichrist]. Understanding our history in this regard is essential if we wish to grasp what we’re discussing here in Jeremiah's prophecy. Otherwise, we’ll be tempted to fall back to the defensive position of “no way, I don’t think so, and this can’t be right because.” Knowing the truth sets us free. It puts the wind at our back, hastening us to the correct heading to our safe harbour given us by Christ, our LORD. [John 8:32].

10:2- Thus says the LORD, ‘Do not learn the way of the heathen, and do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathens are dismayed at them.1

Again, this is a very clear statement. Do not learn the way of the heathen. But, of course, we have. When God tells us to go east, we head north following our compromised compass. We are a rebellious people. And not only have we learned the way of the heathen, we’ve done it in a much grander fashion than the heathens of past ever imagined.

The signs of heaven here refer to the winter solstice. Among others, the heathens worshiped the Sun as a god. As the year wore on, the sunlight portion of the days became shorter, and colder. The shortest sunlight day of the year is the winter solstice. To appease the Sun god, they devised a certain custom. Regardless of our motivation and justifying proclamations, it is this custom we are warned not to learn. [See the Sneakers article, Birthdays Of The Gods]. And what is this custom that the heathens partake in?

10:3- For the custom of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree from the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

The heathen custom that we are warned against learning involves a tree cut from the forest around the time of the winter solstice. It doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out where this is going.

10:4- They decorate it with gold and silver and then fasten it securely with nails and hammers so it will not topple.

Our picture is coming into focus. Heathens cut a tree out of the forest around the time of the winter solstice. This is an evergreen tree as the deciduous trees are barren. Then, heathens fasten it with nails so it doesn’t fall over. And then we decorate it with gold and silver. Sound familiar, Dr. Watson?

10:5- They are upright like a palm tree, but they speak not. 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.
Thus, we have trees that are fastened with hammers and nails that stand up straight to keep them from falling over. They are decorated around the time of the solstice. We are told not to fear them, because unlike the heathen’s belief, the trees have no power to do anything, evil or good, much less affect the Sun’s behavior. Instead, as Christians, the children of God, the House of Israel, we should fear the word of our LORD, who is almighty and powerful, the Creator of the heavens and the Sun when he tells us not to learn this custom. Nevertheless, we fear the tree rather than our LORD.

10:6- Forasmuch, there is none like you, O LORD, you are great, and your name is great in might.

This is a reminder to us, again. Why do we partake in a silly and superstitious heathen custom in direct defiance of our LORD, Christ, whom we claim with our words to follow? “But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” [Mark 7:7]. And in this case, the practice of heathens. The trees have no power in them, despite what heathens may think. It is our LORD who is all-powerful. Yet, to which god do our actions defer? Justifications aside, it’s such a plain and simple command too, Do not learn the way of the heathen.

10:7- Who would not fear you, King of the nations? For to you does this pertain [Heb. ya’ah, to pertain to]. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like you.

Remember these verses are directed to the nations of the House of Israel, and not to the entire world, or even the House of Judah, the Jews who are blind to Christ in this age. The King of the nations here references the King of Israel, who is Christ. [John 1:49]. The office that Christ holds as King of Israel is his alone. And in all the nations of Israel, there are twelve including Judah, the Jews [see Genesis 49 for the list in the last days], no one is like our Savior. Therefore, who wouldn’t respect, reverence and honor our LORD and his word? Uh, that would be us.

So, Dr. Watson, what tree is it that is cut out of the forest about the time of the winter solstice [in case you are wondering, this is the end part of December, originally on the 25th], is fastened so it remains upright, has to be carried because it can’t walk, [you know, like out of a supermarket lot or tree farm to your car], is decorated with gold and silver [you know, like shiny orbs and tinsel, often with an angel of light on top, 2 Cor. 11:14], and pertains to our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ? The answer is elementary. If you answered totem pole, go to the back of the class.

This is the heathen practice that we are specifically told not to partake in. [$1 Billion On Trees]. Yet, travel around the world, and wherever you find the House of Israel spread out to the four corners of the Earth, north, south, east or west, you will find us up to our eyeballs in Christmas trees. [Christmas Trees East; also India]. In fact, we have instituted official ceremonies where, in the spirit of the season, we can go to watch the lighting of our community Christmas trees. And to top it all off, we can watch the broadcast of the national tree lighting ceremony on cable tv. [Tree Lighting Ceremony]. We are such a clever bunch.

10:8- But they are altogether stupid and foolish; the tree is a doctrine of vanity.

Okay, we’re not so clever. In fact, we’re downright stupid and foolish. That’s pretty harsh language to use about anyone. Keep in mind, our Savior, who shed his blood for us when nailed to a wooden cross made from a tree, is telling us this. If Jesus Christ walked into our house this December, pointed at our Christmas tree and said, “You stupid and foolish sod. I gave my life for you so you can have eternal life. And you repay me by running after a silly and ignorant pagan custom directly contrary to what I told you!” what would we say?

“Yeah, well get over it. I’ll honor you any way I choose, if I choose.”

While most of us may think we would not dare utter these words to our Savior, we do worse. We make this same point with our actions every Christmas. Yet, we can’t or won’t connect the dots. We are more afraid of what our Christmas tree-hugging neighbors, co-workers and family might say if we don’t have a Christmas tree in our house and office. What would we tell them if they asked why? We fear the tree and not our LORD, all our falsely pious, justifying words to the contrary. And it’s all because we have forgotten our covenant and forsaken the true gospel our LORD and Savior delivered to us in the first century. This tree is not bearing good fruit.

Christmas 2013

Verse nine references the retail gods, the sorts of merchandise, the "gold and silver" et al, the work of our hands associated with the pagan tradition of the solstice tree [see the Sneakers article, A Life And Death Pickle Of A Predicament] making the point that “everything connected with idols is the result of human effort.” [JFB Commentary, Jeremiah 10; see the Sneakers article, Better Than Gold; see Christmas Spirit]. Americans alone spend an estimated trillion dollars on Christmas each year. [Trillion Dollar Idolatry]. By comparison, US Christian churches are estimated to take in $70 billion or so in donations over the course of the entire year. 

10:10- But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the Earth shall tremble, and the nations will not be able to abide his indignation.

This is the effect dot that needs connecting to the cause dot. Otherwise, we get the not so happy ending dot, the sack of coal we mentioned at the beginning.

The very being of our Savior is truth. Referring to the House of Israel in Isaiah, "And he [Christ] said, They are indeed my people, children that will not lie; and he became their Savior." [Isa. 63:8]. Now we are children who live the lie. Our Savior has offered us eternal life. Instead, we choose the Christmas tree, which is nothing but a lamentable, false and lifeless god that leads us away from our first century covenant. What excuse do we offer up to follow this god in direct opposition to what we have been told? “Well, LORD, the compass I got at Christmas said it was pointing east to you, but I ended up going north to Santa Claus. It’s not my fault.” Excuses are reasons for failure. Christ didn’t call us to be Christian failures.

When we have Christmas trees in our homes and offices, our actions show we lack the conviction of the truth. We are feeble in faith, not trusting the word of our Savior. And when our faith lacks the works of trusting and following Christ’s words, how can we claim to be Christians? “Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith [Greek, pistis, a conviction of the truth] on Earth?” [Luke 18:8; see the Sneakers article, We Don't Believe You].

Our LORD’s anger is addressed to us, the House of Israel. We have taken our birthright and the abundant wealth of the incredible covenant promises, and squandered it throughout the four corners of the world on a two-bit tree god. Don’t learn the way of the heathen.

Perhaps, being told we are stupid and foolish, even by Christ, is a bit too pedestrian nowadays to really get through to us in our f-bomb laden society. We may need something more robust and vigorous in the way of vulgar vernacular. But I’ll leave it to what works for you.

This Christmas tree business is the most colossal and mindboggling boondoggle foisted upon any people in the history of the world. It’s worse than Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Amancio Ortega and Jeff Bezos, five of the known richest guys on the planet, excluding the Rothschilds and Rockefellers of course, pooling and handing over their man-made fortunes of multiple hundreds of billions in exchange for a useless rusted bottle cap found along the side of a road because some guy in a red suit convinced them it is the most valuable thing on the planet. Stupid and foolish? You bet, but less so than our Christmas tree-Santa fiasco. We’ve been duped, directed away from the promise of our eternal inheritance, our eternal life in our Father’s kingdom, paid for in full by our Savior’s blood, for what, the works of our hands under a dead tree!?

Remember, that in the context of the Christmas tree we are told, by the anger of our Savior the Earth shall tremble, and the nations [that’s us] will not be able to abide his indignation. Might be a good idea, for us older folks, to write this down on a slip of paper, or for those of you who are younger, have it handy on your smart phone. Bring it with you when you go to buy your tree this year. Read it just before you pay for the tree. And understand that the true cost of the tree that pertains to our LORD, as we’ll see, first is the loss of our birthright, then our countries, and in the end, our lives. We're in the countries stage right now, though edging ever closer to the losing our lives phase too.

In the book of Joel, the prophecy says, “The Earth shall quake before them, the heavens shall tremble, the Sun and the Moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. And the LORD [Christ] shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executes his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?” [Joel 2:10, 11; also in context for the House of Israel, Acts 2:16-21, 36].

Christ said in Matthew, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days [the first five seals of Rev. 6], shall the Sun be darkened, and the Moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken ….” [Mat. 24:29].

And in Revelation we read, “And when he opened the sixth seal [during the time of the sixth beast, 666], and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the Sun became as black as a sackcloth of hair, and the Moon became as blood, and the stars of heaven fell unto the Earth … and the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved away out of their places.

“And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens and rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the anger of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?’” [Rev. 6:12-17]. All this because we have learned the way of the heathen, having adopted the idolatrous doctrine of the tree as our own.

We are foolish if we think the whole Santa-Christmas tree thing is innocent and harmless. We are stupid if we think it honors our Savior. Our corrupted compass leads us to a false destination. We need to align ourselves with the compass bearings given to us by our Savior. Christians fear, honor and respect our LORD, not the tree.

10:11- Thus you [Jeremiah] shall say to them [the nations of the House of Israel], ’The gods that have not made the heavens and the Earth shall perish from the Earth and from under these heavens.’

Verse 11, rather than being written in Hebrew, was written in an Aramaean dialect, [W. Wright, Comparative Grammar of the Semitic Languages, 1890, p.16]. Aram's ancient border was just to the north of the kingdom of the House of Israel, which is southern Syria today. Connections with Aram go back to Isaac who married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel of Padan-aram. Bethuel was a son of Nahor, Abraham's [Abram's] brother. [Heb. Arammiy, Gen. 25:20]. His son Jacob/Israel married Rachel and Leah, daughters of Laban, also of Aram. [Gen. 29:16]. Aram was a descendant of Shem, Noah's firstborn son. This region did not become known as Syria, an abbreviation of Assyria, until after the Assyrian Captivity of the House of Israel, beginning in 732 BCE.

The contrast of putting this verse into the Aramaic, rather than the Hebrew language of the House of Israel’s covenant with the true God, highlights the point that our Christmas trees are false gods, considered idolatry in the eyes of our LORD and will be destroyed along with everything else we've put in place of the true God. It also ties it in with the duality of Isaiah's chapter 17 regarding both the Aramaeans [Damascus] and Ephraim, the House of Israel. Jeremiah penned verse eleven about 40 years or so after the last remnant of the House of Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians. [2 Kng. 17:24]. It was still a fresh memory. As Jeremiah wrote this after the Assyrian captivity of the House of Israel, it is a prophetic history lesson. And because we are ignorant of our covenant relationship with God, believing the deceit that we are gentiles [see the Feature article, Moving Forward], we have no clue that this message is intended for us today. Nevertheless, we suffer the consequences. [See the Feature article, Mirror, Mirror On The Wall].

Jeremiah wrote of Israel in chapter three. “The LORD said to me in the days of Josiah the king: ‘Have you seen what backsliding [House of] Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain under green trees, and played the harlot’ … (you) have scattered your ways to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice, says the LORD ... I put her away and gave her a bill [legal document] of divorce.’” [Jer. 3: 6, 13, 8]. The highest point at which trees can grow on a mountain is called the tree line. Forest trees that grow up to the tree line are members of the pine tree family, or evergreen trees. The high mountain areas referenced here are located in the northern reaches of the kingdom of the House of Israel, not far from the southern border of Aram. It is in this area that Christ began his ministry. [See the Feature article, The War Dispatches].

The preceding verse, verse 10, today reiterates the outcome of the divorce, the Assyrian Captivity, only to a much greater degree. The House of Israel was divorced from God, slain and the remnant forcefully removed from their lands, taken captive as slaves and scattered throughout the Assyrian Empire.

Ezekiel wrote a parable about us, the House of Israel. We are called a rebellious house.  [See the Feature article, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor]. As we've mentioned, prophecies can and do have dual fulfillments. We see here that the children of the House of Israel were divorced from God and were afflicted for their dalliance with trees. It will be worse for us the second time.

"In your filthiness is lewdness: because I [Christ] have purged you [Heb. taher, to be cleansed, made pure, referencing the Assyrian Captivity, followed by Christ's first century redemption], and you were not purged [we haven't learned from our history and are back to the trees again], you shall not be purged from your filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon you [what we commonly refer to as the "Apocalypse"]. I [Christ] the LORD have spoken: it shall come to pass and I will do it, I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to your ways and according to your doings [not our falsely pious words] you will be judged, says the LORD." [Eze. 24:13, 14]. This describes a not too distant brutal time for the children of Israel by the hand of our LORD. It corroborates the dual nature of the purging prophecy for Ephraim, the House of Israel in Isaiah 17 that is the basis for the updated Feature article, Damascus A Heap Of Ruins, which is a lead-in to this article.2

Our LORD and Savior is furious, as in violent and intense anger, with us for returning to the idolatry of the tree. Stop and consider. Christ purged the House of Israel, divorced our ancestors from the covenant. Then, Christ takes on life in the flesh to redeem us from that divorce. Nailed to a tree, he gave up his life for us in a humiliating public execution that we might reap the glorious eternal inheritance according to the promises of the new covenant. "One can show no greater regard for those dear to him than to give his life for them, and this is the love you shall find in Me." [John 15:13, JFB Commentary; the English word friends in the KJV is not a noun, but the Greek adjective, philos].

Yet after all this, we, who self-righteously claim to be Christians, honor Christ by stupid and foolishly returning to our old ways with trees again? [See Pro. 26:11]. According to Ezekiel's prophecy, the events of the Apocalypse and the fury of the great day of our LORD's anger will not be a merry time. Since the Assyrian Captivity, Isaiah 17:1-3, the House of Israel has not been "purged of our filthiness." Therefore, some people believe God is absent from our daily affairs. He's not. We are experiencing the beginnings of his hand against us daily in our domestic and world events. We are nearing the time when "the man of lawlessness will be revealed." [See 2 Ths. 2:7-12].

When we don’t learn the lessons of history, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes with its severe consequences. Because of our putting Christ’s name on the Christmas tree, and speciously tying his name to the heathen custom at the winter solstice, the current day House of Israel is told by the prophet Ezekiel, “Afterward, he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks towards the east … By setting their [House of Israel’s] threshold by my threshold and their door jambs beside my door jambs, with only a wall in between me and them3 they have defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed, so I will consume them [Heb. kalah, to come to an end] in my anger … As for you [Ezekiel], son of man, describe to the House of Israel the temple [the house of God] that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and they shall measure the pattern.” [Eze. 43:1, 8, 10, 12; to measure God's plan, the pattern for us, see the Feature article, Three Temple Ages Make A Plan].

God warned our ancestors to come down from the forests in the high mountains and forsake their idolatry with trees. He advised the House of Israel to return to the temple, the house of the LORD, and the keeping of his ordinances. They didn't. Hence, our ancestors divorce from God and the Assyrian Captivity. While Ezekiel described the physical temple, the altar and the priesthood in his follow on verses and chapters, this is a prophetic reminder for us today. The House of Israel needs to weigh it's new covenant, God’s plan of our eternal inheritance, being kings and priests to God on the new Earth in the new Jerusalem against the way of the Christmas tree that defiles Christ's name and leads to death. Christ is now fulfilling his plan. "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the apostle and high priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." [Heb. 3:1; see the Feature article, The Three Times In God's Plan].

The clear message is that these false gods, Santa, and the Christmas tree, which our "Christian" society, i.e., mass stupidity and foolishness, holds in high regard today, will be destroyed by our LORD [See Zec. 13:2; Eze. 6, 7], with the very large majority of the House of Israel being acceptable losses in the process too, as was the case the first time around with Isaiah's chapter 17 prophecy. The prophet Isaiah warns us today, “But they [the House of Israel] rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit [See Acts 2:36-38], therefore he [Christ] was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.” [Isa. 63:10]. Christ is fighting against us because of our apostasy. The globalist Zionists of Edom are the tools in his hand according to the prophecies. Don't learn the way of the heathen. [See the Feature article, The Good News Colour Revolution].

10:12- He has made the Earth by his power, and he has established the world by his wisdom, and stretched out the heavens at his discretion.

10:13- When he speaks, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the Earth, he makes lightning with rain, and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

These verses are similar to what God reminded Job of regarding his power in creating the cosmos. “Can you [Job] lift up your voice to the clouds that the abundance of waters may cover you?” [Job 38:34]. In other words, can you tell the clouds to rain on Earth? Didn’t think so. And neither can a decorated tree that is cut out of the forest. You'd think with all our computers and combined brain power, we’d be smart enough to figure this out. But …

10:14- Every man is stupid in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

10:15- They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation, they shall all perish.

Again, keep in mind that the context of Jeremiah 10 is the House of Israel. This is addressed to us and not the whole world. The point here is that all these things, the Christmas tree, Santa, Elf On The Shelf, Christmas carols, "feel good" Christmas movies, all the presents we buy, all this is vanity and deceit. [See the Sneakers article, Do You Have The Right Stuff?]. They are not capable of imparting life. Our LORD and Savior is real. Yet, we choose to ignore the magnificent plan God set before us that leads to life, and embrace the fake that destroys us.

Where does this idea come from that in sowing sin we expect to reap righteousness? This is stupidity as defined by our Savior. And we have become so stupid that we think banning these heathen symbols of Christmas is "Orwellian." This step in the right direction is attacked by our blind and stupid Christmas loving society. [Banning Heathen Christmas Symbols Is Orwellian]. Give us Barabbas! [See the Sneakers article, Birthdays Of The Gods].

Our Savior has offered us eternal life in a new heaven and Earth. We have the opportunity to be kings and priests to our God [Rev. 5:10]. But we chuck this out the window for what, Santa and his red-nosed reindeer, "sacred" songs like "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas," a tree and gifts we probably want to return? Do we really understand how stupid and faithless we must look to our LORD? [See Christmas Spirit, "TVs For Christ"]. It’s such a simple thing. Don’t learn the way of the heathen. What word from our LORD is there here that we don’t understand? It's somewhat reminiscent of what our LORD said to Adam and Eve. " ... don't eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." [Gen. 2:17]. Eve and Adam didn't listen either. And we know how that turned out. We don't do well when it comes to trees, do we? [See the Sneakers article, Bum's Rush].

10:16- The portion of Jacob [the House of Israel] is not like them: for he is the former [the Creator] of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance. The LORD of hosts [heaven’s armies] is his name. [See Gen. 2:1; Isa. 37:16; Jer. 2:19].

In other words, the House of Israel’s share or portion, our inheritance promised by our Creator is not like these false man-made bobbles. God’s promise to us is magnitudes greater than what we can imagine. He is the Creator of everything in existence both in heaven and on Earth. We are Christ’s “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, our LORD’s possession, that we may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” [1 Pet. 2:9].

Forsaking this compass heading, we joyfully follow the course of darkness, proclaiming the merry praises of Santa Claus, happy to decorate our evergreen trees at the time of the winter solstice in accordance with the heathen practices we’ve learned. We are encouraged in this deceit by secular corporate media to "keep Christ in Christmas." Yet Christ warns us, Do not learn the way of the heathen. So, in our eagerness for learning the way of the heathens, we have forsaken our true Christian inheritance, sailing the seas of unrighteousness, out of sight of the truth. No wonder we have lost our birthright, and now are losing our countries, our freedoms, liberties, and lives to our enemy. Our LORD of heaven’s armies and Savior is angry with us. And as promised by his word, he is setting his armies against us because of our iniquities.

Or, we can choose to immediately change course ... come to bearing 090 degrees true.

10:20- My tabernacle is spoiled and all my cords are broken, my children have gone forth from me, and they are no more. There is no one to pitch my tent anymore or to set up my curtains. 

10:21- For the pastors have become stupid, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
[Again, see the Feature article, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor].

Because of our insistence on following our erroneous compass heading, the children of the House of Israel are told we’ve left God. We’ve abandoned our covenant and the gospel. We allowed God’s house to become dilapidated, overrun by heathen practices. As his children, we have forsaken him, and the truth, for God is truth. [See the Sneaker’s article, This Old House]. Even those who should be our shepherds leading us to our LORD have not sought him. Our society has become a runaway snowball, bumping and bouncing downhill, racing towards its proverbial hell. It doesn’t take a theological scholar to look at the events of the past few years to see the emerging lawless beast all around us.

The US, and the no longer Great Britain, their inheritance plundered, are no longer economic superpowers unless we are referencing the supersized US national debt more than ten times larger than China and Russia combined. China has warned the US to get its financial house in order, while downgrading the US's credit rating. And the Chinese yuan is increasingly used in foreign transactions. Other nations are now looking for ways to abandon the dollar in trade. [Yuan International Currency and Gold Supported Yuan And De-Dollarization]. The move away for the US petrodollar is accelerating as the US seeks to impose its will through sanctions on other countries. [China Russia Trade].

The top two US debt items are military expenditures and paying interest on the national debt, now over $22 trillion, largely due to past military expenditures. [US Debt Tracker]. Together, with the dicey unregulated derivatives market, they pose a greater threat to national security than any terrorist organization or "security" leak. Yet, the caretakers in the US government plod ahead on the same old track, postponing rather than solving, bickering as they go, unenlightened to the extraordinary threat within. As with the Roman Empire and others only found in the dust of history, moral and honorable civilizations degenerate and rot until they destroy themselves from within, doomed according to the inexorable law of moral and political entropy.

With the respect and prosperity of its people gone, the vitality of the fundamental underpinnings of its economy gutted and looted, the US vainly strains to remain a military superpower, as did the old Soviet Union. The government prints ink on paper for money, petrodollars, in a desperate dash to avoid collapse because it lacks integrity and economic exuberance. Remember, it is Christ fighting against us. Unless, we change and return to the love of the truth of the word of God, and not the way of the heathen, the prophecies tell us we will not find our safe harbour.

This "wide is the gate and broad is the way" path, in time, leads to the advent of the beast and false prophet who will offer us, as the Christian writer Dostoevsky noted, our daily bread "to make everything all better." We will be nothing more than ignorant fatted sheep for the slaughter then. [See 1 Ths. 5:1-11; also the Feature article, Is That You, Big Brother?].

While the House of Israel's Ephraim and Manasseh possessed the birthright blessing, what we use to be, our militaristic, "live by the sword" brother Edom does not have this promise. The purging that our LORD said is to come upon our heads is clearly manifesting itself. We've surrendered our birthright to our brother. He has nearly gained total dominion. [See Gen. 25:23; Gen. 27:40; also chapter six, The Genesis Birthright in The Blind Man's Elephant for a complete discussion]. We are daily prey to the wolves in sheep’s clothing. [See Rev. 13:7]. This is where we, the children of the House of Israel, are in the silly Santa Season. [For a secular video comment, see US Not Greatest Country Anymore. Warning: contains adult language and mature message not meant for whinerbaby snowflakes of any gender].

According to various media reports, people around the world wonder, “What happened to America?” This isn’t the magnanimous defender of liberty and truth that the country use to be. As President Truman said about seventy years ago in his first address to the US Congress, "The responsibility of a great state is to serve and not to dominate the world." [See Luke 22:24-27; Gen. 27:40]. The US has gone from George Washington, a president who "could not tell a lie," to presidents who cannot tell the truth. We only need a little objective introspection to see that those of the House of Israel no longer control our nations. [In reference to who does, see Obadiah. v. 4; Gen. 25:23, also John 8:39-47, and the Feature article, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares].

Siblings, the US and Great Britain, are at the forefront of lawlessness, torture and the killing fields of war with the Edom Zionist aim to dominate the world. [See US Wars]. It was only about a decade and a half ago that the US, for the first time in its history, became the overt instigator of war and torture, with Syria the fourth overt US war in the past ten years, depending on how we classify US actions in Libya, Ukraine, Pakistan, North Korea, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia of late. This does not include the economic sanctions war the US and Western Europe are waging against Russia, China, Iran, and others. Re-read Genesis 27:40. [See the Feature article, Revelation 17:Big Brother; also This Isn't Your Grandfather's USA].

Ten years on, and after a major economic fiasco whose "perpetraitors" were bailed out by those most negatively affected, every call, every email, everything just about is gathered without consent in violation of the 4th amendment rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. But the government, despite its less than stellar track record of being forthright and honest, tells us not to worry. They're not pushing us towards a one world government. They’re not Big Brother. [See the Sneakers article, One World Peace And Security].

One quick example should make the point. Article VI of the US Constitution mandates that federal and state officers from any branch of government must take an oath to uphold the US Constitution.  

It states, “The Senators and Representatives ..., and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution ....”

The oath is: “I (name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” A side note, the US Air Force, [who for decades denied the existence of UFOs, now admits their existence, joined by the UK's UFO Files], and in the blink of an eye, has formed the US Space Force, dropped the "So help me God" portion of their oath. [See the Sneakers article, Flying Saucers In The Bible ... Really?].

Yet in a media report, “The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts. FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI's legal position during these discussions is that the software's real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act.” [See US Pressure].

Americans should be asking, “Why is it that those sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, invoking God's name, are defending their unconstitutional actions, which doesn't seem patriotic, under the Patriot Act, aka Pandora’s Box, rather than pursuing the perpetrators who are enemies of the Constitution? Why does the Patriot Act, itself a wolf in sheep's clothing, provide cover for violating the Constitution?" "Why does the US Supreme Court refuse to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the government's snooping on its citizens without warrants?"

Perhaps US President John Adams was somewhat of a prophet when he said, "Our Constitution was only made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." He also observed, "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." While the US was deliberately created as a states and individual rights republic, we are becoming that suicidal democracy Adams warned us about. The chosen instrument of cause is our abandonment of our heritage and covenant with our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. But who among us is willing to wholeheartedly return to the love of the truth of the word of God, and our Savior?

Considering this, and looking at what we’ve read above here in Jeremiah, we should come to the realization that these events are the beginnings of the promised effects of disavowing our covenant with God, our purging. The cause and effect dots are connecting. We justify erecting heathen tree gods in our homes in the name of Christ, teaching our children the ways of Santa rather than the plan of God [there's even an app for kids "proving Santa is real" to keep the deception moving forward], fulfilling the prophecy that “his children have gone forth from God.”

If you want to get a real feel for what the future holds for the House of Israel, the US, UK and Western nations, read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, in particular volume two. The same group of people, Edom, were the ones committing these atrocities in the Soviet death labor camps. According to various sources, there are 800 of these camps in existence in the US today awaiting their captives who love the tree rather than our LORD. [See Camps; Camps 2].

If we were smart, rather than stupid and foolish, we’d do the purging. We wouldn't fear a tree and the corrupted heathen culture our "Christian" society now embraces. We'd throw Santa and the tree out the door. Or better yet, we’d never let them in. It’s easier to do than you think. Godly courage is a wonderful thing to experience. It's empowering to shed spiritual cowardice and ignorance. Standing up for the truth rather than a tree is exercising our faith, the spiritual liberty we have in Christ.

The beast with seven heads and ten crowns is rising up out of the sea as our current events, both domestically and in the Middle East, show us. [Rev. 13:1-11]. We are the root cause of our own predicament just as the prophecies have warned us. The hand of our LORD is against us because we’ve made him our enemy. [See the Feature article, Christ Against Christians]. And it will continue to be against us unless we turn from our “stupid and foolish” ways.

It's evident the days of our national blessings are ending. The anger of our Savior is set against us as it was with our ancestors millennia ago, " ... I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent ...." As stubborn nations, we refuse to learn from history and turn from our stupid and foolish ways. Whether we choose to do so as individuals is up to each of us, well at least until our LORD becomes weary with repenting, or the lack thereof, as he did with the House of Judah, stretching forth his hand to destroy them. [Jer. 15:6; also see our current day warning, 2 Ths. 2:9-12]. Chances are most of us will justify our choice to remain stupid to the very end.

Our theological and moral compass is corrupted. In order to return to the heading set before us by our LORD, our compass needs major repairs. Salvation is by the hand of our Creator and no other. His clear and unequivocal word gives us our bearing. Let us encompass the truth of the word of our LORD this year, setting our sight on the correct course, and unlearn the way of the heathen. This season, will you stand with the tree or with Christ and the truth of his word?

1 Our LORD and Savior tells us, "Do not learn the way of the heathen." This is a simple and straighforward directive. But there are those who tell us that Christ is wrong. It's perfectly fine to learn the ways of pagans despite the fact that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." [Heb.13:8].  Whether they are related to Christmas or Easter, the principle is the same. The Christian Post ran an article in April 2014 which said,  "Thomas Burke, dean of Humanities at Hillsdale College and a professor of philosophy and religion, however, believes that it is acceptable for Christians to partake in rituals during Easter that may have pagan roots. In an interview with The Christian Post, Burke explained that given that these "secular" Easter traditions "no longer have those pagan associations and meanings," they are "perfectly legitimate for Christians. Insofar as such practices and symbols now represent Christ, they are perfectly legitimate for Christians."

Burke mistakenly tells us these practices no longer have these pagan associations and meanings, they represent Christ now, so it's okay to practice them. This rationale sounds familiar. "But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said unto the woman, You shall not surely die." [Gen. 3:3, 4]. So go ahead, jump in feet first into pagan traditions, God doesn't mind. "There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." [Pro. 14:12]. We're back to that conundrum faced by Adam and Eve. Do we heed the word of God or find ways to justify what we think is right? [See the Feature article, Easter, Babylon And The Antichrist].

This specific passage from Ezekiel, while a direct prophetic reference to the city of Babylon the Great, the corrupted Jerusalem, is a 3-D multi-faceted prophecy. The duality is that while the House of Israel once again has returned to idolatry and trees, once again God will use Babylon to punish those of Israel. It is a reprise of Israel's shortcomings, Babylon being used to punish Israel, then God destroying Babylon, which in the last days is Edom, Zionist Israel's capital city of Jerusalem. Thus, we have a multi-layered, interwoven prophecy involving the children of Israel, Edom, Babylon, both as a metaphor for our rebellious and sinful ways, and literally as two heads of the beast, and the city of Jerusalem over a period of thousands of years. Twice Edom's Jerusalem will be destroyed, 70 CE and at the end of this age. And twice the House of Israel shall be purged, the Assyrian captivity and the end of this age. And twice our LORD shall recover the remnant of Israel. The cause of these events being set in motion is Israel's leaving the love of the truth of the word of God, which in turn engenders Babylon, etc. 

3 This is akin to a store selling a merchandise brand, say Rolex watches. Then, someone else opens their business next door claiming to sell the same watches, but they are fakes. Watch buying customers could be fooled into thinking the counterfeits are the real thing because these stores are side by side, with only a wall between them. It is the same with our corrupted Christian practices today. As the owner of the true Rolex dealer, we'd want to make sure the guy next door is exposed as a fraud that is giving our business and Rolex a bad name, and put him out of business. Christ will do this with us and our counterfeit Christian practices that have defiled Christ's name.

Postscript: All the Christmas Messages are as applicable today as they were when written. I recommend reading, or re-reading, them in order.

-- Michael J. Miller, 2013, 2019

Be sure to check our 2015 Christmas Message, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor, and our Newslink section regularly for relevant secular articles.

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