Eating Things Sacrificed to Idols: A Warning to the Bride

The greatest danger facing all Believers today is not some outside enemy, or persecution, or even death. Our greatest danger is something that we hold dear among ourselves, and is revealed in the many warnings given in Scripture. That something can cause Yahushua to have a few things against us. That something is our widespread practice of (unknowingly) eating of things sacrificed to idols.

Let’s see what this is, so that we might remove it from our practice.

I have a few things against you

For those who are serious about preparing themselves for their Bridegroom, and who desire to be among the “Lamb’s Wife (who) has made herself ready” (Rev 19:7), Yahushua gives a curious warning:

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. (Revelation 2:14)

First, let us notice that the above passage in Revelation is addressed to the last-days congregations (that’s us). Next we see above that the Doctrine of Balaam results in a stumblingblock (something that impedes our walking in The Way.) And finally, we see the nature of this particular stumblingblock — to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. These two items describe one single stumblingblock, and one single practice we hold dear.

The above passage tells us this one stumblingblock results from the teaching (the Doctrine) of Balaam. So let’s review what Scripture reveals about the Doctrine of Balaam.

The Doctrine of Balaam

As we saw in detail here, the Doctrine of Balaam is not greed, but is simply the practice of the Error of Balaam. In summary, the Error of Balaam was that Balaam rejected the earlier Word of Yahuweh, but was willing to obey only the later Word of Yahuweh. For this, Yahuweh sought to kill Balaam.

Today we are doing exactly the same as Balaam did. We are practicing the Doctrine of Balaam — for most of our congregations have rejected the earlier Word of Yahuweh, and have accepted only the later Word of Yahuweh. This has happened because many have believed the words of the theologians, and have not read the Scriptures for themselves. Let’s look briefly at some of the results of the Doctrine of Balaam.

Since the Doctrine of Balaam is the rejection of the ‘earlier’ Word of Yahuweh in favour of the ‘later’ Word of Yahuweh, we see that there will be ignorance and misunderstanding as to Yahuweh’s will for us today.

If a Doctrine or practice is truly of Yahushua, it will be found within the writings of ‘Moses and all the Prophets’ (Jo 5:47; Lk 24:25, 27). It will also be seen being practiced in the lives of Yahushua, and His disciples, and the apostle Paul, as we are told we have them for our examples (Php 3:17; 1Pet 2:21; 1Jo 2:6; 1Jo 3:2).

Substitution of man’s own Doctrine or practice, in place of that prescribed by Yahuweh, is the basic definition of idolatry. Throughout the Scriptures Yahuweh pleads with His people to forego their idolatries, which Yahuweh likens to spiritual fornication.

Now let us see how the rejection of the earlier Word teaches us to eat things sacrificed to idols.

Things Sacrificed to Idols

We noted that the above passage in Revelation is addressed to the last-days congregations (to us). Yahushua is telling us that the Doctrine of Balaam teaches men to ‘eat things sacrificed to idols.’ So now we see this is not only idolatry and fornication (a man-made substitute) but is related to the eating of a sacrifice.

We now see that this passage refers to the eating of a FALSE sacrifice, a substitute for the TRUE Sacrifice — for which only the Body and Blood of Yahushua qualifies!

Now let’s look closely at this. As Believers, what are we told to eat and drink that represents the Body and Blood of Yahushua? Scriptures tell us exactly:

18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. … 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:18; 26-28)
14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? … 22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. (Mark 14:14; 22-24)
15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: … 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:15; 19-20)
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed [‘Passover’] took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)

The above passages reveal that the Body and Blood of Yahshua are eaten and drunk at the Passover meal. Yahushua and His Disciples are an example for us today. This Passover meal (the TRUE Lord’s Supper) was not some new Doctrine for the Disciples — it was something Yahuweh’s people had practiced for thousands of years, as commanded of ALL of Yahuweh’s people, in Lev 23:4-5. Yahushua was simply revealing the TRUE meaning of Passover for them, and for us today.

Now that we have an understanding from Scripture of the New Covenant Passover, we can more easily understand the words of Yahushua:

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. (John 6:53)

We now understand clearly from Scripture that Yahushua is referring to the Passover meal, which is only for His people, and is not for ‘outsiders.’ It is the outsiders who have ‘no Life in them’ (Yahushua living in them). The ‘outsiders’ can not keep Passover, for it is ‘Messiah-in-you’ who desires to keep Passover; only those who have been ‘Born-Again’ have Messiah living within.

Yahuweh commands His people to observe Passover as a memorial for ever (Ex 12:14), a Feast we see practiced by Yahushua and all His Disciples. Even Paul reminds us not to fail to keep Passover (1Cor 5:7-8).

Man-Made Substitute for Passover

The Doctrine of Balaam, however, rejects the earlier Word of Yahuweh, thus allowing the Doctrines of Men to create a ‘substitute’ Passover, even calling it by the Biblical name ‘communion.’

When we refuse Yahushua’s Passover, but then practice a man-made replacement of Passover — even if we call it by the Biblical name of ‘communion’ (aka the Lord’s supper) — we are then practicing idolatry! We have substituted a man-made practice in place of a Biblical practice. In Yahuweh’s sight that is spiritual fornication, because we are supposed to be His people, and we are supposed to be ‘Betrothed’ to Him as a Bride.

When we forget the ‘earlier’ Word of Yahuweh, men will attempt to invent many doctrines to take its place.

Now we can understand how most congregations today unknowingly promote and teach their people to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication. Now we can see how widespread the problem is today, as addressed by Yahushua in the above passage in Revelation.

Conclusion

For those who desire to prepare themselves for their Bridegroom, let us cease immediately committing idolatry, and fornication, and eating of things sacrificed to idols. Let us instead begin to embrace the TRUE Passover meal — the TRUE Body and Blood of Yahushua. We will do this only when we cease practicing the Doctrine of Balaam, and begin to obey the earlier Word of Yahuweh.

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Related Content: Testing & Warnings


For further details of the Wilderness Testing of the Believers, and of the Warnings given to the Bride concerning her Testing that must occur before entering in with the Bridegroom, see the following articles:

Entering the Kingdom: The Wilderness Testing of the BelieversAn Overview of the testing

Entering the Kingdom: The Wise Virgins’ ChecklistAn Overview of the testing, and a Scripture Checklist

Entering the Kingdom: The Two Love Tests - Further details of Father’s testing of the Believers

The Love of Many Grows Cold - the measuring-stick used to test the Believers

The Doctrine of Balaam: A Warning to the BrideThe Root cause of failing the test

Eating Things Sacrificed to Idols: A Warning to the Bride – a major cause of failing the test

What Your Pastor Never Told You About The 2nd Commandment – Warning – a major cause of failing the test

Removing the Abominations: A Warning to the Bride – a major cause of failing the test

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12 Responses to Eating Things Sacrificed to Idols: A Warning to the Bride

  1. bonnie says:

    What is the man made passover? You said all that to say no conclusion.

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you Bonnie, for your visit, and your question.

      You asked, “What is the man-made passover?”

      Perhaps the article is not worded in a clear manner. I will try to do so here. But in order to be more clear there must be a little further explanation.

      As Followers of Yahushua, we have been taught to celebrate the ‘Lord’s Supper’ (also called ‘communion’) in remembrance of Him, whenever we assemble together. The practice of celebrating the Lord’s Supper weekly or monthly in this manner is not according to Scripture, but is a ‘counterfeit,’ a man-made ‘subsitute’ for the Biblical practice of celebrating Passover. Let’s see why this is true.

      When we eat the true sacrifice (Messiah, who is the Biblical Passover Lamb), we are to do so in the manner and time prescribed in Scripture. His body and His Blood are both Passover sacrifices, and are the true sacrifices we are commanded to eat.

      Scripture also reveals, however, that any substitute for Yahuweh or His Word, or any substitute for the true and Scriptural practice of His Word, is simply an ‘idol’ in its most basic sense. Any celebration of Passover in a manner not commanded, or on a day not commanded, is a substitute for the true, and is thus a form of idolatry.

      The true Passover occurs only once each year, on the fourteenth day of the first Biblical month of the year. When we celebrate the ‘Lord’s Supper’ not as part of the Biblical Passover, but at a time and in a manner of our own choosing, we are celebrating a mere substitute of the True.

      And so it is, that when we eat a substitute for the true sacrifices, we are not eating sacrifices made unto Yahuweh (according to His Word), but we are actually eating sacrifices made to idols (to a man-made idea, as a substitute for the true).

      When I first began to see in Scripture the error of the popular practice of the Lord’s Supper, I was shocked. I could hardly believe what I was seeing. As a Believer, I had been celebrating the Lord’s Supper for more than twenty years! Thus for me, it required not only ‘two or three witnesses’ to confirm what I was seeing, but I needed dozens of witnesses of Scripture–because what I was seeing was a serious assault on everything I had known as a Believer. I was undergoing a shaking, even to the foundation of what I understood of the Scriptures.

      It was only through much prayer, and seeking Father, that He confirmed what I had seen, with many, many Scriptures. Truly the Holy Spirit leads us gently, but surely, into all Truth! He then directed me to write what I had seen, so that others might see.

      Most important, however, is that we must be like the Bereans–we must not accept everything we hear, but we are to search the Scriptures for ourselves, to see if these things are true.

      How did this practice of celebrating the counterfeit Passover begin?

      Around 325 AD there were edicts pronounced by Rome, that forbade Believers from keeping the Biblical Passover, under the guise that Passover was too ‘Jewish.’ A man-made counterfeit was then initiated, which had the ‘appearance’ of being genuine, and of following the New Testament Pattern.

      In the early years, it was as it is today. Most Believers learn spiritual things from their leaders, and do not study the Scriptures for themselves, to see if these things were true. In the early years, however, the Believers were not able to search the Scriptures for themselves. Only kings and the most wealthy of men, along with their spiritual leaders, could afford the cost of the Scriptures, for they were hand-written, and required many months of labour to complete. It was not until the invention of the printing-press, that the common folk began to read the Scriptures.

      Meanwhile, Martin Luther (a priest of Rome) broke from some of the traditions and teachings of Rome, and began a ‘Reformation’ of moving back to a more Scriptural basis for the Faith.

      Though he brought many changes, Luther nevertheless carried with him much of the tradition and error that has continued to this day, and which is practiced within the various branches of the ‘evangelical’ Faith. Like the Mother, so are the Daughters–and so much of the error today is based on the rejection of keeping the Biblical Feasts, including the true Passover, because they appear “Jewish.’

      Much of the false teachings remain among the evangelical communities today simply because the ‘Doctrine of Balaam’ is promoted within all the various branches of the Faith. This teaching rejects the ‘earlier’ Word of Yahuweh, and practices only the ‘later’ Word of Yahuweh.

      The ‘Error of Balaam’ is able to continue within the evangelical communities, because the ‘Doctrine of Balaam’ gives rise to certain popular false teachings, the chief of which is the notion of an ‘Age of Law’ and an ‘Age of Grace.’ This notion of two ‘ages’ is part of an imagined ‘Dispensational’ view of Scripture, which in turn, gives rise to further error, through the notion that ‘Law and Grace’ and ‘Faith and Works’ are ‘opposites’ of one another, rather than ‘complementary’ to one another, as revealed in the Scriptures.

      The many ‘fables’ and ‘Doctrines of Men’ maintain their foothold today, because most today do not search the Scriptures, to find what the Scriptures actually say about these ideas. Most spiritual leaders today are those who, in their teens and twenties, were indoctrinated in Theological Cemeteries (full of dead-men’s bones), and were taught man’s various views of Scripture in Bible Schools–rather than wrought in the furnace of experience in the School of the Holy Spirit.

      Conclusion

      Messiah’s Flesh and His Blood are both Passover sacrifices, and are the true sacrifices we are commanded to eat.

      Any substitute for the True, including the practice of a counterfeit of the True, is idolatry.

      The man-made Passover is today’s popular practice of celebrating the Lord’s Supper (‘communion’). This man-man Passover is done in a way, and at a time, that is not according to Scripture–and is thus a counterfeit of the True.

      When we eat and drink the sacrifices of a ‘counterfeit’ Passover, we are not eating the true sacrifices of the Passover Lamb, but are instead eating things sacrificed to idols.

  2. biblefortruth says:

    Thank you for your hard work. I also stopped keeping Easter when i found the truth of passover.

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you biblefortruth, for your comment and testimony. The same happened to us. When we began to walk in obedience to the True, Father opened our eyes to see the False! And thank you for your encouragement!

  3. Bless Yahuveh says:

    I have a huge dilemma here. My family are buddhists.. they set all their food(including fruit) on their altar.. I am on a Daniel Fast and fruit is the only thing I can eat.. do you think our Messiah is angry at me because I chose to eat fruit sacrificed to idols ?( I don’t partake in this-only family member) I am a minor and not in charge of money so it is difficult for me to buy other foods that are seperated. I have brought this up with Him, but I haven’t heard anything thus far.. please help :-(

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you, Bless Yahuveh, for your visit. The issue of eating things sacrificed to idols is two-fold. One, the eating of ‘spiritual’ food. Two, the eating of physical food.

      One: “Spiritual” food is in the context of food related to practices of what we call the ‘Lord’s Supper’ or ‘Communion.’ That food is eaten with the intent to honour Yahushua, but is instead honouring ‘devils’ as the apostle Paul describes in 1Corinthians 10:19-21. This practice is “food sacrificed to idols” because the popular ‘Lord’s Supper’ is a man-made substitue for the bread and wine of the Passover Memorial Feast.

      Two: Our physical food eaten for our regular, daily provision is a somewhat different matter. This food is separated or sanctified (set-apart), first, by the Word [clean vs. unclean (Lev 20:25)], and second, by our prayer of thanksgiving [by our words] before and after we eat (1Tim 4:5). In this regard, the apostle Paul tells us that the idol is ‘nothing’ regarding its ‘power’ to contaminate the food (1Cor 8:4). Instead, we can pray over our daily food, and then eat it.

      Also, as a kingdom of priests (Rev 1:6, 5:10), we can sprinkle the Blood of Yahushua with our words, over our food. We might say, “Let the Blood of Yahushua (Jesus) be sprinkled upon this food. And in the name of Yahushua (Jesus), I break any curses or spiritual strongholds over this food, and I command the evil spirits to leave this house (or this building, place, or village), and never return.” We would then thank Yah for His protection and for His provision, and eat, and enjoy! Saying this simple prayer could become the beginning of a revival in any household, village or city.

      If someone else becomes stumbled over our eating this food, we should refrain for the sake of not stumbling our brother, for the sake of loving our brother (1Cor 10:28).

      If you are worried about doing what I have mentioned, remember that Naaman, the captain of the Syrian army, was forgiven of the sin of going into the house of the false gods when required by his master, because of Naaman’s prayer [he asked forgiveness] (see 2Kings 5:18-19).

      Blessings to you and your household, Brother Bill

    • William says:

      Jesus said “So in everything do unto others as you would have them do unto you for this sums up the law and the Prophets”. He said this after explaining to us how much our Father loves us, how He will freely give His Spirit to all who ask Him. And told us that the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. When God told us He would write his law in our hearts He was speaking of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us who are putting all their hope and faith in Christ Jesus.The Holy Spirit will indeed lead us into all truth. I believe the simplicity of the Gospel is its strength. Once we have trusted in Jesus and start living out the Way described above, every day is a festival, a Sabbath, a feast all to be shared with those around us. The rest of what Paul, Peter, and John and the others taught about the poor, the widows and orphans, and gathering and worship will fall into place. Sin will pushed out of our lives by the righteousness, peace and joy we experience as we live in his Kingdom. And now abides faith, hope and love until His return. Then love will truly fill the earth!

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you William,

      For your visit, and your comment.

      Your comments on the post, “Eating Things Sacrificed to Idols: A Warning to the Bride” do not seem to be referring to specifics in the posted article.

      William, I do appreciate your comments. It is, however, helpful to make comments that can be backed-up by Scripture. The understanding of Scripture most Believers have today is faulty, and we would not want to pass along any error to others, simply because of our own ignorance of the Scriptures. For the sake of other Readers, let’s review some of your comments.

      You said:

      Jesus said ‘So in everything do unto others as you would have them do unto you for this sums up the law and the Prophets.’ He said this after explaining to us how much our Father loves us, how He will freely give His Spirit to all who ask Him. And told us that the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.

      That is a good admonition. But we must ask, How do we know we are loving our neighbour as ourself? The apostle John tells us:

      By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God, and keep his commandments (1John 5:2).

      You said:

      When God told us He would write his law in our hearts He was speaking of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us who are putting all their hope and faith in Christ Jesus.

      Yes, it is Yahuweh Himself, who by His Holy Spirit, does the writing of the Law (Torah) on the hearts of the Believers, just as He promised in (Hebrews 10:16; Jeremiah 31:33;). The result of this writing of the Law on the hearts is the essence of the New Covenant. Its results can be seen in the lives of those in whom the Holy Spirit has come to do this writing, just as promised in (Ezekiel 36:26-27):

      A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

      Notice the result of the Holy Spirit writing the Law on the heart is that He will “cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments [mishpatim], and do them.”

      You said:

      The Holy Spirit will indeed lead us into all truth.

      The Truth of Yahuweh is not just a feeling, or a subjective or ethereal notion of what is truth, but is specific:

      Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

      Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13)

      Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [‘Torah’] is the truth. (Psalms 119:142)

      The Living Truth is Yahushua, who is living within us, and is giving us the Grace to walk in the Truth (Torah) just as He did 2,000 years ago when He lived in His own body.

      You said:

      I believe the simplicity of the Gospel is its strength.

      According to the Scriptures, the simplicity is not in the Gospel, but in Messiah Himself; and to be led away from this truth is to become ‘beguiled’ by the serpent (2Co 11:3).

      You said:

      Once we have trusted in Jesus and start living out the Way described above, every day is a festival, a Sabbath, a feast all to be shared with those around us.

      To think every day is a Sabbath, every day is a festival, is contradictory to what the Scriptures say. This is another old-wives fables that turn men away from the Truth (1Tim 4:7; Titus 1:14). This man-made idea is believed by many today, who unless they repent, will be found among the Foolish Virgins (Matt 7:23; Matt 25:10-13).

      You said:

      The rest of what Paul, Peter, and John and the others taught about the poor, the widows and orphans, and gathering and worship will fall into place.

      This idea is not according to Scripture. These things do not ‘fall into place’ by themselves, but are accomplished only by making proper decisions, and then by making conscientious efforts to do them.

      You said:

      Sin will pushed out of our lives by the righteousness, peace and joy we experience as we live in his Kingdom.

      This idea is not according to Scripture. Sin is not automatically ‘pushed out of our lives’ by peace and joy. Whether we sin, or whether we do not sin, is a concscious choice we must make day-by-day, moment-by-moment. We do this by yielding to Him — by His enabling Grace — to do His will, not our own will.

      Sin is “disobedience of the Law [Torah]” (1John 3:4), and Righteousness [as a fruit] is “walking in obedience to the Law” (Deut 6:25; 2Pet 2:21). After a man is Born-Again, he has Messiah as the Seed of Righteousness, and is now considered Righteous. But in order to allow Messiah-in-him to bear the fruit of Righteousness, he must still choose for himself whether he wants to obey, or to disobey the Law (2Thess 2:10; Proverbs 1:29; Joshua 24:15).

      You said:

      And now abides faith, hope and love until His return.

      Notice the rest of the verse tells us the greatest of these is Love (1Cor 13:13). Notice the Biblical definition of love:

      And this is love, that we walk after [‘according to’] his commandments>. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. (2John 1:6)

      If ye love me, keep my commandments [the Torah]. (John 14:15)

      As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye [‘continue; remain’] in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide [‘continue; remain’] in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide [‘continue; remain’] in his love. (John 15:9-10)

      Those who truly know Him, know that it was Yahushua Messiah Himself who accompanied the Israelites in the wilderness (1Co 10:4), and also gave them the Law [Torah] on the mountain. Messiah’s commandments are called the Law [Torah], and are His ‘house rules’ for His children. Many of His children today do not know Him, and do not obey His commandments [‘remember the Sabbath Day to keep it set-apart…’]. Unfortunately, these are demonstrating that they do not love Him, and thus will not be among the Bride-Company.

      You said:

      Then love will truly fill the earth!

      Since the Bible defines love as obedience to Messiah’s Commandments, it is not reasonable [nor Scriptural] to think that His return will turn disobedient children into obedient ones in the blink of an eye. Notice what is required for us to learn obedience:

      Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; (Hebrews 5:8)

      That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Philippians 3:10)

      His Disciples are those who walk with Him, in His footsteps, and are experiencing the fellowship of His sufferings today, just as He did 2,000 years ago. When a Born-Again Believer begins to walk in obedience to Torah as Yahushua did, the suffering begins. That Believer loses friends, family, and everything else from a worldly standpoint.

      Let’s all stop repeating the error we have heard from the pulpit. Let us begin to seek Messiah, who is ‘hiding’ in His Word! Let us then become “DO-ers” of His Word, so that we can know and understand His Truth (John 7:17)!

      Only then can we begin to have His Laws written on our heart, when we begin to keep His Words, and put away the many idolatries so prevalent in today’s Congregations. Only then may we be able to say:

      Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (Revelation 19:7)

      Let us be among the Wise Virgins, the Bride-Company, those who are now making themselves ready!

      -Brother Bill

  4. SAM says:

    Where in New Testament scripture does it specify we should only be observing the Lord’s Supper and ‘remembering Him’ once on an annual basis on a specific date?

    As a Christian, I am always remembering him and, more often than once a year, celebrating Him and thanking Him for what He did for me…

    1Cor11:26 says, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” (NIV) Surely this scripture, if it was meant to be an ANNUAL event, would not have used the term “often”?

    KJV AMP puts it like this:
    24 And when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance. 25 Similarly when supper was ended, He took the cup also, saying, This cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink [it], to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance. 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are representing and signifying and proclaiming the fact of the Lord’s death until He comes [again].

    Also, Is not this ‘cup of the new covenant’ that has been ‘established’ a metaphor for the establishment of the New Testament? Is not ‘drinking of His blood’ in fact partaking of this new covenant, which is His WORD in the New Testament? Why would this be something that we would only partake of annually? (Please correct me if I’m wrong!)

    Can you please explain what DATE “the fourteenth day of the first Biblical month of the year” (from OLD Testament!) is for those of us who operate off the Gregorian Calendar? So that I might know WHEN I am actually supposed to be observing the Lord’s Supper?

    I really am seeking answers, as a fairly new Christian, and the recent Easter ‘celebrations’ has me asking even more questions. Yours is the 2nd website I have come across that talks about the link to Passover and the Lord’s Supper on the “14th of Nissen” (OT), but it just doesn’t sit right with my spirit that – the NEW covenant to break bread, drink from ‘the cup’ and remember Him is a once a year event?
    I do understand that doing it on a set and regular basis becomes ritualistic, but surely, when you are led by the Holy Spirit to partake of it during fellowship, you obey and you partake, whenever that may be! Breaking a piece of BREAD together – as a SYMBOL – of His body being broken for us, just as Jesus used it?

    It confuses me when you keep saying “Messiah’s Flesh and His Blood are both Passover sacrifices, and are the true sacrifices we are commanded to eat”.
    Yes, He was the true sacrifice – but how do WE, present Believers, EAT of this TRUE sacrifice on this ‘annual memorial occasion’? Please tell me specifically what it is you consume on this one particular day?

    If there is a specific date we Christians are supposed to be observing, is the date noted on a Chrisitan Calendar? And, why is this date not more widely-known?

    I appreciate your website and what you are doing…some very helpful explanations and I love the Hebrew definitions! I still have a lot more to read and learn, but please explain the above to me, so that I may have a better understanding of what the Spirit specifically revealed to you.

    God Bless you!

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you SAM, for your visit, and your comments and questions. Many times when we see something new, we immediately try to relate it to what we already know, and confusion results. We must instead compare and test any new ideas we see or hear strictly against the Scriptures, to avoid confusion.

      The Holy Spirit will lead us into all Truth, and will bring to our remembrance what the Scriptures say. And so His job is to bring us into an understanding of what the Scriptures actually say. This may result in collisions with what the Doctrines of Men tell us!

      First, your question of the word ‘often’ as used regarding the Lord’s Supper [which according to Yahushua’s words, was a Passover celebration] is seen in Heb 9:25-26. Here the word ‘often’ is used to describe a once-per-year event, in which the High Priest enters the Holy of Holies.

      The twice-per-year Passover celebration is a commanded feature of the Everlasting [‘new’] Covenant, as attested to by much of the Everlasting [‘new’] Covenant Scriptures seen throughout the ‘Old’ Testament. If this idea seem strange, it is perhaps because most of us today have been taught that what is in the ‘Old’ Testament is old, and not valid for Believers today, but what is in the ‘New’ Testament [only] is valid for Believers today. This notion is the essence of the Doctrine of Balaam (Rev 2:14,20) which most practice today. Your first assignment is to find out what the Doctrine of Balaam is today, and how to avoid practicing it.

      Regarding Passover, many Believers gather in small groups for Passover celebrations, in many cities, towns, and villages, and even by families in remote areas. Perhaps your other questions about Passover may be answered in some of the Passover articles on this site, such as the series on Passover Thoughts, and on the other Passover articles [see list of all Posts in the Archives, on the main menu].

      You might also check out some of the articles and links on the main website The Way Prepared, where there are articles on the Biblical Calendar, and links to online Sabbath teachings and other resources.

      Blessings to you and your household!

      -Brother Bill

  5. Becky says:

    Hello…Can you specifically explain to me about communion and how it is to be taken? I feel the most significant part that churches miss is the discerning between the bread and the blood, and separating them: (The bread for our healing & the blood for our forgiveness of sins) Are you saying that we should actually have a Passover meal with other believers, bread free from leaven and pure wine? If so please leave scriptural reference…As far as communion, I take it often, mostly on my own, because the Word states that many “have fallen asleep” because of the lack of preserving it…I don’t attend a church, because many are too religious in my area, so I meet with a small group of believers in their home…Thank you & Blessings~

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you Becky, for your questions, and for your desire to seek Messiah, and His Truth in the Scriptures.

      Yes, many church-goers today are practicing Rome’s substitute (‘man-made’) Passover. Today Yahushua is restoring all things immediately before His return. He is restoring the practicing of Biblical Truths, in place of man-made traditions, as He promised, just as it was among the early Disciples.

      The Scriptures are clear in this matter of the New Covenant Passover, and are discussed in a number of articles. You might begin with the article on The New Covenant Passover, and some of the links on this page.

      Let’s all be as the Bereans — seeking the Truth in the Scriptures, as we read it for ourselves! Let’s look for Yahushua’s example in all things — He reveals the way for us!

      Blessings to you and your household!

      -Brother Bill

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