Eating Things Sacrificed to Idols: A Warning to the Bride


Dear Reader, when Messiah revealed certain Scripture truths to His followers, many of them became offended at His words (John 6:53-61).

Many who had been following Him, and considered themselves to be His Disciples, departed from Him, and no longer walked with Him. They rejected His words of Truth, because His words did not agree with their current understanding (John 6:64-68).

The departure of many of Messiah's Disciples demonstrated that these disciples held 'their own' understanding in higher esteem than Messiah's Words, thus confirming that they did not truly 'believe' in Messiah, in the Biblical sense of the word (John 6:64-65).

What were the words that many of His Disciples could not endure?

The words they could not endure were words Messiah spoke (John 6:53-56) related to eating of His flesh, and drinking of His blood — words declaring certain eternal truths of Messiah's Passover Memorial Supper.

Dear Reader, this writing contains important Scripture truths regarding the flesh and blood of Messiah's Passover Memorial Supper. Some of the modern, man-made religious traditions we have learned, however, are not in agreement with these Bible truths.

Many of our modern religious traditions and practises oppose the truths of Scripture, and become stumbling-blocks in our walk with Messiah. They cause us to become offended at the truth, and ultimately prevent us from following Messiah.

So if we desire to follow Messiah, we must remove the stumbling-blocks of man-made, religious tradition.

To do this however, we must be able to discern between what is man-made tradition, and what is Biblical. Only then can we remove all that would oppose Biblical truth.

And if we are going to discern between man-made tradition from the truth of Scripture, we must be as the Bereans (Acts 17:10-11).

The Bereans, we recall, did not immediately reject or accept the apostle Paul's words at face value. Instead, they searched the Scriptures daily, to see whether the things Paul taught were true, or not.

Dear Reader, Messiah expects no less of us today!

Everything we hear from the pulpit, and everything we practise, we are to examine against the Scriptures!

We recall that the only Scriptures the Bereans had in those days to test 'New' Covenant truths, were the 'Old' Testament writings.

And so, Dear Reader, when Biblical truth collides with what we currently understand, let us not put our heads in the sand. Let us not seek to maintain the status quo, by holding on to man-made religious traditions.

Instead, let us address the issues head-on (Matthew 11:12), as those who will enter Messiah's Kingdom!

Let us be as the Bereans, and search the Scriptures to see whether these things are true — lest we too become offended, and reject Messiah's words of Truth!

The greatest danger facing us as Believers today is not some outside enemy, or persecution, or even death. The greatest danger we face today is our rejection of the words of Messiah, leaning instead on our own understanding.

When we substitute ‘our own’ understanding of a matter, in place of what Messiah has already said about that matter, we demonstrate that we hold ‘our own’ understanding in greater reverence than we hold Messiah and His Word.

Our own understanding then becomes an idol.

For centuries, we as Believers in the greater Body of Messiah have been leaning on our own understanding regarding many issues. But there is one issue in particular that the Scriptures name as an idolatrous practise among the end-time Body of Believers. It is something many practise often. It is something we hold in high esteem, and greatly revere among ourselves.

That ‘something’ is however, a form of idolatry — and because of this idolatry, Yahushua tells us He will have a “few things against us.”

That ‘something’ is our widespread practise of [unknowingly] eating things sacrificed to idols!

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

Note: This post is a shortened summary. For the full-length article with full Scripture references, including the apostle Paul’s teaching on these related truths, see Eating Things Sacrificed Unto Idols: A Warning to the Bride.

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 [Lit. the ‘idol sacrifice’], 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 practise 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 practise 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 practising 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 practise is truly of Yahushua, it will be found within the writings of ‘Moses and all the Prophets’ (John 5:47; Luke 24:25, 27). It will also be seen being practised 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; 1John 2:6; 1John 3:2).

Substitution of man’s own Doctrine or practise, 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 we see that this is not only idolatry by having a man-made substitute, and is spiritual fornication, but we see it is also 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:

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 [‘covenant’], which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:18; 26-28)

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 [‘covenant’], which is shed for many. (Mark 14:14; 22-24)

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 [‘covenant’] in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:15; 19-20)

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 [‘covenant’] 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 Yahushua are eaten and drunk at the Passover meal. Let us recall that 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 practised 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 [‘unless’] 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’ [do not have Yahushua living within 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 practised by Yahushua and all His Disciples. Even Paul reminds us not to fail to keep Passover (1Cor 5:7-8).

The Man-Made Substitute for Passover

Since the Doctrine of Balaam rejects the earlier Word of Yahuweh, it allows the Doctrines of Men to create a ‘substitute’ Passover in place of the true Biblical Passover. This substitution was made many centuries ago, perhaps as early as the first century, and later handed down to us from the ‘church fathers’ and ‘Reformers’ who had come [part-way] out of Rome.

Today this man-made practise is highly revered, and is called by the names ‘communion’ and ‘Lord’s Supper.’ These words appear in Scripture, but have been twisted by men, applying these words to something other than Passover. The Biblical Passover occurs only once per year, after sunset in the night that begins the 14th day of the first Biblical month.

To be Biblical, the eating of the bread and drinking of the cup of Passover is to be observed strictly according to Scripture. Messiah tells us this timing in Luke 22:15 was “before He suffered,” and the apostle Paul confirms this timing in 1Co 11:23-24 as “the same night Messiah was betrayed,” that is, at the beginning of the 14th day. As followers of Messiah, we are not allowed to ‘tweak’ the observance by including man’s own ideas or practises, no matter how popular they may be.

When we refuse Yahushua’s Passover, but then practise a man-made replacement of Passover — even if we call it by the name of ‘communion’ or ‘Lord’s supper’ — we are then practising a substitute for the Biblical command — which is idolatry! We have substituted a man-made practise in place of a Biblical practise. 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.


In this writing, here is what we have seen:

What We Have Seen: A Summary

  • Messiah tells us that He has something against His own people in the last-days Congregations: they continue to hold fast to the doctrine of Balaam, and they continue to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
  • The Doctrine of Balaam teaches Messiah’s people to walk in the Error of Balaam — which is to reject the earlier Word of Yahuweh, and to obey only the later Word of Yahuweh. Thus men have created a ‘substitute’ Passover in place of the true Biblical Passover.
  • The Doctrine of Balaam teaches Messiah’s people to eat a sacrifice that is not the Biblical Passover sacrifice, as eaten by Messiah and His disciples, but instead to eat a man-made substitute that does not follow the Biblical requirements for Passover.
  • Any substitution of man’s own Doctrine or practise, in place of that prescribed by Yahuweh, is the basic definition of idolatry. Thus any man-made substitute for Yahuweh or His Word, including substitutes for Biblical Doctrine or practise, is considered an idol.
  • Even [unknowingly] eating a FALSE sacrifice, a man-made substitute for the TRUE Biblical Sacrifice, is considered eating the ‘idol sacrifice,’ or things sacrificed to idols. This is idolatry, and Yahuweh likens idolatry to spiritual fornication.
  • The Passover meal (the TRUE Lord’s Supper) eaten by Messiah and His disciples was not some ‘new’ Doctrine for the Disciples. It was something Yahuweh’s people had practised for thousands of years, as commanded of ALL of Yahuweh’s people. Yahushua was simply revealing the TRUE meaning of Passover.
  • The bread and the cup, which are figures of the Body and Blood of Yahushua, are to be eaten and drunk after supper at the Passover meal, just as Messiah and His disciples did — once per year, as part of the Passover Memorial — after sunset, in the night that begins the 14th day of the first Biblical month.
  • Most of our congregations today have been taught to reject the earlier Word of Yahuweh, and have been taught to obey and practice only the later Word of Yahuweh. As a result, these congregations do not follow Messiah, but practise a man-made replacement of Passover, called ‘communion’ and ‘Lord’s Supper, which are not related to the Biblical Passover.
  • Messiah will have a few things against us, if we continue to hold fast to the Doctrine of Balaam, and continue to eat things sacrificed to idols.
  • Messiah is calling all of His people to repent, and stop committing sin!

For those who desire to prepare themselves for their Bridegroom, let us cease committing spiritual fornication, and eating of things sacrificed to idols.

Let us cease ‘taking communion’ and eating the ‘Lord’s Supper’ according to man-made religious tradition handed down to us from Rome, by way of our ‘church fathers.’

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 practising the Doctrine of Balaam, and begin to obey the earlier Word [Torah] of Yahuweh.

This writing is a call to You, Dear Reader! Yahushua is personally calling us to repent, and to dig into the Scriptures, and read them for ourselves! Believe no man! The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!”

Messiah is calling us to stop Eating Things Sacrificed to Idols! This is a Warning to the Bride!

(The above post is a short excerpt from the full-length article, Eating Things Sacrificed Unto Idols: A Warning to the Bride. For an in-depth look at the apostle Paul’s words of warning in this matter, we recommend that the Reader study the full-length article.)

Dear Reader, let us remember this one thing. Our goal is not to follow religious doctrines, but to follow the person of Yahushua Messiah.

When we follow a religion rather than a person, we are more likely to receive an idol, which is a substitute for the real thing.

Now Dear Reader, return to the Warning at the top of this page, and re-read the Warning!

Related Articles:

  • Eating Things Sacrificed Unto Idols: A Warning to the Bride – The Full-length article.
  • Communion: A Man-Made Substitute for the Biblical Passover – Also called the ‘Eucharist’ and ‘Lord’s Supper,’ this man-made substitute is a counterfeit of the Biblical Passover meal eaten by Messiah and His disciples the same night in which He was betrayed. This counterfeit has been passed down to us over the centuries, and today continues to be practiced unknowingly by most evangelical Believers.
  • The New Covenant Passover: A Mystery – Full List of Passover Articles, with Descriptions and Links
  • Things Your Pastor Never Told You About the Early Church Fathers – A brief historical account of how the Biblical practises and celebrations of the Born-Again Believers were first outlawed, then snuffed-out, being replaced by man-made religious practises and celebrations
  • If You Love Me, Keep ‘My’ Commandments – Do we show our love for Messiah, in the way He has told us — or have we lost sight of His identity?
  • What Are the Ten Commandments? – Also called The Ten Words, these Scripture passages are shown in both Hebrew and English, enabling us to see for ourselves what these Commandments actually say. When we as New Covenant Believers understand whose words they are, we can better know how to respond to them.
  • Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation – Obedience to the Torah [Father’s House Rules for His family] is not about our redemption by Yahushua’s blood. Instead, it is Messiah’s New Testament instruction to all Born-again Believers in how to abide in Him, how to love Him, and how to walk as He walked.
  • Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible: Using Scripture to Interpret the Scriptures – What is the source of our current understanding of the Bible? The pure Truths of Scripture are of highest importance — how we understand the Scriptures will affect our eternal condition! To avoid being deceived by man-made doctrines, we must not rely on Preachers, Teachers, Bible notes or commentaries. Instead we must study and understand the Bible for ourselves — not looking through the lenses of tradition or man-made Bible study methods — but relying only on what the Bible actually says about how to study and understand the Scriptures! Here are 7 Biblical Guidelines that show us the way!
  • Contending for The Faith – We are exhorted to contend, to fight to remain in The Faith that was originally given. Scripture shows what The Faith is, and shows why and how we must contend for The Faith. Overview of how the adversary attacks the foundation of The Faith, with examples of contending for The Faith.
  • The Wise and Foolish Virgins – Yahushua tells us why many today are not prepared.
  • The Wise and Foolish: According to Yahushua – Messiah tells us in clear and simple terms for our instruction, who the wise and foolish are today!
  • The Wise and Foolish Virgins: The Separation of the Wise – The Scriptures reveal a 2-step process of separation from the multitudes, for those who would grow in Wisdom.
  • Let No Man Steal Your Crown – Reveals there are men today trying to take away, and steal your Bridal veil, and your crown; things that allow your crown to be stolen; the Doctrine of Balaam, and how it will steal your crown.
  • Who is the Chaste Virgin? – The Bridegroom is coming for His Bride — one who is chaste, and without corruption. The Scriptures warn us of the many forms of corruption, and how to remove them, in order to remain chaste, and ready for the Bridegroom.
  • The Wedding of the King’s Son: A Parable – A parable revealing the astonishing – and magnificent – nature of the New Covenant.

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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  1. ELI YAH says:

    Paul’s letters ought to be read with ELOHIM’S DECREE and the JERUSALEM DECREE in mind! Some of his letters might have been written before the apostles and elders came together to consider and decide the “eating” matter (Acts 15:6). Beyond doubt, they were written before John circulated the book of Revelation. After the ‘Jerusalem Decree’ Paul re-visited the cities he had preached to (Acts 15:36).

    Remember Peter emphasizes in 2Pet 3:16 that some things in Paul’s letters are hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the (OT and NT) Scriptures (c.f. Ex 34:15, 28; Ex 32:8; Lev 17:7; Deut 32:17; Matt 6:24).

    Can we infer from Yahshua’s commands in Rev 2:14, 20 and the Jerusalem Decree (Acts 15:19-20) about ‘eating meat sacrificed to idols’ that they endorsed the ‘law of animals’? The Holy Books are not open for individual versions according to our own desires. The Bible explains itself.

    1Pet 1: 14-16 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy In all manner of conduct; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

    E.g. Lev Chapter 11 reveals how to obtain holiness through the ‘law of animals’ (c.f. especially Lev 11:44-46; 20: 25-26, 7; 19:2; Ezek 22:26, 44:23; Isa 65:4). Sincere believers are to be set apart and recognized by their love (1John 5:2-4; 2John 1:6), i.e. obedience to Elohim’s instructions. Following God’s prescribed actions (Deut 4:5-10) is not to be a simple ritual; rather, obedience to His law expresses not only a strong internal faith in Him but also a healthy fear of Him.

    Not only did Yahshua obey YHVH’s laws perfectly both to the letter and spirit (Matt 5:17-48), but commanded others to do so also (Matt 22:37). [Link Redacted]

    Cause for Thought
    • Only clean animals were sacrificed unto YHVH (Gen 8:20).
    • According to Lev 17 all clean animals were slaughtered by the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting as fellowship or peace offering. An offender was ‘guilty of bloodshed’ and was to be ‘cut off’ from his people. In Verse 5 and 7 Elohim gives an indication that this was to eliminate any sacrifices to other gods. In Isa 66:3, Zec 9:7 is the plural siqqusim (abominations) employed in the sense of seqasim, ‘non-kosher’ food. The plural siqqusim ‘abominations’, refers to unspecified deities other than YHVH and their respective cult statues in Jer 7:30, 16:18; 32:34; Ezek 5: 11; 7:20; 11:21; 20:7, 8, 30; 37:23.

    YHVH is referring to deities and their cult objects as siqqusim, whose primary meaning is ‘disgusting objects’; the expression was meant to repel Israelites, who might otherwise be tempted to eat unclean meat and worship prohibited deities.

    Death penalty for violating the law of eating things sacrificed to idols, including the ‘animal law’?

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you Eli Yah, for your comments.

      I have no disagreement with what you have stated here in your comment.

      And since you did not refute my points, I assume you are in agreement with them also.

      You have not stated your point, but from what you have presented, it seems you are suggesting that the issue in Revelation 2:14,20 is in regard to eating physical or literal meat that has been sacrificed to idols.

      It is clear in the Scriptures, how Balaam’s counsel led the Israelites to eat things sacrificed to idols, coupled with their bowing down to the idol, as a part of their fornication with the Moabites.

      The question we must ask today is, “How is the Body of Messiah today eating things sacrificed to idols?” Are we and our families doing so, unknowingly? Those who are serious about following Messiah, want to find out! On the other hand, those who are not serious about following Messiah, will simply make their quick assumptions, and continue on in their own understanding.

      From Scripture we know that those who closely follow Messiah do not eat unclean meat, but eat only those things sanctified in Scripture as clean — as this is part of the Bible’s definitions of what it means to be ‘holy,’ and what it means to walk in the paths of Righteousness.

      From Scripture we also know that those who closely follow Messiah also observe the Passover Memorial Supper, and the other Feasts of Yahuweh — just as our Bridegroom-Messiah did, when He walked on the earth 2000 years ago. But Messiah has many children who do not yet understand this, and so they continue to eat the man-made, substitute Passover handed down from Rome, called ‘communion.’

      We have also established by Scripture in the original full-length article, that the issue in Revelation 2:14,20 has nothing to do with eating physical meat from the marketplace; so this negates the issue whether the meat is clean or unclean.

      Your comment was edited from 1275 words to the 500-word limit, and the links redacted. We appreciate comments and questions, but we ask that the comments be kept short, on topic, and relevant to the points made within the article. –Brother Bill

  2. ELI YAH says:

    Shalom Congregation,

    Are true followers, the “called out group” of Jesus Christ (Yahshua Messiah) vegans in these days?
    Animal keeping was once called “husband-ry” and conveyed the relationship between the two “parties”.

    The modern designation ‘industrialized large-scale livestock farming’ on the other hand communicates a new objective – megabucks.

    Everybody knows how animals are treated in our generation.

    The food industry claims that they only meet the need of the consumer for cheap meat.

    The consumer supports or opposes this with his wallet.

    What does the Bible say?

    Prov 12:10
    A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast:
    But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

    Observing the records in the Bible, 2017 CE will be a year out of the ordinary.

    In 2017 CE, 6000 years will have passed since the creation of Adam, and the last millennia of the “7000 year Agenda of GOD” starts off. For information on the 7000-year-Agenda-of-GOD go to e.g. [redacted-see Galatians 2:5]

    Seeing all these things happen, it is no wonder that more and more people stop and think about what they put on their plates and where the products come from.

    Very popular is the topic about ritually slaughtered meat that is sold unlabelled to unsuspecting consumers in the supermarkets worldwide.

    For information regarding things sacrificed to idols please go to e.g.[redacted-see Galatians 2:5]

    Look what Daniel did, the END TIME PROPHET!
    He lived in Babylon as we do. Consequently, he is our example, to the intent that we should imitate him (1Tim 4:12).
    He did not persuade the nations of Babylon to live YHVH’s (YAHWEH) way, but he was able to deliver both his own soul (Ezek 14:14) and those who heard him (1Tim 4:16).
    Daniel 1:12-17
    Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

    Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
    So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.

    And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
    Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

    As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

    May EL SHADDAI YAHWEH, Elohim of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust, so that you may abound with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Heb.: Ruach ha Kodesh). (Rom 15:13)

    • notesfromthewilderness says:

      Thank you Eli Yah, for your comment.

      The Biblical issue of eating things sacrificed to idols is not about being a vegetarian. The apostle Paul tells us that it is the (spiritually) weak who eat only vegetarian (Romans 14:2). Perhaps these are spiritually weak because they fail to take to heart all that Scripture says about meat, and about food in general.

      It is important to note in the context of your reference to Daniel 1:12-17, that the “king’s delicacies” were things that would defile Daniel and his friends (Daniel 1:8) — and so these ‘delicacies’ were likely things not sanctified by the Scriptures, but forbidden. For this reason, refusing to eat the king’s delicacies was the healthier choice, and should be our example, as you point out. Obedience is always the healthier choice.

      The issue of eating things sacrificed to idols is also not an issue of eating ‘physical’ meat bought in the marketplace, nor an issue of eating clean meat instead of unclean. Those who follow Messiah do as Messiah did, and choose not to commit sin. Instead, they choose to eat only those things set-apart as clean according to Scripture.

      The apostle Paul dealt with the issue of physical meat sacrificed to idols in 1Corinthians 8:1-13. Here Paul concludes that idols or so-called ‘gods’ have no power to corrupt the meat, and so this meat may be eaten in good conscience, that is, if it is from a clean animal. Paul’s conclusions hold true for us today.

      The apostle Paul does, however, go on to give an exception to our freedom to eat this physical meat sacrificed to idols. He tells us that if a brother who is weak in the faith would be ‘stumbled’ at our freedom to eat this meat, we should not eat it, for the sake of not stumbling our weaker brother.

      If it were a matter of eating ‘physical’ meat sacrificed to idols, then the apostle Paul’s teaching would contradict Yahushua’s warnings in Revelation 2:14,20 against the Doctrine of Balaam, which ‘Doctrine’ promotes the practice of eating things sacrificed to idols.

      Instead, in Revelation Yahushua warns the Believers against the eating of ‘things sacrificed to idols’ as related to the prophetic warning given in similes or figures of speech spoken in Isaiah 66:1-4. Here Isaiah’s prophetic words mirror Messiah’s words of warning spoken in the Book of Revelation, and reveal how Yahuweh sees our actions that result from choosing ‘our own’ ways.

      And so this ‘eating of things sacrificed to idols’ in the book of Revelation is something that is taught to the Believers as representing a spiritual sacrifice, but which ‘sacrifice’ is really seen by Yahuweh as an idol, simply because it is a man-made substitute for the real thing.

      The ‘real thing’ is the observance of Passover commanded by Yahuweh, including the eating of the Passover Memorial Supper.

      The man-made substitute for eating the Passover sacrifice is commonly called ‘taking communion’ or ‘eating the Lord’s supper.’ This counterfetit of Passover is highly revered among the commercial assembles, while obedience to Messiah’s commands to keep the Biblical Passover and other Biblical Feasts of Yahuweh, are ignored in these same assemblies.

      It is not the Doctrine [teaching] of Balaam that does the primary harm; it is the Error of Balaam — the actions that result from the teaching — that are harmful. In this case, the action of practicing a man-made counterfeit for the true is what is harmful, and is the sin Messiah is warning us about in the Revelation passages.

      My exhortation to you is that if you desire to be a part of the end-time Eliyah [‘Elijah’] company, you might consider seeking Messiah in the Scriptures, and study and speak only what the Scriptures actually say, and not what your imagination says, or what other people are saying. -Brother Bill

  3. 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

  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 once-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.

      Regarding what is eaten on Passover, there are a few things we must understand. First, the Biblical requirement is that first, the house must be cleansed of all leaven (Exodus 34:25; Exodus 12:19). And since this is a covenant meal, only those who are in true covenant with Messiah by the shedding of His Blood (Psalms 50:5) [i.e. those who have been Born-again], and only males who are circumcised (Colossians 2:11-12)[i.e. those who have been water-baptised], may participate in Passover.

      After sunset on the night beginning the 14th day, the same night Messiah was betrayed (1Co 11:23), the night before He suffered (Luke 22:15), the festive Passover meal is to be served. Then during the meal, the story of the exodus from Egypt is to be told to all the family (Exodus 13:8,14). Then after supper, the Passover Memorial Supper is eaten, consisting of unleavened bread and wine or grape juice (Matt 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20).

      The Biblical Passover is a one-day event that is followed by observing the 7-day Feast of Unleavened, which is to be kept according to Scripture (Ex 12:15-20).

      A counterfeit Passover is the eating of the memorial bread and grape juice, on a day or time not commanded by Scripture, at a time not practiced by Yahushua — and is usually observed as a stand-alone event, and not related to observing all the other Biblical Feasts.

      In answer to your questions about why everything about the Biblcal Passover is not widely-known among the professing congregations today, you might read the articles, Things Your Pastor Never Told You About the Early Church Fathers and It Is Often Said: ‘Two Thousand Years of Christianity Cannot be Wrong!’.

      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

      • FJ says:

        Dear Brother Bill

        I have gained a lot from reading your insightful reverence of pointing us back to scripture for answers. I do not desire to be anything but truthful with handling these Words of Chaim very carefully either.

        I have struggled considerably over the timing of the so called Lord’s Supper or Last Supper too & believe that it could not actually be the Pesach Meal.

        Some very earnest men like yourself have used the gospel records of scripture to dissect the events and timings & then relate those back to the Torah requirements & these do not agree with your teaching.

        May I in humility ask that you would look at these findings and perceive if there is a missing scripture that supports your stance (which is what I came to their teaching with) but was convinced otherwise by the scripture support in their study.

        May we all strive to walk in the likeness of Christ for the edification of the body going from esteem to esteem to bring glory to our Avinu. [video link redacted]


        • notesfromthewilderness says:

          Thank you FJ, for your kind and encouraging words, and for the link.

          It is commendable that you are studying the Scriptures, and it is good that you are perplexed as to which path to walk on. Being perplexed and troubled is what propels us to seek the truth for ourselves in the Scriptures, and eventually hear the voice of Yahushua telling us, “this is the way, walk herein.”

          Do not take anyone else’s word for anything, not even this writer. Seek Yahuweh, and study it out for yourself, and make your own conclusion.

          If I thought that others might blindly follow what I write, then I would consider myself a failure. My goal is to point the way for Believers to come out of the Babylon religious system, in order to “fully” follow Messiah.

          But in order to “fully” follow Messiah, we must lay aside what others say, and study the Scriptures for ourselves. Only in this way can we hear from the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth.

          It is the differences between what one teacher says, and what another says, that propel us to our knees, to cry out to Yahushua for the pure light of His Truth!

          Those who follow a particular leader, rather than seeking to follow Messiah by studying the Scriptures for themselves, will end up not fully following Messiah, but will walk in the same paths (including any paths of error) in which that particular leader walks.

          Let us remember, that even the blind need leaders, to lead to destruction those whom Yah will eventually reject. I can not speak against Yah’s leaders, not even the blind leaders who lead their blind followers — for they are doing a service for the Master Yahuweh.

          As to the video presentation you mentioned, regarding whether the “Last Supper” was a Passover meal, I watched it, and listened carefully to the Scripture references that were used. In that video, the presenter ignored many of Messiah’s words, and contradicted a number of Scripture passages, in an attempt to arrive at his conclusion.

          If you would like a short critique of the Scripture passages the video presentation ignored and contradicted, and the Rabbinic traditions adhered to, just send me an email or use the contact page, and I would be glad to email these to you privately. I do not want to allow this website to become a vehicle of public slander of other teachers, as so many websites are.

          I will however, leave you with one question, to ask yourself.

          The apostle Paul thought it important enough, even then, to remind Believers that the Covenant meal (the bread and the cup) was eaten the “same night” in which Messiah was betrayed, the “same night” before He suffered — the night before He was crucified (Luke 22:15; 1Corinthians 11:23-25).

          The question is, “Why do many Believers today eat the Covenant meal (the bread and the cup), on the night of the 15th — instead of the night of the 14th, in imitation of our Messiah — and in opposition to what the apostle Paul passes along to us, for our instruction?”

          Think about it.

          And thank you again, for your comments, and for referring the video teaching.

          Blessings and shalom,
          –Brother Bill

          • FJ says:

            Thankyou Brother Bill
            as always a measured response with testing.

            I would be grateful for the e-mail address you would prefer me to use as well.

            As I understand presently…

            Leaves me concluding 2 events took place the Last Supper & then after the night of betrayal, Messiah becoming our Slaughter in Payment of our deliberate sin, which are sins which no slaughter in the earthly Levitical Temple could atone for & the sin that leads to death from which there was no remission until the Melchezechian Atonement in the Heavenlies.

            This accounting for the 7 days of unleavened bread & coming out on the Exodus the next ‘day’instead of 8 days of unleavened bread too.

            Looking into a lexicon the bread eaten that Christ broke to represent His body in the Greek is not Matzah but a general word for leaven bread too that also seems to indicate not a Passover meal too.

            I have studied out the 24 hour slaughter on the Day of Passover being all the 14th Aviv allowing for a once off to be done in the afternoon of the 14th but this seems to contra-indicate finishing all before morning if must and needs be all is finished on the totality of the 14th if that makes sense.
            Lots of questions for the sake of praising, thanking & worshipping in Spirit & Truth.

            Blessings of deep Peace

  5. 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 of the many 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 choose not to sin by yielding to Messiah, to obey the Scriptures — 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 in the Scriptures as did the Bereans, who found Messiah in the Torah! 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.


      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.

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Let Us Keep the New Covenant Passover

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"Messiah our Passover has been sacrificed for us, (1Co 5:7-8) therefore let us keep the Feast."

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