The Nabis are still coming and warning
Jeremiah 35:15 -
I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets [Nabi], rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
We read in today's message Jeremiah rebuking the people among other things for following other gods. Jeremiah was not talking to the Heathens but to the Israelites who were supposed to be Godís people.
If one read the Bible from the time of Solomon when prosperity came into the lives of the Israelites and their interaction with other people of different beliefs grew, they started incorporating their traditions and also worshiping their gods alone with Yahweh. They boldly started putting the statues of these gods in their Temple and this over a period started to anger God.
Among their various gods were 5 which even today are still there among Christians. In some of the Christian sects the statues of some of these still continue to be put in their churches. One of the most prominent among the 5 is goddess Ashtoreth who was also titled the Queen of Heaven.
This goddess during the times of the Apostles was known as goddess Diana (which means flowing light) or goddess of light. She was also called by the name Artemis for the Greek and Phoenicians; the Accadians, the Philistines and Assyrians called her Ishtar. She was depicted as a good person who helps and saves. Her temple was utterly destroyed but again built in great magnificence. She was initially called the moon goddess who reflects the light of the sun. It is interesting to note this name was at many times recorded not in singular but in plural.
This character is across religions, nor the Muslims or Hindus or any religion is spared from the deceit of this character. The greatest worshippers of this goddess / spirit are Christians. They mistake her as someone related to Jesus from the Bible and do not discern her words with scriptures therefore fail to identify her. They think she reflects the light of the Son, intercedes for the Son but do not know she has nothing to do with the Lord but in fact is a spirit that goes against the Lord and is from the Devil.
All the Nabis (Men of God) warned the people of God against her. Jeremiah openly rebuked the people even giving them the threat of disasters in their lives if they did not stop worshiping this goddess, yet they chose not to listen to him and continued due to their strong devotion to her. They worshipped this goddess as a family with the women giving the lead leading in the rituals.
This spirit is one of the most successful tool of Satan, while making people feel they are in the Lord it keeps them from having a relationship with God and entering Heaven. It gives people things as prayers which are in reality not prayers but things that anger God more and more.
The deceit of this goddess is across Christianity so much that one of the greatest festivals which isthe Resurrection of Jesus is named after this goddess and people do not feel wrong to continue celebrating Easter which is in her name. People say the name means Sun rising in the east, they should check with the guys who kept this name as to with what meaning they kept it.
She is still called Queen of Heaven, Intercessor to God, Light of God, Mother to all mankind, etc... These are not new names but the same names which existed even before the times of Jeremiah.
The Lord has since ages speaking through His messengers telling His people to put away these gods and be led by His Word and His Spirit. Today again the Lord is doing the same. One needs to take caution for every time the Lord gave these warnings and the people did not listen they had to face the anger of God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You had warning Satan is the father of lies. He does not lie openly but being a father of it he twists the Truth very little yet sufficient to mislead your people, cause them to come under your wrath and be destroyed. Lord Jesus, You too warned when You came as man but yet people do listen. You allowed this to happen so that the hearts of those who call themselves your people and are not, will be exposed. Lord we pray not for all Christians but for those who are really yours, that they hear this message and put away these gods from their lives and be led but your Word and by your Spirit...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
21 Thussaith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh [the word in Hebrew has the root meaning message / tiding / Word] .
16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.
17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.
26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.
28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.
29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paulís companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
1 Kings 11:5-6
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
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