“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
Who Can Speak for Yahweh?
At the turn of the 20th century, a little old lady in Ardmore, Oklahoma was attending church. Everyone called her Granny.
It was a hot day, but Granny didn’t mind the heat. Her attention was focused on Pastor Dan. She cherished every word he uttered.
Pastor Dan was born and raised in Kerrville, Texas. A rotund man if ever there was one. Parishioners who invited him to lunch learned right away that when Pastor Dan broke bread with them, they had better fry an extra chicken.
He was a fire and brimstone preacher. He didn’t just deliver a sermon. He screamed it out at the top of his voice. Parishioners said that when Pastor Dan worked up a head of steam, the folks in Tishomingo could hear him.
On this Sunday, Pastor Dan was preaching about vices. Granny was seated in the front pew in her regular spot.
Pastor Dan started by attacking anyone who drank alcohol. He must have gone on for 15 minutes. “Drinking is a sin from the pits of hell,” he said.
Granny must have said “amen” at least 20 times as he roared.
Next, Pastor Dan attacked smoking. That, too, was a sin from the pits of hell. He talked about it for another 15 minutes.
At the end of every sentence, Granny said, “Amen.”
When he turned his attention to chewing tobacco, Granny was deathly quiet. Everybody noticed it, especially Pastor Dan.
At the end of the sermon, as was his custom, Pastor Dan greeted the churchgoers as they departed. One-by-one, he would shake their hands and thank them for coming. When Granny walked up, he said, “Granny, are you feeling okay?”
“I’m fine, Pastor Dan. Why do you ask?”
“I noticed that you got quiet all of a sudden and wondered.”
Granny was slow to respond. Finally, she said, “Pastor Dan, I agreed with almost everything you said. Drinking and smoking are sins, but when you started talking about chewing tobacco, you were just meddling.”
Granny was bothered by Pastor Dan’s condemnation of chewing tobacco because she chewed. She agreed with him about drinking and smoking because she didn’t partake in those “vices”.
We want to hear things with which we agree. If we don’t agree, the person talking must be wrong.
Preachers are notorious for telling people what they want to hear. Doing otherwise could cost them their jobs. Reinforcing their beliefs is the path to a lucrative career and social standing.
In a recent editorial, I talked about Christmas and Passover. I said that both of them are wrong. Actually, I used the word sacrilege. They are the antithesis of what Yahweh wants.
Search the Scriptures and try to find evidence that Yahweh wants us to celebrate the Messiah’s birth. If you do, you will discover that it’s not in the Bible.
Yahweh didn’t forget to include it. It’s not there for a reason.
The Bible tells us that the Messiah was born, where He was born, and the conditions surrounding His birth. We are even told His Name. It’s Yahweh. (See Jeremiah 23: 5-6.) Not once were we told to celebrate the Messiah’s birth.
The Messiah’s death is another matter. It’s central to the message in the Bible. The holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, is about the Messiah’s death. That’s when the high priest entered the Holy of Holies and sprinkled blood on the Ark of the Covenant. That was symbolic of the Messiah’s blood that was shed for our sins. Passover is the same.
We were told to celebrate the Messiah’s death because that’s what He came to do. His primary mission on earth was to pay the price for our sins so that we could have life. His shed blood for our redemption is the only thing that keeps us from hell’s fire and eternal separation from Yahweh.
As I said, Yahweh is not forgetful. If He had wanted us to celebrate the Messiah’s birth, He would have told us.
In a way, Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacle or the Feast of Booths) is a celebration of the Messiah’s birth. That’s when Yahweh came to dwell among His people. We were told to celebrate Sukkot.
What have believers done?
We ignore Sukkot completely. Few Christians have any idea what it is or when it is. They don’t even care, because it’s not part of their tradition.
We have taken a pagan holiday for the sun god, incorporated the rituals associated with it, and celebrated it as the Messiah’s birthday. We call it Christmas.
We have done the same thing with Easter. It’s a pagan holiday for the fertility goddess Ishtar.
What do Easter bunnies and colored eggs have to do with the Messiah’s death, burial, and resurrection? Nothing, but they have everything to do with Ishtar.
If you are a believer, check the Scriptures and see if I have said anything that’s misleading or deceptive. If you do, you will discover that I haven’t.
It’s not meddling to say that mixing the holy and the profane is an abomination to Yahweh. It’s not legalistic to say that embracing traditions that Yahweh abhors is sacrilegious. It’s not wrong to point out what the Bible says explicitly. It’s not prophetic to explain what the Bible says.
Anyone can speak for Yahweh if he or she is willing to say what Yahweh has said.
Matthew 15 includes an interesting exchange between the Messiah and a group of Pharisees:
1 Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Yeshua from Jerusalem and said, 2 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, ‘HONORYOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,’ and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.’ 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,” 6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7 You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:
8‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
9‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’”
10 After Yeshua called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand. 11 It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
12 Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?” 13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
Yahweh told Ezekiel the same thing in a different way:
“Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.” (Ezekiel 22: 26)
Anyone who is offended because I state unequivocally that Yahweh’s Name is profaned when we mix worship of Him with pagan rituals needs to pray about it and rethink their position.
I didn’t say anything about the Sabbath, but I could have. Thanks to Constantine, we abandoned the 7th day Sabbath that Yahweh commanded and embraced the 1st day Sabbath of sun god worshippers.
Did you ever wonder why it’s called “Sunday”? Well, now you know.
Yahweh included the Sabbath as the 4th of the Ten Commandments: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
Does abandoning the 4th Commandment matter to Yahweh? If the answer is no, then what other of the Ten Commandments should we get rid of.
The website is loaded with factual information that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Yahweh is our Savior and that the Messiah is Yahweh.
I hope you will take a few minutes and explore the website. I also hope you will share it with your friends and family.
It’s time for believers to tell the world about our God by His Name—Yahweh.
To see videos that explain the importance of Yahweh’s Name, click here.
Israel Hayom— Clinton email reveals US plan to incite Palestinian resistance: During Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state, adviser and former Ambassador to Israel Thomas Pickering pitched a plan to secretly generate Palestinian unrest in an effort to push Jerusalem to resume peace talks, Clinton’s private emails reveal.
Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi—American hypocrisy: Some two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration has been eavesdropping on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s private phone conversations and those of other allies. The report said the administration engaged in this effort for years without qualms and placed no restrictions on how it was conducted. And this, even as Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard was rotting away and serving a life sentence for actions that did not compromise U.S. national security.
Peter Holley—These armed civilians are patrolling the border to keep the Islamic State out of America: Tim “Nailer” Foley was more than 5,000 miles away from Paris when Islamic State terrorists launched a series of coordinated attacks throughout the French capital, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more. But Foley – a former construction foreman who now spends his days with a band of heavily armed civilians, voluntarily patrolling the some of the most remote and dangerous stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border – wasn’t surprised.
Tablet—Jewish Teacher in Marseille Protects Himself from Machete Attack Using a Torah: On Monday, in the broad daylight of Marseille, a 35-year-old yarmulke-clad teacher was on his way to work at the Franco-Hebraic Institute when a 15-year-old teenager attacked him with a machete from behind. The kid, who will turn 16 next week and has been described as a “good student,” first reportedly stabbed the teacher in the back/shoulder area, before a short chase ensued. The teacher soon fell to the ground, near “La Source” Jewish day school, and, when the assailant continued his rampage, the man defended himself by kicking, and he used a torah he was carrying for protection. The attacker soon fled and was apprehended by police about ten minutes later.
Algemeiner— French-Jewish Leader Found Dead in Apartment; Police Probing Antisemitic Motive Behind Murder: French police are investigating the death of a 73-year-old Jewish leader, found dead in his apartment in a suburb of Paris. Police are probing the possibility of “antisemitic aggression” behind the apparent murder of Alain Ghozland, a spokesperson for French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.
Ingrid Carlqvist—Sweden’s Walking Diplomatic Disaster: It seems that pretty much everything is going wrong for Sweden’s Foreign Minister these days. Margot Wallström, of the Social Democratic Party, ascended with much fanfare to the post of Foreign Minister in the fall of 2014. She had introduced a completely new concept: a feminist foreign policy. In the Statement of Foreign Policy of 2015, she asserted that “A feminist foreign policy is now being formulated, the purpose of which is to combat discrimination against women, improve conditions for women and contribute to peace and development.” One year later, we now know the outcome: “Feminist foreign policy” is not so much about protecting women’s interests, as it is about fawning over the Arab states and the Palestinians — and constantly attacking Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
Jerusalem Post— Swedish FM calls to probe Israeli violence against Palestinians in recent terror wave: Space Minister Ofir Akunis responded to the the claims, saying that an investigation should be conducted instead on “how a woman who so bluntly hates Israel was elected as foreign minister.”
Jerusalem Post—Hotovely says Swedish FM not welcome in Israel after ‘extrajudicial killing’ comments: Margot Wallstrom drew Israel’s ire when she called for an investigation into ‘extrajudicial killings’ of Palestinian terrorists.
Washington Post— Swedish police investigating alleged officer-led coverup of sexual assaults by migrants: Authorities in Sweden are investigating claims that police there covered up sexual assaults committed mostly by immigrant youths at a music festival in Stockholm — attacks apparently similar in style to those carried out on New Year’s Eve in the German city of Cologne. Police documented 38 claims of sexual assault — including two alleged rapes — in connection with the “We Are Sthlm” festival in 2014 and 2015, according to Reuters. They believe the attacks were carried out by about 50 people, most of them young Afghans, Reuters reported, citing Dagens Nyheter, the Swedish paper that broke the news.
Times of Israel— Arab MK: Cops who killed TA gunman should be prosecuted: Liberman says Hanin Zoabi should herself stand trial for incitement after she claims Nashat Milhem was ‘liquidated’.
Peter Huessy—Electronic Doomsday for the US?: Contrary to some “expert” analysis, both the recent North Korean nuclear and the Iranian ballistic missile tests are deadly serious threats to the United States. The danger to the United States is particularly consequential due to the close military cooperation of North Korea and Iran. Their combined capabilities, as demonstrated recently, could very well signal a future nuclear attack of the electromagnetic pulse type, for which the U.S., at the moment, is totally unprepared. The threat to the United States from an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack — the high-altitude detonation of a nuclear weapon over the United States — is so potentially catastrophic that both the 2004 and 2008 reports of the Congressional EMP Commission said so openly — probably in the hope that the public warning would spur the nation and the Department of Defense to action.
Washington Post— What the Islamic State gains from the Istanbul terror attack: The suicide blast that ripped through a historic, touristy Istanbul neighborhood on Tuesday killed at least 10 people, all whom were foreigners. The attack, which Turkish authorities say was carried out by a Syrian national linked to the Islamic State militant group, took place in Sultanahmet, in the shadow of some of the city’s most famous monuments and sites, including the Hagia Sophia complex and the Blue Mosque. It cemented the sense of threat that now faces the country. “Turkey is the first target of all terrorist groups,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared in a televised address from Ankara.
SnyderTalk Comment: This is about Israel’s anti-terror rifle—the Tavor.
SnyderTalk Comment: Videos of Muslim mass rapes in Europe are beginning to emerge.
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now. There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
Other Books by Neil Snyder
- Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days. Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall. Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace. With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
See “His Name is Yahweh”.