“Where Have All The Fathers Gone?”

father reading from a bk to his girlWhere have all the father’s gone? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America — one out of every three — live in biological father-absent homes.

With the increasing number of premarital births and a continuing high divorce rate, the proportion of children living with just one parent rose from 9.1% in 1960 to 20.7% in 2012. – Source: U.S. Census Bureau, “Living Arrangements of Children Under 18 Years Old: 1960 to Present.” U.S. Census Bureau July 1, 2012. 

One has to ask, Why’s this happening? How can a man father a child and just walk away? How can fathers be so cold-hearted, so uncaring of their own offspring? Do they have no sense of personal or moral responsibility? What has contributed to this crisis?

Some possible answers —

1) The government, via welfare programs, has taken over the responsibility of child-rearing which the father should himself carry; making it easier for a man to ‘walk away.’ Many single mothers don’t report non-payment of child support, or don’t go after the father for child support out of fear or other reasons. Some men are substance abusers, mentally unbalanced, or abusive, and should’t have access to mother or child. In these cases its best if the father isn’t around.

2) The moral climate of society in America, is one of disrespect and disregard for human life in general. I don’t think anyone could argue with that statement. Abortion and the obscene LGBT movement have played huge roles in the demoralization of society. Abuse such as you’ll read in the following article never gets reported on  mainstream news –  http://shoebat.com/2017/10/10/sodomites-adopt-baby-girl-they-shake-the-child-until-she-gets-brain-damage-beat-her-until-her-kidneys-fail-break-her-leg-and-then-finally-beat-her-to-death-over-the-course-of-months-while-cursing/

Read that story before you write me complaining about my justifiable criticism of the corrupting influence of gay/lesbians on our culture. As many others have said and I agree, gay and lesbian couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children. Their lifestyles are abnormal and heterosexuals should not be FORCED to accept them as such. It’s time the rest of us wake up and demand OUR rights for a change and demand that OUR representatives honor them. It’s criminal that the majority allows these minority aberrant groups to rule over everyone else. Gay rights wouldn’t exist if our lawmakers had any courage and if they honored the supreme law of God instead of man’s inferior laws. Our main problem as a nation is that it has stopped honoring the law of God even removing all remembrance or mention of God from our schools, courts, and most public venues. America has become a Godless, materialistic, narcissistic, hedonistic nation whose children are fast becoming the most illiterate, rebellious, self focused bunch of brats who live only for the moment and what can give them the most thrills in life. While many of the world’s population is suffering all kinds of deprivations, all most American parents can think of is how they’re going to afford Christmas’s gifts for their already overly spoiled children. Why not teach your children how to GIVE to others in need instead of only on GETTING something for themselves. It really won’t hurt them, in fact it’ll teach them something many of them, from what I’ve witnessed, don’t have and that’s COMPASSION for others. Children are killing each other, their parents, and attacking their teachers these days, something they wouldn’t have dared to do in past generations. You can thank idiotic psychologists for poisoning our educational and medical institutions with their ideas on child rearing and parenting; ilk like Dr. Spock and Alfred Kinsey who conducted sexual experiments on infants and young children. http://www.wnd.com/2010/10/214105/  http://freemasonrywatch.org/truth.behind.alfred.kinsey.html  https://concernedwomen.org/kinsey-film-sugarcoats-his-record-glosses-over-child-experiments/  If these reports don’t sicken and disturb you, I submit to you that your conscience has been seared or you didn’t have one to begin with.

The Talmud is Babylonian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpZjSZRUEhA of pagan origin and not of God, which is why I reject it – http://fathersmanifesto.net/talmudchildsexok.htm  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXMa0fKHkJc

These defenseless little victims of sexual abuse had NO VOICE then, but WE can be their voices now. Am I impassioned? You bet I am and unabashedly so. These innocent victims are the very ones Jesus said that we should HELP, and I believe that He will judge us one day if we turn our eyes and ears AWAY from them and do nothing about it. Child abuse has become an epidemic in our nation and if you have even one ounce of compassion in you, please join me in fighting this EVIL and CORRUPTING influence on our society by financially supporting people like Walid Shoebat who exposes it, and others like him who also minister to abuse victims such as https://stellasvoice.org/

What you many not know is that there’s a movement to LEGALIZE child-adult sex, not surprisingly right here in good old America – http://fathersforlife.org/dale/bauserma.html  So do you still think America is a God-fearing, Christian nation? Well, maybe your brain has been fried by drugs, copious microwaves from being constantly on your cell phone, or from watching too much propagandizing television to be able to think at all. 

3) Women are viewed as ‘sex objects’ by men, for the most part, and the media (movies, books, magazines, TV) exploits women as such, with little to no objection from themselves, society, and even the Church. From what I’ve seen, most churches today don’t preach about modesty, virtue, and a fathers obligation to his children born in or out of marriage. The Church et al has abdicated its responsibility to its members, to God, and to society, through its silence on these issues and should be doing more to assist single-parent households. – 1Jn 3:17 But whoso hath the world’s goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

Mat 25:31-46 But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all the nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats; and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink? And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me.  And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life.

4) Women themselves have a hand in their own demise through their passivity and/or by actively supporting their being portrayed as sex objects. They do this by adopting the lifestyles, behaviors, expressions, mindsets, work-ethics, aspirations, and fashions which the media and society suggest. Women in general dress provocatively in public; low cut and see-through blouses, heavy make-up, and skin-tight pants which show every curve and sometimes more. It’s become fashionable and acceptable behavior to accept a man’s proposal for sex before she’s had a chance to get to know him, and to continue having it without the benefit of marriage or commitment. Therein lies no protection for a woman, for whom sex is more than just a physical release no matter what the psychologists, agenda-driven social engineers, and media try to sell us. Women have lost more than their virginity from this immoral, dishonest, dangerous, and inaccurate boondoggle! They’re loosing their natural instincts to what their true needs are in relationships, or are repressing them because they’re buying the false images they’re being shown of what they ‘should be’ according to those who only want to exploit them and make millions off their beauty. Sex sells, but at what a price, more so to the women being exploited than to anyone else. They either knowingly or ignorantly, exchange their modesty for a phony sex image which robs them of their natural, innate beauty. Believe it or not, a woman’s modesty is what makes her truly beautiful! Modesty in women today has just about disappeared, which is a major loss for all. Children grow up thinking immodesty and self-exploitation is not only acceptable and normal, but even advantageous and desirable. The ‘new’ morality of today is turned around and upside down from what it was just fifty to a hundred years ago. Today, it’s almost considered a ‘virtue’ to dress and behave like a whore, to use your body and beauty to gain popularity, entice and control men, and or, to advance one’s career. Sure, hookers have been around for quite awhile but that life-style has mainly been looked upon as immoral. I wonder if that’s still true as women and young girls seem to be ever declining in modesty and moral behavior; loosing their innate sense of what it means to be a virtuous woman. – Pro 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. Pro 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Pro 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Some Stats & Studies on the Effects of Absentee Fathers on their Children —

Statistics consistently point out that children who grow up without their fathers are more likely to suffer from various social problems. Crime, drug abuse, abortion and school dropout rates are often directly related to father absence.

The biological relationship between father and child is well-established in the literature as a basis for paternal investment and, therefore, child well-being; however, the finding that the legal relationship between the parents is also linked to child well-being is a relatively new and important discovery.” http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/article.aspx?id=4210

– Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Children’s Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2011, Table C8. Washington D.C.: 2011.

– Children living in female headed families with no spouse present had a poverty rate of 47.6 percent, over 4 times the rate in married-couple families.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; ASEP Issue Brief: Information on Poverty and Income Statistics. September 12, 2012 http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/12/PovertyAndIncomeEst/ib.shtml

– Children of single-parent homes are more than twice as likely to commit suicide.

Sources: The Lancet, Jan. 25, 2003 • Gunilla Ringbäck Weitoft, MD, Centre for Epidemiology, the National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm, Sweden • Irwin Sandler, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Prevention Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe • Douglas G. Jacobs, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; and founder and director, The National Depression Screening Program • Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, professor of child psychiatry and public health, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University; and research scientist, New York State Psychiatric Institute.
http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20030123/absent-parent-doubles-child-suicide-risk

– Father Factor in Child Abuse

A study using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study revealed that in many cases the absence of a biological father contributes to increased risk of child maltreatment. The results suggest that Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies have some justification in viewing the presence of a social father as increasing children’s risk of abuse and neglect. It is believed that in families with a non-biological (social) father figure, there is a higher risk of abuse and neglect to children, despite the social father living in the household or only dating the mother.

Source: “CPS Involvement in Families with Social Fathers.” Fragile Families Research Brief No.46. Princeton, NJ and New York, NY: Bendheim-Thomas Center for Research on Child Wellbeing and Social Indicators Survey Center, 2010. https://www.fatherhood.org/fatherhood-data-statistics

**Click on this link http://fathers.com/wp39/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/fatherlessInfographic.png to see a ‘FatherlessInfographic.’

**An excellent resource which I HIGHLY recommend is, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR FATHERING – a well designed site with plenty of resources and aides for fathers, including some free e-books and educational programs for your schools, community, and more. NCF was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1990, with the purpose of “turning the hearts of fathers to their children.” Check it out at http://www.fathers.com/

Do it for your children, yourselves, and for future generations. Everyone matters and everyone can make a positive difference in the world, if they so choose.

~ Debra R. Stout, February 16, 2016

FYI – International Children’s Day is observed on June 01 annually. The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. After the conference, different governments around the world decided to declare a day as Children’s Day to draw attention to children’s issues. Many countries chose June 1 which is why International Children’s Day takes place on that date. This text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com

Sons of God vs. Sons of Satan

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

1Jn 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 
1Jn 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. 

Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one
Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 

Jesus was speaking here to Jewish scribes and the sect of the Pharisees who were questioning Him about His teachings and claims of divinity. Some of those Jews believed on Jesus after hearing Him speak that day. Read John 8:1-30.

There’s a teaching that the “seed” spoken of in Genesis and elsewhere, is the physical offspring from sexual union between Eve and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden when he seduced her to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. [1] This teaching claims that Cain and his posterity were the physical offspring of Satan. This “serpent seed” doctrine also claims that the descendants of Cain are the Jews. Others who’ve studied this topic have arrived at different conclusions. Cain and his descendants may have been wiped out by the great Flood, pestilence, disease, beasts, famine, or war. Maybe Yahweh didn’t think Cain’s line worth mentioning after Cain became the first murderer? Maybe God didn’t mention him or his descendants because He had chosen a DIFFERENT bloodline to be the one through which Yeshua would be born into the world. Makes sense to me that Yahweh wouldn’t want the bloodline of a murderer to birth Yeshua (Jesus) Ha Mashiach (the Messiah).

Perhaps you did not notice that, besides Cain and Abel (who was murdered), Adam and Eve then had another son called Seth, and Noah’s line of descent came through Seth, not Cain. 1 Chronicles 1:1 states, “The descendants of Adam were Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah.” 

Have a read of Genesis 5:3-32. 

Cain’s descendants are mentioned in Genesis 4:17-26 and also that Seth was born later to Adam and Eve, who fathered Enosh and all the way down to Noah. Perhaps confusion comes with thinking the Lamech mentioned in chapter 4, having Cain as his great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.. is the same Lamech mentioned in chapter 5. However, THAT Lamech had Methusela as his father, whereas the Lamech of chapter 4 had Methushael as his father. 

I think that clears the misunderstanding up. There is no list of descendants from Cain after the flood. [2]

You can find the Serpent Seedline doctrine on the net, but always do your own investigation; search the Scriptures, comparing scripture with scripture. Pray and ask Yahweh to reveal the truth to you about everything.

The “children of the Devil” —

1) they commit sin; their works are evil

2) they’re liars who don’t abide in the truth; there’s no righteousness or light in them

3) they murder the righteous

The Sons of God —

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 

1Jn 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:

Joh 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name
Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

Dear reader, are you seeing a pattern throughout these verses that the “sons of God” are those who have “received Christ as their Lord and Savior,” who “believe on His name,” “who believe that Jesus is the Christ,” and are “led by the Spirit?” Here are some marks of the sons of God —

1) they believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Savior of mankind

2) they receive Him as Lord and savior and are instantly “born of God” or “born from above”

3) they’re led by the Spirit of God

4) they “overcome” the world, the flesh, and the devil

Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. 

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 
1Jn 5:5  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 

Speaking of the New Jerusalem —

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 
Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 

Conclusion —

It would appear that the Serpent Seedline teaching that Cain was the physical seed of Satan and Eve (Adam’s wife) is speculative or inconclusive if going by the books of the Bible that were accepted as inspired. The books not accepted as inspired, referred to as extra-biblical, contain some details on these topics not included in most of our bibles today, such as the Gospel of Phillip and the Zohar (the main source for the teachings of the Kabbalah) [1] which are Gnostic works not accepted by most Christians. 

At any rate, Nephilim (giants) are definitely mentioned in numerous scriptures as being the offspring of human females and fallen angels (often referred to as hybrids) although many refute it claiming that scripture was referring to the sons of Seth marrying daughters of the Canaanites, a teaching that doesn’t appear to be supported by scripture. It’s easier to concoct an explanation no matter how flimsy in order to avoid admission of the plain yet awful truth in some cases. Yes, it’s awful that fallen angels left their “first estate” (in heaven) relinquishing their immortality to mate with human females – but it’s in the Scriptures [Gen 6:2&4; Jude 1:6]. Movies have been made about angels who lost their powers to mate with some woman they found irresistible as in the Michael movie; what are they trying to get us to believe, and why? Maybe it has something to do with a plot to convince humans that if they mix their DNA with nonhuman DNA, like that of angels for example, they’ll be better, stronger, more intelligent – “enhanced” like they were in the days of Noah when hybrid human-angelic flesh roamed the earth, called Nephillim. [3 & 4]

A word of WARNING to those who think it’s cool to flirt with the idea of having sex with angels and demons, or to actually engage in sexual intercourse with them — you’re in extreme DANGER of loosing your souls for all eternity!!! DON’T DO IT!!! (Movies like “Michael” promote this nonsense).

If you happen to be one, stop and think of what you’re doing, seek help immediately, write to me, I’ll pray for and with you. You’ll need deliverance if you’ve already engaged in such activity. Please take this seriously for your soul is very precious to Almighty God, Yahweh, who strongly desires that you turn away from all such wickedness and run to Him who has the power to not only forgive you, but cleanse you of all unrighteousness so that you can live with Him forever, free from demonic bondage. If you don’t know already, the Devil is a cruel taskmaster, he’ll grind you into powder after he’s used you for his own pleasure. Serve Christ who’ll reward you with eternal life and a seat on His throne. Your only inheritance from the Devil will be pain, sickness, strife, loss, and destruction in the Lake of Fire – an eternal miserable fate from which there is NO escape!! Don’t believe the false ministers who say that you can continue in sin without consequence because Jesus paid your sin debt washing your sins away with His Blood. That’s only a half truth. Yes, Jesus paid our sin debt, BUT that does not mean that we can now sin it up. Such teaching is refuted by scripture and is of the Devil himself. Heb 10:26  For if we keep on sinning willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but only a terrifying expectation of judgment and a fury of fire about to devour the enemies of God. [TLV] There are MANY false teachers and ministers of the Gospel in the world who are deceived themselves or knowingly serve Satan. You’re shocked? Ever since the Church was born, Satan has infiltrated it with his antichrists disguised as ministers of the Gospel. Apostle Paul called them “wolves” Act 20:29  I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Even from among yourselves will arise men speaking perversions, to draw the disciples away after themselves. Jesus too in Mat 7:15  “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves

The Devil loves to beguile (deceive) the unwary into his black web of LIES. Sure, he can help you gain riches and fame in this world, but this world will be dissolved, burned up with “fervent heat” as will the elements, so why put your hope in a world that’s falling to pieces and will soon pass away? 2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up

Dear reader, are you sure you’re ready for the end of days? This is no fantasy like the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “End of Days,” this is REALITY. Everyone will one day stand before the Son of God, Yeshua and give an answer for their every thought, word, and deed. Right now is the time in which you have an opportunity to choose between life and death – an eternity in Heaven with Yeshua or in Hell with Lucifer the Devil. Choose wisely, choose Life by asking Yeshua (Jesus) into your heart and serve only Him. Listen, soon I believe the door to Salvation will be SHUT and there’ll be no more time left to choose. Please don’t put this decision off, time is running out.

Debra R. Stout © October 7, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/foundations-serpent-seed-doctrine.html
[2] https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AwrBT7R9VdlZ.VoAaW5XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyOTAxbDliBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM4BHZ0aWQDQjQ3MDdfMQRzZWMDc3I-?qid=20160120025000AAjnzLb&p=were%20the%20descendants%20of%20Cain%20wiped%20out%20in%20the%20great%20flood%3F
[3] http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/details-about-the-angelic-human-dna-template-dna-activation-and-ascension
[4] http://www.defendproclaimthefaith.org/DaysNoah.htm

You’re Polluting My Sanctuary with Your Idols!

Idolatrous priests – your idols shall be cast down to the ground, along with your censers with which you burn incense to the sun, moon, and stars! You lead men astray with your deceitful practices and doctrines of demons, worshiping the fallen ones and the hosts of heaven in place of Me! You pretend to be honoring Me while you honor Baal (and other false gods) in my house and in My Name, polluting my sanctuary! Such worship is a foul disgusting stench in My nostrils! Have I not said, “You shall have no other gods before Me”? You hide your wicked deeds behind a facade of righteousness, deceiving many. Your worship of Me is in vain. Behind closed doors you practice lewdness; your light is but darkness, thus darkness is reserved for you and your idols! I will shatter your idols to pieces for I AM Adonai, I will not give my glory to another or receive your false worship. REPENT and return to Me, or I will come at a time you do not expect to demolish your altars whereon you worship your idols. ~ September 30, 2017

2Ki 17:7  For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods

2Ki 17:8  And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. 

2Ki 17:9  And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 

2Ki 17:10  And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 

2Ki 17:11  And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 

2Ki 17:12  For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 

2Ki 17:13  Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. 

2Ki 17:15  And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them. 

2Ki 17:16  And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 

2Ki 17:20  And the LORD rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight. 

What I believe Adonai is saying to this generation through the prophecy and these scriptures, is that He’s sick and tired of his people worshiping false idols and gods, and that He’s no longer going to tolerate it! I believe He’s about ready to put a swift end to all of it. I don’t know how or when, just that He will, and will possibly use an Assyrian type oppressor to do it; a ruthless dictator who’ll be the “rod” in His hand to afflict the nation which has turned its back to Him to follow false gods, a nation steeped in IDOL WORSHIP, like America for one.

Upon awakening one morning last week, after dreaming I was somewhere in heaven (in the spirit), I heard one word – “Zephaniah.” I knew that the Lord wanted me to read the book of the prophet Zephaniah, so I read it. What I read was mainly a confirmation of the last prophecy “Then You Will Heed My Words!” given a week earlier in which He spoke of a great locust army which he’ll send to “consume” the land and resources of an idol-worshiping nation.

Zep 1:2  I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. 

Zep 1:3  I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks (or idols) with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. 

Zep 1:4  I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; 

Zep 1:5  And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham

Zep 1:6  And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him. 

The prophecy directed at idolatrous priests (top) I believe includes Christians who are “kings and priests” of God according to the book of Revelation 5:10 & 1 Pet 2:5-9. Yahweh has issue with believers who attempt to “eat from His table AND from the table of demons” at the same time! [1] This is an abomination to Him. Idols pollute Yahweh’s temple [2] whose temple you are if you’ve been Born Again. So, if you indulge in lewd images in the imagination of your heart, you’re polluting God’s temple! Do you realize that worshiping idols provokes Him to anger? Deu 6:14  Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; Deu 6:15  (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

So you Dispensationalists, you think God has changed? Heb 13:8 Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever. [Tree of Life Version]

“Chemarims” were idolatrous priests who worshiped idols or false gods in the name of Yahweh! Strong’s definition: properly an ascetic (as if shrunk with self maceration). Maceration is to cause to waste away by or as if by excessive fasting. The Hebrew root means “black” (from the black garments which they wore or the marks which they branded on their foreheads); or “zealous,” from their idolatrous fanaticism. [Jamieson-Faussett-Brown Commentary] “marks” which they “branded upon their foreheads.” What religious order worships idols in the Name of Yahweh and places black marks on the foreheads of its members at a certain time of year, and where did that practice originate from? There may be no connection, but warrants further study I think.

You say, that has nothing to do with us today? Ah but it does, for many in the Church are doing exactly the same thing today by worshiping Baal in the Name of Yahweh, claiming that they’re doing it to honor His son Yeshua’s birthday. Oh yes dear reader, it’s true! The Church has fallen to the level of the heathen, worshiping Baal every year on December 25, the birthday of the Sun god Osiris (Egyptian) or Apollo in the Greek. The Church puts up Christmas trees (Asherah polls) in their sanctuaries right under Yahweh’s nose, saying they’re doing it in His Name to worship Him.

Israel’s association of Asherah with sacred trees are biblical materials that describe the asherah (singular) or asherim (plural), the cult object(s) that are associated with the goddess Asherah more than thirty times in the Hebrew Bible. These cult objects are generally described as being in the shape of a pole or stylized tree. Like a pole or tree, they can be said to be planted, stood up, or erected. [3] Some Bible teachers say that the modern day Christmas tree finds its origin in the Asherah pole, and I believe that a connection can be made, because the similarities are too many in number. You can very easily go to a number of secular and Biblical encyclopedias (including history channel) and learn that the practice of placing evergreen trees inside of a home was something practiced by the heathens all over the world as a representation of life during the shortest daylight periods of the year, i.e. the time around the winter solstice. It is very likely the origin of what is now called the Christmas tree is the Asherah tree or pole. Do I believe that people who erect “Christmas Trees” in their homes are trying to worship Asherah? No. I believe they are often oblivious to the origin of the custom they are participating in. [4]

That is what the prophet Zephaniah was referring when he wrote that Yahweh would cut off them that “worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham. Malcham (also known as Molech) was the god of the Ammonites and Phoenicians to whom some Israelites sacrificed their infants in the valley of Hinnom. The point here is that the Israelites were swearing (taking an oath) by Yahweh’s name, and doing the same by the false god Malcham. In other words, they were worshiping the true God along with a false god, the same thing Christians do when they display and adorn the fir tree idol in their sanctuaries and homes on December 25, supposedly in the honor of Yeshua (Jesus) when in fact, they’re unknowingly honoring the false god Baal. Baal worship was quite prolific among the Israelites after they left Egypt and fell away from worshiping the true God Yahweh who delivered them from their bondage. You can read about it in the book of 2 Kings, Deuteronomy, Hosea, Ezekiel, and others. Baal means “lord” – he was the supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians or Canaanites.

The word’s Biblical senses as a Phoenician deity and false gods generally were extended during the Protestant Reformation to denote any idols, icons of the saints, or the Catholic Church generally. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_English_Dictionary]  

Jesus and Mary in the Roman Catholic Church are Baal and Ashtaroth. This pagan duo have been redefined and christianized to make paganism both respectable and sellable in the West. Most segments of Protestantism clearly and outwardly reject Mary as the Queen of Heaven, along with her Immaculate Conception doctrine. However, they do, without question, hang onto other Romanized traditions such as Sunday observance, with the importance of emblem reverence being ministered by a cleric, separate from and outside the lay people. Not to forget to mention the likes of Christmas and Easter observance.

Eze 8:13  He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. 

Eze 8:14  Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz (Baal, the Sun god). 

Eze 8:15  Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. 

Eze 8:16  And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east

Here were the children of God, apparently at the Lord’s altar, gathered by the dictation of the rising sun. With the women folk caught up in emotional, tearful elation, evoking their “God”. At the same time of the men folk doing their morning service thing, apparently for the Lord, but in reality for Baal (Tammuz), the false lord. Yes, they, while being physically present, were spiritually absent, facing elsewhere. Pretty similar to what happens today throughout Christendom; whereas things have just been altered or names christianized, to make it look acceptable and relevant to our culture and “Christian” trend! As you can see from scripture, there is an undeniable connection between Baal, Lucifer, the east star (the sun), Easter and sun worship, Sunday attendance as a tradition or religious compulsion, and the Western term “going to church”. This Baal type of religion hides most effectively behind the christianized version as Sunday (the day of the sun) morning service. [5]

From many ancient writings, considerable is learned of this man, who started the great organized worldly apostasy from God that has dominated this world until now. Nimrod was so evil, it is said he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod’s untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree.  “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [the pagans in their customs]… that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord they God: for every abomination to the Eternal, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods” (Deut 12:30-31). God says plainly in His Instruction Book to us, that He will not accept that kind of worship, even though intended in His honor. To Him, He says, it is offering what is ABOMINABLE to Him, and therefore it honors, not Him, but false pagan gods. God says we must not worship Him according to the “dictates of our own conscience” – a term we often hear. But Jesus says plainly, “God is a spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). [6]

Well, there you have it dear reader. Now you know that I have joined the millions of bible believing, Yahweh-fearing, born again believers who have LEFT Babylon – the entire network of Baal worship with all its idols and false pretense of honoring the one true God Yahweh when in fact, it knowingly or unknowingly honors and worships the Sun god, Tammuz or Baal (a pagan deity). To begin with, there was something about the Christmas holiday that I never felt comfortable about. It almost always left me feeling let down and unsatisfied after the excitement and anticipation were over. Deep down I knew something wasn’t right with it for it never delivered what it promised! Then Yahweh began revealing to me ‘here a little, there a little’ the truth about it. He’s been working in me for years now, taking me one step at a time holding my hand, helping me to let go of the many traditions I’d been taught. Now I’m not saying that every Christian knowingly worships idols or false gods by keeping pagan feasts like Easter, Christmas, and Sunday observance (the pagan venerable day of the Sun), but some who know do it anyway. Most are ignorant, some willingly, by refusing to look at this or even consider what the Bible says about it. Some prefer staying in Babylon because they can’t stand the thought of leaving their long held traditions; but what’s more important, one’s traditions or what Yahweh wants? If we say we love Him, shouldn’t we do what pleases Him and not ourselves?  Mat 15:3  But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? Perhaps they fear what their family and friends would think or say about them? Beloved, it’s time we do the will of the one true God Yahweh and fear Him only – Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. [KJV] It’s sad that so many professing believers are ignorant of the truth and what excuse will they give since they’ve been given the Bible and the holy Spirit to guide them into ‘all truth’? Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

Lastly, notice in Zephaniah 1:6 that Yahweh ‘cuts off’ those who have “turned back” from following Him – these would be “back-sliders” or those who “fall away” from the faith. He cuts off those who have stopped “seeking Him” or inquiring” after Him. Inquire = A primitive root; properly to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication to seek or ask; specifically to worship: – ask, X at all, care for, X diligently, inquire, make inquisition, etc.

You see, it isn’t enough to come to Yahweh’s table every now and then, or to seek Him just occasionally, mostly when you need something from Him. He requires diligent worshipers and seekers to inquire of Him frequently, who worship Him in Spirit AND in Truth [7].

If you found yourself not where you want to be, there’s still time to change that. Just turn back to Yahweh with all your heart and worship only Him by keeping His commands and feast days. Leave Babylon with all of her idols, pagan feast days, false gods and goddess worship! Get out of her while you still can, before the dreadful Day of Yahweh comes, 2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,… 

Debra R. Stout © September 30, 2017

FOOTNOTES:

[1] 1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. 

[2] 1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 

[3]  https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/asherahasherim-bible (Third paragraph)

[4] http://www.ministersnewcovenant.org/uploads/9/1/6/1/9161032/asherah_and_the_christmas_tree.pd

[5] http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/tlamb/BaalWorship.htm *Note that I don’t necessarily agree with everything written in this article. His material on Baal worship and history appear to be correct, but as always, do your own research and study!

[6] http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com/christmastree.html

[7] Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.