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Iran, world powers agree on key parameters of future
nuclear comprehensive agreement
Iran Triumphant: Nuclear Deal Capitulates To Nearly All
Iranian Demands
US: Iran to slash enrichment capacity under future nuclear
accord
US reportedly backed down on initial goals in Iran talks
Iran Accuses U.S. of Lying About New Nuke Agreement
Joyful Iranians dance into night after nuclear breakthrough
Oil falls nearly 4 percent after tentative nuclear deal for
Iran
US senator: Congress must have a say on final Iran
nuclear deal
Obama: 'Historic' Iran framework deal can prevent nuclear
weapons, if fully implemented
Obama: Framework deal on Iran nuclear program 'best
option' for Israel
Russia says framework deal on Iran nuclear program
good for Mideast
UN's Ban: Comprehensive Iran deal could enable more
cooperation
IAEA welcomes agreement Iran nuclear framework
France: Comprehensive Iran nuclear deal still needs work
Gulf States, Saudi Arabia stay silent after interim Iran deal
Steinitz: Parameters of Iranian nuclear agreement
'detached from reality'
Israel Expresses Outrage Over Iran Deal

Netanyahu to Obama: Iran deal puts Israel's future at risk


Netanyahu to convene top ministers after telling Obama
Iran deal threatens Israel's existence
Israeli cabinet unanimously opposed to Iran framework
nuclear deal
Netanyahu: 'Roll back' Iran's nuclear capabilities
Israel Not Expected to Attack Iran - For Now
'When it comes to security, Israel will take dramatic steps'
US House Speaker Boehner say Iran nuclear deal
'alarming departure' from initial goals
John Boehner: 'The world is on fire'
Iranian Defense Minister: We're Ready for War with
America
Can US-Israeli relations get any worse?
IDF ordered to change route of West Bank barrier
Israel approves gas export deal with Jordan
Israel's stock market is walloping its neighbors
Anti-Semitism in Netherlands Up 71%
$1 Million Offered for NJ Red Heifer that the Jewish
people would need for the Temple Service as soon as its
rebuilt
Grenade attacks kill 17 in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt
God Is Sending A Disgusting Flesh Eating Plague On ISIS
Syria now at a 'dangerous tipping point,' UN warns
Task force: Seven US-led coalition air strikes target
Islamic State
Islamic State 'seizes most of south Damascus Palestinian
refugee camp'

Two ISIS-Inspired Women Arrested in NYC for Allegedly


Trying to Build Bomb
US officials: Iran's militias just failed in Iraq because they
can't shoot or coordinate
Hamas attempting to split loyalty between regional rivals
Iran, Saudi Arabia
Report: Iran Using Civilian Airliners to Transfer Weapons
to Houthi Rebels in Yemen
Al Qaeda fighters free 300 prisoners in Yemen as rebels
invade key port
Understanding Yemen's civil war: a conflict with farreaching ripple effects
Officials: US ready to provide aerial refueling to Saudi
Arabia
SPA agency: Saudi border guard killed by gunfire from
Yemen
Yemen's Houthi rebels capture presidential palace in Aden
Kenya attack: 147 dead as Islamist gunmen target
Christian students
Somalia becoming hot spot for Islamic extremism
Afghanistan suicide blast kills at least 16, Taliban denies
responsibility for attack
Thailand martial law replacement criticised by US
Russian military forces shift from fighting alongside
Ukraine rebels to training them
Ukraine agrees cheaper short-term gas deal with Russia
Greece looks to Putin as standoff in EU puts repayment in
doubt
Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF
payment

Germanwings crash: Co-pilot researched suicide


methods, cockpit doors
Bomb threats shared electronically close schools
A year after firestorm, DHS wants access to license-plate
tracking system
Hadron Collider set to be restarted this weekend
Total lunar eclipse 2015: What you need to know
5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Lae, Papua New
Guinea
5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near N of L'Esperance
Rock, New Zealand
Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to
27,000ft
Colima volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft
Zhupanovsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to
17,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft
Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft
Super typhoon expected to weaken before reaching
Philippines
Death toll in Chile floods rises to 24, 69 missing
Tornado Displaces 50 Families in India
Like Mars: Dusty Sandstorm Blocks Visibility And Travel In
Dubai
US makes climate pledge to UN
The Brave New World of DNA Synthesis
New DNA Tech: Creating Unicorns And Curing Cancer For
Real?

New DNA construct can set off a "mutagenic chain


reaction"
Deadly bird flu shows up in South Dakota, 5th Minnesota
farm
Multidrug-Resistant Shigellosis Increasing in the United
States
Flakka is the New Designer Drug in Florida Making Bath
Salts Look Like Gluten-Free Luna Bars
Arizona first in nation to require patients be informed of
abortion-reversal option
Teachers found guilty of raping three preschool students
at prestigious Jakarta international school in controversial
case
North Korea reportedly recruiting women to join 'pleasure
squad' for Kim Jong Un
New York Boy Scouts hire first openly gay Eagle Scout
15 states urge Supreme Court to uphold gay marriage
bans
Arkansas, Indiana approve fixes to acts seen as targeting
gays
Gay Radio Host to LGBT 'Mob': Don't Become 'Fascists'
and 'Bullies' Over Religious Freedom Law
High School Coach Suspended After Threatening to Burn
Down Christian-Owned Pizzeria
Indiana's 'No Gay Weddings' Pizzeria Receives Over
$125,000 in Donations
Corporations enter the fray over religious freedom laws
Wal-Mart support of gay rights turns on business
Airline Helps Gay Employees with Health Care Taxes
Hidden Camera: Gay Wedding Cake At Muslim Bakeries

AP Poll: Russia anti-gay views on rise; teachers face brunt


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Netanyahu: Israel Cabinet strongly opposes Iran


nuclear deal - http://news.yahoo.com/israeli-spokesman-saysemerging-iran-nuclear-deal-dangerous-091849847.html

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he and his Cabinet are
united in "strongly opposing" an emerging framework agreement on
curbing Iran's nuclear program and demanded that any final deal
contain Iranian recognition of Israel's right to exist.

Iran and six world powers announced a series of understandings


Thursday, with a final agreement to be reached by June 30. A final deal
is meant to cut significantly into Iran's bomb-capable technology while
giving Tehran quick access to assets and markets blocked by
international sanctions.

Netanyahu has harshly criticized the negotiations, demanding instead


that the Iranian program be dismantled. He claims Iran cannot be
trusted, and that leaving certain facilities intact would allow the Iranians
to eventually build a bomb. Iran denies it has nuclear weapons
ambitions and says its program is intended for peaceful purposes.

However, it appears unlikely Israel will be able to prevent the final deal
amid broad international support for such an agreement.

On Friday, the eve of the Jewish Passover holiday, Netanyahu


convened his Cabinet for a special session to discuss the emerging
framework, reached after a week of grueling negotiations in Lausanne,
Switzerland.

Netanyahu said after the session that "Israel will not accept an
agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop
nuclear weapons, period."

However, he also acknowledged the possibility of a final agreement


being reached, saying that such a deal must "include a clear and
unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel's right to exist."

Netanyahu said his Cabinet "is united strongly opposing the proposed
deal," which he said would threaten Israel's survival.

"Such a deal does not block Iran's path to the bomb," he said. "Such a
deal paves Iran's path to the bomb. And it might very well spark a
nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East and it would greatly
increase the risks of terrible war."

The commitments announced Thursday, if implemented, would


substantially pare back some Iranian nuclear assets for a decade and
restrict others for an additional five years. According to a U.S. document
listing those commitments, Tehran is ready to reduce its number of
centrifuges, the machines that can spin uranium gas to levels used in
nuclear warheads.

Of the nearly 20,000 centrifuges Iran now has installed or running at its
main enrichment site, the country would be allowed to operate just over
5,000. Much of its enriched stockpiles would be neutralized. A planned
reactor would be reconstructed so it can't produce weapons-grade
plutonium. Monitoring and inspections by the U.N. nuclear agency
would be enhanced.

However, Netanyahu argued that the emerging deal would leave much
of Iran's nuclear infrastructure intact.

"They would not shut down a single nuclear facility in Iran, would not
destroy a single centrifuge in Iran and will not stop research and
development on Iran's advanced centrifuges," he said. "On the contrary.
The deal would legitimize Iran's illegal nuclear program. It would leave
Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure. A vast nuclear infrastructure
remains in place."

He called on the world powers to stand firm and increase pressure in


Iran until what he termed a good deal is achieved.

Iran boasts: 'We will continue' nuke program - Jerome


R. Corsi - http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/iran-boasts-we-will-continue-nuke-program/?
cat_orig=world

As Obama, Kerry celebrate 'framework agreement' after deadline

President Obama's celebration of a "framework agreement" in a Rose


Garden statement and Secretary of State John Kerry's declaration of
victory in Lausanne, Switzerland, overlooked the fact that two days after
the deadline, the administration still had not reached a final deal in an
attempt to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

What the United States - in the "P5+1" coalition with the United
Kingdom, China, France, Russia and Germany - accomplished in
marathon negotiations with Iran that stretched over a year was an
agreement to agree to a final nuclear deal sometime between now and
June 30.

In the meantime, the Washington Free Beacon reported, the Western


powers have agreed to allow Iran to continue operating the core
aspects of its nuclear program and terminate all sanctions against the
Islamic Republic.

Kerry's Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, boasted: "We will continue


enriching (uranium); we will continue research and development."

In a statement jointly issued by the White House and the State


Department that outlined the "parameters" of a final nuke deal, the

Obama administration admitted, "Important implementation details are


still subject to negotiation, and nothing is agreed until everything is
agreed."

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told CNN, however, that those
"celebrating in Lausanne are disconnected from reality, one in which
Iran has refused to make concessions on the nuclear issue and
continues to threaten Israel and all other countries in the Middle East."

"Since the statement is far from being a real agreement, we will


continue our efforts to explain and convince the world in the hope of
preventing a bad agreement, or at least make the necessary
amendments and improvements," Steinitz said.

Speaking from the White House press room just before the Obama
administration announced the tentative agreement reached Thursday,
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest reporters that France,
China and Russia remained very much in line with the U.S. and the EU
in the talks, even though their foreign ministers physically left the
negotiating table in Lausanne when the March 31 deadline came and
went.

The Christian Science Monitor observed that achieving a "framework


agreement" now became a "do-or-die target for the U.S., as the talks
devolved into a two way discussion between Kerry and Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as the departure of the French,
Russian, and Chinese foreign ministers left their portfolios in the hands
of each country's technical experts who remained behind in Switzerland
as the talks extended the additional two days into April."

A close reading of the White House-State Department "parameters"


statement makes clear that instead of Iran agreeing not to stop or
reduce its enrichment of uranium now, Iran agreed that it would reduce
its installed centrifuges by two-thirds, provided there is a deal in June.

Instead of the United States, the EU and the P5+1 agreeing to lift
sanctions on Iran now, the Western powers agreed sanctions would be
eased stepwise as Iran reduced its nuclear program, provided there is a
deal in June.

What was less certain was whether Iran will get any immediate relief
from sanctions simply because Zarif agreed Thursday in Switzerland
that Iran would come to a final agreement in June, based supposedly
on the restrictions to the Iranian nuclear program proposed in
Thursday's "framework agreement."

House Speaker John Boehner in a statement issued late Thursday


made clear that Congress plans to press the Obama administration on
the details of the "parameters" of the framework agreement.

"The president says negotiators have cleared the basic threshold


needed to continue talks, but the parameters for a final deal represent
an alarming departure from the White House's initial goal," Boehner
said. "My longtime concerns about the parameters of this potential
agreement remain, but my immediate concern is the administration
signaling it will provide near-term sanctions relief. Congress must be
allowed to fully review the details of any agreement before any
sanctions are lifted."

"After visiting with our partners on the ground in the Middle East this
week, my concerns about Iran's efforts to foment unrest, brutal violence
and terror have only grown," Boehner continued. "It would be nave to
suggest the Iranian regime will not continue to use its nuclear program,
and any economic relief, to further destabilize the region."

Still, Obama in his Rose Garden statement was upbeat.

"Today, after many months of tough, principled diplomacy, we have


achieved the framework for that deal," he said.

"And it is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives," he


stressed, continuing with a statement that made clear all the anticipated
benefits of containing Iran's nuclear program were now conditioned on a
final deal being reached by the new deadline.

"This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to
develop a nuclear weapon," Obama continued, qualifying his statement
by the use of "would" rather than "will."

"Iran will face strict limitations on its program, and Iran has also agreed
to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime
ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history. So this deal is not
based on trust, it's based on unprecedented verification," Obama
emphasized.

Still as the "parameters" document released simultaneously by the


White House and State Department made clear, all the "framework"
agreements Iran made today in Switzerland are subject to modification
in the negotiations now scheduled to extend an extra three months. Iran
today actually agreed to implement no new international inspections but
continue running even its secret weapons program without interruption.

Twitter posts indicated the "deal" announced today in Switzerland


resulted in spontaneous celebrations in the street punctuated by the
sound of cars honking as Obama's comments from the Rose Garden
were broadcast live by Iranian television.

The diplomatic track to war - Caroline B. Glick http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/COLUMN-ONE-The-diplomatic-track-to-war-396034

The world powers assembled at Lausanne, Switzerland, with the


representatives of the Islamic Republic may or may not reach a
framework deal regarding Iran's nuclear program. But succeed or fail,
the disaster that their negotiations have unleashed is already unfolding.
The damage they have caused is irreversible.

US President Barack Obama, his advisers and media cheerleaders


have long presented his nuclear diplomacy with the Iran as the only way
to avoid war. Obama and his supporters have castigated as
warmongers those who oppose his policy of nuclear appeasement with
the world's most prolific state sponsor of terrorism.

But the opposite is the case. Had their view carried the day, war could
have been averted.

Through their nuclear diplomacy, Obama and his comrades started the

countdown to war.

In recent weeks we have watched the collapse of the allied powers'


negotiating positions.

They have conceded every position that might have placed a significant
obstacle in Iran's path to developing a nuclear arsenal.

They accepted Iran's refusal to come clean on the military dimensions


of its past nuclear work and so ensured that to the extent UN nuclear
inspectors are able to access Iran's nuclear installations, those
inspections will not provide anything approaching a full picture of its
nuclear status. By the same token, they bowed before Iran's demand
that inspectors be barred from all installations Iran defines as "military"
and so enabled the ayatollahs to prevent the world from knowing
anything worth knowing about its nuclear activities.

On the basis of Iran's agreement to ship its stockpile of enriched


uranium to Russia, the US accepted Iran's demand that it be allowed to
maintain and operate more than 6,000 centrifuges.

But when on Monday Iran went back on its word and refused to ship its
uranium to Russia, the US didn't respond by saying Iran couldn't keep
spinning 6,000 centrifuges. The US made excuses for Iran.

The US delegation willingly acceded to Iran's demand that it be allowed


to continue operating its fortified, underground enrichment facility at
Fordow. In so doing, the US minimized the effectiveness of a future
limited air campaign aimed at significantly reducing Iran's nuclear
capabilities.

With this broad range of great power concessions already in its pocket,
the question of whether or not a deal is reached has become a
secondary concern. The US and its negotiating partners have agreed to
a set of understanding with the Iranians. Whether these understandings
become a formal agreement or not is irrelevant because the
understandings are already being implemented.

True, the US has not yet agreed to Iran's demand for an immediate
revocation of the economic sanctions now standing against it. But the
notion that sanctions alone can pressure Iran into making nuclear
concessions has been destroyed by Obama's nuclear diplomacy in
which the major concessions have all been made by the US.

No sanctions legislation that Congress may pass in the coming months


will be able to force a change in Iran's behavior if they are not
accompanied by other coercive measures undertaken by the executive
branch.

There is nothing new in this reality. For a regime with no qualms about
repressing its society, economic sanctions are not an insurmountable
challenge. But it is possible that if sanctions were implemented as part
of a comprehensive plan to use limited coercive means to block Iran's
nuclear advance, they could have effectively blocked Iran's progress to
nuclear capabilities while preventing war. Such a comprehensive
strategy could have included a proxy campaign to destabilize the
regime by supporting regime opponents in their quest to overthrow the
mullahs. It could have involved air strikes or sabotage of nuclear
installations and strategic regime facilities like Revolutionary Guards
command and control bases and ballistic missile storage facilities. It
could have involved diplomatic isolation of Iran.

Moreover, if sanctions were combined with a stringent policy of blocking


Iran's regional expansion by supporting Iraqi sovereignty, supporting the
now deposed government of Yemen and making a concerted effort to
weaken Hezbollah and overthrow the Iranian-backed regime in Syria,

then the US would have developed a strong deterrent position that


would likely have convinced Iran that its interest was best served by
curbing its imperialist enthusiasm and setting aside its nuclear
ambitions.

In other words, a combination of these steps could have prevented war


and prevented a nuclear Iran. But today, the US-led capitulation to Iran
has pulled the rug out from any such comprehensive strategy. The
administration has no credibility. No one trusts Obama to follow through
on his declared commitment to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear
power.

No one trusts Washington when Obama claims that he is committed to


the security of Israel and the US's Sunni allies in the region.

And so we are now facing the unfolding disaster that Obama has
wrought. The disaster is that deal or no deal, the US has just given the
Iranians a green light to behave as if they have already built their
nuclear umbrella. And they are in fact behaving in this manner.

They may not have a functional arsenal, but they act as though they do,
and rightly so, because the US and its partners have just removed all
significant obstacles from their path to nuclear capabilities. The Iranians
know it. Their proxies know it. Their enemies know it.

As a consequence, all the regional implications of a nuclear armed Iran


are already being played out. The surrounding Arab states led by Saudi
Arabia are pursuing nuclear weapons. The path to a Middle East where
every major and some minor actors have nuclear arsenals is before us.

Iran is working to expand its regional presence as if it were a nuclear


state already. It is brazenly using its Yemeni Houthi proxy to gain
maritime control over the Bab al-Mandab, which together with Iran's

control over the Straits of Hormuz completes its maritime control over
shipping throughout the Middle East.

Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Eritrea, and their global
trading partners will be faced with the fact that their primary maritime
shipping route to Asia is controlled by Iran.

With its regional aggression now enjoying the indirect support of its
nuclear negotiating partners led by the US, Iran has little to fear from
the pan-Arab attempt to dislodge the Houthis from Aden and the Bab alMandab. If the Arabs succeed, Iran can regroup and launch a new
offensive knowing it will face no repercussions for its aggression and
imperialist endeavors.

Then of course there are Iran's terror proxies.

Hezbollah, whose forces now operate openly in Syria and Lebanon, is


reportedly active as well in Iraq and Yemen. These forces behave with a
brazenness the likes of which we have never seen.

Hamas too believes that its nuclear-capable Iranian state sponsor


ensures that regardless of its combat losses, it will be able to maintain
its regime in Gaza and continue using its territory as a launching ground
for assaults against Israel and Egypt.

Iran's Shiite militias in Iraq have reportedly carried out heinous


massacres of Sunnis who have fallen under their control and faced no
international condemnation for their war crimes, operating as they are
under Iran's protection and sponsorship. And the Houthis, of course,
just overthrew a Western-backed government that actively assisted the
US and its allies in their campaign against al-Qaida.

For their proxies' aggression, Iran has been rewarded with effective
Western acceptance of its steps toward regional domination and
nuclear armament.

Hezbollah's activities represent an acute and strategic danger to Israel.


Not only does Hezbollah now possess precision guided missiles that
are capable of taking out strategic installations throughout the country,
its arsenal of 100,000 missiles can cause a civilian disaster.

Hezbollah forces have been fighting in varied combat situations


continuously for the past three years. Their combat capabilities are
incomparably greater than those they fielded in the 2006 Second
Lebanon War. There is every reason to believe that these Hezbollah
fighters, now perched along Israel's borders with Lebanon and Syria,
can make good their threat to attack and hold fixed targets including
border communities.

While Israel faces threats unlike any we have faced in recent decades
that all emanate from Western-backed Iranian aggression and
expansionism carried out under a Western-sanctioned Iranian nuclear
umbrella, Israel is not alone in this reality. The unrolling disaster also
threatens the moderate Sunni states including Jordan, Egypt, Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The now regional war in
Yemen is but the first act of the regional war at our doorstep.

There are many reasons this war is now inevitable.

Every state threatened by Iran has been watching the Western collapse
in Switzerland.

They have been watching the Iranian advance on the ground. And
today all of them are wondering the same thing: When and what should
we strike to minimize the threats we are facing.

Everyone recognizes that the situation is only going to get worse. With
each passing week, Iran's power and brazenness will only increase.

Everyone understands this. And this week they learned that with
Washington heading the committee welcoming Iran's regional
hegemony and nuclear capabilities, no outside power will stand up to
Iran's rise. The future of every state in the region hangs in the balance.
And so, it can be expected that everyone is now working out a means to
preempt and prevent a greater disaster.

These preemptive actions will no doubt include three categories of


operations: striking Hezbollah's missile arsenal; striking the Iranian
Navy to limit its ability to project its force in the Bab al-Mandab; and
conducting limited military operations to destroy a significant portion of
Iran's nuclear installations.

Friday is the eve of Passover. Thirteen years ago, Palestinian terrorists


brought home the message of the Exodus when they blew up the Seder
at Netanya's Park Hotel, killing 30, wounding 140, and forcing Israel into
war. The message of the Passover Haggada is that there are no
shortcuts to freedom. To gain and keep it, you have to be willing to fight
for it.

That war was caused by Israel's embrace of the notion that you can
bring peace through concessions that empower an enemy sworn to
your destruction. The price of that delusion was thousands of lives lost
and families destroyed.

Iran is far more powerful than the PLO. But the Americans apparently
believe they are immune from the consequences of their leaders'
policies. This is not the case for Israel or for our neighbors. We lack the
luxury of ignoring the fact that Obama's disastrous diplomacy has
brought war upon us. Deal or no deal, we are again about to be forced
to pay a price to maintain our freedom.

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Bad Iran deal foretold in 'blood moon' celestial


signs? - By Amanda Borschel-Dan - http://www.timesofisrael.com/bad-iran-dealforetold-in-blood-moon-celestial-signs/

Discoverer of phenomenon 'linked' to upheaval in the Jewish world calls


for interfaith prayer for Jerusalem during full lunar eclipse this weekend

After observing a total lunar eclipse over Jerusalem's Temple Mount in


2008, Pastor Mark Biltz pondered the meaning of such a celestial event
and began investigating heavenly occurrences in the Bible. He
wondered if it was possible to ascribe them meaning.

He found a positive sign almost immediately in Genesis 1:14, the verse


in which God creates the sun and the moon. A literal English translation
of the Hebrew is: "And God said, and there will be lights in the heaven's
firmament, to separate between day and night, and they will be for
signs, and for festivals, and for days, and years."

The blatant mention of "signs" was all Biltz needed, he recounted to The
Times of Israel in a phone conversation from his Washington state
home ahead of his livestream annual Passover seder with his 1,000strong congregation.

The next challenge was looking for historical connections - which he


quickly found in abundance.

In scanning the 5,000 years of lunar eclipses charted on the NASA


website, he began seeing a pattern when crossing the dates of past
lunar eclipses against historical time periods. Most striking to Biltz were
the widespread upheavals he saw linked to the Jewish people and the
State of Israel during what NASA labeled "tetrads," or the phenomena of
four full lunar eclipses in two years.

Namely, he recognized that the Inquisition, and Israel's War of


Independence and the Six Day War all occurred during these periods of
four "blood moons." (During the fall of the Second Temple, although not
a tetrad year, there were a host of heavenly events, he said.)

This week the world will experience the third of a tetrad of "blood
moons," colloquially termed because of Rayleigh scattering (which also
causes sunsets to appear red) in filtered moonlight through the Earth's
atmosphere.

Biltz had accidentally stumbled upon the now wildly popular four blood
moon phenomena. He wrote a 2008 book about it and had his idea
capitalized upon by popular Pastor John Hagee, who also wrote a
bestselling book and recently produced a movie screened in theaters
around the world last week.

Some Christian believers, however, look at the four blood moons


phenomena as a portent for an apocalyptic end of time. An Internet
search on Biltz, the spiritual leader of El Shaddai Ministries with a
250,000-strong weekly online congregation, reveal similar doomsday
statements attributed to him. And a huge amount of web space is spent
on debunking any and all theories attached to blood moons.

Biltz told The Times of Israel he "100% does not think it's the end of the
world."

He readily admitted, however that he "would be surprised if a major


conflict didn't take place this year." As there's never any need to look
very far for contemporary Jewish national strife, he noted last summer's
war with Hamas.

He can't be certain, but the blood moons may have something to do


with "the horrible deal they just got with Iran," he said in a conversation
following President Barack Obama's briefing on Thursday. The deal,
which Obama labeled as "historic," is denounced by the Israeli
government as "dangerous capitulation."

To promote peace, Biltz and other interfaith blood moon enthusiasts are
calling for four minutes of prayer for Jerusalem during the four minute
forty-four second lunar eclipse on April 4 (EST).

A similar endeavor was carried out by interfaith website Root Source,


founded by Israeli Gidon Ariel and American Bob O'Dell, in Jerusalem's
Western Wall during the March 20 full solar eclipse over the North Pole.

Biltz said in a Breaking Israel News interview that "if a Jew from Israel
calls for prayer for the entire world during the solar eclipse, then we
Christians should return the favor and call for prayer for Israel, and the
reading of Psalm 122, during the lunar eclipse."

While applauding their motives, the majority of Christians don't attribute


these celestial events with signs. As one Christian in Israel put it,
"Personally, I don't give much credence to this blood moon craze. If it
motivates them to pray for Israel, fine! But I don't need a blood moon to
prompt me to pray for Israel, nor do I need it to know that we live in
perilous times."

Interestingly, Biltz is very accepting of that reaction ("some people think


I'm the anti-Christ," he joked) and said he just wants people to "put this
in your own theological pipe and smoke it how you want."

"It's all about the journey, the discovery. I'm like a kid turning over rocks
saying, 'Look what I found here! Buried treasure!'" he said.

It is more important to Biltz that the world begin recognizing the


rectitude of the "biblical calendar" - the calendar that dictates Jewish
festivals and holidays.

He explained that the Islamic calendar, for instance, merely follows the
moon; the Gregorian is based on the sun. But the biblical calendar uses
the sun and moon.

This creates a situation in which Easter can be a month prior to


Passover, or that "Jesus be resurrected before he's been crucified" - on
the assumption that the Last Supper was during the priestly Passover
sacrifice in Jerusalem.

God, "the master time keeper, wants us to be aware of his clock," said
Biltz.

This is why his congregation, an eclectic mix of nationalities, languages


and beliefs, meets on Saturdays, the Jewish Shabbat. Biltz, who has
Jewish ancestry on his father's side and grew up observing Passover
every few years in honor of his half-Jewish grandfather, was born a
Catholic, but became a Protestant at age 19. Nineteen years later - of
course there is a reliable pattern in his life as well - Biltz was drawn to
Jewish wisdom.

He began learning rabbinical literature - he said he has a full set of


Talmud at home - when he decided how he could "change the world."

In 2001 he decided "Christians needed to understand how wonderful


Jewish thinking is." He began teaching Jewish texts in his online and
live congregations to "get Christians to love the Jews from the Torah
perspective, not the emotional perspective."

Now with up to four million hits a month, Biltz claimed, his online
ministry draws "every tribe, nation, and tongue. They all want to come
and learn Torah."

Israeli Rabbi Predicts Blood Moon Judgment http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/insideisrael/2015/April/Israeli-RabbiPredicts-Blood-Moon-Judgment/

A mystic Israeli rabbi from southern Israel has called on all Jews to
repent and pray with the approach of the third blood moon of a tetrad
cycle, to appear in the skies during Passover and Good Friday.

The website Breaking Israel News reports that Rabbi Amram Vankin
predicted years ago that the 44th president of the United States would
bring bloodshed to the Jewish people, based on the Hebrew word for
blood, "dam," which has the numeric value of 44. Vankin said this
before Barack Obama was elected as the 44th American president.

President Obama just heralded the framework for an agreement


between the world powers and Iran, which Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu warned Friday "will threaten the survival of Israel."

The rabbi believes the number 44 has special significance this lunar
eclipse because this one is expected to last 4 minutes and 44 seconds,
the shortest such eclipse of the 21st century.

A student of the rabbi, Gil Nachman, spoke with Breaking Israel News,
saying Vankin also correctly predicted the Gaza flotilla conflict and
Carmel forest fire in Israel in 2010, as well as the two Israeli clashes
with Hamas in Gaza, Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and Operation
Protective Edge in 2014.

Vankin attended his own call for prayer at Jerusalem's Western Wall on
Wednesday after posting a Facebook message saying, "In these critical
times, am Yisrael [the people of Israel] must join together to pray to
Hashem [the Lord] to send us Messiach Ben David [the Messiah]."

Other rabbis and pastors believe the blood moons are a significant
signpost in the heavens but may not portend judgment for Israel as
much as they portend momentous events -- and perhaps blessing for
the Jewish people.

Pastor John Hagee, author of the book, Four Blood Moons: Something
is About to Change, told CBN News' Erick Stakelbeck, "God is trying to
communicate with us in a supernatural way."

"I believe that in the next two years [from 2014], we're going to see
something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will
change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole

world," Hagee said.

Pastor Bob O'Dell of Root Source explained, "All the prior blood moon
tetrads point to a pattern of blessing on the Jewish people. They are
good news for the Jews. They are a great indicator of God's love and
commitment to the Jewish people to preserve them and a warning to
those who stand in opposition to Israel."

The last series of four blood moons to occur in consecutive years during
the Jewish Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles coincided with
Israel's victory in the Six-Day War, which gave the Jews control of their
capital, Jerusalem, for the first time in nearly 2,000 years.

On one thing many sages and clerics, both Jewish and Christian,
agree: it is a time to pray.

Daily Jot: Liars lying, deceivers deceiving - Bill Wilson www.dailyjot.com

The US "president" has announced a deal to allow Iran to continue its


nuclear program. Essentially, it is a deal that the "president" is trying to
spin as a reasonable approach to keep Iran from having nuclear
weapons, when in reality it is Iran's path to nuclear weapons. Already,
the liars are lying and the deceivers are deceiving. The "president" said

it was "an historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented"


will prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons. Trouble is, Iran's
leadership doesn't see it that way. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
told a news conference that the US had agreed to allow Iran to continue
the enrichment of uranium. He essentially called the "president" a liar.

The cat and mouse game that began in the early 2000s with Iran
continues. One side says they have a deal and outlines the specifics
and Iran comes back and says that is not what it agreed to at all. So
who's lying? Both are. The US "president" is lying to the American
public about any kind of deal that would prevent Iran from having a
nuclear weapon. From Congress to the Prime Minister of the nation this
deal affects most, Israel, all say it will not do what the "president" says it
will. You do not even have to look at the details of the deal because
anything that would lift sanctions on Iran and not require that Iran have
nothing to do with uranium, will not prevent Iran from having a nuclear
bomb if it so desires.

The Iranians/Persians have been incredible negotiators throughout


history. Sending a lightweight like Secretary of State John Kerry to
negotiate a deal on behalf of America or Israel is indeed sending a
pocket knife to quell a fight against warriors with weapons--the knife is
no good, has no intelligence, until someone directs it, and then it is out
manned. The saddest thing, however, is that the US "president" is so
enamored with Iran and all things Muslim that he appears to have no
qualms about selling out the stability and peace of the rest of the world
to give his Islamic buddies a leg up in the balance of power. A traitor has
many ways to spin deceit and we are witnessing a historical spin of a
future death spiral.

Fortunately for America, there are checks and balances. The Congress
has a say. Whether it uses that authority is still in question. The
"president" has placed us all in grave danger with this deal and his
defiance to listen to reason--even from members of his own party who
see this as a bad deal. Proverbs 12:20 says, "Deceit is in the heart of
them that imagine evil." As in Jeremiah 9, we live in the midst of deceit
as our leaders and the leaders of our enemies "bend their tongues like
their bow for lies; but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for
they proceed from evil to evil" because they do not know the Lord. Our

Lord and Savior says of these times "Take heed that no man deceive
you." Pray, act, stand.

Daily Devotion: Finished! - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org

When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his
head and released his spirit. -John 19:30

The cross was the goal of Jesus from the very beginning. His birth was
so there would be His death. The incarnation was for our atonement. He
was born to die so that we might live. And when He had accomplished
the purpose He had come to fulfill, He summed it up with a single word:
"finished."

In the original Greek, it was a common word. Jesus probably used it


after He finished a project that He and Joseph might have been working
on together in the carpentry shop. Jesus might have turned to Joseph
and said, "Finished. Now let's go have lunch." It is finished. Mission
accomplished. It is done. It is made an end of.

So what was finished? Finished and completed were the horrendous


sufferings of Christ. Never again would He experience pain at the hand
of wicked men. Never again would He have to bear the sins of the
world. Never again would He, even for a moment, be forsaken of God.
That was completed. That was taken care of.

Also finished was Satan's stronghold on humanity. Jesus came to deal

a decisive blow against the devil and his demons at the cross of
Calvary. Hebrews 2:14 says, "Only by dying could he break the power
of the devil, who had the power of death." This means that you no
longer have to be under the power of sin. Because of Jesus'
accomplishment at the cross, finished was the stronghold of Satan on
humanity.

And lastly, finished was our salvation. It is completed. It is done. All of


our sins were transferred to Jesus when He hung on the cross. His
righteousness was transferred to our account.

So Jesus cried out the words, "It is finished!" It was God's deliberate
and well-thought-out plan. It is finished-so rejoice!

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Featured Article: Sign of Jonah, 3 days, 3 nights By Pastor Mike Taylor - http://www.churchofgodusa.org/1/post/2015/04/sign-of-jonah-3-days-3-nights.html

1st Corinthians 15:3 "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I
also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the

scriptures;

15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:

15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of
whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen
asleep."

This spring season, most of world celebrates the risen Lord. It is


something we must all celebrate and give thanks to God our Father for
sending His Only Begotten Son to die for the sins of you, and for me.
We give Him well deserved praise and glory for the plan of redemption
and the single most important aspect of that redemption, His own
resurrection. His resurrection will be the first fruits of our own
resurrection when Jesus breaks forth from the clouds with power and
great glory to redeem what is His, already paid for in full. Christians
view this as a most sacred time, and in their hearts and minds, they are
giving our Lord and Savior honor and glory for what He did for us,
almost 2000 years ago.

BUT..................there's that word.......

Would it bother any of us to know that we are celebrating the Lords


death and resurrection in a way that is contrary to scripture? After
reading this, it should. I know, we are just doing what is traditionally
been the way of the masses of Christians for years of our present lives,
but to worship God in Spirit and in Truth, requires knowing the truth,
does it not? What if I told you that Jesus did not rise from the dead on
Sunday morning or traditionally called Easter? What if I told you that the
tradition is nothing but the traditions of men and is in direct conflict with

God's Holy Word and steeped in pagan idolatry. I think you would say
prove it! Let us go to scripture and do just that...prove all things by the
Word of God. Let us start by the very words of our Lord and Savior
when the Pharisees came to Him asking for a sign that He was the
Messiah. Matthew chapter 12,

12:39 "But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous
generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it,
but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's
belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the
heart of the earth."

Just from taking the underlined words of Jesus and thinking on that
only, I have been amazed that our Catholic friends found in the Lord,
believe that Jesus was buried on "Good Friday" and was raised on
Sunday morning. How do they get 3 days and three nights out of the
time of Friday evening until Sunday morning? My brother, who is a
"converted" Catholic hypothesized that Jesus was talking about half
days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Really? Let us examine scripture
starting here and then let us dive right into the season based on
historical accounts and the way the Passover season is observed by the
Jewish community, even today and would have been so done in the
time of Jesus being delivered to be crucified as prophesied in your
bible.

THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS!

This was the only symbol that Jesus gave to the disbelieving Jewish
authorities of the sign of Him being the Messiah. He plainly told them
that as Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the fish, so He
would also be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth. Any less
than 3 days and 3 nights would make Jesus an outright fraud and an
imposter. In others words, He would be a lunatic and a liar! We know

that He was God's foreordained sacrifice for the sins of the world and
not a fraud. So we need to examine this question, "what is three day
and three nights, being the only sign our Lord gave"?

In the beginning of your bible, found in Genesis, the creator gives the
definition of what is a day, consisting of the evening and the morning.
Genesis 1:3,

"And the evening and the morning were the first day. And the evening
and the morning were the second day. Genesis 1:8 and so on till God
rested on the seventh day from all His labors..."

This reveals that God made a literal 24 hour day, half being in the
evening, and the other half being in the morning. So when Jesus said 3
days and 3 nights, he literally meant three 24 hour period or a total of
72 hours or He was a fraud. Additionally, Jesus' understanding of a
day's length in John 11:9: "Are there not twelve hours in the day?" From
this we can safely assume that night is also twelve hours long, and day
and night together equal 24 hours. It is no stretch of intellect to figure
that three days and three nights total 72 hours.

Now let's take the traditional and popular stance of a Good Friday
crucifixion believed by the major religions and plug in 72 hours. Notice
the problem? It doesn't fit. You only come up with 36 hours or half the
required time to make what Jesus said was the "ONLY" sign He gave
that He WAS their Messiah. If you take that amount of time that God
stated in the beginning and Jesus plainly stated about His resurrection,
then you come away with a Monday evening resurrection. So it's not
even close to Sunday morning. So what's the problem with the
tradition? Problem is that men have failed to understand, or chose to
ignore what really happened during this time of the historical account,
not just the biblical account of the way the nation of Israel kept this
season differently than traditions of modern Christianity which is the
only barometer we have, because Jesus lived in a Jewish society with
all its customs and following Biblical Torah Law. Look at John 19:31,

"Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should
not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high
day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that
they might be taken away."

Many of the traditional Christian community mistakenly think that the


Sabbath this verse refers to is the weekly Sabbath or Saturday. But
historically, on this week, there are TWO Sabbaths...one is after
Preparation Day, and one is the weekly Sabbath. So logically, but in
gross error, they think that they are referring to Friday, but is that so?
Historically we find that the Jewish people started calling this the week
of Unleavened Bread beginning with Passover. In your Bible that word
Easter is mentioned, but in Greek the word is Pascha, or Passover. Acts
chapter 12, and it is mentioned only one time and no where else, why?

12:4 " And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and
delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after
Easter to bring him forth to the people."

It may be accounted for bias of the King James translators to not


translating it correctly as Passover, not to discredit the KJV, but it is
men's bias that we must look past and look to the original text for the
proper translation in Greek. Now let's move on to the historical account
of this season.

THE LORDS SUPPER and EVENTS OF THE CROSS

Jesus knew that His time had come, and if He was going to have a
Passover meal with His disciples, He must do it the night before, as He
Himself was being delivered as our Passover, which was the next night.
On Nisan 14, Jesus gathered His followers to institute the New
Covenant of the bread and the wine as symbols of His broken body and

shed blood. Luke,

22:14 "And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve
apostles with him.

22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this
passover with you before I suffer:

22:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be
fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

22:17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and
divide it among yourselves:

22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the
kingdom of God shall come.

22:19 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.

22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new
testament in my blood, which is shed for you".

When Jesus was arrested, it was early morning before daylight and He
was judged in a kangaroo court apart from the people in secret for fear
of the masses gathered for the Passover season. History shows us
from just other secular writings that this was a Wednesday morning

Jesus was judged as a heretic and sentenced to death by the cross.


Note that by Jewish method of biblical time keeping is from sundown to
sundown, not like we do today, which is confusing to the everyday
Christian.

Jesus was put on the cross before noon or the sixth hour of this
Wednesday , which was counted from 6am our time. Note that Jesus
hung on the cross by scripture from the 6th hour and died about the 9th
hour, or 3pm and the heavens were black as night, during the strength
of the daylight.

Matthew chapter 27,

27:45 "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land
unto the ninth hour.

27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast
thou forsaken me?

27:47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This
man calleth for Elias.

27:48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it
with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

27:49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save
him.
27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the

ghost."

So Jesus died about 3PM on Wednesday afternoon, when the Priest


came to Pilate to have the legs of the victims crucified broken and have
them quickly die and taken off the crosses since the next day was a
High Day. John chapter 19,

19:31 "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the
bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that
sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be
broken, and that they might be taken away."

From scripture, Jesus legs were not broken, as He was already dead.
Jesus was quickly taken off the cross (by His cousin), Joseph of
Arimathaea, a follower also of Jesus,

John 19:38 "And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of


Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might
take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came
therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to
Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an
hundred pound weight.

19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes
with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden;

and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid."

So summarizing up to this point, Jesus was crucified on Nisan 14 about


noon in the daytime until being taken off the cross before sundown and
laid in a tomb of a rich man before the High Day of Passover was to
begin at sundown. So begins our time clock of the time of our Lord
being in the tomb for 3 days and 3 nights according to His Word of
being the Messiah. The time clock starts BEFORE 6pm or sundown on
a Wednesday night....a side note that I find most compelling and
emotional to my heart strings is this. In the temple at that very hour that
our Lord was crucified and died from torture and the loss of blood, the
priest in the temple were in the middle of the task of slaughtering all the
lambs for the Passover sacrifices the next day. Our Savior Jesus Christ
was slain at the very same hour. He WAS the Passover Lamb of God.

72 HOUR BEGINS

Beginning from this hour of our Lord's entombment before sundown on


a Wednesday evening, we begin our count of 3 twenty four hour
days....let's begin. Wednesday evening until Thursday evening is 1 day
or 24 hours. Thursday evening until Friday evening at sundown, 2ndday
of 24 hours, and finally Friday evening until sundown Saturday evening
or near the end of the weekly Sabbath. From the time of His
entombment, the end of the sign of Jonah of 72 hours, Jesus opened
His eyes in a transformed spiritual body and rose from the dead, not a
second later, or a second earlier. Some say the covering was rolled
back at this time, but scripture shows that the angels rolled it back for
the living to enter. Jesus went right through the walls. Thus, Jesus
fulfilled His sign of being the Messiah, by being resurrected exactly 72
hours later from the time of being put in the tomb before sundown the
previous Wednesday evening. Some will say, well what about the verse
that says He was raised on the first day of the week? Let's look at those
verses.

16:1 " And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the
mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they

might come and anoint him.

16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came
unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.

16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the
stone from the door of the sepulchre?

16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away:
for it was very great.

16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on
the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of


Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the
place where they laid him.......

16:8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they
trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for
they were afraid.

16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he
appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven
devils."

What verse 9 is saying is that Jesus revealed Himself to Mary, before


anyone else on the first day of the week. By following scripture and

historical accounts we have established that Jesus was raised near the
end of the weekly Sabbath, then was in the Garden when Mary was
crying. This would have been on a Saturday, not Sunday, as Jesus
proclaimed Himself, Lord of the Sabbath.

Why did the women wait until this morning to anoint the body of Jesus.
It's easy if you follow the timeline. Jesus was laid in a tomb on
Wednesday night at sundown. The next day was a High Day or the First
Day of Unleavened Bread week which includes Passover, or Seder. The
next day, they gathered all the implements to do the anointing of Jesus
body, then they rested on the weekly Sabbath which was Saturday, and
made the trip to the tomb on the first full day with the preparations on
Sunday morning. Jesus there met Mary in the garden and said these
words: John 20,

20:13 "And they said to her, Woman, why are you sobbing? She told
them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know
where they have laid Him.

20:14 On saying this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing
[there], but she did not know (recognize) that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you crying [so]? For Whom
are you looking? Supposing that it was the gardener, she replied, Sir, if
you carried Him away from here, tell me where you have put Him and I
will take Him away.

20:16 Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning around she said to Him in
Hebrew, Rabboni!--which means Teacher {or} Master.

20:17 Jesus said to her, Do not cling to Me [do not hold Me], for I have
not yet ascended to the Father. But go to My brethren and tell them, I
am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your

God."

Precisely at this very hour, the priest were in the temple performing the
Feast of First Fruits. The evening before they had laid sickle to the first
gathering of the spring harvest of barley and were waving it before God
to bless the harvest, as a offering of the best of their harvest, a offering
of first fruits from the earth. Jesus also ascended to the Father in
heaven and offered Himself, the First Fruits of those borne of the dead
as payment in full for the sins of the world, past, present, and future for
all mankind that believes on His name. Historically and biblically , it is
the scenario that fully satisfies biblical accounts and historical accounts
apart from men's traditions. At this time, Jesus was the first fruits of the
FIRST resurrection that will end after the Tribulation and the last of the
those raised in the first resurrection will be raised to life, just as He was.

There is another reason why the women waiting for the fourth day to
anoint the body of Jesus and it is the same reason Jesus waiting four
days to raise Lazarus from the dead. In this time, nobody had a
"stethoscope" to listen for the sounds of a heart beat. It was custom to
wait four days to pronounce the deceased as dead...not just dead (as
many were raised because of being in a coma), but dead, dead...with all
the signs of decomposition of smell and rigor of the body. To be any
earlier and be a witness of Jesus resurrection would have given critics
another reason to believe that Jesus was never dead, but only in a
coma and not really dead, so the women waited, as was custom for the
fourth day at sunrise to approach the tomb of Jesus with the spices to
complete His burial service.

SO WHY KEEP SUNDAY AS RESURRECTION DAY?

Good question and one that must be also answered on historical


grounds. If anyone would take the time and research the meaning of the
word "Easter" by even going to their encyclopedia or doing a word
search and looking at even Wikipedia, they would find the historical
meaning and why the tradition was moved to Sunday as Jesus being
raised from the dead and is in total error. Why the change? Because
men love tradition more than they love the truth. I myself did a word

search and find that the word Easter is derived from pagan influence.
It's not a comfortable ride when you find out your favorite holiday is
nothing but a smorgasbord of pagan and perverted Christian symbols
mixed with cute little items, such as bunnies and eggs. Wikipedia will
give you many origins that have been incorporated into mainstream
Christianity, but I take this definition from online source at
religioustolerance.org,

"Origins of the name 'Easter': The name 'Easter' originated with the
names of an ancient false goddess and god. The Venerable Bede, (672735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione
Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was
the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe.
Similarly, the "Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously
as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur,
Austron and Ausos." 1 Her name was derived from the ancient word for
spring: "eastre." Similar Goddesses were known by other names in
ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, and were celebrated in the
springtime. Some were:

Aphrodite, named Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of


Cyprus) after the two places which claimed her birth; 8
Ashtoreth from ancient Israel;
Astarte from ancient Greece;
Emeter from Mycenae;
Hathor from ancient Egypt;
Ishtar from Assyria;
Kali, from India; and
Ostara a Norse Goddess of fertility.

An alternative explanation has been suggested. The name given by the

Frankish church to Jesus' resurrection festival included the Latin word


"alba" which means "white." (This was a reference to the white robes
that were worn during the festival.) "Alba" also has a second meaning:
"sunrise." When the name of the festival was translated into German,
the "sunrise" meaning was selected in error. This became "ostern" in
German. Ostern has been proposed as the origin of the word
'Easter'.2""

So how was this pagan origin found to be included into modern


Christianity? This is pure history and attempts are not made to lay
blame on any one denomination, but you know who you are. From the
Catholic Encyclopedia, the New Advent, we find these words:

"However it was not the custom of the churches in the rest of the world
to end it at this point, as they observed the practice, which from
Apostolic tradition has prevailed to the present time, of terminating the
fast on no other day than on that of the resurrection of our Savior.
Synods and assemblies of bishops were held on this account, and all
with one consent through mutual correspondence drew up an
ecclesiastical decree that the mystery of the resurrection of our Lord
should be celebrated on no other day but the Sunday and that we
should observe the close of the paschal fast on that day only."

The text of the decree of the Council of Nicaea which settled, or at least
indicated a final settlement of, the difficulty has not been preserved to
us, but we have an important document inserted in Eusebius's "Life of
Constantine" (III, xviii sq.). The emperor himself, writing to the Churches
after the Council of Nicaea, exhorts them to adopt its conclusions and
says among other things: "At this meeting the question concerning the
most holy day of Easter was discussed, and it was resolved by the
united judgment of all present that this feast ought to be kept by all and
in every place on one and the same day. . . And first of all it appeared
an unworthy thing that in the celebration of the Jews, who have
impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin. . . for we have received
from our Saviour a different way. (where? Not in my bible!). . And I
myself have undertaken that this decision should meet with the approval
of your Scarcities in the hope that your Wisdoms will gladly admit that
practice which is observed at once in the city of Rome and in Africa,
throughout Italy and in Egypt. . . with entire unity of judgment."

Comment BOLD added emphasis mine.

So the Catholic Church fully admits that they changed the time of the
observance of the resurrection and moved it to Sunday as a sign of the
power of the Church. Can you say Anti-Semite? The ruling religious
class of the Roman Catholic Church has a sordid history of being just
that, Jew haters. Not that the Jews are innocent, but are any one of us
innocent? We all crucified our Lord by our sins that could not be
forgiven any other way. I crucified my Lord, you crucified the Lord Jesus
and we are all guilty as charged. But it was God's plan all along to
redeem His creation from the sin nature begun so long ago in the
Garden of Eden and the first man and woman sinned against God and
fell under the power of Satan.

WHAT DO WE DO?

First each of us have to decide in all good conscience to either submit


to the traditions of men who have changed the timing of the Lord's
resurrection by filling it with pagan practices and cute little symbols to
make the kids happy, or do we follow the clear teachings of the Bible?
Do we honor God with our lips, or with our hearts? It's a personal
decision that each of us have to make and it's not an easy one to
make. I do not fault anyone who in all good conscience (and ignorance
of the facts) continues to follow the traditions of men and feel they are
giving our Lord proper worship and praise, but to the uneducated in
Biblical accounts of this most sacred of Christian beliefs, the
resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the truth must be
revealed to all who wish to serve God with an obedient heart. To
observe a tradition that we come to know as being steeped in pagan
practices and is in direct conflict with the ways of God and His written
Word, is an opening for Satan to blind you to the rest of the truths of the
Word of God and it's message. If they got this wrong, then what else did
this "Catholic religion" get wrong. Much, you say and you would be
right. We must stay true to His message and His sacrifice made in
blood.

For my house, we observe the Lord's Supper yearly, as He did with

His disciples by taking the wine and the bread as symbols of the New
Covenant made in his blood and His broken body. It is the Lord's
Passover for the remission of sins. By submitting myself unto the Lord
and examining myself, much as Paul admonished to early Christians in :
1st Corinthians,

11:23 "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto
you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took
bread:

11:24 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.

11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had
supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye,
as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew
the Lord's death till he come.

11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of
the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread,
and drink of that cup.

11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh
damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many
sleep."

We must all praise and give God glory and worship for the sacrifice of
His only Begotten Son, our Lord and Savior. We must worship our Lord
God in Spirit and in Truth and not confuse the traditions of men, for the
truth found in your open bible. We must praise Him during this season
for His Resurrection to Life, that if Jesus be not raised we are a people
most miserable: 1st Corinthians,

15:12 "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say
some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not


risen:

15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your
faith is also vain.

15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have
testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be
that the dead rise not.

15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your
sins.

15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most
miserable."

I could on and on about what the pagan symbols mean that most men
and women don't even realize what they are doing, but Lea Sylvester
did an outstanding job of explaining the pagan influences starting with
Nimrod as the Sun God, Baal and the Queen of heaven notion that is
rampant even today in "modern" Christianity, or those who claim the
moniker and it's power over other men. I invite you to read her post that
was posted recently on Prophecy Update and pulled from the Omega
Letter website entitled "Blood on the Doorpost"...You may read it here
on Prophecy Update at this URL:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=b8b381ee-ad5047aa-8d8b-c82a5a7158ff&c=8c67b3c0-ab1b-11e3-a297d4ae52843d28&ch=8d1f6b00-ab1b-11e3-a2cf-d4ae52843d28

Or, straight to the article at this URL:

http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8021

This message is designed to add to her account of the why the Easter
season is dripping in pagan influence and YOU have decide whether
you will honor God or follow men and their perversion of the Truth...note
one thing my friend, as many of today's Christians find no fault in
continuing the practice of worshiping God on this day out of tradition
and "it's how we have always done it", but remember one thing, "GOD
HAS A MEMORY"...He never forgets how men have substituted pagan

practices to somehow "worship" Him...can you say, the Golden Calf of


Exodus and what God thought of using pagan symbols to worship Him?
Was God amused? Was Moses amused? How many people wer e slain
because of using pagan idolatry and dare think that it worshiped God?
Jesus railed at the Pharisees for doing just the same thing that their
forefather did in the wilderness: Mark chapter 7,

7:7 "Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men.

7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of
men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things
ye do.

7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of
God, that ye may keep your own tradition."

Does the Word of God support what is written here? Search your heart
and scripture and make that pledge to follow our Lord as He intended
by clear commands of the Messiah, and God our Father. Do not think
you can appease God for doing what you know now, is a gross error on
how He wishes to be worshiped. For the true Christian, it will mean loss
of reward at the Bema Judgment seat of Christ, and for the so called
"Christian" who follows the edicts of their church, it could mean
worshiping God as the children of Israel did when they worshiped a
Golden Calf and you know what happened to them. Search your heart
and get rid of anything that stinks of this world. The world is quickly
passing away, but God's Word will NOT pass away.

This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying God's salvation come into each of
your lives. If there is anything I can help you wish, pray with you about,
or just listen with an attentive ear, email me
atrealteam1999@sbcglobal.net , God bless you, till we meet at Jesus
feet.

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