Advent Candles Rubel Shelly
Advent Candles Rubel Shelly and John York: The whole sermon is located here.
You may remember the Jubilee movement promoted by Rubel Shelly? Well, after a historical sowing of discord and offending thousands of "these little ones" the movement died when people were taught to read the CODE of a somewhat secret society bent on draging ANTI-instrument churches of Christ into the arms of the Mother in Rome. Of course, the ANTI-instrument stress is an agreed-on mantra to associate NOT bowing to Baal with some silly religious practices. What they would have you NOT know is that the Bible and all known literature associates "music" as a worship weapon with Satan as indeed the Bible does by the "parable" of the king of Tyre who was really a "queen" but wanted to be remembered as a male. She was called the 'singing and harp playing prostitue." As king/queen of Babylon she would and did go into Sheol with her harps and harpists. As the end-time Babylonian whore worship she will go back to burn in hell before peace comes again--with or without the York-Shelly candles.
And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; Rev 18:22
The craftsman of the Jubal, Jabal, Tubal-Cain and Naamah "team" was call Koresh. Remember that name? In Revelation the craftsmen are the techne. One of their functions was theater building and stage management. The musicians were the MUSES known as the locusts whom Abaddon or Apollyon wound unleash about this time. As Apollyon he formed a famous Oracle of Delphi which was a Seeker Center much like a "venue for Rock and Roll."
All of these false gods, goddesses and their secret agents even now put a lot of emphasis on rhetorical speaking and music. Of course, fire worship using candles has always been a symbol of SATAN and not Jesus. Advent and all of the "festivals" are a restoration of the religion of the Babylon Whore just as prophesied and at the right time. I will not go into the background of these CANDLES but they are a most obvious MARK of idol worship. Worship of God takes place ONLY in our spirits as we "hold the thought of God in our mind." When the rhetoricians, sophists, singers, musicians and craftsmen as worship facilitators add CANDLES you know that the ONLY purpose is to divert your eyes and mind off Jesus who WILL NOT be there.
If you recall, the first of the four advent candles lit earlier in this service was called the candle of hope. In the dark days Isaiah and his contemporaries faced, they were called to live in hope of a better time. The people of that time had chosen their own way instead of God's.
"The burning of candles is undoubtedly the result of fire worship that dates back to the beginning of time. It was found by early man that fire could drive away the feared beasts of prey, make his food taste good, and warm his body. Thus fire was found to be beneficial. Down through the ages man has discovered the mystical properties of candle burning, associated with various colors."
Cardinal Newman admits in his book that; the "temples, incense, oil lamps, votive offerings, holy water, Holidays, and seasons of devotion, processions, blessings of the fields, sacerdotal vestments, the tonsure (of priests, munks and nuns), images, and statues... are all of PAGAN ORIGIN." -The Development of the Christian Religion Cardinal Newman p.359
The Catholic Encyclopedia also confesses that they got MUSIC from all common PAGAN CULTS.
"Candles from the Catholic Encyclopedia: The word candle (candela, from candeo, to burn) was introduced into the English language as an ecclesiastical term, probably as early as the eighth century. It was known in classical times and denoted any kind of taper in which a wick, not uncommonly made of a strip of papyrus, was encased in wax or animal fat.
We need not shrink from admitting that CANDLES, like incense and lustral water, were commonly employed in pagan worship and in the rites paid to the DEAD.
But the Church from a very early period took them into her service, just as she adopted many other things indifferent in themselves, which seemed proper to enhance the splendour of religious ceremonial.
We must not forget that most of these adjuncts to worship, like MUSIC, LIGHTS, perfumes, ablutions, floral decorations, canopies, fans, screens, bells, vestments, etc. were not identified with any idolatrous cult in particular; they were COMMON TO ALMOST ALL CULTS.
ALIGN="JUSTIFY">"From very early times the Romans had celebrated their Saturnalia in honour of the old vegetation-god at that time with a great display of presents, CANDLES, and dolls (probably a reminiscence of an earlier sacrifice of children). From the reign of the Emperor Aurelian (270-6), who introduced a SOLAR CULT (the S.U.N. god) of a high ethical character, December 25th was the outstanding day of their calendar and was officially described as "the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun." Joseph McCabe
ALIGN="JUSTIFY">Of the Saturnalia: Sir James George Frazer, in his classic study of magic and religion (The Golden Bough, McMillan, 1976), says this mock king was an allusion back to the idyllic days of the reign of Saturn and the slaves being given temporary freedom at this time hearkened back to these days when all were free and things were just (ibid., ix, p. 308 ff). Roman soldiers stationed on the Danube in the reign of Maximian and Diocletian are recorded (by Franz Cumont) to have chosen a young and handsome man to resemble Saturn from among them by lot thirty days before the festival.
They dressed him in royal attire to resemble Saturn. He went about in public attended by a retinue of soldiers and indulged his passions no matter how base and shameful. At the end of thirty days, he then cut his own throat on the altar of the god he personated.
ALIGN="JUSTIFY">In the year 303, the lot fell upon the Christian soldier Dasius but he refused to play the part of the heathen god and to soil his last days by debauchery. He refused to give in to the intimidation of his commanding officer Bassus and was accordingly beheaded by the soldier John at Durostorum on Friday 20 November 303 being the twenty-fourth day of the Moon at the fourth hour (Frazer, ibid.).
This is quite identical to the AZTECS used by Rubel Shelly and Randy Harris as a PATTERN for church renewal.
Rubel Shelly: The third text we have chosen to share with you this morning parallels the third candle that was lit, a candle of joy. It comes from Isaiah 61. And the joy announced here is the bliss of both deliverance and empowerment, the gladness of both salvation and transformation
John York: Speaking of peace, as we were lighting the second candle a few moments ago -- the candle of peace -- my mind raced to the parts of our planet this morning that are anything but peaceful.
The BURDEN wich destroys peace is "spiritual anxiety created by religious rituals." If you have heard about our warfare with the Islamic world the notion of TRINITY and charismatic or musical "worship" probably creates more hostility and hatred of pseudo-Christianity than any othe thing. You can, in fact, blame almost all wars on religionists fighting for turf. The so-called Religious Wars in Africa rage at this moment. The "christians" intend to take turf from the Muslims and the "holy roller" forms of pagan worship CAME FROM tribalism and is most powerful in recruiting new tribalists. Open war confesses a pastor means that "we intend to take TERRITORY." Like almost all religionists and their legalistic worship services, they are fighting for money, control and turf. One can speculate that while there were primary shakers and movers of this neo-paganism, Rubel Shelly has been the point of the spear who has destroyed more PEACE than the rest of the church can ever restore.
Lighting candles, if there are any believers left in their hearing, will continue to DESTROY peace and leave people spiritually and emotionally ABUSED and stripped of wealth they clergy has NO BIBLICAL authority to rake in.
Rubel Shelly: A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins (Isa. 11:1-5).
I know that many translations do not capitalize the "S" of Spirit in this text, because it is doubtful that Isaiah's original audience would have understood Spirit as part of the Godhead.
As far as I can determine, and challenges have been unmet, the FIRST time the world ever heard of the Shellyite three separated persons of the "Family of God" was ad42 from H. Leo Boles of David Lipscomb College and the Gospel Advocate. John Mark Hicks assigns the credit or blame for popularizing this view to Max Lucado and Rubel Shelly. The people of the time of Isaiah understood SPIRIT and Rubel and John do not.
Pardon the color but we need to see that the SEVEN spirits which rest on Messiah as THE BRANCH are the seven flames of the Menorah. The rest of the PROOF that SPIRIT is MIND or the Word is here.
The seven-branched candlestick, often called a "menorah," is used by Christians to represent the Holy Spirit and its seven gifts: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the Lord, and delight in the Lord.
"The practice of lighting the candle appears to take place on the night before the day of the Sun as part of the ancient Sun worshipping system.
In the Temple, incense was burned. Candles were not burned other than as the Menorah. "
A Liddel and Scott search of thousands of ancient Greek documents shows that Spirit is not a person. Rather, Spirit is the disposition of mind of that being. Some uses in Classical Greek are: tribulation of Spirit, breathe a Spirit of pride, darkly brooding Spirit, melancholy upon your Spirit, Spirit of unruffled calm, unholy Spirit or reckless, avenging Spirit, an unholy Spirit.
One example of "the gift of the Spirit " in this lexicon reads "the uncharitable gift to his Spirit." Doctors of the Spirit instruct the mind, and finally the request is made to "raise up Perseus' Spirit Spirit within my breast."
AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: Isa 11:1
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; Isa 11: 2
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing Words of mans wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 1 Cor 2:4
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Cor 2: 10
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor 2: 16
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: Isa 11: 3
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. Isa 11: 4
On the other hand, the BRANCH of literal candles and music is the ABOMINABLE BRANCH who is Satan under various names:
The Christmas-tree, as has been stated, was generally at Rome a different tree, even the fir; but the very same idea as was implied in the palm-tree was implied in the Christmas-fir; for that covertly symbolised the new-born God as Baal-berith, * "Lord of the Covenant," and thus shadowed forth the perpetuity and everlasting nature of his power, not that after having fallen before his enemies, he had risen triumphant over them all.
* Baal-bereth, which differs only in one letter from Baal-berith,
"Lord of the Covenant," signifies "Lord of the fir-tree."
Berowsh (h1265) ber-osh'; of uncert. der.; a cypress (?) tree; hence a lance or a musical instrument (as made of that wood): - fir (tree).
Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Is.14:8
And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. 2S.6:5
Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. Zec.11:2
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. Isa 14:9
All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Isa 14:10
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms [maggots] cover thee. Is.14:11
But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. Is.14:19
Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. Is.25:5
Zamiyr (h2158) zaw-meer'; or zamir zaw-meer'; and (fem.) z˙mirah zem-ee-raw'; from 2167; a song to be accompanied with instrumental music: - psalm (-ist), singing, song
Zamar (h2167) zaw-mar'; a prim. root [perh. ident. with 2168 through the idea of striking with the fingers]; prop. to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument, i. e. play upon it; to make music, accompanied by the voice; hence to celebrate in song and music: - give praise, sing forth praises, psalms.
Zamar (h2168) zaw-mar'; a prim. root [comp. 2167, 5568, 6785]; to trim (a vine): - prune.
Therefore, the 25th of December, the day that was observed at Rome as the day when the victorious god reappeared on earth, was held at the Natalis invicti solis, "The birth-day of the unconquered Sun."
Rubel Shelly: "And when I tell you that Santa has been baptized, I'm echoing the ancient Christian tradition of what one theologian dubbed "baptizing the traditions of secular holidays in the message of God's love that has been revealed in Jesus Christ."
- Since the time of Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christ and his order to "Christianize" the pagan feasts,
Christians have been seeking to turn every symbol (mark IDOL) to the glory of God. Thus a midwinter festival to the s-u-n was converted into a day of rejoicing over the S-o-n of God. If Jesus is described by biblical writers as the "Sun of Righteousness" and God's "true light coming into the world," what could be more natural?
All this is to say that one of the good things about "baptizing Santa Claus" is to dispel the false notion that Christians don't know how to have fun. That we never lighten up. That we're perpetually guilty of some sort of -- and this is Jack Hayford's term -- "sanctified Scroogism."
ALIGN="JUSTIFY">Only at baptism does God in Christ promise A holy Spirit and the same Peter called it A clear conscience or consiousness which means a co-perception. God makes OUR spirit holy as the only NEW PLACE where He seeks us in worship. He is not worshipped in HOUSES built of human hands nor by the works of human hands and despises IDOLS of which candles are the most ancient, superstitious symbol and substitute for the LIGHT or HOLY SPIRIT which God gives us when we REQUEST it at baptism.
The word SPIRIT never speaks of a PERSON but a nature or disposition of the Mind. God is HOLY SPIRIT where Holy is not a first name but means pure or not contaminated with anything NOT Spirit. That is, God is WHOLLY SPIRIT. Therefore, when God the Father who was within Jesus Christ was the THOUGHT to which the WORD gave utterance in our physical dimension. SPIRIT is that divine knowledge which passes between Father and Son. This is why no one of note prior to Max Lucado and Rubel Shelly were ever so UNspiritual that they tried to make the Godhead into three members of the "god family" able to hold committee meetings. The most common descriptions of the Trinity is NEVER separated persons but of THOUGHT, WORD and BREATH or that which propels thought into words.
Rubel Shelly John York: But it seems to me the capitalization makes all the difference in our understanding of the promises of this text. The wisdom and understanding and counsel and might are not about our human capacities but about God's transformation of creation by becoming part of it. It is the God-presence that goes beyond what human eyes can see and human ears can hear that announces righteousness and faithfulness -- and gives both hope and peace -- in our world.
That is why most of the world has held the Bible to be THE authority for faith and practice and Rubel Shelly and the SOCIETY of discording brethren claim that it is outdated and THEY 'GONNA get a new batch of truth by PARTNERING with God. See the Rubel Shelly - John York repudiation of the WORD of God as SPIRIT and therefore reject SPIRIT as divine knowledge transferred only to baptized believers with a new, blood-sprinkled human spirit.
Rubel Shelly: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion -- to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory (Isa. 61:1-3).It was this text that Jesus searched for in the Isaiah scroll handed him one day in the synagogue at Nazareth, read to the people who were present that day, and said, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing" (Luke 4:16-21).
The God of Israel was a hyphenated form of Yahweh. As Messiah in Zecharian He would be Jehovah- Saves. God would send His ARM or RIGHT HAND to redeem or intercede because there was NO MAN capable. Therefore, Christ is the CHRIST OF God or the ANOINTED of God. God as Christ sent His Christ nature into the man Jesus of Nazareth in whom full Deity dwelled:
Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, Phil 2:5
who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, Phil 2:6
Like lying aside His garments of majesty and glory as one lays his old garments on His own throne and puts on other clothing.
but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. Phil 2:7
And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal's death on a cross. Phil 2:8
Yet it was because of this that God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name which is above every other name, Phil 2:9
When Stephen looked and Saw God he said "Lord Jesus." Therefore, the Christ is God's RIGHT HAND which "slipped back" into His Godly clothing. His name is not just Jesus the man but Joshua or Jehovah- Saves.
Rubel Shelly John York: If God's Spirit -- and I am spelling it with a capital-letter "S" here as well -- was upon him, did enable him to bring good news, and provided "gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit,"
then we do have reason to rejoice and sing, to dance and testify.
But who could have believed he would do this as a despised-and-rejected man?
22. But the puffings and blowings of the fire (in which this wonderful man, who reviles our rites, set an example to all old ladies) when he was kindling the sacrificial flame, in what part of our discourse shall we place them? How fine a thing to behold the cheeks of the emperor of the Romans thus distorted, and occasioning laughter, not merely to the outside world, but to the very people whom he thought to please by acting thus! for he had never heard of Minerva, his own goddess,
that cursed the pipes by which she had disfigured her face, when instead of mirror she used the pool; and the healths and loving-cups that he pledged in public to the courtesans,21 and was pledged by them in return,
Note: 21. In the procession of Astarte, as Chrysostom describes it, some forty years later. Ammian alludes, with ill-repressed disgust, at the pattern of chastity consorting with "stupratis mulierculis" on the occasion. Julian, with all the zeal of a new convert, thought himself bound to maintain old rites of the ancient religion,
which the enlightened Pagans always had viewed with disgust; just as our Protestant "perverts" revive practices and ideas at which the hereditary Catholic smiles with pity and contempt, as the fungi of mediaeval ignorance.
whilst he cloaked the indecency under the show of a religious ceremony--a thing certainly well worthy of admiration!
80. Give me thy reasons, both as an emperor, and as a sophist, thy conclusive arguments and syllogisms:
let us see what our own fishermen and vulgar folks will have to say for themselves,
"Put away the sound of thy songs, and the music of thy instruments," as my Prophet exhorts thee.
Let David again sing with freedom, he that struck down the lofty Goliath with the Mystic Stones, he that overcame many through meekness, and who healed Saul through his spiritual harmony, when possessed by the Evil Spirit.
Let the torch-bearer put out his fire; let the wise and holy virgins kindle their own lamps for the bridegroom; let the hierophant put off his harlot's attire:
ye priests clothe yourselves with righteousness, and with the garment of glory, instead of the spirit of sloth, and with that great and spotless vesture, namely, Christ, our proper decoration!
"Neither let our houses be illuminated with the material light,
........... nor resounding with concerts and the clapping of hands----
........... for this is the pride of a heathen festivity.
But let not us glorify God, or celebrate the present occasion with such things as these, wherewith it is not fitting--
........... but rather with purity of soul and cheerfulness of temper,
........... and with the lamps of the Church that illuminate the body,
I mean with godly contemplations, add thoughts raised aloft upon the Sacred Lamp-stand, and diffusing a light over all the world I Compared to such a Light, I esteem as a mere trifle all that men light up when they hold festival.
I have also a certain unguent, but one wherewith only priests and kings are anointed, being of various ingredients and very 115 costly, and poured out for our sake, but compounded by the art of the Great Ointment-maker.
Note 25: Alluding to the Golden Candlestick of the Temple, greatly reverenced by Jews and Christians of that age.
Oh, that it may be mine to offer up to God the sweet savour of this ointment! I have likewise a table, this spiritual one, which the Lord hath prepared for me,
when He rescued me out of the hand of the oppressors, at the which I refresh myself and revel, yet do not grow wanton out of fulness, but calm down all rebellion of my passions.
The very meaning of external odeing is to create mental excitement, to rouse the passions with the intent of a related word--heresy--to carry people away for their own USES.
Flowers, too, I have, more blooming and lasting than all those of spring, "out of the full land that the Lord hath blessed," that is, the holy and sweet-smelling pastors and teachers, and all that is pure and choice of the congregation; with these do I desire to be crowned and to go in procession, "having fought the good fight, having finished my course, having kept the faith," according to the holy Apostle.
Let us take up hymns instead of timbrils, psalmody instead of profane talking and songs, the applause of thanksgiving instead of the applause of the theatre, and action that is of good report, understanding instead of laughter,
The Spirit did not rest upon Jesus as a "little family member" person type. Rather, the Spirit rested in the bodily form of a Dove. The dove is the eternal symbol of the dove which rested on the Babylon Mother Goddess triad. However, the Dove brought about a voice which was not embodied in a man to prove that Jesus alone was God as Son and He was FATHER made visible. This discounts the Gnosticism of the "new style worship" of the feminine or effeminate.
John York: And that is the fourth candle of advent, the candle of love. To represent God faithfully in this world is to live in Spirit-empowered purity amidst its filth, in Christ-honoring submission while surrounded by rebels, in service to our loving Father instead of sullen prodigals in flight from him. It means to put his love on display as a bright light to push back Satan's dark purposes here. But this is a 24/7 assignment for an entire year -- not just for the Christmas Season.
Satan as the counterfeit BRANCH was really promoted by "songs with instrumental music." Or as the "bright and shining" branch. His LIGHT was made known as the Morning Star counterfeit. He/ she was the Nachash or musical enchanter in the garden of Eden. As the king/queen of Trye she is identified as the "singing and harp playing prostitute." She USED this LIGHT to seduce people out of their money, 'church attendance,' and souls.
Therefore, the concept of singing, music and dancing is the MARK of the counterfeity BRANCH. The "lights" which rests upon this Menorah Branch are seen in celebrative, rejoicing forms of legalistic and ritualistic "worship" where music is the most powerful "drug inducer" and habit former known to mankind.
Rubel Shelly: So we lit advent candles of hope and peace, joy and love this morning as a way of affirming what happened 2000 years ago in the manger -- and some 30 years after that at Golgotha. We affirm what happened on the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit of God was poured out on all flesh. We affirm what happens in our own time when the transformation of water and Spirit begins in a human life as God makes us his ambassadors of reconciliation in this world. We pray "Lord, come quickly" even as we sing "Joy to the World, the Lord is Come!"
One might suppose that following the pagan, Babylon festival of lights they will be ready to CROWN the prostitute goddess Ishtar, Astarte, Eve, Zoe or Mary.
John York: A few months ago I was introduced to a song that comes from the Taize community, and the words capture our hopes and our assurances as we approach the new year.
May your heart find grace,
May your soul know peace,
May your mind be renewed.
And may your eyes see the light,
May your ears hear the glory,
Of Jesus Christ in our midst.
This, consistent with the music and candles and ALL external ritual comes from Babylon by way of Rome.
See Christimas and Lady Day for more "fire worship" through candles. See also more Taise worship from Abilene Christian University.
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