Yom Hey, Eve of Passover and liberation of many people

Today it is Yom Hey, the day before the most important day and period of the year. On the 13th of Nisan we may have the search for the leaven and tomorrow we come to remember the night that Jesus came together with his apostles to remember the Pesach or Passover.

2016 April 22 brings us the remembrance of the Fast of the First born (Hebrew: תענית בכורות, Ta’anit B’khorot or תענית בכורים, Ta’anit B’khorim) and the First Ceder Night.

14th of Nisan, 5776 = Erev Pesach
Pesach (Passover) begins at sunset on Friday April 22, 2016
and continues through nightfall on Saturday April 30, 2016 .

These days we are looking forward to the most important offering in history. In Scriptures we do have Positive and Negative Mitzvahs.  for the 14th of Nisan we remember the negative mitzvah or command 92:

We are forbidden to slaughter blemished animals as sacrifices
Leviticus 22:22 “You shall not offer these to the L-rd”

We are not allowed to slaughter animals that have blemishes for use as sacrifices (see also, Positive Mitzvah 61).

20 centuries ago a unblemished sacrifice was made by the lamb of God, the Nazarene Jew Jeshua who gave himself for the world.

Passover Seder table with an Esperanto Haggada...

Passover Seder table with an Esperanto Haggadah of Pesach Esperanto: Seder-tablo dum Pesaĥo kun Hagada en Esperanto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He had asked his disciples to  prepare all Seder items and food for the holiday meals before the onset of the holiday and Sabbath. He asked them also to hire and prepare a place where they could come together for the remembrance of the miracle which spared the firstborn Jewish sons from the plague which struck down the firstborn sons of the Egyptians. By right, this fast should be held on the anniversary of the day on which the miracle occurred: on the night of the fifteenth of Nissan. However, since the fifteenth is already Passover, and we do not fast on Festival days the fast is pushed back to the fourteenth when at dawn on Friday 22 April 2016 by the Jews only firstborns are required to fast.

Jeshua has become the first born of the new generation or of the new world. By him self giving himself as a lamb on the slaughter for God as payment for the sins of the world. The sacrifice offer had to be pure and that is what Jesus was. He always had loved the God of Abraham and always kept to This God’s Commandments.  Even in the most difficult period of his life, he only wanted to do God’s Will and not his own will. (Naturally if Jesus would be God he always would have done his own will, but the Bible tells us that Jesus is the son of God, who did follow up God’s and not his own will.)

Luke 22:39-44 (TS98)
39 And coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, according to usage, and His taught ones also followed Him. 40 And coming to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you do not enter into trial.” 41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and falling on His knees He was praying, 42 saying, “Father, if it be Your counsel, remove this cup from Me. Yet not My desire, but let Yours be done.” 43 And there appeared a messenger from heaven to Him, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He was praying more earnestly. And His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Before he started preaching his cousin had warned people already to look at this special man

John 1:29  (TS98)
On the next day Yoḥanan saw יהושע {Jehsua} coming toward him, and said, “See, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!

It was this rabbi who was sent by god who was also prepared by God and already foretold before Abraham was born.

Zephaniah 1:7  (TS98)
Hush! in the presence of the Master יהוה {Jehovah}. For the day of יהוה is near, for יהוה has prepared a slaughter, He has set apart His invited ones.

Christians like Jews should commemorate God‘s kindness towards the Israelite firstborn; when Jehovah slew all the Egyptian firstborn males but spared their Jewish counterparts.

In a way the heathen or gentiles could be compared to the Egyptians, but know the blood was from a man, Jeshua, and salvation comes over all those who want to believe in that ransom offer, the Kristos or Christ Jesus.

Many abide by the custom that the father of a firstborn male who is under the age of Bar Mitzvah fasts in lieu of his son.

Whilst it is customary for all synagogues to organize a Siyum (Hebrew: סיום‎) or “completion” of any unit of Torah study, or book of the Mishnah or Talmud in Judaism, usually followed by a celebratory meal, or seudat mitzvah, a meal in honor of a mitzvah, or commandment, Christians should also come together in the manner Jesus did. They should take time to listen to the completion of a tractate of Talmud, and come to break bread with each other in remembrance of rabbi Jeshua taking the bread and saying those words we should write in our heart.

Luke 22:7-18 (TS98)
7 And the Day of Unleavened Bread came when the Passover had to be slaughtered. 8 And He sent Kĕpha and Yoḥanan, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us to eat.” 9 And they said to Him, “Where do You wish us to prepare?” 10 And He said to them, “See, as you enter into the city, a man shall meet you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house he enters. 11 “And you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I might eat the Passover with My taught ones?” ’ 12 “And he shall show you a large, furnished upper room. Prepare it there.” 13 And going they found it as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover. 14 And when the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve emissaries with Him. 15 And He said to them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before My suffering, 16 for I say to you, I shall certainly not eat of it again until it is filled in the reign of Elohim.” 17 And taking the cup, giving thanks, He said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves, 18 for I say to you, I shall certainly not drink of the fruit of the vine until the reign of Elohim comes.”

Today we still wait for that Reign of God to come, but we can see already much more light, because we can see lots of signs which are declared signs of the coming Last Days.

We invite you to be with us in prayer these days and to remember the liberation of the People of Israel and the liberation of the people given liberation by Jesus Christ his offering.


Preceding articles in English:

Holidays, holy days and traditions

Seven Bible Feasts of JHWH

White Privilege Conference (WPC) wanting to keep the press out for obvious reasons

First month of the year and predictions

Entrance of a king to question our position #2 Who do we want to see and to be

Shabbat Pesach service reading 1/2

Who Would You Rather Listen To?

Focus on outward appearances

Preceding articles in Dutch:

 De zeven Feesten van God

Azteekse en Romeinse tradities die ons nog steeds beïnvloeden


Additional reading

  1. Solution for Willing hearts filled with gifts
  2. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  3. High Holidays not only for Israel
  4. Commemorating the escape from slavery
  5. 1 -15 Nisan
  6. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  7. Days of Nisan, Pesach, Pasach, Pascha and Easter
  8. Passover and Liberation Theology
  9. Seven days of Passover
  10. Living in the Wilderness
  11. Getting out of the dark corners of this world
  12. A Holy week in remembrance of the Blood of life
  13. Around the feast of Unleavened Bread
  14. The son of David and the first day of the feast of unleavened bread
  15. Day of remembrance coming near
  16. A new exodus and offering of a Lamb
  17. Observance of a day to Remember
  18. Peter Cottontail and a Bunny laying Eastereggs
  19. Easter holiday, fun and rejoicing
  20. Objects around the birth and death of Jesus
  21. Jesus memorial
  22. A Great Gift commemorated
  23. Death of Christ on the day of preparation
  24. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  25. Why we do not keep to a Sabbath or a Sunday or Lord’s Day #3 Days to be kept holy or set apart
  26. After darkness a moment of life renewal
  27. Deliverance and establishment of a theocracy


De zeven Feesten van God

De zeven Feesten van God zijn de belangrijkste feesten van de hele
Bijbel (Va’Yikra 23, Leviticus 23).

In de Bijbel lezen we niet over kerst, sinterklaas, halloween en zelfs niet over pasen.

English: Shabbat Candles Deutsch: Schabbatkerzen

English: Shabbat Candles Deutsch: Schabbatkerzen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We lezen wel over het Pascha (niet te verwarren met het christelijke pasen), het Feest van Ongezuurde Broden, Sjawoeot (Pinksteren, de 50ste dag), Bazuinendag, Jom Kippoer (Grote Verzoendag), Sukkot (Loofhuttenfeest) en de Achtste Dag (het Millennium).

Velen geloven dat de geboden en voorschriften en leringen der mensen (Kol. 2:20-23)  op de Tora betrekking hebben. Dat is een klassieke fout van christenen die menen dat de Wet is afgeschaft/verouderd/geannuleerd

Het eerste feest is de 14de nisan. Lukas noemt het het feest der Ongezuurde Broden, dat Pascha genoemd wordt (Lukas 22:15). Dit feest is niet slechts een feest der herinnering of gedachtenis, maar heeft ook een vooruitwijzende betekenis (Lukas 22:16, 29-30) en heeft betrekking op het Koninkrijk. Het Feest van Pascha is dus niet verouderd. Het is Gods Feest!!!

Dit geldt voor alle zeven Feesten van JHWH.

De spil van Gods Feesten is de Shabbat.


Het christendom loochent Gods Woord (Psalm 119:66,115).


Kom tot inzicht en bekering.
– Martin Rozestraten

De Tora is niet medegekruisigd, maar mijn strafblad

De Tora is niet medegekruisigd, maar mijn strafblad


Lees uw persoonlijke strafblad eens. Het feiten dat het niet meer

op uw naam staat, betekent niet dat u er geen kennis van mag nemen. Het is misschien langer dan u denkt. Steek niet uw kop in het zand, maar lees verder, regel voor regel, tot u op het punt komt dat u met de psalmist en de profeet kunt zeggen:

Want ik ken mijn  overtredingen, mijn zonde staat mij voortdurend voor ogen (Ps. 51:5)
HEERE, wij kennen onze goddeloosheid, de ongerechtigheid van onze vaderen, want wij hebben gezondigd tegen U (Jer. 14:20)
Hoe goed is het om u bewust te zijn van uw strafblad. Het maakt duidelijk wie wij zijn en het maakt duidelijk hoe heilig God is. Het zet ons in de goede positie.Ons hart komt op de goede plaats. Het opent namelijk de weg voor berouw, want ons strafblad confronteert ons met onszelf. Zonder overtuiging van zonde komen wij namelijk niet tot berouw en dat is de plek waar wij moeten komen.
De Wet is niet fout, wij zijn fout!

Daarom hebben wij een strafblad. Op een strafblad staan de gepleegde delicten met de daarbij behorende strafverordeningen. Hierop staat alles geschreven wat er verkeerd hebben gedaan, maar ook al het goede dat we hebben nagelaten te doen. Al onze verkeerde daden, ons foute spreken, zondige gevoelens en onrein denken. Maar ook alle goede daden die we hebben nagelaten, alle positieve woorden die we hebben verzwegen en reine gedachten die we niet hebben toegestaan. Deze hele waslijst is het bewijs van al onze zonden en de straf die wij verdienen. Ieder van ons heeft een persoonlijk strafblad  en het ziet er voor ieder weer anders uit. U begrijpt dat door de jaren heen deze lijst steeds langer wordt. Dit strafblad heeft als functie dat onze ogen geopend worden voor de heiligheid van de wet èn voor wie wij zijn. Als ik tegen de Nederlandse wetgeving heb gehandeld en ik word veroordeeld, dan heb ik een strafblad. Stel dat iemand mijn strafblad op diens naam zet, dan is niet de Nederlandse wetgeving passé, maar voor mij is het strafblad weg. Het staat op een andermans naam. Zo zette Jezus ons strafblad op Zijn naam en de Tora is gewoon blijven staan.

– Martin Rozestraten

Why is the Holy Spirit sometimes called the Holy Ghost?

Nowadays, the word ghost typically refers to ‘An apparition of a dead person which is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image’.1 However, this hasn’t always been the case.

A long time ago, the words spirit and ghost meant the same thing. The main difference between them was the language they had originally come from: spirit came from Latin and ghost from Germanic, via Old EnglishGhost meant ‘spirit, soul’ and spirit meant ‘breath, spirit [unsurprisingly!]’.2

The words Spirit and Ghost are used interchangeably in the Authorized Version [of the Bible]. Spirit (Latin spiritus from spiro to breath…) simply signifies breath or air in motion. Ghost appears in Saxon as gast, in German as geist, in Danish as geest, in Irish as gasda, and seems to be derived radically from some word signifying to move or rush; Irish, gaisim to flow; English, gush, gust… So that the Hebrew [word translated as spirit] (spirit or breath or wind), the Greek [word translated as spirit] … , the Latin spiritus, and the old English ghost, all suggest the breathing or moving of air, and are all nearly equivalent.3

It was only later that ghost got the meaning of an ‘apparition of a dead person’.4 Because this is now the most typical meaning of the wordghost, modern translations of the Bible use the word spirit consistently.5

Further reading


1. Meaning 1. in ‘ghost‘ on Oxford Dictionaries

2. See “Origin” section of the entries ‘ghost‘ and ‘spirit‘ on Oxford Dictionaries

3. E. H. Bickersteth, The Spirit of Life (London: Religious Tract Society, 1869), p. 37 footnote

4. See under ‘ghost’ in The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories (Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 1991), p. 196-197

5. ibid. Cf., e.g., Mat. 1:18,20 and 3:11  in the KJV with the same verse in CEB, CEV, ESV, GNT, HCSB, LEB, NASB, NCV, NEB, NET, NIV, NLT, NRSV, REB, RSV, etc.


Zeven sabbatten

Paulus’ verwijzing naar ‘een feestdag, nieuwe maan of sabbat’  in Kolossenzen 2:16 is van speciaal belang voor onze bestudering van de manier waarop de Joodse kalender in de apostolische kerk werd gebruikt. De drie woorden feestdag, nieuwe maan en sjabbat stellen een zich stap voor stap ontwikkelende en uitputtende opsomming van de oudtestamentische heilige tijden voor. Deze drie woorden komen in dezelfde of in omgekeerde volgorde voor, vijf maal in de Septuaginta en verscheidene malen in andere literatuur. In deze gedeelten duiden ze de volgorde van de heilige tijden van de Joodse religieuze kalender aan.
De feestdagen zijn de jaarlijkse hoogtijdagen die in het voor- en najaar worden gevierd. De nieuwe maan is de maandelijkse viering van de eerste dag van de maand. Op deze dag werd in het vroege Israël op de bazuinen geblazen om de mensen aan de naderende Dag van het Bazuingeschal te herinneren (Num. 10:10; Ps. 81:4).
Het was een dag van speciale aanbidding (1 Sam. 20:5), waarop het werk werd onderbroken en extra offers werden gebracht (Num. 29:11-14).
Sjabbat is duidelijk de wekelijkse hoogtijdag die op de zevende dag in acht werd genomen. Het is duidelijk dat de drie woorden een opsomming van de heilige tijden voorstellen die door de Joodse kalender werden bepaald.
Het gebruik dat Paulus in Kolossenzen 2:16 van de speciale benaming ‘nieuwe maan’ (neomenia) maakt, in plaats van de algemene benaming ‘maand’ (men) zoals deze wordt gebruikt in Galaten 4:10), laat duidelijk zien dat hij de heilige tijden van de Joodse kalender voor ogen heeft en niet die van de heidense kalender. De vermelding ‘nieuwe maan’ is van belang voor onze studie van de Dag van Bazuingeschal, aangezien beide in ideologische zin met elkaar in verband stonden. Het blazen op de bazuinen bij nieuwe maan diende als een maandelijkse herinnering aan de naderende Dag van het Bazuingeschal, waarop op een indrukwekkende manier op de bazuinen werd geblazen, om de mensen op te roepen dat ze voor God terecht moesten staan tijdens de tien dagen die aan de Verzoendag voorafgingen. Op deze dag zouden hun zonden uiteindelijk voorgoed weggedaan worden.
Uit: De Najaarsfeesten van Samuele Bacchiocchio

Goedkeuring of afkeuring van hoogtijdagen?

De belangrijke vraag die we in dit opzicht in overweging moeten nemen is of Paulus in Kolossenzen 2:16 de naleving van de heilige tijden van de Joodse kalender goedkeurt dan wel afkeurt. In het verleden is deze tekst, zoals ik in mijn dissertatie Van Sjabbat naar zondag heb aangetoond, geïnterpreteerd als een Paulinische veroordeling van de viering van de oudtestamentische hoogtijdagen. Ondanks het feit dat dit een oude en geliefde interpretatie is, is zij geheel verkeerd, omdat Paulus in dit gedeelte de Kolossenzen niet waarschuwt tegen de inachtneming van de vijf genoemde gebruiken (eten, drinken, feesten, nieuwe maan en sjabbatten), maar tegen ‘wie dan ook’ (tis) die oordeelt hoe ze dit zouden moeten doen.

Er moet worden opgemerkt dat de rechter die oordeelt niet Paulus is, maar de dwaalleraren onder de Kolossenzen die ‘geboden’ opleggen (2:20)wat betreft de manier waarop deze gebruiken in acht genomen zouden moeten worden, om ‘eigendunkelijke godsdienst, nederigheid en kastijding  van het lichaam’ (2:23) te bereiken. D.R. De Lacey geeft, schrijvend in het symposium From Sabbath to Lord’s Day, terecht als commentaar:

‘De rechter is waarschijnlijk een man met ascetische neigingen die bezwaar heeft tegen het eten en drinken tegen het eten en drinken door de Kolossenzen. Het meest begrijpelijk is om de rest van het gedeelte zo op te vatten dat hij niet ook een ritueel van feestdagen oplegt, maar eerder dat hij bezwaar maakt tegen bepaalde elementen van een dergelijke naleving. Vermoedelijk wilde de ‘rechter’, dat wil zeggen de dwaalleraren, dat de gemeente deze praktijken op een meer ascetische manier in acht zouden nemen (‘kastijding van het lichaam’ – 2:23,21). Anders gezegd: de dwaalleraren wilden dat de gelovige Kolossenzen minder zouden feesten en meer zouden vasten.


Paulus ging met Barnabas op de sabbat in Antiochië naar de synagoge Hand. 13,14  De eerstvolgende sabbat predikten zij weer in de synagoge. De volgende sabbat kwam bijna de gehele stad bijeen om het woord van God te horen. Vele Joden geloofden niet. Daarna wendden zij op sabbat zich tot de heidenen. Hand. 13, 46 en 48. Dat was op sabbat. In Hand. 14, lezen we opnieuw dat zij naar de synagoge gingen, Daar waren Joden en heidenen in de synagoge. De niet Joden namen het woord van God wel aan. Verder ging de prediking gewoon door in Ikonium Hand. 14, 1. Een grote menigte, zowel Joden als van Grieken, kwam tot het geloof Hand. 14, 1.

In Hand. 15 was niet de sabbat in het geding vers 21.

In Hand. 17 ging Paulus naar Tessalonika waar een synagoge dus geen christelijke kerk was. En Paulus behandelde drie sabbatten achtereen met hen gedeelten uit de Schriften, de Torah, vers 2.

Zo gaat het maar door. En dan komen wij bij de beroemde passage in Hand 20,7 of eigenlijk het gehele hoofdstuk 1 tot en met 16. Het betreft de Zeven Sabbatten waarover Paulus het heeft. De Zeven Sabbatten is een rechtstreekse verwijzing naar Leviticus 23,15,16  DE VOLLE WEKEN d.w.z. 50 dagen tot Pinksterdag waar ook Lukas in Hand. 20,16 over schrijft.

De gemeente was op Pinksterdag begonnen Hand. 2, 1. Dezelfde Pinksterdag het Feest van Sjawoeot dat vermeld wordt in Hand. 20, 16. Het was een Joods Feest, beter Bijbels Feest. De eerste gemeente bestond uitsluitend uit Joden. Heidenen mochten pas in Hand. 10 meedoen.

De `broeders` in Hand. 28,14 waren Joden.

In Antiochië werden de gelovigen ´christenen´ genoemd, maar dat was een bijnaam.

Een geoefend oog merkt op dat de gelovigen Loofhutten hielden in overeenstemming met Zacharia 14.16.

Eigenlijk is het boek Handelingen doortrokken van de Bijbelse feestdagen waarvan Pesach en Sjawoeot getuigen. Het grootste deel van het Evangelie van Johannes betreft het feest der Ongezuurde Broden. Zie ook Lukas 22,7. Het gaat direct terug op Leviticus 23. Leviticus 23 is de spil waar het om draait. Centraal staat de Sabbat.


Martin Rozestraten

  • Gepubliceerd op Yom Hey, 13 Nisan 5776 of 21 april 2016


Wettisch tegenover wet

Is de Wet verboden terrein? Is de Wet prikkeldraad? Zijn wij ongehoorzaam om de Wet te gehoorzamen? Is de Wet afgedaan, afgeschaft? Is de Wet op slot voor gelovigen? Gaan wij verloren door Gods Sabbat te gehoorzamen?

Paulus zegt iets heel anders.

Zo is dan de Wet heilig, en het gebod is heilig en rechtvaardig en goed (Romeinen 7:12).

Dat zijn woorden van de apostel Paulus.

Hij zegt ook:dat de Wet geestelijk is (Romeinen 7:14).

Het is precies het omgekeerde van wat christenen denken!

In dit licht moeten wij de woorden van Paulus zien:

“wij zijn van de Wet ontslagen (Romeinen 7:6).

De waarheid is dat wij niet vrijgemaakt zijn van de tien geboden, maar

“wij zijn vrijgemaakt van de wet der zonde en des doods” (Romeinen 8:2).

Christenen zijn ongehoorzaam door God niet te gehoorzamen.

De Thora is niet fout, WIJ zijn fout!!!



Paulus keerde zich tegen wetticisme. Dus niet tegen de wet. Waar in het  Nieuwe Verbond het woordje wet
staat vermeld, zul je in veel gevallen het woordje wettisch moeten lezen. In het boek Galaten lees je:

“Maar wanneer u door de Geest geleid wordt, bent u niet onderworpen aan de wet (Galaten 5:18).

Wij Joden… weten dat niemand als rechtvaardige wordt aangenomen door de wet na te leven, maar door het geloof in Jeshua de Gezalfde. Ook wij zijn tot geloof in Messias Jeshua gekomen om daardoor. en niet door de wet, rechtvaardig te worden, want niemand wordt rechtvaardig door de wet na te leven (Galaten 2:16).

Het feit dat de wet ons niet rechtvaardigt, betekent niet dat we de Torah naast ons neer kunnen leggen. Er zou een lichtje moeten gaan branden als je deze teksten legt naast de uitspraak van Jeshua, waar Hij zegt dat Hij niet is gekomen om de wet af te schaffen:

Denk niet dat Ik gekomen ben om de Wet of de Profeten af te schaffen. Ik ben niet gekomen om ze af te schaffen, maar om ze tot vervulling te brengen… …. (Matteus 5:17-19)

Stellen wij door het geloof de wet buiten werking? Integendeel, wij bevestigen de wet juist (Romeinen 3:31)

Uit dit tekstgedeelte blijkt dat Jeshua de Torah niet afschaft. Integendeel. Het staat immers zwart op wit: Hij kwam niet om af te schaffen, maar om te vervullen.

Niet de wet wordt weggenomen, maar de sluier! (2 Kor. 3:14,16)

Als je teksten in de Bijbel tegenkomt, die inhoudelijk haaks staan op de woorden van Jeshua, dan mag je ervan uitgaan dat waarschijnlijk iets niet helemaal goed is gegaan bij het vertalen. Het Woord spreekt zichzelf niet tegen.

Paulus wees de toehoorders erop dat ze van de Torah (Psalm 119:105) geen lijst van wettische regeltjes moeten maken. Het in Galaten gebruikte Griekse erga nomou voor wet kan omschreven worden met werken der wet. Wij mensen hebben dikwijls een sterke neiging om Gods onderwijzingen vast te leggen als wet. Zodoende ontwikkelen we religie, traditie en liturgie. De weg naar wetticisme ligt dan wijd open.

Niet leven vanuit vrijheid, maar vanuit slavernij. We willen het heil liever verdienen. We willen ervoor zwoegen. Grote offers brengen. Het zit ons, calvinisten, in het bloed.

God dwingt ons niet in een beklemmende dwangbuis van een serie strenge regeltjes en wetten. Gods Torah is geschreven op de tafels van je hart. Dat zou tot gevolg moeten hebben, dat je ernaar verlangt om je te onderwerpen aan Gods onderwijzing. Je wordt daartoe gedrongen door de Geest van God.
– Martin Rozestraten

Echtscheiding en selectief Bijbelgebruik

Gelovigen vinden vrijwel allemaal dat de Schrift gezag heeft van kaf tot kaft maar bij tegenstrijdigheden kiezen zij wat hun het beste past. We gebruiken en lezen de Bijbelteksten die ons dogma steunen en andere teksten laten we maar liggen. Het is een soort struisvogelpolitiek. Wat we negeren, lijkt op een gegeven moment niet meer in de Bijbel te staan. We lezen niet alleen zelf selectief, ook preken en Bijbelstudies zijn selectief.

De Bijbelteksten die tegen het dogma ingaan, blijven vaak onbesproken.

A Happy Divorce

A Happy Divorce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Een sprekend voorbeeld van selectief Bijbelgebruik zijn teksten met betrekking tot echtscheiding. Zelfs mensen die vinden dat het OT niet meer geldt, citeren toch de tekst uit Maleachi 2 vers 16 waarin staat dat God de echtscheiding haat. Echter, de geschiedenis in Ezra 10 wordt nooit aangehaald. Veel christenen zullen daarom die geschiedenis niet eens kennen. In Ezra 10 wordt in opdracht van God overgegaan tot 157 echtscheidingen. 157 Huwelijken worden hier op aanwijzen van de profeet Ezra, die handelt in opdracht van God, verbroken. Zo wordt met betrekking tot dit onderwerp Maleachi aangehaald en Ezra nooit. Maleachi en Ezra zijn beiden oudtestamentisch, maar Maleachi steunt het dogma, Ezra niet.

Uit: Vrij van de Wet? Een dogma onder vuur. Drs. E.Noordermeer


Jezus zoon van David, zoon van Abraham en zoon van God

De engel antwoordde:
‘de heilige Geest zal over je komen en de kracht van de Allerhoogste zal je als een schaduw bedekken. Daaom zal het kind dat geboren wordt, heilig worden genoemd en Zoon van God’ (Lucas 1:35)
  • De Bijbel spreekt duidelijke taal. God heeft zijn eigen kind verwekt in Maria.  Het verwekte dat negen maanden later geboren werd, noemt de engel “zoon van God”. Jezus is dus 2000 jaar geleden tot bestaan gekomen. God was zijn echte Vader en Maria zijn echte moeder. Matteus getuigt van dezelfde waarheid. Jezus is de “zoon van David en de zoon van Abraham” (Matteus 1:1). Bij Maria werd Jezus verwekt (vers 16). De conceptie geschiedde op wonderbaarlijke wijze onder invloed van de heilige Geest (Mateus 1:18, 20).

– Martin Rozestraten


White Privilege Conference (WPC) wanting to keep the press out for obvious reasons

WPC organizers reacted very poorly to the discovery that this year’s conference was being reported on from inside. This is unsurprising, since WPC has attempted to totally ban reporters from covering its proceedings and has actively kept them out in the past.

It must not surprise you why it was kept secretly for the press the previous years. When you look at the debates it is clear we should seriously pose several questions by the speakers invited and by the set up of that conference.

Today there is a renewed attack (in the Western world) on anything to do with believing there is a God, a Creator of any kind!

There are even people who hold conferences to make it clear to others that almost every dysfunction in society, from racism and sexism to global warming and a weak economy, is united by the ideology of ‘Christian hegemony.’ That is at least what a lecturer at the 2016 White Privilege Conference (WPC) claimed.

Believers are again open to ridicule. Academics, who are confident they have the answer (or at least acceptable opinions) to everything about how the world began, compete among themselves for the “glory” they can receive from each other and from the public with their notions. Some also want others to believe that all more active believers would be creationists and do not seem to get the difference of believing that there has been a Most High Supreme being ordering everything  and being responsible for the creation.

Contingency, Hegemony, Universality

Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Certain people, like Paul Kivel, think Christians “colonize our mind.”
Paul Kivel, is a social justice educator, activist, and writer, who to our mind looks not so social at all but is perhaps an atheist socialist against religion and willing to attack it. Though he claims to be an innovative leader in violence prevention for 35 years, it either looks like he has changed gear or has always loved to set up non-believers against believing people .

He defines Christian hegemony as the

everyday, pervasive, and systematic set of Christian values and beliefs, individuals and institutions that dominate all aspects of our society through the social, political, economic, and cultural power they wield. Nothing is unaffected by Christian hegemony (whether we are Christian or not) including our personal beliefs and values, our relationships to other people and to the natural environment, and our economic, political, education, health care, criminal/legal, housing, and other social systems. {Christian hegemony}

For him

All people who are not Christian, as well as most people who are, experience social, political, and economic exploitation, violence, cultural appropriation, marginalization, alienation and constant vulnerability from the dominance of Christian power and values in our society. {Christian hegemony}

It looks like Christendom and/or Christianity (though he constantly refers to Christianity) is/are the badness of this world.

The internalization of dominant western Christian beliefs and values by individuals in our society seems to bring all badness into the world and being the cause of the present problems we have with fundamental Muslims. but it seems also to be in participial white Christian men who are dominating this world and causing inequality and injustice.

He writes

Another level of Christian dominance is within the power elite, the network of 7-10,000 predominantly white Christian men who control the largest and most powerful social, political, economic, and cultural institutions in the country. And finally there is the level which provides the foundation for all the others – the long and deep legacy of Christian ideas, values, practices, policies, icons, and texts that have been produced within dominant western Christianity over the centuries. That legacy continues to shape our language, culture, beliefs, and values and to frame public and foreign policy decisions. {Christian hegemony}

He even wants us tot believe, that we believers are blind. It is true that we cannot go without all those companies and organisations which have their say in our communities and that economical as well as political parties want to have everything in their hands. But we think it over the top, him saying

Christian dominance has become so invisible that its manifestations appear to be secular, i.e. not religious. In this context, the phrase “secular Christian dominance” might be most appropriate, Christian hegemony under the guise of secularism. Of course, there are many forms of Christian fundamentalism which are anything but secular. Often fundamentalists want to create some kind of theocratic state. But the more mainstream, everyday way that dominant Christian values and institutions influence our lives and communities is less evident, although no less significant and certainly not limited to fundamentalists. {Christian hegemony}

According to him Christian leaders have established an annual holiday cycle that extols US militarism/ triumphalism, the nuclear family, consumerism and whiteness. Perhaps he is so much focussed on the U.S.A. that he does not see the holidays of other countries and mistakenly takes many heathen holidays as Christian holidays, though it mostly are also the heathen people who celebrate those and try to lure Christians to celebrate with them.

The holiday cycle which he presents on his website present many secular holidays which he presents as so called holidays of Christianity though Christianity argues a lot against the celebration of those feasts. But we do agree in Christendom we see many people with the name Christian celebrating those heathen festivals as so called Christian holidays.

English: Painting of Christopher Columbus. The...

Painting of Christopher Columbus. The painting Virgen de los Navegantes (in the Sala de los Almirantes, Royal Alcazar, Seville). A painting by Alejo Fernández between 1505 and 1536. It is the only state sponsored portrait of the First Admiral of the Indias called Don Cristoval Colon known today as Christopher Columbus in English. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For him those holidays downplays the violence in our history, holding up a few white Christian men, such as Christopher Columbus and his American presidents,

for uncritical praise and emphasizes faith, family and country.

he writes and continues:

For many in the US, this cycle has come to seem traditional, even though it is constantly recreated and most of the holidays originated within the last 150 years. For some, these holidays have come to feel familiar, unifying and just plain American even though for millions of others they can be painful and alienating. Most of our national holidays are seen as secular, even though their underpinnings are deeply Christian. Even Christmas and Easter are viewed as secular by many. (I have been told that the phrase Merry Christmas in bold letters on the public buses in my
city is not religious but merely a general holiday greeting.)

It looks like he does not know that Jesus was not at all born on the 25th of December and that all the traditions people flirt with have nothing to do at all with the birth of Christ nor with God, and are an abomination in the eyes of God, of which a real Christian should abstain.

That New Year’s day for Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mayans and many Native peoples happens at other times of the annual cycle, has nothing to do with Christianity not with Christendom but with choosing an other calendar system.

The fact that western countries imposed this calendar worldwide, even though those in the West are a minority in the world, is never acknowledged.

he writes, but we do think that is a matter of choosing a time indication where the West has chosen to keep to that Gregorian calendar, even after some countries tried the Napoleonic calendar for some time, but whatever calendar they would choose always there would be people able to complain about the system chosen.

We do not see any reason at all why not to say “Happy Chinese New Year” or “Happy Jewish New Year”, like we do in the West of Europe? He should know that these other calendars are also culturally specific and that everybody is free to follow one or the other and that nobody would mind you saying “Happy New Year” when it is a new year for that person.
For us this article is written on the 12th of Nisan, 5776 but in the West most people would not know about which day we are talking therefore we also use the common general practised calendar indicating that it is today April the 20th of the year 2016 of the common Era (CE). For us on 22 April (Taanit Bechorot) Friday night we are looking at the 14th of Nisan, 5776 going to celebrate the Passover, the “Feast of Unleavened Bread” Erev Pesach and on the 23rd the 15th of Nisan, 5776 we look at the holiday yomtov, being part of the “Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread”or “Pesach I”, having on Sunday the 1st day of the Omer (or Pesach II) the period between Passover and Shavuʿot, the 16th of Nisan of the year 5776. {The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, is an annual week long festival commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt and slavery. Before the main festival begins for the Jews, the Christians remember the night that Jesus came together with his apostles for the Last Supper and announcement of the installation of the New Covenant. for us this 14 th of Nisan is the most important day of the year and precedes the Pesach festival which begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Nisan — which derives its name from the passing over of the homes of the Israelite slaves during the tenth plague. It is that liberation and the liberation by Christ that we should remember for ever.} Next year the Passover shall be on Monday, April 10 and in 2018 on Friday, March 30.
But this is all about arrangements and agreements and depending on which calendar you want to base your daily activities.

For economical and practical reasons an agreement has to be made to use what calendar and what to consider the first day of the week: Thursday (certain Hindus), Friday (like Muslims), Friday night – Saturday night or Sabbath (like the Jews), or the week beginning on Sunday or Monday, as such beginning the day at 00.00 hours or when the sun gets down. Here you may find calendars beginning the week with Sunday and others ending with the weekend (which I personally find more practical).
It is true that

holidays can be destructive when they celebrate war or colonialism, are promoted aggressively or when corporations use them to promote values hostile to our environment and us. {The Christian Holiday Cycle}

For sure we need to think seriously about what we celebrate and why, who is included or excluded in the celebration and what values are implicitly or explicitly communicated. But we never should condemn certain groups of people if they want to celebrate certain days, though it is our duty to point out to Christians what they are celebrating and which festivals are alright to take part in and which not.

For Kivel the choice of calendar use and the days celebrated shows the dominance of a certain group and the normalization of such a group.

It is said that WPC takes tremendous pains to protect everybody’s feelings, but this year many toes were stepped on. To ensure a gender non-conforming person isn’t labeled with a wayward “he,” attendees are asked to always introduce themselves with their name and their pronoun set. Presenters routinely ask for anybody to pipe up if they’re triggered by a presentation, and will apologize if such a complaint arises. Almost half the conference revolves around microaggressions and how to avoid them or defuse them.

A major part of WPC are the daily caucuses, where attendees segregate themselves by race and talk through their feelings on white privilege. They were assembled collectively beforehand and assigned to a specific smaller room ‘because of the large number of white people in attendance’. Organizers warned they could start physically exerting their white privilege by walking too aggressively and not paying heed to their surroundings. If attendees weren’t careful, they said, they risked getting in the way of non-white attendees who would have no choice but to shy away and debase themselves before these barreling vectors of overwhelming privilege.

Disaffected participants in the 2016 White Privilege Conference (WPC) have taken to Twitter to complain that the conference was, ironically, too white and was actually filled to the brim with white supremacy. Adopting the hashtag #WPCSoWhite, inspired by the recent #OscarsSoWhite campaign, Twitter users claimed the conference that was supposed to battle white privilege instead served to entrench it. The tag appears to have been started and pushed with particular vigour by Aeriel Ashlee, an education consultant who attended WPC and objected to several parts of a keynote address delivered by (white) historian James Loewen. Some of his comments where even described as “deeply offensive and traumatizing.”

More than 700 Barbie dolls are displayed during an exhibition which takes place from March 10 to September 18, 2016.       (MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)Frederick Gooding, Jr., who styles himself as “The Race Doctor” gave a half-comedic, half-serious lecture intended to point out various moments of subtle white supremacy and white privilege throughout the past year. Near the end of his address, Gooding went after Hollywood for the recently-released film “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which features three Caucasian heroes in the form of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

“I have a quota where it’s just a little too much whiteness, I gotta tap out,”

the Doctor said to a laughing audience.

“One white hero at a time, I can kinda take that, but you have two of them … but then, the White Man said, we gonna show you something. And they throw in a white woman!”

For people discussing other folks it may not be easy today how to call them. All sorts of new terms have to be looked for to talk about people with an other skin colour or with an other faith. In this time of many fleeing from the Middle East and from Africa for discussing different terms are looked for, and one term which could be right at one time a few weeks later may be considered totally wrong to be used.  Undocumented immigrants may still be called “illegals” despite the fact that this also could be a highly inaccurate and pejorative term.  Whether intentional or accidental, the use of such terms has shaped public opinion on immigration policy.  Of course, not everyone who uses these terms intends to colour undocumented immigrants with the stigma that these terms carry with them.  Today the phrase “illegal immigrant” is by many considered

decidedly not okay

During a workshop titled “Nativism 101,” on the topic of immigration and the groups opposed to it, one attendee objected to another’s use of the term “undocumented immigrant.”

Instead of illegal or undocumented, the woman proposed that such immigrants be labeled

“unauthorized immigrants.”

Unauthorised where those who brought out photographs and texts from this conference where very high income prizes where charged, as if the poor people and immigrants ever would be able to pay such fees.

Dividing the people in categories for the debates Kivel finds it are the Christians who divide people and put them in hierarchical order. For him it is in-acceptable that there would be a

“God over people, men over women, parents over children, white people over people of colour,”

inevitably creating systems that justify and even glorify oppression, but was he and the organisers not doing just that?


Please do read also:

  1. The 17th annual White Privilege Conference a militantly Christophobic conference held in Philadelphia
  2. White Privilege Conference Attendees Complain Conference Is Too White
  3. White Privilege Conference: Almost Everything Bad Is Tied To Christianity
  4. 7 Things That Offended People At The White Privilege Conference


Displeasures and Actions of the Almighty God

A nice resume of what we have to remember to do and what we should not or may not do.

We should be much more aware of what pleases God and of what He dislikes.

People much too often forget that our attitude to the Divine Creator and His creatures is very important. Our mind shall be the touchstone.

Finding the right balance in our life is very important. In our life we shall have to make the right choices, being aware of what are “Abominations to God” and what His regulations or “Commands to the Believers” are.

To be able to “Abstain from all appearances of evil” we do have to recognise “evil” and this will demand looking at things in the right way, and to make sure we do not fall for the wrong and human doctrines but keep to Biblical doctrines.
Beware of covetousness, backsliding and treacherous false teachers and giving preference to please human beings instead of pleasing God and laying up treasures in heaven, for your entrance in the Kingdom of God.

Therefore let us always look at the Commands of God, who does not want any other gods before Him and does not want any any graven image of Him. His request to love your God with all your heart requires you to worship only One True God, the God of Abraham, and not a threeheaded god or any-other god or saint. Only the God of Israel you should worship with all your soul, and with all your might.

We also may not forget to look at the Counterfeits like the many false worships we see in this world. At the same time we should be fully alert for the false Christ’s, false apostles and false ministers who preach a false gospel. But we also should be at the lookout for false Christians, who are those who twist the words of Christ and do not want to believe what Jesus himself and Jesus his heavenly Father say about themselves.

Lots of people love to see special things, like wonder-works and we can find lots of preachers who present themselves as miracle workers. Be careful not to be carried away by their nice or very theatrical words and actions.

Please do stay away from false commandments, false doctrines and false religion, not bringing false prayer and going along with false religious teachers, following false prophets, creating for yourself false or wrong Excuses.


Christian Articles

People turn their backs on God’s method of salvation and take to themselves human methods. This action will incur the displeasure of the Almighty God and bring on human judgment and destruction.

The following lists are some of the things that find displeasure with God:

Abominations to God

1.     The evil-minded personProv. 3:22; 11:20
2.     A false balanceProv. 11:1
3.     The sacrifices of the wickedProv. 15:8; 21:27
4.     The thoughts of the wickedProv. 15:26
5.     The justification of the wicked and the condemnation of the justProv. 17:15
6.     A proud lookProv. 6:17
7.     A lying tongueProv. 6:17; 12:22
8.     Hands that shed innocent bloodProv. 6:17
9.     A heart that devises wicked imaginationsProv. 6:18
10.     Feet that are swift in running to mischiefProv. 6:18
11.     A false witnessProv. 6:19
12.     One who sows discord among brethrenProv. 6:19

Commands to the Believers

1.     Abstain from all appearances of evil.1…

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