17th of Tammuz and Compromise
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Joseph F. Dumond

Joe Started Sightedmoon in 2005 to assist him in spreading his understanding of the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years according to Torah.
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News Letter 5854-013
The 2nd Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 23rd year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 8th day of the 4th month 5854 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Month in the Second year of the Fourth Sabbatical Cycle
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence

June 23, 2018

Shabbat Shalom To the Royal Family,

Last weeks article on I AM THAT I Am and how this leads you to the understanding that the name is pronounced Yehovah did not register with many of those who commented last week. Almost all of the comments were about Yehovah and Yehshua not being the same entity. We are also now getting comments from those who practice Islam and they are not in favour of our teachings. Can’t imagine why.

We do hope you will leave your comments after reading an article. Not all comments are allowed to go through. I reserve the right to choose. You do not have to agree, but you do have to be nice and about the subject.

Septennial Torah Readings #65

We have resumed the Septennial Torah readings on our site. We used to do them and I would comment each week.

I will give you the reading for this week and you can go and read them without my comments. Instead of them being the annual Torah readings that are done in one year, the Septennial reading is done twice over the 7 year Sabbatical cycle.

The first weeks reading would have been done on April 1, 2017. This is the start of the first week in this 4th Sabbatical cycle right after the Shemitah year was done. Since this time, this Sabbath is now the 65th week of this Sabbatical Cycle. The readings for this Sabbath today and for this upcoming 66th week are as follows.

Week #           Shabbat Date     Torah             Neviim              Ketuvim           Brit Chadasha
65                   16/06/2018        Ex 19             Isaiah 15-19      Ps 129-131    John 7

66                   23/06/2018        Ex 20             Isaiah 20-23      Ps 132-134    John 8

 

Masking the Truth

One of the comments we got last week about our I AM THAT I AM article was the following from Kurt McPherson. Highlights in bold are from me.

AMEN Joe, thanks for putting this all together in one spot. This is where my head has been at (it is also a bit lonely here) for a while now, thanks to your teachings and those of Eric Bissel and learning what I can of Hebrew. In the shema, echad is one. ( this would have been a good time to introduce the second “god” if there was one, there isn’t so He didn’t). The man on the stake was YHVH himself. I slew YHVH by my sins. And by His shed blood I am washed clean!
This was exciting to read your article. It didn’t come from my own head. I’ve been struggling with this for a while. The “new” testament doesn’t seem to match up with the “old” in certain respects. It is like they went and created a new golden calf for themselves. Maybe this is actually what happened. I’m speculating now but is it possible that the “christians” did just that. Made a new golden calf with the name of Jesus.
The problem is the english translations. If we only could understand what He said and what He meant in the original language. Not from a translated point of view but actually a deep understanding but because we “know it” like the language of our upbringing.
To the glory of YAH.
Shalom all.

This weeks teaching was going to be about Compromising. How each of us does it and how the blessings we were to be given are held back because of our sins. I feel this teaching is from above as it connects what Kurt wrote to us after we had this article done, as he pondered what Christians have done to the name of Yehovah, and what the Jews have done by the weeping and fasting in the 4th month of Tammuz.

Many of you have sinned. Many of us have sinned. And then we moan and complain about the trials we are going through. Some for a while and others for years and years. We all can easily see the sins of others and point them out to them, but should anyone ever point out our sins to us, look out. The person who does so is in for a torrent of words they never knew of from the one they wanted to help.

We sin by compromising. We say this one time is OK. Yehovah knows my heart so that this is then justified. We say, no one will know but me. We say I am doing His work and this is OK to hire others to work for me on the Sabbath or Holy Days. They are pagans anyway. They reasoned they were above the laws.

King Saul thought that because he was the King over Israel he was above obeying Yehovah.

Some of you want to make sacrifices and offerings today. You justify doing this because you say or think this is the way to worship Yehovah. Saul thought the same thing.

1Sa 13:8And he waited seven days, according to the set time with Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal. And the people were scattered from him. 9And Saul said, Bring a burnt offering here to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. 10And it happened as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and to kneel to him. 11And Samuel said, What have you done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and you did not come in the days appointed, and the Philistines gathered themselves at Michmash, 12and I said, The Philistines will come down now on me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to Jehovah. And I forced myself and offered a burnt offering. 13And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of Jehovah your God, which He commanded you.

For now Jehovah would have established your kingdom on Israel forever. 14But now your kingdom shall not stand. Jehovah has sought Him a man after His own heart,

and Jehovah has appointed him to be leader over His people, because you have not kept what Jehovah commanded you.

We could have been singing the psalms of Saul instead of David had Saul obeyed. We could have been reading about the things you are doing if you had of obeyed. We can still see the great things Yehovah will do with you if you repent. Did Saul repent?

1 Samuel 15:1And Samuel said to Saul, Jehovah sent me to anoint you to be king over His people, over Israel. And now listen to the voice of the words of Jehovah. 2So says Jehovah of Hosts, I will visit Amalek with what he did to Israel, how he set against him in the way when he came up from Egypt. 3Now go and strike Amalek, and completely destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

1Sa 15:7And Saul struck the Amalekites from Havilah, as you come to Shur, which is over across from Egypt. 8And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive. And he completely destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. 9But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep and of the oxen and of the fatlings and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not completely destroy them. But everything that was vile and feeble they completely destroyed. 10And the Word of Jehovah came to Samuel saying, 11It repents Me that I have set up Saul to be king. For he has turned back from following Me and has not done My commands. And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to Jehovah all night. 12And when Samuel rose up early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told to Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set up a place for himself, and has gone around and passed on and gone down to Gilgal. 13And Samuel came to Saul. And Saul said to him, You are blessed of Jehovah. I have done the command of Jehovah. 14And Samuel said, What then is this bleating of the flock in my ears? And what is the sound of the herd which I hear? 15And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites. For the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen to sacrifice to Jehovah your God. And the rest we have completely destroyed. 16And Samuel said to Saul, Stop! And I will tell you what Jehovah has said to me tonight. And he said to him, Speak. 17And Samuel said, When you were little in your own sight, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? And Jehovah anointed you king over Israel. 18And Jehovah sent you on the way and said, Go and completely destroy the sinners, Amalek, and fight against them until you destroy them. 19Why then did you not obey the voice of Jehovah? Why did you fly on the spoil and do evil in the sight of Jehovah? 20And Saul said to Samuel, Yes, I have obeyed the voice of Jehovah, and have gone the way which Jehovah sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have completely destroyed the Amalekites. 21But the people took from the spoil, of the flocks and herd, the best of the things devoted to sacrifice to Jehovah your God in Gilgal.

22And Samuel said, Does Jehovah delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of Jehovah? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice! To listen is better than the fat of rams! 23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idol-worship. Because you have rejected the Word of Jehovah, He has also rejected you from being king!

24And Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned. For I have disobeyed the command of Jehovah, and your word, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. 25And now please pardon my sin and turn again with me so that I may worship Jehovah.

Saul heirs could have been passed the thrown but because of Saul’s sin, they had it taken from them. Think about how many blessings you or your family could have had if only you had obeyed. You may never know how much you have missed out on because you refused to repent or you kept on sinning justifying it.

Notice also that Johnathan, David’s best friend who was a good person also died because he was an heir to the throne of Saul. Saul sin caused others to die as well.

Here is another example in Samuel.

2Sa 12:1And Jehovah sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said to him, There were two men in one city, one rich and one poor. 2The rich one had exceeding many flocks and herds, 3but the poor one had nothing except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished up. And it grew up together with him and with his sons. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was to him like a daughter. 4And there came a traveler to the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd to dress for the traveler that had come to him. But he took the poor man’s lamb and dressed it for the man who had come to him. 5And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. And he said to Nathan, As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die. 6And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 7And Nathan said to David, You are the man! So says Jehovah, the God of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if that was too little, I would have given to you such and such things besides. 9Why have you despised the Word of Jehovah, to do evil in His sight? You have stricken Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. 10And therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11So says Jehovah, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor. And he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun. 13And David said to Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah.

And Nathan said to David, Jehovah also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

14Only, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of Jehovah to blaspheme, this child born to you shall surely die. 15And Nathan left to go to his house. And Jehovah struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it was very sick.

For at least 9 months David justified his actions and thought no more about his sins. Then Nathan comes along and tells him after David repents that David would not die, which mean David was about to be executed by Yehovah.

Saul tried to justify and excuse his sins and David repented. In both cases, there were consequences for those sins. In both cases, they were lusting after something.

This week we are kind of talking about the Golden Calf.

Exo 32:4And he took them from their hand, and fashioned it with an engraving tool. And he made it a molten calf. And they said, These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

The word Golden Calf is

H454   masse?ka?h   mas-say-kaw’

From H5258; properly a pouring over, that is, fusion of metal (especially a cast image); by implication a libation, that is, league; concretely a coverlet (as if poured out): – covering, molten (image), vail.

Or the masking of the calf. That is the masking of Yehovah. The people when they place another god in front of Yehovah they hide Yehovah from themselves. Just as they told Moses to talk to Yehovah and not to have Yehovah speak to them.

Are you now saying you are above the law, and it is OK because you kept some parts of the law but not this part? Are you justifying your sins? Are you masking Yehovah into another god in order for you to justify your sins? Have you replaced Yehovah with another god like Tammuz or the Trinity or two gods? Have you masked Yehovah.

Compromising with sin, compromising with obeying Yehovah is going to lead to your death and to your missing out on the Kingdom and the blessing to be had in that Kingdom. How many more Sabbaths are you going to compromise? How many more sins are you going to justify and overlook? How many false practices are you going to accept and do because of the majority of that faith also do? Even when it is clearly against the word of Yehovah.

How many of you are going to justify;

  1. the Fast of the Tammuz?
  2. Christmas?
  3. Easter?
  4. Halloween?
  5. Not keeping the Sabbath?
  6. Not keeping the Holy Days?
  7. Not keeping the Sabbatical Year?
  8. Watching Porn?
  9. Support of the LGBT way of life?
  10. Hiring people to serve you on the Sabbath or Holy Day?

How many of you are going to continue to justify your compromising the Torah of Yehovah? The hiding of Yehovah, the masking of Yehovah by your worshipping of other gods claiming them to be Yehovah?

How much longer before you humble yourself and look seriously at yourself? If not today, then when will you return to Yehovah?

The 17th Day of Tammuz – Why Do The Fast

The 17th day of the 4th month is the day that comes 40 days after the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.

Exodus 24:9And Moses went up, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. 10And they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as the essence of the heavens for clearness.11And upon the nobles of the sons of Israel He did not lay his hands. Also they saw God, and ate and drank.12And Jehovah said to Moses, Come up to Me in the mountain, and be there. And I will give you tablets of stone, and the Law, and commandments which I have written, so that you may teach them.13And Moses rose up, and his attendant Joshua. And Moses went up into the mountain of God.14And he said to the elders, You stay here for us until we come again to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has any matters to do, let him come to them.15And Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain.16And the glory of Jehovah abode upon Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.And the sight of the glory of Jehovah was like devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the sons of Israel.18And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and went up into the mountain. And Moses was in the mountain forty days and forty nights.

In 2018, the 40th day for the Jews will be June 30. For those of us on the Biblical calendar, the 40th day will be this year July 6, 2018.

Why am I mentioning this to you this year? One to see if anything happens on these dates.

But two is the main reason.

Many of you that come to know the truth go from being a law-breaking Christian to a Torah obeying Jew to then a wannabe Jew in every way possible. But Torah is not Jewish and never was. It is for all people of all nations to obey. You do not have to become Jewish to obey Yehovah.

There is no commandment to fast on the 17th day of Tammuz. Yet many of you will mourn and fast and weep on this day. Why? Well because the Jews tell you to do so, that is why, and you want to be thought of as Jewish. So you fast when they fast.

But there is a logical reason to be mournful on this date.

  1. Moses Breaks the 10 Commandments on this day after seeing the Golden Calf.
  2. During the Babylonian siege of the first temple the Kohanim ran out of sacficial animals
  3. Among five catastrophes said to have overtaken the Jews on the Seventeenth of Tammuz, the Mishnah includes “the burning of the Torah by Apostomus”.
  4. The Mishnah adds the following statement to its account of the burning of the Law: “And he put up an idol in the sanctuary.” The Babylonian Talmud knows only the reading (“and he put up”) in the Mishnah, as the remark of the Gemara proves, where the “abomination of desolation,” of which Daniel speaks, is connected with the image of the idol in the Temple. By this expression can only be meant the statue of Zeus Olympius set up by Antiochus Epiphanes.
  5. Before the Temple was destroyed on the 9th of Av, the 5th month, the Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem on the 17th of the 4th month.

 

Where did we get the Name Tammuz From?

The name of the month was adopted from the Assyrian and Babylonian month Ara Dumuzu, named in honour of the Assyro-Babylonian god Tammuz also known as Dumuzid. the Shepherd.

Dumuzid,[a] later known by the alternate form Tammuz,[b] was the ancient Mesopotamian god of shepherds, who was also the primary consort of the goddess Inanna (later known as Ishtar). In Sumerian mythology, Dumuzid’s sister was Geshtinanna, the goddess of vegetation. In the Sumerian King List, Dumuzid is listed as an antediluvian king of the city of Bad-tibira and also an early king of the city of Uruk. In the Sumerian poem Inanna Prefers the Farmer, Dumuzid competes against the farmer Enkimdu for Inanna’s hand in marriage. In Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld, Dumuzid fails to mourn Inanna’s death and, when she returns from the Underworld, she allows the galla demons to drag him down to the Underworld as her replacement. Inanna later regrets this decision and decrees that Dumuzid will spend half the year in the Underworld, but the other half of the year with her, while his sister Geshtinanna stays in the Underworld in his place, thus resulting in the cycle of the seasons.

Gilgamesh references Tammuz in Tablet VI of the Epic of Gilgamesh as one of Ishtar’s past lovers, who was turned into an allalu bird with a broken wing. Dumuzid was associated with fertility and vegetation and the hot, dry summers of Mesopotamia were believed to be caused by Dumuzid’s yearly death. During the month in midsummer bearing his name, people all across Mesopotamia would engage in public, ritual mourning for him. During the late twentieth century, scholars widely thought that, during the Sumerian Akitu festival, kings may have established their legitimacy by taking on the role of Dumuzid and engaging in ritualized sexual intercourse with the high priestess of Inanna as part of a sacred marriage ceremony. This notion is now generally rejected by scholars as a misinterpretation of Sumerian literary texts. The cult of Dumuzid was later spread to the Levant and to Greece, where he became known under the West Semitic name Adonis.

The cult of Ishtar and Tammuz continued to thrive until the eleventh century AD and survived in parts of Mesopotamia as late as the eighteenth century.

So Brethren, who is the husband of Ishtar? Yes, it is Nimrod. So, Tammuz or Dumuzid is just another name for Nimrod who is also known as Gilgamesh. Nimrod also went into HIs Mother as did Cush and as did Ham. And so did Horus the son of Nimrod. Yes Horus went into his mother as well. This line of Ham was not following Yehovah.

According to the Sumerian King List (ETCSL 2.1.1), Dumuzid was the fifth antediluvian king of the city of Bad-tibira. Dumuzid was also listed as an early king of Uruk, where he was said to have come from the nearby village of Kuara and to have been the consort of the goddess Inanna.

Just a note to consider. Noah, Ham, Cush, Nimrod and Horus. Many of the legends about Nimrod and Horus are mixed with those of Cush and Ham.

The Death of Tammuz

Section II
Sub-Section IV
The Death of the Child

How Nimrod died, Scripture is entirely silent. There was an ancient tradition that he came to a violent end. The circumstances of that end, however, as antiquity represents them, are clouded with fable. It is said that tempests of wind sent by God against the Tower of Babel overthrew it, and that Nimrod perished in its ruins. This could not be true, for we have sufficient evidence that the Tower of Babel stood long after Nimrod’s day. Then, in regard to the death of Ninus, profane history speaks darkly and mysteriously, although one account tells of his having met with a violent death similar to that of Pentheus, Lycurgus, * and Orpheus, who were said to have been torn in pieces. **

* Lycurgus, who is commonly made the enemy of Bacchus, was, by the Thracians and Phrygians, identified with Bacchus, who it is well known, was torn in pieces.** LUDOVICUS VIVES, Commentary on Augustine. Ninus as referred to by Vives is called “King of India.” The word “India” in classical writers, though not always, yet commonly means Ethiopia, or the land of Cush. Thus the Choaspes in the land of the eastern Cushites is called an “Indian River” (DIONYSIUS AFER. Periergesis); and the Nile is said by Virgil to come from the “coloured Indians” (Georg)–i.e., from the Cushites, or Ethiopians of Africa. Osiris also is by Diodorus Siculus (Bibliotheca), called “an Indian by extraction.” There can be no doubt, then, that “Ninus, king of India,” is the Cushite or Ethiopian Ninus.

The identity of Nimrod, however, and the Egyptian Osiris, having been established, we have thereby light as to Nimrod’s death. Osiris met with a violent death, and that violent death of Osiris was the central theme of the whole idolatry of Egypt. If Osiris was Nimrod, as we have seen, that violent death which the Egyptians so pathetically deplored in their annual festivals was just the death of Nimrod. The accounts in regard to the death of the god worshipped in the several mysteries of the different countries are all to the same effect. A statement of Plato seems to show, that in his day the Egyptian Osiris was regarded as identical with Tammuz; * and Tammuz is well known to have been the same as Adonis, the famous HUNTSMAN, for whose death Venus is fabled to have made such bitter lamentations.

* See WILKINSON’S Egyptians. The statement of Plato amounts to this, that the famous Thoth was a counsellor of Thamus, king of Egypt. Now Thoth is universally known as the “counsellor” of Osiris. Hence it may be concluded that Thamus and Osiris are the same.

As the women of Egypt wept for Osiris, as the Phoenician and Assyrian women wept for Tammuz, so in Greece and Rome the women wept for Bacchus, whose name, as we have seen, means “The bewailed,” or “Lamented one.” And now, in connection with the Bacchanal lamentations, the importance of the relation established between Nebros, “The spotted fawn,” and Nebrod, “The mighty hunter,” will appear. The Nebros, or “spotted fawn,” was the symbol of Bacchus, as representing Nebrod or Nimrod himself. Now, on certain occasions, in the mystical celebrations, the Nebros, or “spotted fawn,” was torn in pieces, expressly, as we learn from Photius, as a commemoration of what happened to Bacchus, * whom that fawn represented.

* Photius, under the head “Nebridzion” quotes Demosthenes as saying that “spotted fawns (or nebroi) were torn in pieces for a certain mystic or mysterious reason”; and he himself tells us that “the tearing in pieces of the nebroi (or spotted fawns) was in imitation of the suffering in the case of Dionysus” or Bacchus. (PHOTIUS, Lexicon)

The tearing in pieces of Nebros, “the spotted one,” goes to confirm the conclusion, that the death of Bacchus, even as the death of Osiris, represented the death of Nebrod, whom, under the very name of “The Spotted one,” the Babylonians worshipped. Though we do not find any account of Mysteries observed in Greece in memory of Orion, the giant and mighty hunter celebrated by Homer, under that name, yet he was represented symbolically as having died in a similar way to that in which Osiris died, and as having then been translated to heaven. *

* See OVID’S Fasti. Ovid represents Orion as so puffed up with pride on account of his great strength, as vain-gloriously to boast that no creature on earth could cope with him, whereupon a scorpion appeared, “and,” says the poet, “he was added to the stars.” The name of a scorpion in Chaldee is Akrab; but Ak-rab, thus divided, signifies “THE GREAT OPPRESSOR,” and this is the hidden meaning of the Scorpion as represented in the Zodiac. That sign typifies him who cut off the Babylonian god, and suppressed the system he set up. It was while the sun was in Scorpio that Osiris in Egypt “disappeared” (WILKINSON), and great lamentations were made for his disappearance. Another subject was mixed up with the death of the Egyptian god; but it is specially to be noticed that, as it was in consequence of a conflict with a scorpion that Orion was “added to the stars,” so it was when the scorpion was in the ascendant that Osiris “disappeared.”

From Persian records we are expressly assured that it was Nimrod who was deified after his death by the name of Orion, and placed among the stars. Here, then, we have large and consenting evidence, all leading to one conclusion, that the death of Nimrod, the child worshipped in the arms of the goddess-mother of Babylon, was a death of violence.

Now, when this mighty hero, in the midst of his career of glory, was suddenly cut off by a violent death, great seems to have been the shock that the catastrophe occasioned. When the news spread abroad, the devotees of pleasure felt as if the best benefactor of mankind were gone, and the gaiety of nations eclipsed. Loud was the wail that everywhere ascended to heaven among the apostates from the primeval faith for so dire a catastrophe. Then began those weepings for Tammuz, in the guilt of which the daughters of Israel allowed themselves to be implicated, and the existence of which can be traced not merely in the annals of classical antiquity, but in the literature of the world from Ultima Thule to Japan.

Of the prevalence of such weepings in China, thus speaks the Rev. W. Gillespie: “The dragon-boat festival happens in midsummer, and is a season of great excitement. About 2000 years ago there lived a young Chinese Mandarin, Wat-yune, highly respected and beloved by the people. To the grief of all, he was suddenly drowned in the river. Many boats immediately rushed out in search of him, but his body was never found. Ever since that time, on the same day of the month, the dragon-boats go out in search of him.” “It is something,” adds the author, “like the bewailing of Adonis, or the weeping for Tammuz mentioned in Scripture.” As the great god Buddh is generally represented in China as a Negro, that may serve to identify the beloved Mandarin whose loss is thus annually bewailed. The religious system of Japan largely coincides with that of China. In Iceland, and throughout Scandinavia, there were similar lamentations for the loss of the god Balder. Balder, through the treachery of the god Loki, the spirit of evil, according as had been written in the book of destiny, “was slain, although the empire of heaven depended on his life.” His father Odin had “learned the terrible secret from the book of destiny, having conjured one of the Volar from her infernal abode. All the gods trembled at the knowledge of this event. Then Frigga [the wife of Odin] called on every object, animate and inanimate, to take an oath not to destroy or furnish arms against Balder. Fire, water, rocks, and vegetables were bound by this solemn obligation. One plant only, the mistletoe, was overlooked. Loki discovered the omission, and made that contemptible shrub the fatal weapon.

Among the warlike pastimes of Valhalla [the assembly of the gods] one was to throw darts at the invulnerable deity, who felt a pleasure in presenting his charmed breast to their weapons. At a tournament of this kind, the evil genius putting a sprig of the mistletoe into the hands of the blind Hoder, and directing his aim, the dreaded prediction was accomplished by an unintentional fratricide. The spectators were struck with speechless wonder; and their misfortune was the greater, that no one, out of respect to the sacredness of the place, dared to avenge it. With tears of lamentation they carried the lifeless body to the shore, and laid it upon a ship, as a funeral pile, with that of Nanna his lovely bride, who had died of a broken heart. His horse and arms were burnt at the same time, as was customary at the obsequies of the ancient heroes of the north.” Then Frigga, his mother, was overwhelmed with distress. “Inconsolable for the loss of her beautiful son,” says Dr. Crichton, “she despatched Hermod (the swift) to the abode of Hela [the goddess of Hell, or the infernal regions], to offer a ransom for his release. The gloomy goddess promised that he should be restored, provided everything on earth were found to weep for him. Then were messengers sent over the whole world, to see that the order was obeyed, and the effect of the general sorrow was ‘as when there is a universal thaw.'” There are considerable variations from the original story in these two legends; but at bottom the essence of the stories is the same, indicating that they must have flowed from one fountain.

Do not Worship as they do

“and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.” Ezekiel 8:14

Most modern Jews refer to the Fourth Hebrew Month as “Tammuz”, the name of a pagan fertility deity mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel. The prophet Ezekiel described a vision in which an angel brought him to the Temple in Jerusalem:

“Then he brought me to the door of the gate of Yehovah’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.” Ezekiel 8:14

In the 19th century, archaeologists began to uncover archaeological remains that shed light on the ancient pagan religion that led the Israelites astray. Today we know the women were weeping over Tammuz, because he was a fertility god who represented the life cycle of wheat. In Israel, wheat becomes ripe in early Summer when the wheat plant dies, leaving behind a viable seed that can be planted the next year. The Winter rains provide moisture,  causing the new wheat crop to rise out of the ground. Unlike in Europe and North America, the Summer in Israel is characterized by a dry period with no rain in which everything green dies and the Winter is characterized by rain with abundant growth and life. The ancient pagans believed that this agricultural cycle of Summer death and Winter rebirth was a shadow picture of the life of Tammuz. The god Tammuz died in early Summer leaving behind the life giving food that sustained the world; then he was resurrected in the Winter, beginning the cycle again.

Tammuz is often thought to be a Babylonian fertility god. However, a stone monument discovered at Arad in southern Israel may be the earliest representation of the Canaanite Tammuz. The “Arad Stela” (see above image) dating to the Early Bronze Age shows a personified grain deity standing and lying down. Archaeologists have suggested that this represents the death and resurrection of Tammuz.

Later Israelites in the time of Ezekiel adopted this pagan belief. The women were weeping over Tammuz because of his tragic death, which brought life to the world.

Today, echoes of the worship of Tammuz survive in Jewish tradition. The name Tammuz itself only appears in the Bible in reference to this pagan deity. However, Jewish tradition adopted the name “Tammuz” for the Fourth Hebrew Month. Over the centuries the pagan origins of the “Month of Tammuz” were forgotten, only to be rediscovered in modern times. Jewish tradition considers Tammuz to be a month of mourning, and rabbinical Jews even observe a fast on the 17th day of the month. They also refrain from listening to music and other joyous acts from the 17th to the end of the month. The origins of these mourning practices have become obscured over time, and today tradition associates them with the destruction of the Temple. Little do they know that mourning during the Month of Tammuz began long before the destruction of the Temple with a mourning over the death of Tammuz.

20 Comments

  1. Ross

    Shabbat Shalom Joseph,
    This golden calf, the masking of Yehovah by the name of Jesus; would that be the great apostasy of 2Thes2?

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    • Joseph F. Dumond

      Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
      Stand Firm
      But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
      Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

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  2. Bakue Ali Mahoud Shabir Al Fatwah Amedinejad

    Dear Sighted Moon Readers and Prophet Joe Dumond,
    We do not call Allah Father because Allah, all supreme, all righteous, all powerful is not anthropomorphized into a male gender. If Yehovah is the Father where is the Mother? Is he a single dad? Stop paganizing Allah and his prophet Yeshua who was a man and not Allah!!! Allah is one, supreme and sovereign not a duo godhead which is just as bad as the false doctrine of the trinity. Finally, Islam will never be destroyed because it is the one true religion of Allah. 1.5 billion people attest to this. How many followers do you have false prophet Joe? 100? 1000? This alone should tell you that your work is a false one.
    Repent and begin to read the final revelation to mankind through the final prophet to mankind, peach be upon him, Mohammad, the Quran!!
    Peace,
    Bakur Ali Mahoud Shabir Al Fatwah Amedinejad

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  3. Ross

    It’s truly heartbreaking to consider the depths of delusion and the resulting cost to human life’.
    Isaiah tells us the final fate of Egypy, Assyria and Israel- a Blessing!
    Isaiah 19
     23  In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. 
     24  In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the middle of the land: 
     25  Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.

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  4. Bobby Farrington

    Shabbat Shalom Prophet Joe and Sighted Moon family,
    I like your return to Torah Prophet Joe but why don’t you write on the capital punishments that are in Torah? Do the readers know that Sabbath breaking is a capital crime in Torah and that Sabbath Breakers are to be stoned to death? Also, parental disobedience is also a capital crime subject to the death penalty. There are many, many more acts that are to be punished by death. Please stop glossing over these portions of Torah and give the readers the whole truth of Torah! Yehovah is a revengeful God who will have anyone who breaks the laws of Torah put to death!! Remember that false prophets are also to be put to death Prophet Joe so be careful in what you teach!!
    Stop your sugar coating and give the readers the whole Torah truth!!
    Blessings,
    Bobby Farrington

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    • Joseph F. Dumond

      We have taught many things over the years Bobby. We are not able to teach everything in one article. Be careful in the words you use lest you bring problem upon you own self.

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    • Patricia Armstrong

      Bobby, although your interpretations of the Torah may have been true and mostly ACCEPTABLE in early times, if you are suggesting that this be done today, I don’t have to tell you that the laws of the land would have you in jail for that type of punishment on a child. I have a child who has chosen not to convert to the Torah and she will have to face Yehovah herself but not by my hand. It was my job to teach her, I cannot enforce it. Our younger child has learning challenges which may prevent her from being fully obedient to the Torah, but we are only teaching her rules of the Torah as opposed to the older who began in Christianity and has become something quite different. You seem quite focused on stoning and death and are being rather spiky toward Joe for not obsessing about mentioning the man stoned for picking up sticks on a Sabbath and the like. I read it in a newsletter in the last handful of months. Those of us who read our Bibles know the rules and Joe elaborates where lead to do so. Those of us who know Joe can certainly attest that he is not one to sugar coat………false prophet or writer, surely NOT!

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    • Ross

      I don’t think ‘sugar coating’ and ‘glossing over’ are appropriate descriptions of what you’ll find on sightedmoon.com. Straight forward, relevant truth is what’s being fed here.
      What would be the relevance of teaching a about stoning anyway? Who among us is sinless?
      John 8l (ESV)
      8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]
      John 8 (ESV)
      8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]

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    • Tracy Langdon

      In reply to Bobby Farrington re “Do the readers know that breaking the Sabbath is a capitol crime…” punishable by stoning:
      I am wondering —
      “Do the readers know” — that the blood of Yeshua covers sin giving ALL the opportunity to repent and turn back to YHVH and his Torah instructions? (2 Cor 5:15)
      “Do the readers know” — that we ALL will be judged according to the judgements we use? (Matt 7:2)
      From the gist of your talk, it sounds like Bobby Farrington is looking for excuses to follow Paul’s pre-conversion Pharisaic example of stoning disciples of Yeshua.

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  5. Bobby Farrington

    I have searched your archives Joe and couldn’t find anything on the death penalties in Torah. Kindly show me where these newsletters are so I can read them. I think it is also time for you to bring your readers who are new into a deep understanding of the death penalties that are in Torah. So many readers gloss over the death penalties and think Yehovah is just a loving kind God when He makes it clear that he ordains his followers to execute for many offences listed in Torah. As his prophet you have a major responsibility to bring to your reader’s attention otherwise you will incur the wrath of Yehovah and I don’t have to tell you what Yehovah says to do to a prophet who holds back on parts of the Torah….
    Blessings on all who believe in Yehovah,
    Bobby Farrington

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  6. Bobby Farrington

    Dear Ross,
    You are giving a New Testament example on stoning but we are talking about the Torah which has many acts that require stoning as a punishment. Are you saying Yeshua did away with Torah? Are you keeping part of Torah that you like and disregarding the capital punishment sections? Please elaborate….
    Blessings,
    Bobby Farrington

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  7. Ross

    Mr. Ferrington,
    Let me ask you directly. Are you a man ready to take on the job of putting people to death for their offenses against Yehovah?
    Is it Truth or a propensity toward violence driving your comments?
    Or are you just trying to pick a fight?
    Nevermind.
    While some people call him a prophet, I don’t believe Mr. Dumond has ever claimed to be a prophet.
    To my knowledge, he has never said that he had a revelation from, or any direction from Yehovah to deliver a new prophetic message.
    He does do a brilliant job of bringing to light and clarifying the prophecies already given by Yehovah’s prohets in the Torah. And he shows how end time prophecies are being fulfilled through current events.
    By the way, what’s the punishment for bearing false witness against a brother?

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  8. Shabir Ali

    Joseph F. Dumond
    says:
    June 20, 18 at 7:13 pm
    “The name of the Prophet Mohammad is found in the Koran in four places, but the name of Jesus is found in 25 places.”
    I see your understanding of the Quran is limited to Wikipedia. The entire Quran is a reference to Mohammad, the Prophet, messenger of Allah. By believing Jesus was God you blaspheme against Allah and your doctrine is as pagan as the trinity. IN Surah 5:72, Allah, most gracious, most merciful, says, “they do blaspheme who say God is Christ, son of Mary.” Jesus told everyone to worship God, Allah, but never himself. If he was Allah, he would have told everyone, “worship me”. No, he said there is but one God, not a dual godhead. This is sheer paganism. Allah sent his final messenger, peace be upon him, to correct this pagan idea of Jesus being God and to restore the truth that Jesus was a prophet in a long series of prophets culminating in the final messenger, peace be upon him, Mohammad.
    Correct your ways Joe Dumond and stop teaching pagan ideas. There is but one merciful and gracious God and Allah is his name.
    Blessings,
    Shabir Ali

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    • Joseph F. Dumond

      No I did not get my information from WIKI.
      But you did not address the other points I made. I have quoted the Koran and it your Quran that says that Jesus is God. If you do not believe your book then what am I to do? You are the one who wrote to me.
      In the Koran Jesus is referred to as the “Word of God” and the “Spirit of God.”
      The Koran also says;
      Jesus cured a man born blind and a man with leprosy.
      that Jesus gave life to dead people
      Jesus went to heaven
      he is still alive and he will come again.
      Mohammad never cured any sick people and never raised the dead. He himself died. And according to Islam, he is not alive and he will not come back.
      How did God create the universe? God created the universe through the word and the Koran say that word was Jesus.
      John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…’
      The Koran says Jesus is the Word of God, now the Holy Bible also says Jesus is the Word of God.
      Does Mohammad say you can be born of God?
      John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
      Can you call Allah Father? Can you call Mohammad Father?
      We can call Yehovah Father.
      Here is another question for you. If God is God, Yehovah, then why do you say it is impossible for Him to be the Messiah.
      Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour. I have declared, and I have saved, and I have showed; and there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and I am God.
      :14 Thus saith Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
      If you would read our message properly then you would know that we teach that Yehovah is the one that came and was killed on Passover in 31 C.E. The Quran agrees with me. That the word was Yehshua who created all things. YEhshua means Yehovah Saves.
      Isaiah 43:11 the word Saviour is Yeh Shuah.

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  9. Shabir Ali

    Dear Joe Dumond,
    Where o where does the holy Quran say that Jesus is Allah? I quote Surah 5:17 which states, “In BLASPHEMY indeed are those that say that GOD IS CHRIST, SON OF MARY.” In Surah 2:87 it states that, “We gave Jesus the son of Mary clear signs that strengthened him with the holy spirit.” It does not state he is Allah. Please provide the Surah number and verse where you claim the holy Quran states the Jesus is Allah.
    Blessings,
    Shabir Ali
    with the chapter

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  10. Shabir Ali

    Dear Joe Dumond,
    The Quran in no place says that Allah created the universe through Jesus. Once again, before making these claims, provide Surah number and verse. Further, the Jews do not believe that Jesus was God and along with Islam, maintain that Allah is one and not a duality. Islam and Judaism are monotheistic but your version of Christianity is as pagan as a belief in a trinity. The new testament writers were using logos, the word, to refer to Jesus but this is Greek metaphysics and not Judaic and hence why Jews reject this pagan infusion into Yehovah. Please provide me with the Surah numbers and verses to back up what you claim the Quran states about Jesus.
    Blessings,
    Shabir Ali

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  11. Ross

    Shalom Joseph
    Some of my recent posts responding to Bobby Farrington may have been contentious. I hope you will allow me to post the following in the Spirit of reconciliation, that I might repent and obey Yeshua’s commandment to love one another.
    Shalom Bobby Farrington.
    I agree with you that Torah has indeed specified capital punishment for many offences. Though,, it seems to me that at this time, Yehovah is calling many people who may know nothing about Torah. I don’t think the numbers responding to the call to return to obedience to the Commandments would be quite as high as they are if being stoned to death were the outcome of answering that call.
    Besides I don’t really think Yehovah wants us to begin stoning all the Sabbath-breakers, gays, adulterers, stick-gatherers, necromancers etc. at this time. I think He wants people to return to His Torah, to begin again to obey. And I think that He is demonstrating the penalties for not obeying through end time prophecy, as Joseph makes clear.
    When Moses gave the Law of Torah he was governing the people and saw to it that penalties for breaking the law were carried out.
    Today there is no government system in place which would allow,- let alone ratify capital punishment for the crimes listed in Scripture. That will have to wait for the Kingdom to be established, if indeed stoning is to be the method used when Messiah returns.
    Clearly, all of the Commandments stand forever but, I don’t see where all of the penalties will be enforced in the same manner as they were in the past.
    As for Yeshua showing mercy on the adulterous woman, in my opinion, He was not breaking Torah. He was demonstrating the spirit of the law instead of the letter of the law. Furthermore, He outwitted those who sought reason to testify against Him.
    The law was given to prepare a sinless nation before Yehovah, that they might become priests and rulers, teaching all nations the ways of Torah. Yeshua was demonstrating that the people broke the covenant and so no one is sinless. No one present had the right to condemn the woman. Only He had that right. And He chose not to exercise it. Why?
    I think it was a foreshadow of His Sacrifice to pay the penalty for all humanity. Do Ii think that means He was doing away with the law? Absolutely not! Only the penalty! And then only for those who repent of disobedience.
    Remember, He told her to ‘sin no more’, giving her a chance to repent. I believe that this is what is happening in the world today. The nations are being given a last opportunity to repent.
    Keeping the commandments is still required, and always will be. But, in our time, I believe the penalty for not doing so is two-fold; chastisement in this lifetime as a way of correcting disobedience; and in the Resurrection,- extermination for all who REFUSE to obey.
    I, for one am not sinless. So, I am not qualified to cast stones at anyone. Who among us is? It is clear though, that no sinner will escape the second death. So, I wonder, what would be the relevance of teaching the penalties of Torah?
    First, I must learn the laws so that I may keep them. “My people die for lack of knowledge.” (Hos. 6;4) Joseph Dumond is providing that knowledge at a time when Yehovah is calling His children and is beginging to exact His revenge on the world,- by His own hand. The nations’ abandonment of the Commandments has brought about the curses being leveled upon them. No other site shows this so clearly as sightedmoon.
    To be perfectly honest with you Bobby, my comments on this matter were in response to what I perceived to be an attack on Joseph Dumond. I took offence to that and I apologize if I showed you disrespect. And I apologize to Joseph for engaging in contentious discourse.
    Joseph, through sightedmoon.com and his books has given me more reason to follow Torah than any other source. I have come to hold him in high regard and feel a loviing protection toward him.
    It is apparent to me that he does his work at considerable expense to himself. He works to support his family, not taking money for his teaching. He is tireless in his search for Yehovah’s Truth. And on top of all of that, apparently, some people who refuse to examine the truth he speaks regarding Yehovah’s calendar, ‘hate his guts’. I say, he has enough negativity to contend with. (Admittedly, at one time, some of it came from me, for which I have repented.)
    I don’t feel that it is at all useful to admonish him for not teaching the penalties for breaking Torah, nor to suggest that he is a false prophet. Not only because I would save him the pain but, also because newcomers to this site,- people with little or no knowledge of Torah, may be quickly turned away by argumentative comments, particularly when those comments speak to a subject which is highly controversial and in my opinion, irrelevant for our time.
    Were he to do as you suggest Bobby, it would perhaps be an encouragement to unstable people to begin terrorising sinners. This is not something I could support.
    If I am ignorant of some aspect of Torah which would nullify my opinion, then let Yehovah correct me.
    I hope you can accept my words for what I intend them to be,- reconciliation. They are my opinion, only. And I thank you for having me consider this issue. It has contributed to my learning.
    Praise be to Yehovah!
    May the Grace and Love of our Father lead us all to pure understanding.
    Amen

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  12. Bobby Farrington

    Dear Ross,
    I accept your apology and you did a good job explaining your points. If I was offensive, I apologize as well. Reconciliation is good and you have a sincere spirit. Continue on in this vein and may Yehovah bless you in your journey.
    Blessings,
    Bobby

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    • Ross

      Thank you, Bobby.
      Shalom

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  13. name withheld

    Joe, you make this comment on your FB page concerning this article: ” How are you hiding Yehovah from being a part of your life?”
    For years I wanted to wear my tzit tzits, but have refrained due to my unbelieving husband and children. Our marriage has lots of issues surrounding my following Torah and “my craziness”. Wearing tzit tzits just seemed to be the straw that would break our marriage and him walking away as he has threatened several times. I want to share what happened in sequence. I began to pray to Yehovah in the great name and all glory to Yehovah. Then I came home from being away for a couple of weeks. Then immediately that next morning He says: “Cast the demons out of your house and property”. Then just seconds later He said “First, Put on your tzits tzits; they are for YOUR protection”. Immediately I knew I still believed the misguided words that they are for others to see and remember. I then prayed to Yehovah in the name of Yehovah and all glory to Yehovah that he would keep my husband from any and all condemnation of tzit tzits. Blind his eyes to them or make him think they are decorative things, whatever, just protect and preserve our marriage and his angst against them and against me. That was a month ago and he has yet to say one word about them. The moral of this is for those who may be in my shoes and not wearing tzit tzits as we are commanded to, but trying in sincerity to not put a stumbling block before those we’re trying to live peaceably with and trying to influence. Whether it be tzit tzits, not taking part in the false family holidays, or taking part in the true holy days or maybe it’s eating kosher. Whatever the case, Yehovah WILL MAKE A WAY for you to follow ALL His commandments!

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