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קָּהָל אֶחָד בְּמָּשִׁיחַ

 A part of the Congregation of Israel

עֲדַת יִשְׂרָאֵל


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Shabbat Shalom

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם


Today, we sadly use the Gregorian calendar from Pope Gregory; from the 1500’s.

Today’s date is Feb. 25, 2023

February -- month of Februa

Februarius had 28 days, until circa 450 BC when it had 23 or 24 days on some of every second year, until Julius when it had 29 days on every fourth year and 28 days otherwise.

Februa is the Roman festival of purification, held on February fifteenth. It is possibly of Sabine origin.


The God of Israel has His own Calendar: we are now in the 12th month of God, Day 4, called Adar  אֲדָר

Esth.3 [7] …the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.



Today’s Topic

(Seems like)

Part 3

Other gods


Last week topic was Spiritual wickedness.

A few weeks ago I did a talk on other religions, doctrines…

There are over 5000 religions in the world, over 40,000 denominations 

All different gods


From the scriptures, all terms for different doctrines:

Doctrine of vanities

Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men

The doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees

Every wind of doctrine

The commandments and doctrines of men

Doctrines of devils

Divers and strange doctrines

The doctrine of Balaam

The doctrine of the Nicolaitans, God hates

Nicolaitans, a sect = 1) a sect mentioned in Rev. 2:6,15, who were charged with holding the error of Balaam, casting a stumbling block before the church of God by upholding the liberty of eating things sacrificed to idols as well as committing fornication


The counsel of Balaam, the way of Balaam 

Apostle Saul / Paul said:

2 Cor. 11 [4] For if he (or anyone) that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted,

Another (or other) Jesus

Another (or other) spirit

Another (or other) gospel

Basically, why would you put up with him?


Other gods are in our daily lives, we say them every day:

Some names of the Gregorian calendar from Pope Gregory; from the 1500’s, we use today:

January - Janus's month

"month of Janus"

Janus is the Roman god of gates and doorways, depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. His festival month is January.


February - month of Februa

Februa is the Roman festival of purification, held on February fifteenth. It is possibly of Sabine origin.


March - Mars' month - "of Mars"
Mars is the Roman god of war. He is identified with the Greek god Ares.


April - Aphrodite's month

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty. She is identified with the Roman goddess Venus.


May - Maia's month

Maia (meaning "the great one") is the Italic goddess of spring, the daughter of Faunus, and wife of Vulcan.


June - Juno's month - Juno is the principle goddess of the Roman Pantheon. She is the goddess of marriage and the well-being of women. She is the wife and sister of Jupiter. She is identified with the Greek goddess Hera.



Want to know the end, let me take you back to the beginning:

Rev.12 [7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

[9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth,

and his angels were cast out with him.

Angels cast out and sent to hell

2 Pet.2 [4] For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; [5] And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly…

Jude [6] And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.


Right from Genesis, Good and evil:

Gen.2 [9] And out of the ground made Yehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Evil, first time mentioned above


Gen.36 [38] And Saul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.

Baal means lord above, many people, towns, places have that name…


Gen.3:5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Evil, second time mentioned above


Other gods

Terah served other gods

Josh.24 [2] And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus said Yehovah God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.

[14] Now therefore fear Yehovah, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you Yehovah.

15] And if it seem evil unto you to serve Yehovah, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell

but as for me and my house, we will serve Yehovah


Laban had other gods

Rachel stole them

Gen. 31 [30] And now, though you would needs be gone, because thou sore long after thy father's house, yet wherefore have you stolen my gods? [31] And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Peradventure you would take by force your daughters from me. [32] With whomsoever you finds your gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern you what is yours with me, and take it to you. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.

Gen. 35 [2] Then Jacob said unto his household and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments… [3] And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

[4] And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.


All the people we know (or don’t know) have other gods


The 10 Commandments

Exod.20 [3] You shall have no other gods before Me.

[4] You shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
[5] You shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:

for I Yehovah  thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;(or any generation)
[6] And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.


Deut.12 [2] You shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which you shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: [3] And you shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and you shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

Deut.17 [2] If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which Yehovah your God gives thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of Yehovah your God, in transgressing his covenant, [3] And had gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; [4] And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and inquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
[5] Then shall thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shall stone them with stones, till they die.

[6] At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
[7] The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shall put the evil away from among you.


Judges 2 [11] And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of Yehovah, and served Baalim: [12] And they forsook Yehovah God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked Yehovah to anger. [13] And they forsook Yehovah, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

בַּעַל Ba`al {bah'-al}

Meaning:  Baal = "lord" n pr m 1) supreme male divinity of the Phoenicians or Canaanites


Judges 2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of Yehovah, and served Baalim: (Jdg. 2:11)

Numbers 22:41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Baal, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people. (Num. 22:41)



Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, (Deut. 23:4)

  בִּלְעָם בֶּן־בְּעוֹר (Deut. 23:5)

Balaam the son of Beor (Num. 22:5)


And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword. (Num. 31:8)

Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them. (Jos. 13:22)

Soothsayer = קָסַם qacam

Meaning:  1) (Qal) to practice divination, divine 1a) of diviners of the nations, Balaam 1b) of false prophets of Israel 1c) prohibited

Usage:  AV - divine 7, diviners 7, use 3, divination 1, prudent 1, soothsayer 1; 20 times



Balaam the son of Bosor (2 Pet. 2:15 )

who loved the wages of unrighteousness; (2 Pet. 2:15)

But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. (2 Pet. 2:16)

  בִּלְעָם בֶּן בְּעוֹר (2 Pet. 2:15)


Then we have a Witch

כָּשַׁף kashaph {kaw-shaf'}

Meaning:  1) (Piel) to practice witchcraft or sorcery, use witchcraft 1a) sorcerer, sorceress (participle)

Usage:  AV - sorcerers 3, witch 2, witchcraft 1; 6 times



Exod. 22 [18] You shall not suffer a witch to live.

Deut. 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, [11] Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
[12] For
all that do these things are an abomination unto Yehovah: and because of these abominations Yehovah thy God doth drive them out from before you.



כָּשַׁף kashaph {kaw-shaf'}

Meaning:  1) (Piel) to practice witchcraft or sorcery, use witchcraft 1a) sorcerer, sorceress (participle)

Usage:  AV - sorcerers 3, witch 2, witchcraft 1; 6 times


קֶסֶם qecem {keh'-sem}

Meaning:  1) divination, witchcraft 1a) of the nations, Balaam 1b) of false prophets 1c) in a good sense (king's lips as oracles)

Usage:  AV - divination 9, witchcraft 1, divine sentence 1; 11 times


αρμακεα pharmakeia {far-mak-i'-ah}

Meaning:  1) the use or the administering of drugs 2) poisoning 3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it 4) metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry

Usage:  AV - sorcery 2, witchcraft 1; 3 times



Evil people are all through the scriptures and still here today in 2023

Isa.47 [13] Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.


All through the book of Daniel:

Dan. 2 [2] Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.


God said:

Deut. 32 [39] See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

  רְאוּ עַתָּה כִּי אֲנִי אֲנִי הוּא וְאֵין אֱלֹהִים עִמָּדִי אֲנִי אָמִית וַאֲחַיֶּה מָחַצְתִּי וַאֲנִי אֶרְפָּא וְאֵין מִיָּדִי מַצִּיל׃


[40] For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live forever.

  כִּי־אֶשָּׂא אֶל־שָׁמַיִם יָדִי וְאָמַרְתִּי חַי אָנֹכִי לְעֹלָם׃


[41] If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
[42] I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.

Rev.21 brother John

[1] And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

[2] And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

[3] And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

[4] And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

[5] And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

[6] And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.


  אֲנִי הָאָלֶף וְהַתָּו רֹאשׁ וָסוֹף נְאוּם יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים הַהֹוֶה וְהָיָה וְיָבוֹא אֱלֹהֵי צְבָאוֹת׃


I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

[7] He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
[8] But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

In closing for today,

This short topic is a product of all the people we encounter (with other gods) on a daily basis wherever we go.


God says:

Rev. 1:8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

  אָנֹכִי אָלֶף וְתָו רֹאשׁ וָסוֹף נְאֻם־יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר הוּא הֹוֶה וְהָיָה וְיָבוֹא

  אֲנִי־אֵל שַׁדַּי

I am God Almighty


 שַׁדַּי Shaddai

Meaning:  1) almighty, most powerful 1a) Shaddai, the Almighty (of God)

Usage:  AV - Almighty 48 times



   אָנֹכִי אָלֶף וְתָו רִאשׁוֹן וְאַחֲרוֹן רֹאשׁ וָסוֹף׃


I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.


Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Rev. 22:14


May God bless you all and keep us from all evil


Shabbat Shalom

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

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