Fasting for Atonement

Shalam Israel, We are the original Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, out of 1 West 125th St. Harlem, NYC, since 1969. The HOME OF THE TRUTH! In the Spirit of the Most High, in the name of Christ under Commanding General Yahanna, we have dedicated and hazarded our lives to bringing the 12 Tribes of the nation of Israel back to the Father in spirit and truth.  The people of Negro, and Indian descent, scattered throughout North, South, Central America and the West Indian Islands are the Lost 12 Tribes of Israel.  Wherever we are; in the ghettos, the barrios, the reservations or shanty towns; on the web, and in our everyday lives we strive to wake up our people.

Over the years, because of religions such as Christianity and Islam, many original Hebrew biblical laws and traditions have been misconstrued and their meanings and practices perverted. An example of this is the celebration of Christ birthday on December 25th, which is a Roman custom and against the law established in Jeremiah 10:1-6. Another is the so called Easter holiday, which is the worship of a babylonian fertility goddess named Ishtar, and a perversion of the original Hebrew Passover feast. One important biblical tradition that has been more widely misunderstood is the partaking of fasts.

Leviticus 23:26 - And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, [27] Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord . [28] And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God. [29] For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.

Sundown Tuesday September 22nd through sundown Wednesday is the Day of atonement. This is a Holy convocation or a separate gathering in which all Israel is to "afflict your souls" by not eating and drinking anything for a whole day. Perversions of this special day for Israelites can be found in the Muslim religion, with variations also present in Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church.

Mark 7:6 - He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. [7] Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. [8] For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. [9] And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

During the time Christ walked the earth, he spoke against the religious leaders of his day, and their promotion of traditions established by men vs commandments prescribed by the law of the Most High. Christians and Muslims today say they love the Most High, but their thoughts and actions aren't fixed on serving him. They lay aside commandments such as the day of atonement to uphold traditions of men such as "Lent" and "Ramadan."

Many of the holidays and traditions upheld by modern religious people can be easily shown to be against the Most Highs word. Nowhere in the bible can you find justification for a fast during the sunlight hours where you can eat at night (Ramadan). Or a 42 day restriction where you give up engaging in an activity of your choosing as a penance to the Most High (lent). But as prophesied by Isaiah men today uphold these traditions and not the Most Highs commandment.

Isaiah 58:3 - Wherefore have we fasted, say they , and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

Some have tried to contend with the ISUPK over the meaning of "afflict thy soul." Some say it is not a fast, and others such as the Roman Catholic Church beat themselves with whips and cut themselves as an affliction to their souls. But this scripture along with verses 4 and 5 are clearly equating afflicting your soul with a fast. Those in the Christian church, and Muslim mosque are not seen by the Most High because they have not afflicted their souls and followed the command of the Most High with their so called fasts.

Matthew 6:16 - Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. [17] But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; [18] That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Christ instructed his disciples on the proper way to partake in a fast for the Most High. Hypocrites such as those in Christianity and Islam always go out of their way to make it known that they are fasting. This is not the way it should be. When you fast for the Most High, whether it is on the day of atonement or for any other reason, keep it between yourself and the Most High. Wash your face and put on your oil or lotion and don't appear to be visibly suffering. Those things which you do for the Most High in private, he shall reward you for all to see.

Fasting is a way of gaining control and maintaining discipline over your body. For a brother or sister serving the Most High in this evil society it is deathly important that we strengthen ourselves spiritually by having control over our flesh. Many of us who have come into the truth battled addiction and lusts of various sorts in the world and fasting is a way of overcoming those demons. If you can go a day without food and water then surely you don't need cigarettes. If you can abstain from the things that your body NEEDS to live then surely you can abstain from the things that Satan tries to tempt you with.

If you've never properly fasted, or participated in keeping the Day of atonement then Tuesday is the time to start. Join us at 7:00pm on our website at www.isupk.com and click the online classes link as we will hold a service to commemorate the beginning of the fast for all Israelites to partake in.

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