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Tsiyon, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth"
of the Seventh Month: Between now and our next Tsiyon News,
important appointed days of the 7th month will occur. From the
evening of Oct 8th to the evening of Oct 9th is the Biblical 10th
day of the 7th month - the Day of Atonement. For Messianics,
this day signifies what Messiah has done for us as our great High
Priest, offering His own blood for our atonement before the Throne
of YHWH in heaven itself. It is fitting on this day to put aside the
desires of the 'old man' and to seek forgiveness and renewal by the
Blood of Messiah in every area of our lives. We can pave the way for
that renewal by forgiving others before and on that day, and being
at peace with all men, so far as it depends upon us. May this Day of
Atonement find each of us keeping the New Commandment given us by
Messiah, namely, "Love one another as I have loved you."
Succot/Tabernacles begins at
sundown of October 13, the 15th day of the 7th Biblical month. This
is the "Time of our joy!" Not only does this 8 day feast stand for
the time when our forefathers dwelt in booths in the wilderness - it
more especially is the time when Messiah was born and began
tabernacling here, on the earth, as one of us! Yes, the 1st day of
this feast is Messiah's birthday!
May you be blessed as He leads
you into a spiritually meaningful celebration of these set-apart
Listener Q + A
Listener Comment - Messianic
Now that you are
rebuilding and may be reprinting ..have you had any direction from
YAH on changing your logo? If you still want the messianic seal (we
were taught the fish part was actually to be a tav and that other
factions of believers changed to a fish) Could it have no eye rather
than a cross? Many of us feel that the cross may be the "sign" of
the other side ....to lead many astray ...you know all those holy
pictures with holy people having a cross on their forehead in ash?
...think how special they will feel to have that on their forehead.
This "messianic" symbol was actually a stumbling block for me to get
over - the Ruach has never let me wear one or use one. mixed seed
..it symbolizes to many groups that Yehudah is the star of course
and Ephraim are christians & the fish of course. I believe you teach
that this belief is wrong ....Yisrael is "FISHED" out of both
groups. Correct? ..i struggled with this symbol on your site for
several weeks ...and in fact, struggle with it to this day. I doubt
I am the only one who does. I was afraid of you and worried you were
false or not. I am not the only one who has felt that the Ruach told
them not to use this symbol.... I confess that I cut it off your
bumper sticker before I put on my car. Just wanted you to know where
we stand. I am not trying to be argumentative nor start anything. I
love all of you and I felt today was the day to tell you this ...you
are making decisions, please pray about this one ...it may be small
BUT it may be keeping others out. Shalom to all of you!
Tsiyon Answer -
Messianic Seal ..pagan?
Thank you for lovingly and
forthrightly sharing your concern about the Messianic Seal on our
Symbols, such as the Star of David and the cross, and others, are
loaded with meaning for various groups. That makes virtually all
symbols controversial, because of their various connections, both
positive and negative. The simplest way for Tsiyon to avoid such
controversy in regards to the Messianic Seal would be simply not to
use it. Let me explain why we did not go that simple route, but
instead have embraced the Messianic Seal.
The short answer is: hasatan has stolen this set-apart emblem and
its component parts for his own purposes. The symbols of the
Messianic Seal would have no interest for him or power for his uses,
if it were not a holy emblem to begin with. This is his classic m.o.
- to take the good things from YHWH and then to distort their use
for his own evil purposes. In the process he seeks to steal these
holy things of YHWH from us.
In the case of the
Messianic Seal, this was the emblem of the first Messianic believers
in Jerusalem, likely designed by James the Just, or passed down to
him through the Davidic family, perhaps from his brother, Y'shua the
Messiah. In the links below you will find photos of artifacts used
by James and the early believers which contain variants of the
Messianic Seal upon them. This emblem was clearly the "logo" of
James and these early believers, as shown by these artifacts of that
group. As you look at those, you will find a version of the
Messianic Seal we use as our "logo" here at Tsiyon. You will note
that it has a 't' taw in place of the eye of the "fish." This did
not originate with us, but with James and the believers who first
used this emblem.
Sister, if James was worshiping a pagan symbol then all that we are
doing is in vain. Personally, I don't accept that viewpoint for a
second. If James used this emblem then it is a Divinely approved
emblem - it is holy and conveys a divine message. That is why
hasatan has worked so hard to distort its meaning by connecting its
symbols with magic and paganism. I acknowledge these unholy
connections as existing in history. I simply don't believe that's
their meaning to James and the Messianic community. I am not going
to let hasatan steal this unique sign of the authentic early
believing community from us. That's why we retain this seal.
Here is more about the Messianic Seal and its true meaning:
A final word about the
Messianic Seal as a stumbling block. I am entirely sympathetic with
how you have felt about this. As one who is careful to break all
connections with false religion, I understand that since you have
understood the symbols of the Messianic Seal according to those
false religious connotations you would rightly turn away from it.
Perhaps if you come to see the Messianic Seal in its true historical
light that might change. Whether that happens or not, be assured
that we honor your serious quest after holiness. May His blessing be
The Chariot of YHWH is on the
move! That message is continually before our face. Our new program
helps to explain why. Additionally, you will find it appropriate
listening, especially for the Day of Atonement. Please listen.
Eliyahu ben David