By Reno Omokri
Every day, hundreds of millions of Christians make the sign of the cross and think they are performing an act of faith pleasing to God. But is that really what we do?
I had heard and read about the true origins of the Cross, and in 2019 I traveled to Ethiopia to celebrate Meskel, which is a celebration of the discovery of the True Cross in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.
I am a seeker of truth, and I wanted to get to the truth no matter whose religious feathers are ruffled. I was told that if I wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery behind the Cross, then Israel and Ethiopia were not the best place to start. I was directed to Egypt, and I left.
I engaged the services of a licensed ancient Egyptian historian and we began to investigate. And that’s where I discovered the Ankh.
So how does the Ankh relate to Christ and the Cross?
The Ankh is an ancient Egyptian mystical symbol used to represent life. It is most commonly believed to be held by the gods of ancient Egypt and was given by them to the pharaohs as an assurance that they (the gods) would support the life of the pharaoh in the afterlife.
The Ankh can be found in the temples and tombs of virtually every ancient Egyptian pharaoh, and I saw them with my own eyes at Tutankhamun’s tomb. Note that Tutankhamun lived 1300 years before Christ came to Earth.
One of the things that will shock many people is the fact that Christ did not die on a cross. The Scripture never said so. I can see you fidgeting. Christ existed. He is the Son of God. He lived, died and rose again as a propitiation for our sins, and there is no way to God EXCEPT through Christ.
I did NOT say the Bible never said Christ died on the cross. It does. I said the SCRIPTURES never said so. The Bible is a TRANSLATION of the Holy Scriptures.
The word used in the scriptures is Tree. The original word used in the original Greek Scriptures is staurÕ, which can mean a post or stake, or the word xylou, which means tree.
The ONLY Old Testament scripture that prophesied how Christ would die (Deuteronomy 21:23), uses the Hebrew word yn˙oy (spelled in the Roman alphabets as hã-‘ês) which is the Hebrew word for tree .
Believe it or not, for the first 200 years of the Church, the Cross was NOT a Christian symbol. The Christian symbol was actually a fish, in reference to Christ’s words in Matthew 4:19 “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Please don’t take my word for it. Do some research.
Wherever you see the word ‘Cross’ in the New Testament, you are reading a word that is translated from staurÕ or xylou. I encourage you to use a Greek dictionary to find the meaning of the two words. In fact, in the KJV, the translators sometimes forgot to use the “official” word, Cross, and instead used the appropriate word, tree in Acts 5:30, Acts 10:39, Acts 13:29, Galatians 3 :13, and 1 Peter 2:24.
So where does the Cross come from? I invite you to look at the attached image of the Theban Trinity of ancient Egyptian demon gods (consisting of Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu).
What do they each hold in their right hand? I urge you to note that these papyrus paintings are over 3000 years old. In Exodus 20:4, the scriptures say that we are not to make an image of anything on earth or in heaven or under the earth.
This is why Christ and his disciples and the early Church did not use a cross, either with or without the image of Christ on it. The use of the cross and crucifix came from the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was a pagan and claimed to have converted to Christianity. Thus began the introduction of the Trinity and the Cross into Christianity. Both the Romans and the Greeks copied from the ancient Egyptians, not scriptures.
It is an undisputed fact that Christ did not die on a cross. It is an undeniable fact that the Ankh preceded the Cross. It is an indisputable fact that Christ has instructed us to teach believers “to observe all that I have commanded you” – Matthew 28:20.
So my question is who taught us to observe the Cross, and to make the sign of the Cross, and to put it in our places of worship? Certainly not God or His Son.
You will never read in the scriptures the account of a person making the sign of the cross or putting a cross in a church or a synagogue. I challenge you to search the scriptures. I am a man of known financial means and am pledging to donate $10,000 to anyone who can show me anywhere in scripture where the sign of the cross or the cross was used by Christ or his followers.
It is time for us to purge Christianity of pagan practices and that is why after prayer and fasting I felt led to travel to Israel, Greece, Spain (Montserrat to see the Black Madonna), to Rome, the Vatican, Ethiopia and Egypt, to gather first-hand knowledge of the true faith that Christ brought to Earth.
We are to be like the Berean believers, of whom the scripture says, “These were nobler than those of Thessalonica, in that they received the word with promptness of mind, and daily searched the scriptures, whether these things were like that.” – Acts 5:11 p.m.
Notice they were searching the Scriptures. They didn’t just swallow everything Paul told them hook, line and sinker.
It is so important. Nothing is more important to me than seeking the truth about God because Christ said in John 4:24 that “God is a Spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. If we adopt pagan mystical practices, how can we be said to worship God in spirit and in truth. »?
My life, my money, my possessions and my time are not as important to me as my God. I believe that if the mainstream religion clashes with God, a true believer must choose God. If working time and God’s time collide, a true believer must choose God. If politics and God clash, a true believer must choose God. If football and God clash, a true believer must choose God. If a friend’s demands and God’s demands conflict, a true believer must choose God. If popularity and God clash, a true believer must choose God.
So, while knowing that what I write will not be popular, I must say it, because the scripture says: “we are therefore the ambassadors of Christ, as if God launched his call through us. We implore you in the name of Christ: Be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20.
For me, this is the only way I know to worship God in spirit and in truth and I urge all my readers not to take my words at face value, but to be like the Berean Christians and “search the Scriptures daily, if these things were so.
We must be very careful of what the Scripture says. Scripture like 1 Timothy 4:1 which reads:
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in the end times some will forsake the faith, heeding the seducing spirits and doctrines of demons;”
How can one have a symbol in churches whose origin is clearly of ancient Egyptian mystical origin, and one does not ask questions? Some people private message me urging me to be careful lest the establishment quietly kill me. But even this warning assumes that I am afraid of death. I am not afraid of death. No way. What do I want to achieve in the life that God has not given me, often on a golden platter? If I, who have been so blessed by God, cannot risk my life against the establishment for Him, then I am the most useless of all men!
2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout all the earth, to show themselves strong in favor of those whose heart is perfect toward him.”
My body is imperfect towards God. I am a sinner. I admit it freely. But my heart is entirely devoted to God. I have no doubt in my heart that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God and Father of my Lord and Savior, Yeshua Hamashiach, is the ONE TRUE God.
If I am killed doing what I believe he urges me to do, then that death will be the sweetest death possible and I have no fear in my heart if it should happen.
We cannot just hear each other. We must question every aspect of our religion to ensure that it is totally faithful to the scriptures. After all, it is the same scripture that warns us to “not believe any spirit, but try the spirits to find out if they are of God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1.
Every piece of information that doesn’t lead to transformation is entertainment. Don’t just read this and be entertained. Read this and be inspired to get to the bottom of your faith. You owe it to yourself because on the last day of judgment, each man will independently account for his life before God who tries the heart.
2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All SCRIPTURE is inspired of God, and helpful to teach, to convince, to correct, to instruct in righteousness:”
Notice the word Scripture. Not the Bible (Scripture translation).
That Masons and Rosicrucians dominated the translation of Scripture in the King James Version of the Bible is a historical fact. Do some research. Sir Francis Bacon, who was Lord High Chancellor to King James I, was a Rosicrucian. It is a historical fact. The word Rose-Croix simply means “Order of the Rose-Croix”. He chose many KJV translators.
It was their agenda to promote the Cross. The Cross plays a mystical role in their occult world. Many of those appointed to the committee that translated the scriptures into KJV were Masons. It is a historical fact. And even the Masons themselves regard the KJV as “The Great Light of Masonry”.
What is the most diabolical regime that has ever existed on Earth? It would be Nazi Germany. What was their status symbol? You would say a swastika. And you would be wrong. It is a Hindu word that those outside of Nazi Germany used to describe their symbol. The Nazis called their symbol a Hakenkreuz, which is German for Hooked Cross. It is a known fact that the Nazis were deeply rooted in the occult.
The scriptures tell us not to “be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your spirit, that you may prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:2.
What better way to fulfill the scripture above than to read the scripture in its original language and “abide” by it? If the original Scripture does not mention the word ‘Cross’, and instead uses the word tree, then who are we conforming to by arguing and propagating the lie that Christ was killed on a Cross? Certainly not God. Certainly not the Scripture.
Why can’t we as Christians learn from Muslims by learning and reading the scriptures in the original language? I know a 7 year old Muslim who can read and recite the Quran in Arabic. Why can’t we have adult Christians who can read and recite Holy Scripture in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek? This is why I respect Apostle Johnson Suleman. He didn’t just learn Greek. He went to Greece and stayed in a commune and read the original scripture in his native language 34 good times!
There are people who say it does not affect salvation. Oh good? Doesn’t the introduction of occult symbols into Christianity affect salvation? So why does 1 Peter 1:16 say “Be holy, for I am holy”?