Tuesday, February 1, 2011

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SABBATH

THE Sabbath

Berayshit (Gen)2:2-3  And He ceased(Shabbat) on the seventh(sheva) day from all His work which He had made. And Elohim blessed the seventh(sheva) day and set it apart(Kadosh); because on it He Shabbat from all His work which Elohim purposed to create.
The letters in red are the actual words in the Hebrew text: Which means the sheva day ( seventh, perfection and oath) was a Shabbat day, a Day of ceasing.
Shabbat means to cease and rest; and that happens on the seventh day which is a day of perfection and an oath. That day was blessed and set apart by Elohim Himself and Adam knew that because he was there when Elohim set it apart.
The Fourth Commandment
Exodus 20:8- Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart. Six days you shall labour and do all your work. And the seventh(sheva) day is a Sabbath to YHWH your Elohim;  you shall not do any work, you, and your son and your daughter, your male slave, your female slave, and your cattle, and your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all which is in them, and He rested on the Sheva, therefore YHWH blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.
YHWH is repeating the oath He made in the beginning here in the fourth commandment, it is the same one.
Sabbath (Seventh Day of the Week): This day was blessed and set apart by Elohim at creation (Ber. 2:2-3). Later on it was instituted as the sign of the everlasting covenant between Elohim and His people, a sign that He sets them apart, an everlasting sign (Shem. 31:13-17,  Exodis 31:13 “And you, speak to the children of Yisra’Ãl, saying, ‘My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is  a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, YHWH, am setting you apart.”

(Ezekiel. 20:12-20). Sabbath-keeping is one of the Ten Words of the Covenant, standing forever, settled forever in heaven, founded forever (Ps. 89:34, PS. 111:8-9, Ps. 119:89). We would like to point out the following:
(1) Yeshua kept the Sabbath (Lk. 4:16, Yn.15:10), and the women who were taught by Him still kept it at the time of Messiah’s burial (Lk. 23:56).
(2) Sha’ul kept it (Acts 13:14, Acts 13:42-44, Acts 17:2, Acts 18:4 & 11).
(3) Ludia and the women kept it (Acts16:13).
(4) In Heb. 4:9 we are again reminded of the necessity of keeping the Sabbath!
(5) Finally: After the end-time judgment has come upon this earth (Isaiah. 66), and a new heavens and a new earth is established, we read in Isaiah. 66:23 that the Sabbath shall still be kept!
(6) Who then changed it to Sunday, in effect nullifying it? In Dan. 7:25 we read of a horn, a sovereign (remember: in those days the gentiles regarded their sovereigns as deities). This one is often interpreted as being the Anti-Messiah, the enemy of the Chosen People. In Dan. 7:25 we read that he would “intend to change appointed times (or, festivals) and law.” The RCC openly boast that they changed the Sabbath to Sunday. This change was preceded by Emperor Constantine legislating, in the year 321, that “the venerable day of the Sun” was to be kept as a day of rest by penalty of death. Remember: Constantine was a worshipper of Sol Invictus, the sun-deity. The “Church” soon followed suit, and in the year 336 (some give the date as 364), at the Council of Laodicea, Canon 29, the Christians were commanded to observe the Sunday as well. Bishop Eusebius (270-338CE), who worked with Constantine, admits to the Church’s decision to change from Sabbath to Sunday.
If YHWH set the Sabbath apart, and Yeshua is the master of the Sabbath (Mat. 12:8), then who is man to choose for himself when the Sabbath of YHWH is?
We should stop allowing others to tell us what to believe and start reading to understand the word just as it is for ourselves.
Mat.22:8-12“But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi,’ for One is your Teacher, the Messiah, and you are all brothers. “And do not call anyone on earth your Father, for One is your Father, He who is in the heavens. “Neither be called leaders, for One is your Leader, the Messiah.  “But the greatest among you shall be your servant. “And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.”
I will not quote the rest of this scripture here as you should read it for yourself.

SHALOM

Just to add to the message above:

Some people remark that we don’t know when the seventh day is anymore. The Christians use this argument a lot, trying to justify there pagan Sunday Worship practice. Here is just a little information proving that we have always known when the seventh day is:

The calendar has not been changed so as to confuse the days of the week. We can be positive that our seventh day is the same day Y’shua observed when He was here. Pope Gregory XIII did make a calendar change in 1582, but it did not interfere with the weekly cycle. Our present Gregorian calendar was named after him when he made that small change in 1582.

What did Pope Gregory do to the calendar? Before 1582 the Julian calendar had been in effect, instituted by Julius Ceasar about 46 B.C. and named after him. But the Julian calendar had calculated the length of the year as 365 1/4 days, and the year is actually eleven minutes less than 365 1/4 days. Those eleven minutes accumulated, and by 1582 the numbering of the calendar was ten days out of harmony with the solar system. Gregory simply dropped those ten days out of the numbering of the calendar. It was Thursday, October 4, 1582, and the next day, Friday, should have been October 5. But Gregory made it October 15 instead, dropping exactly ten days to bring the calendar back into harmony with the heavenly bodies.

Were the days of the week confused? No. Friday still followed Thursday, and Saturday still followed Friday. The same seventh day remained, and the weekly cycle was not disturbed in the least. When we keep the seventh day on Saturday, we are observing the same day Y’shua kept, and He did it every week according to Luke 4:16.


So basically, if we want to be part of YHWH’s people and be saved, we have to keep THE Seventh day Sabbath and all His commands. Otherwise we are serving another who is the Anti-Messiah.

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