Restoring the Bride of Messiah

SABBATH – SHABBAT

Generally speaking, the Sabbath is not well understood in Christendom. It is normally viewed as something Jewish and of no relevance to Christians. This is due largely to the man-made doctrine of Dispensationalism which draws a distinct line in the sand between the Old Testament and the New Testament. It relegates all things in the Old Testament as Jewish and things in the New Testament as Christian as if they were two completely separate and mutually exclusive groups.

As a result of Dispensationalism, most Christians do not know or understand the Feasts of YHWH or the Sabbath and many of the other Torah instructions. If you do not understand the Feasts of YHWH, you cannot possibly fully understand the Gospels. You have a very myopic view of Scripture and a distorted view of Scripture in general. The Sabbath is a good example of a simple, easy-to-understand commandment of Elohim that is not understood by most Christians. As a result, they are missing out on the benefits of being obedient to this commandment. Those Christians who understand and keep the Sabbath are often spurned by the mainline Christian community as “Sabbath-keepers” or “Sabbatarians” as if they were members of some kind of cult, when if fact, they are just trying to be obedient to YHWH and His commandments.

The Sabbath, or Shabbat in Hebrew, is critical to anyone who believes in and obeys the commandments of the Creator of the universe as revealed in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Over the years, the Sabbath has been obscured in the minds of most Christians who believe that the Sabbath was changed to the first day of the week (the day of the sun god) or is strictly applicable to Jews. Both Christians and Jews claim to serve the same Elohim and both revere the same Torah as inspired Scripture, although they do not necessarily use the same names.

The Torah was given to Moses (Mosheh) at Mount Sinai and consists of the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis (Beresheet), Exodus (Shemot), Leviticus (Vayiqra), Numbers (Bemidbar) and Deuteronomy (Devarim).The Torah is traditionally separated from the other Scriptures and consists of one large scroll. Christianity has combined it into a codex with a collection of writings known as the Old Testament.

The Sabbath was blessed and set apart at the beginning of creation

By the seventh day Elohim had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3And Elohim blessed the seventh day and made it set-apart [holy], because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3

The Hebrew word, normally translated as holy in most English Bibles, is qadosh, but more accurately means “to set apart”. So we see that the Sabbath is the very first thing that the Scriptures record as being set-apart by our Creator. During creation week, Elohim gave three blessings: On the fifth day, He blessed the birds and sea creatures, on the sixth day He blessed Man, and He blessed the seventh day itself, the Sabbath. The Sabbath is not only set-apart but blessed, right from the beginning of time.

The Sabbath was kept by Adam and his offspring long before there was a Hebrew or a Jewish religion. In other words, it is not a Jewish thing!

The Almighty Designer and Creator of the Universe (including the earth and our mortal bodies) has set out in the Owner’s Manual (the Scriptures) the proper care and maintenance of the earth and our bodies (which were formed from the earth). They both need regular rest to be healthy. Our bodies need to have a full day of rest each 7th day of the week (Sabbath) and the earth must have its rest each 7th year, when it is allowed to lie fallow.


The Fourth Commandment

The primary commandment concerning the Sabbath is the fourth commandment given at Mt. Sinai.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it set-apart. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to YHWH your Elohim. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore YHWH blessed the Sabbath day and made it set-apart. Exodus 20:8-11

The Ten Commandments were given to Israel (Yisra’el) shortly after their Exodus from Egypt (Mitsrayim) and were written down by YHWH and then by Mosheh on tablets of stone. Yisra’el consisted of a mixed multitude which included not only the twelve tribes who were descendents of Jacob, but also the foreigners and strangers who decided to follow YHWH out of Mitsrayim. The Ten Commandments were given to the entire congregation of Yisra’el because Yisra’el is the redeemed people of YHWH, regardless of their ethnicity. All were expected to obey these commandments, not just the descendents of the twelve sons of Jacob.

Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed. Exodus 23:12

The commandments were given to Yisra’el because Yisra’el represents the Elect of YHWH which included the physical descendents of Jacob along with all aliens, strangers and sojourners who elected to join themselves with the Tribes. When you are “born again”, you are grafted into Yisra’el, adopted in as sons and daughters of the Most High. They were the Redeemed of YHWH who had all been delivered from slavery and given the freedom to obey YHWH and His Kingdom.

The Sabbath Is Given As A Day For All Creation

A big misconception among Christians is that the Sabbath is merely for Jews. The mention of servants, strangers and aliens, as well as cattle, surely refutes this preposterous claim.

The law of the Sabbath is a memorial of creation and is a provision given by YHWH for the health and well being of His creation. Like the other laws in Scripture, they were given for our own good, not to be stumbling blocks.

Look at this excerpt from a popular Christian commentary: The mention of a stranger being to observe a Sabbath is a proof that the command of a Sabbath is not merely Jewish, as has frequently been asserted… The law of the Sabbath was constituted a memorial of creation, and hence, the reason here assigned must be considered as demonstrating its universal obligation. It is not a reason applicable to any one age, or o any one class of men more than to another. All classes of men are bound to obey and glorify the Creator; and the devout observance of the Sabbath is one of the methods divinely appointed for that end.”

And foreigners who bind themselves to YHWH to serve him, to love the name of YHWH, and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant- Isaiah 56:6

In this passage, the word used for foreigner is often used for heathen or gentile and denoted those who were strangers to the ways of YHWH. Thus, anyone who is a foreigner (stranger, heathen, gentile) to YHWH may repent and turn to Him. In so doing, they join with Him which involves guarding and keeping the Sabbath and holding fast to the other commandments.

Yahushua Messiah states in Mark 11:

On reaching Jerusalem, Yahushua entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’ ? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Mark 11: 15-17

Messiah did not come to create a new religion!

The Sabbath is a Sign

Then YHWH said to Mosheh, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am YHWH, who makes you set-apart. “‘Observe the Sabbath, because it is set apart to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people. For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, set apart to YHWH. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death. The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.’” Exodus 31:12-17

Also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I YHWH made them set apart. Ezekiel 20:12

Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us. Then you will know that I am YHWH your Elohim.” Ezekiel 20:20

Notice that the Sabbath is holy or set apart and is to be kept set apart to YHWH. It is His day and anyone who follows Him will observe it as a set-apart day. This act of observance is a sign or distinguishing mark that those who observe the Sabbath are set apart to YHWH. The Sabbath is meant to be a visible sign of the covenant that YHWH made with His Redeemed. At the time that the Commandments were given, there were no Christians on the earth. The children of Yisra’el represented the set apart assembly of YHWH on the earth. When a gentile repents and receives Elohim’s Spirit, he becomes a member of Yisra’el, being grafted into the Olive Tree as a wild olive branch. The Sabbath is not a sign exclusively between YHWH and the adherents of Rabbinical Judahism nor was it made with the modern State of Israel. It is a sign between YHWH and Yisra’el. His Bride is the set apart assembly of believers who love and obey Him. This means obeying His commandments.

It is a critical mistake to confuse Yisra’el with the Commonwealth of Israel or with Rabbinic Judaism or even the physical or genetic descendents of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. A Yisra’elite is not the same as an adherent of the religion of Judaism. A Yisra’elite is a member of the Commonwealth of Yisra’el which is the Kingdom of YHWH. The Torah is its Constitution.


Sabbath – An Everlasting Covenant

Dispensationalism and Replacement Theology have severely damaged the Christian religion’s understanding of the Scriptures. Most Christians are under the false belief that the Sabbath (Shabbat) was somehow changed from the seventh day of the week (Saturday) to the first day of the week (Sunday). There is not one bit of evidence to support this notion or that YHWH has rescinded his commandment to keep the Sabbath (7th day). In fact, the Scriptures are filled with passages which confirm that the Sabbath is a perpetual and everlasting covenant.

The Yisra’elites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. It will be a sign between me and the Yisra’elites forever, for in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.’” Exodus 31:16-17

The covenant was made with Yisra’el because they were the people who were set apart to YHWH when the commandment was given. They were also a mixed multitude consisting of many tribes and tongues. There is no passage in the Scriptures which recount a covenant made with a group called “Christians” and, contrary to popular belief, the “New” Covenant mediated by Messiah was not made with Christianity or “The Church” but with the House of Yisra’el and the House of Yahudah (Judah). There were only Yisra’elites present at the Last Supper and the covenant which the Messiah was sealing was the long awaited renewed covenant promised through the prophets.

Many Christians are confused because they believe that the “New” Covenant somehow replaced or abolished the “Old” Covenant which would abolish the Sabbath as an everlasting covenant. This is another example of how semantics can lead to false doctrine and confusion.

The New (or rather Renewed) Covenant was a fulfillment of prophesy and a refreshing of the prior covenant made with Yisra’el. Instead of the blood of bulls and goats, YHWH provided a perfect sacrifice in Messiah which effected the long awaited atonement for the transgressions of mankind.

Yahushua Himself also confirmed that the Sabbath will be observed perpetually when he was teaching His disciples regarding His second coming:

Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. Matthew 24:20


Keeping the Sabbath

The biblical or Hebrew day starts at sundown. The Sabbath begins after sunset on Friday evening, more accurately called erev Shabbat and continues until the following sunset. In Israel, this is typically around 6:00 pm on Friday to 6:00 pm on Saturday. The Jewish religion has developed some significant traditions surrounding Sabbath. This typically involves the preparation of a nice meal and the lighting of two candles prior to the beginning of Shabbat. There are certain prayers which are said throughout the evening and in the morning and at the end of Shabbat. These are traditions and are not spelled out in the Scriptures.

In fact, there are only a few commandments regarding the keeping of the Sabbath. The essential passage to know is:

Mosheh assembled the whole Yisra’elite community and said to them, “These are the things YHWH has commanded you to do: For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your set apart day, a Sabbath of rest to YHWH. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.” Exodus 35:1-3

The prohibition against work on the Sabbath is fairly straightforward. This would include any activity which is intended to make money or which requires physical or mental exertion unrelated to YHWH. The prime goal of Sabbath is to REST and COMMUNE WITH YHWH. Each believer should prayerfully consider their obedience to this commandment.

The prohibition against kindling a fire was directly related to cooking because it involved such tasks as collecting wood, building a fire, preparing the food, cooking it and cleaning up afterwards. Someone is not going to get rest doing all these chores. This is one of the reasons that YHWH instructed the Yisra’elites to gather twice as much manna on the sixth day so that they would have enough left over for the Sabbath.

Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much—two omers for each person—and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Mosheh. He said to them, “This is what YHWH commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a set-apart Sabbath to YHWH. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’” So they saved it until morning, as Mosheh commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. “Eat it today,” Mosheh said, “because today is a Sabbath to YHWH. You will not find any of it on the ground today. Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.” Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. Then YHWH said to Mosheh, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? Bear in mind that YHWH has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” So the people rested on the seventh day. Exodus 16:21-30

Using this passage as an example, as a child of Elohim, you should purchase and cook your food ahead of time so that you can properly rest on the Sabbath. One of the lessons we must learn for the Sabbath as well as the Feasts is PREPARATION. It is very important to prepare, not only for the Sabbaths but for the tough times that lie ahead during the Tribulation.

The Sabbath requires not just abstaining from cooking, but all labor including our jobs, mowing the lawn, washing the car and the like. It is supposed to be a set apart day dedicated to rest and commune with YHWH. At the same time, you are receiving a blessing from YHWH. Buying and selling on the Sabbath is not pleasing to YHWH because it means that business is being conducted when everyone is supposed to be resting.

YHWH also commanded rest for the Land of Yisra’el which is properly referred to as Eretz Yisra’el

YHWH said to Mosheh on Mount Sinai, “Speak to the Yisra’elites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to YHWH. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a sabbath of rest, a sabbath to YHWH. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you—for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten. Leviticus 25:1-7

Because of the stubbornness of the Yisra’elites and not giving the land its rest as commanded by YHWH, He allowed them to be taken captive by Babylon for 70 years, thus allowing the land to get its rest during that time.

He carried into exile to Babylon the remnant, who escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and his sons until the kingdom of Persia came to power. The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of YHWH spoken by Jeremiah. 2 Chronicles 36:20-21

Sadly, the modern State of Israel does not observe the Sabbath of the Land. Despite the miraculous creation of a Jewish State, Israel is not a Torah observant society. It is quite secular for the most part although there are still many Torah observant individuals living there.

Messiah and the Sabbath

The Sabbath is clearly a special day as demonstrated by the fact that Messiah was resurrected on the Sabbath (see the Passover - Pesach), not on Easter Sunday as most Christians have been led to believe by the sun god worshipping Roman Catholic Church. Messiah spent a lot of time teaching on the subject of the Sabbath.

The Sabbath is a set-apart day, a day of rest and refreshment, both spiritually and physically. This does not necessarily mean that you should congregate outside of your home as the Catholics and the Sunday church do on the day of the sun god.. Traditionally, Yisra’elites who lived in or near Yahrushalayim would go to the Temple of YHWH. Those who lived farther away would go to a local synagogue to hear the word of YHWH read from the Scrolls. Not that there is anything wrong with assembling together but do not neglect the benefits of worshipping and studying at home with your family. If your place of assembly is far from your home, then the effort driving there and returning home does not constitute rest. There is no specific day on which you must gather together to study and pray. This may be done on any day as long as you observe the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, and keep it set-apart. The Messiah always kept the Sabbath:

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. Luke 4:16

They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Yahushua went into the synagogue and began to teach. Mark 1:21

He also taught and healed on the Sabbath:

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of Elohim, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Torah that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent? I tell you that one greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Master of the Sabbath.”
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Yahushua, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Aware of this, Yahushua withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, warning them not to tell who he was
. Matthew 12:1-16

Most English Bibles erroneously translate the phrase, “Master of the Sabbath” as “Lord of the Sabbath.” This has been used by some as an argument that Yahushua changed the Sabbath from the 7th day to the first. This is faulty reasoning and there is no Scripture to support such a claim. By claiming to be “Master of the Sabbath”, Yahushua is actually acknowledging and confirming the perpetual relevance of the Sabbath. Yahushua was born in the Sabbath month, was resurrected on the Sabbath day and He will come again for His Bride in the Sabbath month and reign over this earth during the Sabbath millennium (The Lord’s Day).

Once you understand the meaning and purpose of the Sabbath, and His command to keep it set apart, you will really come to appreciate the guilt-free rest and refreshment it offers. Most Americans do not even take a single day of rest because of all the many chores they feel they must do on the weekends. Your body needs a day of rest and you need this time to really commune with your Heavenly Father.

The Pharisees, in order to keep control of the masses and to try and prevent them from breaking the commandments, built thousands of “fence laws” around the Torah. This includes the Sabbath. The Scriptural instructions regarding the Sabbath were few and they were clear. The Pharisees added about 1,500 more “laws” heaped on top them. This is what Yahushua was referring to when He rebuked them for their traditions and burdensome laws:

Yahushua replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them. So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. Because of this, Elohim in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all. “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.” Luke 11:46-52

The job of the prophet was often to warn the people of their transgressions and to direct them back to YHWH. They pointed out the errors of their ways which were often rooted in their leadership. If the people repented, YHWH would restore them although His perfect justice often required punishment. The leadership (Pharisees) had things set up just the way they wanted them in order to give them control over the people. They often used lies and deception to maintain their positions of power. If a prophet pointed out the wrong doings of the people and the correction went against the teachings of the leaders, they often killed the prophet in order to shut him up. They did not want to change. They liked things exactly the way they were. You will find in days ahead that the leadership of today, the Sunday Church “pastors” who also like their positions of influence and power, will not want to change because they like their jobs and their power.

It angered Yahushua to see how men had twisted the plain truth of His commands, which were meant to liberate man, with traditions and laws that were instead enslaving man. This is what He was referring to when He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

The rest that He was promising is the rest that is found in the Sabbath. As Master of the Sabbath, He was telling the people to throw off the yoke that men had placed on them through their fence laws, and to let Him instruct and guide them through the Torah.

We may not always know what is best for us, but our Heavenly Father does. The Sabbath call to rest is meant to be a blessing for our benefit. He blessed this day and meant it to be a blessing and a joy to us. This is what He meant when He said,

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27.


The Early Believers and the Sabbath

If any group understood that Yahushua was Master of the Sabbath, and understood His teachings on the Sabbath, it was the Twelve. All of the early disciples continued to keep the Sabbath after Yahushua’s death, resurrection and ascension. The early followers of Yahushua were all Yisra’elites for many years and were a sect of Yisra’el often called Nazarenes, Natsarim in Hebrew, or simply followers of “The Way”. They observed the Torah which included keeping the Sabbath. The following verses show the early believers in obedience to the instructions regarding the Sabbath:

Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment. Luke 23:56

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Matthew 28:1

They waited to go to the tomb because they were observing the Sabbaths and resting.

An erroneous interpretation of Acts 20:7-8 is often used to support the belief that the Sabbath was moved from the seventh day to the first day of the week since the Disciples “broke bread” on the first day of the week.

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Acts 20:7-8

In order to properly understand this passage, you need to have some knowledge of Hebrew tradition and the correct reckoning of time. The Sabbath starts just after sundown on the 6th day (Friday) and ends just after sundown on the 7th day (Saturday). These believers met together on the Sabbath for the purpose of worshipping and hearing the word of Elohim. After the Sabbath meeting, being still gathered together, they shared an evening meal (Oneg) as was their custom and continued to fellowship and teach until late in the evening of the 1st day. The term “break bread” has been a common expression for eating together even up to this time. It does not refer to a Christian communion rite.

These gatherings consisted of Hebrews and Gentile believers in Yahushua alike. They were expected to go to the Synagogue and learn the Torah along with the Hebrew believers.

It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to Elohim. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For Mosheh (Torah) has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” Acts 15:19-21

All of these Scriptures support the fact that the followers of Yahushua Messiah kept the 7th day Sabbath, whether they were native born Hebrew descendents of Jacob or Gentiles who came to believe in YHWH and Yahushua. This continued well after the destruction of the temple in Yahrushalayim and up until it was forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church under the penalty of death.

From the Council of Trent (1566), we see the boasting of the RCC: “It pleased the Church of God that the religious celebration of the Sabbath day should be transferred to ‘the Lord’s Day.’” Catholic theologians often appealed to the ecclesiastical origin of Sunday in order to prove the power of the Church to introduce new laws and ceremonies.

James Cardinal Gibbons, a prominent Catholic authority and former Archbishop of Baltimore, stated: “The Catholic Church…by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday,” He further stated, “You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” In 1895, Chancellor H.F. Thomas of the Office of this same Cardinal wrote: “Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act…and the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power.” The change is repeatedly referred to as a mark. “Sunday is our mark of authority... The Church is above the Bible and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.”

The Lutheran Augsburg Confession (1530) states: “They [the RCC] refer to the Sabbath day as having been changed into ‘the Lord’s Day’, contrary to the Decalogue [Ten Commandments], as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath-day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments.” It should be clear to the reader that this is exactly what it seems – ERROR. No man, man-made system or religion has the authority to change the commandments of Elohim.

One group of believers who would have been manifestly opposed to this change were the Nazarenes who, by that time were few in number and generally not affiliated with the mainstream anti-nomian (without Torah), Gentile dominated ‘Christian Church.’ In fact, due to growing anti-Semitic sentiment within the Christian ‘Church’ and the fiction that existed between the Torah observant Believers and the generally lawless ‘Christians’, the change was probably welcomed by many Christians because it brought about a long-overdue separation from something considered to be ‘Jewish.’

Epiphanius, and early Christian historian wrote: “They [the Nazarenes] have no different ideas, but confess everything exactly as the Law [Torah] proclaims it and in the Jewish fashion – except for their belief in Messiah… but since they are still fettered by the Law [Torah] – circumcision, the Sabbath, and the rest, they are not in accord with Christians.” Notice how he tries to portray the Nazarenes as heretics, but the only accusation he can come up with is that they obeyed the commandments as opposed to the Christians who do not. Well, nothing’s changed. The modern Catholic and Christian organizations believe that the seventh day Sabbath is strictly a Jewish observance so they regularly profane the Sabbath and then criticize anyone who observes the Sabbath as putting themselves ‘under the Law.’

Obeying the commandments does not put one ‘under the Law’ unless he is relying on that observance for his salvation, which it cannot do. If, on the other hand, you have been saved by grace, your reasonable service is to love your Master with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength. This will naturally lead you to want to obey His commandments, as He has stated:

If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you." John 14:15-17

Remember, there was no “New Testament” at this time.

Yahushua did not come to start a new religion! 

 

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