Remembering The Sabbath Day – April 14th, 2012

The sound of rain and thunder greeted me as I awoke this Sabbath morning. As I lay there in bed considering the Sabbath, I began to think. How long have we been observing the Sabbath of the LORD? I believe it was 2004 or 2005 when we first began attempting to keep the Sabbath in a serious way. At first it was just a few of us at Calvary Christian Fellowship, in Howe, Indiana. Some of us in leadership and a few in the body began committing to His Holy Day. Of course that made it a bit uncomfortable. It was uncomfortable for those of us who kept the Biblical Sabbath because we, as a fellowship, were still meeting on the venerable day of the sun – Sunday. Since we rested on the Sabbath Day, and worked in our church roles on Sunday, we had no time to do our chores around the home. Added to that was our increased discomfort with meeting on a day that was set aside to a pagan god.

As we studied Torah those of us who were beginning to submit to it would discuss what we were seeing and experiencing as we began to see and obey the Commandments. This caused great consternation among those who were making choices to not submit to Torah. When Pastor Ron talked about Torah from the pulpit, that was a bit of a problem for many, but when some of us began to believe and obey what GOD said, it became a bigger problem for them. When we began to openly talk about what Yeshua was doing in our lives through keeping Torah, that was just too much. Many began to leave the fellowship.

Understand that there had never been a mandate from the pastor and elders to keep the seventh day Sabbath. We simply taught the Word, in context, and begin to obey it, as we gained understanding in what was written and revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. But the witness of the Spirit’s work will always cause either a reaction or response. Many react and recoil. They could not get past the traditional thought that obedience to the Law of GOD is bondage and legalism. We had all been taught that keeping the Law of GOD caused one to fall from the grace of Christ. But the Spirit of GOD, through the Written Word, took us back to the foundation and showed us the love of GOD in His Torah. Sadly, many reacted and ran away. Some of us responded and ran toward Him. We are still running toward Him. Some are still running away. But some are returning!

There is an awakening to the Truth in the world today, and in our local communities. Some are being drawn to the Truth of the Father, by the Father. The Book of Revelation speaks of those who have ears to hear. This book, written by the Apostle John, as revealed and instructed by the LORD, is about these last days that we live in. The Spirit of Truth is speaking and those who have ears to hear are beginning to listen, believe, and obey. As Paul said, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of GOD.”

Here are three portions of Scripture I leave you with, to consider, on this Sabbath Day.

“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” -Daniel 12:1-4

What is written in Daniel is clearly talking about the last days. Notice that those who are “found written in the book, will be rescued.”  This is found in The Book of The Revelation also. And it is connected with those who have ears to hear.

“He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” -Revelation 3:5-6

The Greek word translated as “white” has the meaning of “light.” Whose Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path?  Psalm 119:105 tells us that it is the Word of the LORD, Yahweh. And Psalm Chapter One Hundred-Nineteen is all about the beauty and power of the Torah. Daniel says that those who have insight will shine brightly. They shine brightly as Moses did, after hearing the Word/Torah directly from the Word of GOD, the Spirit of Messiah, the Spirit of Truth on the mountain. His face shone so brightly that those who saw his face turned away. Moses was drawn to the Light. Others, seeing the reflection of the Light in his countenance turned away. Those who are found in The Book of Life will be clothed in white/light. The Book of Life is mentioned again in Revelation Chapter Twenty.

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.” -Revelation 20:11-12

Notice that judgement is “according to their deeds.” Revelation 20:1-3 says that the dragon that is chained and thrown into the pit is the one who deceives the nations. When we’re willing to take the journey back to the beginning we find the serpent who deceived Eve. He is the great liar, the father of liars, who asked the question, “Did Yahweh really say?” The deception was meant to, and its result was, to cause disobedience to the Instruction/Torah of Yahweh. The dragon is still deceiving many today, and has been since the beginning. He preys easily on those who are not committed to and submitted to what GOD said, without any additions to or subtractions from it. Eve’s error was in adding to what GOD said, concerning the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil. Man has added to what GOD said, in His Torah/Instructions, since the garden. Judaism and Israel continued in deception; being deceived themselves, and being used by the enemy in deceiving others. The traditional church simply continued the tradition of adding to and subtracting from what GOD said. It is especially evident in, what I believe, is the lynch pin in the Torah – Sabbath. Sabbath was instituted at the end of six days of creation, set apart – made holy. And we were told to remember it. But the dragon has deceived most into setting it aside, subtracting from His Instruction/Torah, and adding to it the pagan Sunday observance in replacement of the LORD’S Day, the Seventh Day/Sabbath. The Standard for judging out deeds is His Instruction. Belief, which means obedience, brings blessing. Unbelief, meaning disobedience, brings a curse. We are told what happens to the sons of disobedience in Ephesians Chapter Five.

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.” - Ephesians 5:6-13

Once again we see the concept of “light.” Being “formerly darkness,” meant we were away from the Light, which is Biblically identified as Torah, by David, in Psalm Chapter One Hundred-Nineteen. We are told, by Paul, to “not to be partakers with” these “sons of disobedience.” We are commanded to expose them and their “deeds of darkness.” These are the deeds that will be judged, that we read about in Revelation Chapter Twenty. Consistently, in Scripture, Light is contrasted with darkness, even from the very beginning, in Genesis Chapter One. And we know that the Light is the Torah of Yahweh, according to David. John said, in 1st John 1, that we have fellowship when we walk (together) in the Light as He (GOD) is in the Light. But the dragon has deceived many to believe that the Light is now darkness, and the darkness is now light. The Scripture is clear – what is good is not called evil, and what is evil is called good.

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
         Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
         Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
         And clever in their own sight!” -Isaiah 5:20-21

The theme is consistent – good and evil, Light and darkness. Those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight, sounds like those who read things into Scripture that are not written. Reading Romans Chapter Fourteen to say that it is about Sabbath, when the subject of Sabbath is not even hinted at, is a good example. Another example, among many, is saying that Matthew Chapter Fifteen and Mark Chapter Seven is saying that what is unclean can now be eaten with Yahweh’s blessing, when the subject is a ritual hand washing, that was a tradition of the elders of Judaism, and not in the Torah. Yeshua exposes the darkness that is contrasted with His Light. His disciples were accused of transgressing the darkness of lying tradition that set aside the Light of His Torah. They called the actions of His disciples evil, when their actions were good. And they were saying that their dark tradition was Light. Yeshua contrasts them and exposes the lie. Those who have ears to hear, will hear what He said to those Scribes and Pharisees, and apply it to their traditions today.

The Spirit of Truth is speaking today, for those who have ears to hear. I’ve been thinking about what Daniel wrote about the prophecy being sealed until the time of the end. People are going back and forth, and knowledge is increased. Many are puffed up with knowledge. Leaven puffs up, my friend. Leaven is what is added to wheat flour to cause it to rise. But leaven is also a type of sin. Sin is adding to what GOD said. The leaven of our additions to and subtractions from His Torah puffs us up. Just as Isaiah writes, man has become “wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” When Isaiah wrote this he was talking about the Light being what GOD said and the darkness being what man said. Man speaks from his own resources, being wise in his own eyes and clever in his own sight. So about this book being sealed up until the end of time……

Revelation is about the end of time and about those who are in darkness and those who are in Light – those who keep the Commandments of GOD and have faith in Yeshua, versus those who have faith in a christ of their cleverness and wisdom and keep the doctrines and commandments of men. With the Instruction to Daniel to seal up the book until the end, in mind, notice what is told to John in The Book of The Revelation.

“And he said to me, ‘Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy. Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.” -Revelation 22:10-15

Revelation Chapter Twenty-Two says, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the Tree of Life.” The Greek word does not mean “wash their robes.” It means “keep the Commandments.” Why the NASB renders it “wash their robes,” is beyond me. The KJV renders it better. I’ve pasted it below, from e-Sword, with the Greek lexicon numbers. You can download e-Sword for free, or look this up at Blue Letter Bible, or on Crossswalk’s Bible Study Tools. See for yourself.

“BlessedG3107 are they that do G4160 his G848 commandments,G1785 that G2443 they G846 may have G2071 right G1849 to G1909 the G3588 tree G3586 of life, G2222 and G2532 may enter in G1525 through the G3588 gates G4440 into G1519 the G3588 city.G4172
For G1161 without G1854 are dogs, G2965 and G2532 sorcerers, G5333 and G2532 whoremongers, G4205 and G2532 murderers, G5406 and G2532 idolaters, G1496 and G2532 whosoever G3956 loveth G5368 and G2532 maketh G4160 a lie.G5579

The Tree of Life was given in the beginning. The way to the Tree of Life was barred by cherubim with flaming swords, due to the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Eve was deceived by the father of all liars, the dragon, the serpent of old, the devil himself. Adam and Eve were barred from the Tree of Life by their disobedience to the Commandments of the LORD. Notice that the only way the cherubim with flaming swords are removed for anyone is to keep the Commandments. Look closely at those who are on the outside. It is those who love and practice the lie. The liar began lying from the beginning, and he found willing subjects to believe his lie and continue in the lie. They died, being barred from the Tree of Life. The way back is to reject the lie and believe the Truth, to walk in the Light as He is in the Light, being the very Light Himself. He, Yeshua, is the Living Torah, made flesh, and He brings life to those who believe what He said. He spoke nothing but what His Father told Him to speak. He spoke the Words of the Father to Adam, to Cain, to Abel, to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, to the Prophets, to the Apostles, and He instructed it to be written down for us. He is the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Messiah, the Word that came to the Prophets. And now, as we are in, what appears to me to be, the end days, the book is unsealed and His Truth is being proclaimed world-wide, for those who have ears to hear.

It goes back to the very beginning, the very foundation of the world. The reawakening to Sabbath is the key.

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.” -Exodus 20:8-11

 “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” -Genesis 2:1-3

Who will you hear? Do you have ears to hear what He is saying? He is not saying anything different than what He told Moses. Do you believe what Moses wrote? In John Chapter Five He told the Scribes and Pharisees that they didn’t believe Him (Yeshua/Jesus) because they did not believe what Moses wrote. Why? Simply because He told Moses what to write. Moses wrote, at the Instruction of the Spirit of Messiah, to “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.” Will you believe what He said and what Moses wrote? Will you “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy (set apart)?” Will you believe the Truth, or love and practice the lie? The choice is yours.