Y'shua observed, and ministered on, the Sabbath. We are reminded of this frequently in Luke 4, and many other places in the Gospels. In fact, He even referred to Himself as "Lord of the Sabbath" - a rather amazing title (Lk 6:5).
Some object to Sabbath observance today, saying: "The old law has been done away with." This statement is not in agreement with the Son of God, as we read:
until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the Torah, until all things are accomplished. Whoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and teach others to do so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever shall do and teach them shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
"Donít think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I didnít come to destroy, but to fulfill. For most certainly, I tell you,
Clearly, any teaching that does not agree with the words of the Savior has got to be in error. This includes the teaching that the Sabbath is no longer in force. Y'shua observed the Sabbath, and set an example for us to follow in His footsteps, including observing the Sabbath also.
Here are 2 reasons why we today should observe the Sabbath:
1. We are commanded to keep the Sabbath. In fact, it is one of the Ten Commandments.
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. You shall labor six days, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to YHWH your Elohim! You shall not do any work in it, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your livestock, nor your stranger who is within your gates; for in six days YHWH made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore YHWH blessed the Sabbath day, and made it holy." - Exodus 20:8-11
The Ten Commandments designate God's moral requirements upon all of his servants. This is almost universally recognized by all sorts of Bible-believing people. This accounts for the Ten Commandments adorning courthouses and other public buildings across the western world. Why would nine of the moral commandments written in stone by the finger of God remain in force, while somehow just one commandment, the Sabbath, is to be removed from the list? Should the Ten Commandments now be called the Nine Commandments? Further, who would be so bold as to remove a commandment from this list given by the hand of God Himself? The Ten Commandments were written in stone by the hand of God for a reason, and the reason is this: they are obviously intended to be permanent.
2. The remnant of Israel of the Last Days receive a blessing in restoring and keeping the Sabbath.
"Those who shall be of you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. "If you turn away your foot on the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, and the holy of YHWH honorable; and shall honor it, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words: then you shall delight yourself in YHWH; and I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father:" for the mouth of YHWH has spoken it." - Isaiah 58:12-14
This prophecy is very clearly referring to the remnant of the Last Days who raise up and restore what was lost, including the Sabbath. These Sabbath-keepers richly enjoy this blessing: "I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father." In other words, the remnant who restore respect and observance of the commandments, and especially the Sabbath, will be the recipients of all the blessings of Jacob, including return to the Land, and more importantly, to the status and role of the seed of Jacob in the earth.
The truth is, the Sabbath given by YHWH has not been observed since the 4th century, when Rome set the days of the week as we now know them, and the Jews were compelled to leave the original means of setting the months and their Sabbaths, as in Biblical times. That is, instead of setting the start of the months and their Sabbaths and other appointment days by observing the new moon in the sky, as they had done throughout the biblical era, the Jews were forced to abide by a fixed calendar, with Sabbath fixed to the Roman Saturday ("Saturn's-day") at that time. Ever since then the Jewish "Sabbath" has been on Saturday, not set according to the actual Sabbath day required by Scripture. This is not the Sabbath that the Commandment is talking about. Saturday did not exist before the 3rd century. There is absolutely no way that anyone can prove that Saturday is the seventh day spoken of by the commandment, especially since the Roman days have been shuffled a number of times.
It is not until the last couple of decades that a return to the true Sabbath, established by the sighting of the biblical new moon, has been observed by the remnant of Israel. This is a part of "raising up the foundations - repairing the breach - restoring the paths" that the Last Days remnant were prophesied to accomplish. This return to the true Sabbath is the Sabbath, and its blessing, that Isaiah 58 is talking about. [For full details ask for my book "Holy Time"]
BattleCry 2018 is the theme we have given to our celebration of this upcoming 7th month of the Torah year. This includes not only the Sabbaths, but also all of the special appointment days of 7th month. We are planning some wonderful live streamed events for everyone. To find out more visit our Tsiyon Radio website at tsiyon.org. Also, Please see below.
Now, about our Sabbath meeting tonight: Our online Tsiyon meeting begins at 8 PM CST at Tsiyon.Net. Come, and be blessed by Messiah on this Sabbath.
Eliyahu ben David
Battlecry 2018 is the theme and purpose of all of our special 7th month programming this year, to begin on September 11. You can enjoy this on Tsiyon radio. However, much of this will also be streamed live to everyone through YouTube, as a way to bless as many people as possible. This will include live music from Spiritsong, and special live presentations you won't want to miss.
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All of these special 7th month events will be suitable for, and available to the public. These Battlecry 2018 events will be informative, joyous, uplifting and encouraging for every believer. Live music from Spiritsong will be an inspiring and enjoyable feature of what we have planned. You won't want to miss this, as the Spirit moves in real time to strengthen and uplift us all! Please do your best to help us get the word out, to introduce this ministry to as many as possible.
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