IS JESUS OUR TRUE SABBATH REST?


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IS JESUS OUR TRUE SABBATH REST?

 

Trust me my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, who are seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians, when I say that I see your STRUGGLE with the question of HOW can God just cancel, eliminate, abolish, throw out, or do away with just ONE of the TEN Commandments. Especially, when we KNOW that the other NINE commandments REMAIN in force and MUST be kept in order to obtain eternal life in the world to come. I myself was asked this question by a young Christian couple and I could not give them a sound Biblical answer at that time in my life. And the reason why I had no answer is because of what I was previously taught that was NOT sound Biblical teaching.

You see, I was saved under the teaching of the Assemblies of God Church that teaches we are saved by grace trough faith and not of works lest any man boasts. And they taught that Christians are to keep the commandments in the New Testament because we ARE saved already and not because we HAVE to keep the commandments to BE SAVED. But as I read the Bible and grew in the Lord, I saw that we MUST keep the commandments of Jesus under the New Covenant written in the New Testament lest we SIN. And if we sin we must repent and confess our sins. And, therefore, I was no longer a “casual” Christian who nonchalantly kept the commandments of Jesus in a “casera sera sera whatever will be will be” attitude. But rather, I became SERIOUS about not sinning. And overcoming all sin in my life became my heart’s desire.

My point is that the whole time of being a true born-again Spirit filled Christians the Holy Spirit Himself never once convicted me of sinning for NOT resting on the seventh day of the week. So the only answer at that time to that young couple was that I was never convicted of sinning for not resting on Saturday, the seventh day of the week which was the question I was asked by that young Christian couple.

So again, I can see your STRUGGLE with the questions of how can God abolish just the FOURTH commandment. And I believe that your struggle with that question comes from false teachings like once saved always saved and the GRACE ALONE Christians that WRONGLY teach that Jesus abolished ALL o the TEN Commandments. There are a lot of false teachings in the church that CLAIM that ALL of the TEN Commandments were abolished at the cross, but you and I know full well that NONE of the TEN Commandments were abolish at the cross. So I know that you ONCE struggled with the question of how can only the FOURTH commandment be abolished at some point in your life. And then you CONCLUDED that the ANSWER to that question  MUST be for Christians to keep the FOURTH commandment by RESTING on the seventh DAY of the week lest they SIN.

But that is NOT the only possible answer to that question! Let me explain what I mean by there being another ANSWER to that question that  does NOT contradict any other verse of Scripture in the Bible. For you see, the seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping answer CONTRADICTS many verses of Scripture in the Bible.

Here is the SOUND Biblical answer to the question, “How can God abolish just ONE of the TEN Commandments?”

The TRUTH of the matter is that NO commandments THEMSELVES were abolished and nailed to the cross. And the Christians who teach such things are WRONG! What Jesus FULFILLED and, therefore, abolished and nailed to the cross was the “handwriting of ORDINANCES” that were CONTAINED IN the law of commandments. And that is a HUGE difference from Jesus abolishing the fourth commandment ITSELF!

Let me explain what I mean by the fourth commandment ITSELF NOT being abolished and nailed to the cross. All Christians agree that there were SOME changes made from the Old Covenant WAY that the commandment of SACRIFICE for forgiveness pf sins was kept to the WAY that we NOW KEEP the commandment of SACRIFICE under the New Covenant written in the New Testament. We all know and understand the God no longer ACCEPTS animal sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. So NOWm under the New Covenant written in the New Testament, we ARE KEEPING the SHADOW of the law of commandment of SACRIFICE that pointed to Jesus as the atonement for sins. And thus, by our FAITH IN Jesus AS BEING the ONLY sacrifice sins that God NOW requires we are KEEPING what God Himself DESIRES us to keep

In other words, the law of the commandment of sacrifice ITSELF was NOT abolished. But rather, what Jesus abolished and nailed to the cross was the OLD WAY of KEEPING the law of sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. So then, the OLD WAY of keeping the law of commandments contained in ORDINANCES was CHANGED to a NEW WAY of keeping the Law of God. The law or commandment ITSELF was NOT abolished like some Christians wrongly claim. 

Here is another example of the old way of keeping a commandment of God where the ORDINANCES contained IN that commandment were abolished and nailed to the cross so that God could give us a NEW WAY to keep the commandment ITSELF. Almost all Christians know and understand that God commanded Abraham to be circumcised in the flesh as a SIGN of being in a COVENANT relationship with God. So then, circumcision in the flesh became God’s LAW 430 years BEFORE the Law of Moses was given to the children of Israel after they were delivered from bondage in the land of Egypt. 

And almost all Christians know and understand that NOW, under the New Covenant, we ARE circumcised WITH the circumcision of Jesus. And thus, we are NOT under the LETTER of the OLD law of circumcision in the FLESH. So then, BY our FAITH in Jesus, we ARE KEEPING the law of the commandment of CIRCUMCISION WITHOUT the keeping of the letter of the law of commandment CONTAINED in ORDINANCES. Are you seeing this TRUTH that we ARE keeping the commandment ITSELF without keeping the the OLD WAY of keeping that commandment under the Old Covenant? 

 

Let us go ahead and read Colossians 2:11.

 

IN whom also you  ARE CIRCUMCISED with the circumcision made WITHOUT hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh BY the CIRCUMCISION OF Christ:”

 

Again, the OLD WAY of keeping the law of commandment to be circumcised was made WITH hands literally cutting the flesh. But, Jesus FULFILLED the OLD WAY of keeping law of CIRCUMCISION that was a SHADOW of being in a COVENANT relationship with God. And NOW, Jesus IS the SIGN of circumcision to be in the NEW Covenant relationship with God. And by our simply being SAVED IN Jesus we ARE CIRCUMCISED with the TRUE circumcision that the OLD circumcision was only a SHADOW or a SIGN pointing to TRUE CIRCUMCISION or the NEW COVENANT. And thus, we ARE KEEPING the commandment of circumcision but in a NEW WAY. 

And that is why Christians are NOT OBLIGATED to be circumcised in the flesh made with hands under the New Covenant. The law of the commandment of circumcision contained in ORDINANCES was ABOLISHED and nailed to the cross. But the commandment of circumcision ITSELF was NOT abolished, but rather, it was FULFILLED. It was a SHADOW pointing to the TRUE circumcision IN Jesus cutting away all our sins.

And in the same way, ALL of the commandments  of the keeping the feast DAYS were FULFILLED as well. And thus, Christains ARE KEEPING all of the commandments of all the feast days BY our FAITH IN Jesus as the one who FULFILLED and will yet fulfill all of the SHADOWS of the feast days. In other words, the law of commandments of the feast days were given to the children of Israel as a SCHOOLMASTER to lead them to have FAITH IN Jesus as the one prophesied to come to be the Messiah. And after a person BELIEVES IN Jesus they ARE keeping the SPIRIT of the law of commandments THEMSELVES of all the ceremonial commandments of the feast days.

Now, the Seventh Day Adventist Church knows this TRUTH full well. And thus, they do NOT teach the SDA Christians to keep ANY of the feast days. But the SDA Church, along will all seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping churches, have not yet seen that the FOURTH commandment is ALSO a CEREMONIAL commandment that CONTAINS ORDINANCES that Jesus abolished and nailed to the cross. And thus, NOW, under the New Covenant, we ARE KEEPING the SPIRIT of the fourth commandment and NOT the LETTER of the fourth commandment to keep a DAY of REST.

In other words, the keeping of a DAY of REST was a SHADOW pointing to Jesus as our TRUE Sabbath REST for HOLINESS to enter into the New PERPETUAL COVENANT. So then, to almost every other Christian, who are NOT a SEVENTH day Sabbath keeping Christian, the answer is very clear and easily understood that we ARE KEEPING the FOURTH commandment but not in the OLD WAY of keeping the LETTER of the law of the fourth commandment. 

But again, this SIMPLE answer is still a STRUGGLE to accept for SOME seventh day of the week Sabbath DAY keeping Christians. For you see, some Sabbath-keeping Christians have been brought up in Sabbath keeping churches all their lives. And thus, all they have ever been taught all their lives is that they must keep the SEVENTH day as the only true Sabbath day as a DAY of REST lest they SIN. So then, to them, the sound Biblical answer that it was ONLY the ORDINANCES that were abolished is NOT so simple to understand. Even though the SDA Church does, indeed, understand that Jesus FULFILLED ALL of the FEAST day Sabbaths they still STRUGGLE with the QUESTION of why other Christians do not keep the weekly Sabbath day of REST ON the seventh DAY of the week.

Some Christians have answered their struggling with that question by saying that they keep the Sabbath rest of SUNDAY. In other words, the Sunday Sabbath-keeping Christians answer this struggling question by showing that the early church met on SUNDAY. And thus, to the Sunday Sabbath-keeping Christians, God changed the day of rest to Sunday. But to seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians the LETTER of the law says the SEVENTH day and that means that Christians must rest ON the SEVENTH day or they are breaking the FOURTH commandment.

  So then, rather than me just SAYING that BOTH the SUNDAY Sabbath-keeping Christians AND the seventh day of the week SATURDAY Sabbath keeping Christians are WRONG. Please allow me the grace to fully explain HOW Jesus is our TRUE Sabbath REST. I will not just SAY that Jesus has become our Sabbath REST at the cross and resurrection, but rather, I will prove it by the Scriptures. So again, please allow me the grace to SHOW you from the very word of Almighty God Himself that Jesus fulfilled the OLD COVENANT to become our NEW COVENANT. And thereby, Jesus became our TRUE Sabbath REST by fulfilling the SHADOW of why the DAY of rest was given to the children of Israel in the first place.

And by our RESTING in Jesus for Holiness and righteousness to cleanse us from all our past sins we enter into the New Covenant written in the New Testament. And thus, we who BELIEVE in the SON OF God as the atonement for our sins, we enter into RESTING in Jesus for the forgiveness of all our sins, past , present and future. So then, the ENTRANCE into HIS REST now in this present world gives us who BELIEVE the right to enter into the SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of REST which is yet to come. Jesus said that he is the DOOR, which is the ONLY way to enter into the true rest. In other words, those who TRY to enter in some other way like a window will NOT be given ENTRANCE into the TRUE REST to which the Sabbath day was SHADOW pointing to Jesus our DELIVERER from the BONDAGE of SIN.

Let us now go to the Scriptures to prove what I just said. We all know or should know that the gospel of salvation was FIRST preached to ONLY the Jews, or to Israel. And then, after the nation of Israel as a whole so to speak rejected God’s NEW Covenant by rejecting Jesus as their Messiah, THEN God turned the gospel of salvation the the Gentiles.

 

Please read Romans 1:15,16. 

 

“So, as much as in me is, I (Paul) am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 

16.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew FIRST, and also to the Greek.” 

 

Now read Romans 10;10,11,18,20.

 

“But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile

Rom 2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God…

...19. But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses says, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are NO people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.

20.  But Isaiah is very bold, and said, I was found of them (The Gentiles who were NOT a people of God) that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.”

 

Paul also teaches us that God is NOT yet FINISHED saving the children of Israel. They are blinded in PART which means that ANY Jew can still be saved during this present world before Jesus returns. But Paul also teaches us about ANOTHER DAY in the future speaking of the 1000 year long day in the world to come. Paul says there REMAINS a REST for the people of God and the CONTEXT of that passage of Scripture in Hebrews chapter 4 is speaking about the UNBELIEF of Israel or the unsaved Jews not entering into the REST in Jesus during this present world.

 

Please read Hebrews 4:1-11.

 

“Let us, therefore, FEAR, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his REST, any of you should seem to come short of it. (Paul is talking to the Judaizing Hebrew Jewish Christians and to the Gentile Christians who were being subverted and compelled to keep the Law of Moses. We know this by the context in Hebrews 10:26-39. Paul is comparing the true gospel that was rejected by the unsaved Jews to the perverted gospel of the Judaizing Christians who are not TRULY resting in Jesus for their salvation. In other words, Paul is saying let us who BELIEVE be sure that WE do not fall short of entering into Yahweh’s REST)

2.  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: (Speaking of the unsaved Jews who rejected the New Covenant) but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 

3.  For we which have believed DO ENTER into REST, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into My REST: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 

4.  For he spake in a certain place of the SEVENTH DAY on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works. 

5.  And in this place again, If they shall enter into My REST

6.  Seeing, therefore, it REMAINS that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was FIRST preached entered NOT in because of unbelief: (Now, all of the seventh day of the week Sabbath DAY keeping Christians “interpret” verse 6 here to mean that the WEEKLY Sabbath DAY of rest REMAINS BINDING under the New Covenant. But that is NOT what this verse is saying! The CONTEXT is about the GOSPEL being preached to the Jews FIRST and some of them rejected the New Covenant by reject Jesus as the Messiah. And thus, ALL of Israel was not SAVED. So Paul is saying that for SOME of the Jews there yet REMAINS an ENTRANCE into the REST that we as Christians who BELIEVE have already entered. And that entrance into rest in Jesus will be preached to the Jews on ANOTHER DAY speaking of the Seventh 1000 year long day of Yahweh’s REST in the world yet to come.)

7.  Again, he LIMITS a CERTAIN DAY day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; (Speaking of  AFTER the 2000 years of the gospel being preached in this present world) as it is said, Today, if you will hear his voice, harden NOT your hearts. (As you did during the first TWO 1000 year long days when you reject Jesus as your Messiah)

8.  For if Jesus had given them REST, (During this present world) then would he not afterward have spoken of ANOTHER DAY

9.  There REMAINS. therefore, a REST TO the people of God. (Paul did not say that there remains a REST for us who already BELIEVE. But rather, Paul is talking about there remaining an ENTRANCE into a rest for SOME of the unsaved Jews in ANOTHER DAY)

10.  For (Or for you see,) he that IS ENTERED into his REST, he ALSO has CEASED from his own works, as God did from his. (But the Judaizing Christians had NOT CEASED from their OWN works of keeping the Law of Moses under the Old Covenant. The whole CONTEXT is about the unsaved Jews in UNBELIEF in the New Covenant. And Paul is talking specifically to the Hebrew Jewish Christians who are not TRULY RESTING in Jesus. And Paul is in fear for them who are observing DAYS, according to Galatians 4:9-12. Let us go ahead and read that passage “Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Gal 4:10  You observe DAYS, and MONTHS, and TIMES, and YEARS. Gal 4:11  I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in VAIN. Gal 4:12  Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as you are: you have not injured me at all.”  Paul is talking to the Christians who Jewish Christians that were keeping the WEEKLY Sabbath DAYS, the MONTHLY new moon festivals, the day of rest to rest from sunset to sunset and the YEARY feast day Sabbaths. And Paul was in fear for them lest he preached the gospel to them n VAIN)

11.  Let us labor, therefore, (Or THEREFORE, let us work real hard to be sure that we are ALSO CEASING from the works of the law of commandments CONTAINED in ORDINANCES that Jesus ABOLISHED, according to Ephesians 2:8-15 and Colossians 2:4-17) to enter into THAT REST, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

 

So then, we as Christians must labor or work at not only overcoming sin by keeping all of the MORAL commandments, but we also must labor to CEASE for our own works which are the works of the LAW, as in, the works of keeping the LETTER of the law. Now, to almost all Gentile Christians it never even entered into our minds to keep the Law of Moses. But to Jewish Christians and to SOME Gentile Christians who have been SUBVERTED by some Jewish Christians to keep the Law of Moses it has entered into their minds by false teaching that they MUST keep the Law of Moses to be pleasing to God.

But, in TRUTH, they are actually DISPLEASING God by their NOT obeying the commandments of Jesus under the New Covenant written in the New Testament. For you see, by their keeping of DAYS, speaking of their keeping the WEEKLY Sabbath DAYS as a DAY of REST, they are actually keeping what Jesus ABOLISHED and nailed ot the cross. I mean, how would YOU feel if you were in the shoes of Jesus and you SUFFERED and died on the cross to FULFILL the law of commandments contained in ORDINANCES and they Christians DENIED the TRUTH by KEEPING those ORDINANCES that Jesus SUFFERED to deliver you from that part of the LAW?

Paul clearly teaches us that we are DELIVERED FROM the LAW! But what does that truly mean in the LIGHT of the whole word of Almighty God? Certainly, we are not delivered for obeying the MORAL commandments of God. So then what does Paul mean by his words, “we are DELIVERED for the LAW?”

 

Please read Romans 7:6.

 

“But NOW, (Speaking of being under the NEW Covenant) we are DELIVERED FROM the LAW, (Speaking of the law of commandments CONTAINED in ORDINANCES, according to Ephesians 2:8-15 and Colossians 2:4-14) that being dead wherein we were held; THAT we should serve in NEWNESS of SPIRIT, and NOT in the OLDNESS of the LETTER.” 

 

So again, under the New Covenant we are delivered from the OLD WAY of keeping the commandments to the NEW WAY of KEEPING the commandments of the law CONTAINED in ORDINANCES. And the FOURTH commandment CONTAINS ORDINANCES. So it is NOT the fourth commandment ITSELF that Jesus abolished and nailed to the cross. But rather, it is the OLD WAY of keeping the LETTER of the law of the fourth commandment that was abolished and nailed to the cross. And NOW, under the New Covenant we ARE KEEPING the fourth commandment but in the NEW WAY by serving God is NEWNESS of the SPIRIT of the fourth commandment and NOT in the OLDNESS of the LETTER of the fourth commandment of keeping a DAY of REST.

In other words, Jesus IS the NEWNESS of SPIRIT of the fourth commandment. Sabbath means REST and the OLDNESS of the LETTER of the fourth commandment was to rest on the weekly Sabbath DAY every week. But NOW, under the New Covenant we ARE KEEPING the fourth commandment by our keeping the NEW WAY of the SPIRIT of the fourth commandment which is RESTING in Jesus for our holiness and righteousness. Romans clearly teaches us that Jesus is the END f the LAW for RIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

Please read Romans 10:4-13. 

 

“For Christ is the END of the LAW for righteousness to every one that believes

5.  For Moses DESCRIBES the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which does those things shall live by them

6. BUT the righteousness which is of FAITH speaks on this wise, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)   

7.  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 

8.  But what says it? (Speaking of the LAW and the PROPHETS that TESTIFY of Jesus as being the Messiah) The word is nigh you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of FAITH, which we preach

9.  That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. (In other words, you shall be MADE righteous by God without doing ANY WORKS of the law commandments contained in ordinance that ONLY DESCRIBE the TRUE righteousness that we who BELIEVE are to keep by of FAITH in Jesus CONFESSING that we ARE RIGHTEOUS IN Jesus. So Paul is saying REST IN Jesus that you ARE RIGHTEOUS and the good works we do after we are initially saved are NOT our OWN works. For you see, we are now the workmanship of Yahweh and the life we now live is IN FAITH of the Son of God, Jesus Christ or righteousness)

10.  For with the heart man BELIEVES unto righteousness; (So then, the very moment we first believe we are MADE the righteousness of God. We are PERFECT even as our Father in heaven is PERFECT the very moment we first believed) and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (This means holding fast to the confession of our faith in Jesus as our righteousness. And if we do sin then all we need to do is to repent and confess our sins and BELIEVE the promise in God’s word that he is faithful to always forgive our sins and CLEANSE us from ALL unrighteousness, according to 1 John 1:9. And that means that every time we repent with godly sorrow and confess our sins that we are made PERFECT once again even as our Father in heaven is PERFECT)

11.  For the Scripture says, Whosoever BELIEVES on him shall NOT be ashamed. (So then we believe to be saved initially and then we CONTINUE to believe to receive forgiveness of sins that we commit after we are saved. And by doing that we shall NOT be ashamed at the coming of Jesus. No more WORKS of the law of the KEEPING of the ceremonial commandments of the keeping DAYS)

12.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 

13.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

When we understand that Jesus himself during the days of his ministry before the cross was to the jews ONLY, then you will understand the TRUE meaning of Matthew 11:28-30 where Jesus is speaking to the Jews.

 

Matthew 11:28-30.

 

“Come unto me, all you that labor and are HEAVY LADEN, and I will give you REST

29.  Take my YOKE upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find REST unto your souls. 

30.  For my YOKE is EASY, and my burden is LIGHT.”  

 

The Apostle Paul teaches us that the keeping of the letter of the Law of Moses contained in ordinances is a YOKE of BONDAGE, according to . And the Apostle Peter teaches us in Acts 15:10, that neither the Apostles of Jesus NOR their Jewish forefathers were able to BEAR the YOKE of the Law of Moses. So then, in Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus is talking to the Jews who were HEAVY LADEN under the YOKE of BONDAGE of the Law of Moses.

 

Please read Acts 15:1-24.

 

“And certain men (Speaking of the Judaizing Hebrew Jewish Christians) which came down from Judea taught the brethren, and said, EXCEPT you be circumcised AFTER the manner of Moses, you CANNOT BE SAVED.

2. When, therefore, Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, (This proves that Paul taught AGAINST to keeping of the Law of Moses and that the seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians TWIST the true meaning of Colossians 2:14-17 to make the FALSE CLAIM that Paul is saying to not allow other Christians to judge you Sabbath keepers FOR KEEPING the Law of Moses. But this verse clearly teaches us that there was MUCH dissension and disputing with the Hebrew Jewish Judaizing Christians who TAUGHT the gentile Christians that they must keep the Law of Moses) they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this QUESTION. (In others words, when these Jewish Christians began to COMPEL the Gentile Christians to be not only circumcised but also keep ALL the LAW of Moses in order to be SAVED, then Paul and Barnabas entered into this debate, which became very heated and neither side was giving in to hear the whole matter. So these Jewish Christians NOT believing the words of Paul and Barnabas decided to let the elders of the church in Jerusalem settle this matter once and for all time)

3. And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. (Or while on their way to the city of Jerusalem the Apostle Paul pointed out to th Jewish Judaizing Christians the CONVERSION of the Gentile Christians)

4. And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. (So Paul made his argument first declaring all the conversions of the Gentile Christians being saved without the keeping of the Law of Moses)

5. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, (Speaking of the same Jewish Christians in verse 1) saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to KEEP the law of Moses.

6. And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. (Keep in mind that all of the Apostles and elders here in the city of Jerusalem were ALL Jewish Christians or Jews, who believed on the WORDS OF Jesus to be saved and became his disciples)

7. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, you know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. (Notice that it does NOT the words of the OLD covenant, ro the words of the Law of Moses, r even the words of the TEN Commandments. But rather, Peter says that by his mouth he preached the words of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles who were then SAVED by the true gospel of Jesus Christ and not saved by being TAUGHT the Law of Moses)

8. And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (And we all agree that a unsaved person cannot receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit UNTIL they are SAVE by their FAITH in Jesus)

9. And put no difference between us and them, PURIFYING their hearts by FAITH.

10. Now THEREFORE, (Or for this very reason of Almighty God HIMSELF giving these Gentiles, who believe on the GOSPEL of Jesus, his Holy Spirit the SAME as us who are Jews received the Holy Spirit to dwell in us when we Jews first believed. So) WHY TEMPT YOU God, to put a YOKE upon the neck of the disciples, which NEITHER our fathers NOR WE were ABLE to BEAR?

11. But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

12. Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

13. And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

14. Simeon has declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

15. And to this AGREE the words of the prophets; as it is written,

16. After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

17. That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, says the Lord, who does all these things.

18. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

19. Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble NOT them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:

20. But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollution of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

21. For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day. (Now the church was under much persecution by the unsaved Jews. So it seemed good to the Apostles at Jerusalem to lay upon the Gentiles ONLY these FOUR necessary things to help keep the Gentile Christians from being persecuted by the unsaved Jews. For you see, they knew that Moses was taught by the unsaved Jews in every synagogue in every city where these Gentiles would be going. And IF Gentile Christians preached the Gospel to the unsaved Jews and the unsaved Jews saw that the gentile Christians were not abstaining from these four things then they might be engaer of being killed by the unsaved Jews. Also, the early church was still yet LEARNING what to do and what not to do. For you see, if so be that they knew everything, then they would have had the need to CONSIDER the matter because they would have already known the matter WITHOUT having much disputing. And thus, the Apostle in Jerusalem would have plainly told the Jewish Judaizing Christians that Paul and Barnabas were teaching them the TRUTH. The point that I want you to SEE is that there is NO mention of telling these Gentile Christians to KEEP the weekly Sabbath day as a DAY of rest. In fact, they sent out letters to all the churches WARNING them about the Judaizing Jewish Christian SUBVERTING the Gentiles to keep the Law of Moses teaching the churches that the Apostles and ELDER in Jerusalem gave NO SUCH COMMANDMENT)

22. Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the WHOLE church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

23. And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:

24. For as much as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have TROUBLED you with words, SUBVERTING your souls, saying, You MUST be circumcised, AND KEEP the LAW: to whom WE gave NO such commandment:”

 

Can you not see how that this spirit of Judaizing Christians has been around since the very early church even while the original Apostles of Jesus were still yet living? It is this Judaizing spirit of the enemy that stirs up Christians to be DECEIVED to seek to be more pleasing to God by trying to keep the Law of Moses CONTAINED in ORDINANCES that Jesus himself ABOLISHED and nailed to the cross. And almost always this seducing spirit of the enemy BEGINS by deceiving good well meaning Christians to keep the WEEKLY Sabbath DAY by causing them to ponder on the QUESTION, “How can Jesus abolish only the FOURTH commandment without abolishing the other NINE of the TEN Commandments?”

First of all, they fail to see that Jesus did NOT abolish the fourth commandment ITSELF. And secondly, they have failed to see that Jesus abolished the handwriting of ordinances in MORE than just the FOURTH commandment. Jesus abolished the handwriting of ordinances in ALL of the ceremonial commandments INCLUDING the FOURTH commandment. You cannot separate the law of Moses from the Law of God because they are one and the selfsame LAW of God. The handwriting in the book of the law was given to the children of Israel at the SAME time that the TEN Commandments was given to the children of Israel as a SCHOOLMASTER to lead them to faith in Jesus.

The LAW and the prophets testify of Jesus. There are shadows, types, figures, analogies, signs and hidden prophecies in the law just the same as there are shadow, types, figures, analogies, signs and hidden prophecies in the word of the prophets. Please read the studies “WAS THE SABBATH GIVEN AT CREATION WEEK?”, and “WHAT DO THE ALEPH AND TAV MEAN?” But for now, please read the LITERAL translation of Genesis 2:1-3 and then we will read Exodus 34:28 and Deuteronomy 4:13 with the hidden untranslated Aleph Tav translated as Aleph Tav Messiah Jesus so you can see that the weekly Sabbath day covenant points to the Aleph Tav Messiah Jesus covenant which is a PERPETUAL COVENANT. The FIRST covenant with the children of Israel was made OLD by God, according to Hebrews 8:13. Keep in mind that there are over 7000 verses of Scripture that contain the hidden untranslated Aleph and Tav, the FIRST and the LAST letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Jesus said that he is the FIRST and the LAST and that the Scriptures testify of him. So I am seeing that the untranslated Aleph and Tav having Strong’s number H853 is a clue pointing the Jesus. It is like a little read flag to the Hebrew children of Israel saying take a closer look at the passage of Scripture.

 

Here is the LITERAL translation of Genesis 2:1-3.

 

 “And they are BEING finished the heavens and the earth and all the host of them. (Just ask yourself the questions, “Is God COMPLETELY FINISHED will ALL His work of creation? Are the heavens and the earth EXACTLY the way God desires them to be for all eternity future right NOW? NO! They are not! And they will not be finished UNTIL the end of  SEVENTH day. And the TRUE SEVENTH day is the 1000 year reign of Jesus when God's Son will rule FOR Yahweh DURING His SEVENTH DAY of REST. Just ask yourself the question WHY would God create a NEW heavens and a NEW earth if He was truly FINISHED with His work of creating back at creation week? The literal translation has it correct in saying that God's creations ARE BEING finished)

  2. And He IS FINISHING Elohim IN the day the SEVENTH work of him which he did and He IS ceasing IN the SEVENTH day from all the work of him which he did. (In other words, Elohim or God WILL be ceasing from all His works IN or DURING the seventh 1000 year long DAY of the Lord where His SON Jesus, the ARM of Yahweh, will rule and reign FOR Almighty God the Father on or during the TRUE SEVENTH day. We are living IN the SIXTH 1000 year long DAY of creation right now. According to some prophecy teachers, if you add TWO 1000 year long days or 2000 years to the year that Jesus was crucified then you arrive at the latest possible year of our Lord's return. I myself am NOT setting any date, but rather, I am simply sharing what others are teaching so you can decide for yourself between you and God. So then, if so be that Jesus does NOT return by the year 2029 through the year 2034, then my faith will NOT be shaken. I will still believe in the return of Jesus)

  3. And He IS blessing Elohim (H853 Aleph Tav Messiah Jesus) day of the SEVENTH and He IS MAKING holy HIM that IN HIM He ceased from all work of him which He created to to do of.”

 

  Now if we read Genesis 2:1-3 with this CORRECT understanding that God Himself has NOT yet RESTED on the Lord's SEVENTH day as most Christians have been taught all their lives, and we TRULY SEE that God is NOT FINISHED with His creation of mankind, then you can easily see that the resting on the WEEKLY seventh DAY is a SHADOW pointing to the TRUE Seventh 1000 year long day in the world to come. And when you see that God is still yet WORKING on His creation of mankind to conform as many who believe in Jesus to be made in the IMAGE of His SON, then it should be easy for you to see that there are TWO creations of God. Now, in truth, they are the ONE and the self same creation which God is still YET WORKING on. And God’s NEW creation of new creatures will not be totally completed until the END of SEVENTH 1000 year long DAY of the Lord. In other words, God will still be SAVING people DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus to become new creatures created IN Jesus Christ as well. But it is ONLY God’s NEW creation IN Jesus Christ IN THIS present world who will be given ETERNAL LIFE AT the coming of Jesus. And thus, the second death shall have NO power over us as faithful Christians who REMAIN RESTING in Jesus as their Lord and Savior to CEASE for the works of the law that Jesus abolished and nailed to the cross. Now let us read a couple more Aleph Tav Messiah Jesus verses of Scripture.

 

Please read Exodus 34:28.

 

“And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the (Aleph Tav Messian Jesus) WORDS OF the COVENANT, the TEN commandments.”

 

So then, the TEN commandments are the WORDS of this first COVENANT that God made between him and the children of ISRAEL, which God did NOT make with father Abraham, father Isaac, nor father Jacob, but rather, God made this first covenant ONLY with the children of ISRAEL for the very FIRST time on Mount Horeb or Mount Sinai. And IN the TEN Commandments God HID the Aleph Tav Messiah Jesus WORDS of the COVENANT as clues pointing to Jesus as the Messiah for the children of Israel to DISCERN.

 

Now please read Deuteronomy 4:13.

 

“And He declared unto you (Aleph Tav Messian Jesus) His COVENANT, which He commanded YOU (Speaking of the children of ISRAEL) to perform, EVEN TEN commandments; (Or even TEN WORDS. This is different Hebrew word that is translated as commandments but it means WORDS) and He wrote them upon two tables of stone.”

 

Again, we learn that the the TEN commandments ARE the WORDS of the COVENANT, which Moses later wrote on TWO tables of stone after he threw down and BROKE the TWO tables of stone upon which God Himself engraved with His very own finger. But ONLY the fourth commandment is the SIGN for the PERPETUAL COVENANT. Now, I am not sure why God inspired Moses to use a different Hebrew word here and in Exodus 34:28 as well in Deuteronomy 4:13 that means WORDS and MESSAGE unless God HID ten Aleph Tav Messian Jesus WORDS or ten Aleph Tav Messian Jesus MESSAGES on the stone tablets. The normal Hebrew word of commandments is Strong’s number H4687 but this Hebrew word is Strong’s number H1697.

Now I pray that the Holy Spirit is opening your eyes of understanding here to see His hidden prophecy of the TWO COVENANTS, where the FIRST COVENANT God made with ISRAEL was BROKEN because of their SIN at Mount Horeb. The breaking of the TWO tablets of stone, which were BROKEN because of the SIN of God's people ISRAEL, is a figure or SHADOW of why there was a need for the NEW COVENANT. The first covenant was given ONLY to the children of Israel but the New PERPETUAL COVENANT was offered to Israel FIRST and then to the Gentiles to provoke Israel to Jealousy. Israel will not become JEALOUS of Christians, UNTIL the Jews SEE that ONLY those of us RESTING in Jesus now in this present world be GIVEN ETERNAL LIFE and they do NOT. But rather, they will be thrust out into outer darkness and NOT be allowed to enter into the City of God. They will be saved alive in their mortal bodies to go into the seventh 1000 year long day of the Lord to be taught of the Lord from generation to generation.

If you are not seeing this TRUTH as yet please keep reading. Here is yet another verse that clearly teaches us that the TEN commandments were the WORDS, or the TESTIMONY of the COVENANT.

 

Please read Deuteronomy 9:9-11.

 

“When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, EVEN the tables OF the COVENANT, which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:

10. And the LORD delivered unto me (Aleph Tav Messian Jesus) two tables of stone written with the FINGER of God; and on them was written according to all the WORDS, which the LORD spoke with you IN the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.

11. And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me (Aleph Tav Messian Jesus) the TWO tables of stone, EVEN the tables of the COVENANT.”

 

Now when Moses BREAKS the two stone tablets that hidden untranslated Aleph and Tav is NOT found along side the word covenant or next to the words two tables of stone. Moses is a figure of Jesus. And God said to Moses, let me blot out their names from my Aleph Tav Messiah Jesus covenant and I will make a people greater than them out of you. That is a hidden prophecy of God making His new creation IN Jesus Christ. So to me, the fact that the after the FIRST two stone table were THROWN DOWN and BROKEN by the HAND of Moses who is a figure of Jesus and the hidden untranslated Aleph Tav is no longer present, then that tells mean that God no longer accepts the FIRST covenant. God CONCLUDED all of Israel under sin. And thus to ONLY WAY to God is through the NEW Covenant.

So I implore all seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians to TRULY REST is Jesus for holiness and righteousness by CEASING form the works of the law of commandments CONTAINED in ORDINANCES that Jesus ABOLISHED and nailed to the cross lest you have received that name of Jesus in VAIN.

Please read all the studies that I have linked in this study which you can find in this one link >>>WHAT IS THE TRUE SABBATH?<<< You can also read many quotes from the early church writers that prove the early church did NOT keep the weekly Sabbath DAY because they understood that it was a SHADOW that Jesus fulfilled. Please read DID THE EARLY CHURCH KEEP THE WEEKLY SABBATH DAY? Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you CONTINUE to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.

 

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.

 

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