Dd-25. What does REVELATION 22:14 TRULY Mean


Dd-25. What Does Revelation 22:14 TRULY MEAN?

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Dd-25. What Does Revelation 22:14 TRULY Mean?


Does the word “commandments” in Revelation 22:14 dogmatically mean the Law of Moses? Or does it mean the commandments that Yahweh, the Father gave to Jesus to give to his disciples under the New Covenant written in the New Testament? In other words, must Christians keep the Law of Moses in order to have the right to the tree of ETERNAL LIFE? Or does Revelation 22:14 mean that Christians must obey the commandments of Jesus written in the New Testament under the New Covenant in order to have the right to eat from the tree of ETERNAL LIFE? Before we read this verse in its CONTEXT to learn its true sound Biblical meaning, I would like you to consider this question.

Will the children of Israel receive eternal life AT the coming of Jesus? What I mean by this question is will any Jew that is keeping the Law of Moses, but they reject Jesus as their Messiah, receive eternal life when Jesus returns?

I believe that almost every Christian will agree that absolutely no person will receive eternal life at the coming of Jesus EXCEPT those who believe that Jesus is their Messiah and they are obeying the commandments of Jesus under the New Covenant written in the New Testament. So then, it seems that every Christian, except for the seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians, believe that the word “commandments” in Revelation 22:14 is referring to the commandments that Almighty God the Father gave to Jesus to teach his disciples. To say this one more way, the ONLY Christians, who believe that the word “commandments” in Revelation 22:14 is speaking of the LAW OF MOSES, are the seventh DAY of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians. For you see, according to the Torah keeping Christians, all Christians must keep the Law of Moses in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. That is HOW they INTERPRET this verse of Scripture in Revelation 22:14.

Now, they will argue with NON-Torah keeping Christians that they are NOT keeping the Law of Moses in order to be SAVED. That is how they SUBVERT the weak Christians to start keeping the weekly Sabbath DAY and then add more and more keeping of the Law of Moses to be more PLEASING to God and NOT to be saved. But yet they QUOTE Revelation 22:14 to subvert Christians to keep the Law of Moses. And clearly, Revelation 22:14 is about KEEPING the commandments in order to RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE! So they LIE when they argue that Christians SHOULD keep the Law of Moses to show that they want to PLEASE God. 

And here is the argument that the seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians use. They argue that the Bible teaches us in Revelation 22:14 that if you do NOT keep the Law of Moses then you will NOT receive eternal life in the world to come. And their line of reasoning is this. They argue that we first believe in Jesus to be SAVED, and then, after we are saved, we must keep the Law of Moses in order to have the RIGHT to receive eternal life. And they quote Revelation 22:14 to BEWITCH weaker Christians with fear of losing their salvation if they do not keep the Law of Moses to have the RIGHT to eternal life. So then, according to THEM, Christians must keep BOTH the Old Covenant AND the New Covenant in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. But yet, according to them, they argue that they are NOT keeping the Law of Moses to be SAVED. They do not understand the true sound Biblical meaning of being SAVED which is being reconciled by FAITH and then enduring unto the end to receive eternal life in the world to come. And thus, the true sound Biblical meaning of being saved is CONDITIONAL and requires both faith and WORKS of obedience to the commandments of Jesus under the NEW Covenant written in the New Testament.

So then, the reason that they MUST argue that they are NOT keeping the Law of Moses to be SAVED is Acts chapter 15 and Acts 21:24,25, which we will cover further on in this study. The Apostle Paul argued AGAINST the keeping of the Law of Moses as you will soon see. But for now, let us read Revelation 22:14,15 out of its context first, and then we will read it from a literal translation of the Textus Receptus manuscript from which the King James Version is also translated.

 

Revelation 22:14,15.

 

Blessed are THEY that DO his commandments, THAT (Or so that or in order that) THEY (Speaking of ONLY the THEY that DO or OBEY KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS) may have RIGHT to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (So then, this verse is clearly teaching us that Christ MUST OBEY the commandments of God in order to have the RIGHT to RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. But the word “commandments” here in this verse of Scripture does NOT refer to the Law of Moses. For you see, Christians are under the NEW Covenant and Jesus gave us just TWO commandments to keep. And by walking in LOVE we are keeping all the law of God that Almighty God the Father REQUIRES us to keep in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come)

15. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever LOVES and makes a LIE.”

 

The first thing that I want you to notice is that whosoever LOVES but they also make a LIE will NOT be given the right to receive eternal life and enter into the city. In other words, this is speaking about Christians who walk in LOVE but they also WRONGLY teach that Christians MUST keep the Law of Moses in order to PLEASE God. Paul WARNS us in Galatians 5:4 that Christians who try to keep the Law of Moses are FALLEN from grace and Jesus no longer profits them.

 

Galatians 5:4.  

 

“Christ has become of no EFFECT unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you have FALLEN from grace.”

 

So then, walking in LOVE to LOVE one another and teaching that keeping the Law of Moses is PLEASING to God is making a LIE. For you see, to keep what Jesus ABOLISHED on the cross is DISPLEASING to God and His Son, Jesus. And according to Ephesians 2:8-15 and Colossians 2:13-17, Jesus abolished the law of commandments CONTAINED in ORDINANCES. The ordinances were the DIRECTIONS on HOW to keep the Law of Moses. And Jesus gave us NEW directions on how to keep the commandments of Yahweh in order to have the RIGHT to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. 

Now, I myself have used this verse in Revelation 22:14 for many years in other Bible studies on different church doctrines. And I quoted it with the same emphasis on OBEYING the commandments of God in order to get the once saved eternal security Christians to see that they are in ERROR in what they teach. And Revelation clearly teaches WORKS of OBEDIENCE as a CONDITION that is REQUIRED to receive eternal life. So then, if a Christian should die while living in a lifestyle of sin, then they will NOT be given the RIGHT to eat of the tree of life. And there is a mountain of evidence in the New Testament that teaches us in simplicity that any one of us could be DECEIVED and that we could return to a lifestyle of living in sin. And thus, if that deceived Christian living in a lifestyle of sin was to die while living in that lifestyle of sin, then they would LOSE their RIGHT to eat of the tree of eternal life when Jesus returns. So this one verse of Scripture proves that the Once Saved Always Saved doctrine is a FALSE doctrine. But again, that is another study which you can read under the heading >>>F-0. Can we LOSE ETERNAL LIFE?<<<

But for now, the question under discussion in this study is as follows:

 

What does the phrase “HIS COMMANDMENTS” mean in Revelation 22:14?

 

#1. Does it mean Yahweh’s commandments that He gave to Moses to give ONLY to the children of Israel under the Old Covenant written in the Old Testament?

 

#2. Does it mean Yahweh’s commandments that he gave to Jesus to teach to his disciples under the New Covenant written in the New Testament?

 

#3. Does it mean BOTH the commandments under the Old Covenant AND under the New Covenant must be kept in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come?

 

Now for ME personally, option #3 makes absolutely no sense whatsoever for Almighty God to promise the children of Israel a New Covenant. For you see, the very reason for God giving them a NEW Covenant was because they kept BREAKING the Old Covenant of the Law of Moses? I mean, think this through with me for a moment. The Bible teaches us in the New Testament that God CONCLUDED ALL the children of Israel to be in UNBELIEF and UNDER SIN so that he could show his MERCY.

 

Please read Romans 11:32.

 

For God has CONCLUDED THEM ALL in UNBELIEF, THAT (Or so that or in order that) He might have MERCY upon all.”

 

Now please read Galatians 3:22.

 

But the Scripture has CONCLUDED ALL UNDER SIN, THAT (Or so that or in order that) the PROMISE by FAITH of Jesus Christ might be GIVEN to them that BELIEVE.”

 

So then, HOW is it MERCY for God to give the children to Israel a New Covenant to keep in ADDITION TO still keeping the Old Covenant when they could NOT keep the Old Covenant, according to Acts 15:10?

 

Act 15:10.  

 

“Now, therefore, why TEMPT you God, to put a YOKE upon the neck of the disciples, which NEITHER our fathers NOR we were able to BEAR?” 

 

So then, when seventh DAY of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians argue that they are only keeping the Law of Moses to PLEASE God, then LOVE them by showing them that they are actually TEMPTING God and DISPLEASING God by keeping what Jesus ABOLISHED on the cross. Can you not see that the MERCY of Almighty God that he PROMISED the children of Israel is the NEW COVENANT which is received by FAITH of Jesus Christ and to OBEY the TWO commandments that Jesus commands us to believe and obey? Can you not see that adding the Old Covenant BACK is to add to God’s word? For you see, the Law of Moses was added ONLY until Christ came, according to Galatians 3:19. 

Now let us read Revelation 22:14 from a LITERAL translation so that you can see for yourself that the word “commandments” also means DIRECTIONS of instruction. And thus, the word “commandments” does NOT always dogmatically mean the Ten Commandments contained in the handwriting of ORDINANCES written in the Law of Moses that Jesus ABOLISHED on the cross, according to Ephesians 2:15.

 

Here is the LITERAL translation of Revelation 22:14.

 

“Happy the ones DOING the DIRECTIONS of him that IT shall be the LICENSE of them ON the WOOD OF THE LIFE and to the gates they may be entering into the city.”

 

Now, when I read this particular verse from the LITERAL translation for the first time a few days ago, I thought immediately of the WOODEN CROSS that Jesus died upon to give whosoever believes ON HIM is the LICENSE or the RIGHT to receive eternal life in the world to come. In other words, our keeping of the COMMANDMENT or the instruction for the GOSPEL to BELIEVE in Jesus dying on the CROSS is what gives us the LICENSE or the RIGHT to ENTER INTO the kingdom of Heaven in the world to come. There is nothing in this verse about ACCEPTING Jesus to eat from the tree of life WHEN Jesus returns. In other words, either you are already in Jesus when he returns or you are NOT in Jesus when he returns. And ONLY they who are ALREADY in Jesus and being faithful to keep the commandments of Jesus will be SAVED. In other words, the TRUE gospel is to believe in Jesus WITHOUT the works of the law contained in ORDINANCES , And only those of us who are obeying the TRUTH of the Gospel of Jesus Christ written in the New Testament will be blessed with a LICENSE to enter into the city of God to rule and reign with Jesus over the children of Israel down on the surface of the earth.

Plain and simple, this verse is speaking about ONLY those of us who are DOING the commandments of Yahweh to BELIEVE and OBEY whatever HE has commanded His Son Jesus to teach us to do under the NEW COVENANT. And the New Covenant is written down in the New Testament for the whole world to read. And all we need to know and obey to be saved AND to receive eternal life in the world to come is written down for us in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. And after we are saved God writes His MORAL commandments on our hearts. And if we disobey any MORAL commandment of Yahweh the Holy Spirit convicts us of sinning and leads us to CONFESS our sin. And, according to 1 John 1:9, when we confess our sin God is always faithful to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The word translated as “TREE” of life in Revelation 22:14 is Strong’s #3586. And this Greek word “xylon” is translated as WOOD, TREE, and staves. And from the verses in which it is used we can clearly see that this Greek word “xylon” means the CROSS that Jesus was crucified upon to make it possible for whosoever believes in HIM to have the right to receive eternal life in the world to come. In other words, by simple DOING this ONE commandment to BELIEVE ON Jesus as the atonement for our sin gives us the RIGHT to receive eternal life in the world to come and enter into the city of God in the kingdom of Heaven. I mean if a person were to die immediately after believing in Jesus as their Lord and Savior they would receive eternal life in the world to come.

And if we truly believe in Jesus, then we will OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS that he has taught to his disciples which they wrote down for us in the New Testament. Let us take a look at a couple of verses with the Greek word “xylon” in them first. And then we will take a look at the NEW COMMANDMENTS that Jesus was commanded by Yahweh to give to the children of Israel FIRST. And then, after they REJECTED His great salvation at the stoning of Stephen, God gave the same PROMISE of His New Covenant to the Gentiles.

 

Please read Galatians 3:1-14.

 

O foolish Galatians, who has BEWITCHED you, that you should NOT OBEY the TRUTH, before whose EYES Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, CRUCIFIED among you? (In other words, they have been taught the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ on how to be SAVED by FAITH and receive eternal life in the world to come. BUT someone has BEWITCHED them to depart from OBEYING the TRUTH)

2. This only would I learn of you, (Or just answer me this one SIMPLE question) Received you the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? (Or were you SAVED by the works of the LAW of MOSES to receive the Holy Spirit dwelling in you? Or were you SAVED by the hearing of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ which you then BELIEVED? And the obvious Biblical answer is, “BY FAITH of course! But why do you ask such a ridiculous question Paul?” Then Paul answers)

3. Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? (In other words, how could you be so foolish to receive salvation by FAITH to now be deceived to wrongly believe that you will be made perfect by your keeping the Law of Moses?)

4. Have you suffered so many things in vain? (Or have you suffered all the persecution from the Jews for standing steadfast in the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ in VAIN) If it be yet in vain. (Meaning that if you repent and come back to obeying the TRUTH of the GOSPEL before it is too late, then God will have mercy on you)

5. He, therefore, that ministers to you the Spirit, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, (Of Moses) or by the hearing of faith? (Or by hearing and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit)

6. EVEN as Abraham BELIEVED God, and it was accounted to him FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

7. KNOW you, therefore, that they which are of FAITH, the same ARE the children of Abraham. (By their FAITH in Jesus Christ to rest in the New Covenant established in his shed blood on the CROSS)

8. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen THROUGH FAITH, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In you shall all nations be blessed.

9. So then, they who are of FAITH are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10. FOR (Or for you see) as many as are of the works of the LAW (Of Moses) are under the CURSE: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues NOT in ALL things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (In other words, if a person living under the Law of Moses disobeys even ONE point of the Law of Moses, then the CURSE written in the Law of Moses is upon them)

11. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (Or yet know that NO ONE will be justified by the LAW OF MOSES in the eyes of Almighty God Himself. For it is EVIDENT through the teachings of His Son Jesus that the just shall live by FAITH)

12. And the LAW (OF MOSES) is NOT OF FAITH: but, The man that does them shall live in them. (Or the ones that try to obey them will suffer the curse when they break-even one point of the Law of Moses)

13. Christ has REDEEMED us (That BELIEVE and obey the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ) from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangs on a TREE: (Strong’s #3586 which we know means CROSS)

14. THAT (Or so that or in order that) the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles THROUGH Jesus Christ; THAT we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

 

The receiving of the Holy Spirit with the EVIDENCE of speaking in other tongues was all the PROOF that the Apostles of Jesus Christ needed to know and understand that Almighty God SAVED the Gentiles when they heard the gospel of Jesus Christ being preached to them. For you see, they HEARD the Gentiles speak in other tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them the utterance.

Please read Acts 15:1-25 on your own. I will only quote a few verses so you can see the big picture that Revelation 22:14 is NOT speaking about keeping the LAW of MOSES in order to receive eternal life in the world to come.

 

Acts 15:1,2.

 

“And certain men who came down from Judaea 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, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.”

 

So then, there was MUCH CONTENTION and controversy between the Apostle Paul and some of the Jewish Christians who sincerely believed that Christians must be circumcised in the flesh and keep the Law of Moses in order to be saved. Now they were already initially saved by faith in Jesus, so then, the true meaning of the word “saved” in this context means to receive the END of their salvation which is eternal life. And thus, the controversy is about whether or not God requires the whole Law of Moses MUST be kept in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. The Apostle Paul argued AGAINST the keeping of the Law of Moses while CERTAIN Jewish Christians of the CERATIN sect of Pharisees argued that Christians MUST keep the Law of Moses to be saved.

 For you see, according to Galatians and Acts 15:1,5 there were some Jewish “JUDAIZING” Christians that came from Jerusalem to teach the Gentile Christian brethren that they MUST be circumcised AND keep the Law of Moses in order to be SAVED or in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.

 

Acts 15:5.

 

“But there arose a certain sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, AND to command them to keep the Law of Moses.”

 

And then after much more contention and controversy between Paul and the apostles at Jerusalem, then the apostle Peter stood up and defended what the apostle Paul was teaching.

 

Please read Acts 15:6-11.

 

“And the Apostles and elders came together to consider THIS MATTER. (Speaking of the matter of whether or not the Gentile Christians needed to keep the Law of Moses or NOT to keep the Law of Moses for ANY reason. So if any Sabbath-keeping Christian tells you that Paul is teaching us in Colossians 2:16 to not allow other Christians to judge you for KEEPING the Law of Moses, then you will know that they are MAKING a LIE. For you see, if so be, that Paul teaches us that we are to keep the Law of Moses in Colossians 2:13-17, then why is there so much CONTENTION between Paul and the CERTAIN Jewish Christians of the sect of Pharisees over THIS MATTER. It is only this certain sect of Jewish Christians that were arguing AGAINST Paul saying that Christians MUST KEEP the Law of Moses? But Paul argues AGAINST the keeping the Law of Moses! And thus, Sabbath-keeping Christians are TWISTING the words of Paul in Colossians 2:13-17 to their OWN DESTRUCTION, according to 2 Peter 3:16-18)

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.

8. And God, which knows the hearts, bare them witness, GIVING them the Holy Ghost, EVEN as he did unto us;

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

10. Now therefore 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.”

 

So then, both Paul and the Apostle Peter are clearly teaching AGAINST to keeping of the Law of Moses. Then in Acts 15:12-24 we can clearly see beyond any shadow of a doubt that ALL of the Apostles of Jesus Christ and the WHOLE church agreed with the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul to NOT give any commandment for the Gentile Christians to keep the Law of Moses for any reason. I will just quote verse 24 and then we will read Acts 21;24,25 where the church again states that this matter is SETTLED and no such commandment or instruction is to be given to any Gentile Christian for them to keep the Law of Moses.

 

Acts 15:24.

 

“Forasmuch 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 that the phrases “TROUBLED you” and :SUBVERTING your SOULS” are NOT positive words encouraging Christains to KEEP the Law of Moses? The word “SUBVERT” means to undermine the power and authority of an established system or institution. So the “Judaizing” Christians are undermining or PERVERTING the TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ causing Christians to FALL from grace.

 

Acts 21:25.

 

As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and CONCLUDED that they observe no such thing, (Speaking about what the whole church CONCLUDED in Acts 15 that no such teaching is to be given to any Gentile Christian for them to keep the Law of Moses)  save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.”

 

Therefore, Revelation 22:14 says nothing whatsoever about keeping the LAW of MOSES in order to have the right to receive eternal life in the world to come. But rather, Jesus gave all those who BELIEVE in HIM as the atonement for their sin, two NEW commandments to obey. And IF we should disobey these two commandments, then we are commanded or instructed to CONFESS our sin. How much simpler could God have made it for people to be SAVED? The New Covenant is a BETTER covenant and a much easier covenant to bear. For you see, the commandments under the New Covenant are light and they are not burdensome. But according to Acts 15:10, the Old Covenant was a yoke that the children of Israel were NOT able to bear. In Galatians chapter 5 the Law of Moses is also called a yoke of bondage.

 

Acts 15:10.

 

Now, therefore, why tempt you God, to put a YOKE upon the neck of the disciples, which NEITHER our fathers NOR WE we were ABLE to BEAR?”

 

So then, the commandments in Revelation 22:14 are speaking of the commandments given to us in the New Testament under the NEW Covenant and NOT the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES. The first of the TWO commandments of God in the New Testament is to BELIEVE on Jesus to be saved. Then after we are saved we are to obey the teachings of Jesus which he taught to his disciples, which are written in the New Testament.

 

Please read Matthew 22:35-40.

 

“Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, TEMPTING him, and saying,

36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37. Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

38. This is the first and great commandment.

39. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

40. On these TWO COMMANDMENTS hang all the law AND the prophets.”

 

The Apostles of Jesus taught us the SAME two commandments by summing them together saying that if we say that we love God, then we will LOVE the brethren.

 

Please read 1 John 4:20,21.

“If a man says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

21. And THIS COMMANDMENT have we from Him, That he who loves God love his brother also.”

 

I think that Paul summarizing the two commandments of Jesus the best in Romans 13:8-10 by saying that when we walk in love toward one another, then we will NOT break any of the MORAL commandments of Yahweh that he gave to Moses to give to the children of Israel for them to keep throughout their generations.

 

Please read Romans 13:8-10.

 

“Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

9. For this, (Or for you see, in doing this one commandment to one another) You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet; and if there be ANY OTHER commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself.(This one commandment to walk in love is easy to remember. And if you forget, the Holy Spirit dwelling in you will REMIND you when you are NOT walking in LOVE toward others. For you see, the Holy Spirit will convict us when we break any MORAL law of God. He even warns us when we are about to sin by not doing unto others as we would have them do unto us)

10. LOVE works NO ill to his neighbor: THEREFORE, LOVE is the FULFILLING of the LAW.

 

But even as SIMPLE as the gospel of Jesus Christ makes it there are still some Christians that desire to be TEACHERS of the Law of Moses. Paul says that they have SWERVED and turned to the side desiring to be teachers of the law of Moses which is VAIN jangling or empty meaningless talk that brings discord among the brethren.

 

Please read 1 Timothy 1:5-11.

 

Now the END of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (In other words the END of the LAW of MOSES is the one commandment to walk in LOVE toward one another to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. And, therefore, by walking of LOVE toward one another is the FULFILLING all the law of God that Almighty God requires of us to OBEY)

6. From which SOME having SWERVED have TURNED ASIDE unto VAIN jangling;

7. Desiring to be teachers of the law;(Of Moses) understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

8. But we know that the law is good, IF a man use it lawfully; (In other words, we should be teaching the MEANING OF why the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES was given to the children of Israel for THEM to keep throughout THEIR GENERATIONS. The children of Israel need to know and understand that the ceremonial laws contained in ordinances are a SCHOOLMASTER to lead them to their Messiah who we know to be Jesus)

9. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, (Meaning that we, as Christians, who are made RIGHTEOUS through Jesus Christ are not under the Law of Moses) but (The Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES was ADDED) for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10. For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

11. ACCORDING TO the glorious GOSPEL of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”

 

Galatians 5:1-18.

 

“Stand fast therefore in the LIBERTY wherewith Christ has made us FREE, and be not entangled again with the YOKE of BONDAGE.

2. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if you get CIRCUMCISED, Christ shall profit you NOTHING. (So the YOKE of BONDAGE, according to this context, is the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES which have been ABOLISHED on the cross, according to Colossians 2:4-17 and Ephesians 2:15)

3. For I testify AGAIN to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

4. Christ is become of NO effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the LAW; you are FALLEN from grace.

5. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by FAITH.

6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love. (Or but FAITH in Jesus Christ is what avails. And the only work of faith is to walk in LOVE toward one another and thereby you fulfill the whole Law of God. For you see, LOVE works no ill toward those you love)

7. You did run well; who did HINDER you that you should NOT OBEY the TRUTH? (Speaking of the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ)

8. This persuasion comes NOT of HIM that calls you. (Or this persuading of you to keep the Law of Moses comes NOT from Almighty God Yahweh that has called you by HIS so great a salvation)

9. A little leaven will leaven the whole lump. (In other words, do NOT allow any Christians to SUBVERT you to start keeping the weekly Sabbath day. For you see, a little leaven or little false teaching of keeping the weekly Sabbath day will leaven or will grow to the false teaching that will subvert you to the keeping of the whole Law of Moses. So walk away from the Judaizing Christians unless you are rooted and grounded in the word of the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. Christians are NOT called to obey the Law of Moses. We are called to obey the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.)

10. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none otherwise minded: but he that TROUBLES you (To keep the Law of Moses) shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

11. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then, the offense of the cross would cease. (If Paul still taught circumcision in the flesh after he converted to Christianity)

12. I would that they were even cut off that TROUBLE you. (Paul is NOT saying that he desires the Judaizing Christians to be cut off from God. But rather, Paul is saying that if they are TROUBLING you to the point that you are wondering if you should be keeping the Law of Moses, then YOU need to cut them off from you. This is the same Greek word that Jesus used when he said if your hand offends you then cut it off from you. Jesus and Paul are talking about the members of the body of Christ that offend us. We are to cut them off or amputate them from our life. We are NOT to ALLOW them to JUDGE us for NOT keep the Law of Moses)

13. For, (Or for you see) brethren, you have been called unto LIBERTY; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but BY LOVE serve one another.

14. For (Or BECAUSE) all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; you shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself.

15. But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed one by another. (In other words, if you decide to defend the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ beware lest they consume YOU by them SUBVERTING and deceiving you to keep the Law of Moses)

16. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary, the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.

18. But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the LAW.”

 

Paul goes on to say in verse 19 that the WORKS of the law are MANIFEST and then he lists all of the WORKS that are CLEARLY SHOWN to us by God that we MUST do in order to have the RIGHT to receive eternal life in the world to come. The Greek word translated as “MANIFEST” means to CLEARLY show, explain, or reveal. 

So then, if any seventh DAY of the week Sabbath-keeping Christian or Jew ever tells you that you must keep the Law of Moses in order to receive eternal life in the world to come, tell them straight to their face with boldness and authority that THEY are MAKING a LIE. And then tell them to read the next verse after Revelation 22:14.

 

Revelation 22:15.

 

“For WITHOUT (Speaking of being without eternal life and the right to enter into the city of God to be cast out into outer darkness) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever LOVES and makes a lie.”

 

Give them this sound Biblical Bible study as their first rebuke. And if they still persist in making a lie compelling you to keep the Law of Mose, then give them this entire list of sound Biblical studies under this heading  >>>Dd-0. What is the TRUE Sabbath?<<<  These in-depth studies in God's word will expose the many errors of interpretation of the Scriptures made by those caught in the snare of the Hebrew Roots Movement. And not just the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement, but also in every other seventh DAY of the week Sabbath-keeping group of Christians desiring to be teachers of the Law of Moses. And then, after the second or third rebuke, you are to cut them off from subverting you any further. Commit them to the mercy of God. For you see, they are twisting the hard sayings of the Apostle Paul and the other Scriptures to their OWN DESTRUCTION, according to 2 Peter 3:16.

 

2 Peter 3:14-18.

 

“Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (And the only way to do this is to TRUST in God’s so great a GIFT of RIGHTEOUSNESS. For you see IF we sin and we CONFESS our sin then the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our unrighteousness and we are PERFECT in the eyes of God just as if we had never sinned. Please read the study “CAN CHRISTIANS BE PERFECT?”)

15. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;

16. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, (Or TWIST) as they do also the other scriptures, unto THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION.

17. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, BEWARE lest you also, being led away with the ERROR of the wicked, FALL from your own stedfastness.

18. But grow in GRACE, and in the knowledge OF our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (And NOT in the knowledge of those who SUBVERT you to keep the Law of Moses for any reason) To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”

 

Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to read ALL the studies that I gave links to throughout this study concerning this subject on Sabbath TRUTH.

My heartfelt prayer is that all Christians RETURN to the TRUE FOUNDATION of the church that is taught by the very Apostles of Jesus in the first century. So let us all come into the UNITY of the faith and return to what Jesus and his Apostles taught us in SIMPLICITY in the New Testament. 

 

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Some Sabbath-keeping Christians CLAIM that the early church kept the Sabbath as the Jews, but I assure you that the early first-century church was accustomed to gathering together BEFORE the light of daybreak on the FIRST day of the week that THEY called the Lord's day.

Please read all the studies linked within this study and all the studies linked below. This study was just the TIP of the iceberg of exposing the ERRORS of interpretation made by the Saturday seventh day of the week Sabbath-keeping churches, and the Sunday first day of the week Sabbath-keeping Christians. All of the studies listed under the subject heading >>>Dd-0. What is the TRUE Sabbath?<<< And also read Dd-20. Did The Early Church KEEP the Sabbath day to learn the truth of what the early church believed.

Thanks again 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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