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Saturday, January 25, 2014

SPIRITUAL TRUTH ABOUT  THE SABBATH....

One of the present controversies among Christians is the issue of the Sabbath. The doctrine of the Trinity separated the Christians into two different groups, which are the oneness, and three in one Christians. The Sabbath divided Christians into three different groups, the Sundayterians Christians which includes all Christians who believe that God’s holy day should be observed on Sundays instead of Saturdays and the Daily Sabbath Christians, this group insists that the New Testament Christians are no longer under the Law of Moses, therefore keeping the Jewish seventh day Sabbath is a thing of past, they emphasize that every day should be kept holy for God and the Sabbaterian Christians who insist that Christians are obligated to observe the Old Testament Sabbath. Most of the Sabbaterian sect believe that worshiping God on Sundays is the mark of the beast (Ellen G. White, Great Controversy, Vol. 4, page 281). The Sabbaterians also claim that Sunday was named after the “sun god” stating that it was the day when the Romans worship the sun god, but such claim doesn’t  make sense because Saturday which they ascribe as the Lord’s Day, was also named after the Roman god “Saturn or Satan” (“Saturn” the shining one), which some believed to have a spiritual connection with a star called Thuban”  in Arabic meaning “snake”,  Thuban is the same as the Alpha Draconis” which most people worship as the snake goddess. In the Roman Empire ("Saturn's Day") was a day of Saturn’s worship.

It is very important for us to know that the days of the week are named after the planets and pagan gods! Monday means “day of the moon” or the day of moon worship, derived from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg. Tuesday is derived from Tiu’s day; In Greek it is called “hemera Areos” "day of Ares" which is the same as “Twia” the ancient German god of war and the sky. Wednesday is derived from Woden's day; Woden is the chief Anglo-Saxon god. In Latin it is dies Mercurii "day of Mercury", and in Ancient Greek hemera Hermu "day of Hermes", Thursday “Thor's day is called after the Norse god of thunder and Friday “Freya's day”Freya or Fria is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty, and fruitfulness. None of these Christian groups, including the Sundayterians, Sabbaterians and daily Sabbaterians have been able to explain properly what Sabbath is in the New Testament, they are all just making senseless theological debates.

It is obvious that we Christians oftentimes leave authentic matters and dabble in unfruitful issues that don’t add virtue to our spiritual life such as whether Christians should observe the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday or worship on Sunday. This matter is meaningless to debate, because we have more important issues that we should concern ourselves with, and one of them is not whether christians should be keeping Judaic Sabbath or not. In this article, I actually want to share with you what the true Sabbath is under the new covenant. I am positive that understanding what Sabbath means will help us to achieve a new level of holiness and purity in Christ. We need not join ourselves with the blind religious people to pursue after the shadow instead of the reality. I urge you to take your time and read this material with an open heart, when you get the revelation of the Sabbath clear, stay focused and pursue it daily with prayer and meditation, you will then see the level of separation and purity you will attain towards God. Always keep in mind that we all know in part! And we prophesy in part; No one has known it all (1Corinthians13:9)……

THE SABBATH: Sabbath has been misinterpreted to mean a physical day of worship, it is significant for us to know that Sabbath does not represent any calendar day; it is neither Saturday nor Sunday as some blind religious people insist. The word "Sabbath” is derived from the Hebrew verb shavat meaning "rest" or “ceasing from work". The Modern Hebrew word for Sabbath is shevita, which means “a labor strike”.

THE JUDAIC SABBATH: Just as the water baptism in Christianity symbolizes the outward demonstration of the inward purification, under the Old Testament, Sabbath was given to the Jews as a sign of the spiritual rest that God has reserved for everyone of us in Christ Jesus…
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. (Exodus31:12-13)
Paul the apostle stated…. Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. (Colossians2:16-17)

When something is said to be a sign or shadow, it means that the reality exists somewhere. The physical rituals that the Jews observe as the Sabbath is nothing but an outward demonstration of a future spiritual rest that God has ordained for all saints in Christ. It would be foolish for one who is seeking a genuine substance to continue holding onto a symbol when the reality has been revealed. Despite what is said concerning the Sabbath, as long as we agree that the Old Testament foreshadows the New Testament, the New Testament Sabbath is spiritual and has nothing to do with a physical day. That is why the early disciples of Christ were meeting daily on one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house (Act2:46). Sabbath means rest, and is not a day; it is neither Saturday nor Sunday, but a life in the spirit or a state of being! (SABBATH IS A SPIRITUAL STATE OF PERMANENT PERFECTION AND IMMORTALITY IN GOD) we must recognize that our day of rest is yet to come…

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. (Hebrew 4:9-11)

Our true day of rest will come on that day when we all (the mortal church) are translated into a spiritual state of permanent perfection and immortality in Jesus Christ, we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump and caught up by the power of the eternal spirit of God into a realm in the spirit where there will be no more labor, no sin and no more death. In the sabbatical realm, life of holiness, righteousness, peace and joy will never cease; God’s character will become a permanent standard of our lives.  

ENTERING THE SABBATH:  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience (Hebrew 4: 11).

To enter Sabbath  means to achieve complete permanent sinless perfection and immortality in Christ; which is a position in the spirit realm where life, holiness, righteousness, peace and joy will remain still; in this realm, God’s way of doing things will become our natural life, there is no doubt that Jesus has purchased this rest for us. Spiritually, Christ has given us rest but the truth is that we have never fully entered into our rest; it is just like when the children of Israel entered Jericho and discovered that they still had many lands to conqueror. Our eternal salvation is progressive…

And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11...

Without obtaining permanent perfection and immortalization of our earthly body, our rest is not completed. We (the church) must continue to grow in the spirit until our mortal body has been clothed with immortality, when the perishable puts on the imperishable, then shall we cease from all of our labor and remain forever in the sabbatical realm with the Lamb of God. (I Corinth, 15:50-56, II Corinth, 5:1-8)  As long as we remain in our earthly tabernacle (our perishable body), no one can boast of having complete rest. Our daily life in the mortal flesh is a warfare which will continue until we crucify our outward man and Christ is resurrected fully in us (I Corinth, 15:31, II Corinth, 10:10-14). I believe that no one among us can testify that his own warfare is over. It is childish to regard a physical day as Sabbath; a spiritual man should understand that there was no commandment of Sabbath in the Garden of Eden until man fell into sin. The reason was that Adam and Eve were partially partaking in the sabbatical realm, there was neither sin nor death in them. Sin and death came into the world as a result of their disobedience(Roman 5:21). It would be foolish of us (the new testament believers) to join the Jews in keeping the symbolic Sabbath, for the Jews will come into full realization one day and acknowledge that Sabbath was given to them as a symbol of life to come through Jesus Christ (Exodus 31:16 Colossians 2:16-17). Can any Jew or Christian say that he has experienced complete rest from labor, sin, war, terror and death? The physical Sabbath can only help to relax the mortal body while the battle continues within.  Only the Sabbath in Christ Jesus can offer us true rest whereby our spirit soul and body will be purified and remain permanently in the state of sinlessness, joy, peace and everlasting life. As long as we need to make daily confessions of sin and work at living a holy life, we have not fully come into our rest. We should keep growing while cleansing ourselves daily from sin until we experience sinlessness in our mortal body and cross over to join the mystical Sabbath church.


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