The Sabbath is taken from the Hebrew sha-vath’ which means to rest, to cease, to desist. The sabbatical arrangement prescribed in the Mosaic Law embraced a weekly mandated Sabbath day, and a number of additional specified days throughout the year, the seventh year
and the fiftieth year. Of the weekly Sabbath of the Jews, the seventh day fell on their calendar week from sunset on Friday until sunset on Saturday. Numerous professed Christians have traditionally kept Sunday as their day of rest and of worship, while others have adhered to the day set aside on the Jewish calendar. The question is, “Is the Sabbath still mandated for observance by our Father Yahweh?”
As faithful Christians of Father’s truth, are you under obligation to keep the weekly Sabbath day given as an obligation to the Israelites?
Exodus 31:16, 17 “The Israelites must observe the Sabbath, celebrating it throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign forever between Me and the Israelites, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”
You’ll take note that the Sabbath observance was a sign between Father Yahweh and earthly Israel. This observance applied to the flesh and blood Israelites and no other people that would come under Father’s guidance pre-Millennium. It applied only to the flesh and blood Israelites that made up the Jewish religion to Father before they fell from favor. As the Jews rejected the appointed savior sent by Father, Father in turn rejected them as his chosen people.
The Hebrew word rendered “perpetual” or “forever” is “oh-lam'” which translates to mean a period of time, that from the view of the present is indefinite or hidden from sight and changing events that can effect its duration. It could mean “forever,” but this is not always the case. Adam and Eve were intended to live for forever, but changing events altered that plan. To further the point that “forever” or “perpetual” can be altered, at Numbers 25:13 the same Hebrew word is applied to the Jewish priesthood which later ended as pointed out in the Word at Hebrews 7:12.
Numbers 25:13″It will be a covenant of perpetual priesthood for him and his descendants, because he was zealous for his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”
Hebrews 7:12 “For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must be a change of law as well.”
If there is a change in the Law that ends Father’s decree on any given commandment, how does this change take place?
Romans 10:4 ” For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
Father’s Perfecter of righteousness was given the rightful position as our future King to end the Laws that Father deemed obsolete. Just as Christ Jesus ended required tithing. Christ Jesus is the end of the Law this side of the Millennium, so that all of those trapped in secondary sin who exercise faith might have righteousness in Father’s eyes. Sabbath keeping was a part of that Law. Father permitted Christ to bring that Law to an end. By having a righteous standing before Father Yahweh as children born into sin, and accepting the ransom sacrifice by placing faith in Christ Jesus, you have passed over and away from keeping a weekly Sabbath.
Galatians 4:9-11 “But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and bankrupt elemental forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again? You observe [special] days, months, seasons, and years. I am fearful for you, that perhaps my labor for you has been wasted.”
To follow the old Sabbath is to be enslaved to a bankrupt elementary / fundamental compulsion that no longer is valid in Father’s scheme of things. It is called “Being locked into traditionalism.”
You saw its effects with the Jews and other religious sects that opposed Jesus while on earth with their traditional die hard beliefs. Jesus was believed to be trampling on traditional values by performing miracles on the Sabbath. He was killed because of traditional thinking Jews and Satan’s prodding to eliminate a rival sent to break up his evil workings in creation.
Ephesians 2:13-16 ” But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In His flesh, He did away with the law of the commandments in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.[He did this so] that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it.”
Both groups. He brought the believing Israelites and the Gentile group of believers into the grace of Father as one spiritual group of faithful followers to Father, known as Spiritual Israelites.
Colossians 2:13-16 “And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. Therefore don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.”
Laws governing food, drink, festival, a new moon, and the Sabbath day are all null and void. Those that dictate such Laws are still to be adhered to are not of Father’s fold.
As I stated earlier, Father gave the Sabbath Law to the nation of Israel and no other nation. But what about Adam and Eve? Did Father at any time give them a requirement of Sabbath keeping that would be binding on their offspring?
Genesis 2:1-3 “So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. By the seventh day, God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation.”
Not a passage in the Word given as the guide book for mankind says that Father directed Adam and Eve to keep the seventh day of each week as a Sabbath. Why? Because when Satan altered Father’s plan, Father instituted a reflection through the Israelite nation of what was to take place in the distant future. When the Millennium takes over, you will learn new Laws that include a Sabbath after the Millennium ends.
Why after the Millennium ends? At that time you will have reached perfection. Christ’s sacrifice will no longer be valid for those that sin. You’ll stand or fall on your own merit. The staking of the Law to the cross of salvation will have passed. Father’s Saints will then follow the course that will be adhered to for eternity. There will be a final test, but those that adhere to Father’s Laws will not be lost to Satan’s final rebellion and destruction.
Luke 13:10-13 “As He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, a woman was there who had been disabled by a spirit for over years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called out to her, “Woman, you are free of your disability.” Then He laid His hands on her, and instantly she was restored and began to glorify God.”
Jesus taught on the Sabbath and performed miracles. Christ is the one you must footstep follow in your ministry all the way to the promised kingdom. However, here again we look at traditional values of those that are ignorant to truth:
Luke 13:14 “But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, responded by telling the crowd, “There are six days when work should be done; therefore come on those days and be healed and not on the Sabbath day.”
How did our Lord Christ Jesus answer?
Luke 13:15 “But the Lord answered him and said, “Hypocrites! Doesn’t each one of you untie his ox or donkey from the feeding trough on the Sabbath, and lead it to water? Satan has bound this woman, a daughter of Abraham, for 18 years—shouldn’t she be untied from this bondage on the Sabbath day?”
How was Christ’s opposition to the Sabbath keeping received by the masses?
Luke 13:16 “When He had said these things, all His adversaries were humiliated, but the whole crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things He was doing.”
Christ was not in bondage to tradition. He came with authority given him by Father to abolish that which no longer was acceptable to Father. Follow Christ’s example in all things.
Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
And when Christ said, “Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17), he was letting them know that the Law rested within him. Father’s Law. His job is still not finished. During the Millennium you’ll learn new Laws that will take you to the height of perfection in Father’s eyes. At that time Christ will have fulfilled Father’s will and completed the mission he was entrusted with in returning sinful mankind to a perfected state. Then he’ll reign as king along side our glorious Father for eternity. The promise Father gave in exchange for his fulfilling Her will.
Numbers 25:13 “It will be a covenant of perpetual priesthood for him and his descendants, because he was zealous for his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”
Father was speaking of Christ as the perpetual priest until the end of the Millennium when he subjects himself back over to Father. The descendant’s are those that arrive in the Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 15:28 “And when everything is subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who subjected everything to Him, so that God may be all in all.”
Meantime Christ will serve during the Millennium as:
“For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Father’s Son given as your ransom sacrifice. The “government” as the appointed King. A wonderful counselor of Father’s Law. A Mighty God in his own right. The Eternal Father that brought mankind’s faithful out of sin and back to Father. A Prince of Peace for ending wars and all that Satan’s rule has caused to inflict creation down throughout history.