Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sabbath Day



*Sabbath Day*

Are you a Christian?  Do you believe in Jesus as your saviour?  Do you believe that people who follow a Sabbath Day have forgotten that Jesus died for their sin?

The truth is this.  The Sabbath day is for man, not man for the Sabbath.  Jesus himself did good on the Sabbath days.  (John chapter 5)

Maybe you are not a Christian and have not found your soul to be at rest.  You feel as if you must have a good reputation and keep business going all days of the week.  If life feels like it is always a burden, your health is failing and you have no time for family and friends, maybe it is time to seek the rest that the Lord would like to offer you.

-When Is the Sabbath Day?-

The first day of rest was the seventh day of the week after God created all things in this universe.  (Genesis 2:2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.)  How do we know what day of the week is the Sabbath day?  We can judge this based on when the moon and stars coordinate with specific timing with nature and seasons.  Nearly all languages around the world have names for the days of the week (1-7).  Nearly all languages and cultures around the world use astronomy and understand conditions in nature since the ancient days.

-When is the Sabbath Day mentioned in the Bible?-

By using a computer, a search will calculate that the Sabbath day is mentioned 146 times in a KJV bible.  It is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments.  However, other words are mentioned more in the bible.  Words like -Heart- and -Jesus- are mentioned many more times.  This means that our Heart needs to change to follow Jesus on Sabbath days and non-Sabbath days alike.  Instead of being angry, deceitful and cross on the Sabbath day, our heart should be light, good and delighted in serving our Lord (Isaiah 58:13  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:)

Other places indicate that forgetting Sabbath Day is sorrowful:  And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. Lamentations 2:6,  Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths. Lamentations 1:7

Remembering the Sabbath Day is important to God.  He put it fourth in the basic 10 commandments: Exodus 20: 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

If God is sad when we forget his Sabbath day, I am sure we also are sad when we do not get rest.  We are also sad when people steal, lie and commit adultery against us.  God's commandments and words are important words for us.

-How do we know that Jesus' Resurrection indicates the coordination with Sabbath Day?-

When a person decides to study the Qumran Calendar, there is a pattern that shows up.  It shows us that Jesus was in the grave for three days and three nights.  The First day of the First month always started on the Fourth Day of the week.  It never started on any other day of the week.  The First month, named Abib in the bible, was when Passover occurred, for the first Passover celebration.  The Jewish people ALWAYS knew and still practice today that the first month Abib starts when there is Barley harvest (Exodus 9:31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.)  In the Qumran Calendar the first month in the first cycle of three cycles, starts when there was a full moon on the Fourth day of the week.  It takes a little bible study and biblical scholarly studies as well as astronomy study to understand this Qumran Calendar, but it is not too difficult, once you see the pattern. 

Because the First month of the bible calendar starts on the Fourth day of the week, the 14th day of the bible calendar month of Abib would need to be found on the Third Day of the week.  All Abib 14th start on the Third Day of the week in all three Qumran Calendar cycles.  When Passover occurred on Abib 14, perhaps it was a first calendar cycle, Jesus ate the Last supper with his friends the disciples and one traitor.  That evening after supper Jesus went to the Garden Gethsemane(Matthew 26), and Judas came with Roman soldiers to take him to be crucified.  The next day he was beaten, bruised and killed on the cross.  A dark solar eclipse occurred from the 6th hour to the ninth hour sundial time ( Matt. 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour).  So Jesus was dead on the 15th, 16th and 17th days of the bible calendar month Abib.  But on the 18th day of the month was the seventh day.

Jesus was not seen as a resurrected saviour until the first day of the week.  Many Christians have celebrated this way and believed that Mary saw Jesus arise from the tomb on the first day of the week.  But in reality Jesus had already arose specifically for the Sabbath Day.  The disciples and other followers of Jesus were probably resting and did not visit the tomb on the seventh day of the week!


-What did the first-century Christians practice?-

Many of the first Christians were Jewish.  The bible itself says that Paul taught even on the Sabbath days.  Infract entire towns came to hear God's word preached on Sabbath days (Acts 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.)  There is no indication that the people were afraid of their salvation because of Sabbath days.  They feared the Lord and wanted to serve him.  They wanted to hear God's word preached to them.  Many of these First Century Christians died for their faith by Roman persecution and trusted in  Jesus Salvation.

Later in time, a confusion came into the church.  Constantine was a pagan idolater who lived from 272 to 372 AD.  He did not love God's word appropriately because he did not want to follow God's word exactly as it called him to do.  He was a man of war, not a man of peace.  He created a style of Christian living that was not really Christian but had pagan elements mixed with Christian biblical truths.  His influence hurts men and women today because people get distorted views of religion and bible truths.  His influence even affected and created practices in the Muslim and Middle Eastern world to this day.  Constantine did not encourage a celebration of the Sabbath day, but at the end of his life it is believed he finally gave his life to Jesus.

-What types of things can you do on the Sabbath day?-

Do children's bible activity, relax and study nature, rest, read positive godly literature, visit godly friends, visit elderly relatives, hand out a few bible tracts, share bible verses with strangers, listen to godly hymn music, sing godly songs, get together for a bible study, Study the bible, lightly study Christian and Jewish history, share a hot meal with a family, take prayer requests and pray for others, take a walk to a park and so much more.

You may even feel inclined to not write, eliminate electrical usage or use minimal technology on the Sabbath day.  Those types practices are not against biblical teaching.


-What things can you do to be saved?-
                      
All you need to study, is a simple KJV Holy Bible.  If you know other languages, select the bible that is free and available to the poor.  Celebration of a Sabbath does not save you as there were wicked people who condemned people and Jesus himself even on the Sabbath day. However, knowing Scripture will help you to practice Sabbath days in a way that you choose good and not evil.  By following Jesus you can overcome the evils of gambling, addictions, alcoholism, sexual impurity including homosexuality, lust, infidelity, insecurity, fornication, eating disorders, anger, greed, pharmaceutical dependency and so much more.  Study of the bible, prayer for others, serving others and worship with believers helps overcome bondages.
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