MY SCRIPTURE STUDIES

Thursday, September 25, 2008

What's for Supper?

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If you love The Lord, you probably have a yearning to please God. That is important! So, when our family began to study all of the Scriptures we noticed something that simply never dawned on us before. God gives us His instruction for "living" because He loves us and He wants to protect us. He wants to give us health and life and keep us from sickness and death.

Proverbs 14:12 tells us:
There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
Think about that and consider that God tells us He never changes. The concept of change is something for you and I. We have to change our ways to return to "the faith which was once delivered".

The Bible teaches us some very simple guidelines about what we are to eat as healthy food what is good for us. God gives us His instruction on eating because He wants us to be healthy. Imagine that!!

It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Some things are good for our health and some are not. It's that simple. In fact, God never defines those things that are bad or unhealthy for us -- as food. In the Bible, food is something good, something healthy, it's not just anything you can eat. That is where the confusion starts.... we call about anything that we can stick in our mouth food, but the Bible does not. What we eat has to be good for us.

Before we understood God's word does not change, as a family we simply did not understand this food basic. We thought that what ever "tasted" good was OK even if it took a lot of butter. But we discovered that amazingly, eating healthy is the simple key to ALL of God's instruction on food!


Today, modern science proves God's teaching on good health, but don't take my word for it, do your own research and keep this in mind as your recheck your Bible verses: "healthy" = clean and "unhealthy" = unclean in Bible terms. It's that simple.



Think about this: in the beginning, Adam and Eve fell into sin and were kicked out of the Garden of Eden because they did not heed God's one instruction and command concerning the food they were not to eat.

The result was very serious. It changed the world. It brought death to the planet.

From my Scripture studies, I now know that God has given us the freedom of choice between following His teaching and instruction or not. Doing the things He says are "Holy" makes us a 'set apart' people. The Hebrew word meaning "set apart" is "holy", and set apart is what God said we should be. Eating healthy sets us apart and I believe our Creator wants us to follow His Word, His Instruction for a reason! The instructions that God has given us is for our health benefit and blessing, it is for life. Since God is not a man, we can know that he has given us unchanging instruction throughout His Word. Numbers 23:19 teaches us that and Malachi 3:6 confirms it.

In reading The Lord's teaching on food which Moses recorded twice in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, we can see how simple His instruction is.

Our Creator's basic training on food is really very easy, just don't eat scavengers or predators! That's the simple message. That is the basic instruction from the maker of our bodies. And the Apostle Paul tells us something very important about the body of a Believer:
Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. 1Corinthians 6:19-20
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We are not to eat any sea or lake creatures without fins and scales. Why? It's simple, our Creator made any water borne fish or creature without fins and scales as a scavenger or predator.

God's 4,000 year old recorded dietary instructions are clear and simple. The yoke is not heavy, do not eat fish without both scales and fins. That eliminates a number of seemingly tasty foods including shellfish, shrimp, catfish, lobster, mussels, eel, shark, sturgeon, and swordfish, just to name a few. But our Creator gives us His teaching and instruction to protect us.

As their maker, God knows everything about His design and purpose of every fish. This is something that has taken modern day marine biologists and scientists thousands of years to discover. Fish with scales AND fins are equipped with a digestive system that prevents the absorption of poisons and toxins into their flesh from the very waters they live and swim in.

Like a pig, carnivorous fish have very short digestive tracts when compared to herbivorous fish. For example, scavengers like catfish have fins, but do not have scales. Shark do not have scales and they are predators. Scavengers are primarily "bottom feeders" like vultures and they and have digestive systems designed to clean the environment by absorbing toxins into their bodies from the water. Clams, oysters, lobster, shrimp, crabs, mussels and squid do not have scales or fins and they are known by any seafood lover to be potentially toxic. They are designed to naturally absorb toxins from water. Interestingly, lobster and crabs are crustaceans and they are actually a part of the arthropod family of creatures, on land the arthropod family includes caterpillars, cockroaches, and spiders.

Have you ever thought to try to sauce on a roach?

Likewise, unless you just want to put your health at significant risk of disease, we are also instructed to not to eat certain birds like eagles (predators) and vultures (scavengers) nor animals with toes (claws), these include rabbits, bears, cats, dogs, rats armadillos, raccoons, squirrels etc...

Again, it is really simple, we are not to eat animals that have split hooves but that do not chew their cud. These of course include oink, oink a pig (they are both scavengers and predators). Pigs will eat anything including dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, garbage, and while in captivity pigs will eat their own young when stressed. Pigs do not have sweat glands so they are not able to dispose of toxins through the skin. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. So, since a pig does not sweat, toxins remain within its body. Pigs also harbor parasites and diseases as well as large concentrations of parasitic worms within their digestive tract.

Like all scavengers pigs have a simple stomach and digestive system, rather than the more complex, ruminant stomach found in split hoofed, cud chewing animals. Swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them poisons.

God defined the four legged animals by the two characteristics of how they walk and eat. Just as our Creator spoke these animals into existence, He also spoke to Moses and He distinguished the “clean” four footed animals that walk His earth with two distinct physical characteristics of locomotion and digestion. Hoofs and cuds – it’s as simple as hooves and cuds. I think this is humor of our Creator... after all part of our walk with Him is how we eat.

God wants us to eat the way He designed us to, not the way we want to. Adam and Eve proved that!

We are not to eat undercooked meat (blood), ask any doctor - undercooked red meat causes cancer, period. End of story! Our Creator also instructs us as out protecting Father. When our Creator tells us to not eat certain insects like spiders, flies, worms, scorpions, and other similar "creeping" insects that serve as the scavengers and predators of the bug world. These creepy crawlers are not at all like the grasshopper, cricket or locust which are actually the herbivores of the insect world.

Just consider them the cattle and sheep of the insect world.

It is easy for everyone to agree that "road-kill" is not a delicacy, and that the idea of eating a rat, bat or cat is repulsive.

Today, modern medicine has been able to uncover God's wisdom within His instruction: that consuming scavengers and predators, or under-cooked meat can infect people with exotic contaminants and highly infectious pathogens, carcinogens, bacteria, viruses, toxins and parasites that cause food-borne illness, organ cancers and heart disease. From our middle school biology classes we all know that illness and disease weakens our nervous and immune systems and over time will most certainly shorten our lifespan. While some of us may love eating catfish, lobster, shrimp, sushi or rarely cooked meats we are not to do it because these foods present health risks.

Our family used to indulge in shrimp, catfish, baby back ribs and snack on ham sandwiches before we realized God does not change His mind, His word stands forever.
"God's Word is absolute, He keeps His Word through eternity. For I [am] the LORD, I change not..." Malachi 3:6
We now understand plainly that God gives us His His diet instructions because He loves us. He wants to give us life that is precious, long and fulfilling, not the opportunity to become sick and diseased. His concern over the food we eat is really simple, He made the "clean" creatures for us to eat and the "unclean" to serve as nature's own disposal and garbage service.

Fatty foods are bad for you, just ask any dietitian and they will tell you to stay away lobster, shrimp and crab.

Check this out and you will see the common denominator in the prominent bacteria that are responsible for food-borne illnesses and His dietary instruction?

These include:
Campylobacter jejuni - found in intestines of animals, shellfish and birds.
Clostridium botulinum - found in intestinal tracts of animals and fish.
Clostridium perfringens - found in intestinal tracts of animals.
Escherichia coli O157:H7 - found in the intestinal tracts of some mammals, one of several strains of E. coli found in rare meat.
Listeria monocytogenes - found in the intestinal tracts of animals.
Salmonella - found in the intestines of animals and seafood.
Streptococcus A - found in lobster.
There are over 1,600 stains of Salmonella, people must burn their bacon for a very good reason!

While many may like the taste of lobster, crab or clams; medical science has found toxins and often elements like mercury in these shellfish that over time build-up in the human body. These possible exposures to these unknown dangers were advised against by The Creator and they are now proven now in our lifetime by medical science. Many say that pork, the swine that is raised for the sole purpose of going to a slaughterhouse, is 'OK' for food. But God, who created that animal to scavenge, says in His wisdom that pork, the other white meat, is not good for food.

Animals that are designed by God to be scavengers or predators are not designed to be food for us. One fact given by medical science today is that pork is closer to human flesh than any other animal. Why?

The pig's digestive time frame is very short at only four hours. This allows all impurities that the pig consumes to pass directly into the fatty tissues and meat of the animal. So, with that said, why in the world would we want to eat them?

The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. Worldwide, an estimated 10,000 cases of trichinellosis occur every year. Several different species of Trichinella can cause human disease; the most common species is Trichinella spiralis, which has a global distribution and is the species most commonly found in pigs. According to the CDC "Pigs, feral hogs, cougars and black bears can all harbor Trichinella infection."

Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.

In the U.S., the USDA and the Center for Food Security and Public Health is worried about the influenza virus in pigs. I wonder why?

We have all heard the old saying, "you are that which you eat". Then why should we eat anything that God instructs against? This is really simple, don't eat pig!

So What is it About Peter's Vision???

Many have been taught to interpret the apostle Peter's vision as described in Acts 10 to justify eating about anything. For some I guess that includes the reptiles Peter saw. For hundreds of years, many Christians may have not read all of the message in the book of Acts. Perhaps we have been innocent to a degree, because once the Bible was divided, chopped and cut up into numbered verses around the year 1200 AD as people began to read and study His word in small bytes. This is dangerous, and when this is done mistaken assumptions are made.

For example, by doing this, many have added to Scripture and misunderstood Peter's vision as doing away with God's dietary instruction, which if you read Acts 10 you will see it is not about that. The book of Acts is a "whole" book with a complete message. It is not to read in slices and small portions. Peter's dream was a vision from God to let Peter know that he was not permitted to continue holding to an old Jewish tradition of prejudice against Gentiles, specifically those that followed in the ways of God.

God was using the vision to teach Peter (Kepha) the words of Moses and Zechariah:
"Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 23:9

"One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you." Exodus 12:49

"And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee." Zechariah 2:11
Peter's assignment was to enter the home of a Gentile named Cornelius, a Roman Centurion to bring his family and friends the Good News of the Kingdom.

The Jewish disciples were not to think of Gentiles as "unclean". The vision's message was simple, all men are created in the image of God. We are not to consider others made in His image as unclean or unfit for a relationship with the God of Israel.

Peter already knew that Yeshua did not come to establish a new religion or to do away with God's teaching and instruction. Messiah came to fulfill the word of God... the fill it with meaning. The disciples were all Jewish, they never went through a conversion per se, they "received and accepted" Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, one with the Father YHVH and they witnessed him in resurrection, but they Peter was a leader and he needed further correction.

The men of Judah never expected the humble life and death, that is why He asked them: "Who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8:29)

More than that, they never expected His promise of resurrection from death. The glorious resurrection and ascension was hard. Everyone thought that the Messiah would be King and restore the Tabernacle of David, the Kingdom of all Israel, united again as it had been under David (see Acts 1:6-9).

Peter was adamant in his perception of the Kingship duty of Messiah. So much so, that when Yeshua told him that He would be killed, Peter rebuked Yeshua in front of the other disciples right after Jesus declared that He was the Messiah of God:
"Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah." Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him." Mark 8:27-32 NIV
Peter did not understand that Yeshua would die as the humble Messiah ben Joseph and return as Messiah ben David. And there was a big problem. Other than Judah, Benjamin and Levi, the ten northern tribes had been taken and scattered abroad among the Gentiles (gowry) nations by the Assyrians some 750 years earlier. Scattered so much that they had become the Gentiles. It was the mission of the disciples to go to all mankind after Yeshua ascended. Yeshua came to bring salvation the the Jew first as shown in Romans 1:16 but the mission to all the world and all the nations is the assignment to today's disciples, and that includes you and me:
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14 NIV
It's the same instruction given in the end to the disciples:
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15 NIV
Peter was a Jewish disciple stuck in ancient oral traditions that added to Torah. He believed that "the Gentiles" were unclean and unworthy of Messiah, unworthy of salvation and certainly unworthy of a relationship with righteous Jewish people that walked in the Torah principles of Messiah.

That is why the voice of God had to show a radical change in Peter's "identity" of God's family was required. God had to erase Peter's "reverse" anti-semitism that was embedded in the oral traditions [our law] of Judaism, not in the Torah that teaches man is made in the image of God. The opposite of anti-Semitism isn’t a human position, but a divine perception. God’s loving adoption of all people as His children into the family of God He calls Israel as his own people.

There's nothing in the Torah that declares for one that wants to follow God that anyone impure or unclean. In the Exodus account, everyone that followed the Shekinah glory in the wilderness became a part of the family of the God of Israel. That included the descendants of Joseph's boys by an Egyptian mother whose father was a priest of On. It also included the Egyptians to went with them and all the other strangers from the nations that chose to follow.

Simon Peter was shown in the Acts 10 vision that God will not reject people from the Gentile nations. Peter had to be shown that he must accept all nations as believers and full members of the family in the Kingdom of God.

The purpose of the vision is declared fully in Acts 10. You simply have to read it: "He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against [our law] for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean." Acts 10:28

As Peter explained to Cornelius the Roman Centurion, "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right." Acts 10:34-35 NIV

The Greek word the NIV translates here as "favoritism" is prosōpolēmptēs, it means discrimination as in Title VII discrimination, the law that emulates the Torah right here in the good 'ol USA.

Peter is declaring the revelation that God does discriminate but accepts from every nation who fears him and does what is right. This is the same "one new man" message Paul likely gained from Peter. He called the Jewish oral tradition o discrimination the enmity and the law with its commands and regulations. He delivered the Acts 10 message to the Ephesians:
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (which is done in the body by human hands) -- remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:10-22 NIV


Incredibly, Acts 10:35 is rarely, if ever taught
from the preacher's pulpit.



Perhaps that is because the typical seminary student was not taught the "oral traditions" of the fathers of Judaism that add to the Torah. Instead, they learned to take away from the Torah saying it was done away with at the cross. But Scripture says this:
"Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 12:28 NIV

"See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it." Deuteronomy 12:32 NIV
Peter is actually teaching that the Torah is not done away with. Peter never went to seminary, he tells Cornelius plainly that God accepts all people who fear him and do what is right. Ouch!!

Peter then goes on, not to define a new church, but instead he points back to Mount Sinai and the message God sent to the people of Israel through Moses:
"You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all." Acts 10:36

"God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:40-43
Hold on to your religious hats but the Book of Acts never did away with the Torah to create a religion called Christianity and it never teaches we are not to follow God's principles for living by His holiness code. Peter's vision teaches the "Golden Rule" of Torah:


"Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Torah and the Prophets". Matthew 7:12


As shown in the study Messiah's Bible, Yeshua ultimately taught this:
"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "'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 greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
The disciple Peter had finally learned the greatest command and his believing kinsmen and the other disciples continued to attend synagogue each Sabbath. They continued to eat good food ['oklah] for eating, they continued in Sabbath rest and they celebrated the appointed festivals of YHVH. After all, it was Jesus that shouted at the closing Sukkot (Tabernacles) water pouring ceremony that He was the water of life.

The disciples fulfilled the words of Isaiah:
"You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”" Isaiah 40:9
It was the Gentiles that did not fear God. That was the greatest problem, they ignored the first commandment. They worshipped false idols. They lived in perversion and sexual sin. Acts 17:16 tells us when Paul went to Athens: "his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry."

The Gentiles like Epenetus are the ones that need to convert to Messiah and receive the word of God from the Torah, leave idolatry and sin... accept the way of Messiah. The Jewish people need to receive Him and give up the oral tradition of enmity and discrimination. That's not my word, it's the message from John to the Jewish people:
"He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God -- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:10-14 NIV
For thousands of years, the Ten Commandments have been known by all Jewish people as the "Ten Words". They are the words of God that were heard by everyone at the foot of Mount Sinai. With lightning flashes, shaking and the roar of thunder they start like this:
"You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth." Exodus 20:3-4
Repentance was symbolized in the ancient mikveh washing, the water baptism that includes wearing your clothes. This too appears at the Mt. Sinai account as shown in Exodus 19:10-11
"And the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people."
Peter taught this to his kinsmen, the "circumcised", the Torah observant Jewish believers that went with him and entered Cornelius' home in opposition to [our law] the oral traditions:
"Then Peter began to speak:

"I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. ... "Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."

So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days...

The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God." Acts 10:28 NIV, Acts 10:34-35 NIV, Acts 47-48 NIV, Acts 11:1 NIV
Believing Gentiles are not assigned a mission to "convert" Jews to a Sunday service teaching that Torah was hung on the cross. The assignment is to show the Jewish people they need to receive Yeshua as their Jewish Messiah.


What we do is important to God. What we eat for food is important too, because in the end, He is all about life.

Our Creator made us to live for Him. To do that for long, He wants us to be healthy - so He created a system to protect us.

When any man or creature on earth, whether on land or at sea dies, they will soon have a visit by God's clean up crew. Everyone knows that when any creature dies on land, it is consumed first by vultures, buzzards, wild dogs, and then maggots and worms. Right?

So look it up for yourself, pigs are "omnivores", which means that they consume both plants and animals... yes that's right animals, dead animals in fact. Why? They are scavengers!

Other omnivores include: rodents, mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, opossums, raccoons and the wily, sly fox. Oh yeah... barbecue rodent, sounds yummy?

When a creature dies at sea, it is consumed by shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, barnacles and other consumers of rotting, dead flesh. These "sea maggots" eat the dead that once lived in the sea. In lakes and streams we have other wonderful scavengers such as catfish and crayfish. Cajun shrimp and crayfish anyone?

Most people know that these creatures are known as crustaceans. But many people do not know that the scientific study of crustaceans is known as carcinology. Just the sound of the word "carcinology" is too close to the word "carcinogen" for me and for You!

According to Dr. Tessler, a well known doctor who wrote in the book The Genesis Diet: "Pigs are known to carry up to two hundred diseases and eighteen different parasites and worms, including the deadly worm called trichinella spiralis. This worm is commonly called trichinosis and there is no known cure for these spiral worms. The trichinae worms are so small and transparent that only trained inspectors using high-powered microscopes can detect their existence. Trichinosis can cripple or even kill anyone that eats as little as a forkful of contaminated food! Trichinosis can mimic other diseases such as arthritis, rheumatism, or typhoid fever.

Pigs have more incidences of arthritis than any other known animals in the world. Arthritis can make its way into your body from a virus or a parasite that is transmitted by pigs to humans as a direct result of eating the flesh and blood of the hog. Perhaps many other diseases are misdiagnosed and their root cause is roundworm, gullet worms, hookworms, thorn-headed worms, trichina worms, stomach worms, nodular worms, tapeworms, as well as many other parasites found in the flesh of the unclean swine. A person may be committing slow suicide when they eat bacon, ham, sausage, or pork chops."

The American Cancer Society considers the pig and pork products like bacon, salami and hot dogs to be the number one cancer-producing agent in the world today other than smoking. The body tries to fight the trichinosis worm by forming tumors around them. Incredibly and sadly a whole industry has been built around eating Biblically unauthorized, "unclean" food.

Eating properly from a healthy, Biblically based diet (physical and spiritual) can eliminate unhealthy things from our body, bringing life and vitality back, clearing the mind, memory, muscles, bones and organs and ridding us of life-threatening diseases (Deuteronomy 28). To do this, we need to keep our hearts and minds healthy and stay away from unclean foods because we become what we eat.

Now, go back to Paul's words in 1Corinthians 6:19 and think about the reality that you body is the Temple, the Tabernacle of the Holy Spirit. Would the God of your Bible ever allow a pork or lobster sacrifice? No, it would defile the altar and render it useless.

Think about that!

In the same way, would God want you to eat the worms and maggots from a dead animal? No way!

God's definition of "food" in the Bible is meat that is good for you. That is what clean means in Scripture. God is the God of life. That is why He said - NO to things unclean! These are not foods for is people. They do not meet His definition. Would God want you to eat shrimp and other rotting flesh sea scavengers? Nope! Believe it or not, shrimp, crab, lobster, shark and other sea scavengers are the maggots of the sea and catfish, crayfish and snails are the bottom feeders of our lakes and streams. They are no delicacy, its no wonder you need butter, lemon and lots of seasoning.

The names of "unclean" fish can be confusing, other than catfish and bass here are some names of the most common bottom feeders, the flatfish from the sea that God does not want you to chew: halibut, turbot, flounder, plaice, sole, sand dab, eel, cod, haddock, bass, grouper, carp, hagfish, bream and snapper. There are some 400 species of flatfish, they are called demersal fish by biologists. Demersal fish are bottom feeders and nasty. Get this: hagfish coat themselves with the remains of any dead fish they find creating a noxious slime making them inedible to other fish species.

Clean fish are called pelagic fish, most of them swim in schools. The live and feed away from the bottom in the open water. Interestingly, we all know that fish oil is what is good for us. Demersal fish fillets contain almost no fish oil, but pelagic fish have up to 30 percent of their body weight in fish oil.

Don't worry God makes it easy. He is the architect of creation. His design is really simple. God tells us you need both fins and scales to qualify as food. Bottom fish, like shark don't have scales on their sides because they are part of God's marine waste disposal system. Have you ever touched a catfish? It feels like slime.

Why would you ever add the contents of a vacuum cleaner to your stew? And why eat a predator that was designed to clean up the sea. Perhaps now you understand why some creatures are an abomination to life... they are not bad, they have a purpose, it just that they just have a nasty job to do, and thankfully so.

Predatory animals in each link in the food chain can have between two and seven times the mercury of their prey in the previous food chain link. Mercury levels in these top predators can be more than a million-fold higher than in the little creatures at the bottom of the same food chain.

Now you know what I know, let's get back to see just how the apostle Peter described his vision...
Acts 10:34-44 Then Peter opened [his] mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which [God] sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, [I say], ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, [even] to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God [to be] the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
So, it wasn't about food after all, was it?
Leviticus 11:1-23 And The Lord [YHVH] spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, These are the animals which you shall eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever has a divided hoof, which is clovenfooted, and also chews the cud, among the animals, that you shall eat. Nevertheless these you shall not eat of those that chew the cud, or of those that have a divided hoof, such as the camel, because it chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof So, it is unclean unto you. And the rabbit, because it chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof, it is unclean to you. And the hare (kangaroo), because it chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof, it is unclean to you. And the swine (hog, pig, pork), though it has a divided hoof, and be cloven footed, yet it does not chew the cud; it is unclean to you. Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcass you shall not touch; they are unclean to you. These you shall eat of all that are in the waters, whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, those you shall eat. And all that do not have fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination to you. They shall be even an abomination to you. You shall not eat of their flesh, but you shall have their carcasses in abomination. Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination to you. And these are those which you shall have in abomination among the fowls (birds), they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey, and the vulture, and the kite after his kind; every raven after his kind, and the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after his kind, and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, and the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. All insects that creep, going upon all fours, shall be an abomination unto you. Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that goes upon all fours, which have legs above their feet, to leap with on the earth, these of them ye may eat: the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. But all other flying insects, which have four feet, shall be an abomination to you.
It's time to give up the lie... no more fish bait, no more ham or other road kill.
Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit.

Leviticus 20:25-26 You shall therefore make a difference between clean animals and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and you shall not make your souls abominable by animal, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that moves on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. And you shall be holy unto me. for I, The Lord [YHVH], am holy, and have separated you from other people, that you should be mine.
Even the popular TV show Animal Planet gets it. An unclean menu as defined by God = deadly parasites... period. Check our this special from Robert Lamb's How Stuff Works. Then watch these Animal Planet Monster Inside Me videos on the subject.(Blog update September 7, 2009.)

So in Acts 10, we read that Peter saw a vision on the rooftop where he was told to arise and eat unclean animals. Peter knew the Maker's dietary instruction from Scripture hadn't been abolished, so at first he was quite confused about the vision and its meaning which he came to realize he was simply to not judge another man.

As you study the Scriptures you will understand that it uses unclean animals as ensigns which are symbolic of idol worshiping "nations", the "Gentiles", while the Word uses clean animals as the ensign or symbol of God worshiping "believers", the whole "House of Israel".

Although Peter was initially confused, after he witnessed the salvation of Cornelius (a gentile) he realized how God wanted him to interpret the vision. The vision had nothing to do with whether or not he could eat unclean food. God the Father was showing him that the people of the nations, the Gentiles, who Peter considered to be like unclean animals, were no longer to be viewed as unclean. Look for yourself, the Biblical interpretation of Peter's vision is described in Acts 10:28-29; 11:1-18; and 15:6-9.

God's dietary teaching about "clean" and "unclean" are among the most puzzling instructions found in the Bible. Since Noah, these laws have been just one mark of identity separating God’s people from the world. Other include the Sabbath and the appointed days of YHVH. All of these have been a source of controversy and confusion.

For example, God literally tells Noah "of every moving animal which is life to you becomes food as the herbs I give." That is from Young's literal translation and the focus is life... this word is chay and spelled Chet Yod.

Genesis teaches us that God directly taught His instruction. No one wrote it down. We see that with Abraham who obeyed His voice, kept his charge commandments statutes and laws. So God taught the difference between clean and unclean... Noah took 7 clean and 2 unclean. How would he have known?

Another key is the Hebrew word the KJV Bible called meat. It is well not quite a T-bone. The word is oklah. It is food. It is seldom seen in the Torah. The first time we see it is in Genesis 1:29-30, the fruit and herbs, then the manna of Exodus 16 and in the 7th year Sabbath.

Bottom line, food from God must be clean, that means it is good and unmixed. It is tahowr. That was the problem with the mixed tree of good & evil. The good tree only had life chay... Chet Yod.

When God said life to Noah he knew what God meant.

Today, we know why because the flesh of all unclean animals are mixed as they all absorb and hold toxins, acids, viruses, bacteria, mercury, etc directly from what they eat. Heck they don't even sweat.

The first sin involved food so it is important to consider why don't we just eat "every" plant, fruit and animal on the planet. After all, God called all creation good and Genesis 9 says 'every' thing right?
Genesis 9:3 "Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.
Let’s go back to the beginning for a minute and dig in a bit.
Genesis 1:29-30 Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
There's that 'every' word again, and how about this?
Genesis 2:15-16 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying: ‘Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat.
Yet, we have to keep reading about the tree of good and evil... We can't just stop here at one numbered verse and assume everything' can be eaten. After all, the original Bible never came with chapters, verses or paragraph breaks!
'but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.’
So, it’s not everything after all. Let's go back again and see how God might speak of certain animals we can eat. We speak English and think in Greek. God speaks and thinks in Hebrew. So how does God define animals as food? We know from Sinai It is tied to the descriptions of types of herbivores, but what about Genesis? Is it the green herbs and seeds?
Genesis 1:29-30 And God said: ‘Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed—to you it shall be for food; and to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is a living soul, [I have given] every green herb for food.’ And it was so.

Noah had to know about the herb connection and he learned from God that herbivores can be eaten, because they are ‘food’ by God's spoken word.

So, we can consider that in Genesis 9, Noah already knew something. After all, he brought 7 pairs of clean and 2 pair of unclean. How did he know the difference? We can know this: he did not sacrifice unclean when he built the altar to celebrate the end of the flood under the rainbow with God. And if we consider it, God might have been actually inviting Noah, just like the priests of Aaron to share in the meal on the altar.

Can we imagine the scene with a little humor?

Wow that’s a nice aroma God! OK Noah, I know you are famished, now that you are out of the boat you can eat these animals, after all they eat the same herbs I told Adam to eat. You can fire up your grill from now on for animals that eat herbs like you do because you are what you eat...

It’s cool to know the animals that eat plants are called herbivores and about all of them we call domestics. The World English dictionary tells us that domestic means: "1. of or involving the home or family' 2. enjoying or accustomed to home or family life; 3. (of an animal) bred or kept by man as a pet or for purposes such as the supply of food".

After all, by their very definition, domestic animals are under the "dominion of man (Genesis 1:26). Ask yourself a simple question. Could it possibly be something to consider... that our dominion from day six in Eden has only been over clean food to include herbivores like cattle. goats and sheep; and birds that eat grain and seeds like chicken and turkey? Still today these animals are tame. Here's an epiphany, you can walk right up to them, herd them, flock them, you know... keep dominion over them.

Funny thing, the herbivores that walk the earth are domesticated plant and seed eaters. They do not kill to eat like predators or eat the dead (carrion). Might we possibly consider God gave the same teaching to Noah that He gave to Adam and later Abraham that Moses wrote down during the 40 days at the top of the mountain of Sinai?

At the end of the day, no matter what has happened, God created herbivores as cud-chewers and God calls clean. The Bible shows us that predatory, carnivorous animals are not food for very logical and simple reasons. Science and medicine now proves and agrees with His word.

People like to argue over this, especially those that want their bacon wrapped shrimp, but the truth is God created clean animals to provide food for His set-apart people so that they might live. He created animals unsuitable to be called food to do the clean-up and sanitation work around His creation.

When Jesus, Messiah Yeshua returns to this earth there is going to be a "restitution of all things" and Acts 3:20–21 tells us that. This includes not only proper worship, the Sabbath and the Feasts but the God's diet found in the Bible. The good news is we don't have to wait for The Day of The Lord to walk behind Him.

Simply put, the teaching of the Bible is that God says stay on the grass, hold the bacon, there's danger on the half shell and don't eat the clean-up crew!

Epilogue: Have you ever noticed that the ensigns and symbols of most nations of people around the globe are the same "unclean" animals noted in Scripture? An emblem is typically something unique, a symbol that identifies a common group of people. Emblems are important to people because they represent us. Peter never says that it's okay to eat pork from now on ... in fact, he was dealing with the nature of man. Yeah that's the message, the unclean things Peter saw represented the nations of man, not food!!

Just look at the emblems of the nations:
* Australia -kangaroo
* Austria - black eagle
* Belgium - lion
* Canada - beaver
* Chile - condor
* China - giant panda
* Czech Republic - lion
* Denmark - lion
* Egypt - Saladin's eagle
* England - lion
* Finland - lion
* Germany - black eagle
* Iceland - falcon
* India - peacock & bengal
* Indonesia - Komodo dragon
* Laos - elephant
* Malaysia - tiger
* Mexico - golden eagle
* Netherlands - lion
* New Zealand - kiwi
* Poland - white eagle
* Romania - eagle
* Russia - bear & golden eagle
* Scotland - red lion
* Serbia - white eagle
* Singapore - lion
* Soviet Union - bear
* Sweden - lion
* Thailand - elephant
* United Kingdom - lion
* United States - bald eagle
Are you surprised at the irony of this relationship of "unclean" animals as the symbols and ensigns of the nations of mankind? These ensigns are seen on the coins and flags of all nations except maybe one. Yeah you probable guessed it by now, there is no "unclean" animal used as an ensign of Israel! Just the star of David.

Praise God Peter figured out his dream and I give thanks to the interpretation of his dream vision and you should too!

So I must ask... why do so many "believers" so many "followers" ignore these everlasting instructions from our Creator? If we ignore His instruction, whose path are we "following" anyway? Would you rather be USDA Certified or Torah Certified?

Why would anyone ever want to eat scavengers and predators when God himself instructs us to not eat these "unclean" foods? If this is news to you, please "believe His word and let go of your "Greco-Roman" mindset, cross over and embrace your "Hebrew" Messiah. Jesus is the Passover Lamb NOT an Easter ham!

Consider this...

The Greek word “kai” καί is translated as: “and” in Revelation 14:2... But did they (the translators) perhaps just miss something in the meaning of this word? It also means “indeed”...

“Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, {indeed} the faith of Yeshua.”

Indeed we are to walk like Yeshua walked. There are foods He did not eat after all. They are the same ones noted in the Scriptures He read and taught from!

To learn more about God's food plan I can recommend these resources:
* The Genesis Diet
* Holy Cow! Does God Care About What We Eat?
* What the Bible Says About Healthy Living
* The Maker's Diet
God does care about your health, He is all about life and living it abundantly and in health. Because of that, He cares about what we eat and He NEVER changes his mind... He is life.

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Update May 27, 2016: It looks like the prophecy of Ezekiel 33 has come to the headlines of the Washington Post and at least one scientist is afraid the abyss lies before us —

“Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel: You have said this, ‘Our transgressions and our sins are heavy on us, and we are wasting away because of them! How then can we survive?' Ezekiel 33:10

Leviticus 11 was never done away with. It gives simple solutions.
“And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.” Leviticus 11:7-8 ESV
WSJ: The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.
For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could mean “the end of the road” for antibiotics.

Separately, researchers at the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services reported that testing of hundreds of livestock and retail meats turned up the same colistin-resistant bacteria in a sample from a pig intestine in the United States. USDA said it is working to identify the farm the pig came from.

"It's hard to imagine worse for public health in the United States," Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center and a George Washington University professor, said Thursday in a statement about the case. "We may soon be facing a world where CRE infections are untreatable."

Scientists rang the alarm bells about the gene in November, but not enough attention was paid. "Now we find that this gene has made its way into pigs and people, and people in the U.S.," Price said. "If our leaders were waiting to act until they could see the cliff's edge -- I hope this opens their eyes to the abyss that lies before us."
According to Nutritionfacts.org...

"Smithfield, the largest pork producer in the world, launched “Deli for the Cure,” which donates money to cancer research for every pound sold of the type of meat that, according to the World Cancer Research Fund’s cancer report, causes the most cancer."

Cured meats such as bacon and ham are loaded with carcinogenic nitrosamine producing nitrites and should be avoided. The level of nitrosamines in bacon is so high that they have even been found in the smell of frying bacon. Pan fried pork chops likewise contain carcinogens.

Pork consumption has also been linked to liver failure, due to hepatitis E (which is now known to be zoonotic). Pigs appear to be reservoirs of the virus. Pork tapeworms can take up residence the human brain, and in fact are the most common cause of adult onset epilepsy. They can be contracted through pork consumption or eating food handled by a person who eats pork. Pork is a source of saturated fat as well as cholesterol. Saturated fat has been linked to lower rates of breast cancer survival.

Psychology Today... Is Pork Still Dangerous? Did Leviticus Get it Right?
"Pork consumption has a strong epidemiological association with cirrhosis of the liver. Startlingly, pork may be even more strongly associated with alcoholic cirrhosis than alcohol itself!

The evidence was summarized by Francis Bridges in a recent (2009) paper, building on earlier work by Nanji and French. A relation between pork consumption and cirrhosis of the liver is apparent across countries and has been consistently maintained for at least 40 years."

"We would expect that if pork can cause liver cirrhosis it will also promote liver cancer, since injured and inflamed tissues are more likely to become cancerous.

Indeed, there is an association between pork consumption and the primary liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma."

"There are remarkably strong correlations between pork consumption and liver disease, liver cancer, and multiple sclerosis.

What can be behind those relationships? The relatively high omega-6 fat content of pork may be a contributing factor, but it can't be the whole story. It seems there is something else in pork that makes pork consumption risky."
Update November 15, 2013; from Dr. Ted Broer...



Update January 24, 2012: Clean and Unclean - The Whole Truth from Walter Veach...



What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word, even His diet plan for healthy living so that we can walk in the faith of His Kingdom path.

It's time to ready your lamp for your coming assignment. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You do don't earn salvation by eating under His guidance but you can accept His gift of life and show Him you love and respect Him as you heavenly father by following His principles for living His way.

Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin against Him, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua then show just Him you love Him by what you do. And do it now!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

When Did "For Ever" Change?


"So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His." Hebrews 4:9-10

Wait a minute, why are we reading about the "Sabbath" in the new testament? Why would we - wasn't the Sabbath changed to Sunday as the Lord's day?

Hum... to consider this, let's keep things simple, to start just ask yourself three simple questions:
1) Do you believe that the Bible is God's word and that all of it is the inspired word of our Creator?

2) Do you believe that God's covenant words, the 10 commandments applies to you, or are you somehow exempt?

3) Do you believe that God and Creator King of the universe is perfect, or do you think that as the CEO of Creation that He makes mistakes, does not mean what He says and changes His mind from time to time?
From my Scripture studies I offer these as my answers:
1) The "original" Scriptures are the authoritative, inspired Word of God. They are eternal, living and always applicable to my life and yours if you seek to follow in the footsteps of Messiah. The Scriptures are Messiah's Bible.
2) The Ten Commandments establish the outline for the rest of God's instruction and teaching. They are written in stone and apply to me and you because we can't add to or take away from His word no matter hard we might try to reason for their change. There is no compromise in the word of God.
3) God is perfect, unchanging and truth eternal. When He says "for ever", He means it. Unlike man, God does not change so the concept of change is you and I to return to "the faith which was once delivered" because Truth does not change.
In fact, the Bible tells us this about change:
Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change

Malachi 3:6 For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Leviticus 26"2 You must keep My Sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am YHVH.
These core truths are manifest in the knowledge that we should uphold and return to God's Word - not change it with man's doctrines, interpretations or opinions of God's voice. But despite that, many teach that the Sabbath was mysteriously changed after the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) yet that is never found anywhere in the Bible.

So, I encourage you to do what I have done, search The Scriptures, God's unchanging word for His light of truth, not man's tradition, thesis or interpretation and always, always test everything asking God to show you how to walk in His ancient path in the footsteps of Messiah which are the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

If you ask this of God, He will show you His ways. He is the God of restoration, not change.


Look in the Bible for yourself and you will never find any evidence that God's Sabbath was changed by God's instruction or the teaching of our Savior and if you will just look, I know you will find this unchanging truth.


But you have to open your Bible and close the door on the opinion writers, the prognosticators, because you need to look at God's word as your witness. If you know in your heart that Jesus or Yeshua in Hebrew is the anointed one, the Messiah, you must know that as "the Lord of the Sabbath" (Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28 and Luke 6:1-5) He has give you direct access to the Holy of Holies, the throne room of God and that God's Spirit, the helper and comforter will work directly with you on a one on one basis to show you His truth.

Because of that, you don't need to take my word about God's Sabbath or the word of anyone else for that matter. Find the truth for yourself. It's there, just study His Word, its your direct connection to Heaven. Dig in and you will find that the only support of a so-called 1st day or Sunday Sabbath is simply a clever deception from the prince of lies. It's just like the lie from the imposter gave in Eden. Do you remember that lie? It's all about the same thing really, that God does not mean what He says.

For me, the key to understanding the Sabbath that God made for mankind is to understand that YHVH God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us and we 'get to' follow in it because we love Him. YHVH gave the Sabbath to man to show His will for us, after all even in death, Yeshua showed us the Sabbath as he rested in the grave on the Sabbath day.

And consider this - is it really so hard to rest in God's instruction?

God only named the Sabbath day שַׁבָּת because He set it apart as a holy purpose to remind people every seven days that He is our source of life, our source of love and peace and that He alone will ultimately give us rest from the curse of sin for all of eternity.

The Sabbath Day is holy, set apart (see Exodus 20:8). It is not like other days of the week that were only given a number by God, it is the only day that is named by our Creator and set apart as a sign for mankind. Just re-read Genesis 1 for yourself. There you will find the "Sun" day. Yes, it the first day. You will find Heaven's day there, its the second day, the third day is the day plant life was given for the Earth, the fourth day He divided the day from night and set them to declare His seasons (His moed), the fifth day He gave fish and birds life, the sixth is the day He gave life to animals that walk the land and it is the day our Creator formed clay into mankind and breathed life into Adam.

The weekly days still correspond to the creation account. The are known as:
Yom Rishon – יום ראשון meaning "first day" [corresponds to Sunday] (starting at preceding sunset of Saturday)
Yom Sheni – יום שני meaning "second day" [corresponds to Monday]
Yom Shlishi – יום שלישי meaning "third day" [corresponds to Tuesday]
Yom Reviʻi – יום רביעי meaning "fourth day" [corresponds to Wednesday]
Yom Chamishi – יום חמישי "fifth day" [corresponds to Thursday]
Yom Shishi – יום ששי meaning "sixth day" [corresponds to Friday]
Yom Shabbat – יום שבת "rest" [corresponds to Saturday]
It's the original message of the "deceiver" to fall (pun intended) for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. You don't have to listen to that message any longer. You can choose to believe God.

Why should you be concerned about falling into a deception? Jesus said:
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
As for me, I know that I am alive and breathing. I also know that heaven and earth are still here. How about you? If your are reading this, then you are alive and God's instruction still applies to you too because not a single letter of His word has passed on and there's much, much more to be fulfilled!

Think about those jots and tittles for a moment. They are only seen in Hebrew script and are never seen in English or Greek. It's not that translation are bad, but the Bible Yeshua, your savior read was Hebrew. Jesus is teaching us that we must not ignore the Hebrew Scriptures, instead we need to go back, return to them. Have you read the Ten Commandments recently? If not you may want to do that now. Just check out the Bible. The Sabbath appears in 137 verses in the King James Bible and 61 of them are in the so-called Old Testament, yet more, a total of 76 are found in the King James New Testament. So we must consider, does a blank page really divide the Scriptures between Old and New?

God tells us that He established the Sabbath a perpetual "sign". The sign is that you will know that God is in charge and unchanging. That sets you apart from the rest of the confusion of the world. God is so serious about this that He repeats His instruction. Look again at Exodus 20:8:
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."
Holy means set apart> The Sabbath sets you apart as a beacon of light to show others you follow God and notice God says... "remember". Can you just imagine for a moment - that our Heavenly Father knew some of us would "forget" His sanctified seventh day and need to remember it once again? Now read the sign posts of Exodus, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John:
"Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: `Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it [is] a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that [you] may know that I [am] The Lord who sanctifies you."

"For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day." Matthew 12:8

"...Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days." Matthew 12:12

"And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" Mark 2:27

"Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." Mark 2:28

"And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read." Luke 4:16

"And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes." John 9:14
Did you notice the clay? John also tells us Jesus is God. Just read John 1. He is the same that formed man from clay and He wants to open your eyes too to His Sabbath day. He made it for you as a time to rest in Him and a time to do what Jesus did, read the word of God.

It is a sign that our Savior God sanctifies YOU if you are searching to understand the Biblical background of your faith instead of man's theological tradition... Are we to follow truth or tradition? Just take a look at the Creator's definition in Exodus 31:16-18:
"Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, [for] A PERPETUAL COVENANT. It [is] a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."
When Did "For Ever" Change?

With God... never. The Sabbath is a perpetual covenant sign and its the longest instruction given by God in His Ten Commandments. Look for yourself.

You see, when we honor and keep His Sabbath as a day to stay away from our labor, we are not to just rest from our jobs and chores that serve our needs, we are to acknowledge it represents God's coming day of provision as our Savior King. It represents a day that many call the millennium.... for a days is as a thousand years (see Psalms 90:4 and 2Peter 3:8). The seventh day represents "the day" that Messiah returns as King to restore Heaven on Earth as it was in Eden. It's the very message of The Lord's Prayer (see Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:1–4).

The Sabbath and the millennium is all about restoration, the same prophecy is described here by Isaiah:
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." Isaiah 66:22-23
But don't freak out, God knew many would "innocently" His word and forget by the inheritance of lies from the deceiver about His instruction, but now that you know the truth... it is time to correct our hearts and our calendar to align with God's. Read Jeremiah 16:19:
"O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit. Where is the evidence?"
Jeremiah asks... where is the evidence? Let's look:
"I and [my] Father are one." John 10:30
But God's word, His Torah requires two or three witnesses. What are they?
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." 1John 5:7
If, like many, you think "it is finished", that the Torah has been done away with and hung on the cross, consider this:
"But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." Matthew 18:16
It is plainly written that Messiah Jesus (Yeshua) kept the Sabbath, after all, as the Creator (John 1), He is the One that established it in the Beginning. Let's look again at these words:
Mark 1:21-22 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
Mark 2:27-28 And he said unto them, the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.
Mark 6:1-2 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the Sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing [him] were astonished, saying, From whence hath this [man] these things? and what wisdom [is] this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Luke 4:16-19 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.&
Luke 4:31-32 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. Luke 6:5-6 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. And it came to pass also on another Sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
Luke 13:10-13 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up [herself]. And when Jesus saw her, he called [her to him], and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid [his] hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ (Yeshua The Anointed One) the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Who is the One called Jesus? He is the one that shows us his deep concern for The Sabbath as He describes the events of the coming end of the age:
Matthew 24:20-22 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Many say that the Apostle Paul ignored the Sabbath but indeed Paul kept the Sabbath. Just read the book of Acts.
Acts 13:13-49 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and sat down. 
And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, Men, brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, speak. Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with [his] hand, said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm he brought them out of it. And about the time of forty years he suffered their manners in the wilderness.

And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their land to them by lot. And after that he gave [to them] judges, about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. And afterward they desired a king: and God gave to them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up to them David to be their king: to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the [son] of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who shall fulfill all my will.

Of this man's offspring hath God, according to [his] promise, raised up to Israel a Savior, Jesus (Yeshua): John having first preached, before his coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not [he]. But behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of [his] feet I am not worthy to loose. 
If you want to know more about the identity of the children of God, a people Paul calls Israel, you will want to follow-up a study called: "Don't Be A Victim of Identity Theft".
Men, brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the words of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, they have fulfilled [them] in condemning [him]. And though they found no cause of death [in him], yet they desired Pilate that he should be put to death. And when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning him, they took [him] down from the tree, and laid [him] in a sepulcher. But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days by them who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people. 
And we declare to you the glad tidings, that the promise which was made to the fathers, God hath fulfilled the same to us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus (Yeshua) again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him from the dead, [now] no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another [psalm], Thou wilt not suffer thy Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, and was laid to his fathers, and saw corruption: But he whom God raised again, saw no corruption. 
Be it known to you therefore, men, brethren, that through this man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you which is spoken in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye will in no wise believe, though a man declare it to you. And when the Jews had gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas; who speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. And the next Sabbath came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day. Acts 17:2-4 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Messiah must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus (Yeshua), whom I preach unto you, is The Messiah. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. Acts 18:1-4 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tent makers. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.
How about you, are you willing to look at the truth from God's point of view?

The question now is, once you discover the truth for yourself, what will you do with the traditions of men? If we keep the Sabbath, we obey God and follow the sign of obedience and it is a reciprocal sign of love for God. If we don't keep the Sabbath, perhaps are just obeying the edicts of Constantine, the words of a man. Why do I mention Emperor Constantine of the Roman Empire? You can easily do your own research but basically here is what happened:

The following is an excerpt from The Ausburg Confession of Faith, Article 28, written by Philip Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, which was submitted to His Imperial Majesty Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg in the Year 1530:
"They refer to the Sabbath-day as having been changed into the Lord's Day, contrary to the Decalog, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath-day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!"
Why should you have a problem with man's "traditions"?

Simple, they perhaps unwittingly counter God's "instruction" although the Ten Commandments are written in stone by the finger of God Himself.

Here are some words straight from The Catholic Encyclopedia:
"The Ten Commandments are precepts bearing on the fundamental obligations of morality and embodying the revealed expression of the Creator's will in relation to man's whole duty to God and to his fellow-creatures. They are found twice recorded in the Pentateuch, in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, but are given in an abridged form in the catechisms. Written by the finger of God on two tables of stone, this Divine code was received from the Almighty by Moses amid the thunders of Mount Sinai, and by him made the ground-work of the Mosaic Law. Christ resumed these Commandments in the double precept of charity--love of God and of the neighbour; He proclaimed them as binding under the New Law in Matthew 19 and in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5). He also simplified or interpreted them, e.g. by declaring unnecessary oaths equally unlawful with false, by condemning hatred and calumny as well as murder, by enjoining even love of enemies, and by condemning indulgence of evil desires as fraught with the same malice as adultery (Matthew 5).

The 'church' on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord's Day. The Council of Trent (Sess. VI, can. xix) condemns those who deny that the Ten Commandments are binding on Christians."

"Sunday (Day of the Sun), as the name of the first day of the week, is derived from Egyptian astrology. The visible seven planets which can be seen by the naked eye, known to us as Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon, each had an hour of the day assigned to them, and the planet which was regent during the first hour of any day of the week gave its name to that day (see CALENDAR). During the first and second century the week of seven days was introduced into Rome from Egypt, and the Roman names of the planets were given to each successive day." "These and similar indications show that during the first three centuries practice and tradition had consecrated the Sunday to the public worship of God.
The Council of Elvira (300) also decreed: "If anyone in the city neglects to come to church for three Sundays, let him be excommunicated for a short time so that he may be corrected" (xxi)."

"...we find St. Caesarius of Arles in the sixth century teaching that the holy Doctors of the Church had decreed that the whole glory of the Jewish Sabbath had been transferred to the Sunday, and that Christians must keep the Sunday holy in the same way as the Jews had been commanded to keep holy the Sabbath Day. He especially insisted on the people hearing the whole of the Mass and not leaving the church after the Epistle and the Gospel had been read. He taught them that they should come to Vespers and spend the rest of the day in pious reading and prayer."


"The obligation of rest from work on Sunday remained somewhat indefinite for several centuries. A Council of Laodicea, held toward the end of the fourth century, was content to prescribe that on the Lord's Day the faithful were to abstain from work as far as possible. At the beginning of the sixth century St. Caesarius, as we have seen, and others showed an inclination to apply the law of the Jewish Sabbath to the observance of the Christian Sunday. The Council held at Orleans in 538 reprobated this tendency as Jewish and non-Christian. From the eight century the law began to be formulated as it exists at the present day, and the local councils forbade servile work, public buying and selling, pleading in the law courts, and the public and solemn taking of oaths. There is a large body of civil legislation on the Sunday rest side by side with the ecclesiastical. It begins with an Edict of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, who forbade judges to sit and townspeople to work on Sunday. He made an exception in favour of agriculture."

Now let's look at the Council of Laodicea - CANON XXIX (29) from the Council of Laodicea in the year 364: "CHRISTIANS must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ."

Other "Canons" from that Council includes these words:

"CANON XLIV. Women may not go to the altar. CANON LIX. No psalms composed by private individuals nor any uncanonical books may be read in the church, but only the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testaments. CANON LX. THESE are all the books of Old Testament appointed to be read: 1, Genesis of the world; 2, The Exodus from Egypt; 3, Leviticus; 4, Numbers; 5, Deuteronomy; 6, Joshua, the son of Nun; 7, Judges, Ruth; 8, Esther; 9, Of the Kings, First and Second; 10, Of the Kings, Third and Fourth; 11, Chronicles, First and Second; 12, Esdras, First and Second; 13, The Book of Psalms; 14, The Proverbs of Solomon; 15, Ecclesiastes; 16, The Song of Songs;17, Job; 18, The Twelve Prophets; 19, Isaiah; 20, Jeremiah, and Baruch, the Lamentations, and the Epistle; 21, Ezekiel; 22, Daniel. And these are the books of the New Testament: Four Gospels, according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; The Acts of the Apostles; Seven Catholic Epistles, to wit, one of James, two of Peter, three of John, one of Jude; Fourteen Epistles of Paul, one to the Romans, two to the Corinthians, one to the Galatians, one to the Ephesians, one to the Philippians, one to the Colossians, two to the Thessalonians, one to the Hebrews, two to Timothy, one to Titus, and one to Philemon."

Just think about this for a minute...

Women may NOT go to the altar? Key books of the Bible were banned by the Council of Laodicea: Source: The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden. Published by World Bible Publishers, Inc 1926.

Do you see it? The edicts, precepts and doctrines of men change. With "man" nothing is constant but change, we think change is good but that too is a deception, God and His Word DOES NOT change.

The Scriptures declare the 1st day of the week (Sunday) is NOT the Sabbath.
Matthew 28:1 “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.”
The plain and simple fact is that the Bible states the seventh day is the Sabbath Day. That is the day we now call Saturday on our weekly calendar. Again, consider carefully and closely the words and the actions of The Messiah:
Mark 1:21-22 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the Sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. Mark 2:28 Therefore the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath. Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:30-31 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days. Luke 6:5-10 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. And it came to pass also on another Sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the Sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy [it]? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
The Bible never says that after the resurrection we are to now ignore the rest of Scripture, the word of God and change the Sabbath Day to Sunday to commemorate the empty tomb of our Messiah. You will never find it. I know, you may have heard that, but you will never ever find it. Look for yourself, that is another tradition of man which makes void the eternal Word of God!

One of the key proponents of this tradition was a guy by the name of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Aquinas is held in the Catholic Church to be the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood. Think about that one for a second. If we followed that order, there would be no marriage, no children and mankind would die off in about 70 years. God's second commandment given in Genesis 2:24 would be broken.

The theological work for which Aquinas is best-known is called the Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles. He is considered by most Catholics to be the "Church's" greatest theologian and philosopher.

In the Summa Theologica he states: "It would seem that blessing and sanctifying are not due to the seventh day. For it is usual to call a time blessed or holy for that some good thing has happened in it, or some evil been avoided. But whether God works or ceases from work nothing accrues to Him or is lost to Him. Therefore no special blessing or sanctifying are due to the seventh day."

From what I read, this opposes God's word, but in the end, you must judge and decide for yourself what is right.

You may have also heard that God changed His mind and did away with His Sabbath because Jesus arose from the tomb on Sunday morning. So let's look at the record. The book of Matthew is quite clear. Mary Magdalene and "the other" Mary went to the sepulcher at the end of the Sabbath day and as two witnesses saw the angel arrive with an earthquake that caused the guards to pass out, then he rolled back the stone to prove that it was already empty as it began to dawn toward Sunday. The angel even told them that he had left and gone on before them into Galilee. Now let's look at the words of Matthew:
Matthew 28:1-7 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead [men]. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
What does the Master of the Universe have to say about people that follow men like Aquinas?
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men.
The writer of the book of Hebrews give us some great advice:
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Now you should do the research on your own and test what you have read here. Until you do your own study of God's unchanging word you may not be convinced.

If you have read to this point, I believe your call is to pursue the Sabbath of The Lord. It has nothing to do with Salvation but everything to do with loving obedience to the Word of your Creator because you want to serve Him. Don't walk in your own strength or rely on man's traditions but be set apart, walk in His ways, His ancient path. As you do this you will notice that the Bible not only speaks of the Sabbath as a memorial of His creation week, but it also shows us a shadow picture of the future with Him as it was in Eden.

So while you are at it, in addition to doing your homework on the ancient Roman pagan day of sun worship, the day named Sunday, you will want to research the facts. It's hard reading but you may need to study about the ancient Mithraist day of Saturnalia and the pagan fertility festival of Eostre adopted by the Romans from Babylon and later by the "church" fathers at the first Council of Nicaea in 325AD which was led by Constantine.

Shockingly, if you search, even just a little, you will find the truth with your own eyes, that all three "traditional" days, days you may have very well revered, have their origins in re-arrangements of pagan sun-worship, the traditions of men that oppose God, not Scripture and The Lord's teaching and instruction.

Believe me, I know it is shocking to discover these traditions are the traditions of man, not God but you can take heart in these words:
Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath [days]: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.
So is Sunday the Sabbath? Does it really matter?

Absolutely.

The very command we are given to follow is a 'sign' spoken from the voice of God, not man. So as I have said, listen to Him not me. Just look in Exodus 20:1 and Leviticus 23:1 to see this for yourself. And despite what you may have heard or read from others, Scripture never gives any indication of changing any of God's appointed days.

When we look at the New Testament, and see that the disciples of Christ's time observed the Sabbath, and it just so happens that Messiah Yeshua called the Sabbath is His chosen day, and praise God the Jewish people have preserved His Sabbath and understand its ultimate reality.

I recently read a short article about the celebration of the Sabbath in Jewish tradition. The author described how the day of rest often concludes in the home with:
"Tales of Elijah the Prophet and songs that revolve around Elijah, King David and the King Moshiach, our righteous redeemer yet to come. You see, Shabbat is more than a day of rest ; it is a foretaste of the messianic era. As the day departs, we hope and yearn for the real thing – Elijah’s announcement of the arrival of Moshiach, the righteous scion of the House of David."
Open your mind to the light and water of God's truth about the Sabbath and heal your heart.

It's life giving when you understand when examining the life of The Messiah - our Savior, is Lord of the Sabbath. When you do it becomes quite evident that Jesus (Yeshua) kept the seventh-day Sabbath that He established as the Creator. He is the Lord and Master, He is the supreme authority of the Sabbath day and He NEVER gives any instruction to change it. After His death and resurrection, His followers also kept it holy as a set apart day. Through His example and theirs, we know that all people that want to show the sign of His authority will keep God's ordained seventh-day Sabbath!

The Messiah Jesus, teaching as a part of His gospel message teaches us how to observe the Sabbath, He says:
"The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath" Mark 2:27-28
If this verse ever seemed confusing to you in the past, let's clear it up with a question: What does He mean when He asserts that the Sabbath was made? Answer: It was part of God's original creation. Therefore, The Sabbath had to have a Maker, a Creator.

OK... next question: Who then, made the Sabbath? Answer: The Creator. But wait a minute, Paul proclaims in Ephesians 3:9 that "God . . . created all things through Jesus Christ." What was he talking about?

Let's look at the words of the gospel writer called John that were noted earlier. He begins:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men... And "the Word" became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." See John 1:1, 3-4 & 3:14.
The "Word" is Yeshua, it means salvation. He is "Salvation" who became a human being and lived among men.
Isaiah 43:11 I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no savior.
He is God the Father from eternity. All things were made through Him! The Sabbath is one of those things that He made. God declared it at creation! Notice Colossians 1:16-18:
"For by Him [Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible... And He is the head of the body..."
If you have overlooked this in the past, don't feel bad, just repent and return to God because now you know the truth: Yeshua made the Sabbath! It is no wonder then when He says plainly that, as its Creator, He is The Lord and Master of His Sabbath Day!

Pay close attention to the words of Scripture:
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done."
God ended His work, the creation week was over! Creation Week was a full seven days of creation.

What did God do on the seventh day? He ended His work! So should we - - if we want to be like Him.

He established the Sabbath, not by work, but by ceasing from it. God has no need to re-order the days of His creation, nor do we. When He finished His work He then blessed and set apart the seventh day as a day of rest. It's that simple. So we must consider that Adam and Eve spent their first day "resting" in fellowship with the Creator.

God requires His children to treat the day with a respect not required of other time. Let's read what He told the prophet Isaiah:
"If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 58:13-14
We honor God by keeping holy those things that He has made as set apart, as "holy" and only God can declare and make things holy.

Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha Mashiach is the same today as He was yesterday, and shall be forever (Hebrews 13:8). He has not changed in the least. He is still putting rest in His Sabbath, and we can be set apart from the crowd and blessed by Him in it as He is the Lord of the Sabbath.
"Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the son of man [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger [nekar=alien], that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people." Isaiah 56:2-3
I know there are many excellent books if you want to insist on reading about the Sabbath outside of God's word, you might want to try this one: The Sabbath - Scriptural Truth Concerning the Sabbath and Christian Sunday Observance.

But if you'd like to learn more on the Sabbath right now and how it ties into you life you should just set apart an hour or two aside right now and open your Bible to read and pray about keeping and honoring this perpetual sign of God's people that keep His word.

In closing, as you look in the Bible, take a look at the Greek word “kai” καί which is translated as “and” in Revelation 14:2... But did they (the translators) perhaps miss something in the meaning of this word? It also means “indeed”...
“Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, [indeed] the faith of Yeshua.”
Indeed, we are to walk like Yeshua walked, keep the commandments of God, the faith of Messiah.

So as the Bible shows us, it turns out Sunday is not the Sabbath day of The Lord. God does not change His mind.

God's teaching is simple. We are to rest from occupational vocations on the Sabbath just as Jesus (Yeshua) did. God wants us to stop "tilling the soil" and "tending to business" for just one day each week so that we can immerse ourselves in worship of the Holy One. In this way, we can spend that time studying and teaching the word of God just as Messiah did. We just need to listen to God and out the words of men and their traditions in the proper place just as Paul taught in the misunderstood admonition of Colossians 2:16-17. If you job requires Sabbath work, Messiah shows us that healing or saving others is not work but if your job is not in this area look to God and ask Him in prayer for your employer to change your schedule.

God ordained the weekly Sabbath by His own declaration just as He created the world as a gift of life to mankind, animals and the land. Yeshua says of the Sabbath, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) and He declared that He alone is the Lord of the Sabbath. We have three witnesses to that:
For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day. Matthew 12:8

Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. Mark 2:28

And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath. Luke 6:5
His Sabbath is one of the blessings God made for mankind to enjoy. He started on the seventh day of creation and it remains today for us to enjoy time resting with Him.

If we think about it, the Sabbath of rest is a unique instruction from our Creator and an integral part of His unchanging laws of physics from creation. After all, whether he meant to reference the 7th day or not, consider what physicist Frank J. Tipler PhD writes:

"in general relativity, time is not relative: a unique rest frame exists".

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment with God's new covenant promise written on your heart. God is a sovereign God. He is a loving God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation though the One whose name means salvation: Yeshua. You can receive His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and pray to God and repent of any sin, pray and ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. Do it now! The Teacher is calling for you.

If Jesus called and asked you to arrange one opportunity to worship with Him, what day would He ask you to set apart for Him?

Revelation gives a big hint as it tells the last message and testimony of our Savior that includes the promise of the new Heaven and New Earth where He will teach us from His throne. Isaiah first writes to us about this and he says something important:
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all mankind shall come to worship before me, saith the LORD. For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. Isaiah 66:22-23
Jesus declared His status:
For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Matthew 12:8
He chose this day to teach.
And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. Mark 1:21

And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Mark 6:2

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:16

And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. Luke 4:31
The apostles followed His Sabbath custom that was established at creation.
And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. Acts 14:44

And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. Acts 18:4

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8

See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. Exodus 16:29

A Psalm for the sabbath day. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High Psalm 92:1
May God Bless as you consider what would Yeshua ask you to do?

Update: If you are still protesting the Sabbath, you might be interested in an audio-video teaching from 119 Ministries: The Sabbath Day.


I am not sure who the presenters are below, but the video is really worth at look.