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Thursday, September 25, 2008

What's for Supper?

Last Update October 3, 2016



If you love The Lord, you have a heart and yearning to please God.

When our family began to study all of the Scriptures we noticed something that simply never dawned on us before. God gives us instruction for "living" life and living it abundantly.

The Father loves us. Abba wants to protect us. He wants to direct us to a long healthy life and keep us from things that can harm our hearts and pollute our bodies.

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.

God tells us He never changes. The prophet Malachi and the priest Samuel declare:
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Malachi 3:6 
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. 1 Samuel 15:29
The concept of change is for us. Paul describes the reason:
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 1:9 
We have to discern we need to understand we need to change our ways to return to "the faith which was once delivered" that Jude 1:3 declares.

The Bible gives us Almighty God's constitution for life in His Kingdom as it was intended from the beginning. Our Abba Father teaches us some very simple instructions tied to His creation design in day five and six of birds, fish and animals. In the beginning, before sin corrupted Adam and Eve, the Genesis account tells us that they were allowed to eat from the garden that God had provided for them. They had a vegetarian diet in the garden that God planted for them.

There was one exception, they were warned about one tree, the tree of good and evil. They were warned because the fruit of that tree would kill them because eating from it would mean that they would deliberately ignore God's instruction.

Beyond that, Genesis does not reveal much about healthy food. But the Exodus story does give some simple advice like the tree of good and evil planted in the garden of Eden about meat that is good for life and meat that God says is ṭâmê טָמֵא. The Hebrew word ṭâmê is translated into English as unclean. It is a pollutant.

A pollutant can cause long or short-term damage by changing the growth rate or lifespan by interfering with human amenities, comfort and health.

The Father tells us what food is bad for us and the faithful scribe Moses wrote down every word in Leviticus 11.

As it was in the beginning, God gives us His teaching and instruction on the food He created for our bodies because He wants us to live a long and healthy life. God does not change. 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. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, we are not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. It's folly, a joke to think that anything green is a good fruit or vegetable and it just as crazy to think or that any animal is good food.

Some things are good for our health and some are not, they are ṭâmê. Some plants are poisonous just as some animals are. Tâmê animal species are scavengers and carnivores like the trees of good and evil, that is a part of creation. There are many green plants that may look harmless, but many plants hold some of the most deadly poisons known to mankind.

Remember the Greek philosopher Socrates? He is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first philosopher of the Western tradition of thought that arose out of Athens in the 5th century BC. Plato was his most famous student and Plato taught Aristotle who then tutored Alexander the Great. Socrates was thought to be the wisest man in Athens, yet he died ingesting hemlock after he was tried for this crime: “Socrates is guilty, firstly, of denying the gods recognized by the state and introducing new divinities, and, secondly, of corrupting the young.”

The plant plant contains the highly poisonous alkaloid coniine which causes the progressive paralysis of the central nervous system. It has no known antidote. Hemlock is also called the devil's porridge.

We know plants like the beautiful floral hemlock are unfit to be called food because they contain poisons just as certain meats are unfit to be called food because they too can cause suffering and even death. That's a part of the Leviticus 11 lesson.

Throughout the Bible's narrative, God defines those things that are ṭâmê and unhealthy for life. In the Bible, by definition, food is always something good, healthy and beneficial. Food is not just anything you can fry in a pan or chow down.

That is where the confusion on food starts... focused on ourselves, we think that God does not really mean what He says is for our protection. We think He told Moses not to allow people to come up to Mount Sinai were the words of a mean God that would kill anyone that touched the mountain. We forget he reason he said that. He gave a warning like the one given to Adam and Eve. The warning given Moses was for protection and life. God knew that rocks and boulders would fall off the mountain when He began to speak.

Like Adam and Eve, we discredit our Heavenly Father as the Almighty, all knowing Creator God and we tend to define just about anything that we can stick in our mouth as food, but that's Greek thinking and God does not do that, He knows what He made and why.

When you read the Bible and see the word food, its meaning must meet God's definition for healthy life. Food is good for the body but everything you can stick in your mouth is not food.

Some, I like I did before I read and studied the Bible think that the Biblical food instruction of good and bad, healthy or not is irrelevant, old and done away with. We consume the sermon that is linked to replacement theology that Yeshua-Jesus did away with an old law, but what law?

The thing is the humble Messiah Yeshua did away with the oldest law. The law from the beginning that started with sin, breaking God's instruction by eating what was prohibited as oyr Creator's warning, not a punishment.

Yeshua-Jesus provided "the way" to overcome the law of sin that results in the curse of death, aka overcoming the curse we bring on ourselves. Like Adam and Eve, we bring the curse of death on ourselves by sin, but Yeshua paid the price and offers redemption by His own life in resurrection. He offers eternal life because He paid the penalty declared in Eden and was resurrected by God's unchanging, eternal life giving power.

Jesus' death on the cross does not mean we should eat what our Creator God says is unclean, unhealthy and unfit as food. God does not change.

Eating what Moses calls an abomination only opens the old door to physical sickness and death whether the effect is immediate or long term. Disobedience to God's instruction also leads to spiritual death, that's the bigger lesson.

If you don't believe God about food, any registered dietician can tell you the harmful effects of the meats that God declares as unfit for food for the human body. In fact, every dietitian's speciality vocation is the treatment and prevention of disease that results in death. That's why they work in hospitals and health-care (life repair) facilities.

What we have forgotten is that Yeshua-Jesus upheld "the way" of Torah, that is why He's known by His followers to be sinless. Christians have been given the responsibility and accountability to walk and eat like the Jew Jesus. That amazing truth is part of the lifestyle of the King of the Kingdom of God.

Before my wife and I really understood that God's word does not change, as a family we simply did not comprehend this Bible basic. We lived in a corner of the twilight zone if you will, a false reality. We thought that if a meat "tasted" good it was A-OK even if it took a lot of butter or BBQ sauce to make the meat taste good. Yet in reading and studying the Bible, we discovered that eating healthy, is good for life and that is a key to the beginning of understanding God's instruction!


Today, modern science proves God's teaching on good food and good health.



Don't take my word for it, do your own research and keep this in mind as your re-check your Bible: "healthy" = clean/good and "unhealthy" = unclean/bad in Biblical terms. It's that simple.

Think about this too: 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 what they were not to eat. We liked to quote 1Corinthians 3:16 but never tied it to Leviticus 11:44-45 the way Paul intended.

The result of Adam's and Eve belief in a serpent's lie was a deadly choice. It changed the world and brought the disaster of death and destruction to their descendants and thorns and weeds to the very planet they were given the command to take care of as a garden of life.

From my Scripture studies, I now know that God has given us the freedom of choice to follow His teaching and instruction or not. The blessing is life, the curse is death. The choice is yours.

Doing the things our Abba Father says are "Holy" makes us as a 'set apart' people. The Hebrew word meaning "set apart" is the word "holy" and set apart is what God says we should be. Eating healthy sets us apart for life and I now know our Creator wants us to follow His Word, His Torah teaching and instruction for good reason! The instruction that our unchanging God has given as a gift of mercy is for our physical health and spiritual blessing, it is for life.

Numbers 23:19 teaches us that and Malachi 3:6 confirms it.

By reading and doing The Lord's teaching on food that Moses recorded twice in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, we can see how simple His life diet instruction really is and why.

Our Creator's basic training on food is easy and light, its not a heavy burden. Don't eat scavengers or predators whether they fly, swim or walk, they are not food! That's the healthy message of the Bible and the the boot camp instruction from the maker of our bodies and souls. God knows what is good for us and He tells us because He loves us.

I mentioned that the Apostle Paul tells us something very important tied to the foundation of Leviticus:
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
For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves... For I am the LORD who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44-45
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We are to make a distinction between the unclean (ṭâmê) and the clean (tâhôwr) and between the living creature that may be eaten and the living creature that may not be eaten.

We are not to eat vultures or eagles or any sea or lake creatures without fins and scales. Why? They are the same, they are meat eaters, both scavengers and predators.

It's simple, birds fly and fish swim but our Creator made any water borne fish or swimmer without fins and scales as a scavenger or predator. Oh by the way, fish should be cooked too. Ask any doctor, uncooked fish can carry parasitic worms which can bury into your stomach when you eat raw fish or sushi if you want to fluff it up and call it that. Eating sushi can cause an illness known as anisakiasis and in severe cases, the parasites can trigger respiratory failure and guess what, that will lead to death.

God's thousands year old dietary instructions are food basics. The instruction is not heavy, its light - do not eat fish without both scales and fins. That eliminates a number of seemingly tasty buttered up, seasoned creatures including shellfish, shrimp, catfish, lobster, mussels, eel, shark, sturgeon and swordfish, just to name a few.

Remember, our Creator God gives us His teaching and instruction to protect us from harm. That goes beyond the body to the soul which is the body infused with the life Spirit of God.

As the master maker, God knows everything about His design and purpose. This is something that has taken modern day marine biologists and scientists thousands of years to discover something very old. Fish with scales AND fins have been equipped since creation with a digestive system that prevents the absorption of waterborne poisons and toxins into their flesh from the waters they swim in and breathe each day.

Just like porky the pig, carnivorous fish have very short digestive tracts when compared to herbivorous fish. Both fins and scales are a part of the creation equation. Scavengers like catfish have fins, but do not have scales. Shark do not have scales and every child knows they are predators.

Scavengers are "bottom feeders" like vultures and pigs and they and have digestive systems designed to help clean and restore the environment by absorbing and holding toxins directly into their bodies. 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 by God to naturally absorb toxins from water and clean the lakes and seas. They have a good, divine purpose, but that does not mean they are good for you.

Interestingly, lobster and crabs are crustaceans and they are a part of the arthropod family of water creatures, on land the arthropod family includes the creepy crawlers like caterpillars, cockroaches, and spiders.

Have you ever thought to try to out your favorite hot sauce on a cockroach?

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

Have you ever thought to try to our your hot sauce out on an armadillo?

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. Pigs are the worst case scenario, 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. That's why Moses gives us the extra warning about them: "Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch."

Pigs have a big health problem because they do not have sweat glands so they are not able to dispose of toxins through their skin.

Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. So, since a pig does not sweat, the toxins they eat remain in the pig's body, that's why you will see pigs with open sores on their bodies. 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 and short stomach and digestive system unlike the more complex, ruminant stomachs found in split hoofed, cud chewing animals.

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???

Like me, many Christians have been taught to interpret the apostle Peter's vision as described in Acts 10 to justify eating just about anything including Easter ham.

If you are like me, the simple fact may be that you may have not read all of the message given in the book of Acts.

Many sermons have excerpted verse bytes from the teaching. So, perhaps we have been innocent to a degree, because the Bible was chopped and cut up into numbered verses and chapters around the year 1200 AD. It was god idea so people could find chapter and verse but the downside is people began to read and study God's word in small bits and pieces. This is dangerous, and when this is done mistaken assumptions can be made.

For example, by doing this, many have added or taken away from Scripture and misunderstood Peter's vision as doing away with God's healthy diet plan, but if you read and study all of Acts 10, you too will see it is not about doing away with anything other than prejudice against other people.

Fod was the example. The reason God used it was because many old Jewish customs that did not come from the Bible led Jewish people to believe that even touching food that Gentiles prepared was a sin. Well, the fact is that is no where to be found in the Bible.

The book of Acts is a "whole" book with a complete message.

It is not to read in slices, but rather whole portions. Peter's dream was a vision from God to "show" Peter that he was not to continue holding on to an old Oral Law tradition of prejudice and discrimination against Gentiles. A big part of that non-Bibilical discrimination was that Gentiles traditionally did not observe God's instruction on food. The reason, they did not read the Bible.

Because of rabbinic tradition, Peter still believed the Gentiles were defiled as person.

He ignored the teaching of Master Yeshua:  “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”

Read Acts 10, all of it. God was simply using this vision to teach Peter the spirit of the Torah is focused on how we treat people and Acts 10 is all about 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 wonderful Gentile man named Cornelius to bring his family and friends the good news of the Kingdom of God. God wanted to use Cornelius as a big witness for truth and Peter got the assignment from Heaven. Cornelius was a Roman Centurion but God loved him, as much as he loved Peter and he wanted Peter to know that.

Cornelius was blessed and chosen to become the first non-Jewish believer on the planet. That would have never happened if Peter retained his prejudice.

The big lesson of Acts 10 is this: Jewish disciples were not to think of Gentiles as "unclean" period!

God has no prejudice. He loves everyone! The vision's message was simple and not about food at all, all people are created in the image of God.

We are not to consider others made in God's image as unclean or unfit for relationship with each other or 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... to fill it up 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 Peter was a leader and he needed heart correction. His discrimination defiled him just as Jesus said, "the things that come out of a person are what defile him."

The men of Judah had an assignment, to be the light to all the world, not just a part of it.

Peter was adamant in his perception of the Kingship duty of Messiah, yet he did not understand he too needed to be clean.

When Yeshua told him that He would give up His life for the world, Peter rebuked Yeshua in front of the other disciples immediately after Peter 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 yet understand that Yeshua would give His life and die as the humble Messiah ben Joseph and later return in glory as Messiah ben David for all mankind.

It was the mission of the disciples to go to all people. Yeshua came to bring salvation the the Jew first as shown in Romans 1:16, and the Jewish mission to be a light to all the world and all nations is the same assignment to everyone 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 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 with his heart stuck in oral tradition that added to the Torah. He mistakenly believed that "Gentiles" were unworthy of Messiah, unworthy of salvation and certainly unworthy of a relationship with Jewish people that walked in the Torah principles of Messiah.

That is why God had to show a radical vision. God had to erase Peter's "reverse" anti-semitism that was embedded in his opinion, not in the Torah that teaches mankind is made in the image of God.

God’s loving adoption of all people as His children is open to all people.

There's nothing in the Torah that declares for one that wants to follow God is impure or unclean.

Cornelius was Roman, he was also a Centurion, but his heart was pure.

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 all of it to see the big picture given to Peter: "He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against [our (oral) 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: "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 just like Title VII discrimination, the American law that emulates the Torah right here in the good 'ol USA.

Peter is declaring the revelation that God does not discriminate but accepts from every nation who follows Him and does what is right. This is the same "one new man" message Paul likely gained from Peter. Paul called discrimination the enmity of the oral 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 is rarely fully taught
from a 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 spirit of the Torah. Instead, they have been taught 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 teaching that the lovingkindness taught in the Torah is not done away with. Peter tells Cornelius plainly that God accepts all people who fear him and do what is right.

Peter then goes on, not to define a new religion, but instead he points back to Mount Sinai and the message God sent to the people of Israel and the sojourners with them 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 hat, because the Book of Acts never teaches us to do away with the Torah to create a religion 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 that Yeshua taught:



"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 taught this too:
"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.' 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
Peter had finally learned a part of the greatest command. The disciples continued to eat good food ['oklah] for eating, they continued in Sabbath rest and they celebrated the appointed festivals of The Lord. 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 problem, they ignored the first commandment.

They worshipped false idols and they lived in perversion and sexual sin so it was the job of Paul to teach them. 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 needed to convert to Messiah and receive the word of God from the Torah, leave idolatry and sin... accept the way of Messiah.

For thousands of years, the Ten Commandments have been known by 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 started 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. 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" Torah observant Jewish believers that went with him and entered Cornelius' home in opposition to their 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

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

Our Creator made us to live for Him. To do that He wants us to be healthy - so He gave us His teaching and instruction 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... and dead animals in fact. Why? They are scavengers too!

Other omnivores include: rodents, mice, rats, squirrels, chipmunks, opossums, raccoons and the wily, sly fox. Oh yeah... barbecue rodent, sounds yummy! No?

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!

According to Dr. Tessler, a well known doctor who wrote this 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 animal 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 pig's body tries to fight the trichinosis worm by forming tumors around them. Incredibly and a whole industry has been built around eating Biblically unauthorized, "unclean" food for breakfast.

Eating from a healthy, Biblically God based diet (physical and spiritual) can keep unhealthy things from our body and soul, 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 too because we become what we eat.

The amazing thing is that in modern Israel, laws governing the pork industry date back 50 years, when the Knesset passed a law banning the production of pork. The law permits raising hogs only in majority Christian Arab regions in the North as a concession to Israel’s "Christian" minority. As a result, today's Christian towns have become hog country.

Think about that.

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

Think about that!

In the same way, would God want you to eat the worms and maggots embedded in the tumor of a pig? No way!

God's definition of "food" in the Bible is meat that is good for you. That is what clean means in Scripture... good. God is the God of life and that is why He says - NO to animals that are unclean! These are not intended as foods for is people. They do not meet His definition.

You are what you eat. Would God want you to eat shrimp made of rotting flesh or have an unclean spirit in you? 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 fresh water lakes and streams. They are no delicacy, it's no wonder they smell so bad before they are dipped in butter, lemon and seasoning to disguise the truth.

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 turbid waters at the bottom of 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 really 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 generally pelagic fish, most of them swim in schools. Pelagic fish get their name from the area that they inhabit called the pelagic zone. They live in groups and feed away from the bottom in open water but so do unclean fish like sharks. There's always a tare among the wheat.

We all know that fish oil is what is good for us. Most demersal fish fillets contain almost no fish oil content, but pelagic fish have up to 30 percent of their body weight in fish oil. The word demersal is derived from the Latin word demergere, it means "to sink." Oil is lighter than water.

But don't worry God makes it easy.

He is the architect of creation and His explanation is really simple. God tells us fish need both fins and scales to qualify as food. Bottom fish don't have scales because they are part of God's marine waste disposal system. Have you ever touched a catfish? They feel like slime for a reason.

Why would you ever add the content of a vacuum cleaner bag to your soup or feed catfish and shrimp to your cat? No, it would make them sick. So, why eat a fish designed to clean up the lake or sea? Perhaps now, you understand why some creatures are an abomination to life... they are not bad, they have a purpose not related to food, it just that they just have a nasty job, 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 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 make a difference give up the inherited lie... 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, am holy, and have separated you from other people, that you should be mine.
Even the popular TV 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. (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 His Maker's dietary instruction from Scripture hadn't been abolished, so at first he was likely confused about the vision and its meaning but he came to realize he was to not judge another man as unclean.

As you study the Scriptures, you too can understand that the Bible 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." Every heard of the "beast?"

Peter witnessed the salvation of Cornelius and 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; Acts 11:1-18; and Acts 15:6-9.

Like Peter's vision, God's teaching about "clean" and "unclean" are among the most misunderstood instructions found in the Bible. Since Noah, food has been just one mark of identity separating God’s people from the world. Others include the Sabbath and the appointed days of The Lord. All of these have been a source of controversy, confusion and anti-Semitism.

God 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 with the letters Chet and Yod.

Genesis teaches us that God directly gave instruction. No one wrote it down until Moses. We see that with Abraham who obeyed God's 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 to do that? God told him.

Another key to food 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 appearance is in Genesis 1:29-30, the fruit and herbs, then the manna of Exodus 16.

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 and evil. The good tree only had life chay... Chet Yod.

When God said the word "life" Noah 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.

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.
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 as food. 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 knew about the meat herb connection because God told him: "of every moving animal which is life to you becomes food as the herbs I give." Noah learned from God that herbivores can be eaten, because they are ‘food’ by God's spoken word. Herbivores are herbivores, they eat herbs.

So, we can see that in Genesis 9, Noah already knew something. After all, he brought seven pairs of clean and two pair of unclean. How did he know the difference? Moses was not around.

We can know this: Noah 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 an 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 clean animals, after all they eat herbs. 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 many of them are called 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 food animals are under the "dominion of man (Genesis 1:26).

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, God created herbivores as cud-chewers and God calls clean. The Bible shows us that predatory, carnivorous animals are not food for logical and simple reasons. Science and medicine now agrees with God's 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.

God created animals unsuitable to be called food to do the clean-up and sanitation work around the planet.

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

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

Epilogue: I mentioned the beast. 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 a unique 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... in fact, he was dealing with the nature of man.

Why then do we choose unclean emblems?

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? These ensigns are seen on the coins and flags of all nations except maybe one.

Perhaps 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 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?

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

Finally 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 things He did not eat. They are the same ones noted in the Scriptures He read and taught!

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
If you only have time for one reference check out Hope Egan's * Holy Cow! Does God Care About What We Eat?

God does care. He is all about life and living it abundantly 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 October 3, 2015: Pork in Asda and Sainsbury’s ‘is infected with deadly superbug MRSA’

"The Bureau of Investigative Journalism tested 97 British pork products – and found they carried the potentially deadly bacteria.

MRSA CC398 is less deadly than the strain found in hospitals – but can cause persistent infections and has already implicated in six deaths in Denmark.

People could catch the bug from infected meat if it is not properly cooked, the Guardian said.

In Denmark, the bacteria infects two-thirds of pig farms and is thought to have infected 12,000 people – and current regulations leave an ‘open door’ for infected pigs to arrive here."

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 14, 2013: Even the FDA now recognizes God's wisdom in the Torah on food safety as the U.S. government agency released its amendments to the FDA food code the 2013 Food Code.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code allows restaurants to serve undercooked foods only at a customer’s request. It requires the customer to be informed about the risks associated with consuming undercooked food. This warning is a posted sign in fast-food or self-service eatery or as a posting at the bottom of a restaurant menu.

The consumer warning states, "Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness." Customers need to be aware of the risks involved in consuming raw or undercooked foods. All animal products contain some level of bacteria. Whether that bacteria is the type to cause illness or not could mean the difference between a safe meal and a dangerous one.

From Dr. Ted Broer...



What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's instruction and His 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!

Shalom.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

When Did "For Ever" Change?


Exodus 20:8 instructs us to remember the Sabbath and keep it.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."

Hebrews 4:9-10 tells us the Sabbath remains.

"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 remembering the "Sabbath" rest in the New Testament?

Why would we see the words, there remains a Sabbath rest - doesn't the church teach the 7th day Sabbath changed to 1st day Sunday?

Many modern "Newer Testament" commentators point to the upper room storyline of Acts 20 when teaching of a time shift in the Sabbath. Here the King James Bible and other translations of the Greek text like the English Standard Version read like this:
"On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lamps in the upper room where we were gathered."
Acts 20:7-8
So what's up with the first day, why did this verse cause a Sabbath shift that I was always taught started with the Catholic church?

Let's dig in to that: “on the first day of the week.” To do that, it is critically important to know we need to look at the original language of the handwritten manuscripts, whether Hebrew or in Greek to rightly divide the Word. Why do we need to go to all this trouble? Because translators are human and there's the possibility they were influenced by their own theology and doctrines. After all, isn't that the reason you can go to any Christian bookstore and find at least a dozen translations all with different slants and perspectives?

Well if you think 12 is a big number, think about this:

There are many Greek translations that compile the more than 5,300 Greek manuscripts in existence.

These include the Codex Vaticanus, the 1550 Stephanus New Testament, the Minority Texts favored by the Roman Catholic Church as well as the Codex Sinaiticus which so far is the oldest surviving complete copy of the Newer Testament, predating all other copies by some 500 years.

So, hold on to your Sunday pew folks, the Koine Greek text of Acts 20:7 in all of the major Greek texts simple says this:
Ἐν δὲ τῇ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων

If you don't read Greek, this will help: σαββάτων is 'sabbaton' and it is the word Sabbath, the seventh day of each week. Oops. It's Saturday and it's that simple:

On the first Sabbath...

The Greek words of Acts 20:7 says: “...on the first Sabbath when we were gathered together to break bread Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.”
"εν δε τη μια των σαββατων συνηγμενων των μαθητων του κλασαι αρτον ο παυλος διελεγετο αυτοις μελλων εξιεναι τη επαυριον παρετεινεν τε τον λογον μεχρι μεσονυκτιου"
You can use any Greek dictionary or translator software tool to see this for yourself.

The Greek word sabbaton and the Hebrew shabbat שַׁבָּת.

As Acts 20 goes on to describe, Paul was intending to leave Troas after the break of the that day to leave on Sunday for his journey to Assos. After all, Paul was Jewish and he knew the Sabbath is a day of rest, not a day for travel, especially on a difficult and tiring 125 mile journey.

Not only that, Acts 15 proves that the new Gentile believers not only observed the Sabbath, they attended synagogue to study Scripture! See the proof in Acts 15:19-21. The disciples knew that the Gentiles would be there in attendance.
"For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”
Let's continue to keep this simple, ask yourself three questions:
1) Do you believe that the Bible is God's voice and that all of it is inspired by our Creator?

2) Do you believe that YHVH's covenant words, the Ten 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 three observations:
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 you and me because we can't add to or take away from His word no matter hard we might try to reason for 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 Y-H-V-H.
These core truths are manifest in the knowledge that we should uphold and return to God's Word - not change it with man's theology, doctrine or opinion of God's unchanging 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 in the Bible.

At the center of the meaning of Sabbath is the word rest. The Sabbath is intended for people, that they may receive rest. Not only that, the Sabbath is God's perpetual sign of sanctification.

There are three big reasons given in the Scripture for the Sabbath as the seventh day.

The first one is found in Exodus 20:11. There we see God again declares He finished creation in six days and then rested on the seventh day. In the Bible, God teaches His people to be like Him.

He instructs us to rest just like He did after six days of work. Why did God rest? He accomplished His six-day objective. God's people must recognize our Creator also sets a limit to our earthly work. There is a need to stop, to allow our body, mind, and spirit to recognize Heaven on Earth is God's way.

The second reason the Sabbath was given is because God said... Remember that you were slaves in Egypt (the burdens of sin) and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm (of Messiah Yeshua). Therefore the LORD your God has commanded us to observe the Sabbath day (Deuteronomy 5:15) to reflect on God's ability to accomplish what we cannot do on our own. This points us to Messiah.

A third reason is seen in the sign declared by God to Moses on the Mount Sinai. The sign is found in the Torah scroll portion Ki Tisa "When You Take." It is in Exodus 30:11-34:35 "so that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you."

These are the final words spoken by God before Moses came down the mountain of fire with the first set of stone tablets of God’s covenant:
"The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you." 
"For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the LORD…"
Holy (set apart) to the LORD. If we just study the Scriptures we can see there are three Heavenly perspectives for the Sabbath: creation, redemption and sanctification in the rest of rejoicing in the mighty salvation power of God.

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, doctrine or interpretations and always, always test everything asking God to show you how to walk in His ancient path, in the footsteps of Messiah Yeshua which are the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

If you ask this of God, He will show you His way. He is the God of restoration, not change and that includes His for ever Sabbath.


Look in the Bible and you will never find any evidence
God's Sabbath was changed by the followers of Jesus.


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 of pulpit 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 that was perfect in Torah obedience and teaching, you must know that as "the Lord of the Sabbath" (Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28 and Luke 6:1-5) He kept the Sabbath and did not break it.

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 and ask what would Jesus do?

The Bible shows us the Kingdom lifestyle, just study for yourself, it's your direct connection to the constitution of Heaven on Earth.

Dig in, study and you will find that the only support of a so-called first day or Sunday Sabbath is simply a clever deception like the one in Eden from the prince of lies. It's just like the lie from the imposter gave to Eve. Do you remember that lie? It's all about the deception 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 Y-H-V-H God gives us all His teaching and instruction for living His way because He loves us and we "get to" follow in it because we love Him.

The Father gave us His Sabbath to show His ways because He loves us.

Even in death, Yeshua showed us the Sabbath as He rested on the Sabbath day when His first work as te suffering Messiah was complete to atone mankind's sin with His blood for all who will believe.

Consider this - is it really so hard to rest in God's teaching and instruction?

God declared 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 eternity.

The Sabbath Day is holy, set apart (see Exodus 20:8). It was given to the former slaves of Egypt to give them a day of rest, a slice of Heaven and a break from the work and of Adam declared in Genesis 3:17:
"And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
That dust is not the end though, this is why Yeshua said:
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27
It is a promise, it is not like other days of the week that are given a number by God, the Sabbath is the only day that is named by our Creator and He set apart as a Heavenly sign.

Re-read Genesis 1. There you will find the "Sun" day. Yes, it the first day of "work." The day "God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness."

You will also see the second day that God separate the waters and the third day that plant life was given for the Earth. On the fourth day, God divided the day from night and set them to declare His seasons (His moed) Feast Days, the fifth day He gave fish and birds life, the sixth is the day He gave life to animals and it is the day our Creator formed the clay of the Earth into mankind and breathed life into Adam.

The weekly days still correspond to the creation account. They are known in Hebrew as:
1. Yom Rishon – יום ראשון meaning "first day" [corresponds to Sunday starting at the sunset of Saturday].

2. Yom Sheni – יום שני meaning "second day" [corresponds to Monday].

3. Yom Shlishi – יום שלישי meaning "third day" [corresponds to Tuesday].

4. Yom Reviʻi – יום רביעי meaning "fourth day" [corresponds to Wednesday].

5. Yom Chamishi – יום חמישי "fifth day" [corresponds to Thursday].

6. Yom Shishi – יום ששי meaning "sixth day" [corresponds to Friday].

7. Yom Shabbat – יום שבת "rest" [corresponds to Saturday the Sabbath].
These days also point to a blueprint for the age of mankind and another Sabbath promise that Paul wrote of that points to the day of The Lord, the days we call the millenium:
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a 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 Messiah." Colossians 2:16-17
Jesus gave three of his disciple a snapshot, a picture of the glory of that seventh millennium day, it's about the glory of resurrection spoken of by Moses and the prophets:
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." Matthew 17:1-4
It's the original message of the "deceiver" to fall (pun fully 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.

Believe it or not, our Creator gave Moses the story of the six days of creation and the seventh day Sabbath rest in the book of Genesis as a shadow of things to come about His 7,000-year plan of restoration for His relationship with mankind following the creation of Adam in the Garden of Eden. 

As shown by the prayer of Moses in Psalm 90:4 and confirmed by Peter (see 2 Peter 3:8-9) each day in creation represents 1,000 years of time. The seventh day of creation (the Sabbath rest) is a prophetic shadow picture of the glory of the 1,000 year Messianic Kingdom so don't be concerned if others judge you about keeping the Sabbath, if you do you will be deceived about God's ultimate purpose for this day and its sign.

Why should you be concerned about falling into 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 (Torah), until all (of Torah) be fulfilled (filled with meaning)."
As for me, I know that I am still alive and breathing. I know that heaven and earth are still here too. How about you?

If your are reading this, then you are alive and God's instruction applies to you and me because not a single letter of God's word has passed and there's 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 translations are bad, but we must understand that the Bible Messiah Yeshua, Jesus read and taught from was the Hebrew Bible.

At the sermon on The Mount, Yeshua (Jesus the Jew) is teaching us that we must not ignore the Hebrew Scriptures. Instead, we need to repent and go back, return to them. When we do as Christians, we will realize there's more to the sign of the Sabbath that we thought.

The Sabbath, like all the Feasts of The Lord has the power to restore the relationship of Christians and Jews.

It's a big part of the hidden Lord of the Sabbath sanctification storyline behind the teaching of Paul when he spoke of how God will reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility so that we are no longer strangers but fellow citizens of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with the cornerstone of Messiah in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a living holy temple in the Lord.

  • The Sabbath is the seventh day and a day of rest for a reason.
  • God sanctified the Sabbath and made it holy for a good reason.
  • The Sabbath is an eternal covenant between God and all of his people.
  • The Sabbath is a Feast day, a celebration of The Lord.
  • Yeshua is Lord of the Sabbath, because it points to Him.
  • Both Jews and non-Jews are to keep the Sabbath.
  • The Jewish Messiah is our Sabbath rest.
  • The Sabbath is a shadow picture of the last day Messianic Age.
  • That Sabbath is the coming Day of the Lord.
  • The Day of The Lord is the Messianic Age, the millennium of rest to restore the world.

Have you read the Ten Commandments recently?

If not, you should do that now, they are an eternal covenant and the Sabbath is the longest commandment. Before ever giving of the Ten Commandments God explained:
“"There shall be one law (Torah) for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you.” Exodus 12:49
Just check out the Bible. The word "Sabbath" appears in some 137 verses in the King James Bible and 61 of them are in the so-called Old Testament, yet a total of 76 more are found in the Apostolic writings we call the New Testament.

So we must ask, does a blank page really divide the Sabbath between Old and New?

No. One reason we can know is that 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 and that He wants to sanctify all of us to Him.

That sanctification sign can set you apart from the confusion and chaos, the pain of this world into God's rest.

God is serious about this so 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 what 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 instruction to rest and need to remember it once again?

Now read the sign posts of the Sabbath in Exodus, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John knowing He said remember knowing we would forget:
"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

"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?

Read John 1. Jesus used clay because man was formed man from clay and God wants to open your eyes too about His Sabbath day. He made it for you as a time to rest in Him and a time to do what Jesus and the disciples did every week, turn your attention to God and study the word of God.

The Sabbath is a sign that our Savior God sanctifies YOU if you are searching to understand the Biblical background of your faith instead of doctrinal tradition.

One of the first men to write and teach against the Sabbath ordained by God from the beginning was the son a Roman Centurion. His name was Tertullian. He was one of the so-called early church fathers along with Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Origen and many others in the Roman and Greek world influenced by Rome and Alexandria that called for a change in the times and seasons that was declared with the Emperor's Councils of Nicaea (325AD) and Laodicea (364AD).

The truth is God's calendar is tied to His creation and His plan to redeem the world from sin.

God's calendar is organized as each month each starts with God's design in creation. Gods uses a new moon to show He's in charge and the God or order; the world's calendar's are random and chaotic.

God begins each day with a beautiful sunset; the world, at midnight with no marker except a clock.

At creation, God set apart the 7th day of the week for rest and He is pointing us to the Messianic Age to come.

Despite the words of our Creator that declares His Sabbath covenant in Exodus 31:12-17 and His command to keep it as a forever sign in Exodus 31:16-18, Tertullian wrote: "We solemnize the day after Saturday in contradistinction to those who call this day their Sabbath" (Tertullian's Apology).

He also wrote: "It follows, accordingly, that, in so far as the abolition of carnal circumcision and of the old law is demonstrated as having been consummated at its specific times, so also the observance of the Sabbath is demonstrated to have been temporary." (Answer to the Jews 4:1, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 3).

So, are we to follow Biblical truth or a Tertullian tradition that flies in the face of God's instruction? Just take a look at the Creator's instruction 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... it never does. The Sabbath is a perpetual covenant sign and it's the longest instruction given by God in the Ten Commandments for a reason, it's important to the redemption of the world. Our work schedule does not dictate God’s order of the universe or His appointments in the plan of God. In fact, the first day of the week is a work day on God's calendar. Look at the Biblical evidence for yourself:
"Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is a Sabbath, there will be none.” Exodus 16:26

"Six days you shall labor, and do all your work" Exodus 20:9

"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy." Exodus 20:11

“Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed." Exodus 23:12

"Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death." Exodus 31:15

"It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.'” Exodus 31:17

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest." Exodus 34:21

“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places." Leviticus 23:3

"Six days you shall labor and do all your work" Deuteronomy 5:13

“Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on the six working days, but on the Sabbath day it shall be opened, and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened." Ezekiel 46:1
The words from Ezekiel are a prophecy of the coming of Messiah the "one lifted up" that will enter by the vestibule of the golden gate of the Temple Mount when all nations will bow down at the entrance of that gate before The Lord of the Sabbath.

You see, when we 'get to' honor and keep God's Sabbath rest as a day to stay away from our labor, we are not to just resting from our jobs and chores that serve our needs, we are acknowledging it represents God's coming day of provision as our Savior King.

The Sabbath is eternal because Almighty El Shaddai declared it so. Simply said, He is Lord of the Sabbath. Each week it provides a picture representing 'the day' that many know as the 1,000 years of the millennium.... "for a day is as a thousand years" (see Psalms 90:4 and 2Peter 3:8).

The seventh day is to be set apart (holy) because represents "the day" that Messiah will return as King to restore Heaven on Earth as it was in Eden. It's the very message of The Lord's Prayer (read Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:1–4 for yourself).

The amazing thing about the prophet Isaiah is that The Lord God told the prophet that prayer is linked to the Sabbath even for those that considers themselves Gentiles:
“And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”
The Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”
Isaiah 56:6-8
The House of Prayer is for everyone and it too is eternally linked to the Sabbath.

The Sabbath rest and the millennium is all about restoration, this is described further 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" forget by the inheritance of Tertullian lies 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:

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 Spirit: and these three are one." 1John 5:7
If, like many, you think the words "it is finished" mean 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) and the disciples kept the Sabbath. 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 of sin:
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 as we have already seen from the Greek text, Paul kept the Sabbath. Just read this from 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. 
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, we 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 taken away from 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."

The Council of Laodicea has an assignement: "Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent." Revelation 3:19

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 Messiah Yeshua:
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.
In the Torah, human life reigns supreme in the grand scheme.

Yeshua taught this by healing broken and crippled people ravaged by birth defects or disease even on the Sabbath.

Even in our society where human life is taken easily it reflects just how far humanity has strayed from its purpose, especially the Sabbath.

The Bible never says that after the resurrection of Jesus we are to now ignore the rest of Scripture and change the Sabbath Day to Sunday to commemorate the empty tomb. You will never find it. I know, you may have heard that, but you will never ever find it n God's word. Look for yourself, that is another tradition of man which makes void the eternal Word of God!

One of the key proponents of this "church" 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 and its required celibacy. 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.
Like I used to, some Christians ask: “Didn’t He render sabbaths and holy days obsolete? Doesn’t Colossians 2:17 say that these things were 'mere' shadows?”

Well not quite. Look for yourself, the NASB does say 'mere' shadows; however, the word mere is not found in the Greek text. That is why it appears in italics in the NASB, to indicate that the word was added in by the translators.

"things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ."

Colossians 2:17 does not teach that the Sabbaths and holy Feast Days “were” a shadow. It says they “are” a shadow of what is to come. Why is this important? It is important because it shows us that Paul properly regarded the Sabbath and Feasts as an existing shadow of the Messiah, and not as a lost shadow of the past which had been made obsolete at the shadow of the cross. The shadow of the Messiah is still with us. When we honor the Sabbath and The Feasts of The Lord, we are standing in the shadow of the Messiah.

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 did too and praise God the Jewish people have preserved and honored 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, but the video is really worth at look.


Shalom.