The Sabbath is both a covenant and a commandment of God to his people, the Israelites.
The Sabbath is the Seventh day where God commanded his people to rest from their labor. It is the fourth of the Ten Commandments that Moses received from God in Mount Sinai.
Exodus 31:16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant.
In Exodus 20:8 of the Holy scriptures, God commanded the Israelites: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
God also gave the Sabbath as a lasting covenant to his people the Israelites, and also to those who become believers in God. The following verses further explain why the Sabbath is important to God, and how it holds many promised blesssings by observing it.
Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies them.
Isaiah 56:1 Thus says Yahweh, “Preserve justice and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come And My righteousness to be revealed. 2“How blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who takes hold of it; Who keeps from profaning the sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.” 3Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to Yahweh say, “Yahweh will surely separate me from His people.” Nor let the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.” 4For thus says Yahweh, “To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, 5To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, And a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off. 6“Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh, To minister to Him, and to love the name of Yahweh, To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath And holds fast My covenant; 7Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.” 8The Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, “Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered.”
Despite being God’s commandment and a covenant, alot of so-called “believers” today are not observing the Sabbath, this very promising commandment of God. Some will say that it is no longer required to observe the Sabbath because we are under the new covenant that belongs to Jesus Christ. That the Sabbath was only relevant in the old testament during the time of the ancient Israelites. That the requirements of the Sabbath are hard to follow. But, Yeshua HaMaschiach (Jesus Christ) himself, explained what the Sabbath is for.
Mark 2:27 Then Yeshua said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.
Apostle Paul in Colossians 2:16 said, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.”
And in Matthew 5:17 Yeshua Explained, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18″For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19″Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.…
Apostle Paul warned us that the Word of God is living and active. That we should observe the Sabbath so that we can enter God’s rest and not fall into the same pattern of disobedience that the ancient israelites did. He said in Hebrew 4:9 “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;”
Therefore, the Sabbath covenant by God to the Israelites and to those who joined themselves to God is still in effect. God made it clear that in the future there will still be Sabbaths.
Isaiah 66:23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says Yahweh.
As believers, we have the confidence and faith in his Word, that God will make good on his promise if we are obedient.
Isaiah 58:13 “If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of Yahweh honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And speaking your own word, 14Then you will take delight in Yahweh, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.”
Leviticus 19:30 “‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am Yahweh.’”
Lazarus @ August 17, 2013
THE 10 Commandents
1. You shall have no other gods before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the YHWH your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
3. You shall not take the name of YHWH your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 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.
5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.
In Exodus 20
1And God spoke all these words:
2“I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3“You shall have no other gods before me.
4“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7“You shall not misuse the name of Yahweh your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
8“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
12“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13“You shall not murder.
14“You shall not commit adultery.
15“You shall not steal.
16“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
17“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Lazarus @ August 10, 2013
Where is Mount Zion? Zion and Mount Zion are often used in the bible interchangeably. When Zion is mentioned, the city of Jerusalem is what usually comes to the minds of most people. Zion is also referred to as God’s Holy Mountain.
Zechariah 8:3 Thus says Yahweh: “I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called ‘The City of Truth;’ and the mountain of Yahweh of Armies, ‘The Holy Mountain.’”
Although the city of Jerusalem that is in Judea (Modern Day Israel) is what comes to the minds of most people when Zion or Mount Zion is mentioned, apostle Paul explained that Mount Zion is a place in the heavenly realm.
Hebrew 12:22-24 “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
Futhermore, the following verses tell us that we are all born spiritually in Zion, and that Zion gave birth to all of us.
Galatian 4:6 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
Psalm 87:5 And of Zion it is said: Each one was born in her, And He, the Most High, doth establish her.
So now that we know that Mount Zion is a heavenly place instead of a physical location, we must live in spirit in order to understand it fully. We must ask God for continued guidance so that we may approach his Holy mountain with confidence and be allowed to enter into its gate. Those who are seeking earnestly will find it. “..for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)
Lazarus @ July 6, 2013
Proverbs 30:4 asks: “Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!”
Now we know that Yeshua HaMaschiach (Jesus Christ) is the name of the “son of God”, but what is the name of God?
You see, contrary to popular beliefs, God has a name. His name in Hebrew is spelled out as יהוה transliterated into Roman Script as YHWH . Together these Hebrew characters are also known as the Tetragrammaton. In the Bible, notice how the word “LORD” is in bold letters? This is to indicate that the Tetragrammaton יהוה (YHWH), which is the name of God, was replaced with the word “Adonai” in Hebrew or “LORD” in English.
Why did the ancient Israelites allowed the name of God to be removed from the Holy Scriptures? Was it God’s will?
Ezekiel 20:14 says: “But for the sake of my name I did what would keep it from being profaned in the eyes of the nations in whose sight I had brought them out.”
So, God kept his name hidden because he didn’t want his name to be profaned. God first revealed his name to his servant Moses. In fact, the name of God and the use of it is in the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 20:7 reads: “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (KJV).
This commandment might have been the reason for the ancient Hebrew to keep the name of God from being used improperly. They restricted God’s worshippers from uttering his name for the fear of profaning it and breaking his commandment. Only the priests were able to utter his holy name. The privilege of being able to pronounce the name of God (YHWH) was restricted to a select few. As a result, overtime, it was removed completely from the Holy Scriptures and ultimately from the mouth of God’s people.
Regardless of the reasons why the ancient Hebrew removed the name of God from the Holy Scriptures, the point is, God has a name! According to the Bible, God will once again make his name known in the last days.
Ezekiel 39:7 reads “‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel.’”
END OF PART 1. PLEASE COME BACK AGAIN FOR PART 2.
May God bless and protect you always!
Lazarus @ March 9, 2013
The Bible tells us of the many signs that we must look out for in order to tell that we are living in the last days. One of these signs is the presence of the scoffers or mockers.
In 2 Peter 3:3 Apostle Peter foretold “..that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.”
This phenomenon is very prevalent in today’s world. People mocking (dissing) each other as if it’s their way of life. But more alarming than this, is that, it is also happening in the spiritual realm. There are scoffers in spirit realm who relentlessly persecute those who are being set-up by Satan to enter a trap. This is part of the widespread practice of witchcraft in this present time.
Apostle Paul warned us in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
So if you start experiencing something similar to this, know that you are getting closer to uncovering the truth. Pray incessantly and do not be afraid. Stay in God’s love in your dealings with people. Take refuge in God and have faith in Jesus Christ.
Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 1:7, “These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
Lazarus @ February 17, 2013
There are all sorts of truth. Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) in John 16:13 said, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into ALL truth.” From this we learned that all truth come from God.
Jesus Christ was sent by God to the world to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37). Furthermore God gave him the authority to become “the truth” that men must believe, in order to gain everlasting life. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
Just as all lies come from the Devil (John 8:44), all truth belongs to Jesus Christ as God gave him authority over it (Ephesians 1:22). When Jesus Christ reveals the truth (himself) to someone, that person will be set free from the bondage of darkness and from the power of Satan. Jesus said, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) Once a person is freed and brought from darkness to light, this person will be delivered into God’s kingdom. “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” (Colossians 1:13)
The truth is also God’s word. “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Jesus Christ was also given authority over God’s word. In fact he is the word of God. It is by his Word that God gives instructions, wisdom and knowledge. God’s word is a spirit and those who live by it live in spirit. In addition, “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
Now, in secret spiritual realm, the Devil who is also called Satan, by his cunning deceptions, is trying to suppress the truth from coming into light. He propagates all sorts of lies that create envy, lust and pride among people and trapping many souls in darkness and throwing them into confusion. Many people have fallen into Satan’s trap because they are unaware of the truth of what’s really happening in the spirit realm.
The Devil’s lies bring confusion and darkness and eventually lead people to hatred for each other. This is the exact opposite of what God wants us to do to each other. He wants us to live in spirit and in truth because the spirit is the truth (1 John 5:6). God also wants us to walk in the light (1 John 1:7). This means loving one another and always telling the truth. “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.” (1 John 2:9) “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37)
Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 13:8, “For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.” So let’s continue to become obedient to God and keep on walking in the light “(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)” Ephesians 5:9. Let us continue praying for his Holy spirit, through Jesus Christ, to guide us and lead us into all truth forever and ever. Halleluyah! Amen!
Lazarus @ November 3, 2012
Yeshua HaMaschiach (Jesus Christ) told his apostles a parable about the kingdom of God/Heaven:
“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47-50)
the fishermen = angels
the net = persons God will use to shed light on the gospel of the kingdom of God (priest/prophet/messenger)
the fish = people of all sorts
the lake = the world
the shore = the kingdom
sat down = judgement seat
baskets = congregations
full = gospel preached to the whole world
good fish = good people
bad fish = bad people
wicked = evil people
righteous = just people
end of age = the end of the current system of things of the world
fiery furnace = hell
weeping and gnashing = punishment
In this parable, the angels are the fishermen who will help gather people in truth. This truth is in Jesus Christ and his gospel. His gospel is about the kingdom of God (Luke 4:43). The Net are the people chosen by God to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.
The angels will administer to the people who are chosen by God. The chosen ones will proclaim the gospel of the kingdom and will draw all sorts of people to the truth (Jesus Christ). Once the net is full, this means the gospel about the kingdom is preached throughout the world (Matthew 24:14), Christ will then send his angels to make the kingdom ready for the good people (The end of age). They will make judgements (sat down), and the good fish (good people) will be gathered in congregations of lights (baskets), the bad fish (bad people) will be thrown out into outer darkness (fiery furnace) where they will receive their punishments (weeping and gnashing). Furthermore, the angels will take everything out in the world that causes people to stumble.
Jesus told in Matthew 13:41 “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.”
The kingdom has been prepared by God since the foundation of the world for the saints to inherit. The kingdom of God and the world are coexisting on earth. The world is where we are operating physically in this present system of things. The kingdom of God is what we must seek to find. It’s a place filled with spirits. In order to find it, we must live in spirit and see with our spiritual eyes. Jesus Christ said that the kingdom does not come with visible signs because it is in you and within you. (Luke 17:21) . That we must not love the things in the world but we must seek the kingdom first and everything else will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). “..always give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” (Colossians 1:12)
Lazarus @ October 13, 2012
There’s a consensus among Christians that a “mysterious figure” will enter the world scene in the very near future. His appearance will correspond with the endtime prophecies as written in the Holy Scriptures. He is known as the endtime “Anti-Christ” who is to come.
But before we jump to conclusion, let’s find out what the Bible says about the antichrist. Note in the following verse what Apostle John wrote about the nature of the antichrist.
“.. every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1 John 4:3)
So according to Apostle John, the antichrist is a spirit. This spirit will be present in people who do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ as coming to the flesh. Even back then, there were antichrists already.
“Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2 John 1:7)
These persons with antichrist spirit will propagate deception and suppress the truth.
“Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist–he denies the Father and the Son.” (john 2:22)
So the antichrist is not just one person but a spirit working through many people. The spirit of the antichrist has been working through people ever since Jesus Christ left the world up to now. These persons, since they do not believe in Christ, are the “antichrist” according to the bible’s definition. Such persons will be in direct opposition of what Jesus Christ is trying to accomplish. Satan will use such persons to propagate his deception.
And the mysterious “endtime figure” I mentioned at the start, will possess the spirit of the antichrist. I will write more about this “endtime figure” in a separate blog.
Lazarus @ September 30, 2012
Before Jesus Christ, people offered burnt offerings as a way to ask God for forgiveness of sins. When Jesus Christ offered himself up on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, we are no longer required to offer burnt offerings to God in order to receive forgiveness of sins. From then on, a person who come to believe in Jesus Christ must walk in the light in order to receive forgiveness of sins. (1 John 1:7) Walking in the light also means carrying its burden.
In Matthew 11:30, Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
So what exactly is this “burden” that Jesus Christ was referring to? It is the burden of the light of Jesus Christ. The one who receives the light will experience persecution just as Jesus Christ did.
Once one has received the light of Jesus Christ, this person will go through a period of trials and tribulations. The knowledge that will be revealed by the light is strangely mind-boggling that keeping a sound mind in the part of the one being enlightened is required. This soundness of mind is a gift from God.
Apostle Peter told the type of suffering one must go through, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12)
But if one exercises faith and endurance by holding on to the light, that one will enter the Kingdom Of God and gain eternal life. “These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:7)
As believers in God and in Christ, we know that trials and tribulations are part of our existence in this world. That we will receive the promised eternal life for the suffering that we are going through .
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)
Apostle Paul reminded those who had received the light about their former sufferings.
“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.” (Hebrews 10:32-33)
So let us walk in the light and carry its burden. “By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21:19)
Lazarus @ September 21, 2012
Yeshua HaMaschiach (Jesus Christ) is “the light” that is in every person who comes into the world. (John 1:9) This light is the life of men. (John 1:4) Those who follow the Son Of God, the “light of the world”, will never walk in darkness but will possess the light of life.(John 8:12)
Just as Jesus Christ received the “light of the world” from the Father of all lights, he then shares this glory with those who follow him by making them into “lights of the world” themselves.
Jesus Christ said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
But the knowledge of “the light” is lost in darkness. As a result, people in these “last days” are unable to recognize “the light” of the Gospel of Christ.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
But darkness is needed to make the light manifest.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
When “the light” shines, it testifies to the truth. This truth is the hope that we have in God through Jesus Christ.
Apostle Paul wrote, “for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” (Ephesians 5:14)
Lazarus @ September 16, 2012