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"And He gave us a great sign; the Sabbath-day, so that we might work six days, and observe a Sabbath from all work on the seventh day."
What is in the Sabbath that it is a 'sign,' like a large proclamation, like a token, or like a message? For then we must know what that message is, in order to understand the sign, and its impact upon us.
I now am speaking of only the first part of the above quotation, as it reads; "And He gave us a great sign, the Sabbath day," and for the moment ignore the balance of it in order that I may reveal the reality of the Sabbath.
What is it when you build a house, and furnish it to completion? Will you continue to built another and never cease from labor? Or will you take your rest within that house you built and declare for yourself a full repose therein, to be fully done, and rejoice in the rest and fruits thereof? Is it not that you will sanctify as a home for you?
"A great sign," so the Angels said, a great message that the Lord Himself will not continue to labor, but that He would bless His works, and sanctify them for a repose, for an eternal rest. And with Himself He included such as are within His presence, and that sanctify, and are for sanctification, for a blessing - that is for - and towards all His works.
Therefore He included only the angels of His presence, and those of sanctification to keep the "rest," the Sabbath that is, with Him. And additionally He included a certain number from among the race of man, that these too might enter into His presence and serve for sanctification.
While thus for most of His creation He did not include them in His rest, but only those which were near to Him, and that serve Him in that special vocation, He included those from among mankind that would love and honor Him, such as would not doubt His word. What a marvelous thing therefore this is for those of mankind to be included in that special vocation.
And having said this to you, I am a bit sad that I cannot expound this to you in its fullness, since my speech will be heard by all men. Yet so I speak these words to you in this manner for a revelation to them that do have wisdom and understanding. For in wisdom so I pronounce: "We are the Sabbath along with the Lord and certain angels.
These therefore as I said, were created to serve as a blessing for all His works, and for His many other creatures, angels as well as men. To these three kinds only therefore His rest - that came to be known as "the Sabbath," was given that they might rest with Him, and be in "seven" with Him. And I repeat; "To be in seven with Him."
Elsewhere it is written: "And He observed a Sabbath on the seventh day, --- and sanctified it for all, --- and He set it for a sign for all His works." These words alone are a realm of knowledge in wisdom.
I divided that sentence in three parts, each part a book in itself. But how am I to place into words that which I behold in the spirit of my heart and of my soul, a realm so vast that defies definition other than as stated. And yet it was given me since I am to partake in it.
The fact that the Lord on the seventh day of each week in time gave you a day of rest, serves as a token that after all the hardships of this world there will be a rest, that like as He rested even so you that believe on Him, and keep His statutes shall likewise rest.
Who now is to read an entire book in the sum of no more than a few words? When Satan showed to our Lord all the kingdoms of the earth in a moment of time, how is that done? I am indeed going too far, beyond where I should go for one to contemplate upon, lest it be for the wise to whom it may be given, and indeed for them it is that I speak.
I indeed am going deeply into the wisdom of the Sabbath which the Lord so graciously awarded me with at my request of Him, that I might know and understand that very sign which He set for all mankind, as well as for His angels, each in their own kind. For this I did ask of Him that I might receive it of Him.
And yes my Lord my God I thank Thee with all my heart and soul for granting me my petition before Thee, that I might know and understand Thee O my Lord, and ourselves within Thee, in that marvelous sign of the Sabbath. For indeed the marvel and the glory of the Sabbath in the wisdom thereof is too great for the ears and hearts of men.
For the mind of man by nature is brutish, and how is he to comprehend the enormity of the glory that is presented in the Sabbath, the very sign of which entails "salvation," and remission, as well as the spirit to perfection, since it is of seven, for it is called the seventh, since again it is in seven, and of it.
While now I never did mentioned a six of labor, with a rest to follow it, yet I defined the whole of the Sabbath. But am I speaking for man, or only for myself, and perhaps for the few that are wise? I should however come down from that level to speak more in a tongue of man, that it may be for the benefit of many more.
And so I say again; "A great sign," like a proclamation to tell us something. And what is it proclaiming? It is defined as; "Sabbath," which in one respect translates as "rest," and for another as "Sanctification," to cleanse, and make whole. Like as in saying; "You shall have labor for six weeks of years, but in the seventh week of years, your labor will have ended, and you shall be a blessing, and for a blessing."
The Sabbath as such is a promise of the Lord, a very specific promise since it does not apply to all men in the earth, but only to them that are His special possession. When the Gentiles that do not know God do not maintain a sabbath, it is not as such a sin in them, nor a violation of the command of God, since the Sabbath was instituted for those that will be called the sons of God, as also it can only be for them.
So the Lord reiterated: I called for a Sabbath, for a repose, for a blessing, for a cleansing, for an everlasting sanctification upon that which I created, that it may remain forever, and be blessed into all eternities.
Therefore my beloved as a token thereto we maintain a seventh day, to proclaim to all the beasts and the birds of the earth, that there will be a day of blessings, and of rest, and that such will be with the Lord our God and none else.
And more than any writers of the Scriptures I have expanded thereupon, but as such it is but for the wise. For all my word this I say to you my beloved; that I choose my words carefully as the Lord imparts his wisdom within me so they may be for food to the many different kinds.
Foremost to the wise in God, and also for beginners and for the weak, and them that struggle, as well as for all men that it may be for some comfort, if that be possible. Let no one therefore think to improve upon my wording, as so many have in corrupting the Scriptures from the wording as these have written by their inspiration of the Lord God.
Paul in the first Corinthians speaks of the gifts of the Spirit. And further on he says: "He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified."
If then I speak for myself of what value is it to place the same in writing which one does that it may be heard by later generations. And so the question relays the answer how I speak in three ways, first to edify myself, secondly to leave it for the wise and those to come in wisdom, and thirdly for the day that is at hand and those that may be in it.
Man debates whether the keeping should be a Saturday or a Sunday that the token of the seven be held. And he debates on what may or may not be done on that day, since the mind of man not as yet in the Spirit - is as I said - brutish. If then I say; that labor will not end even after the six when the seventh is in full force, how will he have a Sabbath, man that is?
But again I am speaking in what Paul called tongues, in a word not readily understood, yet so then I say that for them that are without the Sabbath, it will nonetheless be for a blessing unto them, since the seven, that is to say, the Sabbath, is the blessing, and for a blessing, be it so understood or not.
Did not the Lord say how it was for Himself that He created and sanctified the Sabbath, and for those near to Him to enter and take their rest with Him? Indeed He did.
What therefore is there in the Sabbath for the sons of men that they might know the same, and come to adhere to it, and to rejoice in it? Man truly has no conception as to what it means to be endowed with the Sabbath. Nor with all my words will I be defining the Sabbath to its full understanding.
Will he indeed bless the Sabbath, man that is, or not sooner curse it as so many did in burning them upon the stakes, and torturing them, to be rid of the Sabbath which for them became a curse upon them since they elected to curse it? And yes my beloved these are words in wisdom, in wisdom for the wise to their understanding, and theirs only.
How difficult indeed for me to leave the sound words of wisdom that I may crouch between the stalks of grain to be a man for man, that I may be as Paul wished me to be. For as yet I am not among the wise, nor am I in seven, but in its shadow for a mere token thereto, to bring a ray of light into a dark world.
The Sabbath mind you is a gift, for so spoke the Lord: "I gave them My statutes and showed them My ordinances by whose observance man shall live. Moreover, I gave them My Sabbaths, as a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I the Lord sanctify them." A gift as a sign between the Lord and yourselves, so is the Sabbath, a royal gift mind you.
But you thought scorn of His Sabbaths, you could barely wait till the sabbath is over with, so you can practice your greed and your villainy again. Were you then indeed keeping a sabbath or not rather making a scorn of the gift of the Lord? The Lord however acted for His name sake not to destroy you in that desert of the nations.
And He said; "Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor observe their ordinances." But even as your fathers when they were children would not listen - when will you of this century, of this day, come to your senses - to no longer walk after the traditions of your fathers? Is it too much for you to alter your ways from what your parents have taught you?
Be careful O my dear sons and daughters of Israel, lest the Lord do to you as He did to your fathers before you, like He said; "To give them statutes that were not good, and ordinances by which they could not have life."
Like as these are still teaching you this day, like toting the Torah, and placing a devils symbol upon their head when they come near to God, rather than having Christ Yeshua for a crown. For having come out of Egypt when the people would not listen by the hand of Moses God gave them statutes by which no man would have life.
These statutes which the Lord gave by Moses served rather for a judgment upon them, so that living by them they would be destroyed, all because they would not accept His Spirit to live by His grace unto them. And yes I know that I speak in wisdom, and by wisdom my words are understood.
As thus the Lord said: These are things by which you will "NOT" have life. Nor therefore in these things are you approaching the God of Israel, but you are coming near to a liar, to the devil that is. And you are defiling that sign, that Sabbath which He promised.
To thus speak of the token sabbath, of the one in seven, which the Israelites maintain on the day known as the seventh of the week, and which for most of the Gentiles became the so called first day of the week, I am not going to reprove either one. This for one thing may be that neither Jew nor Gentile in these last eighteen plus centuries have any conception as to which day of the week that may be.
And yes now I am speaking in a tongue of men, to speak but of a token, of days that are hardly seated in the Sabbath. Of days that are hardly clean, nor sanctified, of days in seven that fall within the six.
What therefore is in a Sabbath, and what is in a token unto it? In the folly of their mind the sons of men look for a seventh day, as that day of any week that may be numbered to be the seventh of it.
These however have yet to conceive that for all their trials these are merely contriving a seventh within a sixth, attempting to secure a seventh that has yet to make its entry, even though it existed from ever.
It is a promise, a sure promise of the Lord, so is the Sabbath, a sign and proclamation of what will be, and we, that are His sons, reiterate that promise of Him for all the world to see since it also affects them. Therefore the token, that one in seven, is a token of what will be.
But again I must step down to the level of man, to speak after their understanding since that great sign of the Lord is much too marvelous, which for the truth of it is not to their likens. And yes how would it be to their likens - if but these could understand the sign, and be included within it.
Jews and Gentiles alike for a token of the Sabbath change their days of the week every year, and even from month to month. In one year when it is a Thursday, they call it the Saturday and celebrate it as were it the seventh of the week when in fact it is the fifth day of the week. Then a month or more later, they switch to the sixth day of the week as were it the seventh.
All this because the Jews have completely forgotten the progression of the year which was taught and left unto them by Moses, and came to look at and abide by the rules of the pagans, while the Gentiles never at all knew the Calendar instituted of the Lord.
And now try and tell the Gentiles, those so called Christians inclusive, that their sophisticated means of keeping the days of the year is nothing more than a joke, an irrational product of their pagan forebears.
Or try to tell the Jews that their timekeeping is an abortion of law and order, and that none of it is worth the praise of cunning and certainly not knowledge, but the abomination of ignorant minds unfit for the kingdom of God.
Many of these brutes; Jews and Gentiles, are celebrating Christ's day of birth in the month of December, or at least so they think they are, all the blind that is.
While it is clearly recorded in the book of Luke that His human forthcoming was in the third month. For have you never heard how it was in the "third" that He would come? On a third day that is, upon the clouds. But O what mystery I am touching upon.
That stupidity of man now has been going on for centuries, for which reason I am classifying all those of these many centuries as the blind, as creatures not versed in what is in a word, nor to what is written in the Scriptures. All these many persons reading the Scriptures, and preaching - yet not knowing it.
This, I am sure will come to them as an insult, a degree of wisdom they are not about to accept, but I have broad shoulders, nor will they weaken my love.
The token of the Sabbath then, as the weekly one in seven is properly called, has been kept by Jews as well as Christians throughout the last two thousand years, even while the factual seventh, or first of the week were not known nor adhered to in all of these last many centuries.
So thus - what am I speaking of? I am speaking of how the Lord said; "Six days you shall labor, but the seventh shall be a day of rest." If on the other hand the Lord had said; The first six days of every week you shall work, but on the seventh day of the week you shall rest, -then - no-one in these last centuries since the Apostles has kept himself to the command of God, nor were they sufficiently competent to it.
But what am I speaking of, since the commandments which the Lord gave, word for word is a spiritual commandment, a word that can only be understood spiritually, and yet it effects the flesh.
For what is this veil upon the woman when with her man she enters into the congregation as a token of her humility? Shall that veil adorn her as having been made of the man, that she belongs to him, rather than being herself man as well?
Is it not rather in the heart where the root of humility is seated, and from where the right order of things come forth? That veil thus is no more than a token, and so with the sabbath of one in seven, it is a token. If then the Sabbath is not in the heart of a man to maintain the same daily - to keep to God's rest each and every day of the week, - of what use shall the token be?
Yet not therefore shall we omit the token since we are His messengers to proclaim His mighty works, and His grand compassion of salvation to all the world, for all to see. If therefore we omit the token, how for one thing shall we be known as His messengers? And for another; how shall the reality be in the heart?
You, that are my beloved, that do not worship the Lord in vain, hear what I am speaking, and in the manner in which I am speaking. My words are folly for the sons of man, but in their design wisdom for the wise.
When a man uncovers his head it is a sign, a token of respect. If then there is no respect in his heart - to what end is the token? If then a man does not declare that token - there is most certainly no respect within him, as were he no more than a beast reared within a barn, within a pig-style, a person of no upbringing.
When now the Lord said that He created all His works in six days, what person among all the race of man is able to enumerate the factual time-span thereof so as to make it relevant to man in his accounting? May there not be a greater meaning which is not for man in his digestion?
For like the seven, which already existed before man was made from the dust of the earth, for it is written: "And He rested, and sanctified the seventh," and that seven for our accounting has yet to begin, it being in the day of tomorrow for us, /so thus how O man do you interpret?
Is it not a fact that the seventh day has yet to start, that we are nearly to it? How then was it that God on the second to the third day of creation said how He rested on the seventh day? The second to the third being the day when He commanded the same to the sons of Israel.
Where the Lord said: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy," how shall I rephrase that for more meaning to it? I shall say; remember My rest, remember My promise and My salvation for you, and remember how I came to sanctify that which I made, that it may endure forever.
Even the land was to have its Sabbath, a yet greater marvel of understanding. For when the Lord exiled Israel into Babylon, He spoke of that - now with them gone, the land would have its rest.
Is it not that - we should not only remember, but desire to be delivered from the plague, and enjoy the rest which the Lord instituted for all that love Him. Or as in - keep My commandments, and keep faith, and do away with all that is not holy, but be holy, for not a pile of bricks, a building, (a church) but you are My temple in which I abide.
Even Solomon when that great pile of stones, that temple was assembled said: "Thou O Lord does not live in a house made of stone nor could it contain Thee, but it is a place to bring offerings."
The other reason then that I will reprove neither Jew nor Gentile for their keeping of the seventh nor the first day of the week, if indeed any of them knew it, is because the physical weekly sabbath is a token towards and for the enduring Sabbath. The seventh follows the sixth, and that sixth is almost at its completion, when we shall indeed rest to see war no more.
If now indeed any man desires to enter into the seven, to enter into God's rest, and he does no more than affix to himself one day in seven, his Sabbath's are of no avail to him. But if a man affixes that rest of the seventh to himself every single day of the week - then the Sabbath becomes him.
If then there are ears to hear, for I am speaking to you in Godly wisdom, consider what you have heard, how in prophecy and in tongues I have spoken, and it does one well to once again consider all the words as Paul spoke in his repose to the Corinthians.
For the wisdom of his speech is greater than the world could possibly imagine or contain. And so I could say to you that are wise; my seventh will commence when I depart from this earth. And yes how indeed I speak of the Sabbath for them that are wise.
Now let us speak of some earthly things. It is astonishing what some men will make of the sabbath, of the token thereto, how these interpret things - keeping rigidly to the flesh of it, even to the point of letting a person die rather than to rescue him. For these brutes, the sons of ignorance have no comprehension of what it means where the Lord said; "to have "mercy," or Sabbath, for that matter.
There is no record of the Lord instituting the first day of the week as a sabbath, nor any record nor teaching of Him that it may - not - be held for a sabbath to foreshadow the enduring Sabbath to come. And of course He did not do so, for why should He have - since no man will be saved in a token, but rather in truth, in the enduring sabbath, namely in our real Sabbath, in our Lord and Savior.
It is clear that in His days on earth and that of the Apostles - the weekly sabbath was held on the last day of the week, nor is there any evidence that the Apostles changed to the first day of the week, since these likewise were taught of His Holy Spirit. And so I may say to you; these knew what the term Sabbath entailed.
If then Paul or his companions, or those after him came to observe what some call the first day of the week for the seventh after the six, there is something of it in the letter of Barnabas, which some purely for the sake of argument wish to contradict. We however have no such mind, nor is it of us to speak of a first day but rather it being the "eight" day.
And as to that point let us
first hear what Barnabas said; " And
also He said to them; "Your new moons and sabbaths, I cannot bear them."
Thus consider what this means, namely; that the sabbath which you now
keep are not acceptable to Me, but rather those which I have made when resting
from all things, then shall begin the eight day, which is the beginning of the
Barnabas clearly indicates by the word of God, how though you may relish in your sabbath's to keep one in seven, be it first, seventh, or eight, the Lord takes no pleasure at all in your church-going and your so called celebration of the sabbath. And why then are you making an issue of it, as to in what day you are to rest?
Or shall I put it more plainly for you; how in fact the Lord hates your churches, and your denominations, all of them, and all of your so called sabbath's be they Saturdays or Sundays, or whatever days. Your songs are an abomination into His ears, and those fancy cloaks of your ministers are a token to their damnation, like a bright sign of their death upon them.
You worship in vain, you are Christians in vain, even as you are Messianic Jews in vain, since your love is for your own selves rather than for the truth. You want to be saved even if the truth is trampled upon, your desire is for number one, therefore you will perish.
Nor will that be so in the new world, no one will live for number one, or else they will not live nor enter upon my borders. That is equal to not entering into the promised land.
If now you did not regard your own life, but that God's word in all of it precepts be honored before all else, namely to have a love of the truth, then there would be hope for you.
For those then of my beloved in whom is the Spirit of Christ, note the words of Barnabas that I underlined, for greatness of wisdom and knowledge, a knowledge the world does not and cannot comprehend.
Barnabas notes that our actions as well as our worship / in that fashion / is in fact no more than an abomination to the Lord, for it is not in the flesh, the physical token, but in the heart is where the Sabbath resides.
It is to keep a permanent Sabbath, to love Him and keep His word every single day. For this is equal to saying; to have your rest, and/or His rest within you always, and looking forward to that enduring rest.
As then by these words to some it may appear that the physical token is of no consequence, or may even be hated, it is not therefore to be left out nor abandoned, but rather to be adhered to in truth.
For like the woman that enters in before God and His Christ to pray without her covering to humility, to as we might say; omit the token thereof, - how is the reality thereof to be in her heart?
If there is no more than one man and one woman on the earth, and these pray, there is none but the angels of the Lord unto whom to bear witness of the truth within them.
Since therefore there is more than one man, let us bear witness in heart, in word, and in deed, to so let our teaching be wholesome and for the good of all, and equally so for a testimony to the unwise which in every way seek for an occasion against us.
Barnabas then continues to say: "And for this cause we observe the eight-day with gladness, in which Jesus rose from the dead." The words then: "we observe the eight day with gladness," may be construed to mean a glad remembering of that day, in contrast to observing the eight day as the rest, also known as sabbath.
Yet when reading these words with the foregoing, we ought for argument sake accept it as the day of rest. And in saying; for argument sake, I do mean, to have no argument at all.
For consider and/or know this, that for the nation of Israel there is indeed that seventh day in which they will be glorified, along with those of the Gentiles that join with her in that seventh day (soon to start) of God's creation. Yet all those that are, or were of the Gentile nations, to them the "eight" day is their true day of rest, even as after the seven it will likewise be for Israel.
What therefore is in a seven, or a six, or an eight, that we make any fuss over it, when it is faith to salvation for them that keep His word to love the Lord your God, and your neighbor as yourselves.
Nor, so I speak to you that are troubled yet wise; - how life is indeed in the Spirit, rather than in the letter. And why do I capitalize the word Sabbath for the real Sabbath, but not so for the token? Shall I answer it?
Do I now have to speak on what may or may not be done on the sabbath? Shall I remind you of what is written, and will you take it the wrong way? It reads how; "God finished His work on the seventh day." From which it may be concluded that not all things were fully completed within the six. Moreover the Lord Himself said somewhere; "I work still, and My Father works still." And that was in reference to the sabbath.
Are there not yet people to be born in the seventh millennium? Is not the race of man to be made full? Is there not a temple to be built, and is not this old world to forego itself in the fire, and a new heaven and a new world to appear?
And are there not more from among the Gentiles to be awarded to enter His rest, even within that seventh day, in which all of Israel without the exception of a single soul shall be called righteous?
And yet that seventh is the rest , since it is in eight as well as following it. Let us therefore press on to enter His rest, to have that one in seven always within us, to with all our strength strive for His holiness, for it is written; "You shall be holy, for I am holy.
A Sabbath now means, to keep God’s rest, to keep His commandments, to live in His love, to do His pleasure, and not your own. And to expound upon this. When I for example keep the sabbath, I may be doing my pleasure, since it is my pleasure to perform His will, wherein thus His pleasure has equally become my pleasure, since I love Him.
My pleasure thus is to do what is pleasing to God, my pleasure is what pleases Him also pleases me. And so for me the commandment could very well read; that on the sabbath I should do what is my pleasure in Him, seeing how both His and my pleasure are one and the same. And these become one and the same when we are perfected within Him.
The law however, in as it is stated; is speaking to those that are of the world, to those whose pleasure it is to love the world and themselves above everything else, doing what pleases them rather than what pleases God.
Therefore the Lord said; to keep His Sabbath to perform what is right in His sight, and “not your own” pleasure on the day that I have given you as a token towards the rest that is to be, - be it the seventh or the eight.
How therefore - to acquire insight, - was it /as said, that God rested on the seventh day, when that seventh day has yet to begin? Or how may it be that all of God’s creatures were created on a day, before even the Dinosaurs roamed the earth, or even the foundations of the earth were laid, and the days of six and seven had yet to make for their beginning?
Do you not know that with God the past the present and the future are all one within Him. If you are among the wise you will understand my speech, and if not born of God, there is no way that you will understand my speech nor the wisdom thereof.
But while you faithfully keep to a weekly seventh day, you will perish in the six, because you did not keep them to a rest as well, as the enduring Sabbath, the enduring rest, to always rest in Him.
And so my dear Israel; what do you care as to what these so called Christians are dictating; be it for feasts, for days, or for doctrine. These so called ones - worship but a piece of wood, with the name of Christ used in hypocrisy. These are as blind as the day is old, and why then should you follow them in their pagan practices?
Remember O Israel; that to wash your hands as commanded in the pointer, the Torah that is, - is to cleanse yourself from unrighteousness, to abstain from all evil. If then O Israel your hands be clean /how will not the inside be washed as well?
Let us look at some replies as they proceeded from the mouth of men.
1. Every day is a Sabbath.
2. You can make any day of the week you want a Sabbath.
3. We don't know which day is the seventh day.
4. Our Sabbath-rest is in God.
5. The Sabbath was for the Jews.
6. Yeshua changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.
On the first, the reply is correct but only for the wise. For the second; these are pagans with no understanding of anything. In the third; the reply is quite correct, but it does not excuse them of testifying to one in seven. On the fourth; again the statement is correct, but if it is meant to forego the token of the Sabbath, the same have no conception into what a rest in God is.
In the fifth; it is both correct and in error, since it was exclusively for the sons of Abraham, for the elect in God, those born of God, and not born of the blood of man, or by the will of man. Since again no one other than the sons of God, which can also be said as the sons of Abraham; shall enter into His rest. Accordingly it was for Jews born of Abraham, and no other Jews.
In the sixth; that statement is of the blind that do not know Yeshua. But it may be said of Him in His Counselor to us to utilize the day of His resurrection to life, the eight day - as a day of rest for all that believe in Him.
Since now both the seventh and the eight are celebrated I am of no mind to change anything, seeing how neither of these days in God's reckoning are holy, but that we should honor Him in heart and soul, and not merely profess Him with the lips, or with our shoes upon our feet. Or like the Israelites to place the defilement of the pagans upon their heads.
The days of one in seven effectively is a foreshadowing, a pointing to, - in Hebrew it is as to say, 'a Torah,' meaning; a pointer. One cannot rest from the world for one day, and again belong to it for six; and then again depart from the lust of the world for another turn of mother earth.
But he must fast and maintain the rest, every single day, and every single moment if at all he is to enter into that blessed seventh day, of which the weekly day is a token. If then we do not testify to the world around us of His rest, - how will his rest become us?.
Having thus defined the Sabbath, I have not as yet been able to define it as it for its full reality, I simply lack the words to properly define it. Or perhaps it's heavenly meaning simply cannot be expressed in any language of man. Deep in my mind I behold its beauty, but with misty eyes, and though I thought upon it I found no words to express it.
It now will be for wisdom unto us to know the Calendar which the Lord instituted by the hand of Enoch, and to know it well. This I do not say in order that we might know that day of one in seven, but rather that we may have wisdom in the things that are of God, and that at long last we may celebrate God's festivals at the right time in the year.
Wherefore I shall first quote to you what was said of the Angels of God to Moses when they wrote for him the book of the law. "We in heaven kept the Sabbath on this day before it was made known to any human to keep the Sabbath thereon upon the earth. The Creator of all blessed it, but He did not sanctify any people or nation to keep the Sabbath, with the single exception of Israel.
Them alone He granted that they might eat and drink and keep the Sabbath thereon upon the earth. And the Creator of all whom created this day for a blessing and sanctification and glory, He blessed it more than all days."
Here then for wisdom to you that are wise, how could these angels have kept the Sabbath before even Adam was made of the dust of the earth, and the millenniums of seven had yet to begin? For that term, namely; "Sabbath," men concludes as the seventh day of creation, the seventh millennium as well as one day in seven during the six days. How therefore is man to comprehend the very term, to know it?
So then I speak to you my beloved - intentionally by a cloudy mirror in which man is not able to observe himself, yet you that are wise may observe yourself within it. Consider then also what an enormous privilege it is to be counted worthy to keep the Sabbath.
For this is truly astronomically that the Lord the very Creator of all endowed us with a Sabbath, and His grace to us is completely inconceivable.
As then the Lord instituted three festivals to keep them yearly, one of them is known to us as the day of Pentecost, in Hebrew Shebuot. This festival is of a twofold nature that the Lord would not again destroy the earth with the waters of the flood, even as the rainbow is a sign thereof.
And it is called the feast of weeks, and of the first-fruits, and also called of the oath of the Lord, the meaning of which is His solemn promise that in seven weeks, or days, (the seven millenniums) we would passover into eternity, into His rest. And the first-fruits refers to us that are born of Him in the Spirit, how He would take us out and deliver us to inherit that eternal rest.
It may also be seen as the Christ since He is the nomenclature of that promise, and I admonished the children of the world that if they wish to celebrate the birth of Christ to keep it on that day, it being the sixth of Sivan. For equally so the Scriptures by the hand of Luke record His birth in approximately that time of the year.
As then the Lord said; "When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest; and he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, that you may find acceptance; on the morrow after the sabbath."
To bring the first-fruits may be said to offer your soul to the Lord your God in obedience to Him, and this being accepted by Him in the body of Christ you shall pass over into His rest on the morning after the seventh day, after the Sabbath, as into the eight which follows the seventh.
Or in other words; when you are born into the world - you shall present yourself to the Lord as belonging to Him, and you shall take His word upon you, to be known by it, so that after the seventh, on the start of the eight day, you may be accepted. Or; into "wave the sheaf before the Lord," - you will offer yourself at the hand of man, (priests) so that you may be accepted.
To then come into the celebration thereof the Lord gave us this sign in the book of His law, He said as Moses wrote: "And you shall count from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven full weeks shall they be, counting fifty days to the morrow after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a cereal offering of new grain to the Lord."
There is much wisdom in this sign and unless one's mind is fixed on eternity he is not likely to come to the celebration thereof. And these same words of the Lord serve as confirmation to the Calendar which He instituted for all mankind, the same which He gave me to reiterate before the sons of man.
Consider this; it is Passover, the 16th day of Nissan, a sabbath, and so on the 17th - the day after the first sabbath - the sheaf is waved. From here we are to count seven full weeks till again we come to the day after the seventh sabbath, which will then be the 'eight' day, the day of our entrance into eternity.
And thus counting from the 17th of Nissan, we come to the 6th of Sivan. But man in his illogic is not so competent since to him that would come to only 49 days, a violation of the commandment of God, wherefore by his illogic and ignorance he did not behold eternity.
Nor therefore is the celebration of that festival of much value to him, - since he omitted eternity, - he did not conclude himself upon that salvation which is forever. Nor as I might say did he consider the Sabbath.
And secondary, he as such did not follow the word of the Lord to reckon for himself fifty full days within those seven weeks, or millenniums to which they are a token. If then he says, O but I did count fifty, and it came upon the sixth of Sivan.
That mind you is a lie, - unless he did in fact reckon with God's day of eternity, otherwise he would have come to the 7th of Sivan, which is not the day after the sabbath, but a second day after it- which in all reality does not exist, since the eight day following the seven is a single eternal day.
Conclusively we can only come to within the keeping of the instructions of the Lord, if indeed we keep to all of His instructions, to in fact tally 50 days within the 7 times 7. For behold how the 17th of Nissan being the start of the first week, we find that quite appropriately within that seventh of those weeks, there is God's day of no counting, the day which for the weakness of man I called, the day of eternity.
Since then seven times seven adds to forty nine in order to come from a morning after to a morning after - there is that extra day of no accounting that we are to reckon with, which brings us to the total to fifty days, from morning after to morning after. Or as we could say; from the beginning of creation to the day that marks itself as the eight day after the seven thousand years are ended.
It can also mean; the creation of man in the seven days as millenniums after which comes the eternal day, in this context that unless eternity is on the mind of man to reckon with it, he shall have no celebration. In passing with the seven he must pass with the eight in the seven in order that he may be blessed for all that eight of eternity.
Conclusively, man has no conception as to how to keep himself to the commandments of the Lord, unless he becomes wise, to live in wisdom after the instructions that are of and in wisdom.
There is no way for Israel or any man, to celebrate the festivals of the Lord in their proper times and order unless he follows the progression of the year as the Lord instructed us to do. From Enoch to Noah all the righteous men did, after this Abraham came to know and maintain it, after which the same continued down to the sons of Jacob.
But the sons of the sons of Jacob soon forgot it again, until Moses was educated in those first Scriptures by the hand of Enoch, and he in turn taught the Israelites when they were led out of Egypt. Then again not long afterwards their children forgot it. And just how many may have known the same from that time onward to the Apostles, I do not know.
But it is evident that since the Apostles, no man, or any scholar of theology were endowed to even understand the books of Enoch, and least of all the correct progression of the year, until as the Lord prophesied, He would teach and infuse knowledge in one to reinstate the same at and nearing the completion of the sixth day.
And now as Paul said not to let yourself be made a slave for a festival or a sabbath, or in eating or drinking, things that are but shadows for that which is to come, I caution you not to understand me in error.
None of the days of the year in their proper times were known for these last two thousand years, yet even then there were many righteous that gave their lives for the name of Jesus and are with Him this very day. For these as I may note passed with that day of eternity in mind.
Understand how Paul said; "Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him." Understand my dear ones that it is not by shadows in which a man shall be saved, but by the grace of God in Christ Jesus.
And so again Paul spoke saying; "One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all days alike. Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind." And; I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for any one who thinks it unclean"
"If your brother is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
This now serves both ways, for them that eat kosher to keep Gentiles in line, or for Gentiles to keep those of kosher in line. Let not either one use it on the other, since like Paul said; "The kingdom of God is not in food and drink."
In another page I have reproved the Israelites for "their" ideal of kosher, if then any of them are not convinced and maintain their physical kosher, and also place their faith in Christ Jesus keeping the real spiritual kosher as commanded, who is to look upon them as lost, since like Paul said; "Salvation is not in foods, nor drinks, but in the flesh and blood of Christ Jesus."
Paul circumcised Timothy, but not Titus, and why was that so, since Paul himself said that circumcision avails to nothing? For Timothy it was to win hearts, while for Titus it was not to give the wicked an occasion to gloat over them. If by cutting off my finger a man may find salvation for his soul, then by all means let it be cut. But if it is for others to spy out my freedom, I will not do so.
Why should we bow ourselves down before the wicked, so they may gloat, and not rather for the righteous to be for a servant unto them? Was I wrong in casting my pearls before the swine - when after that they turned to deny them? My pearls remain, while these came to burn upon their heads.
The Lord gave me the understanding of the days of the year that these may once again serve them in the day to come, in the Sabbath soon to start. And if any has understanding and wish to keep them in their order with me even now, so much the better for him, yet not therefore shall the grace of God fail, nor therefore should he become a stumbling block to the weak.
So I speak with Paul; "The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves." It is well to be wise and not to become for a fall to them that yearn for the Spirit of Truth. For God dispels wisdom to everyone as He wishes, which is not for sake of arguments, but for the building of faith in the spirit of love.
And for more, note how the Lord was crucified on the 15th of Nissan, the day before the sabbath (since it was near to the fifth day of creation when He was offered, while currently we are near to the seventh day of creation.) And how it was on the day after the sabbath, on the 17th that the Lord rose from the dead. (When the sheaf was weaved, and indeed it was waved / if one knows what I mean.)
Then note the 17th, to the 6th of Sivan as exactly seven thousand years later; (which is the interpretation of the seven weeks). And behold how that single day of eternity - comes within the seventh of those seven weeks, to come within the perfection of the day of the Sabbath.
For here - the eight day - as the day of rest, - rests within the sabbath. For these are words of wisdom, if one is able to bear them - so let him hear. This therefore is the celebration in that time of the year that we commemorate. (As then the eight day rests within the seventh, who is to reprove anyone for the eight?)
How very perfect therefore the Lord instituted all these things, to come together in such harmony. And while I am going beyond the simple words by which salvation may be brought to men, as Paul commanded, I am illustrating the beauty of what is to come for the ears of the wise.
Since again in so many words, I was not sent as an Apostle, nor as an evangelist to convert souls to salvation, but to imitate the beauty of Him that caused me to come forth.
But man will ridicule me for having brought forth the wisdom of the Lord, him being of a base mind with no apprehension nor desire for the beauty of God in all that has come of His hand. Nor will these come to apprehend the wisdom given me.
We however that are of a different mind, not to mock the Lord, nor anything made of His hand, how will we possibly deny the beauty and perfection in this most perfect order of the days of the year for their reckoning and their accounting?
How do you suppose Moses would have appeared unto the people of Israel by giving them this commandment of the Lord, and omit that extra day of no accounting, to change the fifty into forty nine? In forty nine it might have appeared as the morning after a sabbath, but Moses was not one to with malice corrupt and disobey the instructions of the Lord.
Moreover, if he had omitted that day for the forty years that he was with Israel wandering in the desert, the firsts fruits of the harvest in forty years would have come 40 days late. It instead would have been the 26th of Ivar before any sheaf could be waved.
And what then? Would Moses begin to celebrate the passover on the end of Ivar, instead of the middle of Nissan as commanded of the Lord? However much the sons of men will argue against the words spoken by me, or by the Lord, they will not succeed and always be at a loss to their own demise. But who is to convince them, the blind to say to them, behold the light?
the sake of those which seek righteousness and to be educated in knowledge, I am
going to quote a part of what was said by the Angels to Moses. "Therefore
it is ordained and written in the heavenly tablets that they should observe the
feast of Shebuot (Pentecost)
in this month once each year, in order to renew the covenant.
And here for wisdom unto the wise, is not Christ Jesus the very vessel of this passing over into eternity by the seven? He indeed is the beginning and the end, as well as the fulfilling of that Oath of the Lord our Father, which the angels already celebrated from the day that Adam was made of the dust of the earth, and long before Christ came to redeem us.
the word continues; "The
children of the sons of Noah however corrupted it, except for Abraham, he alone
kept it, and also Isaac, and Jacob, and his sons until your days Moses.
Command therefore the children of Israel that they might keep
this feast in all their generations as a commandment to them. "
How easily the sons of men forget the instructions of the Lord, to behold how from the sons of the sons of Noah, only Abraham was wise among them. And mind you Noah was still upon the earth in these days and so was Shem his son who outlived Abraham. And while Jacob and his sons were wise keeping the days of the year, Moses came to re-introduce it.
When Israel was driven out of their land to come among the Gentiles, they began to follow the stupidity of the Gentiles, since in fact by then the remaining Israelites had forgotten all of God’s commandments, as God prophesied that they would. And again they completely lost all knowledge in the days of the year in how they were to be kept.
The Gentiles meanwhile, having no education in the things of God, came to concoct and re-concoct their own version of a calendar, that was nothing but a shambles from day one. At one instant they lost more than a week of days that had to be made up, for in the things of knowledge and wisdom the pagans never at all came to an understanding.
Yet that Calendar of the Lord had been recorded since the 987th year from the day that Adam was placed upon the earth. And while it was kept and forgotten, and kept again and forgotten, the record was clearly before the eyes of all man.
As then it was also prophesied how just before Israel was to enter into their Sabbath, the Lord would procure for a man to reintroduce that Calendar, so it has come to pass.
And that mind you was primarily for Israel, and for the Gentiles that cling to Israel to enter into the seventh day of Creation. And it is recorded how these would rejoice in it, and be greatly glorified. Accordingly, the Lord who is always faithful did infuse that knowledge and wisdom in one; as Daniel records him to be a prince anointed of Him.
How long therefore O my dear Israel will you remain ignorant, and not accept the word of the Lord unto you, that instead of being destroyed by Him that you may instead live to enter into that blessed day of the Sabbath? For those which enter into that Sabbath will most assuredly cast away that pagan concoction of a calendar.
Why now do you think it was written: "Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest, in plowing time and in harvest time you shall rest." If a man, like some whom I know, argue saying; "but I have to work on the sabbath to bring in the harvest, lest it may rot in the field."
These persons clearly have no faith in God, nor have any realization of where the Lord said; "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all these things shall be added unto you." Is not the token towards the rests granted us of God something of value, to declare unto God as well as unto men that - yes indeed my pleasure is keep to His will, that I too may have my rest in Him.
If one takes to labor on the sabbath when it is but for his own profit or pleasure, why should he even attempt to enter into God's rest? Or if his employer demands it of him, all such things that are very well done on other days, has he no backbone to testify on his own behalf? Feeding the animals, and milking of the cows, such things must be done, and do not impute guilt.
But to labor for an increase to oneself for the things of this world, are violations for all those that think to inherit salvation. The world labors not keeping a sabbath, because it is not for them in the first place, nor is it for them to enter into God's rest.
Those therefore which keep or relish in the Sabbath are in fact announcing themselves to be sons of Abraham, yet for the most of these, it is a lie, and mere lip service, and like John the Baptist said; sooner would God makes sons of Abraham out of these stones by rivers edge.
If the love of God is within a man, he looks forward to the sabbath, to rest from his daily chores. For once having come into God's rest in the new world, for him there is no longer any labor, nor loss of strength, nor tiredness, nor a gathering for the things of his physical being, since he as the Lord said; will be like the Eagles, high above everything.
The Lord in telling His sons and daughters not to labor on the Sabbath confirms itself as a token that these will have no labor when they shall have entered into the real enduring Sabbath, which is not the seventh day, but rather the eight day, the everlasting day.
For it is indeed so that none of us will have any labor. We as such that are of the Sabbath, we, are for sanctification, to sanctify all that must labor, we, if you will so accept it, we are the Sabbath, and how then shall we labor in being the Sabbath?
But I shall not continue in this manner since all that are born of God of themselves perform what is pleasing to God, since with them is the Spirit of the living God, teaching them. While to the sons born of man no Sabbath was made known nor commanded them, since by their nature they were not to enter into that rest.
Still it makes sense for the sons of man to take a weekly rest, limiting their labors to a mere forty or fifty hours a week acclaiming confirmation that a rest is imperative and honored.
In conclusion I will say; what a glorious gift this is for us who love Him that we may keep the Sabbath with Him. We are in seven - as He is in seven, and in seven we will be blessed. And for all my people not in the Sabbath, consider us your blessing, and your Sabbath.