Friday, April 8, 2016

The Significance of Sabbath in the Endtimes

Few Christians today keep Sabbath as it is described and commanded in the Bible.  Most who call themselves Christians that Sunday has replaced the Sabbath, and become the Christians Sabbath (never mind that is also the biggest restaurant day of the year!).  But little do we realize that Sabbath also figures in to the End Times, and the Millenial reign of the Messiah Yeshua (Joshua).

How so?  Let's take a look at Isaiah 56.

Thus says the Lord,
Preserve justice and do righteousness,
For My salvation is about to come
And My righteousness to be revealed.
“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.”

Here Yhwh is proclaiming that His salvation is coming, and His righteousness about to be reveled, as we know happens in the last days when the Messiah returns to bring His elect from the four winds of heaven (Mt. 24:31; Jd. 1:14).  The Psalmist also tells us that the righteousness of Yhwh is an "everlasting righteousness, and His torah (i.e. instruction) is truth" (119:42).  Yhwh tells us blessed is he who "takes hold of this" and "keeps from profaning the Sabbath."

In this blog I am not arguing the day of Sabbath, though really when reading the Tanakh, it is a moot point, and anyone who researches into the matter will see that it was done by the Roman Sun-god worshipping Emporeor Constantine (begin here: biblepaedia). 

How does this tie in with the End-Times?  Let's take a look at some further verses here.

For thus says the Lord,
“To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths,
And choose what pleases Me,
And hold fast My covenant,

To 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 [a]them an everlasting name which will not be cut off.

Okay... so huh?  What do we make of this???  Eunuchs... keeping Sabbath?  And having their names inscribed in the majestic walls of the heavenly temple in Jerusalem during the Millenial reign in Israel?  Yeah.  That's what the Yhwh says.  Those who keep His Sabbath, requiring no work of ox or donkey or male or female servants (waiters/waitresses...), and who takes hold of His covenant (obeying Yhwh's instruction on feasts, clean/unclean, sacrifices...).

“Also the foreigners (Gentiles) who join themselves to the Lord,
To minister to Him, and to love the name of the Lord,
To be His servants, every one who keeps from profaning the sabbath
And holds fast My covenant;
Even 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.”
The Lord [b]God, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares,
“Yet others I will gather to [c]them, to those already gathered.”

And Yahweh includes the Gentiles who keep His Sabbath.  For the last two-thousand years, though the Church began with thousands of Messianic Jews saved on Shavuot, the anniversary and renewal of the giving of Torah (Jer. 31:31-33), though it quickly opened to Gentiles, according to the will of Yhwh, but a Hebrew understanding of the scriptures was quickly lost to a Gentile culture.

From verse seven, many will recognize a quote which Yeshua uttered while at the Temple confronting the money-changers.  Indeed, Yahweh's temple is destined to be a house of prayer for ALL the nations.  But He precedes that phrase first stating "their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar...." 

Yes, the sacrificial system will be reinstated during the Millenial reign while the Resurrected Messiah  sits on His throne.  Ezekiel chapters 40-48 describe fully how the Messianic Kingdom will be carried out, and it will be according to Torah!

Many nations will come and say,
Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord
And to the house of the God of Jacob,
That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For from Zion will go forth the law,
Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.   (Micah 4:2)

There is no distinction between the Church and Israel.  Israel is always about those related to God through Covenant faith.  Part of that Covenant faith is honoring Sabbath, which Elohim rested and sanctified on the Seventh day during creation (Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 20:8-11)

 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who [e]stays with you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the 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.

In the New Testament (Brit Chadashah), there is no command to alter the day of Sabbath as Christians assert.

“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 the Lord honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And speaking your own word, 14 Then you will take delight in the Lord, 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 the Lord has spoken.” (Is. 58:13).

No comments:

Post a Comment