A MATTER OF THE HEART – SHABBAT

“Deal kindly with Your servant, let me live that I may keep Your word. Unveil my eyes that I may perceive wonders from Your Torah.” Psalms 119:17-18

Life, as of late, is becoming much more difficult for people who are striving to serve HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel! Many are now more than ever looking upwards and asking HaShem, ‘Master, how much longer until You intervene to rescue Your people?’ The hits, the whacks, the emergencies, the struggle each of us are having to endure is at unprecedented levels never before seen at any time of my 45 years of life thus far. While the hits and whacks increase, equally increasing are the opportunities HaShem is opening up for His people to truly learn and apply to our lives His Ways of living. In effect, for the first time in our lives, truly knowing our Master and truly serving Him the way He always intended!

There is a very interesting sequence of verses Paul states in 1 Corinthians 6:14-18 which says “Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness and lawlessness? And what fellowship has light with darkness? And what agreement has Messiah with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever? And what union has the Dwelling Place of Elohim with idols? For you are a Dwelling Place of the living Elohim, as Elohim has said, ‘I shall dwell in them and walk among them, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people (Vayikra 26:12). Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says HaShem, and do not touch what is unclean, and I shall receive you (Isaiah 52:11). And I shall be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says HaShem the Almighty (Isaiah 43:6/Hoshea 1:10)'”

The part of these verses which jumped out at me is the underlined part: “For what partnership has righteousness and lawlessness?” This word ‘Lawlessness’ in Greek is ‘Anomia’ which translates into “Without the Torah of HaShem.” Why is this so significant? Because Replacement Theology doctrine teaches the Torah has been nullified, rendered obsolete, irrelevant and replaced. This doctrine is based upon very bad translations of Paul’s letters and has done enormous damage to humanity throughout the centuries. If Replacement Theology is the truth, then why is Paul warning not to engage in partnerships in which righteousness and lawlessness are not opposed to one another? In other words, if Replacement Theology is true, then why is Paul having to warn about staying away from doctrine that teaches the Torah is now rendered obsolete, irrelevant and replaced? Hmmmmm….

On the flip side, what is the biblical definition of ‘Righteousness?’ Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:25 says “It shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before HaShem our Elohim as He commanded us.” Interesting…so righteousness is doing the Torah as HaShem commanded.

Further, HaShem tells us in Bereshit (Genesis) 15:6 “Abraham believed and He counted it to him for righteousness.” So Abraham having an intellectual belief in his mind about HaShem was counted to him as being righteous? Modern Christendom teaches this but the word ‘Believed’ has to be translated according to the Word of HaShem and not Replacement Theology. In a nut shell, Abraham believed HaShem and then he demonstrated that belief by doing what HaShem said to do. In other words, belief in HaShem is an action word. A person can say they will pay the cable bill all day long and then go back to doing whatever they have chosen to do, but until that person writes out the check to the cable company and puts the check in the mail, that person’s so called belief means nothing. Putting the check in the mail demonstrates that belief.

HaShem also says in Mishlei (Proverbs) 15:9 “The way of the wicked is an abomination unto HaShem, but He loves him that follows after righteousness.” Following after righteousness is another way to say living a life of Torah unto HaShem out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him. The way of the wicked i.e. the one who knowingly rejects His Torah is an abomination unto HaShem.

Now for the record, this is NOT implying HaShem demands absolute 100% perfection in living a life of Torah, because that is not possible right now in this life. Further, this is why He embedded within His Torah the means to make teshuvah (Repentance) when we do fail. Ultimately Yeshua, the Agent of HaShem, restored and renewed the covenant which was broken in the Garden and redeemed humanity, although this has not fully come into reality yet…we are still awaiting the day…may it be very soon.

We will discuss this topic in greater detail below as it is my plan to incorporate one of the topics which causes so much angst within Replacement Theology which is the significance and meaning of the weekly Shabbat on the Seventh Day? But first, always remember, especially as it pertains to this Op the following:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

If there is one topic which will unfortunately cause the arguments to erupt it can always be counted upon to be the topic of Shabbat! Replacement Theology says “No, we are free from that bondage and legalism, any day of the week can be our Sabbath!” The Torah observant person will say “Not true, HaShem established His day of rest and no one has the right to change that.” Then usually the online arguments ensue. What is astounding is the amount of prophetic information HaShem has embedded within each of His Feasts and most certainly His Shabbat! HaShem willing, when this Op is done, people will read it and search it out for themselves and see the amazing prophetic significance connected to His Shabbat and say “No way will I change the day! Its the Seventh Day, period and a very good thing it is on the Seventh Day otherwise there is no hope!”

But before we can begin to tackle this subject, we need to lay a quick foundation first. First and foremost we have to read the Word of HaShem and understand the way it operates such as when a day begins and ends. In the Kingdom of HaShem time is NOT linear, its circular! Consider, in the West, a day begins at sunrise and ends at sunset, however, in the Kingdom of HaShem, a day begins at sunset and ends the following sunset. Bereshit (Genesis) 1:5 proves this when it says “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” The day begins at evening!

Further, we must understand when HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning, He really means it! For example, He set apart seven whole days for His creation week: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 and then Shabbat (Day 7). Now when we apply what He says in Tehillim (Psalms) 90:4 that “A day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day” we can immediately see HaShem has set apart 7,000 years for humanity to dominate the earth. 6,000 years for man to have total dominion over the earth followed by the final 1,000 years i.e. the Day of HaShem or also known erroneously in Christendom as ‘The Millennium.’ It is during the Day of HaShem where the first seven years are known as ‘The Birth Pangs’ here on earth. On Day One of the Birth Pangs i.e. Rosh HaShannah, the trumpet is sounded and the righteous living are gathered to HaShem in the Heavenly Domain and the righteous dead are resurrected and are gathered as well. Meanwhile on earth, the rise of the False Messiah begins after the complete and sudden destruction of Babylon in one hour (America – Jeremiah 50-51/Revelation 18:17).

In the Heavenly Domain, during these seven years, Yeshua is crowned King and there is a wedding! On earth during this same time, the False Messiah is dominating the world, diseases, judgments, wars, etc, are consuming the planet unlike any other time before in human history. At the end of these seven years, Yeshua and His people (The clouds) return to earth, He sets foot on the Mount of Olives on that Yom Kippur, marches into Jerusalem and defeats and destroys the False Messiah. Then five days later begins the greatest celebration of rejoicing ever in the history of creation as the Feast of Sukkot begins for the next seven days. Then Yeshua will oversee the construction per the tavnit (Blueprints) given in Ezekiel 40-48 and then the re-dedication of the Temple of HaShem will occur on that Hanukkah. He will then rule and reign over the entire world, restoring, renewing what was lost and the Torah will go out to all the world from Jerusalem for the next 993 years…all of which is considered to be ‘The Day of HaShem!’

After The Day of HaShem we then enter into what He calls ‘The Olam Haba’ or ‘The World to Come’ and we have very little information on this time period other than it is the state of creation before the Seven Days He set aside for mankind.

You may ask ‘Is there biblical precedent for the concept of the Messiah to begin His rule for seven years in Heaven first and then move His throne to Jerusalem for the remainder of His kingship?’ I am glad you asked because yes there is! Remember HaShem does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets first! The precedent is found in 2 Samuel 5:5 where it tells us King David began his rule in Hebron (Another name for Heaven) and it lasted for seven years! Then he moved his throne to Jerusalem and ruled for the remainder of his time as king!!

Consider what is revealed in the Book of Yochanan (John) in the Apostolic Writings: The Seven Days are revealed and what happens on Day 7?

  • Yochanan 1:1-28 is Day 1 when light and darkness were created and these verses discuss Yeshua being the Light!
  • Yochanan 1:29-34 it says “On the Next Day” i.e. Day 2 when HaShem created the firmament of the waters around the earth and here in these verses Yochanan is immersing people in the Yarden and sees Yeshua and calls Him ‘The Servant of HaShem Who takes away the sins of the world.’
  • Yochanan 1:35-42 it says “Again the following day” i.e. Day 3 when HaShem revealed the dry land and here in these verses Yochanan and two of his talmidim and see Yeshua, the Servant of HaShem, walking and they go to follow Him.
  • Yochanan 1:43-51 it says “On the following day” i.e. Day 4 when HaShem created the heavenly hosts to mark the times, seasons, festivals, etc and here in these verses Yeshua wished to go to Galil! Galil is another Hebrew word that points towards Heaven!
  • Yochanan 2:1 it says “And on the Third Day there was a wedding in Canaan” i.e. 4 days +3 days = 7 days…On Day 7 (Shabbat/The Day of HaShem) there was a wedding! Is this just a coincidence? Not a chance!

Can you see already how significant and important Shabbat is in the Kingdom of HaShem? Can you already see that it is utterly impossible for His Shabbat to be changed to just any ole day that is convenient for us and our schedules? Can you see how utterly absurd it is to suggest Messiah can change what HaShem established as Replacement Theology teaches in its doctrine that everything left of Matthew has been tossed aside/fulfilled/rendered obsolete? Its laughable to suggest His Torah, Feasts and His Shabbat can be adjusted to fit our lifestyles when in reality we are the ones that have to adjust to Him and His decrees! It is this nonsense that is precisely why Judaism wants nothing to do with Replacement Theology and its deity it is fashioned for itself in its own image! I digress.

Now let’s jump into the deep end of the pool per se and discuss Shabbat!

“Six days shall you labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Shabbat to the Master your Elohim, in it you shall not do any manner of work (Melakhah)” quoting Shemot (Exodus) 20:9-10/Devarim (Deut) 5:13-14. So we see again, HaShem has established that for six days (Literal days) and prophetically six thousand years, humanity will labor/work, but the seventh day is a Shabbat where we rest just as He rested on the seventh day after His creating of everything!

“But My Shabbats you are to safeguard, for it is a sign between Me and you for your generations, to know that I am HaShem Who sanctifies you.” Shemot (Exodus) 31:13. So we see Shabbat is a sign between HaShem and us to know that it is HaShem alone Who sanctifies us!

Remember what was the consequence of Adam sinning in the Garden? Bereshit (Genesis) 3:19 HaShem curses man that “By the sweat of your brow you will eat…” This implies that before the fall, when Adam was to work and guard the Garden as commanded by HaShem in Bereshit 2:15, all Adam had to do was just speak to the plants and they would produce! Now as a result of sin, Adam and subsequently humanity, will have to physically work the ground and by hard labor, sweat and effort, the ground may produce! Can you imagine a world where just speaking to a plant and it produces?

So when HaShem set apart Shabbat and commands that no manner of work may be done on it, what does this imply? It implies that Shabbat is a weekly rehearsal for the ‘Day of HaShem’ in which His people will no longer have to work by the sweat of our brow, but that we will return to the way things were before the fall! In other words, the curse no longer has a hold on us for this one day and we rest in HaShem in all that He has provided us! Baruch HaShem!

Consider the following from a book published by Artscroll titled “Shabbat its essence and significance” which says on page 4 “The word Shabbat, is related to Return, which is the root of the word Teshuvah, or Repentance. This gives us an insight into the role of Shabbat. It signifies return to the Ultimate Source, because the Shabbat is our constant reminder that HaShem created heaven and earth in six days, and on the seventh day He gave us the ability to push away the demanding, unforgiving material world and return to the eternal concept that the same Elohim Who created the world created us, and just as the world serves Him always through His ‘Constitution’ which we call nature, so, too, it is our task to serve Him.”

To sum it up, the Hebrew word ‘Teshuvah’ which means ‘Repentance’ means in its most basic form, to return to HaShem and His Torah! To do things His way and not our own! Can it be Teshuvah to embrace what Replacement Theology teaches in that Shabbat can be any day of the week that we choose or that the Torah has been rendered obsolete and tossed aside? No, it cannot be! It is His way or no way! I digress.

In the Mishnah Tractate Shabbat 7:2 there are 39 definitions of what constitutes ‘work’ as ruled by the Sanhedrin, which if you recall, HaShem establishes and then commands we are not to deviate to the left or right of what the Sanhedrin rules on or it is a death penalty per Devarim (Deut) 17:8-13!

  • Sowing
  • Plowing
  • Reaping
  • Binding sheaves
  • Threshing
  • Winnowing
  • Sorting
  • Grinding
  • Sifting
  • Kneading
  • Baking
  • Shearing the wool
  • Bleaching it
  • Beating it
  • Dyeing it
  • Spinning
  • Stretching the warp on the loom
  • Making two loops
  • Weaving two threads
  • Separating two threads
  • Tying a permanent knot
  • Untying a permanent knot
  • Sewing two stitches
  • Tearing in order to sew two stitches
  • Trapping a deer
  • Slaughtering it, flaying it
  • Salting it
  • Curing its hide
  • Scraping it
  • Cutting it up
  • Writing two letters
  • Erasing in order to write two letters
  • Building
  • Pulling down
  • Extinguishing
  • Lighting a fire
  • Striking with a hammer
  • Carrying from domain to domain

Unfortunately many will read this list and erupt in fury at the thought of not being able to do what they want to do on the day they have chosen to be their Shabbat and others will call it ‘Useless legalism and bondage!’ Consider the concepts HaShem is teaching us behind the meanings of the prohibitions? To rest solely in Him, recognizing everything we have is completely supplied by HaShem and HaShem alone! He is our Shield, our Rock of Protection, He is our Supplier, the Source of Life, our Redeemer, our Savior and there is no other!

Consider the Shabbat Psalm i.e. Psalm 92 which states: “A song with musical accompaniment for the Shabbat day: It is good to thank HaShem, and to sing praise to Your Name, O Exalted One. To relate Your kindness at dawn, and Your faith in the nights. Upon the assor and upon the neivel, with singing accompanied by a harp. For You have gladdened me, HaShem, with Your deeds, at the works of Your hands I will sing glad song. How great are Your deeds, HaShem; exceedingly profound are Your thoughts. Dispersed shall be all doers of iniquity. As exalted as a re’eim’s shall be my pride, I will be saturated with ever fresh oil. My eyes have seen my vigilant foes; when those who would harm me rise up against me my ears have heard. A righteous man will flourish like a date palm, like a cedar in the Lebanon he will grow tall. Planted in the House of HaShem (Temple), in the courtyards of our Elohim they will flourish. They will still be fruitful in old age, full of sap and freshness they will be. To declare that HaShem is just, My Rock in Whom there is no wrong.”

One portion of the commentary of this Psalm says “In this world, men hesitate to make a total commitment to HaShem because they are confused by the suffering of the righteous and by the seeming success of the wicked. But, in the time of Messiah (The Day of HaShem), all apparent iniquity and evil will be purged. The world will then achieve a purity like that of carefully refined metal. When the righteous cease to suffer and the wicked no longer succeed, it will be evident that HaShem is upright. Then, HaShem’s ways will not only be just, they will be perceived as just, and we will join in declaring them to be so.”

In my opinion, this once more shows us Shabbat is a rehearsal for the Day of HaShem, when Messiah Yeshua is ruling and reigning from the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and all of HaShem’s enemies have been dealt with, the Torah is going out to the entire world and humanity is finally at peace and can rest.

In rehearsing this each week, we strive to rest, study His Torah, discuss His Torah and seek to apply what He is teaching us to our lives. Then we will grow closer to our Great King, know Him and know His Agent i.e. His Messiah, the real one, not the one Replacement Theology offers up. This is precisely why the adversary despises HaShem’s Torah, His Temple, His Temple Services, His Feasts and most definitely His Shabbat, because they all instantly reveal the real Messiah vs the False Messiah HaShem constantly warns us about!

So with all this said, I will ask the question again, is it possible HaShem changed His mind and allows each of us to choose when His Shabbat is based upon our schedules and how convenient it is for us? Does HaShem look at His Shabbat and the prohibitions as being something legalistic and burdensome? The answer to both of these questions is an emphatic NO!!

Can you see how important His Shabbat is in relation to His prophetic cycle? Knowing this, would we want His Shabbat to be just any ole day of the week? HaShem is communicating very important teachings to us on this day, even down to the Shabbat Services such as the lighting of candles and the reciting of the prayers are all very significant!

I hope and pray this has been somewhat understandable and stirring the interest of people to want to explore and delve deeper into HaShem’s Shabbat? Remember with everything with HaShem it is ALL about the matter of the heart! Bringing an offering may be done perfectly within the limits of His Torah, but if our hearts are not in it, then it means nothing and nothing is hidden from HaShem!

Much to consider in these last of the last days!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scriptural Research
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Shabbat Its Essence and Significance by Artscroll
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • Tractate Shabbos from the Kehati Mishnah

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