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- And I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, to know that I am YHWH who sets them apart.
- And you, speak to the children of Yisra'el, saying, 'My Sabbaths' you are to guard, by all means, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, YHWH, am setting you apart.
There is this woeful, willful blindness to the plurality of YaHuWaH's Sabbaths. Many simply disregard YaHuWaH's demand that we 'keep' His 'Sabbaths'. Not Sabbath, as one. But 'Sabbaths', as many. The only sign of YHWH setting us apart, the only sign of the everlasting covenant, is His Sabbaths, one of them being the seventh day Sabbath.
7th - Day Sabbath
The Day YaHuWaH Blessed!
Exodus 20:1: And Elohiym spoke all these Words, saying, “I am יהוה (YaHuWaH) your Elohiym, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery. ...
“Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart. “Six days you labor, and shall do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה (YaHuWaH) your Elohiym . You do not do any work - you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
“For in six days יהוה (YaHuWaH) made (MAKER OF) the heavens and the Earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה (YaHuWaH) blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.
In the heart of the Ten Commandments, is the very SEAL of the LAW (The Ten Commandments). A SEAL is a token, symbol or mark of authority. The insignia of office. In every seal is contained the following elements:
- Name of the Officer
- Title of the Officer, And
- The Realm or Jurisdiction of the Officer
And in our case here,
Name of this Officer
Title of this Officer,
The Realm or Jurisdiction of this Officer
"Heaven and Earth"
When HE gave us the account of the Creation of the Heavens and the Earth, Elohiym did not bother to introduce Himself! Genesis 1:1 simply said, "In the beginning Elohiym created the heavens and the Earth". Genesis 1:1 TS98 (ISR)
It is so glaring and too obvious how Heaven and Earth and everything that is in them came to be. Even the least of creatures know it all too well. But when time came to reaffirm the eternal Law, to His erring, confused and long-enslaved children, HE had to introduce Himself first. “I am יהוה (YaHuWaH) your Elohiym, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery. ... There must be no doubt whatsoever.
And to ensure our attention never waned or our assurances of His Authorship of this LAW never doubted, He placed HIS SEAL, HIS Rubber Stamp, His Mark of Authority, in the Heart of HIS Law.
The Sabbath Commandment, the Fourth Commandment, is the SEAL, The MARK of YaHuWaH OUR Elohiym.
We said that at Sinai YaHuWaH REAFFIRMED, restated the LAW. Yes, most folks have so long been misled into thinking that the Law and the Sabbath were given to the Yahuwdiym (Jews). You need to know that the Angels in Heaven kept the LAW long before our Earth and Man were created!
Bless יהוה (YaHuWaH), you His messengers (Angels), Mighty in power, who do His Word, Listening to the voice of His Word. Ps 103:20 TS98 (ISR)
Adam and Eve kept the Sabbath with their Maker. They worshiped HIM face to face, live. The first Yahuwdiy (Jew) in the world was Abraham who was born long after the flood about 2,500 years after creation.
If there had been no LAW in Heaven, Lucifer could not have sinned. If there were no LAW in Eden and post-fall, Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Seth, Noah could not have sinned. But they all sinned! Why? Because,
..., for by the Torah (LAW) is the knowledge of sin. ..., for where there is no Torah (LAW) there is no transgression.
Romans 3:20; Romans 4:15 TS98 (ISR)
The Fourth Commandment was Introduced to us through our first parents long before sin entered our world . In fact Adam and Eve were only a day old indeed less than twenty-four (24) hours old when they kept the first Sabbath in our world .
"And on the seventh day Elohiym completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And Elohiym blessed the seventh day and set it apart, because on it He rested from all His work which Elohiym in creating had made".
Genesis 2:2-3 TS98 (ISR)
And יהוה (YaHuWaH) spoke to Mosheh, saying,
“And you, speak to the children of Yisra'ĕl, saying, ‘My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, יהוה (YaHuWaH), am setting you apart.
'And you shall guard the Sabbath, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall certainly be put to death, for anyone who does work on it, that being (soul) shall be cut off from among his people.
'Six days work is done, and on the seventh is a Sabbath of rest, set-apart to יהוה (YaHuWaH). Everyone doing work on the Sabbath day shall certainly be put to death. 'And the children of Yisra'ĕl shall guard the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant
And he said to them, “This is what יהוה (YaHuWaH) has said, 'Tomorrow is a rest, a Sabbath set-apart to יהוה (YaHuWaH). That which you bake, bake; and that which you cook, cook. And lay up for yourselves all that is left over, to keep it until morning.' ” And they laid it up till morning, as Mosheh commanded. And it did not stink, and no worm was in it. And Mosheh said, “Eat it today, for today is a Sabbath to יהוה (YaHuWaH), today you do not find it in the field. “Gather it six days, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there is none.”
And it came to be that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. And יהוה (YaHuWaH) said to Mosheh, “How long shall you refuse to guard My commands and My Torot (Teachings)? “See, because יהוה (YaHuWaH) has given you the Sabbath, therefore He is giving you bread for two days on the sixth day. Let each one stay in his place, do not let anyone go out of his place on the seventh day.”
"And יהוה (YaHuWaH) said to Mosheh, “See, I am raining bread from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, in order to try them, whether they walk in My Torah (LAW) or not".
For forty (40) years Yisra'el was fed Manna from Heaven, for no other reason than to teach them to keep the Sabbath of the Law. YaHuWaH could have fed them in a million other ways. That's how important Sabbath-keeping is to our Eloah. Worship Him brother, with everything you have, please. And turn away from Sunday, Saturday, or any other Gregorian day, all of which counterfeit the Biblical Sabbath. They are all parts of The Mark of the Beast. The Sabbath is the Mark and Seal of the King of Heaven and Earth.
And I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, to know that I am יהוה (YaHuWaH) who sets them apart. ...
'I am יהוה (YaHuWaH) your Elohiym. Walk in My laws, and guard My right-rulings, and do them. 'And set apart My Sabbaths, and they shall be a sign between Me and you, to know that I am יהוה (YaHuWaH) your Elohiym.'
“If you do turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My set-apart day, and shall call the Sabbath 'a delight,' the set-apart day of יהוה (YaHuWaH) 'esteemed,' and shall esteem it, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words,
then you shall delight yourself in יהוה (YaHuWaH) . And I shall cause you to ride on the heights of the Earth, and feed you with the inheritance of Ya'aqob your father. For the mouth of יהוה (YaHuWaH) has spoken!
Abridged History of the Sabbath
Our first encounter with the Sabbath is of course in Genesis Chapter 2:2-3,which says,
And on the seventh day Elohiym completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.
And Elohiym blessed the seventh day and set it apart, because on it He rested from all His work which Elohiym in creating had made.
Before YaHuWaH and YaHuWshuaH began Creation, they were at rest. It was Sabbath. That period preceding the Creation Week is symbolized by the New Moon Day. And for man, the very first action on this stage was rest. It was a Sabbath. The 7th-day Sabbath. To give man a whole picture of the circumstances of creation, he also gave us the New Moon Day as a Sabbath. This is so, that, before our work week begins, we start with rest. Work for Six days, then rest the Seventh, and so on.
Adam and his family down to the Flood kept this order and commandment without fail. ofcourse their was rebellion in Adam's day as he witnessed the murder of his second son by his first! There was rebellion as Cain refused to worship YaHuWaH in the appointed way. It is therefore doubtful that if Cain would refuse to offer a lamb, and its blood, for the expiation of his sin, there is nothing to say he might have cared two hoots for the day of worship.
But surely, Noah and his family obeyed or the Bible would not declare concerning him, thus,
(Gen 7:1 [TS98]) And יהוה said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.
Even though rebellion returned after the Flood, by Nimrod and his kind, Some of Noah's children and ancestral children obeyed YaHuWaH's commandments. As a result, the Bible testified of Abraham thus,
"And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the Earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws". Genesis 26:4-5 (KJV)
The departure to Egypt of Abraham's family, in the days of his grandson Jacob, arguably was the beginning of the forgetfulness by almost the entire world of the Biblical Calendar. And so, YaHuWaH spoke to Mosheh just before the Exodus, to restore the knowledge of the divine Calendar to His People and to the world, in these words,
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon in the land of Mitsrayim, saying,
“This month is the beginning of months for you, it is the first month of the year for you.
Exodus 12:1-2 (TS98)
'This month', being the first month of Spring became for YaHuWaH's people, in every way, the beginning.
Some Yahuwdiym claim that Tishrei 1 was the day Adam was created, thus allowing them to have two New Year's days - Abib 1, and Tishrei 1! One new year, religious, and the other, Civil! What confusion! What Baloney! Wherever that came from! Surely, not from the Bible. And we will appreciate proof of that from the Bible, and from no where else, please.
But when YaHuWaH declares that Abib is the first month of the year for his people, who has right or place to declare another? By YaHuWaH's own mouth, Adam was created on Abib 7. He kept his first Sabbath on Abib 8 with YaHuWshuaH in the Garden of Eden.
From Abraham until the Captivity, there remained righteous and loyal men and women in Yisra'el who kept YaHuWaH's Calendar faithfully. Even through the Captivity and the return therefrom, until the Messiah, Yisra'el remained faithful to the Divine Calendar. The Savior did not even so much as encounter the Julian Calendar which had come into use in Rome and and much of the then Roman world in 45 BC. It had not been imposed on the Yahuwdiym at this time. Thus all the events in Scripture with calendral references remained faithful to the Divine Calendar.
The Jewish Encyclopedia states:
The New Moon is still, and the Sabbath originally was, dependent upon the lunar cycle.
Declaring the new month by observation of the new moon, and the new year by the arrival of spring, can only be done by the Sanhedrin. In the time of Hillel II [4th century C.E.], the last President of the Sanhedrin, the Romans prohibited this practice. Hillel II was therefore forced to institute his fixed Calendar, thus in effect giving the Sanhedrin's advance approval to the calendars of all future years. ("The Jewish Calendar and Holidays (incl. Sabbath)":
Once the ancient luni-solar Calendar had been set aside, knowledge of the true Sabbath was lost with the acceptance of the pagan Julian Calendar.
YaHuWshuaH died on the sixth day of the week, a day of 'preparation', which was also the 14th of Abib, the day of Passover in 31 AD. This is not possible on a Julian or Gregorian Calendar. Every Passover since Mosheh, until today and into eternity, must be on the 14th of Abib. The 14th of Abib every year is the sixth day of the second week of the first month of the Biblical year. It is followed by the First day of Unleavened Bread every year. This is impossible on a Julian or Gregorian Calendar.
Beloved, are you getting the message?
Full Scale War on the Sabbath
The Papacy Engages
And another messenger followed, saying, “Babel is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her whoring.” (Revelation 14:8 The Scriptures 1998+)
And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Babel the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, and a haunt for every unclean and hated bird,
because all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her whoring, and the sovereigns of the Earth have committed whoring with her, and the merchants of the Earth have become rich through the power of her riotous living.”
And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her Plagues.1 Footnote: 1Jer. 51:6 & 45.
“Because her sins have piled up to reach the heaven, and Elohiym has remembered her unrighteousnesses.
This scripture points forward to a time when the announcement of the fall of Babylon, as made by the second angel [Revelation 14:8] of Revelation 14, is to be repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the various organizations that constitute Babylon, since that message was first given, in the summer of 1844. A terrible condition of the religious world is here described. With every rejection of truth, the minds of the people will become darker, their hearts more stubborn, until they are entrenched in an infidel hardihood. In defiance of the warnings which Elohiym has given, they will continue to trample upon one of the precepts of the Decalogue, until they are led to persecute those who hold it sacred. Messiah is set at naught in the contempt placed upon his Word and his people. As the teachings of Spiritualism are accepted by the churches, the restraint imposed upon the carnal heart is removed, and the profession of religion will become a cloak to conceal the basest iniquity. A belief in spiritual manifestations opens the door to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence of evil angels will be felt in the churches.
Of Babylon, at the time brought to view in this prophecy, it is declared, “Her sins have reached unto heaven, and Elohiym hath remembered her iniquities.” [Revelation 18:5.] She has filled up the measure of her guilt, and destruction is about to fall upon her. But Elohiym still has a people in Babylon; and before the visitation of his judgments, these faithful ones must be called out, that they “partake not of her sins, and receive not of her Plagues.” Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from Heaven, lightening the Earth with his glory, and crying mightily with a strong voice, announcing the sins of Babylon. In connection with his message the call is heard, “Come out of her, my people.” These announcements, uniting with the third Angel's message, constitute the final warning to be given to the inhabitants of the Earth.
Fearful is the issue to which the world is to be brought. The powers of Earth, uniting to war against the commandments of Elohiym, will decree that all, “both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond,” [Revelation 13:16.] shall conform to the customs of the church by the observance of the false sabbath. All who refuse compliance will be visited with civil penalties, and it will finally be declared that they are deserving of death. On the other hand, the law of Elohiym enjoining the Creator's rest-day demands obedience, and threatens wrath against all who transgress its precepts.
All should understand that Satan was once an exalted Angel. His rebellion shut him out of Heaven, but did not destroy his powers and make him a beast. Since his fall he has turned his mighty strength against the government of Heaven. He has been growing more artful, and has learned the most successful manner to come to the children of men with his temptations.
Satan has originated fables with which to deceive. He commenced in Heaven to war against the foundation of Elohiym's government, and since his fall has carried on his rebellion against the law of Elohiym, and has brought the mass of professed Natsariym (Natsarene) to trample under their feet the fourth commandment, which brings to view the living Elohiym. He has torn down the original Sabbath of the Decalogue, and instituted in its place one of the laboring days of the week.
The apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, foretold the great apostasy which would result in the establishment of the papal power. He declared that the day of Messiah should not come, "except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called Elohiym, or that is worshiped; so that he as Elohiym sitteth in the temple of Elohiym, showing himself that he is Elohiym." And furthermore, the apostle warns his brethren that "the mystery of iniquity doth already work." 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4, 7. Even at that early date he saw, creeping into the church, errors that would prepare the way for the development of the papacy.
Little by little, at first in stealth and silence, and then more openly as it increased in strength and gained control of the minds of men, "the mystery of iniquity" carried forward its deceptive and blasphemous work. Almost imperceptibly the customs of heathenism found their way into the Natsariym or Natsarene church. The spirit of compromise and conformity was restrained for a time by the fierce persecutions which the church endured under paganism. But as persecution ceased, and Natsariym or Natsarenity entered the courts and palaces of kings, she laid aside the humble simplicity of Messiah and His apostles for the pomp and pride of pagan priests and rulers; and in place of the requirements of Elohiym, she substituted human theories and traditions. The nominal conversion of Constantine, in the early part of the fourth century, caused great rejoicing; and the world, cloaked with a form of righteousness, walked into the church. Now the work of corruption rapidly progressed. Paganism, while appearing to be vanquished, became the conqueror. Her spirit controlled the church. Her doctrines, ceremonies, and superstitions were incorporated into the faith and worship of the professed followers of Messiah.
This compromise between paganism and Natsariym or Natsarenity resulted in the development of "the man of sin" foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above Elohiym. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan's power - a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the Earth according to his will.
Satan once endeavored to form a compromise with Messiah. He came to the Son of Elohiym in the wilderness of temptation, and showing Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, offered to give all into His hands if He would but acknowledge the supremacy of the prince of darkness. Messiah rebuked the presumptuous tempter and forced him to depart. But Satan meets with greater success in presenting the same temptations to man. To secure worldly gains and honors, the church was led to seek the favor and support of the great men of Earth; and having thus rejected Messiah, she was induced to yield allegiance to the representative of Satan--the bishop of Rome.
It is one of the leading doctrines of Romanism that the pope is the visible head of the universal church of Messiah, invested with supreme authority over bishops and pastors in all parts of the world. More than this, the pope has been given the very titles of Deity. He has been styled "Lord Elohiym the Pope", and has been declared infallible. He demands the homage of all men. The same claim urged by Satan in the wilderness of temptation is still urged by him through the Church of Rome, and vast numbers are ready to yield him homage.
But those who fear and reverence Elohiym meet this heaven-daring assumption as Messiah met the solicitations of the wily foe: "Thou shalt worship YaHuWaH thy Elohiym, and Him only shalt thou serve." Luke 4:8. Elohiym has never given a hint in His word that He has appointed any man to be the head of the church. The doctrine of papal supremacy is directly opposed to the teachings of the Scriptures. The pope can have no power over Messiah's church except by usurpation.
Romanists have persisted in bringing against Protestants the charge of heresy and willful separation from the true church. But these accusations apply rather to themselves. They are the ones who laid down the banner of Messiah and departed from "the faith which was once delivered unto the Saints." Jude 3.
Satan well knew that the Holy Scriptures would enable men to discern his deceptions and withstand his power. It was by the word that even the Saviour of the world had resisted his attacks. At every assault, Messiah presented the shield of eternal truth, saying, "It is written." To every suggestion of the adversary, He opposed the wisdom and power of the word. In order for Satan to maintain his sway over men, and establish the authority of the papal usurper, he must keep them in ignorance of the Scriptures. The Bible would exalt Elohiym and place finite men in their true position; therefore its sacred truths must be concealed and suppressed. This logic was adopted by the Roman Church. For hundreds of years the circulation of the Bible was prohibited. The people were forbidden to read it or to have it in their houses, and unprincipled priests and prelates interpreted its teachings to sustain their pretensions. Thus the pope came to be almost universally acknowledged as the vicegerent of Elohiym on Earth, endowed with authority over church and state.
The detector of error having been removed, Satan worked according to his will. Prophecy had declared that the papacy was to "think to change times and laws." Daniy'el 7:25. This work it was not slow to attempt. To afford converts from heathenism a substitute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nominal acceptance of Natsariym or Natsarenity, the adoration of /images and relics was gradually introduced into Natsariym or Natsarene worship. The decree of a general council finally established this system of idolatry. To complete the sacrilegious work, Rome presumed to expunge from the law of Elohiym the second commandment, forbidding image worship, and to divide the tenth commandment, in order to preserve the number.
The spirit of concession to paganism opened the way for a still further disregard of Heaven's authority. Satan, working through unconsecrated leaders of the church, tampered with the fourth commandment also, and essayed to set aside the ancient Sabbath, the day which Elohiym had blessed and sanctified (Genesis 2:2, 3), and in its stead to exalt the festival observed by the heathen as "the venerable day of the sun." This change was not at first attempted openly. In the first centuries the true Sabbath had been kept by all Natsariym (Natsarene). They were jealous for the honor of Elohiym, and, believing that His law is immutable, they zealously guarded the sacredness of its precepts. But with great subtlety Satan worked through his agents to bring about his object. That the attention of the people might be called to the Sunday, it was made a festival in honor of the resurrection of Messiah. Religious services were held upon it; yet it was regarded as a day of recreation, the Sabbath being still sacredly observed.
To prepare the way for the work which he designed to accomplish, Satan had led the Jews, before the advent of Messiah, to load down the Sabbath with the most rigorous exactions, making its observance a burden. Now, taking advantage of the false light in which he had thus caused it to be regarded, he cast contempt upon it as a Jewish institution. While Natsariym (Natsarene) generally continued to observe the Sunday as a joyous festival, he led them, in order to show their hatred of Judaism, to make the Sabbath a fast, a day of sadness and gloom.
In the early part of the fourth century the emperor Constantine issued a decree making Sunday a public festival throughout the Roman Empire. (See Divine Calendar abolished ). The day of the sun was reverenced by his pagan subjects and was honored by Natsariym (Natsarene); it was the emperor's policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Natsariym or Natsarenity. He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who, inspired by ambition and thirst for power, perceived that if the same day was observed by both Natsariym (Natsarene) and heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Natsariym or Natsarenity by pagans and thus advance the power and glory of the church. But while many Elohiym-fearing Natsariym (Natsarene) were gradually led to regard Sunday as possessing a degree of sacredness, they still held the true Sabbath as the holy of YaHuWaH and observed it in obedience to the fourth commandment.
The archdeceiver had not completed his work. He was resolved to gather the Natsariym or Natsarene world under his banner and to exercise his power through his vicegerent, the proud pontiff who claimed to be the representative of Messiah. Through half-converted pagans, ambitious prelates, and world-loving churchmen he accomplished his purpose. Vast councils were held from time to time, in which the dignitaries of the church were convened from all the world. In nearly every council the Sabbath which Elohiym had instituted was pressed down a little lower, while the Sunday was correspondingly exalted. Thus the pagan festival came finally to be honored as a divine institution, while the Bible Sabbath was pronounced a relic of Judaism, and its observers were declared to be accursed.
The great apostate had succeeded in exalting himself "above all that is called Elohiym, or that is worshiped." 2 Thessalonians 2:4. He had dared to change the only precept of the divine law that unmistakably points all mankind to the true and living Elohiym. In the fourth commandment, Elohiym is revealed as the Creator of the heavens and the Earth, and is thereby distinguished from all false gods. It was as a memorial of the work of creation that the seventh day was sanctified as a rest day for man. It was designed to keep the living Elohiym ever before the minds of men as the source of being and the object of reverence and worship. Satan strives to turn men from their allegiance to Elohiym, and from rendering obedience to His law; therefore he directs his efforts especially against that commandment which points to Elohiym as the Creator.
Protestants now urge that the resurrection of Messiah on Sunday made it the Natsariym (Christian) Sabbath. But Scripture evidence is lacking. No such honor was given to the day by Messiah or His apostles. The observance of Sunday as a Natsariym (Christian) institution had its origin in that "mystery of lawlessness" (2 Thessalonians 2:7, R.V.) which, even in Paul's day, had begun its work. Where and when did YaHuWaH adopt this child of the papacy? What valid reason can be given for a change which the Scriptures do not sanction?
In the sixth century the papacy had become firmly established. Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the bishop of Rome was declared to be the head over the entire church. Paganism had given place to the papacy. The dragon had given to the beast "his power, and his seat, and great authority." Revelation 13:2. And now began the 1260 years of papal oppression foretold in the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation. Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:5-7. Natsariym (Natsarene) were forced to choose either to yield their integrity and accept the papal ceremonies and worship, or to wear away their lives in dungeons or suffer death by the rack, the fagot, or the headsman's ax. Now were fulfilled the words of YaHuWshuaH: "Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake." Luke 21:16, 17. Persecution opened upon the faithful with greater fury than ever before, and the world became a vast battlefield. For hundreds of years the church of Messiah found refuge in seclusion and obscurity. Thus says the prophet: "The woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of Elohiym, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and three-score days." Revelation 12:6.
The accession of the Roman Church to power marked the beginning of the Dark Ages. As her power increased, the darkness deepened. Faith was transferred from Messiah, the true foundation, to the pope of Rome. Instead of trusting in the Son of Elohiym for forgiveness of sins and for eternal salvation, the people looked to the pope, and to the priests and prelates to whom he delegated authority. They were taught that the pope was their earthly mediator and that none could approach Elohiym except through him; and, further, that he stood in the place of Elohiym to them and was therefore to be implicitly obeyed. A deviation from his requirements was sufficient cause for the severest punishment to be visited upon the bodies and souls of the offenders. Thus the minds of the people were turned away from Elohiym to fallible, erring, and cruel men, nay, more, to the prince of darkness himself, who exercised his power through them. Sin was disguised in a garb of sanctity. When the Scriptures are suppressed, and man comes to regard himself as supreme, we need look only for fraud, deception, and debasing iniquity. With the elevation of human laws and traditions was manifest the corruption that ever results from setting aside the law of Elohiym. Those were days of peril for the church of Messiah. The faithful standard-bearers were few indeed. Though the truth was not left without witnesses, yet at times it seemed that error and superstition would wholly prevail, and true religion would be banished from the Earth. The gospel was lost sight of, but the forms of religion were multiplied, and the people were burdened with rigorous exactions.
They were taught not only to look to the pope as their mediator, but to trust to works of their own to atone for sin. Long pilgrimages, acts of penance, the worship of relics, the erection of churches, shrines, and altars, the payment of large sums to the church - these and many similar acts were enjoined to appease the wrath of Elohiym or to secure His favor; as if Elohiym were like men, to be angered at trifles, or pacified by gifts or acts of penance!
Notwithstanding that vice prevailed, even among the leaders of the Roman Church, her influence seemed steadily to increase. About the close of the eighth century, papists put forth the claim that in the first ages of the church the bishops of Rome had possessed the same spiritual power which they now assumed. To establish this claim, some means must be employed to give it a show of authority; and this was readily suggested by the father of lies. Ancient writings were forged by monks. Decrees of councils before unheard of were discovered, establishing the universal supremacy of the pope from the earliest times. And a church that had rejected the truth greedily accepted these deceptions.
The few faithful builders upon the true foundation (1 Corinthians 3:10, 11) were perplexed and hindered as the rubbish of false doctrine obstructed the work. Like the builders upon the wall of Yerushalayim in Nehemiah's day, some were ready to say: "The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build." Nehemiah 4:10. Wearied with the constant struggle against persecution, fraud, iniquity, and every other obstacle that Satan could devise to hinder their progress, some who had been faithful builders became disheartened; and for the sake of peace and security for their property and their lives, they turned away from the true foundation. Others, undaunted by the opposition of their enemies, fearlessly declared: "Be not ye afraid of them: remember YaHuWaH, which is great and terrible" (verse 14); and they proceeded with the work, everyone with his sword girded by his side. Ephesians 6:17.
The same spirit of hatred and opposition to the truth has inspired the enemies of Elohiym in every age, and the same vigilance and fidelity have been required in His servants. The words of Messiah to the first disciples are applicable to His followers to the close of time: "What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch." Mark 13:37.
The darkness seemed to grow more dense. Image worship became more general. Candles were burned before /images, and prayers were offered to them. The most absurd and superstitious customs prevailed. The minds of men were so completely controlled by superstition that reason itself seemed to have lost its sway. While priests and bishops were themselves pleasure-loving, sensual, and corrupt, it could only be expected that the people who looked to them for guidance would be sunken in ignorance and vice.
Another step in papal assumption was taken, when, in the eleventh century, Pope Gregory VII proclaimed the perfection of the Roman Church. Among the propositions which he put forth was one declaring that the church had never erred, nor would it ever err, according to the Scriptures. But the Scripture proofs did not accompany the assertion. The proud pontiff also claimed the power to depose emperors, and declared that no sentence which he pronounced could be reversed by anyone, but that it was his prerogative to reverse the decisions of all others.
A striking illustration of the tyrannical character of this advocate of infallibility was given in his treatment of the German emperor, Henry IV. For presuming to disregard the pope's authority, this monarch was declared to be excommunicated and dethroned. Terrified by the desertion and threats of his own princes, who were encouraged in rebellion against him by the papal mandate, Henry felt the necessity of making his peace with Rome. In company with his wife and a faithful servant he crossed the Alps in midwinter, that he might humble himself before the pope. Upon reaching the castle whither Gregory had withdrawn, he was conducted, without his guards, into an outer court, and there, in the severe cold of winter, with uncovered head and naked feet, and in a miserable dress, he awaited the pope's permission to come into his presence. Not until he had continued three days fasting and making confession, did the pontiff condescend to grant him pardon. Even then it was only upon condition that the emperor should await the sanction of the pope before resuming the insignia or exercising the power of royalty. And Gregory, elated with his triumph, boasted that it was his duty to pull down the pride of kings.
How striking the contrast between the overbearing pride of this haughty pontiff and the meekness and gentleness of Messiah, who represents Himself as pleading at the door of the heart for admittance, that He may come in to bring pardon and peace, and who taught His disciples: "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant." MattithYahuw 20:27.
The advancing centuries witnessed a constant increase of error in the doctrines put forth from Rome. Even before the establishment of the papacy the teachings of heathen philosophers had received attention and exerted an influence in the church. Many who professed conversion still clung to the tenets of their pagan philosophy, and not only continued its study themselves, but urged it upon others as a means of extending their influence among the heathen. Serious errors were thus introduced into the Natsariym or Natsarene faith. Prominent among these was the belief in man's natural immortality and his consciousness in death. This doctrine laid the foundation upon which Rome established the invocation of Saints and the adoration of the Virgin Maryam. From this sprang also the heresy of eternal torment for the finally impenitent, which was early incorporated into the papal faith.
Then the way was prepared for the introduction of still another invention of paganism, which Rome named purgatory, and employed to terrify the credulous and superstitious multitudes. By this heresy is affirmed the existence of a place of torment, in which the souls of such as have not merited eternal damnation are to suffer punishment for their sins, and from which, when freed from impurity, they are admitted to heaven.
Still another fabrication was needed to enable Rome to profit by the fears and the vices of her adherents. This was supplied by the doctrine of indulgences. Full remission of sins, past, present, and future, and release from all the pains and penalties incurred, were promised to all who would enlist in the pontiff's wars to extend his temporal dominion, to punish his enemies, or to exterminate those who dared deny his spiritual supremacy. The people were also taught that by the payment of money to the church they might free themselves from sin, and also release the souls of their deceased friends who were confined in the tormenting flames. By such means did Rome fill her coffers and sustain the magnificence, luxury, and vice of the pretended representatives of Him who had not where to lay His head.
The Scriptural ordinance of the Master's Supper had been supplanted by the idolatrous sacrifice of the Mass. Papal priests pretended, by their senseless mummery, to convert the simple bread and wine into the actual "body and blood of Messiah."--Cardinal Wiseman, The Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Our Master YaHuWshuaH the Messiah in the Blessed Eucharist, Proved From Scripture, lecture 8, sec. 3, par. 26. With blasphemous presumption, they openly claimed the power of creating Elohiym, the Creator of all things. Natsariym (Natsarene) were required, on pain of death, to avow their faith in this horrible, Heaven-insulting heresy. Multitudes who refused were given to the flames.
In the thirteenth century was established that most terrible of all the engines of the papacy--the Inquisition. The prince of darkness wrought with the leaders of the papal hierarchy. In their secret councils Satan and his angels controlled the minds of evil men, while unseen in the midst stood an angel of Elohiym, taking the fearful record of their iniquitous decrees and writing the history of deeds too horrible to appear to human eyes. "Babylon the great" was "drunken with the blood of the Saints." The mangled forms of millions of martyrs cried to Elohiym for vengeance upon that apostate power.
Popery had become the world's despot. Kings and emperors bowed to the decrees of the Roman pontiff. The destinies of men, both for time and for eternity, seemed under his control. For hundreds of years the doctrines of Rome had been extensively and implicitly received, its rites reverently performed, its festivals generally observed. Its clergy were honored and liberally sustained. Never since has the Roman Church attained to greater dignity, magnificence, or power.
But "the noon of the papacy was the midnight of the world."--J. A. Wylie, The History of Protestantism, b. 1, ch. 4. The Holy Scriptures were almost unknown, not only to the people, but to the priests. Like the Pharisees of old, the papal leaders hated the light which would reveal their sins. Elohiym's law, the standard of righteousness, having been removed, they exercised power without limit, and practiced vice without restraint. Fraud, avarice, and profligacy prevailed. Men shrank from no crime by which they could gain wealth or position. The palaces of popes and prelates were scenes of the vilest debauchery. Some of the reigning pontiffs were guilty of crimes so revolting that secular rulers endeavored to depose these dignitaries of the church as monsters too vile to be tolerated. For centuries Europe had made no progress in learning, arts, or civilization. A moral and intellectual paralysis had fallen upon Natsarendom.
The condition of the world under the Romish power presented a fearful and striking fulfillment of the words of the prophet Hosea: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee: ... seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy Elohiym, I will also forget thy children." "There is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of Elohiym in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood." Hosea 4:6, 1, 2. Such were the results of banishing the word of Elohiym.
Speak thou also unto the children of Yisra'el, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] YaHuWaH that doth sanctify you.
YaHuWaH demands that we keep HIS 'Sabbaths', not just 'Sabbath'. The Bible brings to view, ten Sabbaths in all. We cannot neglect one and choose the other. We would be in transgression of all of them in that case, as you well know! James 2:12
- New Moon Day - the first day of every Lunation (Not part of the week)
- Seventh-day Sabbath Feast (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th days of every month.)
- Passover - Abib 14 ( Not usually included among Sabbaths.)
- First day of Feast of Unleavened Bread - Abib 15
- Last day of Feast of Unleavened Bread - Abib 21
- Feast of Weeks - Pentecost - Tammuz 28th / 29th
- Feast of Trumpets - Tishrei 1
- Feast of the Day of Atonement - Tishrei 10
- First day of Feast of Tabernacles - Tishrei 15
- Last day of Feast of Tabernacles - Tishrei 21
To aid your study, you may download a printable copy of the Divine Calendar here, courtesy of WLC. You can of course make one for yourself. It is perpetual and the most user-friendly ever.
There has arisen tremendous confusion concerning the Sabbath! This confusion has not been an accident or happenstance. It is the product of a master strategy, planned and executed by Satan from start to finish! He has garnered millions if not billions of followers throughout history who have wittingly or unwittingly served to execute his strategy. The Bible revealed the plan in YeshaYahuw 14:12-14
- How are you fallen from heaven, O Heylel, son of the howling morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!
- For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of EL: I will sit also upon the Mount of the assembly, in the sides of the north:
- I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like EL ELYON.
Satan planned to make himself Elohiym and hijack the worship due the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth! That very thing he has achieved by simply confusing the Sabbath doctrine beyond comprehension.
In plain English, 'to sit in the mount of meeting' simply means to take over the Church of YaHuWaH and make it his own as it is today, and harvesting 'all worship' to himself. Note what Revelation chapter 13 says:
(Revelation 13:4 [KJV])
And they worshiped the dragon (Satan) which gave power unto the beast (Papacy): and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
(Revelation 13:8 [KJV])
And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Sabbath Confusion Blueprint
- Calendars' modernization - Julian, Gregorian, Islamic, Hindu, etc.
- Continuously cycling weekly cycle.
- 4-day, 7-day, 8-day and 10-day weeks
- 1st day, 2nd day, 6th day, 7th day worship and the freedom to choose one's holy day from any day!
- Proliferation of religions: Judaism, Natsariym or Natsarenity, Adventism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Atheism, etc.
The world today has many calendars it seems. But underlying the cosmetic differences in them all, is the fact that they all run on the same Operating System, the Gregorian Calendar Template. Whether they are Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Parsi, or the International Calendars, they all have the same continuously cycling weeks and the same names of the days derived from planetary deities!
The most wicked of all is that of the Yahuwdiy (Jewish) Calendar. Know it or not, like it or not, accept it or not, most people want to know what the Yahuwdiym of today are doing as one way of benchmarking religious practice. Since the Yahuwdiym are using the Gregorian Calendar, even though with a lot of useless cosmetic variations, it seems to many to be conclusive proof that that Calendar is true!
But unknown to many, the Yahuwdiym abandoned the Biblical Calendar in favor of the Roman Calendar - the Julian Calendar, under severe persecution. The shame is that rather than confess to the world the circumstances of the Calendar they now use, the Yahuwdiym are openly pretending that it is the true biblical Calendar! They became another powerful tool in Satan's hands for the continued misleading of billions. Tragic! It is however important to state here that there is a Yahuwdiy (Jewish) Sect today who have never accepted the use of the corrupt, counterfeit Gregorian Calendar called Yahuwdiy (Jewish). They have always used and still use the Biblical Calendar. They are the Karaite Yahuwdiy (Jewish) Sect
Today, all worldly calendars including the Yahuwdiy (Jewish) Calendar, have continuously cycling weeks unrelated to anything in Nature. This is totally contrary to Biblical time-keeping. The Bible is clear in Genesis 1:14:
(Genesis 1:14 [TS98])
"And Elohiym said, “Let lights come to be in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and appointed times, and for days and years,"
How then did we set up a time-keeping system independent of the Lights in the Heavens - the Sun and the Moon? Satanic! And we meekly went along! Continued, we shall all perish in the pit where he - Satan is herding humanity!
Some cultures have had weeks of various lengths in history and even today. The Mayans of South America had 4-day weeks. Which of those days would be there Sabbath? The Romans of Julius Caesar's day had 8-day weeks before Sosegenes the Egyptian Astronomer advised him to switch to a 7-day week and solar years instead of lunar ones. Caesar accepted the advice as it seemed to solve his problem of the mis-syncing of his Calendar with the agricultural seasons! That was the basis of the Julian Calendar which was foisted on the world of Caesar's day about 45 BC.
In the 8-day week of the Romans, which of those days do you think they would have set aside for worship? In that Calendar, their was no day called Sunday and the planetary week began with Saturn's day! In effect, the first day of the Julian week was what we now call Saturday! The 7th day then was Dies Veneris, Friday! It must however be noted that the Roman republican Calendar and its immediate successor, the Julian Calendar, did not have names for the days. The 'days' had letters A - H.
The naming of the week-days was the result of the influence of Persian Mithrayism. Mithrayism bequeathed its 7-day weekly cycle with its 'days' named after planetary gods to the West and unto us today.
Modern Natsariym (Natsarene) claim the first day of the week, Sunday, as their holy day for worship. The Buddhists and the early Jehovah's Witnesses favor Tuesday the 2nd day. The Muslims think that Friday, the 6th day of the week is the day. The Seventh-day Adventists strongly believe it is Saturday, the seventh-day of the Week!
Which day is it? How did each group come to decide the days they have chosen? Can all of them be correct if they are worshiping the same deity? Absolutely not. Except if that deity is Satan who doesn't care which day you worship him as long as you worship him. Which indeed is the case today for all those who have made their own choice of which day to worship!
But, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, in the only book He claims as His own - the Bible, bearing His signature on every page, declares His 7th-day Sabbath to be on the 8th day, the 15th day, the 22nd day and the 29th days of every Lunar cycle, in which the first day of the lunation is a Sabbath known as the New Moon Day.
As it is today, there are as many religions as there are tribes in the world ! Each religion with its peculiarities. Can all be right? Are all referring to or deriving from the same deity? Again, absolutely not, except in the event that they are all worshiping Satan. Indeed today, they all are! Can you now understand why the Bible calls our endtime world 'BABEL (BABYLON) - CONFUSION'? Our world today is so thoroughly confused that an honest seeker after Truth, on his own, stands next to no chance of finding it unless by a Miracle of divine grace.
If you are reading this page today, that Miracle of divine grace has occurred for you and your loved ones. YaHuWaH Says, in Revelation 18:2, 4.
(Revelation 18:2 [TS98])
And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Babel the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, and a haunt for every unclean and hated bird,
Revelation 18:4 [TS98]
And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her Plagues.
Revelation 18:2-5 (TS98)
Sabbath | More Fully & Eternal
Scripture gives every assurance about the future of the Sabbath. The Spirit of Prophecy insists we shall observe the Sabbath More fully. You want to be part of this great promise beloved. We urge you to learn the Sabbaths now and be numbered among the subjects of the Kingdom.
- “And from them too I shall take for priests - for Lewites,” declares YaHuWaH.
- “For as the new heavens and the new Earth that I make stand before Me,” declares YaHuWaH, “so your seed and your name shall stand.
- “And it shall be that from New moon to New moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” declares YaHuWaH.
- “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm shall not die, and their fire not be quenched. And they shall be repulsive to all flesh!
Spirit of Prophecy
“I saw that the holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between the true Yisra'el of Elohiym and unbelievers; and that the Sabbath is the great question to unite the hearts of Elohiym's dear, waiting Saints. I saw that Elohiym had children who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They have not rejected the light upon it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Ruach haQodesh as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully.”