Monday, December 23, 2013

I Was Wrong

I remember hearing and perhaps even saying we could celebrate the Sabbath any day of the week as long as we had one day a week where we rested.  I would like to correct myself.  I was wrong.  Who am I to declare any day acceptable when Elohim has declared a day, specifically the seventh day as a day of rest.  I would be like Satan saying
"Is it true that Elohim has said,..."  If we are saying our day of rest is Sunday, where in Scripture does it specifically tells us Elohim changed His mind and after 4000 years of His day being the Saturday Sabbath suddenly it becomes the first day of the week.  Someone has not been listening very carefully to the wisdom of Abba. 
Heb 13:8 יהושע Messiah is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

Psa 89:34 "I shall not profane My covenant, Neither would I change what has gone out from My lips.
 
Pro 1:7 The fear of יהוה is the beginning of knowledge1; Fools despise wisdom and discipline. Footnote: 1See 9:10, Ps. 111:10.

Someone out there may inadvertently bring to my mind the Scripture about Paul preaching at midnight and someone falling out the window as this taking place on the first day of the week.
I would like to point out to you the Hebrews of which Paul was one, and who wrote the New Testament, began their days in the evening.  You can ask any real Biblical Scholar and you will receive the same answer.  So, this was taking place after the Sabbath day, Saturday, at the beginning of the first day of the week.  This was the Hebrew Saturday evening and they were fellowshipping together following their Sabbath rest.  So this was midnight between Saturday and Sunday, not midnight on Sunday/Monday.

So, you are still left with the task of showing me in Scripture where Elohim told us His day of rest was changed to Sunday.
If you will continue to be a Berean, you can go to the Council of Nicea and find the answer as to who actually had the brains of changing the Sabbath to Sunday and it was to continue the pagan practice of sun worship in 325 AD.  So, if you wanted to be persecuted or put to death you continued to keep the 7th day Sabbath.  Otherwise you went with the flow and changed to worship of the sun, on Sunday.

Daniel warned us this was going to happen. 

Dan 7:25 and it speaks words against the Most High, and it wears out the set-apart ones of the Most High, and it intends to change appointed times1 and law2, and they are given into its hand for a time and times and half a time. Footnotes: 1This is another word for festivals and would include the Sabbath day. 2Changing the law amounts to lawlessness. Read in 2 Thess. 2:3-12 about "the lawless one" and the "lawlessness" which would take over (indeed, it has already taken over!) in the set-apart place, and also about Messiah’s judgment upon the lawless "prophets" in Mt. 7:23, and the lawless "believers" in Mt. 13:41!

Now, if I choose to worship on the day I want isn't that the same as saying "Is it true that Elohim has said,..."  The very same question Satan brought to Eve.  There is no difference.  I will do what I want and in the way I want and it really doesn't matter what Elohim has said.  Also we are  taking away from the Word of Elohim and considering what He has said as being unimportant.  We are also adding to His Word by saying He really meant to tell us to worship Him and rest on Sunday, the first day.  Talk about our pride and arrogance!!  Hey folks I was wrong in promoting the first day of the week.  It isn't about what I think.  It is about what Abba Elohim says to us in His word.  It is about how He wants to be worshipped.  Are we even willing to put aside our false doctrines and actually be obedient to His Word.
Deu 4:2 "Do not add to the Word which I command you, and do not take away from it1, so as to guard the commands of יהוה your Elohim which I am commanding you. Footnote: 1See also 12:32, Prov. 30:6, Rev. 22:18-19.
 
Add to this verse the ones concerning the Sabbath.
Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day Elohim completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.
Gen 2:3 And Elohim blessed the seventh day and set it apart, because on it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made.

Exo 20:8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart.
Exo 20:9 "Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
Exo 20:10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath1 of יהוה your Elohim. 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. Footnote: 1There are other Sabbaths, but this is the weekly Sabbath.
Exo 20:11 "For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart.
The only command we are specifically told to remember is this one.  I wonder why?  This is the one and only command we have forgotten.  We put our own spin on it and call it good.
Isa 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

We will touch on the sun god day and how Yahweh Elohim does't want to be worshipped in that way in another post.  Until then be a Berean and consider to test all we have been led to believe and what Abba actually thinks about us changing what He says He wants to do things our own way.
Remember also I was wrong about the Sunday growing up, could you too possibly be wrong.  Take Elohim at His Word and believe what He says and you can't go wrong.
It wasn't until I was obedient in this area that Scripture actually started to make so much more sense to me and I studied for the pastorate.  If you are obedient in one area He opens up more.  But it takes obedience first.

2 comments:

Dawn Bellew said...

I'm so glad you posted this Mike. I grew up a Sunday believer also. I can't believe now how wrong I was. The sad thing is that my daughter gives me a hard time about this. She says "mom, that is not how you raised us." I tell her that I was wrong but she just shrugs me off. I was baptised into the 7th Day Adventist church on Feb. 16 and it was the best decision I have ever made. I just wish I had done this sooner. I just finished reading a wonderful book called "The Ten Commandments Twice Removed". It is a book that everyone should read. Thanks again for your posting. I hope others take the time to read it also.

mykEL said...

Dawn, thank you for your comment. We are Torah Observant Believers. We also did not raise our children in this way. However, 9 of our 10 children have come to realize this is the way Elohim desires to be worshipped. Our son is the only one yet to come to this position.