Why The Sabbath Is So Important NOW?
By Jim Searcy
Why would Jesus tell His faithful to pray that your flight be not in the winter, "neither on the Sabbath day"? (Mt. 24:20) Because the Sabbath is to be kept by believers during the tribulation. It is not that keeping of the Sabbath is being "re-instituted," it never went away. It just took us Gentiles almost 1,700 years to open our eyes to such great deception.
The LAW does not save anyone.
However, the way any redeemed or saved person is able to prove it
to HIMSELF, is that Yeshua gives the power of the HOLY Spirit,
The Spirit of TRUTH and HOLINESS, to KEEP and DO God's commands
of His Royal Law, not just the power to pontificate.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do KNOW that we KNOW him, IF we keep his
1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments,
is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God
perfected: hereby KNOW we that we are IN Him.
ANY TIME WE SEE THAT WORD LAW IN SCRIPTURE WE BETTER KNOW WHICH OF THE 4 POSSIBLE TYPES OF LAW MENTIONED IN SCRIPTURE THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. WHENEVER ANYONE MENTIONS LAW BE SURE TO ASK THEM WHAT LAW THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT????????
1. MAN'S LAW - don't worry about it, keep God's Royal Law and you will live a higher standard than any of the laws of man.
2. THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH - This is the Law that the Blood of Jesus saves us from. The curse of the the law of sin and death is death. The Law of sin and death is the Law from which the Blood of Yeshua saves us. What is the law of sin and death? Romans 6:23 or Ezek 18.
3. THE LAW OF MOSES - 613 Commandments, laws, ordinances, Mitzvoth. Even to this day, 613 laws. Many of these, like circumcision, and the levitical priesthood are done away in the new covenant, through the better priesthood of our GREAT HIGH PRIEST Yeshua ha Massiach, Jesus THE Christ.
4. THE ROYAL LAW - The 10 commandments - Jesus wrote it with His finger in stone. Yes, it still includes the 4th commandment. It is a slap in God's face to call the sun-god day the Lord's Day. If we don't keep all of His 10 commandments in the tribulation we will not likely be one of those who is able to endure to the end of the great tribulation. If we don't love and delight in GOD's SABBATH we are in trouble and don't even know it. It is unrighteousness by definition. This is why Jesus said to pray that your flight not be on the SABBATH. The time context of that neglected instruction is the time of great tribulation.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come". 2 Tim. 3:1.
" And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.  And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days". Dan. 11:32-33.
13] And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes". Rev. 7:13-17.
The "Lord's Day" tradition of the pope and the apostate Roman Church can be traced back nearly 1,700 years to the pagan sun-god day. NOW we MUST be aware that we will bear responsibility for this pollution of God's holy Sabbath. If you have read to this point, you likely have read some truth about the Sabbath as stated by the Word of God. Do you believe the truth?
Jesus, Yeshua, often offended people with the truth. He always greatly, and directly, offended RELIGIOUS leaders. Does the truth Yeshua gave us about the time of His return and the rapture offend you? Yeshua said in Matthew 24:29-31 "Immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days" is when He would send His angels to gather together His elect .
Yeshua often offended those with religious spirits by saying things like "He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God". Jn. 8:47.
Can you see that the Word of God clearly (137 times in 116 verses, Genesis through Revelation) requires our keeping of God's Sabbath? If you can NOT, is it due to a religious spirit, deception, pride, ignorance, or willing ignorance, that you are blinded to such truth? Whether or not man thinks the Sabbath day is important does not matter. God's Sabbath day is important to God. Man, NOW, MUST NOT continue to keep his eyes closed to the importance God places on His Sabbath. By failing to keep the Sabbath, we are (1) ignoring a commandment of God; (2) breaching our everlasting covenant to God; and (3) ignoring the only sign requested by God to show Him that we know Him to be our God.
" And hereby we do know that we know him, IF we keep his commandments.  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.  He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.  Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth". 1 Jn 2:3-8
And what is the old commandment which we had from the beginning? What is the word heard from the beginning?
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy". Ex. 20:8. "For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it". Ex. 20:11.
Know that the war on the saints is against those which "keep the commandments of God", and have the faith of Jesus Christ. These will be the dead "which die IN the Lord". See Rev. 14:12-13. We are not given the choice to keep "some", "most" or "all but one" of the commandments. Believe the Word of God. In the great tribulation we must keep the Sabbath commandment to die IN Christ. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death". Rev. 12:11.
I pray the Holy Spirit of Truth and Holiness will open your eyes and ears to this passage that is very important in these last days:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-16:
" Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him.  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away (Greek apsotacia, meaning apostasy, falling away from the truth) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work". 2 Thes. 2:1-17.
In this passage in Second Thessalonians notice verse 3 warns us not to let any man deceive us. We are NOW witnesses to the great deception of the pope, and Lucifer, and the Roman apostate church, the new world order and the global ethic. All Rome's pagan sun-god rituals must continue the keeping the sun-god day, as the "Lord's Day." We see the pope, asserting the authority of the apostate Roman church, over the Word of God in place of keeping holy the Sabbath as commanded by God. The deception is now clearly revealed by the Word of God. Will anyone care? Or will this rebellious generation continue to reject the scripture telling the truth about God's 4th COMMANDMENT, Remember to keep holy THE Sabbath day?
Remember, the Sabbath is a sign forever that we know, God is our God, and that God is the one that sanctifies us. Throughout the Old Testament there are many lessons regarding the consequences arising from disobedience against God. Look at the entire history between the children of Israel and God as recorded in the Old Testament. The Word of God gives saints very specific instructions for these last days. And Hebrews 4:5 promises that God will speak from heaven again to those that will enter into His Sabbath rest.
Verse 3 continues and tells us that the day (of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, verse 1) shall not come until there be a falling away, (apostasy), first, and that "man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" " Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God".
God is God. He has the sovereign right to make His commandments, regardless if we like it or whether we think it important or not. When God commands, those who know, love and fear Him, simply OBEY. God made the 4th commandment and God did not change it. God does not change. Yeshua Messiah, the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever.
God sanctified the Sabbath day and God made it holy. If someone opposes something made holy by God, that is opposing God. If the pope, or an apostate church, or Lucifer, or any man, replaces God's holy Sabbath with a sun-god "Lord's Day", and then calls the "Lord's Day" holy, and teaches people to follow the substitution, that person exalts themselves above God. They may honor Lucifer, the sun-god, the pope, or their own rationalizations and bogus theology. The truth is that God is NOT honored by calling the sun-god's day the "Lord's Day." We are about to witness the great God contest of all time. We will all soon see what the "Lord's Day" is all about." Lucifer, the sun-god, and his Roman pope, will not prevail in the "Lord's Day." NOW is the time for those who do KNOW their God to have and keep the sign and seal of the true God.
" And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved".  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness". 2 Thes. 2:10-12.
We know that it is "righteous" to keep all of God's commandments, "And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us". Dt. 6:25. A person not keeping holy God's Sabbath fails to "do all these commandments", and is unrighteous by definition of Deuteronomy 6:25. Recall this warning given to us by Jesus, " Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven". Mt. 5:19-20.
The sun-god "Lord's Day" is indeed a "strong delusion" and a lie. It has been blindly believed for 1,700 years. God's Sabbath is the "truth" and Sunday "Lord's Day" is "unrighteousness" by definition according to the word of God. Paul has told us in 2 Thes. 2:1-17, (1) to let no man deceive us; (2) that a falling away (apostasy) will occur first; (3) the man of sin, will be revealed, that Wicked Antichrist, whom the Word of God shall consume; (4) that most will perish because they do not the love the truth, and have in them all deceivableness of unrighteousness; (5) that God shall send the many that perish strong delusion that they should believe a lie; and (6) that they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. It is within this context that Paul concludes, " Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle". 2 Thes. 2:15 .
What was the Sabbath practice and tradition of the apostles at the time of writing the entire New Testament? It was keeping God's Sabbath, and there is not one verse in the entire New Testament that tells us otherwise. The Sunday tradition of the sun-god Lucifer, the pope, sun-god worshipping pagans, came into the church later, after the writing of the New Testament.
The 4th commandment to rest and keep holy the Sabbath, has always been God's simplest test of obedience. Will we receive the gift that He COMMANDED us to remember to keep holy? Or will we fail this simplest test of obedience? If we go against the covenant we will miss out on the strength and empowerment to do exploits that God gives to those who KEEP His covenant.
If God would have told us to dig a 50 foot ditch on Sabbath the dirt would be flying everywhere on Saturday. However, He commanded us to REST and FELLOWSHIP with Him. How else would anything be kept HOLY unless the Holy God comes into it?
How could so many have been so blinded for so long? Scripture has not changed regarding God's holy Sabbath. Yet, very few have recognized the truth about God's Sabbath. Why?
"[Thus saith the LORD] I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I, (Almighty God), delighted not". Isa. 66:5.
"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" 2 Cor. 4:3-4.
"He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God". Jn. 8:47.
" I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment". Ez. 34:16.
" Therefore they [the wicked] say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.  What is the Almighty, that we [the wicked] should serve him? and, what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?" Job 21:14-15.
" For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables". 2 Tim. 4:3-4.
" The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant". Ps. 25:14.
"The law of Moses, given to the Jews, even to this day, has 613 commandments, or ordinances, or laws, or Mitzvot. The Law that God wrote with His finger in stone for Moses has 10 commandments. It is the everlasting covenant. It is the Royal law of God. God's people are known by their faithfulness to KEEP and do ALL 10 commands of God. Jesus reduced the 10 to 2 and then further reduced them to one. That one commandment is LOVE. The 2 are Love God with all your being, and love your neighbor as your self. The first 4 of the 10 teach you how to love God. The last 6 of the 10 teach you how to love your neighbor. Like Paul said in Rom. 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esiais, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. Mt.13:14-16.
And what if your church refuses to recognize and teach keeping holy the Sabbath day as required by the Fourth Commandment of God?
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities". Rev. 18:4-5.
There are certain rules and principles which change in a state of war. We are NOW coming into the time of the antichrist war on the saints, known as the great tribulation. In this time, saints will be known by their love for one another. Love is what the 10 Commandments is about. The feigned affection of apostate churchianity is not love. It is often false, feigned, and hypocritical. Love is about keeping God's commands. The first 4 teach us how to love God, and the remaining 6 teach us how to love our neighbor. Keep His covenant to be strong and do exploits. Exploits are the greater works of John 14:12.
The last word on the Sabbath is Col. 2:16. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
NO SABBATH COPS! NO SABBATH SHERIFFS. Let no man judge you regarding how you observe and keep holy the Sabbath. Just make sure you don't call the sun-god day the "Lord's Day." Keep holy the Sabbath that God commanded. Don't judge others either. How anyone observes the Sabbath is between that person and God.
By the way, for those who think Romans 14 justifies breaking the 4th commandment, what is the context of Romans 14? Is it about Sabbath? NO, it is about fast days. Which day should we regard for fasting? Romans 14, in context, has absolutely nothing to do with the Sabbath and the 4th Commandment.
The bible has 6 simple instructions regarding sabbath observance. By the time that Yeshua dealt with the Sabbath Cop Pharisees they had expanded those 6 simple instructions which would make the Sabbath a DELIGHT to 1583 strictly enforced legalistic rules that made the Sabbath a burden. Yeshua told the Pharisee Sabbath Sheriffs, where they were going, and where they could get off. DON'T LET ANY MAN JUDGE YOU ON THE SABBATH. DO IT THE WAY GOD TELLS YOU. IF YOU DO IT THE WAY YESHUA, THE WORD OF GOD, TELLS YOU, THEN YOU WILL BE STRONG AND DO EXPLOITS, AND FIND GREAT JOY IN THE MIDST OF GREAT TRIBULATION.
Do you see what has been done with this
calendar for the first time in the year 2000? The weird
calendar, which for the first time in my knowledge of history,
has Monday replacing Sunday as the first day of the week. This change
of times makes Sunday Sabbath on the weird new
calendars. Keep in mind: Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great
words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the
most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be
given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of
He is Antichrist. Compare Dan 7:21-25 along with Rev 13. Look for this change in calendar times and laws to be quietly, yet, very rapidly applied. Who will even care? Who would suggest a world order law enforcing that the Sunday Sabbath according to the above weird changed times calendar? What would you bet that we may expect to see more and more of these weird changed times calendars? Hummmm! The design is to keep people from knowledge of the truth of God's Sabbath. Who is behind such a change in calendars? Hint - Pope, Pagans, and Lucifer would surely approve. What about you?
Do you want to go into to Kingdom of heaven? Then, be on record as inviting the Lord God to your house on The Day He set apart to visit with His people? What is THE SIGN that the Creator & Redeemer is your God?
History of the Sabbath 1st - 20th Century
Rest from Work,
Don't Require Others to Work,
Stay Home, or Short Travel,
No Buying or Selling, AND
Don't Kindle Fires.
TODAY - We should understand the Don't Kindle Fires to mean exercising extra effort NOT to Kindle fires of STRIFE. MEEKNESS, MEEKNESS, MEEKNESS. Endure Insult WITHOUT RETALIATION. The Tongue Kindles Fires of STRIVE, which disturbs the peace of Sabbath.
James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
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Pastor after Pastor explain why Sunday is their Sabbath, and it may well be their Sabbath, but it’s not God’s. When there is absolutely not a single Scripture to back up the changing of God’s most Holy Day “The Sabbath” to SUN day. In this REPORT we will simply discuss the Sabbath and in a very short form how and why to observe it. Please understand that if you want to go to Church on Sun day or any other day, that’s ok with me. In fact, I wish you’d go every day. When I am in the States and I preach it’s more often than not on If such a bold statement coming from a Messianic Jew hasn’t frightened you away already, possibly there is hope for you. sun day. But it’s not my Sabbath and it’s not God’s either.
To begin with Sabbath is the 7th day, Shabbat is the Hebrew word for Rest. When Jews meet each other or when they leave each other on Friday night or Saturday they will always say Shabbat Shalom “have a peaceful rest”. Gen. 2:1-3 God made a memorial to His Rest, in fact, God felt it so important that He included it in His Ten Commandments. And we should read it: Ex. 20: 8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath day of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, or thy son, not thy daughter, thy manservant, not thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. And we read again in Deut. 5:12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
There are two words that help us to understand the meaning of keeping the Sabbath. Remember and Observe. “Remember” speaks to our inner thoughts of love and devotion. And “Observe” becomes the avenue by which we express our feelings toward God. So in the Sabbath we have love and law, feelings and observances, and devotion and obedience. One of the first things one notices in Israel, is that the Sabbath is observed with delight, it is a great time of family and fellowship with friends and neighbors. You will see more smiles on the faces than any other day. It’s not a burden; it’s not “Oh I have to go to Church.” Mark 2:27 “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.
Yeshua declared himself “The Lord of the Sabbath,” He kept the Sabbath he was an observant Jew, He in fact was the only one who lived a perfect life according to Jewish Law. No one else was able to do it. He fulfilled the Law, He was perfect. He “Yeshua” Jesus the Holy One of Israel kept the Sabbath, not the Sun day. But He was unhappy with the misguided teachings of many of the Rabbis of that day, and would be today as well.
There is a simple answer to all of this. We should just do what God says and forget what some Denomination say we should do. After all it is God we worship not the Baptist or Methodist Church or any other Church for that matter.
Yeshua or Jesus?
Before going on with the Shabbat, I want to speak about “The Name”, and what I have to say may surprise some. As you noticed in my Newsletters I use the name “Yeshua”. But do I have a problem with the name “Jesus”? Absolutely not, I was saved under that name, I’ve seen God do great miracles under that name, and you most likely have as well. But, if your name is Jack or Joe in English, when you get to Israel your name does not change to Yockov or Yoseph. (The Jewish equivalent). God can speak all known and un-known languages. God knows if you’re talking to Him, He knows your heart and every thought. So who are we trying to impress, each other? We must get past all this superficial, spiritual pride look at me attitude. Just get real with God, and yourself.
But to close this subject, I want to say this, surely God is pleased when we reach out to Him in truth, and when we know the Messiah’s Name was Yeshua and we use it, I know that pleases God. So it’s between you and God, not you and me, or you and anyone else. It is like accepting God’s Holiday that He set aside, instead of the pagan ones, like Christ-Mass, or Easter. You somehow must realize this, without Jewish Roots there is no Christianity, only a pagan form of it.
Now back to the Sabbath
Our lives are full of hurry up, and stress, bills, the need to succeed, to have more of everything, and family problems. I have heard it said that life is about 10%, 10% & 80%, 10% is the pits, 10% great joy, and 80% humdrum. And not full of God, as it should be. I don’t know if I agree with those numbers, but they could be pretty close for most people. But my point is God knew we needed a weekly time out, a time to rest “Shabbat” a time to reflect on God and to worship and praise Him. A time for family away from the other six days that do us so much damage. The Sabbath is a gift from God, it is a way to keep your sanity, and too keep your values in their proper perspectives. It is a gift that leads us to a closer walk with our Creator. It is a way of ushering peace into our homes. It is your responsibility to celebrate and preserve it.
How to celebrate the Sabbath
It seems that some “Christians” Have problems with such things as the lighting of candles, these same “Christians” have no problems with a Christ-Mass Tree, or the Easter Bunny with a Basket full of Eggs. But let’s take a look at this custom of the women of the house lighting the Candles just before the Sabbath begins.
In ancient times, before clocks, they would blow the Shofar to say it is time to light the Candles for the Sabbath just before dark on Friday night. As it is forbidden to start a fire on the Sabbath. So the Women of the house has been chosen to light the candles, why you may ask? Because Eve, the first mother, extinguished the light of eternal life by disobeying God’s command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Gen. 2:17 this tradition of lighting candles has continued through out all the generations. There are two candles (White) should be lit. One represents “Creation” the other “Redemption” they may also be symbolic of “Remember” and “Observe”. It is also good to remember that God chose another mother Mary to bring forth the Light of the World. John 8:12.
The women of the house closes her eyes and covers them with her hands after lighting the candles, when she opens them, her eyes are blessed by the lighted candles. By this we remember the separation of darkness and the light of Creation. Gen. 1: 3-4 the candles are left to burn until the go out by on their own. To the Believer this is a beautiful celebration setting on the Sabbath table each week, It’s symbolic of Creation, which Sabbath celebrates, and Redemption – Yeshua the Light of the World…
Well I guess for all the good Baptist, this is where you get off. A goblet of wine is placed near the candleholders on the table. The wine symbolizes life! The wine also symbolizes joy! And the goblet is full. But more important it represents the shed blood of Yeshua. At this time a prayer called the Kiddush is said, I will add this Kiddush at the end of this report.
Sabbath bread is called “Challah” (pronounced hal-la with a gutteral “ch”) that is a term used in the Tenach (Old Testament) for new dough. Which was a requirement to be represented as a “gift unto the Lord” (Num. 15:17-21) The bread is braided, like folded arms, meaning you can’t work with folded arms, you are at rest. In Leviticus 24:5-9 you will discover the law that loaves of bread be placed on the Alter before the Lord. According to verse 8 this was to be done on the Sabbath as a sign of an everlasting covenant between God has His people Israel. In the Tabernacle the twelve loaves were called face bread, meaning that it bought us to a face to face relationship with God. It meant fellowship with the Almighty. There are two loaves placed on the table, symbolic of the double portion of manna which God provided every Friday Night in the 40 years in the wilderness.
The bread is covered under a special covering, it is symbolic of the dew the Israelites had when they woke in the desert, and were reminded again that God always provides. This all comes home to Believers when we realize that the Messiah said; “I am the bread of life” John 6:48.
Well I could go on and on, but I will just enclose the Kiddush, it is a short abbreviated one but one easy for a beginner to follow.
Friday Night Kiddush
I have been asked to help in putting together a Friday Night Kiddush (Friday Night Service) that is preformed in every Jewish home in the world. So what follows is a basic one that anyone could follow. It might be interesting to note that all the early Believers did this as well, until the Catholic made it illegal to do it.
If Yeshua HaMashiah, (Jesus the Messiah) were to be with you in the flesh this Friday night at sundown. The following is what He would want you to do. Because Jesus did Kiddush or one much like it, every Friday night of His life here on earth. When the sun goes down on Friday night, the Sabbath begins.
The Lady of the house lights the two candles, they represent Creation and Redemption. She recites the following. (This is the Messianic Version)
Baruch ata Adonai Elahainu Melech Ha-Olam Asher Kidshanu Votav, Vtzibanu L’hiyoht Or Lagayim V’natan Lanu Yeshua Mishikanu Or La Olam.
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe Who sanctified us by Your commandments, and commanded us to be a light for the nations and gave us Yeshua our Messiah, the light of the world.
We now sing the “Shema”
Sh’ma Yisreal, Adonai Elohainu, Adonnai Achad.
Hear O’ Israel the Lord, God is One God.
Sing it three times
Blessing over the wine, or if you prefer grape juice.
Baruch Ata Adonai Elohainu Melech Ha-Olam Borai Pri Ha-Gafin.
Blessed art Thou, Lord or God, King of the Universe, Who creates the fruit of the vine.
Blessing over the Bread
Baruch Ata Adonai Elohainu Melech Ha-Olam Ha-Motzi Lehem Min Ha-Aretz.
Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.
The Lady covers her head with a scarf when lighting the candles, with her eyes closed, the Jewish men wear a Kippah, (Yamake)
The Rabbi says, the Sabbath does not begin until the women opens her eyes. Legally it begins when you can count three stars. But, when the sun goes down it is Sabbath (Saturday)
For those who do this, they will notice it pleases God. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So there is no bondage in doing this, it is an act of love towards the Creator. It says to God, thank you for the Sabbath Father.
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