The Sign Between YHVH And Man
By James Hodges
For almost 2 millennia, Christians have been worshiping on Sunday – with no
regard to Saturday in any religious sense. Certainly there must be a very
good reason why all Christians observe Sunday. There must be overwhelming
evidence in scripture pointing very clearly to the fact that YHVH desires
His children to worship Him congregationally on Sunday. Such an accepted
pillar of Christian faith should be easily proved in God’s word. We will
see. Not to spoil the ending, I will just say that Sunday worship is a
Catholic mandate that has a foundation of Sun Worship. It is a man-made
ordinance and has been foisted on Christians as God’s will. But does God’s
will change? Has He given His authority to men that they may change YHVH’s
will by vote?
I want to show the following:
Sabbath is instituted by YHVH and is an ordinance FOREVER.
Sabbath is YHVH’s Sign between Himself and His elect.
Sunday has been substituted by men in place of YHVH’s will for Sabbath.
Sunday worship is founded in cultic worship of the Sun (a foundational part
of the Pagan Trinity.)
Before I begin, I want to avoid all controversy over what day of the week
Sabbath actually is. Some have said that any day can be your Sabbath – if
you are observing it to honor God. Some have said that Sunday is the
‘Christian Sabbath’. Some have said that when the calendar was changed
centuries ago, we lost track of the days of the week and Sabbath is
therefore also lost. Let’s find out the truth and what YHVH’s will is
regarding each assertion.
can be your Sabbath if your definition of ‘Sabbath’ is simply ‘rest’”.
In this case, you
establish and define the observance of this day. It now becomes a
matter of your will,
not God’s. YHVH calls the Sabbath day HOLY. He established it as a day
of rest, but not because He was exhausted from the 6 days of creation –
He obviously could not be omnipotent and then be in need of a break.
never been Sabbath. In the Bible, it is called the first day of the
week, Sabbath Always refers to the seventh day (and in some cases it
refers to a holiday).
Gregorian calendar was changed (updated) in 1582 to make up for errors
in the previous (Julian) calendar. 10 days were removed from the
monthly count, but the days of the week stayed the same. Thursday the 4th
was followed by Friday the 15th. The days remained in order
and the Sabbath was not lost. Interesting to note that the calendar was
adjusted to be able to accurately date the pagan celebration of Easter.
Sabbath is instituted by YHVH and is an ordinance FOREVER.
YHVH established the Sabbath at creation. On the seventh day, He rested
(ceased) from working. He had completed what He wanted to do with regards
to creation. But why did He command us to keep it? We don’t need to be
commanded to rest from our jobs – most people find it easy to spend a little
time away from work. It isn’t to force us to worship Him – anyone who truly
loves YHVH worships Him every day.
One key, I believe, is John 1 – it is even worded similarly. “In the
beginning, was the Word (Logos) or
YHVH has everything planned out in detail from the beginning. He has let us
in on His pattern – 6 days work, 7th day rest. The pattern of
6/7 shows up many places in scripture as well as history – all pertaining to
His PLAN. The 7th day was a rest, the 7th year was a
rest (for the land), and the 7th millennium will be a rest. The
Sabbath is a dress rehearsal for this final rest that WE get to enjoy very
soon – (we are at the beginning of the 7th millennium now).
we see that YHVH makes His will clear concerning Sabbath. He establishes it
as an everlasting ordinance for His children.
16 The people of Isra’el are to keep the
Shabbat, to observe Shabbat
through all their generations as a
that YHVH meant for us to enjoy Sabbath forever. Not only does He spell it
out for us, but (as our example) Yahusha and the all the apostles kept
We will even
be enjoying Sabbath AFTER Yahusha returns as we see in
22 “For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will
continue in my presence,” says ADONAI,
“so will your descendants and your name continue.
23 “Every month on Rosh-Hodesh
and every week on Shabbat,
everyone living will come to worship in
my presence,” says ADONAI.
24 “As they leave, they will look on the corpses of the people
who rebelled against me
(Rebelled against what?
YHVH’s Torah – Context of
scripture here is worship and pagan practices).
For their worm will never die, and their fire will never be quenched; but
they will be abhorrent to all humanity.”
If we are to be enjoying Sabbath AFTER Yahusha returns, why would we think
it is of no consequence now? Is it only for the Jews? No – Regarding His
Elect, there is neither Jew nor Gentile in YHVH’s sight. Was it only valid
until the Church Dispensation? NO – It is valid forever (everlasting). Out
of the Ten Commandments, why would
this one have a statute of limitations? Can we also say that
since the Church Age is here we can put limitations on the other nine
commandments? I say that since the Church Age began - MEN HAVE ALREADY PUT
LIMITATIONS ON ALL OF YHVH’s COMMANDMENTS! The Church writes itself a Carte
Blanche to change whatever it pleases. But YHVH does not change.
Sabbath is YHVH’s Sign between Himself and His elect.
ADONAI said to Moshe,
13 Tell the people of Isra’el,
‘You are to observe my Shabbat
s; for this is a
between me and you
through all your generations;
so that you will know that I am ADONAI,
who sets you apart for me.
17 It is
between me and the people of Isra’el forever;
for in six days ADONAI made
heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and rested.’
The word ‘SIGN’ is Stong’s word #0226 and is defined as:
1) sign, signal
a) a distinguishing mark
d) miraculous sign
2) token, ensign, standard, miracle, proof
So, if the
keeping of the Sabbath is a
distinguishing mark on us, wouldn’t we want to be marked by YHVH
(for everyone will receive a mark – either for YHVH or for the Beast)? If
it is a banner, wouldn’t we
want to hold up this banner to bring Him glory? As a
remembrance, wouldn’t we want to
honor YHVH by keeping the ‘fourth’ commandment to remember the Sabbath? As
a miraculous sign, YHVH will
bring us into His rest (the true meaning of the Sabbath) at the end of this
age – IF we are obedient to HIS ways (Heb. 3: 7-15). As an
omen, it speaks of this final
rest. As a warning, we are
warned that observing our own ways instead of YHVH’s will keep us from
entering His rest.
Sunday has been substituted by men in place of YHVH’s will for Sabbath.
Whether you realize it or not, Sunday worship was adopted (and keeping the
Sabbath was abolished) by a council of men. Quite apart from any scriptural
backing, it was voted on and accepted that the Sabbath would no longer be
the day of worship for the “Church”. The power of the “Church” had shifted
from Jerusalem in the first century to Rome by the third century. By the
time Constantine (a Christo-Pagan polytheistic sun worshiper) was emperor,
the leaders of Christianity were mainly from and still living in a pagan
society. In 321 CE, Constantine aided in shifting from Sabbath to Sunday
worship by issuing a decree that throughout the Roman Empire, Sunday would
be the official day of rest.
"On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in
cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons
engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits
because it often happens that another day is not suitable for gain-sowing or
vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the
bounty of heaven should be lost."
The “Church of
Laodicea” was a powerful voice in the Christian world during this same
time. Christianity had abandoned its Hebrew roots and the Catholic (meaning
Universal) Church was emerging. Eager to distance themselves from anything
“Jewish” and hang on to their pagan traditions, the Council of Laodicea
ordered the “Church” to break from YHVH’s commands. To add insult to
injury, the Council ordered that everyone should worship as the pagan
religions all around them – on Sunday.
Christians must not
judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather
honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians.
But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from
Christ. (Canon 29 [A.D. 360]). (The
Church Council of Laodicea
circa 364 CE)
of human authority superseding YHVH’s authority is not only plentiful, it is
openly admitted. Here are a few more examples. Keep in mind that these
decisions were not based on any command of YHVH, Yahusha, nor any of the
Apostles. Only by stretching the imagination and misinterpreting the
scriptures can one come close to validating these following comments and
decisions. Jewish prejudice aside, the main impetus for changing the
Sabbath was touted as being “in honor of the day Christ rose from the
grave”. As you read the following, remember from my last letter that
Yahusha was NOT resurrected on Sunday morning (as the “Church” teaches), but
was raised from the grave by YHVH on the Sabbath (as it was coming to its
end) exactly as prophecy declared.
Church History book 5
there less variation in regard to religious assemblies. For although almost
all churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries on the
sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome,
on account of some
ancient tradition, have ceased to do this."
tradition? Yahusha’s resurrection was only 400 years old at this point –
hardly an “ancient” tradition. But the practice of worshiping on Sunday
(worship of Mithra, and many other Greco-Roman gods) was founded in ancient
Babylonian mysticism. Hmmm… which one is being referred to here?
of Faith, Chapter 21,
"Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day". Section 7-8 reads:
7. As it
is the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set
apart for the worship of God; so, in his Word, by a positive, moral, and
perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly
appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which,
from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last
day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ,
was changed into the
first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the
and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath
Sabbath” is a Man-Made term –
not found in scripture).
by circular reasoning can this statement be made – (i.e. the Lord’s Day must
mean Sunday since that is the day Jesus rose from the grave.) This “Lord’s
Day” or “Day of the Lord” refers to the END OF DAYS – NOT SUNDAY - See Amos
5:18, Joel 2:31, 1Thes. 5:2. The Apostle John in Revelation uses this
term. His entire letter is describing the end of days, end time events. He
wasn’t saying, “let’s see, I think it was on Sunday that I had this
vision”. No, he was saying, “I have been a witness of future events on the
Day of YHVH” – referring to judgment.
Church, on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish
Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third
Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord's Day."
Encyclopedia Topic: Ten Commandments, 2nd paragraph
clearer can it be stated!? It might as well have added “We, the Catholic
Church, have usurped God’s authority and imposed our own will in deciding
what day will be considered Holy.”
have made the change from the seventh day to the first
Saturday to Sunday,
on the authority of the one holy, catholic,
apostolic church of Christ."--Episcopalian
Bishop Seymour said in "Why We Keep Sunday."
I could stop right here… The
“Church” has led its followers away from YHVH’s will. The “Church” is
Apostate! The “Church” has separated itself from the ONE True God, and the
ONLY Messiah, Yahusha! WE MUST COME BACK TO YHVH – And stop following these
(314-337 A.D.) was the pope during the reign of Constantine. Here is what he
thought of the Bible Sabbath:
"If every Sunday is to be observed joyfully by the Christians on account of
the resurrection, then every Sabbath on account of the burial is to be
execration [loathing or cursing] of the Jews."--quoted by S. R. E. Humbert,
Adversus Graecorum calumnias 6, in Patrologie Cursus Completus, Series
Latina, ed. J.P. Migne, 1844, p. 143.
It is very
obvious that the “Church” abolished the true Sabbath and established its own
day of worship – Sunday. But why? No scripture supports this. The only
reason to switch days from Saturday to Sunday is to honor the god(s) that
requires worship on that day! The early Catholic Church tried to pass
it off as the day Yahusha rose from the grave, but we know this is not
accurate. But there was no refuting their decisions unless you wished to be
excommunicated, putting a target on the backs of all true believers. Even
so, many true believers refused to have these pagan ways incorporated into
their worship – and suffered for not conforming.
Catholic Church having successfully steered the “Church” away from YHVH’s
Torah simultaneously married their old pagan traditions with what they
deemed the right way to worship God and live a Godly life. Sunday worship
has been so ingrained into “Christian” teaching that few, if any, ever
consider questioning it.
Sunday worship is founded in cultic worship of the Sun.
time in early church history it was necessary for the church to either adopt
the Gentiles' day or else have the Gentiles change their day. To change the
Gentiles' day would have been an offense and a stumbling block to them. The
church could naturally reach them better by keeping their day."--William
Frederick, Three Prophetic Days, pp. 169-170.
rationale. In other words, if the truth is offensive to the world, then
let’s compromise the truth so the lost won’t be offended. But the fact is,
if we compromise YHVH’s Truth to keep from offending the lost, we will join
the lost. No, if you call yourself a follower of the One True Living God,
you must abandon any and all pagan traditions and follow YHVH in Truth.
If you go to a church that worships on Sunday, you are involved in a system
that has replaced YHVH’s Truth and His ways with traditions of men – steeped
in ancient pagan mystery religions and cultic abominations. Sounds harsh, I
know. But there are only two sides to this very real battle. Which camp are
Catholic Church took it upon itself to rewrite God’s laws, all followers of
YHVH kept the Sabbath holy. Even after the ungodly rulings were handed down
by these so-called leaders, the true believers still kept Sabbath. The
‘Gentile’ nations, on the other hand, followed a line of worship born in
ancient Babylon. These beliefs started with Ishtar (Easter, Eostre) and
Nimrod (Baal) who built Babel and other early cities. Nimrod was killed in
battle, and then deified as the ‘Sun God’ by his wife/mother Ishtar. She
founded the cult by creating a trinity or triune of gods consisting of
Nimrod(Baal) as the father, Tammuz (her illegitimate son – said to have been
conceived by the rays of the Sun god Baal) as the Son, and the Eternal Flame
(lit to signify Baal’s presence on Earth) as the Holy ‘Flame’ Spirit. Ishtar
then set herself up as the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God. All were
worshiped as gods and this religion was spread to many cultures. Names were
changed and characters added, but this Holy Trinity and Holy Mother are
present in all the early pagan mystery religions from early Babylon to the
Roman Empire. Look at the basic components that have survived into modern
Father - Baal worshipped on
Son - Tammuz - born of
virgin mother Ishtar by rays of the sun from Baal, born on December 25
(Rebirth of the Sun), died on Easter resurrected by Baal
Holy Spirit - Eternal flame
on earth of Baal's presence
(Candles used in worship to signify the presence of God – common in
Catholicism, but also used in other denominations)
Queen of Heaven/Mother of
God - Ishtar/Isis/Semaramis (Mary worship)
and pantheistic beliefs were the norm for these cultures and worship of
these (non)-gods was on Sunday. The Cult of Sol Invictus (the Invincible
Sun) was the main religion of the Roman Empire. Constantine was the head of
this religion. In Egypt, the Pharaoh was considered to be the Sun god Ra
incarnate. Mithra, a Persian god who became a major player in the Roman
cultic world, was worshiped as a ‘messiah’ and ‘son’ of the god Ahura
Mazda. The holy day for all these cults… Sunday.
times, Sabbath was kept only by those who followed Torah. The only ones who
followed Torah were the followers of YHVH. The Apostles and the first
century church kept the Sabbath, and as the gentile nations were brought
into the family of YHVH, believers were challenged to give up their pagan
ways. Some teachers in these early congregations were trying to bind the
followers into a legalistic observance of Torah while others were trying to
blend their old familiar pagan beliefs into true worship. The Apostle Paul
was equally harsh on both, and warned the believers not to be fooled by
even harsher than Paul. To their faces, Yahusha called the Pharisees
‘whitewashed tombs full of rotting corpses’. To the new believers who were
trying to hang on to their pagan roots, He said either choose YHVH or choose
Baal. Trying to have both is an abomination. He specifically addressed the
believers in Laodicea. They were already blending their old ways with true
worship of YHVH, and we know from history that it wasn’t long before the
Council of Laodicea officially broke from YHVH’s everlasting covenant of the
14 To the angel of the Messianic Community in Laodicea, write: ‘Here is
the message from the Amen,
the faithful and true witness, the Ruler of God’s creation:
15 I know what you are doing:
you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the
16 So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot
blend of hot (YHVH) and cold (Baal)),
I will vomit you out of my mouth!
blending of YHVH and Baal is so disgusting that He would (figuratively)
rather vomit than to stomach their compromising of the truth.)
17 For you keep saying, ‘I am rich, I have gotten rich, I don’t need a
thing!’ You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable,
poor, blind and naked!
18 My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you
may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have
to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eyesalve to rub on your eyes, so
that you may see.
19 As for me, I rebuke and discipline everyone I love; so exert
yourselves, and turn from your sins
(Turn back to Torah)!
20 Here, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice
and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will
eat with me.
21 I will let him who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just
as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on his
22 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the
(That includes us)
So, how does
YHVH, the ONE True God, feel about having His Sabbaths (and feast days)
altered? Does He just look the other way or give a wink or shrug His
shoulders? No – He HATES this form of worship! The prophet Amos records
YHVH’s reaction to His people’s adoption of pagan Sunday worship and keeping
pagan holidays such as Easter (This ‘Christian’ holiday was observed long
21 “I hate, I utterly loathe
Winter Solstice (precursor to Christmas);
I take no pleasure in
22 If you offer me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not
accept them; nor will I consider the peace offerings of your stall-fed
23 Spare me the noise of
songs! I don’t want to hear the strumming of your lutes!
24 Instead, let justice well up like water, and righteousness like an
25 Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings in the desert forty years,
house of Isra’el?
26 No, but now you will bear
your king and Kiyun,
the star of
which you made for yourselves;
response to this unfaithfulness?
I exile you beyond
Damascus,” says YHVH ELOHEI-Tzva’ot—
that is his name.
YHVH is clear
– HE DOES NOT INHABIT THE PRAISES OF HIS WORSHIP BLENDED WITH
PAGAN WORSHIP. Worship on Sunday in honor of YHVH is a blending of
paganism. As much as we want to believe God is pleased with Christianity,
He Himself clearly states that He takes ‘no pleasure’ in Sunday worship.
congregations in these gentile nations grew, they started to distance
themselves from the “Jewish” things in worship. Sabbath was considered very
“Jewish” – even though it was established at creation, well before the tribe
of Judah even existed. In error, men have changed the Holy day that YHVH
gave to us and led us down a path of cultic practices that honor non-gods.
Sunday worship was ushered in by the Catholic Church, but ALL churches that
meet on Sunday have their roots and origin in the Catholic religion
(especially if they observe Easter(Ishtar), and/or Christmas(birth of
Tammuz/ rebirth of the Sun god Baal) as holy days). All Sunday meeting
churches are either Catholic or Protestant and will branch off of one of
these. So in other words, ALL Sunday meeting churches are either Catholic
or Protesting Catholics in origin and all follow the mandates handed
down by the Catholic Church to break from YHVH’s truth and His perfect
will. Is that where you believe you should be? Do your own research and
don’t be afraid to question what you’ve been taught. Scripture is clear and
simple… it’s the rationale of men that is clouded and deceptive.
So is it
contrary to "Christian History" that the Emperor and Pontifus Maximus
Constantine did NOT covert? True conversion would have proven itself by
Constantine keeping Torah and abandoning all paganism. No, He converted
us. Is it contrary to “Christian History” that the Catholic Church did
away with “Jewish” things that were established by YHVH and substituted a
“Christianized Paganism” that has infected ALL Sunday churches? It is a
fact. This is spiritual ADULTERY! We are the bride – Yahusha is the
bridegroom. Should it seem surprising that scripture is so condemning of His
people allowing paganism into TRUE worship? Would a husband not be enraged
to see his bride in the arms of another man? To this day, the Pope still
holds the same pagan Sun god title Pontif – and yet declares that he is the
very mouthpiece for God. He upholds the decisions that separated the
‘Church’ from the One True God.
YHVH is full of mercy, and we as the bride can be reconciled with the
bridegroom – but we have to choose.
still here for us. YHVH established it forever. He is still honored by our
remembering it. It is HIS sign between Himself and His children. Trade
that in for a false religion if you wish, but as for me and my house – we
will serve YHVH.
Time is short
– Choose today whom you will serve.
On a broader
scope dealing with this and the other topics of the Trinity, abolishing the
Torah(Law) and pagan holidays, consider how subtly we have been misled.
We have been
taught that the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to the Hebrew God and
became the first “Christian” Emperor. It’s true, He became "Christian",
except that he himself helped to create the religion and the term
"Christianity”. He was a very religious man and was eager to adopt this
‘new’ religion. But he was also the leader of the cult of Mithra (Sol
Invictus) – even after his “conversion”. He had his coins minted with the
words “Sol Invicto Comiti” (Committed to the Invincible Sun). So
Constantine didn't accept the TRUTH,
he created his own
truth and YOU accepted
Constantine's religion he coined "Christianity".
Rome at that time worshipped the Babylonian Mystery Religion created by the
ancient queen of Babylon named Ishtar. Rome killed the True (Jewish)
Messiah Yahusha, destroyed the City of YHVH (Jerusalem), destroyed the
Temple of YHVH, killed YHVH's priests, and burned the Holy Texts (Courtesy
of Emperor Diocletian) and took the remaining text back to Rome and altered
them – allowing the Truth to be reformulated to honor the pagan religions so
important to them. With this new religious power now in place, Rome (in the
form of the Catholic Church) then waged war on the Jews and condemned all
things pertaining to YHVH in the negative term "Judaism" and blamed the Jews
for the death of "Jesus".
Constantine did, was not convert to the Truth of YHVH, but rather
CONVERTED THE TRUTH OF YHVH
to paganism and renamed Tammuz the son of Baal into Jesus. He sold the Lie
that Jesus was Yahusha, and then sold back to the entire world the Mystery
Religion of Babylon which Constantine as Pontifus Maximus (High Priest of
the Sun god) worshipped until his death. His new religion,” Christianity",
was the polar opposite of the Truth of YHVH – a false image of the Truth, a
replacement of YHVH and His ways with ancient paganism:
- worship of the Sungod Baal. Called Father.
- worship of Tammuz (killed by a pig & celebrated in honor of Ishtar by
sacrificing a pig –Easter Ham…)
- fertility worthip in honor of the Sun, it is the rebirth of the Sun and
birthday of Tammuz.
- Father (Baal) / Son (Tammuz) / Holy Spirit (Eternal Flame represented by
Queen of Heaven / Mother of God
- Ishtar, Queen of Baal, and mother of both Baal and Tammuz
- "Fathers" and "Nuns"
New God - combined the
Druid god Hesus with the Eastern god of Krishna giving us
translated in English... Jesus Christ.
byproduct, Constantine created a militant religion (Catholicism) that has
murdered and committed high atrocities in the name of "Jesus" their god.
They forced this masquerade of Baal Worship on every culture they
controlled. And lied to us and told us this was the God of Israel when it
was the Mystery Religion of Babylon. But Darkness will never overcome the
Light. We were warned this would happen over and over by YHVH's Prophets.
We are told to come out her (Mystery Babylon) which is the Baal worshipping
Christian Church founded in and given to us by Rome. Not an easy task –
especially if you have been raised in any Sunday meeting church. But the
choice remains – The Truth of YHVH or the false image of the Truth.
YHVH gave to us a SIGN and called it the Sabbath.
changed it to Sunday in honor of Baal.
YHVH gave us a SEAL, the name YHVH, that we may know He alone is God and
there is no other.
Constantine removed that name in
favor of a Trinity displayed as a SEAL of a cross on your forehead.
YHVH gave us a deliverer, a Passover Lamb, and resurrected this Messiah on
the Sabbath to confirm His Holy Day.
Constantine changed the sacrifice
from the Passover Lamb to an Ishtar (Easter) Pig, and changed the day of
resurrection from the Sabbath to Sunday.
"Christianity" is the wide gate that leads the masses to the second death.
I don’t say this lightly – it breaks my heart. I have many friends that
will never let go of the Christo-pagan ways they were taught.
of YHVH (Yahusha) is the narrow gate leading to life eternal. I hope you
On A Sunday?
A Basic Understanding Series
by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN
THE FACTS ARE:
- Yahuah's days begin and end at Sunset from ""
- The Last (New)
Testament does not replace the First (Old)
but is supposed to explain the Spiritual aspects of it.
- The Sabbath was a "High Sabbath"
(Meaning An Annual Sabbath) (John
- Roosters crow at Sunset and Sunrise, but "Sunset"
sunset) was made obvious
by the context of the verses
- The 1st day of "Unleavened Bread" is an immediate
extension of "Passover. (Exodus
12:18, and Leviticus 23:5)
- Messiah Yahusha was sacrificed at the end of the
"Preparation Day, which is the daylight period before The First Day of
Unleavened Bread (which began
immediately after sunset ), and in so doing
became "The Spiritual Sacrificial Lamb"
(and our High Priest)
just in time for the beginning of the "Passover".
well meaning Yahwists, and others, have stated that Messiah
Yahusha's Self-sacrifice was not accepted as a "First of the First
Fruits" (wave sheaf Omer)
until the appointed time that the Jewish High Priest actually
offered up the "Wave Sheaf" on the day after "Passover." What these
well meaning Yahwists have forgotten is that Messiah Yahusha became
the NEW HIGH PRIEST at his crucifixion, and that the tearing into
from top to bottom of the Temple Veil
(Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, Luke
23:45) reinforces that fact. In other
words the Levitical High Priests were removed from their office by
Messiah Yahusha from that very moment at Sunset as the "Preparation
Day of Passover" ended, and he remains so to this very day._Additionally,
It was not Messiah Yahusha's ascension
(as they assumed)
that indicated acceptance of Messiah as the First of the First
Fruits (Wave Sheaf Omer),
but his crucifixion.
- Messiah Yahusha was in the Grave
three FULL nights and three FULL days
(Matthew 12:40 - THREE FULL "Even to
Evens"), as was Jonah
was in the belly of the whale
(or Great Fish).
(SEE VERSES BELOW)
well meaning Yahwists, christopagans, and others, have stated
that Messiah Yahusha was only in the Earth three generic days,
and go to great lengths to try to prove it, BUT IF this was the
intent of the verses
(Matthew 12:40, etc.) then it makes ZERO
sense to mention the night time periods at all. Why not just
simply say, "Three Days?"__CLEARLY
these are not three generic days, but three "Evens to Evens."
- When Mary Magdalene
and the other Mary (Miryam)
came to the grave site, Messiah Yahusha
HAD ALREADY RISEN...
BEFORE THEY ARRIVED!!! (MATTHEW 28:1) As A Matter Of Fact, A Full
- The Apostle John states that Miriamne
came to Messiah's sepulchre alone at night. Could it
be that when she saw that the sepulchre was already empty
(way before daybreak),
that she went back to get Messiah's mother to show her or was John
more confused than the Roman church?
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early,
when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone
taken away from the sepulchre.
- PASSOVER is the meal
that immediately precedes the Annual Sabbath
(a High Day or Yachal)
of Unleavened Bread. Saturday
(Friday at even to Saturday at even) is a
Word for this High Day is
"YACHAL", which means,
"That which is painfully waited
for with great anticipation" ... Clearly
NOT a weekly Sabbath, but a long awaited
- The Passover animal sacrifices were always in the
late afternoon prior Sunset
(Evening) symbolizing that Messiah
Yahusha our Sacrifice would, also, be crucified in the late
afternoon prior to Sunset but that the crucifixion would not be
complete until late in the evening.
Your lamb (Messiah
Yahusha) shall be
without blemish (Pure),
a male (Messiah
a year old (Innocent).
You shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: and you shall keep
it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of
the congregation of Israel (prophecy)
shall KILL IT AT EVENING (prior
to sunset). Which means
that Yahusha was, also, raised from among the dead at SUNSET three full
nights and three full daylight periods later, and not on a Sunday
Yahuah was absolutely required to bring about the Sacrifice of "The Lamb
of G-d" in the same manner, and according to the same schedule as the
old animal sacrifices. Otherwise the significance of The Messiah being
the New Covenant Passover would have no true parallel to The Old
Covenant Passover, and therefore, could not be taken seriously, BUT The
Power of Yahuah caused this to happen exactly as prophesied.
Jonah 1:17 Now
the Lord Yahuah had (specially)
prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah (or
Jonas). And Jonah was in the belly of the fish
three days and three nights.
For as Jonas (or Jonah)
was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so
shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the
Earth (Hades or the Grave).
After the END of the
Sabbath (DUSK - Leviticus
began to dawn (Approximately 8
to10 hours later near daybreak) toward the
first day of the week (Sunday),
came Mary Magdalene (Miriamne)
and the other Mary (Miryam)
to see the sepulchre.
Messiah Yahusha HAD ALREADY RISEN
Yahusha Messiah did not need the rock to be rolled away in order to
be Risen from The Dead. When the two Marys arrived in the early
morning hours, Yahusha Messiah WAS NOT THERE ! Which Brings Out
What Is The Use Of Sunrise Services? Did The Two Marys actually
see Messiah Yahusha Rise From The Dead At Sunrise?...
Absolutely NOT !
Therefore: Messiah Yahusha became our PASSOVER at "EVEN"
beginning of the FIRST NIGHT),
then arose from the dead "IMMEDIATELY AFTER" three FULL Evenings
(3 periods of darkness),
and three Full Daylight Periods. Since the 3 days and 3 nights began at
then it MUST, ALSO, END at "EVEN" (Sunset).
THUS Messiah DID NOT ARISE ON SUNDAY
MORNING... HE had "ALREADY RISEN" at "EVEN" ON SATURDAY
(Very Late In The Day Of The Weekly
Sabbath, And Just Prior To Dark).
Note: It is
NOT NECESSARY to know on which day Messiah Yahusha was Crucified in
order to understand that Messiah Yahusha WAS RESURRECTED AT "EVEN"
PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF SUNDAY! Therefore: A Sunday Resurrection
Is A Total IMPOSSIBILITY !
Where is it written that the day of Messiah's Resurrection is to
change Yahuah's Times and Laws? The Prophet Daniel warned us about
those who would "Change Yahuah's Times and Commandments
(Daniel 7:8, 21-27)
"I beheld, and the same horn
(little horn) made war with the saints,
and prevailed against them . . . . 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.
Matthew 12:8 For the
Son of man (Messiah Yahusha)
is Lord even of the Sabbath Day. Why Am I Not Surprised? After All He Was
Born During The Sabbath Month Of Tishri, He Was Crucified Minutes or Seconds
Prior to the ANNUAL Sabbath (at Sunset/Even),
He Was Resurrected and Spiritually Begotten Minutes or Seconds Prior to the
End of the WEEKLY Sabbath (At
Sunset/Even), And He Will Rule The Earth as
Yahuah's Ambassador During The Sabbath Millennium.