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Saturday, July 20 2013

What Does Sabbath Mean?

"God blessed the Seventh Day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all His Work which God created and made"

Unlike years, months and days (see also The New Moon Calendar), the seven-day week is not directly observable in nature. The week has seven days because the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) "sevened" it. The Hebrew word for "week" that is found in Genesis, pronounced sheb-oo-ah, means to be made a seven, or a day seven times.

By definition, rest comes after work. The LORD founded the true meaning of the week and the Sabbath Day by resting on the seventh day, unlike Satan's Roman calendar that denies the LORD's true Christian Sabbath, and the true week (see The Blasphemy Calendar) by working on the true Sabbath and resting on the first workday of the week, Satan's "Sunday" (see the Fact Finder question below).

The LORD's true calendar days begin and end at sunset, or "evening" (see Darkness Before Light). Notice how, in English also, that the completion of the day at evening alludes to "s-evening," the same as the Hebrew word ("evening" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word which meant to retire, or to cease work).


"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)

A number of different Hebrew words are translated into English as "rest." The first, pronounced shaw-bawth (from which came the English "Sabbath"), means to cease from labour. That was the word translated as "rested" in Genesis 2:2-3 (quoted above) - which also explains how the LORD, Who never gets weary, can "rest." The LORD's rest is to finish a work i.e. "the heavens and the earth were finished" (Genesis 2:1, quoted above).

Humans do become weary however, which is why a different Hebrew word, pronounced noo-awkh, was used for "rest" in the Fourth Commandment - which is actually a two part Commandment. That "rest" includes to finish a work, as the LORD did, but also means a physical rest for humans (see The Fourth Commandment, Part One: Work and The Fourth Commandment, Part Two: Rest).

"20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

20:11 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." (Exodus 20:8-11 KJV)

The physical meaning of "rest" will apply only as long as the process of salvation is in progress. The week itself has an ultimate meaning in which the spiritual creation will be "sevened" - after which the children of God will observe the LORD's Sabbath in the very same way that He does - if they prove worthy of salvation by obedience to God i.e. "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it."

"4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." (Hebrews 4:1-13 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) How do we know that we observe the same day today for the Sabbath as the LORD created so long ago? (b) How did the Roman Empire's Idol-worshipping "sun day" become a counterfeit Sabbath in their Church of Rome?
(a) See Do We Have The Original Calendar?
(b) See Why Observe The True Sabbath? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy

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This Day In History, July 20

70: The Roman army (see also Ancient Empires - Rome) under the command of Titus (see Titus Vespasianus) stormed the area of Jerusalem north of the Temple Mount (see also What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and Jerusalem In Flames).

Fallen Stones 1402: Tamerlane, leading a massive force of Tartars, defeated and captured the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Angora, now known as Ankara (listen also to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1654: Portugal was placed under English control after the signing of the Anglo-Portuguese treaty.

1667: The Peace of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1664-1667). The city of New Amsterdam was conceded by the Dutch to the English - who renamed it New York.

1773: Scottish settlers arrived at what is today Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia means New Scotland).

1810: Colombia declared independence from Spain.

1866: Austrians partially destroyed the Italian fleet at Lissa Island during the Seven Weeks War.

1871: British Columbia joined the Canadian confederation, thereby becoming a province of Canada.

1903: The first Ford Motor Company automobile was sold.

1917: The Pact of Corfu was agreed under which Serbs, Croats and Slovenes agreed to form a union called Yugoslavia.

1923: Mexican revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa was assassinated at age 46 by political rivals.

1924: In Teheran, Persia (Persia is known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia), martial law was declared after U.S. vice-consul, Robert Imbrie, was killed by a religious mob who rioted after hearing a rumor that the diplomat had poisoned a water fountain that killed a number of people.

1932: Washington, D.C. police fired tear gas on protesting First World War veterans who were attempting to march to the White House.

1933: In response to rising anti-Jewish attitudes in Europe, 500,000 people marched in London against anti-Semitism (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion and listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1944: Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by planting a bomb under his conference table in the "Wolf's Lair" headquarters.

1951: King Abdullah, 69, the first ruler of independent Jordan, was assassinated by dissident Arabs on the steps of the el-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. He was the only Arab ruler to accept the United Nations partitioning of "Palestine" into Jewish and Arab states (listen also to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration). In the 1948 war with Israel, his armies occupied the West Bank and Old Jerusalem. He was succeeded by his 16 year old grandson, Hussein.

1960: 2 dogs aboard a Russian spacecraft became the first living creatures to be launched into space and survive re-entry.

1969: Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command module.

1976: Viking 1 landed on Mars. It then transmitted back to earth the first-ever images from the surface of Mars.

1977: The Central Intelligence Agency released documents under the Freedom of Information Act that revealed that the CIA had conducted mind control experiments on people in the U.S.

2005: James Doohan died at age 85. The Canadian actor (born in Vancouver, BC) played "Scotty" in the widely popular Star Trek TV and movie series. The accent of "Scotty" was actually part of the character's portrayal; in real life, Doohan spoke like a Canadian (William Shatner, who played Captain James Kirk was also Canadian, born in Montreal).


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