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Wednesday, December 9 2015
Ezekiel 46: The Restoration Of The True Week And Month Is Coming
"He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the Law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem ... And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the LORD"
The English-language word "time" originated from the same word as for tide i.e. people asked "What tide is it?" in the same way that people today ask "What time is it?" - as we will read, it's a Biblically-appropriate connection because tides are caused by the gravitational force of the moon during its orbit around the Earth, in relation to the rotation of the Earth.
Time is a measurement of physical change. The reason that God is Eternal is because He is not subject to physical time. While God the Father is commonly thought of as an old man, His appearance could just as well be that of a young man because God does not age. That's what eternal life is all about.
Time began with the physical Creation, as determined by the movement of the sun (the "day," from sunset to sunset), the moon (the "month," from new moon to new moon) and the stars (seasons of the year - the spring and autumn equinoxes, and the summer and winter solstices - which includes the sun, which is a star; see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
"1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day." (Genesis 1:3-5 KJV)
The week is the only measurement of time that the LORD created by decree. The week was created when the LORD declared that the week is to have seven days, the seventh day of which is His Sabbath. The LORD's Sabbath was a creation of the LORD, not any human, or human "church."
"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)
Most humans have chosen to ignore, or have been misled to ignore, the Creator's genuine calendar. Some calendars have now even blatantly re-arranged the days so that the first day is incorrectly shown as the seventh i.e. calendars that begin with Monday and end with Sunday.
For many, the months too have become a man-made delusion that ignore the phase of the moon (the word "month" literally means moon) and begin at any day of the month (on their calendar, there can even be two new moons - a natural impossibility). So too the seasons and the calendar (see How Did Rome Change True Time?).
On the other hand, the right one (see Which Way Is Right And Left?), the LORD's true calendar begins in spring, at the time of Passover, while the Roman calendar now begins as winter is just beginning in the northern hemisphere. Humanity's man-made calendars are confused (see also The Cure For Confusion).
The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) is returning to show humanity the good Way - the Way that is true and in perfect harmony with the Creation. When the Satanic influence has been removed, humans will joyously see the Truth of the LORD.
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)
The time that Ezekiel was given to see (see What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?) described that same coming enlightenment in which humanity will joyously celebrate being truly free from all of man's Satan-inspired errors and rebelliousness. Included in that will be the observation of the calendar that the LORD declared for His Creation.
"46:1 Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened. 46:2 And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening. 46:3 Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons. 46:4 And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the LORD in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish. 46:5 And the meat offering shall be an ephah for a ram, and the meat offering for the lambs as he shall be able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah. 46:6 And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish. 46:7 And he shall prepare a meat offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs according as his hand shall attain unto, and an hin of oil to an ephah. 46:8 And when the prince shall enter, he shall go in by the way of the porch of that gate, and he shall go forth by the way thereof.
Fact Finder: What natural connection is there between the Creation and the LORD's true Holy Days?
This Day In History, December 9
480: Odoacer, the first Germanic (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) king of Italy, occupied Dalmatia and established his political power with the co-operation of the Roman Senate.
536: Flavius Belisarius (most-often known simply as "Belisarius"), a general of the Eastern (or "Byzantine") Roman Empire, captured Rome.
1625: The Treaty of the Hague was signed under which England and the Netherlands agreed to subsidize Christian IV of Denmark in his campaign in Germany.
1755: The first post office in Canada opened, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1824: The Battle of Ayacucho, during the Latin-American war of independence; an anti-Spain republican rebel victory over royalists on the high plateau near Ayacucho, Peru.
1868: W.E. Gladstone became British Prime Minister for the first of his four terms.
1870: The Society of Biblical Archaeology was founded in London.
1905: An Act for the Separation of Church and State became law in France, repealing Napoleon's Concordat of 1801.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British forces under the command of General Edmund Allenby captured Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermons The Ottoman Empire and The Balfour Declaration; see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration). It occurred on Hanukkah, which commemorates the recovery of The Temple after the original "abomination of desolation" that was committed by the Seleucids (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) while under the rule of the heathen Antiochus Epiphanes (see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and The Holy Place In History And Prophecy).
1931: Spain became a republic.
1940: British forces launched their first major offensive in North Africa during the Second World War.
1941: China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
1945: The flamboyant U.S. General George Patton was involved in an automobile accident at Kafertal, a suburb of Mannheim, Germany. The collision was relatively minor, however Patton, who was not wearing a seat belt, flew upward and struck his head on the roof of the vehicle; he was paralyzed from the neck down and died 12 days later.
1949: The United Nations General Assembly voted for the entire city of Jerusalem to be transformed into a corpus separtum - an "international" city.
1957: Lester Pearson (who later served as Canada's 14th Prime Minister, 1963-1968) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He received the award for his work while Canadian external affairs minister in negotiating a settlement of the 1956 Suez crisis by proposing a UN peace-keeping force as a means of easing the British and French out of Egypt.
1961: Captured Nazi Adolf Eichman was found guilty of war crimes by a court in Israel (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1961: Tanganyika became independent from Britain and took the new name Tanzania.
1979: The eradication of the smallpox virus was certified, thereby making smallpox the first and only human disease driven to extinction.
1990: Former "Solidarity" labor union leader Lech Walesa won Poland's presidential election.
1994: The closest (to date) recorded approach to earth by a celestial object occurred when an asteroid the size of a small house passed within 100,000 km. of the planet (about 1/4 of the distance to the moon). Known as asteroid 1994XM1, it orbits the sun in the same area as the earth and is believed that it will eventually collide with earth.