Sabbath

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Our heavenly Father has provided a means to accomplish all that He expects from us.

He does not leave us lacking in ability to preform in a manner that is pleasing to Him.

 

 

Sabbath Keeping

Have we forgotten the ancient commands?  What is wrong with taking a day off?

We have been commanded to keep the seventh or Sabbath day separate or holy from the other six days of the week.  We were commanded to remember this day for all generations for ever.

Is it important that we all remember the seventh day on the same day?  Some people believe it is, and some believe it is not important.

If it is important how do we know which day is the seventh day?  Our Father has revealed to us how to do it.  It is important to our Father to follow His commands, so He gives us the ability to do it.  We just have to find and follow the instructions.

The mandate to remember the Sabbath is discussed in the end of this publication. First to be discussed here concentrates on what days of the year are the Sabbath days. The answer is surprising, taking into consideration that currently there are over 50 calendars used throughout the world. Most of the readers of this publication probably use a Gregorian Calendar and are very well tuned into using it to regulate there life.  Nevertheless, this is not true for all people around the world.

 

 

The Facts

The Earth rotates around the sun in a somewhat circular orbit. It does this at a rate that is extremely constant, but not perfect.  As the Earth rotates around the Sun, it can be determined that the Earth moves around at a rate of .9856 degrees per day.  The Earth requires 365.242 days for one full rotation around the sun.  This is called a solar cycle.

The Earth revolves around its axis at a fairly constant rate. Its rate is affected by earthquakes and other cosmic influences.  It does change, but it is so small it is almost  undetectable. A leap second was added in 1972, and one in 2012.

The tilt of axis is fairly constant. The axial tilt does wobble, nevertheless, it is generally about 23.4 degrees.  The angle is responsible for the seasons as the Earth rotates around the sun. It is also responsible for the Spring Equinox.  This is an important fact to remember for our further discussion in this publication.

The Stars have a cycle used for calendars and time keeping.  Their cycle is called a Sidereal cycle. The length of a sidereal day is 23.93446 hours.  The length of a sidereal year is 365.25 days.  Sidereal time is calculated from watching the stars and their relation to the revolution of the earth on its axis and the rotation of earth around the sun.  Notice that the times for the day and the year are very similar to that of the solar cycle.  This information is also important to remember for our further discussion in this publication.

The Lunar cycle has its own set of idiosyncrasies.  The lunar cycle is 29.53 solar days and 27.32 sidereal days from New Moon to New moon.  A period of twelve lunar cycles is generally known as a lunar year which adds up to 354.36 solar days and 327.84 sidereal days. Some lunar calendars have 12 and 13 months to make up for the time difference between the solar/sidereal times.  Much information has been presented, nevertheless, it will all come together.

 

 

 

Regularity

Our heavenly Father has provided a means to accomplish all that He expects from us.  He does not leave us lacking in ability to preform in a manner that is pleasing to Him.  He wants us to be successful.

Our Father has provided for regularity in seasons and times.  At creation, by oath,  Yaha’oha commanded things to happen.  The Elah’im, who helped Yaha’oha at creation, were given charge to maintain these oaths.  Each day, the sun was commanded to rise at a certain spot on the horizon.  Each day had a certain spot, assigned by Yaha’oha, for the Oath Keepers to keep unto eternity.  Nothing was ever to change.  With this in mind, we now know that Father’s law to keep the Sabbath day holy could be accomplished as he required for all generations unto eternity.  Regularity is required to keep the Sabbath.  The regularity of the tilt of the axis, and the speed of revolution of the earth around its axis in coordination with the rotation of the earth around the sun, ensures that these commands can be accomplished.  If just one thing of these three factors changes, we cannot follow the command to recognize the Sabbath as it was established at creation.

Modern astronomers and cosmologists rely on this regularity.  When things are regular they become predictable.  This fantastic predictability has allowed them to develop computer algorithms allowing them to say with certainty where a star was in the past, and where a star will be at some time in the future.  Our Father can number the stars and he calls each of them by name.  Father, who works without computers and algorithms, expects stars to be in a certain place at a specific time because he knows their paths.  He knows where everything should be and when it should happen.  He also knows why all these things are where they should be.  There is no randomness or chaos.  We were commanded to remember the seventh day.  Not any day, but the seventh day that Father recognizes as the seventh day.

We need to use scriptural evidence to help us determine which day is the seventh day.   Here is a situation where we need to be par, as in being equal in quantity and quality, with Father’s seventh day.  We cannot embrace our gut feelings, nor “go with the crowd”, nor do what is convenient.  The seventh day is the seventh day.  There is something special about that day, and Father wants us to realize the benefits of keeping that day holy.  It goes far beyond the benefits of resting from industry.

 

 

Portals

If each day is a portal, what is behind each portal?  What can you imagine?  Does an ugly portal have ugly things behind it, and an absolutely gorgeous portal have fantastical things behind it?

What does Father have behind the seventh portal, that is not behind portals one thru six?

Father mandated the children, under the Torah, not to eat pork.  He did not say why they were not to eat pork.  He just said do not do it.  We know from experience that there are certain worms that live in pork.  Without telling us why, we benefited from not eating pork.  I know that leaves a disgusting picture in your mind, please forgive me, nevertheless, the same principle applies here with the portals.  Yaha’oha, at creation, established portals or points on the horizon where the stars and the sun and moon were to rise.  He did not explain the benefits, he just said there will be benefits because of this.  The principle of this is the same as the pork eating situation.

When the seventh portal is opened and the stars and then later the sun emerge through it, we benefit.  We all benefit from this regardless if we keep the Sabbath or not, because of the principle that it rains on the just and the unjust.  What is behind that fantastically beautiful door?  I would venture to say something fantastically beautiful.  When we start to observe the Sabbath on the seventh day that our Heavenly Father expects us to observe it, I am sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that we will benefit beyond our best imagination.  Our Heavenly Father wants us to be successful and to benefit from doing what He desires us to do.  He does not make up rules for the reason of subjection, His rules result in benefit.  He loves us.

It is as if the entire universe were designed for our benefit.  It was designed with our needs in mind.  The stars and all the cosmic contents were placed in a position to propel us.  What does the Father have in store for those who follow his command to keep the Sabbath day holy?  The immensity of that promise is unfathomable at this point.

Love, love, love is what this is all about.  The law of Sabbath is all about love, place, togetherness, family, and being similar to Father.  There is an interesting principle of Ehad which is Hebrew for unity or oneness, or being so similar that there is no distinction between two things, as if they are one.  Is this what Father is setting us up for when he commanded us to keep the Sabbath?  With Ehad, He desires to be as one with us, in the same way one has an inner thirst for water.  When we are thirsty we seek out water because the thirst desires to be quenched.

We can seek that portal, we can open it, we can benefit from it as it was designed to benefit us and quench Father’s thirst.

 

 

Which Calendar

Calendars help us to regulate our life.  It helps us to go to work, and remember days that need remembering.  There are over 50 calendars used in the world. So which one will help us to follow the command to keep the Sabbath.  Why can’t we just use any seventh day?

Every calendar used in the world helps each society regulate what that society believes is relevant or important to that society.  Some calendars base their dates on a particular holiday.  Some base their calendar on a season, and some on a celestial event.  Every calendar is justifiable to the society that developed the calendar.  If you have some time, search for calendar on the internet for more information.

The question that we need to answer is what calendar was given to us to help us observe the Sabbath day and feast days?

The world mainly uses a Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian Calendar  is a solar based calendar established in 1582 to account for Easter.  Easter is an important date to the Catholic church.  The Council of Nicaea, in AD 325 had established a set of rules descriptive of the proper day to celebrate Easter.  It used a combination of solar and lunar rules.  Using this calendar and set of rules, the day for Easter celebration floated between the 4th of April, to the 8th of May.  This calendar is also known as the Western Calendar and is the base of all Postal service world wide.

The Jewish Lunisolar calendar used by most of the Jewish community was established after their captivity in Babylon.  The month names and a system of calendar correction was established by the Maimonides in the 12th century.  To a person using this calendar the date for each Sabbath and feast day never changes.  However, feast days like passover, float  in respect to the rotational degrees of the earth around the sun. It is not observed at the same position of the earth in its orbit, but it is observed on the same calendar day.  What is more important, the calendar date, or the position of the earth?  Using a Gregorian date, in 2013 the Passover was celebrated March 26-27, and in 2014 it will be celebrated April 15-16.

Using Lunar factors in a calendar works for the user who is familiar with that system.  The use of lunar factors also introduces irregularity in Sabbaths and Feast days in respect to the location of the earth in its orbit around the sun.

If regularity is required so that a Sabbath can be kept on the same seventh day throughout eternity, the calendar must be constructed from solar/sidereal components.  The Earth’s circular path around the sun is the key to regularity.  And like the gears in a clock, the constant radius of the orbit of the Earth around the Sun, the constant speed of rotation during that orbit, the constant angle of the Earth’s axis, the constant speed of revolution around the axis, and the fixed location of the distant stars all make up this fantastic clock work that we have been given to precisely know when to have a Sabbath day.  Agreed, there are small variations in all these facts, nevertheless, the variations are small enough not to nullify their use in regular Sabbath day calculation.

 

 

Events that Never Change

If we leave this Earth and hover above the Sun and look down at the Earth as it rotates around the Sun, we can imagine a great circle with degree marks along the orbit.  A circle can be divided into 360 individual degree marks.

Now imagine the Earth at the 12 o’clock position.  As it goes around the Sun imagine the circle being divided at the 9, 6, and 3 o’clock positions.  These four quarters mark the four seasons.  The earth is tilted at 23.4 degrees.  Without this tilt, we would not feel and see a difference at each season.  Life as we know it would be very different if the tilt of the earth were not 23.4 degrees.  At this angle we enjoy a mild change in temperature from season to season.  If we had a tilt of 33.4 degrees we would experience vast changes in temperature, great winds, and less constant ice at the poles.  Needless to say, life would be chaotic and we may not be able to settle in one place.  On the other side of the tilt, let’s say 13.4 degrees, we would have undetectable seasonal changes.  There would be no polar ice, and the equator would be constantly hot in a temperature range not suitable for most humans.  By divine love towards us, Yaha’oha established the axial tilt of the earth to be as it is.  As it is, we can measure the length of the day and night period to determine exactly where we are in this great circle called the orbit.  These things are set up because of Divine Love towards us, his creation.

By measuring the the length of the day and night, on the day we determine that the length of the day is equal to the length of night, we know that we are at what is known as an Equinox.  There are two Equinoxes each year.  One occurs in the Spring and one occurs in the Fall.  The temperatures are similar, but the plants and animals each react to these times in a way they have been designed to react.  As you look down from above the sun, the Earth would be at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions for these Equinoxes.

Again by measuring the length of day to the night, we can determine the other two positions which are called solstices.  We know them as summer and winter.  These would be the 9 and 3 o’clock positions.

As the Earth is rotating through its orbit, it is also revolving around its axis.  Its speed of revolution is very constant.  As mentioned earlier, it is so accurate that the time of rotation is compared to a Cesium atom in the atomic clock in Colorado, and a leap second was added to its rotation in 1972 and then 40 years later one was added in 2012.  The rotation of the earth is like a heart beat to this fantastic clock we are describing here.  Like our own heart beat, we expect it to be constant and never stop.  For people who understand the operation of a computer, they know that every computer operates on a heart beat clock that allows it to coordinate all its computations and functions.  This constant heart beat is a fundamental necessity required to make things we use a reality.  And for the computation of a Sabbath day it is essential.  And why is this done?  Because of Divine Love for us, his creation.

So please remain hovered over the Sun looking down and see in your mind’s eye this constantly revolving Earth like a heart beat, rotating around the sun, going through each quarter station.  First the 12 o’clock position, then the 9, then the 6, then the 3, and then full around back to the 12 o’clock position.  This has never changed from the time that Yaha’oha commanded by oath given to the Elah’im, the Oath Keepers, to keep and manage it as it should be, to this very second you are reading this.  In order for us to keep the command to remember the Sabbath Day to keep it Holy, we needed to have this heart beat accuracy for all generations.  We are never given a command without the means to perform it as required.

Things are set up in this orbit so that anyone can determine the day of the Equinox even without a fancy clock to measure the duration of night and day.  One can use poles in the ground.  I will describe this later.  Again the ability to determine this is established out of Divine Love for us His creation so that even the most simple tools can help us to determine the seventh day.

From our vantage point looking down on the sun, the Spring Equinox or another term is Vernal Equinox is the starting point of the year.  This is the 12 o’clock position.  Each quarter is divided into 91 days.  Yes 91 days because: 4 quarters * 91 days = 364 days in a year.  Yes we know that a year consists of 365.24 solar days and 365.25 sidereal days.  That means that the heart beat of our very accurate clock accomplishes 365.24 revolutions around the axis while it travels along the orbit.  So from Spring Equinox to Spring Equinox there are 365.24 revolution around the axis of the earth.  So if there are 364 days in a year, what do we do with the left over days?  To be exact, 1.24 days.  This 29 hour, 45 minute and 36 second duration of time is simply not counted as a day.  This time is utilized as a sort of reset button, and most importantly it is used to determine the precise time of the Equinox.  The first day of the year begins in the evening after the Equinox has been verified.

Yes I agree that an uncounted day is odd.  We have been taught throughout the years we must account for every day, and every day must have a date.  This is why we have leap years where an intercalary day is added to make up for the odd hours, minutes, and seconds in a full year.  This is not consistent and regular.  The 364 day year, with a reset at the Spring Equinox is consistent and never changes from generation to generation.  Isn’t this what we need?  A calendar which works from generation to generation and is always using the same seventh day from generation to generation?  Yes indeed we do.

 

 

Scriptural Evidences

How do we know that the Spring Equinox begins the first month?  We have a few sources that give us the information we need to be confident that the Spring Equinox is the first day of the year.

 Our best evidence comes from Exodus 13:3-4 from the KJV: 3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this [place]: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. 4 This day came ye out in the month Abib.  So what is Abib?  Is Abib a name of the month or a description of what happens in that month?  In Hebrew the word Abib, spelled אביב and is numbered H24, and has a meaning of an ear of corn, or a green ear.  The green ear also applies to barley in its green ears.  So when does this occur?  In the Spring.  So this description of what happens in this month is a specific clue that the Equinox can be used to establish the first day of the first month.

 The next round of evidence is found in Exodus 12:1-2 from the KJV: 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month [shall be] unto you the beginning of months: it [shall be] the first month of the year to you.  In fact the entire chapter 12 from Exodus is full of information about the events at that time and the significance of the remembrance of the Passover and exit from Egypt.

Three other verses associated to this are Exodus 23:15 KJV: 15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:), Exodus 34:18 KJV: 18 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt. and Deuteronomy 16:1 KJV: 1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

The process had begun, Moses and Aaron had informed the people what to do.  They gathered their stuff, they borrowed the Egyptian’s stuff, they got the Hyssop branch, they selected a lamb, they killed it, roasted it, ate it, and they gathered their kneading pots with bread still in them.  This all occurred very quickly.  And what day was it?  The Children of Israel were used to using a calendar that used numbers for the names of the months, and numbers for days of the week.  It also counted the week numbers from the beginning, and it counted the day numbers.  There is a saying that there is strength in numbers, and when something is finished we know the saying is to tie things up.  In Exodus 12:51 of the KJV: 51 And it came to pass the selfsame day, [that] the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.  The word “selfsame” has the feeling of both strength in numbers, and to tie things up.  You can see for yourself in a Gesenius Lexicon h6105- h6106.  The last day of the year has the highest accumulation of numbers, and it is the day when the year is finished and tied up.  If you can accept this, then what we have here is the description of the last day of the year, and Moses was told to remember this day and use it to start the first month.  On the calendar used by the Children of Israel, the next day actually started in the evening and after their preparation was complete, death occurred that evening in all the houses of the Egyptians.  The Pharaoh, obviously by the unction of Yaha’oha, got a message out to Moses and announced to him to get out of Egypt now.  They were ready to go, and they did.

 

 

Other Evidence

In the Book of Enoch, chapter 72 is descriptive of the calendar the Ancient Hebrews used.  It describes the four quarters, each comprised of three months.  The first two months had 30 days, and the last month of the quarters had 31 days.  In total 364 days were to be counted and recognized.  The first day of the year is described in this same chapter: Enoch 72:32 On that day the night decreases and amounts to nine parts, and the day to nine parts.  The night is equal to the day.  At that time the year is exactly three hundred and sixty-four days.  This verse in Enoch, is similar to Exodus 12:51 which was discussed earlier.

Another point to bring up from Enoch is the fact that two methods of ensuring accuracy were employed.  As we discussed earlier, the solar and sidereal cycles are similar in duration.  At Enoch 74:12 The Sun and the stars bring in all the years exactly, so that they do not advance or delay their position by a single day unto eternity, but complete the years with perfect justice in 364 days.  A principle in the Hebrew language is that when you double something you are emphasizing its importance.  So here we see that two methods are used for verification.  This is because of the importance of this ancient calendar.

The use of the Ancient Hebrew Calendar is found in the Book of Jasher.  Jasher 83:1 And in the twelfth month, in the twenty-third day of the month, Moses took Aaron and his sons, and he dressed them in their garments, and anointed them and did unto them as the Lord had commanded him, and Moses brought up all the offerings which the Lord had on that day commanded him.  2 Moses afterward took Aaron and his sons and said to them, For seven days shall you remain at the door of the tabernacle, for thus am I commanded.  3 And Aaron and his sons did all that the Lord had commanded them through Moses, and they remained for seven days at the door of the tabernacle.  4 And on the eighth day, being the first day of the first month, in the second year from the Israelites' departure from Egypt, Moses erected the sanctuary, and Moses put up all the furniture of the tabernacle and all the furniture of the sanctuary, and he did all that the Lord had commanded him.

The use of number names for months, and number dates for days, is prevalent in the scriptures from Genesis to the book of Ezra.  After that, the lunar month names are used.  The prophet Ezra, was a part of the captivity in Babylon.  He is known to have reintroduced Torah to the Children of Israel.  So what happened that they forgot the Ancient Calendar and started to use the Babylonian influenced lunisolar calendar?

 

 

Calendar Lost

The Ancient Calendar was lost after Ezra.  What a travesty it was to begin using a calendar influenced by the Babylonian culture.  The importance shown here, is that a calendar is used or adopted by a culture or society.  The mandate was made to the Children to keep the seventh day.  If a culture uses the wrong calendar, they cannot and will not keep the correct day.  The job of a prophet is to hear the message from Yaha’oha and relay it to the people.  So what does the prophet Amos relay to the people concerning the calendar they were using?  Amos 5:21 from the KJV: 21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.  Why?  They used the wrong calendar and kept the Sabbaths and feast days on the wrong days.  That’s why.

So how do you get back to using the correct calendar when the rest of the world uses a Gregorian, and or the Jewish Lunar calendar?  Easy!  All one has to do is use two calendars.  Use the Ancient Calendar for keeping Sabbath, and use any other calendar for civil activities.  What’s wrong with using two or more calendars?  Nothing.

 

 

Sabbath Revisited

When the term revisited is used, it is used because something was lost.  We need to take another look at the seventh day.  We stopped using the ancient calendar.  When we were created things were set up in the entire creation to help us to perform the commands given to us for our welfare.  The ancient innocence and wisdom was diluted with teachings that diminished the teaching of our Father’s Torah.  Torah can be looked at as our Father’s finger pointing the way for us to walk.

The Sabbath day is a day of rest from all industry. It is a day to allow people to get together and reestablish “Place” with Father.  All Sabbath days are Holy Convocations, however, a Holy Convocation is a day of assembly, reading and rest from work, like a Sabbath, but is not  necessarily the seventh day of the week.  Exodus 12:16 KJV: 16 And in the first day [there shall be] an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save [that] which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

We have been commanded to keep the Sabbath day as holy.We have been commanded to keep the Sabbath day as Holy, not a day we choose to keep Holy.  So which day was the seventh day? And how do we know it is the same seventh day as Moses was instructed to keep.

The evidence was laid out showing the ancient calendar of 364 solar/sidereal days with four quarters, each containing 91 days, with a reset period at the end, just before the first day, was the most consistent and conformed to what we can read in the scriptures.  We watch for the event of the Spring Equinox, and when we see it happen, we will then know that evening starts the beginning of the first day.

Next we count seven evenings.  This is where this is mimicking the creation period in that the seventh evening and the subsequent daytime until the next evening is the seventh day or Sabbath.  Each subsequent seven evenings gets us to the next Sabbath.  Each quarter ends on a Sabbath.  And finally, the last evening of the year is a Sabbath.  This pattern has gone on without change from the beginning.  And this pattern will go on from generation to generation for ever.

 

 

 

What to Do on the Sabbath

Genesis (from the Translation) 2:3 “And it was celebrated, by the Oath Keepers, the day my seventh.  And they established it to be a special day from the rest of the other days and to set it apart as a day of Holy function.

Therefore let it be like the family guidance point; like an everlasting place that you and your family return to and call home.

This applies to the animals that have been domesticated, and to all who you have made spiritually healthy, whom the Oath Keepers fabricated in the womb of a woman.”

From Divine Love, we have been given the opportunity to follow the commands and to be successful.  We have been given a calendar and a way to reckon the days.  From Father, who sits on the Holy Hill of authority, our Father wants us to benefit from keeping the Sabbath day.  There is something special about the seventh day.  Father knows the significance.  He wants Ehad with us.  He wants us to be indistinguishable from Him.  This is what Ehad is all about, as a type of union where the two who are yoked become indistinguishable from each other.

When we, who hang on Yaha’oha, keep the seventh day as Moses did on the correct and consistent day, I am confident because he is sure in his leading that we will benefit beyond whatever we can imagine.  And you, like myself, can imagine some pretty good things.

The Hebrew understanding of the term,"To Seven Something", is to make an oath.  It appears the same understanding is to be used for the Sabbath Day.  Yaha’oha has established it to let us remember the promise of rest, the covenant of rest that we are to expect.  Didn’t Yahu’sha say that he was a rest and that he came to establish rest, and that in the coming Kingdom Age we all, and that includes the entire Earth, will enjoy rest?  Yes, yes, and yes to all those questions.  The lion will sleep with the lamb, and all things in the Earth will reflect the peace of Father and His original plan for the Earth will be established over all the Earth.

At Exodus 31:12-18 the question is answered as to what we should do at Sabbath, what it is, and a warning to anyone who does not accept the Sabbath.  It seems that it is a thing of the heart, and less of a list of thing not to do on that day.  The scripture is not presented to us so we can develop a check-off list.  A list that we can check-off and say look I did what was on the list, I sat down all day, now I am righteous.  Notice as you read the scripture that it describes a condition of the heart, it is a promise of the future, and it is a gift.  We are being asked to accept a gift.  When I receive a gift I am usually saying, Yeah!  Thank you!  Thank you!  We are to celebrate the gift.  This gift was for all people of the house including the least to the most important.  The importance of remembering that this applied to the least of the house was emphasized twice in these verses.  In Hebrew, when something is repeated, it is done so that it’s importance can be emphasized to us.

In these verses Yaha’oha reiterates the understanding that we all need refreshment of the body and soul.  We have a desire to be like Him. He wants us to be like Him too.  This is the Ehad between us.  We are to be indistinguishable.  Yaha’oha says that He and the heavenly host all celebrate the Sabbath rest on the seventh day.  And that they have done this continually from the foundation of the Earth.  That fact right there should nudge us to consider the importance of this mandate.  This is a big thing.  And remember this is for our benefit.  He wants us to benefit and to be successful.  He wants use to enjoy happiness, peace, and a quiet life.

Woe, woe, woe to those who will not accept this gift of rest.  Woe to those who despise this gift.  Woe, woe, woe for if you remain frozen and hard in your heart to this gift, your reward is already established in the ground.  This is a place that is not what most would consider a home and place of rest.  To the Hebrew, a sense of “place”, is emphasized.  It is important to have a place of “home”, a place where the family is established and one can say “I am from that place.”  Yaha’oha wants our happiness and is providing to all a place that is made of peace, love, security, lushness, verdant, and will be spectacular.  It seems that those who do not want this gift are more confident of their own power to provide a place of peace.

Exodus (from the Translation)12 And Yaha'oha spoke in that place to Moses of how the people are to think within themselves.

13 And when you get to them you are to speak in that place to the sons of Israel of a promise of Yaha'oha.  Surely, with no doubt, I, Yaha'oha, have done the rest. I sat down after my labor on the seventh day to celebrate the Sabbath. Therefore, you are commanded to do as I did and keep it, which is what is desired for you.

Therefore let this be a sign of covenant for the future. This covenant of tranquility is between you all and Myself throughout your generations. This covenant of rest is for understanding wisdom. It was established when you became nomads of the desert as you traveled in a ship provided by Yaha'oha.  Likewise, as I separated this day and consecrated it; do so yourselves.

14 The Sabbath is a covenant and promise of a future time and for now of a quite life, resulting from living with the Sabbath rest and by separating it in your heart for worship.

To look toward another way of life; To you who practices to disrespect and to be irreverent of the Sabbath, to you is reserved the place of the dead for those which die.

Therefore, whatsoever the labor, on the Sabbath Day, to the one who is lead to refuse the rest, you do this to yourself, you cut yourself off as one cuts off a garment that covers you, you have done this to yourself. You have cut off the refreshment of the Sabbath, the refreshment of the person's whole body and mind. He who looks towards another way of life, is the one who approaches this disrespect in their heart.

15 Six times you need to go about your labor, like in the gathering of water, nevertheless do this as I do and follow what I do, you who are lead towards and long for the day of rest, this day of oath, the Sabbath, and separate it and use for worship to Yaha'oha.

Whosoever is lead towards or is inclined to labor on that day, the Sabbath Rest, is destine for the abode of the dead for those that die.

16 Keeping those things in mind, what is desired for you is that you lead a quiet and peaceful life you sons of Israel from this Sabbath day.  From the time of creation, this same Sabbath was available to the sons of past generations, nevertheless, they declined it.

17 Within me, there exists the skill required to build a house for you sons of Israel, and there is a sign of a covenant, and within me is that sign for a remote time which extends to eternity.

Therefore six days you shall labor, including all the small labors around the house accomplished by the smallest of the household. Yaha'oha and those who are of the Name in heaven and in earth continually celebrate the seventh day of rest and refreshment.

18 And Yaha'oha gave gifts to the powerful leader Moses, that were like as a vessel full of contents that lead Moses towards the ability to speak about the guidance point, that was desired over time. By using the authority of he who sits on the holy hill, made of crimson colored clay from the Sinai mountains, in front of those who are broken from fear, two Tablets of Mandates were written by the extended finger of Yaha'oha.

So it looks like this is a condition of the heart.  A day that lets us rest from thinking about industry.  A day that lets us rest from chores.  A day that mandates that we consider our Father who has promised rest.  A day to consider the future Kingdom when all will reflect Father.  A day to talk about Father’s love, peace, and tranquility, lions and lambs, and swords into plowshares.  A day to talk about no fear from enemies, marauders, and thieves.  A day to talk about family and the joy it brings.  A day to talk about mandates from the two clay tablets scribed upon by the finger of Yaha’oha that were given to Moses as gifts that were designed to benefit us.

What should we do on the seventh day?  What did Yahu’sha do?  What example did he give to us for that answer to this question.  He healed on the Sabbath, he ordered men to take up their bed, he reminded us all that even King David ate from the showbread on a Sabbath when he was hungry, and reminded that circumcision is performed even on a Sabbath day.  He reminded us that Priests in the Temple go about their duties and are blameless of breaking the mandate to rest from labor.  He lead his disciples through the field and harvested corn.  He posed the question, who here would not pull their precious animal out of a pit on a Sabbath and feel justified for doing it?  A rich young ruler approached Yahu’sha, and told him that he had followed all of the mandates from his youth, was then told by Yahu’sha to sell all he had and give it to the poor.  What happened next was that the man went away sad, because in his heart, he could not part with his possessions.  What was Yahu’sha pointing out to us? He said that we should not strain at the gnats and swallow a camel, or in a more modern way we say do not sweat the small things and look at what is more important about Sabbath.  Our heart attitude was more important than all the other things.

 

 

Jeshurun, my Jeshurun

When you love someone, and you feel close to them, like spouses do to each other or to your children, it is common to give them pet names.  Honey, Sweet Thing, and My Dove, are examples of what spouses might call each other.  When I call my daughter Elizabeth, Lizzy Bee, it alway elicits a smile.

Our Father has a pet name for the Children of Israel.  He calls them Jeshurun.  We read this at Deuteronomy 32:15.

Who is our Father?  What is his name?  In the Hebrew understanding, a name for someone is a description of their function or of what they do.  We often know someone by their characteristics, and this is a common fact we know about Hebrew names.  Additionally, we know that what a person wears, the manner of their speech, and where they come from are often indicators of who the person is and what his function is.   For example, if I were introduced to you for the first time as, Daniel Tanner, and you observed that my hands were dark brown, my clothes were disheveled and were also spotted with dark spots, and you could smell a particular tannic acid smell coming from every pore of my body, and I pointed to where I lived and you knew that to be the part of town where tanners tanned animal skins, then you would probably be correct in guessing my job.

  I would be a tanner.  In the Hebrew language, we have clues to a place where someone comes from.  The suffix ים (pronounced ee-m) is added to the end of a word to indicate that it is a place where someone can come from.  There are other uses for this suffix.  It is also used to indicate emphasis of something.  When you want to make something emphasized or very important your place the ים at the end of the word.  It is also used to make a word plural.  The beautiful thing about the Hebrew language is that this little ים can also mean all three things at the same time.  When you want to indicate something is plural, important, and that they come from a place, this little ים can do all three things at once.

Let’s look at the Hebrew word אלהים (El’haim).  El’ha (אלה) means an oath.  When an oath is made either in the form of a mandate, command, or promise, the oath maker needs to keep it.  Considering what we read earlier, if we add ים (ee-m) to the end we can get three things out of the word for oath.  Using our example of the Tanner, El’haim can mean that this is an important oath, these are many oaths, and those who are of the place of oaths, whose job it is to keep the oaths.  The King James version of scriptures simply translates this word as Angels.  But the word Angel does not do this job description justice.  They are Angels who keep the oaths that had been established at creation.

Now let’s look at the Hebrew word אלוהים (El’o’haim).  Notice that it is similar, but not the same word as El’haim.  The word El’oha means: Power, The power or might of one who rules or teaches, One who yokes with another, the revered one, object of fear or reverence.  You can see this for yourself in a Gesenius Lexicon at h433, or in a Benner Lexicon at b1012.  The question is who is Father and what is his name.  So let us look at the characteristics of Father.  By the way, the Hebrew word אב, pronounced Ah-v, is the word, Father.  A father in the Hebrew thinking is a strong post that holds up the tent.  He is a guide point, just like a mother is a guide point for the family.  He is a teacher of righteousness for the family.  Righteousness brings happiness to the family.  So the  emphasis behind teaching is to bring about happiness in the family.  The father also knows that righteousness also breeds peace and love.  This extends to all people who are close, or those who are touched by the family, be they travelers or friends.

Another characteristic of our heavenly Father is Ehad.  This Hebrew word is spelled אחד and it has a feeling of the number one.  When two things are together and they share the same characteristics, they appear as one thing, as one unit.   This is Ehad.  This also describes a characteristic of Father that is like thirst for water.  When you are thirsty, I mean really thirsty, the desire deep inside you is to quench that thirst. It starts to overpower all other things in your mind.  This type of thirst becomes paramount in your thinking.  This overpowering desire to be Ehad with us is what Father desires for us.

In order to be Ehad, so that two are indistinguishable from one another, one must learn from the other.  Usually when two animals are yoked together, a more experienced is yoked to a less experienced so that the less experienced can learn.  So what can our Father do to alleviate his desire deep inside that needs to be quenched.  He must teach us to be like him.  He wants it above all things, so that is what he must do.  But does he do it himself?  In a corporation, the president usually directs things to happen.  Certain people are trained and designated to do certain tasks.

The El’o’haim are given the task to be those who yoke with us.  Remember that the ים at the end does three things.  The El’o’him are important, there are more than one, and they are those who are from El’oha.   Now remember the word El’oha means: Power, The power or might of one who rules or teaches, One who yokes with another, the revered one, object of fear or reverence.  Isn’t that the description of a father.  Isn’t that a list of the characteristics of a father?

Recently, a codex from the third century and compiled by Syriac Christians was discovered and in 2005 translated by scholars.  The Syriac Christians that lived  at that time fortunately did not share the superstitions that the Jews maintained.  One thing that the Jews would not do is voice the name of Father.  They would write and speak other terms that everyone knew meant Father.  In the codex at John 5:18 we see something very curious.  This is the account of the Jews questioning Yahu’sha for healing on the Sabbath.   John from the Khabouris Codex:  5:18 But on this account the more sought the Jihudoyee to kill him, not only because he had loosed the shabath, but also that of Aloha he had said that he was his Father, and had made himself equal with Aloha.

Because of their lack of superstition, the Syriac Christians from Roman Edessa, in the Khabouris equate this name El’oha (Aloha) to the name of our Father.

Yes, Yes, yes: I believe this is the name of Father.  It is a description of who he is to us.  He is El’oha, who wants Ehad with us.  El’oha is powerful leader who sits on his hill of authority and shows us things so wonderful it makes us gasp it is so wonderful.  We raise our hands in astonishment.  This is why the seventh day is important to him.  This is why everybody needs to remember Sabbath.  It is for peace, unity, and for remembrance of our future tranquility in the earth.  It is so we can remember the lion and the lamb.  It so we can remember the place he has established for us, his tenderly loved children... we are his Jeshurun, those who are upright before El’oha.

On a cave wall someplace you might see this ancient Hebrew script and know that this is the name of our Father.

 

Deuteronomy 32:15-18 from the Translation:

15 And Yaha'oha made Jeshurun, fat with spirit. Jeshurun was so named because they were those who were the upright before El'oha. He named the sons of Israel, Jeshurun because of his tender love for them.

Nevertheless, they kicked back in contempt at the prodding used to keep them in line and fat with spirit. Yaha'oha is a great covering for them, like a feast day garment.  And he smears over them like oil; El'oha and His teaching with what is desired concerning labor. And Jeshurun acted foolishly against this pressing towards righteousness that was intended for them to have salvation and to set them free.

16 As Jeshurun scattered, she was watched over, like an eagle watches over her young.  She was like a daughter living outside the protection of the city walls and I covered her with my covering. Nevertheless, she took offense and was vexed to the covering I gave to her.

17 The alter and the sacrifice, shall be my vitality for them.  Through the power of one who teaches, the Oath Keepers who approached women to enter their bodies, shall not see the glorious restoration. As they originally intended, they will not over time divide mankind as a hostile ship moves swiftly over the water and divides at war.

18 My press upon you will beget my success, and you will not be found by the one who will mortally wound you.

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient Calendar

Plants do not have a calendar. They have no concept at all of the month or date.  Besides having a media like soil, plants grow in response to air, light, heat, and water. Each season has its own mix of these items. Each plant has its own preference and that is why we realize various plants growing at one of the four seasons. Animals also have a preference and plan their lives around the seasons too.

Farmers have calendars. They use a calendar to know when to do things on the farm that need to be done when things need to done according to the season. They do what they do with knowledge of what the plants and animals need to be successful.

The four seasons do not have a calendar. They occur on a regular basis when the relative position of the Earth arrives at a certain location in its rotation around the Sun.

Farmers plan their work days around the needs of the farm animals and the plants growing there.   Originally, the children of Israel were people of animal husbandry and agriculture. The calendar that Yaha’oha gave them was a calendar that allowed them to be successful. This calendar was as regular as the seasons. It never changed. All days and months were always the same. Year after year for all generations, each day was always in the same position as the Earth traveled in its rotation around the Sun.

The ancient Hebrew calendar always started at the Spring Equinox, which is also known as the Vernal Equinox. Yaha’oha wanted the Children of Israel to be successful. One of the things He gave them was this calendar that started at the Spring Equinox.

Yaha’oha also gave the Children a simple way to determine the Spring Equinox. It was done by setting rods in the soil. Nothing else was needed. You would align two rods to the North star, and then place a rod at a right angle to these two rods that was towards the east. When the shadow of the east rod fell directly on the middle rod throughout the day, the Equinox has been verified.

 

 

 

At Enoch chapters 72-74 we have the complete information required to reproduce the calendar revealed to Enoch.  This same information is found in Jubilees 6:29-32.

The calendars here in this publication can be used well into 2021. On a leap year which will be 2016, and 2020, use the twelfth month calendar at the end of this publication which has been altered to account for the Gregorian leap year.  Regardless which calendar you use for your civil affairs, this calendar resets itself in the evening after the Spring Equinox is verified.

Resetting of the Calendar

The Spring Equinox is the action that causes the calendar to begin.

Resetting the calendar ensures consistent Sabbath and feast days.  As we have discussed earlier, the last day of the calendar is used to reset the calendar.  It is a non counted day.  The day is used to harmonize the solar and the sidereal cycles (see Enoch 74:12-13).  Enoch was insistent that he was told that a year consisted of 364 days.

If you were out in the desert and you needed to determine the equinox there is a simple method to follow.  Insert two poles in the ground that align to the North star.  Next, using a square, insert a pole into the ground at a right angle to the pole used to sight to the North star.  When the shadow of the last pole lays precisely on the sighting pole, it is the equinox.  On a non equinox day, the shadow will be off to one side or the other of the sighting pole.  This can be done at any time of the day.

How to use this Calendar

In these calendars each new day count begins at sundown.

After the Spring Equinox is verified, then that evening starts the first day count.

Each month in scripture is known by its number, with the exceptions of Abib (1st), Ziv (2nd), Ethanim (7th), and Bul (8th) which are known by both the number and name.

Each day is named by its corresponding number.

 

 

January 1st on a Gregorian Calendar. This start point changes depending on the year count and the leap year. The start point  is never consistent.

Tishri 1 on a Jewish Calendar starts September 25, 2014 in a Gregorian Calendar. The start date is calculated and the start date changes depending on certain conditions. The start point is never consistent.

Month 1 on an Ancient Hebrew always starts at the same point. It is always at the sunset after the Spring Equinox is verified. The seventh day is always at the same position in relation to the sun for all generations.

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