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In the year 2014 we live in a day of expectation that our Messiah and Redeemer will soon return for His Bride. I believe today is also a day of restoration, a time of calendar restoration. That calendar restoration is not yet complete but old truths are slowly being recovered and that is what this article is all about.
Remember ‘the Sabbath Day’, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But ‘the Seventh Day’ is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested ‘the Seventh Day’; therefore the LORD blessed ‘the Sabbath Day’ and consecrated it. (Exodus 20:8-11 NRSV Emphasis mine)
Did you see Saturday in there anywhere?
Six days you shall do your work, but on ‘the Seventh Day’ you shall rest, so that your ox and your donkey may have relief, and your homeborn slave and the resident alien may be refreshed. Be attentive to all that I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips. (Exodus 23:12-13 NRSV Emphasis mine)
Did you know every day of the week on the modern Gregorian calendar is named after a pagan god and ‘Saturn’s Day’ is what we now call ‘Saturday’? Here are the names of the original pagan planetary god weekdays.
The 1st Day of the week was Saturday, also known as SATURN’S Day!
The 2nd Day of the week was Sunday, also known as SUN’S Day!
The 3rd Day of the week was Monday, also known as MOON’S Day!
The 4th Day of the week was Tuesday, also known as TUISCO’S Day! (Mars)
The 5th Day of the week was Wednesday, also known as WODEN’S Day! (Mercury)
The 6th Day of the week was Thursday, also known as THOR’S Day! (Jupiter)
The 7th Day of the week was Friday, also known as FRIGA’S Day! (Venus)
“Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.”
Most assuredly the Creator and Redeemer does not share the esteem of His Seventh Day with a pagan planetary god. Does He? Surely not! Neither Friday, Saturday nor Sunday is the set apart (Holy) Seventh Day of The Most High.
Six days shall work be done, but ‘the Seventh Day’ is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD; whoever does any work on ‘the Sabbath Day’ shall be put to death. Therefore the Israelites shall keep ‘the Sabbath’, observing ‘the Sabbath’ throughout their generations, as ‘a perpetual covenant’. It is ‘a sign’ forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on ‘the Seventh Day’ he rested, and was refreshed. (Exodus 31:15-17 NRSV Emphasis mine)
At this point it may surprise you to know this article is not about the Sabbath Day, i.e. the Seventh Day, I only use the verses above to stress to you the seriousness of getting the calendar of YHWH right. His Annual Moedim, or Appointed Times are also extremely important. Our Abba and His Son, our Messiah, Redeemer and soon coming King is an El of Covenant and in the verses above He is letting us know there is a perpetual covenant which is a sign forever between Him and His people. Obviously there is a calendar aspect to that covenant but the correct Seventh Day Sabbath is only ‘a’ sign from The 10 Words Covenant which identifies the Bride of The New Covenant who carries the mark of ‘the’ sign, a circumcised heart! It is a covenant that enables a covenant! The Bride of Messiah will have accepted the terms of The New Covenant and keep those which she can keep such as the Seventh Day Sabbath and long to keep those she presently cannot such as the Annual Appointed Times. The Bride of Messiah will not have been so presumptuous as to believe the Seventh Day Sabbath of her Bridegroom has anything to do with the seventh day of a pagan planetary god calendar from the pagan Roman Catholic Church. The Bride of Messiah will have dug deep for her Bridegroom’s treasure of the true Seventh Day Rest, the Sabbath of Creation. Indeed, she will retreat to this precious Sanctuary in Time and rest in Him!
In discovering the true Seventh Day Sabbath The Bride of Messiah will have come to understand that none of the mechanisms of the original Timepiece of Heaven can be ignored, not The New Moons or The New Year, they are critical mechanisms necessary in discerning the true Seventh Day Sabbath and the Annual Appointed Times. I must emphasize that Point! The Clock Tower of Big Ben in London, England requires every gear in its clock to fulfill its designed purpose, which is to tell time. Remove a gear from The Clock Tower of Big Ben or replace a gear with one that was not designed to fulfill the proper function and it will no longer operate as a marker of time. It is no different with The Master’s Clock, every mechanism is required to tell time, you can not discern the true Seventh Day Sabbath without the mechanism of The New Moon and you can not discern the Annual Appointed Times without the mechanism of The New Year. As a believer living in exile I can’t keep the Annual Appointed Times in their fullness, I can however show The Bridegroom my heart in that I strive to learn ‘when’ these Annual Appointed Times take place that I might rehearse them here and now. It may well be that a proper understanding of ‘when’ these Annual Appointed Times occur will open up new prophetic eschatological understanding in the form of what to expect and when to expect it in the Last Days.
I cannot begin to tell you how many people have responded to these calendar issues with this statement, “I’ll sure be glad when Messiah comes, He’ll straighten this all out when He gets here!” Indeed He will! And then He will take His Bride who has labored to know these truths to His Bridal Chamber leaving the multitudes of foolish virgins outside knocking on His door to come in, only to hear Him say, “Depart from Me I never knew you!”
There are millions, maybe even billions of people who love Yeshua (Jesus) but never open their bible… there are many who love Yeshua and study their bible exhaustively but presumptuously and rarely make any application and then… there are those few who love Yeshua, study their bibles and dare to ask the question “Why?”
These few are not content with ‘pat answers’ but are willing to dig deep to search for truths that are hidden from the multitudes. When these few of whom I speak discover new understanding they make the application to their lives. I am convinced the number of people who become the Bride of Messiah will be few. She will be of those who have prepared in the hope of being chosen rather than the presumption of being chosen! If you are one of those who is not content with surface knowledge or the status quo of traditional thinking and would like a more intimate relationship with The Bridegroom by learning more about how to know when the ‘Annual Appointed Times’ occur which is totally dependent upon when you begin ‘The New Year’ then this article has been written for you!
In our insanely busy worlds I know it is asking a lot… but… if you will carve out 90 minutes from your hectic life I will share what I believe are precious truths which have taken me nearly 60 years to discover for myself and which answer the question, “How and when to begin The New Year?”
We all know there is nothing new under the sun, its all been said and done before. Nevertheless, I swear I have never heard, read or seen anything from anyone in regard to what I’m about to share. This nugget from above has led me to study further and I now share what I’ve discovered. Though once blind, now I see! I hope you will find this simple revelation to be profoundly enlightening in your own understanding. Please understand as you read, this article does not pretend to be authoritative in any sense of the word. These words are merely the musings of a simple man who thinks outside the box. It is meant to be an encouragement to the reader to do the same. May we all be led by the Ruach HaKodesh!
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