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Several years ago the Lord led me and my family into the practice of obeying the fourth commandment: remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. In the teaching that I shared on the subject, I only addressed the "whys" and not very many of the modern churches' "why not(s)" or reasons given for not keeping the commandment of the Lord under the New Covenant. In the brief explanation which follows, I would like to touch upon a few of the New Testament scriptures submitted as reasons why new covenant believers object to keeping the Sabbath at the time originally designated rather than Sunday, the first day of the week.

When I was asked to visit with you today, I initially wanted to bring you a teaching on the four levels of Hebraic study and understanding out of the first chapter of a new booklet I'm writing. It has a working title of "The Gospel in God's Festivals" and wonderfully demonstrates God's salvation plan in multiple dimensions of understanding through God's appointed "feasts" or festivals.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

On this evening as my wife and I were talking at the dinner table, we were interrupted as the Holy Spirit began to flood my being. The Lord was speaking about this being a time, and the start of - real change. This was not so much a prophetic word as it is an announcement.

Down through the ages of time the name of God has repeatedly been lost, hidden or distorted from the understanding of God's chosen people. By 1000 B.C. Solomon wrote the question from the mouth of Acur: Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know! (Proverbs 30:4)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-5)

Many have gone beyond the so called "seven steps to salvation" and come, by faith, into a personal and spirit-led relationship with YHVH (Father, God) through the atoning blood sacrifice of his son, Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus the Christ). These "sons (and daughters) of God" have often made a vow of obedience, servanthood, and love unto God as the Spirit has manifested God's love, power and giftings within them. While this pouring out of our mouths and heart is a most intimate experience and pledge of our being, it has greater ramifications on the course and circumstances of our lives than the rationalizing part of the human mind generally considers.

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