Lost in Translation

In the film ‘Lost in Translation‘ we see the main character (played by Bill Murray) undertaking some contractual obligations in Japan. Murray wonderfully depicts the sense of unease that such a culture shock produces. For much of the film we see him struggling, not only with the baffling language but also with the culture and customs themselves. It isn’t hard to imagine how disorientating it must be to find yourself in a country where you can only grasp some of everything that is going on.

And it is language and customs that have dominated my thinking of late. In my last post I briefly touched upon a couple of issues which are totally central to the gospel, that I failed to get my head around for much of my Christian walk. I thought today I would explain what God has shown me about those issues. I hope that you too will come to understand these things that have remained a mystery for so long.

The sense of bewilderment that Bill Murray displayed in the film is pretty much in line with how I have felt about several things for a long time. It was as if I almost understood but failed to fully grasp it. Much of what follows is the journey that I have taken through the land of realisation. My astonishment is that what I once failed to understand, is easily explained once you translate both the language and the culture correctly.

The two main issues that have always bugged me was how the Sabbath became a Sunday; and why Y’shua (Jesus) said that the only sign He would give the Pharisees was that of Jonah. My understanding of these points led me to have an understanding of the name of Y’shua. And that is where I will start because I want you to see how language plays such an important role in our understanding the gospel.

God chose to reveal Himself to the nation of Isra’el. He chose them. They didn’t choose Him. Everything we know of God comes through the Hebrews. Everything. So, with that in mind, it has been fitting that God has challenged me this year to look at everything from a Hebrew perspective. After all, Y’shua was clearly a Hebrew. He would have spoken Aramaic – the language of the Hebrews. His disciples were all Hebrews. And the key events of His life, death and resurrection, all took place in Isra’el, the land that God give to the Hebrews as their inheritance.

So, His name. Well, what we can be absolutely certain of is that He wasn’t named Jesus at birth. He was born to Miryam (Mary) and Yosef (Joseph), Hebrews of Isra’el. They would have spoken Aramaic and known Hebrew. In Aramaic the name was always Y’shua or Yehoshua. The name appears throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament), only our transliteration from Hebrew (the written language of the Tanakh) into English renders the word as ‘Joshua’. In the Hebrew Y’shua or Yehoshua means YHWH Saves. YHWH is God’s name. It is pronounced ‘yah way’. The vowels were added later for us English speakers. We managed to turn YHWH into Jehovah somewhere along the line too.

Now transliterating Hebrew into English isn’t so bad. But the transliteration of Hebrew into Greek has many problems.

Greek was the ‘common’ tongue of the day, despite the Roman dominance of the land. The people spoke a common form of it and another form of it was written down. Because it was so widely read, recording the gospels in Greek made perfect sense. But it meant much was changed. For example, Miryam became Mary, and Yosef became Joseph. But there was no direct counterpart for Y’shua and so a word had to be constructed using the closest equivalent pronunciation, or phonetic, sounds. As a result, over time, the word we now use as Jesus has changed. Below is just how it has changed.

YEH SHUA
YEH SHU (The letter A was dropped since there is no Greek character for the Hebrew character Ayin)
YEH SOU (Sh dropped as there is no Greek character for the Hebrew Shin)
IE SOU (Hebrew YEH = Greek IE, this is a Hebrew/Greek equivalency)
IE SOUS (Letter S added in Greek as a Nominative Case Ending (to indicate a name))
IE SUS (Letter O dropped in English transliteration for King James Bible)
JE SUS (Letter J was introduced to the English alphabet in the 14th Century and replaced instances of the letter I in later versions of the KJV)

So, from the original Yehoshua (Joshua), we now have Jesus. It is interesting that in Greek that name doesn’t mean anything at all. There is no equivalency. We were speaking to someone from Greece recently and she said that they don’t use the word. They only say ‘Christos‘ – the anointed.

That was a little exercise in semantics just to whet your appetite for the main event. Next, we must deal with the Sabbath.

God has never changed the Sabbath. Man did. The Sabbath, or Shabbat to name it correctly, has always been the seventh day of the week. In Genesis God worked for six days and then rested on the seventh. He gave us His example of how we should live. He made the Shabbat to be a lasting command for all generations. When the early church was founded, they clearly still observed the Shabbat. But, like the name of Y’shua, this too has been lost in translation. Let me explain.

Shabbat literally means to cease or stop. It isn’t the Jewish name for Saturday. The Jews or Hebrews don’t have names for the days of the week. Our names for days of the week are named after pagan gods. The Hebrews simply numbered the days. Sunday is 1, Monday is 2 etc etc. Day 7, or Saturday to us, is when the Hebrews observe regular Shabbat. They stop work and rest. God’s plan was always for us to work six days and rest on the seventh. This is one of the Ten Commandments and it still stands. For all generations. Forever.

Somewhere along the line, we have decided, all by ourselves, that God really meant Sunday. If any of you have been privileged enough to go to Isra’el, you will know that the Hebrews still observe it on the seventh day, Saturday. Why do we think that we are exempt? Where did the idea of the Shabbat being a Sunday really start? Well, the answer to that will be discussed a little later on when we look at when Y’shua rose from the grave. Our misunderstanding of that event has led to our changing the Shabbat to a Sunday, despite having nothing from God Himself to support such an action.

Let us assume, for arguments’ sake, that God is exactly who He has always said He is – the God who was, who is and who is to come; the unchanging God; the same God today as He was when He made Himself known to Avraham (Abraham), Yitz’chak (Isaac), and Ya’akov (Jacob). Just for a minute.

In my last post, The Shape of Things to Come, I outlined a simple truth about the old and new covenants. We are in transition between old and new. We are not yet in the new – that will only arrive with the return of Y’shua. Much of Torah (the law) is now obsolete, the rest is fading. But some things remain. Whilst the laws surrounding the Temple and animal sacrifice are clearly obsolete – there is no temple and no priest to perform the sacrifice, and no need either, because Y’shua became the sacrifice, once for all. And a great deal of the law related to living in the desert, that too is obsolete because God gave those laws for the good of the Hebrews on their travels to the Promised Land. Y’shua said that He didn’t come to do away with Torah, but to fulfil it. Our understanding of that word ‘fulfil’ is part of another translation issue.

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” [Matthew 5:17-18 NKJV]

Heaven and earth are yet to pass away, therefore, the law still stands.

Y’shua clearly didn’t come to do away with Torah. He came to show us how we as mere humans could implement it in our own lives for the good of us and everyone around us. Y’shua came to challenge the scribes and Pharisees about the oral Torah (the spoken laws that were imposed not from God but by men) that they burdened the people with. He didn’t come to put an end to Torah. Not until He returns anyway. Some of the Torah clearly says that it is for all generations and includes even the alien that lives among the Hebrews. That’s us gentiles, by the way. We are the aliens. Y’shua said that not a single item of the Torah will disappear until heaven and earth have passed away. We need to take that seriously. We need to seek Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) as to how we can live our lives correctly. If we are breaking what God decreed as Shabbat then we fail to gain the blessings promised for observing it.

God set up Shabbat for the good of us. Today many will work all year just for a luxury holiday for two weeks in the summer. That wasn’t what God intended. He intended us to work for six days and on the seventh to rest. No mention of holidays in the Bible is there? It is only here in the cash-rich western world that we feel it is our right to holiday. The way of the world, maybe. But not the way of the Master. Y’shua clearly observed the Shabbat. He went to the synagogues and taught on Shabbat just as Torah says to. He didn’t tell people not to bother because it is all changing soon. God doesn’t change. That has to be our greatest security. He never changes. He stays the same. So why would He start a decree for all generations and then change His mind? He simply wouldn’t.

God has challenged us on the subject of Shabbat. We responded. We now observe Shabbat from dusk on Friday until dusk on Saturday. We do no work. We meet on a Saturday morning to thank God for everything. We break bread – the sign of the covenant to come. We rest. We eat. We enjoy. It is remarkable what effect is has. If God is challenging you on Shabbat, my advice is to start observing it and release the blessing that He has built into it. Don’t take my word for it. Ask God.

The subject of Shabbat is inextricable to the main part of this subject. Our understanding of the Hebrew lifestyle can be fairly shallow. This means that we often fail to grasp the true meaning of something the gospel tells us. We need to understand Hebrew culture to fully grasp everything God has for us. Everything in the Old Testament is all pointing forward to Y’shua. God has left nothing at all to chance. He has mapped it all out carefully so that we can see His plan for rescuing mankind as clearly as anything. What I am about to explain is the most controversial of all subjects. I am not a heretic. I genuinely believe that this revelation is of God and that He has given it, not only to me, but to many people because He is looking to re-establish His church. Our footings, our foundations are currently built on shifting sand that will soon give way.

Y’shua came to save. His name indicates that. God’s first big ‘save’ came with Noah and his ark. Did you know that the word for pitch (as in what Noah was told to coat the ark with) is exactly the same Hebrew word for atonement? Beautiful symmetry. Then came the escape for Egypt, led by Moshe (Moses). The Passover foreshadowed the coming messiah by the blood of the unblemished lamb being smeared on the wood of the door – symbolising Y’shua’s blood spilt on the cross. And, even the Unleavened Bread feast was showing the Hebrews that the messiah, the Mashiyach, would have to die to save them.

Y’shua said that the only sign that He would give the scribes and the Pharisees was the sign of Jonah. Here’s the text:

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” [Matthew 12:40 NKJV]

It has always troubled me that this God of ours, who so carefully organised everything in Hebrew history to all point towards Y’shua as their Mashiyach, would allow this discrepancy. Our current understanding is that He was crucified on what we call Good Friday, buried later that day in the tomb, and that He rose from the dead on the Sunday morning. Three days, yes. But only two nights. Why would Y’shua Himself say three days and three nights if that wasn’t true? It doesn’t make any sense.

Below is a timeline that I have been working on recently that helped me to get my head around several key facts that have been lost in translation. Click on it to expand it. It is a wide document so you might need to ‘zoom’ in and scroll across. Study it. See if you can find fault with it. I can tell you that I am convinced that Y’shua didn’t die on the Friday and rise on the Sunday.

TIMELINE

Y’shua came to fulfil all of the foreshadowing of the Torah. Every feast or festival points to Him. Passover and Matzah are no exception. Let’s take a detailed look.

The first Passover, or Pesach in the Hebrew, you will recall took place when God sent Moshe to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. Pharaoh’s heart had been hardened and God displayed His sovereignty over all of Egypt’s gods in a series of signs and wonders. The final sign was the killing of the first born of all Egypt. Only those who slaughtered a lamb and used its blood to smear the door posts of their dwellings escaped the plague. It is important to note that this appears to be a real starting point for the nation of Isra’el. In the book of the Exodus (Sh’mot) chapter 12 begins by saying this:

“ADONAI spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; He said, “You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you.”” [Sh’mot 12:1-2 Complete Jewish Bible]

We understand that from the very beginning, the Hebrews had been counting time and seasons because that is stated in Genesis (B’resheet). We also understand that the Hebrew cycle of night and day starts at dusk because their calendar was, and still is, calculated on the phases of the moon. So the first day of the month would have been reckoned by the appearance of the New Moon. The Pesach was timed in such a way as to fall when the moon was at its fullest, which is always 14 days after the New Moon. The Hebrews are true experts at the passing of days, weeks, months and years. God made it so. According to today’s Hebrew calendar we are in the year 5776. That is 5,776 years since Adam was created. Although it clearly states in Torah that they should start their calendar that day back in Egypt, for some reason they have chosen to record all time. This may not matter right now, but I am sure there is a reason for it. With God there is always a reason, as you shall see.

The passage from Sh’mot continues:

“Speak to all the assembly of Isra’el and say, “On the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb or a kid for his family, one per household – except that if the household is too small for a whole lamb or kid, the he and his next-door neighbour should share one, dividing it in proportion to the number of people eating it. Your animal must be without defect, a male in its first year, and you may choose it from either the sheep or the goats.”

You are to keep it until the fourteenth of the month, and then the entire assembly of the community of Isra’el will slaughter it at dusk. They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the two sides and the top of the door-frame at the entrance of the house in which they eat it. That night, they are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire; they are to eat it with matzah and maror.”” [Sh’mot 12:3-8 CJB]

Matzah is unleavened bread – or bread made without yeast, and maror is bitter herbs. These are important details. Y’shua said:

“Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish but to complete.” [Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:17 CJB]

The Pesach, which is still observed by Hebrews across the world, foreshadows Y’shua coming in every way. And so, when He said He came to complete the Torah, He was talking about all of it, including all of the festivals. Let me explain how He completed Pesach, or Passover.

God never makes mistakes. From the moment He ordained Pesach to be observed in the way that He did, all of it was pointing forward to a time when God would rescue the Hebrews, and all of mankind for that matter, from the captivity of sin. Sadly, at the time, many failed to see the significance of Y’shua’s actions or of God’s intentions.

In AD 30, 10 Nisan fell on the Shabbat – the 7th day of the week. That day started at sundown on what we call Friday and finished at dusk the following day, the Saturday. In Jerusalem on that day, 10 Nisan, every man would have chosen their lamb or kid for Pesach. They would have set it aside in the grounds of the Temple so that it could be observed for four days to ensure that there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. It was on this day that Y’shua, the lamb of God, chosen by God, came into Jerusalem riding a donkey and presented Himself at the Temple so that people could observe Him and make sure that there was no blemish or defect to Him.

Hang On! I can hear you saying it now. What about Palm Sunday? Surely He rode into town on Palm Sunday? After all, we call it Palm Sunday. Well, I am sorry to dispel that myth, but that just doesn’t fit in with what God ordained back in Egypt. And besides, go and check the gospels. There is nothing in Matthew, Mark, or Luke that points to a Sunday. In John, however, we can work out when He rode into Jerusalem. John 12:12 says ‘The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem.’ The ‘next day‘ to what is key to this little riddle. We know that the previous evening Y’shua was at Bethany, at the house of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. John 12:1 says that this was ‘six days before the Passover‘. Here is where we see how things get lost in translation.

Conventional wisdom says that the Passover fell on the Friday, so six days before would be the Saturday. If that was the case, He spent Saturday evening at Bethany before riding into Jerusalem on the Sunday. Hence Palm Sunday. But…experts have worked out from phases of the moon that Passover couldn’t have possibly been on that particular Friday. We have only assumed that because we know He was buried before the Sabbath, which we think of as Saturday. However, our lack of knowledge of Hebrew culture has confounded us. The clue is in John chapter 12.

When it says ‘six days before the Passover‘ in English, what was really meant was ‘on the sixth day, before the Passover‘. The Hebrews don’t name their days like we do. Each day has a number. What would have made more sense to our English ears would have been ‘on the Friday before the Passover’. Friday is the sixth day in the Hebrew week. Do you see how subtle that is? And do you now see that in riding into Jerusalem on that Saturday, the Sabbath, 10 Nisan, Y’shua completed part of Passover by becoming the chosen lamb of God?

Not only did He complete the lamb selection part but we know that He also spent the next few days in the Temple teaching. This was so that everyone would know that He was without defect or blemish. He was perfect in every way. Now, let’s dispel the rest of the myth about the sequence of events that week.

From the Torah we know that the Pesach, or Passover, was followed directly by Matzah, or the Feast of the Unleavened Bread. It clearly states that on Matzah no work should be done. In other words, it too is a Shabbat, or Sabbath. Passover was never a Shabbat. Matzah always was, and still is. So, that week, in the space of seven days, we have three Shabbats. One on 10 Nisan, lamb selection day; one on 15 Nisan, Matzah; and one on 17 Nisan because it was the seventh day, Saturday. It is also worth noting that Pesach was also know as Preparation Day. That is the day prior to the Shabbat in which all things should be prepared so that no work was done on the Shabbat of Matzah.

Y’shua’s movements that week I have added to the timeline to help our understanding of the events and their significance in terms of the Hebrew festivals. We know from the three synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that Y’shua was to be found in or around the Temple during the four days between 10 Nisan and Pesach on 14 Nisan. We also know that from all four gospels on the night before the Pesach He shared a meal with His disciples. This meal is often thought by many to be the Pesach, or Passover meal. It was not that. The Passover meal happened the following evening after the lambs or kids had been slaughtered. But, He did however, complete the matzah and maror part of it when He dipped the bread in the sop before handing it to Judas.

The meal that Y’shua shared with His disciples on the evening before His death was for Him to impart His final commandments and instructions to the foundation stones of His church. Only He truly what lay ahead of Him in the hours to come, but He chose to spend it making sure that they knew what to do once events unfolded. What He instigated that night was what we call the ‘Lord’s Supper’. In the future I will explain what I believe to be the true meaning of the bread and wine, but for the moment let’s concentrate on the completion of Pesach.

For the Hebrews, from the time of the Exodus, Pesach was observed to remind them that God saved them from not only the Egyptian captivity but also from the Angel of Death who killed the firstborn of Egypt. Y’shua was sent by God to complete the need for such blood sacrifice. The tearing of the curtain in front of the Most Holy Place in the Temple at the exact same time that Y’shua gave up His life, is testament to that. That Y’shua died at 3pm, the exact same time that thousands of lambs were being sacrificed in the Temple tells us that we do not need to do that any longer. He was the sacrifice, once, for all.

During the week of the crucifixion, Y’shua actually fulfilled or completed three of the seven annual festivals:

Pesach (Passover) was completed by His sacrifice on 14 Nisan.

Matzah (Unleavened Bread) was completed when he died and was placed in the tomb on 15 Nisan. His body saw no decay, symbolised by the bread made without yeast.

Yom HaBikkurim (First Fruits) was completed when Y’shua was presented to God as the first fruits of the harvest of the world – the first born from among the dead, on 16 Nisan.

Of course, Shavuot – the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) was also completed by Y’shua fifty days after Pesach by the coming of the Ruach HaKodesh. The original festival signified the Hebrew’s willingness to accept Torah and make them a nation, or body of people committed to God. The outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost signifies the start of the body of Christ’s willingness to accept the Kingdom of God. That only leaves three festivals left to complete or fulfil:

Yom Teruah (Trumpets / Rosh Hashana)

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

My guess is that these last three festivals will be fulfilled along the lines of Yom Teruah as the rapture of those alseep in Christ and any of the true church alive, signified by the trumpet call; Yom Kippur with Y’shua rescuing the nation of Isra’el at the end of the seven year tribulation as seen in the books of Daniel and Revelation; and Sukkot when God comes to dwell with His people forever in the New Jerusalem. The true Promised Land for us all.

I have gone off at a tangent somewhat there. But I felt the need to outline the whole of the master plan of God.

Now let’s deal with the raising of the dead.

On the basis that everything that Y’shua did that week was to fulfil either prophecy about Him or part of the Law of Torah, then the Sign of Jonah must be included. Three days and three nights comes to a total of 72 hours. We accept easily that Y’shua died at 3pm on Pesach, the Passover. We also know from Matthew’s account that His body was taken by Joseph of Arimathea that evening (Matthew 27:57), which is confirmed by Mark (Mark 15:42), and by Luke (Luke 23:53). John once more confirms that it was immediately after His death that Y’shua’s body was taken to the tomb. With the exception of Matthew, the gospels also confirm that this was the Day of Preparation – the day before Matzah, the Shabbat. Because of the lack of understanding of Hebrew culture and festivals at the time of translation, it was assumed that the day of His death and burial was Friday, before the Shabbat. However, it is clear that Matzah was also a Shabbat. The proof of when this actually happened is really linked to the year.

The year AD 30 is the only credible year in which Pesach, or Passover, fell on a Wednesday. That is to say that the full moon was visible from Jerusalem at sunset on 14 Nisan. We know from Luke’s gospel that Y’shua’s ministry began at around the age of 30 years. And we know from John’s gospel that His ministry lasted three years, giving Y’shua an age of around 33 years when He was crucified. We also know that when Herod died in 4 BC, Y’shua was already alive. That means that in 3 BC, Yeshua would have been at least 1 year old; in 2 BC He would have been 2 years old; in 1 BC He would have been 3 years old. Now, there was no 0 BC or AD 0, so in AD 1, He would have been 4 years old. If we add 29 years to AD 1, we get AD 30 and that fits with His age at the time of crucifixion as being 33 years. There is no other year, I am told, that fits all of the evidence of the gospels, apart from AD 30. If AD 30 is the only real choice of the year of His crucifixion, then we must accept that Passover fell on the Wednesday and not the Friday.

He died at 3pm on the Wednesday, 14 Nisan. He was taken into the tomb at dusk, before the Shabbat began. Shabbat began at sundown on the Wednesday, 15 Nisan. Let us say, for arguments’ sake, that He was placed in the tomb at 5pm on the Wednesday, 14 Nisan, three days and three nights take us through to Saturday (the regular Shabbat), 17 Nisan at 5pm, just as the Shabbat finished. This is in line with all of the gospel accounts. However, once again, we need to re-translate the text to reveal the truth.

The key problem to reconciling what is written in the gospels and our understanding on when Y’shua was resurrected lays in a combination of both language and our grasp of Hebrew culture. Let me set out what the New King James Bible says.

“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.” [Matthew 28:1]

“Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.” [Mark 16:1-2]

“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.” [Luke 24:1]

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” [John 20:1]

If you read all of the passages and the subsequent verses, it is abundantly clear that, at this point, the tomb was already empty. All the accounts also concur that this took place on the first day of the week. Two of the gospels agree that it was after the Sabbath when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. That’s what appears to be certain. Now let us get some context.

The Sabbath (here we are talking of the regular, seventh day of the week Shabbat) would have started on Friday at sunset and finished on Saturday at dusk, just before sunset. So we are talking about after 4pm onwards on Saturday. And we can also be sure that when each account talks of the first day of the week, they are referring to day 1 of the Hebrew week, which begins at sunset on Saturday evening and ends at dusk on Sunday afternoon.

Now whether the original spoken Aramaic was translated into Greek incorrectly, or some later scribe failed to grasp the concept of when a new day began for the Hebrews, matters little. Whether we are talking about in the wee small hours of Sunday morning or when the first day of the week actually started, on Saturday evening, one thing is certain – that Y’shua was already back among the living. He had already risen. The only reason I point out these issues is so that you have all the facts. It would be very easy for me to make some bold claims about the original Greek text or about our understanding, but the truth is, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that He rose from the dead.

Whatever we understand about the day of resurrection, we have to accept that Y’shua Himself told us in advance that He would spend three days and three nights in the heart of the earth, just as Jonah had spent the same amount of time in the belly of a fish. It is clear that we can establish exactly when He died. We can also establish that He was entombed in the earth shortly after His death. Three days and three nights from that point on the afternoon of the Pesach, 14 Nisan, a Wednesday, brings us to Saturday afternoon, just as the Shabbat ended. This fits completely with all of the gospels. If we continue to accept the notion that the Passover was on the Friday and that Y’shua died and was buried on the Friday, and that He was raised from the dead on the Sunday morning before daylight, then He would have only have spent one whole day (Saturday) and part of another (Friday) plus two whole nights (Friday and Saturday) in the heart of the earth. A total of around, maybe, 37 hours. Nothing like the 72 hours that Y’shua said would happen.

I believe that the what we take as the conventional wisdom on the death and resurrection of Y’shua is based entirely upon misunderstanding of both the Hebrew culture and language. It could even be called a deception. Perhaps one of the greatest deceptions of the church age. After all, if the notion that we now have Sunday, the first day of the week, as the day of rest because we believe the LORD was raised from the dead that day, then we no longer observe the Sabbath as God intended. If we fail to observe the Sabbath just as Y’shua and His disciples did, then we fail to receive the blessing that God placed upon the day and those who observe it. It might be even deeper than that.

In Jeremiah chapter 17, the LORD tells Isra’el to observe fully the Sabbath or face the consequences. He tells them that they can remain in Jerusalem forever if they keep the Sabbath.

“But if you do not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day, such as not carrying a burden when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.” [Jeremiah 17:27 NKJV]

Do you know what happened? The Hebrews failed to observe the Sabbath day and they were taken from Jerusalem into Babylonian captivity, and the city was burnt to the ground.

Our conception of the Sabbath now being on a Sunday appears to be built upon misunderstanding and poor translation, as too is the name of Jesus. We need to take more notice of what God has already said to us in His word. Everything in the Tanakh (Old Testament) points to Y’shua as being the saviour of the whole world. It is time that we started taking notice.

Shalom

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