….Or have you failed through unbelief?
OK, so here we go again with yet another controversial subject, well it’s controversial for some, but not for those well founded in Faith in Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ), because hopefully they will have entered into His Eternal Sabbath Rest.
So what makes it controversial for some? Easy, their continued desire for living under The Law and stubbornly refusing to live under Yashua Messiah’s Glorious Grace. They are like those Israelites who became embittered and fell in the wilderness. They began their rebellion when ten of the Israelite spies came back with a faithless negative spineless report to Moses, claiming that it was an impossible task for the Israelites to overcome in order for them to enter into the Promised Land and to defeat the Canaanite occupants = they hardened their hearts and THEY FAILED TO ENTER THROUGH UNBELIEF!!
Hebrews 3:15 (KJV) While it is said, To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
These rebellious Israelites hardened their hearts towards God and so, too, do these modern day GRACELESS Commandment obeying Pharisees and Judaisers, thinking that they can enter The Kingdom of God by striving to OBEY The Ten Commandments which, of course, includes regulated Sabbath keeping. If they slip up and fail here and there with their obedience endeavours, not to worry, ‘cos God knows how hard they’re struggling to OBEY, and He will always be merciful towards them – at least that’s what they erroneously think. (See link No.s 1 and 2 below). Moreover, this means, metaphorically, they want to remain in Egypt with their garlic, cucumbers and melons, whilst delusionally thinking that they will enter The Kingdom of God in the resurrection – the Eternal Promised Land.
Hebrews 3:16-19 (MCV) For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His Rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Now have YOU made the same catastrophic error by refusing to enter into His Eternal Sabbath Rest from YOUR WORKS!!?? Or do YOU continue in trying to EARN YOUR SALVATION through OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW – The Ten Commandments!? (See link No. 4 below).
Hebrews 4:1 (MCV) Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His Eternal Rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Have YOU come short of it by refusing to live FULLY under His Glorious SAVING Grace?
Hebrews 4:2 (MCV) For unto us was The Kingdom Gospel preached, as well as unto them: but The Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with Faith in them that heard it.
The Word preached DID NOT PROFIT THEM! Why did it not profit them? because they wanted to remain faithless under the curse of The Law:
Galatians 3:13 (KJV) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of The Law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
So listen up all you regulated Sabbath keepers out there, whether it be Saturday or Sunday Sabbaths, (see link No. 1 below) and examine yourselves through the power of the Holy Spirit, and ask yourselves this question: Is this TRUTH registering deep within me, and are your hearts pricked? I do hope so, for any form of Commandment obeying is a trampling all over Yashua Messiah’s sacrifice. I jest not when I say that it is that serious and your eternal future RESTS upon it (pun intended). (See link No. 2 below)
Hebrews 4:3 (MCV) For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
A better interpretation from The Living Bible:
Hebrews 4:3 (TLB) For only we who believe God can enter into HIS PLACE OF REST. He has said, “I have sworn in my anger that those who don’t believe me will never get in,” even though He has been ready and waiting for them since the world began.
Here we have explained to us that only through BELIEF and FAITH and TRUST in Yashua Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) FOR EVERYTHING! can we enter into His Eternal Sabbath Rest. So what the author is telling us is that once we’re Called and Chosen, Baptised and gifted with The Holy Spirit, THAT’S IT!!! we have entered into His Eternal Sabbath Rest, our names are written in The Book of Life and EVERY DAY IS NOW A SABBATH DAY! This means, in the modern vernacular, that if you want a day off from your labours or even a few days off, then take ‘em, and if you want to make one Holy to The Lord Yashua Messiah then do so, but DON’T make in binding on yourself, or on others.
Here on in from The Amplified Bible:
Hebrews 4:4-7 (TAB) For somewhere [in Scripture] He has said this about the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this, “They shall not enter My rest.” 6 Therefore, since the promise remains for some to enter His rest, and those who formerly had The Good News preached to them failed to [grasp it and did not] enter because of [their unbelief evidenced by] disobedience, 7 He again sets a definite day, [a new] “Today,” [providing another opportunity to enter that rest by] saying through David after so long a time, just as has been said before [in the words already quoted], “Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”
But what do the 21st century Pharisees do? Answer: they do exactly that, they harden their hearts and crawl back under the bondage of The Law, and by doing so fail to enter into His Eternal Sabbath Rest, and at the same time kill His Glorious Saving Grace for themselves – hence I call ‘em Grace Killers – how wretched can that be?
Hebrews 4:8-9 (TAB) [This mention of a rest was not a reference to their entering into Canaan.] For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak about another day [of opportunity] after that. 9 So there remains a [full and complete] Sabbath rest for the people of God.
There it is folks: A FULL AND COMPLETE SABBATH REST FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD. How plain and simple is that? The wondrous simplicity that is in Christ – 2 Corinthians 11:3.
Hebrews 4:10 (TAB) For the one who has once entered His rest has also rested from [the weariness and pain of] his [human] labors, just as God rested from [those labors uniquely] His own. 11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness].
So there we have it dear regulated Sabbath keepers, for I know from personal experience that many of you are devout and sincere people, especially SDAs (Seventh Day Adventists) and the people of the Worldwide Church of God splinter groups, but repentance is the only way forward for you and to shake off that curse of The Law.
In Yashua Messiah’s Holy name
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