There is an outstanding argument in Christianity as to what is the true sabbath. Is it the seventh day of the week—Saturday—or is it the first day of the week—Sunday? So, how can this be resolved? The answer—by government, and by knowing and considering the larger picture of the ways and works of Yahweh in mankind and in the church. Outside of this, scriptural argument and tradition is simply waged against scriptural argument and tradition. But even further, Sunday was added as a sabbath; so, is there yet another sabbath day that is entirely relevant and has never before been considered?
The fact is that both the seventh day and the first day are sabbaths in the sense that they were to, are to, and will bring rest to man. But as you will see, they have failed and will fail in some measure to effect that rest, and do indeed require yet another sabbath. Let us now consider all of this. We will begin by examining the bigger picture of mankind and the kingdom of heaven, including the Son of God coming to this earth.
First, from The Waltz of Life, page 3, we see that Yahshua came on the fourth day of mankind. And as you will see, His repeated practice is to come on the fourth. (You need to read The Waltz of Life to see how consistent this act is with Yahshua.) His fourth-day coming is indicated below in blue in the bottom count to seven. This bottom count begins at the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Stacked on that count is yet another higher count of seven, beginning with the “1” (also indicated in blue) at His coming on the fourth day of mankind.
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Yahshua’s work on the fourth day thereupon began the church on day 5 of mankind, which is the same as day 2 in the higher sequence. Adding day 6/3, this brings us to where we are today—the church having now completed 2,000 years, or two “days” (indicated in red).
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As addressed in “The 3,000 Year Church Period,” the church was supposed to receive 3,000 years, or three days. This being the case, one can see why Christianity has been assigned Sunday, the first day, as their sabbath. If they had accomplished their appropriate work on days 5, 6, and 7, they would have rested on the first day of the week, day eight. However, no more than Judah could have given his third son to Tamar (Genesis 38), can Yahweh give Christianity their third 1,000-year period. As with Judah’s first two sons, the first two parts of the church have been utter failure that have led to death; and as declared in Matthew 24:22 and Mark 13:20, their time must be cut short to two lest no flesh would be saved.
If the church had been successful with all three parts, then on the eighth day Yahshua would have come as Immanuel, “God with us,” and the supernatural light attested to on the first day of creation would have come. However, they have not succeeded thus far, and would not succeed in the third part as well, thereby requiring that Yahweh cut their days short from three to two and Immanuel come on the seventh day and perform the required work for them. This very fact is attested to in that Yahshua repeatedly labored on the sabbath. Thereby, Yahweh must stack day 1 on day 7 and Immanuel labor on the sabbath. As you can see then in the next accounting, Immanuel once again comes on the fourth day, which is chronologically the seventh day (all marked again in blue).
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To help understand what is taking place here, let us lay this same information out purely chronologically, using a count of nine days, or 9,000 years. Again, days five and six are red, denoting the thus-far-fulfilled 2,000 years of the church, and Yahshua’s coming is in blue.
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Day seven would be the numeric sabbath rest, the seventh day. But, Christianity was not scheduled to enter into their rest until day eight, their sabbath. What Immanuel has to do then is to come one day early, requiring that the eighth day be stacked on the seventh. Thus we see:
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Again, what Christianity would fail to perform on the seventh day, Immanuel comes and performs, setting up His Millennial kingdom, the Millennial reign. And as you can see, these are both of the sabbaths we have in question here, but actually stacked so as to become one—the seventh day, as well as the first. This now affords us the much needed resolving insight as to whether the sabbath is on Saturday or on Sunday. But first we will consider yet another point of significance.
Of course the issue at the man level is regarding what day of the week is to be recognized as the sabbath—Saturday or Sunday, or even yet another day? Yet this question indeed arises at the lower level—the flesh-man level. But in reality, the weekly sabbath is merely a shadow of the true sabbath that Yahweh must provide for man whereby he can get out of this flesh; enter into an immortal, incorruptible body; and cease from laboring in his flesh. This alone is the fulfillment of the sabbath; and the reality is that keeping a particular day of the week can no more bring the essential sabbath rest, than offering an animal sacrifice can bring forgiveness of sins. In both cases, the former is natural, bondage, impossible to keep, and a shortfall shadow, while the latter is spiritual, eternal, brings us into incorruptible life, and is the true fulfillment.
Should one then walk in the shadow? If it enhances in some manner one’s ability to enter into the true fulfillment, then yes. But, doing so does not effect that entrance, but reveals the need for that entrance. If it was indeed effectual, then the sons of Israel would have entered into rest 2,000-plus years ago. But as it is clearly stated in Hebrews 4:1-11, we enter into that sabbath rest by faith, requiring our obedience.
Let us now add yet another piece of relevant information. In Two Trees In the Garden, page four, we see that Christianity is the fifth dimension that is higher than space and time (dimensions 1 thru 4). What we see from this is that Christianity’s Sunday sabbath is in fact a higher dimension work—higher than the seventh day. As noted in The Issue – II, page 5, the number 7 is the mark of the beast. When Yahweh God gives earthly man the kingdom, instead of it bringing rest and fulfillment, it corrupts the kingdom and brings failure and death. This truth is seen throughout the Scriptures, including in the original Garden. Let us consider an account here that is exceptionally important, relevant, and revealing regarding this. This is the oft cited account of Moses’ trips up Mount Sinai, as well as the addition of Elijah’s like trip.
It was in fact upon Moses’ seventh trip up the mountain that Yahweh declared that He would not go with them into the Promised Land (Exodus 33). Thus we see testified again that the seventh is indeed a curse. The people then repented, and when Moses told Yahweh that he wanted to know His ways (vs. 13), Yahweh changed His mind and said that He would go with them. To effect this change, Moses was told to go back up the mountain, this time for the eighth time.
Thus we see clearly testified once again that the seventh-day sabbath is a curse for mortal man (even as it was for the sons of Israel when they first approached the Promised Land), and that the eighth-day sabbath reverses the curse. As we have seen, the eighth-day sabbath is a higher dimension that reverses the curse of the seventh-day sabbath. Therefore, the truth is that groups such as the Seventh Day Adventists, Messianics, and Worldwide Church of God are actually going backwards by keeping a seventh-day sabbath, and are equally assured of failure. They can no more be successful than were the sons of Israel when they first approached the Promised Land, or have tried to keep that day, or any more successful than was Moses when he went up the mountain the cursed seventh time.
Because man is in the flesh, the seventh-day sabbath is death and demands the eighth. It speaks of the failed period of the 1,500 years of the law that brought death and had to be replaced. Whereas the eighth or first-day sabbath is the addition of yet another work that is higher than the lower work. This is the product of the kingdom of heaven that Yahshua brought forth on this earth as the Lamb of God.
So let us ask the question here: Noting the critical addition of the eighth, is then the eighth-day sabbath sufficient? The answer: While it indeed reverses the curse and receives the promise, it is in fact a shortfall and cannot provide the much needed rest. This too is evidenced in this account regarding Moses, whereupon he received the promise of Exodus 33:21-23, yet did not fulfill it. That promise was not fulfilled until 600 years later when Elijah equally fasted forty days and forty nights, went up on the identical mountain, was hidden in the cleft of the rock, and came out to see Yahweh’s back, what He was doing and would do (The Promise, page three). Therefore, the promise that was given to Moses, was fulfilled by Elijah. Thus we see that the eighth reverses the curse and receives the promise, but the ninth fulfills the promise.
In like manner, will Christianity enter into rest with Yahshua bringing the eighth day early? No. They too have the curse reversed, but must wait for a latter sabbath as well. When is that sabbath rest for them when they can finally put off this earthly flesh and receive their immortal, incorruptible bodies and cease from laboring in the flesh? As noted in The Waltz of Life, page five, that rest comes at yet an even higher dimension sabbath day—on a fourth day!
In the accounting seen at the conclusion of this paragraph, the Millennial reign is colored in purple. As addressed in The Issue – II, page eleven, Christians will not enter into immortality at that time. They are obligated to three days and three nights in the grave—the 2,000 years of the church we have thus far known, as well as the 1,000 years of the Millennial reign. Following the Millennial reign, they will come out of the grave and return into their carnal bodies. As Isaiah 26:19 states, “The earth will give birth to the departed spirits.” And as it is written in Job 33:25, their flesh will “become fresher than in youth,” and “the days of [their] youthful vigor” will return. The kingdom will have been established on the earth, and they will rule and reign and learn righteousness, paying the debts they incurred when in the flesh. But as improved as all of this is, they will still remain in their flesh, and cannot enter their own resurrection until the fourth day. Thus the fourth day provides the sabbath rest that they were promised on the eighth. It is the promise-fulfilling “ninth.”
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Having said all of this, you will notice here something HIGHLY significant and revealing. Our discussion has been relative to the true sabbath, and we have considered three days—the seventh, the first, and the fourth. Have you noticed that all three of these sabbaths repeatedly stack on each other?
It is incredibly revealing, confirming, and legally significant that all three sabbaths are being fulfilled when the first resurrection of the Bride, as well as the second resurrection of the body take place. What then are the ever-higher dimensions of the sabbath? As we see testified with Moses’ trips up the mountain, the seventh-day sabbath is the lowest dimension and brings a curse. Added to that is the higher-dimension eighth/first-day sabbath of Christianity that reverses the curse and receives the promise, but cannot bring them the fulfillment. Therefore, the fulfillment is always the even higher dimension fourth-day sabbath that Yahshua brings at His coming that is always on the fourth day. Yahweh therefore passes over the first, He passes over the second, and He will take the third (The Passing Over Principle).
So what day of the week should one recognize/keep as the sabbath? If you are a Jew, then keep Saturday, the curse. If you are a Christian, then keep Sunday, for this is your fifth-dimension higher sabbath. And again, when Christians such as Seventh Day Adventists or Messianics or Worldwide Church of God keep Saturday, they are going backwards to the curse and it will lead to death. If you are the Bride, then as addressed in the writing, The New Millennial Calendar, you should keep the even higher dimension and truly fulfilling Wednesday sabbath. This is the day that is identified with Yahshua’s coming to this earth, and it is on this day that we will enter into our immortal, incorruptible bodies and rule and reign with Him for a thousand years.
Another highly relevant law pertaining to all of this is the law of circumcision, which we will briefly address. As we read in Leviticus 12:3, the male child was to be circumcised on the eighth day. How does this relate to the eighth day in what we have just seen? Is Christianity circumcised on the eighth-day which is stacked on the seventh? No. What is circumcision? Circumcision is primarily two things. First, it is removing the flesh as the headcovering. When Abraham brought forth Ishmael, Abraham was not yet circumcised. His flesh was his “head” covering, and he thereby brought forth fruits of the flesh that were not acceptable to Yahweh. Not until Abraham was circumcised of his flesh did he bring forth the required offspring—the son of promise, Isaac. Thus, circumcision speaks of the removal of this fleshly body and entering into our immortal bodies that can bring forth the fruit of promise. Once again, it is entering into Yahweh’s rest.
Second, circumcision speaks of Yahweh taking full responsibility for our works, our fruit. This is precisely what He did with regard to Abraham. He was saying, “No longer will your success be according to your own flesh, but I will now be your covering and take full responsibility for the results.”
So, on this first eighth day, will there be this promised circumcision where a people will be circumcised of their earthly flesh, enter into immortality, and Yahweh take full responsibility for their works? Indeed so. While it is not time for Christianity to enter into this rest, the two-part Remnant Bride will be circumcised and rule and reign with Immanuel for a thousand years. Only after another 2,000 years following the Millennial reign will the body of Christ be circumcised of their flesh. Thus, relative to the three subject sabbaths that converge, whether Bride or Body, each is circumcised of their flesh (the 1/8), Yahshua returns to this earth (the 4), and they enter into His true sabbath rest (the 7).