What Did Paul Say About Special Days

[Translations by Google Translate] [Tsiyon Truth Point TSIYON.ORG] [Tsiyon] [Presents] [What Did Paul Say About Special Days] [By Eliyahu ben David] [Voice of Eliyahu ben David] Tonight I want to talk about the apostle Paul. You know we have this website called RemnantExodus.org and we have a free seminar on that website. We just recently posted a new opening video for that and you might want to check that. One of the teachings that is part of that
series, talked about the origins of Christianity, of the Christian church. Really we had so much information, of course, we could not present everything that goes along with what we had there. So from time to time we want to bring in some teachings that go along with
all of that material, that will kind of fill out some of that for you and help you understand more about it. Since we are getting close to Passover, Passover is just one month away from this point, I thought it would be a good time to visit the apostle Paul and see if we are being told what the apostle really taught about Passover. This might be helpful in talking to others. Basically, This is what we find in Christian Bibles. We have an apostle Paul that has conflicting opinions. Now this is true on many things, for instance on the Torah he often refers us to the Torah as if it is an authority and then according to these translations, he tells us the Torah is all over and we do not need it anymore. We have this particular case about the Passover festival. Here you see in 1 Corinthians chapter 5, he
says “Let us keep the Festival.” So he is advocating that we keep the Passover festival but then in Colossians he says “Do not let anyone judge you by a religious festival”. So which is it? Do we keep the festival? Do we not keep the festival? Is it just a personal choice? You know, what is it that Paul is really saying? Well, the way things are reported
to us in most Christian bible translations you can find a verse from Paul to pretty much support any position you have. My question would be about Paul, why is this? Was he really just kidding? With some of these? Is he really this confused? Some people say he was a false
apostle because when they read these things they say well, “No true apostle would be contradicting himself like this.” So they do not believe in Paul because of these, really, many apparent contradictions that we find in our bible translations. So we are going to pick a case like this. You can see here he says “Let us keep the festival” and then we are going to take a closer look at the place where apparently he says we do not have to keep the festivals and see if that is what he really said or what was he really saying. We are going to look at this very closely and, by the time we are done you are going to be able to look at this verse and decide for yourself whether this is translated correctly or whether it is putting words into Paul’s mouth and obfuscating what Paul is really saying. Well, before we get to that we do want to talk a little bit about Paul. Paul’s Hebrew name was ‘Saul’
or ‘Sha’ul’ and the Scriptures say he was called ‘Paul’. So Paul was his nickname and actually it means ‘little’. Maybe he was not very tall so that might be where he got the
name. As we read through the New Testament, there are certain things that we find there
about him and that is he identified himself as a Jew. He says he worshiped as his forefathers
worshiped. We find that he regularly attended the synagogue on Sabbath. He believed in the Torah and the Prophets out of his own mouth. He kept the Torah, he says. He taught those of both Jewish and Gentile ethnicity to keep the Commandments and nowhere in Scripture does Paul indicate he is starting a new religion. Instead he was advocating entry into the renewed Israel through faith in Israel’s Messiah. I identify pretty closely with Paul in some
ways and I am going to explain to you how that is. You know Paul was raised up studying the Scriptures but basically, he was raised up into a Jewish cult. Now some might object
to that but nevertheless, the biblical definition, the dictionary definition, of a cult, certainly does indicate rabbinical Judaism. That is what Paul was apart of. Now, what a group like that does is, they form their own idea, their own doctrine, their own understanding,
their own tradition, which they then support many times through the Scriptures. So this is how it was with Rabbinical Judaism in the first century. They had a very intricate belief
system and many of these things that they believed, they supported with Scripture but many many times what they were advocating actually went far beyond Scripture, Paul called it the ‘Commandments of men’ as did Yeshua Messiah, the ‘Commandments of men’. So you see, on the one hand we have the Commandments of YHWH, Yehovah Himself, and we find those in the Torah. But on the other hand we have the Commandments of men, which is basically all the things that a given religious system adds on to the Scriptures that you must keep in addition to the Scriptures, which in many cases, negates the real meaning of the Scriptures. Now I have personal knowledge of this because I was raised in a religious cult and I was very zealous for the Scriptures from the time I was a little kid. Before I even went to school people used to call me ‘the little minister’ because I was so enamored with the
Scriptures. I was always talking about the Scriptures, but I was not taught according to accurate knowledge. I was taught according to the dictates of the group that myself and my family were a part of. It took me, as it did Paul, a supernatural experience to happen in my life to set me free from the brain chains and the mind control of false religious teachings, . to really see the glory of Messiah revealed in the word So that is the way in which I
relate to Sha’ul, or Paul. I had this releasing happen in my life that I see with him. So when I read his words, I am constantly seeing that. I am constantly seeing how he is motivated
by this release that happened through meeting Yeshua Messiah. Many times this gets obscured
through faulty translation of what he was really saying. Now I am going to get into this some more, but I just want to show you what the believers in the first century, the
early part of the second century, thought about this particular issue, and that is keeping the appointments in Scripture, including the Passover, the Sabbath, and other things. Now this is a review, in some way. For instance we talked in that Remnant Exodus seminar about Clement, and he was the bishop of Rome from about 92 to 99 A.D. He was a gentile believer, he was an elder, and he taught the people what the apostles taught him And we have a letter from Clement, so this is outside the New Testament Scriptures and this letter is very interesting, First, Clement, because among other things we find Clement encouraging people to keep the Commandments and the ordinances of the Lord. This is what he says and he talks
about the offerings and ministrations at fixed times and seasons, indicating that he kept the appointments and encouraged the other believers whether Jewish or gentile, to keep
these appointments also. This is what the norm was among all believers in the first century and going into the second century. Now just for a second witness on that, we have the Didache. This is really a rather amazing document when we read it translated correctly. The Didache is basically meant to help new believers to get oriented to the faith. It includes, among other things, this admonition “You must not forsake the Lord’s
Commandments, neither adding nor subtracting.” So the Didache was encouraging all believers
to keep the Commandments, do not add anything to it, so you see that idea of religion adding
other things, that was out, but keeping the Commandments actually say, that was in. That is what the believers were to do, that is what they were taught by the apostles. This is very much in harmony with what Yeshua Messiah said in Matthew 5:18 “Not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the Torah..” So this is how the early believers believed. , There was no ‘two messages,’ there was one unified message and
it included keeping the appointments. Well this is how it was until you get close to the middle of the second century. As we show in the Remnant Exodus seminar, that is when the Great Gentile
Schism occurred. What you are seeing here is a picture of a couple of the early Christian church fathers. Justin Martyr and Ignatius. Justin Martyr was actually the first to depart from the faith as it was handed down by the apostles, and to come up with a new way of
explaining Paul and explaining the Scriptures. For example we have this quote from the Jewish virtual library and it says “The first apologist to [vilify the Jews] was Justin Martyr”, and it mentions his dialogue with Trypho, who was a Jew, and if you read that dialogue with
Trypho, you will see him spiritualizing most of the Commandments, the appointments, and as it goes on here it says, “Justin Martyr’s writings became incorporated into early Christian thought and were the origins of Christian anti-semitism. So that is what happened, now, in the Remnant Exodus seminar we explain why this happened at this time. Because it was not really acceptable anymore to hold to anything that was considered ‘Jewish’. So the Gentile believers basically
felt like they had to jettison the Hebraic believers in order to be in good standing in Gentile
society. But to do that, they really had to change their thinking and their teachings about the Scriptures because of course Israel is at the center of the Scriptures. So what happened, since Justin Martyr, is the Christian church grabbed a hold of the apostle Paul,
of course who was now dead for decades, and they reinterpreted what Paul said as a way of justifying their schism away from the true early believers. Since there were many more Gentiles than there were Hebraic believers and faithful Gentile believers, it is really this heresy that became mainstream while basically the truth that was still carried by the believers who were following the way of the first century believers. that truth became hated and was essentially driven underground. So through the centuries, what we call Christianity, is this distorted set of beliefs rather than the actual beliefs of the early believers. We are going to look at an example of this, tonight, and you can judge this for yourself,
what I am saying. Now we mentioned this verse at the beginning, Colossians 2:16 and 17. Here it is in the NIV, which is today probably the most popular Christian bible. It says “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival,
a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” As we read this passage, what is it really
telling us? Is it not telling us, this is a personal choice? Right? What we celebrate, how we celebrate, it mentions a religious festival, that would be any kind of religious
festival. Nobody can really tell us, or judge, what we are doing. It is totally up to us. It is putting these words into the mouth of the apostle Paul. Well we want to look at these words more closely and see if this is the case, but you know, most people that read these verses, what they are thinking is, “Well this is the bible. This is the word of God, this is the truth.” That is what they are When we get around the time of year
where there is a biblical festival or even a worldly holiday, many times if you say something
about keeping the biblical appointments, people spout this verse back to you. This is really the only verse they have by the way in the in the New Testament, that supports this idea that those appointments are done now. But they cling to that. Now they cling to it for two
reasons, this is a proof text for two things. It is a proof text first of all, for the notion
that we do not need to be keeping the biblical appointments, so we do not need to keep the Sabbath anymore, even though it is one of the Ten Commandments They tell us we should keep the Ten Commandments, but for some reason they take just one out of the Ten and say
‘You do not have to keep that one.’ Basically, this absolves Christians from keeping any
of these days. But it also works the other way, this is a very handy passage for them because if nobody can judge you as to a religious festival, then if you want to celebrate a
holiday that is based, for example, on paganism like for instance the Roman saturnalia, which became Christmas or Easter, named after the false god, goddess actually, astarte, with it’s symbols of fertility like eggs and bunnies. Or even Halloween, where you are actually
celebrating the demonic power at work in the world. Well nobody can judge you for that,
according to these verses. That is your prerogative, you can celebrate the demons all you want. You think that is really what Paul said in these verses? Well let us take a closer look
at these verses in a form where we can tell what they actually say. Now this looks kind
of confusing to some folks, what you have here is verses from the King James Bible. Just copied directly out of my eSword, which is an electronic Bible program. The numbers
that are in green here indicate the actual Greek word for each of the words listed here. So what you can do with this is, you can look up a passage and you can go through and actually
check the dictionary, the Greek dictionary, for the meaning of every single word. Because this is an amazing resource, every single word in the Scriptures, both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Greek Scriptures, is numbered and the definition of that word given. So even if you do not speak Greek or Hebrew, by using this method you can go through and you can see for yourself what every word in any passage means. Now probably most of you know about this and use this, but I am explaining this in some detail so that those of you who have not yet encountered this method of study, can use this for yourself and you can actually test other Scriptures and do the same thing with those other Scriptures that we are doing together tonight. So what I am trying to teach you here, is not only about this particular verse, but also how you can apply this method to dig more deeply into the Scriptures. So as we look at this, this is what the King James Bible says, this is how it translates these verses. It says “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath says, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.” That is how you find that translated in the King
James version. Now there are some folks that say about the King James, it was translated
in 1611 by the way, that it is the inspired word of God. In other words, they believe
in something called King James only, and because it is in the King James, they believe it without doing any further study into it. The truth is, as you look at the text here, what you
find is two words that were added. Notice the word ‘days’. There is no Greek number for that, you notice that? There is no number there and it is indicated by the fact that the word days is in italics so it is telling you it is not in the text. Then near the end of verse 17, the same thing is true of the word ‘is.’ That word ‘is’ does not have a Greek number and it is indicated by italics as having been added to the text. But what we have then is only two words in the entire passage that are added to the text and as you are going to see in a minute, this is a lot closer than other more modern translations,
but it is still adding thoughts to these verses. Now one other thing I want to direct your
attention to before we move on, is, the Sabbath. You notice it has the Strong’s number there
and I have put that along with the definition underneath the passages and as you look at this, in the verse it says ‘the Sabbath days’ so this would give you the impression that
it is talking about the weekly Sabbath, but actually the word is ‘Sabbaton’ and Sabbaton is not only the Sabbath day. But as it points out here, it is also the “observance of the
institution itself.” It is also “the interval between two Sabbaths.” Now that is a very interesting comment, ‘the interval between two Sabbaths.’ It does not say ‘the seventh day’, it says the ‘interval between two Sabbaths.’ It also says ‘the plural in all the above
applications.’ So obviously with this word ‘Sabbaton’, it has a much wider meaning than simply the Sabbath day. We are going to look at that more as we go along. Now it also mentions
an holyday, this is old English for a feast or a festival, the new moon, the NIV says ‘a new moon celebration’ b ut it does not say that here. It says ‘the new moon’ and the new moon actually marks the beginning of the new month. So when it is talking about the new moon it is actually talking to us about setting the calendar each month. That is why it is using the word ‘Sabbaton’, because it is talking about Sabbath periods. So when you talk about the new moon and then you talk about Sabbath periods together, what you are talking about is establishing the calendar and the things you do on the biblical calendar. This is talking about the Torah calendar. That is what it is talking about. Now we return
to the NIV passage and if you count through this, as I did, there are atleast 12 words that are added to the passage that do not exist in the Greek. I have put a red square
around those words. Twelve words added, but just as importantly, there are four words that are included in the Greek text that are completely missing from the NIV passage. So whereas the Didache tells believers, ‘do not add or subtract anything’ the NIV has added and subtracted quite a bit. As a matter of fact, as you look at this and you add this up, 30% of this passage, in these two verses, is completely spurious. without any backing from the Greek. If you change 30% of any message, are you going to get the true message? Why do you have to do that? Why should you have to actually change the message by a factor
of 30%? Does that not make you suspicious right there? Well, in order to understand what the passage really says, we obviously cannot look at the NIV. So what we are going to do is we are going to go back to the King James version with the Strong’s numbers. So as we look at this here, we notice in contrast to the NIV, we have two words that are added to the text. That is not quite so bad is it? Also, the word ‘Sabbath’ is not a full translation
of the word ‘Sabbaton’ so this would be another problem. This is written in archaic English so that makes it a little hard to read but nevertheless even the archaic words here do accord, for the most part, with the Greek. So what we want to do now is we want to take the passage as it exist here, check it against the Greek, and simply remove the words that are not from the Greek text. We are also going to remove the punctuation because punctuation in the Greek, the translation of the Greek, is completely arbitrary; . there is no punctuation in the Greek language So that is always added. So let us just take that out completely and this is what we end up with. So let us read it. “Let no man therefore judge you in meat
or in drink or in respect of an holyday or of the new moon or of the Sabbath which are
a shadow of thing to come but the body of Christ.” That does not sound much like the
NIV. It does not even sound exactly as the King James sounds when you add these other
two words. So let us look at this now again a little more closely. Here is a simple direct translation of these verses, simply using the Greek dictionary. We have first from the King James, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink or in respect of an holyday or of the new moon or of the Sabbath which are a shadow of things to come but the body of Christ.” Now that is a little awkward, particularly without any punctuation. However when you realize that, this part where it says ‘which are a shadow of things to come’ is a parenthetical statement. In other words, it is a statement that is injected into the thought. You know people often do this right? While they are talking they add a little word of explanation in there and then they continue their sentence. That is what Paul was doing. By putting this little phrase in there, right there. So you will see that I have done a translation now below this and I have indicated this parenthetical statement by putting it in parenthesis because in English that is what you do with a parenthetical statement, right? You put it in parenthesis and I have put a period at the end of the passage because it is the end of the passage, that is what you do in English. Now other than that, there is no punctuation that I have added to the verses so the punctuation I have put in is completely justified by translating this Greek into English. Now let us read it with this little bit of punctuation, word for word, as it appears from the Greek. “Let no man therefore judge you in eating or in drinking or in respect of a feast or of the new moon or of the sabbaton (which are a shadow of things to come) but the Body of Messiah.” So what is the verse telling you? It is not telling you that nobody can judge what you do, nobody can judge you whether you are worshiping the devil. It is not telling you that. It is also not telling you that nobody can judge you because you are not obeying the Scriptures in keeping the appointments. It is not saying that. What it is saying very clearly is, do not let anybody judge you in these things BUT the body of Messiah! How simple is that? That is what the words actually say. Let nobody judge you in these things but the body of Messiah. Now just to add more to this, so you can see I am not in any way making up this interpretation and you know I am just
going by the words, but let us look at the context and see what Paul says as he continues
here and you see if this fits the context. Now we go onto Colossians 2:18 and 19 from the King James version. “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and
bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increases with the increase of God.” Now when you add those verses, is it not very clear that when Paul says ‘let no man’ he is actually talking about religionists who do not know Messiah, who are not holding to the Head, Messiah as the Head? Does that not accord exactly with the point just before this in verse 16 and 17? Where it says, “Let no man judge you in these things but the body of Messiah.”? Let us look a little more closely what it is talking about. “Let no man beguile you of your reward involuntary humility and worshiping of angels.” He is talking here
about rabbinical religion. In the traditions, the worshiping of angels is included and alot of rabbinical teaching is voluntary humility, in other words, traditions that go beyond what the Scriptures say in a show of outward humility. As a matter of fact, Yeshua Messiah
addressed this Himself when He talked about the scribes and Pharisees and He said how
they put on a big show when they are fasting. Well this was part of the religious traditions and instead He said ‘do not let anyone know you are fasting, it is something between you and your Creator.’ This is a show of humility. It is something that is a religious tradition
and Paul is saying, do not let these people beguile you into keeping these religious traditions that make you look like a devout believer and he says these are vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind. Now if you know Paul, you know he talks about two kinds of things. A spiritual mind and a fleshly mind. A spiritual mind is a mind fixed on the spirit that is hearing from Messiah and a fleshly mind is a mind that is not receiving of that spirit because that person is not in union with Messiah. So Paul is clearly saying ‘Do not believe
these cultist, do not let them tell you what the calendar is’ that is what he is saying. Do not let them tell you when you should celebrate these different days, and do not tell them how you need to celebrate those days because that is in the hands of the body of Messiah. He was drawing a line of separation between the Messianic community and the unbelieving community. That is what this is about. Now in verse 19 he talks more about these people and he says ‘not holding the Head,’ the head, of course is Messiah right? ‘from which all the body, by joints and bands, having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increases with the increase of God.” We do not understand that at all today and I will tell you why, because what is commonly taught is that everyone who is a believer is part of the body of Christ. So basically we just pretend we have this unity, we just kind of pretend that we are
knit together. But you know what? Believers are not all knit together. We have hundreds of different denominations and they all teach different things, they are all under a different authority structure and it is all confusing. The way it was in the first century is, the
Head, Messiah, before He ascended to heaven put a mantle of authority on the shoulders
of His brother James to be the earthly representative of the house of David and over the true Israel, believing Israel. James along with others of the house of David continued on the Davidic covenant to provide leadership among the believers. Then along with that you have the ministry
of the twelve apostles, you have the ministry of the seventy elders, and of course you have other ministries, you have other kinds of traveling apostles such as Paul, you have local elders and ministers, you have people having various different kinds of spiritual gifts and all of this coming from one central source- from Yeshua Messiah and literally, all of the first century believers were all bound together in this unity. So when Paul was talking about actually fixing these days and celebrating them and so on, according to the body of Messiah, he is talking about keeping the unity in the body and not being thrown off because some unbelieving Rabbi somewhere says ‘well do this or do that’. Because this is something that was happening a lot in the first century. These Messianic believers were always being criticized by the Rabbinic cult because they were not doing what the Rabbi’s wanted them to do. They were not keeping all of these Rabbinical traditions where those traditions conflicted with what the Scriptures were actually saying to them. Since they were tied in with the head they had Messiah Himself and His Spirit to explain how all of that was to be applied and Paul was saying that is where you need to look about these things, to the Messianic congregations. Now I wish I could tell you that today all
the believers are united together in the same way as they were in the first century. Unfortunately I cannot tell you that because we did have this big schism that happened in the second century. Because of this spirit of division that entered in at that time, the dividing has never stopped. Even within the Messianic community it continues to happen. The dividing has not stopped. So we have all these different groups that continue to not hold to the Head. So even though we have these different groups and they claim to be believers, if they are not holding to the Head and they are not in harmony with the authority structure that Messiah has appointed, then really we cannot let them judge these things either. What really has to happen is Messiah Himself needs to reinstitute this authority in a way
where those believers are in touch with Him and see it and they can come together and
be in unity with Him. Of course I would not be telling you all of this if I did not believe that we have got that right here. We are in touch with the head what I am teaching you and showing you is what the Scriptures say about these things. What we believe and what we see happening is that as YHWH raises up the Remnant, more and more of them are pulling together into this unity and it is a process. It is a lot like the book of Ezekiel where it talks about the bones. You have got a valley full of bones that are not attached and so there is a process that goes on and as the wind of the Spirit is blown, those bones start to rattle. He pulls them together more and more then the sinews can come on them, the muscles can come on them, the skin, all the vital organs, until the body of Messiah, the true Israel actually stands up upon the dirt of this ground, of this earth and manifest Messiah in the world. This is our vision, this is what we see and this is what we are working forward to every single day. This is what the Remnant exodus is about, this is why we are going home in the second exodus because that is going to enable all of this
to happen. But that is all another teaching really, we want to stick to these particular
verses right here and we want to see how the Christian bibles have distorted what Paul was really saying and that there is no contradiction here. Paul says in one place keep the feast,
and these verses do not contradict that at all. He simply is adding here that this is
under the province of the body of Messiah and not outsiders. Now in saying this, I am not saying to you that that the Rabbis, through the ages do not have certain wisdom that they have acquired, that they do not have knowledge of history that is useful to us. There is a lot that has been carried down through the millenia within the rabbinical system that
is useful. But the question is the question of authority. The authority over these matters
does not lie with the rabbinics. When Messianic congregations look to rulings of the rabbis and traditions of the rabbis to govern what the congregation does, they are really going against what Paul said right here and they need to correct it. I am not saying they are not believers, but I am just saying we are in this change process, this is a change that is very necessary. Now to support that, I want to point to Isaiah chapter 8. These verses talk about the coming of Messiah the first time. They talk about this particular
period I am talking about, when Paul lived, okay? It was a period of transition that was
going on and in Isaiah 8 it says “He,” meaning Messiah, “shall be for a sanctuary.” Yes there would be some who would come to Messiah and see Him as a place of safety, of sanctuary. But then it says “But for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both houses of Israel for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem” So basically the prophecy was you have two groups. You have those who would see Messiah as a sanctuary and then you have others of Israel, of both Houses of Israel, that would actually stumble
over the Messiah as a rock of offense. They would be ensnared and it talks specifically about the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Then it says “many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.” History tells us that is just what happened, but it does not say all of them, it says many, many among them. So who is not included? Well it is those same ones that choose Messiah as their place of sanctuary. The next verse makes this very clear, “Bind up the testimony, seal the Law”, that is the Torah. “…among
my disciples.” You see what we find here in prophecy, and interesting this is Messiah
actually talking through the prophet Isaiah, that at this particular point in time after
He comes this is when there would be a change and the testimony, which are the Commandments, and the Torah essentially would be moved away from those that were stumbled. That would be rabbinical Judaism, that itself was a schism away from the Messiah, would be moved away from them and it would be bound up and sealed among the disciples of Yeshua Messiah. Why? Why should I even have to answer that question? These are the ones, the disciples, that received Messiah, these are the ones who are in touch with the King of Israel. Are they not the ones then who are going to understand the Torah correctly? They have His Spirit. They are actually being led by Him and so therefore that is the authority that Messiah has set
for interpreting the Commandments and the Torah. It has been taken away from the unbelieving Jewish cult. So, it does not say the testimony is over with. It does not say the Torah is
over with. What it says is, it is now under the authority of Messiah’s disciples. Very simple. As we have seen what and Paul was saying accords perfectly with this prophecy from Isaiah. That is, that authority over these issues, including over the appointments, has been put into the hand of the body of Messiah, the disciples of Messiah. So it is no longer in the hands of the rabbinical sources, so you cannot look there for direction and authority on those issues. That is what Paul is saying, that is what the prophet said, that is what
Yeshua Messiah Himself said, and none of that contradicts anything that Paul said anywhere else. So if we were to sum it up in a simple statement, Paul did not say ‘oh go ahead and celebrate those pagan holidays, nobody can judge you for that.’ He did not say ‘oh it does not matter when you celebrate Sabbath or if you even do’, He was not saying that. What he was saying is, we are not to let ignorant religionists, and by the word ignorant, I do not mean.to be demeaning to anybody, I simply mean ignorant of the Head Yeshua Messiah, not in touch with Him. Paul said we are not to let ignorant religionists judge our observance of Torah appointments. All such Torah observance is rightly the province of the connected Body of Messiah, His true disciples. Now there is just one last thing I want to say about this, in about a month from now, in fact in, a month, a lunar month, we are going to be keeping Passover. There are lots of people who want to keep Passover but they do not because they think that to keep Passover you have to do a Jewish seder. Now there is a lot of good things in a Jewish seder and I think it is a great thing if you have an opportunity to observe one sometime, to be a part of one, but here is what you need to know about this you do not have to keep those traditions. There is nothing in the Scriptures that tell
you you have to keep those Rabbinical traditions, you do not have to have a Jewish seder. Read what the Scripture says itself in Exodus chapter 12 chapter 13 Leviticus chapter 23 it is very simple. Keeping Passover is a very simple thing and that is how we keep it here,
very simple. The reason we keep it really simple is because we have all these Remnant people who are from various tribes, various places who are not Jewish. and it is not for us to start imposing Jewish traditions on people. So what we do is just very simply
keep what the Scriptures say we find in doing this, this is what keeps us in vital touch with Messiah as He leads us on each Passover. This is where we find ourselves
bound together in unity in Yeshua Messiah and this is what He has blessed within our
group. So if you have let any of those traditions in the past, separate you from the joy of keeping the Passover, you do not have to let that happen because as we can see from what Paul said, as we can see from what Messiah said through the prophet Isaiah, we are set free from those traditions
of men so that can keep His word in liberty along with the rest of the body of Messiah. So these are some things to think about, I wanted to talk to you about this in advance so you have some time to think about this before Passover and so that you can enjoy this coming
Passover season in unity with His body. [Tsiyon Tabernacle Shabbat Meeting] [With: Eliyahu ben David] [This video has been produced by: The Tsiyon Team] [Visit us online: www.tsiyon.org] [Watch us on YouTube: www.youtube.com/tsiyontabernacle] [Music used in this production: Like Summer Rains, In the Wilderness by: Tziyon’s Call] [Fair Use Notice] [Copyright 2016 Tsiyon.org]

Much to the dismay of many Christian denominations, which like Peter said twist Paul's writings to their own destruction, this message is correct. The Torah has to be kept and honoured. And for the record this man is Legitimate in what he is doing, and the message he brings.

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