The following suggested or possible grouping of Scripture
passages are offered to aid beginning fellowships. The readings and limited
commentary are, hopefully, obviously thematically related. And the concept
behind this High Sabbath’s selection is the coming of the Messiah…it is
suggested that fellowships have morning and afternoon services on the High
Days; thus, readings for two services are grouped together.
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Possible songs include the following hymns:
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Behold, The Day Will Come
I Sing The Mighty Power of God
All People That On Earth Do Dwell
Readings for Last High Sabbath
Unleavened Bread 2006
April 19, 2006
The person conducting services should open services
with two or three hymns, or psalms, followed by an opening prayer acknowledging
that two or three (or more) are gathered together in Christ Jesus’ name, and
inviting the Lord to be with them.
first passage read should be Leviticus chapter 23, verses 1 and 2, then verses
4 through 8, followed by Deuteronomy chapter 16, verses 1 through 8, and 16 and
17, then Exodus chapter 23, verses 14 through 17.
Commentary: Both the circumcised nation that left Egypt, and
that nation’s uncircumcised children who received the second covenant—a
covenant made in addition to the Sinai or Horeb covenant (Deu 29:1)—were told
to appear before the Lord three times a year. These three seasons were
Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tabernacles, the three seasons when there is a
harvest of the Lord.
Part of the lie the Adversary used to bruise the
heel of the seed of the last Eve—this seed being the Body of Christ—is a single
day of salvation, which is not true, and why it’s false is something the early
Reformers couldn’t explain. As a result they couldn’t satisfactorily discuss
questions about predestination, but would have God condemning the mass of
humanity to the fires of hell as if most human beings were born into this world
to be eternally tormented. A person should legitimately question whether any
such deity is worthy of worship. Such a deity would be like a child pulling the
legs of grasshoppers just because he or she can—and a child is not born with
the mind of God, but is born as a son of disobedience (Eph 2:3), following the
course of the prince of the power of the air, the prince of this world. Satan
would have human beings born for the sole purpose of being eternally tormented.
And too much of Christianity uses Christ Jesus’ name to worship the defeated
prince of this world.
The first harvest of God occurred midweek following
Calvary: Christ Jesus was accepted by the Father as the reality of the Wave
Sheaf Offering; was accepted as the first sheaf of the harvest of firstfruits.
So the Seed gathered to God was His Son, who before being born of woman was the
Logos or Yah, the Word or Spokesperson, who received again the glory He had
prior to human birth. And to commemorate Jesus being accepted by His Father,
all of Israel is to appear before the Lord at the first of the three seasons.
After the Wave Sheaf was offered to God and
accepted, the early barley harvest of Judean hillsides could begin; after Jesus
of Nazareth was resurrected and glorified, the harvest of the Church could
begin. The Church equates exactly to the early barley harvest, which was
gathered into the barns for seven weeks. This harvest would be gathered until
Pentecost, when all of Israel was to again appear before the Lord to
commemorate the completion of the harvest of firstfruits, which culminates in
the wedding of the slain Lamb, whose blood covers the sins or leavening in the
two loaves presented to the Lord at this feast.
Judean hillsides, however, did not have just one
grain harvest, but two. The main grain harvest wasn’t barley, but wheat that
ripened during the summer and was gathered into barns by the Feast of
Tabernacles, the third season when all of Israel was to appear before the Lord.
The main harvest of God isn’t the firstfruits, but that portion of humanity who
never knew the Lord (never heard the name Jesus of Nazareth during their
lifetimes), and who never received life in the heavenly realm while alive
physically. And this is the harvest of God about which the early Reformed
Church knew nothing, for Reformation theologians did not keep the Sabbaths of
God, but rather, continued to profane the Sabbaths in the same way that early
Church fathers had…God sent the Church into Babylonian captivity because the
Church, like the natural nation of Israel, would not walk in the ways of the
Lord, and profaned the Sabbaths of the Lord (Ezek chap 20). Because of the
early Church’s lawlessness, God gave to the Church statutes by which the Church
could not live, just as the Lord gave to natural Israel statutes by which
Israel could not live and statutes that should have caused the nation to abhor
itself and its worship of God, but never did.
The greater Church should abhor its lawlessness—and
should doubly abhor itself for teaching that God condemns all who die as
non-Christians to an ever-burning hell fire that is not quite hot enough to
reduce the persons to ashes.
Therefore, the Philadelphia
Church and the Churches of God traditionally take up an offering on the
three seasons when all Israel was to appear before God, and not appear empty,
but giving as blessed and as able. This offering is foremost the son of God
that is the inner self-aware, self-conscience new man or creature who is spirit
through having been born of Spirit presenting the body of the old man, or old
self before God. Yes, every son of God (who is neither male nor female, Jew nor
Greek, free nor bond) is to appear before God where He has placed His
name—where two or three are gathered together in His name, He places His name
there—is to present the fleshly tent in which the son of God dwells to the Lord
to do with as the Lord so chooses. The disciple is both servant and heir to
God: the air-breathing tent of flesh serves the Father, and the new creature
dwelling in this tent of flesh is the heir, adopted as a son through
Disciples in those fellowships that do not observe
the holy days will, in the heavenly realm, appear before God empty-handed in
their prayers on these days, for the heir dwelling in the fleshy tent did not
present the tent to God. These disciples appear with nothing, while all who are
here today have brought an offering: themselves.
Thus, at this time those who are able through their
tents of flesh possessing the means are asked to give of their physical
blessings, not reluctantly, but cheerfully. The person who gives of necessity
might as well keep the offering--no treasure will be laid up in heaven for a
reluctant offering, which includes presenting oneself before God.
The person conducting services should, at this time,
pass a plate or basket as would be appropriate for the size of the gathering.
In larger gatherings, the person conducting the services would appoint others
to take up the collection.
During the taking up of the offering, special music can be performed. Then
following the offering should be a pray of thanks, followed by a hymn.
The reader should now read Galatians
Commentary: The child that is the heir is under guardians or managers until the
child reaches his or her majority, and the date set by the child’s father for
the child to receive his or her inheritance. Sometimes these dates are the
same. Sometimes a child’s legal majority precedes the date set for when the
child receives his or her inheritance. Regardless, the subject the Apostle Paul
introduces is that human beings were/are enslaved by the elementary spirits of
this world, for God has consigned all of humanity to disobedience so that He
might have mercy on all (Rom 11:32). God did this enslaving, not Adam through
original sin. Death entered the world through Adam, the first breathing
creature (see the discussion about the “J” & “P” creation accounts
contained in the article found here: http://homerkizer.org/typology.html).
This death is of the life Adam received when Elohim [singular in usage] breathed into the man of mud’s nostrils.
And Jesus at Calvary paid the death penalty for every sin or transgression of
the laws of God committed by human beings by God’s enslaving humankind to
disobedience. Nevertheless, human beings have continued to die since Calvary
because flesh has not yet been liberated from the law of sin and death that
dwells in it. And the transformation from the physical days of unleavened bread
that began when Jesus entered Jerusalem as High Priest and Passover Lamb on the
Sabbath that was the 10th day of the first month of the sacred year
that began the spring of the Roman year designated as 31 CE to the spiritual
Feast of Unleavened Bread is what virtually all of Christianity fails to grasp:
what was physical became spiritual when the Lamb of God was crucified on the 14th
of the first month, the Preparation Day.
Jesus of Nazareth’s death ended the marriage made
when He as the Logos took natural
Israel as a treasured possession to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation
(Ex 19:5-6). No longer is Yah as
the spokesperson for YHWH, the
co-joined deity (/YH/ + /WH/) that becomes Father and Son (each with
His own Breath [/H/ or Pneuma — see Rom 8:9, 11]) when the Logos is born as the man Jesus, bound by
covenant to the natural nation of Israel—that covenant (the old written
code) ended when Jesus, on the cross, said, It
is finished (John 19:30). So there
is no confusion: the deity seen by Moses and the seventy elders on Sinai (ex
24:1-11) married the natural nation of Israel when the covenant was ratified by
blood. Natural Israel proved to be an adulterous wife, and was given a bill of
divorce. But the marriage remained in effect until one party or the other died.
Men sometimes marry two wives, but it was not so in the beginning: only one
woman was made from the flesh and bone of the first Adam—and from this one
woman came the seed in which all of humankind would be blessed. There are no
human beings descended from a second woman made from mud, or from the flesh and
bone of the first Adam. The seed of Satan isn’t human beings physically
descended from Satan, who is not physical. Nor is the seed of Satan human
beings descended from angels having sexual relations with human women. Such
teachings are of Satan—and the person who believes them mentally transforms him
or herself into a spiritual child of the Adversary…the devil has no physical
descendants, and is not capable of having any. Rather, he has deceived the
whole world and a third of the angels. His seed is “born” of the iniquity found
in him; thus, when Eve, in the garden of God, swallowed the serpent’s lie that
she would not die but by eating of the tree of knowledge would become like God,
she mentally was “born” of Satan, even though she was physically of Adam,
created by Elohim [singular] from red
mud. The “god” she became most like was the prince of this world, who is
condemned to death (Ezek 28:18-19). So despite Elohim talking among themselves, saying, “Behold, the man [Adam]
has become like one of us in knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:22), the man and
the woman made from his flesh and bone did not physically become the seed of
the serpent, but remained the physical son of God, made male and female in the
likeness of God (Gen 5:1-2).
and female in the likeness of Elohim—the
Father didn’t marry the natural nation of Israel at Sinai, for the Father [Theon] was already one with His
Spokesman [Theos] in the
supra-dimensional heavenly realm. The Father was not free to marry another in
that heavenly realm, nor was the Logos
free to become one with anyone else. However, when the Logos created the physical realm, with life made from its elemental
elements, the Logos as Yah could “enter” into this physical
realm and “marry” a chosen people to become a treasured possession to Him.
What Judaism and Islam have missed is that Elohim is the regular plural of Eloah, or in Arabic [into English], Allah, which is the singular deity [El] plus breath [ah]. Islam, in trying to more perfectly worship the God of Abraham
and his eldest son, Ishmael, rejects the Father, as does Judaism, which did not
know of the Father’s existence until Jesus came to reveal the Father to chosen
natural Israelites. Thus, both Islam and Judaism have as their deity Yah, who came as the man Jesus to be the
Son of the Father. This is the deity who died at Calvary so that He would be
free to marry another in the supra-dimensional heavenly realm; for as the Son
of the Father, He is one with the Father—and disciples that form the Bride of
Christ will, at the wedding, become one with the Son, who is one with the
Father in spiritual relationships made visible through human
relationships…these human relationships of man and wife, and father and son do
not come first, thereby producing the descriptive condition of human beings
creating god in their image as is the case of the Greek pantheon. Rather, God
creates adam or humankind male and
female in the image of Elohim from
the beginning, but only the help-mate was known to humankind until Jesus
reveals the Father to His disciples.
The charge leveled by Judaism and by Islam against
Christianity for having more than one God has merit from their
physically-minded perspective: Islam worships a deity that entered His creation
(John 1:3) as a man born of woman, and that died at Calvary, so that He would
be free to marry another in the heavenly realm…natural Israel as the treasured
possession of Yah could never enter
the heavenly realm where Yah was the
help-mate of the Father [Theon]. The
relationship between Theos and Theon had to change, and could only
change by Theos or Yah entering His creation and dying—if
Jesus had not died, and if all of Him that was not of the Father’s Breath that
had entered Him when He emerged from baptism (Matt 3:15-17) had not fully
perished, then Yah would have
remained the help-mate of Theon and
not Theon’s Son. And there would be
no one for Israel to marry: Yah’s treasured
possession would inherit only physical geography, and not a spot in the heavenly
realm, where Jesus has gone to prepare adoptions through marriage.
Yah is not a contraction or shortened form of the
Tetragrammaton, but the only deity Israel knew…again, the natural nation of
Israel only knew the Spokesperson or Logos
for the Tetragrammaton, and never knew the Father. Judaism, today, doesn’t know
the Father, and is no longer in covenant with Yah although natural Israel is still loved for the sake of the
nation’s forefathers (Rom 11:28). On
the other hand, with its claim of being Yah
or Allah’s treasured possession
resting on Ishmael being the firstborn of Abraham (and upon Judaism and 6th-Century
Christianity wrongly worshiping the God of Abraham, which both were doing),
Islam has been the son of bondage that mockingly laughs at the spiritual son of
promise, long in Babylonian captivity.
Thus, there are not, now, two marriage covenants in
effect, one made in the heavenly realm within the Tetragrammaton whereby /YH/ and /WH/ are one, and a second covenant in the physical realm whereby /Yah/ and /Israel/ are one. Both
covenants were ended by Yah being
born as the man Jesus, living without sin, receiving spiritual life through
receipt of the divine Breath of the Father, and dying physically at Calvary.
The Help-Mate in the spiritual realm became a man of flesh in the physical
realm. The Help-Mate didn’t come being fully man and fully God—if He had, He
would not have then died in the heavenly realm, and He would not be free to
marry another. Humankind would be without hope of salvation. Rather, the
Help-Mate came being fully a man, who was made alive in the heavenly realm
through receipt of the divine Breath [Pneuma
’Agion] of the Father so that all righteousness would be fulfilled. To say
otherwise makes the person an antichrist.
The second covenant, promised by Jeremiah, Isaiah,
and Ezekiel, could not be implemented until the first covenant was abolished
through the death of one or both of the two covenanting parties Thus, with
pedantic redundancy, the deity that natural Israel knew as its “Élohim” entered His creation as His son,
His only (John 1:14 & 3:16), and this deity came to reveal His Father and
His God (John 20:17 et al), whom no
person had or has ever seen (John 1:18) except Him who came from heaven. This
deity came to die…it was either all of natural Israel, or Him. And since He had
already made promises to a few individuals that they would live again, there
really was no choice—and there had not been any from when the foundations of
the world were laid.
The Apostle Paul establishes an allegory concerning
Hagar and Sarah, each of whom will have a firstborn son by Abraham. He says
that Hagar corresponds to Mount Sinai in Arabia—and geographically, she does,
for Ishmael settled in the wilderness of Paran—and it was in this geographical location
where the natural nation rebelled against God because of that nation’s
unbelief. Both the natural descendants of Ishmael and the natural descendants
of Israel are bound together by their rejection; both are linked to the
wilderness of Paran. And neither knew or knows any deity but the one whose feet
Paul says that disciples are the son of the free
woman, Sarah, who received a son through promise and not by the natural way of
women, for the years of her fertility were past. Thus, in the allegory Paul
establishes, disciples are linked to the Jerusalem
above, a city that comes with the new heaven and new earth, and are
linked to Isaac, born of promise. Paul compares the Galatian converts to Isaac
(Gal 4:28). And here, to 1st-Century disciples, Paul quits the
But the 1st-Century becomes a 2nd,
3rd, and 4th-Century, with the Hellenistic Church
swallowing the same lie that the first Eve swallowed: human beings will surely
not die for they have immortal souls—and with this lie, the old serpent, Satan
the devil, bruises those disciples that follow on the heels of Christ Jesus.
For until born a second time, or born anew, or born-from-above, or born of
Spirit, no human being has any life but that which comes from the cellular
oxidation of sugars. But when the Church doesn’t understand spiritual birth,
the Church cannot teach disciples except as the Pharisees taught natural Israel
(John 3:10-12), binding upon the people burdens they could not them bear.
Paul’s allegory doesn’t stop with Isaac, and
doesn’t stop in the 1st-Century. But we will here stop for lunch.
The person conducting services should, at this time, adjourn services,
with a hymn, a prayer, and a blessing on the food (if appropriate). The person
should also announce when afternoon services are to commence.
At the appropriate time, the person conducting services should resume
services with two or three hymns, and a prayer.
Possible songs include the following hymns:
Guide Me, O Though Great Eternal
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Stand Up and Bless the Lord
For the Beauty of the Earth
The reader should begin afternoon
services by reading Romans chapters 9, followed by Malachi chapter 1, and
Genesis chapter 25, verses 21 through 23.
Commentary: As Isaac was the son of promise, so too were the
sons of Isaac, who by prayer sought seed from God through a barren wife. Thus,
the allegory Paul quit continues in another spiritual generation before the
twelve tribes of Israel are born from above when the Holy Spirit is poured out
upon all flesh—and to understand the allegory, disciples need to understand
that the two nations in the womb of Rebekah relate to two spiritual nations as
Ishmael and Isaac relate to natural Israel and the Church; i.e., to physically
circumcised Israel and to spiritually circumcised Israel.
The subject of Malachi is polluted offerings, and
the subject begins with Esau and Jacob…disciples form a chosen nation, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation (1 Pet 2:9) that was foreshadowed by the natural
nation of Israel, and in particular, the descendants of the tribe of Levi.
Disciples are not just spiritual Israelites, but spiritual Levites. As the Body
of Christ, they are kingly priests [or kings and priests], and they are the
spiritual reality that the Levitical priesthood foreshadowed, with Christ Jesus
being High Priest.
Like the polluted priesthood Malachi condemned,
disciples make up a royal priesthood that struggles against itself as if it
were twin sons in the womb of the last Eve, one son hated, one loved, both born
the day that Zion enters into labor (Isa 66:7-9), with the younger son
clutching the heel of the older.
On the Wave Sheaf Offering, mention was made of the
hated son, and the loved son; so not to repeat what was so delivered, let us
pick up the story of the two sons.
reader should now read Genesis chapter 25, verse 24 through 34; followed by
Genesis chapter 27.
Commentary: Esau was born red, and with a hairy covering
analogous to the skin clothing Elohim
[singular] made for Adam and Eve when He drove them from the garden of God.
Like a beast of the field, Esau needed no covering although he wore clothing
that smelled of a field (Gen 27:26). In fact, for Jacob to imitate the feel of
Esau’s hands, arms, and neck, Rebekah put the skins of the butchered young
goats over Jacob’s exposed skin.
The moment before Adam took the fruit Eve offered,
Adam’s nakedness was covered by his obedience to God, and Adam’s obedience also
covered Eve, his wife, as the two were one through being of one flesh. Thus,
sin didn’t enter the world through Eve, who first ate. However, the moment
after Adam ate what Eve offered—Eve was indeed functioning as the serpent’s seed—Adam
knew he was naked, as Eve knew that she was naked. Obedience was cast aside,
thereby revealing the couple’s nakedness that couldn’t be covered by leaves. It
took blood of the animals Elohim
[singular] killed to make clothing for the couple to cover their transgression.
After Eve, the mother of the living, with very few
exceptions every human being has been born covered with hair but visibly naked.
Esau was an exception. He had sufficient hair to appear as well covered as a
kid goat. It was as if he had no need for a cloak.
Every male, though, has been born with the head of
his penis covered…without stretching Scripture unreasonably, it is a shame for
a man’s head to be covered while it is a woman’s glory. Yes, Paul addresses
hair length as the referenced covering, but circumcision cuts away that natural
covering every male born of woman has had since Adam and Eve were driven from
the garden of God. Being circumcision is spiritually analogous to Adam’s
physical state when placed in the garden: a circumcised man’s only covering for
sin is his obedience to God, which is why Paul fought against the circumcision
faction that didn’t understand physical circumcision after being born anew
removed the cloak of Christ Jesus’ righteousness and left the man covered only
by his obedience to God.
Esau, though, was covered by his own cloak.
While still in the womb, before any sin was imputed
to either, God said that Esau He hated, Jacob He loved. Physically, the
difference between the two was color and cloak: Esau was red and hairy; Jacob
was as his parents were. And it is Esau’s cloak that makes the difference.
Extending Paul’s allegory, today two nations
wrestle in the womb of Isaac [Isaac and Rebekah being one], or the Church, the
last Eve. One is hated; one is loved. One covers itself with its own
righteousness; one is naked, and needs the garment of Christ Jesus’
righteousness. One professes love for Jesus, but will not obey Him. The other
looks to the Father, and at times seems to forget about Jesus. Yet, it is the
one who looks to the Father that keeps the commandments and teaches others to
do the same. It is this nation that will be called great in the kingdom of God.
For the bloody nation that covers itself with its righteousness takes the
sacraments whenever and however its wishes, attempts to enter God’s rest on the
following day, and relaxes not just the least of the commandments but all of
the commandments so as not be appear legalistic.
Those disciples of this nation will be least in the kingdom of heaven if they
are even there; they will certainly serve the nation born visibly naked.
But the nation born naked is a deceitful nation
that must wrestle with God during the first half of the seven endtime years of
tribulation; for this younger brother is born grasping his brother’s heel.
The second High Sabbath during Unleavened Bread
commemorates the resurrection and glorification—the Wedding—of the firstfruits
to the Son of Man. But before this wedding will occur, the deceitfulness of the
loved son must go…it’s not enough to keep the commandments and profess love for
Jesus [when the thought comes to mind]. Disciples must show one another love.
reader should now read John chapters 14 & 15.
Commentary: Jesus’ disciples were short on love, for Jesus
said that upon hearing that He was going away, ‘“If you loved me, you would
have rejoiced’” (John 14:28). They didn’t rejoice. They were thinking of
themselves. So why is anyone surprised to find that Jesus’ endtime disciples
are also thinking foremost of themselves?
The Sabbatarian church can hardy stand itself. It
is full tares that have attracted weedy followings. In some of these followings
are a few stalks of grain. But most of these weed patches have frightened away
spiritual infants who want to keep the laws of God, but want nothing to do
fringe cults. Thus, God will have to “wrestle” with this loved son so that the
son will overcome the world, not be overcome by the world that offers tax
avoiders an Internet home, as well as a squeaky voice on chat groups of a few
Sabbatarian fellowships should offer spiritual
infants more than a gabbled message and a booklet. But if that is all they have
to offer, then offer it with love, not with condemnation of “nominal
Christians” in the clutches of “Churchianity,” the message delivered for too
long by fellowships trapped in shame.
The hated son offers qualified obedience—as if it
were tainted meat—to God. So, yes, there are reasons why we Legalists would look down our long noses
at fellowships that attempt to enter God’s rest on the following day. But until
we get our own houses in order, we need to keep scouring away on the inside of
conducting the Sabbath service should close services with two hymns, or psalms,
followed by a prayer asking God’s dismissal.
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