Signs, signs, everywhere a sign.
As with my other RT posts, proceed with caution. See the attached sign.
Scripture articulates several particular signs that point to very specific promises. Some we heed, and to our peril, some we not only ignore, but we intentionally spray paint over in an effort to hide the signs for those who come behind…
Can you imagine hiking in the mountains and encountering a sign warning of snakes or bears that someone painted over or in some other way defaced or obscured?? Not a pleasant picture. Even worse is seeing the sign and having someone you trust standing there telling you the sign doesn’t really mean what it says…
Christendom has several such signs that have been painted over or otherwise defaced, and there are innumerable people you/I trust standing there telling us the sign doesn’t mean what it says. We will only look at one altered sign in this post. (And tell you who altered it and stands next to it pointing the other way.)
To set the stage, let’s be reminded quickly of some of the signs we love and hold dear. These we can use for comparison to the sign that has been defaced.
Perhaps the most often referred to sign is the ‘bow.’
“Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying, 9 “Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; … all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, … This is the sign of the covenant …. I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth….When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant …”
There are three elements here that are worthy of note. ‘Covenant,’ ‘sign’ and ‘forever’ (never again or everlasting…).
This is a promise we ‘hang our hat on!’ God is a God of covenant, an Elohim of promise. He says, (paraphrasing) “I will …, forever!” We absolutely believe in this as an unchanging and unchangeable promise. (Remember, Yahweh does NOT change. A promise is a promise. Particularly when stated in these covenantal terms.)
How about another one? The Abrahamic Covenant.
“Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him,
“I am, God Almighty;
Walk before Me, and be blameless.
2 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you,
And I will multiply you exceedingly.”
3 Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,
4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you,
And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.
5 “No longer shall your name be called Abram,
But your name shall be Abraham;
For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. 7 I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. 8 I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God….And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.”
Here we have the same ‘formula.’ Covenant-sign-forever.
Both of the preceding covenants and their ‘everlasting’ nature are a settled matter in all of ‘christian history.’ Nobody in their right mind would argue that the earth can again be destroyed by a flood. In the same vein, only an avowed antisemite would argue that the covenant of the land and the blessing upon Abraham are debatable.
The Davidic Covenant is another ‘forever covenant’ though the sign is a little less obvious, at least for now. Yahweh made a promise to David that He, the Everlasting One, would establish David’s throne forever. Yeshua, the rightful heir is King and will again walk in Jerusalem as King. Forever.
Ezekiel confirms this in 37:24-28. He quotes Yahweh saying,
“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. 25 They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. 27 My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 28 And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”’”
Notice, this is a fulfillment of an everlasting covenant that involves the land and Yeshua ben David, as the fulfilling sign, as well as another interesting element… and here is where the whole ‘sign-covenant-forever’ signpost gets blurred if we listen to Christian theologians.
Don’t listen to me. Let’s just look at Scripture. No doctrines of men. Just the everlasting Word.
Our previous passage from Ezekiel said,
“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.”
“Ethel, did that boy just say we have to keep the Commandments?”
“Mmmm. No, I think that’s what he thinks that verse says.”
Okay, I guess we need more Scripture… “So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever;…”
Oh, look. ‘Covenant-Sign-Forever.’ In case you think I made that up, here is the reference. And, the context is even more explicit.
Bet your pastor didn’t see that sign.
Frankly, I didn’t either. For years! (Read my RT:Antisemitism for a full confession! ‘course, now you need ‘Grafting’ and ‘Olam!’ as well.)
Maybe here is a good place to consider two important verses, the first prophetic and the second instructive:
“Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood,
Futility and things of no profit.” (See in context)
Thus says Yahweh,
“Who gives the sun for light by day
And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;
Yahweh Sabaoth is His name:
“If this fixed order departs
From before Me,” declares Yahweh,
“Then the offspring of Israel also will cease
From being a nation before Me forever.” (See in context)
[Before quoting something about the ‘New Covenant’ you might want to read the previous context and see WHO the covenant is with and WHAT will be written on their hearts… Check the Hebrew for absolute clarity!]
Earlier, you may have thought, “Yeah, but this Sabbath thing, that’s for the sons of Israel. That’s what the verse says.”
Or, maybe I can challenge tradition another way: The Ezekiel passage above says, “My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. 25 They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever…”
If the Good Shepherd, the Servant David referenced here who will be king over them forever, is your King, then you will be in this kingdom that is obedient to Yahweh’s statutes and ordinances. Yeshua ben David will not be king over any other kingdom if He is the King of this one forever….
Yeshua said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Simply, He NEVER changed the day of rest from Sabbath to SUNday. Neither did any of the Apostles or authors of Scripture.
In fact, the Roman Catholic Church proudly proclaims that THEY changed the sign post!
Let me leave you with a verse and a couple links for further research.
This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
(Jeremiah 6:16, see the rest in context, especially v. 19 )
[Yeshua’s yoke is ease and His burden light… Walking in Torah is where you will find rest, liberty and peace!]
Want to come out refined as pure gold? Walk in HIS ways and paths.
“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
“My foot has held fast to His path;I have kept His way and not turned aside. (Job 23:10-11)
And the links..
The First day of the Week (The quotes from the Roman Catholic Church at the end of this article are particularly instructive. They identify WHO obliterated this sign post.)
May Yahweh guide and bless you as you seek truth.