The Sign Between YHVH And Man

By James Hodges


For almost 2 millennia, Christians have been worshiping on Sunday – with no regard to Saturday in any religious sense.  Certainly there must be a very good reason why all Christians observe Sunday.  There must be overwhelming evidence in scripture pointing very clearly to the fact that YHVH desires His children to worship Him congregationally on Sunday.  Such an accepted pillar of Christian faith should be easily proved in God’s word.  We will see.  Not to spoil the ending, I will just say that Sunday worship is a Catholic mandate that has a foundation of Sun Worship. It is a man-made ordinance and has been foisted on Christians as God’s will.  But does God’s will change?  Has He given His authority to men that they may change YHVH’s will by vote?   


I want to show the following:


·       Sabbath is instituted by YHVH and is an ordinance FOREVER.

·       Sabbath is YHVH’s Sign between Himself and His elect.

·       Sunday has been substituted by men in place of YHVH’s will for Sabbath.

·       Sunday worship is founded in cultic worship of the Sun  (a foundational part of the Pagan Trinity.)


Before I begin, I want to avoid all controversy over what day of the week Sabbath actually is.  Some have said that any day can be your Sabbath – if you are observing it to honor God.  Some have said that Sunday is the ‘Christian Sabbath’.  Some have said that when the calendar was changed centuries ago, we lost track of the days of the week and Sabbath is therefore also lost.  Let’s find out the truth and what YHVH’s will is regarding each assertion.

  1. “Any day can be your Sabbath if your definition of ‘Sabbath’ is simply ‘rest’”.  In this case, you establish and define the observance of this day.  It now becomes a matter of your will, not God’s.  YHVH calls the Sabbath day HOLY.  He established it as a day of rest, but not because He was exhausted from the 6 days of creation – He obviously could not be omnipotent and then be in need of a break. 
  2. Sunday has never been Sabbath.  In the Bible, it is called the first day of the week, Sabbath Always refers to the seventh day (and in some cases it refers to a holiday). 
  3. The Gregorian calendar was changed (updated) in 1582 to make up for errors in the previous (Julian) calendar.  10 days were removed from the monthly count, but the days of the week stayed the same.  Thursday the 4th was followed by Friday the 15th.  The days remained in order and the Sabbath was not lost. Interesting to note that the calendar was adjusted to be able to accurately date the pagan celebration of Easter. 

Sabbath is instituted by YHVH and is an ordinance FOREVER.


YHVH established the Sabbath at creation.  On the seventh day, He rested (ceased) from working.  He had completed what He wanted to do with regards to creation.  But why did He command us to keep it?  We don’t need to be commanded to rest from our jobs – most people find it easy to spend a little time away from work.  It isn’t to force us to worship Him – anyone who truly loves YHVH worships Him every day. 

One key, I believe, is John 1 – it is even worded similarly.  “In the beginning, was the Word (Logos) or (PLAN)”.  YHVH has everything planned out in detail from the beginning.  He has let us in on His pattern – 6 days work, 7th day rest.  The pattern of 6/7 shows up many places in scripture as well as history – all pertaining to His PLAN.  The 7th day was a rest, the 7th year was a rest (for the land), and the 7th millennium will be a rest.  The Sabbath is a dress rehearsal for this final rest that WE get to enjoy very soon – (we are at the beginning of the 7th millennium now). 


In Exodus 31:16, we see that YHVH makes His will clear concerning Sabbath.  He establishes it as an everlasting ordinance for His children. 

16  The people of Isra’el are to keep the Shabbat, to observe Shabbat through all their generations as a perpetual covenant.


It’s clear that YHVH meant for us to enjoy Sabbath forever.  Not only does He spell it out for us, but (as our example) Yahusha and the all the apostles kept Sabbath.


We will even be enjoying Sabbath AFTER Yahusha returns as we see in Isaiah 66:22-24.


22  “For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will continue in my presence,” says ADONAI, “so will your descendants and your name continue.


23  “Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,” says ADONAI.


24  “As they leave, they will look on the corpses of the people who rebelled against me (Rebelled against what? YHVH’s Torah – Context of scripture here is worship and pagan practices). For their worm will never die, and their fire will never be quenched; but they will be abhorrent to all humanity.”


If we are to be enjoying Sabbath AFTER Yahusha returns, why would we think it is of no consequence now?  Is it only for the Jews?  No – Regarding His Elect, there is neither Jew nor Gentile in YHVH’s sight. Was it only valid until the Church Dispensation?  NO – It is valid forever (everlasting).  Out of the Ten Commandments, why would this one have a statute of limitations?  Can we also say that since the Church Age is here we can put limitations on the other nine commandments?  I say that since the Church Age began - MEN HAVE ALREADY PUT LIMITATIONS ON ALL OF YHVH’s COMMANDMENTS!  The Church writes itself a Carte Blanche to change whatever it pleases.  But YHVH does not change.


Sabbath is YHVH’s Sign between Himself and His elect.


Exodus 31

12 ADONAI said to Moshe,

13  Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘You are to observe my Shabbat s; for this is a sign between me and you through all your generations; so that you will know that I am ADONAI, who sets you apart for me.

17  It is a sign between me and the people of Isra’el forever; for in six days ADONAI made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and rested.’


The word ‘SIGN’ is Stong’s word #0226 and is defined as:

1) sign, signal

a) a distinguishing mark

b) banner

c) remembrance

d) miraculous sign

e) omen

f) warning

2) token, ensign, standard, miracle, proof


So, if the keeping of the Sabbath is a distinguishing mark on us, wouldn’t we want to be marked by YHVH (for everyone will receive a mark – either for YHVH or for the Beast)?  If it is a banner, wouldn’t we want to hold up this banner to bring Him glory?  As a remembrance, wouldn’t we want to honor YHVH by keeping the ‘fourth’ commandment to remember the Sabbath?  As a miraculous sign, YHVH will bring us into His rest (the true meaning of the Sabbath) at the end of this age – IF we are obedient to HIS ways (Heb. 3: 7-15).  As an omen, it speaks of this final rest.  As a warning, we are warned that observing our own ways instead of YHVH’s will keep us from entering His rest.   


Sunday has been substituted by men in place of YHVH’s will for Sabbath.


Whether you realize it or not, Sunday worship was adopted (and keeping the Sabbath was abolished) by a council of men. Quite apart from any scriptural backing, it was voted on and accepted that the Sabbath would no longer be the day of worship for the “Church”.   The power of the “Church” had shifted from Jerusalem in the first century to Rome by the third century.  By the time Constantine (a Christo-Pagan polytheistic sun worshiper) was emperor, the leaders of Christianity were mainly from and still living in a pagan society.  In 321 CE, Constantine aided in shifting from Sabbath to Sunday worship by issuing a decree that throughout the Roman Empire, Sunday would be the official day of rest.

"On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for gain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost."

The “Church of Laodicea” was a powerful voice in the Christian world during this same time.  Christianity had abandoned its Hebrew roots and the Catholic (meaning Universal) Church was emerging.  Eager to distance themselves from anything “Jewish” and hang on to their pagan traditions, the Council of Laodicea ordered the “Church” to break from YHVH’s commands.  To add insult to injury, the Council ordered that everyone should worship as the pagan religions all around them – on Sunday.

Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.  (Canon 29 [A.D. 360]).  (The Church Council of Laodicea circa 364 CE)

The evidence of human authority superseding YHVH’s authority is not only plentiful, it is openly admitted.  Here are a few more examples.  Keep in mind that these decisions were not based on any command of YHVH, Yahusha, nor any of the Apostles.  Only by stretching the imagination and misinterpreting the scriptures can one come close to validating these following comments and decisions.  Jewish prejudice aside, the main impetus for changing the Sabbath was touted as being “in honor of the day Christ rose from the grave”.   As you read the following, remember from my last letter that Yahusha was NOT resurrected on Sunday morning (as the “Church” teaches), but was raised from the grave by YHVH on the Sabbath (as it was coming to its end) exactly as prophecy declared.


In the 5th century, Socrates Scholasticus Church History book 5[9] states:


"Nor is there less variation in regard to religious assemblies. For although almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries on the sabbath of every week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, have ceased to do this."   


What ancient tradition?  Yahusha’s resurrection was only 400 years old at this point – hardly an “ancient” tradition.  But the practice of worshiping on Sunday (worship of Mithra, and many other Greco-Roman gods) was founded in ancient Babylonian mysticism. Hmmm… which one is being referred to here?


Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 21, "Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath Day". Section 7-8 reads:

7. As it is the law of nature, that, in general, a due proportion of time be set apart for the worship of God; so, in his Word, by a positive, moral, and perpetual commandment binding all men in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s day (FALSE!), and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath (“Christian Sabbath” is a Man-Made term – not found in scripture).   Only by circular reasoning can this statement be made – (i.e. the Lord’s Day must mean Sunday since that is the day Jesus rose from the grave.)  This “Lord’s Day” or “Day of the Lord” refers to the END OF DAYS – NOT SUNDAY - See Amos 5:18, Joel 2:31, 1Thes. 5:2.  The Apostle John in Revelation uses this term.  His entire letter is describing the end of days, end time events.  He wasn’t saying, “let’s see, I think it was on Sunday that I had this vision”.  No, he was saying, “I have been a witness of future events on the Day of YHVH” – referring to judgment.


"The Church, on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third (fourth) Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord's Day." The Catholic Encyclopedia Topic: Ten Commandments, 2nd paragraph


How much clearer can it be stated!?  It might as well have added “We, the Catholic Church, have usurped God’s authority and imposed our own will in deciding what day will be considered Holy.” 


"We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy, catholic, apostolic church of Christ."--Episcopalian Bishop Seymour said in "Why We Keep Sunday." I could stop right here… The “Church” has led its followers away from YHVH’s will.  The “Church” is Apostate! The “Church” has separated itself from the ONE True God, and the ONLY Messiah, Yahusha!  WE MUST COME BACK TO YHVH – And stop following these pagan traditions!


Sylvester I (314-337 A.D.) was the pope during the reign of Constantine. Here is what he thought of the Bible Sabbath: "If every Sunday is to be observed joyfully by the Christians on account of the resurrection, then every Sabbath on account of the burial is to be execration [loathing or cursing] of the Jews."--quoted by S. R. E. Humbert, Adversus Graecorum calumnias 6, in Patrologie Cursus Completus, Series Latina, ed. J.P. Migne, 1844, p. 143.


It is very obvious that the “Church” abolished the true Sabbath and established its own day of worship – Sunday.  But why?  No scripture supports this.  The only reason to switch days from Saturday to Sunday is to honor the god(s) that requires worship on that day!  The early Catholic Church tried to pass it off as the day Yahusha rose from the grave, but we know this is not accurate.  But there was no refuting their decisions unless you wished to be excommunicated, putting a target on the backs of all true believers.  Even so, many true believers refused to have these pagan ways incorporated into their worship – and suffered for not conforming.

The new Catholic Church having successfully steered the “Church” away from YHVH’s Torah simultaneously married their old pagan traditions with what they deemed the right way to worship God and live a Godly life.  Sunday worship has been so ingrained into “Christian” teaching that few, if any, ever consider questioning it.


Sunday worship is founded in cultic worship of the Sun.


"At this time in early church history it was necessary for the church to either adopt the Gentiles' day or else have the Gentiles change their day. To change the Gentiles' day would have been an offense and a stumbling block to them. The church could naturally reach them better by keeping their day."--William Frederick, Three Prophetic Days, pp. 169-170.


What horrible rationale. In other words, if the truth is offensive to the world, then let’s compromise the truth so the lost won’t be offended.  But the fact is, if we compromise YHVH’s Truth to keep from offending the lost, we will join the lost.  No, if you call yourself a follower of the One True Living God, you must abandon any and all pagan traditions and follow YHVH in Truth.  If you go to a church that worships on Sunday, you are involved in a system that has replaced YHVH’s Truth and His ways with traditions of men – steeped in ancient pagan mystery religions and cultic abominations.  Sounds harsh, I know. But there are only two sides to this very real battle.  Which camp are you in?


Before the Catholic Church took it upon itself to rewrite God’s laws, all followers of YHVH kept the Sabbath holy.  Even after the ungodly rulings were handed down by these so-called leaders, the true believers still kept Sabbath.  The ‘Gentile’ nations, on the other hand, followed a line of worship born in ancient Babylon.  These beliefs started with Ishtar (Easter, Eostre) and Nimrod (Baal) who built Babel and other early cities.  Nimrod was killed in battle, and then deified as the ‘Sun God’ by his wife/mother Ishtar.   She founded the cult by creating a trinity or triune of gods consisting of Nimrod(Baal) as the father, Tammuz (her illegitimate son – said to have been conceived by the rays of the Sun god Baal) as the Son, and the Eternal Flame (lit to signify Baal’s presence on Earth) as the Holy ‘Flame’ Spirit.  Ishtar then set herself up as the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God.  All were worshiped as gods and this religion was spread to many cultures.  Names were changed and characters added, but this Holy Trinity and Holy Mother are present in all the early pagan mystery religions from early Babylon to the Roman Empire.  Look at the basic components that have survived into modern Christianity:

·         Father - Baal worshipped on Sunday

·         Son - Tammuz - born of virgin mother Ishtar by rays of the sun from Baal, born on December 25 (Rebirth of the Sun), died on Easter resurrected by Baal

·         Holy Spirit - Eternal flame on earth of Baal's presence (Candles used in worship to signify the presence of God – common in Catholicism, but also used in other denominations)

·         Queen of Heaven/Mother of God - Ishtar/Isis/Semaramis (Mary worship)

Sun worship and pantheistic beliefs were the norm for these cultures and worship of these (non)-gods was on Sunday.  The Cult of Sol Invictus (the Invincible Sun) was the main religion of the Roman Empire.  Constantine was the head of this religion.  In Egypt, the Pharaoh was considered to be the Sun god Ra incarnate.  Mithra, a Persian god who became a major player in the Roman cultic world, was worshiped as a ‘messiah’ and ‘son’ of the god Ahura Mazda.  The holy day for all these cults… Sunday. 




In Biblical times, Sabbath was kept only by those who followed Torah.  The only ones who followed Torah were the followers of YHVH.  The Apostles and the first century church kept the Sabbath, and as the gentile nations were brought into the family of YHVH, believers were challenged to give up their pagan ways.  Some teachers in these early congregations were trying to bind the followers into a legalistic observance of Torah while others were trying to blend their old familiar pagan beliefs into true worship.  The Apostle Paul was equally harsh on both, and warned the believers not to be fooled by either.


Yahusha was even harsher than Paul.  To their faces, Yahusha called the Pharisees ‘whitewashed tombs full of rotting corpses’.  To the new believers who were trying to hang on to their pagan roots, He said either choose YHVH or choose Baal.  Trying to have both is an abomination.  He specifically addressed the believers in Laodicea.  They were already blending their old ways with true worship of YHVH, and we know from history that it wasn’t long before the Council of Laodicea officially broke from YHVH’s everlasting covenant of the Sabbath.  


Rev. 3:

14 To the angel of the Messianic Community in Laodicea, write: ‘Here is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the Ruler of God’s creation:

15  I know what you are doing: you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other!

16  So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot  (but a blend of hot (YHVH) and cold (Baal)), I will vomit you out of my mouth! (this blending of YHVH and Baal is so disgusting that He would (figuratively) rather vomit than to stomach their compromising of the truth.)

17  For you keep saying, ‘I am rich, I have gotten rich, I don’t need a thing!’ You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked!

18  My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eyesalve to rub on your eyes, so that you may see.

19  As for me, I rebuke and discipline everyone I love; so exert yourselves, and turn from your sins (Turn back to Torah)!

20  Here, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me.

21  I will let him who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne.

22  Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities."’ (That includes us)


So, how does YHVH, the ONE True God, feel about having His Sabbaths (and feast days) altered?  Does He just look the other way or give a wink or shrug His shoulders?  No – He HATES this form of worship! The prophet Amos records YHVH’s reaction to His people’s adoption of pagan Sunday worship and keeping pagan holidays such as Easter (This ‘Christian’ holiday was observed long before Yahusha).


Amos 5:

21 “I hate, I utterly loathe your festivals (Easter, Winter Solstice (precursor to Christmas); I take no pleasure in your solemn assemblies (Sunday worship).

22  If you offer me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; nor will I consider the peace offerings of your stall-fed cattle.

23  Spare me the noise of your songs! I don’t want to hear the strumming of your lutes!

24  Instead, let justice well up like water, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

25  Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings in the desert forty years, house of Isra’el?

26  No, but now you will bear Sikkut as your king and Kiyun, your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves;


YHVH’s response to this unfaithfulness?   27  as I exile you beyond Damascus,” says YHVH  ELOHEI-Tzva’ot— that is his name.


YHVH is clear – HE DOES NOT INHABIT THE PRAISES OF HIS WORSHIP BLENDED WITH PAGAN WORSHIP.  Worship on Sunday in honor of YHVH is a blending of paganism.  As much as we want to believe God is pleased with Christianity, He Himself clearly states that He takes ‘no pleasure’ in Sunday worship.


As the congregations in these gentile nations grew, they started to distance themselves from the “Jewish” things in worship.  Sabbath was considered very “Jewish” – even though it was established at creation, well before the tribe of Judah even existed.  In error, men have changed the Holy day that YHVH gave to us and led us down a path of cultic practices that honor non-gods.   Sunday worship was ushered in by the Catholic Church, but ALL churches that meet on Sunday have their roots and origin in the Catholic religion (especially if they observe Easter(Ishtar), and/or Christmas(birth of Tammuz/ rebirth of the Sun god Baal) as holy days).  All Sunday meeting churches are either Catholic or Protestant and will branch off of one of these.  So in other words, ALL Sunday meeting churches are either Catholic or Protesting Catholics in origin and all follow the mandates handed down by the Catholic Church to break from YHVH’s truth and His perfect will.  Is that where you believe you should be?  Do your own research and don’t be afraid to question what you’ve been taught.  Scripture is clear and simple… it’s the rationale of men that is clouded and deceptive.


So is it contrary to "Christian History" that the Emperor and Pontifus Maximus Constantine did NOT covert?  True conversion would have proven itself by Constantine keeping Torah and abandoning all paganism. No, He converted us.  Is it contrary to “Christian History” that the Catholic Church did away with “Jewish” things that were established by YHVH and substituted a “Christianized Paganism” that has infected ALL Sunday churches?  It is a fact. This is spiritual ADULTERY!  We are the bride – Yahusha is the bridegroom. Should it seem surprising that scripture is so condemning of His people allowing paganism into TRUE worship?  Would a husband not be enraged to see his bride in the arms of another man?  To this day, the Pope still holds the same pagan Sun god title Pontif – and yet declares that he is the very mouthpiece for God.  He upholds the decisions that separated the ‘Church’ from the One True God.  YHVH is full of mercy, and we as the bride can be reconciled with the bridegroom – but we have to choose.


Sabbath is still here for us.  YHVH established it forever.  He is still honored by our remembering it.  It is HIS sign between Himself and His children.  Trade that in for a false religion if you wish, but as for me and my house – we will serve YHVH.  

Time is short – Choose today whom you will serve.


Parting Thought…


On a broader scope dealing with this and the other topics of the Trinity, abolishing the Torah(Law) and pagan holidays, consider how subtly we have been misled.


We have been taught that the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to the Hebrew God and became the first “Christian” Emperor.  It’s true, He became "Christian", except that he himself helped to create the religion and the term "Christianity”.  He was a very religious man and was eager to adopt this ‘new’ religion. But he was also the leader of the cult of Mithra (Sol Invictus) – even after his “conversion”.  He had his coins minted with the words “Sol Invicto Comiti” (Committed to the Invincible Sun).  So Constantine didn't accept the TRUTH, he created his own truth and YOU accepted Constantine's religion he coined "Christianity". 


In reality, Rome at that time worshipped the Babylonian Mystery Religion created by the ancient queen of Babylon named Ishtar.  Rome killed the True (Jewish) Messiah Yahusha, destroyed the City of YHVH (Jerusalem), destroyed the Temple of YHVH, killed YHVH's priests, and burned the Holy Texts (Courtesy of Emperor Diocletian) and took the remaining text back to Rome and altered them – allowing the Truth to be reformulated to honor the pagan religions so important to them.  With this new religious power now in place, Rome (in the form of the Catholic Church) then waged war on the Jews and condemned all things pertaining to YHVH in the negative term "Judaism" and blamed the Jews for the death of "Jesus".


What Constantine did, was not convert to the Truth of YHVH, but rather CONVERTED THE TRUTH OF YHVH to paganism and renamed Tammuz the son of Baal into Jesus.  He sold the Lie that Jesus was Yahusha,  and then sold back to the entire world the Mystery Religion of Babylon which Constantine as Pontifus Maximus (High Priest of the Sun god) worshipped until his death.  His new religion,” Christianity", was the polar opposite of the Truth of YHVH – a false image of the Truth, a replacement of YHVH and His ways with ancient paganism:


Sunday - worship of the Sungod Baal.  Called Father.

Easter - worship of Tammuz (killed by a pig & celebrated in honor of Ishtar by sacrificing a pig –Easter Ham…)

Christmas - fertility worthip in honor of the Sun, it is the rebirth of the Sun and birthday of Tammuz.

Trinity - Father (Baal) / Son (Tammuz) / Holy Spirit (Eternal Flame represented by candle light).

Queen of Heaven / Mother of God - Ishtar, Queen of Baal, and mother of both Baal and Tammuz

Priests - "Fathers" and "Nuns"

New God - combined the Druid god Hesus with the Eastern god of Krishna giving us Hesus Krishna translated in English... Jesus Christ.


As a byproduct, Constantine created a militant religion (Catholicism) that has murdered and committed high atrocities in the name of "Jesus" their god.  They forced this masquerade of Baal Worship on every culture they controlled.  And lied to us and told us this was the God of Israel when it was the Mystery Religion of Babylon.  But Darkness will never overcome the Light. We were warned this would happen over and over by YHVH's Prophets.  We are told to come out her (Mystery Babylon) which is the Baal worshipping Christian Church founded in and given to us by Rome. Not an easy task – especially if you have been raised in any Sunday meeting church. But the choice remains – The Truth of YHVH or the false image of the Truth.


YHVH gave to us a SIGN and called it the SabbathConstantine changed it to Sunday in honor of Baal.

YHVH gave us a SEAL, the name YHVH, that we may know He alone is God and there is no other.  Constantine removed that name in favor of a Trinity displayed as a SEAL of a cross on your forehead.

YHVH gave us a deliverer, a Passover Lamb, and resurrected this Messiah on the Sabbath to confirm His Holy Day.  Constantine changed the sacrifice from the Passover Lamb to an Ishtar (Easter) Pig, and changed the day of resurrection from the Sabbath to Sunday.


Constantine's "Christianity" is the wide gate that leads the masses to the second death.  I don’t say this lightly – it breaks my heart.  I have many friends that will never let go of the Christo-pagan ways they were taught.


Sabbath/Shema/Salvation of YHVH (Yahusha) is the narrow gate leading to life eternal. I hope you find it.




Was The Messiah
On A Sunday?


A Basic Understanding Series

by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN

Revision 5-25-2002


  1. Yahuah's days begin and end at Sunset from "Even" to "Even". (Leviticus 23:32)
  2. The Last (New) Testament does not replace the First (Old) Testament (Tanakh), but is supposed to explain the Spiritual aspects of it.
  3. The Sabbath was a "High Sabbath" (Meaning An Annual Sabbath) (John 19:31)
  4. Roosters crow at Sunset and Sunrise, but "Sunset" (or near sunset) was made obvious by the context of the verses (Matthew 26:34).
  5. The 1st day of "Unleavened Bread" is an immediate extension of "Passover. (Exodus 12:18, and Leviticus 23:5)
  6. Messiah Yahusha was sacrificed at the end of the "Preparation Day, which is the daylight period before The First Day of Unleavened Bread (which began immediately after sunset ), and in so doing became "The Spiritual Sacrificial Lamb" (and our High Priest) just in time for the beginning of the "Passover". (Mark 15:42)

    Note: Some well meaning Yahwists, and others, have stated that Messiah Yahusha's Self-sacrifice was not accepted as a "First of the First Fruits" (wave sheaf Omer) until the appointed time that the Jewish High Priest actually offered up the "Wave Sheaf" on the day after "Passover." What these well meaning Yahwists have forgotten is that Messiah Yahusha became the NEW HIGH PRIEST at his crucifixion, and that the tearing into from top to bottom of the Temple Veil (Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, Luke 23:45) reinforces that fact. In other words the Levitical High Priests were removed from their office by Messiah Yahusha from that very moment at Sunset as the "Preparation Day of Passover" ended, and he remains so to this very day._Additionally, It was not Messiah Yahusha's ascension (as they assumed) that indicated acceptance of Messiah as the First of the First Fruits (Wave Sheaf Omer), but his crucifixion.

  7. Messiah Yahusha was in the Grave (Hades) three FULL nights and three FULL days (Matthew 12:40 - THREE FULL "Even to Evens"), as was Jonah (or Jonas) was in the belly of the whale (or Great Fish). (SEE VERSES BELOW)

    Note: Some well meaning Yahwists, christopagans, and others, have stated that Messiah Yahusha was only in the Earth three generic days, and go to great lengths to try to prove it, BUT IF this was the intent of the verses (Matthew 12:40, etc.) then it makes ZERO sense to mention the night time periods at all. Why not just simply say, "Three Days?"__CLEARLY these are not three generic days, but three "Evens to Evens."

  8. When Mary Magdalene (Miriamne) and the other Mary (Miryam) came to the grave site, Messiah Yahusha HAD ALREADY RISEN... BEFORE THEY ARRIVED!!! (MATTHEW 28:1) As A Matter Of Fact, A Full Night Before.

  9. The Apostle John states that Miriamne (Mary Magdalene) came to Messiah's sepulchre alone at night. Could it be that when she saw that the sepulchre was already empty (way before daybreak), that she went back to get Messiah's mother to show her or was John more confused than the Roman church?

    John 20:1
    The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

  10. PASSOVER is the meal (ceremony) that immediately precedes the Annual Sabbath (a High Day or Yachal) of Unleavened Bread. Saturday (Friday at even to Saturday at even) is a Weekly Sabbath.

    Note: The ROOT Word for this High Day is "YACHAL", which means, "That which is painfully waited for with great anticipation" ... Clearly NOT a weekly Sabbath, but a long awaited "Annual Sabbath".

  11. The Passover animal sacrifices were always in the late afternoon prior Sunset (Evening) symbolizing that Messiah Yahusha our Sacrifice would, also, be crucified in the late afternoon prior to Sunset but that the crucifixion would not be complete until late in the evening.


Exodus 12:5-6 Your lamb (Messiah Yahusha) shall be without blemish (Pure), a male (Messiah Yahusha, son of Yahuah) a year old (Innocent). You shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel (prophecy) shall KILL IT AT EVENING (prior to sunset). Which means that Yahusha was, also, raised from among the dead at SUNSET three full nights and three full daylight periods later, and not on a Sunday morning.
Know This: Yahuah was absolutely required to bring about the Sacrifice of "The Lamb of G-d" in the same manner, and according to the same schedule as the old animal sacrifices. Otherwise the significance of The Messiah being the New Covenant Passover would have no true parallel to The Old Covenant Passover, and therefore, could not be taken seriously, BUT The Power of Yahuah caused this to happen exactly as prophesied.

Jonah 1:17 Now the Lord Yahuah had (specially) prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah (or Jonas). And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas (or Jonah) was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth (Hades or the Grave).

Matthew 28:1 After the END of the Sabbath (DUSK - Leviticus 23:32), as (when) it began to dawn (Approximately 8 to10 hours later near daybreak) toward the first day of the week (Sunday), came Mary Magdalene (Miriamne) and the other Mary (Miryam) to see the sepulchre.

Note: Messiah Yahusha HAD ALREADY RISEN (past tense). Yahusha Messiah did not need the rock to be rolled away in order to be Risen from The Dead. When the two Marys arrived in the early morning hours, Yahusha Messiah WAS NOT THERE ! Which Brings Out Another Point... What Is The Use Of Sunrise Services? Did The Two Marys actually see Messiah Yahusha Rise From The Dead At Sunrise?... Absolutely NOT !

Therefore: Messiah Yahusha became our PASSOVER at "EVEN" (The beginning of the FIRST NIGHT), then arose from the dead "IMMEDIATELY AFTER" three FULL Evenings (3 periods of darkness), and three Full Daylight Periods. Since the 3 days and 3 nights began at "EVEN" (Sunset), then it MUST, ALSO, END at "EVEN" (Sunset). THUS Messiah DID NOT ARISE ON SUNDAY MORNING... HE had "ALREADY RISEN" at "EVEN" ON SATURDAY (Very Late In The Day Of The Weekly Sabbath, And Just Prior To Dark).

Note: It is NOT NECESSARY to know on which day Messiah Yahusha was Crucified in order to understand that Messiah Yahusha WAS RESURRECTED AT "EVEN" PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF SUNDAY! Therefore: A Sunday Resurrection Is A Total IMPOSSIBILITY !

Final Note: Where is it written that the day of Messiah's Resurrection is to change Yahuah's Times and Laws? The Prophet Daniel warned us about those who would "Change Yahuah's Times and Commandments (Laws)." (Daniel 7:8, 21-27) "I beheld, and the same horn (little horn) made war with the saints, and prevailed against them . . . . And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High and think to change times and laws.

Matthew 12:8 For the Son of man (Messiah Yahusha) is Lord even of the Sabbath Day. Why Am I Not Surprised? After All He Was Born During The Sabbath Month Of Tishri, He Was Crucified Minutes or Seconds Prior to the ANNUAL Sabbath (at Sunset/Even), He Was Resurrected and Spiritually Begotten Minutes or Seconds Prior to the End of the WEEKLY Sabbath (At Sunset/Even), And He Will Rule The Earth as Yahuah's Ambassador During The Sabbath Millennium.







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