Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Q & A

After leading New Believers' Class, even talking with the average Christian, a lot of Bible terms seem confusing...let's define some with answers straight from the Good Book.

First Day Gathering - TRUTH or False - The disciple met on the Sunday because they were celebrating Jesus' Resurrection.

False - Mark 16:14 says, "they believed not them which had seen Him after He was risen." Why did the disciples meet on the first day in John 20:19? Answer: "For fear of the Jews".  Why fear the Jews? John 9:18-23; 11:47-48; 12:42-43; Matthew 27:62-66; Acts 8:1; 9:1, 21. 

CollectionTRUTH or False - 1 Corinthians 16:2 supports Sunday over Sabbath because the "collection for the saints" is the same as tithes?

False! See 2 Corinthians 9:5 (bounty/ministry for the saints) & note the difference between giving from your "bounty" (excess that you do not need), & tithing from "increase" (your regular paycheck).

Also see 1 Cor. 16:1-2; Acts 2:44-45; 11:29; Rom 15:25-27, but tithes fund the church's bills/supplies while you give your "bounty" to the needy.

Bread - Does breaking bread always mean Communion Service? Revisit Acts 2:44-47 "meat" & "bread". In Acts 27:33-38, "meat" = "bread" (wheat).  Lamentations 1:11; Ezekiel 16:19; Amos 8:11. Anyway, the answer is no.

Communion - What does Communion symbolize? See 1 Cor. 11:17-26, but you tell me the difference in eating because you're hungry (v.21), drinking to get drunk...& the answer (which is Jesus' Death).

Resurrection – Sunday Worship & Easter are traditionally linked to Jesus' Resurrection, but see 1 Peter 3:21; Col. 2:12;  & Romans 6:4-5. How do we Biblically observe the Resurrection?  The answer is Baptism.

Remnant - Revelation 12:17 is the rest that remains after a part no longer exists; the rest that is left after other parts have been taken away; the part that stays the same/remains in a certain state; a support on which things can be put...or the rest

Memorial – Exodus 13:9 means a remembering; in remembrance

Rest - Revelation 14:13 means remain; sustain; uphold; persevere; maintain; linger; last; endure

Remain - Hebrews 4:9 is to continue to stay the same

Remember - Exodus 20:8 is to call to remembrance

God’s Rest – In Matthew 11:28 Jesus promises rest.  In Mark 2:28, Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.  Exodus 20:10, 7th day is Sabbath of…the Lord thy God.  See  "disobedience", "unbelief", & "hardened hearts" from Hebrews 3 to Hebrews 4:11, but Isaiah 66:23 proves that the 7th Day Sabbath is forever.

Just For Jews - Romans 2:29 defines a Jew is not one by physical birth, but Spiritual re-birth, meaning, God's people are Spiritual Jews.  If that's not enough, by Hebrews 8:10, the whole entire New Covenant is only to the House of Israel...& the Covenant promises God writing His Law in our hearts.

And if that's not enough, Exodus 20:10 includes thy "stranger"in obeying the 4th Commandment. Isaiah 56:1-6 defines "strangers" as not visitors but Non-Jews who join themselves to God, and keep the Sabbath.

TRUTH or False - Colossians 2:14-17 include the 7th Day Sabbath in context, & was blotted out & nailed to Jesus' cross.

By 2 Chronicles 35:12, we know that the 7th Day Sabbath was not blotted out nailed to Jesus' cross.  How?  Well, because only sabbaths that commanded sacrifice & offering were shadows of Jesus' body.  So, the answer to our TRUTH or False question is...False!

Handwriting - In Deuteronomy 4:13 & 9:10, the Law of God was written with the finger of God on stone tables. In Deuteronomy 31:9, 24 & 26, the Law of Moses was written in by the hand of Moses in book pages.  Meaning, in context, the handwriting of Moses cannot include the 7th Day Sabbath or any of the 10 Commandments.

Contrary/Against Us - The Law of Moses "penalized us", was contrary or against us for sinning or breaking the 10 Commandments.  All penalties were paid for by Christ, & nailed to His cross.  Compare Deuteronomy 31:9, 24, 26 & Colossians 2:14-17 for the context. 

Briefly Comprehended - Ever heard "Love your neighbor as yourself"?  Romans 13:9 does not say that this phrase replaces the 10 Commandments.  Only the last 6 of 10 Commandments are "briefly comprehended" (or summarized) in love for one another.

Notice, Scripture never says love your neighbor with all your heart…nor love your neighbor as God. We must comprehend the context of what is briefly comprehended, & if that’s not enough, Revelation 22:14 clearly proves that the 10 Commandments apply forever.

Fulfill - to meet the required expectations or expected requirements (does not mean "to do away").  "Fulfill" appears 84 times in the KJV Bible. Visit these verses (& the dictionary) at -  Then the context of the word "fulfill" will be clear in context...& by definition.  

Notice, Luke 24:44-46, Jesus points out things that foreshadowed that He would "suffer" & "rise".  Meaning, Jesus fulfilled every-thing & every-day connected to offering & sacrifice.  But what about the prophecies in our future?  A prophecy that hasn't happened yet is not definition.  

So, this should help rightly divide truth between what Jesus fulfilled, & what remains relevant enough to prioritize & remember.  In Matthew 5:17-18, nothing will pass from the 10 Commandments (in context) until Heaven & Earth pass away.  Well, Revelation 20:11 is the moment where Heaven & Earth pass away.  Not only does Revelation 21:1 prove it's in the future, but Isaiah 66:23 proves the Sabbath as the worship time in the New Heaven & New Earth.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Let's get a basic understanding of Colossians 2:16-17 by studying Leviticus 23.   How was Jesus' body foreshadowed?  Well, the answer is offering.  Which Sabbaths involved offering?  Well, only the 7th Day Sabbath did not.  Careful study of all Sabbaths should put the New Testament in context on the topic of Sabbath.

Passover - 14th day of the 1st month; symbol of the offering at
Jesus' rest (in death) in Exodus 12:2,5,6 & Leviticus 23:5

Unleavens - 14th-21st day of the 1st month; symbol of the offering of Jesus (the sacrifice of His body) Exodus 12:18; Leviticus 23:6-8;18-20

First Fruits - 16th day of the 1st month; for a symbol of the offering at Jesus' resurrection see Leviticus 23:10-14; compare the meat & drink offering of Lev. 23:13 to Colossians 2:16.
Numbers 18:12-16; 28:31; Nehemiah 10:29-37 & Joshua 5:10-14 depict these 3 days in a row.  

*Note - For more research on this 3 day supernatural prophecy see Genesis 1:5 & Matthew 26:20. Then research Luke 13:32-33; 18:31-34; John 13:1-7,18;18:39; Luke 22:1,7,15-18; 24:27, 44-46 to see the fulfillment of this 3 day miracle!
The Resurrection Day is the First Fruits, & since it was a Sunday, then the 15th was the 7th Day Sabbath, & the 14th was Friday...& the Passover...& the Day of Preparation for the 7th Day Sabbath.

Weeks/Pentecost - 7 Sabbaths (50 days) after First Fruits; for a symbol of the offering of Jesus see Leviticus 23:15-22; Deuteronomy 16:9,10 & the meat & drink offering of Lev. 23:18 to Colossians 2:16

Trumpets - 1st day of the 7th month; for a symbol of the offering of Jesus see Leviticus 23:24-25

Atonement - 10th day of the 7th month; for a symbol of the offering of Jesus see Leviticus 23:27-32

Shelters/Tabernacles - 15 day of the 7th month; for a symbol of the offering of Jesus see Leviticus 23:34-42; compare the meat & drink offering of Lev. 23:37 to Colossians 2:16

Do all offerings symbolize Jesus? Well, yes, but not all Sabbaths involved offering.

Note - See Leviticus 23:4, " their seasons", meaning these sabbath days were once a year. Now, were they a symbol of the offering of Jesus? Yes, but was the 7th Day Sabbath? NO! The 7th Day Sabbath was about 52 times a year, & was never a symbol of the offering of Jesus.

The 7th Day Sabbath - see Exodus 20:8-11 & Leviticus you see the word offering even mentioned at all? So, Colossians 2:16 applies to those symbolic, sacrificial, seasonal, once a year sabbath days...not the 7th Day Sabbath.

 God's rest was known before the 10 Commandments in Exodus 16:4-6, 22-30
 God's rest was known before Exodus from Egypt in Exodus 5:5
 God's rest was known before sin entered the world in Genesis 2:1-3
 God's rest has future significance in Revelation 14:11-13
 God's rest proves those who obey & see the Promised Land in Hebrews 4:1-11
 God's rest was known even when He was laid to rest in John 19:30-31
 God's rest is expected even in Heaven in Isaiah 66:23

Mathew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come unto Me, all you that labor & are heavy laden, & I will give you rest.”  

Rest in God, rest in God's day of rest...& rest in God's Heavenly prepared place of rest.