1. Why do you keep the Sabbath?

We keep the Sabbath because God rested on the 7th Day of Creation, blessed it and set it apart.

(Gen 2:1-3)And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their host. And on the seventh day God completed His work which He had made. And He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because He rested from all His work on it, which God had created to make.

We also keep the Sabbath because it is the 4th Commandment… (Exo 20:8-11)

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy; six days you shall labor and do all your work; and the seventh day is a Sabbath to Jehovah your God; you shall not do any work, you, and your son, and your daughter, your male slave and your slave-girl, and your livestock, and your stranger who is in your gates. For in six days Jehovah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all which is in them, and He rested on the seventh day; on account of this Jehovah blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.

The Sabbath Commandment is not just for the Jews as many falsely teach, but for ALL who come into Covenant with YHVH: (Isa 56:6-7)

And the sons of the alien who join themselves to Jehovah to serve Him, and to love the name of Jehovah, to be His servants, everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and takes hold of My covenant: even them I will bring to My holy mount and make them joyful in My house of prayer…

How to keep the Sabbath… (Isa 58:13-14)

If you turn your foot away because of the Sabbath, from doing what you please on My holy days, and call the Sabbath a delight, to the holiness of Jehovah; and shall glorify Him, to the holiness of not doing your own ways, from finding your own pleasure or speaking your word; then you shall delight yourself in Jehovah. And I will cause you to ride on the heights of the earth, and make you eat with the inheritance of your father Jacob. For the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.

 

  1. Wasn’t the Sabbath changed to Sunday after Jesus’ resurrection?

No! The Sabbath was not changed to Sunday until the 3rd Century.

Chamber’s Encyclopedia says this:

Unquestionably the first law, either ecclesiastical or civil, by which the Sabbatical observance of that Day is known to have been ordained, is the edict of Constantine, 321 A.D.

Then in 364 AD, the Roman Catholic Church, without authority, abrogated YHVH’s commandment. In their Council of Laodicea they declared the following:

“Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday (Sabbath), but shall work on that Day: but the Lord’s Day, they shall especially honor; and as being Christians, shall if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ.”

 

  1. How do we know the day we call Saturday (Shabbat) is truly the 7th day of the week since Pope Gregory changed the calendar?

Around 46 BC, Julius Caesar named the calendar after himself. CAESAR’S Julian calendar calculated a 365 1/4 day year. But a solar year is eleven minutes less. So by 1582 the accumulation of those 11 minutes caused the Julian calendar to be 10 days out of sync with the solar year. So on Thursday, October 4, 1582, Pope Gregory eliminated ten days. The next day, a Friday, should have been October 5, but minus the 10 days it became Friday October 15th, bringing the calendar into sync with the solar year. But the sequence of the days of the week, ending on Thursday (the 4th day of the week) on the Julian calendar and commencing on Friday (the 5th day of the week) on the Gregorian, never altered the sequence of YHVH’s seven day week. Furthermore, the Jewish people have kept HOLY the 7th day from the time of Moses, even during their Babylonian captivity. They never lost track. Rest assured that Yeshua worshiped in the synagogue on the very same 7th day of the weekly cycle (called Shabbat in Hebrew and Saturday in English) that we do. The 7th Day Sabbath set apart from the 7th Day of Creation has never changed.

  1. Why do you keep the Jewish Feasts?

The phrase Jewish Feast is a misnomer. It implies that the Feasts commanded to be observed in the TORAH (first five books of the Bible) were either invented by the Jewish people, or were to be observed (only by) the Jewish people.

Both assumptions are wrong!

Lev 23:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the Feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my Feasts.

Emphatically, YHVH claims these as HIS FEASTS.

Let’s read it again, this time from the Literal translation.

Lev 23:2  Speak to the sons of Israel, and you shall say to them, The appointed Feasts of Jehovah, which you shall proclaim holy gatherings, shall be these: These are My appointed seasons:

The Feasts are YHVH’s appointed seasons, HIS holy gatherings.

But I can already hear some of you claiming, “But the FEASTS are for the children/sons of Israel, and I am a Gentile.”

Wrong again!

According to Scripture, when you were without Christ you were a Gentile. (Ephesians 2:11) But once you are no longer a stranger of the covenant of promise, you become part of the Commonwealth of Israel. (Ephesians 2:12) Remember that the New Covenant was made only with the House of ISRAEL and the House of JUDAH! (Jer 31:31) (Heb 8:10) Therefore, as a Biblically certified member of the Commonwealth of Israel, YOU are commanded to proclaim YHVH’s appointed seasons, His Feasts, as holy gatherings, statutes forever! (Leviticus 23:41 Exodus 12:17)

God’s Feast are shadows of His plan of salvation (the spring Feasts) and restoration (the fall Feasts). The spring Feasts were fulfilled at Yeshua’s first coming {Passover/crucifixion; Unleavened bread/burial; First Fruits/Yeshua’s resurrection; Shavuot(Pentecost)/Out pouring of the Holy Spirit}

The fall Feasts will be fulfilled at Yeshua’s second coming. (Feast of Trumpets/Resurrection of the dead and transformation of those alive; Yom Kippur/Atonement of national Israel; Feast of Tabernacles/Millennial reign of Messiah begins with the Wedding Feast.)

So don’t let anyone judge you (Col 2: 16-17) for keeping the Feast of the LORD! They are shadows of things to come, and their substance is of Christ.

 

  1. Why don’t Hebrew Roots people celebrate Christmas and Easter?

There are two reasons that those returning to the Hebrew Roots of their faith do not celebrate Christmas and Easter.

  1. Both of these holidays were celebrated by sun-god-worshipers centuries before Yeshua was born or crucified and resurrected. In the Bible, God forbids us to worship Him the way Heathen nations (those not in covenant with YHVH) worship their gods. (Deu 12:30-31) Traditions like decorated trees, stringing holly and mistletoe, lighting yule logs, giving presents, and singing carols door to door are not modern.  These are ancient practices, predating the birth of Christ.  These traditions can be traced back to sun-god worship. So can Easter lilies, Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, sunrise worship services, hot-cross buns, Lent and Easter hams. Sun-gods like Mithra and Zeus are said to have been born on December 25th, long before Yeshua walked the earth.
  2. God commands His people to keep HIS holy Feast Days, 4 in the spring and 3 in the fall. Yeshua died on Passover, was buried on the first day of Unleavened Bread, and resurrected on First Fruits. We celebrate His death and resurrection during Passover, the way God intended it to be commemorated. We celebrate Yeshua’s birth on the Feast of Tabernacles, when Yeshua came to tabernacle with man. That is the way it was commemorated for the first 300 years after Yeshua’s ascension. In the third century Constantine and the Roman Catholic Church outlawed YHVH’s Feasts, melding tenants of Christianity with the practices of paganism.