THE NEW TESTAMENT “SPELLS OUT,” ONE BY ONE, AND BY NAME, EXACTLY WHICH LAWS HAVE BEEN ABOLISHED

 

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FACT: Not just a few, but MOST English translations of the Bible are tainted with a MISLEADING, anti-Old Testament, personal remark inserted directly into the original Greek by translators, which tries to make you think that the food laws have been abolished. The insertion of that unjustified, personal opinion at the end of Mark 7:19 plus slanting the literal translation of certain other controversial verses away from OT law keeping is a major, if not THE MAJOR REASON why mainstream Christianity has abandoned observing many still valid Mosaic laws. Read EXAMPLES OF TRANSLATORS’ BIAS AGAINST OT LAWS to see with your own eyes what most of them have been able to get away with, which is tampering with divine instructions for salvation, and 6 good reasons why nothing, absolutely nothing in the entire chapter of Mark 7 even refers to the protective, Mosaic dietary restrictions. 

ISAIAH 66:17: “SOME OF YOU …… EAT THE MEAT OF PIGS …… BUT I, THE LORD, WILL DESTROY YOU FOR THIS.” — Contemporary English Version

MATTHEW 13:41,42: “…… his angels …… gather ALL  WHO VIOLATE THE TORAH; 42 AND CAST THEM INTO A FURNACE OF FIRE ……” — ExeGeses Companion Bible

Relax, these terrifying threats will not be carried out until AFTER the rapidly approaching 1,000 year, Satan free, Christian millennium when Jesus Christ will have lived on this earth again, teaching, preaching, and answering every conceivable religious question for a thousand long years (Revelation 20:1-7). Read about the merciful, physical SECOND RESURRECTION mentioned, though indirectly, in these Revelation verses.  

Since you probably have been led to believe that “violate the torah,” often translated as “practice lawlessness,” refers to something other than the Mosaic laws, visit THE REAL DEFINITION OF LAWLESSNESS to read for yourself what the formal definition of lawlessness (anomia) really is. (IT IS DEFINED BASICALLY AS AN ABANDONMENT OF MOSAIC, YES, MOSAIC LAW KEEPING, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. PART OF THE DEADLY SIN OF ANOMIA, BY DEFINITION, ALSO INCLUDES THE WAY MOST CHRISTIANS  THINK OF THE MOSAIC LAWS, WHICH IS WITH CONTEMPT.)

Before you are shown strong New Testament evidence that the Isaiah verse above still applies to Christians, you first need to  understand better what “not under the law ” most logically really means in a Bible that even Jesus Christ Himself indicated was not always worded in the most easily understandable, clear way. The following explanation harmoniously encompasses all verses in both the Old and New Testaments. Remember, the division of the Bible into the Old and New Testaments is purely a man made division. Romans 6:14, a highly qualified, highly condensed verse, says: “…… you are not under law but under grace” (NKJV) referring to the ORIGINAL, WHOLE law (Galatians 5:3, James 2:10) codified by Moses, previously requiring

1) the now abolished SACRIFICE laws (Hebrews 9:9-13, 10:1,10) which are specifically discussed and identified by name,

2) the now abolished CIRCUMCISION law (Acts 15:24, 1 Corinthians 7:19) which is specifically discussed and identified by name,

3) the now abolished LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD (Hebrews 7:11-28) which is specifically discussed and identified by name, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY BY FAR,

4) the now abolished AUTOMATIC DEATH PENALTY FOR SIN (Romans 8:2) which is also specifically discussed and identified by name, thanks to the supreme, sacrificial death of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.

And that’s it, period, end of discussion, case closed, because the NT DOES NOT single out as abolished any more OT laws. Previously, you should have been ALREADY EXECUTED AND QUICKLY BURIED MANY TIMES for repeatedly working on Saturdays (Numbers 15:35) or for cursing your parents when you were younger (Mark 7:10), if you did that, REGARDLESS of whether or not you had later repented of those sins, for some examples. Due to the severity of this monumental law of sin and death we all must still experience a hopefully temporary, physical death. This law of sin and automatic death, though, has been annulled ONLY for REPENTANT, baptized, Holy Spirit led Christians (Romans 3:19, Galatians 5:18) continuing to obey NT modified OT law who also continue to repent whenever they “stumble” and sin (1 John 2:1, Romans 8:2, 1 Corinthians 9:27). The Greek for the word “under” can also easily be translated as “of,” as in “not of the law.” Romans 8:2 was a MAJOR, merciful change in the ORIGINAL Old Testament, Mosaic law. The Old Covenant, though not literally a part of the original law itself, has been changed and improved greatly (2 Corinthians 3:11). The Biblical use of the word “covenant” generally simply refers to an agreement or promise, not to something  that contains a set of laws, as demonstrated in Genesis 9:12-17 where the covenant was between God and man, including animals. Since animals cannot read or understand God or man created laws, that covenant logically did not involve laws to be obeyed. Yes, the Old Testament Old Covenant was abolished, but OT laws were separate from the Old Covenant, so that does not mean that all the OT laws were abrogated. The New Covenant now promises 1) complete forgiveness of sin that has been repented of, 2) the Holy Spirit, and 3) immortality which were not available in the physical blessings and protection for obedience based Old Covenant.

We are COMMANDED to obey the Ten Commandments (13 times) and the tithing laws (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42) in the New Testament. Are the Ten Commandments, which contain the Saturday Sabbath law, and the tithing laws part of the original, Old Testament, Mosaic law? YES, OF COURSE, MORE THAN A DOZEN TIMES OVER!! So there you have it, right there, AUTOMATIC, INSTANTANEOUS, ABSOLUTE, “TITANIUM REINFORCED CONCRETE PROOF” that HIGHLY QUALIFIED, CONCISE verses saying basically that we “are no longer under the law” CANNOT POSSIBLY be saying ABSOLUTELY that we no longer need to obey ANY of the OT laws. Some OT, Mosaic laws command us to 1) not put stumbling blocks in front of blind people, 2) not remove property landmarks, 3) not be a member of a vandalizing mob, 4) not prosecute a son for a crime committed by his father, 5) not commit bestiality, and 6) not commit bribery, common sense laws which even most pagan societies in the most remote areas of Africa obey. So are you REALLY going to STILL try to use Romans 6:14 and similar verses (“dead to the law,” “delivered from the law,” etc.) to claim that the observance of THOSE 6 very good laws, which are not specifically mentioned in the NT, has been abolished, too? Just try to keep steadily breaking those laws and you probably will fairly quickly end up in jail, seriously wounded, or dead, learning the hard way that the continued, strict observance of those particular OT laws, and by implication the rest of the still applicable OT laws, HAS NOT BEEN ABOLISHED.

If you STILL BELIEVE that Romans 6:14 frees you from mandatory NT modified OT law keeping, read the last part of that verse. It says Christians are under grace. Guess what? You actually have to OBEY THE LAW to come under grace initially, then you have to keep obeying the law to REMAIN UNDER GRACE!! How about that? The Biblical definition of grace is defined as follows: Romans 3:24,25: “…… GRACE, through …… Jesus: …… 25 in His pity God let the SINS OF EARLIER TIMES GO UNPUNISHED” (Bible in Basic English). Did you just see those words “SINS OF EARLIER TIMES”? Those words mean “past sins,” and past sins only, not future or post baptismal, un-repented of sins. Grace is not an unlimited license to sin after initial repentance of sinning. Sins are SPECIFICALLY AND CLEARLY defined as breaking Biblical laws, or more literally, violating the torah (1 John 3:4 which contains the anomia word). TO REMAIN UNDER GRACE, WHICH IS A TYPE OF PARDON FOR PAST SINS, YOU MUST STOP SINNING SINCE GRACE COVERS ONLY PAST, PRE-BAPTISMAL SINS REPENTED OF AND FUTURE SINS COMMITTED ACCIDENTALLY OR THROUGH EXTREME TEMPTATION OR CARELESSNESS, IF SINCERELY REPENTED OF. THE ONLY WAY TO STOP SINNING IS TO OBEY THE LAW,  WHICH IS THE NT MODIFIED OT LAW. A state governor, for example, will not pardon and free a convicted, imprisoned murderer who refuses to repent of his past crime of premeditated murder, especially if he says that he cannot guarantee that he will not kill again. So if you think you can get away with using the first part of Romans 6:14 to escape observing the dietary, tithing, festival, and other still applicable OT laws, then the last part of that verse thoroughly ensnares you. NOT ONLY THAT, OF COURSE, ROMANS 6:15, the next verse, basically “SPELLS OUT” in clear language the continuing need to obey Biblical laws despite being under grace or forgiveness for past, pre-baptismal sins, violations of the law.

Again, if you still believe, maybe because you mistakenly think the majority must always be right, that Romans 6:14 gives you permission to not obey the remaining OT laws that never were individually singled out as abolished, consider this: in your quest to obtain the Holy Spirit which definitely is needed for salvation (Romans 8:9-11), you most likely will NEVER acquire it unless you REPENT, SINCERELY, OF SINNING (did you just see that word “REPENT”?) which is DEMANDED in Acts 2:38 to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Repentance involves a sincere decision to stop violating all known, still applicable Biblical laws. The ONLY way you can stop breaking laws is to OBEY the now NT modified OT law. Again, the Biblical definition of sin is breaking the law (1 John 3:4), now currently the NT modified OT law. So the requirements of the Holy Spirit have ensnared you even more thoroughly if you continue to try to use Romans 6:14 and similar verses as an excuse to skip tithing, eat pork, eat during the 24 hour fasting day of Atonement, and toil for profit on Saturdays, for some examples. Therefore observance of the NT modified OT law cannot be the part that we are not under. The previously merciless, unforgiving penalty for sinning is the part of the law, minus certain other abolished laws, that we, as continuous law keepers, are no longer under since Jesus’ death has paid that penalty in full. That is the big law Christians are no longer under.

Romans 7:6: “…… we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter” — NKJV    Grace through Jesus’ sacrifice is what really saves us now, not law obedience, but law keeping is still an integral, required part of salvation as “spelled out” in verses 7, 12, 22, and in over 100 other pro-law verses.

ISAIAH 66:17: “SOME OF YOU …… EAT THE MEAT OF PIGS …… BUT I, THE LORD, WILL DESTROY YOU FOR THIS.” — Contemporary English Version

If you still think that the above promise of annihilation no longer applies to Christians, you should be able to prove it Biblically, AND BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT, TOO, but can you really do that? Some other Old Testament laws definitely have been abolished, such as the sacrifice (Hebrews 9:9-13, 10:1,10), circumcision (Acts 15:24, 1 Corinthians 7:19),  Levitical Priesthood (Hebrews 7:11-28), and the death penalty for sin (Romans 8:2), laws which are CLEARLY IDENTIFIED BY NAME AND DISCUSSED in the New Testament. Those discussions show that those laws have been annulled, and we are “no longer under them,” which were a part of the original law. Yes, the Lord said basically to obey such laws forever,  but He has the right to change His mind. He did change it and told us about the specific changes, ONE BY ONE, in the NT. NO SUCH SPECIFIC DISCUSSIONS, keiner, nessuno, none at all, though, about changes in the dietary laws (or tithing, festival, or Saturday rest laws, either) are found anywhere in the NT. Among dozens of law commanding NT verses there are some verses, though few, that do give additional, specific support for continuing to obey the food laws such as Acts 10:14 (the custom of Peter was to NEVER eat forbidden food which is a very strong indicator that the rest of the like minded Apostles also NEVER ate forbidden food), 2 Corinthians 6:17 (nothing UNCLEAN [the Greek word can refer to the Levitically unclean meats] was to be EVEN TOUCHED, much less eaten by implication) and Revelation 18:2 (the fact that UNCLEAN birds still existed showed that unclean, forbidden to eat animals were still around). The fact that those three verses do exist at all adds TREMENDOUS support to the idea that the dietary laws are still in force. The mere existence of even just one verse (Corinthians 5:8) supporting the continued observance of the OT festivals also adds GREATLY to the understanding that festival observance is still very much in force. Another insurmountable problem you will have trouble explaining away is the context of the Isaiah verses above. The time frame of Isaiah 66:17 refers to the distant future after a “new earth” has been created, a time that has not yet arrived. The Lord will finally run out of patience and destroy those who still insist with deliberate rebelliousness on eating the forbidden foods in a future age occurring after the coming Christian millennium (Revelation 20:1-7) when tigers, leopards, and all the other big cats will be eating grass, not meat (Isaiah 65:25). There is a conspicuous absence of prophecies telling us that currently abolished, mandatory circumcision, for example, or the currently abolished, Levitical Priesthood will continue on in the distant future when a “new earth” will have been created, which helps add to the validity of Isaiah 66:17. Those Isaiah verses re-assert the need to, even in the future, continue avoiding eating the “unclean” meats.

Most Christians, thanks largely to biased Bible translators, are prejudiced against Old Testament law keeping. If you don’t believe most translators are unjustly biased against the Mosaic laws, click  EXAMPLES OF TRANSLATORS’ BIAS AGAINST OT LAWS if you have not already read it, to read with your own eyes what they have been able to get away with. The majority of Christians steadfastly refuse to carefully analyze with an open mind, using context and/or Greek and Hebrew word definitions, the controversial verses that mainstreamers try to use to support their belief many OT laws have been abolished. They think that surely their well educated, credentialed ministers must be right, so they trust them, unwilling to question even a few such verses. Just skimming quickly over this page, though, will show that there is more than reasonable doubt that their law keeping beliefs are correct.

A well known television personality associated with the 700 Club once answered an email asking why people don’t obey God’s law to avoid eating pork. He explained that the Old Testament food laws have been done away with using Acts 10:10-17 and Mark 7:18-19 as “proof” that they have been abolished. If you believe his answer, are you really sure you can use those and other verses to defend yourself when challenged by Biblical conservatives like me? Click 6 VERSES MAINSTREAMERS CLAIM ABOLISH THE FOOD LAWS to see well researched interpretations of those and other Scriptures based on reasonable logic and not intense peer pressure, which are not popular but are Biblically accurate. Did you know that Romans 2:10-13 below proves that God will use the SAME STANDARD, which is the LAW (certain OT laws plus magnified OT laws in the NT), to judge both the Jews AND THE GENTILES?

ROMANS 2:10-13: “But God will give glory, honor …… to the Jews FIRST and also to the Gentiles. 11 For God JUDGES EVERYONE BY THE SAME STANDARD. 12 The Gentiles …… sin and are lost apart from the Law. THE JEWS have the Law; they sin and ARE JUDGED BY THE LAW. 13 …… people are put right with God …… by DOING WHAT THE LAW COMMANDS.” — Good News Translation        If Paul had been inspired to first say that the Law possessing Jews are judged by the Law, then telling us that God will also judge everyone else (which would include the Gentiles) by the same standard (the Law) that the Jews will be judged by, this revelation would probably be slightly clearer to some people.

ACTS 5:1-11: Condoned even by the Apostle Peter himself, the church going Christians Ananias and Sapphira were MERCILESSLY EXECUTED WITHIN SECONDS after only lying. Those harsh verses in Acts and Isaiah above can make it more believable that the Matthew verses below really will be carried out some day.

MATTHEW 13:41,42: “The Son of humanity apostolizes his angels, and from his sovereigndom they gather ALL WHO SCANDALIZE AND WHO VIOLATE THE TORAH; 42 AND CAST THEM INTO A FURNACE OF FIRE: and there becomes wailing and gnashing of teeth.” — ExeGeses Companion Bible

MATTHEW 7:23: “…… I never ever knew you, DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO VIOLATE THE TORAH.” — ExeGeses Companion Bible

What kind of torah violations, according to the Bible and not your minister, was Jesus talking about in the above very literal Matthew verses? Since the original Greek for “violate the torah” in the above verses is anomia, a relatively rare, special word used in only 13 verses in the Bible, defined primarily as an abandonment of Mosaic law keeping, Jesus was not only referring to major offenses such as murder, kidnapping, and theft, but also to the kind of lawlessness that can and does sicken and kill people in other ways, too (by failing to observe the protective dietary laws and by failing to pay the triennial food tithe to benefit those about to starve to death, for example). Jesus was also referring to the kind of lawlessness that greatly insults God (by ignoring His permanent memorialization of Saturday as the day of rest and by ignoring His worshipful, mostly prophetic festivals).

The furnace of fire in verse 42 above is the same massive, worldwide inferno, almost inevitably nuclear in nature, that will some day also reshape the outer surface of the earth and even evaporate the oceans, water left over from Noah’s Flood, according to Hebrews 10:27, 2 Peter 3:7,10,12, Isaiah 66:22, Malachi 4:1, and Revelation 21:1. Matthew 7:21-23 warns that many Christians, who thought they had led righteous lives, will be among the condemned lawbreakers.

Paul, a Benjamite, was not a Jew, but he diligently observed the Mosaic holy days and Saturday Sabbath according to Acts 18:21, 20:6, 27:9, 1 Corinthians 5:8 and other verses. Since he instructed Christians to copycat his religious behavior, he therefore told his followers to also keep the holy days and Sabbath according to

1 CORINTHIANS 11:1: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” — NKJV

1 CORINTHIANS 4:16: “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” — NKJV

ACTS 25:8: “….. ‘I have committed no offense against the Jewish law …..” — New English Translation

ACTS 28:17: “….. I assure you that I did absolutely nothing against Jewish laws …..” — The Message

ACTS 24:14: “….. I worship the God of my Fathers, BELIEVING ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW and in the Prophets.” — NKJV            Paul’s teachings were identically the same as those of Jesus, Whose doctrines in turn WERE THE SAME as those of God the Father.

JOHN 7:16: “…… ‘My doctrine IS NOT MINE, BUT HIS WHO SENT ME.” — NKJV

2 JOHN 1:9: “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ HAS BOTH the Father and the Son.” — NKJV

JOHN 4:22: “…… salvation is FROM THE JEWS [i.e., through Jewish prophets, Jewish Scriptures and a Jewish Messiah].” — An Understandable Version

If you will read through mainstreamers’ shallow arguments, you should, with research provided by this and similar sites, realize that those Christians need to be observing more Old Testament laws.

EPHESIANS 2:19,20: “…… you are …… fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles AND PROPHETS ……” — NKJV            The first definition of the NT word “prophets” refers to the Old Testament prophets.

Since the previously unwritten Saturday Sabbath, forbidden food, and tithing laws, just to name a few, PREDATE the “law” formally established at Mount Sinai, there is no clear Scriptural evidence to prove that anomia does not include certain Old Testament laws such as the health preserving dietary, life saving tithing, memorialized Saturday Sabbath, and other laws that Jesus strongly supported. Genesis 14:18-20, 28:22, Exodus 16:23-30, and Genesis 7:2,8, 8:20 show that tithing, Saturday rest, and dietary restrictions were in full force before the “law” was later codified. The New Testament reminds us 13 times to observe the 10 Commandments, which automatically includes the Sabbath, the 4th Commandment.

ANOMIA includes, believe it or not, take it or leave it, failure to obey certain still binding laws in the Old Testament. Even someone you want to become “yoked with” should obey those particular laws according to 2 Corinthians 6:14 where anomia also appears. 1 John 3:4, the “gold standard” verse for defining sin, contains anomia, too. Matthew 7:23 solemnly warns against this same kind of lawlessness, anomia.

1) Yes, some verses put law keeping in its proper intellectual perspective, explaining that it is really grace that saves us, not law keeping. That mere observation, though, is not an official license to keep breaking divine laws.

2) Yes, some verses are very broad generalizations saying essentially say that love fulfills the law.

3) Yes, some people claim that the Mosaic laws are for the Jews only. They ignore a) Micah 4:2 which reveals that ultimately the law, which includes many but not all the Mosaic laws, will be preached worldwide from Jerusalem and b) Romans 2:10-13 saying that the Lord will judge everyone by the same standard, which is the remaining valid part of the Mosaic law plus its magnified New Testament laws.

4) Yes, as mentioned above, there are CONCISE, ABBREVIATED verses which are also HIGHLY CONDITIONAL AND QUALIFIED saying that we are no longer “under the law” referring to the complete, entire, original, whole law (Galatians 5:3, James 2:10) previously requiring a) circumcision, b) sacrifices (the laws that were “added then abolished” [Galatians 3:19, Hebrews 9:10]) c) the Levitical priesthood (now abolished), and d) the death penalty for sin (now abolished ONLY FOR CHRISTIANS OBEYING THE LAW according to Romans 8:2). The apostles “went out of their way” to clearly and specifically itemize those 4 laws as now abolished. Law observing Christians have now truly been released from those particular, burdensome laws, but not from certain other Mosaic laws, which are and always will be beneficial and protective.

5) Yes, some claim that since Christians have been “born again,” they can no longer lose their salvation through sin. No human, except Jesus, has ever been “born again,” though, because this involves being born into a literally immortal, non-physical, non-flesh, spirit body that could not possibly consist of flesh and blood according to John 3:3-8,13. When was the last time you saw a “born again” Christian BECOME INVISIBLE AT WILL, LIKE THE WIND, as Jesus clearly described such Christians? “Born again” Christians also ignore 1 Corinthians 9:27 which reveals that Paul himself admits that he could lose his salvation if he does not continue to reasonably discipline himself to avoid sin.

6) And yes, some verses definitely do, and justifiably so, criticize OT law keeping by some people, including especially “hard core,” stubborn Jews, who INSIST on using ONLY, one more time, ONLY law keeping to save them from their sins. These people REFUSE to accept grace and the atoning, sacrificial death of Jesus to cover their sins. Galatians 3:10,11,13, 4:21, 5:1-4, and Romans 3:28 are some examples of those kinds of verses.       

But what are you going to do with Matthew 5:20, 7:23, 13:41,42, 24:12, Romans 2:13, 3:31, 6:1,2,15 and over 95 other pro-law keeping New Testament verses, “REGARD THEM AS OUTRIGHT, DELIBERATE LIES FROM GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF, WHO DOES NOT LIE”? NO, OF COURSE NOT! Christians are commanded 13 times in the New Testament to

1) obey the commandments, Matthew 19:17 and Revelation 12:17 for example (the Ten Commandments, which include the Mosaic Saturday Sabbath, are part of the law because they are contained within the Old Testament laws), plus obey

2) Jesus’ New Testament command (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42), even though indirect, to tithe (since Jesus is Who He is, indirect, clearly implied commands from Him are certainly just as important and just as binding as direct commands), clearly another part of the law, plus follow

3) Paul’s command, which was not merely a suggestion, to continue observing the Feast of Unleavened Bread, another Mosaic law, according to 1 Corinthians 5:8, plus observe

4) Paul’s strict command to NOT EVEN TOUCH, much less eat by obvious implication, what is “unclean,” which by definition of the Greek word akathartos, Strong’s 169, translated “unclean,” definitely would include the forbidden foods, according to 2 Corinthians 6:17. 5)

Additional corroboration that part of the law that Christians still need to obey are verses in Isaiah and Zechariah prophesying that, for example, the festival, food, and Saturday Sabbath laws will finally be enforced after the Christian millennium (Isaiah 56:6,7, 66:17,22,23, Zechariah 14:16-19).

Just the preceding 5 items alone are “triple iron clad, titanium reinforced concrete” proof that Christians are still quite obviously under or subject to part of the OT law which also proves that verses similar to “not under the law” are highly qualified and could not possibly apply to all the Mosaic laws. Merely not explicitly itemizing in the New Testament all still applicable OT laws is not sufficient, conclusive proof, beyond reasonable doubt, that those laws have been done away with. When the NT was being written, the Apostles knew that Christians were able to read and learn about those laws in the OT and to record all of them again in the NT epistles probably would have been considered unnecessarily redundant. By default some Christians commit the crime of causing some needy people to starve to death, by not obeying the Mosaic third year food tithe law. Those unnecessary deaths do not go unnoticed by the Lord. At least an estimated 400 million people could have been saved from starvation during the last 1,600 years if everyone around the world had paid that special, very life saving tithe. Probably another 15 to 40 million or more could have been saved from hideous, parasitic infections/diseases or even death merely by obeying the simple dietary laws. 

ACTS 5:32: “…… The Holy Spirit, which God gave to those who OBEY Him ……” — New Simplified Bible

ACTS 2:38: “REPENT, and …… be baptized …… FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS; and you shall receive …… the Holy Spirit.” — NKJV Acts 3:19 also commands us to repent of our sins (primarily Old Testament sins according to 1 John 3:4), but I ask you with all sincerity, WHY IN THE WORLD ARE WE REQUIRED TO REPENT OF THOSE SINS, IF THOSE LAWS REALLY HAVE BEEN ABOLISHED AND ARE THEREFORE NONEXISTENT? VERY OBVIOUS CONCLUSION: THE OBEDIENCE PART OF THOSE PROTECTIVE, EVEN HEALTH PRESERVING LAWS (REFERRING TO THE DIETARY LAWS, FOR EXAMPLE) NEVER WAS ABOLISHED.

GALATIANS 5:18: “BUT IF YOU ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT, YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.” — NKJV            YOU MUST OBEY THE LAW, THOUGH, JUST TO ACQUIRE THE GUIDING HOLY SPIRIT IN THE FIRST PLACE ACCORDING TO ACTS 2:38 AND ACTS 5:32 ABOVE. LAWS CONSIST OF OBEDIENCE AND PENALTIES FOR DISOBEDIENCE, AND SINCE OBEDIENCE IS REQUIRED, THE PART OF THE LAW LEFT TO NOT BE UNDER IS THE PENALTY WHICH IS THE PART CHRISTIANS ARE NO LONGER UNDER, MORE CLEARLY EXPLAINED BY ROMANS 8:2, PLUS THE APOSTLE ITEMIZED CIRCUMCISION, LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD, AND SACRIFICE LAWS. ACTS 2:38 COMMANDS US TO REPENT, WHICH MEANS PRECISELY TO STOP SINNING. SINNING IS CLEARLY DEFINED BY 1 JOHN 3:4 AS BREAKING THE LAW (TORAH). THE ONLY WAY TO STOP BREAKING THE LAW IS TO OBEY THE LAW. Therefore Galatians 5:18′s “not under the law,” and similar verses like “freed from the law” CANNOT possibly be referring to the obedience part of the law, but rather ONLY to the penalty part of the law, excluding the circumcision, Levitical priesthood, and sacrifice laws which the apostles explained as now abolished. Christians led by the Holy Spirit are no longer under that part of the Mosaic law demanding the automatic death penalty for sins, especially prebaptismal sins.

Turned around, Galatians 5:18 above reveals that ALL non-Christians ARE under the law, showing that much of the law is still in force.

Romans 3:19: “…… whatever the law says, it says to those who ARE under the law,” again revealing the law never was really annulled. Verse 23: “…… for ALL have sinned ……” indicates that the law applies to everybody, not just to the Jews. Christians cannot get away with breaking the law if everyone else (all non-Christians) must obey it! Paul and other authors of “not under the law” verses do not go to the trouble of “spelling out,” in those particular verses, which part of the Mosaic law Christians are now not under. Romans 8:2: “…… Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Free from death, the penalty part of the law.)

ROMANS 2:10-13: “But God will give glory, honor, and peace to all who do what is good, to the Jews first and also to the Gentiles. 11 For God JUDGES EVERYONE BY THE SAME STANDARD. 12 The Gentiles do not have the law of Moses; they sin and are lost apart from the Law. The Jews have the Law; they sin and are judged by the Law. 13 For it is not by hearing the Law that people are put right with God, but by DOING WHAT THE LAW COMMANDS. — Good News Translation The very statement in verse 12 that the Gentiles do actually sin reveals that, by definition of the word sin (1 John 3:4), they are required, to be sinless, to obey the law, which includes many Mosaic laws by, again, Biblical definition of sin. Paul in verse 11 explains that ultimately all people around the world will be judged by the same law of God, the remaining valid parts of the MOSAIC LAW plus its magnified New Testament laws (Isaiah 42:21) prohibiting looking lustfully at women, becoming unnecessarily angry at others, and so on.

1 JOHN 3:4: “…… SIN IS the VIOLATION of the TORAH.” — exeGeses Companion Bible

1 JOHN 3:4: “…… SIN hamartia 266 IS esti 2076 LAWLESSNESS anomia 458.” — The Interlinear Bible Hebrew Greek English

2 PETER 3:17: “Dear friends …… So be on your guard. Then you won’t be led down the wrong path by the mistakes of PEOPLE WHO DON’T OBEY THE LAW. You won’t fall from your safe position.” — New International Reader’s Version          The words “law,” “lawless,” “unlawful,” or “without law” also appear in 2 Peter 3:17 in at least 29 other translations of the Bible. “…… watch lest being led away by the error of the lawless you fall from your own steadfastness.” — Green’s Literal Translation            The Greek for “lawless” is athesmos, Strong’s number 133, which has as its first definition “lawless.” 2 Peter 2:7: “and rescued righteous Lot, [who was] being distressed by the conduct in flagrant sexual immorality of the lawless [ones].” Athesmos occurs in the Bible only twice as in the 2 previous 2 Peter verses. Verse 7 involves violating sexual standards, or Biblical laws most likely, of course, those listed or those that would become listed in the Mosaic laws. Therefore “law” and “lawless” logically/probably refer to or include the present day set of laws known as the Mosaic laws, even though they had not been officially recorded when Lot lived. Most translators therefore felt justified in translating athesmos as “lawless” or referring to the “law,” logically the MOSAIC LAWS.

HEBREWS 10:16: “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my LAWS into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them.” — NKJV         The Greek for “LAWS” in the above verse is nomos, 3551, which refers primarily to the MOSAIC LAWS.

MATTHEW 23:27: “Woe to you ….. For you are ….. full of ….. ALL UNCLEANNESS.” — NKJV          The Greek for “UNCLEANNESS” is akatharsia, Strong’s 167, which is derived from the same Greek word, akathartos, Strong’s 169, used in Acts 10:14 to describe the type of uncleanness of the forbidden foods listed in the MOSAIC LAWS.

MATTHEW 23:27,28: “Woe to you ….. 28 ….. you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of ….. LAWLESSNESS.” — NKJV            The Greek for “LAWLESSNESS” is anomia, which means being “destitute of the MOSAIC LAW.”

JUDE 1:4: “Some godless people ….. EVEN DENY THAT WE MUST OBEY JESUS …..” — Contemporary English Version

Concerning sins committed after our repentance and baptism, Jesus is also our “mediator.” 1 John 2:1 reveals that when we sin, we can further repent and confess our sins in prayer, and Jesus can then plead our case with God the Father. The following four verses, as well as similar verses CLEARLY DISPEL any remaining confusion about whether or not the law still needs to be observed:

Romans 3:31: “Do we then make void the law through faith? GOD FORBID: yea, we establish the law.” — King James Version

Romans 6:1,2: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 GOD FORBID. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” — King James Version

Romans 6:15: “What then? shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? GOD FORBID!” — King James Version

Anomia refers to abandoning the MOSAIC LAWS THAT (excluding basically the Levitical priesthood, sacrifice, and circumcision laws as well as the law of sin and death) ARE LAWS OF BASIC PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL DECENCY (don’t eat toxic pork, shellfish, etc., pay the life saving third year food tithe, do not observe man concocted, Old Testament condemned Christmas and Easter with their attached, tremendously insulting, idolatrous traditions [God the Father and Jesus Both do not take sustained insults well], and so on). The ancient, pagan traditions of Christmas, for example, include child sacrifice. Lights decorating Christmas trees originated from candles made from the fat of the bodies of children, often infants, burned alive as a sacrifice to a god. Brightly colored balls hung on Christmas trees originated from the tradition of hanging the decapitated heads of sacrifice victims from trees in sacred groves. They also sometimes used to represent the testes of the sun god Rah. The practice of placing gifts under Christmas trees came originally from putting sacrifices and offerings to pagan gods under Christmas tree like structures. Christmas wreaths in ancient times symbolized a sun god or womens’ wombs.

Every time you use a decorated Christmas tree to celebrate Christmas you continue to symbolically honor and dignify ancient, sacrificial atrocities as well as insult and disobey your Creator!

Not even a “molecule” of evidence exists showing that Jesus was born on December 25 or even in December or January, but there is a massive amount of evidence that pagan gods were once honored and worshipped on or around December 25. Two Mosaic laws strictly forbid observing Christmas. Deuteronomy 4:2 prohibits adding to the law (or adding to the way the Lord is worshipped, like Christmas, which is not in the Bible). Deuteronomy 7:26 forbids even bringing into your house an “abomination” such as a Christmas tree. Also, the very name of Easter, incredibly, originally referred to the name of a pagan god. The Christians in Matthew 7:23 that Jesus is planning to destroy had not included many still valid Mosaic laws among the New Testament laws that they did obey.

THE STILL VALID TITHING LAWS

MATTHEW 23:23: “…….. You SHOULD TITHE, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. — New Living Translation

“…….. You OUGHT TO TITHE but without forgetting about those more important matters.” — Common English Bible

LUKE 11:42: “…….. You should be fair and kind to others and still GIVE A TENTH to God.” — Contemporary English Version

“…….. You SHOULD TITHE, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.” — New Living Translation

“…….. And you should also continue to do those other things–{LIKE GIVING ONE – TENTH}.” — Easy – to – Read Version

Since 3 different tithes (you, the reader, be honest and admit 3 different OT tithes [Deuteronomy 12:17,18,14:22-26,28,29, and 26:12 are not sitting in the Bible just for nothing]) exist, so which tithe did Jesus refer to? It must have been all 3 tithes! Since Jesus did not specifically identify which tithe of the 3 DIFFERENT KINDS OF TITHES contained within the Mosaic laws should be paid, payment of the third year food tithe for the hungry (Deuteronomy 26:12, 14:28-29) plus the regular and festival tithe is obviously still mandatory because the scribes and Pharisees in these verses ROUTINELY OBSERVED ALL THREE KINDS of tithes ! Those scribes and Pharisees could afford to pay all 3 tithes because they were divinely blessed financially for obedience to the tithe laws. We need to observe all 3 tithes to be righteous, too.

Luke 18:12: “……….. I pay the tithe on all my gains.” — Weymouth New Testament            Although Jesus criticized the tithing Pharisee for being snobbishly proud in this verse, the fact that the Pharisee paid, to be truly righteous, tithes on all his profits provides additional confirmation of the need to tithe on all sources of income, including wages, trading, investments, etc. as well as farming and ranching operations. The Pharisees generally were not farmers or ranchers, they were teachers, judges, bureaucrats, and scribes copying documents living primarily in Jerusalem where no farms or ranches even existed. Some misinformed people incorrectly claim that tithes should only be paid on agricultural and livestock profits, which is not true, and certainly not logical.

2 Chronicles 31:5: “……… the children of Israel brought in abundantly the first fruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field; AND they brought in abundantly the TITHE OF EVERYTHING.” (NKJV) Since this verse initially stated that the first fruits (apparently the tithes) of ALL the produce of the field was brought in, the additional words “and they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything,” instead of being merely redundant, most likely meant non-agricultural income. The word “everything” very probably means all income, whether it is from agriculture, carpentry wages, rental income, salaries, etc.                   

Matthew 25:42-46: “for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 ….. naked and you did not clothe Me ….. 44 ….. ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty ….. or naked …..? 45 ….. ‘Assuredly ….. inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment …..” — NKJV Eventually there will be no more forgiveness for this offense, letting other Christians go hungry. “The least of these” in verse 45 is referring to fellow church members. Righteous Christians paying the still mandatory third year charity (food) tithe, created mostly to benefit other Christians, probably will not be condemned for failing to provide food, liquids, and clothing to needy Christians.

MATTHEW 5:20: “FOR I SAY TO YOU PEOPLE, YOU WILL NOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN UNLESS WHAT YOU DO THAT IS RIGHT EXCELS WHAT THE EXPERTS IN THE LAW OF MOSES AND THE PHARISEES [i. e., a strict sect of the Jewish religion] DO THAT IS RIGHT.” — An Understandable Version      The Scribes and Pharisees Jesus was referring to were deficient in mercy and fairness in their dealings with some people, so we need to be more righteous in that department as well as copycat the observance of many Old Testament laws such as tithing, which the Scribes and Pharisees strictly observed.

EPHESIANS 2:19,20: “…… you are …… fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles AND PROPHETS ……” — NKJV        Malachi was a prophet who reminded us of the continuing need to tithe so that we can prosper and avoid real financial curses for failing to tithe.

THE STILL VALID DIETARY LAWS

2 CORINTHIANS 6:17: “Come out, then, from among them …….., separate yourselves from them, and DO NOT EVEN TOUCH what is UNCLEAN ……..” — Knox New Testament                 Mainstream Christians routinely touch and eat bacon, crabs, etc. The above New Testament verse provides additional evidence the dietary laws are still valid, which would imply that other Mosaic laws are still valid, too. The original Greek word for “touch” is haptomai, defined by Thayer as “……. to fasten to ……. adhere to, cling to, ……. to touch …….” In accordance with other commentators Thayer further defines haptomai as “……. have no intercourse with the Gentiles, no fellowship in their heathenish practices ……. the things not to be touched appear to be both women (unbelievers) and certain kinds of food (forbidden food) ……. ” The original Greek word for “unclean” in the above verse is akathartos, which in accordance with Thayer is defined as “……. that which must be abstained from according to the LEVITICAL law, lest impurity be contracted …….” which of course would include food.

How in the world can mainstream “Christians” now declare “clean” and edible what will STILL be unclean over 1,000 years from now (after the millennium, Isaiah 66:17) and was so unclean long ago about 1,000 years BEFORE the codification of the Mosaic laws that EVEN NOAH HIMSELF recognized some animals as clearly forbidden to eat (Genesis 7:2,8, 8:20), according to specific Biblical verses?

GENESIS 7:1,2,8, 8:20: “Noah, ‘Come into the ark ….. 2 ….. take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean ….. 8 Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean …..” 8:20: “Then Noah built an altar ….. and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings …..” — NKJV           Our Creator considered certain animals as forbidden to eat long before Moses was even born, and long before the Mosaic laws were formally established. The obvious implication is that the forbidden foods always were and always will be forbidden to eat. Apparently more clean animals were brought into the ark than unclean ones to provide edible food for Noah and his family during the year long voyage. The following very specific verses in Isaiah also instantly end support for the false teaching that the dietary laws are abolished:

ISAIAH 66:17,22: “These people ……… eat the meat of PIGS and RATS (people in some countries such as Malawi even today eat cooked mice) and OTHER HATEFUL THINGS (forbidden aquatic creatures or “creeping things”).But they will all be destroyed together,’ says the Lord ……… 22 I will make NEW HEAVENS and the NEW EARTH which will last forever ………” — New Century Version              Isaiah 65:17,25 and 66:22 show that these two chapters, where the words “swine’s flesh” and “Sabbath” appear, refer to a FUTURE age that has not yet arrived, a time when the earth will be literally reshaped into a new earth, an age when Jesus Christ will have returned a second time in great glory. In this future new age even some animals will be changed since 65:25 reveals that lions and wolves will peacefully eat grass like sheep, instead of meat. In that future age the Mosaic dietary laws will obviously be mercilessly enforced.

EPHESIANS 2:19,20: “…… the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles AND PROPHETS ……” — NKJV            Isaiah, a prophet, is a basic part of the foundation of the church. A little common sense, reinforced by other Scriptures, tells us that his warning about the consequences of ignoring the food laws in the future also applies to the present age.

REVELATION 18:2: “The angel shouted, ‘Fallen! Powerful Babylon has fallen and is now the home of demons. It is the den of …….. all UNCLEAN BIRDS …..” — Contemporary English Version           This verse provides additional proof that some birds are still classified as “UNCLEAN,” or still forbidden to eat, in New Testament times shortly before the second return of Jesus Christ. This verse helps CONFIRM that the forbidden foods NEVER WERE “CLEANSED” and are therefore still forbidden to ingest!

ACTS 10:14: “But Peter said, ‘Not so, Lord! For I have NEVER eaten anything common or unclean.” — NKJ                Peter’s statement is evidence that all the Apostles strictly obeyed the dietary laws. Peter was a pre-eminent Apostle who preached on Pentecost, helped “open the door” to the Gentiles, and was very instrumental in spreading the gospel.

MARK 5:2-17. Read the second paragraph near the top of the EDIBLE PORK, REALLY? page to see that Jesus supported the dietary laws by allowing an extremely large amount of forbidden pork to be very wastefully destroyed.

ROMANS 14:14,20, MARK 7:18,19, ACTS 10:10-17, 1 TIMOTHY 4:3-5, 1 CORINTHIANS 10:25,27, COLOSSIANS 2:16 are verses that most Christians misinterpret as supposedly supporting the abolition of the Mosaic dietary laws. For a correct understanding of those Scriptures please read 6 VERSES MAINSTREAMERS CLAIM ABOLISH THE FOOD LAWS.

THE STILL VALID FESTIVALS

There are seven festivals that help reveal God’s overall plan of salvation. Seven in the Bible often represents completion or perfection. Leviticus 23:2 reveals that THESE ARE GOD’S FESTIVALS, NOT THE JEWS’ FESTIVALS, although many Jews faithfully observe them. To correctly observe these annual holy days, assuming you are physically able to, you need to observe them when and where a righteous church observes them, especially since financial offerings are mandatory at three of them. Deuteronomy 16:16,17: “All your males must show themselves before the Lord your God three times a year in the place He chooses, at the Special Supper of Bread Without Yeast, the Special Supper of the First Fruits of the Land, and the Special Supper of Tents. They must not show themselves before the Lord with nothing in their hands. 17 Every man should give as he is able ……” — New Life Version          Quite amazingly, the last four festivals below seem to celebrate, in chronological order, MAJOR EVENTS (the return of Jesus, the temporary removal of Satan, the Christian millennium [Revelation 20], then the second, main resurrection offering salvation to those who were not in the first resurrection) IN GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION that have not yet occurred. Colossians 2:16,17: “……. regarding a festival …… or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come ……” The festival dates given below are for 2013, from the Hebrew calendar.

PASSOVER was originally commanded in Exodus 12:2-14 and Leviticus 23:5. Jesus now represents the Passover lamb according to 1 Peter 2:24 and 1 Corinthians 5:7. Jesus Christ has instituted the New Testament symbols of bread and wine to represent His broken body and shed blood during this still binding festival.

THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD is confirmed in the NT by two verses. Corinthians 5:8: “So then we should be keeping the feast ……..” — Analytical Literal Translation              This verse refers to the 7 day Feast of Unleavened Bread. This is not just a suggestion or metaphor by Paul, who was never Jewish, but from the Israeli tribe of Benjamin, a converted Christian. This is an actual reminder by Paul to literally continue faithfully observing the Levitical week long eating of unleavened bread to remind us to not be excessively proud, arrogant, or otherwise unrighteous. Leaven when added to bread “puffs up” and makes it rise when baked. Eating flat, unleavened bread is an annual, gentle reminder (which can be tasty with good recipes) to be more humble, less unreasonably proud, less egotistically “puffed up,” and therefore more righteous. Acts 20:6: “But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread and in five days ……” — NKJV            This is one more verse that shows that Paul himself even well after the death of Jesus continued to obediently keep the 7 day Festival of Unleavened Bread. Exodus 12:15,19: “…… whoever shall eat leaven, that soul shall be utterly destroyed from Israel, from the first day until the seventh day. …… 19 …… whosoever shall eat anything leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, both among the occupiers of the land and the original inhabitants.” — Complete Apostle’s Bible

PENTECOST, first commanded in Exodus 34:22 and Leviticus 23:15,16, celebrates the day that the New Testament Church began with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:1-15.

THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS, called Rosh Hashana by the Jews, is scheduled for September 5. This festival, according to Leviticus 23:24,25 celebrates the approaching day that Jesus will return to the earth to establish the Kingdom of God, Revelation 11:15.

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT occurs on September 14. This holy, solemn day was commanded long ago in Leviticus 23:26-32. Acts 27:9: “…… sailing was now dangerous because the FAST was already over, Paul advised them.” — NKJV          This verse is further evidence that the Apostles continued to obey OT laws such as the 24 hour foodless and waterless fasting Day of Atonement, called Yom Kippur by the Jews, a day that all Christians today still need to keep. This holy day celebrates in advance the day when Satan will be bound for one thousand years after Jesus has returned, immediately before the Christian millennium, Revelation 20:1-3. Leviticus 23:29: “For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people.” — NKJV         The Hebrew for “afflicted” is Strong’s 6031, referring to fasting (not eating food nor drinking liquids), Isaiah 58:3,5, Ezra 8:21, Esther 4:16. Leviticus 23:29: “Suppose you do eat food on that day. Then you will be cut off from your people.” — New International Reader’s Version           Leviticus 23:30: “I will kill those who do any work on that day.” — God’s Word Translation

THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES, mentioned in Leviticus 23:34-42, is to be observed on September 19-25. Acts 18:21: “….. ‘I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem;” — NKJV           Since this was in the fall, it must have referred to the Feast of Tabernacles, another Mosaic festival the first century Christians diligently observed. They did not consider it abolished. Note Paul’s words of urgency: “I must by all means.” We need to attend this yearly feast, too, that celebrates in advance the coming 1,000 year millennium (mentioned 6 times in Revelation 20), ruled in person by Jesus and His resurrected saints on the earth. Zechariah 14:16-19 warns that nations that refuse to attend this feast in the future will be punished with plagues.

THE LAST GREAT DAY, or Eighth Day Festival, September 26, celebrating in advance the second resurrection (Ezekiel 37:14, Matthew 12:41,42, Revelation 20:5 [verse 4 is the first resurrection]), occurs immediately after the last day of the 7 day Feast of Tabernacles according to Leviticus 23:36. Ephesians 2:19,20: “…… the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets ……” — NKJV Moses and Zechariah were some of the prophets who helped build the Christian Church.

THE STILL VALID SATURDAY SABBATH

LUKE 4:16: “….. as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.” GENESIS 2:2,3: “….. God ….. rested on the seventh day from all His work ….. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctioned it …..” — NKJV           The Saturday Sabbath was created more than a thousand years before Moses was ever even born, so the Sabbath PREDATES the Mosaic laws, making any imagined, wholesale “abolition” of the Mosaic laws irrelevant. Both God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, of course rested on that Saturday because They are in agreement about such things. Since Jesus instructed His disciples to do as He did, which would also apply to all Christians, Saturday rest is still in force for everyone. 1 JOHN 2:6: “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” — NKJV          LUKE 6:40: “A pupil is not superior to his teacher, but everyone [when he is] completely trained (readjusted, restored, set to rights, and perfected) will be like his teacher.” — The Amplified Bible HEBREWS 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” — Easy-To-Read Version           DEUTERONOMY 4:2: “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it …..” DEUTERONOMY 12:32: “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” — NKJV             Mainstream Christians have flagrantly violated the last two verses by taking away the Saturday Sabbath and, usurping divine authority, replacing it with first day of the week pagan Sunday rest and worship. Further evidence that mandatory obedience to the Sabbath PREDATES the formal establishment of the law at Mount Sinai is found in Exodus 16:23-30. Israel was reminded to keep the Sabbath even before they came to Mount Sinai, when God gave them manna to eat. Exodus 16:25,27,28: “….. Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 27 ….. some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 28 And the Lord said to Moses, ‘How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?”

MATTHEW 24:20: “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or ON THE SABBATH day” shows convincingly that we need to still avoid work on every Saturday. Be really honest, doesn’t that verse basically mean “You certainly must not work on Saturdays (excluding rare emergencies, food preparation, church attendance, etc.)?” Yes, that verse definitely means that. Isn’t “flight” work and obviously stressful activity that is the opposite of rest? The Sabbath, which always refers to Saturday in the Bible, has not been abolished nor temporarily suspended because this verse refers to the future, the time of “Armageddon,” that has not occurred yet. Why would Jesus refer to the Sabbath so emphatically, that we are commanded to pray about it, if the Sabbath was not still extremely important?

HEBREWS 4:9: “So that there is still a SABBATH – KEEPING for the people of God.” — Bible in Basic English              “A Sabbath – keeping” strongly implies a continued physical keeping of the weekly Sabbath that includes a future millennial rest for Christians. For a discussion showing that the above verse provides additional confirmation that the Mosaic law to rest on each Saturday is very much still in force go to gnmagazine.org/booklets/SS/ sabbath-rest. After you have read that go to gnmagazine.org/issues/gn05/ storyofrest. I think most unbiased, unprejudiced, nonreligious people would quickly agree that Jesus’ admonishment to pray that your flight not be on the Sabbath is basically the same as the statement

“Don’t you DARE do any work on Saturdays”

which confirms that the Mosaic Saturday rest law is very much still valid!! Matthew 24:20 therefore also implies that many other Mosaic laws are still valid. Not one but two verses in Exodus 31, verses 14 and 15 warn that death was and very much still is even today the potential penalty for deliberately working on Saturdays according to Matthew 7:21-23 and 13:41-42. The painful death by stoning of someone caught working on a Saturday is recorded in Numbers 15:32-36, which is another reminder to this very day of the potential consequences of breaking only one of the laws of Moses. Philippians 2:12: “…….. work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” 1 Peter 4:18: “And if the righteous scarcely be saved ……..” are not just idle words.

EPHESIANS 2:19,20: “…… the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles AND PROPHETS ……” — NKJV           The Saturday Sabbath teachings of the prophets Isaiah and Moses are part of the foundational doctrines of Christianity. Other foundational building blocks of the Christian church include Jeremiah and Nehemiah who gave us even more specific instructions about how to observe the Sabbath correctly.

ISAIAH 66:22,23: “I will make new heavens and the new earth which will last forever ……. 23 ALL PEOPLE will come to worship Me every SABBATH …….,’ says the Lord.” — New Century Version VERSE 23 MEANS THAT IN THE DISTANT FUTURE ALL PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE WILL BE FORCED TO ATTEND CHURCH SERVICES ON SATURDAYS, NOT SUNDAYS.

MARK 2:27: “……. The SABBATH was made for man …….” — NKJV

ISAIAH 56:6,7: “……. Everyone who keeps from defiling the SABBATH ……. 7 ……. I will ……. make them joyful in MY HOUSE of prayer …….. For MY HOUSE shall be called a house of prayer for ALL NATIONS.” — NKJV           The words “my house” above refer to Christianity. THIS IS ANOTHER PROPHECY THAT SATURDAY REST AND WORSHIP WILL BE WORLDWIDE IN EVERY NATION IN THE DISTANT FUTURE.

Numerous New Testament verses command us to obey the “commandments,” referring to the Ten Commandments. Since the commandments contain the fourth commandment requiring rest on Saturdays, the “commandments” are additional evidence that the Sabbath law must still be in force. Unlike the circumcision, Levitical priesthood, and sacrifice laws, the Sabbath law never was specifically singled out by any apostle as abolished. Verses which basically say “keep the commandments” include the following: Matthew 19:17, John 14:15, 14:21, 15:10, 1 Corinthians 7:19, 1 John 2:3,4, 3:22,24, 5:2,3, Revelation 12:17 and 14:12.

Some important additional laws to observe the Sabbath correctly include

1) not buying or selling anything for a profit during Sabbath hours, which are from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset according to NEHEMIAH 10:31: “if the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath …..” 13:15-17: “….. the Sabbath day. And I warned them about the day on which they were selling provisions. 16 Men ….. brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on the Sabbath ….. 17 ….. What evil thing is this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day?” — NKJV Nehemiah’s verses also imply that we should not buy any thing at all on the Sabbath. Eating at restaurants on Saturdays is probably sinful since a) you are permitting or requiring waiters/waitresses to “carry a burden” transporting your normally heavy tray of food usually containing food for others, b) paying for meals is contributing to a restaurant’s selling profits on the Sabbath, and c) merely delivering even a light meal to a table is additional (and therefore prohibited work for the waiter/waitress, the “stranger,” according to EXODUS 20:8). Cafeteria style dining, especially in a very busy one where your presence would make little to no difference in the amount of work performed by the establishment’s employees, possibly may not be sinful if payment for a meal is made before or after Sabbath hours and since waiter/waitresses usually are not directly involved in work related meal delivery to your table. If someone else, and not you, pays for a meal on the Sabbath, then that other person, and not you, will be guilty of buying. Also, you need to

2) stay home during the hours of holy rest except for travel to church services and possibly to related activities such as church picnics, according to EXODUS 16:29: “….. this day as the sabbath ….. ye shall sit each of you in your houses; let no one go forth from his place on the seventh day.” — Brenton English Septuagint Translation The Septuagint is the most accurate translation available for the first 5 books of the Old Testament. Travel to weddings, funerals, sporting events, etc. is a “no-no.” MATTHEW 24:20 is another reminder that Sabbath travel should definitely be limited. Ultra-Orthodox Jews strictly limit travel to the point that one should not even attend Sabbath services if he cannot walk from his house to them. That is over doing it, though, since Sabbath services are commanded. JEREMIAH 17:21-24 tells us to

3) avoid carrying a burden, or heavy object during the hours of divine rest. Finally, EXODUS 16:23, MARK 15:42 and LUKE 23:54 remind us that

4) Friday is the “Preparation Day” to buy needed things, do last minute chores, do any heavy cooking, make sure the car has enough fuel to go to church and back so you won’t need to buy some during the restful Sabbath hours, etc., to get ready for Saturday rest and church services, a type of weekly “date” with your Creator. __________________________________________________________________________ 1 CORINTHIANS 9:27: “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” — New King James Version Paul admits he himself could fail to be saved! The Greek word for “disqualified” is adokimos, Strong’s 96, defined as unapproved, rejected, worthless, castaway, and reprobate. 2 Corinthians 13:5: “….. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” — NKJV The very same Greek word adokimos also appears in 2 Corinthians 13:5 as the original Greek word for “disqualified,” very strongly implying that Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:27 was admitting that he could lose his salvation by no longer having “Jesus in him” if his sins were serious and prolonged enough to “disqualify” him. Titus 1:16: “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” — NKJV Adokimos in verse 16 again appears in the Greek for the word “disqualified.” Therefore deliberate, sustained failure to obey New as well as Old Testament laws can still cost Christians their salvation.

1 JOHN 3:4: “Every one that practices sin practices also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” — John Nelson Darby Translation       The Greek word for lawlessness in this verse is anomia. The definition of the adjective (anomos, 459) and adverb (anomos, 460) of anomia according to Strong’s Concordance and some other references, is similar to or the same as breaking many “Jewish laws.” 2 THESSALONIANS 2:7-8: “For the mystery of anomia already is working, only he holding back now, until it comes out of the midst; 8 and then the anomos one will be revealed, whom the Lord will CONSUME ………” ROMANS 6:19: “For as you yielded your members as slaves to uncleanness and to anomia to anomia, so now yield your members as slaves to righteousness ……..,” in accordance with the Greek. Anomia literally means no torah. “A” means “no” or “without” and nomia, derived from nomos means “law,” or primarily the laws within the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Matthew 7:23, which is addressed to Christians: “…….. DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS!” — NKJV     The original Greek word for “practice” is ergazomai, Strong’s number 2038. The definition of ergazomai seems to imply that anomia is not a sin that occurs by accident, or occurs unintentionally as through extreme temptation. Strong’s, Thayer’s, and the definitions of other experts indicate that anomia is deliberate, sustained, and occurs regularly, and the English translation “practice” implies that anomia does not occur rarely. These definitions are consistent with the idea that Old Testament law observance has been deliberately abandoned.   

MATTHEW 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven ……. 22 Many will say to Me in that day (Judgment Day which will occur after the millennium and after the following second resurrection), ‘Lord, Lord (desperately crying out fearing they may be rejected), have we not prophesied (preached) in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders (maybe purported miraculous cures by some prominent Christians) in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness (anomia)!” — NKJV             Most Christians refuse to believe, in the assumption that the majority must be right, the real definition of anomia translated loosely by often anti-OT leaning translators into the more deceptively general, less specific “lawlessness” or “iniquity.”       .

ACTS 5:1-11: Consider the speed and mercilessness of what happened to ANANIAS and SAPPHIRA. The execution of this poor couple occurred almost immediately, within seconds of committing only one single offense, lying. Ananias and Sapphira are seldom and usually NEVER discussed in most, almost mindless “Just accept Jesus into your heart and you will be saved” preaching popular churches. Such Matthew 7:23 ignoring churches also, of course, conveniently omit the last, DISOBEDIENCE part of

JOHN 3:36: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever DISOBEYS the Son will never have life,” — Today’s English Version

“…….. those who don’t believe AND OBEY Him shall never see heaven ……..” — Living Bible

“…….. he who does not OBEY the Son shall not see life ……..” — Revised Standard Version

“…….. but he who DISOBEYS the Son shall not see that life ……..” — New English Bible “…….. but he who does not OBEY the Son will not see life ……..” — New American Standard

“…….. whoever does not OBEY the Son shall not see life ……..” — English Standard Version “…….. whoever DISOBEYS the Son will not have life ……..” — Good News Translation

“…….. those who do not OBEY the Son will never have life ……..” — New Century Version              Some English translations that include even the King James Version, dilute “disobeys” down to “does not believe,” “believeth not,” or similar words. The original Greek, though, specifically uses the word APEITHEO, 544, which basically means to refuse belief AND OBEDIENCE!

ROMANS 3:31:

Living Bible: “Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need to OBEY God’s law (nomos-Mosaic laws, 3551)? JUST THE OPPOSITE! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly OBEY Him.”

Today’s English Version: “Does this mean that we do away with the law (nomos-Mosaic laws, 3551) by this faith? No, not at all; instead we UPHOLD the law.”

Revised Standard Version: “Do we then overthrow the law (nomos-Mosic laws, 3551) by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we UPHOLD the law.”

Jonathan Mitchell New Testament: “Then are we habitually rendering inactive and useless (idling – down and rendering unemployed) law (nomos-Mosaic laws, 3551) [Torah] through the Faith? Certainly not (May it not come to be)! But rather, we are constantly establishing law (setting Torah in a fixed place and MAKING IT STAND).”

God’s Word Translation: “Are we abolishing Moses’ Teachings by this faith? THAT’S UNTHINKABLE! Rather, we are SUPPORTING Moses’ teachings.”

Galatians 5:18 is worth discussing further. “But IF you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Not under the immediate penalty of the law if you break it.) The opposite would mean that if you are not led by the Holy Spirit (or don’t even have it), you are under the law (under the penalty of the law)! Are you going to tell me that righteous Christians led by the Holy Spirit need not obey the law when everyone else, including the worst sinner, must since they are “under the law” according to Galatians 5:18? (Under the penalty of the law if they break it.) Doesn’t that verse “spell out” the fact that many of the Mosaic laws never were really abolished since non-Christians are strongly implied as still “under the law?” That verse, turned around, says that you are under the law (it’s penalties) if you are not led by the Holy Spirit (obtained in the first place only by obeying the law [Acts 2:38, 5:32]).

JUDE 1:4: “…… some people …… are SHAMELESS SCOUNDRELS. Their design is to replace the sheer GRACE of our God with sheer LICENSE ……” — The Message

JUDE 1:4: “Some sinful men …… speak of the loving–favor of God to COVER UP THEIR SINS …….” — New Life Bible

JUDE 1:4: “…… (impious, profane) persons …… pervert the grace …… of our God into LAWLESSNESS ……” — The Amplified Bible

ROMANS 6:16: “…… if we OBEY Christ, we …… enjoy His righteousness. None enjoy this blessedness, but those who …… OBEY Christ.” — People’s New Testament

ISAIAH 28:12,13: “……. Yet they would not hear. 13 But the word of the Lord was to them ‘……. Here a little, there a little,’ That they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught.” — NKJV            These verses show that one must accept all the verses in the Bible, not just isolated verses “here and there,” forgetting about what the rest of the Bible says, to avoid becoming “snared.”

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Reminder: Automatic, instantaneous, absolute, “titanium reinforced concrete” proof that the Bible is overwhelmingly truthful and accurate is the fact that it is basically, mathematically impossible for well over 1,000 Biblical prophecies to have been fulfilled by mere random chance and luck without divine inspiration and without God repeatedly, miraculously manipulating events. Statistically it is more likely for a running, hot, gasoline combustion engine, that normally runs quite hot, for it to, on its own, suddenly START REFRIGERATING ITSELF, than for all those prophecies to have been written and fulfilled by only random chance and luck, according to Dr. Hugh Ross, well known Bible researcher. If you are still even slightly influenced by evolutionism that was “rammed down your throat” in high school or college call 1 800 337 0375 to subscribe to the free, monthly magazine Acts and Facts from the world’s leading creation science researcher, the Institute for Creation Research, to stay informed about the latest, exciting discoveries supporting a divine, Genesis style re-creation. ICR has been sending their magazine to me totally free for well over 35 years.       

Some safe haven, first century like churches include the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, which seems to have the most “open door” policy (church service times and the location are often right on the websites of local churches), and the United Church of God, an International Association. The latter has one of the most accessible, extensive Biblical libraries of online, archived literature in the world. There are also some other very good remnant churches of the former Worldwide Church of God with nearly identical doctrines. These two churches combined with several other like minded, sister churches, especially the Living Church of God, have over an estimated 45,000 members and supporters and well over 600 local congregations around the world. These churches held the most recent fall Feast of Tabernacles at over 80 sites worldwide.   

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