Circe, a Greek deity who turned men into pigs, is the origin from which springs our English word KIRCHE, producing the word "Church". In the very first English translation of the Brit Chadasha (New Covenant Writings), a Catholic priest named John Wycliffe used the word "congregation" for the Greek word ecclesia (ek-la-Sff-a), not "Church". It really means called-out ones. These are those who have submitted to immersion in His Name, and repented of sin. The Hebrew word is QA-HAL, the congregation of Yisrael. We get our English word "call" from qahal. There is no covenant with "Christians", only Yisrael, and foreigners must engraft into Yisrael to partake of the Covenant:
"Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called 'uncircumcised' . . . . At that time you were separate from Mashiach, excluded from citizenship in Yisrael and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without hYhy in the world. But now, in Mashiach OWYhy you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Mashiach. For He Himself is our peace, Who has made the two ONE, and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations." Eph. 2:11-15.
"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but FELLOW CITIZENS with hYhy's people, and members of hYht's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Mashiach OWYhy Himself as the chief cornerstone." - 2:19,20.
The "commandments and regulations" referred to here are what the ceremonial law required for atonement and cleansing, they don't refer to what defines sin. Not eating blood (Acts 15), or disregarding Shabbath (Heb. 4), or murder (Ex. 20) etc., are still "Commandments" in force. "Foreigners" can now call themselves Yisrael, if they are immersed in His Name and live in the Covenant. If they don't "engraft", they are outside the Covenant promises, and Shatan knows it! "The way of peace they do not know. . ." Yesha Yahu 59:8. "Truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey." 59:14,15. The "Truth" and "way of peace" is the Torah, the Word. The invitation to the "feast" shown in the parables represents the Shabbats of hYhy. At Yesha Yahu 58:11-13, once again we see the Torah is what is called the "ancient ruins", and those who obey are like a well-watered garden (see also Ps. 1). "You will be called Repairer of Broken walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings ~ if you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath, and from doing as you please on My Qodesh Day; if you call the Sabbath a delight, and hYhy's Qodesh Day honorable."
"I GAVE THEM MY SABBATHS" "Also, I gave them My Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I hYhy made them qodesh" You may want to read all of Ezekiel chapter 20. We've learned that a mere man was responsible for instituting the change from the 7th day to the 1st day of each week, and the "Sun-day Sabbath" has been the "Christian Sabbath" ever since. Let's just take a brief overview of the Sabbath, and determine if there is one, and if so what "choice" we should make in observing it.
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