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but even this is not a commanded activity. However, common sense should prevail so that if we find ourselves needing to go on a long journey to be "with others", we've missed the point -- the command is to have a MIQRA QODESH, a setapart proclaiming (to "rest" is what is to be proclaimed). It was Rabbi Yahushua's custom to go to the synagogue on Shabbat, or even go to the Temple on a daily basis. Within the walls of Yerushaliyim, the largest community in the land, one could easily go from one end of it to the other in hardly any time; certainly within a distance not considered to be a journey. His hometown was considerably smaller. YHWH's Temple is to be a "house of prayer" -- and we are told to "pray without ceasing"; this is because WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF YHWH, Yahushua's Body. The physical Temple was symbolic for Yahushua, which makes His "play-on-words" even more interesting: "Destroy this Temple, and in 3 days I will raise it up."-- Yn. 2:19. We really don't have to go very far to be in His presence at all. Pastors call the buildings they have "services" in the LORD's house. A "church" is thought of as a building; see the programming?
We may be missing more than we know here, because if we go back and look at the Hebrew passages, the word "MIQRA", based on the word "QARA", may refer only to the DAY being "proclaimed"as set-apart, as a day of rest. So, a "set-apart convocation" might simply mean "QODESH PROCLAMATION", not "assembly" at all. We've forced the word "MIQRA" to mean only "assembly" -- but the Hebrew words for "assembly" are QAHAL, EDAH, KNESSET, SOD, or the summoned gathering, "YAAD". MOED is the Hebrew word for appointment, or set time. It can also mean a set-apart place. It is translated "assembly" twice out of over 200 uses. Translators bend words this way all the time. We never find the literal Hebrew words for "assembly" (QAHAL, KNESSET, EDAH, YAAD, or SOD) used in conjunction with the proper way to observe Shabbat. Maybe there is some reason. "Sabbath gathering" is actually not a commanded practice, but we've been programmed to think so by the translators who saw fit to tint certain passages. This was so they could make us drink their poisoned waters, and plunder us.
Concerning the fact that Luke wrote the words "Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, A SABBATH DAY'S JOURNEY AWAY" (Acts 1:12), it could be based simply upon the "man-made" custom to only travel a maximum of 1000 cubits (roughly 500 yards). If a person didn't travel more than this distance on a Shabbat, no big deal. He's resting, so why not concede that
1000 cubits is reasonable and prudent to not exceed if possible? This distance is coinciden-tally the distance of the encampments of Israel from the tent of meeting in the wilderness (by traditional reckoning). It really was their "place", or "vicinity". Since we cannot find a solid SECOND witness from Scripture that would restrict our general movements on our day of rest, there is the possibility that one would not be in error for exceeding 1000 cubits, except that Luke did mention a "Sabbath's distance". But, consider that 3 TIMES in Lev. 23 the phrase "in all your dwellings" is used in reference to how to observe various Sabbaths. It doesn't say "in all your gatherings". I've walked 1000 cubits on certain Sabbaths to attend baseball games my younger son played one summer. Getting there and back was a chore, especially in the hot sun! I know people today who drive 60 miles oneway each Shabbat to get to the assembly of their choice. This is almost like driving from Nazareth to Jerusalem in Israel. (OK, that may be 83 miles). Not to judge anyone, we're just discussing all this. Conservatively, I would rather teach someone to focus on RESTING primarily each Shabbat; and if I am wrong, I will be corrected in the resurrection of the saints. If, on the other hand, I teach everyone to travel to get to an assembly each Shabbat, I feel I will receive greater correction if I am wrong about that. I would rather see a person sleep all day on Shabbat, and get some serious rest! After all, the reason there was a double-portion of manna provided on the sixth day was to eliminate the gathering, and the need to go anywhere -- "Let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." If you have a small group that can get together each Shabbat where each of the people reside within a reasonably close proximity, that's marvelous! Like Yahushua said, two or more gathered together in His Name is all it takes to listen to Him speak through us; and each one should be able to speak (1 Cor. 14:26). Then there are the 3 annual "pilgrimage" festivals. Yahushua told the woman of Shomeron at the well, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither on this mountain, nor in Yerushaliyim, worship the Father."Yn. 4:21. We are commanded to come up to only Yerushaliyim for the place of worship in Scripture; but the day has come that all we can do is observe the TIME where we are; and these times are shadows of things coming. Today, believers pass each other on interstates going in opposite directions, to get to the assembly "sites" of their choice, and sincerely believe this is obeying the Commandment. Then they pour out their cash as an offering to those throwing the bash. Please don't read into this any condemnation; but if I report this in a neutral way, it just comes out sounding like a set-up every time. We all desire to get to the root of things, and want the Truth — even if it hurts.
The bottom line is, we have been led to believe that we must "assemble" each and every Shabbat, simply based on the word MIQRA -- and then we have been taught to "tithe" to the men who have taught us to come to these assemblies. It feels like a set-up to me, since there is no example in Scripture of an assembly on a Shabbat where money was poured into baskets that were raked over the crowds. I think the thrust of the Commandment is to rest, and to stay in our immediate vicinity. One could just as easily say that Hebrews 10:25 is only "one witness" in Scripture speaking of the "assembling together" of ourselves; and I'm certainly encouraging such assembling, although I'm simply pointing out that it is not commanded to do so as we have inherited the pattern.
I'd love to hear anyone's ideas on this topic, because I can't imagine anything in the Commandment that supercedes the Command to rest. Falling short of the Command would have more to do with NOT RESTING, than NOT ASSEMBLING, it would seem. Oops — I think my eyes rolled a little there. Hebrews 4:11 tells us to be diligent to enter His REST, not diligent to scurry down the road to meet anyone. (Now, smile sideways like this: :-) ) The Command to "assemble" may be only an interpretation, but even if it is accurate, it's hard to picture the effort to assemble could negate the importance of resting. This will not be very popular with those engaged in looting the flock, will it? When Yahushua stood up to read in the synagogue, there were no collections made. People today who sell books and videos on Shab-bat need to look at what they are really doing: buying and selling. No donations were ever made on Shabbat in Scripture, and they certainly aren't today in orthodox synagogues. If what I am teaching on this is true, and I believe it is, then the plundered should feel that the Truth has set them free; but the plunderers will be greatly disturbed. All the "good works" like "tithing" on Sun-day will be stubble, burned-up like hay; it will do no good to pay a pastor to do what you were supposed to be doing, at no cost. Why waste your money on what is not bread? (See Yesha Yahu 55, Micah 3:11; also, read Acts 20:17-38 carefully, where Paul met with the elders at Ephesus).
Think of how Yahushua drove out the men who had turned His Temple into a house of merchandise, and then picture in your mind the baskets of cash passing around in the assemblies. HWhy owns quasars, galaxies, and can create universes out of nothing — does He really need our cash? The offering to Him was to be received by the poor, Lewite, widow, and fatherless; and this should not be intercepted by anyone posturing themselves to receive it instead. If you give your money to me, an elder called to serve and teach, are you giving it to HYhy? "He who shows favour to the poor lends to hwhy" — Pr. 19:17. So, if I am poor, unable to work, then YES you can give to Him by giving to me. Objectively, it would seem we have reconstructed some new form of artificially created house of merchandise all over again. This situation is the sustaining economic power-plant that gives life to the beast system in place; The great prostitute lives luxuriously, while spewing poisonous lies across the whole Earth. Come out of her, My people; the great prostitute must pay for her sins -- drinking from her poisoned cup (false teachings) has made most of the world drunk (numb to Truth). Please wake up. Wormwood represents "poisoned water", which you will soon see. The Living Water, the Torah (and by association, the Spirit of Mashiach), has been tainted with deadly teachings mixed into it by human traditions and interpretations for centuries. By all means MEET TOGETHER when you can do so -- but watch out for the ravenous wolves who try to control the gatherings. They are the source of the poisoned waters, the wormwood, the lies.
Take away the money, and the pastors who remain are not masquerading — they seek a reward that thieves cannot steal. Think about it — have you helped your pastor build bigger barns to store up his wealth? Are you such a pastor? Micah 3:11 is clear. When Rabbi Yahushua exposed the corruption of His day, the corrupt men plotted to kill Him. Today, it is a printing press they will have to stop, or they must somehow manage to outlaw Truth. ONLY A PROPHET?
"Take courage, My son, your sins are forgiven." — Mt. 9:2. Yahushua spoke these words to a paralyzed young man. What prophet was given the authority to forgive sins? Can Michael or Gabriel do this? Azazel?
To cover sins, the blood of animals was used as atonement (kaphar). This blood is life, given on the altar, and it was offered in place of the life of the person who sinned. Who was it that decided when sins were covered? Only YHWH can forgive sins, and He gave this authority to His Son, Who came and spoke to us in the authority of YHWH, not the authority of a prophet. Many don't yet know Who Yahushua really is. All the Scriptures are about Him. He
140 WORMWOOD - POISONED WATER!
is the Living Waters. The following is a very special article written by a sister in Arizona, named Mary Lou Frommert, and she points out many Scriptures that show that Yahushua is the Living Waters that came down to us. She also explains "wormwood" using Scripture: