News Letter 5855-021
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The 24th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 23rd day of the 5th month 5855 years after the creation of Adam
The 5th Month in the Third year of the Fourth Sabbatical Cycle
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Third Year Tithe for the Widows and Orphans and Levites
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
July 27, 2019
Shabbat Shalom to the Royal Family of Yehovah,
As some of you know I have been traveling with my family in Newfoundland this past week and as such we have had little time to prepare this weeks News Letter. I have though found a few minutes now as the Sabbath approaches to write to you briefly. I thought I would write to you about how do you keep the Sabbath while traveling and with a large family that does not keep the Sabbath.
No one in my family keeps it. So when they get together it is non stop partying. This entails singing around the kitchen and outside while the new ones are screeched in and talking and visiting relatives that we have not seen in like forever. Then there are the family hikes and tours and keeping the grand kids busy and finding time to catch up on our sleep somewhere along the way. We have seen whales, Icebergs, moose, bears, puffins, lighthouses and family homesteads from Corner Brook to St John’s. 60 of us a first and then down to about 30 all traveling together getting under each others skin and having a great old time. Using facebook to co-ordinate where one or two are now going and the rest saying ok we’re coming too. Many things done on the spur of the moment.
As one of the old persons now in our family besides my Mom and her two sisters and our Uncle, many eyes are on me the entire trip. My daughter who came with me to Israel last year did most of the planning and has not planned anything for both of the two Sabbaths we will be here.
So what have I done and how did I keep the Sabbath while at the same time being with this lively bunch?
In my zeal to obey in the past doing a complete 180 as many of you do, I shut myself in my room and said no to everything the family was up to and did not allow any of them to ask me questions or to see what we could do on the Sabbath.
We are commanded to Keep it Holy which for most of us we never did before being drawn into this faith. We are told not have our spouses or children or anyone work for us nor the animals. We are not to be picking up sticks as that one man did on the Sabbath and was stoned for it.
The Sabbath meaning and purpose can be found in the 7th month. It can be found in the 7th Year Sabbatical year and it can be found in the 7th Millennium of Rest. And we can gather clues as to what we can and cannot do from them. But how do we keep it Holy? And how on earth do you do it while traveling with others who do not keep it?
I am not perfect and I still make mistakes. But in everything I am doing I want to win others to this way of life. And if they cannot see it then they will not know about it. So hiding in our rooms is not an option.
The first thing when ever I travel is to plan my flights so that I am not flying on nor arriving at my destination on the Sabbath or just before the Sabbath and then being forced to check in as the Sabbath begins. For this article the Sabbath is also going to mean each of the Holy Days, but I am only going to speak of the Sabbath as if I was covering them all. So I left on Thursday by air and arrived 1 AM Friday morning and into our room.
The next day was a tour of Gross Mourn Park which we did not make as we were too tired. I drove some of the family to our place of meeting and we ate and talked and visited. As the Sabbath came I continued to visit and socialize. I did not let anyone serve me, we were not eating out so that was not a problem. The problem came after we ate and the sun had set so that the Sabbath began that they began to play many of the Newfy jigs and reels and singing. And once in a while there is a gospel song tossed in.
I found nothing wrong with this as I was not the one performing nor was I drinking to the state of drunkenness. A few were but only a few. So we stayed and talked and enjoyed each others company.
The Next day was the same thing for the entire day. It was a repeat with still others coming to visit. When the Sun set Friday, I said a prayer and during the day I said a prayer a few times to remind me of what day this was and so that I did not forget. I am not aware of any Messianic groups in Corner Brook or St. John’s. Everyone brought something for the meal much like we do for our Sabbath pot luck meals. And there are people singing at them as well. Yes I know that the group I was with was not praising Yehovah.
My wife commented a couple of times that she did not think I would be there or do that. I have in the past been guilty of stupidity many times and most likely drove her away in my zeal to obey and did not give her the chance to join me in keeping the Sabbath by hiding in the bedroom when the Sabbath came and not leaving until it was over.
Some of the family went to buy more supplies at the store on the Sabbath. I could not prevent that. But I rested with my extended family that whole day. It was very nice.
Now as this next Sabbath is approaching many of then want to go out and party in the many pubs in downtown St. John’s. My wife and I will be at the house we are staying in looking after the Grand Kids and hopefully reading to them or they will be asleep.
My daughter again who is the one doing the planning and knowing I will not buy or sell on the Sabbath had planned for a nice walk to Signal Hill or Cape Spear which are great areas for family relaxing time. But we did those yesterday and saw so many whales close to shore. So she asked if I would go with them to the beach. The water is freezing still and hyperthermia will set in a matter of minutes. But if that is what they want to do then I can come and skip stones with the kids and read something while sleeping on the beach.
The Sabbath was made for MAN! It was made for you and I to worship our Creator and to spend that time with your family. Those of you who have your entire family attending a group together with you somewhere are blessed and it is much easier. But this was not written for you. I am sharing this with those who do not have family in this walk with us. Those who pray like I do each day for our flesh and blood to join us. Those of us who are looked upon by our spouses and families as being just one step from the mental hospital. And yet Yehovah still has not granted us our request by removing the veil from their eyes so they too can see. And I do not know why He does this except that we are being especially trained for something.
I have these rules for me. These are the ones I use for myself. I will not buy and I will not cause others to work for me on the sabbath. I will not use a taxi or bus or subway. I will not buy gas or food on the Sabbath. I will not pay to get into anything. There are ox’s in the ditch but this is not one of them.
So tonight I know my family will be talking about me. Where is Joe and why is he not out here with us singing up in each of these pubs. My family goes from pub to pub and ask to sing between sets and they get the crowd going they are that good. So after seeing me with them last Sabbath socializing and then not with them buying beers and carrying on in the pubs Friday night they are going to wonder why. Those who know will explain it to them. And if Yehovah is calling them then He will cause them to come back and ask me more about it afterwards. If He is not calling them, then I will carry on praying that He has mercy on my family.
There are some of you who are trained to think that you absolutely must attend a church or group every Sabbath. If you do not then you have sinned. I was one of those and it drove me crazy when I could not find a group. SDA or SDB or any Jewish group would do, right? I am not here to tell you what you must do and what you must do on the Sabbath. Work out your Salvation with fear and trembling the same as I do.
But keep in mind the man with just one talent who hid it in the sand and then lost everything in the parable for doing nothing. Hiding on the Sabbath as I used to do does not witness to anyone and I liken it to burying that one talent. If I am wrong in the way I kept the Sabbath last week and this one now, then I error on the side of witnessing to those who know very little about it and are watching. I error in doing something.
My Uncle talked to me about the 2300 Days of Hell and told a couple others about it in our conversations. I have noticed that those who have had my books in the past and spoken evil of them or me are now dead or taken up with stage 4 cancer. But that is just something I am seeing.
Brethren do not be afraid to keep the Sabbath Holy amongst those who do not know anything about it. Especially your own family. The ones you love the most. Pray to Yehovah and ask Him to help you in all that you do for His names Sake.
I hope this helps some of you who struggle in this area.
I was about to share with you the things James was doing but the Grand kids just came in and I will leave that report for next week.