The Messianic Jewish Shabbat

"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he who observes Torah, happy is he." — Proverbs 29:18 A pastor was visiting a rabbi friend, when the pastor asked, "What do you believe the world to come is like?" The rabbi responded, "Where the righteous dwell for eternity, one may study Torah all day long, without ever having need to stop for sleeping or eating or anything." The pastor then asked, "And what do you believe hell will be like?" The rabbi responded, "The wicked will have to study Torah all day long, without being able to stop to rest or drink or anything."

Messiah is the goal of the Torah’s Shabbat (Sabbaths): The goal of the Torah is to show us Maran Yeshua the Messiah — who alone by his example makes us righteous. The emissary Rabbi Shaul / Paul said, "Messiah is the goal of the Torah, to make righteous everyone that believes" (Romim / Romans 10:4). This was written after Maran Yeshua’s death, resurrection, and ascension; it says that the goal of the Torah is (still) Messiah.

A famous holy, orthodox rabbi agrees, saying, "The coming of Mashiach is not a peripheral addendum to the Jewish people’s service of God through the Torah and its commandments; rather, the coming of Mashiach is its core, the goal to which all else leads. So long as Mashiach has not yet come, the intent of creation has not been realized, and the universe has not fulfilled its destiny." (From Exile to Freedom by Rebbe Menachem Schneerson).

Our holy Rabbi, Maran Yeshua said that all of the law and prophets hang on these two commandments: Love HaShem your God and your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). The first five of the ten commandments show how we are to love God. The last five show how we are to love our neighbor. Observing Shabbat, the fourth commandment, is a part of loving God, according to Messiah’s own words.

The goal of Torah’s Shabbat keeping then must be that we see and love Messiah and his God (the one true God, the God of Israel). The Shabbat is a shadow picture concerning Messiah. Through faith we must prepare for the Messianic Shabbat. And when we are in the Messianic Kingdom, we will still observe the memorial seventh day Shabbat (Yeshayahu / Isaiah 66:23). The messianic age is called " the day when all will be Shabbat." The weekly Shabbat is a rehearsal for that great day when Melech Mashiach sits and rules from Jerusalem, and we rest from our enemies around us and the only preocupation we will have is to know HaShem, thus, Shabbat is the taste to that era. As the Talmud says, "He who prepares on Friday will eat on the Shabbat," so should we prepare for the Olam Haba (age to come).

In the Olam Haba, the whole world will recognize the God of Israel as the only true God, and the rule of Mashiach will be the only one that counts. Yeshayahu 2:3 And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of HaShem, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He (Mashiach) will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of HaShem from Jerusalem.

We want Mashiach now!

 

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