- The Sabbaths Lost In Captivity

Much has been said to this point regarding God's law, the Sabbath day, the lunar Sabbath, and God's holidays. The common theme is that it is all still in affect. So this leaves us with the common question as Christians with these beliefs of...how then do we obey these things in a world that is not supportive. Many reject the law of God as still being in effect. Many reject the sabbath day. And even those that do accept the Sabbath day, many think it is Saturday and not the lunar Sabbath. And even those that do accept the lunar Sabbath, many can't agree on the day of the new moon. And even if we do have the right day, many disagree on how the day itself should be kept. What can we and what can't we do on the Sabbath? So how many people have it all right. I would argue very few, if any. And don't forget about God's holy days. So with all this in mind, there is a final context I'd like to put around all of this. The Israelites were taught God's laws, the Sabbath day, and the holy days coming out of Egypt. All of these things had been lost in captivity. I would speculate that there were some truths known about these things, but like today, they weren't fully known. What is interesting is that the Bible often repeats patterns from the past, otherwise known as foreshadowing. The Egyptian captivity and exodus was a foreshadowing of an even greater future captivity and exodus. If this is so, what can we draw from the previous Egyptian captivity? Does this affect how we view our current understanding of God's law, the Sabbath, the holy days, and how we keep them?

First, let's show that the Bible does teach that there will be a 2nd exodus from captivity at the return of Christ for the people of God. Second, let's establish the captivity in which we currently live and that we continue to fall deeper into. Third, let's see what parallels we can draw for further understanding of how God's Sabbath days should be viewed today.

The 2nd Exodus

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. Isaiah 11:6-10 (These initial verses show that the time context is the millenial reign of Christ after his return.)

In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies will be destroyed; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim. They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west; together they will plunder the people to the east. They will subdue Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be subject to them. The Lord will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that anyone can cross over in sandals. There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt. Isaiah 11:11-16 (We see that in the millennial reign, after Christ's return, there is a 2nd exodus from captivity, just as it is compared with the exodus of the previous Egyptian captivity.)

Economic Captivity 

One thing we know about the Egyptian captivity of the Israelites is that they were not allowed to leave, which is often times an aspect of being in captivity. But captivity or oppression is not always a matter of being displaced from your homeland and trapped in a foreign land as in the Babylonian captivity. Economic oppression is the most common form of captivity throughout history, and this allows the oppressed people to remain in their land. It's actually much more effective for the oppressors to allow their captives to remain in their own land, as displacing them is very difficult. The ultimate goal of the oppressor is to gain from the efforts and labor of their captives. This is where money lending, banks, and taxes come in. This turns the captives into economic slaves. This is what we see today and what we have seen for much of human history. 

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Prov. 22:7 
The wise king Solomon knew about the enslaving power of debt. God taught the Israelites about the enslaving power of debt by his law. They were forbid to charge interest against a fellow Israelite, but were allowed to do so to surrounding nations. We are taught that greed is sin. Whenever the Israelites fell into disobedience toward God, they became oppressed by surrounding nations by debt slavery. God "sold" them to "plunderers."
So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. Judges 2:14
Sold is an economic term. And to plunder is to cease their assets. This is accomplished through a loan, default, and foreclosure process. 

In God's law, he has a remedy for this. It is called the year of Jubilee in which debts are cancelled and the "captives" are set free. 
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
Here we see Jesus saying that he will set the captives free. The year of the Lord's favor is the future millenial reign of Christ, which is the year of Jubilee in which the captives are set free. What are the captives set free from? They are set free from their debt of sin. So debt is captivity whether it is a spiritual debt or a monetary debt. 

So now let's put this together. There will be a 2nd exodus from captivity. Debt is captivity. The whole world today is drowning in debt to the merchants of the earth. These are the money lenders of the world and the powers behind them. This is the world government we live in today in which the middle class continues to disappear. We are in captivity today and can not escape the all reaching powers of the world rulers of Babylon the Great. Read the prophecy page on this site and you learn that the Jesuits are the final ruling power of Rome. This site also teaches Edomite and Kenite crypto Jews rule within the Jesuit power. These are the world rulers today of Babylon the Great. The Israel/Church of God is in monetary debt captivity to these powers that oppress us. This is what we come out of in the 2nd Exodus as we enter the Kingdom of God on earth that Christ comes to rule in the millennial reign.

The Sabbaths In Captivity

We have seen that God's law and his Sabbath days are still holy. They have not been abolished. But we also see that we are in captivity today just as the Israelites were in Egypt. Did the Israelites keep the sabbath in Egypt? I'm sure some would have if it hadn't been lost in captivity. They all had to be taught the Sabbaths by God as they came out of Egypt. What's interesting, is that we know that God will set his hand a 2nd time to free the captives of Israel at his return. So what does that say about us today? It means we are in captivity today just like they were in Egypt. While some people understand the Sabbaths of God to various degrees, many reject his Sabbaths and they have been lost. But even those that want to keep his Sabbaths, many can't, and most don't know how. So while I believe we should keep it as often as we can and as best as we can, I also believe that the day has not yet come when God will teach us all his proper day and how to keep it. We will all be freed from captivity to do so without restriction.

I believe at the 2nd exodus, after Christ's return, the people of God will be taught all the true ways of the Sabbaths of God and his law. We will all know the exact days in which they are to be observed. His calendar will be reinstated. We will learn how to keep these days properly. There will no longer be confusion surrounding these issues. There will no longer be restrictions to observing them. Doing so will be the new normal, and you will no longer be the "weirdo" attempting to observe these things as best as you know how with partial understanding. 


So in conclusion, I'm not saying not to observe these things. I'm certainly not saying to go back to observing the worldly holidays of Christmas, Easter, etc. What I'm saying is that many are dogmatic in our beliefs concerning these things. We should understand where we are in history. We are at a point in history when these things aren't fully revealed. We are still in captivity. Let's do the best we know how with obeying God, but let's not be so dogmatic toward others regarding these things and how things need to be done exactly.