Regarding the Sabbath and the Eighth Day, a Reply to Buff Scott about Worship Days, employing the Epistle of Barnabas.

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Buff Scott (reformation rumblings):

And while I’m on the subject of house meetings, I’ll add a few words about “church worship.”  Worship is not once used in the new covenant scriptures to refer to what we do when assembled.  Take Acts 20:7, as an example.  “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to bread bread...”   

   Why didn’t Luke express himself like we do?  He would have said, “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to worship...”  Let me tell you why.  It is because they were not worshipping any more when assembled than before they assembled, and that is because their whole lives were worship.  When we set apart (sanctify) a certain place or structure “for worship services,” we tread the same road as did Israel when they set apart certain places and structures “for worship”—places and structures devised by them, not by God.  In this grace era, worship is in the heart.  We must not set apart any other place for worship other than the heart. 

    I see Jesus saying this in John 4.  He said the time would come (grace era) when worship would not take place at certain times and specific places, like under Moses, for then worship would be anytime and the place where we are.  We have arrived at that place and time when worship—service to our God—is incessant.   

    Not all truth has been captured.  But when we base our current practices and traditions on the notion that “it has always been that way, so it must be right,” we are saying that all truth has been discovered.  Nothing could be further from reality. 

Jack Snyder

FYI The earliest pre-Christians / Christians (Nazoreans) worshiped on the seventh day and celebrated on the eight day.  There is much evidence of this from the Aramaic writings, including the Epistle of Barnabas, which was in the NT until the church took it out for being too Hebraic.  The Sabbath was for worship and teaching  - Acts 15:21 (often overlooked).  The eighth day – the day after Sabbath – was celebrated as when Yahshua was discovered alive, and as a type of the 8th thousand-year period after Adam, when the perfected world would be handed over to the Father.

There are a number of very early works (before believers went to churches and called themselves Christians) that either imply or outrightly state this two-day way.  And of course, so does Luke with Acts 15:21 and 20:7 – the first always overlooked and the second always quoted. 

Look at an unmodified literal translation of the Greek of 20:7!

En de  te    mia  ton sabbaton sunegmenon hemon . . .       
In  but the  one  the Sabbath  gathering      they . . .  

The first day of the week” is actually nowhere to be found in the Greek text.  “First Day” is “te hemera te protos.”

The same structure is used in 1 Corinthians 16:2

Kata                mian sabbatou     hekastos  humon
According(ly)   one   of sabbath   every one  of you

It was considered unseemly to collect money on the Sabbath in those early days.  It is the tradition of the Christian church to translate far too much into the scripture.  Mia ton sabbaton (may mean in an idiomatic sense) the first day of the week, but even at that, mia does not mean the number 1 or first at all.  It’s more accepted meaning is ‘lone’ or ‘lonely.’

However, the eighth day is mentioned a lot.  Here is a couple verses from my new translation of the Sinaiticus Greek, the earliest NT text we have, from Barnabas:

15

:1 Moreover, it is written in the Ten Words about the Shabbat, that Yahweh spoke to Moshe face to face on Mount Sinai:

Sanctify the Shabbat of Yahweh with pure hands and heart![1]

2 And in another place he says,

If my sons will keep my Shabbatot, I will place my mercy on them.[2]

3 He also speaks of the Shabbat in the beginning of the creation:

And Elohim made the works of his hands in six days and finished them on the seventh day, on which he rested and sanctified.[3]

4 Consider, my children, the significance of the words,

He finished them in six days.

They mean this: that in six thousand years Yahweh will make an end of all evil, for a day is as a thousand years with him. He witnesses personally to me, saying:

Behold this day: a day will be as a thousand years.[4]

So, my children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, will all be evil brought to an end.[5]

 5 And the words,

He rested on the seventh day;

they mean that after his Son came, ceasing the time of the lawless one,[6] and when he has judged the unrighteous and changed the sun, moon, and stars, then he will rest well on the seventh day.

8 Further, Yahweh says to them,

Your new moons and your Shabbatot I cannot stand.[7]

See, now, what he means. The present Shabbatot observed are not acceptable to me. Only that which I have fashioned will be acceptable.  On my shabbat, after setting all to rest, I will fashion the beginning of an eighth day – the beginning of another world.

9 Even so, let us celebrate on the eight day,[8] in which Yahshua arose out of death, appeared publicly, and ascended into heaven![9]

 

The Teaching of the Eight Days

From The Letter of Bar Naba to his Sons and Daughters
(c) 2008 Jackson Snyder; get it here.

 The Scriptures speak of seven days of Salvation History.  It says little about what happened before the first day and what is to come on the eighth.  Throughout the text of Scripture, the eighth day is of great importance: it is the day of circumcision, the great day of the feasts, the day of the acceptable offering, the number of days needed by the Hasmoneans to cleanse the temple, the believers broke bread.

It has long been believed that the creation story is a type or parallel of salvation history, with each day of creation representing a thousand years of history.

Psalms 90:3,4. You bring human beings to the dust, by saying, "Return, children of Adam."  A thousand years are to you like a yesterday that has passed, like a watch of the night.

 

2 Peter 3:8. There is one thing, my dear friends, that you must never forget: that with Yahweh, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

Further, that the world would be under Satan’s rule for 4 days (4000 years), that the Messiah would come at the beginning of the fifth day, and that he would return in the seventh day.  The seventh day, or seventh set of a thousand years, would be the Millennium (cilioi) of peace, evangelistic activity, and severe but equitable judgment.

Barnabas tells us that his sect observed the Sabbath of Yahweh, but looked forward to a Millennium of peace by setting off the eighth day to rejoice in fellowship –

in six thousand years Yahweh will make an end of all evil, for a day is as a thousand years with him. ...

So, my children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, will all be evil brought to an end. ... And the words, He rested on the seventh day; they mean that after his Son came, ceasing the time of the lawless one, and when he has judged the unrighteous and changed the sun, moon, and stars, then he will rest well on the seventh day.  (Barnabas 15:4,5)

He then quotes another prophetic source:

(Yahweh says:) “The present Shabbatot observed are not acceptable to me. Only that which I have fashioned will be acceptable.  On my Shabbat, after setting all to rest, I will fashion the beginning of an eighth day – the beginning of another world.”

 (Barnabas says:) Even so, let us celebrate on the eight day, in which Yahshua arose out of death, appeared publicly, and ascended into heaven!  (Barnabas 15:8,9)

Some scholars see this new world of the eighth day as the invention of Barnabas; however, reference to it is made in other sacred documents, as well as Christian commentaries.  Consider 2 Enoch 33:1:

(Yahweh says:) I appointed the eighth day also, that the eighth day should be the first-created after my work,
and that the first seven revolve in the form of the seventh thousand, and that at the beginning of the eighth thousand there should be a time of not-counting, endless, with neither years nor months nor weeks nor days nor hours.

There is also a tacit reference to the eighth day type in the New Testament:

Acts 2:46. Each day, with one heart, they regularly went to the Temple but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously.

Acts 20:7. On the first day of the week we met for the breaking of bread. Paul was due to leave the next day, and he preached a sermon that went on till the middle of the night.

The Acts 2 passage speaks of daily gathering in Temple and homes. The Acts 20 passage is one of the “we” testaments, and given greater authenticity.

In summary, we can say that covenanters with Yahweh knew what thousand-year “day” they were living in, knew when Messiah was to come (Daniel 12:10ff), and recognized him on the fifth day (John 1:1-5).  After the ascension, this information became public (as in Barnabas 15), and Covenanters (for the most part) kept immaculate records of time.[1]  In our day, not a few ‘sectarians’ understand that when the seven thousand years are completed, Yahshua the Messiah will turn over a perfected world to the Heavenly Father (Revelation 22).

Some are even aware that we are now in the 7th day, since six thousand years of Salvation History has passed. The seventh day is the Millennium.  For more information on this timely subject, visit http://www.jacksonsnyder.com/arc/2001/Millennium-Now.htm.


 

[1] With the exception of Rab. Akiba in the second century, who set the calendar back 240 years.  This ‘setback’ has not yet been mended, so when looking to the Jewish calendar, we should add 240 years.


[1] Exodus 20:8; Deuteronomy 5:12; Psalms 24:4.

[2] Cf. Exodus 31:13-17; Jeremiah 17:24; Isaiah 56:2ff.

[3] Genesis 2:2,3.

[4] Also saying it to (2) Peter (3:8).

[5] See Appendix B: The Teaching of the Eight Days.

[6] lawless, lawless one or lawlessness.

[7] Isaiah 1:13.

[8] See the appendix, “The Eight Day.”

[9] Vs. 9: a difficult passage:

    dio kai  agomen    thn  ¢emeran  thn  ogdohn eis   eufrosunhn,
     so   and   let us go    the    day           the      eighth     into    rejoicing

      en   h       kai   ¢o   IhsouV anesth   ek       nekrwn   kai  fanepwqeiV
      in which   even  the   Iesous     arose        out      (of) death  and   appeared

         anebh       eis  ouranouV.  
           ascended     into sky (heaven).