Rules for those traditional
1) To make difference between what is holy and what is profane! Modern “Christian” world has fully forgotten this difference, but this goes side by side with total amorality acknowledging nothing holy. The West has become emphatically “laic” sice the “liberation” by the French revolution with its guillotine “truth”, democratically defined by “the majority of votes”.
Abrahamic Truth is G-d, the Single One. Everything revealed by G-d is holy. Any sacriledge ruins persons who commit it. G-d demands not to mention His name in vain. One even never writes the word G-d fully in the Jewish tradition. This is especially important in our Satanic time when any printed thing can be polluted even deliberately. Therefore it is highly recommended to never write most holy words, as G-d, JHS, in their full form! It goes without saying that one should not dare to mention the Name (Tetragram) fully.
2) All Church commandments are in force as earlier;
3) Comprehending G-d’s Commandment of the Rest of the 7th Day (Sabbath) as Y-shua‘s “Rest from all His work” (Gen 2,2, but Isaiah 40,28 !) in Grave on Sabbath between His Death and Resurrection, one is obliged to keep the Sabbath of G-d, a Day of full Quietude of G-d, what is the first and the main of all celebrations ordained in Torah. Sabbath is celebrated from the sunset on Friday evening till 50 min. after the sunset on Saturday evening.
Messiah Y-shua‘ rigorously refuted all human-invented novations assigned to Sabbath by post-Babilonic rabbinic tradition. By contrast, He confirmed the eternity of Sabbath in coming days of Redemption in Mt 24,20, because this is namely Him Who has revealed the prophetic sense of Sabbath for Himself when He fulfilled Gen 2,2 with His Divine Rest in Grave after His Atoning Sacrifice before the Resurrection!
Sabbath was strictly kept by Apostle Paul and the first pupils of Y-shua‘ (Acts). The importance of Sabbath (sabbatismus) has been confirmed for the whole G-d’s people, of the past and of the future, in Hebrews 4,9, not only in Decalogue!
One seventh of the life of every true believer shoud be dedicated to G-d only!
To keep the Sabbath means:
to do nothing what creates something new, or what changes something previous except a) cooking (not buying!) food, b) rescuing own or others’ life, health or (in case of emergency) property icluding defence against military aggression, c) Bible studies and efforts dedicated to G-d (evangelization, church service, elucidation of faith orally, in writing, or in discussions).
It is strongly prohibited to do any everyday work, except religious, to buy or to sell something in shops, market-places or privately, to arrange own affairs, to go to theaters, cinemas or similar laic entertainments.
Whether to go to a restaurant or café, depends on own (and family’s, friends’) conscience, however nothing should be brought home.
No travel allowed without necessity not connected with own everyday occupation. The distance of promenade out of home should not be necessarily limited to that allowed by traditrional Halachah rules, however one should not make use of the urban traffic except it is urgent for health. It is undesirable to ride a bicycle even for a recreation.
To visit Satanic discotheques, “concerts” with “music”, to watch entertaining TV programs, or similar Satanism, as well as dancing, is absolutely excluded.
To listen to Jewish and traditional Christian religious music is welcome. Laic classical music is inapt.
The Sabbath is an allusion of G-d to the Rest of Y-shua‘ after His works and preaching between His Death and Resurrection. Then the Day of Resurrection follows which is the first day of the week according to original Jewish-Aramaic → Greek order of days of the week;
4) Every Messianic believer is obliged to celebrate on Sunday (the first day of the week, what is one of the Church commandments in turn) the Resurrection of our L-rd Messiah Y-shua‘. This is not a Bible feast since it is timeless but not a calendar one. Messianic weekly celebration of the first day of the week during community meetings corresponds to non-Jewish traditional Christian Easter feast.
To celebrate Resurrection of Messiah means to messianically continue celebration of the Sabbath, that is:
to participate in the Eucharist (Acts 20,7),
not to do any dirty work at home, not to do any brainwork for money. One can do charitable work without any reward except oral thanks.
The Sabbath Rest already kept, one may buy food in shops if necessary.
One may go to fair theaters or listen to laic classical music if it is not rebellious (as e.g. Wagner’s), or suicidal (as some works of Chaikovsky). It is also possible to participate in fair dancing parties if no pagan rituals are practiced there;
5) The meaning of the first day of the week, when G-d’s Rest is fulfilled in eschatologic Resurrection, is evident: the mystic “eighth day of the week” becomes fulfilment of the first day of the Creation: the first day of the week turns into the First Day of Re-Creation of the Universe!
Thus celebration of the seventh day does not negate celebration of the first day of the week, and vice versa. However it is Messianic Judaism only which is capable to unite both days into one Festival of both Covenants! Therefore, the Messianic Jews awake aspirations of surmounting both the Laodicean prohibition of celebrating Sabbath in 364, as well as Adventists’ criticism of Sunday as a pagan “day of the Sun“ allegedly introduced by “wicked Constantin” “instead of Sabbath” (!)
A sort of surmounting both extremities could be attained by shifting the Havdalah (“separation of the holy and laic time”) from the sunset at the end of Sabbath either to the sunset at the end of Sunday, or at least to the hour after the Sunday Eucharist (what can be celebrated at night after the sunset, when the first day of the week begins). In the latter case Havdalah becomes part of celebrating the first day of the week. Such joinder of Covenants would disembarass traditional Christians from theological “creative torments” unluckly violating text of the Decalogue. Messianic Jews should not be frightened to partly transgress the Jewish Sabbath tradition by broadening, because only to recognize Y-shua‘ as Messiah seems to have been the utmost of all possible transgressions already, as one can comprehend from this tradition;
6) Having joined the Messianic Jewish movement, the traditional Nicene Christians should keep celebrating their Church festivals side by side with celebration of the Torah-established and in the Tanakh mentioned Jewish holidays according to the Jewish calendar:
Pesah on Nisan 14/15 A Torah feast and „Great Thursday” Messianic feast of establishing the Eucharist during the Last Supper, when the remembrance of the Passover sacrificial lambs with their blood on door posts of Jewish houses (Exodus 12,7) was converted into remembrance of the eternal Lamb and His Redemptive Blood, but the remembrance of Exodus from the slavery in Egypt was broadened as exodus from the slavery of sin,
Shavu‘ot on Sivan 6-7, WEEKS (7) after Pesah A Torah and Messianic Pentecost feast confirming the fulfilment of Pesah by first fruits of the Promised Land, as well as by coming of the Holy Spirit to the Church,
Rosh Ha-Shanah on Tishri 1 A Torah feast of the New Year, counted traditionally since Creation of Adam,
Yom Kippur on Tishri 10 A Torah Day of redemptive Reconciliation between Israel and G-d through substitutional sacrifice, what allows Messianic believers to understand the Substitutional Sacrifice of Messiah, cf. Isaiah 53 (Yom Kippur is special time for repentance and renouncement of sinning and oaths),
Sukkot on Tishri 15-22 ending with Simhat Torah on Tishri 22 A Torah feast of Tabernacles, Messianic feast of restoring G-d’s Tent in human souls (Mathew 17,4); ends with celebration of finishing and beginning of annual reading of Torah and Gospel,
Hanukkah on Kislev 25 [2 Maccabees 10,5-8] feast of Purifying the Temple – feast of Gd’s Light: a Messianic feast of coming of the Light of Truth into the world, Proto-Christmas of the first Jewish Christians (celebration of birthdays was a heathen feature, only Temple festivals were celebrated by faithful Jews),
Purim on Adar 14-15 [Esther 9,27-28] feast of reliance upon G-d who redeems His people from any hopeless disaster.
Other Jewish holidays can be celebrated at own discretion. Celebrating in accordance with Jewish rites is welcome.
NB: Jewish feasts are not rejoicing in all cases, sometimes theyimplicate elements of fast, even on Pesah, however Yom Kippūr is an absolute fast and penitence ;
7) Similarly to the feasts, all traditional Christian fasts are kept in own churches as earlier in accordance with Church commandments, however Jewish fasts (especially those of Yom Kippur and the 9th of Av) are kept at own discretion. It is welcome for the Messianic Jews and Para-Messianic Christians to fast on Yom Kippur maintaining solidarity with the whole Jewish nation;
8) The beginning of every Jewish month should be hallowed by lighting candles with a corresponding prayer on the sunset of the last day of the previous month;
9) In accordance with G-d’s statutes, one should shy away from leavened or possibly leavened food during the whole week of the unleavened bread. Strictly kasher food is not obligatory (particularly while it is considered obligatory to be prepared and distributed by the Halacha Jews only), however one should not eat pork or food containing pork anyway. This is an exclusive feature of the Abrahamic faith (Judaic or Moslem), ordained by G-d and differentiating an Abrahamite from all the pagans (not to say that pork is unhealthy);
10) One should confess as a sin any breach of whatever own commitment undertook by joining the Messianic movement;
11) Christian men of the Jewish origin, or of gentile origin when they wish to belong to the Jewish people physically and perform circumcision at a Messianic or a Halachah rabbi, should keep all keepable commandments of Torah additionally during all their remaining life (Galatians 30,3 and Acts 16,3, cf. also Acts 21,26), as this is done in families of traditional orthodox Jews. Nevertheless rules of the kasher food should not constrict realtions between the Messianic Jews and those Christians of the gentile origin who have joined the Messianic movement. It is not reprehensible to get kasher matzos or wine from the Halachah Jews anyway. However it would be unethical to intercept rules of kasher kitchen utensils because such rules are absent in Torah, they are useless for Salvation and only create a partition between Messianic Jews and Christians of the gentile origin;
12) Halachah rules are not obligatory in any case. However one is welcome to take interest in them in order to perform Messianic commitments in the best way and to have affinity of behavior with those Messianic Jews who have grown up in Jewish traditions;
13) On the one hand, traditional Christians of the gentile origin, who join the Messianic movement, should comprehend how unacceptable is hallowing of symbols and images (as icons or statues) for all Jews (the Decalogue was proclaimed namely for them at the Mount of Sinai), however on the other hand, such Christians should avoid folk veneration of images or statues, as only possible, in spite of elevating the human nature on Divine level by the Incarnation of Y-shua‘ what has enable at least Christians of the gentile origin to have images and photos of people starting from Y-shua‘ Himself.
Besides that, when inside the Messianic movement, these Christians should understand that the symbols of Fish (ΙΧΘΥΣ – Y-shua‘ Messiah G-d’s Son Saviour) and Menora (the Church in Revelation) are older than those of Cross or of the Shield (Star) of David (in the sense of Judaism). Being not the oldest, in historic memory of the Jewish nation the sign of Cross, unfortunately, has negative connotations with persecutions, deportations, murder and pogroms, for what traditional Christianity was responsible.
Having joined the Messianic movement, Chrisians of the gentile origin should celebrate Jewish feasts praying with reverentially covered head (men with a kipa, women with a shawl or with own hairs covering ears). Paul’s notes in 1 Corinthians 11, 4-5, are addressed to gentiles, although also prescribe women to show meekness by covering their heads (ibid. 5-6, and 1 Timothy 2,11), however praying of men with an uncovered head can be comprehended as a sign of liberation of Jewish rules, not to mention random inconsistencies of Paul himself (cf. 2 Peter 3,16).