Re: [TheTrueSabbathsAndNewMoons] Day Begins at Dawn
- Shalom Yehochanan!Thank you Very Much for Kindly Sharing that Very Interesting Information.I am Very Glad that you are come to Understand that the actual beginning of the DAY is Very Early, at Dawn Twilight, when it is still Dark, and the Light just breaks out, BEFORE Sunrise, and that the DAY is when there is Light, and so the actual ending of the DAY is AFTER Sunset, at Dusk Twilight, when it is Dark.May YHWH (Yahweh) Bless our Insight of HIS Will and Word, THE TRUTH!True Love in YHWSU (Yahshua), The TRUE MashiYah (MessiYah),Carlo TognoniBYT YHWHThe Community of Yahweh of The Disciples of Yahshua===========================================================
From: Yehochanan Ben-Yisrael <yehochanan@...>
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 10:59:24 AM
Subject: [TheTrueSabbathsAndNewMoons] Day Begins at Dawn
I found an interesting article in the Zohar that explains why the day begins at dawn. I will not respond to any inquiries about the Zohar. I only post this to avoid plagarism and to show that the New Testament was written in a way that was understood by Jews at that time. And will will find out that it was only the aristocracy that adhered to Babylonian judiasm, not the masses. In fact, only the highly skilled people were exiled to Babylon.
There was no mass exodus of millions of Jews to Babylon. The ones who remained in Babylonian occupation keep the original way while the aristocracy that returned from Babylon adopted the foreign ways. Most of the Zohar must be explained by a trained teacher just like the New Testament. It is not intended for baby or just the average joe. It messes people up just like Paul's writings. Pual was of the lineage of Gamaliel as is the Zohar writers. So, the same warning that applies to Paul's writngs also apply to the Zohar. This is one article that But, it does contain one article is accessible to everyone.
So, I will post a few parts that shed some light on a discussion we had a few months ago concerning the beginning of the day. The Zohar explains that the begin of the day is at first light and it explains why. First light is shachar, which is before the morning, which is boqer. Unfortunately, the popular translations of the Bible interchange the translation of shachar with both the words morning and dawn, confusing the issue.
You can read the whole thing at this link in Aramaic and Hebrew.https://www. kabbalah. com/k/index. php/p=zohar/ zohar&vol=10&sec=358#3535
90. "And he said: 'Let me go, for the day breaks'. And he said: 'I will not let you go, unless you bless me'" (Beresheet 32:27). Rabbi Yehuda quoted the verse: "Who is she that looks out like the dawn, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?" (Shir Hashirim 6:10). Although this verse has been taught, "Who is she that looks," refers to Yisrael, at the time when the Holy One, blessed be He, will raise them and bring them out of exile. He will first open a tiny, very thin aperture of light for them. Then HE WILL OPEN FOR THEM a slightly larger opening, until the Holy One, blessed be He, opens wide the supernal gates of the four directions of the world.
91. Everything that the Holy One, blessed be He, does to the children of Yisrael and the righteous among them is done in this way, TO ACHIEVE REDEMPTION LITTLE BY LITTLE instead of all at once. THIS IS SIMILAR TO a person who always dwells in the dark. To give him light, first we should shine upon him a small light, thin as a needle, and then a slightly stronger one, and so on until full light shines upon him.
There, we see that shachar represent the new day, as we first come out of darkness into the Light of Mashiach. The day does not start when Light is already present. This is just a glimmer of light first. This is the beginning. It does not make sense for a new day to begin when light is already present. So, this argument follows the same pattern of the new month with begins at the point when the moon appears dark and it beginning to receive light.
And this makes sense in light of the sacrificial system. We arise at shachar/dawn/ daybreak. Yet, at boqer/morning, we did the first sacrifice. The time in between is the time we prepared for the sacrifice. But, that is why the concept of shachar and boqer are important in Torah practice.
Now, let's look at what the New Testament says about this.
John 20:1And on the first day of the week Mary of Magdala comes in early morn to the tomb, while it was still dark, and sees the stone taken away from the tomb.
So, the reason I post this explanation from the Zohar is that at first light, it is consider still dark, since darkness is still very dominant. In the morning, there is the light dominates. However, we begin the day at shachar because light has preeminence over darkness. If there is light, then it is considered day. The light does not tie or lose to darkness. When light is present, it is day. It is only night when there is no light.
It continues on.
92. This is true for Yisrael, as it is written, "Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you be increased" (Shemot 23:30). It is also true for a man who is recuperating. He does recover all at once, but becomes well little by little. This is not so for Esav, for he received illumination at one time, and it was lost to him little by little, and will continue until Yisrael become stronger and wipe him from this world and the world to come. Because AT FIRST, light shone on him instantly, he was completely destroyed. However, the light of Yisrael shines brighter, little by little, until they are strong. Then the Holy One, blessed be He, will shine on them forever.
94. Come and behold: in the early morning, it is dark and the light is concealed. Then, the morning begins to light up. It shines little by little until the light reaches its full strength. Similarly, the Holy One, blessed be He, will shine on the Congregation of Yisrael. First He will shine like the dawn, which is black, then "fair as the moon," and later, "clear as the sun." Eventually He will shine "terrible as an army with banners."
95. Come and behold: IT IS LITERALLY WRITTEN that "dawn has gone up," rather than 'day breaks'. This is because when dawn comes, the minister OF ESAV grows stronger and attacks Ya'akov. This act enables Esav to recover and grow stronger.
96. But as the darkness of dawn emerges, the light comes and Ya'akov becomes stronger, for it is his time to shine, as it is written: "And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he limped upon his thigh" (Beresheet 32:32). Thus, "the sun rose upon him," because it was the time to shine.
So, we see above yet another example why the Jews used to kill the Kabbalists. Because their teachings were similar to Paul's and they continues the correct teaching from Rabbi Gamaliel. And we see, they did not accept the Babylonian way. Let's read a little about Gamaliel.
Acts 5:34But a certain man , a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, held in honour of all the people, rose up in the council, and commanded to put the men out for a short while,
Acts 22:3*I* am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at the feet of Gamaliel, educated according to the exactness of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, as *ye* are all this day;
The Kabbalists followed the lineage of Gamaliel. Gamaliel was not a mainstream rabbinical Jew. Paul would be a liar if he said that Gamaliel taught his the Torah perfectly and then later said that this way was wrong. If we read the following verses closely, you will see that he is saying that he took Torah observance to the extreme to the point of persecuting believers in Yeshua.
The point is that it is incorrect to lump all Jews in one box as I see done in this forum all the time. Orthodox Judaism did not become fixed until 600CE, long after Gamaliel. The New Testament speak only of the Jews in power at that time, not all Jews. At that time, there were many sects. There were even fringe sects like the Essenes. So, the point is that Gamaliel was respected by those who first read the New Testament texts. And it is in the language of this lineage that the New Testament is written.
The reason I mention all of that is to show that John 20:1 above is acknowledged in the correct Jewish lineage of that time as meaning dawn. John 20:1 described dawn in the exact way that the lineage of Gamaliel describes it. And this lineage is called correct by Paul in terms of Torah observance.
So, where did rabbinical Judaism come from and how did it get so popular. First, from influence from the Greeks and Babylonians and--later-- the Roman Catholic Christian church. Those who did not agree were known as Kabbalists. They had to go underground. Those who did not were killed. Since they did not speak out in public, a lot of foul things were said against them such as they practiced witchcraft and other things. The bottom line is the fact that they taught against rabbinical Judaism and the simple mechanical keeping of commandments. These are the Jews that Paul is speaking about in this verse.
Romans 11:4-5 But what says the divine answer to him? I have left to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed knee to Baal. 5 Thus, then, in the present time also there has been a remnant according to election of grace.
Hence, these are the one who practiced Torah correctly but did not acknowledge or reject Yeshua. Concerning them, Paul says that they were given a spirit of slumber for reasons he explains in rest of the chapter. The point is that he says that these Jews did not bow the knee to Baal as the majority sect of Jews did by intermixing paganism with authentic Torah practice. These Jews did not worship in the Babylonian way. It is their teachings that are in the Zohar.
I hope I did not open a can a worms. The ONLY POINT of this post is to show that at the time of Yeshua, the day was considered to begin at dawn when it is still dark as John 20:1 says. That clearly shows that the beginning the week is at dawn, not evening or night. Rather, it is at the time the night looses it strenght.
And to this day, the Jewish Kabbalists follow the Gamaliel tradition which was not the at the forefront at that time. In fact, Josephus says that they were at least six sects of Pharisees at that time--NOT ONE GROUP. Pharisee is perushi in Hebrew which means an ascetic/separated one.
So, if you respond to this, please limit it to the subject at hand--that being--that the day begins at dawn. Anything else can be posted in a different thread with a different subject heading. I only mention the Jewish Kabbalists to show that they were highly respected at that time, that Gamaliel is in the lineage of the Kabbalists (knows as Perushiym back then), and that this group Paul came from keep Torah properly. These are the ones who first received Yeshua and whom the New Testament was first given to. And this is why it says the first of the week begin when it was still dark. This does not mean night but at the point when the light first begins to shine.