To start our study, we go to https://www.blueletterbible.org/ , a very well known, and respected bible study website. We type in the word "Sabbath". We come to https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=sabbath&t=KJV#s=s_primary_0_1 It says the first verse in the KJV bible that uses the word "Sabbath" is Exodus 16:23. I cursor over the word "tools" and click on "interlinear". It says that "sabbath" comes from H7676. We click on "H7676". We come to this page: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7676&t=KJV . It says "Strong's H7676 - shabbath". It shows how the word looks in what people call the "Hebrew" language, which is actually Assyrian Aramaic. The Jews admit that their language is not their original native tongue but rather is actually Assyrian Aramaic which they learned during the Assyrian and Babylonian captivity. This is a fact of history as well as stated in the bible. For more information and proof concerning the well documented fact that the "Hebrew" language is actually Assyrian, Please click here . We can see very clearly that "sabbath/shabbath" is an Assyrian Aramaic word. It's written in what they call the "Assyrian script". It is not true original Hebrew. Let's also look at another very trust worthy website concerning H7676. http://www.studylight.org/lexicons/hebrew/hwview.cgi?n=7676 Under the section entitled "Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition", it says Quote: "noun feminine Exodus 31:41+ and masculine Isaiah 66:2,6 (under influence of יוֺם in frequent ׳יוֺם הַשּׁ, Albr ZAW xvi (1896), 47) sabbath ( = ת + שׁבת; Late Hebrew שַׁבָּת, Aramaic שַׁבְּתָא, ; perhaps Assyrian sabattum i.e. propitiation of deity: only in lexical Tablets); compare Lotz Quaest. de hist. Sabbati, 1883 Jen ZA iv (1889), 274ff. (doubts connection of Assyrian word with Hebrew Sabbath)". Unquote.
So it basically says that someone doubts the Assyrian connection. Yet when I have searched for "origin of the word Sabbath", "Paleo-Hebrew word for Sabbath", "Greek word for Sabbath", "Hebrew word for Sabbath", "Proto-Canaanite word for sabbath" and "Phoenician word for sabbath", the very earliest origin of the word sabbath that I can possibly find is Assyrian. Everything that I have found indicates an Assyrian origin. There is no proof that the Israelites ever used the word "sabbath" before the Assyrian captivity.
Now let's go back to Blue-Letter-Bible page on H7676.
It says that the "Root Word (Etymology)" is from H7673. We click on H7673. We come to "Strong's H7673 - shabath". https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=H7673&t=KJV. It says "KJV Translation Count Total: 71x".
Outline of Biblical Usage
to cease, desist, rest
to rest, desist (from labour)
(Niphal) to cease
to cause to cease, put an end to
to exterminate, destroy
to cause to desist from
to cause to fail
So already, this is becoming surprising! Why does "Sabbath" come from "Shabath": "to exterminate, destroy"?
I am sorry that I have to go back and forth between pages, but to get all of the information that we can get about these words, we must look at several sources. To get the exact verses where the word "sabbath" means to destroy or exterminate, let's go to http://www.studylight.org/lexicons/hebrew/hwview.cgi?n=07673 In the section marked "Brown-Driver-Briggs Expanded Definition", it says "2 = exterminate, destroy: with accusative 2 Kings 23:5,11; Amos 8:4 (Now conjectures העשׁקים), Hosea 1:4; Psalm 8:3; Psalm 119:119; with accusative + מִן, Jeremiah 36:29, מִן הָאָרֶץ Leviticus 26:6 (H), Ezekiel 34:25; אלילים Ezekiel 30:13; Deuteronomy 32:26."
When we examine in detail, each one of these verses, we do confirm that H7673 is being used to mean "put down", "did away", "do away", "put an end", "removed", "cease" as in the context of cease to exist, "eliminate or destroy", "will cause the evil beasts to cease", "And make the images cease from Memphis" and "I will cut them to pieces I will remove the memory of them from men". In none of these cases, does it mean to observe a Holy Day, but rather is in the context of removal or destruction.
In my in-depth search for the origin of the word "sabbath", I found this page: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3157542?seq=3#page_scan_tab_contents where it proclaims that the word Sabbatu was known to the Assyrians and that it came from the Accadians, the people who were in Babylon before the "Assyrian Empire". According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akkadian_Empire, "One of the earliest references to the Akkadians is in Genesis 10:10, which states that Nimrod is the founder of Akkad". "Many of the more recent insights on the Akkadian Empire have come from excavations in the Upper Khabur area in northeastern Syria". "After the fall of the Akkadian Empire, the Akkadian people of Mesopotamia eventually coalesced into two major Akkadian speaking nations: Assyria in the north, and, a few centuries later, Babylonia in the south". In other words, the Akkadians were the first Assyrians under Nimrod and Asshur! In fact, the letters c, k and s were interchangeable at that time and was an easy transition from "Akkadian" to "Assyrian".
One of the most revealing references that I was able to find to the earliest use of the word sabbath was from the following webpage:
Quote: "Counting from the new moon, the Babylonians celebrated every seventh day as a "holy-day", also called an "evil-day" (meaning "unsuitable" for prohibited activities) . On these days officials were prohibited from various activities and common men were forbidden to "make a wish", and at least the 28th was known as a "rest-day". On each of them, offerings were made to a different god and goddess, apparently at nightfall to avoid the prohibitions: Merodach and Ishtar on the 7th, Ninlil and Nergal on the 14th, Sin and Shamash on the 21st, and Enki and Mah on the 28th.
The Babylonians additionally celebrated the 19th as a special "evil day", the "day of anger", because it was roughly the 49th day of the (preceding) month, completing a "week of weeks". Sacrifices were offered to Ninurta and the day dedicated to Gula, and it may be supposed that prohibitions were strengthened. Further, reconstruction of a broken tablet seems to define the rarely attested Sapattum or Sabattum as the full moon. This word is cognate or merged with Hebrew Shabbat, but is monthly rather than weekly; it is regarded as a form of Sumerian sa-bat ("mid-rest"), attested in Akkadian as um nuh libbi ("day of mid-repose"). According to Marcello Craveri, Sabbath "was almost certainly derived from the Babylonian Shabattu, the festival of the full moon, but, all trace of any such origin having been lost, the Hebrews ascribed it to Biblical legend." This conclusion is a contextual restoration of the damaged En'ma Eli' creation account, which is read as: "[Sa]bbath shalt thou then encounter, mid[month]ly." Unquote.
In other words, "sabbath" was an Assyrian/Babylonian word in reference to the lunar Sabbath days on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th days of each lunar month starting with the new crescent moon. This is a very popular Hebrew roots observance known as the "Lunar Sabbath". Jesus told me very strongly a couple of years ago to beware of such people who promote the theory of a lunar sabbath on these specific days. (Click here for the article about lunar sabbaths) Now, He has given me solid evidence that the lunar sabbaths with their origin with the pagan Assyrian and Babylonian worship of the moon god and other false gods or demons! The Assyrians & Babylonians observed their lunar sabbaths (as opposed to the 7th day) with a day of rest to appease the pagan gods. The Assyrians/Babylonians also observed the 15th day of the month in worship of the full moon which I have also seen in the Hebrew roots movement. The Assyrians/Babylonians worshipped the 14th as the "eve" of the full moon. They observed the days from evening to evening, or sunset to sunset, which was a pagan practice that the captured Israelites adopted. (See proof that sunset to sunset is a pagan practice of Assyria & Babylon and that the Jews learned it from them) The Israelites started using the word "sabbath" in Assyria & Babylon when they began adopting the Assyrian language, customs, traditions, calendar and religion, during their captivities.
From this above source, we learn that in Hinduism and Buddhism, they also celebrate/sacrifice on new moon, full moon and quarter moons, including the 15th and 14th.
"Ahalla" = greet new moon, connected with the Hebrew words used of any festal joy.
Shabbatt means "to sever", "to put an end to", " to desist", "to come to an end".
Shabbath means "the divider". Perhaps to put a stop to the week. To divide the month.
It cannot be translated as "day of rest".
My research shows that the word "Sabbath" refers to pagan worship and sacrifice on certain days of the month and year, in connection with the moon, sun, stars and planets and harvest times including the spring, summer, autumn and winter solstices. In fact, the witches and satanists use the word "sabbat" for all of their "holy" days such as Halloween, May Day, Christmas and Easter, which they rightfully recognize as their days, and not as Christian days. Pagans (Assyrians, Babylonians & modern day traditional religious denominations of man) still have sabbaths of rest on these pagan days of Christmas, etc. All of these days are very easily proven and documented to be ancient Assyrian and Babylonian Sabbaths, even as they remain to be satanic witchcraft sabbaths to this very day.
The above source shows that the Phoenician word for Saturn was "shabbat". Although the author is an atheist who takes the facts of history concerning corrupt pagan worship and tries to use these facts as proof that there is no god, we still cannot deny the facts that he presents concerning recorded and documented history. The fact is that the word "sabbath" originated with the worship of the moon, sun, stars, constellations, solstices and planets. One of the chief pagan deities was Saturn which was called "Shabbath". They worshipped Saturn via the Sabbath of Saturnalia, especially between the times of Dec.17-Jan.6. Witches and satanist still do this today. http://forward.com/articles/9794/the-sabbath-planet/ also confirms that "sabbath" refers to Saturn. According to http://spoilednyc.com/2015/11/30/holiday-tree-lighting-ceremonies-nyc/, the Romans used Fir Trees (Evergreens) to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. The fact is Xmas was originally Saturnalia. Christmas is still one of the highest sabbath days of pagans, witches and satanist. They literally call Christmas a sabbath. This is in honor of Saturn, also known as Zeus, Nimrod, Asshur, Tammaz and Apollo. According to http://www.historytoday.com/matt-salusbury/did-romans-invent-christmas, "It was a public holiday celebrated around December 25th in the family home. A time for feasting, goodwill, generosity to the poor, the exchange of gifts and the decoration of trees. But it wasn't Christmas. This was Saturnalia, the pagan Roman winter solstice festival".
My research also shows that "Father time" and "father Christmas" is Santa Claus. He is Saturn. He is Nimrod. He is also literally known as "Father Destroyer"! New years is connected. The celebration of Jan.1 as "New Years" is very easily proven to be a continuation of the pagan Saturnalia Christmas Sabbath. History shows that the true new year starts in March-April and it was changed to Jan.1 in order to extent the Christmas season. Each year, millions of people watch a clock or else an apple idol made of many pagan symbolic triangles to watch time march from one year to another which is directly connected to the worship of "Father Time", Santa Claus, Saturn, Satan, the devil himself.
Although the word "sabbath" is not seen in this English translation, when we examine each word in Strong's concordance, the word "rest" is actually H7673, "shabath", which is the Assyrian pagan word. So then, let's look at the Greek Septuagint (LXX). Looking at Gen.2:2 at http://www.studylight.org/desk/interlinear.cgi?search_form_type=interlinear&q1=Genesis+2&ot=lxx&nt=wh&s=0&t3=str_kjv&ns=0, the true Greek Paleo-Hebrew word for rest in this verse is G2664 katapauō. The word for seventh is G1442 hebdomos. It does not use the word "sabbath" in this specific verse.
The first time that the word "sabbath" appears in the English translation of KJV is Exodus 16:23.
And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
"Rest" is Strong's H7677 - shabbathown. "Sabbath" is Strong's H7676 - shabbath. Both Assyrian pagan words.
In the Greek Septuagint, it says it's G372 anapausis for rest, and the Greek 4521 sabbaton that comes from H7676 for sabbath. So it refers back to Assyrian. In Exodus 20:8, in the 10 Commandments, it says "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy". The word for "sabbath" in the LXX is G4521, still referring back to what we know is Assyrian. This is because the Greek Septuagint was the Greek language translation of the Assyrian Targum, the only bible that was allowed by the Assyrian speaking Jews until the Greek Septuagint came to be. Although the LXX replaced many pagan Assyrian Islamic words, it was not a perfect translation. It was the best translation available in the time of Jesus and the Apostles, but still not a perfect translation.
Most of the original Paleo-Hebrew scriptures were destroyed. We do not have any complete Paleo-Hebrew scrolls of the scriptures. We only have small fragments in limited number of Paleo-Hebrew scriptural manuscripts. In all of my research, I have not been able to find any proof that the word "sabbath", or a variation of it, appeared in any Paleo-Hebrew scroll of scripture. I have looked repeatedly and all evidence leads to only Assyrian/Akkadian origins of the word "sabbath".
How do we know whether that G4521 is a Greek adoption of an Assyrian pagan word or not?
Does "sabbath" in all of these verses really refer back to pagan worship of Saturn and other occult worship?
Why do witches and satanist use the word "sabbath" for all of their evil holidays of human and animal sacrifice? Why is it related to moon worship? Sabattu was even considered by the Babylonians to be the evil day of the moon goddess Ishta. It's even related to the pagan holiday of Easter. How can we believe that we can use the same word for the true Holy days of Jesus and the pagan holidays of the devil?
Recently, before doing any research on this topic of the origin of the word, when I heard the word "sabbath", I got a discernment of paganism. I believe that I heard The Holy Spirit say that it is pagan. I did the research and found that the Assyrian origins of the word "sabbath" ties together the truth about the pagan lunar moon sabbaths, Saturn, Christmas, New Years, Santa Claus, Father Time, Nimrod, Asshur and the Assyrian language. It ties so much together that it's difficult to ignore!
I understand that the word "Sabbath" appears in the Greek Septuagint and in the New Testament. I am not turning against obeying the Ten Commandments including the 7th Day of Rest and Assembly. I will always and forever keep the 7th Day Rest and Assembly and teach it until the New Heavens and New Earth when there will no longer be any night and no longer any separate days. Before releasing this article, I waited to hear more from Jesus, to test myself, to test and examine the evidence, to pray and to seek. I did not rush to release this article on the very first day that I first completed it. But I felt The Holy Spirit encouraging me to release it. I was driving downtown and noticed that a car directly in front of me was a "Saturn" brand automobile. Of course I have seen Saturn's before, but not very often. To see one directly in front of me at this particular timing, seemed to be a confirmation. Then I noticed that the words "Akkadian" and "Akkadian Language" kept coming up in articles on other topics. I have been researching the Assyrian language for 2-3 years now and have never noticed it before, but now it's popping up several times ever since The Holy Spirit impressed upon me to look up the origin of the word "sabbath". But the Akkadian (ancient Assyrian) language is coming up now even when I am not looking up "sabbath" or "Assyrian". It's definitely confirmation. Then I was working on translating Exodus 7 for the release of the Alpha and Omega Bible and learned that the ancient Egyptians called the Nile River "Father of the gods" and "Father of life". Well, that goes right along with the subject of Saturn and the fact that pagans call Santa Claus "Father Time" and "Father Christmas". Everything is getting tied together with the pagan roots of the word "sabbath".
Jesus is the word of God and He spoke all things into existence. There is great power in words. The weapons of our warfare include the word of God and His scripture and truth. The devil knows the word of God and scripture and has always twisted it. He is basically trying to sabotage our swords! So we must clean, polish and sharpen our swords! We cannot ignore all of the evidence! Wow! Jesus just gave me that word "sabotage". He put the word "sabotage" into my mind and fingers to type! Then after writing it, it came into my mind that it's the same word as "sabbath" and so I looked it up and sure enough, it says that in Arabic (a dialect of Syrian Aramaic) it's the word "sabbat", meaning destroy! Source. So now I have received a major confirmation!
So then what do we say, if we cannot say "sabbath"?
When we read scripture and it says "sabbath", how should we say it?
Answer: When referring to the weekly 7th day, we should say "7th Day of Rest & Assembly".
When referring to the annual holy days such as Pentecost and Tabernacles, we should say "Festival", "festivals" or "Holy Day". Notice that it's the "Festival" of Tabernacles, not Sabbaths of Tabernacles.
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