As we have seen, many christianese phrases, such as “the Lord’s house” (in reference to a “church” building), or a “worship service” (regarding meetings they hold in said “church” building) come from a complete lack of spiritual understanding that began when christianity was invented by rejecting and abolishing the Father’s traditions (Sabbaths, wedding traditions, temple ordinances and practices, etc.).
When Messiah Yahoshua spoke of “worship” in reference to the physical temple in Jerusalem (John 4:24), it was because that is where the physical covenant was housed, as a physical foreshadow of the spiritual covenant (Holy Spirit) indwelling the spiritual temple (Messiah’s bride).
So, Messiah told the Samaritan woman that a day was coming in which those who are Yah’s people will have what the physical covenant (Ten Commandments) foreshadowed placed within them—the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
We also looked at the meaning of the word “worship,” and there are actually two different things in the scripture that get translated as “worship.” One means to bow down in reverence to (to venerate), and the other simply means to work, or to labor.
Now, we know from scriptures like Acts 7:48 and 17:24 that Elohim does not dwell in physical buildings (because the real substance of the physical temple has been revealed in Messiah’s bride (1 Corinthians 6:19). So, claims of meeting in “the Lord’s house” when referring to a “church” building, are just spiritual rubbish—false teachings and lack of spiritual understanding, just as claiming an event in a “church” building is what “worship” is.
The entire construct of “church” is a false one, derived from Circe, the daughter of the sun god (who is ultimately Baal), and the idea that one can change the ordained days of Yah to be whatever man decides (changing the seventh-day Sabbath to the first day of the week—the SUNday) is blatant rebellion against the Father (just as the sin Jeroboam was guilty of).
Being false constructs, and knowing that Messiah said that those who worship Yah must do so in spirit and in TRUTH, there is no way the Holy Spirit has any part in calling a “church” building the “house of the Lord,” nor in calling the first day of the week “the Lord’s day.” Those are false teachings from christianity, the counterfeit of the true faith.
The idea of worship has nothing to do with a building nor with an event in a building. True worship is to reverence Yah above all else, and to work to further His kingdom (Yah’s kingdom on earth is His temple—Messiah’s bride, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit). The “Lord’s house” on the earth is Messiah’s bride, and the way she is supposed to work advancing the kingdom everyday is “worship.”
Peter gives us a perfect admonition of true worship in 1 Peter 3:15. But sanctify Yah Elohim in your hearts [reverence, veneration]: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear [work to advance Yah’s kingdom].
And, what answer is one to give that explains the hope that is in him who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit? Well, feelings are not evidence. A decision that someone made is not evidence. Verses in scripture, which are instruction ABOUT salvation, are not evidence of anything that has actually been placed within an individual.
1 John 5:10 tells us that those who are seen by the Father as “believers” have the “witness” in them (the Greek word there means “evidence”). Evidence must be something that is substantive. And, Paul tells us in Romans 8:16 that the Holy Spirit Himself testifies to our spirit that we are children of Yah.
So, how does the Holy Spirit testify to the spirit of man? Just look throughout ALL of scripture to see how He does that (hint: He never changes). Look through the writings of all the prophets to see how He testified to their spirit.
Look to the very day the Holy Spirit was poured out as the New Covenant to all mankind (not just to the physical Jews), when Peter declared exactly how the Holy Spirit testifies to the spirit of man in Acts 2:17.
THIS is worship. It has nothing to do with a man-made building, but the true tabernacle of the Holy Spirit, who is Messiah’s bride. It is in the primary objective of loving and reverencing Yah above all else, and then going about His kingdom’s work every waking minute of every day. It has nothing to do with an event on a particular day of the week held at some reverenced temple, as the pagans did during the New Testament era.
No, what is commanded about Yah’s weekly Sabbath (the seventh day of the week) has NEVER changed. It was never established as a primary form of “worship,” but as a part of the overall life of worship a believer lives. The Sabbath is commanded as a day of rest and of HOLY CONVOCATION, which is just another word for “rehearsal.”
Rest and fellowship with other actual believers (not in name only—but those who are truly led by the Holy Spirit) is what is commanded for one day of the believer’s week of worship. It is not a “worship service.” It is rest and fellowship done on the ordained day of the week that is included in one’s life of worship, which is what he is to do every day.
The “rehearsal” (convocation) is of Yah’s people in fellowship in Yah’s house, which, in eternity, is the New Jerusalem—the temple within the new heaven. It is the union of the Bridegroom and bride (who is sealed by the Holy Spirit), indwelt by the glory of the Father, which shines down on the new earth below, and the new earth will be the dwelling place of most people in eternity. Messiah’s bride Y’isra-el IS the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2).
For more information: Messiah’s Bride Is Not the “Church”