In some parts of Judaism it is taught that Shabbat is actually a person and that we should invite this person at the beginning of every Shabbat. This is actually a kabbalistic tradition and they illustrate Shabbat as a woman, a bride, a queen who should be invited and they call her “The Shekinah”. They then carry the Shekinah into the house just before Shabbat and welcome the divine feminine, the spirit of the female side of God. However what they call the Shekinah is NOT the real Shekinah (the real glory of God). This is actually a fallen spirit, which portrays herself as the feminine side of God, known as the Jezebel spirit, also known as Ashera, the Queen of Heaven. The pagan traditions of the feminine goddess have integrated into kabbalah and also polluted many Jewish traditions. Inviting her openly into your house for Shabbat is NOT a good idea, and gives permission to the Jezebel spirit to join you. The Jezebel spirit is a demonic spirit who likes to become like God and uses the things of God to deceive people, such as Shabbat and the Shekinah. God is spirit, he does not have a “feminine side” and the real Shekinah is the actual glory and presence of God (which is much more amazing!).
Another Kabbalistic custom is to sing songs to invite Shabbat the queen and invite angels into the house for Shabbat. However without mentioning their names it is very dangerous to invite angels to your house, because fallen angels can use it as an open invitation. Never invite angels if they do not serve Yeshua.
God has never said for us to worship Shabbat, but instead to keep it holy, and rest on it. The teaching that Shabbat is the queen, bride itself glorifies Shabbat above God. In the Bible the word “bride” is meant for people, and God comes and dwells among them through his Holy Spirit. Shabbat is the time God wants to spend with his creation, his bride. On Shabbat we can invite Yeshua, and His Holy Spirit to come and join us so we can spend time with God.
An example from Awestruck by Glory:
When the occultist came to our house she also celebrated Shabbat and made it into a day to honor her. She was making Shabbat a form of bringing love and light so we could worship angels. It was her favorite time of the week and she laughed at us inviting angels into the house through a special Shabbat song. She made it all about “love”, the “sacred feminine,” and inviting “God’s Shekinah, the feminine side of God” into the house. Shabbat itself was carried into the house with the angels and was a feminine spirit, the wife of God, the bride. In essence, she wanted to associate all the things of Shabbat with her and not with God.
This is not the Shabbat known in the Bible, it is a new age form which is a copy from the real thing.
After she left, I did not celebrate Shabbat for a long time, because it reminded me of her. But God showed me through many miracles that Shabbat was his idea and he created it to rest with us and spend time with us.
During this time, I prayed about it again and the Lord showed me this scripture:
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,’’ Colossians 2:16-18 KJV
At that time, I had never read it before! The words were so personal for me, because the occultist had claimed superiority, wanted false humility and was making Shabbat all about the worship of angels.
So, does that mean you should not celebrate Shabbat, because you are afraid of being deceived?
Absolutely not! Shabbat is very holy and from God. It was the day God rested and said: “It is good” and spent time with His creation. Just because the devil copies the things of God, doesn’t mean you should not do it. It means you should celebrate it for God and the Messiah! If you stop celebrating Shabbat, the evil one has achieved exactly what he wants and polluted the things of God.
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.” Hebrew 4:9,10