Church of God, New World Ministries

Remembering The Sabbath Day

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One of the most controversial questions that many have wondered about, pondered about and even fiercely argued about, involves the Sabbath day. Which specific day did God set apart for weekly worship, for people of all times, including the New Testament era? The Church of God, Worldwide Ministries believes the day of worship should be observed on the Biblical seventh day Sabbath that was given to our original parents, Adam and Eve, at the end of Creation week. Why? Because we have proven it as God instructs us in: I Thessalonians 5:21 ”Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

So, accordingly, the subject I will address today will be “Remembering the Sabbath day”. Let’s go back in time to about six thousand years ago: Sounds so deafening as to be unimaginable, probably were occurring. Crackling thunder and lightening was everywhere. Monstrous ocean waves and Tsunamis were roaring around this planet earth, as long sunken continents began to rise above the waters that had covered them, for perhaps billions of years. Everywhere, new formations of dry lands were appearing as the deep waters were being rolled back to become seas, oceans, rivers and streams. Total darkness was being dissipated as bright lights began to shine through the dark shroud of clouds and inky blackness. And behind all of this activity was a booming Voice, thundering out certain commands, as these events were unfolding! This was the very Voice of God as He was performing a re-creation, a renewal of this planet earth! This was the beginning of an awesome, fantastic Plan, that greatly involves His creation of beings, fashioned like Himself, made after His Own Kind! This would be mankind or the human species. When you fully understand the purpose of why this was being done, you will truly be astounded or dumfounded. It is unbelievable, inconceivable to the world at large and must be revealed by this Great God who is carrying out His Plan and Purpose.

But to continue our subject of “remembering the Sabbath Day”, I want to turn to God’s Word to prove what I’ve stated above. We’ll go to the very beginning: Genesis 1:1 “In the (or “a”) beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (This verse shows the original creation of all the universe, including the earth. It was so perfect and beautiful that it is said of the created angels: Job 38: 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding. 7. When the morning stars (angels) sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Men of science: astronomers, people who study as much as they can and gather information trying to discern the beginning of our solar system; geologists, paleontologists, who spend lifetimes looking at various rocks and their formations and strata, are forever trying to find answers to our origins. They spend millions upon millions of dollars, using all the methods at their disposal, wrestling with these questions, even having rocks retrieved from the Moon and Mars.) Now, back in verse 2 of Genesis 1, we find there is a vast period of time passage revealed. Verse 2 “And the earth was (or ‘became‘ - same Hebrew word as in Chap. 2:7, where it tells us that “man became a living soul.”) without form (Heb.Tohu) and void; (Heb. Bohu); (meaning in a chaotic and destroyed condition.) and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” This is the time period of a recreation of the earths surface that I spoke of in my opening statements. This took place about six thousand years ago.

And this is why Theologians and scientists are both mistaken and confused about the age of the earth and the universe. The original creation very well may have been six and a half billion years ago, as I’ve read in some accounts. It may have been ten to twenty billion years ago - pick your number! The truth is, no one is really, absolutely sure and agreement is rare. Another truth is, that the Bible does not contradict science, from what they know, not what they surmise by theory or hypothesis and science cannot disprove the Bible.

From the following Scriptures, we can know that Gen. 1:2 is a second creation, a renewal: Isaiah 45:18 “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain (Heb. ’not in Tohu’ - not in a chaotic condition), He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” Psalms 104:5 “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever. 30. “Thou send forth your Spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.”

Yes, God renewed this earth’s surface, about six thousand years ago to accommodate the new life forms He was preparing to establish on this planet. The dinosaur and reptilian life forms that we find in our museums and read about, had long ago perished in a cataclysmic disaster that occurred, probably millions or billions of years in the past. (I can’t include in this article the full story of what caused this great destruction, because it involves a totally different subject matter of what we are covering at this time about the Sabbath day.) But suffice it to say, a gigantic space war took place between God and an evil being, we know as Satan the devil, that destroyed much of the entire universe. (A re-enactment of that struggle may occur in the near future.)

With this very extensive background, that I felt to be important to our subject matter of remembering the Sabbath Day, we’ll now look into this new creative act by God Almighty. As you will eventually see, it plays a very important part in His Plan for mankind. So we’ll move on through the re-creative account of Genesis, touching only on the highlights of the six literal days, that it took for the Great God to complete this phase of His Work. The first thing He did was to allow the already existing sun to shine through the darkness and haze to give light once again upon the earth and divide light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-5 Read the account for yourself in your Bible and note that it reveals “---And the evening and the morning were the first day.” We see from this passage how God establishes the beginning and end of a twenty four hour day. They begin at sunset and end the following sunset! But man, in his erroneous and self- willed way, insists on beginning the day at midnight to midnight! Still, each primary or particular creative act took place in a twenty four hour period of one day.

Next, God divided the moisture in the air from the water on the earth’s surface by establishing a firmament (expansion) between the two. Verse 6-8 “ ----And the evening and the morning were the second day.” Then, He caused the islands, mountains, even whole continents to begin to rise above the water covered surface of the earth. Verse9,10 There is vast geologic evidence of water covering even the tops of mountains, if you are willing to believe it! We don’t know how long these waters prevailed on the earth until God removed them. (And, not only is this true of this time in our earths history, but also the same facts are obvious about the flood of Noah, that destroyed all of humanity (except eight persons, Noah and his family), because of their sinful conduct.). Then, He created all the vegetative kinds, including trees of all sorts. Verse 11-13 “- - And the evening and the morning were the third day.”

Now, this Incredible, All Powerful God Being further removed the remaining haze from the atmosphere to where the stars and the moon were clearly visible. Verse 14-18,19 “And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” The next day witnessed the creation of the fowls of the air and all the creatures of the seas; “after their kind (species)”, He said.: Verse 20-23 “And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. 24. And God said , Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25. ---- God saw that it was good.” Note that everything was to reproduce “after his or it’s kind“!

And now comes the supreme achievement of the Great, Almighty Creator God. Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. 27. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them .” Then God continues to instruct these human beings in other things, including reproducing themselves; what he should eat and that he was to have the ruler-ship over all his environment. Now we read: Genesis 1:31 “ And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. and the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

I need to point out some things about what we have covered thus far. A most important point is to understand, Who this God is, that is speaking these words and recorded by Moses as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Did you notice that He spoke in the plural, when addressing the pronoun of Himself? For instance, “Let US make”; “after OUR likeness”. Was He talking to Himself? Absolutely not, as let’s go into this subject further. We need to go to another account of the BEGINNING. This is found in the New Testament, in the Book of John. John 1:1 “In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.”; Verse 10 “He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Do you grasp what we just read from the pages of your Bible? Do you understand that it was the One, Who became Jesus Christ of the New Testament, Who was the Creator God of Genesis, the first Chapter? Why haven’t you been taught this marvelous truth before? It can’t be any plainer! The Book of Hebrews reiterates this fact: Hebrews 1:2 “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds.” Colossians 1:16 “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:” Yes, Jesus Christ had a pre-existent life before His human birth! John 17:5 “And now O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

No wonder it is recorded in the creative account as the plural pronouns of US and OUR! By researching the original language (Hebrew in the O.T. and Greek and Aramaic in the N.T.), from which we get our English translation, we find the word God, used in Genesis is “Elohim”, which is a uni-plural name, as in family, group, etc. God is a Family. He is the Patriarch of that Family: Ephesians 3:15 “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth are named.”, into which, eventually, we may become members of that Royal group, if we qualify, according to His instructions. Jesus Christ is the Firstborn into that Family, among many brethren! Romans 8:29 “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” It is also the Kingdom of God in which we will become co-rulers with Jesus Christ. Many, many Scriptures attest to this fact: (Read Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4,6; Zechariah 8:3; 14:5 thru 9; Daniel 2:44; 7:22,27; Psalms 37:9,11,22,29,34; Isaiah 2:1 thru 4. King David, will be resurrected to immortality to again be king over the entire house of Israel: Jeremiah 30:9; Ezekiel 37:23-25) Again, why haven’t people been taught these things by the so-called Christian churches? This is what the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. It is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God!

This is the Gospel that Jesus Himself preached (Mark 1:14) and that the original Church of God preached (Acts 8:12; 28:31.) This is the same Gospel that the Church of God, Worldwide Ministries. as a continuing part of the original Church, is proclaiming today. Through the Power of God’s Holy Spirit, it will be preached in all the world prior to the soon coming return of Jesus Christ: Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Read Zechariah 4:6 “-but by My Spirit-”) Now I know I have spent a lot of time digressing from our central message of “remembering the Sabbath day”. But it was absolutely essential that we establish the fact that it was the Member of the Godhead, who became Jesus Christ, the Word, who did the actual creating of all things in the Book of Genesis. Why is this so important? Because it involves who made the Sabbath Day! Let’s go back to that creation event: Genesis 2:1 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. 3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” Notice that the seventh day of the week is the only day that God sanctified (set apart for a Holy purpose) and blessed it. Only God, Himself has the authority to do this! No man or human organization has the power or authority to do this.! Do not forget this fact! (More about this later) And the God (Elohim) who sanctified and blessed this seventh day as the Sabbath, meaning rest, was Jesus Christ. We’ll continue to prove this as we read through the Scriptures. In fact, we can prove that the Laws of God were given to man and in effect, long before they were given in their codified form on Mount Sinai. Murder was called a sin in Genesis 4:7 “If you doest well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin lieth at the door --”Cain rose up against Abel his brother and slew him.” Sin is identified as the transgression of God’s Law - all ten points. I John 3:4 “---sin is the transgression of the law.”

James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” Genesis 26:5 “Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” And, of course, this included the fourth commandment about the Sabbath day.

As we move on through the Books of the Bible, we come to the time period where God would call out of Egypt, (a type of this world and sin) a special people to Himself. They were to become His representatives to all the other nations on the earth. Exodus19:4 “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine. 6. And you shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel.”

Now I want to show you an event that occurred before the laws were given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Exodus16:4 “Then said the LORD unto Moses, behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove (test) them, whether they will walk in My law or no. 5. And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” Moving on down in the account, we read this: Verse 14 “And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. 15. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to the other, It is man’-na; for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat. 17. And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. 18. And when they did mete it (measure) with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. 19. And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning. 20. Not-withstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them. 22. And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. 23. And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which you will bake today, and seethe that ye will seethe; (on the sixth day) and that which remains over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. 24. And they laid it up till the morning , as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. 25. And Moses said; Eat that today; for today is a Sabbath unto the LORD: today you shall not find it in the field. 26. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. 27. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none.”

Now, please notice the next verse: It proves that the Sabbath Commandment is the TEST COMMANDMENT of obedience to all the other points of God’s Holy Laws. Verse 28 “And the LORD said unto Moses, how long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My laws? For forty years, as they wandered in the wilderness, this nation had to observe this Commandment, so they would remember God’s Sabbath day! But as all carnal minded human beings do, they soon forgot.

Some time later, as they were led to Mount Sinai by Moses, they would be given the Ten Commandments, written in two tables of stone by the very finger of God. Again, I ask the question: Who was the God that gave and wrote these Commandments? Most assume, it was God the Father; or the One they think was the God of the Old Testament. This assumption is absolutely wrong! Who was the LORD God that led the children out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, through the wilderness for those forty years and finally to the Holy Mountain? Again, it was the One who would be born into human flesh as the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Proof! I Corinthians 10:1 “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2. And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3. And did all eat the same spiritual meat (food); 4. And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” Do you believe the Words of your Bible? Do you believe the Words of your Savior?

No wonder that John was inspired to write: John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared him.” Again in John 5:37 “And the Father himself, which hath sent Me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.” The God Being that Moses and Aaron dealt with was the One who would later be born of a virgin mother, as a human being to die by shedding His blood, for the atoning of the sins of all mankind. He was foreordained for that purpose from the very beginning of the Plan of God. (Revelation 13:8 “--the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”) So we’ve seen the absolute proof that it was, in reality, the One who would become Jesus Christ who commanded the Sabbath day to be kept Holy, as well as the other Commandments.

He has not changed any of those Holy Laws. Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” We’ll return to the O.T. for additional proof that God expects His people to keep His Sabbath day. Exodus 31:12 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 13. Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. 14. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: everyone that defiles it shall surely be put to death; for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 15. Six days may work be done; but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. 17. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth (re-creation, remember), and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed.” (Some may try to use the clever argument that this identifying sign was only for the children of Israel, but we can disprove that later on.) The prophet Ezekiel reveals that one of the primary sins of Israel was Sabbath breaking and idolatry. And when you understand who and where these same Israelitish people are and where they are located today, you will be amazed. (This is a totally different subject, but you can trace the migration of the House of Israel down through history, primarily, to the English speaking, Anglo-Saxon nations of our modern times--the United States of America, Britain, Canada, Australia and South Africa. Other tribes, of the twelve original tribes settled in Northwestern Europe. Of course the tribe of Judah (House of Judah), is now known as the nation of Israel..) But the sins of these people have remained the same. Let’s continue in Ezekiel 20:6 “In the day that I lifted up My hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt unto a land that I had espied (searched out) for them flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands: 7. Then said I unto them, cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. 8. But they rebelled against Me, and would not hearken unto Me: They did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out My fury upon them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.” Verse 12 “moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. 13. But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness: they walked not in My statutes, and they despised My judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and My Sabbaths they greatly polluted: God does not change, as we have read. His Laws, including the Sabbath day, have not changed! Whether you believe or accept what I am telling you makes no difference! Punishment for breaking God’s Holy Sabbath is coming soon and ignorance will be no excuse, because you have been told the Truth. I challenge you to check up on these “ministers who tell you the Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Check up on Me! (Later on in this article, I’ll prove to you just who has changed God’s Holy Seventh day Sabbath to the first day of the week.) I want to go to the New Testament of the Bible. Why? Because nearly all “so-called” Christian ministers will try to convince you that the Sabbath day of the Old Testament has been changed or “done away with” in the N. T. We can prove this is a blatant, deceptive lie!

Why did Jesus Christ Himself observe the Sabbath (seventh) day? Luke 4:16 “And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and as His custom (habit) was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Now you may try to argue, “Well He hadn’t been slain yet, and so the Sabbath was still in effect at this time.”; or “He was a Jew and so was bound to keep the Sabbath, given to Israel.” (I must insert these very important Scriptures to give you understanding of: Who does God consider to be Jews or Israelites in the New Testament?) Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Romans 2:29But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Did you grasp that? When we become Christians, we become Spiritual Jews, Spiritual Israelites!! Of course the Sabbath day applies to us! I’ve heard all these clever and twisted excuses for not keeping God’s Holy Sabbath. But they won’t stand up in the Light of Scripture!

Some will try to twist the words of Acts 20:7, where it tells of Paul preaching on the “first day of the week”. They don’t realize this was on Saturday evening - the days begin at sunset, as God gave them - so this was not a “Sunday meeting“! I Corinthians 16:1 is talking about collecting foodstuffs on the first day of the week, for the impoverished saints at Jerusalem: Verse 3 and Romans 15:25, 26 --28. This, necessarily, would involve quite a lot of labor on the “first day of the week”, Sunday! So this is just another attempt on Satan’s part to deceive by clever arguments.

We’ve already proven that it was the One, who became Jesus Christ, who made all things, including the seventh day Sabbath: (Gen.2:2,3) He made it by resting on it and sanctifying it. Mark 2:27 “And He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man(kind), and not man for the Sabbath:” (Notice! “made for man(kind)”, not just for Israel of the Old Testament!) Verse 28 “Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Of course! He (Christ) made it, so He is the Lord (Master) of it. And if He is your Lord and Master, you will be keeping His Holy Sabbath, as He commanded you to do! Christ told the religious leaders of His generation, that it was prophesied how they would reject His Commandments and attempt to worship Him, but it would be worthless - in vain. Mark 7:5 “Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias (Isaiah) prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7. Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.8 For laying aside the Commandments of God, (including the Seventh Day Sabbath) You hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.” In other words, they followed human dogma or traditions they had been taught by their elders. These traditions had become so engrained in their form of worship, as to appear normal or right. And the same principle holds true today. A child is going to believe what it has been taught from birth, and it becomes almost impossible to change his thought processes after it has reached maturity. That is why it takes a miracle from God Himself, to call and convert a human being to His Way of Righteousness. We can read this in Romans 2:4 “Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5. But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6. Who will render unto every man according to his deeds.” Yes, according to his willingness to obey His Commandments. The Apostle Paul further illustrates that the unconverted (carnal or fleshly) mind is hostile toward submitting to God’s Holy Commandments. Romans 8:7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: It is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” This is why the bulk of humanity, EVEN PROFESSING CHRISTIANS, cannot, or will not accept the truth about the true Sabbath of God. What will it take to convince you?

Moving on in our quest for the Truth: The Apostle Paul, as well as others, obeyed the Sabbath Commandment, even though he was especially called to reach the Gentiles. Acts 9:15 “But the Lord said unto him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.” Acts 13:42 “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 44. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.” Acts 17:2 “And Paul, as his manner was (custom or habit), went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures.” Acts 18:4 “And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks (Gentiles).” If the Sabbath day had been changed to Sunday, the first day of the week, why hadn’t Paul informed these Gentiles of it? It is evident that Jesus Christ had not changed it, because as He says, “I Change not.” and “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.”, as we read in Heb.13:8. WHY SHOULD HE CHANGE IT? Everything He ever did was perfect! How do you improve on perfection? So, WHO changed the original true seventh day Sabbath to Sunday, the first day of the week? Believe it or not, this is an evil plot from the arch-deceiver, Satan the devil! This is one of his most devious and subtle deceptions he has ever pulled off. Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon, was cast out , that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels (demons) were cast out with him.” This deception has been almost total - almost universal among professing Christianity. This false church has the audacity to try to change the very Law of God: Daniel 7:25 “And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” To disagree with them who practice observing the “venerable day of the sun” or be thought to be “Judaizing”, will bring on great persecution. And Satan knows this! He also knows that if he can cleverly get you to break one of God’s Commandments, you will incur the eternal death penalty of sin. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin (breaking God’s Law) is death-”

Satan has agents that perform and teach his deceptions: II Corinthians 4:3 “But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them who are (being-progressive tense) lost; 4. In whom the god of this world (Satan) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” II Cor. 11:12 “But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion (opportunity) from them which desire opportunity; that wherein they glory, that they may be found (recognized) even as we (true Apostles). 13. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” This is a false religious system that sprang up just after the original true Church of God began on the day of Pentecost in 31 A.D. This universal church claims to have started in 33 A.D. in Rome under Peter. This was not the Apostle Peter, but an impersonator by the real name, Simon, the sorcerer of Acts 8. The real Peter was not in Rome, or the Apostle Paul committed a faux pas in not recognizing his presence in the Epistle to the Romans! In the Book of Revelations, this same system is characterized as a great harlot, who rules over certain political empires, known in Biblical language as a beast. She has had illicit relations with this so called “holy Roman empire for thousands of years, even crowning their emperors, beginning with Charlemagne. But finally, in 325 A.D., at the Council of Nicea, the Emperor Constantine declared Sunday to be the “venerable day of the sun”, the only day to be accepted as the Christian day of worship. (The Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition has a lot of information on this subject.) Anyone who continued to observe the true and original seventh day Sabbath was to be declared “anathema” or cut off from the church and Christ. Private properties could be confiscated, true believers were severely persecuted and some even martyred. (Read Foxes, “Book of Martyrs.) Be aware that this same religious tyrant is on the rise again and soon will again begin to enforce the keeping of Sunday, that God labels the “mark of the beast“!

Remember, God calls the “sign” between Him and His people, the Sabbath Day. It is an identity! Which will you choose? Will you be among those who are a part of the True Church of God, a chaste virgin woman who will become the Bride of Christ when He returns? Or will you be deceived by the “other beast” (a church) depicted in Revelation 13:11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (pretended to be Christian). 13. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by the sword, and did live. 16. And he caused (forced) all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.”(become willing to work on God’s Holy Sabbath.) But, on the other hand, God commands His people to come out of this system if we are going to serve Him. Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

I want to conclude our study about “Remembering The Sabbath Day” with absolute proof that God intends His Holy Sabbath to be kept by all nations, all people, forever and forever.

While we’re here in the Book of Revelation, we’ll want to read a description o God’s Church and how they will be conducting themselves at “the time of the end”. Rev.12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman (Church), and went to make war with the remnant of her seed (end time remnant), which keep the commandments of God (including the Sabbath - how much plainer can it be?), and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” In the closing words of John in Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are those that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” ( The Holy city that John saw “coming down from God out of heaven,” in Chapter 21:2.)

What does God reveal to us in the Prophesies of the Old Testament? We’ll see that God truly does not change. Isaiah 56:1 “Thus saith the LORD, keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come (His return to this earth is very near and the observing of His Holy Sabbath will be enforced.), and My righteousness to be revealed. 2. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that lays hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, that keepeth his hand from doing any evil. 3. Neither let the son of the stranger (Gentile), that hath joined himself to the LORD (becomes a Christian), speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from His people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am as a dry tree. 4. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep My Sabbaths, and choose the things that please Me, and take hold of My covenant; 5. Even unto them will I give in Mine house and within My walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6. Also the sons of the stranger (Gentiles), that join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, and to love the Name of the LORD, to be His servants, everyone that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant. 7. Even them will I bring to My Holy Mountain (God’s Kingdom), and make them joyful in My House of prayer:..” Following on in Isaiah 58:13, we can get specific instructions of how God wants us to observe His Holy Day: “If you will turn away your foot from the Sabbath (stop trampling on it), from doing your pleasure (or business) on My Holy Day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, not finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words: 14. Then shalt you delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”

Absolutely, God’s Law, the Ten Commandments, including His seventh day Sabbath, are going to be taught and honored in what Hebrews calls “the world to come”: Heb. 2:5. We call it the “World Tomorrow”. Listen to this wonderful pronouncement in: Isaiah 2:2 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house (the Kingdom of God) shall be established in the top of the mountains (be over all the other governments of this earth: Rev.11:15), and shall be exalted above the hills (lesser nations); and all nations shall flow unto it. 3. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion (a type of the Church) shall go forth the Law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” And now we’ll get the final Word from Christ Himself: Matthew 19: 17 “-----there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the Commandments.” He is the same One who said “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy.”

 
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