SABBATH (creation week) = He gave us Life!
Did you know~ 108 languages of the World still call the Seventh day "SABBATH"
And he shall speak great words against the most High, ...and think to change times and laws:" Daniel 7:25
“The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority.” Canon and Tradition, p. 263
“Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” -James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp. 72, 73.
“The Catholic church,” declared Cardinal Gibbons, “by virtue of her divine mission changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.” Catholic Mirror Sept. 23 1983. (Official organ of Cardinal Gibbons)
Question - Which is the Sabbath day?
“The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!” Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, History of the Sabbath, p. 802
"Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. "The day of the Lord" was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church's sense of its own power .... People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become Seventh-day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy." (Saint Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.)
"Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles .... From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first." (Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1990.)
The Almighty says in the Old Testament...
Exodus 20:8-11, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."
He then says in the New Testament...
Hebrews 4:4,8,9 "For he spake in a certain place of the
seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his
works. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of
another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God."
You may be wondering why it is so important that we keep the Sabbath? The importance of the Sabbath has to deal with "who we will choose to obey." The Lord commands that we worship Him on the Sabbath. The Devil under the authority of the Roman Catholic church says we should worship on Sunday. I ask, “Why is the devil attacking the Sabbath?”
The Bible speaks of a mark that will be enforced directly before the second coming of Jesus Christ. The word "MARK" as it is expounded upon in the "American Heritage Electronic Thesaurus" comes with numerous variations to the word. For example, the words, "evidence, sign, witness, symbol, indicator, stamp, token, signification, label, seal, brand, and imprint" can all be used alternatively just as easy.
"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 13:16,17
Why is this mark so important, and what
are the actual features of a mark? Have you ever signed a
document to validate or confirm that it is authentic? Have you
ever given your "seal of approval" on something?
Have you ever "marked" an item of yours as proof of
ownership? In government, this is a fact of life. As we know,
signing a document actually authenticates that document. An
official seal or signature always has three distinct features:
So when the President of the United States signs a bill into law, he will sign it, 1.Name “Bill Clinton” 2.Title “President” 3.Territory “of the United States of America” EVERY document must be signed or sealed in this manner for it to be an official legal document.
There is a government in heaven,(Isaiah 9:6) and God’s legal document is His Law, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS! Look in the midst of the Commandments and you'll find the Seal of God! "For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, ...." Exodus 20:11
(1) HIS NAME = THE LORD (“I am the Lord: that is my name”Isaiah 42:8)
(2) HIS TITLE = CREATOR (Notice, “the LORD made” in above verse)
(3) HIS TERRITORY = HEAVEN AND EARTH (Notice, “Heaven and earth” in above verse)
Without getting into too much detail, one can see that the "seal" or "Sabbath" of God is actually an "image" of His authority as Creator. When we keep His Sabbath we are expressing that we recognize and worship Him as our Creator. And as you can see it’s no wonder the devil would try to attack the Sabbath. The devil wants to be worshipped and recognized as a god. Did not Lucifer say in his heart that he would be like the most High? "...O Lucifer...For thou hast said in thine heart... I will be like the most High." Isaiah 14:12,13,14
TO REMEMBER THY WORKS! SPECIAL NOTE:
Adam and Eve were created at the close of the SIXTH DAY. There very first act as human beings/ mankind was to WORSHIP THE LORD ON HIS SABBATH! Picture this... The world and all the Universe was just created. Adam and Eve are now finally created and given dominion over all that was created. Immediately the Sabbath arrives. The Lord Sanctifies the Sabbath day, (sets it apart for holy use) And Adam and Eve worship the Lord on the very first Sabbath REMEMBERING ALL that He just did the previous six days! They are worshiping Him as well as thanking Him FOR CREATING THEM and all that they see about them! Are we suppose to FORGET such an awesome Truth as this?
Seeing how God has already SEALED the true Sabbath as His Sign, or "mark". The devil’s only recourse is to “counterfeit” his own sabbath as a sign, or mark of dominion as a god! It’s really very easy to spot. In Exodus 31:13 we see the Lord God telling us that, “Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations.” This verse allows us to realize why the devil's been working so hard at hiding the truth about the Sabbath. It’s God’s sign! It's God's seal of approval! It's God's mark of ownership!
(Interesting Fact is... there were only TWO institutions created by the Lord for mankind. Marriage & The Sabbath. BOTH were created BEFORE man fell in the Garden of Eden. Now do you see why the devil attacks both the Sabbath AND marriages?)
In A.D.66 when Cestius came against the city, but unaccountably withdrew, the Christians discerned in this the sign foretold by Christ, and fled while 1,100,000 Jews are said to have been killed in the terrible siege in A.D. 70. (The attack of the Roman warrior Titus occurred in 70AD killing the 1,100,000 Jews) Eusebius, Church History, book 3, chap. 5
The Christians living at the time Cestius came against the city and withdrew understood exactly what was happening. They remembered the prophecy Jesus made in Matthew 24:15,16 and fled to the mountains before the Roman army returned. Could it be Cestius was "casing the joint" as we say in today's lingo? For whatever reason, the Lord saw fit to warn His children in advance of this day and they glorified Him by believing and fleeing as He suggested they should. As the history book records we see that the non-believing Jews saw no danger when Cestius stopped by. And because they chose to deny Jesus and ignore His prophecy, they paid for their disbelief with their very lives! 1,100,000 men woman and children DIED that day!!!! They could have all been SAVED had they just believed in this one mere prophecy! Think about today and all the prophecies that have been fulfilled over the years. What an honor, to be loved so deeply by the Almighty Creator that He would warn us in advance. The main point being of course in this situation is we do see that the prophecy WAS fulfilled, and Jesus did proclaim they would STILL be keeping sabbath AFTER the cross. 40 YEARS afterwards! So..if the Sabbath was supposedly changed BY Jesus Christ as many assume, WHY did Jesus proclaim here it wouldn't be?
I found the easiest way to detect the
mark of the beast is to find out what the seal of God is, then
you’ll know the “mark” is the exact opposite. This
method works for all truth in God's Word. Prime example, is the
truth of salvation at the cross of Jesus. The devil will always
attack what he fears the most. Have you ever noticed the inverted
crosses of the Satanist? Their blatant hatred of the truth has
proven its authenticity by their foolish actions of fear towards
it. It's a fact, whatever angers or frightens the devil is always
categorical proof that it is of God.
"And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." Revelation 7:2,3
Did we not learn that the definition of a mark is a seal as well? Did you notice in verse 3 that it says, in their foreheads? This is why Christians never remember being stamped, sealed, or marked by God when they become truly saved. The forehead represents the mind here. (Hebrews 10:16) Psychologists who map the human brain tell us that the frontal lobe of the cerebrum [the forehead] is where functions like decisions, judgments, and free will are made. So, it’s obvious that we are sealed by God when we make the free will decision to accept Jesus as our Savior. This then causes our lives to be affected by His doctrine, teachings, and most important, His COMMANDMENTS. Also notice that God’s seal is only received in the forehead, not in the hand as well. The hand represents being forced against our will to do something. (See Jeremiah 38:23) Jesus will never force Himself on us. He prefers we choose to worship Him of our own free will. In the revolt of Heaven, two thirds of Heaven made the right choice. However, one third made the sinful choice and fell. Even our first Parents had to deal with choice. Just as the forbidden fruit in Eden was a choice, so is the forbidden mark of the beast a choice. BOTH choices have a "life or death" consequence.
"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Revelation 13:15-17
In this verse we now see the mark of the beast being received in the forehead AND in the hand! As we know, Jesus will never force His will upon His children. On the contrary, here it is evident the beast will. The "hand" represents work here. (Ecclesiates 9:10) Some will be forced into giving up their "livelyhood" or "work" which in turn causes them to be unable to "buy or sell" unless they accept the mark. Kinda like a bit of "religious extortion" for lack of a better word. So, in effect, they are "forced" into accepting the mark simply because they don't want to loose their ability to have those things they "worked" so hard for in life. They actually choose material things over eternal life in this matter. And that is one deadly mistake!
Ecclesiates 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Since we understand that making a decision to accept Jesus as Savior, and accepting His teachings, is the same as being sealed or marked in the forehead by Jesus as one who is saved. We must also understand, that accepting the doctrine, teachings, or traditions of the Roman Catholic church or any other churches that follow these beliefs, would mean we accept the mark of the beast. Also understand there will be those that aren’t Catholic or even Christian. But they will do as the beast commands for fear of death, or loss of their livelihood from not being able to buy or sell anything unless he or she had the mark. Which is actually making the decision to accept the demands of the beast. These will be those who receive the mark in the hand because they were forced against their will. The true Catholic or any other Christian that accepts these "doctrines of men" will have received the mark in the forehead because they already made the free will decision that their church is correct in replacing Scriptures to match "traditions" or "doctrines of men." And this was prophetically warned...
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Summing it up... If you receive the "mark" by choice, this means you've been marked in the forehead. If you're forced to receive the mark, it will be that you're marked "in the right hand." But REMEMBER, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 16:25
When it comes to the mark of the beast. Without realizing, the Catholic church makes both a prophetic and blashpemous boast as well as undeniable LINK by the following confession.
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.
"Sunday is our MARK or authority. . .the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact" Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1,1923.
So, if the prophecy is correct in saying that Sunday keeping is acceptance of the authoritative MARK OF THE BEAST. And the Scriptures verify that God says... "my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations” Exodus 31:18
Plus we also understand that the
words: SIGN... MARK... SEAL... ARE
ALL SYNONYMOUS. I challenge everyone
reading this document to keep their eyes open and watch as
God’s final prophecies come to be! God Almighty is no dime
store psychic! When he says something is going to happen...
We now have Scriptural facts the Sabbath is God's sign, seal, and mark. And Sunday is the "sign, seal, or mark of the beast. So...What’s next...? The devil will need to get people to worship as he stipulates so he can enforce his mark of authority.
During the Reagan administration, President Ronald Reagan, after much pressure, appointed an ambassador to VATICAN CITY! When W. Kenneth Dan was asked why we need an ambassador in Vatican City, He replied; “It would allow the USA to influence the political decisions of the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH!”
THIS LITERALLY VIOLATES THE FIRST AMENDMENT!
Do you suppose the the beast under the camouflage of the Roman Catholic church will be able to make good on its plans? Do you suppose the church is busy making sure it's views are made into law? Some say a church would never have that ability, no church could ever persude the government of a nation into passing laws that benefit its self satisfying agenda.
“This organization proposes in every possible way to aid in preserving Sunday as a civil institution. Our national security requires the active support of all good citizens in the maintenance of our American Sabbath. Sunday laws must be enforced.” Quoted-“principles contained in the Constitution” (then called the American Sabbath Union), The Lord’s Day Alliance, Twenty fifth Report (1913), p6.
"In the fourth and fifth centuries, Sunday shows and Sunday theaters, it was complained, hindered the “devotion of the faithful,” because many of the members attended them in preference to the church services. The church, therefore, demanded that the state interfere, and promote Sunday observance by law. “In this way, ” Says Neander “the church received help from the state for the furtherence of her ends.” This union of church and state served to establish the Papacy in power. A simular course pursued now will produce the same results." -AUGUSTUS NEANDER, General History of the Christian Religion and the Church, Torey translation (3rd American ed.), vol. 2, pp. 300,301
"On September 7, 1947, Pope Pius XII declared that “the time for reflection and planning is past in religious and moral fields and the time for action has arrived.” He said “the battle in religious and moral fields hinged on five points: Religious culture, the sanctifying of Sunday, the saving of the Christian family, social justice, and loyalty and truthfulness in dealings” -Evening Star (Washington D.C.), Sept. 8, 1947.
It appears the Catholic church has been attempting to persuade the U.S. Government for many years to sanctify and make into law the observance of the first day of the week as their Sabbath. Is this something that can become Law of the Land ?
In the U.S., Sunday is not only a religious holiday but is also the only common-law holiday “Holiday,” Microsoft (R) Encarta. Copyright (c) 1994 Funk & Wagnall’s
blue law- One of a body of laws in colonial New England designed to enforce certain moral standards. 2.Law designed to regulate Sunday activities. American Heritage Dictionary & Electronic Thesaurus
The fact is, in 1962 under the administration of it's FIRST Roman Catholic President, the United States of America did just that, they made strict observation of Sunday into LAW! All government angencies are officialy CLOSED on Sunday's. Many secular business's followed suit soon after. This also happens to be the year prayer was outlawed in schools. The Catholic church under the direction of the devil has played her part to the “T”. The devil has had one advantage over us mortal beings. He has the advantage of ancient history. The fact is, the beast has been able to make his inventions in the Catholic church look sacred simply because they were enacted long before any of us were born. And as is always the case, many of us feel that the older the tradition, the more accepted they must be as holy. . "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 a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." Revelation 13:14-15
Just as the true Sabbath of God Almighty is the image of His authority as Creator God. So is the false sabbath of the beast his image as destroyer antigod. The passing of the Sunday Law in 1962 is a preamble of what's to come. Keep in mind, the law was passed in 1962, but has it ever been enforced on man? No it hasn’t. It has merely been an image of things to come. However, when the Union of Church and State is finalized and the First Amendment is no longer valid, you will discern what Revelation 13:15 speaks of. Disasters will occur around the world. Hoping to quench the problems, the Christians of the USA will cry out for a government that mimics that of the Vatican, and you will then see the "image of the beast" portrayed exactly as prophecy states. The Vatican is a church and state conglomerate, therefore, the USA will be as well. The Image of the Beast will have been given the prophetic life it needs to be enforced! It will have the Authority of the Law of the Land it requires to be quickened, and it will then be implemented as once before in the year 1610.
“Every man and woman shall repair in the morning to the divine service and sermons preached upon the Sabbath (Sunday), and in the afternoon to divine service, and catechizing, upon pain for the first fault to lose their provision and the allowance for the whole week following; for the second, to lose the said allowance and also be whipped; and for the third to suffer death.”! Laws, and Orders, Divine, Politique, & Martial For the Colony in Virginia: established by Sir Gates, Knight, Lieutenant - General, the 24th of May, 1610
Is the stage set? Has the beast seen its final days as merely an image?
“For 15 years, the court has been trying to water down the strict separation of church and state.” During the past two terms, the court has sought in its opinions to “accommodate” religion in state-supported activities... TIME- Oct. 8, 1984 COVER STORY Court at the Crossroads Supreme Court to reconsider a key ruling on church-state seperation. The Philadelphia Inquirer Jan.18,1997
Breaching the Church - State Wall TIME Sept. 16,1991 Cover Story p.58
“There is really no seperation between church & state, only a pile of stones here and a pile of stones there” -Educational Secretary, “Church and State” April 1997
For years the issue of Church and State have been all over the media. Everything from issues dealing with prayer in schools, to violations due to Saint Patricks Day Parades in NewYork City. Does it appear we are being worn down? Is this not the method used by some to allow unjust laws to easily sneak through numerous doors? Are they getting to the point of exhausting those that would fight them? Soon the law will pass, and the first ammendment will be no more. The prophecy is truth in its purest form. The Almighty Creator spoke it! The curtain is indeed closing. Will the Catholic church play a part in “wearing down” those that fight to keep the seperation of church and state? The Catholic church has been immensely busy in swaying legislation toward it’s own objective all along. The Pope thinks nothing of ignoring what is written on the pages of this nations constitution.
“Consequently, John Paul was criticized by liberal and moderate politicians and newspapers for transgressing the boundary between church and state.” TIME June 1, 1981 article “Not Yet Hale, but Hearty”
In sermons based on the Ten Commandments, John Paul denounced.. the seperation of church and state. TIME June 17, 1991 “The Gift Of Life” p. 47 Sermons from A Native Son
Recent statements by the Polish
Episcopate have fueled apprehension. In late April the bishops
urged that the new constitution exclude any provision for the
separation of church and state. Instead, they suggested,
“exceptional emphasis should be laid on the need for cooperation
between the state and the Catholic Church.”
TIME May 20, 1991 “Five Who Could Be Vice President”
Pg 40 “Power to The Pulpit”
Is our first Ammendment being slowly fragmented to a point of non-existence? Is it not a fact that almost every aspect of infiltration has been realized all the way back to the day it was first enacted as law of the land? Is it obvious what the States church of choice will be? Soon we will no longer have the rights as citizens of the USA to worship God as He says we should. However, the Word of God is rather plain on this point. "We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29 Believe me when I tell you, I am not alone in knowing that the Sabbath was never Scripturally changed to Sunday. Many Christians as well as Ministers are very aware of the fact that the Bible has NOT ONE VERSE that establishes, demonstrates, proves, or even suggests, we should change the Sabbath to Sunday. The following excerpts from a few noted denominations actually proclaim the Sabbath was NEVER changed by the Creator God of the ages.
BAPTIST: "There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday.... It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week.... Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament~absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week. "~Dt. Edward T. Hiscox, author of The B~itit Manual, in a paper read hefore a New York ministers' conference held Nov.13, 1893.
CATHOLIC: "You may
read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find
a single line
CHURCH OF CHRIST: "Finally, we have the testimony of Christ on this subject. In Mark 2:27, he says: 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.' From this passage it is evident that the Sabbath was made not merely for the Israelites, as Paley and Hengstenberg would have us believe, but for ..... that is, for the race. Hence we conclude that the Sabbath was sanctified from the beginning, and that it was given to Adam, even in Eden, as one of those primeval institutions that God ordained for the happiness of all men. "-Robert Milligan, Schetne of Redempiten, (St. Louis, The Fethany Press, 1962), p.165.
CONGREGATIONALIST: "The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive church called the Sabbath."-Dwight's Theology, Vol.4, p.401.
EPISCOPAL: "Sunday (Dies Solis, of the Roman calendar, 'day of the sun,' because dedicated to the sun), the first day of the week, was adopted by the early Christians as a day of worship. No regulations for its observance are laid down in the New Testament, nor, indeed, is its observance even enjoined."~"Sunday," A Religious Encyclopedia, Vol.3, (New York, Funk and Wagnalls, 1883) p.2259.
LUTHERAN: "The observance of the Lord's day [Sunday] is founded not on any command of God, but on the authority of the church,"-Augsbutg Confession of Faith, quoted in Cadzolc Sdbla~ Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 10.
METHODIST: "Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day."-Harris Ft~nklin Fall, Chnstian Advocate, July 2,1942.
MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE: "The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word 'remember,' showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding ?"-D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, p.47.
PRESBYTERIAN: "Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand. ... The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath."-T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp. 474,475.
PENTECOSTAL: "'Why do
we worship on Sunday? Doesn't the Bible teach us that
ENCYCLOPEDIA: "Sunday was a name given by the heathen to the first day of the week, because it was the day on which they worshiped the sun, ... the seventh day was blessed and hallowed by God Himself, and... He requires His creatures to keep it holy to Him. This commandment is of universal and perpetual obligation." -Eudle's Biblical Cyclopedia, 1872 ed., p.561.
(Above Original List of Quotes Compiled by -Amazing Facts That Affect You- Study Guide #20 P.13)
I did not write this newsletter to launch a national religious outcry to prevent the change of our nations highest law of the land. No, regardless if you try to stop it or not, it WILL happen. The prophecy MUST and WILL be fulfilled. The reason I wrote this document is because there are many TRUE Children of God within the ranks of these Sunday keeping Commandment breaking churches. They need to get out while there is still time. It won't be long before the law is passed and it will become ILLEGAL to worship the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth upon the day He told us to REMEMBER as the seventh day of the week, the day He blessed, the day He hallowed, and the day He sanctified! There is VERY LITTLE TIME LEFT!
Heed the warning while you still can.
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." Revelation 18:4
This may be your
See the "Sabbath Attack Page" concerning what LAWS are being passed to enforce the Mark!
It is the contention of Rome that the early christians observed sunday as the new christian sabbath. The testimony of history tells a very different story.
"The Paulicians, Petrobusians, Passaginians,
Waldenses, Insabbatati were great Sabbath keeping bodies of Europe down to 1250
A.D." (The Sabbath of God through the Centuries,
Luke 15:8-9, "Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost."
Are you going to do as this "woman" does and rejoice and tell your friends. If so, then YOU are spoken of in PROPHECY! You will become a "REPAIRER OF THE BREACH!"
Isaiah 58:12, "And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in."
The end time Remnant Church has FOUND THAT COIN! And we are rejoicing by telling our "friends!"
Uriah Smith (circa mid to late 1800's)
[Some words have been changed without changing the context or meaning.]
When we present G-d's holy law,
And arguments from scripture draw,
Objectors say, to pick a flaw,
Though at the first Most High blessed
And sanctified His day of rest,
The same belief is still expressed,
Though with the world this rest began,
And thence through all Scriptures ran,
And Yeshua said "'twas made for man"--
Though not with Jewish rites,
But with the moral law 'twas classed,
Which must exist while time shall last,
If from the Bible we present
The Sabbath's meaning and intent,
This answers every argument--
Though the disciples, Luke and Paul,
Continue still this rest to call
The 'Sabbath day', this answers all:
The good news teacher's plain expression,
That " Sin is of the law's transgression,"
Seems not to make the least impression--
They love the rest of man's invention,
But if the L-RD's day we mention,
This puts an end to all contention:
O ye who thus G-D's day abuse,
Simply because 'twas kept by Jews,
The Saviour, too, you must refuse,
The Scriptures, then, we may expect
For the same reason you'll reject;
For if you will but recollect,
Thus the apostles, too, must fall;
For Andrew, Peter, James, and Paul,
Thomas, Matthew, John, and all
So to your helpless state resign
Yourself in wretchedness to pine;
Salvation, surely you'll decline,
and One Bible Facts on the
And by the way, when you have a few verses that speak on a certain topic in Scripture in the exact same way, you have truth. The "Line upon line, precept upon precept.." method of Isaiah chapter 28 is how a doctrine is verified. But what ifg you have over 100 verses that speak the same truth? All in all, there are actually 112 verses in the Word of God that speak of the 7th day Sabbath. When you have 4 or 5 verses you have truth. When you have over 100, you have absolute truth!
A Widely overlooked FACT is, the Sabbath is here.
Before sin... Genesis 2:2-3
After sin... Exodus 20:3-17
After Christ... Hebrews 4:4,8,9
In Heaven... Isaiah 66:23-24
Sixty Bible Facts Concerning the Seventh Day
41. Finally, looking to the
Jew that sought out EVERY avenue of attack against the Apostles. The New Testament
is completely silent in regards to the Jews ever coming against the Apostles
for breaking the Sabbath by worshipping on Sunday.
Shewing the UNCHANGED ORDER of the Days and the true Position of the SABBATH, as proved by the combined testimony of Ancient and Modern Languages.
LEGEND: No. LANGUAGE (Where Spoken, Read, or Otherwise Used 1 2 3 4 5 6) Name of the SEVENTH DAY
The CHART OF THE WEEK, is over a hundred years old. It is extremely valuable and almost impossible to find today. Dr. William Meade Jones lived over a hundred years ago, and was a well-known London, England, research expert. He discovered in his studies that the Seventh-day Sabbath was the only weekly Sabbath ever commanded by God in the Bible. Jones decided that, since Scripture clearly shows that the Bible Sabbath was first given to mankind at end of Creation Week, --If Genesis 2:1-3 is really true, then two important facts would have had to be known throughout the ancient world: First, a fixing of the seven-day weekly cycle on a world-wide basis, and second, an ancient world-wide knowledge of the Seventh-day Sabbath. Jones was convinced of this for several reasons: 1. Adam and Noah were both earnest worshipers of God and would therefore have been faithful Sabbath keepers. 2. They would have taught their descendents about the Bible Sabbath, who would be aware of its original sacredness. 3. The truth that God is to be worshiped on the seventh of each seven-day week, requires a seven-day week, even though they may have later turned to idols and left the worship of the True God. 4. Therefore, as the descendents of Adam and Noah spread out all over the world, they would have carried with them these two important facts: Each week has seven days, and the seventh day of the week is the holy Sabbath given by God to mankind. Even though many of Adam's and Noah's descendents would become scoffers, Jones reasoned, all of them would still carry with them the twin truths of the six-day Creation Week, of Genesis 1 (by their keeping of the seven-day weekly cycle, and the Seventh-day Sabbath by naming the seventh day of the week in their language as the day of Sabbath rest). William Mead Jones decided that if Genesis 1 and 2 were really true, and that if God really created the world in six days and then rested on the Seventh day, then a majority of the languages of the world would prove the fact! And this, in turn, would be a powerful proof, not only that the Seventh day (and not the first) was the true Sabbath of God, but also a dramatic proof that Genesis 1 and 2 are genuine, and that God is our Creator! Thinking about both of these facts is stunning in the light of the abundance of corroborating evidence given on this amazing chart that proves them to be true!
"In this we find, what is most natural, that the same Being who created, rested. He who worked six days in creating the earth, rested on the seventh, and blessed and sanctified it. But we have already learned that God the Father created the worlds by His Son Jesus Christ, and that Christ created everything that has an existence. Therefore the conclusion is inevitable that Christ rested on that first seventh day, at the close of the six days of creation, and that He blessed and sanctified it. Thus the seventh day--the Sabbath--is most emphatically the Lord's day. When Jesus said to the carping Pharisees, "For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath-day" (Matt. 12:8), He declared his lordship of the identical day which they so scrupulously observed in form; and He did this in words which show that He regarded it as His badge of authority, as demonstrating the fact that He was greater than the temple. Thus, the seventh day is the Divinely-appointed memorial of creation. It is the most honored of all days, since its especial mission is to bring to mind the creative power of God, which is the one proof to man of His Divinity And so when Christ said that the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath-day, He claimed a high distinction--nothing less than being the Creator, of whose divinity that day stands as a memorial. p. 32, Para. 1, -Christ and His righteousness."
Satan well knew that the Holy Scriptures would enable men to discern his deceptions and withstand his power. It was by the word that even the Saviour of the world had resisted his attacks. At every assault, Christ presented the shield of eternal truth, saying, "It is written." To every suggestion of the adversary, He opposed the wisdom and power of the word. In order for Satan to maintain his sway over men, and establish the authority of the papal usurper, he must keep them in ignorance of the Scriptures. The Bible would exalt God and place finite men in their true position; therefore its sacred truths must be concealed and suppressed. This logic was adopted by the Roman Church. For hundreds of years the circulation of the Bible was prohibited. The people were forbidden to read it or to have it in their houses, and unprincipled priests and prelates interpreted its teachings to sustain their pretensions. Thus the pope came to be almost universally acknowledged as the vicegerent of God on earth, endowed with authority over church and state.
The detector of error having been removed, Satan worked according to his will. Prophecy had declared that the papacy was to "think to change times and laws." Daniel 7:25. This work it was not slow to attempt. To afford converts from heathenism a substitute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nominal acceptance of Christianity, the adoration of images and relics was gradually introduced into the Christian worship. The decree of a general council (see Appendix) finally established this system of idolatry. To complete the sacrilegious work, Rome presumed to expunge from the law of God the second commandment, forbidding image worship, and to divide the tenth commandment, in order to preserve the number.
The spirit of concession to paganism opened the way for a still further disregard of Heaven's authority. Satan, working through unconsecrated leaders of the church, tampered with the fourth commandment also, and essayed to set aside the ancient Sabbath, the day which God had blessed and sanctified (Genesis 2:2, 3), and in its stead to exalt the festival observed by the heathen as "the venerable day of the sun." This change was not at first attempted openly. In the first centuries the true Sabbath had been kept by all Christians. They were jealous for the honor of God, and, believing that His law is immutable, they zealously guarded the sacredness of its precepts. But with great subtlety Satan worked through his agents to bring about his object. That the attention of the people might be called to the Sunday, it was made a festival in honor of the resurrection of Christ. Religious services were held upon it; yet it was regarded as a day of recreation, the Sabbath being still sacredly observed.
To prepare the way for the work which he designed to accomplish, Satan had led the Jews, before the advent of Christ, to load down the Sabbath with the most rigorous exactions, making its observance a burden. Now, taking advantage of the false light in which he had thus caused it to be regarded, he cast contempt upon it as a Jewish institution. While Christians generally continued to observe the Sunday as a joyous festival, he led them, in order to show their hatred of Judaism, to make the Sabbath a fast, a day of sadness and gloom.
In the early part of the fourth century the emperor Constantine issued a decree making Sunday a public festival throughout the Roman Empire. (See Appendix.) The day of the sun was reverenced by his pagan subjects and was honored by Christians; it was the emperor's policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Christianity. He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who, inspired by ambition and thirst for power, perceived that if the same day was observed by both Christians and heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Christianity by pagans and thus advance the power and glory of the church. But while many God-fearing Christians were gradually led to regard Sunday as possessing a degree of sacredness, they still held the true Sabbath as the holy of the Lord and observed it in obedience to the fourth commandment.
The archdeceiver had not completed his work. He was resolved to gather the Christian world under his banner and to exercise his power through his vicegerent, the proud pontiff who claimed to be the representative of Christ. Through half-converted pagans, ambitious prelates, and world-loving churchmen he accomplished his purpose. Vast councils were held from time to time, in which the dignitaries of the church were convened from all the world. In nearly every council the Sabbath which God had instituted was pressed down a little lower, while the Sunday was correspondingly exalted. Thus the pagan festival came finally to be honored as a divine institution, while the Bible Sabbath was pronounced a relic of Judaism, and its observers were declared to be accursed.
The great apostate had succeeded in exalting himself "above all that is called God, or that is worshiped." 2 Thessalonians 2:4. He had dared to change the only precept of the divine law that unmistakably points all mankind to the true and living God. In the fourth commandment, God is revealed as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and is thereby distinguished from all false gods. It was as a memorial of the work of creation that the seventh day was sanctified as a rest day for man. It was designed to keep the living God ever before the minds of men as the source of being and the object of reverence and worship. Satan strives to turn men from their allegiance to God, and from rendering obedience to His law; therefore he directs his efforts especially against that commandment which points to God as the Creator.
Protestants now urge that the resurrection of Christ on Sunday made it the Christian Sabbath. But Scripture evidence is lacking. No such honor was given to the day by Christ or His apostles. The observance of Sunday as a Christian institution had its origin in that "mystery of lawlessness" (2 Thessalonians 2:7, R.V.) which, even in Paul's day, had begun its work. Where and when did the Lord adopt this child of the papacy? What valid reason can be given for a change which the Scriptures do not sanction? -The Great Controversy pages 51-54
Many claim the feast days that were abolished at the cross (Col. 2) include the Sabbath of the Lord.
We know the feast days were called "Sabbaths” as well because of Leviticus 23:23-38 and other areas in the Old Testament calling them as such. This is no doubt where the confusion comes in with the above passage from Colossians chapter two. Still, we can use this truth to expose the error with a few simple questions...
So, if the seventh day Sabbath was instituted BEFORE sin came, how can it be abolished at the cross along with the feast days?
Some declare that they can keep any day as Sabbath as long as it’s within a seven day period. In other words, it doesn’t matter what day we call Sabbath and rest on, as long as we do it one day each week.
Do you recall when God told Adam and Eve not to eat of a particular tree in the garden? Not only was the tree good for food, like all the other trees, its fruit was lovely to look upon according to Genesis 3:6.
My point is, the tree was not poisonous. It was actually “good for food” just like all the other trees in that garden of abundance. Surely the eating of fruit from one tree would be no different than the eating of another, right? But the Lord specifically said in Genesis 2:17, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it.” The Lord Himself could have picked any tree He wanted because it was a test of loyalty unto man towards God. In other words, it wasn’t up to Adam or Even which tree they could or could not eat from. The Lord said don’t eat or touch of that tree lest ye die, and it was up to them to show their loyalty to Him in obedience. Does this seem logical? Not at all to those with eyes clouded by sin as we all are. The fruit was obviously “good for food” as far as we can see. The truth here is that "not" eating of it was a test of loyalty and trust towards God by Adam and Eve when they obeyed. Nothing more, nothing less! Why then would anyone want to keep Sabbath on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or any other day of the week when the Lord Himself specifically said to keep day Seven holy? Yes, all the others days look just as worthy as Saturday for going to church as far as we can see. But we have a thus saith the Lord here just like Adam and Eve did.
"Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live." -Jeremiah 38:20